Newsletter May 2019
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Job hunting means pursuing multiple opportunities, hoping at least one will pan out. For top candidates, this approach often leads to interviews with a number of interested employers – and, sometimes, to multiple job offers. Deciding which job to accept can be difficult. Before making a decision, we recommend candidates fully consider the following issues:
- Total compensation. When comparing job offers, make sure you consider all forms of compensation. Beyond basic salary, other forms of compensation like health coverage, 401(k) matches, bonuses and profit-sharing can vary widely from employer to employer. Sales professionals should also compare commission structures, client base and any other factors that could have significant effect on earning potential. If the job requires you to relocate you should also be looking at the local cost-of-living so you understand how far your paycheck would stretch.
- Company culture. According to entrepreneur James Caan, “Company culture is one of the most important factors to take into account. Unlike your salary, this is not something which can be negotiated – it is already well-established. Think about your interviews – which company had an environment you could flourish in?
- Flexibility. Assess your situation to determine how much flexibility you require. If you have family or other obligations that make significant demands on your time, a flexible employer can make the difference between a healthy work/life balance and a time-management nightmare.
- Commute. Studies have show that longer commutes contribute to high stress levels, obesity, relationship problems, back pain and more. When given a choice between a job that’s close to home and another farther away, think seriously about how much drive time you’re willing to put up with day after day.
- Advancement opportunities. Assess how each company might help or hinder your career trajectory whether it’s through continuing education, cutting edge product lines, room for advancement, etc. Never lose sight of your long-term goals when looking for the best job offer!
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The French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced an international architectural competition to redesign the roofline of the historic cathedral following the fire in April. Dutch 3D stone printing company, Concre3de, proposed that the rubble from Notre Dame be used to print new building materials in the reconstruction process.
“We can collect the ash, the dust and damaged stone and turn them into a 3D printable powder. The powder will have the colour of the Parisian stone yellowish grey, mixed with the charred remains of the wood. We can then use this powder, together with the existing 3D scans, and directly 3D print the lost parts of the Notre Dame.”
Concre3de claims several advantages over traditional methods, “We could start reconstruction almost immediately, without need for new expensive and hard to find materials. We also don’t need to train a large crew. The Notre Dame would be able to reopen within several months, and people would be able to participate and interact with the restoration. We wouldn’t need to discard and waste the materials that have so much history embedded inside them, and can instead reuse them for the renovation.”
Whether they can make good on these ambitious claims has yet to be seen. According to The Guardian, leading conservation architects say it “could take between two and five years just to check the stability of the weakened edifice.”
2019 Salary Surveys Coming Soon!
The 2019 Service Technician Salary Survey will be released in June. Be sure to check back next month to see what 4,785 industry techs nationwide have to say about their compensation, job satisfaction and more!
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Our readers respond to last month’s poll question
Last month we discussed tips for managing tough conversations so we were curious to hear how you handle constructive criticism. We had a solid turnout with 7,291 votes this month!
Most of your were honest about not taking constructive criticism well (45%). Not at all surprising – no one likes being corrected! Another 36% of you said you could handle critiques provided they were actually constructive. This touches on a common complaint: pointless, illegitimate or mean-spirited criticism being masked as “constructive.” A few of you said you preferred to take some time to process after a tough conversation (17%). This is an excellent strategy to overcome initial defensiveness and assess the validity of the corrections. The remaining 2% would really prefer not to discuss this at all.
Most of the comments touched on a few common themes that all managers should note. What you say can often be overshadowed by how you say it – being unnecessarily harsh, haranguing them in front of others, offering nothing but criticism, etc. are all but guaranteed to get a defensive response. Similarly, if the the critiques are coming from someone who obviously doesn’t understand the situation or isn’t respected, your notes will fall on deaf ears. The lesson from this is that you need to think before you correct and truly prepare for those tough conversations.
- Honestly, I don't take it well (45%, 3,246 Votes)
- Sure, if it's actually constructive (36%, 2,624 Votes)
- Not immediately but I can accept it next day (17%, 1,246 Votes)
- I know how to do my job, get off my back! (2%, 175 Votes)
Total Voters: 7,291 (April 2, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - April 30, 2019 @ 10:00 am)
Some comments from y’all:
- “It is easier to take criticism from management that has walked in my shoes or has a accurate understanding of the issue.”
- “I usually go into annual reviews already knowing where my areas of improvement are needed. By being self-aware, the criticism doesn’t sting as much. I have surprised a few managers over the years because of this.”
- “It’s not so much what is said, it’s how it’s said. Keep it positive and I will respond that way but, if you’re going to brow beat me I will react negatively every time.”
- “Have you earned my respect? If answer is “yes,” then your criticism is constructive. If “no,” then what are you doing to change that? A functional relationship is a two-way street. If your “criticism” is simply passing down a brown nugget from so-called leadership and telling me it’s a candy bar and that I should just eat it, then we have a dysfunctional relationship. And needless to say, that costs more for everyone in the long-run.”
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- Total compensation (69%, 5,482 Votes)
- Advancement opportunities (16%, 1,268 Votes)
- Company culture (12%, 987 Votes)
- Flexibility (2%, 119 Votes)
- Commute (1%, 51 Votes)
Total Voters: 7,907 (April 30, 2019 @ 10:01 am - May 31, 2019 @ 11:47 am)