Newsletter September 2019
Recruiters for the Copier Channel® for more than 30 years, Copier Careers® has been the only recruiting firm exclusively dedicated to connecting Copier Channel employers with experienced service technicians, copier sales representatives, sales managers, service & operations managers, controllers, support staff, and MPS/MNS experts. Start your month off right with Copier Channel news and career advice. Search copier jobs now.
Hunting for a new job can feel like a big, intimidating task. Here are five quick and easy ways to take the plunge and start your job search prep today:
- Update your contact methods. When you start putting feelers out, you need to be ready to respond promptly and professionally. Before giving out your phone number, make sure that your voicemail box is set up, cleared out and your greeting is both clear and professional. Similarly, make sure you have access to the email you’re planning to use and alerts set so you don’t miss an important message. And – please – take an objective look at your email address and ask yourself if it is not only appropriate but reflects well on you. If not, set up a new one!
- Update your social profiles. Make sure your skills and employment are up to date on your LinkedIn profile, and continue making small additions throughout your job search—each time you update your profile, it puts that activity (and your name) in front of every one of your contacts. Any potentially offensive material on Facebook, Twitter, or other social networks should be deleted or removed from public view.
- Get your references ready. Make sure you have at least three good professional references ready to give potential employers. Lay the groundwork by asking permission to use your contacts as references and making sure you have an accurate title, phone number, and email address for each reference.
- Update your resume. We’ve discussed tips for updating your resume in more detail previously. Reduce the footprint of irrelevant experience in your resume, and make sure to add information about your most recent job. Include specific information about your job performance (i.e. sales metrics, management successes, technical benchmarks), and don’t forget to mention any special training or certifications you’ve received.
- Let Copier Careers know you’re ready to make a move. As the only recruiting firm exclusively dedicated to the Copier Channel, we’re passionate about connecting our clients with the best sales, service, office support, and management professionals. Browse our job board or submit your resume today!
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Clover Imaging Group has announced the signing of a definitive agreement to purchase LMI Solutions’ business assets. The agreement to purchase all of LMI’s inventory, intellectual property rights and manufacturing equipment is still subject to court approval.
Jim Cerkleski, Chairman, Clover Imaging Group, said, “The purchase of LMI’s business assets enhances our capabilities, customer reach, and demonstrates our confidence in the strength of the imaging supplies market. Clover offers the only true alternative to OEMs with significantly higher margins for our reseller partners. In addition, with the focus on environmental sustainability at an all-time high, we are seeing businesses and consumers alike abandoning single-use cartridges for our lower cost, environmentally conscious printing solutions. We are excited for the future.”
Trade War Shifting Industry Production
The ongoing trade war between the US and China has been causing a shift in overseas industry production. Kyocera is relocating their production of US-bound copiers and MFPs from China to Vietnam. Ricoh is shifting their production of US-bound products from China to Thailand while Sharp is considering the same move. Meanwhile, Canon is conducting feasibility studies across 40 countries with most of the shortlisted countries in Southeast Asia, South America, West Asia and Africa. It appears these changes are being made for products for the US market, their products for Asian and European markets are remaining in China.
Read more news from around the industry on our News & Resources page.
Our readers respond to last month’s poll question
Three of our four annual salary surveys have been published in 2019! A common theme we’ve seen is the value industry pros put on professional development opportunities, especially within the service department. So we were curious to hear how recently your own company has invested in you. We had a solid turnout of 6,228 votes this month!
The majority have received some professional development opportunities in the last 4 years – 36% in the past year and 31% within the past 2-4 years. However, the remaining third of respondents have bad sadly neglected. 16% haven’t had any options in five or more years, which means they are missing out on new developments. Another 14% have never had the chance to take classes or increase their certs through their companies and they wish the did have the opportunity. Only 2% said they don’t care that they’ve never had the option and just 1% said they were offered the chance but didn’t take it.
- Within the past year (36%, 2,269 Votes)
- Within the past 2-4 years (31%, 1,930 Votes)
- 5+ years ago (16%, 992 Votes)
- Never but I wish they did (14%, 867 Votes)
- Never but I don’t care (2%, 102 Votes)
- They’ve offered but I didn’t participate (1%, 68 Votes)
Total Voters: 6,228 (August 1, 2019 @ 6:12 pm - September 1, 2019 @ 9:01 pm)
Some comments from y’all:
- “I have been a top level technician for close to a decade now. Since I have been at the top of the stats they do not offer any training nor skills advancement. I have been told by this employer and two other prospective employers that if they help me attain higher levels they would have to increase my pay scale, and that does not serve them well. What they fail to see is that I am actively seeking employment and my dedication is now gone.”
- “They always offer these opportunities. That’s why I will work with this company until I die or retire – whichever comes first.”
- “My company doesn’t offer a career path or promote internal advancement. They hire people with the skills for a specific job and that’s it.”
- “Can’t recall them ever offering any opportunities – or raises for that matter. Though they sure seem to do well for themselves, I don’t feel appreciated.”
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