#2 New and Noteworthy book on iTunes, #125 Best Seller in Career books (All-Time)
I’d like to thank everyone who has gone out and purchased or at least helped to promote the book. Such a high showing for a book in it’s first few weeks of release shows that there are people that truly care about helping individuals find jobs and getting America back to work!
Never Miss the Mark is a book that shares some valuable insight not just from myself, but other HR pros as well. The book is unique because it’s almost like having the chance to sit in a moderated panel discussion with HR professionals who share who their personal experience on how job seekers tend to miss the mark in their resume, interview and networking efforts. More importantly, the book talks about ways to fix those things – both from my point of view but from these same HR pros as well.
It has always been my goal for this book to help someone find employment and I was surprised and humbled to see this review on one the Amazon Kindle review page:
“I purchased this book for my kindle in the midst of my job-hunting slump. I recently had to try and maneuver through the aches and pains of job interviews and they didn’t seem to be going well, and I knew for a fact that none of them went great because I hadn’t yet been awarded a job. All I needed was one simple part-time job. The interviews continued and I was continually never called back, which made my confidence levels lower drastically as time went on. I searched around online for something that would help improve my abilities in an interview and managed to find “Never Miss The Mark: Career Search Strategies Provided by HR Pros”. I started reading it right after purchasing and immediately knew that I had found my solution.
Joey V. Price not only understands what it’s like to be an interviewee, but also the outlook and perspective of the recruiter as well. Every aspect I could imagine having concerns about is clearly explained and described in great detail. It made me understand what is important to interviewers and what will make the biggest difference in trying to stand out from the herds of other applicants. Recruiting is definitely a stressful ordeal, but Mr.Price clearly demonstrates what the big bad recruiters are really looking for when it comes down to picking the best candidate.
It wasn’t so much about teaching me how to play on the interviewer’s heartstrings as much as it was about helping me configure what my strengths were and how I could express and use them in a quick and concise fashion within the next interviewing process.
The next interview I went to I used these newly established methods.
I was called and offered the job the next day.”
Reviews and comments like this just help remind me why I decided to go into HR and Career consulting. I hope this book helps create many more stories like this one.
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On December 9, 2011, Jumpstart CEO, Joey V. Price was featured in an article entitled “Focus on Business: Advice for Business Graduates” on the CampusExplorer.com blog “The Explorer”
Here’s his quote:
Joey V. Price, Founder of Jumpstart:HR
Masters in Human Resources Management and Development, University of Maryland – University College
My best piece of advice would be to pursue big goals and dreams. It’s very easy to reach mediocrity and that does not require much effort. Find your passion and pursue it to the max. That makes life so much more fulfilling and it puts you in the position to give back to others as well!
Are you a business school grad? What advice would you give to new graduates?
Bottlenecking: A crime against productivity
@CarlaYoung:#MOMeo Tip: Find the bottlenecks in your task flow and either simplify, automate or delegate!
Bottlenecking. A crime against productivity.
That situation where everything seems to flow smoothly until it gets to one part of the workflow process or one person involved in the process and for whatever reason, everything seems to just come to a slow halt. There are many reasons for bottlenecking in the workplace (limited technology, inadequate workflow, too much demand on one person or process, etc.) but none of them are an excuse to allow for inefficiency. The negative effects of inefficiency are far too great to ignore. These negative effects can include disgruntled employees, constant pushing back of deliverables and a negative impression of your company by clients and other stakeholders.
If a company finds out that one particular person or process is slowing down productivity then something should be done about it. To piggyback off of @CarlaYoung, let’s explore the three ways to overcome bottlenecks in the workplace:
Simplify. To put it simply: sometimes we over-complicate things. The answer to solving workflow options may not be to add extra bells and whistles or spreadsheets, but instead focus on getting the task completed as quickly as possible without neglecting the quality of the work. Here’s a great rule of thumb: The more complex the task or step in a task, the greater the chance for a complication, hindrance or failure to complete the task as required each and every time. Simplify and specify. This makes everyone’s life run much smoother.
Automate. Automation and simplification work hand in hand. Automating tasks ensure that the task or portion of the task gets done the same way, as needed, every time. Automation frees you up to focus on other areas of importance and gives you the peace of mind to know you can take your hands off of that task. Automation allows you to scale your business processes so that you can grow much more efficiently and still handle the booming demands of your business. This is why an investment in technology is so important. If you’re still using paper time cards, how much time is your HR or Accounting department spending on a process that computers can do in a split second? And what about invoicing and check writing? If you are still using handwritten checks and sending out invoices that are hand-crafted, you’re spending a lot of time that could be used someplace else.
Delegate. As a business owner, I know this word strikes fear and nervousness in the hearts of all task owners. “Can I trust someone else to do as good a job as I would?” “Will I hand this off to someone who will screw up the work?” Those are some of the questions that all business owners must ask and fears that business owners must face. If you think you can run a business where your hand is everything then your business will only grow to be as big as you are physically capable of allowing it to grow. There are two finite units of measurement in life: 1) your time and 2) your physical ability to contribute to a task or goal. The more you trust others and coach them on how to execute to your level of quality and set quality control measures along the way then you can rest easy knowing that you’ve eliminated one of the most common bottlenecks in business: yourself.
I’ll leave you with a rule of thumb that one of my mentors shared with me and has stuck with me ever since:
Of the 100% of things you are doing right now…
… 85% can be delegated to someone else to do with little to no training
… 10% can be delegated to someone else to do with moderate or specified training
… 5% can only be done by you
So what’s your 5%? What’s in your 85% and 10%? Once you figure it out, simplify, automate and delegate accordingly.