Feature Friday- Hakan Bozkaya Managing Partner of destinationoneCERM

Feature Friday- Hakan Bozkaya Managing Partner of destinationoneCERM

What do you like best about Recruiting?

I like being able to create a better opportunity for people, that they may not otherwise know about. Also, helping our candidates really achieve where they want to go in the next 2-5 years by making little moves in the career – really making the difference in someone’s life.

How did you get started with destinationone?

I knew KD from 2011, while I was working at another company we kept in touch. I realized that I wanted more of a challenge and so I talked with KD and over a few meeting he shared his vision with me and I with him. I realized that with such a large vision I needed help to achieve it. We clicked, in terms of where he saw destinationone’s future as a business.

What specifically drew you towards CERM (Construction, Engineering, Real-Estate, and Mining)?

In 2006, I worked for a different company as their Global Operations Manager and by chance, I had friends in the construction industry that asked for my assistance in recruitment. Quickly, I realized that I had a knack for the industry. Which prompted me to start my own company in 2007. I focused in construction and engineering because, at that time, there was a real demand for it. Once I saw the opportunistic potential, it came out of a need for that industry and passion of my own.

What are you most excited for in the new year?

I’m excited because 2018 is a crucial year for us for the continual expansion of destinationone in the next 5 to 10 years.

6 Ways to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

6 Ways to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

2017 is coming to a close and the holiday festivities have begun to commence. Which means, 2018 is right around the corner and New Year’s resolutions are in the future. Each year millions of people promise themselves generic and vague goals for the new year. From quitting an unhealthy habit to promoting new healthy ones, inevitably, by the end of January these resolutions have been forgotten. Here are 6 ways to make your New Year’s Resolutions stick:

 

  1. Be specific: Know exactly what it is you want to improve or change. If your end goal is to ‘be healthier’ then make a resolution to 1) join a gym (working out 2-3 times a week) and 2) buy a healthy cookbook and make at least one meal a day from it.
  2. Share your successes: It’s important to receive validation for your hard work and to feel like other people in your life are cheering you on. Whether that may be sharing your improvement over the dinner table or posting it is as your status on Facebook.
  3. Make them measurable: It’s easier to recognize your improvement if the goal is measurable. If you can logically calculate how far you have come then you will be more motivated to continue and finish your resolution.
  4. Start little: “Rome was not built in a day”, you need time to create and achieve your goals. Break up your end goals into small attainable increments. That way you won’t be discouraged or feel pressured by your goals, and instead, feel empowered.
  5. Journal your improvement: By keeping a log of all new developments in your goals it will encourage you to continue. You will easily be able to compare how far you have come and keep track of all future achievements.
  6. Give yourself an incentive: Reward yourself for all your hard work: give yourself a cheat day and treat yourself to those cheesy fries you have been fantasizing about all week!
Feature Friday: Katarina Karanovic

Feature Friday: Katarina Karanovic

We are so appreciative of our amazing staff that has been helping expand our company! Today, we would like to feature Katarina Karanovic, our Senior Recruitment Partner for destinationoneTemp, who has been with the company for a year and a half. Take a look at some of the great things she had to say about destinationone and recruitment!

What do you like best about Recruiting?

“My favourite part about recruitment is where you have a candidate who is stressed out looking for a job that’s a good fit for them and you have a client who’s looking for the right candidate because they have a lot of work and they want someone who is reliable. When you send the candidate and it’s a perfect fit. The candidate loves the job and the client calls us and says, “thank you so much they’re awesome!” I find the whole experience very rewarding.”

How did you get started with destinationone?

“I finished my degree in Psychology and I was looking for something related to Psych to start working, or go back to school and do my Masters. As I was applying for jobs to see what was out there, one of destinationone’s recruiters called me and offered me a receptionist job at a jewelry store. I replied that I was looking for something that was either related to HR or Psychology and then she asked if I would like to come work for destinationone. So, I came for my interview and I loved the people aspect of things and I have been loving it ever since.”

What is your favourite part about working for destinationone?

“My favourite part about destinationone is the close relationships recruiters have with their candidates. On any given day, a recruiter will be dealing with 50-60 different candidates, to be able to get on a personal level with each one of those people I think is an amazing thing. To have candidates call and thank me for the work; it’s just that rewarding feeling like you did something right, they are so appreciative, I think that is the best part.”

What is your communication style?

What is your communication style?

There are four different types of communication styles

1. Emotive
2. Directive
3. Supportive
4. Reflective

These styles are based on someone’s dominance and sociability.

Emotive Style: A combination of high dominance and high sociability.

– They are active and spontaneous
– They express emotion with abrupt hand movements
– Their speech is rapid
– They take initiative
– They are generally extroverts
– They are direct and open when speaking with others
– They like to encourage informality

Directive Style: A combination of high dominance and low sociability.

– They have a serious demeanor and comes off sometimes as impersonal
– They are more comfortable speaking than listening
– They don’t like to waste time and like to get directly to the point
– They like to have control (during work meeting the directive may try and control the agenda)

Reflective Style: A combination of low dominance and low sociability.

– They often control their emotional expression and don’t often open up about their feelings
– They like structure and orderliness
– They do not like unexpected plans or change
– They may seem difficult to get to know
– They are very disciplined

Supportive Style: A combination of low dominance and high sociability.

– They are very good listeners
– They can appear shy and reserved
– They can easily express emotions
– They take time to make decisions
– They are thoughtful and deliberate
– They avoid the use of power

Now that you have read through the different communication styles can you decide which one best suits you? Comment below!

How to Prepare for a Business Interview:

How to Prepare for a Business Interview:

Did you know that the average person changes jobs 10-15 times during their career? The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has revealed that this number has significantly been increasing as the job market continues to modernize. Finding the right job for you may take some experience and time, which is why you need to get your PHD in executing an interview! Here are the major factors to look out for:

1. Dress for Success: Stating the obvious but you need to look the part! This is your audition to represent their company and you must look professional. This doesn’t mean you need expensive brand name clothing, you can just as easily buy a dress shirt from your local thrift store. Just remember the little things that matter like ironing your clothes, your attention to detail can be shown through your appearance.

2. Preparing for Questions: Be ready for their questions but be careful not to sound scripted! We suggest writing down bullet points and practice answering questions with a family member or friend before your interview. Remember the key questions:
– Why are you a good fit for this company/what makes you a good candidate?
– Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
– Why do you want this job? What interests you about this specific job?
– Can you give an example of your work (in specified area)?

3. Edit your Resume: Follow the steps we gave you in our previous blog: The Art of Crafting a Resume.

4. Come Prepared: Have a printed copy of your cover letter and resume. One for yourself and one for your interviewer. Make sure you have background knowledge of the company and industry you are applying for. You should be able to easily describe the job description that you are applying for. Do your research!

Why the “Follow-Up” Post Interview is so Important

Why the “Follow-Up” Post Interview is so Important

The application has been filled, the resume and cover letter was dropped off, and the interview has been completed. For many, this is the final step they will take in their job application process; however, regardless if you receive the job it is crucial that there is communication between the applicant and the potential employer.

From a Candidates Perspective

Applying for a job is a time-consuming and nerve-racking experience: applying to the job, adjusting one’s resume and cover letter, preparing for and executing the interview. All this effort and time has gone into attempting to attain a job and even still, many people don’t follow up.

If you have not heard any response from the interviewer within 48 hours then call them. Don’t wait to be called! Here’s why:

– This creates an opportunity for the employer to see your initiative. If they are stuck between you and another candidate it works in your favor to act fast and show your desire for the job.
– It allows you to gain confidence: the more experience you get the more confident you will be.
– Hearing critiques and adjusting for next time: if you call and are informed that you have not received the job it is a great opportunity to ask what you could have improved on.
– If you have not received this job they may keep you in mind later down the road for another job opportunity.

From an Employers Perspective

Finding the right employee is also time-consuming and can be frustrating. Sorting through resumes, executing interviews, calling references, and narrowing down the candidates. Many employers become frustrated with the time already spent on finding the right person for the job that they so often don’t call back those who don’t make the cut.

Here’s why you should:

It keeps your company’s reputation intact: If a candidate has a bad experience during the interview process or feels like they have been unfairly judged they will most likely tell others. This step is even more crucial now because of how easily bad experiences can spread through social media. One call to thank them for their time can save you from a PR disaster and a negative Glassdoor review.