4 Warning Signs of The Wrong Company

Wrong company: What should you look for when you are interviewing for a job?  Are you wasting your time when you could be making better progress in your job search?

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As the owner of a recruiting firm, I worked with applicants who dealt with troubling issues during the interview process.  Here are some of the things I learned from my experience in helping these applicants

Wrong Company:  The company location is unsafe.

In major metropolitan areas, office and factory spaces are expensive.  To save money, some companies locate their offices in inexpensive locations.  In major metropolitan areas, the less expensive locations are often in high crime locations.  I have had three clients whose offices were inside chain link fences that had barbed wire on the top.

If you do not believe that the location is safe, you need to ask yourself whether you are interviewing with the wrong company.

Wrong Company: The interviewers fail to keep their commitments.

In some cases, interviewers have valid reasons for cancelling an appointment, and they explain those reasons to you.  An easy way to handle the situation is to show understanding and simply reschedule.

However, some interviewers raise red flags when they fail to keep commitments.

  • The interviewers cancel appointments without attempting to reschedule.
  • They cancel appointments more than once.
  • Worth of all, the interviewers completely fail to call you or to meet with you without calling to cancel or reschedule.

If interviewers can’t keep their commitments, you should see that as a sign that you are interviewing with the wrong company.

Wrong Company:  Interviewers take calls during your interview, or they allow people to come into their office to interrupt your interview.

This type of behavior is a sign that the interviewer is not interested in you or, perhaps, simply does not respect your time.

Remember that the way an interviewer handles an interview is a sign of how a company deals with its employees.  This behavior is uncommon, but when it has happened, applicants have often complained to me about it and rightfully so.

The interviewer is the face of the company.  If the interviewer doesn’t respect your time, how well will you be able to at a company that may not respect your time.  This type of company is the wrong company.

Wrong Company:  The company withholds details on benefits and salary range during the interview process.

The company benefits and compensation are confidential information.  For competitive security issues, companies must protect the details of their operations.  However, to avoid wasting their own time and the applicant’s time, the best interviewers provide general information on benefits and compensation.  Often, companies include information on benefits and compensation on the job description.

You need to work for companies that put the information out front.  Companies that play games during the interview may be companies that bait and switch on commitments.  This type of company is the wrong company.

100 Top U.S. Retailers and Where to Find Them (Mapped)

100 Top U.S. Retailers and Where to Find Them (Mapped) is a list of great places to find a job in the retail industry. Who can benefit from this map? Job seekers, vendors, advertisers, or anyone else who needs to find great retail headquarters locations.
100 Top U.S. Retailers and Where to Find Them (Mapped)

100 Top U.S. Retailers and Where to Find Them (Mapped)

To create this list, I relied on several sources.  The first source was my three decades of recruiting in the consumer sector.  The second source is my database of tens of thousands of companies.

I found the following sources helpful to compare company ratings and verify contact information.

Another excellent source for lists of retailers and wholesalers in the food industry is the Supermarket NewsTop 75 Retailers and Wholesalers | Supermarket News.” After three decades of research, I found that the exact standing is not as important as knowing how to reach the retailers that are important to your business.  Therefore, I did not use Supermarket News or any other ranking systems for quality ranking or sales ranking.

Top 10 Cities & States for Job Growth Rate

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferris

Some cities and states offer more than a place to work.  They offer high job growth rate and long-term career security. What are the top states and cities?

Studies from the Arizona State University W. P. Carey School of Business give interesting information that helps us find answers to those questions.

ASU’s Top 10 Cities for Job Growth Rate

ASU’s Top 10 States for Job Growth Rate

Maps based on Arizona State University W. P. Carey School of Business studies.

The Consumer Packaged Goods Industry: Is It for You?

The Consumer Packaged Goods Industry: Is It For You?
The Consumer Packaged Goods Industry: Is It for You?

Read an expert: CPG 101: Strategies to Get Your Consumer Product to Market by David Towner

Are you just beginning your career?  Or perhaps, are you considering switching industries?   The consumer packaged goods industry might offer the career you are seeking.

The Consumer Packaged Goods Industry Defined:

What is the consumer packaged goods industry?

Consumer packaged goods companies sell products essential consumers.  These products they make are ones that consumers buy a frequent basis.  Another term for consumer packaged goods is fast-moving consumer goods.  Consumer packaged goods companies stand in contrast to the durable goods industry.  Durable goods companies make products like cars, computers, and appliances.

Categories in the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry

  • Fresh meat
  • Fresh produce
  • Frozen foods
  • Dairy and deli
  • Shelf-stable canned or bottled foods
  • Health and beauty aids
  • Candy
  • Pet Food Products
  • Home products: batteries, matches, clothes pins
  • Household cleaning products
  • Paper products

Some people do not include fresh products as consumer packaged goods companies.  However, people with experience in other categories of consumer packaged goods crossover to fresh food products companies.

Consumer Packaged Goods Points of Distribution.

  • Grocery stores
  • Convenience stores
  • Mass merchants
  • Deep discount stores or dollar stores
  • Club stores
  • Drug stores
  • Internet

Fastest growing Sector

The fastest growing sector of the consumer packaged goods company is the natural or organic sector.

Jobs in the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry

  • Category Analysts
  • Marketing, Brand, Product Management
  • Initiative Specialization to include Innovation and Consumer Insight
  • Custom Research
  • Team Leader and Account Managers
  • Distributor and Broker Managers
  • Directors and Executives
  • Business Development
  • Category Management
  • Trade Marketing
  • Sales Analysts
  • Product Managers
  • Sales Planners
  • Logistics Analysts and Managers
  • Market Research and Analytics

Services and Support Companies for the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry

  • Free-standing Inserts (FSI)
  • Instant-Redeemable Coupons (IRC)
  • Direct Mail Coupons
  • In-store Coupons
  • Data and analytics support
  • Advertising
  • In-Store Marketing Products
  • Product Demonstrations
  • Shelf Signs or Shelf Talkers
  • Floor Signs
  • Shopping Cart Signs
  • In-Store Radio

Categories in Data Support for Consumer Packaged Goods Companies

The data industry is a growth industry.  You might want to focus on this sector of the consumer packaged goods industry.

  • Category Management
  • Syndicated Data
  • Panel Data
  • Custom Research
  • Shopper Insights Research

List of Consumer Products Packaged Goods Companies

Top 100 Consumer Packaged Goods Companies

How to Think Clearly

Mind Habits Focus

People do many ways to think clearly.

Here are five of them.

Make lists.  For me, having a list of things to do helps me clear my mind.  Working with my list, I can think of one thing at a time.  I can focus on what I am doing.

Write things out.  When I am worrying about something or angry about something, I can write down what is bothering me.  I can write something as simple as, “I am angry at John, because he took criticized me in front of the other people in the meeting.”

Take responsibility for my actions.  When I make mistakes, I can admit my mistakes.  When I have offended someone, I can clear my mind by saying to that person that I regret what I said or did and that if I had it to do over, I would hopefully handle things differently.  Strangely, when I admit that I am wrong, I stop being angry or resentful.

Take breaks.  For me, a break can take many different forms.  I can step away from my desk and take a short walk.  I can spend time organizing things around my office.  Once a day, I stop for twenty-five minutes to lie down and focus on letting my muscles relax.  I just become aware of which part of my is not relaxed and release the tension. The MIT Center For Academic Excellence recommends that you “plan regular breaks.”

Reduce distractions. I cannot watch a television program and listen to a person at the same time.  I cannot type on my computer and learn anything from a podcast at the same time.  Whenever I am expecting myself to handle two mental tasks simultaneously, I am not able to think clearly.  The editorial team at Mind Tools says, “Without distractions, you can get into flow, produce high-quality work, and achieve much more during the day.”

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How To Negotiate Salary

Negotiation Salary

How you negotiate salary depends on many things.

Here are three of the things that affect how you negotiate salary.

The size of the company:  Larger companies have structured compensation plans.  The plans have pay grades.  The pay grades have three levels: entry range, mid-range, upper range.  Smart hiring managers don’t hire people into the upper range of the pay grade.  If they did, they could not give the person a pay raise without promoting the person.

The level of the job:  For entry-level jobs, companies pay at or slightly above the market minimum, or entry range, for inexperienced people.  Companies pay all inexperienced people closely the same amount.  As a person gains experience, their compensation package becomes more complex and varies more greatly.  Job seekers have greater differences in their compensation based on their time in industry, their performance, and generosity of the hiring company.

The type of compensation plan:  Some companies pay based on performance.  People who perform better receive higher bonuses or commissions.  I have seen medical sales jobs and marketing service sales jobs where the base salary was half what a person had made in base salary at their previous company.  However, the performance compensation was three to four times their compensation at their previous job.

You can do many things to have a successful salary negotiation.

Here are three things to do to win when you negotiate salary.

Know the numbers: It is easy to know the value of a job in the marketplace.  There are pay range calculators online.  The top sites are Salary.com and Payscale.com.  Use these calculators.

Save everyone’s time.  Put compensation on the table before you start.  Ask the recruiter or hiring manager what the salary range is before you go to the interview.  During the first interview, ask the interviewer what the salary range of the job is.  You are not asking what they plan to offer you.  You are just clarifying whether your interviewing for the job is worth their time and yours.

Show the benefits.  Have solid reasons why you need the compensation you expect.  Show how your reasons benefit the needs of the hiring company.  

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Good luck with your interviews and negotiations.

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