7 Ways To Keep Employees Long-term

Every year the number of people who are seeking jobs increases rapidly in Cambodia job market. However, there is still challenge for many employers to hire professional employees to work for because organizations are competing with one another to headhunt best talents to join their company.

With this competitive labor market, potential employees set themselves high demand of salary expectation. They are willing to move if any employers could offer them well-paid wage, which produces high turnover rate in some companies. For this reason, employers face big challenge with both new hiring and existing staff retention.

Losing a key staff leads to impacts on business operation badly. Beside productivity loss, finding new replacement costs employers time and money. New comers usually spend at least from three to six months in order to understand and perform their roles well. That’s training course.

So what can employers do to retain their key staff?

Here are 7 ways to motivate employees to commit long-term with their employers:

1. Learning Opportunity

Most employees seek opportunities to engage in professional learning. For instance, training courses to increase their leadership capacity can be applied to newly promoted supervisors. Some employees from rich family background may stay long-term as long as they can learn new things from their jobs apart from financial motivation. Other staff sees learning opportunities not only by professional courses, but from their management directly because they are inspired by his or her management style.

2. Competitive Compensation

To attract new talents and retain existing professionals, it’s vital that employers offer salary that meets or exceeds employees’ expectation. Usually, the pay should be more than that offered by other businesses in the same industry. Keep updated with how much competitors pay their staff, and make annual salary review based on not only policy, but also staff’s performance and inflation matter. It is not a good sign if lucrative employees leave a company and join their competitors.

3. Growing Opportunity

Growing opportunity refers to spaces within a company that are more available for employees to be promoted to hold better role. Opportunities can be available in same department or cross-departments. Some organizations that are in growing stage also provide their internal staff opportunities to grow if employees are willing to work based in other locations, for example.

4. Quality of Management

It is said that employees leave managers not company, so management quality plays important roles in giving staff warm working environment. A lot of people complain about poor management when talking about their reason of leaving previous jobs. In order to keep key persons long-term, business owners should treat them well so they will take care their business.

5. Firm Reputation

Companies with long-term and good reputation are ideal workplace employees wish to spend their working life with because they believe that they will have stable career with competitive pay. What is more, working for big firms gives employees high profile background. For example, Cambodian employees prefer working for the bank because of job stability, standardized policy, high profile in society etc.

6. Employee Benefits

Well-paid salary alone is not enough to buy employees’ commitment to stay long-term. Employees seek not only a job with big salary, but also outstanding benefits. Benefits mean both financial and non-financial rewards to keep employees motivated. Financial benefits include incentive, commission, year-end bonus, 13th salary, retirement benefits. Non-financial rewards are flexibility working hours, work-life balance, public holidays, leave etc.

7. Working Environment

Working environment is a key factor that influences employees significantly on how they feel about their surroundings at work. Positive working environment makes employees feel happy and motivated to perform their daily duties. Employees like to work for a company with transparent and open communication, trust building, recognition for hard work, strong team spirit so on and forth.

Even though competitive compensation works well in current labor market, meaningful work is vital to motivate employees to stay long-term with company. Beside big salary, talented professionals seek challenging assignments, opportunities for career development. The more employers could provide to their staff, the more they attract new professionals and keep their existing.

Your turn!

What motivates you the best to stay long-term with your employer?

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How Employers Analyze Your Resume

Do you know that employers have only twenty seconds to screen your resume? Writing an easy-to-read resume actually increases your chance to get shortlisted for further testing and/or interview opportunity. When your resume doesn’t make sense to them, they will probably discard your application.

The style of resume and how long it is that you use for job application might not be a matter as long as it is informative and can talk on behalf of you to employers. However, you should choose the ones which are practical used in your country, or employers will find it hard to screen information in your resume.

No matter how you write your resume, it is helpful to bear in mind with 9 things which most employers analyze when they screen your resume.

Also read: Job Interview Tips: Before, During, and After

1. Job progression

In experience section of your resume, the first thing employers look for is relevant working experience. If you have been working long, your resume should show your growth in your career. Your job progression could be in one or different companies, but make sure that it makes sense to employers. For example, you are not recommended to write that you started a job in management level. In such case, you need to explain it hard, especially during the interview.

2. Emphasis on experience

Too much emphasis on education, extracurricular activities, volunteer activities, hobbies, or professional association memberships usually leads to the signs of inexperienced application. If you are a professional, experienced staff, it is better to reduce unnecessary, non-experienced things. In contrast, if you are a fresh graduate, it helps to include them in your resume, but not too much of them.

3. Date of employment

For every job movement, employers need to see clear working date. Both starting and ending date for each employment are expected to clearly state its months and years, so that employers can figure out how long you stay at a job. Exaggeration about employment date is not acceptable and will lowers your credit if they find out you cheat.

4. Job duties/responsibilities

Under position title, your job duties and responsibilities are supposed to tell employers how much you are involved in your roles. Therefore, it is advantageous to list down your main responsibilities as bullet points- also it’s easy to read. Beside those, employers notice your management ability by looking at the number of subordinates under your supervision while reporting line indicates how senior you are.

5. Gaps in employment

Professional recruiters suggest no gaps in employment because it results badly in next job application. Even though sometimes the reason can be explained during job interview, it gives negative judgment on your resume to employers during they screen your profile. Some serious employers may not even give you a chance of being shortlisted when seeing undesired gaps of previous employment. If your absenteeism in previous jobs is a must due to certain reasons, do briefly include in your reason of leaving.

6. Job hopping

Job hopping refers to a short period of time in a job or changing many jobs within a short period of employment. Absolutely, it is not good to move from one job to another within every three or six months because employers do not wish to see your poor loyalty to previous employers. Spending at least two years at a company is just fine while it is better to stay three years or longer with each employers.

7. Typographical errors

It is important that you need to avoid making grammatical or vocabulary mistakes in your resume because these errors cost you a lot. From employers’ point of view, typographical errors signal inability and/or poor attention to detail. Moreover, if it is not your native language, this kind of errors lower your foreign language score.

8. Order of information

Employers wish to see relevant and important information first, so place it at the top accordingly. For example, you are expected to write your current role as sales manager on the top of your previous sales supervisor in your experience section.

9. Education

Similar to working experience, you should place your current/last education first- from most to the least current. Seriously, employers usually don’t consider job application with exceeding educational degree as well as the one lower than the position you’re applying for. For example, application for receptionist does not prefer candidates with master or higher degrees.

As mentioned above, in their application screening process, employers take a careful and critical look at many things stated in your resume, so having just a resume is not enough. You must write smart resume which is able to present your profile effectively to your prospective employers. Make sure that it can explain, solve problem, and fight for interview opportunity on behalf of you.

Your turn!

If you are a recruiter, how do you analyze candidates’ resume?

If you are a candidate, is it fair enough for you?

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How I Freed Myself from Comfort Zone

I started my first job as an English teacher at a Christian non-profit organization, providing English and computer courses to Cambodia students who cannot afford school fee at university. This opportunity came to me after I finished this course and I was also one of the outstanding students at that NGO. Of course, I did not earn much, but it was very exciting for me to join loved working environment that I have chance to contribute in educating students from rural areas.

After three years in peaceful working environment, I was still appreciated the way I helped the society, and personally I improved a lot of English language. I met and gained respects from a lot of new students.

However, one day I got an idea about changing my life. I asked myself what else I could do in my life besides teaching English. Thinking over and over, I decided to move from NGO environment to private business sector because I need to challenge myself in the new world.

Of course, I did what I thought and firstly it was very hard for me to adjust myself to the new environment in term of workload, different expectation from employers as well as dealing with clients. Sometimes I almost give things up and go back to become an English teacher again. However, I believe that human is designed to step forward, not backward so I kept trying. To keep moving, there is only one way for me to do- that’s adjusting myself to changes.

Here are the 7 imperatives to help me switch from NGO to private sector:

1. Create awareness of the need for change

Before I moved from one job to another, I created a few good reasons that I need the necessary change in my life- that’s simple, a better salary. Besides basic earning, my needs are to perform new roles, make new achievement, and connect new people. Understanding the importance of change, I strongly pushed myself before I can fly further because it was the first time for me to change my job.

2. Create a vision of where I want to go

Another influencing factor that makes me leave my comfort zone is to foresee what level I will be in the next few years. Personally, holding a role in human resources management position is what I wanted to do. If you have your own dream role, why not create reason to give you motivation to move on?

3. Assess my readiness for change

To challenge in the new job, I need to see what my current potentiality is. For example, good English language is the most important thing for communication at workplace. Another thing to consider is to check if I am ready to contribute my energy and time to work because I know that working in private sector needs more commitment.

4. Facilitate change

To face the change, I plan to provide myself with roadmaps. What I mean by this is that I need to find ways that comfort me to do my job well. Different assignments may need different steps and procedures to make things done, so I create them on my own. For example, when I don’t trust my memory, technology is my best workmate.

As a humble person, it is not difficult for me to seek help from other people round me. I like making good communication so that I will gain enough support from many people around me when I face new things. Age is just a number so I don’t mind seeking help from older or younger people than I am.

5. Motivate myself

It is not easy to challenge new things, so self-motivation is the key to success. When I am in tough situation, I don’t let myself upset easily. I keep myself positive because I see obstacles as new things to learn and make me a strong me.

6. Follow up progress

The way I measure my progress is to set a standard criteria to achieve or getting close to. Then I often review my performance so far and compare to the criteria set. Another method is to compare progress to the persona I want to become in the future. Knowing all this, I manage to adjust the way I work in order to achieve better outcome.

7. Celebrating and recognizing success

It’s not done yet when I do something the best for my work. I don’t care how other people recognize my achievement or not. I just give myself a reward. Sometimes I buy myself a favorite drink, and watching my favorite movies is also another relaxing motivation for my good job.

Stop staying in your comfort zone if you want something better for your life because doing same things, you will get same results. A desire to be successful is not enough- it needs blood and sweat. Accept the fact that moving forward is not easy like going on tour; therefore, create awareness of where and what you want to be. Then wait for no more and simply start taking action.

Your turn!

Have you ever been in love with a comfort workplace for too long?

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