How Senior is my Manager?

Joao PoncianoEver wondered why many jobs have such posh titles?
Ever wondered why many of them pay roughly the same or slightly less than your typical office worker?

Well there must be something strange if a so called senior manager is on a salary of £20K. Are these positions really senior or just a way to attract candidates by their title.

Be under no illusions, however the job description and person specification must live to expectation if the title really means Senior. But what exactly is being senior?  

While a quick check of the dictionary would leave us in no doubt that this would be closely related to age.
When applying the term in its literal interpretation to a career it would translate into a significant number of years in a role profile.
Perhaps our premise is not entirely wrong, after all you would expect a senior role to be that where a candidate has considerable experience which is perfectly and directly correlated to years of performance of a role profile.

Well the modern times do not seem to follow this narrow view. The view of senior or manager has been widened to attract candidates to less attractive areas.

Think with me.

If you see a Managerial job you should expect the person specification to detail minimum years of experience and a degree of responsibility which is commensurate with that of someone in a senior job.
REKLAMA I ANONSETypically the later this would  involve responsibility for either people, budgets, health and safety and other functions alike.
Given the tight competition, such jobs of “Senior Managerial” calibre should insist that the candidates have management qualifications of at least degree level and most likely a professional registration to demonstrate some form of continuous professional development and affiliation.  

If you are aspiring to be a real Senior Manager think that without these aforementioned attributes and others you are not Senior Management material.
There is no worst frustration to those under a Senior Manager which is not qualified and has earned his place in modern times by the literal definition of Senior.

After all the literal interpretation of Senior is no longer sufficient to professionally perform a role and be able to develop it.
Society calls for more than just the basics while in the mean time we fool ourselves to thing that a title comes with responsibility!
Not anymore.

Author: Eur. Ing Joao Ponciano

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The job application process: Superficial and Superfluous?

The job application process: Superficial and Superfluous?

Innvation Studio advert finalThe prospect of a career change is always a challenge for many and for some a fright to make a move. In the mist of family life, the end of the month financials and job satisfaction lays a road often explored by those who are young and less taken by those who find themselves in a rat race and don’t know how to get out.

Whether it is the comfort of life or its adventure, many of the professional careers are buzzing with jobs for those who have technical skills or are able to deploy and develop a new set of skills and acquire new knowledge. Competition is fierce and often the ability to put to paper ones knowledge and experience is the first and only way to present who we are and what we are capable of doing.

The job is not easy! Persistence and preparation is key to not losing the nerve of sending many job applications and not hearing back or getting back feedback that is as useful as “ten thousands spoons when all you need is a knife”. – Sorry but we had a very strong pool of candidates. – We recognise you were a very strong candidate. – Unfortunately on this occasion we have decided not pursue your application.

Many of us have either heard or read these pointless and less fundamental critical sentences without a drop of specific feedback that may contribute to a better understanding of a process that usually hides its hand. – Have employers fully read and appreciated the detail of your application, completing due process?, or on the other hand, - Has their judgment been superficial and on the basis of a book cover? – Well, if the first, then readily available feedback should be provided at no extra time involved than that of thoroughly considering a candidate.

But let’s content ourselves, in the UK many employers present us with a person and a job description and their vacancy application process is time bound. In other markets vacancies are kept open until filled, candidates never get a reply nor a hint of yes or no.
Candidates often gamble and try all tricks under their hats to try and secure a positive reply. From sending CVs with letters of introduction to unadvertised vacancies, the so called open application, to making phone calls asking if there is anything available to proposing to work voluntarily to enable a potential employer to get to know them, all is possible, within limits – of course, in this quest to either move to a better career or to land the first rung of the job ladder.

For many the art of writing and their self-confidence is what holds them back. However freely available support can often be found in social networks and internet resources.

Such resources can be ever so useful in presenting written statements for a job application and in preparing for interviews but to make full use of them one has to be determined to succeed and not be held back by the first or subsequent no! An increasing organisation and training industry and social responsibility from educational providers is more than ever geared up to support students through their employability.

But what if you have left education a long time ago? Perhaps you never considered enrolling yourself into Continuous Professional Development programmes. These are often a good indication to the employer that you are serious about developing yourself and very useful to distinguish candidates from the traditional university qualifications.

After all if the conduct of the employers is superficial and superfluous you have better add something to your CV and application statement that catches their eye!

Eur. Ing. João Ponciano

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