Over the past several years Somoto has placed itself among the leaders in the Software Monetization industry. How did we go from a small start up to a legitimate player in our industry? It starts with hiring the best people for the job and giving them the space to do what they do best. In Somoto as with most other software monetization companies, there are two main teams: Sales and Development. For developers, it is important to have relevant information on your CV. If your area of expertise is in Magic, but the open position is for PHP, then the position probably isn’t relevant for you. Similarly, if the position is for a PHP developer, make sure that your knowledge and experience in PHP is at the top of you CV. Most human resource directors see so many CV’s that they can’t possibly read every line on every CV. So put the crucial information at the top. On the sales side of the business, there are also varying levels, from someone with no experience to a sales manager. At Somoto Inc, we run a program under our BetterInstaller brand where we bring in Junior Sales Associates, generally their job out of college, and we give train them, and give them the tools they need to succeed. At the end of the program, the individuals who meet our criteria are given a chance to join our sales associate team. I remember when I was applying for jobs; nothing would frustrate me more than getting rejected from a position, because I’m too over-qualified. While it didn’t make sense to me then, I now see it from the HR perspective. We received a CV from a lawyer with a Ph.D. with several years’ experience at a law firm, for an entry-level sales position. From our perspective someone with those qualifications wouldn’t be satisfied working an entry-level position like this, and so the CV goes to the bottom of the pile. Don’t just go through a job listing website and shoot off resumes to every open position. Read the description and the requirements and if you have the qualifications send in the CV. It is my belief by applying in this manner your odds are higher you’ll hear back from companies, and you won’t feel you’re wasting your time by applying for a job. (Somoto has several open Sales positions in our Israel office, for more information check the website!) Article written by Jonathan Peterson Hiring advice image from Shutterstock
January 21, 2022
Some managers can motivate you from the moment they step into a room, while others simply cannot get employees to work for them at their full potential. The real problem stands in the fact that the effective manager does need to have some traits. Failure to have them will lead to failure for the entire company.
The successful business manager needs skills and talent.
Managerial skills can easily be developed as time passes through experience, mentoring, and training. However, when referring to natural talent, this is definitely something that cannot be obtained.
Productive companies will always invest a lot of money in developing and identifying truly effective managers. If this is the type of job that you are after, you should know that the following traits are necessary.
You Must Have Great Leadership Skills
This is one crucial attribute that so many managers actually lack these days.
Most companies will promote those employees that have great individual results. The problem is that a really good salesperson will rarely be a really good manager. The true leader will always be able to inspire trust, delegate responsibility, and provide direction. A manager won't be a "leader" if they cannot perfectly perform these three tasks.
While leadership skills can be gained in time, the innately talented manager will actually be able to gain all that he or she needs to be a true leader in a short period of time. This is something that is a lot more important than what many believe at the moment. Every single successful business manager out there is a leader who takes the team he or she manages and makes it work better, faster, and more effectively.
You Need To Have A Clear Communication Strategy
It is very important for the manager to have really strong communication skills. It is not enough to show that you appreciate your employees. You need to properly highlight what you want from them so that everything can go smoothly.
The effective manager has to be able to properly decipher, understand, and then relate the vision of the organization to the employees so that productivity is maintained. If communication is ineffective, employees will not understand what the manager tells them. This can lead to so many different problems in the future, and such a chain reaction can have a devastating effect on the profit of any company.
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You Must Have The Ability To Adapt
This is something that makes him/her really effective at the job. If the manager can adapt to the circumstances that are unexpected, the entire team will achieve more success in the future. This also means that a successful manager has the necessary creative thinking skills to find a new solution to any problem that may appear.
You Need To Focus On Developing Your Team
You cannot have employees that remain still when referring to the skills that they have. Any financial blog on the internet will tell you that an effective manager will make sure that employees improve and that they become better at the job that is done.
Developing other people basically involves cultivating talents and then motivating them to channel gained talents towards increasing productivity.
You Have To Build Relationships
It's a shame to see that there are still managers who do not understand the importance of networking. A manager needs to establish good relationships with potential clients and employees. Those employees who feel they are valued will always be more effective and will put in the extra effort that can bring in better results at the end of the day.
When building a relationship with an employee, it is really important that the manager showcases empathy and trust in the ability of the team. This is something that helps everyone enjoy working under the guidance of the specific team leader. Make sure that you know as much as possible about the employees—their strong points, and their weak points.
You Need To Constantly Develop Your Skills
The effective manager is the one who knows the problems that he or she has and constantly works on solving them. Career development is a huge part of career success in this job and in any other job. You need to develop in order to be able to lead employees.
If you remain at the same level, the entire team remains at the same level. That manager that continues to grow will eventually learn how to use the above-mentioned natural talents in order to make the team work flawlessly and even encourage the employees to do the same thing.
The manager who never develops is basically bound to eventually lag behind as he or she cannot adapt to the market. This and adaptability go hand-in-hand. You cannot have one without the other.
Try to improve as much as possible with every single project that you do and always be truthful to yourself about the flaws that you have. Work on them as soon as possible and your team members will see that you put in the effort to change.
It is so much harder to be an effective manager than we think. There is this belief that you can simply learn how to be a great leader in college. This is definitely not the case. Many of the really successful managers from around the world did not have formal training. You need to be sure that you constantly grow. That is, most likely, the most important trait to have if you want to be a great leader.
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