For the next three weeks, we will share stories of job seekers who have applied for a scholarship (see the application form here), so you can see how important it is that we get them the help they want and deserve, but can’t afford. Meet Andi: Q: What’s the hardest part about unemployed long-term?A: I feel the longer I am unemployed, the harder it is to find employment again. As a Human Resources professional myself, I know (from experience) that employers prefer candidates that are currently employed. I've followed the advice and have remained as active as I can (volunteering, doing contract work, etc.), but have not yet been able to find employment. It really bothers me that I can't get an offer of employment. I have been getting interviews but always seem to come in second or third... The rejection really starts to erode my self-confidence. I just don't understand what I am doing wrong (if anything). Some of my colleagues have found employment in a short period of time.The longer I am unemployed, the worse my financial situation becomes leading me to worry more and more. I worry that I'm going to end up homeless and can't understand how I could go from a six-figure position to living like this. On top of everything, my husband is also unemployed and has been battling cancer for the last three years. He had been declared "cancer free" but we recently found out the cancer has returned. This, obviously, puts more pressure on me to find employment. I feel like such a failure. My career/position was part of my identity and now I don't know who I really am. HELP!!Q: What have you been doing to look for work so far?A: Responded to job postings (active). Read all kinds of material on job searching, inteviewng, and so on. Made numerous contacts through LinkedIn, former colleagues, friends, etc. Networked. Volunteered.Q: Why do you feel our Job Search Accelerator Program can help you?A: I've come very close to landing a new position but always seem to lose out to someone else. I get interviews and second interviews so I feel I must be doing something wrong or not doing something to really "Wow" the hiring manager(s). I have some friends who have been offered positions on the spot (something rare but obviously not impossible). I feel I could really use some help in my job search. Andi* is one of the 30+ scholarship applicants we have received since launching Allies to the Out-of-Work. Want to know how you can help job seekers like her? Harnessing the power of the micro-fundraising site, Indiegogo.com, we launched a campaign to raise $10,000 that will give 100 long-term unemployed people a full scholarship to our Job Search Accelerator Program (JSAP). This program is helping hundreds of people find work. However, it’s not something we can give away for free. So, we are hoping to get donations from those of you out there who: A) Have been out of work recently and know how hard the job search really is. B) Know somebody long-term unemployed and want to sponsor them. C) Care about getting Americans back to work and on their feet.
Besides payroll, one of your organization’s largest spends is probably on technology. You spent thousands of dollars to implement your new ERP system. Years later you’re still using the same version with manual compliance-related workarounds. The ERP system needs to be kept current. What do you do?
As the business continued to grow, you struggled to make the ERP system work for you. There was no written documentation for the end-users, and you created manual workarounds. Training was done verbally so end-users weren’t trained consistently, and they ended up having a lot of dirty data. In the end, the business was expending extraordinary time and effort muscling to use the ERP system, and only getting a small fraction of value.
How did this situation happen? Individuals thought the small IT group should be responsible for all technology including the ERP system. So, the business wasn’t involved as much as it should have been.
ERP stands for enterprise resource planning—the entire enterprise should be involved including finance, information security, internal audit, regulatory compliance, and legal.
ERP System Responsibilities For Each Department
Although the ERP is a system (with a significant investment), the sole responsibility cannot be put on IT. Instead, the business needs to take the lead and own the system. The ERP consists of multiple modules and those “owner” departments have a vested interest to keep the system current and to maximize using the features and functionality.
IT is responsible for understanding how the system is intended to be used.
The business is responsible for deciding what to use.
One way to break out the responsibilities is as follows:
Departments “own” their respective modules (e.g. finance, human resources, operations), which includes the internal control system
If there isn’t a separate training department, then this responsibility reverts to the business.
In the end, the business has the most to gain (or lose) by utilizing the ERP to align with the business needs and growth. Similar to the idiom it takes a village, the entire enterprise should be involved to keep the ERP and other major systems current and maximize their use.
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Did your PTO request get denied? Due to restructurings, layoffs, and crunches, companies are now buckling down on employees and their PTO. Here's my concern...
Quitting isn't going to help your situation.
If you quit because your PTO request was denied, that will, in fact, hurt your chances of getting hired. And if the economy tanks, there will be fewer jobs, and then it's going to be a lot harder to get a reference or explain why you quit.
What You Should Do If Your PTO Request Is Denied
@j.t.odonnell when your PTO request gets denied... @workitdaily @j.t.odonnell #joblife#worklife#pto#careeradvice#careerhacks#careertiktok#edutok#learnontiktok♬ original sound - J.T. O'Donnell
When your PTO request is denied, you want to ask why.
- Why is this happening?
- What can I do to make this timeslot work?
- What would I have to do before or after?
- How can I get to the point where this could be approved?
Maybe your employer can't approve the entire time off that you're requesting, but they could approve part of it. Or maybe your boss is just worried about some coverage, but you could assist in getting that coverage. The goal is to try to work with them on that.
But if you don't get your requested PTO, I'd be really careful about taking that time off anyways or quitting, because it could hurt you and your career.
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