(21) Job interviews are there to find out if the person fits the company

Hey, guys, today it´s about the job interviews. In my job, it’s all about these every day. But how can you really find out through these interviews whether this person also suits your company? Continue reading (21) Job interviews are there to find out if the person fits the company

(19) Active Sourcing – How to win talents today!

Hello Guys,
welcome to another episode of my blog! This time around we discuss the topic Active Sourcing. It´s becoming more important and starts to be a new trend. Continue reading (19) Active Sourcing – How to win talents today!

(18) Simple ways to achieve employee retention

Hey Guys, one of my favorite topics in terms of Human Resources. How to achieve employee retention? Well, I’ve been in some companies around the last couple of years and I saw that many of them couldn´t care less about it. Whilst seeing this, I told myself “With me as a manager it´s not gonna happen!” Talk is cheap. We all know that, but I´ll show how it´s possible to manage it. Continue reading (18) Simple ways to achieve employee retention

(16) Hard work + overtime = promotion?

Hey guys, today we have to discuss this topic a bit. I mean, a lot of people go through this and I think it´s a common misbelief. First of all, I´m 28 years old and most of my colleagues or friends are of the same age. Most of us have studied and huge plans for their future. Therefore it´s common sense to push as high as possible, right?

Absolutely! But… Continue reading (16) Hard work + overtime = promotion?

(15) How Onboarding should be like

Hey Guys, I´m back in Europe and I took a lot from my trip to Asia. From both personal and HR perspective. Since this is not a travel blog, we focus on the HR part of it. But this time around I don´t talk about something I´ve seen there in Asia. It is actually something I´m in charge of in the company I´m working in. It´s the Onboarding of new employees to our company. Continue reading (15) How Onboarding should be like

(12) How Employer Branding will turn out well automatically?

Hey Guys,
today, I dedicate myself the topic around Employer Branding. Actually not the first time doing this, but the first time I´m publishing it 😉

In view of that fact this article is nowhere to be seen, I started another try. So there we go! Continue reading (12) How Employer Branding will turn out well automatically?

(11) Is the basic income without conditions the better social system?

Hyvää päivää! This article today is about the experiment in Finland. That´s why I tried to greet you in Suomi, the so-called Finnish language 😀 In Finland they investigated the basic income without conditions. They´ve selected 2000 unemployed persons and transferred them 560€ per month within these two years of that experiment. I must say that in addition to these 560€ there are Housing benefits and other governmental helpings. With the beginning of 2019, this experiment has ended and I guess it´s time for a resume. Continue reading (11) Is the basic income without conditions the better social system?

(10) BREXIT and what´s gonna happen in terms of employment regulations?

Hello folks,

some of my readers had asked me this question.

To be honest. I had to do some research to really figure out what´s gonna happen. After quite some time of investigation what the Brits gonna do I give you some facts you really need to know in the first place. Continue reading (10) BREXIT and what´s gonna happen in terms of employment regulations?

(9) Better company culture = better performance?

Happy New Year guys! I hope you´re still motivated to achieve your goals this year around? Speaking about goals, promises, and motivation we genuinely speak about performance.
Let´s just say the company boss hires you to boost company performance. What would you do? What would you change?

Continue reading (9) Better company culture = better performance?

(8) Gender-Pay-Gap or Gender-Pay-Trap?

Well, today´s gonna be a bit controversial. Maybe I see myself in jail afterward, but I have made some thoughts about this topic. First of all, I see myself as a feminist. From the current point of view, other perspectives won´t make sense. I like the idea behind Gender-Pay-Gap but crucially there are some mistakes in it I would like to inform you about. But to make it clear, there is an imbalance between men and women around the world but not there is no Pay Gap really. Long story short, let´s head into this!

Continue reading (8) Gender-Pay-Gap or Gender-Pay-Trap?

(6) How to stay cool while applying for jobs

In the first instance, thank you guys so much for the support during my first weeks here. It means a lot to me!
Thanks as well for the kind words to my latest article. Many of you told me it was the best one. I appreciate it! If you missed the first five articles by now, please make sure to check it out this time and subscribe for weekly HR content to never miss any article. So, and now let´s get to number 6!

I told you I´m playing Santa this year last time around 😀 Therefore, here´s another episode of a topic from a reader´s wishlist.

The sentence “Persistence is my key” has proven to be a really important one for my life. Why do I say it? Because your hard work will pay dividends sooner or later. I made the experience that whatever your goal is focus it and make things happen instead of losing hope.

I know we spend a lot of time applying for jobs, looking for the right words, the right clothes and how to answer the questions asked in the job interview. At the end of the story, it´s another “NO” The longer this phase, the more you´re frustrated. I use this blog to tell others about my experiences. Let´s head into this.

Change your game plan
Whenever something sees out not the way I like I start following a new path. For instance, You´re applying for several months without even receiving a positive answer. Change the way of doing this. If possible, check out some addresses from the internet, contact at first glance or make an impact by showing up in person. That helped me a lot in the past. Another example could be, ask friends from your already existing network if there´s any possibility to get a job with their help or make new contacts. Even if they don´t, they´ll hopefully have some friends, they could help you out one day and if they don´t, maybe they´ll have some friends…I see you get the point! 😉

Take a closer look
With this I mean, maybe your style of applying isn´t the right one or you don´t see the little mistake you´re doing on and on again. Ask closer friends or someone who´s in a position to give you some advice. For example, a couple of moons ago I have asked some fellow students what their style of applying really is and I have asked an HR Manager to check my application. She literally destroyed my application in a two minutes voicemail that made me laugh. Therefore I started to change the things right after the voicemail. What I would take from this is that sometimes you don´t see it, but others do.

Even though it can be hard to apply just calm down. Take a deep breath and relax. Everything´s gonna be alright, really! Whatever your degree, Master, Bachelor, Ph.D., high school or middle school there´s always a huge possibility for you to find a great job. In stressful applying moments, I´m always telling myself that my father came to Germany with literally nothing in terms of educational background to come forward here in Germany. However the circumstances, he made it and lives a comfortable life here. Most of my readers here have an educational background which leads us to more comfortable stages.

Switch to the other side
Well, that´s a bit irritating. You shouldn´t undergo a sex change. Don´t get me wrong! 😀 But put yourself into the HR Recruiters position and ask yourself “Why should they hire me?” “What can I offer them?” “What is my motivation to do this job?”. Don´t beat around the bush, just put it in a nutshell why it´s an absolute necessity to hire exactly you!

Don´t stress about stress before there´s even stress to stress about
I saw this sentence so often but it´s a fact! Applying is stress! Yes indeed! But losing your head whilst applying isn´t the solution. It brings you nothing to be concerned about every little detail during your application process. You don´t want to work for a company where you just played the perfect role on one specific day. You want to work for a company what suits you best!

So just stay motivated, set your focus on quality instead of quantity, write your applications in an individual style (I read a lot of applications per day and I read a lot of sentences they use in each and every one of their applications) and most importantly reflect yourself wherever possible.

(5) Appreciation in job – Self marketing

We´re on our way to Christmas, so I make some wishes true. Honestly, my topics were scheduled until next year, but some of my readers have already made their wishlist 😀
So, there we go! It´s the season of giving guys!
Let’s talk about self-marketing and how to make it count. Especially we in Europe have a huge problem with bragging around about our achievements. As some of you might know, I don’t really have a problem with that!

“Do good and make it known”. I know it sounds a bit cheeky, but everybody does it. Sometimes we worry too much what others might think about us. Who’s covering his or her accomplishments will not come far. Most of us feel awkward speaking positively about ourselves. Due to its negative reputation, people act like the people will notice if I´m good enough. I rather say self-marketing contains a way to make abilities visible for others.

Know your own qualities
Most of the people tend to not really speak about their qualities. As important as doing self-marketing in general, it comes in handy to know your strengths. Recognize your own strengths, change your attitude and show it where ever you can. This attitude is a matter of course for your future career. Show it and the other´s will notice it anyway.

Do some social networking
Common practice is that the best networking you could do is in the corridor. I´ve found out myself. I´ve been mostly focused on having a chance to meet a powerful person in the company in Meetings, but in fact, it was more useful to have a great lunch break talk with them or actually having a quick chat with them in the corridor. These people will embrace it and notice it. Due to having these kinds of conversations you´ll get pieces of information other´s will not get in Meetings.

Draw attention to yourself
Put yourself into a position where you would like to be. In other words, give yourself that label other´s should see you. Promote your new reputation by making some impact on your new actions. Put faith into your moves and your co-workers will notice that whatever you do you do it right. Sometimes I was not even sure what I was talking about during my presentations but through my showmanship my audience was impressed.

Last but not least…
Your colleagues should become aware of your achievements. That will boost your career on many occasions. With every I let the others go first, someone dull will get the promotion and you´ll end up in bitterness crying about your lost opportunities. “False modesty says that you could be worse than arrogance”.

(4) How to tackle inner resignation?

This time around we speak about that phenomenon of inner resignation. No matter what the situation, we have been fired, our temporary contract ends in foreseeable future, we have a new job coming or we are looking for a new job but not having a new one. The situation can be challenging.

What they all have in common is that there will be a change and until this very moment you have to find your inner motivation to get the job done. From an employee perspective this period is mostly seen as a recovery phase but in reality, it could be a period of conflicts and frustration.
Why? Obviously, there are so many emotions involved which leads to sustainable problems for both employee and employer.

But is it natural the cancellation period is an unpleasant time?
Well, just assuming you have declared your boss you see your future career somewhere else. Take it for granted that your boss will be disappointed. Or in case your boss comes across and fires you the situation won´t be any better! Like I said there are so many emotions involved from sorrowfulness to thoughts of revenge. But is there really no possibility for harmony in the end? Must everything burn down to ashes? Personal vendettas for sure?

Like in every relationship there´s a possibility to end up well but it depends on both sides how´s it gonna work. It is the little things that can make a big difference:

I recommend you to avoid these actions!

1) In case you´ll have a better job don´t brag about it. This may be interpreted as a provocation that could lead to heat at the office.

2) Switch over to “relax hard” mode. It sounds seductive but isn´t really fair in the first place. Rather not doing this one. Honestly, it is extremely hard to avoid but shows zero respect towards your colleagues. Therefore it´s not the best way to say “Goodbye”.

3) Ruin their business to give them a little payback. It sounds evil but is definitely something that could occur. Think about some private relationships that ended up in a total disaster. Just sayin´.

4) Even if your best employee leaves the company you shouldn´t give your employee that feeling that he or she has been blacklisted. This is just unprofessional and weak. Show him or her respect and secure a great atmosphere.

5) The right communication: The most important part from my perspective. I mean, like I said there are many emotions involved and people´s egos could have been hurt sometimes but it should be communicated the contract has been ended by mutual agreement. This is fair and square and both parties aren´t concerned about their reputation.

Why is it so essential to play it rational?

Nuff said, to force a Win-Win Situation!
The company could make an impact on their employers that shows respect until the very last day. In addition to that, it keeps a great spirit within the company. Furthermore, it could be beneficial to maintain a great relationship with former employees.

All in all, stay cool and positive! Revenge and negativity bring nothing at all!
Have a wonderful and productive week!

(3) Why recruitment agencies play a greater role in the future!

Given the fact not everyone knows exactly what recruitment agencies really do I give you a short explanation: It is an organization which matches employers with employees. It´s actually Tinder for both employers and employees.

In order to identify what is needed in terms of personnel companies deal with the major problem finding suitably qualified specialists. Human Resources commands a large number of effective methods to identify these. To avoid rocket science the number of employees meet the requirements of the company there will be no overtime or idle time. But what is when there are short-term changes to cope with?

Solution: Temporary employment?
Imagine the following scenarios: There can be a large or unexpected order or both, illness absence or pregnancy that can lead to short-term adaption in their workforce. On this occasion, the problem is just the traditional recruiting process that will occupy too much time. They need someone as soon as possible. This is where recruitment agencies come into play. They also help people from the employee perspective to give them an opportunity for a permanent contract. Literally killing two birds with one stone.

Temporary workers are vitally important to react to fluctuations in the market. Without these companies cannot face these problems. Thus, companies are capable to create value provisionally. This gives companies at least the possibility to balance out the economic situation, what is extremely important for companies with strong fluctuations.

For both me and the society it took a while to really accept the role of recruitment agencies today. Their reputation is probably not the best nowadays, but it´s getting better and better, They have positioned theirself into an acceptable spot during the time. Most of the recruitment agencies like Randstad, HAYS, Adecco, Kelly Services, epunkt, pluss, and Manpower have abundant knowledge about the market they play in and can support real quick.

This model has as well offered many new chances to start a career. Jobseekers can also use this fact to their advantage. In countries like Spain, it is more likely the only option for young people to get a job while companies rather look for experienced workers. For the 50+ generation, it´s also a plus to overcome a job loss. At least it could bring people the required experience to get hired for a permanent contract in this company or anywhere else.

With this article, I wanted to improve their image and standing in society.

So, while reading this take into account that a certain amount of considerable skepticism is always advisable. Have you made some experiences with recruitment agencies?

Good or bad, tell me!

(2) How to apply successfully without relevant job experience?

While looking for full-time job people without relevant job experience may suffer hard times. So were I. More or less in the past. This time I made it another way. I will tell you how it is still possible without marrying a professional football player or having a rich daddy.

Honestly, applying sucks. No questions asked!
For young professionals, it is frustrating to see offered jobs with required experience in this sector. Therefore it should be borne in mind what experience they are able to contribute from education, internships etc.

People should be aware of their own skills and competencies
beside having competencies from education there are many other experiences you have made. Mention accomplishments from your private life or voluntary work. Emphasize all the positive aspects of your competencies. This could be part-time jobs, voluntary work, training programmes, seminar papers or workshops.

Inevitable is it to focus on relevant jobs for you to reduce costs and effort. Take a closer look at what is mandatory and what is preferred in this job vacancy. If there is a skill required you do not comply with, I recommend you not to apply for. Is it not a “must-have” then I would rather go for it.

I will show you an example: As you can see yellow highlighted. There are words used like: require, ability, must have, willingness, knowledge. And then there is the word “preferred” Differences from country to country can occur. Like mentioning years of experience, wages, advantages etc.


Source: The Guardian

Companies are always looking for the ideal candidate. If there is none, it is the perfect chance for someone else. For example, a corporate consultancy will rather look for a candidate with experience as a student consultant. If there is no applicant like this they will cut back their expectations. Makes sense? Alright!

How to market yourself and play it a bit strategic?

The part I always underestimated. Market yourself and do the right networking! Define your goal and get in touch with those people who already are in this position. I wasted this opportunity to make the right contacts. Instead, I made friends with the Kebab and Shisha guy next to my flat. These contacts will not get you easier access to the jobs you are dreaming of. Play it a bit wisely and do some research on what company suits best and get in touch with the contact person. This could bring you the crucial information!
Use XING and LinkedIn to establish contacts and join some groups there. Some of them may help you to get a foot in the door.

Nuff said: Play the long game and stay focused!
Did I forget something crucial? Tell me something from your perspective.
Are you already doing the right things?

(1) Why I decided to really start my first blog?

Hey everybody and welcome to my HR blog!Blog 1

I am Armin Ghadimi and I introduce you to my blog!
I like to express my thinkings and experiences with everyone. It always was and it always will be that way.
This kinda project is a risk for sure, regarding I am 27 years old and knowing literally nothing about HR in business at all.
To be honest in the first place. I know most of the things just from the literature, from internships or my past jobs in my very young career.
I, more likely see this blog as a ground for discussions, ideas and capture my personal development.
In September in this very year, I have started in an international company in Hamburg, Germany. I hold the post of an HR Consultant to assist the Head of Human Resources in this company. This life-changing moment is the perfect chance for me to fulfill my dream of writing something I like and nothing my teacher, professor or lecturer told me to.
Some friends of mine knew it before. My plan to start a blog was growing pretty much two years ago during my master´s programme in Graz, Austria. I decided to never publish my first written article because I wanted to do it differently.
So now the time is right.
I eventually reached the conclusion that Human Resources is my passion! I love to see people growing, changing and improving. There is no better department in a company to observe that!
Long story short.
Enjoy my blog!
Expect less and experience more!