Category: Professional Growth

Job Searching During a Pandemic

Job Searching in a Pandemic: A Brave New World

By David Poline

There has been a significant shift in hiring and job searching since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. In April 2020, nearly 22 million Americans filed for unemployment, and it quickly became commonplace to see numerous candidates who we’ve worked with over the years posting on LinkedIn that they were available for new opportunities or sending us updated resumes in hopes of quickly getting back to work. It’s difficult to comprehend that merely days before…

Maximize the Value of Your Resources When Job Searching

Maximize the Value of References

By David Poline

A recent Inc. article about hiring in the age of COVID discussed the increased emphasis on references as one of its main points. In my world, reference checks have always been a critical part of the search process. Of course, that may be in part because the shopping center industry is so small. The question Poline Associates always asks is exactly what kind of VALUE do references really provide. If curated properly, a list of…

CRE Recruiters Offer Insight For Job Seekers During Pandemic

ICSC Webinar: Next Steps for Job Seekers

By David Poline

This article originally appeared here: https://www.icsc.com/news-and-views/icsc-exchange/webinar-next-steps-for-job-seekers. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented amount of uncertainty in today’s job market. Furloughed and laid-off development, leasing and marketing executives are polishing up resumes, dusting off deal sheets and updating their LinkedIn profiles. Persistent networking will remain the key to finding new employment, advised recruitment experts on an ICSC webinar titled Preparing for Your Next Job Opportunity. The newly unemployed fall into two categories: those who can…

Managing Expectations Is Key As We Work From Home

Managing Expectations as We Work from Home

By David Poline

So much of Poline & Associates’ business (and life in general) revolves around managing expectations. In fact, part of the value proposition in hiring a search firm is that the firm facilitates communication between a company and the candidates under consideration. When a hiring representative goes dark on you, it's easy to assume the worst. Your mind races to think of all the reasons you haven't heard back. More often than not, the delay has…

How to Set Boundaries With Clients Is Important

Always Available to Your Clients? How to Set Boundaries

By David Poline

How to set boundaries. This is an issue I've grappled with throughout my professional career. And it's only been heightened by working from home these past several weeks. Always Available? In my current role as a commercial real estate recruiter and during my time as an attorney, my single-minded approach has been to provide the best possible customer service that I could. If that meant bending my schedule to what worked for my client, so…

Identify Your Strengths

By David Poline

Before embarking on the job search journey, invest time to identify your strengths and understand how they can guide your desired career path. The Harrison Assessment requires only 20 minutes and $15, a small investment for your future.  Once the assessment is complete, you will receive a Greatest Strengths report within 24 hours. This valuable report reveals your unique traits, behaviors and motivators which allows you and Poline Associates to pinpoint the best job opportunities…

Maximize Your ICSC RECon Experience

By David Poline

 #ICSCRECon We originally published this post last year and received such positive feedback that we decided to post it again.  I hope this post serves you well and to see you happy and healthy in Vegas! While most people in retail real estate have been to the national ICSC Real Estate Conference (commonly known as “RECon”) in Las Vegas, not everyone is a “pro” attendee.  It’s easy to forget key points from year-to-year, so whether you’re a…

6 Tips to Position Yourself for a Promotion

By David Poline

6 Tips to Position Yourself for a Promotion I’m confident saying that almost no one starts a new job thinking, “I can’t wait to spend the next ten years in this exact same position — I am here to be unappreciated and overlooked!” Then why do so many people stay in their current position?  Why are they stuck in a rut doing the same thing they have done for years and repeatedly passed over for…

Top Ten Ways to Hone Your Communications Skills

Top 10 Ways to Hone Your Communication Skills

By David Poline

Communication skills are some of the most important skills you can have in today’s job market. Sure, you need the technical skills required to perform a job efficiently, but the ability to convey your message clearly, whether verbally or in writing, are “soft skills” that all companies require and look for in a candidate. Sure Signs of Bad Communication Skills We’ve all known someone, personally or professionally, who for whatever reason, just couldn’t seem to…

Top Trade Organizations and Networking Opportunities

Top Trade Organizations and Networking Opportunities

By David Poline

Networking in the shopping center industry is an absolutely critical component for career success. Our industry can feel both extremely large and extremely small at the same time – even in a crowd of 37,000 people at RECon, you’re likely not more than one or two degrees of separation from any individual there.  We operate in a field where a primary goal is to build as many bridges as you can, all while trying to…

National ICSC Real Estate Conference

Maximize Your ICSC RECon Experience

By David Poline

#ICSCRECON While most people in retail real estate have been to the national ICSC Real Estate Conference (commonly known as “RECon”) in Las Vegas, not everyone is a “pro” attendee.  It’s easy to forget key points from year-to-year, so whether you’re a first-timer or a show veteran, here are a few tips to help you maximize your experience. With the conference less than a month away, now is the time to start asking yourself: “What…

Resigning Gracefully

By David Poline

Congratulations—you landed a new job! In the midst of this wonderful news, you are now faced with a delicate challenge. You must resign from your current position without burning bridges and say good-bye to valued friends and colleagues. Not an easy task. Resign with conviction We will help you draft an effective resignation letter that positions you to resign gracefully. With your letter crafted, schedule an appointment with your supervisor to respectfully and concisely explain…

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