Working With Staffing Agencies – What To Expect After the Hire

January 27th, 2012

Partnering with a staffing agency is a great way to increase your productivity and decrease your costs, while reducing the time and stress burden of hiring on your organization. If you haven’t yet worked with a staffing agency, the steps and process involved may be a bit foreign to you. Or if you’ve worked with a staffing agency in the past, and had a bad experience, you may not understand what you should expect from your staffing partner.

Your staffing agency is a long-term partner.

When you work with a staffing agency, you should expect more than a company that merely fills job openings. In fact, a large part of the process begins after a hire is made. Here are three things you should expect after the hire:

  • Calls or visits to follow up. Your staffing vendor should call or visit your organization shortly after the hire, and again several weeks or months later (depending on the duration of the assignment) to assess whether the candidate is a good match, and ensure your satisfaction. While you should always be able to call your staffing agency with any questions or concerns, a good staffing agency will be proactive in ensuring your satisfaction.

  • Additional tips to maximize your workforce. A strategic staffing partner does more than fill positions, they look at your organization objectively to determine how to best maximize your workforce investment. And that strategic planning doesn’t end after a hire is made. Your staffing vendor should be contacting you regularly to offer tips for getting the most out of your team.

  • Calls about talented professionals who would be a good fit for your company. An adept staffing partner will contact you when they find candidates who are a good match for your company, whether you have a job posting or not. It is up to you whether you have the budget or need for an additional individual, but an effective staffing vendor will present top-notch candidates who are a good match for your needs, goals and values.

Looking for talent?

Come to Olympic Staffing! Our network of professionals includes talented, experienced pros who are ready to make an impact on your business.

Landing the Best. Five Ways to Woo Top Talent.

January 20th, 2012

Finding top talent for your organization can be a challenge. Hiring new employees can be a long process, and also a costly one. So, when you have spent the time and resources to find the right candidate, how can you make sure that candidate wants to join your team?

Dangle the carrot and top talent will come your way!

You may have to do a little wooing to land top-tier talent for your organization. The job market is competitive, but truly exemplary talent stands out from the pack, and they deserve your full attention. Here are five ways to land top talent:

  1. Present competitive salaries. It’s an undeniable truth. People like to get paid. It’s not all about the money, of course, but we’d be lying if we said it didn’t matter. You shouldn’t have to offer an outstanding amount (There aren’t too many businesses that can afford that anyway). But, be sure to research the positions for which you’re hiring and the average salaries in your area. That way, you’re prepared to offer a competitive salary, and you won’t put yourself out of the running from the start.
  2. Offer compelling benefits. Do you have regular teambuilders? Does your vending machine offer great snacks? These may seem like minor details, but job satisfaction and having a little fun are tied closely. If you’re unique and your employees like working for you – let prospective candidates know it!
  3. Clearly define the job. If you go out of your way to woo a candidate, but neglect to give a realistic idea of what the job entails, you are setting yourself up for a quick tenure. Be realistic about the job duties, challenges, and potential. That way, new hires won’t be taken aback by unrealistic expectations or a deviation from what was discussed during the hiring process. Give them a clear idea of what your job and company are all about, and you’re setting yourself up for a great partnership.
  4. Avoid major job boards. The most talented professionals aren’t scouring online job boards – they’re driving results for their current employers! Forget about spending countless dollars on big job boards, and focus on specific niche job boards. Or even better, partner with a staffing agency. They have access to professionals who aren’t actively seeking employment, and can find your future superstars.
  5. Offer flexible work arrangements. You don’t need the highest salary or the most robust benefits package when you offer flexible work arrangements. Whether it’s a work-from-home situation, or unique working hours, offer flexibility to your employees wherever possible. As more professionals try to juggle multiple responsibilities in their lives, flexibility on the job can offer the extra incentive needed to join a new company.

Olympic can do the wooing for you!

We work with top talent across Southern California and beyond, and we’ll find the professionals you need to take your business to the next level.

 

Tips to Make Your Administrative Resume Stand Out From the Pack | Olympic Staffing

January 7th, 2012

As an experienced administrative pro, you undoubtedly have the skills and experience needed to make a big impact on any organization. Whether you are newer to the workforce, or a seasoned pro, you’ll need to frame your experience and skills properly in order to land your next job.

How can I make my administrative resume stand out to potential employers?

When it comes to administrative positions, you’ll be struggling to stand out among hundreds of potential candidates, many of whom share your skills and experience. So how can you stand out? Here are four tips to help you create an administrative resume that stands out from the pack:

  1. Share your accomplishments. Be sure to highlight your specific skill sets that are pertinent to the position. But, your resume should focus primarily on your workplace accomplishments. Did your organizational skills save your last employer on their shipping costs? Were you promoted within a short amount of time? Give tangible examples of your accomplishments wherever possible.
  2. Go outside your job description. As an administrative professional, your duties often fall outside those of your standard job description. Were you responsible for training new office assistants? Did you coordinate client communications, or delivery of goods? Pay special attention to examples of work that went above and beyond to contribute to your team. The demands on administrative staff are often very unique, so be sure to show how you stood out from your peers.
  3. Toot your own horn. Be sure to include any additional training or education you have received, even if it’s not directly linked to the position for which you’re applying. Whether it’s a degree, or an online course in a proprietary software, let your employer know that you are constantly learning and seeking out new information. This will help show initiative, and a long-term approach to your career.
  4. Show stability. Highlight long-term employment (and growth within that company), or other items that demonstrate your reliability and stability (including attendance). Administrative staff are the hub of many businesses – without you, organizations can quickly turn to chaos. By showing that you are a stable, reliable employee, you are helping to set yourself apart from the pack.

Looking for your next administrative job opportunity?

Search our currently available jobs, or contact Olympic Staffing today.

Welcome to the Olympic Staffing Blog!

January 4th, 2012

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