How to Kick-off 2015 With Great Permanent Hires

December 30th, 2014

Looking for new permanent hires for your company in 2015? Follow these tips. 

Start Looking For Temp Employees Before You Need Them. 

If you can manage to do so, start looking for temporary employees before the need is crucial. This will allow potential employees to know that your company is hiring; when you are ready, they will be ready too – with all pertinent information updated and prepared for submission. 

Conduct Interviews After the Holidays. 

Interviews should be conducted after the holidays in order to maximize effectiveness and seriousness. During the holiday season, many people are preoccupied with family, gift giving, and traveling. If you conduct your interviews after the holidays, your potential employees will likely be ready to get serious as soon as possible. 

Be Upfront About Dates and Commitments. 

If you are seeking permanent employees, be upfront about dates and commitments. Many potential employees don’t accept jobs because they feel like they are out of the loop or don’t know the expectations. Let your employees know that you want a full-time commitment for a minimum number of months. If your employees know this and still accept the position, chances are that they’re going to stick around for a while. 

Check References and Cover Letters. 

One easy way to ensure that you hire great permanent employees is to check references and cover letters. Though this method might seem old and dated, it’s actually one of the best ways to really gauge and assess a potential employee’s character and dedication. Don’t hesitate to contact references.

Once you have completed the above steps, you will be on the right track to having great permanent hires in 2015. If you need help finding high quality, motivated employees, contact Olympic Staffing. We will help you find employees who are capable and willing to put their best efforts forward in 2015.

 


 

How to Ask For a Raise  

December 23rd, 2014

As the year comes to a close, you might feel like you deserve a raise, especially if you have been working at the same job for a while. Even when it’s perfectly appropriate to ask for a raise, however, you have to go about doing it in the right way. Here are some guidelines: 

Arrange Time to Meet With Your Supervisor. 

If you want to ask for a raise, you will need to do so respectfully and responsibly. The best way to do this is to arrange a meeting with your supervisor. This will let him or her know that you have something you need to discuss. This will also set the tone for a respectful and professional meeting where you can feel free to express your needs. 

State Your Case about Your Workplace Progress and Successes. 

Once you are meeting with your supervisor, start off by talking about your past workplace successes and any progress you have made since starting at the company. Try to paint a picture for your supervisor by providing specific examples and successes you would like to draw attention to. 

Explain Any Additional Responsibilities You Would Like to Take. 

After you have stated your case about your workplace progress and successes, use this time to explain any additional responsibilities you would like to undertake. If you have been thinking about ways to improve your specific position or department, bring this up to your supervisor. Your supervisor will see that you take your job very seriously and are always thinking about how to improve whenever possible. 

Ask For a Raise. 

After you have explained any additional responsibilities you would like to take, it’s now time to ask your supervisor for a raise. Hopefully, your supervisor will easily agree and take into consideration your past job performance and future hopes for your responsibilities. If all goes well, your supervisor will present forth a new proposed salary for you. Even if the raise isn’t as big as you would have hoped, always accept it and thank your supervisor for the opportunity. 

If you follow these above steps, you will be able to easily ask for a raise. If you are currently looking for a job in which you can grow and advance, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help you find a job that will give you the opportunity to grow both financially and responsibly. 

 

 

 

Why Your Company Should Start Working in the Cloud

December 16th, 2014

Technology is evolving every day, and many businesses change the way they operate in order to keep up with different technological trends. One of the biggest changes in the last few years is the evolution of the Cloud.  The Cloud is a file and data storage solution that is hosted completely online and can be accessed from any location. Here are the reasons why your company should start working in the Cloud: 

Your Employees Can Work Remotely. 

If your employees can work remotely, you can offer increased flexibility in work schedules and vacation time. Your employees won’t feel tethered to a typical work schedule and will be able to prioritize their own meetings and commitments. Since your employees can work remotely, this also means they could work at night or on the weekends should an emergency need arise. 

You Can Back Up Everything for Security. 

If everything is stored in the Cloud, you can back up all your documents, data, and files for security. Many Cloud storage programs allow you to schedule the back-ups so you don’t have to worry about remembering to do so. Since everything is stored on the Cloud, you will be able to track changes and store multiple versions of each document so nothing is accidentally deleted. 

Information is Easier to Access for Temp Employees. 

If you rely heavily on temp employees, using the Cloud is a great option because it provides easily accessible information for employees who need the information quickly. You won’t have to worry about setting each employee up with his or her own computer with the correct files because everything will be accessible in the Cloud. 

All Information is Updated in Real Time. 

Working in the Cloud makes it much easier to collaborate with other employees and members of your team. All information you are working on is updated in real time, so you will instantly be able to access anything you need without having to wait for back-and-forth e-mails or meetings. 

Your company will greatly benefit from working in the Cloud. However, you will need to hire trusted employees to ensure that your data and documents are protected. If you need help finding these employees, contact Olympic Staffing.  We will help you find employees who are responsible and trustworthy enough to keep your data and documents private.

4 Benefits of Hiring “Temp-to-Perm” Employees

December 9th, 2014

If you’re an employer, hiring the right person for the right job can be a tricky and time-consuming task. One great way to do this is to hire a “temp-to-perm” employee for the position you are trying to fill. Consider these four benefits of hiring a “temp-to-perm” employee: 

You Can “Interview” Them For an Extended Period of Time. 

When you hire a temp-to-perm employee, you can get to know them extensively. You can find out whether or not the skills and tasks they say they possess are actually applicable in a workplace environment. You are also able to assess their strengths and weaknesses on a more in-depth level. 

You Can See Whether or Not They Fit the Company Culture. 

When you hire a temp-to-perm employee, you can see whether or not they fit well with the company culture. You may find that some recruits look great on paper, but don’t perform well with the company or other colleagues. In order to be a good fit for your company, you need someone who is well rounded on paper and in real life. 

You Can See Whether or Not They Are Good For Their Job. 

Sometimes, new employees have the specific skillset you need for that position, but aren’t able to perform in the way you need. If you assign the temp employee quantifiable goals and they aren’t able to meet them, you know that they aren’t the right fit for the job. 

You Can Still Be Productive Without The Risks Associated With Hiring Someone New. 

If you hire an employee who is temp-to-perm, you are able to have them be productive in their new role without the risks associated with hiring someone new. While you are assessing whether or not to bring them on board permanently, you are still accomplishing work and being productive within your company. 

If you have decided you would like to hire a “temp-to-perm” employee, contact Olympic Staffing. We will help you find the ideal temp-to-perm candidate who will not only meet your needs and who also will qualify for long-term employment after the temporary period is over.

When Should I Move on To a New Job?

December 2nd, 2014

If you have been working at the same job for several years, you may be wondering if you should look for another job. There are a great number of benefits available to those who switch positions or fields at some point in their career. Here’s when you know you should move on to a new job: 

You Are Bored. 

Challenges – taking on tasks that test your skills – are an important aspect of every job. If you are no longer feeling stimulated or excited about your job, it might be time to find a new one. 

You Are Overqualified. 

Sometimes boredom is the result of being overqualified. Your experience, education, and/or skillset are above your responsibilities. Your gain becomes stagnate. If your employer doesn’t have viable options for moving up, and you want to further your career, it’s definitely time to start looking for the new and better. 

You Are Underappreciated. 

If you are working at a job in which you feel underappreciated, you might want to consider leaving. Your hard work and skills should be recognized, so if you are performing well but not receiving acknowledgement, that’s not necessarily a healthy or fun environment for you. 

You Can Financially Afford to Do So. 

The biggest factor determining whether or not you should move on to a new job is whether or not you can financially afford to do so. If the ideal job is actually less pay, only you can decide if it’s still time to switch. On the other hand, maybe you love your job, but higher paying ones are available and you need the financial boost. In the end, no one can decide but you. 

If you have decided you would like to move on to another job, contact Olympic Staffing. We will look at your qualifications, experience level, and available skillset to match you up with a listing of available jobs. We will help you find the next job that is right for you and will further your career.