How to Use Social Media to Find Job Candidates

April 28th, 2015

Social media has revolutionized everything in our world, including how job seeking works. As an employer, utilizing social media connects you with candidates you would have never been able to meet otherwise. Consider these tips.

Target Candidates Using Hashtags

Hashtags exist as a way for people to find subject areas that interest them online. You can use this to your advantage by targeting candidates with hashtags. For example, if you are looking to add a public relations executive to your team, you can search the hashtags #PR or #publicrelations to see who is posting updates relating to that specific subject matter. Chances are that you will have a handful of people who are looking for a job in that field.

Tweet Out Positions to Staffing Agencies

If you are hiring for a specific position, you can always post a Tweet in hopes that a staffing agency will Retweet it. The easiest way you can do this is to provide relevant details of the position (in 140 characters or less, of course) and tag the staffing agency in the Tweet. That way, they will see the Tweet and will be more likely to Retweet it if it’s applicable to their client base. 

The Facebook Ripple

Facebook is just one of the ways that Social media is a great resource for companies to use while hiring, because it allows you to transcend the scope of your traditional reach. For example, if you post a Facebook status about a job, you may not be able to reach the perfect candidate within the pool of your fan base, but one of your fans may share the post with a friend/contact who is perfect for the position. Social media essentially acts as word-of-mouth, but is much more targeted and efficient.

Search Relevant Conversations.

Social media allows you to search relevant conversations that have applicable keywords. For example, if someone tweets out that they need a new job, you can set your search parameters on your social network of choice to see that post. This will keep you alert and updated on those who are looking for new jobs at all times.

Use your social media and contact Olympic Staffing. We can sit down with you and determine what type of candidates will best fulfill your company’s needs.

Hiring College Graduates is a Great Choice

April 21st, 2015

No, they don’t have years of experience, but college graduates bring a lot to the table.

Graduates Will Be Eager to Work.

When you are hiring employees, one of the most important qualities to look for is eagerness. Since college graduates are new to the workforce, they haven’t yet developed the burnt out qualities that many employees who have worked for ten to fifteen years possess. Your new hires will arrive on the job eager to learn and ready to work.

You Will Hire From a Wide Pool.

When you hire college graduates, you can hire from a wide pool. Whatever skill or position you’re trying to fill, you will most likely be able to find someone who fits the need. Many college students graduate with multiple sets of experiences (anywhere from internships to rigorous coursework) under their belt. This means that whatever niche you’re trying to fill will be readily available for you.

You Can Advertise to Specific Skill-Sets.

If you are looking for a specific skill set in your new hire, such as graphic design or computer programming, reaching out to college graduates within a specific department or major will ensure that your new hire would possess the skills you need.

Candidates Will Likely Have Internship Experience.

Most colleges and universities now require their graduates to have had some form of internship experience prior to graduating. This is great for you as an employer, because your new hires will have had some form of work experience in addition to their degree.

Looking for fresh talent? You will find that college graduates often make some of the best employees, and you will be glad to have brought them on board. Contact Olympic Staffing. We will assist you in the process and find top candidates for all your open positions.

 


 

How to Try Out a New Career

April 14th, 2015

Congratulations! You’ve decided that you want a new career. Launching a new career or venturing out into a completely different field is exciting, but it can also be extremely overwhelming. Here are some tips on easing the process.

Attend Networking Events.

Attending networking events is a great way to meet people who can help you on your journey to a new career. You will want to attend networking events in your new field of choice to maximize your efforts. For example, if you currently work in advertising but wish to change your career to public relations, attend several public relations networking events. While at these events, be sure to ask the people you meet how they got their start and if they have any advice for you.

Research Career Path.

With any new career, there is going to be a career path you should follow in order to achieve your goals in a timely manner. You should be aware of this career path so you know if you’re hitting your goals and what you need to do differently to achieve them.

Meet with HR and/or Staffing Agency.

Meeting with professionals is a good idea when you’re trying to change a career. We highly recommend meeting with a staffing agency, because they will be able to tell you what job is appropriate for you when you’re transitioning into your new career. They will also be able to help you figure out which steps you need to take next in order to be successful.

Plan Action Steps.

If you’re serious about trying out a new career, you’ll need to plan your action steps. This includes figuring out how and when to make the change, assessing whether or not you will need any extra education, and seeing if you have any existing connections in your new field you can utilize. With a bit of planning and dedication, you should be able to start transitioning to your new career of choice in no time at all.

Looking for a new career? Contact Olympic Staffing. We can sit down with you and help figure out which job would be a good fit for both your transition period and long term as your new career moves forward.

 

After the Interview: Effective Follow-up

April 7th, 2015

You snagged the interview and it went well, but the story isn’t ended, Follow-up is essential – good protocol for several reasons, and it will ultimately increase your chances of being hired on for the job. Here’s how to follow up effectively:

Determine The Appropriate Follow-up Time.

There is such thing as following up too soon after an interview or meeting. You will want to give the interviewer time to conduct other interviews and to gather his or her notes after the process. Conversely, there is also such thing as following up too late after an interview. If you don’t follow up quickly enough, the interviewer may hire someone else before you get the chance to reach out. Finding the exact balance can be tricky. Send a brief thank you immediately and then wait at least a week or two before your official follow-up. If they gave you a timeline, then respond according to what they said.

Distinguish Yourself.

If you have any way of distinguishing yourself, don’t forget to make note of that in your follow-up e-mail. This will help the interviewer remember who you are and be able to call up the right set of notes when making decisions about you. This works in your favor, as many candidates will likely be indistinguishable from one another.

Restate Your Interest.

Use your follow-up e-mail as an opportunity to restate your interest in the position or company. If your interviewer had any doubt about your enthusiasm, use this time to clear that up and make it completely obvious that you are excited and ready to work. Many candidates will skip this step, so it will serve as a way for you to go above and beyond the status quo.

Ask For a Time Frame.

It’s appropriate to ask for a time frame of when you should expect an answer. The best time to do this is in the follow-up e-mail, because then the interviewer isn’t put on the spot and he/she can answer honestly. This will also serve as yet another reminder that you are serious about the position and would really like to work with them.

Developing the art of follow-up will boost your career. Of course, you need to gain the interview first. For assistance with finding job opportunities, contact Olympic Staffing. We will help you find a job that is a good match for your skillset and help you find interviews.