How to Ace Your Skype Interview

July 28th, 2015

If you are interviewing for a position that is not in geographic proximity to you, you may be asked to complete a Skype interview. Though a Skype interview may feel “less formal” than an in-person interview, the truth is that it might be just as important. Here’s how to ace your Skype interview:

Dress Up.
Even though you’re not going in for an interview, it would still be to your benefit to dress up. Not only will this give your interviewer the impression that you care about the job, but it’ll help you perform and speak better. The confidence you have from dressing well will definitely translate, and you will feel as though you’re dressing for the part.

Sign On at Least Ten Minutes Early.
It’s better to be early than late, and this same adage applies even if you are being interviewed over Skype. Sign on at least ten minutes early so your interviewer can see that you’re online and ready to go. This will show them that you’re responsible, and they might even start the call a few minutes early.

Check Your Microphone and Camera.

Technical errors are much too common these days for you to risk your interview going awry. A day or two before your interview, check your microphone and camera to see that they are working. While a mistake could happen, it’s better to check it ahead of time so you aren’t unprepared in front of your interviewer. You also want to give yourself plenty of time to get any technical errors fixed.

Make Eye Contact with the Camera.

When being interviewed over Skype, it’s natural that you want to look at the interviewer so you can see how he or she is responding. With webcams, though, you will look distracted unless you are looking directly into the camera. If you want to see yourself and your interviewer while you’re making eye contact, you can always drag the preview image closer to the actual webcam so you can do both while maintaining that coveted eye contact.

Whether you are seeking a position locally or in another location, contact Olympic Staffing. We specialize in matching candidates with clients every day.

 


 

 

How to Become Indispensable in Your Company

July 21st, 2015

Who doesn’t want to be indispensable in the workplace? Not only do you provide significant value and insight into helping your company grow, you can earn higher compensation and benefits. Consider these tips.

Take Initiative.

One of the quickest ways you can become indispensable in your company is to take initiative. When you do this, you are letting your employers know that you can be counted on in any situation to get the job done. Taking initiative inevitably sets you ahead of the pack.

Provide Value to Multiple Departments.

If you can provide value to multiple departments, your superiors are going to recognize that and will want to keep you around. The reason for this is that you are talented in multiple departments, so you will be able to jump around and fill in as necessary should a need or an emergency arise.

Honor Commitments.

If you honor your commitments, you will be viewed as being reliable. Many employees are quick to disengage from their commitments if a better opportunity comes up or if they are too stressed out with their existing duties. By honoring your commitments, you are reinforcing the fact that you can consistently be trusted with important tasks and duties.

Have a Positive Attitude.

It’s a proven fact that people want to be around other people with a positive attitude. Not only will your attitude be infectious, but also it will help your co-workers get through their day more easily. If you’re an employee who comes into work every day with a smile on your face, you are that much more likely to be considered indispensable.

If you feel like you could develop these skills to become an indispensable employee, contact Olympic Staffing. We can help you find jobs that are looking for reliable, consistent employees with whom they entrust a fair amount of responsibility. Successfully developing these skills ensures a faster job-search.

 

How to Find Your Niche

July 14th, 2015

If you have a niche, you are that much more competitive in the job market –especially when a position requires specific skills. But, how do you find your niche? Consider these tips.

Narrow Down Skills.

Before you can truly find your niche, you need to narrow down what skills you have. These could be skills you picked up from education, or previous job experiences. Usually, these are the skills you would list on your resume, or talk about in a job interview.

Narrow Down Fields of Interest.

After you’ve determined your skills, you need to assess where your fields of interest are. Do you like content marketing? Do you prefer data analysis? Make a list of what interests you without taking any skills or strengths into account. After you’ve done that, you will have a solid foundation upon which you can start to make some comparisons.

Determine Your Strengths.

You now have two lists: your skills and your fields of interest. Now, it’s time to determine what your strengths are. By comparing and making different combinations of both your skills and fields of interest, you should be able to make some conclusions about your strengths and come up with some possible combinations that would both interest you and use your skills.

Determine What Makes You Marketable.

Ultimately, before you decide on a niche, you need to make sure you’re marketable. After you’ve decided on a few strength areas that combine your skills and fields of interest, you need to assess whether or not there’s a need for your specific niche. It’s good to do some research both online and through networking to see if people would find your niche useful. If the answer is yes, you’re good to go.

If you feel as though you’ve found your niche and you would like to find a job utilizing that niche, contact Olympic Staffing. We will help you find jobs that would put your niche to good use and would appreciate the unique value of what you brought to the team.

 

Encouraging Employees to Have Work-Life Balance

July 7th, 2015

It’s easy to be wrapped up in work, especially when there are multiple hard-pressed deadlines or clients have a demanding set of needs. If you’re managing employees, it’s important to remind them to have a work-life balance. While many employees might resist and say that it doesn’t feel natural, you need to encourage them. Here’s why:

They Will Be Happier.

The more interests your employees have outside of work, the happier they will be in the end. Happy employees are good employees because they’re much more pleasant to be around and can keep the mood in the office light and fun.

They Will Be More Productive.

When employees have a work-life balance, they are often more productive. This can be attributed to the fact that employees will work when they are at work instead of wasting time on other activities. They will be able to concentrate for shorter periods of time when they know they’re allowed to have a life after work.

They Will Be More Motivated to Return to Work.

If your employees are regularly vacationing, spending time with family, and working on their passion projects, they will be more motivated to return to work when it’s time to be in the office. They will be able to compartmentalize the different areas of their lives and give focus to each individual area as they see fit.

They Will Be Less Likely To Leave Your Company.

High employee retention should always be a goal of yours as a business owner and a manager of employees. When your employees have high work-life balance, they are more likely to remain in their present position.

If you feel like your employees have achieved a good work-life balance and you’re ready to bring on more team members, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help you find employees who have a predisposition for keeping the balance while still maintaining a high quality of work.