How to Stand Out at Job Fairs as an Employer

March 29th, 2016

Job fairs can be a great way to recruit outstanding employees. You’re able to meet with multiple people at once and expedite the candidate vetting process. However, you will probably be joining multiple employers, so you’re going to need to stand out to have your first pick of candidates. Here’s how you can stand out at job fairs as an employer:

Have a Friendly Representative.

First impressions matter, so make sure you have a friendly representative greeting prospective candidates. A smile and a firm handshake go a long way, and your candidates will certainly remember that at the end of the day.

Give Take-Home Goodies.

With all the excitement surrounding a job fair, it’s common that the companies start to blend after a while. You can avoid this by giving your employee take-home goodies such as flyers or small gadgets so they can remember your company.

Ask the Candidate About Themselves.

A lot of the recruiters will be focusing on their companies as opposed to focusing on the candidates. You can stand out by asking the candidate about themselves as opposed to telling them about your company. If they’re a good fit, there’s always time to tell them more about the company later, but you will have left a positive impression on them.

Follow Up.

Many recruiters fail to follow up with prospective employees after a job fair because they either forget or get too busy with their everyday duties. Always follow up with potential recruits, or else the time you spent trying to “woo” them was essentially wasted. It’s always a good idea to follow up the day after a job fair so that you’re fresh in their minds.

If you’ve identified that you are in need of new staff or employees, contact Olympic Staffing. We can help you determine if attending job fair as a prospective employer – and which one – is a good recruiting tactic for your specific needs. Meanwhile, we can help you with the staffing process on our end so you are matched up with employees who can help get the job done.

 


 

Ways You Can Customize Each Cover Letter

March 22nd, 2016

If you’re currently applying for jobs, there’s a good chance that some of the companies will require a cover letter. Though it might be tempting to write a boilerplate cover letter for all jobs to save time, you should take the time to customize each letter. Doing so will tell the employer that you are that much more serious about working for their company. Here are the ways you can customize each cover letter:

Talk About Employees Whom You Admire.

If you know and admire one of the company employees, reference them in your cover letter. Not only does this let them know your cover letter is specific to their company, but it also will often give you a one-up over other applicants.

Talk About Some of the Company’s Past Successes.

Another great way to customize your cover letter is to talk about some of the company’s past successes. This will let the hiring manager know what kinds of accomplishments are impressive to you and will be able to gauge the kind of work ethic and quality s/he can expect. It will also show that you cared enough to do the research on this specific company.

Imagine How You Would Fit into the Company.

Of course, take a few sentences or a paragraph to talk about how you specifically would fit into the company. Make sure to approach this with the angle of how you would help the company, and not the other way around. If the hiring manager can see the inherent value in your application, it’ll make it that much easier to call you in for an interview.

If you customize your cover letter, you will find a noticeable difference in the number of call-backs and interview requests you receive.  Contacting Olympic Staffing. We will be able to provide you with a few application options to help hasten your job search.

Reducing Interview Performance Anxiety

March 15th, 2016

Interviewing for a new job can be nerve-wracking, especially if it’s a job that would represent a pivotal point in your career. There are a few steps you can take in the moments leading up to your interview to calm yourself down. Here’s how you can reduce interview performance anxiety:

Take a Deep Breath.

Don’t underestimate the power of breathing. That sounds silly to say, but often people forget to breathe under moments of deep stress or pressure. If you take a deep breath before entering the interview room, you will be able to slow down your heart rate and think with a clear head.

Visualize Yourself in the Position.

If you’re nervous about not appearing confident, try visualizing yourself in the position for which you’re interviewing. This will give you the ability to be able to talk about the role as if you know you already received the job, which will give you an added sense of confidence. It will also help shape the way in which you interact with your interviewer and will be able to provide insight into how you work with the rest of the team.

Remember to Smile.

Smiling has both physical and psychological benefits. Even if you don’t feel happy, smiling can be helpful for two reasons. One, it’ll tell your interviewer that you’re excited about the position; two, it’ll convince you that you’re excited about the position. You may find that you eventually start smiling for real when your confidence is built back up to your original levels.

If you keep the above tips in mind, you will have no problem acing your job interview. If you are looking for a new job for which to interview, contact Olympic Staffing. We have a variety of job options at any given time for which we can make a personalized recommendation.

 


 

Increasing Traffic to Your Company’s Blog

March 8th, 2016

As a business owner, having a solid web presence is important. Not only will it help you to obtain new business, but it will establish that you are a resource and thought leader in your field, which will help establish trust. One of the easiest ways in which to do this is by having and running a successful company blog. Here’s how you can increase traffic to your company blog:

Use SEO Keywords.

SEO keywords are one of the easiest ways to get your blog content to start rising on the Internet. If you don’t know what that means, SEO stands for search engine optimized. This basically means that articles should be written with the intent of having them rank in the search engine. You can easily do this if you look up the applicable SEO keywords in the area for which you want to rank, and cater your article around that.

Use Backlinks.

Backlinks are another great way to get your blog content all over the Internet. Search engines are very generous with web pages that link out to other web pages because their algorithm views them as more of a resource. Take the time to link to 2-3 valuable resources for each article or blog post, and you’ll soon see the results in your blog traffic.

Post on Social Media with Hashtags. 

Hashtags are one of the best ways to get your content seen and trending in a specific category. Any time you write a blog post, it should be posted on the main social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) with applicable hashtags so you can reach a specific audience.

Once you have implemented the above strategies, you will see a noticeable difference in the traffic to your company’s blog. If you are in need of hiring someone who can effectively manage your blog and handle the content posting, contact Olympic Staffing. We will help you find a candidate who possesses both the skill and expertise that you need to take your company blog to the next level.

 

How to Find Exceptional IT Candidates

March 1st, 2016

If you run a successful business, you know the importance of having an exceptional IT team. Having great employees who work IT will increase your company’s productivity and will reduce the chance that you’ll ever be taken out of a work day due to technological difficulties. Here’s how you can find exceptional IT candidates:

Use LinkedIn to check people’s skills.

LinkedIn is a great resource if you’re searching for exceptional candidates. It allows you to sort quickly through a candidate’s experience and projects, see recommendations, and look at their education. You can also reach out to and contact candidates directly on LinkedIn so they can see that you’re a legitimate company with hiring needs.

Ask present employees, friends, and family for personal recommendations.

Referrals and personal recommendations can be a great way to find reliable employees. When a candidate can be vetted for by someone you trust, it adds that extra layer of protection and security before you invest your valuable time and resources into them.

Employ a practical IT test to assess skills.

When you’re hiring an IT professional, you need to see how they work under pressure and see that they can solve your company’s unique IT needs. The easiest way in which you can do this is to employ a practical IT test in which you can assess their skills. This can and should be done during the interview so that the candidate can be monitored.

 Partner with a staffing company

 Staffing companies typically have an extensive resource of candidates. They are skilled at screening and evaluating which ones will be the best choice for your company. They can connect you with candidates you would have never known about – after all, finding best-fit client-candidate matches is their specialty.

If you are in need of help for finding an exceptional IT candidate, contact Olympic Staffing. We have the necessary experience to be able to find someone who meets all of your company’s IT needs but also fits well into your company culture.