How to Build a Diverse Workforce

April 26th, 2016

Diversity in the workplace is incredibly important. Not only does it encourage your employees to learn from one another, but it also helps improve your workflow and increases your productivity. Hiring and keeping diversity at the forefront of that process can be a little tricky, so here are our tips to make sure you can build a diverse workforce in every aspect:

Hire on College Campuses.

College campuses are some of the most diverse places in the United States. If you want to hire a diverse workforce, make yourself known on college campuses as a potential employer. This can be done through informing your staffing agency of your preference, attending a job fair, putting up a flyer on the bulletin board, or posting to the college’s online billboard. Make sure to specify that diversity is important and that you expect candidates from all different types of backgrounds to apply.

Make an Effort to Hire Different Age Groups.

Many employers consider diversity to be factors like gender, socioeconomic status, or race. However, one form of diversity that is often overlooked is age. When you’re hiring, make sure to specify that the job is open to anyone of a certain age. This will ensure that you receive a mixture of people anywhere from their 20s all the way up to their 60s if that’s something that would benefit your company.

Hire in Different Ways.

The more ways in which you perform an outreach, the more chances you have at increasing the diversity of the candidate pool. This can be done in a number of different ways such as hiring through a staffing agency, posting on a job forum, or even doing some on-site interviews at an office open house. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your hiring approaches so you can maximize this effort.

You will find, by implementing these strategies, that you are well on your way to building a diverse task force. Don’t hesitate to contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to look at your workforce, assess what kind of diversity you still need, and help you hire those individuals who help add to that overall diversity.

Should You Go Back to School?

April 19th, 2016

Since going back to school can be a time-intensive, costly decision that not only affects you but the other significant people in your life, there are several factors to consider.

How Will You Finance It?

Higher education is expensive. Before you make the commitment to going back to school, make sure that you have a way you can finance it, either through grants, scholarships, or private/government loans. Either way, you need to make sure that your higher education won’t break the bank and that you have a plan to pay off your loans if that is the route you need to take.

Will it Give Your Career a Boost?

You need to assess whether or not going back to school will give your career a boost. Depending on the program you’re planning to enter, your new degree or certificate could actually help you get a promotion or advance further in your career. When you take the potential new salary or benefits that could result from continued education, it may play a significant role in your overall decision.

What Are the Potential Networking Opportunities?

Going back to school can provide a wealth of potential networking opportunities, both on-campus and off-campus. You will be able to network with people in your program who can help you both at school and possibly in your career. The bonds forged as classmates are often some of your strongest ones. Consider the ways that you can both give to and gain from these relationships.

What Are Your Time Constraints?

Depending on your current schedule, you may or may not have time to go back to school. School is a big time commitment that could represent anywhere from five to forty hours a week of work, depending on how rigorous your course load is and what program you’re completing. Make sure you lay out a sample schedule to see whether or not you can blend in school time.

Once you’ve taken these factors into account, you should be able to make a well-informed decision about additional schooling.  If you’ve decided that you want to go back to school in an effort to start a new career, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help you find a job that’s a good fit for your new career path or will fit in well with your busy schedule as a new student.

Freelancers vs. Employees – Which One is Right for Your Business?

April 12th, 2016

When you’re in need of additional help with your business, it’s common to wonder whether you should hire freelancers or employees. Depending on your exact needs, that answer can vary drastically, so here are our tips to help you make the right choice.

The length of Work.

Typically, an employee is someone who is with a company for a prolonged amount of time, and a freelancer is with a company for a short amount of time. This aspect can vary, though, depending on the other factors. There have been circumstances where freelancers have held long-term relationships with companies but only have worked remotely or on a part-time basis.

Remote or Office.

Most of the time, freelancers have the option to work remotely whereas employees usually don’t. Because a lot of freelancers work part-time, there doesn’t need to be designated desk space for them to complete their job duties. This will also depend on whether the job needs to be completed with other people or can be done alone.

Full-Time or Part-Time.

If you need part-time help, you could either be in need of an employee or a freelancer. However, full-time help is almost always an employee as opposed to a freelancer, unless the duration is extremely short (a few weeks).

Job Duties.

There are some jobs that won’t be freelance because you simply will need someone at the office every day to get things done. However, there will be some jobs that won’t require that person to interact with anyone and maybe just do a few things on the computer. In this case, the former would be an employee and the latter would be a freelancer.

No matter which type of help you end up needing to hire, you can contact Olympic Staffing. We specialize in helping companies find the best freelancers or employees, in the office or out, for short-term or long-term availability.

How to Stand Out at Job Fairs as an Employee

April 5th, 2016

If you’re looking for a job, ask your staffing agency about job fairs. You will be able to network with a lot of people, learn about multiple companies, and maybe even walk away with a scheduled interview or two. There will be lots of job seekers attending, however, so consider these tips for Olympic Staffing – they will help you stand out in the crowd.

Ask Questions.

You would be surprised at how many people don’t ask questions at job fairs. They get overwhelmed by the many companies they need to talk to and forget that they’re being assessed on the spot. Asking questions will help you separate the companies in your mind. It will make it easier to know which ones are a good fit for you.

Treat Each Interaction Like a Mini-Interview.

If you do this, you’ll be ahead of everyone else at the job fair. Dress in business casual attire and have resumes ready to hand out to anyone who asks. By doing this, you’re also letting the job fair staff know that you’re very serious about working for them.

Follow Up.

You can put your name on an e-mail list, but the best and easiest way to stand out to the people you talked to at the job fair is to follow up with them a day or two after the job fair. In the follow-up e-mail, you can express your interest in learning more about a particular position or simply just thank them for meeting you. Either way, don’t be surprised if your follow-up e-mail helps you land an interview in the near future.

After the job fair, be sure to tell your staffing agency which companies appealed most to you. At Olympic Staffing, we can use that information, along with your personal file, to help secure you a new position. Contact us today – we will use your unique skill sets,  work history, and strengths to help you find your perfect job.