Job Searching for Introverts 

October 25th, 2016

If you’re an introvert, the thought of searching for a new job may be enough to make you want to stay inside and hide all day. Don’t worry, though; there are ways for you to make the job-searching process easier on yourself so you can enjoy your alone time while being productive. Here are our tips for job searching as an introvert:

Don’t Feel Pressure to Be Extroverted.

A lot of interviewers put an emphasis on candidates being extroverted or “team players.” If this isn’t you, don’t lie to your interviewer. You have different strengths as an introvert, and if you pretend to be something you’re not, it will come out when you’re in the workforce. Furthermore, there are many ways to be an introverted team player.

Play Up Your Strengths in the Application Process.

If you aren’t extroverted, make sure to play up your strengths in the application process. If your interviewer asks if you’re a people person, you can always say something along the lines of, “I have learned a lot from working with my colleagues in the past, however, I feel as though I do my best work on my own.” Your interviewer will appreciate your insight and honesty.

Don’t Take Rejection Personally. 

If you are turned away from a job, don’t take it personally. As an introvert, you’re a very introspective individual who spends a lot of time thinking about what you could have done differently. Don’t do this to yourself; instead, spend your time thinking about what other jobs you could apply for in the future. It’s also important to realize that a job rejection could be a blessing in disguise so that you can find a better fit.

If you need help in your job search, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help you find jobs and interview situations that play up your introvert personality as a strength instead of weakness. We can also do a fair amount of the communication for you, so you can focus on doing what you do best instead of stressing out about social situations.

The Value of Internship

October 18th, 2016

If you’re in your sophomore year of college or higher, it’s time to secure an internship. They can make a significant difference in your future career. Here’s how:

You Will Gain Experience.

Experience is one of the most valuable parts of having an internship. While you’ve likely studied your career of choice extensively, nothing can prepare you for it like working in the field can. You can often learn more in a few weeks of work than you did in an entire year of school, just because you will be immersed in the actual job itself. This experience will help you secure other jobs and be more marketable as an employee in the future.

You Will Work as Part of a Team.

Working as part of a team is a valuable part of having an internship. You will learn how to work well with others, as well as pick up tips and skills from your new colleagues. Regardless of how much you studied in school, you need to be able to get along with your colleagues; having an internship will show your future employers that you’re able to work as part of a team.

You Will Have Opinions about What Didn’t Work.

Internships are a great low-pressure way to find out what doesn’t work for you. You have the freedom to try out multiple internships with different companies to make comparisons about what you like or don’t like regarding company culture, tasks, management, etc. The best part is that you’re able to do it with no strings attached so you can change to a new company when your internship is over without any penalty.

If you understand the importance of finding an internship while you’re in college but don’t know where to start, contact Olympic Staffing. We would be happy to help you find that perfect fit for you and your future career goals and aid you in the process of taking that next step.

 

 

Attracting Diverse Talent

October 11th, 2016

Having a diverse workforce is an important part of building a successful company that pulls from a large number of talents and different backgrounds. If your workforce isn’t currently diverse in terms of age, gender, skills, race, etc., your company is not reaching its full potential. Here’s how to attract diverse talent so you can start tapping into all your company has to offer:

Look in Diverse Places.

If you’re only looking for talent in one place, that’s your problem. In order to attract the most diverse talent pool possible, you need to look in diverse places. For example, try posting an online ad, putting up a flyer on a college bulletin board, releasing a press release, and having a booth at a local community fair all at the same time.

Have Different Ways to Apply for Careers with Your Company.

Another way to encourage diverse talent to apply to work at your company is to have different ways to do so. For example, while submitting a traditional application that answers basic questions is still applicable, many talented candidates prefer everything mobile The more options you provide, the bigger chance you’ll have of attracting diverse talent.

Ask for Recommendations.

If you’re having a hard time finding diverse talent, you could always ask friends, family, and colleagues for recommendations. If you have a diverse social circle, this could be an easy way to identify and be connected with individuals whom you may have not met otherwise.

If you recognize the importance of having diverse talent in your workforce, contact Olympic Staffing. We can help you find candidates from different backgrounds and who possess a wide range of different skills in order to broaden your company’s overall reach and effectiveness.

 Reducing Resume Bias

October 4th, 2016

When you’re hiring talent for your company, it’s important to make sure you don’t lose out on the best talent force by bias-driven discrediting of high-quality candidates in the initial resume screening. Here’s how you can reduce resume bias so as to ensure your company makes the best hire:

Cover Up the School and Company Names.

This happens all too much in the recruiting process: a candidate will get preferential treatment or passed over entirely based off a school they went to or a job they held with a specific company. It’s normal to have strong feelings, negative or positive, about certain schools and/or companies. However, you cannot let these feelings affect the hiring process because you may end up passing over a great candidate. In order to reduce this, cover up the school and company name so you focus on that candidate’s skills instead.

Don’t Compare That Resume to the Previous Resume. 

While you are eventually going to get to the point where you need to compare one candidate with another to make the best hire, don’t make the mistake of doing that during the resume process. Looking at someone’s resume is a way to determine whether or not they would be a candidate for a phone screening or an in-person interview. Don’t discredit a great candidate because the candidate prior to them had a higher GPA or more years of work experience, because the new candidate could have a skill or talent just as (or more) valuable than the original.

Don’t Make Snap Judgments.

The most important way to reduce resume bias is to avoid snap judgments. We’re all humans, and when we recruit other humans, it’s easy to pull from our experiences, thoughts, and feelings. However, it’s important to remain objective when looking at and sorting through resumes to make the best hire for the company.

Still feeling susceptible to resume bias, but needing to make valuable additions to your team?  Contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to objectively look at the resumes your company receives, providing you with a complete list of top candidates so you can make the best hire – without bias.