February 14th, 2017
Job hopping has become all too common these days; it’s common practice for millennials and those who are unsure what they want to do with their career. While a certain amount of job-hopping can boost your career, too much is too much. Consider these reasons to “stay” before you “hop.”
Shows You Aren’t Reliable.
Too much job-hopping – even for great reasons- can make you come across as unreliable. When you hop from job to job, potential employers can see this on your resume; this doesn’t look good regarding commitment to one job and staying with it. Potential employers will be worried that you will leave them in a matter of months or a year to hop to the next job.
Hurts Your Chance of Being Promoted.
When you job hop, you hurt your chance of being promoted. The reason for this is because instead of working your way vertically, you are working your way horizontally. While it is important to have experience, nothing compares to dedication and hard work in your field.
You Won’t Have Stability.
When you job hop, you don’t necessarily have stability. Your commute, salary, benefits package, and vacation days are all up in the air and can change at any time. While this may be appealing to a young, single employee, this all changes when you have a family for whom you need to provide. Before you switch jobs, make the assessment regarding whether or not you and your family can handle the change in stability.
If you are looking for a job in which you can grow vertically, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help place you in a job that views your horizontal movement as a positive; we will also be able to help ensure your new company that you are here to stay and work hard.
February 7th, 2017
When you work for the same company for a while, it’s important to build relationships with your colleagues. This is important to do so that you can network with them and improve your overall day-to-day work satisfaction. Here are some helpful tips to ensure successful relationship building.
Offer to Help Them.
One of the easiest ways to build relationships with your colleagues is to offer to help them. If you see them struggling with a particular task, feel free to offer your feedback, guidance, or advice. Be careful not to make this sound like you know more than them; rather, you want them to know that they can count on your help if needed.
Schedule Experiences Outside of Work.
Sometimes, it can be hard to build relationships in the workplace. This can be because you and your colleagues either are too busy working or feel awkward joking and socializing in the company of your boss. Regardless, you should try to schedule some professional experiences outside of work. This could include happy hour, dinner, or coffee.
If you see a colleague struggling during a meeting with a supervisor or a boss, back them up and support what they’re saying. This will send the message to both your boss and colleague that you’re presenting a unified front, which means that they can count on you. Whatever you do, make sure that your colleague knows that you support them in their endeavors!
If you’re looking for a new job in which you can have positive relationships with your colleagues, contact Olympic Staffing. We can set you up with interviews for companies that have a strong company culture, so there’s an increased chance of having a good relationship with your colleagues.
January 31st, 2017
Whether you have on-staff recruiters in your HR department, contract recruiters on an as-needed basis, or have an ongoing connection with a reputable staffing agency, working with top notch recruiters is one of the smartest steps to improve your level of talent among employees. Maintaining a solid foundation of individuals who know how to recruit top talent will not only help your day-to-day business; this will also help your reputation within the business world. Here’s what to look for in a recruiter.
Look for People Who Are Confident.
One of the most notable qualities of a successful recruiter is that s/he is confident. Recruiting potential candidates is a tough job, and it’s important for your recruiter to have the confidence to think s/he can obtain the top talent. When you’re looking to see if someone is confident, look at how they carry themselves, how they speak, and how they speak about themselves. All three options are great clues as to whether or not someone is confident.
Look for People Who Are Resourceful.
Being a recruiter means that you need to be resourceful to obtain the top talent. To attract a resourceful individual, ask them about their thought and action process regarding how they find, reach out to, and close on top talent. You will have a lot of insight into their resourcefulness depending on how they answer.
Look for People Who Have Sales Experience.
Top-level recruiters also have sales experience. After all, they are “selling” your company to individuals with the talent you need.
Whether you’re looking for an on-staff recruiter or seeking to connect with a strong staffing agency, Olympic Staffing is a great choice. We will be able to work with you to hire the top talent you need to build your company. Contact Olympic Staffing today and build your bottom-line.
January 24th, 2017
If your company does not yet have a social media presence, your lack may cost you more than you realize Here’s why.
Give Last Minute Updates.
Social media is a great way to give last minute updates. For example, if your company is having a flash sale or needs to announce a change regarding closing or opening hours etc., social media is a great way to do so. You can always issue a press release, send an e-mail, or make a phone call, but social media is the quickest and most easily accessible way to reach a large audience at once.
Connect with Your Community.
It’s important to connect with your community, whether that’s in a physical location sense or a digital sense. By having a social media presence, you can post content that is relevant to the exact audience you’re trying to reach. Not only is this good for brand awareness; it’s also great for sales and forging relationships.
Be Responsive and Reachable.
Social media is the easiest way to get a hold of someone nowadays. If someone has a complaint or feedback, they’re likely to head to Twitter in hopes of eliciting a quick response. By having a social media presence, you’ll appear more “reachable” to your customers, which means that they’re likely to head to you instead of your competitors.
If you want to get started with a social media presence but don’t know how, contact Olympic Staffing. We can help find and source an experienced social media consultant to come in and help you build your presence.
January 17th, 2017
If you’ve been applying for jobs without success, it’s easy to get discouraged and want to give up. Looking for jobs is hard both from a financial perspective and an emotional perspective. However, it’s important to stay positive and keep the following tips in mind to ensure that you end your search with the job of your choice.
Learn from Each Interview.
No matter how bad it may seem, each interview is a learning opportunity. For example, you may have cut the interviewer off in one interview and not realized it until after you had already finished. The way in which you can learn from each interview is to immediately take notes so you can reflect upon them at a later time.
Adjust Your Approach.
If you’re going to many interviews or sending out many e-mails but nothing is sticking, you need to adjust your approach. This could mean editing your resume, cover letter, or interview attire. If you need help figuring out what to adjust, ask a trusted friend who can look over all your job-seeking materials.
When you finally do receive an interview or a job offer, don’t settle just because that’s the first one you’ve received in a while. Make sure you still take the necessary steps of assessing whether or not that job is a good fit for you, your skill-sets, and your educational background.
Add to the value of the steps mentioned above by contacting Olympic Staffing. We will be able to use our connections with various employers around your area to help you succeed in the interview and land the job you want.
January 10th, 2017
It’s important to begin each year with both reflections of the previous year and planning and organization of your new year. If you don’t do this, you may find that problems from the past roll into the future, affecting your company’s growth and progress. These steps will help you start 2017 on the right foot.
Make Sure Your Financials are in Order
It’s so important to have your financials in order when you’re starting out the new year. If your company doesn’t have an accountant, you may need to get one. If you need to make any changes with bookkeeping or invoicing, now is the time to do so. Whatever you do, make sure everyone in your company is on the same page about being organized.
Boost Staff Morale
It can be a little bit depressing to return to work after the holidays, so you need to do whatever you can to boost staff morale. This can be done by organizing a fun company trip, providing incentives for hard work, or simply changing up the daily flow a little. If you keep your employees in mind, they will thank you in the new year with hard work and dedication to your company.
Have Clearly Defined Priorities
Don’t let another year slip by in which your priorities aren’t clearly defined. Take time to clearly define your company’s priorities. These priorities could be financial, personal, or goal-related. Whatever you do, make sure your employees are kept in-the-know and are aware of the goals for which they should be striving.
If you are in need of new staff in which to kick off the new year, contact Olympic Staffing. We will match you up with employees who are a good fit for your company both from a skills standpoint and a company culture standpoint.
January 3rd, 2017
You may be at the point in your life where you’re considering going back to school to receive your MBA. This is a great decision for many reasons, such as networking, learning new skills, and being able to expand your knowledge base. But, the question begs itself: should you get an MBA? Here are some questions that will help you find the answer.
Will It Help Your Career?
If receiving an MBA will help your career in the sense that you would then qualify for a promotion or salary increase, it may be a good idea to pursue one. If you wish to pursue an MBA for personal reasons that aren’t necessarily related to your career, you will need to dig deeper.
Are You Financially Able to Do So?
MBAs are extremely expensive. You will likely have to take out loans or additional financing to be able to afford it. Depending on your current salary and/or if your employer is willing to make any contributions to your education, you may or may not be able to afford business school.
How Will It Affect Your Life?
If you’re looking into an MBA, there are more factors involved besides you. For example, how long will the commute be each day? Do you have a family? If so, what time sacrifices will you need to take from them to go to school and work every day? Do you need to juggle school and work, or can your partner help you financially while you’re in school? These are all questions that need to be discussed before you make your final decision.
If you’ve decided you want to get your MBA; you may need to chat with your current employer about adjusting your schedule. Olympic Staffing recognizes the time and expense that goes into an MBA. If you’re looking for a position that accommodates your journey to your degree or, once you’ve earned it, a position that values it, contact Olympic Staffing. We help people find best-match positions every day.
December 27th, 2016
All bosses are not created equal. Therefore, there are some bosses that you are going to mix and mesh with much better than you would others. As an employee, it’s imperative that you find out what kind of boss brings out the best in you so that you can continue to succeed and grow in work. Here’s how you can find out what kind of boss brings out the best in you:
The Supportive Boss.
The supportive boss is a great boss for employees who need reassurance and guidance throughout the day. This type of boss will make suggestions as opposed to assertions and typically, will be receptive to any feedback and suggestions you give about the company. However, the downside to this type of boss is that you don’t necessarily know when they are genuine versus not as they are constantly flooding you with reassurance and support.
The Assertive Boss.
The assertive boss is a great boss for anyone who needs to be kept in line and appreciates constructive criticism. This type of boss will make assertions as opposed to suggestions, but will not be receptive to any feedback and suggestions that you give about the company. For Type-A personalities, there could be a little bit of a personality clash. One positive aspect of this type of boss is that you will learn a lot in a very short amount of time due to their bluntness and assertions.
The Combination Boss.
The combination boss is a good fit for most people because s/he takes elements from both the supportive boss and the assertive boss to formulate an effective leadership style. The combination boss works well for individuals who like to be independent, but ultimately have a small semblance of guidance at the end of the workday (or project).
If you’ve determined that you’re working for a boss who doesn’t bring out the best in you, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to assess your unique strengths, goals, and skills to help you assess and find the right positional fit for you.
December 20th, 2016
When you’ve worked at the same place or in the same position for a while, it can be hard to measure whether or not you’re doing a good job. You may find yourself feeling stalled or stuck in work; in reality, you could be doing an excellent job and not even giving yourself credit. Here’s how you can tell if you’re doing a good job:
Your Colleagues Respect You.
If you come into work and your colleagues immediately start asking for your opinion, there’s a good chance that they respect you. If they respect you, that means that you’re likely doing a good job with your everyday duties. Other ways in which colleagues can show respect is by requesting your presence in certain meetings or asking you to go to work-related happy hours or social events.
Your Boss Counts on You.
Does your boss assign you important tasks before she assigns them to anyone else? Does she tell you over and over again that she appreciates your help? Does he value your opinion if you speak up in a meeting? If so, your boss counts on you, which also means that you’re doing a good job. If you weren’t doing a good job, your boss wouldn’t rely on you so heavily.
Your Work Has Had a Direct Impact on Your Workplace.
One of the most important ways in which you can determine whether or not you’re doing a good job is by figuring out whether or not your work has had a direct impact on your workplace. Have you invented a new method of inter-office communication that is now being used by everyone? Did you implement a new productivity policy that has been widely adopted? If so, you are likely doing a good job as these types of innovations show you take pride in your work.
If you’ve determined that you’re doing a good job with your current occupation and would like to try either a new career or get a new position with a different company, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help place you in a job in which your skills and experience are put to good use.
December 13th, 2016
If you haven’t heard of or used influencer marketing, you need to drop everything and do so immediately. Influencer marketing refers to using social media influencers to advertise your product and service in exchange for compensation, free product, or other various benefits. Here’s why you should use influencer marketing to drive more business to your company:
Reach New Customers.
Influencers in your niche have already done the work for you. They’ve built up a following of people who are interested in a particular topic or category that your product/service just so happens to match. By marketing with an influencer, you will be reaching new customers whom you would have never been able to reach in any other medium.
Establish New Relationships.
Putting your product or service before social media influencers will help you establish new relationships. If an influencer believes in your product/service, they will not hesitate to introduce you to other influencers or industry leaders whom can help you.
Have a Higher Engagement Rate.
Because you’re advertising to people in a particular niche and not just to the entire Internet, you are bound to have a higher engagement rate. This could mean more clicks to your website, more social media follows, or even more direct sales. When you start seeing how high the engagement rate is, you will wonder why you even bothered with Facebook or Google Ads in the first place.
If you’ve determined that you’d like to implement influencer marketing, you will need someone who is going to run the program and help you identify the specific influencers in your niche. Contact Olympic Staffing, and we can help you find that individual who will help you manage your influencer marketing program.