Prevailing in the Face of Job-Seeking Rejection

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.

Don’t Settle.

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.


 

Start 2017 With a Bang

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.

Should You Get an MBA?

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.

 

 

What Kind of Boss Brings Out the Best in You?

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.

 

Are You Cut Out to Work in Sales?

July 12th, 2016

Working in sales is not for everyone. If not undertaken correctly, sales can be a ruthless and thankless job that doesn’t result in any sales, prestige, or recognition. On the other hand, a talented salesperson can find their position to be extremely lucrative, rewarding, and motivating. Here are our top three ways to determine if sales are a good choice for you.

Can You Be Assertive?

If you want to work in sales, you must be assertive. If you think you’re assertive now, think again, because sales assertion is a whole new ball game. When working in sales, you can’t have any reservations about tactfully promoting your product or service and making your objectives extremely clear from the start of the phone call or meeting. This requires a certain degree of tenacity, hard work, and dedication to be able to achieve all your goals. A lot of people are not cut out for this line of work, but for those who are, sales could be the perfect calling card for you.

How Are You with Following Up?

Most sales victories are not a result of the initial call; rather, they’re a result of countless follow-up calls and e-mails. Some of the biggest and most successful sales deals have been closed after ten to fifty follow-up e-mails, so you need to remember not to give up and to keep pursuing your goal until you get a hard “yes” or a hard “no.” Many people are uncomfortable with this aspect of sales as they feel they are bothering the other party, or they struggle with “rejection.” In reality, a good salesperson knows that the people they’re calling or e-mailing probably just got busy and forgot to respond. If you can keep following up until you get an answer, you’re probably in good shape to work in sales.

Can You Feign Passion?

Part of being a good salesperson is being able to feign passion and excitement for whatever you’re selling. Let’s face it: some things (like insurance or tech support) are less exciting to sell than something like a sponsorship package or a new sailboat. Part of being a good salesperson is being able to sell whatever you have been tasked with and to show excitement and enthusiasm for that product. Excitement is infectious, so if you can do this, you are much more likely to meet your sales goals at the end of the month.

If you think you’re cut out for sales but have had a hard time finding a job, contact Olympic Staffing. We specialize in matching people with the best job to forward their career.