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.

 

How You Can Tell You’re Doing a Good Job

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.

The Influencer Marketing Advantage

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.

 

Discovering Your Leadership Style

December 6th, 2016

Whether you supervise a few employees, manage a department, or own the company, effective leadership is essential to ensuring everything runs smoothly. First-time leaders, however, often make the mistake of emulating a leadership style that doesn’t fit their personality, which leads to stress for both the leader and the employees. Here’s how you can find your leadership style:

Assess How You Communicate.

How you communicate says a lot about your leadership style. Or, do you like to communicate directly and in-person? Do you prefer indirect communication via e-mail and other social media/mobile options?

Assess How You Problem Solve.

Are you a proactive leader, who prefers to stay ahead of problems? Or, are you a reactive leader, preferring to wait until problems arise, so you don’t spend time or energy dwelling on hypothetical situations?

Assess How You Reward Employees.

Do you like to give your employees merit for each little good achievement they have? Or, do you prefer to reward your employees at milestones or “big moments.”

These and other questions will help you determine your leadership style. Many leaders have a mixture of styles. Taking the time to understand your dominant and secondary styles, and then building on your strengths will pay off in your career.  Knowing your natural leadership style will help you excel in your leadership roles.

If you’ve determined your leadership style and would like to lead in your job but your current position doesn’t include it, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help you find a job that puts your personal leadership style to good use and lets you thrive as a leader.

Recruiting a Great IT Team

November 29th, 2016

Regardless of whether or not you are an IT company, your staff uses technology every day as part of your operations. For this reason, it’s important to have an IT team that can not only help you in times of need but can also proactively fix problems. Here’s how you can recruit a great IT team.

Attend College Job Fairs.

One great way to recruit an outstanding IT team is to attend college job fairs. You can make an effort to talk to Computer Science or IT Management graduates to maximize your time there. These new graduates will be hungry for experience as they transition to the next phase of their lives and will be willing to work hard.

Reach Out to Coding Bootcamps.

A lot of people are making an effort to learn how to code because they know how important it is. What most people don’t know, however, is how needed basic IT skills are in a company. You can always reach out to coding boot camps to see if any of their graduates are looking for a job that has components both of web development and IT tech support.

Implement a Test in the Hiring Process.

Your technology is only as good as your IT team, and that’s why you need to make sure that your new recruits can respond to challenges on the fly. As part of the hiring process, you should implement a series of challenges that could potentially come up in the role of an IT manager. Then, you should see how long it takes your recruits to fix the problem and make decisions based on that.

If you have decided that you need to expand your IT team, contact Olympic Staffing. We have the experience to be able to match you up with a reputable IT candidate who can help meet your company’s ever-growing, ever-expanding IT needs.

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving

November 22nd, 2016

Thanksgiving – that wonderful holiday filled with Family. Friends. Food. Football. The kickoff for gaining that weight you resolve to lose come New Year’s Day.

The truth is, as much as we love the holiday, the giving of thanks is an attitude that serves us well all year long.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”   Oprah Winfrey

In fact, while we don’t fully understand the link between an attitude of gratitude and our health, research indicates that it does make a difference. Giving of thanks on a daily basis results in:

  • Better sleep
  • Reduced cardiac risk
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Improved kidney function
  • Reduced stress-hormone levels

Of course, improved health isn’t the only reward for a grateful heart.

“Gratitude can transform common days in thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”  William Arthur Ward

Here at Olympic Staffing, we give thanks every day for you – our employees and our clients. May your Thanksgiving holiday be extra special this year and may it spark a year of daily gratefulness among us all.

While you’re rooting for your favorite team with family and friends, enjoy this easy dip recipe for crackers or bread.

Slow Cooker Reuben Dip

16 oz. jar of sauerkraut, drained

8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened

2 cups shredded Swiss cheese

2 cups shredded cook corned beef – or chipped beef

¼ cup thousand island salad dressing

Mix ingredients together in crockpot and heat on low (or high if in a hurry) until cheese is melted. Serve – and discover you are the hero of the hour.

 

Effective Employee Communication Tools  

November 15th, 2016

Employee-employer communication is crucial if you want to have an effective business. There are a lot of different ways in which you can stay connected to your employees; we’ve highlighted some of our favorite tools below:

Use a Project Management Tool.

Digital project management tools like Trello, Asana, or Basecamp are a great way to communicate effectively with your employees. These tools allow you to let your employees know when key deliverables are due, so there’s no confusion. Your employees can also assign tasks to each other, so there’s double coverage on all the tasks at hand.

Use a Chat Tool.

People don’t always read e-mails because they can be cumbersome and take too long to read. This is why using a Chat tool like Skype, HipChat, or Slack is a great idea. You can communicate quickly with any of your employees to give them the pertinent information you would have otherwise forgotten.

Do In-Person Meetings Once a Week.

Even though technology is great for communicating quickly and effectively, you still want to make sure you’re meeting with your employees at least once a week so you can give them a chance to ask you questions. You will find that when one person asks you a question in-person, your other employees will learn from them as well.

If you feel like you are a good communicator and would like to add more members to your team, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to pre-vet candidates for you so that you are only interviewing the best of the best when it concerns your workforce.