Why You Should Let a Staffing Agency Handle Your Job Search

June 13th, 2017

Hiring new employees is stressful and disruptive. It takes a lot of time out of your already busy schedule, and a bad hire can hold your whole business back. There are real advantages to bringing in the outside professionals of a staffing agency for your next job search:

Time

A job search isn’t just one extra task; it’s an extra job added on top of your other duties. You have to come up with a job description, write and place ads on job boards, search for candidates, read through resumes, contact candidates to set up interviews, go through the interview process, conduct background checks, verify references, and make job offers.

A staffing agency can take most of this extra work off your shoulders so you can focus on selecting the right fit from the prospective employees the agency sends them to you.

 Advertising.

Writing and placing advertising on job boards is time-consuming and expensive. It can also be a difficult skill to pick up on the fly.

A staffing agency will know how to write the most effective job posts. They will also know where to place ads to make the biggest impact. Finally, they have a deep network of potential candidates.

Screening.

One of the most frustrating parts of a job search is narrowing down the applicants to a manageable amount.

A staffing agency will help you set the parameters and then prescreen candidates accordingly. This way you only talk to people who match your need.

Filling Interview Slots.

Wasting time talking to the wrong candidates can be frustrating. Not having any candidates to talk to can be even more frustrating.

A staffing agency will go the extra mile to find good candidates to fill even the most difficult position.

Temp to Perm.

Even after all the work you put into screening and interviewing prospects, you can’t be sure how well they will fit into your business until they show up for work.

A staffing agency can offer candidates a temp position through the agency and transition them to full-time once you get to know them a little better.

If you’re looking for a new employee, contact Olympic Staffing. We can help you find an employee who is a good fit for your company goals, culture, and overall advancement.

The Summer Job Scene

May 30th, 2017

Are you still trying to connect with a summer job? Focus on these skills – they not only will connect you with that job, but build your resume for the future.

Communication Skills

  • Listening: You cannot be a true communicator if you haven’t mastered listening – staying focused on what’s being said, instead of planning what you want to say in response.
  • Body Language: Your eye contact, hand gestures, posture – they all share a message – make sure it’s the message you want to share.
  • Voice tone: It’s not just what you say; it’s how you say it. Be friendly, concise, tactful – even when it’s a hard message, and say it with confidence.Be kind and respectful -every
  • Medium: Use the right form of communication – based on the person, the subject, your position, etc.

Technological Skills

  • Build up a working knowledge of software common to your industry.
  • Develop social media skills.
  • When appropriate – get certified.
  • Microsoft Office, Analytics, Drive, and even coding are a few of the basics.

Teamwork Skills

  • Participate: Take an active part in your role, as well as in helping others.
  • Flexibility: Bend with the wind – it will keep you – and the team – from breaking.
  • Collaborate: The word team means two or more – this is not the time to work “alone,” – it’s time to work together.
  • Reliability: The rest of the team will be depending on you – do your part, plus a little.

So you have the skills but need some support in the job search? That’s when it’s time to call Olympic Staffing. Our team has hands-on experience. We work with a variety of companies and industries to maximize your exposure and opportunities.  Helping you achieve your career goals is Olympic’s priority.  Contact us today.

Be Aware of These Red Flags in the Hiring Process

May 23rd, 2017

When you’re hiring for employees, it can be easy to overlook small red flags if the candidate otherwise presents positively. If you don’t look out for the small red flags, you could have a costly situation on your hand and ultimately end up with a bad hire. Here are the three red flags of which you should be aware:

Unprepared for the Interview

When an employee shows up unprepared for the interview, that means that they’re not prioritizing your job or haven’t yet developed the necessary skills that are required to work for you. For example, if they show up looking unkempt and like they just rolled out of bed or without the information you requested.

Doesn’t Follow Directions

When you’re setting up the initial interview, you should always ask the potential recruit to follow an assignment just to see if they do. For example,  ask the recruit to bring a specific number of resumes – if they don’t arrive with that amount or more, it can be an indicator of what you’ll have to deal with when they’re on your payroll.

Doesn’t Follow Professional Protocol

When you’re in the initial hiring stages, pay very close attention to the professional protocol your recruit does or doesn’t follow. For example, if your recruit isn’t professional on the phone, you have no reason to believe s/he will be professional in person. Or, if your recruit doesn’t make eye contact or refuses to shake your hand, these are also red flags.

If you need help pre-vetting candidates, so you only have to meet with the cream of the crop, contact Olympic Staffing. We have a stringent pre-vetting process that includes evaluating the employee’s skills, qualifications, and past employment history as well as education.

Managing Your Time Amidst Stress

May 16th, 2017

When you’re stressed out, it can be easy to let your scheduling and organization fall by the wayside as you desperately try to juggle different tasks and responsibilities. Unfortunately, this only reduces productivity and increases your stress. Following these time-management tips, however, will help you move through the stress.

Take a Break

Though it may seem counterintuitive, you need to take a break for your mental health and well-being before you can get a handle on your stress. Whether this is a ten-minute break, a day off, or a week-long break, you need to step away from the stressors temporarily so that you’re refreshed and ready to tackle them when you return.

Schedule Out Your Week, Month, and Year

Don’t let stress affect your organization. When you’re feeling overstressed, that’s when you need to make a concerted effort to schedule out your week, month, and year. The reason why you should schedule out all three is that it will let you think about your stressors and projects in term of short-term, medium-term, and long-term goals. This will help you keep things in perspective, which, in turn, will reduce your stress.

Delegate Whenever Possible

One of the best ways to manage your time when you’re stressed out is to delegate part of whatever is stressing you out. If you oversee an intern or an employee, they may be the best person to help you out with this as they are directly accountable to you. If you don’t have someone who can help you, see if you can try to ask one of your colleagues to share the workload with the promise that you’ll do the same when things are stressful for them.

If you’ve identified that your current job is too stressful and you would like a new one, contact Olympic Staffing. We can help you find a job that is within your comfort zone and will take advantage of your current skills, abilities, and education level.

Should You Hire Someone Smarter Than You?

May 9th, 2017

When you’re doing a round of interviews for your company, you’re likely going to come across a whole different bunch of candidates. Some will be incredibly intelligent; others will not be. When you’re hiring, though, there’s always one central question: should you hire someone smarter than you? Thoughts to consider.

Would Your Business be at Risk?

One of the biggest risks of hiring someone smarter than you is the fact that your business could be at risk. Will the potential employee be able to use valuable company data or Intel to bring to a competitor or to launch their competing company? (Of course, this has more to do with character than intelligence) Make sure you assess how readily accessible this data is before you make the decision to hire a candidate with the skills to access it.

What Would the Net Gains Be for Your Business?

Hiring an intelligent individual for your business could yield very positive results. For example, that person may be able to devise new ways of thinking or achieve actionable results that would have otherwise been impossible. These new processes could directly lead to increased revenue and more business relationships.

Can That Person Be a Team Player?

Intelligence is a plus, but you also need a recruit who connects with coworkers. If you can find an intelligent recruit who is also a people person and will work well with a team, you have hit the jackpot.

Need to hire? Contact Olympic Staffing. We regularly work and interface with highly intelligent individuals who are seeking out a new job or career path. We will be able to present you with several options so you can choose the candidate who fits best.

Find a Career Mentor

May 2nd, 2017

Whether you’re just starting off in your career or are further down the road, everyone can benefit from a career mentor. A career mentor is someone who can give you guidance, advice, and teach you valuable skills that are directly related to your career of choice. If you’re looking for a career mentor, here’s how you can find one:

Attend Networking Events

Attending networking events in your given field is one of the best ways to find a career mentor. First of all, you’ll be associating with people who are on the same career path as you but who are in different steps of the journey. Try to make an effort to speak to those who have more experience so you can determine whether or not that person would make a good mentor.

Ask a Former Boss

If you have a boss for whom you particularly enjoyed working, consider asking him or her to be your career mentor. The chances are that your boss remembers being in your shoes several years back and would be happy to pass on tips and tricks to help you in your career endeavors. Plus, you already know that the two of you work well together.

Get Recommendations from Family and Friends

If you want a career mentor but don’t know where else to turn, you can always get recommendations from family and friends. There is a good possibility that at least one person you know will have a friend or family member in your chosen profession who would be open to mentoring you. All you would have to do is ask for an introductory call or e-mail to solidify the working relationship.

If you have a career mentor and s/he has hinted that you should find a new job, contact Olympic Staffing. We excel in meeting candidates who are currently transitioning from one role to another or even one field to another. We would love to help you figure out your niche and assist you in obtaining the best position possible in your field.

 Make Your Company Meetings More Productive

April 18th, 2017

Company meetings are meant to be productive, but often become frustrating and possibly damaging to your employee culture. As management personnel, it’s your job to make sure company meetings are as productive as possible. Consider the following tips.

 Set an Agenda.

 The first and easiest way to have your company meetings be more productive, is to set an agenda – and send it to those attending.  This also allows your employees to know what to expect. It will also help you stay on topic and fulfill the purpose of the meeting.

 Have Them at the Same Time Every Week.

 If you have regular meetings, holding them at the same time/place every week/month, etc., will increase productiveness.  There are several reasons for this. First, your employees will know to expect this, and therefore, be prepared with questions and feedback in preparation for this meeting. Second, your employees won’t be caught “off-guard,” so they will be more receptive to items discussed in the meeting.

Allow Your Employees to Submit Feedback.

 The last and best way to have your company meetings to be more productive is by allowing employees to submit feedback. A meeting isn’t effective if you’re just talking at your employees the whole time; you should be talking with them.  Allow your employees to submit feedback before the meeting, so you can address their concerns, and seek more feedback during the meeting.

If you’re looking to hire employees who can contribute to or lead meaningful company meetings, contact Olympic Staffing. We can help you find employees who are invested enough in your company that they care about the process and outcome of the company meetings.

How to Deal with a Performance Review

April 11th, 2017

Some jobs issue performance reviews on a regular basis as a way of keeping track and informing their employees how they’re doing in their roles. Anytime you receive a performance review, whether it’s good or bad, you should always take the time to reflect on the information that you’re being given. Here’s how to deal with a performance review:

Pause Before Responding

Before you react positively or negatively, pause and let yourself simmer down (or celebrate) in response to your performance review. This will help you take your performance review in perspective and view it objectively so that you can listen to what your employer is saying.

Look for Constructive Feedback.

Now, take another look at your performance review. However, this time, you need to check for constructive feedback. Constructive feedback can come in the form of suggestions, comments, or notes. It’s important not to get defensive and realize that feedback is usually constructive and voiced with the intent of helping you get better.

Give Yourself Actionable Steps.

Once you’ve taken the feedback into account, you need to give yourself actionable steps to remedy or fix that specific feedback. This can be done mentally or through a list, but we recommend writing these steps down so that you’re more accountable for them and don’t forget the actionable steps.

Be Proud of Yourself!

Most importantly, be proud of yourself after a performance review! No matter the outcome, receiving a performance review means that you have held a job for an extended amount of time and are likely learning the necessary skills and requirements to excel in that particular job. If you received commendations in your performance review for a specific task that you’ve completed, take pride in and build on those traits/skills.

Ready to move on? Contact Olympic Staffing. We can help you take the feedback you received in performance reviews and apply it to helping you find the best job possible for you.

How to Ask for a Reference

April 4th, 2017

If you’re looking for a job, you should have one to three references ready in case your future employer asks for them. If you don’t currently have any references, don’t fret – they’re easy to obtain if you know the right steps. Here’s how to ask for a reference:

Determine Your Past Professional Relationships.

When you ask people for a reference, you need to make sure the people you’re asking are professional references as opposed to personal references. It doesn’t look good if you only list personal references, as your new employer might assume that you have burned bridges with all your past employers. When you’re looking for who to pick, think a manager or superior who was directly impressed by your work.

Put Together as Much Information as Possible.

When you ask a professional connection to be your reference, you need to provide them with as much information as possible, so they’re not caught off guard when your potential employer calls them on the phone. It could be a good gesture to compile information in an e-mail or on paper in regards to what the job is, which of your accomplishments should be highlighted, and what else you want them to address.

Just Ask!

Don’t get hung up on asking other people for a reference because you “don’t want to inconvenience them.” Yes, respect and appreciate their time, but remember that everyone has had to or will have to ask someone else for a reference at some point.  Just do it so you can advance your career as soon as possible.

If you’re happy with your references and are looking for a job, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help you find a job that is a good fit for your current career goals while still taking your past experiences, education, and other factors into account.