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.

 


 

How to Influence Others

September 27th, 2016

Influence is an important skill to have, especially if you are working in a job that requires constant communication or heavy interpersonal skills. Knowing how to influence others in a respectful way is a useful skill to have to be able to achieve your goals. Here are some tips to help you grow as an influencer.

Start with a Compliment.

Anytime you’re trying to influence another person; you need to start your interaction with a compliment. Doing this serves two purposes: it will help you to bond with the other individual; it will also help them to get out of a defensive mode and into a receptive mode. Of course, your complement must be genuine – false flattery is a quick way to lose influence.

Make Your Goals Clear.

Be transparent about your goals, make it easy to follow what you’re trying to say or do. For example, if you’re trying to influence your colleague to listen to your business proposal, then state that you’d like them to listen to the business proposal. This will ensure that your colleague doesn’t have any misunderstanding before you start talking about the reasons why they’ll benefit.

Explain How They Will Benefit.

To effectively close the conversation and influence someone else, you need to explain how they will benefit from the situation or idea you are proposing. At the end of the day, people need to know that they’re being heard, appreciated, and understood, so if you can fit a benefit or two into those needs, you will be in a great position.

If you found you have mastered the art of influence and would like to put it into practice for your job, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help you find a job in which you will be able to use the art of persuasion and influence to help you succeed with your goals and grow professionally.