How to Market Yourself as an Employee

July 3rd, 2017

When you are looking for new opportunities, you need to make sure employers know the right things about you. Marketing yourself can be the difference between getting the right job and just another paycheck. Using a little strategy can get the right info in front of the right companies with your name attached. Here’s how you can market yourself as an employee.

Build Your Network.

Most of us have a personal network on social media. Don’t neglect your professional presence. Make sure you have a full profile on sites like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. Having a professional looking profile isn’t enough by itself. You have to be active, reach out to people, and engage in conversation. Diane Gottsman recommends you “start by sharing recent company articles and other compelling content.” This is a great way to jumpstart your presence and connect yourself with the issues that generate interest.

Remember networking has to be targeted and relevant to you. You also need to make sure you are relevant to the people you are reaching. Highlight the strengths you have that are in high demand and can discuss issues intelligently with potential employers or colleagues.

Control Your Online Presence.

If a company is interested, they may check your LinkedIn account for professional background and associations. Make sure you are posting info about your education, skills, and past projects online. Offer to write a guest post for a blog covering your field. Tune into groups and forums where your colleagues discuss issues. Come up with an e-mail signature that sells your skills and use it for e-mail or when you answer forum or blog questions. You need to be search-savvy. Online search is all about keywords, make sure your name is returning with info relevant to the kinds of keywords prospective employers are seeking. Specific education and job skills, companies in the field, even specific projects you have worked on if they are well known.

Bring in Help.

Don’t be afraid to ask others to market you. Call people you have worked with before and ask them if they have leads. Ask them to name drop you. When you get leads, follow up. Research the person and company online first and call. Tell them your friend thought they might be able to give you some advice and listen to their ideas. Ask them if they know anyone else you should be talking to, so you have more opportunities to network.

If you are interested in marketing yourself as an employee, contact Olympic Staffing. We can help you get your name in front of the right people in companies that are hiring now. We will help you market your skills to employers and enable them to see you as the next opportunity for their firm

Should You Drug Test Employees? 

June 20th, 2017

If you are covered under Federal Department of Transportation regulations, drug testing is mandatory, but for many businesses drug testing is optional. Deciding whether or not to drug test employees can seem like a difficult decision. Consider the following.

Laws

The laws regulating drug testing for these businesses vary from state to state and compliance can be complicated. Knowing why you should maintain a drug testing program and how to manage your program legally are key to improving your workplace.

Benefits

The benefits of drug testing are real. Employees who use drugs can be unproductive, expensive health risks, and dangerous to themselves and others. Drug testing programs can also benefit the employees who use drugs. By forcing them to confront their problem and providing real consequences for mistakes you can help them face their problems and get their lives on track.

Semantics

Employees who are abusing drugs will miss more work days and are more likely to have medical conditions. They are more prone to having accidents that can cause injuries to themselves, other employees, or even members of the public. Employees who abuse drugs can be overly lethargic or manic at work, have difficulty communicating, or become confused when attempting even simple tasks. This can make them unproductive and interfere with the employees around them.

Expenses

Employees who use drugs incur four times the healthcare expenses of sober employees and are more likely to incur a workers’ comp claim. Most states won’t honor workers’ comp claims when drug use is considered a cause, but without a testing program, you can’t take advantage of that.

Risks

The only real risk is staying inside the legal guidelines in your state. This is why it makes sense to outsource your program to a company with specific expertise in both carrying out testing and compliance with regulations.

Once you have the right partner to keep your drug testing program safe and legal, you can get started on building a cleaner, safer more productive workplace.

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

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.

 

 

Questions You Should Ask Your Partner Before Accepting a Job

July 19th, 2016

If you’re married or have a serious partner, you need to understand that taking a job affects both of you. You shouldn’t accept a job offer on the spot before talking to your partner to see if it’s the right decision for both of you. Here are the questions you should ask your partner before accepting a job:

Is This Salary in Line with Our Expenses?

Salary is extremely important to take into consideration when you’re about to accept a new job. Take some time to go over your monthly and yearly expenses with your partner and see how your new proposed salary fits into that. Make sure to discuss how long you would be on the job and any possible changes that could come up such as one of you taking maternity or paternity leave, or one of you going back to school to further your education.

Is the Commute Okay for Where We’re Currently Living?

The daily commute is a big factor in any job, and it is something you will need to discuss with your partner depending on where you’re currently living. It could be the case that this new job is a great fit for you financially, but it’s farther away from where you’re currently working. Some topics you may want to discuss, include whether one of you is willing to relocate to be closer to the other one’s job, or if you want to find a job that’s equally close to where both of you are currently living.

Are the Benefits Consistent with What We Need?

Benefits are an important factor to take into account because it affects both of you, depending on your marital status or living situation. You will need to figure out whether this job is a good fit regarding vacation time, medical and dental benefits, as well as maternity and paternity leave. If you don’t discuss these factors now, you may find yourself in a bit of a pickle when you realize that things don’t necessarily align with the life you and your partner have built for yourselves.

If you and your partner have determined that it’s time for one of you to get a new job, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help you find a job that will be a good fit for the needs of both you and your partner. We will also be able to make sure that the job is a good fit for your needs and skill sets.