Landing the Candidate in the Final Stages

September 13th, 2016

No matter how excellent your HR skills, the real test of your abilities rests with the final stages of the interview process. If you are not able to get top talent to commit to your company or firm at the end of the game, you need to adjust your approach to how you’re obtaining talent. Here’s how you can ensure you land the candidate in the final stages:

Anticipate Their Hesitations.

If you don’t want your candidate to say no, it’s your job to anticipate their hesitations and address them before they become an issue. Pay attention to what your candidate is saying or doing in their first few interviews, and you’ll be surprised about what you can pick up. For example, if they are concerned about the long commute to the office, you can mention the flexible work-from-home policy if you have one.

Paint a Picture of Their Future.

If you want to woo a candidate, paint a picture of their future at the company. Many people have a hard time seeing themselves committing to one particular place if they can’t visualize what their life will be like as an employee. Help your candidate out by painting a picture of what they can expect from the company in one year or five years and what kinds of tasks they will be performing. Knowing this information will make it that much harder for them to turn down your company.

Highlight Unique Benefits of Your Company.

It’s likely that your candidate is interviewing at multiple places, so you need to make sure they understand the unique benefits of your company. Remember, in this phase of the interview process; you want them to know beyond a doubt that they want to work for your company and no others. If your company’s benefits are similar to those of other companies, create a benefit that’s unique to just your company so they can differentiate and make the right decision.

Need help landing a particular candidate? Contact Olympic Staffing. We are experienced with working toward hiring top talent and know how to close the deal to get them to commit.

 

 

 

 

How to Improve Your Company’s Brand

September 6th, 2016

Having a good company image is crucial if you want to attract new business, hire the best candidates, and be held in high regards in your community. There are specific ways you can improve your company’s brand, depending on where you presently stand. Consider these tips.

Be in the Public Eye.

One of the easiest and best ways to improve your company’s brand is to be in the public eye. If people can see you and what your company is doing, they will be that much more likely to trust you and remember your name when they are in need of your services.

Have a Designated Spokesperson.

It’s important to have a designated spokesperson who can act as the face of your company in case there are any concerns, suggestions, or crises. People respond well to other people taking in their concerns as opposed to a blanket statement or solution from the company. When people contact “customer service,” be sure this spokesperson, or another qualified individual answers – rather than a recording. If you invest the time in hiring this spokesperson, you will find that your community perception will be enhanced.

Be Involved in the Community.

A quick way to improve your company’s brand is to be involved in the community in which your business is physically located. This shows your customers that you care about other people and communities beyond your scope and that you have a vested interest in the well-being of others. Some ways you can be involved in your community include hosting a blood drive, buying Girl Scout cookies, or participating in a community garage sale.

Bring your brand to Olympic Staffing. We will assist you in finding employees who hold up your brand. We can use our expertise and your positive company brand as a way to attract the top talent you are seeking. Contact us today.

 

The Benefits of Employee Teams

August 30th, 2016

While some jobs are best completed by individuals, utilize employee teams whenever possible. Some of the benefits associated with having your employees work in groups instead of by themselves include:

Building Cooperation

By organizing your employees into teams, you’re putting them into a controlled environment that will teach them how to cooperate constructively with their colleagues. Because they will be working together, they will be forced to compromise or negotiate depending on their desired outcome. All of the skills learned during this process can also be applied back to the work environment.

Produce Better Results.

Brainstorming and creative ideation can often be much more effective when the people can bounce ideas off each other. By putting your employees in groups, you’re enabling them to work with the creativity of other people, which can often lead to their personal development and creativity. Also, if you pool your brightest and most creative of talent together, the possibilities of what they could conceptualize are virtually endless.

Create a Positive Environment

Humans are social creatures by nature. We thrive with on human contact. By allowing your employees to work in groups, you are letting them tap into the natural proclivity of humans to bond and forge friendships. If your employees are happier, you will find your workplace improving on the daily – what employer doesn’t want that?

If you are looking to hire more employees who would be a good fit for your company, contact Olympic Staffing. We have extensive experience with finding and hiring candidates who will blend well with or company’s culture and skill requirements.

Spruce Up Your Interview Attire

August 23rd, 2016

If you’re interviewing for jobs, you know how important it is to present yourself well – both as a means of respect and as a way to show you take it seriously. If it has been a while since you’ve been on an interview, there are a few quick-fix updates for your wardrobe and accessories to spruce up your interview attire.

Wear a Watch

People underestimate the value of wearing a watch. Not only will a watch tell you what time it is so you can be early for your interview, but it also conveys a very important message to your interviewer. Wearing a watch tells your interviewer that you prioritize being on time for your commitments to the point that you want to have a visual reminder every day. And since your phone should NOT go with you into the interview, you need the watch. Wearing a watch also gives you the opportunity to have it match your personality so your interviewer can get a little more insight into who you are as a person.

Accessorize Your Notebook or Folder.

Many individuals forget that everything they bring into an interview is a way for the interviewer to judge them and make a perception about them. While this can be nerve-wracking for some, it’s also a great opportunity to stand out where other candidates may have failed to do so themselves. One great way to update your interview attire is to accessorize your notebook or folder. Instead of bringing in a plain paper notebook or plastic school folder, try bringing in a nice leather padfolio or clipboard.

Shine Your Shoes. 

This is a bigger deal than you might think. While your interviewer might not notice that your shoes are shiny, they will definitely notice if they aren’t. Some HR tips even suggest that managers can assess the quality of the potential candidate by the quality of their shoe care.

Ready to start interviewing? Contact Olympic Staffing. We specialize in matching your skills and job experience with the job that’s the best fit for you.

Formulate Your Five-Year Plan

August 9th, 2016

If you don’t already have a five-year plan, that’s something you should put at the top of your to-do list. Having a five-year plan is imperative because it can keep you on track both professionally and personally. Need some help? If you’ve never made a five-year plan before, here’s how you can go about formulating one:

Consult with Involved Parties.

Before you start working on your five-year plan, you need to consult with any other involved parties to see if what you’re about to commit to will have any effect on them. This could include (but not limited to): spouses, children, parents, siblings, or friends.

Quantify Individual Goals regarding Effort.

While coming up with a five-year plan may seem overwhelming, the easiest way to combat this is to quantify individual goals regarding effort. If a certain goal is going to take longer than another, you may want to start working on that sooner rather than later so you make sure you can accomplish it. You should also determine what goals would build upon each other and make sure you lay the foundations first before you get going on a goal that needs them.

Allow for Slight Deviations.

Try to refrain from having your five-year plan be so strict that it doesn’t allow for any deviations. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t try to follow it when you can, but don’t make it so tight that any unforeseen circumstance such as illness, accident, job loss, childbirth, or any exciting opportunity gets in the way of it.

Have a Start Goal and an End Goal.

Putting together a five-year plan is less overwhelming when you have both a start goal and an end goal. This will allow you to “fill in” your five-year plan taking into account both where you are starting and where you want to go. When you have both of these in mind, you are much more likely to make achievable and tangible goals as opposed to lofty ones you wouldn’t be able to accomplish.

Having a five-year plan will change your life because there will be that much more structure to it. Having a five-year plan will also serve as a blueprint for making various decisions, so you never stray too far from your original set of goals. Is finding a new job part of your plan? Contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help you find a job you love, and that fits in well with your other goals and timelines.

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.

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.

 

Using Facebook Live Video to Promote Your Business

July 5th, 2016

If you’re a business owner, you’re always looking for new and improved ways to promote your business. To do this, you need to stay on top of the newest trends, which are usually associated with some social media. Utilizing Facebook Live Video as part of your business strategy is a great way to promote your business. Consider these benefits.

The Algorithm Promotes Videos to the Top.

Facebook is always trying to figure out ways to promote its newest product offerings as a way to stay relevant in the tech community. Facebook does this by configuring its internal algorithm to promote various content to the top of the newsfeed. Take advantage of the fact that Facebook will naturally push your Facebook Live Video to the top of people’s newsfeeds and view it as a sort of free advertising. Promote your content for free and enjoy the extra publicity.

Show a Face Behind Your Company.

People love seeing a face associated with a company because it makes it that much more likely to trust them. By doing a Facebook Live Video, you’re setting a spokesperson for your company or someone who’s internally significant to your company on a digital platform to be able to make announcements, take feedback, and field concerns or complaints in real time.

Get Feedback from Customers/Clients.

Facebook Live Video is a great way to get feedback from customers and clients about issues or topics that are relevant to your business and day-to-day interactions. You can set up the Facebook Live Video to accept comments so you can respond to them live. The great part about letting your customers and clients ask you questions is that many of your other clients may also have those same questions. This is a great way to test out a new product or idea your business has been thinking about to get an honest response of how they feel.

If you need help hiring employees who are tech-savvy and can help you set up Facebook Live Video for your business, contact Olympic Staffing. We can specifically ask the technical skills and qualifications of potential recruits to make sure they can stay ahead of the curve and be able to market your business effectively using the latest and greatest trends.

Why Your Company Should Partner with a Non-Profit

June 28th, 2016

If you own a company, it’s important to partner with other organizations periodically. Specifically, you should consider partnering with a non-profit in some capacity, whether it’s to donate a portion of your proceeds to them or to give them publicity in conjunction with your company’s publicity. Consider these reasons why your company should partner with a non-profit:

The Community Will Trust Your Organization.

Communities inherently trust organizations who partner with non-profits, because it shows that you have a soul and are concerned about the well-being and good of others besides yourself. Not only will this build up a positive image of your organization, but it will show that you have a vested interest in the general population and community immediately surrounding your business.

You Will Give Your Employees an Opportunity.

Most likely, you have employees who are passionate about giving back, helping others, and doing good in the world. By partnering with a non-profit, you are giving those employees an opportunity to be civically engaged in a way that might not have otherwise worked for them. This is a great benefit to brag about when you’re interviewing potential recruits.

You Will Do Good in Your Community.

The biggest benefit of partnering with a non-profit is that you will do good in your community. Every community could benefit from a little extra TLC, and you will be well on your way to accomplishing that. Whether you’re supporting a local non-profit Little League team or installing new community gardens for all to use, you will find your impact on the community extremely rewarding and helpful to building up a positive image of your business.

If you’re looking for a staffing agency to help you find hard-working employees, contact Olympic Staffing. We can inform them that your company has, indeed, partnered with a non-profit to attract employees who like doing community service and are passionate about helping others.

 

 

 

Why You Should Consider Additional Offers

June 21st, 2016

You’re in the process of interviewing for jobs and ready to accepted one, but wait – there are more offers on the table. Don’t immediately reject them – take the time to consider the whole package before making your final decision. Here’s why.

They Might Present Benefits or Perks You Didn’t Originally Anticipate.

Perhaps another offer has perks and benefits, which you didn’t originally anticipate. Even though you may think you know everything about what you want, take some time to consider these offerings. For example, if a company allows you to work from home one day a week, that’s something you would want to take into consideration depending on your commute time and/or what your family responsibilities are. Don’t be so quick to say yes to your “ideal” company that you don’t take the full picture into account.

They Want You to Work for Them.

Don’t underestimate the power of being really wanted by a company. First of all, this shows that they need you, which could be good from a responsibility standpoint. You will likely be given a large amount of responsibility, which can lead to an immense amount of personal fulfillment and sense of accomplished if you can move into a role that is a good fit for you. Plus, when the company wants you to work for them that badly, you will likely fit into their company culture and be surrounded by other individuals who have the same level of motivation and career goals as you.

You Have Bargaining Power.

When you are extended a more than one, that means you have bargaining power. If you like some of one offer’s terms but are still leaning more toward your initial gut feeling, you can always counter the priority offer. The worst that they can say is no, but likely, you will end up somewhere in the middle. This tactic can be used for anything that’s up for negotiation, including (but not limited to): salary, working from home, benefits, and job responsibilities.

Do you enjoy the thought of great offers? Contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to place you in a series of interviews that are well-suited to your interests and skill sets to ensure that there is interest for both parties involved.