The Case for Hiring Millennials

June 14th, 2016

Today’s workforce is Millennial. This incredible generation is an asset for every business and here’s why.

Millennials are Tech Savvy.

Millennials are great to have in a company because they’re extremely tech savvy. They are social media masterminds with a complete grasp not only on creating original content but also on being able to share it across different platforms in different mediums to reach the optimal audience. Millennials have grown up using social media and successfully translate their skills into business growth.

Millennials Know the Importance of Building a Brand.

Branding is extremely important. No matter what type of company you own or manage, you do have a brand, and your customers are counting on you to be consistent with it, so they know what they’re getting from you at all times. Many Millennials believe strongly in a company because they identify with the brand and subsequent lifestyle they’re building as opposed to the actual product or service. By bringing Millennials into your company, they will help you figure out your company’s proper branding and put it into use so that you can build up the trust of your customers first and sell your product or service second.

Millennials Aren’t Afraid to Follow Their Passions.

Millennials are passionate about life and making a difference and unafraid to follow those passions. While some employers see this as a negative trait and assume that this will cause their new millennial employees to be less dedicated to work, this is not accurate. If they can see the difference their work is making in both the company’s big picture and society in general, Millennials give their heart and loyalty freely.

Infuse your company with millennial talent. Contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help you reach Millennials and target them as potential members of your workforce.


 

Prioritizing Emotional Intelligence

May 17th, 2016

When you’re hiring new employees, there are a lot of factors you need to take into account: experience, education, skills, et cetera. Don’t forget to throw emotional intelligence into that mix? That is, the intelligence that isn’t derived from book smarts; rather, it’s derived from reading other people’s emotions and adjusting accordingly. Here’s why you should prioritize emotional intelligence in your next set of new hires.

It Increases Company Sales.

Making a sale is all about making a connection. If your salesperson can connect with the person on the other end of the phone, that sale is golden. When you prioritize hiring someone who has emotional intelligence, s/he can adjust the tone and direction of the phone call based on the other person’s emotions to achieve the result that you want, which is the sale.

It Helps Your Company Thrives Internally.

Emotionally intelligent people are in tune with the needs of others. Therefore, if you start hiring emotionally intelligent people, it would make sense that your employees would prioritize the emotions and feelings of their colleagues and would adjust their actions accordingly. If everyone is looking out for everyone else’s feelings and emotions, that will make your workplace thrive internally on a level that has never yet been matched.

It Reduces Workplace Tension.

Emotionally intelligent people are less likely to get into rifts or have arguments. Emotionally intelligent employees know when to let something go to better the greater good of the company. By hiring these emotionally intelligent people, you’re essentially reducing workplace tension.

If you want help finding and hiring emotionally intelligent recruits, contact Olympic Staffing. We are well-versed in identifying those traits that make a personal emotionally intelligent and will be able to help you successfully add these individuals to your team.

 

How to Turn Your Temp Position into a Full-Time Hire

May 10th, 2016

If you’ve recently taken a temp position that you enjoy, you’ve likely considered working for the company full-time. If working for your current contract position and full-time is something you’re interested in, you should definitely try to pursue it. It can be tricky to know where to start, though. Here’s how you can turn your temp position into a full-time hire:

Go Above and Beyond.

If you really want to turn your temp position into a full-time position, you need to treat it like a de facto job interview. This means going above and beyond what you’re asked to do as part of your regular duties to showcase that you have personal drive, and can take initiative without needing to be told what to do. Show them that you’re indispensable. Supervisors will definitely notice this and keep you in mind during the hiring process.

Express Your Interest Early.

Don’t let your supervisors assume that you don’t want a full-time position or give it to someone else because you didn’t say something in time. If you know you’re interested, let your supervisors know as soon as possible so you can be in the running and on the forefront of their minds when it’s time for them to make the hiring decisions.

Befriend Your Co-Workers.

The more connections you establish with your co-workers, the better chance you have at having them vouch for you when the hiring process comes back around. Don’t force any friendships for the sake of having good connections, but make it a point to be friendly, cordial, and supportive. You would be surprised how much goodness could result from doing that.

Follow Up.

Following up is everything. If your contract already ended or is about to end, you need to follow up and remind your supervisors that you’re still interested. It may be that the supervisors were interested in you but simply forgot to reach out, so it’s to your benefit to reach out and follow up whenever possible.

If it didn’t work out with your current contract but you’re still interested in becoming a full-time hire at a similar company, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help you find that job that fits the exact need you’re trying to fill in the current company. We can also make recommendations based on your current interests for any new jobs that we think might also be a good fit.

Verbal Communication Skills that Inspire Success

May 3rd, 2016

Verbal communication is everything in the workplace. It dictates how you understand people, relate to people, and ultimately connect with people. If you’re able to master verbal communication, you will find that workplace success inevitably follows. Here are the five most important verbal communication skills you need to succeed:

Acknowledgement.

It’s always important to acknowledge when someone is speaking to you or has something important to say. You can do this by referencing the fact that you want to make time to hear what they have to say or by simply asking them what they think about a particular topic. When people feel acknowledged, they will be that much more likely to open up to you.

Affirmation.

People like to feel affirmed in what they’re saying, regardless of how you feel about that particular subject or topic. Responding with respect affirms that you value what they have to say.

Understanding.

Understanding what another person says to you shows that you are able to see something from their perspective and get a sense for what they’re saying, regardless of how you personally feel about it. This also means saving questions and responses until after they’re done talking. Then give them an opportunity to clarify.

Listening.

When someone talks, are you really listening? It’s easy to have someone talk to you for a few minutes only to have you walk away later and have no recollection of what they said. If you struggle with listening, try to focus the conversation on what they have to say as opposed to what you have to say. This will ensure that you’re being a better listener than talker.

Engaging.

People don’t like to feel like they’re talking to a brick wall. If you really want to have excellent verbal communication skills, you need to engage with them. One of the easiest ways in which you can do this is to ask them questions or prompt them to elaborate on a point you find particularly interesting.

If you feel as though you’ve successfully mastered these five verbal communication skills and are in need of a job, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to place you with a company who values and prioritizes those verbal communication skills and recognizes that you have them and are able to use them in your day-to-day operations.

How to Build a Diverse Workforce

April 26th, 2016

Diversity in the workplace is incredibly important. Not only does it encourage your employees to learn from one another, but it also helps improve your workflow and increases your productivity. Hiring and keeping diversity at the forefront of that process can be a little tricky, so here are our tips to make sure you can build a diverse workforce in every aspect:

Hire on College Campuses.

College campuses are some of the most diverse places in the United States. If you want to hire a diverse workforce, make yourself known on college campuses as a potential employer. This can be done through informing your staffing agency of your preference, attending a job fair, putting up a flyer on the bulletin board, or posting to the college’s online billboard. Make sure to specify that diversity is important and that you expect candidates from all different types of backgrounds to apply.

Make an Effort to Hire Different Age Groups.

Many employers consider diversity to be factors like gender, socioeconomic status, or race. However, one form of diversity that is often overlooked is age. When you’re hiring, make sure to specify that the job is open to anyone of a certain age. This will ensure that you receive a mixture of people anywhere from their 20s all the way up to their 60s if that’s something that would benefit your company.

Hire in Different Ways.

The more ways in which you perform an outreach, the more chances you have at increasing the diversity of the candidate pool. This can be done in a number of different ways such as hiring through a staffing agency, posting on a job forum, or even doing some on-site interviews at an office open house. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your hiring approaches so you can maximize this effort.

You will find, by implementing these strategies, that you are well on your way to building a diverse task force. Don’t hesitate to contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to look at your workforce, assess what kind of diversity you still need, and help you hire those individuals who help add to that overall diversity.

Should You Go Back to School?

April 19th, 2016

Since going back to school can be a time-intensive, costly decision that not only affects you but the other significant people in your life, there are several factors to consider.

How Will You Finance It?

Higher education is expensive. Before you make the commitment to going back to school, make sure that you have a way you can finance it, either through grants, scholarships, or private/government loans. Either way, you need to make sure that your higher education won’t break the bank and that you have a plan to pay off your loans if that is the route you need to take.

Will it Give Your Career a Boost?

You need to assess whether or not going back to school will give your career a boost. Depending on the program you’re planning to enter, your new degree or certificate could actually help you get a promotion or advance further in your career. When you take the potential new salary or benefits that could result from continued education, it may play a significant role in your overall decision.

What Are the Potential Networking Opportunities?

Going back to school can provide a wealth of potential networking opportunities, both on-campus and off-campus. You will be able to network with people in your program who can help you both at school and possibly in your career. The bonds forged as classmates are often some of your strongest ones. Consider the ways that you can both give to and gain from these relationships.

What Are Your Time Constraints?

Depending on your current schedule, you may or may not have time to go back to school. School is a big time commitment that could represent anywhere from five to forty hours a week of work, depending on how rigorous your course load is and what program you’re completing. Make sure you lay out a sample schedule to see whether or not you can blend in school time.

Once you’ve taken these factors into account, you should be able to make a well-informed decision about additional schooling.  If you’ve decided that you want to go back to school in an effort to start a new career, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help you find a job that’s a good fit for your new career path or will fit in well with your busy schedule as a new student.

Freelancers vs. Employees – Which One is Right for Your Business?

April 12th, 2016

When you’re in need of additional help with your business, it’s common to wonder whether you should hire freelancers or employees. Depending on your exact needs, that answer can vary drastically, so here are our tips to help you make the right choice.

The length of Work.

Typically, an employee is someone who is with a company for a prolonged amount of time, and a freelancer is with a company for a short amount of time. This aspect can vary, though, depending on the other factors. There have been circumstances where freelancers have held long-term relationships with companies but only have worked remotely or on a part-time basis.

Remote or Office.

Most of the time, freelancers have the option to work remotely whereas employees usually don’t. Because a lot of freelancers work part-time, there doesn’t need to be designated desk space for them to complete their job duties. This will also depend on whether the job needs to be completed with other people or can be done alone.

Full-Time or Part-Time.

If you need part-time help, you could either be in need of an employee or a freelancer. However, full-time help is almost always an employee as opposed to a freelancer, unless the duration is extremely short (a few weeks).

Job Duties.

There are some jobs that won’t be freelance because you simply will need someone at the office every day to get things done. However, there will be some jobs that won’t require that person to interact with anyone and maybe just do a few things on the computer. In this case, the former would be an employee and the latter would be a freelancer.

No matter which type of help you end up needing to hire, you can contact Olympic Staffing. We specialize in helping companies find the best freelancers or employees, in the office or out, for short-term or long-term availability.