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.

How to Gracefully Turn Down a Job Offer

September 20th, 2016

If you’ve been interviewing for jobs, there will come the time when you need to commit to one even if you’ve been interviewing for many. Saying no to an offer with grace leaves your bridges in place, your doors open, and your professional image intact.  Here’s how to gracefully turn down a job offer:

Show Appreciation.

If you want to remain on good terms with your interviewer, you need to begin by expressing genuine appreciation that they took the time to offer you the job. By showing appreciation first, you’re also ensuring that the interviewer will be in a good mood and more receptive to whatever you’re going to tell them.

Give a Solid Reason for Turning the Offer Down.

Don’t be vague or abstract, but don’t lie. If you can give your interviewer one solid reason why you are turning the job down, that should be good enough. For example, you could say something along the lines of “This job doesn’t match the skill set I was hoping to develop in the next year” or “I need my next job to have a little more flexibility so I can get my Master’s Degree at the same time.” Whatever you do, make sure you don’t undercut this current job offer or compare it to others.

Keep the Line of Communication Open.

You never know when you’ll be interviewing for jobs again, so it’s in your best interest to keep the line of communication open. Make sure the interviewer has all of your contact information and vice versa so you can stay in touch. Every three to six months, try sending them a quick e-mail update so you can start to establish a rapport in case you need each other again in the future.

If you would like to be in the position in which you have to turn down multiple job offers, contact Olympic Staffing. We will match you up with companies where your skill sets and talents will be put to good use, so you have your choice at the end of the day.

 

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.