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.

How to Stand Out at Job Fairs as an Employee

April 5th, 2016

If you’re looking for a job, ask your staffing agency about job fairs. You will be able to network with a lot of people, learn about multiple companies, and maybe even walk away with a scheduled interview or two. There will be lots of job seekers attending, however, so consider these tips for Olympic Staffing – they will help you stand out in the crowd.

Ask Questions.

You would be surprised at how many people don’t ask questions at job fairs. They get overwhelmed by the many companies they need to talk to and forget that they’re being assessed on the spot. Asking questions will help you separate the companies in your mind. It will make it easier to know which ones are a good fit for you.

Treat Each Interaction Like a Mini-Interview.

If you do this, you’ll be ahead of everyone else at the job fair. Dress in business casual attire and have resumes ready to hand out to anyone who asks. By doing this, you’re also letting the job fair staff know that you’re very serious about working for them.

Follow Up.

You can put your name on an e-mail list, but the best and easiest way to stand out to the people you talked to at the job fair is to follow up with them a day or two after the job fair. In the follow-up e-mail, you can express your interest in learning more about a particular position or simply just thank them for meeting you. Either way, don’t be surprised if your follow-up e-mail helps you land an interview in the near future.

After the job fair, be sure to tell your staffing agency which companies appealed most to you. At Olympic Staffing, we can use that information, along with your personal file, to help secure you a new position. Contact us today – we will use your unique skill sets,  work history, and strengths to help you find your perfect job.

 

How to Stand Out at Job Fairs as an Employer

March 29th, 2016

Job fairs can be a great way to recruit outstanding employees. You’re able to meet with multiple people at once and expedite the candidate vetting process. However, you will probably be joining multiple employers, so you’re going to need to stand out to have your first pick of candidates. Here’s how you can stand out at job fairs as an employer:

Have a Friendly Representative.

First impressions matter, so make sure you have a friendly representative greeting prospective candidates. A smile and a firm handshake go a long way, and your candidates will certainly remember that at the end of the day.

Give Take-Home Goodies.

With all the excitement surrounding a job fair, it’s common that the companies start to blend after a while. You can avoid this by giving your employee take-home goodies such as flyers or small gadgets so they can remember your company.

Ask the Candidate About Themselves.

A lot of the recruiters will be focusing on their companies as opposed to focusing on the candidates. You can stand out by asking the candidate about themselves as opposed to telling them about your company. If they’re a good fit, there’s always time to tell them more about the company later, but you will have left a positive impression on them.

Follow Up.

Many recruiters fail to follow up with prospective employees after a job fair because they either forget or get too busy with their everyday duties. Always follow up with potential recruits, or else the time you spent trying to “woo” them was essentially wasted. It’s always a good idea to follow up the day after a job fair so that you’re fresh in their minds.

If you’ve identified that you are in need of new staff or employees, contact Olympic Staffing. We can help you determine if attending job fair as a prospective employer – and which one – is a good recruiting tactic for your specific needs. Meanwhile, we can help you with the staffing process on our end so you are matched up with employees who can help get the job done.

 


 

Ways You Can Customize Each Cover Letter

March 22nd, 2016

If you’re currently applying for jobs, there’s a good chance that some of the companies will require a cover letter. Though it might be tempting to write a boilerplate cover letter for all jobs to save time, you should take the time to customize each letter. Doing so will tell the employer that you are that much more serious about working for their company. Here are the ways you can customize each cover letter:

Talk About Employees Whom You Admire.

If you know and admire one of the company employees, reference them in your cover letter. Not only does this let them know your cover letter is specific to their company, but it also will often give you a one-up over other applicants.

Talk About Some of the Company’s Past Successes.

Another great way to customize your cover letter is to talk about some of the company’s past successes. This will let the hiring manager know what kinds of accomplishments are impressive to you and will be able to gauge the kind of work ethic and quality s/he can expect. It will also show that you cared enough to do the research on this specific company.

Imagine How You Would Fit into the Company.

Of course, take a few sentences or a paragraph to talk about how you specifically would fit into the company. Make sure to approach this with the angle of how you would help the company, and not the other way around. If the hiring manager can see the inherent value in your application, it’ll make it that much easier to call you in for an interview.

If you customize your cover letter, you will find a noticeable difference in the number of call-backs and interview requests you receive.  Contacting Olympic Staffing. We will be able to provide you with a few application options to help hasten your job search.

Reducing Interview Performance Anxiety

March 15th, 2016

Interviewing for a new job can be nerve-wracking, especially if it’s a job that would represent a pivotal point in your career. There are a few steps you can take in the moments leading up to your interview to calm yourself down. Here’s how you can reduce interview performance anxiety:

Take a Deep Breath.

Don’t underestimate the power of breathing. That sounds silly to say, but often people forget to breathe under moments of deep stress or pressure. If you take a deep breath before entering the interview room, you will be able to slow down your heart rate and think with a clear head.

Visualize Yourself in the Position.

If you’re nervous about not appearing confident, try visualizing yourself in the position for which you’re interviewing. This will give you the ability to be able to talk about the role as if you know you already received the job, which will give you an added sense of confidence. It will also help shape the way in which you interact with your interviewer and will be able to provide insight into how you work with the rest of the team.

Remember to Smile.

Smiling has both physical and psychological benefits. Even if you don’t feel happy, smiling can be helpful for two reasons. One, it’ll tell your interviewer that you’re excited about the position; two, it’ll convince you that you’re excited about the position. You may find that you eventually start smiling for real when your confidence is built back up to your original levels.

If you keep the above tips in mind, you will have no problem acing your job interview. If you are looking for a new job for which to interview, contact Olympic Staffing. We have a variety of job options at any given time for which we can make a personalized recommendation.

 


 

Increasing Traffic to Your Company’s Blog

March 8th, 2016

As a business owner, having a solid web presence is important. Not only will it help you to obtain new business, but it will establish that you are a resource and thought leader in your field, which will help establish trust. One of the easiest ways in which to do this is by having and running a successful company blog. Here’s how you can increase traffic to your company blog:

Use SEO Keywords.

SEO keywords are one of the easiest ways to get your blog content to start rising on the Internet. If you don’t know what that means, SEO stands for search engine optimized. This basically means that articles should be written with the intent of having them rank in the search engine. You can easily do this if you look up the applicable SEO keywords in the area for which you want to rank, and cater your article around that.

Use Backlinks.

Backlinks are another great way to get your blog content all over the Internet. Search engines are very generous with web pages that link out to other web pages because their algorithm views them as more of a resource. Take the time to link to 2-3 valuable resources for each article or blog post, and you’ll soon see the results in your blog traffic.

Post on Social Media with Hashtags. 

Hashtags are one of the best ways to get your content seen and trending in a specific category. Any time you write a blog post, it should be posted on the main social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) with applicable hashtags so you can reach a specific audience.

Once you have implemented the above strategies, you will see a noticeable difference in the traffic to your company’s blog. If you are in need of hiring someone who can effectively manage your blog and handle the content posting, contact Olympic Staffing. We will help you find a candidate who possesses both the skill and expertise that you need to take your company blog to the next level.

 

How to Find Exceptional IT Candidates

March 1st, 2016

If you run a successful business, you know the importance of having an exceptional IT team. Having great employees who work IT will increase your company’s productivity and will reduce the chance that you’ll ever be taken out of a work day due to technological difficulties. Here’s how you can find exceptional IT candidates:

Use LinkedIn to check people’s skills.

LinkedIn is a great resource if you’re searching for exceptional candidates. It allows you to sort quickly through a candidate’s experience and projects, see recommendations, and look at their education. You can also reach out to and contact candidates directly on LinkedIn so they can see that you’re a legitimate company with hiring needs.

Ask present employees, friends, and family for personal recommendations.

Referrals and personal recommendations can be a great way to find reliable employees. When a candidate can be vetted for by someone you trust, it adds that extra layer of protection and security before you invest your valuable time and resources into them.

Employ a practical IT test to assess skills.

When you’re hiring an IT professional, you need to see how they work under pressure and see that they can solve your company’s unique IT needs. The easiest way in which you can do this is to employ a practical IT test in which you can assess their skills. This can and should be done during the interview so that the candidate can be monitored.

 Partner with a staffing company

 Staffing companies typically have an extensive resource of candidates. They are skilled at screening and evaluating which ones will be the best choice for your company. They can connect you with candidates you would have never known about – after all, finding best-fit client-candidate matches is their specialty.

If you are in need of help for finding an exceptional IT candidate, contact Olympic Staffing. We have the necessary experience to be able to find someone who meets all of your company’s IT needs but also fits well into your company culture.

 


 

Does Your Management Inspire Commitment or Compliance?

February 23rd, 2016

When managers create a supportive environment, it can motivate workers to take initiative and be engaged or committed to their work. On the other hand, managers who don’t connect may get compliance, but very little commitment. Why not grade your management by asking these questions about your employees?

Do your employees

  • Fail to understand the reason behind policies?
  • Only fulfil the minimum requirement – nothing extra?
  • Have an attitude of obligation rather than willingness?
  • Disconnect during meetings?
  • Require reminders of even the usual tasks?
  • Need to be told what to do?
  • Rarely seek additional assignments?
  • Fail to interact more than the basics with customers?

If there are multiple yes answer to these questions, it might be time to evaluate your management style.

On the other hand,

Do your employees

  • Show enthusiasm for their work?
  • Demonstrate initiative when tasks are on schedule?
  • Anticipate problems and think of creative solutions.
  • Ask questions when they don’t understand?
  • Approach new challenges with a positive, confident attitude?
  • Understand the reason behind the methods, policies, etc.?
  • Seek upward growth and new experiences?
  • Go beyond what is required?
  • Connect at group meetings?
  • Lend a helping hand when coworkers need one?
  • Initiate connection with customers and leave a positive impression?

If you answered yes to most of these questions, you are on the right track and Olympic Staffing offers a round of applause. We know your management will inspire committed rather than compliant employees, and you will soon be needing more workers to meet company growth. Give us a call today. We will match you with employees who thrive under great management. .