Win the Job Search  

February 13th, 2018

It might be a talent-driven market, but the job search road can still be full of bumps and potholes. If you want to smooth out the ride and win the race (there are other seekers who want that same job), then you have to prepare, work hard, and never give up. Here are some Olympic tips for you – after all, we’re on your team.

Build a support network: You need people – to offer help, connections, and accountability. Attend events. Connect with old friends, while building new connections. Don’t forget, genuine networking is as much about helping and giving as it is about receiving.

Conduct a self-evaluation: Make a list of your strengths and identify your skillsets. Find ways to hone them. Take a class, volunteer, attend a seminar. There are multiple ways to build your value.

Clean up your digital image: It’s easy to post a pic in the moment of enthusiasm with your friends or spout off a hot response to a situation or comment from the security of your home, but unfiltered postings can come back to haunt you. Pay attention. Pause and ponder before posting.

Tackle your LinkedIn profile: Update. Update. Update. Have you won any awards, completed any classes, scored any special achievements? Include them in your profile. Pay attention to keywords and phrases that pertain to your industry and include them in your headline, summary, and experience sections – in appropriate ways, of course.

Refresh your resume: Keeping your resume updated and ready to go gives you one up on the candidate who is scrambling to add all their latest achievements, correct their contact info, etc. Of course, being ready to go means having your resume ready to customize to a specific position – a must-do if you want to get the best position for you.

Sign up for automatic job alerts: You can do this on LinkedIn, as well as various job boards.  Choose selected job titles and keywords to narrow your alerts to pertinent openings.

Prepare for Interviews: Research. Rehearse answers to typical questions. Arrive on time. Dress appropriately. Be courteous and respectful – to everyone. Have a few questions ready for the interviewer. End with a verbal thank-you and follow-up with a written one.

Partner with Olympic Staffing: Together, we’ll create a strategy that leverages your career goals, education, and work experience.  We work with a variety of companies and industries to maximize your exposure and opportunities.  Helping you achieve your career goals is Olympic’s priority. Contact us today.

Research the companies who have openings. Read the reviews, news articles, history, etc.  Get a glimpse of their culture. It will be easier to prepare for an interview.

 

 

 

5 Ways to Get Ahead at Work

December 29th, 2015

If you’re career-oriented, you likely have a specific set of goals and objectives you want to achieve. It can be hard to stay afloat of those goals and objectives on a daily basis as you keep up-to-date with your current tasks and projects. However, it’s important to consistently be working on your self-growth and development in the company so you can succeed. Here are 5 ways to get ahead at work:

Get Organized.

One of the biggest reasons why people can’t get ahead at work is because they’re not organized. Make sure that you work out a system that works for you to stay on top of your work. This could be as simple as taking five minutes out of your day in the morning or taking an hour at the end of the week to get organized for the following week.

Network Whenever Possible.

It’s hard to get ahead without help from other people. The best way to be helped by other people in your field is to network whenever possible. This will ensure that you not only meet people in your field but that you can establish your work objectives and see who can help you with a particular goal. Remember, of course, that networking is also about you helping others.

Help Out Team Members.

You also need to be helping out other team members. Your team members will remember you if you ever need a favor, and your supervisors will likely take note of the fact that you’re a team player and dedicated to having the whole company succeed as opposed to just yourself.

Put Together an Action Plan.

You need to have an action plan if you want to get ahead at work. This entails making a list of your goals and breaking it down into smaller, achievable objectives that can be accomplished in a reasonable amount of time. By doing this, you will be able to ensure that you’re working on your goals over time.

Stay Late.

Don’t be in such a rush to leave exactly at 5 every day. Make sure that you’re performing your duties and completing your tasks to your optimal perfection. This will help you stay on top of your tasks and signal to management that you’re dedicated to working hard for a good job, even if it means occasionally burning the midnight oil.

By doing any or all of these things, there’s no doubt that you will be able to successfully get ahead at work. If you are currently in a job that isn’t stimulating to you or allows you to get ahead, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help you find a job that lets you put your proactive ways to good use.