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.

 

 

 

Rewarding Your Employees

August 2nd, 2016

Work can be a grind, which can lead to employees becoming burnt out. If you have hard-working employees, make it a point to reward them accordingly. It will keep them motivated and ready to get back in the workforce. Here are some suggestions we have for rewarding your employees:

Give Them a Cash Bonus.

It’s no secret that people are motivated by cold, hard cash. This is one of the most traditional ways to reward employees, but there’s nothing wrong with that because it works for a reason. The nice part about being an employer or manager is that you can decide how you want to incentivize them with the cash bonus. It may be they get the bonus if they do a certain amount of work, or it could be a complete surprise, but it’s totally up to you.

Give Them More PTO.

PTO is often the reward that means the most to your employees because they can choose how and when to spend it. You could choose to implement this in the form of occasional bonus PTO or  give them a year-end bonus of adding to the following year’s vacation days if that works better for you and how you run your business.

Give Them More Responsibility.

While this doesn’t sound like a reward, it can be. More responsibility could mean that you’re giving your employees the chance to do something they’ve always wanted to do; the confidence-building that comes with increased responsibilities can be its own reward. They’ve successfully proved themselves to you and earned a promotion – which, by the way, usually includes a raise.

Turn Certain Goals into a Game.

Another way you can reward your employees is by turning certain goals into a game. For example, if you’re in charge of managing sales people, you could incentivize them with any of the rewards mentioned above for each goal marker they hit.

As soon as you put some of these reward policies into place, you will see a direct correlation with how happy and productive your employees are. You will also find that any financial costs associated with rewarding your hard-working employees will be paid back to you, ten times over in the form of productivity.

Needing new staff to add to your reward plan? Contact Olympic Staffing. We can help you find employees who will be motivated by rewards as an effort to work harder for you and your company.

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.