Happy Thanksgiving

November 22nd, 2016

Thanksgiving – that wonderful holiday filled with Family. Friends. Food. Football. The kickoff for gaining that weight you resolve to lose come New Year’s Day.

The truth is, as much as we love the holiday, the giving of thanks is an attitude that serves us well all year long.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”   Oprah Winfrey

In fact, while we don’t fully understand the link between an attitude of gratitude and our health, research indicates that it does make a difference. Giving of thanks on a daily basis results in:

  • Better sleep
  • Reduced cardiac risk
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Improved kidney function
  • Reduced stress-hormone levels

Of course, improved health isn’t the only reward for a grateful heart.

“Gratitude can transform common days in thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”  William Arthur Ward

Here at Olympic Staffing, we give thanks every day for you – our employees and our clients. May your Thanksgiving holiday be extra special this year and may it spark a year of daily gratefulness among us all.

While you’re rooting for your favorite team with family and friends, enjoy this easy dip recipe for crackers or bread.

Slow Cooker Reuben Dip

16 oz. jar of sauerkraut, drained

8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened

2 cups shredded Swiss cheese

2 cups shredded cook corned beef – or chipped beef

¼ cup thousand island salad dressing

Mix ingredients together in crockpot and heat on low (or high if in a hurry) until cheese is melted. Serve – and discover you are the hero of the hour.

 

Effective Employee Communication Tools  

November 15th, 2016

Employee-employer communication is crucial if you want to have an effective business. There are a lot of different ways in which you can stay connected to your employees; we’ve highlighted some of our favorite tools below:

Use a Project Management Tool.

Digital project management tools like Trello, Asana, or Basecamp are a great way to communicate effectively with your employees. These tools allow you to let your employees know when key deliverables are due, so there’s no confusion. Your employees can also assign tasks to each other, so there’s double coverage on all the tasks at hand.

Use a Chat Tool.

People don’t always read e-mails because they can be cumbersome and take too long to read. This is why using a Chat tool like Skype, HipChat, or Slack is a great idea. You can communicate quickly with any of your employees to give them the pertinent information you would have otherwise forgotten.

Do In-Person Meetings Once a Week.

Even though technology is great for communicating quickly and effectively, you still want to make sure you’re meeting with your employees at least once a week so you can give them a chance to ask you questions. You will find that when one person asks you a question in-person, your other employees will learn from them as well.

If you feel like you are a good communicator and would like to add more members to your team, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to pre-vet candidates for you so that you are only interviewing the best of the best when it concerns your workforce.

Freelancing vs. Temp Gigs

November 8th, 2016

If you’ve ever been a freelancer or worked a temp job, you know how different the two are from each other or full-time work. However, for those who don’t like working a full-time 9-to-5 job, freelancing or temping may be the only option. Here are some of the biggest differences and considerations you need to be made aware of when you’re deciding between the two options:

Freedom vs. Stability.

Freelancing gives you more freedom, whereas a temp gig will give you more stability. When you freelance, you can choose what assignments you take, how many assignments you take, and when you take them. When you sign up for a temp gig, you don’t necessarily get to choose when and how you work, but you do have a stable income you can count on for the future.

Long-Term Future vs. Short-Term Gains.

Speaking of the future, freelancing and temping are different in reference to your future. Freelancing seems to have more of a long-term future (as you build up a steady client base) while temping has more short-term gains regarding building up experience and learning about different jobs.

Solo vs. Team.

If you like working independently, freelancing is definitely for you. If you like working with a team, a temp job might be the perfect fit for you. This is something you might have to figure out for yourself after trying out the other one to help you decide which one is most conducive your working style and production.

If you’ve decided that you would like to look for a temp gig, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to place you with a job that is a good fit for your skill set and is the appropriate duration. If you would like to have a temp gig that could eventually grow into a full-time job, please let us know as we can help you with that as well.

Branding Yourself

November 1st, 2016

When you’re developing your career, it’s very important to brand yourself. Not only can branding yourself help you get more job offers, but it can also lead to increased visibility in terms of building connections and forging different career moves. Here are some tips about how you can brand yourself:

Have a Niche

The more specific your skill sets or interests are, the harder it will be for people to forget you. Your niche can be anything, really; maybe you have a knack for optimizing social media for auto body shops or maybe you are known for being able to troubleshoot DSLRs. Whatever your niche is, own it – that’s what people will remember you for when they’re hiring.

Keep Your Social Media Profiles Consistent

Social media is everything, so you need to ensure your profiles are painting a consistent image. If your brand is a responsible entrepreneur who wakes up early every morning to do yoga, your social media profiles better not have photos of you staying up late partying with your friends. If you can keep everything consistent, you will have a much better shot at branding yourself.

Take Jobs in the Same Field.

Another great way to brand yourself professionally is to take jobs in the same field. For example, if you’re known for being a brilliant marketer, it might be kind of confusing to people if you suddenly started working as an event planner. Taking jobs in the same field will allow people to more successfully categorize you so when they need someone in that field, they think of you first.

If you feel like you’ve branded yourself well and are in need of a job, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help you find a job that is consistent with your brand and allows you to further your career.

Job Searching for Introverts 

October 25th, 2016

If you’re an introvert, the thought of searching for a new job may be enough to make you want to stay inside and hide all day. Don’t worry, though; there are ways for you to make the job-searching process easier on yourself so you can enjoy your alone time while being productive. Here are our tips for job searching as an introvert:

Don’t Feel Pressure to Be Extroverted.

A lot of interviewers put an emphasis on candidates being extroverted or “team players.” If this isn’t you, don’t lie to your interviewer. You have different strengths as an introvert, and if you pretend to be something you’re not, it will come out when you’re in the workforce. Furthermore, there are many ways to be an introverted team player.

Play Up Your Strengths in the Application Process.

If you aren’t extroverted, make sure to play up your strengths in the application process. If your interviewer asks if you’re a people person, you can always say something along the lines of, “I have learned a lot from working with my colleagues in the past, however, I feel as though I do my best work on my own.” Your interviewer will appreciate your insight and honesty.

Don’t Take Rejection Personally. 

If you are turned away from a job, don’t take it personally. As an introvert, you’re a very introspective individual who spends a lot of time thinking about what you could have done differently. Don’t do this to yourself; instead, spend your time thinking about what other jobs you could apply for in the future. It’s also important to realize that a job rejection could be a blessing in disguise so that you can find a better fit.

If you need help in your job search, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help you find jobs and interview situations that play up your introvert personality as a strength instead of weakness. We can also do a fair amount of the communication for you, so you can focus on doing what you do best instead of stressing out about social situations.

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.