Should You Hire Someone Smarter Than You?

May 9th, 2017

When you’re doing a round of interviews for your company, you’re likely going to come across a whole different bunch of candidates. Some will be incredibly intelligent; others will not be. When you’re hiring, though, there’s always one central question: should you hire someone smarter than you? Thoughts to consider.

Would Your Business be at Risk?

One of the biggest risks of hiring someone smarter than you is the fact that your business could be at risk. Will the potential employee be able to use valuable company data or Intel to bring to a competitor or to launch their competing company? (Of course, this has more to do with character than intelligence) Make sure you assess how readily accessible this data is before you make the decision to hire a candidate with the skills to access it.

What Would the Net Gains Be for Your Business?

Hiring an intelligent individual for your business could yield very positive results. For example, that person may be able to devise new ways of thinking or achieve actionable results that would have otherwise been impossible. These new processes could directly lead to increased revenue and more business relationships.

Can That Person Be a Team Player?

Intelligence is a plus, but you also need a recruit who connects with coworkers. If you can find an intelligent recruit who is also a people person and will work well with a team, you have hit the jackpot.

Need to hire? Contact Olympic Staffing. We regularly work and interface with highly intelligent individuals who are seeking out a new job or career path. We will be able to present you with several options so you can choose the candidate who fits best.

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.

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.

Should I Freelance?

December 15th, 2015

Many people prefer freelancing to having a traditional 9-to-5 job as it offers increased flexibility and the ability to diversify work tasks. However, freelancing does have quite a few negative implications as it also represents a lack of stability and the potential for a reduced income. There’s a lot to take into account when you’re deciding whether or not to freelance.

Assess Your Finances.

If you have a high monthly financial commitment such as a mortgage, student loans, or car payments, you might want to rethink freelancing. While freelancing can be great for people who are starting out their careers without a lot of financial responsibilities, because of the unpredictability of freelance income, you may or may not be able to justify it based on your unique needs.

Consider the Lifestyle Changes.

On the other hand, as a freelancer, you will enjoy an incredible amount of freedom. Not only will you be able to choose where and when you complete your work; you will also be able to choose the types of projects on which you work. For people who are used to having a boss hover over them and point them in the right direction, freelancing will represent a significant change. You are in charge of your own output as a freelancer, which can be both empowering and incredibly overwhelming.

Do a Cost-Benefit Analysis.

You will need to take all of the costs and benefits associated with being a freelancer into account. In general, the costs associated with being a freelancer are going to boil down to having unpredictable income; the benefits associated with being a freelancer are going to boil down to having increased freedom and flexibility within the scope of work.

See the Demand.

Even if you’ve decided that freelancing is for you, you will still need to see the demand before you commit to it full-time. This could be as simple as asking your current employer whether or not there are any freelance opportunities available or doing a quick scour of a freelancing job portal.

If you have decided that you would like to freelance but don’t know where to start, contact Olympic Staffing. We can help you find short-term or long-range freelance assignments that are perfectly suited for your life depending on your needs. We will also be able to make recommendations on how to balance several freelance assignments at once.

Why You Should Have a Professional Portfolio

September 30th, 2014

Whether you’re looking for a job or are fulfilled and secure in your current job, keeping a professional portfolio is essential. A professional portfolio is documentation of your achievements. It may include visual examples of your previous work, written descriptions of prior job duties, lists of references, etc. Benefits of maintaining a professional portfolio include: 

You Are Always Organized. 

If you have held more than one position over the last few years, it’s easy to confuse certain tasks or duties that you’ve performed for the various companies. By creating a professional portfolio, you will always be organized in terms of dates, bosses, tasks, duties, and special skills learned. You will be able to compile all the information from each job or contract you worked so it is easily accessible in the future. 

You Will Be Reminded of Past Experiences. 

Having a professional portfolio serves as an excellent reminder for past experiences. No one remembers every piece of his or her work history. With a quick glance at your professional portfolio, you can recall that specific experiences and reference them for any current interviews or job opportunities. 

You Have a Tool to Show Future Employers. 

If you have a professional portfolio, you can bring it to interviews to physically show potential employers. They will be able to look through examples of your work and progress while you are simultaneously describing it to them. Not only will your potential employer be impressed with your organization, he/she and will be more likely to remember you over other candidates.

If you have developed your professional portfolio and are looking for a job, contact Olympic Staffing. We will match you (and your portfolio) with best match companies and positions.

 

 

How to Describe a Weakness in an Interview

September 23rd, 2014

Someday, you could be asked to describe a weakness of yours while in a job interview. Many people struggle with this question because they don’t know whether to give a real weakness or a strength that is disguised as a weakness. Here are some tips on how to describe a weakness in an interview:

Prepare for This Question in an Interview. 

Asking you to describe a weakness seems to be a reoccurring question in many interviews, so you might as well be prepared. Before your interview, compose a list of your legitimate weaknesses, both professional and personal. Then, make a list of specific skills and strengths needed for the position. Do not choose a weakness that will bring up an instant red flag. For example, someone interviewing for a management role should not talk about issues with delegating, but he/she could mention that sometimes they are not strong with details. You can ask family and friends for help if you are having a hard time thinking of weaknesses. 

Be Honest. 

Don’t make up a weakness that actually makes you sound great. Be honest with your employers and give them a genuine weakness you have. Your potential employer wants to hear that you’re human and can recognize your own faults. Once you describe an honest weakness, you will want to follow the next step listed below. 

Detail How You’ve Overcome That Weakness. 

Focus on what you have done and are doing to overcome the weakness. Make sure to detail how you’ve overcome that weakness so it isn’t counted against you in the overall scope of your interview. Balance it with strength. For example, the interviewee who was applying for a management position and has trouble with details, can talk about the chart system he/she developed to keep them attune to details, and then point out that as a manager, he/she sees the “big picture” vision and is adept at delegating wisely, making sure he/she is covering the details through his/her team. 

Explain That Your Awareness of the Weakness is Helpful for Self-Improvement. 

After you’ve explained how you’ve overcome your weakness, mention that you are try to remain keenly aware of weaknesses in general and are always working to better yourself. This will give employers who have any resting doubt more peace of mind. Even though the employers asked the question and want to know the answer, they also want to know that you’re working on self-improvement as much as possible. 

Contact Olympic Staffing. We will help you secure an interview and place you with companies that are well suited to your needs and skills.

 

 

Why You Should Hire Interns for Your Company

September 16th, 2014

 Internships are slowly becoming the backbone of the workforce. Many colleges and universities require students to participate in at least one internship, pertinent to their course of study, throughout their academic careers. Hiring these interns may benefit to your company in multiple ways.

Train Potential Employees with Low Risk. 

When you hire an intern, you are essentially training a potential employee with low risk. Hiring an intern is low risk because it’s a seasonal commitment. If the intern doesn’t fit well with your company, you don’t have to hire him or her after graduation. If the intern does fit well with your company, however, you have already trained him or her on the inner workings of your company. Though specific job training might be required later, you are still exposing the intern to your company culture, expectations, and responsibilities. This will eliminate the need for some training if the intern is hired after the end of the internship. 

Increase Awareness of your Company. 

When you hire an intern, you are increasing awareness of your company. Even if the intern isn’t hired after graduating, she/he will still bring awareness to your company through word of mouth, references, and future job interviews. Your intern might talk about your company’s services or product to friends, family, and even job-seeking candidates. This exposure will be good for your company, and it will encourage more interns to apply to work with you. 

Enjoy the Benefits of Being an Educator. 

Educating young adults in a workplace is an incredibly rewarding experience. If you hire an intern, you can enjoy the privilege of teaching him or her how your office operates on a daily basis. You also get to explain different concepts, programs, and workflows. Your interns will be grateful that you taught them so much, and you will enjoy seeing the interns take on more responsibility as the internship evolves. Eventually, you will be able to see the interns take new jobs or start jobs at your company because of your teaching.

If you would like help hiring interns for your company, contact Olympic Staffing. They will find well-qualified interns who are eager and ready to work in and learn more about your industry.

How to Give the Best References Possible

September 9th, 2014

Many employers use references as a way to verify your experience, credibility, and attitude. As a potential employee, you will want to give your interviewer the best references possible to increase your chances of being hired. Here are some tips on giving references.

Think Back to Previous Jobs. 

When you are brainstorming ideas of whom your references should be, think back to previous jobs you have held over the years. If you have maintained positive relationships with your former bosses or coworkers, list these people as your references. By listing former bosses and coworkers, you are letting your new employer know you performed your skills well in previous jobs and left on positive terms. 

Give References Talking Points. 

Each job you apply for will have a specific skillset and list of experiences you want to highlight. Let your references know what specific skillsets, experiences, and personality traits you want highlighted for each job. This will make the task much easier for your references when they respond to a reference check request.

Ask First 

Your references won’t be able to speak as highly of you if they aren’t expecting a call from a potential employer. Ask their permission before using them. Give your reference a notice that you’re interviewing for jobs as well as a window of time when he or she could be called. By doing this, they can be prepared for the call and you are eliminating any potential surprises that could weaken your references.

If you have an impressive list of references compiled and are ready to begin the job search, contact Olympic Staffing. They will match you up with a company that is well suited to your needs and strengths and will make good use of your references.

How to Improve Office Communication

September 2nd, 2014

One of the biggest components behind a successful office is how well the employees communicate with one another. Some employees might be better at communicating than others, but it’s your job as the employer to make sure that everyone in the office is communicating effectively. Here’s how to improve office communication in your company: 

Hold Staff Meetings Regularly. 

Many issues surrounding miscommunication arise simply because change is happening too fast for the employees to remain updated. This can be remedied by holding staff meetings on a regular basis. Whether you decide to meet once a week, every other week, or once a month, you need to make sure your employees are regularly being updated on any pertinent events or changes the company is experiencing. 

Hold Smaller Department Meetings. 

While it’s important to keep your entire office informed, it’s equally as important to ensure communication is effective within individual departments. Departments are often extremely diversified within companies and have individual issues. Hold small department meetings on a regular basis in addition to company meetings to allow your various departments and teams to discuss issues and events that are relevant to them. 

Implement an Open Door Policy. 

If you want office communication to be improved, try implementing an open door policy. This means that employees are free to talk to each other as well as their superiors, without fear of reprisal, if an issue arises. Often, employees feel prohibited from bringing up issues to their superiors. Implementing an open door policy will give your employees an increased sense of communication because their ideas and comments are welcomed.

If you are ready to hire more employees for your company, contact Olympic Staffing. They will find great employees who are effective communicators and are able to contribute to the overall office communication.

 

 

What Salary Should You Ask For?

August 26th, 2014

Salary is one of the most important factors determining if you will accept a job offer. Some employers will advertise specific salaries, but you should still do an initial assessment to make sure you are being paid fairly. If you aren’t, you should ask for a different salary. Here are some tips regarding what salary you should ask for:

Consider Your Experience. 

In your previous job, you made a certain amount of money every year. In most situations, you will ask for a salary that is equal to or higher than your previous salary. This also is dependent on how long you were at the job, what skills you learned, and how valuable you were as an employee. Use your previous salary as a baseline before considering other factors such as your future financial commitments and salary comparison. 

Assess Your Future Financial Commitments. 

Assess your future financial commitments, and consider these when determining a salary amount. You won’t necessarily be able to ask for a higher salary because you have more financial responsibilities, but you will be able to look for jobs and salaries that meet your financial need. 

Research and Compare with Other Jobs. 

Even though you need to take your past experiences and financial commitments into account, you also need to research and compare salaries for similar companies and positions. You can do this on websites such as Glassdoor or PayScale. Once you know what other candidates are earning in similar positions, you can ask for a similar salary.

If you know what salary you would like and are ready to find a new job, contact Olympic Staffing. We help candidates find employers who are offer salaries equitable to the position requirements and the potential candidate’s skills/experience.