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.