4 Benefits to Working with a Texas Recruiter

November 21st, 2014

If you’re in the market for a new job you may not have thought about contacting a local recruiter. All too often recruiters and staffing agencies have received an unfair negative reputation but staffing services also help thousands of people every year find jobs. There is no obligation and a recruiter is simply another potential resource for finding a new position. Here are four benefits of working with a Texas recruiter.

  1. They work with local companies who do not advertise. Many companies take their open jobs directly to staffing agencies before they advertise in the local market. This means that people who work with recruiters will have a first shot at a new job.
  2. They can match you to an opportunity that fits your skills and personality. Recruiters are trained to pre-screen employees to determine the perfect match between an employer and a candidate. Success with a new job is about more than just skills, it is also important that you fit in with the current employees and office environment. The recruiter will take the time to get to know both aspects before submitting your information.
  3. They can offer short term work while you’re looking. Most people, when they have the option, are willing to work short term jobs to make some extra money while they wait for the right full time position to become available. Working on a temporary basis also gives you a chance to prove your reliability and skills to the recruiter who will then be more likely to recommend you to their clients.
  4. They can help sell your resume to their clients. In most traditional situations companies advertise their jobs and candidates send resumes. This means that sometimes clients have hundreds or resumes to review and don’t have the time to do it. Most resumes will go ignored. A staffing company will be able to submit only the top candidates and tell the client why these individuals were hand-selected.

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Ways to Improve Culture and Attract Candidates

November 14th, 2014

Your company culture is just as important as your salary and benefits packages. Especially with the influx of Generation Y candidates your company will need to stay ahead of the competition to bring on the most talented new employees. Millennials are requiring a better work/life balance in a way that their Baby Boomer counter parts never did. Here are some small changes you can make today to improve your company culture and attract the top candidates.

  1. Flexible hours and work from home options. Organizations are learning that their team wants more freedom. Employees are proving that they are responsible enough to handle it. Several flexible options are available for your company. Allow your team to choose their own start and end times which can help them beat rush hour traffic or be able to pick their kids up from school. Many companies are offering remote working arrangements. This could be 100% work from home or just few days to always have someone to cover the office. Some companies implement a “results oriented” workplace model. This means that the hours spent are not nearly as important as the successful completion of the work.
  2. Community presence and volunteering. Social responsibility is a hot button issue for many young professionals entering the workforce. Millennials want to work for organizations who care about their community, the environment, and other social issues. Find a local cause to support by hosting fundraisers or organizing volunteer programs. Encourage employees to bring ideas to the office and develop social responsibility programs. Offer matches for charitable donations made by employees or replace your annual holiday gifts with a donation instead.
  3. Collaborative environment and work space. Innovation is driven by collaboration. Generation Y have been raised in environments that encourage teamwork and they are bringing these skills to the office. Harness this energy to create a company culture that embraces shared ideas. Design your office to take advantage of communal spaces and start using collaborative tools, many of which are available for free such as Google Docs. Salesforce is also popular for collaborative workplaces.

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3 Ways to Follow Up if a Job is on Hold

November 7th, 2014

Internal decisions can be just as confusing for an open job as the interviewing process. Sometimes, even after an interview, a job seeker can find out that a job is on hold. It may be due to budget concerns or a hiring freeze established by a corporate office after the job was advertised. In any case a job on hold can be as frustrated for the hiring manager as it can be for the job seeker. If you’ve been told a job is on hold there are some things you can do to follow up the right way.

  1. Email. While some people prefer to talk on the phone the best way to connect with the hiring your interviewer is by email. This way you aren’t perceived as pestering. The hiring manager isn’t happy about this decision as well but they also have their job to do. Send a professional email asking about why it was put on hold and if there is an expectation that it will reopen. And don’t expect an answer right away; they may simply not have one. Use the “read receipt” function in your email client to ensure that the message was received.
  2. Reiterate. When you do email let them know that you’re checking in on the job and offer additional information that will get their attention. You may share something that didn’t come up in the interview that demonstrates that you are genuinely interested in this opportunity. You want them to remember you when they get the go ahead to hire for this job again.
  3. Keep going. Even if this job was perfect for you don’t stop your search and lose momentum. Keep looking for other jobs. You never know what can happen and it is possible that this job will never return even if the manager wants it to. Continue your search as you wait and give this job a time frame to stop following up.

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