How to Maintain Employee Productivity This Summer

June 22nd, 2017

Summertime can hit your employees hard. They want to go outside and enjoy the sunshine. They might have kids who are out of school, or they might be feeling the stress from long work days and trying to keep up at home. There may be vacations coming up, which should be fun but can add to the tension in the workplace. So how do you help your team maintain the right productivity levels throughout the hot summer? Here are a couple of things you can do starting right now.

Start a summer schedule.

Can you create a summer schedule for your team? Some offices will allow their team to work 4 10-hour days to have one day off. Others will shut the office down early on Fridays. If you can offer this extra time off without sacrificing productivity, it may actually help enhance your team’s motivation.

Throw a party.

Many companies have a summer party to help their staff blow off steam in a social way. Host a family picnic or an overnight retreat depending on the size of your office. This will give everyone a chance to socialize outside of the office and to relax. You can plan a team building activity, but don’t over plan to avoid causing stress. You want to ensure that everyone has fun.

Keep them guessing.

Don’t let your summertime motivation strategies become predictable. Instead, occasionally offer unexpected and fun surprises to help keep your team active and engaged. Give awards for performance, but also throw in some fun awards that no one will see coming. Like best parking job or packing their lunches.

Start a volunteering initiative.

Millennial employees are taking the lead on the need to work with companies that focus on giving back to the community. They want to work with companies that have a social initiative. The summer is a great time to kick off these volunteering programs to allow your team to work together to support the common good. You can raise money for a cause or organize a volunteering day.

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Don’t Overthink It! 5 Strategies to Smarter Interviews

June 16th, 2017

Interviewing is stressful, there’s no doubt about that. But are you actually making it more difficult on yourself by over thinking the process? It can be easy for us to get in our own way by self-sabotaging the experience. Before your next interview, consider these tips to avoid overthinking the interview and prepare for specific questions.

Take a break from practicing.

You’ve been told over and over again that you should practice your interviewing skills. But there comes a time when the practice just becomes a broken record. Directly before your interview, take a break from your practicing. You’ve prepped, you’re ready. Now is the time to let the chips fall where they may.

Prepare a thank you note.

Many people lament that they forgot important stuff in the interview. There is good news, your thank you note can give you another chance to say what you meant to say. Before the interview, create a template for what you think will be important to include. After the interview, review it and complete it with what you learned.

Don’t get caught up in details.

Sure, details are important when you’re telling someone how much money you saved your company. But when you get caught up in too many details, you begin to lose site of the bigger picture. Consider the two or three details that are important. Then use your interview time to tell stories about your accomplishments and experience.

Learn from past mistakes.

You’ve probably had a few interviews in your life. Consider the things from past interviews that you wish you had improved. Focus on those things rather than trying to completely reinvent the wheel. This can help you feel more relaxed in your interview rather than trying to remember too many things.

Don’t stop looking.

Finally, one of the biggest mistakes that job seekers make is trying to put all their eggs in one basket. Just because you’ve had an interview that you think went great, don’t pin all your hopes on an offer from that company. Keep looking. Then, whatever happens, you’ll be prepared.

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Are You Overlooking The Secret to Smarter Recruiting in Austin?

June 9th, 2017

Everything in Texas is bigger. And that idea extends to our networks and our job opportunities. But that doesn’t mean that quality candidates are lurking around every corner. Finding the right person for your open position takes time and effort, and as a business owner or manager, you have very little time or effort to spare. So could you be overlooking the secret to smarter recruiting right here in Austin? Here are some things to consider when searching for your next superstar.

Agencies have extensive networks.

You’ve probably built up large networks around your own business, but they are specific. The same is true for the staffing agencies in the area, and their networks are specifically tapped into the employment market. A recruiter works tirelessly to talk to individuals who are actively part of the job search community. If they receive an open position from your company, they put their network to work finding just the right fit for your opportunity.

Recruiters are trained to find talent.

You’re very good at what you do. Whatever your business is, you’ve found success. Just like you’re an expert in your field, recruiters are experts in theirs. They have been trained to find talent in a variety of places, from plain site to hidden gems. Instead of spending your valuable time trying to hunt down talent, you can focus on your business and let the recruiters do their job.

The hidden places in Austin.

For most people, it seems like the best way to find new talent in the Austin area is to put out advertisements within the community. But a staffing firm has deeper roots than that. They can find candidates in the hidden places, including candidates who don’t know they want to be found yet. These are nooks and crannies that you’re not able to access when it comes to hiring, so relying on the expertise of a staffing agency will be the best way to find hidden talent.

How to pick the best staffing firm.

With the prevalence of staffing agencies in the Austin area, how do you know if you’re selecting the right company to work with you and your hiring needs? There are a few ways to determine if your local firm is the best fit for you. You can determine their specialization, their resources, and their expertise. Learn about how they source candidates and how they contribute to the community. Read more about how to find the right agency here.

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One Skill that Helps Your Job Search Each Time

May 25th, 2017

Your job search can feel frustrating if you’ve been at it for a while. But regardless of how long you’ve spent looking for your next job, there is one skill that will help you each and every time. If you focus on this one thing, you’ll find the process of finding your next job easier. What is this magic skill? It isn’t magic at all. The one skill you need to help your job search move forward is communication. How do you improve your communication skills and use them to advance your search? Here’s how.

Write a perfect cover letter.

While most people think the resume is the most important thing you can create to enhance your job search, the cover letter may be even more important. Use your written communication skills to convey your desire for their specific position. Share why you’re interested, and why they should be interested in you. And the details matter. Make sure you address the letter directly to the hiring manager if you can get that information. Never address it “to whom it may concern.”

Create an efficient resume.

Your resume does have to be well crafted, but your communications skills come into play by determining how to get the most important information in front of a hiring manager as effectively as possible. A resume doesn’t have to be an all-encompassing document that describes every detail of your professional experience. A good resume can communicate your most important information using fewer words.

Be clear in your emails.

Throughout the process, you’ll need to send emails to foster communication, and this is the tough spot that many people get into. Email is difficult for conveying emotion or other subtleties of human communication, so you need to be sure you’re clear at all times. Restate questions, provide details to demonstrate you understand the information, and ask questions if you’re not certain about the information.

Ace your next interview.

Of course, face to face communication is also critical. If you’ve managed to communicate effectively in writing, you’ll be asked for an interview. And if your interpersonal skills aren’t as impressive as your writing, you may hit the barrier for the job. Pay attention to your body language as well as your words since your posture and handshake can communicate as much as your answers. Incorporating storytelling into your answers is a great way to engage the listener and make them want more.

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Best Practices for Bilingual Testing During Hiring

May 18th, 2017

Do you have an open position for a bilingual professional? There are many cases, especially in customer service or other client-facing positons, where skills with another language will be imperative. But what considerations do you need to make when hiring someone who is bilingual? Before you make a hiring decision, think through some of the ways to ensure you’re using the best hiring practices to make the best choice for your company

The best way to use testing.

The first step is to find a testing product that works best for you and your company’s hiring process. But keep in mind that it is important to review the quality of the tests and use a product considered validated to help avoid hiring bias in your final choices. Testing should always be reviewed objectively to avoid making unnecessary connections with incorrect information. If you use online testing, talk with the testing provider about ways they avoid testing fraud.

Utilize a staffing partner.

One possible solution for testing is to work with a staffing agency to provide the pre-employment screening necessary to determine if a candidate is qualified for your open position. They can provide the testing needed to determine the level of language proficiency for each candidate. They can also give you the results in a way to allow you to make an unbiased selection while knowing the most important information.

Consider the pay rates.

When you make the hiring decision, there are some other aspects that are worth considering. For instance, have you thought about a premium pay rate for individuals who bring bilingual skills to the table? There may be a reason to pay slightly more for these candidates as you can make use of their extensive skills for success in the position. Review resources like Salary.com to determine the best pay rate for bilingual employees in that position.

Implement strong onboarding.

It is also important that you utilize appropriate onboarding and training techniques to ensure all expectations are being met. Does your new hire need more training to avoid preventable workplace conflict over incorrect translations? Do you need to make sure they are comfortable in their position and understand all the necessary information when it comes to discussing information with employees and customers in two different languages?

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The Right Way to Put Temporary Assignments on Your Resume

May 11th, 2017

When you’ve been working short term, temporary assignments, you may be wondering how to include these on your resume. There is a right way to emphasize this experience and to sell it as a positive to a future employer. So, before you say something that might trigger a negative response, consider these ways to include temp jobs on your resume.

Demonstrate consistency.

Many times, individuals will work temporary jobs to help close the gap between full-time jobs. There is nothing wrong with expressing this on a resume. However, most experts will agree that rather than listing each individual assignment, lump it together under the headline of the staffing agency you’ve worked for. This can also show that you’re consistent in your work with one company and promote your loyalty and skills.

Show skills gained.

You should also use your short-term jobs as a way to showcase the skills you’ve learned or things you’ve accomplished. This is especially effective in a functional resume. Rather than listing each job you’ve had in chronological order, create a section at the top for your accomplishments. Use what you’ve learned in multiple jobs to help sell your skills.

Focus on determination.

Continuing to work temporary positions shows that you’re determined. Companies like to see people without gaps in their resume. So what better way to do that than to stay working even when you know it won’t be a long-term opportunity? Use this to your advantage. Show that you are dedicated to continued learning and continued employment even in the face of adversity.

Provide references.

You can also talk to your staffing agency or particularly successful clients to provide references for you when you apply for future positions. If you are a particularly loyal, skilled, or pleasant employee, they may be happy to talk to potential employers on your behalf. It shows that they had a good experience working with you and will give you more credibility to be hired.

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Is the Local Staffing Agency the Best Fit for Your Employment Needs?

May 4th, 2017

Have you considered working with a staffing agency to help you with your placement needs? If so, what information is important for you to know about working with them to achieve success and satisfaction? Your local staffing agency is equipped to help you find the right candidates for your open positions who are local and reliable. They have policies in place to prevent or replace unsatisfactory employees. And they can work with you to determine the best overall solution for your workforce needs. Let’s take a closer look at some of the ways you can work with your local staffing agency.

Develop a Long-Term Relationship

Many companies take a more immediate approach to filling essential positions within their company. If they do contact an agency, it might be the last one that dropped off a card. But building a relationship with an agency can help you increase the chances of success. They get to know you and your business inside out. They can determine your company culture and, when they see a candidate who would be a perfect fit, can contact you directly before that candidate is considered for other opportunities. This long term relationship with your staffing agency can result in better hires and more success.

The Advantages of Working With a Smaller Firm

You also have an option to work with small, independent agencies in your area or large national firms. So what makes the big difference? You might think that working with a big name national staffing agency will be better, but in some cases it makes more sense to approach your local agency. Why? They understand the region. They own a business in your community as well and deal with the very same issues you do on a day to day basis. They pull talent from the local area and really know what you need.

Work With a Higher-Level Executive

So who is the best person in the agency to form this relationship with? When you can, build the relationship with the person at the highest level of the organization. Why? Because they don’t have the same kind of day to day administrative or sales tasks as their recruiters or account managers. They can spend time building a relationship with you and entire company. They also understand where you’re coming from as a manager or business owner in a way their staff can’t.

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What Is the Goal of Your Job Search?

April 27th, 2017

Every person looking for a new job has a goal. You may not think about it in detail, but it’s there. And it’s an important part of your search. By knowing what your ultimate goal is, you can find the right job for you moving forward. So, while you’re looking, think about some of these common job search goals and determine which applies to you. If you stick to your mission and don’t allow yourself to get frustrated, you’ll find what you’re looking for.

You just want a job.

If you’re unemployed, the primary goal of your job search is probably to find a job. So how do you approach the job search when this is what you want to get out of your experience? In this case, look at all the possible options. Find a way that your experience can fit in with the needs of employers in your area.

You want a better job.

Maybe you are unhappy in your current position and you want a better job. The important thing to determine here is what constitutes “better?” What is it that you don’t like about your job? Is it your supervisor or coworkers? Is it the work that you’re doing? Is it the environment? Focus on these aspects when searching for a new job.

You want a new industry.

You could be interested in making an even broader change. Maybe you’ve been working in office administration but you want to transition to accounting because of continued education or simply an interest level. Focus on your transferable skills to find a job outside of your current role.

You want better hours or commute.

Your work/life balance may also be affected by your current job. Maybe you want more flexibility to have time at home with your family. Or maybe your commute is too extensive and creates more stress at the end of the day when you should really be able to relax with friends. Look for jobs that offer the hours you need, are closer to home, or have work from home options.

You want more money.

Of course, there is always the question of money. Do you think you’re being underpaid? Or have your expenses changed due to life circumstances? If your current company is unable, or unwilling, to provide a raise you may want to begin the process of looking for a new opportunity. Be realistic and do your homework by looking up the expected salary for your job and location on Salary.com.

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3 Skills Your Marketing Hire MUST Have

April 20th, 2017

It’s a brave new world for marketing today, which means that your new hire should possess skills that may have been unheard of in years past. With the proliferation of social media and the way people communicate and access information, your new marketing hire has to be knowledgeable about a number of new trends. But even if you don’t have a background in the latest marketing trends, you can still source candidates who do. What are the top 3 things you should be looking for in new marketing candidates for your open positions?

Understanding of analytics.

Marketing today is almost entirely handled through online social media processes. That isn’t to say that print advertising is dead or that word of mouth isn’t important, but it is imperative that you have someone on your staff who completely understands the world of online marketing. And the most important information can be discovered through thoroughly understanding Google analytics. Analytics about your website and how people are interacting with it will inform everything you need to know about how to boost marketing, promotions, or sales.

Content marketing systems experience.

Of course, to do this, your new marketing employee should have a pretty good handle on the way to produce content marketing. The most common way today is through blogging and social media management. You should look for someone who has experience with WordPress. Not just how to create a blog post, but how to use plug-ins to help manage other aspects of the marketing processes. For example, you can have a plug-in that allows direct shares of the content to social media, which will increase the dissemination of your company’s marketing information.

The use of video.

Another aspect that is becoming increasingly more important is video. Your customers want to see and interact with the products before they buy it. Today, before making large purchasing decisions, many consumers will search YouTube to see demonstrates of real individuals using products they’re most interested in. This can be done directly by your marketing department so you are in control of the messaging. Don’t just use YouTube, but create original content for your website or take advantage of the Facebook Live options.

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Want Monday to Feel Like Friday? Tips to Do Just That

April 13th, 2017

The common phrase is “Thank goodness it’s Friday,” but very few people say the same about Mondays. In fact, Mondays have become something of an office joke. “Someone has a case of the Mondays!” But you don’t have to live your life dreading the first day of the workweek. In fact, with just a few lifestyle changes you can make every workday feel full of hope and energy, just like Friday does. Here are some tips to help you start your week off on a positive note.

Get a good night’s sleep

One of the greatest enemies to productivity is poor sleep. While you may feel like the weekend is a good time to get out of your regular routine, but inconsistency can also have a negative effect on your workweek. On Sunday night, treat bedtime like you would on any weeknight. Go to bed at a normal time so you can wake up refreshed. Create a relaxing bedtime routine. Avoid technology after you get in bed. Keep the temperature cooler than you would during the day.

Stay hydrated

Another challenge many people have is staying hydrated. Far too many people operate in a state of constant dehydration because we aren’t as aware of our body’s need for water. Once you feel thirsty, you are already experiencing dehydration. Stay on top of your need for liquids. Focus on water rather than sugary or caffeinated beverages, which might give you a quick boost of energy but the experience will be temporary.

Plan ahead on Fridays

Many people feel like they’re scrambling on Monday to catch up on things they’ve missed over the weekend. But what if you could have a little peace of mind on Monday morning without having to work all weekend long? For the last hour of work on Friday afternoon, take some time to organize your work and make a plan so you can hit the ground running on Monday morning.

Have a positive attitude

Finally, sometimes the difference between a bad day and a good day is all in how you approach it. Maintaining a positive attitude can help you stay focused, not get down about things you can’t control, and approach your work with interest rather than frustration. In some ways, this is similar to the mindset of “fake it until you make it.” You can use your power of positivity to approach even the most boring or difficult of tasks with a fresh mind.

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