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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Why Data Is Your New Friend in Recruiting

April 6th, 2017

At its core, recruiting is still a people-based process. You search for new candidates and, though a select process, determine who will be the best fit to work with your company. But data shows us there is more of a science to it than just being in the right place at the right time. Is there additional data that can help you determine the techniques that are most effective? How do you use this information to hire the right people for your company? Here are some of the metrics you can use to determine the best hiring strategy for your business.

Sources of candidates.

Start by reviewing where all of your candidates come from. What percentage reach you by an online job posting? How many are referrals? How many discover you through alternative means, such as social media? Then, determine where your top performers came from to see which channels are the most successful for your office environment. Once you begin to track all of this information you can begin to see patterns emerge that can help you focus your searches in the future.

Location of candidates.

For most companies, it is also important to determine where, geographically, your employees are coming from. The commute to your office will often be reflected in your employee’s ability to arrive on time and perform at top efficiency. This will help you determine where to target with ads and how to get involved in your community to reach out to individuals who might be a fit for your organization.

Essential skills of candidates.

Next, review the essential skills your top performers have in common. What background traits do they share? Are there commonalities in previous employment, education, or other factors that can help you determine the best ways to narrow down potential employees in the future?

Common personality traits of candidates.

You will also want to evaluate the soft skills and inherent personality traits common in your staff. Your office environment is as important as the work you do, so it is important that your team can work well with each other and have a similar value system to your corporate identity. This can all be determined based on how well they fit with your corporate culture and one another.

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Is This a Fun Place to Work? Look for This

March 30th, 2017

Where you work is as important, if not more, than what your job will entail. You can’t work effectively in an environment that makes you feel uncomfortable. More and more employers are figuring this out and working on making the office culture an integral part of the conversation. So how do you determine if a new place of employment will be a fun spot for you to work?

Talk to other employees.

The first step to determining if a company is right for you is to talk to the current employees. During the interview process, ask if you can meet with others in the department where you will be working. Ask them candid questions about why they like working for the company, their favorite things, and get a sense of their personalities to learn if this is a department you can work in.

Talk to former employees.

It is safe to assume that any current employee would speak well about the company, so it is also a good idea to talk to former employees and get a better-rounded picture. Connect with former employees on LinkedIn and ask to speak with them either over email or to get together for coffee. If more of the former employees describe the working situation as challenging rather than satisfying, you may be right to have some concerns.

Review social media.

Another place to review and see if you can find insider information is social media. Search Facebook and Twitter for mentions of the company. See what people are saying and if their impressions are overall good or bad. However, know that Facebook is often used as a place to vent, so learning to discern these comments will be an important tool as well.

Trust your gut.

Lastly, be sure to trust your instinct. If you get a bad feeling about a place during the interview process, it probably won’t go away once you’re working there. If at any point you think this isn’t the right place for you, don’t take the job. On the other hand, if the company gives you a generally good feeling, there is a good chance that this place will be a good fit for your personality.

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5 Things Your Employees WANT You to Say

March 23rd, 2017

As the manager of your department or owner of a small business, you’re the leader. As such, your job is to inspire and motivate your staff. By now, everyone understands that micromanagement is not the best solution to a positive work environment, but what is the best way to be the right kind of leader in your office? Consider these 5 things your employees genuinely want to hear from you monthly, weekly, or even daily.

1. I have trust in you.

You don’t just trust your employees, you have trust in them. This means that you believe that they are capable of doing the job at hand. Tell them so. But also show it in your behavior. Don’t micromanage. Don’t hover over them when they are completing a task. Trust in their ability to get the job done without being overly concerned with the processes they follow.

2. This is what we want to achieve.

At the same time, your team wants to understand the end goal of the project or initiative. They don’t need you to micromanage how it is accomplished, but they want buy-in for what it is they should be achieving. Any time you roll out something new, give your staff an idea of what the outcome should be before letting them take control.

3. I want to set you up for success.

Your staff also wants to know that you’re putting processes and tools in place specifically to help them succeed. When you tell your staff that their success is your priority, you are making them feel appreciated on the job. That the ultimate goal isn’t the success of the job or the product, but of each of their individual contributions that make up the whole.

4. What else can I provide for you?

Far too few managers will ask employees to tell them what they need to make something more successful. Don’t be afraid to ask them what you can do to help them succeed in their jobs. If there are tools that can assist or materials that can help, be sure to provide them. If someone feels overwhelmed, get them the additional help them they need to unload some of the burden.

5. Ask if you need help.

They also want to know that you, as a manager, can pitch in and help out if push comes to shove. You’ve worked your way up to your position, so how can you demonstrate that you can still get your hands dirty. If your staff needs you in any capacity, they should feel comfortable coming to you to ask. You can facilitate this process by letting them know they shouldn’t be afraid of asking for help.

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4 Tips to Create the Perfect Reference List

March 16th, 2017

Any company worth working for will do its due diligence and check your references before making an offer. That means you should be putting together a reference list that will help you land the job and start off on a positive note. So who should you include and how do you create the perfect reference list? Here are four tips to putting together the best references you can.

1. Make contact ahead of time.

The first step to finding the perfect reference list is to contact your preferred references ahead of time. A surprise call from a stranger may not go as well as you hope. Your references will want to be prepared regarding what to talk about and when they might be contacted. Call your former managers and co-workers and let them know you’re applying for open positions and you may need their help with references.

2. Give them heads up.

That isn’t the only time you should be contacting your references. When you advance through the pre-hiring process with a company, they should let you know when they plan on contacting your references. When this happens, send your list a quick email to let them know they may be contacted shortly. You can also give them some tips that can help them formulate what they will say to the employer.

3. Know who to leave off.

You should never provide names of managers or co-workers you haven’t spoken to in years. This is a good reason to use online networking tools, such as LinkedIn, so you can maintain contact with good references for the future. If you had a manager who loved you but you haven’t spoken to them since 2003, it is best to not include them in your reference list.

4. Avoid negative personalities.

The other type of reference to avoid is anyone who would focus on the negatives. For example, if you were fired from your last job you don’t have to give their contact information to the potential employer. Instead, focus on individuals who will provide positive professional feedback to a potential hiring manager.

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