Effective Ways to Show You’re Thankful for Your Staff Year Round, Not Just at Thanksgiving

November 16th, 2017

Thanksgiving is the time that most of us celebrate gratitude, but that doesn’t mean it should only be practiced on the fourth Thursday of November. They say that it isn’t happy people who are thankful, but thankful people who are happy. And that can be advice easily applied to our employees and our workplace. How can you thank your team for simply being who they are now and in the future? Use this holiday to kick off a year of showing gratitude so you can see how thankfulness can become contagious in the best ways in your workplace.

Get to know them personally.

Some managers believe they should take a step back from their employee’s personal lives. But this can create a great divide between staff and management. While you don’t need to get involved in their every day, your employees will appreciate when you take a personal interest in their lives. What do they like? What do they do when they’re not at work? How can you nurture those aspects of their lives?

Surprise them with fun events and prizes.

Gratitude can be all about the unexpected. When your team expects it that’s when you get entitlement mentality. However, when you throw in a bit of mystery, that can really help benefit your team and your company overall. Surprise them with events just to show your gratitude. Give prizes when they’re least expected. This will keep everyone excited about the prospect in the future.

Learn what they want to do in the future.

You can show your gratitude in a variety of ways, including through personal professional development. Find out what makes each of your employees tick and do what you can to encourage that. Provide on-the-job training. Give them additional projects. Find the right career paths for them within your organization.

Care for their overall wellbeing.

You should also take time to care about them as a whole person. You’re getting to know their personality and their professional self, but what about their overall health as a person. Give them the opportunity to maintain a healthy lifestyle, an appropriate work/life balance, and the tools to have a stress-free work environment.

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Job Candidates Should Apply Even When They Don’t Meet Every Requirement

November 9th, 2017

There are two kinds of job seekers in the world. The ones who feel like they have to live up to every possible aspect of a job description before sending in their resume and the ones who decide to just go for it. But should be you the person who just goes for it? What if you don’t meet every requirement? Should you still apply? There may be cases where applying anyway can get you the job when you employ the right strategy. Here’s how to do it.

Know the job description is a dream candidate.

Always keep in mind that the job description includes every possible requirement that the company would like to see in an ideal candidate. That doesn’t mean they will automatically get applicants that check all the boxes. If you feel that you check most of them, it still may be worth it to throw your hat in the ring.

Demonstrate why you’re the best person for the job.

Once you do apply, it is your job to prove to the hiring manager that you are the person they want to talk to about this job. Incorporate the specifics of the job with your past experience to help them see how you can be a problem solver for them. Express your interest in their company specifically, not just any job.

Showcase the skills you have and value you bring.

When sharing with them your experience, be sure to highlight the things that you bring to the table that can improve their business and fit their role. Spend time on the top qualities that they’re looking for that you also possess. Maintain a positive attitude and a cool confidence.

Don’t focus on the things you can’t do.

Finally, make sure that you’re not focusing on the parts of the job you’re not able to do. You may need to address these items in the interview process but remain optimistic that your experience learning new skills can get you up to speed quickly for the right employer. Make this a benefit for the company to not have to break old habits as you learn to work with them.

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The Latest Technology to Help in Recruiting

February 16th, 2017

Hiring may be one of the most difficult, and important, aspects of your job as a business leader. Hiring the wrong person can result in missed opportunities and damage control. But hiring the right person will aid in your company’s growth and success. But the old fashioned recruiting methods might not be your best bet in our new, modern world. Using technology to help you find and hire the right candidates for your business can not only save you time and money but also help you put the right people in the right positions. Here is some information on the latest technology that can help you out.

Use marketing automation

Many businesses will start the hiring process over again when a need comes up, but that means they are missing out on stellar candidates who have applied in the past. There are potentially dozens of talented individuals who have already responded to your open positions, so don’t forget about them. One way to make sure you stay in touch with former candidates is to use targeted marketing to stay top of mind with them as they continue their job search. You may not have something right now, but make your company a desirable place to work when you do.

Use an applicant tracking system

An applicant tracking system, or ATS, is technology that helps you keep potential candidates in a database that you can search when a need arises. They are often used by staffing agencies and large corporations that receive hundreds of applications at any given time. An ATS can allow you to search for specific keywords so you can find former applicants who fit current job openings and reach out to them.

Use video interviewing

Another popular technology trend in hiring today is the video interview. Using programs like Skype or Google Hangouts, you can take the phone interview to the next level. This gives you a chance to talk to individuals who are willing to relocate for your job. Or, it allows you to be face-to-face with a candidate before bringing them in for your in-person interview process. It gives you access to their communications skills and body language and allows them to see yours as well.

Use mobile application processes

Online applications are also key in today’s connected economy. Successful companies are using mobile apps to help job seekers apply to their open positions faster and easier. Current research shows that if a job seeker needs to jump through multiple hoops to apply for a job, they aren’t likely to finish the process. This is true for people of all skill levels, so you may be missing out in very talented performers who would be an asset to your company. Make the application process easier for candidates rather than harder.

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3 Questions Your Competition Isn’t Asking in the Job Interview

February 9th, 2017

Do you want to stand out from the competition in your next interview? The best way to do that is to ask the questions that no one else is asking. Experts always suggest that, as a job seeker, you always ask questions in the interview to demonstrate your interest and show what you want to learn about the business. Here are three questions to add to your list to impress a potential employer.

1. How will you view me as a success in 6 months?

What this question says to an interviewer is that you’re dedicated to making the onboarding process work. That you have as much buy-in for making your hire as successful as the company does. But you also want to know what the company expects out of your in the first 6 months. Is it a trial by fire or do they have a dedicated training and onboarding program in place? By what metrics do they measure performance for new employees? How much will they expect you to know and retain? How do they train you in the important aspects of their business?

2. What would you improve about the company?

You’re not looking for dirt. Instead, you’re looking to get deeper into the mind of your interviewer. Everyone has ideas that will make a company a better place. So what makes this person tick? As their potential employee, you could be solving a problem and by getting some insight on what the interviewer thinks is a problem, you could put yourself in a better position to be the solution.

3. Why wouldn’t you hire me?

This is another way of asking for the job directly, but it also gives them a chance to suggest improvements. If you are willing to make these improvements, would this be the job for you? If any of their reasons are deal breakers, then maybe you should consider a different opportunity. But to get this feedback early in the interview process will help both of you narrow down what is necessary for you to get this job.

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The Truth About the Job Search

January 26th, 2017

A job search can be frustrating at best. But it doesn’t have to be as long as you know a few universal truths about how to find your next opportunity. You are multi-faceted, and so is the job market. There are so many options it can be overwhelming. Before you get lost in a sea of online applications and details on job ads, consider these truths to help you better focus your search and come out on top.

Don’t apply to everything

Conventional job search wisdom suggests that the best way to find a new job is to apply to anything and everything. The idea is that the more you apply to, the more calls back you’ll receive. But, it actually can create an opposite effect. Instead, you should pick a few jobs and focus your efforts. Choose jobs with target companies, ones that request skills you excel it, and things you want to learn more about.

Don’t miss out on hidden jobs

Many people believe that job postings are public, but this simply isn’t the case. Often, a job posting never makes it off an internal job board. Or, the company may choose to work with a staffing agency to help them source candidates. Individuals who don’t consider working with a recruiter may miss out on important jobs in their field or area.

Know the truth about job hopping

Another big concern for job seekers is job hopping. They believe that the market has a negative perception of someone who has left multiple jobs in the past. While too many over too short a period of time can be a red flag, most companies are more than happy to consider someone who has worked a year or so at several companies. Those durations can be easily justified and explained.

Don’t stop with the application

You haven’t done enough by simply applying to an open job. There is so much more to a successful job search than sending your resume to an anonymous email address. This is when you need to work your network. Check LinkedIn to see if you know someone or someone who knows someone, working for the company. Try to reach out to gain some insight or more information.

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When Does Onboarding Stop?

January 5th, 2017

If you’re an employer, you have probably heard, and read, about the need for a good onboarding program. This opportunity to provide a company orientation to your new staff members is imperative for informing their experience overall. And to maintain good retention, it is the best investment you can make into your organization. But what is the time frame for onboarding? How do you know when their orientation ends? If you want to make the right impact for your new team members, consider everything you can offer within the first 90 days and beyond.

Be ready

Your new employee will make their impression of your company on the very first day of work. If you’re not ready for them, they’ll notice that and act accordingly. You need to ensure that the desk space is prepared. Have the computer already set up for them with everything they need to accomplish their tasks. Give them a tour of your entire facility and introduce them to key people around the office. Letting a new employee stumble through the first day is a recipe for disaster, so don’t let that happen.

Assign a mentor

A great way to provide added value to a new hire is to allow them to shadow a veteran employee. Create a mentorship program within your office where seasoned workers will help train new employees. This also keeps your current staff engaged so they don’t feel like the addition of a new employee is a threat to their position.

Assess weekly

Far too many companies wait until the first 90 days are up to do a formal review. And while this review can be helpful, much of the feedback you provide can be too little too late. If you’re not communicating with your new employee on a daily basis, at least recap with them each week. Let them know how they can improve, but also provide information about ways they’ve already contributed. Positive feedback is essential.

Ask for input

It is also important that feedback goes both ways. Ask the new employee for their input on their onboarding process, what they need or want in order to be more successful, and allow them to come to you when they have questions, concerns, or problems. Establishing positive communication patterns right from the start will be necessary or a healthy working relationship.

Focus on results

Lastly, you want to focus on the results of the onboarding process rather than the process itself. Why? Because each new employee will have a different learning curve and style and that needs to be respected. If they are shoehorned into a situation that won’t work for them, they will become disgruntled rather than engaged. Don’t focus on how they go somewhere, but whether or not the end result is what you wanted. Details can be tweaked over time.

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Where Does Company Safety Start? Not Where You Think

December 22nd, 2016

Some people only assume that safety is a concern for warehouse or production environments. And even then, there are some misconceptions about how to provide a safe workplace for employees. Regardless of your work environment, safety is imperative, but you may not know where to begin. Company safety doesn’t begin and end with the employees you have on staff. Here are the real areas you should be considering if you want to improve your company safety policy.

Start at the top.

Safety isn’t a bottom-up concern. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Your safety program should start with the executives of your company. They are the ones to establish policy, but also the ones who will be able to lead by example by working within the safety policies of the company. This will be an important aspect to the success of your safety program.

Communication to staff.

Your leadership should also be responsible for communicating the safety policy to everyone on staff. Safety training programs, continued education, and other aspects of a safety program should all come from the top down. Good communication skills regarding the policies and the

Policy enforcement.

By the same token, the safety policy enforcement should also come from the top. Not only should it be communicated to the staff at all levels, but the top leadership positions should be responsible for enforcing the policies for themselves and down through the management structure. This will be the best way to lead by example in the business.

Rewards for safe behavior.

To ensure that everyone is adhering to the company safety standards, a rewards program for positive behavior should be put in place. When an employee performs their duties within the safety protocol, they should be given recognition for their positive contribution. This will encourage others to also perform their jobs in a safe and effective manner.

Emphasis on importance.

Finally, it cannot be overstated that the top management should always place the emphasis on the importance of safety in the workplace. It is when organizations become complacent that accidents happen. And even in the instance where something does happen, maintaining control and following procedure will be imperative.

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How Do You Choose a Staffing Agency?

October 13th, 2016

Are you looking to work with a staffing agency to help you find your next job? If you’ve never worked with a recruiter in the past, it can be complicated to determine how to choose a staffing agency that will help you in your job search. Before you apply with agencies in your area, here are some things to consider to help you determine which recruiter will be a better fit for you, your goals, and your career path.

Recruiting Basics

The basics of recruiting are simple. A staffing agency will work with their clients to determine the requirements for open positions. They will then begin the recruiting process to find qualified candidates. The client pays the recruiting fee, not the employee. In fact, if you’re asked to pay a fee for a company to help you find a job, this is not considered professional or appropriate.

Job Advertisements

Beyond the basics of recruiting, you will need to know how they go about advertising for their job. Do they post them publically online? Do they use job boards? Do they send out a blast to their candidates? Do they offer an online job portal so you can review new jobs and apply to any that match your qualifications?

Placement Percentage

You will also want to know the details of their job placement success. How many of their applicants are they able to place each month. How long does it take to get a job from the time someone has applied? The placement rates are sometimes stunningly low, so it is important to understand the measurement for success before you decide to work with a recruiter.

Recruiting Process

It is also important to know how they source employees and what the process is to apply. Do you fill out an online application? Do they do skills testing? Can you maintain your own applicant portal online to update skills and education as you go? When do they check references? Do they perform background checks or other pre-employment screenings?

Candidate Responsibility

You should also know what you need to do in this process. Many people falsely believe that once an application is submitted, their work as a candidate is done. But recruiters want to work with people who are motivated and are interested in ensuring that their job search goes smoothly. Learn when they would like you to follow up. And how they would like you to proceed if you have your own lead.

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4 Tips to Posting Job Listings on Social Media

October 22nd, 2015

Are you using the best resources to find the candidates that you need for your open jobs? Specifically, are you posting on social media? By using social media you can target your audience where they already are and attract the right candidates to your company. But before you get started, it is important that you have an understanding of how social media works. Here are four tips you can use today.

Know the right target.

Social media, whether you love it or hate it, isn’t going anywhere. It will evolve over time, but there are no signs of it being a fad. This means you need to make sure that you get your message out where your target audience is. For professionals, LinkedIn is a great medium. For general employment, Facebook might be a better target. You also don’t have to use every platform available. Instagram might not be a fit for your organization, but Twitter might be helpful.

Grow your network.

If you create a LinkedIn business page, or a page on Facebook, your number one goal is to grow the network. You need followers. Ask your employees to follow your page. Ask them to ask their network to follow your page. Advertise. Put links in your e-mail signature. Get the word out there that you want to make connections with the right community.

Engage with followers.

Once you have a network, don’t just let it sit there. Engage with your followers. Between job postings, share interesting articles or information about your office or staff. This will encourage people to engage. Respond to their posts and responses. Answer their questions. Any of this personal interaction will make your company seem human and not just a company looking to increase revenue. This engagement will keep them reading for when you do post a job opening.

Encourage sharing.

When you post information, whether it is a job opening or an interesting article, encourage your network to share it. When they share it, more people will see it. This is particularly helpful on Twitter. The more people who retweet information you’ve posted will give you more eyes on your final message. There is a reason the term “viral” is used frequently in relation to content on the internet.

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Stop Being Late – Get Better at Allocating Time

October 16th, 2015

Have you ever been accused of being late to you own funeral? Have you lost jobs or missed out on important events because your employers or friends don’t consider you reliable. Being late to work regularly is one of the worst things that can happen in your career, so you have to learn to make it stop. Before you run out the door five minutes after you need to be at work, consider these tips to stop you from being late.

You’ve got to start earlier.

It sounds simple, and people who are early will always tell you this piece of advice, but it really does work. Stop thinking that you have all the time in the world. Set an alarm, create a schedule, and stick to it. Don’t expect that if you have a 20-minute commute that you can leave exactly 20 minutes before your arrival time. Being 1 minute late is still late. On time is already late in most cases. If you need to get up 15 minutes earlier, you don’t have to lose that sleep. Just go to bed 15 minutes earlier and use DVR!

Determine the steps.

Think backwards. When do you have to be to work or the meeting? How long will it take you to drive there? How long will it take you to get ready? Determine each of these steps and calculate the time you need to start in the morning. Then, make sure to add padding. Nothing is perfect and if you only give yourself just enough time, you can’t solve emergencies that come up like misplaced backpacks or construction.

Block out the sandwich.

People who are early use this technique. They block out time before and after important meetings to ensure that they have time to prepare. For example, if you have a 10 a.m. interview, don’t plan to walk in the door at the top of the hour. Give yourself at least 15 minutes to observe the office before the interview. If the interview is expected to go an hour, don’t schedule something else for 11 a.m. If you do schedule back-to-back meetings, you will be in scramble mode if the original meeting goes longer than scheduled.

Acknowledge your attitude.

When people are chronically late, there are some common characteristics. Do you ever feel resentful that you have to be in traffic for an hour to get somewhere? If you are, this could be a reason that you leave only a half an hour to get somewhere when it should take you an hour. This is self-defeating behavior. It doesn’t matter if you want to do something, being late won’t help it go any smoother.

Learn to say no.

Of course, there is another way to handle the late problem. This may not be a good solution for work commitments, but it can help take the pressure off in other areas of your life to help free up time to keep you from being late to the events and meetings that really matter. Determine your priorities and say no to invitations that don’t fit into your schedule.

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