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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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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Wellness Trends to Improve Your Employee Relationship

March 9th, 2017

As we gear up for the arrival of spring, many people are ready to shed their winter habits and embrace a healthier lifestyle. And, in many work places around the country, management is actively encouraging healthier choices for their employees. These wellness trends can even help improve your employer/employee relationships moving forward, creating a better workplace culture for everyone. So what trends should you embrace this season to improve work qualify and office interactions? Let’s take a closer look.

Provide tips for better sleep

A good foundation in the workplace starts with healthy sleep habits. Provide tools and support to encourage your staff to get quality sleep so they can wake in the morning ready to go. Productivity will improve with this encouragement. To do this, make sure you’re limiting working hours and not expecting responses late into the evening. Provide flexible work schedules so your team doesn’t have to stay up late to handle other aspects of their lives. You can even set up a nap zone in the office for quick afternoon catnaps to help them recharge their batteries.

Take a holistic approach

It is also important to know that health and wellness isn’t just about the physical body. Mental health is just as important and this can be done in a number of ways. You can provide services to help people manage their stress. Emphasize participation in a spiritual community, taking great care to leave the individual choices up to each employee. Provide them with professional development to help their minds stay active and healthy.

Encourage community service

Volunteering is good for everyone. There have been multiple studies that demonstrate the healthy benefits of giving back to the community. Make it easy for your team to participate in volunteering activities within your area. Give them incentives or provide days of service where they can spend the day outside the office helping others.

Provide healthy incentives

Speaking of incentives, make sure that rewards for good work or increased productivity are in line with your healthy initiatives. Rather than hosting a pizza party, give people an opportunity to do a physical activity, like a kickball game. Rewarding positive behavior with unhealthy choices will quickly lead to a breakdown in the overall healthy initiatives you’ve implemented.

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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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