Building the 2019 Budget: Account for Overtime or a Staffing Agency

October 18th, 2018

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As we wind down 2018, you’re probably starting to look at your year-end budget to determine the best spend for 2019. One of the top concerns companies have is whether or not to engage in overtime or bring on temporary employees to help offset increased production or workloads. There are pros and cons to both options. So how do you know which budget to create for the coming year? Take a look at these comparisons to decide for yourself.

Talk to current staff about overtime.

Have you taken your current employee’s work/life balance into consideration when deciding how to budget for increased workload next year? A more flexible schedule is becoming increasingly important for businesses to keep in mind. Don’t try to guess. Talk to your team about what they want to accomplish the next year.

Review the financial impact.

Depending on your decision, it will impact your overall business processes. If you need to increase hours, how will this affect productivity? If you decide to bring in temporary employees, what is the increased cost? No matter what you need to do in the future, try to imagine how this will impact your budget moving forward.

What if you need help fast?

In some cases, you may need additional help quickly. How do you make sure that you balance your employees’ overtime with the increased need? Having a plan in place well before you have this immediate need will only help you spring into action when additional employees are necessary.

How to have a relationship with a recruiter.

To solve any concerns you have about overtime or temporary help, start building a relationship with a local staffing agency now. Sure, you can contact a company when you have the need, but the experience may not be seamless. When you develop a relationship with a recruiter, they will better understand your company and needs so they can help fast and accurately.

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The Main Three Reasons Your Company Needs a Staffing Agency

August 16th, 2018

Have you considered working with a staffing agency? Even if you’ve thought about it, you’ve probably wondered if the benefits are truly in your favor as a business. But what if we told you that there are three very specific reasons that working with a staffing agency is in your best interest? Here are the top three reasons and how building a relationship with an agency can help your business.

1. Completing a specific project.

Maybe you have a special mailing that needs to be out the door in a matter of days. Maybe you have a special project to organize your office in preparation for tax season. Whatever the project is, even if you have all hands on deck, you can accomplish more with more hands to help out. A staffing partner can provide the additional labor, skilled or otherwise, to increase your efficiency and get your project out on time every time. This is true whether you need specific skills or if you just need additional people to help out in any capacity.

2. Filling in for someone on leave.

Do you have anyone in your office that you can’t do without? Now imagine if that individual needs to be out of the office for an extended period of time, perhaps on medical or family leave. What do you plan to do? Partnering with a staffing agency, you can find someone who can train for the role and help fill in while your star employee is off taking care of important things away from the office.

3. Handling a sudden influx of business.

It’s always a good thing when your business explodes. But as hard as we try, we can’t always be completely prepared for every possible scenario. So, when your business gets more work than you were expecting, how can you keep up with it and maintain productivity to keep your customers happy? Working with a staffing agency can help you stay on track and have enough people help push you through the busy times. You may even discover your next top talent.

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Leadership Development Starts with a Belief

August 2nd, 2018

It’s not often that someone mentions belief as an important value for a business. But that doesn’t mean that belief isn’t important. It also doesn’t mean that belief is specific. No, in this case, it represents the idea that leadership development begins with a belief that it is important. If a company doesn’t believe this is the case, then employee development and leadership values will fall to the wayside in an effort to boost productivity and profits. But they do all go hand in hand. So here is how a belief that leadership skills are important can benefit your company.

Return on investment.

For most organizations, it comes down to the bottom line. You want to know that what you put into the company will be something you can get out of the company. Can developing leaders within your organization provide you with that return on your investment that you’re looking for? Consider that it is cheaper to maintain a current employee than to hire new employees, it will help you retain top talent and keep your company profitable.

Desire to make changes.

So many companies are worried about change. If the way they’ve always done it is the way that’s always worked, they’re reticent to make changes even when it proves to be the wrong decision. The world is evolving, and so is business. A desire to make changes and an openness to allow these new ideas to permeate business will truly help with leadership development.

Fear of inaction.

Most people would cite a fear of failure the reason they don’t move forward with their lives, their careers, or more. But true leaders fear something else entirely. They fear the consequences of standing still for too long. Inaction breeds frustration, sluggishness, and stagnation. Leadership development offers a counterbalance to that.

A drive for self-improvement.

Ultimately, leadership development begins with the belief that you are worth improving. That there are things you can achieve if you continuously push forward. If you’re unwilling to believe that about yourself, then there will be little chance for career advancement but also the possibility of becoming stifled in other aspects of your life.

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Exit Interviews Take Time BUT Exit Interviews Are Worth It

March 22nd, 2018

What do you do as a company when someone puts in their notice? Do you have them train a replacement? Do you have a going away party? Do you ask them to turn in their equipment and pick up their last paycheck? There are a variety of things companies do when someone leaves their organization, but should an exit interview be one of those things? An exit interview does take time, but they are completely worth it to discover what is and is not working in your organization. Here are just a few reasons to do an exit interview.

Learn about why employees leave.

There are so many potential reasons that employees will leave a position. They may feel dissatisfied with the work they’re doing. They may not feel like they have other opportunities within the company. Or they may not get along with coworkers or managers. There are also reasons completely unrelated to the work or environment, such as a life change or relocation. But simply gathering this information can demonstrate to you whether or not there are patterns in your organization.

Learn about company morale.

But conducting these interviews you will also learn if there are morale issues within your company. Perhaps there are things that are going unsaid in the office but create a constant current of unease among employees. Understanding that these things are happening is the first step to resolving any issue.

Learn if company policies are effective.

You also want to know if you’re doing a good job as an employer. Are there policies that don’t make sense? Are you not doing enough of one thing or too much of another. Perhaps you’ll learn that you’re not as effective at letting someone know their value in the organization or that their contribution is essential. Or maybe there are small things such as a tweak to personal time off or flex time.

Learn what is going well and what the company strengths are.

Of course, you’re not just grilling an employee to learn about the faults. You also want to find out what they think is working. If something is going well or you have particular strengths, you can concentrate on enhancing those aspects of your business while working on improving any company shortcomings.

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Can You Use Facebook Jobs to Land Job Candidates?

October 19th, 2017

Are you missing out on a large audience for advertising your open positions? If you’re not familiar with Facebook Jobs, you may not be attracting the most qualified and engaged employees in your area. More and more people are engaging with companies through online social media, so if you’re not using Facebook Jobs, your competition probably is, and that could mean you lose out. Here are some of the ways Facebook Jobs can help you in your hiring process.

Free access

Facebook Jobs is free to use both for job seekers and for companies looking for talent. If you’re logged in for your business and you visit Facebook.com/jobs, click on Publish a Job Post. This will bring up the free tool for you to enter your information. Once this post is up on your page, it will be accessible to anyone who has followed your company.

Wide audience

Not only will your followers see it, but you can also elect to share it with others based on certain criteria. On top of that, your content will be shareable, which is one of the many ways that Facebook posts get seen by a wider audience. If one of your followers knows their friends or family are looking for a job, they will share your post to their network, and so on.

Easy to use

The tool couldn’t be easier to use for job seekers. If they follow your page, they’ll see it in their feed. If they visit Facebook.com/jobs they will see all the current jobs available in their area. This will allow for them to submit their application through the “apply now” button or visit your website for more information.

Online reputation

Of course, posting jobs online has a lot more positive implications than negatives ones. Building a good reputation on social media will help draw more people to your page, site, and business. It will show how your company is a good place to work as well as a good company to do business with in your specific area of expertise. As online communication becomes more prevalent, building this reputation will be more important.

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Don’t Hold Yourself Back: Overcoming Obstacles that Are Hindering Your Ability to Find a Great Position

September 28th, 2017

Are you feeling frustrated by your job search? Have you taken a step back to have a critical look at what might be in your way? There may be several obstacles holding you back, so it’s important to see them and determine the best solution. Whether the hurdle is self-imposed or from an outside source, they can be overcome. Let’s take a look at some of the common obstacles job seekers face and what you can do about them.

Only using one method to apply.

Many job seekers make a big mistake by following only the path of least resistance in the job market. Applying for jobs online using the popular job boards is, by far, the easiest way. But it isn’t always the most effective. Instead, vary your methods by applying online, connecting through social media, networking in person, and more.

Not having enough experience.

You may find yourself not applying for jobs you really want because you’re worried you don’t have enough experience. And in some cases, this may be a reasonable strategy. But not having all of the exact experience isn’t always an issue on the job market. Look at the experience you do have. Could it be transferable? Could you market yourself differently?

Saying you can’t network.

Networking in person can be scary, especially if you’re introverted or shy. But simply avoiding it can be the very difference in your job search. Challenge yourself to get out there. Pick just one event a month. Make sure to bring business cards with you. But also push yourself to get at least 5 business cards. Then make sure you’re following up.

Thinking the employer holds the cards.

Many job seekers believe that the only power in the job market lies with the employer. But that isn’t always the case. You have the talent they need, so leverage that. Create a list of employers you want to work within your community. Next, connect with them on social media. When the time is right, ask them how you can apply with their company. You’ll be surprised by the results.

Not looking at all your options.

Finally, many job seekers pigeonhole themselves without even realizing it. If you’re avoiding certain opportunities or avenues, you may be cutting yourself off from the very job that’s perfect. Always weigh your options. Always look outside of the box. Give yourself a chance to be creative in your search and try new things.

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Standout Tactics to Help You Talk About Your Strengths in a Job Interview

August 24th, 2017

Some of the most common interview questions are also some of the most terrifying. You’re likely to be asked about your weaknesses and, of course, your strengths. And while it might seem obvious how to discuss your strengths, there are some things you can do to really sell yourself in an interview. What are some of the tactics that can help you stand out from the crowd.

Brainstorm about your strengths.

Before you go to your next interview, spend some time on this exercise. Get out a blank sheet of paper and start writing down all the things you feel are your biggest strengths. Don’t leave anything out. The goal of this is to have a huge list to choose from. Write down everything you can think of such as how you manage your time, how reliable you are, what you love to do most. Don’t leave any stone unturned.

Narrow your focus.

Now, narrow your focus. Look through your list and see how many of your strengths are just a variety of ways to say the same thing. For example, if you list time management skills, ability to hit deadlines and reliability, they all point to the same personality trait. Choose just one or two of these overarching strengths and work from those.

Prepare your examples.

Next, you need to have concrete examples to help sell your skills to an employer. Let’s stick with the example of time management. How have your time management skills positively affected your career in the past. Be specific. For instance, if you had a very time sensitive project for a demanding client who had bad experiences in the past, did you work out your plan of attack to give yourself plenty of time to complete the project with days to spare? How did this impress the customer?

Be accurate.

Of course, when describing your strengths to a potential employer you also need to accurate about the details of your account, especially when it comes to something verifiable through a reference check. But you also want to be authentic and accurate to give yourself the best shot at the job. For example, if you say your biggest strength is time management but you’re not actually that great with it, it won’t take long for the new employer to realize they’ve made a mistake in hiring you.

Don’t be too humble.

When you do settle on a specific strength to focus on as your answer to this inevitable question, don’t be too shy about sharing it. We are programmed to avoid bragging, but that is exactly what you need to do to sell your strengths in an interview. You need to find that fine line between confidence and arrogance and step right up to it without falling over. Confidence will win you points in an interview every time, so don’t be afraid to tell them about your accomplishments.

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Are Your Talent Screening Technique’s Out of Date? Here’s What to Do

August 17th, 2017

There is so much changing about the job market today. And many companies simply aren’t prepared for the new trends or technologies available for hire. You may be using outdated techniques for screening or vetting the talent before making a job offer. It’s important that you make the right decisions for pre-screening candidates across the board, so we’re here to help. Let’s take a look at some of the current trends.

Ban the box.

Employment laws referred to as “Ban the Box” encourage employers to hold off on asking an applicant about a potential criminal background. This is spreading and will become normal in employment over the next few years. The idea is that basing hiring criteria on a check box prevents valuable contributors from re-entering the workforce. This doesn’t mean that background checks aren’t run, but they may be run much later in the process.

Contingent employees.

Since the economic recovery began, more and more people are working on a project-basis rather than pursuing full time, permanent jobs. This gig economy means that companies are working more with short term or freelance workers than ever before. But what does that mean for your employment screening process? The important part is to keep your process consistent for all employees, traditional and contingent alike.

Continuous screening.

Another trend that is picking up steam is the idea of continuous screening. Make sure the consent form you use when hiring new employees is explicit about the company’s policies on continuous screening. You also need to make sure that you’re continuous screening process is in compliance with the EEOC.

Social media.

Many employers are curious about the role of social media when it comes to screening. It can be so easy to plug someone’s name into Google and read the corresponding social sites that return. But it is important to keep some things in mind if you do this, you may run into illegal or uncertain situations. If you’re not an expert in employment law, you may want to hire a third party company to include social media searches.

Unconscious bias.

You also need to ensure that you’re not allowing your unconscious bias to influence how you hire or what actions you take in the workplace. Unconscious bias can inform your decisions even when you are actively trying to avoid discriminatory behaviors. You may prefer to hire someone who has a similar background to yourself, but this may leave out perfectly qualified candidates.

Work with a recruiter.

There is a lot to be concerned with when it comes to screening potential employees. There are many moving pieces that are governed by different laws and employment regulations. By working with a recruiter, you can allow them to use their expertise to ensure the proper checks are run and the information isn’t being used incorrectly to inform your hiring decision.

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Bilingual? You’re in Hot Demand

June 29th, 2017

If you’re bilingual, there may be some great news for you on the business horizon. In the last 5 years, the demand for talented bilingual employees has grown significantly. If you’re a professional at any level and you can speak more than one language, you should be able to leverage these skills to advance your career. So what can you do to ensure that you’re included in this hiring boom and approach the right employers for your next job?

Jobs at all skill levels.

Bilingual employees are in high demand across the board. From general labor to administrative support and all the way up to upper management, technology, and financial positions. Regardless of the type of job you want or your long term goals, if you’re proficient in another language you have an advantage in the workplace.

Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic.

Companies hiring bilingual employees are looking at multiple languages, but the top three appear to be Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic. And that makes sense considering the global aspects of the modern workplace. If you’re fluent in any of these languages, be sure to make that prominent on your resume.

Texas at the top of the list.

Unsurprisingly, when looking at states that are focusing on bilingual hiring, Texas is at the top of the list. For a variety of reasons, Spanish speakers are in high demand throughout the Lone Star state, but other languages are being sought as well. If you’re a bilingual professional in Texas, seek out the right opportunities.

Proving fluency.

Of course, it isn’t always as easy as simply saying you’re fluent in any of these languages. Companies need to have some assurance that you can do what you say. They may provide testing in the other language to determine if you’re proficient in both writing and speaking as well as understanding someone else and potentially understanding dialects. Be willing to take these assessments.

Writing your resume.

You also need to be able to market your skills in another language in your resume so you will get calls back from top companies in Texas. Be sure to list it prominently. And, if possible, provide data that will support how your language skills have benefited you and a previous employer in the past. This can also be demonstrated in a cover letter, which you should write in the primary language but perhaps include a short paragraph demonstrating how you write in another language.

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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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