Temp-to-Hire – Why It Helps You Learn About the Company

April 18th, 2019

If you’re looking for a new job, have you considered temp-to-hire? If you’re uncertain, it may help to know what temp-to-hire is. It’s a working relationship established by a staffing agency where you work on a temporary basis at a client site with the option to be hired permanently if everything works out. There are a lot of benefits to working a temp-to-hire job, including the ability to learn about the company. How does that work in practice? Let’s take a closer look.

No Long-Term Commitment

Temp-to-hire is exactly that. It means you begin your project on a temporary basis. You don’t have to commit long-term if you discover the position isn’t a good fit for you. If you have a problem within the position, talk to your recruiter about it. They can try to solve the problem or replace you and work on finding a new opportunity.

Making Money

Of course, even for a short-term role like a temporary position, you’re still making money. Working on a temporary basis while looking for a full-time job can give you the extra cash you need. Accepting a temp-to-hire position will give you not only the additional funds but also some glimpse into a potential future.

Inside Track on Future Job

Temp-to-hire, while it starts out on a temporary basis, is mean to convert to full time. You get to know the company and they get to know you. Both of you are looking for a permanent opportunity, so it can be a great way to take on a position to see what it’s about.

No Risk if Not a Fit

To that end, there is no risk to you if it turns out not to be a fit. The company will move on to another candidate and you can talk to your recruiter about finding a new position that might be a better opportunity. The things you learning from this temp-to-hire position can be applied in your continued search so you know what you don’t like as much as what you do like.

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How Can You Determine What the Real Company Culture Is?

April 4th, 2019

Just like candidates, companies want to put their best foot forward in an interview. They want their top candidates to be interested in their opportunity and working for their company. But how do you know if the company culture they have on display is genuine? You need to dig deeper to make sure you understand the kind of organization you’ll be working with once you accept the job. Here are a few ways to look past what’s on the surface to the real company culture before accepting a job offer.

Dig into the Mission Statement

Step one is to review the company mission statement. This will tell you a lot about their values as an organization. You will be able to see what they included, and what they specifically left out, from their mission to help you draw your conclusions.

You want to work with a company that has shared values. A mission statement can give you a good overview of what the company really stands for.

Ask Specific Questions

Of course, a mission statement is just an overview, so to get into the details you need to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask pointed questions about the company culture, interactions between employees, and policies that affect overall culture.

Talk to them about how the team gets along. If there are staff lunches or activities. Ask them about the work-life balance. All of these are a great way to determine the overall company culture.

Learn About a Day in the Life

Another great question in the interview is a “day in the life.” Ask them what a day in the life of their company, and the specific position, looks like. They can give you a basic road map that can help you determine if it would be a good fit.

For example, if the company is very procedure-driven but you’re a more creative spirit, you may want to reconsider whether or not the company is a good fit for you.

Research the Company

Finally, take some time to research the company. Find out if they’ve had any news stories written about them and what light the company is most frequently painted in. You can look at employee review sites, but keep in mind that some of those posts are either sour grapes or advertisements.

The key is discernment. Don’t believe everything you read on social media, but give it a good look. Make your best determination on what is best for your career.

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Finding a Company with a Service Culture

March 28th, 2019

Are you looking for a position with a company that is active in your community through volunteering and service? Many employees are interested in working with socially responsible companies, so looking for a team that has a service culture is the first step in finding the right fit. Cultural fit is as much about your interest and satisfaction in the company as it is their interest in you for the position. Here are some ways you can pick out a service culture before accepting a position.

Review The Website

You can find out a lot on a company website. A company wants its audience to understand their branding, and that includes their mission for service. Language around service, community, and more will be included in their about us, mission statement, and more. Don’t be afraid to research a company before you make a decision.

Look at Social Media

Social media is also a great place to see their service mindset in action. Follow the company on Twitter, Facebook, and any other service you frequent. Are they posting on social media? You’ll see the kinds of things they do for the community because they’ll want to make sure to publicize that.

Talk to Employees

You can also connect with current and former employees who worked for the company to get a sense of the overall culture. Connect with individuals on LinkedIn and ask them about their experience. Most people are excited to talk about. Be sure to mention that you’re looking to understand their culture of service.

Ask in the Interview

It’s also okay to simply ask. When you’re interviewing, you want to have some questions prepared so add this one in. For example, you can ask, “How does your company give back to the community?” or “How do you describe the culture of service in your office.”

Observe the Office Culture

While you’re there for interviews, you can also observe the overall company culture. Interact with the front desk representative. Take a look around. See how people interact with one another. This can all give you a better picture of what to expect when you’re part of that environment.

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What’s Leading to Employee Burnout? One Surprising Factor

March 21st, 2019

Employee burnout can be a devastating thing. When a member of your team no longer sees the value in what they’re doing, they may begin to slack off or do poor quality work even without realizing it themselves. Other team members may start to notice and this can breed discontent throughout the organization. There are a lot of things that can contribute to burnout, including dissatisfaction with the job or with people in the office, but one often overlooked factor is starting to come to light. Unfair treatment is one of the causes of employee burnout. But how can that manifest? Let’s take a closer look.

Bias and Favoritism

If your employees feel that they are being overlooked for favorites or that management harbors a bias against them, they will under-perform. Often, the problem for management is that these things can be subjective and difficult to determine. The best way to find out if your employee is feeling this way is to talk to them and allow them to talk with you.

Mistreatment by Co-workers or Managers

Another big challenge for a lot of employees is the feeling of mistreatment. This can be simple discourteousness that the other party doesn’t even realize is happening. In its most toxic form, this becomes bullying. If your employees are experiencing abusive behavior from others, it’s important to address it right away.

Unfair Corporate Policies

There also may be some concerns about unfair corporate policies. For example, the ACLU often challenges workplace rules that unfairly single out employees with different cultural backgrounds. It’s important to note whether or not your rule is legitimate or intended to make others feel inadequate or unimportant.

Unequal Compensation

Another major issue in the American workplace is unfair compensation. The most common example is the wage gap between men and women doing the same job. As a manager, it’s important that you assess your salary packages and make sure that decisions aren’t based on arbitrary or unfair factors.

Lack of Trust

Lastly, burnout can be caused by an overall lack of trust in the workplace, management, or co-workers. If your employees can’t trust one another or the systems in place, they aren’t likely to give the job their undivided attention. This can easily lead to burnout. Make sure you’re revisiting this issue regularly.

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What to Test in Job Descriptions This Year

March 7th, 2019

Do you reevaluate what you include in job descriptions from time to time? Experts suggest that taking the time to test out new things to see what results you might get is important to developing successful job postings that attract top candidates. If you want to improve the quality of candidates you’re getting, here are a few things you can add to your job description and application process to bring in the best.

Desktop vs. Mobile Experience

Have you taken a look at your website on both desktop and mobile platforms? The mobile experience is essential as many adults only access the internet through their phones or tablets. Your application process should be easy enough to handle through these hand-held devices or you may miss out on top candidates who feel that the process isn’t worth their time.

Review what you currently offer and talk with your website designer to understand user experience, also referred to as UX. This can improve the process for applicants.

Change the Titles

Sometimes what you think is a perfect title for your position isn’t in line with what job seekers are looking for. This means fewer of them will see your job opening. Begin by searching LinkedIn for individuals who do what you need and see how they describe themselves in their current position.

You can change the title of your job to better reflect the keywords that top talent is searching to find jobs like yours.

Add information on Salary, Benefits, and Location

You also have to know what top candidates are looking for in a new job and an employer when they’re searching for new jobs. Think of it as a selling tool for your company and position.

Include information in the salary range, the benefits your company offers, and the location of the job. If there are benefits that don’t conform to the traditional model, include those to attract more views. If you offer remote working options, include that.

Vary Your Application Length

You also want to take a look at how long your application process is. Does it have pages and pages of information to get to the end of the process? Do you notice if people abandon the process midway through? If so, adjust your options.

You can play around with lengths of applications and offer options for both mobile and desktop sites to encourage more top-quality candidates to apply.

We are the people, who know the people, that you need to know!

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Moving to a New Job, Industry or City Takes Courage – 4 Tips to Help!

February 28th, 2019

Moving can mean a lot of things. You can move from your childhood home to college and then into your first place as an adult. You can move from your home town to another city, maybe close by or maybe across the county. You can also move into a new job or even a new industry entirely. Any of these moves can be terrifying and they take a lot of courage, but they’re far from impossible. Here are four tips to help you make any transition more smoothly.

Recognize That You Need Help

Moving, whether it’s to a new city or a new job, doesn’t have to be solitary. You can lean on others in your circle and community to help you through the process.

For example, the internet and social media have significantly opened the borders of our spheres of influence. You can reach out to people you know in the city where you’re going on Facebook. Or you can connect with others who work at your new job on LinkedIn before you even start.

Your close friends and family can also provide support and encouragement. Don’t be afraid to let them help you.

Try Something New

When getting ready for a big leap, it’s helpful to try small leaps to test the waters. If you want to try something new, start with something small. It can build your confidence to be willing to let go and allow yourself to experience the nuance of each new situation.

For example, if skydiving sounds a little too scary, start out by going to a climbing gym. Work with the professionals there to help you learn how to do it safely and conquer your fear of trying. Then, when it comes to something bigger, you have already built your confidence and are willing to give it a shot.

Stay Positive

A positive attitude will go a long way in any situation. A new employer will welcome someone who brings a sense of joy, positivity, and willingness to be there to the table. Negative thoughts can sabotage even the best of intentions.

Work on your attitude whenever you want to try something new. Don’t think about what you can’t do, consider how you can do it. Don’t think that you don’t have enough time, reconsider your priorities. It’s not that you don’t have time to do a thing but that you don’t prioritize it. It can make all the difference to shift your thoughts.

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Being comfortable is the biggest enemy for change. It’s easy to want to stay wrapped in your cocoon of personal comfort, but that doesn’t allow you to grow as a person. Allow yourself to find ways to escape your comfort zone and be willing to explore new opportunities.

Personal growth is a lifelong endeavor. You don’t just reach a milestone and stop evolving. You need to keep yourself engaged in order to continue to learn new things, challenge yourself, and grow.

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Better Presentations Come from These Changes to Your Meetings

February 21st, 2019

Meetings have a long and sordid history in the workplace. They can be a motivating factor to encourage your team to go out and give it 110 percent. Or they can be a drag and universally hated among your workforce. But there are ways to improve meetings and presentations to achieve more engagement. Before you prepare for your next meeting, consider these changes you can make to improve the process.

What Is Your Message?

To make a more effective meeting you need to make sure you’re staying on message. And that your message is clear. So often meetings are called when the topic is still just a concept. Instead, prepare ahead of your meeting to make sure your message is concise and communicated effectively. Be sure to consider your meaning with every slide.

Prepare an Outline

To stay on task and message, prepare ahead of time with an outline so you know what you need to talk about and how long you should spend on each subtopic. An outline is the most effective way to stay on track in your next presentation. Winging it leads to meandering and can quickly derail an actually effective meeting.

Get Their Attention

For your meeting to be effective, you need to make sure you get their attention right away. Start out by being enthusiastic. If you’re bored by what you’re saying, everyone else will be as well. Use humor. For example, add a slide into your presentation discussing the game of whirly-ball. Then move on to the rest of your presentation as if nothing had happened.

Use Multimedia

We live in an era of short attention spans and constant access to information. You can actually tap into this for your meetings in a positive way. Use multimedia tools in your presentation to encourage everyone to participate. For example, don’t force your group to turn off their cell phones. Instead, create polls so people can interact and see the results in real time.

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New Technology in 2019 – Can That Help You Find Better Talent?

February 7th, 2019

Technology is rapidly changing, and that evolution affects every industry. There are plenty of new things to consider when it comes to staffing for your business. But how is technology impacting the way you find talent for your open positions? Before you begin your next candidate search, consider how new technology is changing the very landscape of how job seekers find their new positions. Here are just a few examples.

Analytics for Job Postings

When you write a job posting, you probably make a list of the things the individual is expected to know and what they will do day to day. But data is showing us a different picture when it comes to what really works and what doesn’t to attract top candidates.

For example, a job posting that doesn’t include any description about your company culture may not provide any insight for a job seeker to decide if they want to work with you. You can use data to review what has worked in the past and apply it to new jobs.

Chatbots

You’ve probably interacted with them yourself. Maybe you’ve opened a chat on your cell phone carrier to ask a question. Or maybe you’ve used the chatbots on Amazon when a package didn’t arrive on time. Chatbots are a new way for people to interact with businesses for a variety of customer service needs.

It may not occur to you right away, but there are applications for chatbots with your hiring process. Job seekers may have questions about the process, the job, or the next steps. You may miss out on great candidates because they are initiated to call your office to get clarification. A chatbot can give them the answers they need in real time.

Skills Assessments

How do you really know that your new employee has the skills they say they have? Sure, you will check their references, but that doesn’t necessarily prove they have proficiency. But there are other ways to determine the skill levels of your candidates.

Staffing agencies have been using skills assessments for a long time to verify the skills of their candidates. You can tap into that by working with a staffing service to help you source top talent so you know that the skills they have are what you’re expecting.

Communication Channels

So, chatbots aren’t the only way we’ve changed our behavior when it comes to communication. Email, texting, and social media have already become a huge aspect of our culture. And many companies are leveraging these things when it comes to hiring.

Start with your social media. Are you posting jobs on your sites like Facebook and Twitter when you have an opening? Are you engaging with your audience? Everyone who follows your page can be a potential candidates if you reach out the right way.

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Houston Employment Growth As Good As It’s Ever Been!

January 17th, 2019

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New jobs are being created at a breakneck pace in the Houston area. And this is a great thing for the city’s economic growth. There is great talent out there, so it’s just a matter of finding the top candidates to fill your open positions. According to economic reports from the third quarter, the region added close to 130,000 jobs over 2018. Houston has emerged as an employment leader in Texas and across the country with growth at 4.3 percent. In the state of Texas as a whole, the number was 3.3 percent. So how to Houston companies find top talent in a job-seeker driven market? Here are some ideas to help.

Make Faster Decisions

In a candidate-driven market, it’s important to make quick decisions. This doesn’t mean to make snap decisions without enough information, but you can’t take weeks or even months to choose a candidate. You risk losing your top candidates to other opportunities willing to make offers in a shorter time frame. At the very least, be sure to communicate where you are in the process frequently.

Create a Positive Candidate Experience

Another place you should focus your energy when it comes to hiring is an improved candidate experience. Candidates talk, and their recommendation about how your company treated them through the interviewing process will quickly become the narrative. Make sure that’s positive. Create standard procedures to make it positive and engaging.

Do Market Research for Salaries

One of the biggest complaints candidates have about their job search is the approach to salary. Some feel positions don’t pay what they should and others become frustrated that the salary is dependent on past jobs. Instead, research the market and determine what these roles are paying in your area and make your salary competitive to attract top talent.

Partner with a Staffing Agency

Another great way to find top talent and ensure they have a positive experience is to partner with a local Houston staffing agency. Recruiters can help you source hard to find candidates with the specific skills you need for future success. They can also handle all of the interviewing and hiring processes so you can concentrate on what you do best by running your business.

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4 Must-Dos to Get Your Resume Past the Screening Robots

September 13th, 2018

It has been the new normal in the recruiting industry for a while that the first step of any resume submission is to a database. Recruiters will use technology to search for keywords when they are looking for the top resumes for an open position. So, your job is not only to impress the recruiter at the other end of the process but also get past the resume screening bots that can put your application in their hands. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Use simple and sharp formatting.

Just like people, computers don’t do well with huge blocks of text. It is advisable to utilize very simple and focused formatting. Creating simple bullets that will draw attention and keeping out a lot of extraneous narrative will be your best bet. You want to make sure it is easily readable, and in many cases, scannable for the system.

Add Keywords from the Job Posting

Another thing that screening robots do is search for keywords. You can find out what the appropriate words to include are by reviewing the job posting. But be cautious about overusing them. Don’t use words that don’t apply to your own background. Focus on creating good points about the skills you possess.

Be Sure to Spell Check

One thing that will often kick a resume back from the screening bots is a lack of attention to detail. This is especially true if you’re unable to catch common spelling errors or errors that might impact the way your resume is interpreted. Spell check everything. Have someone else look at your resume to catch anything you’ve missed.

Don’t Include an Objective

It may sound counterproductive, but including an objective is no longer necessary and doesn’t do anything to help screening robots select your resume. An objective can narrowly focus your resume unnecessarily. Even without resume screening robots, objectives are really no longer in fashion on resumes. Instead, replace it with a list of your accomplishments.

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