New Year, New Job – a Guide to Working with a Staffing Agency

December 13th, 2018

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If you’re looking for a new job this holiday season, have you considered talking with a local staffing agency to help you in your search? Dedicated recruiting professionals are always seeking qualified candidates to present for their clients’ open positions. How do you begin working with a recruiter? Here are some tips to get you started with a staffing agency this month and into the New Year.

Complete the online application process.

Most agencies utilize an online application process for initial intake. This allows them to receive your resume and additional pertinent information to help them make a match between you and an open position. Your first step to working with an agency is to complete the process thoroughly to demonstrate that you are able to follow directions and are detail oriented.

Schedule an interview with a recruiter.

Once your application has been reviewed, you will be contacted by the recruiter to schedule an interview. This initial phone call is as important as the face-to-face meeting as it will allow you to learn more about the agency’s process and their open positions and specializations. It will also give you a chance to ask any questions of your own.

Attend the interview and complete skills assessment.

It’s imperative if you want to build a positive relationship with your recruiter that you attend the interview. Arrive on time to make a great first impression. The recruiter will ask questions about your background to make notes that will help them find you the right placement. You will also be asked to complete skills assessments using a computer-based testing program. Some companies handle the assessments in-house while others will send you access to online testing.

Be honest throughout the process.

The most important thing to keep in mind throughout the entire process is to be honest. Not only do you need to be honest about your skills and background, but also about what you’re looking for in your next job. The recruiter needs the truth to make there right matches for your skills and interests. This also applies to the skills assessments. Especially when conducted online, your recruiter is trusting you to have integrity in the process.

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Quiet Personalities CAN Stand Out in the Job Interview!

November 8th, 2018

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Being shy or an introvert doesn’t mean you can’t shine in your interview. A quiet personality can have a lot of benefits for an employer, so you just need to know how to sell your strengths in your next interview. But if you’re quiet, an interview can be a very terrifying prospect. How do you effectively communicate the reasons someone should hire you even when you feel intimidated by the process? Here are some tips for you to let your quiet personality stand out in your next interview.

Plan ahead.

Start with your homework. As a quiet, potentially introverted personality, you probably shine when it comes to empathy, critical thinking, and complex problem-solving. Use that to your advantage by researching the company and the job ahead of time. You can also research common interview questions and be prepared to answer them. You should also be ready for anything that might go wrong and have a plan to turn the situation around.

Be who you are.

You shouldn’t go in with the false dichotomy that extroverts are good and introverts are bad. There are a lot of amazing things about being a quiet, introspective person so make sure you focus on those. For example, be sure to tell them about your ability to think through complex problems before providing an answer. Or how you are empathetic to others in the workplace.

Consider the other side.

Of course, extroverts do have a lot of positive personality traits as well. And you can certainly look at their behavior to help you ace your interview. For example, determine how to be more confident in your interview by observing extroverts in the company environment. You can talk to more boisterous people in your life and get some advice on things to incorporate into your interview strategy.

Follow up.

If you’re quiet, you may find yourself better able to communicate in writing than in person. So, take the time after the interview to send a thank you email. This allows to reiterate your interest in the position and even add some things you might have forgotten to say in the interview.

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Scared of a New Career? Why a Temporary Job Is the Perfect Option

October 25th, 2018

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Boo! Did we scare you? We’re not trying to, but it is the season for spooky greetings and creepy feelings. But if you’re afraid of a new career, there are quite a few things you can do to avoid the nightmare. A journey into a new career doesn’t have to feel like the twist and turns of a haunted house. Have you considered temporary work while you’re looking for the right role to come your way? Here are a few reasons a temporary job might be the perfect fit while you sort out what you want in a new career.

Try a new industry.

By working a temporary assignment, you can see what it’s like to work in a different industry. This will give you an inside look at what you would need to pursue a career in that industry as well as practical experience when you’re ready to make the professional move. You will also be able to see if it truly is something you want to do for the future.

Learn new skills.

In the same way, working temporary will give you tangible experience that you can put on your resume. Career changers are often, unfairly, viewed as a liability for companies. They may not be willing to take a chance on someone who doesn’t bring the exact experience to the table. But when you learn these skills and the background of the industry in a temporary position, this becomes part of your background when you apply for a new job.

A foot in the door.

Sometimes, that temporary position can lead to more than just experience. You may find yourself already working for the right employer. If both you and the company recognize a beneficial relationship, you may find yourself with a new permanent position in your chosen field. It is not uncommon for employers to hire from their temporary employees because they recognize the training and experience is important.

Limited commitment.

Of course, if you don’t like the job or the industry, working temporary is still to your advantage. If you dislike the project, job, or employer you only have to finish the assignment before looking for another opportunity. You can also speak with your recruiter about any challenges or concerns you have about the job while you’re there.

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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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Big State, Big Growth – How Much Is Job Growth in Texas?

October 4th, 2018

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Things are bigger in Texas. That’s true about a lot of things, but it is certainly the case with the current job market. The Lone Star State is currently experiencing the best job growth among the biggest states. But what does that really mean? How fast are jobs growing and what is the market like for the average job seeker? Here are some facts about the current job market and how the boom is helping people right here in our own area.

High GDP, low poverty rates.

The Texas GDP has been growing over the last decade, which demonstrates the stability of the economy in the state. There are also lower poverty rates in the city centers around the state, which means employment is up and salaries are generally competitive. Also contributing to the lower poverty rate is the affordability in cities around the state when compared to other large U.S. cities.

Low unemployment rate.

At the height of the recession, in 2010, the U.S. unemployment rate was 9.9 percent while Texas was at 8.25 percent. Since the recovery, unemployment has gone down throughout the U.S., making the national rate at 4.1 percent currently. In Texas, the current unemployment rate is 4 percent. This is low compared to other large population centers.

25 straight months of growth.

Job growth is one of the leading indicators of a strong economy, and the employment industry and economic experts have tracked 25 straight months of growth in the Texas employment arena. This makes the state a great place for business to settle as well as for professionals to find good employment.

Industries affected.

There are a variety of industries in Texas, including several that have recently discovered the state. For example, energy and oil have long been associated with the state, but now the major cities like Houston and Austin are experiencing a tech boom where major technology companies are moving into the area to take advantages of fewer business regulations and more top talent. Banking and tourism also rank high in the state.

The economy overall.

There are so many things that contribute to a strong economy in the state of Texas. The cost of living, for instance, is really playing into the success of businesses within the state. When a professional can live affordably but salaries continue to be competitive, companies can attract professionals to their offices in Texas.

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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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Do Your Employees Fear You? Is That What You Want? How to Determine the Right Leadership Style

September 6th, 2018

It’s a tale as old as time: The angry boss barking orders at resigned employees wishing they were anywhere else but at their jobs. But is ruling with the iron fist really the best way to get good work out of your team? If your employees fear you, it may be time for some deep introspection to determine if that is, in fact, the way you want to be a leader. Here are some things to consider to determine a more productive leadership style.

Ask, don’t demand.

There is a big difference between asking and demanding. Demanding that a task is completed comes across as aggressive while asking your employee to complete a project shows that you respect their time. Asking also creates a culture of gratitude, which is contagious around an office and helps everyone stay motivated.

Let go when necessary.

There is a lot of dialogue lately around the concept of winning. But the truth is, life and business aren’t a competition. It’s important to let go of the idea that your way is the only right way and allow your team to use their own skills and abilities to complete tasks their way. If you let go of your control, you’ll also find that you’re able to concentrate on more strategic matters that come with leadership.

Really listen.

Humans tend to only listen for as long as it takes to formulate a response. That means you’re already ready to reply before you’ve heard an entire story. You may want to take a step back and hear what your employees are really saying when they’re talking with you. And your new listening skills will build more trust over time.

Leave anger behind.

If you have a short temper and use it to rule your department with an iron fist, you may find that you’re experiencing more personnel problems than you’re solving. The truth is, if you are having trouble with turnover or people following your directions, the problem might not lie with your team. You may want to figure out how to alter your own behavior to create a better system.

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Glassdoor Company Reviews – Can You Believe Them?

August 23rd, 2018

In 2007, Glassdoor appeared on the scene which changed the game for many companies and job seekers. It provided an opportunity for job seekers to see what it’s like to work at a company before submitting a resume. With such an emphasis on employee and corporate fit, Glassdoor fit a necessary niche in the job market. But how do you know whether or not the information is accurate and what’s the best way to interpret it before applying for a job? Here are a few things to consider.

Are they just complaints?

Yes, Glassdoor can feature sour grapes postings from disgruntled employees. And the truth is, they’re not always accurate. It’s also true that people often only review a company when they’ve had a negative experience, making the negative postings much more common than positive ones.

Do they provide real feedback?

But even these complaints can provide real feedback. If you can read why someone has decided to complain about a company. If it is a problem that you can see a solution for, it might be a better environment for you than for them.

Are there fake positive reviews?

You also need to take some of the positive reviews with a grain of salt. Sometimes they’re not entirely genuine and Glassdoor’s algorithms don’t really determine whether or not a review is real or fake. Some companies will also encourage their team to post positive reviews, which can lead to reliability issues with the service.

How can you interpret the reviews?

We’re not saying to avoid Glassdoor, because it can provide valuable information, but it may take some time to determine how to interpret what you’re reading. What may be more telling on the site is whether or not the company responds to negative feedback and how they approach their answers.

What kind of additional research is good?

There are other things to review online before you send in your application or before an interview. Look at LinkedIn and check out the current and past employees there. Check out the company name in the local news. You may find out more about the organization through reputable news sources.

How should you mention it in an interview?

For the most part, you may not want to say something about your foray onto Glassdoor. However, there are some exceptions. If you came across anything you find specifically troubling, ask them about it in the interview. Their reaction will give you some idea whether or not they will be a good employer for you.

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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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A Perfect Example of a Temp-to-Perm Position Is a Legal Assistant

August 9th, 2018

Have you been wondering if working a temp-to-perm assignment is right for you? When you’re not exactly certain what the process entails, it can be daunting. And often, it’s described in the abstract rather than in full detail. So, we thought we would provide a roadmap as an example career path. A perfect example of a temp-to-perm position is a legal assistant. Here’s how that process looks and how you can achieve it for yourself for this job and many others.

What is temp-to-perm?

It’s helpful to establish what temp-to-perm employment is. In this case, you will apply through a staffing agency who will connect you with a job that matches your skills. The company will bring you onboard in a temporary capacity for a specified period of time. During that time, you will do the job and get to know the company and the will get to know you. If all goes well, as the end of the temp-to-perm contract, the company will transition you to a full-time employee with their business.

What is a legal assistant job?

So, what does a legal assistant do? A legal assistant is often described as a lawyer’s right hand. They handle all of the administrative tasks to allow the lawyer to focus on the core of their business. They create and maintain files, write the first draft of communications, and generally organize the office and practice. It’s essential that the lawyer and legal assistant have a strong working relationship, so the option for temp-to-perm is a great way to determine fit.

What are the next steps?

Applying for a temp-to-perm position is like applying for any job. You contact the staffing agency and submit your resume for consideration. The agency will handle the first stage of the interviewing process and run any required background checks and reference checks. You will then interview with the lawyer or law firm to determine if there is a general fit before starting the assignment. While you’re working the assignment, you will maintain contact with your agency recruiter to let them know how the assignment is going, as will the client. You will receive your paycheck from the agency while working temp-to-perm.

What does the future hold?

Working temp-to-perm in a role such as legal assistant you have the advantage of really understanding the job and the law firm before accepting the permanent position. You also have experience within the law firm, which can lead to more opportunities throughout your career. In some cases, the person on the temp-to-hire basis won’t have had legal experience prior to the assignment, so they can also leverage the position for their career with the same firm or if they find themselves in a position to look for another job in the future.

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