Asking Your Boss About Work From Home Options

December 11th, 2018

Working from home is great. You can cut your commute down to zero, be more available to your family, and potentially even get a lot more done. Plus, you don’t have to buy a bunch of business clothes and you can cook at home, saving money on food.

Unfortunately, not every company allows its employees to work from home. If the business you work for doesn’t already permit you to work out of your house, here are some tips for talking with your boss about work-from-home options:

  • Suggest a trial period: Often, employers are worried about saying yes to a stay-at-home arrangement because they aren’t sure how it will work out and they don’t want to feel locked in once they’ve said yes. You can increase the chances of your employer being open to allowing you to work from home if you suggest trying it out only for a limited time before re-evaluating whether it’s working.
  • Come prepared with a plan: You shouldn’t just ask your employer to work from home. You should paint a picture for your employer of what this would look like. Provide details on how often you want to work from home, how often you’d come back into the office, how you’d handle deliverables, and what meetings you’d need to attend. The easier it is for your employer to visualize a successful work-at-home arrangement, the more likely it is the employer will accede to your request.
  • Show how working-from-home can help the company: Working from home undoubtedly would be good for you, but your employer isn’t going to say yes just because you want them to and think working at home would make your life better. You need to explain what benefits the company would get from allowing you to work at home. If you think you’d be more productive in a quieter environment, for example, you can explain why.

If you’re looking for work-from-home opportunities, or for in-office jobs, SmartTalent can help you to find opportunities in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett, and surrounding areas. Give our staffing service a call today to find out how we can help you to find work you’ll love that you may even be able to do from the comfort of your own home.

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Does Your Company Culture Attract Great Candidates?

December 6th, 2018

You want to hire the very best people to come and work at your organization. To do that, you need a company culture that’s attractive to the most talented people in your field. Company culture matters a lot when people are deciding where they want to work, and you need to make sure your company culture increases the chance that good people will apply and accept your offers.

So, how can you tell if your company culture is going to help you in your hiring process?  You should:

  • Conduct stay and exit interviews with current and departing employees: The best way to find out how employees view your culture is to ask them. Many companies wait until employees leave to find out how their experience with the organization has been. These exit interviews can provide invaluable insight. But, you also want to talk with people who are currently at your organization to find out what they like and what can be improved. By asking specific questions about company culture, you can find out how your employees view your organization and what changes you may need to make.
  • Read online reviews of your organization on career websites: There are a number of websites online where employees rate the organizations they work for. You can find out the unbiased opinions of people who you employ by visiting these sites where workers leave anonymous reviews. If you spot trends, you can make changes to the things many people complain about when it comes to your culture.
  • Observe interactions between your employees: You can also get an idea of your company culture by observing the way employees work and interact. Do coworkers step in to help each other out? Do managers recognize when an employee has a win? These are important indicators of whether you’ve created a collaborative environment where employees are motivated and are rewarded for their efforts.

SmartTalent can help you to find talented people in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett, and surrounding areas who will help your business to succeed – and who will help you to build a strong, positive company culture. Reach out to our staffing service today to learn more about the assistance we can offer.

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The Best Way to Answer “Why Should We Hire You?”

December 4th, 2018

Why should we hire you? This is a common question that you can expect to be asked at job interviews.  Of course, you want to make sure that the answer you provide is compelling – but how can you do that? Just follow these tips and you’re sure to impress the hiring manager and maximize your chances of getting an offer:

  • Tailor the answer to the job description: The company is looking for a candidate to accomplish specific tasks and bring certain desired skills to the table. When you’re asked why they should hire you, you want to focus on the particular traits they are looking for. Before you go to the interview, you should review the job ad to remind yourself who the company has described as their ideal candidate.  When you’re asked about why they should hire you, you can provide an answer that mirrors the language from the job ad and shows the employer you have the exact skills they’re seeking.
  • Show how you’ll provide value to the company: The company is looking for someone who will perform well for them. You don’t want to focus on what the job could do for you or why it’s the perfect position to advance your career. You want to demonstrate clearly that the work you perform will make the company more productive and more successful.
  • Provide specific anecdotes, not vague platitudes: It’s easy to talk about how you’re the ideal candidate, but it can be harder to show it. That’s why you want to be prepared in advance with stories of your past successes to show that you’re the person the company is seeking. If the company is looking to hire an administrative professional who can multi-task, come prepared with specific details about how you’ve done well before in juggling your time and getting everything done.

SmartTalent can help you to land an interview in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett, and surrounding areas so you’ll get a chance to excel at the interview and land the job of your dreams. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you in your job search.

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How Often Should You “Take a Breather” at Work?

November 29th, 2018

Working too much can lead to burnout, so it’s important you take regular breaks. Not only should you take a few minutes during the workday to take a breather, it’s also important to take longer vacations as well.

Determining when to step away from your desk and take a break can be difficult, but these tips can help:

  • Pay attention to when your focus starts to wane. You can usually tell when you’ve had enough work and need a break. You’ll find your eyes start to glaze over when you’re looking at the computer screen or you start to get frustrated more easily when tasks you’re doing don’t work out perfectly. Pay attention to when this starts to happen to you and monitor how long it takes before you reach that point. Then, in the future, you can take a break a few minutes before you reach that burnout time, so you don’t push yourself to the point where you start to feel frustration.
  • Schedule regular breaks after routine work. Most people can only concentrate for a limited amount of time. In fact, there’s an entire Pomodoro technique which is built around the idea you should do work for 25 minutes, and then take a five-minute break in order to be as productive as possible. You can consider applying this technique to your own work. That way, you’ll always be focused.
  • Step away from your desk after intense tasks that require a lot of concentration.  Sometimes, work you’re doing requires a strong attention to detail or a lot of focus. In these situations, you should try to take more frequent breaks in recognition of the fact that the work is more challenging.

SmartTalent will help you find a great job where you’ll be motivated to work hard, but that also allows you the leeway to take breaks when you need them. To find out how our staffing service can help you find the right position to keep you focused at work, give our staffing service a call today. We can help you to find a great company to work for in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett and surrounding areas.

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The Importance of a Competitive Offer

November 27th, 2018

When you’re trying to hire a new staff member, it’s imperative you make a competitive offer to the candidate you’ve decided to bring on board. Making a competitive offer will:

  • Help you maximize the chances your offer will be accepted. When you go through the process of interviewing a candidate, it can be a very time-consuming endeavor. The last thing you want is to get to the end of a lengthy interview process and end up with your chosen candidate rejecting an offer, so you have to start all over. By making a competitive offer, you’ll have the best chance the candidate will decide to come aboard.
  • Build your employer brand so you can attract top candidates. If your company develops a reputation as a company that pays fairly, you will have a better chance of other highly skilled workers applying to work for your organization. Some of the most talented people in your industry will want to work for you. If you develop a reputation for low pay, on the other hand, the best and the brightest are unlikely to apply to come and work at your organization.
  • Remain competitive and build a stronger team than others in your industry. Paying a little bit more to bring highly skilled workers on board is a worthwhile investment. You don’t want all the best workers in your industry going to work for your competitors just because your offers are not as competitive. By monitoring what other companies in your industry are paying and making sure your compensation and benefits package is at least as generous, your company will be the one that all the best people want to work for. This is sure to give you a competitive advantage.

Working with a staffing service can also help you find strong candidates that will set your company apart. Contact SmartTalent today to find out how our staffing professionals can help you find skilled workers in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett and surrounding areas.

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Handling a Slip-Up at a New Job

November 23rd, 2018

Making mistakes at work is always upsetting, especially when you’re new to your job. Unfortunately, errors can happen even when you’re careful and vigilant. If you do slip up at a new job, it’s important you handle the mistake properly. Some of the steps you should take include:

  • Admitting the error right away. There’s a saying that the cover-up is almost always worse than the crime. This applies to mistakes at work too. Your employer will respect you more if you immediately own up to the error and take corrective action. Not only will your employer be less likely to hold the mistake against you if you bring it to their attention, but your employer will also trust you more in the future because they’ll be able to count on you to check your work and speak up if something is wrong.
  • Accepting responsibility. Don’t ever blame others for your error. Admit to your employer you’ve had a slip-up; acknowledge you were to blame; and apologize for making the mistake.
  • Explaining your plans to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Employers will be forgiving of mistakes – especially from a new staff member – if they are confident the problem has been fixed and repeated slip-ups won’t hinder productivity. When you bring the error to your boss’ attention, also come prepared with an explanation of what went wrong and how you’ll be making sure that a similar issue won’t develop in the future. This could mean indicating that you’ll double check your work more carefully, that you’ll ask questions before you submit work, or that you’ll do some studying up so you’re more familiar with the task that you were doing when you made the error.

 SmartTalent can help you to find a job where you’re able to use your talents to succeed so you won’t have to worry too much about making mistakes. Contact our staffing service today to find out how we can help you find work in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett and surrounding areas.

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Dealing With a Dramatic Employee

November 20th, 2018

Different employees have different personalities, and some are much easier to work with than others.  Sometimes, however, you’ll find one of your staff members has a flare for the dramatic. While this can cause problems, you can also harness their energy to help your company do great things – if you know how to deal effectively with them.

Some tips to help you deal with a dramatic employee include:

  • Establishing parameters for acceptable behavior. While being dramatic isn’t a bad thing, there are certain kinds of behaviors that simply can’t be permitted in an orderly workplace. Make sure your employee knows what is out of bounds. This could include behaviors such as yelling at co-workers or crying in meetings – whatever you decide causes too much of a disruption to your workday.
  • Focusing the employee’s attention on work that needs to be done. When an employee starts to behave dramatically, focus their attention on the work at hand. When there are tasks to be done, there’s no time for unnecessary drama. Your dramatic employee’s passions can be put to good use, so the employee’s energy is harnessed for accomplishing big things.
  • Making sure to intervene before situations escalate. When an employee starts to create problems with others, such as gossiping or starting fights, it’s important to put a stop to any unacceptable behavior right away. Otherwise, your employee’s actions could be off-putting to co-workers and could create a toxic environment. A dramatic employee will need a little more hands-on management and supervision, so you can spot when something starts to go awry and act to redirect focus or prevent the employee from taking actions that go beyond the bounds of what’s permitted.

Sometimes, you may find working with a dramatic employee is just too difficult. When you need to find workers who will be a good fit for your team and that won’t cause problems, SmartTalent can help. Give our staffing service a call to learn how we can help you to build a great team in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett and surrounding areas.

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Finding the Motivation to Get Back to Work

November 15th, 2018

When you’ve taken some time off from work, it can be hard to get back into the routine of going to a job and performing your best every day. You’ll want to hit the ground running, so you can impress your new employer, which means you need to get yourself motivated. These tips can help:

  • Brush up on your skills. You’ll feel much more motivated about doing your job well if you are confident that you know how to do the work. Being nervous about whether you’ll remember how to perform can zap your motivation, so don’t put yourself in that position. Instead, refresh your memory by studying up on the tasks you’ll be doing and even considering taking a course to learn about anything you may have missed while you were out of the workforce.
  • Get into a routine at work. One of the hardest things about going back to work after a long absence is getting back into the professional mindset. You can transition your focus to your job by developing a new work routine. This routine could focus on a big breakfast or listening to motivational tapes on your commute or doing whatever else you need to help you get back into professional mode.
  • Think about what you love about your job. To help you stay motivated, think about why you wanted to take on this role. Think about the things you most look forward to and about your favorite part of each workday. By concentrating on everything great about your job, you’ll be excited to get up and go to work every morning.

 It helps your motivation when returning to the workforce if you like the work you’re doing and if you work for a company that’s a good fit for you. If you live in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett and surrounding areas, SmartTalent can help you find a great job you’ll be excited to go to every day. Give our staffing professionals a call today to find out more.

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How to Deal With Your Good Employee Leaving

November 13th, 2018

Every company has some employees who stand out from the crowd because of their knowledge and their skills. These talented workers are likely the lifeblood of your organization, and it can be a major problem when they decide to move on.

If one of your star staff members decides to leave your organization, here are some steps you should take:

  • Looking to promote from within. Although you may have lost one skilled worker, chances are good you have other people on your team who also have a lot of knowledge and talent. If you can move one of your existing staff members into the position, you won’t lose institutional memory or have to start all over with bringing someone new up to speed. Promoting from within can be the fastest and best way to get the perfect person into a position vacated by one of your most talented workers.
  • Getting help from a staffing service to find a replacement. If you don’t have anyone on your current team that’s a perfect fit, don’t be afraid to turn to staffing professionals. You can explain exactly what you’re looking for in a candidate – using your departing worker as your model – and the staffing service can help you quickly and effectively hire a new person who will fill your previous staffer’s shoes very well.
  • Leveraging your star worker’s talent and knowledge to train your new employee. Most people don’t leave without giving notice. When your staff member tells you they are leaving, take time to learn how and why that staff member does their job so well. You can have someone in your office – ideally the person who will be moving into the position – shadow your current worker. And, ask your departing staff member to provide some tips and advice on how the new person can do just as well in the job as they did.

 SmartTalent can help you find skilled professionals to join your team, so you can find another star if your talented staff members leave. Give our staffing service a call to get help finding a great new hire in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett and surrounding areas.

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Change Careers Without Taking a Pay Cut

November 7th, 2018

If your career is in a rut or you want to branch out into a different field, it can be hard to make the change when you count on your salary to pay the bills. While changing jobs does sometimes result in a pay cut, it doesn’t necessarily have to. In fact, if you follow these tips, you may be able to transition into a new position or industry without experiencing a decline in your take home pay.

  • Leverage your transferable skills. You don’t have to start at the bottom of the corporate ladder when you change careers because you already have job skills that can get you a higher-level position in your new field. Just be sure when you create your resume, focus on the skills that will help you excel in the new industry. For example, if you’ve been a manager before, focus on your leadership skills and you may be able to come in at the management level in your new job.
  • Look for a career on the same level. When you start looking for a new position, don’t focus on entry-level jobs that are likely to have a lower salary. Look for positions on the same career level as your current job you’d be a good fit for. Just be sure to tailor your resume to show off to potential new employers why you’d be right for the position you’re interested in.
  • Tap into your network. Chances are good, you know some people in your chosen field. People you know are more likely to give you a chance when you make a career transition, especially if they’re familiar with your current professional success.

 By taking these steps to transition your career the smart way, hopefully you can move into a new job without experiencing a big cut in pay. Keeping your salary the same when you change careers may be essential to transitioning into a new profession, but don’t give up hope that you can change tracks – just be smart about how you make the shift.

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