Three Benefits of Partnering With a Recruiter in Your Job Search

May 17th, 2018

If you’re involved in a job search, finding the right position can feel like it’s an impossibility. The job search process can be stressful, and you may not know when you’ll see light at the end of the tunnel, which can lead to frustration.

The good news is, you don’t have to handle the job search process on your own. In fact, you can get help from a recruiter to make your search easier and maximize the chances you’ll find a great new position. There are lots of reasons why working with a recruiter makes a lot of sense when seeking a job, including these three major benefits of partnering with a recruiter:

  • You can discover jobs you wouldn’t otherwise know about. There are many companies that exclusively work with recruiters to fill open positions. If you do not work with a recruiter, you’d have no chance to get hired by these great organizations because you would not even know there was an open job to apply for. Gaining access to a broader array of jobs makes it more likely you will find work that is a good fit.
  • Recruiters can tap into their network to help you find an ideal position. Recruiters are trusted by the companies who turn to the recruiters help to hire staff members. That means if a recruiter thinks you’re a good fit for a job, the recruiter’s endorsement can matter and your chances of getting hired might be greater. Recruiters likely have a much larger professional network of people who trust their judgement than you do, so you can tap into the strength of their network to get your resume in front of companies offering wonderful career opportunities.
  • Recruiters can get to know you and find you a job that’s a good fit. It’s hard to know about a company culture just from an online or newspaper job ad. Recruiters get to know you and they know the organizations who are looking for candidates. They can use this knowledge to help place you with a company that not only is looking for people with your skills, but that is also a place where you’d be happy.

If you want to learn how recruiters can help with your job search in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas, contact SmartTalent today. Our skilled recruiters are the staffing professionals you have been looking for to help you land your dream job.

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Help Employees Learn From Workplace Conflict

May 15th, 2018

Workplace conflict is inevitable, and many managers find themselves feeling frustrated and upset when their staff members butt heads. The reality is, workplace conflict can be an opportunity for growth and help your company to become more innovative as resolutions for problems are found.

The key as a manager is to make workplace conflict a good thing by helping your employees to learn from it. Some of the key steps you can take to help employees turn workplace conflict into a growth opportunity include:

  • Coach employees on the types of behaviors that cross the line. While some conflict is good, certain types of behavior cannot be tolerated in a workplace and don’t help you advance company goals. Identify the types of behavior you think are detrimental and address any issues with employees promptly, so workers will know where your red lines are and what they cannot do.
  • Create a company culture where differences are respected. It’s important for staff members to realize that differences can be a good thing and some conflict leads to innovation. Respect for differences starts from the top, so model the behavior you want to see and celebrate diversity of thought in any circumstances you can.
  • Confront the tension head-on. When conflicts arise, don’t let them be swept under the rug or allow bad feelings to fester. Work with the employees in conflict as soon as tempers cool to have an open discussion about the points of contention and the points of consensus. By facilitating a conversation, you can help employees to both find common ground and discover compromises.
  • Ask for solutions. It’s important to empower your staff to identify the root causes of conflict and find ways to make sure everyone is as satisfied as possible by the resolution. Ask the employees in conflict to work with you to find a consensus that makes everyone happy, and the result may be better than anyone imagined it could be.

It’s important you have staff members who can deal with conflict in productive and positive ways. SmartTalent can help you find skilled staff members in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas. Give our staffing service a call today to learn how we can help you build a talented team that turns conflicts into opportunities.

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Are You Feeling Disconnected?

May 10th, 2018

If you are feeling disconnected at work, it may be hard to stay motivated and get your work done. You may find yourself inadvertently making mistakes because of your lost focus, and your disinterest in the job may come across loud and clear to managers.

You don’t want to hurt your career because of your feelings of being disconnected, so it’s important to overcome your slump and find a way to be passionate about your work once again. To help you get back in the groove and get connected again:

  • Talk with your manager. If your feelings of being disconnected come from uncertainty about your workload, problems with co-workers, issues with not having the right tools or other situations at work, your manager needs to know about the problem and help you find solutions. Be prepared to explain what you’re feeling, offer suggestions if you have any and be open to any ideas your manager has about fixing the problem.
  • Focus on what’s good about your job. Often people complain about things that are wrong at their jobs, and they lose sight of all that is good about their work. Try to find three good things each day that you liked at work, and when someone asks how your day was, mention those good things instead of the bad ones. By retraining your brain to focus on the positives, you may find there’s more good than bad at your workplace.
  • Identify your sources of stress and deal with them head-on. If there’s a situation that is making you feel disconnected, such as a co-worker you don’t like or a project that is proving too challenging, identify the big issues you’re facing and brainstorm solutions. If you can find a way to tackle the source of your stress, your entire attitude towards work might improve.

In some cases, your job may not be a good fit for you anymore. If you are working at a position you no longer feel passionate about, consider working with a staffing service to explore new opportunities. SmartTalent can help you to find a great job in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas so can stop feeling so disconnected at work. To find out how our staffing service can help you, give us a call today.

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Help Your Temporary Employees Be Productive from Day One

May 8th, 2018

When you bring temporary employees on board at your organization, you want to get the most value from these human resources – especially if they will only be working at your company a short time. To ensure temporary employees are fulfilling their roles and adding value to your organization, there are a few techniques you can use to help temp workers be productive from day one:

  • Ensure you have a good onboarding process. While it may be tempting to skip the formal onboarding process for workers who aren’t going to be with your organization long term, this type of corner cutting will only impede productivity. New staff members, even if they’re only temporary, need to understand how your organization works and their role within it. An onboarding process allows for this essential information to be imparted.
  • Review your training protocols. It’s important your training process and protocols give temp employees the information they need to succeed in the job. If temp employees don’t know what to do, it’s time to refine your training.
  • Establish open communication. You want temp employees to feel comfortable asking questions and knowing who to go to if they need assistance. Make it clear you’re eager to offer advice and assistance and let temp workers know who their allies are when they have questions.
  • Check in regularly. You want to make sure you are monitoring the progress of temp workers, available to offer guidance, and able to step in if there are issues that need to be addressed. By checking in regularly, you can also give temp workers the chance to obtain the information they need from you to do their jobs properly – and you show them they have an ally in the organization so they’re more likely to work harder.

Hiring the right temp workers is essential to ensure you bring people on board who are ready to hit the ground running. SmartTalent can help. Our staffing professionals will work with you to find skilled temp workers in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas. To find out more about the assistance we can provide, give us a call today.

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How to Forge a Connection With Your Manager

May 2nd, 2018

When you’re a new employee, you need to impress your manager so you can make sure your job is secure and set yourself up for more career opportunities in the future. This means making a strong connection with your manager.

While figuring out how to connect with your manager can seem like a daunting endeavor, there are a few simple things you can do to make this essential connection:

  • Communicate openly. To make connections, you need to be able to talk with your manager and your manager needs to feel as if they can share things with you. This means not being afraid to ask questions and make suggestions and responding positively to constructive criticism.
  • Be authentic. If your manager knows you well, that can help you to make a real connection that will strengthen your bonds at work. You don’t want to come across as a sycophant or a robot because your employer will see through your act and won’t think of you as someone honest and genuine.
  • Take advantage of opportunities to socialize. If your company holds regular lunches or social events, it’s important to attend so you can get to know your manager in a more casual setting. Making this type of friendly connection can help to improve your overall relationship so working together will be easier.
  • Avoid oversharing. While you want to be friendly with your manager, your manager isn’t your friend, they’re your boss. This means don’t dish about dating drama, family problems or other intimate details about your life that don’t belong in a professional setting.
  • Show you’re committed to accomplishing your goals. Your manager is far more likely to trust you and connect with you if they are confident you can do your job well. No matter how friendly you are with your manager, you aren’t going to have a job for long if you can’t accomplish your work tasks.

It’s much easier to connect with your boss if you work for a company staffed by caring people where you’re a good fit. SmartTalent can help you to find a great job with a good manager and great co-workers. Our staffing professionals help candidates find work in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas, so give us a call today to find out how we can help you.

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It’s Not Just About the First Impression

April 25th, 2018

Making a great first impression is key to getting hired and putting yourself on the fast track to career success. However, making a great impression on day one is only a small part of what you need to do if you hope to achieve professional success. If you want to truly develop a career that you can be proud of, there are a few key things to keep in mind throughout your work life:

  • Always strive to improve your own skills: When you land a job, it’s easy to become complacent and settle in to doing the same tasks day after day. Unfortunately, this doesn’t set you up for professional advancement if you allow your skills to stagnate. Instead of sticking with the tasks you’re comfortable with, take on new challenges. Ask for new opportunities, attend trainings and keep learning as much as possible throughout your career.
  • Focus on adding value to your organization: Your job doesn’t exist to give you a paycheck – it exists so you can add value to the organization you work for. If you are constantly looking for ways to be more helpful to your employer and advance your company’s goals, you are likely to achieve great professional success.
  • Be prepared to problem solve and innovate: When you’ve been doing the same job for a long time, it’s easy to fall into familiar patterns and stop looking for newer and better ways to accomplish your tasks. If you lose your innovative spirit, it can be hard for you to become more productive and to reach new professional heights. Don’t ever give up on looking for improvements and advances.
  • Set the goal of exceeding expectations: You don’t want to just do the bare minimum at your job. You want to exceed your boss’s expectations and be better than the day before.

It’s easier to advance your career and be passionate about improving if you love your job. The good news is, SmartTalent can help you to find work you are passionate about in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas. To find out more about how our staffing service can help you, give us a call today.

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Your Team Needs These Skills

April 19th, 2018

When you are bringing on new members of your team, you want the candidates you hire have a lot to contribute. Obviously, they need to know how to do the job and must have the essential hard skills necessary to complete work tasks. However, hard skills aren’t the only things you should look for when evaluating job seekers.

There are other essential skills that you should prioritize in candidates, so you can build a strong team that can grow, change and help your company to thrive in a fast-paced global world. Some of the key skills your team members need include:

  • Innovative problem-solving skills: Problems invariably arise at even the best workplace. You need employees who won’t shirk away from solving tough issues but will tackle challenges head-on and look for new and better ways to do things. Finding people who love to innovate and who aren’t afraid to tackle the tough issues will help your company to grow stronger.
  • A diversity of viewpoints: A homogenous team where everyone thinks the same is unlikely to be successful at developing new ideas and finding better ways to work more efficiently. If you build a diverse team of professionals with different backgrounds, skill sets and views on the world, you can foster cooperation, encourage open dialogue and achieve things you haven’t even yet dreamed of at your organization.
  • Teamwork skills: Staff members need to work together to accomplish common aims and to achieve shared purposes. Your team is only as strong as its weakest member, and those who don’t work well with others can drag morale down for the entire organization. Look for people who are passionate about cooperation and who will hold up their obligations to keep the entire team on the right track.

SmartTalent can help you to find skilled professionals with all these essential skills who are looking for jobs right now in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas. To find out more about how our staffing service can help you to hire candidates who will be great additions to your organization, contact our staffing service today.

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How Do You Define Success?

April 17th, 2018

Most people want to achieve success in their careers. However, success does not mean the same thing to every person. To some, success is a big paycheck and a corner office while to others it is loving your job or doing something meaningful.

When you are looking for work, it’s important you have a clear idea of how you define success, so you can share your goals with your recruiter and your recruiter can help you to find a position that will allow you to achieve your objectives. So, how can you define success?

  • Think about what being happy in your work means to you: When you look back on your work life, how do you want to describe it? What types of jobs would make you excited to get up and go to work in the morning? Is it more important for you to have time at home or a make a lot of money? By asking yourself what would make you the happiest, you can get a clear idea of what types of positions to pursue.
  • Focus on people whose lives and careers you admire: Often, it is hard to chart your own course and define what success looks like. The good news is, you don’t have to carve out your own path. You can look towards mentors or people whose careers you admire to find your own way to follow in their footsteps. Having someone to emulate and guide you on your career path can make it much easier for you to determine what success means to you.
  • Reevaluate success as your career advances: Your definition of success does not have to be stagnant. It can develop and change throughout the course of your life as your career and personal goals change. As your life evolves, don’t be afraid to ask yourself again and again what success means and to change course if you are no longer on the path that will get you there.

SmartTalent can help you to find a great job in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas that will allow you to achieve career success. To find out how a skilled recruiter at our staffing service can help with your job search, give us a call today.

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Don’t Overshare During an Interview

April 12th, 2018

The interview process is a chance to sell yourself to a hiring manager and put your best foot forward. You’ll be asked lots of questions during the interview process and being open, honest and transparent is important, so you and the hiring manager can see if you’d really be a good fit for the company. However, while it’s important to share the right details about your talents and abilities, it’s just as essential to know what you should not say during the interview process.

Oversharing can be a big turnoff for a potential employer and may even cost you the job, so here are a few key things that you want to avoid:

  • Don’t give rambling answers with irrelevant information: An interviewer who asks a question wants a detailed answer to that specific query. You don’t want to go off on tangents or share irrelevant details or you’ll make it too hard for the interviewer to get the information they need. Instead, provide direct answers that make it easy for the interviewer to decide whether you have the right skills for the job.
  • Don’t overemphasize problems or struggles: While you may have overcome a bad boss or had other difficulties in your career, a job interview is not the time to share your problems. This could come across as complaining or being negative at a time when you want to emphasize the positive.
  • Avoid sharing personal information: Employers don’t want to know details about your personal or family struggles and sharing this type of information could come across as unprofessional and make your interviewer uncomfortable. Your potential employer doesn’t want to worry you won’t be able to separate your personal and professional lives or you’ll be bringing family drama to work.

By making sure you showcase why you’d be the ideal candidate for the position you’re interviewing for – while avoiding a faux pas that could be a turnoff to the hiring manager, you can maximize your chances of being hired for your dream job.

Of course, to impress an interviewer, you need to land an interview first. The good news is, SmartTalent can help. Our staffing service can provide you with assistance landing interviews with great companies in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas. To find out more about how our firm can help you, give us a call today.

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Battling Constant Tardiness In Your Workforce

April 10th, 2018

Employees are late for work for lots of reasons, and there’s always an excuse. Employees often claim personal problems, forgotten commitments, bad weather or traffic jams as excuses for being late. Unfortunately, if you have chronic tardiness problems, there is probably a bigger issue. Your staff members may not like their jobs very much, they may be burned out or they may simply be unmotivated.

If you find yourself battling with tardiness at work on a regular basis, your organization will need to make some fundamental changes to ensure your staff members are being as productive as they can be. Some of the steps you should take include:

  • Identifying the root cause of the problem: Are you asking staff members to do too much? Are employees not feeling excited about their jobs because managers don’t trust them or give them autonomy to figure out the best way to succeed? Talk to staff members – anonymously if necessary – and ask them to give feedback on what problems they are having at work.
  • Determining if employees have specific issues: If you have one or two employees who are late all the time, the problem may not be your company but may be issues with those workers. If so, talk with them about the tardiness and come up with a solution. If they’re having trouble getting kids to school on time, could you provide flextime, for example, so they could start a half hour later. Ultimately, if you can find a solution to the problem that works best for everyone, you can keep your staff happy while maximizing productivity.
  • Set policies and standards: While being flexible is nice if you can do it, it’s also important for employees to live up to obligations. If your staff is routinely late, this may need to be addressed as a disciplinary issue. You can set guidelines employees must follow and impose consequences if they fail to live up to their obligations.

SmartTalent can help you to find committed, passionate staff members who will show up on time to work and who will do their best for your organization. To find out how our staffing professionals can help you to build a great team in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas, give us a call today.

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