Questions to Impress

September 20th, 2018

When you have an interview, you not only must answer questions, you also have the opportunity to ask them. It’s important when you’re given the chance to ask interview questions, you have queries ready to impress the hiring manger.

While it can be hard to know exactly what to ask, some good questions you may wish to consider include:

  • How will you measure the success of the person in this role? This question shows you are interested in learning what the company wants you to contribute if you are hired. It demonstrates you aren’t just focused on what the organization could do to help your career, but your primary goal is to meet or exceed the employer’s expectations. It also helps you determine if you’re well qualified for the job and if you feel you’d be able to excel based on their established ideas of what a successful candidate brings to the table.
  • What are the biggest challenges faced by the person in this role? By asking this question, you can show how you can add value to the organization. If you have skills or abilities that can help you succeed at overcoming these challenges, you can share this with the employer.
  • Why is the position vacant? This can give you insight into their hiring process and help you tailor your answers to other interview questions showing how you can fulfill specific responsibilities.

These are just a few interview questions likely to convince a hiring manager you are serious about being successful in the position. Of course, before you can get the chance to ask smart questions, you need an opportunity to be interviewed for the job of your dreams. SmartTalent can help you to land an interview with great companies hiring in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett and surrounding areas. To find out more about how our firm can help you find work, give us a call today.

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How Can I Ace a Phone Interview?

September 18th, 2018

Today, more companies than ever conduct phone interviews to screen candidates before advancing to in-person interviews. If you are asked to do a phone interview, you’ll need to impress the hiring manager during the call in order to have a chance at landing the job.

This can be easier said than done, but following a few key tips can help you to excel in the phone interview:

  • Create the right environment. When you undergo a phone interview, it’s important to present yourself as a professional. This means you need a quiet place to conduct the interview; somewhere you won’t be distracted. Stay away from pets, children and other sources of household noise and be ready to get in the right mindset to focus on the interview.
  • Research the company before the interview. You want to be as prepared as possible to both ask and answer questions during the phone interview. You should also know what the company is looking for, so you can tailor your answers accordingly and make sure you present yourself as the ideal candidate. To prepare for the interview, take the time to review the job ad and learn as much as you can about the company. Then, be ready to ask informed questions and give answers that show you have the desired skills.
  • Practice answers to common interview questions. During phone interviews, just like in-person interviews, you must be prepared to answer tough questions. For example, you may be asked about your greatest weaknesses or why you’re leaving your current position. Be ready with replies so you won’t struggle with the answers.

These are just a few things you should consider doing to prepare for your phone interview. Of course, you need to land a phone interview in the first place to show off your skills. SmartTalent can get your resume in front of the right people in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett and surrounding areas, so you can get an interview for the job of your dreams. Give our staffing service a call today to find out more.

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Why Communication With Temporary Employees is Critical

September 13th, 2018

If your company has hired temp employees, it’s imperative you communicate with these workers properly from day one. While they may not be sticking around the business long term, they can provide your company with invaluable services during the time they’re employed – provided you give them the tools to succeed.

Communicating regularly and openly with temp workers is critical because:

  • Temp workers need to know your policies on safety. Avoiding workplace injuries should be a top priority for every business, regardless of the field. When you bring on temp workers, it’s imperative you make sure they are well-versed in safety protocols and procedures, so they do not put themselves or other workers at risk. Talking to temp workers about safety and providing adequate training could literally save lives.
  • It’s important temp workers understand your procedures. You want temp workers to complete their tasks properly to your specifications. They can only do that if they know the processes used to accomplish their work tasks. Providing them with this training can get them off on the right foot and can ensure your entire workforce is as productive as possible.
  • Temp workers need to know what is expected of them. Most temp workers want to be an asset to your organization and they hope to succeed in the position they’ve been hired for. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to know how to live up to your company’s expectations if you don’t lay out the metrics for success. Temp workers will be much more productive and likely to meet, or exceed your expectations for doing quality work, if they know what you want from them. Taking a little time to explain how you define success could save you a lot of time later in correcting mistakes and could help to ensure you get high-quality work product.

While communication is key, you also need to make certain the temp workers you bring on board are qualified. SmartTalent can help you to find skilled temp employees in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett and surrounding areas, so give us a call today to learn how we can help your business to hire the best people.

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Reduce the Drama at Work

September 11th, 2018

If you want to succeed at your job, there are several skills you must have. However, one of the most important traits in any career is a strong sense of professionalism. Behaving in a professional way can help you impress your boss and avoid drama at work.

Being a drama-free employee is important because:

  • You’ll get along better with co-workers. No one likes the person in the office who is constantly causing drama, and you don’t want to develop a reputation for being a gossip or causing trouble. Instead, try to be friendly and polite to everyone and steer clear of office politics.
  • You’ll have more time to focus on your work. Becoming involved in a lot of chaos in the office takes time and energy away from your work. This can make you less productive, which means either things slip through the cracks or you end up having to work longer and harder. If you keep your head down, stay drama free and do your work, you’ll get more done and be happier as you do your job tasks.
  • You won’t create headaches for your boss. Employers want to hire and promote people who get their work done and don’t create problems. If you’re involved in office politics, picking fights with your co-workers or otherwise causing conflict, you will be seen as someone who undermines productivity and makes your manager’s job harder. This is not a recipe for career success, to say the least. Instead, be the person your boss can count on to stay above the fray and you’re much more likely to be retained or even promoted to a higher position.

These are just a few reasons why it is important to exhibit professionalism at work at all times. Of course, it’s also important to have co-workers who don’t create drama. To find a workforce where acting like a professional is the norm, reach out to SmartTalent today. Our staffing professionals can help you find a great job in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett and surrounding areas.

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Is Your Hiring Process Scaring Candidates Away?

September 6th, 2018

Hiring candidates is one of the most important things companies do, because the success of your business depends upon you having the right people on your team. When you go through the process of finding skilled workers, there’s nothing more frustrating than having qualified candidates turn down your offers or not complete the application process. Unfortunately, some companies find this happening to them far too often.

If many promising candidates don’t make it through your hiring process, there’s a good chance you’re doing something to scare away skilled candidates. Mistakes you could be making include:

  • Making the application process too complicated. Candidates who have in-demand skills will not be willing to jump through a lot of hoops just to be considered for a job. If your application requires lengthy answers or if you impose too many burdensome requirements on candidates, most people either won’t apply or will just give up during the process.
  • Failing to communicate with candidates throughout the process. Job seekers want to find a job quickly, so they don’t have a long period of unemployment. While they might be willing to wait a bit if you keep in regular contact to see if you make an offer, if you fall silent, they’re likely to think you’ve rejected them and will move on to considering other opportunities. If you want candidates to stay interested in the position you are offering, keep them in the loop as to where you are in the hiring process.
  • Taking too long to extend an offer to qualified candidates. Because people don’t want to be unemployed, skilled professionals aren’t likely to wait around for months while your company tries to decide – especially if they get another offer in the meantime. You don’t want your competitors to capture all the talent just because you take too long to ask someone to join your team.

One of the best ways to avoid problems in the hiring process is to work with a staffing service that can make recruiting easy. SmartTalent can help you find skilled staff members in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett and surrounding areas. Just give us a call today to learn how we can help you get qualified candidates to join your team.

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What’s Holding Your Job Search Back?

September 4th, 2018

Are you looking for work and starting to feel you’ll never be successful? If so, you aren’t alone. Unfortunately, finding a new position can be a challenge even when you do everything right – and can be downright impossible if you make mistakes during the process.

The good news is, it’s easy to avoid common errors that could hold your job search back – if you know what those mistakes are. Some of the top errors that could be affecting your efforts to find work include:

  • Not filling out applications thoroughly. If you do not provide all the information hiring managers are looking for, chances are you won’t get a call back. Failing to complete an application shows you aren’t really interested in the job. It also means the hiring manager has much less information to go on when deciding whether you are the ideal candidate. To avoid this error, carefully consider your answers to any questions you are asked and thoroughly reply to each query on the application with a thoughtful answer that shows why you are the right person for the position.
  • Not customizing your application. Hiring managers can quickly spot generic resumes and cover letters, and they’ll often reject candidates immediately who did not care enough to personalize their application materials to the job description. To make sure you can advance in the hiring process, take the time to draft a cover letter and resume specific to the position that shows you have the skills the company is looking for.
  • Making spelling or grammar mistakes in your application. Your application is your chance to put your very best foot forward. If you make mistakes in the application, chances are good the company won’t be impressed and will be concerned about the sloppy errors you might make in the future.

These are just a few reasons why your job search may not be a successful one. You may also find it difficult to handle the search process on your own. The good news is, you don’t have to. SmartTalent can help job seekers in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett and surrounding areas find the job of their dreams. Just give our staffing service a call today to find out more about the ways in which we can help you to find work.

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How to Learn About Cultural Fit Before Accepting the Job

August 23rd, 2018

If you have been offered a job, you may be excited about the prospect of joining the organization. But, before you accept any position, it is a smart idea to do a little due diligence and make sure the company is really one you want to work for. This includes learning about the company culture.

If you’re not sure where to start researching how a company treats its workforce and what kind of working environment it provides, there are a few key steps that you can take:

  • Review the company’s mission statement. A company’s mission statement should give you a lot of insight into the organization’s core values. Look to see if the company describes itself as innovative and forward thinking, or if it comes across as more traditional and conservative. You can assess the image that the organization hopes to put forth and see if their goals are ones that you would like to help them achieve.
  • Read reviews of the company on employment websites. Today, the internet has made it easier than ever to get inside information about how a company treats employees. You can read unbiased reviews on sites such as Glassdoor and Indeed that give you ample details about pros and cons of working for an organization. These sites can also offer insider information about salaries, promotion opportunities and benefits that the organization provides to staff members.
  • Consider the benefits package the company has offered. Companies that care about staff members usually offer a benefits package for full-time workers that goes beyond just a salary. You may have access to insurance or a 401(k) plan or the company may be willing to invest in professional development. The benefits that a company provides will tell you a lot about whether it’s going to invest in you.

If you want to work for a company with a great culture that fits your personality and working style, it’s often advisable to work with staffing professionals who can get to know you and match you with a business where you would thrive. SmartTalent is here to help you to find work that you’ll do well at, so give our staffing service a call today to get help.

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Why You’re Not Hearing Back After an Application

August 21st, 2018

There is nothing more frustrating than applying for jobs and failing to hear back from companies you are interested in working for. Unfortunately, this is a routine part of searching for work and it happens to everyone.

Failing to get responses is not normal; however, there may be specific reasons why companies aren’t reaching out to you after you submit your information. Some of the key reasons you may not be hearing back include:

  • You’re applying for companies that you aren’t a great fit for. If you are sending resumes for jobs you are clearly lacking the hard skills for, you are just wasting your own time and the employer’s time. It is unlikely an employer will get back to you at all – even to formally reject your application – if you’ve applied for a job without meeting the basic criteria that was listed in the job ad.
  • You aren’t customizing your application materials. If you send off a generic resume and cover letter that don’t address the specific job you’re applying for, employers are not going to be impressed with your lack of effort. They’re not likely to waste their time replying to your application when they know that you did not spend any time getting that application ready before you submitted it.
  • There are errors in your contact information. Surprisingly, some people will send out resumes and cover letters that have old phone numbers and other contact information that is no longer valid. If this is the case, companies may be trying to contact you in response to the application that you submitted but may simply be unable to get ahold of you. They’re unlikely to try to track you down if you do not respond to the first call or email they send about the job.

If you’ve gotten frustrated with applying for jobs and never getting a callback, it’s a good idea to jump start your job search efforts by working with SmartTalent. Our skilled staffing service can provide you with help landing the job of your dreams, so give us a call today to learn more about the assistance we can offer.

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Why Should You Apply to a Company That is Always Hiring?

August 16th, 2018

When you are searching for a job, you may see a company is continually hiring. This can make you wary of applying, as the organization’s constant need for new workers may make it seem as if their turnover levels are very high.

The reality, however, is that not all companies constantly on the lookout for workers are bad places to work with high rates of turnover. There are plenty of great organizations that always need to enlarge their staff and tons of good reasons why companies may be hiring regularly. For example:

  • The company may be growing quickly. The economy is good, and many organizations are experiencing a period of rapid growth and expansion. The fact these companies are scaling up fast and adding to their staff as they do it isn’t a bad sign, but instead indicates that the business is profitable and is likely to provide many future opportunities for you to advance.
  • The organization may always be willing to make room for top talent. Some companies may constantly advertise they are hiring because they want to receive applications from skilled candidates. These companies know that if the right person applies, they can make room on their team and it will be worth the investment because of the knowledge and skill that a great new hire can bring on board.
  • They may be quickly promoting employees from within. Companies that have a strong focus on developing the skills of their staff members may help employees to move quickly up the career ladder. If employees are regularly promoted at an organization, that business will continue to need new staff members for more entry-level roles. This is a great thing for job seekers because they stand a good chance of being hired and promoted themselves if they are talented and committed to success.

If you want to make sure you apply only to great companies during your job search, SmartTalent can help you. Our staffing services matches job seekers with top companies that provide competitive wages, great benefits, and a positive working environment. To find out more about how we can help you, give us a call today.

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Is Your Workforce Using PPE Effectively?

August 14th, 2018

One of the most important things any company should focus on if it wants to be successful is making sure that it is creating a culture of safety. Workplace injuries can be damaging to morale, can drop productivity, and can lead to adverse regulatory action including large fines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. You need to make certain that you aren’t putting your companies or your employees at risk.

A focus on safety includes lots of different components, but the effective use of personal protective equipment (PPE) should be one of those components. To make sure your workforce is using PPE effectively:

  • Understand the OSHA rules and regulations for PPE use for your industry. To reduce the risk of injury and avoid the possibility of an OSHA investigation and fines, it is important to carefully research all the regulations that apply in your workforce. OSHA has established safety standards based on careful study of the risks employees face, and if you comply with those OSHA rules, this goes a long way towards ensuring that your staff members will be safe on the job.
  • Provide adequate training on the use of personal protective equipment. Simply making personal protective equipment available is not sufficient. Your staff also needs to know how to use the equipment you have provided so they can reduce the risk of getting hurt.
  • Make sure you regularly inventory the PPE equipment for workers. Personal protective equipment can become older or damaged and can thus become ineffective at minimizing and mitigating the risk of a workplace injury. Make sure you keep careful tabs on whether the PPE you are providing is still up to par.
  • Monitor workers to ensure their compliance with safety standards. Finally, it’s important for staff members to know that safety is one of the things that their job performance is evaluated on. Too many workers don’t devote enough energy to using PPE because they don’t think they’ll get hurt, so it is up to your company to make sure they’re doing what they’re supposed to in order to stay safe.

SmartTalent can help your company find staff members who are committed to building the safest workplace possible. To find out more about how our staffing professionals can help you, give us a call today.

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