How to Prepare for Being the New Hire

December 14th, 2017

When you land a new job, you’ll probably be nervous about your first day as the new hire. You want to hit the ground running and impress your boss from day one, but you may be uncertain of exactly what to do when you start at the company.

The good news is, being a great new hire that companies dream of does not have to be hard. You can excel at your new job from your very first day by:

  • Asking questions. It’s important you learn what is expected of you, and the best way to do that is to ask. When you’re given an assignment, provided with training or shown how to use office equipment, think about any uncertainties that could arise and ask questions. Your boss and co-workers will usually be happy to provide you with more information, and you can take careful notes to remember all that you learned.
  • Paying careful attention to company culture. You want to fit in with your co-workers, which means watch for cues about company culture. Pay attention to whether everyone eats lunch together or at their desks, and watch whether your co-workers communicate regularly with an open-door policy or work more independently and schedule formal meetings for collaboration. By paying attention to what others are doing, you can make sure your own workplace behavior is appropriate.
  • Being friendly and approachable to everyone you meet. You want to make a good impression on everyone you meet, from the receptionist to your peers to people in other departments. Say hello to everyone, remember as many names as you can and be sure you are approachable and eager to meet your new co-workers.
  • Always maintaining a professional demeanor. While you want to fit in, you also don’t want to get involved in sharing office gossip or get too personal about your life on day one.  Be friendly, but stay professional as you do it so you don’t risk making a bad first impression.

If you haven’t yet landed a new job where you can show off all your awesome skills as a new hire, SmartTalent can help make it happen. Our staffing service can assist you in finding work in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas. Give us a call to find out more about how we can help you to get a great new position at a company where you can excel.

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How to Make an Impression in a Phone Interview

December 12th, 2017

Many companies opt to do phone interviews as a first step before bringing you in, or even do phone interviews instead of in-person interviews. If you are asked to do a phone interview, make sure the hiring manager is impressed by your conversation. There are a few key tips you should keep in mind to make that happen:

  • Set the stage for a successful interview. Make sure your cell phone is fully charged and you will get good reception. Set up the interview at a time when you will be in a good frame of mind and when there will be absolutely no interruptions. Make sure you set up in a quiet place so you can hear interview questions and the person who is interviewing you will be able to hear you without a lot of background noise.
  • Practice interviewing over the phone. A phone interview can make you nervous, so it’s best if you do a few “practice” interviews before you make the important call. Arrange to talk with a friend or family member for a test interview and get feedback on your tone and on the speed of your speech to make sure you’re coming across as professional.
  • Research the company. You want to know about the company and what they are looking for so you’ll be ready to ask questions and be able to anticipate the kinds of questions you will be asked to reply to. You can also prepare answers to common questions you can expect to be asked so you’ll be prepared.
  • Have your resume in front of you. Be able to easily refer to your resume when you are on the call.
  • Dress for success and keep a smile on your face. If you are in your pajamas and frowning when you make the call, this can make you sound less confident and less eager for the position. Dress in professional clothing and put a smile on your face to get in the right mindset.

If you are hoping to land an interview – either by phone or in person – with a company you’d be eager to work for in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas, SmartTalent can help you. To find out more about how our staffing professionals can assist you in landing an interview, give us a call today.

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Could Your Resume Be Better?

December 7th, 2017

Your resume is one of the key documents that determines if you get hired for a job or not. You need to have the best resume possible to capture the eye of the hiring manager and ensure you are making a positive first impression. A lackluster resume is unlikely to inspire a company to move you on in the application process and you could be missing out on great opportunities if your resume does not stand out from the crowd.

To help improve your resume:

  • Opt for the right resume format: For most job seekers, a chronological format is the best option because it shows off their career succession. But, if you don’t have a long history of past jobs in a relevant field, a skills-based resume could allow you to organize your career successes in a better way to show off all you have done.
  • Streamline the resume copy: You don’t want to force a hiring manager to read pages of information about your past jobs. Streamline the resume to contain the best and clearest examples of your past successes. Make the resume easy to read and show quantifiable proof of your accomplishments, like awards you’ve won or targets you’ve met.
  • Add headers to make the resume easy to read: Make sure your resume contains appropriate headers to direct the hiring manager’s attention to your biggest accomplishments and allow the hiring manager to go directly to the information they are interested in.
  • Include only key information: Your goal is to show why you are right for a job. Including irrelevant information won’t help you accomplish that goal and could cause the hiring manager to miss what is important on your resume. Focus on jobs that are relevant to the position you are applying for and make sure the person looking at your resume can immediately see you have the specific skills the job ad mentioned the company was looking for.
  • Have a recruiter review your resume: Recruiters know the kinds of resumes that impress companies. Draw from the experience of a recruiter to make your resume as impressive as possible.

SmartTalent can help you to create a resume that is sure to wow any hiring manager in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas. To find out more about how our staffing service can help you to write a great resume and land interviews with top companies in your area, give us a call today.

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Will a Candidate Be Reliable?

December 5th, 2017

If you are considering hiring a job candidate for a position at your company, one of the key things you should determine is whether the candidate will be reliable or not. You don’t want to hire someone who comes late to work, quits after a brief period or does not get assignments done correctly in a timely manner.

While it can be challenging to tell during the application process whether a candidate is reliable or not, there are a few things to watch for that can give you clues on whether the candidate is someone who can be counted on. To help you determine if a candidate is reliable:

  • Pay attention to whether the candidate shows up on time. If a candidate comes late for an interview, this is a major red flag they may be unreliable once they are hired. After all, if a potential employee does not care enough to arrive on time for an interview, they may care even less once they land a job.
  • Check references. Talk with past employers to find out if the candidate got work done on time, showed up when promised and met or exceeded expectations.
  • Look closely at a candidate’s job history. If a candidate has a history of job hopping, this could be a red flag of reliability problems. Ask for an explanation; however, unless there is a good reason why the candidate has changed jobs so often, cross that candidate off your list.
  • Ask the right interview questions. Some key questions can help you get to the heart of a candidate’s reliability. For example, you can ask the candidate about a time when they had a task unfinished at the end of the workday. See whether the candidate prioritizes tasks to get things done or if they’ll stay late if needed. You can also ask about any difficult decisions they have had to make at work, or inquire about a time when they had a personal issue that pulled them away from work.

If you are looking for a reliable candidate, you can get help from a staffing service to find one. SmartTalent has helped many companies in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas to find candidates who they could count on. To find out more about how our staffing service can assist you with finding trusted staff members, give us a call today.

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Now Is the Time to Find a Job

November 30th, 2017

If you are exploring the possibility of looking for new career opportunities, you should be aware now is the ideal time to find a job. While many people think the holiday season is too busy to look for work, the reality is there are many benefits to hunting for a new career during the holiday season.

Some of the key reasons why the holidays are a great time for a job search include the following:

  • Many full-time staff members go on vacation. Staff members may need to take time off, and you can help by being open to temporary work. If you can use a temp job to get your foot in the door and impress the company, you may land full-time work if there are any open positions or if a job opens in the future. Making connections and building your professional network at companies you want to work for – while also earning a paycheck – is a smart way to spend your holiday season.
  • There is often seasonal demand. Many companies bring on seasonal workers to meet growing demand that occurs during the holidays. Like a temp job, seasonal work can be a effective way to build up your resume, learn new skills, grow your professional network and get your foot in the door at top companies. A business may be more willing to hire you on a seasonal basis than for a full-time position, but that temp work could turn into a full-time job if you make a great impression.
  • Many job seekers pause their searches during the holidays. Since a lot of the candidates competing with you may step away from the job search during the holidays, you will have a better chance of getting your resume noticed. You could be hired and excelling in your new career by the time your fellow job seekers finish up their holiday break.

If you are ready to take advantage of the opportunities the holiday season provides you to land a job, contact SmartTalent today. Our staffing professionals have helped many job seekers in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas land positions at companies where they can excel. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you make your holiday season job search a success.

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Learning From Challenging Co-Workers

November 28th, 2017

Almost every employee has one or two challenging co-workers at the office. If you find your workday filled with peers who frustrate you or you find it difficult to work with, this can be a challenge – but you shouldn’t focus on the downsides.

There are some benefits to having challenging co-workers, including the opportunity to learn from interacting and collaborating with people who may be very different from you.

To help you learn from challenging co-workers:

  • Identify the reasons for negative reactions you may have. Sometimes, people just rub you the wrong way. You cannot control what others do, but you can control your reactions to them. Perhaps a co-worker bothers you because they remind you of a past bad boss or a friend you had a falling out with. Maybe you don’t like their style of communicating or you believe them to be a narcissistic person. Whatever the reason is, if you understand your feelings, you’ll be better able to control that reaction.
  • Focus on the good aspects of each co-worker. Even the worst co-worker usually has at least some redeeming traits – otherwise, your company wouldn’t keep the person on. Instead of thinking about the things you don’t like, consider where their skill set lies and how you can learn from them.
  • Embrace your differences.  If you and your co-worker have a different means of communicating or take a different approach to solving problems, don’t let this upset you. Instead, try to see things from your co-worker’s perspective and look for ways your skill set can complement the talents of your troublesome peer.

One benefit to successfully implementing strategies to deal with challenging co-workers is these strategies can be helpful when you try to land a new position. At your interview, you can explain how you were able to find ways to work with people with all different personality types and can show off all that you learned from finding ways to get along with everyone.

If you’re ready to land an interview where you can show off your excellent teamwork skills, contact SmartTalent today. We have helped many job seekers in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas to land great positions. And who knows, maybe your co-workers won’t be quite so challenging in your next job.

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Hot Job: Industrial Electrician

November 21st, 2017

Industrial electricians need to be ready to step up to the plate and handle a wide variety of different job tasks. From planning to execution, industrial electricians must draw from their pool of knowledge to ensure that electrical systems operate efficiently without problems. Industrial electricians have a wide variety of tasks they’ll need to fulfill during their working days and their careers. This means the job is always a challenge and never boring.

If you are interested in working as an industrial electrician for a company that will appreciate your talents and reward you for your skills, SmartTalent can help you to find hot jobs open now that will provide the work environment you have been looking for.

Some of the key tasks that will make up the core part of your job if you’re hired for one of these competitive open positions include:

  • Installation of electrical equipment: You’ll need to both plan and perform installations of a wide array of electrical equipment and devices. You may be installing everything from circuit breakers to electronic devices to motors, alarms, transformers, machine controls and more.
  • Planning and managing: As an industrial electrician, you’ll be responsible for overseeing the process of planning for the efficient design and installation of electrical systems. You’ll be expected to know how to balance loads, determine the method and sequence of operation and select the right materials for use. You may also be expected to manage more inexperienced electricians or assistants.
  • Troubleshooting and problem solving: If something breaks, you’ll be the one called upon to fix the problem. You’ll need to know how to diagnose and repair or replace parts, and how to identify and solve electrical issues so a timely solution can be found when problems arise.

If these sound like work tasks you’d be good at completing and would be interested in doing as part of your job, reach out to SmartTalent today. Our staffing professionals can help you maximize the chances of being hired as an industrial electrician at one of the competitive open positions currently available with top employers. To find out more about hot jobs open now for industrial electricians, give us a call today.

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Hot Job: Plumbing Technician

November 16th, 2017

Skilled plumbing technicians do important work. If you have training and talent in the plumbing industry, you can spend your career solving and preventing problems, and creating efficient plumbing systems that operate smoothly. You’ll earn a great living, do varied work and get to put your plumbing training to use every day.

As a plumbing technician, you know how important it is to find the right job where you can show off your skills. SmartTalent can help. Our staffing service has hot jobs open now for plumbing professionals and we can match you with family-owned companies where your efforts will be truly appreciated.

If you’re hired for one of the hot jobs open now to plumbing technicians, some of the tasks you can expect to do include:

  • Basic plumbing repairs: As a skilled plumbing technician, you’ll need to be able to handle a wide variety of basic repair tasks. This can range from repairing toilets, faucets and pipes to fixing water heaters.
  • Installations: A big part of your job as a plumbing technician will involve installing new plumbing products or new plumbing systems in residential or commercial spaces. You may need to install different plumbing equipment ranging from toilets and sinks to pipes and fixtures for water, other liquids, gas, steam or air. Part of the installation process may also involve assembly of valves and fittings, modifications of pipes and fixtures and the installation of supports for equipment, pipes and fixtures.
  • Problem solving: Prevention of problems is vital when it comes to plumbing equipment. A key part of your job will involve testing plumbing systems for leaks, troubleshooting to identify issues and writing written reports documenting both the problems you discovered and the corrective actions you took.

These are just a few of the professional skills you’ll get to cultivate when you’re hired at some of the hot jobs currently open for plumbing technicians. SmartTalent can match you with a family-owned company looking for plumbing professionals or can help you to find the plumbing job of your dreams with companies of all sizes. To find out more about how our local staffing service can help you with your search for the perfect plumbing technician job, give us a call today.

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How to Prepare for an Interview

November 14th, 2017

Your interview performance is going to be the key factor that determines if you will earn an offer when applying for a job. Once you have moved forward in the application process to get a chance to show off your skills in the interview, wow the hiring manager so the company will be eager to bring you on board.

Excelling in an interview simply requires that you take the right steps to prepare. The steps you should take include:

  • Researching the company. The more you know about the company, the clearer it will be to the hiring manager you care enough about the job to do your due diligence. When you learn about the company, it will also become clearer how you can add value and why your skills will be a good fit. Use the internet to find out about the company’s mission and operations, and use websites that allow you to get feedback on the company from current employees so you can learn more about the corporate culture.
  • Preparing answers to common interview questions. Be ready to answer some of the more difficult interview questions candidates are commonly faced with, such as questions about your weaknesses and queries about how you solved problems at your past job. You may also be asked why you want to work for the company and why you’re leaving your old position.
  • Practicing with a friend or on video (or both). There are lots of things that can make a difference in an interview, including your body language and the tone and speed of your words. Film yourself doing a practice interview or ask a friend or family member to do a practice interview with you so you can get feedback about how you are coming across. You can then make tweaks as needed to appear more confident and professional.

If you want to land an interview with great companies in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas where you can show off your interview skills, reach out to SmartTalent. Our staffing service can help you get a chance to interview with top companies, so give us a call today.

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How Can Your Team Better Your Safety Record?

November 9th, 2017

One of your goals as an employer should be to focus on improving your company’s safety record.  Making sure your employees stay safe allows you to keep productivity and morale high and to avoid forever changing the lives of your workers. It also helps to ensure your company does not become liable for a workers’ compensation claim or end up with a citation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The good news is there are a few simple things you can do to make your work site a much safer place. You should:

  • Invest in appropriate personal protective gear: You need to make sure that staff members have the equipment they need to stay safe. This will vary by industry, but find out what the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires or recommends for people in your profession. Make sure there is enough equipment, that it is in good working order, and that your employees know how to use it.
  • Provide training to all employees, including temporary workers: Every employee needs to know how to use personal protective equipment. Every worker also needs to know what the biggest risks in the workplace are, how equipment works and how they can reduce hazards.  You should provide training on safety issues to every staff member who walks through the door, even if the training is brief because the worker will only be at the company for a day.
  • Make someone accountable for creating a safe work site and following safety protocols: Safety is everyone’s responsibility, but if you don’t hold someone accountable for making sure safety protocols are met and processes are followed, important safety initiatives may fall by the wayside. Designate a specific person to oversee work site safety so you can ensure there is someone who will take charge and can be held responsible if things go wrong.

You also need to make sure you hire staff members who take safety seriously. SmartTalent can help you to find candidates in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas who care about creating the safest possible work site. Give us a call today to find out more about how we can help you.

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