Why Networking Matters for All Candidates

July 17th, 2018

Many people find their jobs through networking. This is true across all industries. No matter what type of position you are looking for, you’re likely to have a much better chance of getting hired if you come in with a personal recommendation or connection to the hiring manager or the organization.

While networking may seem difficult, your efforts to build professional connections are likely to pay off in helping you advance in your career. The good news is, there are plenty of simple ways to network too. These tips can help:

  • Make use of LinkedIn and online networking. The internet has made networking incredibly easy, and you should take advantage of networking opportunities online. Create an updated LinkedIn profile and connect to people in your industry. Use LinkedIn to show off your successes and join groups to get to know others. You can also use your other social networking sites to see if people in your circle know of any positions you might be a good fit for.
  • Attend job fairs. Attending job fairs is a terrific way to connect with employers hiring people with your skill set. Dress professionally, be prepared with a resume and business cards, and take the time to talk with people who could provide you with exciting new career opportunities.
  • Join online groups to connect with individuals in your industry. Joining professional organizations is another smart way to make connections. You can keep abreast of new developments in your field while getting the chance to build your network and discover opportunities through the grapevine.
  • Work with a professional staffing service. Staffing services have tons of industry connections, and you can tap into their networks by working with a skilled recruiter. Staffing professionals will get to know you and can match you with employers who are hiring people with skills and abilities that match yours.

SmartTalent has connections with a vast number of employers in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett and surrounding areas. You can take advantage of our professional network by working with our staffing service to help you find your next exciting opportunity. To find out more, give us a call today.

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Keep Workers Safe in the Heat

July 12th, 2018

Summer can be a challenging time for workplace safety because many employees must work in extreme weather conditions. Working outdoors in the heat could leave workers vulnerable to life-threatening heat-related injuries, so it is imperative you take safety seriously and have a plan for keeping your staff from harm.

Some of the key ways you can help to keep employees safe from heat-related risks on the job include:

  • Providing training on heat-related illness and signs of heat-stroke. Many people underestimate the dangers of working in hot environments, so you need to make sure your staff is aware of the risks. Training can include not just details on staying hydrated, taking breaks and watching for signs of heat stroke but can also address issues such as what clothes to wear to try to stay cool. You should also provide training on signs of heat stroke so if workers experience them or notice symptoms in others, swift action can be taken.
  • Offering workers the opportunity to take plenty of breaks. When workers are doing their jobs in hot environments, either indoors or out, make sure they have a chance to escape to cool down. Encourage regular breaks in cooler areas and provide a place for workers to get out of the heat. Also, make sure there is ample water available for staff members to stay hydrated and take a drink during break time.
  • Limiting the time employees spend in extreme heat. If you have a mix of projects for staff members to do, try to limit the amount of time that workers spend in the heat. By having team members trade off so each is outside or in hot environments indoors for only limited portions of the day, you reduce the risk of serious heat-related health issues developing.

You need to hire workers who understand the risks that heat presents and who can work proactively to protect themselves and their co-workers. SmartTalent can help you hire skilled staff in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett and surrounding areas. To find out more about how we can help you build a team that takes safety concerns seriously, give us a call today.

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Jumping Back Into the Job Market

July 10th, 2018

Are you re-entering the workforce after being out of it for a while? Returning to work can be stressful and challenging because you need to find an employer who is willing to take a chance on you.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to make sure you’re seen as a top candidate ready to excel so you can maximize your chances of getting hired. When jumping back into the job market, you should:

  • Reach out to old contacts. If you have past employers or other industry connections, tap into them when you begin looking to return to the workforce. People who already know your skills may be more open to the idea of hiring you even if you’ve been away from the working world for a while.
  • Update your resume and credentials. It’s imperative your resume shows your most recent work experience and effectively highlights your skills, especially if there are gaps. If you’ve been out of the workforce for a while, it may also be a smart idea to take some steps to show you’ve been keeping up with new developments. For example, you could renew certifications or take a course that you could include on your resume.
  • Be prepared to show off your skills. If you happen to land an interview, you’ll need to be ready to answer questions, so you can show you haven’t gotten rusty. Brush up on industry terms and new developments to make sure you can impress the hiring manager.
  • Use a staffing service for help. Staffing services have industry connections with companies that trust them. If you come in with a recommendation from a recruiter who knows your skills, a business is much more likely to hire you even with an employment gap.
  • Consider temp jobs. If you’re having trouble finding full-time work, consider whether a temp job could open doors for you. Companies will be more willing to take a chance when they’re making a temporary commitment, and you can show off your skills and enhance your resume with recent experience.

SmartTalent can help you return to the workforce and find a great job in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett and surrounding areas. To find out more about how our staffing service can help you get back to work, give us a call today.

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Safety Success Starts With You

July 5th, 2018

Maintaining a safe work site is essential for companies. If your workers experience injuries, this is not only devastating because a valued employee has been hurt, it can also have major financial and legal consequences.

On-the-job injuries could trigger an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and could potentially result in fines. Injured workers could also make workers’ compensation claims, causing workers’ comp premiums to rise. Productivity and morale could also be hurt if staff members are harmed.

You want to ensure your company does everything it can to minimize the risk of a worker getting hurt – and the good news is, safety success starts with you. Here’s what that means:

  • Employers and managers should model best practices for safety. A safety culture starts at the top as staff members will model the behaviors exhibited by managers and executives. Everyone in the organization needs to follow safety protocols at all times, and managers should make it clear that safety is always the priority.
  • You want to build a culture of safety into your organization. Building a culture of safety means addressing safety issues at every opportunity. When planning for projects, make risk assessments and risk mitigation an integral part of the plan. Include safety issues in employee performance reviews, and make sure you’re always reinforcing that caution is key when it comes to doing dangerous work.
  • You should provide training and tools to enhance safety. It’s imperative to train new and existing workers on risk mitigation and provide staff members with the tools they need to stay safe. Safety issues should be built into routine training, and you should make sure equipment is provided that is up-to-date and staff members know how to use effectively.

It is also important to hire workers who take workplace safety seriously and follow the training and example your managers provide. SmartTalent can help you find skilled workers in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett and surrounding areas that make safety a priority. To find out more about the assistance we can offer your organization, give us a call today.

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Should You Hire the Slow-And-Steady Worker or the Speed Demon?

July 3rd, 2018

When your company is looking for its next great hire, you’ll likely come across candidates with different strengths. Some workers, for example, are extremely fast with the work they perform. These workers may be able to get a lot done but may not always have the same attention to detail as their slower counterparts. This can leave many employers wondering whether it’s better to hire the speed demon or whether the slow and steady worker should win in the end.

The reality is, with the ideal candidate, you won’t have to choose. Skilled workers can determine when timeliness is the most important trait and when they’re better off slowing down to get things right. Hiring someone who can successfully balance the best of both work approaches could benefit your company in big ways because:

  • Productivity will be improved. If the candidate you hire knows when it’s important to work as quickly as possible, work will be performed much more efficiently, and productivity will be increased overall.
  • Quality will remain high. Some projects inherently require much more attention to detail to get things right. A worker who understands what type of work requires a slow approach and when working faster is the priority is going to be able to produce the highest-quality work when necessary. You won’t have to compromise on the quality of the finished product just to get a worker who can complete jobs quickly.
  • Your employee will achieve good balance. You don’t want a worker who is slow all the time, as essential tasks may not get done because there aren’t enough hours in the day. At the same time, you don’t want a staff member who rushes through everything. If you can find a worker who can adjust in different situations, you can achieve good balance and end up with an employee who completes a sufficient number of tasks on a timely basis.

SmartTalent can help you find staff members in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett and surrounding areas who are able to effectively balance their workloads and who will work at the right pace for every task. Give us a call today to find out more about how our staffing service can help you hire the right candidate for open positions.

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Why Transparency Matters

June 26th, 2018

When you’re running a business, one of the key things that you should focus on is transparency. Letting workers into the decision-making process and ensuring they understand what’s going on at your organization is beneficial for several reasons. Transparency is essential to keeping your workforce active and engaged because:

  • Staff members will better understand your goals. If you want every member of your team working towards the same goals, those team members need to know what your business goals are. The more information you can provide about business objectives, the more likely it is that employees will meet their targets and enhance productivity to help achieve those goals.
  • Employees will feel like they’re a part of something bigger than themselves. Most workers want to feel like their job has meaning. If they know only about their own role within the organization and not how they fit into the big picture, this can be frustrating and sap motivation. By letting employees in on big projects, future expansion opportunities or even just what other departments are doing, those who work for you will feel more like they are working on a team to help you accomplish these objectives, rather than just doing a job.
  • Workers will understand how they fit in with the organization. The more employees know about business operations, the easier it is for them to find ways they can add value. If employees aren’t sure what your objectives are, don’t understand the point of processes or are otherwise kept in the dark about business operations, you could be missing out on a chance for those employees to develop innovative approaches to enhance productivity that your company may not have thought off.
  • You’ll reduce turnover. People who don’t understand how they can advance or who don’t know why changes are being made are likely to become disillusioned and start looking for opportunities elsewhere.

Developing a transparent culture at your company works effectively only if your staff members are up to the challenge of absorbing and processing the information you provide in a responsible way. SmartTalent can help you find skilled employees who will thrive in a transparent environment. Contact our staffing professionals today 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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Is Your Negativity Holding You Back?

June 21st, 2018

When you’re looking for a job or you do not love your current position, it’s easy to become focused on the negatives. Unfortunately, all this negativity can hurt your career prospects and prevent you from advancing into a better position or finding work you love.

Negativity can hold you back because:

  • You won’t pursue as many opportunities. If you don’t believe in your abilities or aren’t excited about advancing your career, you’re less likely to do things like apply for a great new position that opens, try for a promotion at work, or even push yourself beyond doing the basics of your job. If you never try to do better, you’ll end up stuck in a situation you don’t love when there might be an opportunity just around the corner that would enhance your happiness. Instead of thinking you can’t do something or that you won’t succeed, instead tell yourself that you’re going to try and that there’s at least a chance everything will work out.
  • Your negative attitude will come across to employers. Employers want to have staff members who are happy and excited about the work they are doing. If you’re constantly critical or have a bad attitude, you may impede productivity of the whole team – and your manager is sure to be aware of your negativity. Instead of looking for things you don’t like, problems at your organization, or things that are wrong, focus instead on ways you can improve your work conditions.
  • You’ll dislike your job more. Too many people focus on everything wrong with their job without thinking about the good things. Instead of going home and complaining about your day, try to identify one or two good things that happened and share those with your friends and family. By training yourself to focus on everything that’s good about your work instead of the things that are wrong, you’ll likely become happier at work even if nothing else changes for the better.

Overcoming negativity is easy if you have a job you love that you are passionate about. SmartTalent can help you to find great career opportunities in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett and surrounding areas. To find out more about how our staffing service can help you to excel at work, give us a call today.

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Is Noise Exposure a Concern for Your Workforce?

June 19th, 2018

Noise exposure may seem like a minor issue, but it is one of the leading causes of workplace injuries and it can have profound consequences for staff members. If employees at your workplace are routinely exposed to noise, you’ll need to understand OSHA rules and regulations and follow best practices for handling the situation safely. Here’s what you need to know:

  • OSHA has rules for when sound protection must be provided. OSHA mandates that employers provide protection against noise if sound levels exceed a certain decibel. The specific noise level that will trigger a requirement for an employer to provide protection varies depending upon the octave band sound pressure level, the band frequency in cycles per section, and the equivalent a-weighted sound level. You can reference the table on the OSHA website to find out if your company must provide workers with noise protection. Employers were assessed $1.5 million in penalties last year for not providing noise protection, so be certain you follow the rules.
  • Explore engineering controls. OSHA has identified two types of controls that employers can put in place to protect workers from noise exposure. The first is engineering controls, which involve modifying equipment, getting new equipment or making physical changes to the workforce to reduce the amount of noise a worker is exposed to. Barriers between workers and noise sources or choosing low-noise machinery are two examples of engineering controls.
  • Implement administrative controls. Administrative controls are the other type of control identified by OSHA to reduce or eliminate noise risk for workers. Some examples of administrative controls include scheduling the use of noisy machinery when fewer people are working; limiting how much time each worker spends at noise sources; and putting more distance between employees and the source of unacceptable noise in your workplace.

To protect employees from the dangers of noise exposure, you’ll also need staff members who take safety issues seriously. SmartTalent can help you to hire skilled workers who prioritize the creation of a safe worksite in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett and surrounding areas. Give our staffing professionals a call today to learn more.

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How Will You Impact the Bottom Line If Offered a Job?

June 14th, 2018

When you interview for a job, your goal is to convince the hiring manager you’re the best candidate. Since the ultimate purpose of every employee is to enhance business operations so the company is more profitable, you can increase your chances of being hired by showcasing how you’ll make a positive impact on the organization’s bottom line.

Showing you’ll make a difference to the organization is important because:

  • Companies want to know they’ll get their money’s worth. When you are hired, the business wants to know you’ll bring in enough value to justify the salary you are being paid. To show you’re worth hiring, provide examples to the hiring manager showing your past successes. You can detail how you helped develop new and more efficient processes at your old company; specify awards you won; or provide examples of how you beat sales or production quotas.
  • The hiring manager wants to see how you’ll add value to the team. A business wants to hire someone who isn’t afraid to step outside of their job description and pitch in where necessary to help the business succeed.  Provide details on projects you’ve worked on with others successfully and ways you’ve pushed yourself to go beyond just doing the basics.
  • The business wants to know you’re committed to its success. A company doesn’t want to hire someone who is only there for a paycheck and doesn’t care about helping the business to thrive. You want to showcase how your skills will help the organization accomplish its goals by ensuring the information you provide about your skills and abilities matches what the company is looking for in a candidate.

By showcasing how you will add value to the organization and help the company improve its bottom line, you’ll become an in-demand candidate. Of course, you need to land an interview first to have the best chance of getting hired. SmartTalent can help you find work in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett and surrounding areas, so give us a call today to find out about the assistance we can offer.

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Excel on the Job With This Tip

June 12th, 2018

Everyone wants to succeed at work but figuring out how to do well at your job can be challenging. While every company prioritizes different soft and hard skills when evaluating employee performance, there is one universal tip all workers can follow to excel at work: be present.

Being fully present on the job means not just phoning it in but really focusing on your work and giving your all. Being present can benefit you because:

  • You can focus more on job tasks. When you are fully focused on doing your job, you will be able to give 100 percent of your attention to each task assigned to you. This means you will be less likely to make mistakes and more likely to excel at the tasks that you are completing. The quality of your work should improve, and you can become more productive since you’ll be able to do these job tasks faster.
  • You can show your commitment to helping the company succeed. When you are present and engaged, your passion shows in the way that you interact with co-workers and the way you tackle work tasks. Your manager can discern how enthusiastic and excited you are about your job, so making sure your focus is always 100 percent on your work will ensure you appear as the committed employee you want to be.
  • You will become a more valuable member of the team. Focusing your full attention on your job will allow you to identify additional ways to contribute and new methods to streamline your job tasks. By enhancing productivity and branching out beyond the basics to collaborate and help others, you will become a much more valuable member of the team.

It’s easier to be fully present at work if you love your job. SmartTalent can help you find work you’ll love in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, 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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