Keeping Your Workers Safe in the Summer Heat

June 13th, 2019


A summer day. It doesn’t have the same threatening demeanor as, say, a buzz saw or a barrel of toxic chemicals. But exposure to heat can cause major health issues: vomiting, cramps, fainting, even death.

Working outside on a summer day seems like an innocuous enough endeavor…even pleasant in many cases. As such, the risk might not be readily apparent. Your workers might not realize the dangers that working in the heat can pose. Or even if they know them in the abstract, they might not understand the full ramifications.

Here are some steps you can take to keep your workers safe when working in the summer heat:

Remind Workers of the Dangers

The first step is to make sure everyone knows the potential health problems associated with heat. Regularly remind employees of the possible symptoms and provide information about how to prevent them.

Provide Plenty of Water

Make sure everyone stays hydrated. Provide water for all employees working in the heat. Also, consider requiring regular mandatory water breaks, where each work is forced to stop and take a drink.

Encourage Proper Clothing

Have dress-code regulations that take the heat into account. Don’t force workers to wear restrictive or multi-layered uniforms when the temperature gets above a certain point.

Ease into Heavier Work

Employees shouldn’t jump right into strenuous work in high temperatures. Instead, they should ease into high-impact labor. Meanwhile, set up a rotation system that allows workers to alternate difficult jobs with less rigorous activity.

Plan for Frequent Breaks

Beyond cycling through the most sweat-inducing chores, workers should be given frequent chances to rest. Build additional breaks into the work plan on hot days. Ideally, you would have an air-conditioned area, or at least someplace shaded, where workers could retire for a quick cool down.

Coworkers Should Monitor Each Other

No one wants to admit they are struggling. Meanwhile, a worker starting to suffer from the early stages of heat exhaustion may not realize the danger they are in.

For those reasons, workers should look out for each other. Encourage employees to watch each other for symptoms, and empower them to intervene as needed to improve the situation.

Have an Emergency Protocol

Be prepared if things take a bad turn. Have the proper medical equipment on hand if an employee suffers from heat stroke. Contact authorities immediately if the situation escalates to the point where medical attention is necessary.

Safety should be a key focus for any business. Competent, conscientious employees make it easier to maintain a safe business environment.

How do you get those kinds of workers? Working with a top-flight recruiting partner, like SmartTalent, brings you the kind of team members you need to maximize your safety profile.

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How to Find a Job in Another State

June 11th, 2019


You probably hear the phrase “moving your career forward” a lot. Usually, the “move” part of that is just a metaphor. But, sometimes reaching your full potential sometimes requires something more literal … like an actual move.

But relocating can be an intimidating process. Not only are you taking on a new job (already a major stressor), but you have all the anxieties related to the physical move.

Here are some tips to make finding (and thriving in) a job in another state:

Find Someone You Know There

Networking plays a role in most job searches. This becomes critical as you look outside your immediate surroundings. Even in the world of easy global communication, your contacts will tend to cluster in a few (or even just one) geographical area.

Being able to have a contact in your intended new home town helps smooth the process. Not only can they help you find a job, along the normal networking ways, but they can help you transition to your new city.

Visit First

Moving to Hawaii may sound ideal. Until you discover you are allergic to the plant life there and break out in hives every time the flowers blossom.

Don’t assume you’ll like a place or you’ll “work out the details later.” Visit a location before you commit to a position. That way, you know if it is worth the commitment of relocating.

Keeping Cost of Living in Mind

You might have a gorgeous house in a swanky suburb of Des Moines. However, the salary that lets you afford that mansion in Iowa won’t buy you much in Manhattan or Silicon Valley. Keep that in mind as you’re weighing your options.

Don’t compare salaries on a dollar-to-dollar basis. Look at what you can buy with the money (there are plenty of online cost-of-living calculators available). A move might come with a nominal raise, but misjudge the costs and you could end up losing spending power in the long run.

Be Honest About Having to Relocate

Eventually, you need to have an honest conversation with your prospective employer about the fact you’ll have to relocate. This can sometimes be a tricky discussion.

Some companies are reluctant to look at candidates who would have to move to take the position. Often, you can use your cover letter to address the issue. However, you may want to wait until you’ve gotten further into the process before bringing it up (no need to throw up red flags too early).

Whenever you decide to bring up the conversation, stay upbeat and don’t show uncertainty. Even if you have some anxieties about making the move, as far as your potential future employer is concerned, you are excited to relocate and would welcome the challenge.

Looking to find the perfect job in a new city? A recruiter is a great way to get started. When you’re stepping outside the area you’re familiar with, a top staffing firm, like SmartTalent, can build a bridge to your dream location.

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Helping Your Employees Set SMART Goals

June 6th, 2019


Business writers never get tired of cute phrases, abbreviations, and pneumonic devices.

From the “KISS” rule to B2B paradigm shifts to The Peter Principle to “pivoting to video,” generations of careers have been made coining and popularizing buzzword-y ways to describe management and recruiting trends. While these often exist as eye roll-inducing advertising for corporate workshops, a few also contain some useful advice.

Which brings us to SMART goals.

The initials stand for “specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-based.” Of course, the letters could have just as easily spelled “MARTS” or “T-RAMS.” But then the business writers wouldn’t have been doing their buzzword-y jobs.

Honestly, though, there’s something fittingly intelligent about the components of the SMART model. Taken together, they describe the kind of goals worth achieving. At the same time, they provide an outline of how to craft a target well-positioned to garner meaningful results.

Helping your employees choose meaningful goals can drive overall growth, both for the company and for them individually. Here’s how the components work:

Specific

Vague goals are more wishes than objectives. You want to be happy. You want to have money for retirement. You want to live a good life. All fine as mission statements, but difficult to craft an action plan around, because they represent such fuzzy concepts.

The more specific a goal, the easier to figure out how to achieve it. Success involves contemplating a detailed action plan and putting it into effect. Making the goal specific forms the first step.

Measurable

It’s easier to work toward a goal when you can quantify that your progress. It also makes it easier to know if, in fact, you have achieved the goal at all.

An objective like “improve sales” represents an essentially meaningless goal. It includes an infinite number of outcomes … pretty much everything that isn’t a sales decline. But something like “improve sales 15%” makes tracking and evaluation more precise.

Achievable

Looking out over the horizon is a great way to appreciate the ocean or take advantage of a mountain hike. It’s not very effective when it comes to goal achievement.

Make sure your employees are setting targets they can reach. You want them to challenge themselves, but unachievable objectives just lead to disappointment and discouragement.

Relevant

Success isn’t just about achieving the goals you set. It’s also about setting the right goals in the first place. The wrong goal is like following your mapping app into a cul-de-sac. You’re still driving around, but you aren’t getting anywhere.

Relevant goals play into a larger mission. The personal goals your employees set should dovetail together to mean a greater success for everyone.

Time-based

Open-ended goals beg for procrastination. They come in the form, “I’ll get that done … someday.” That “someday” keeps hovering just over the horizon, like a desert mirage, getting further away even as you try to walk towards it.

Best to eliminate the “someday” altogether. Replace it with a specific time limit. Not just, “improve sales by 15%,” but “improve sales by 15% before the end of Q2.”

These time constraints allow your employees to measure their progress and build a meaningful work schedule. It also allows you to review how they are doing in moving towards the goal.

Good employees set smart goals (and SMART goals). Then, they go out and achieve them. Finding these top performers becomes easier when you have a strong recruiting partner, like SmartTalent. Our friendly and professional staffing specialists can bring you the workers you need to reach even your loftiest goals.

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Should You Bother With Job Postings That Are Over 30 Days Old?

June 4th, 2019


When you’re out of work and checking the job sites every day, you exhaust the new postings pretty quickly. Eventually, you to start those desperate clicks to the second page and beyond … ads that potentially haven’t been seen by human eyes in weeks. Land of the stale posting.

Are those jobs even open anymore? Are the companies even around? Things move pretty fast in the modern world, so who knows? It leads to the bigger question: Is it worth applying for (supposed) opportunities when the post is more than 30 days old?

Obviously, the newer the posting, the better the chances the position is still open and the recruiting process for that job is ongoing. After all, most ads get their first interest within minutes. And within a few days, most recruiting efforts have already been inundated with applications.

Those old ads might be the result of an oversight by the job website, or the consequence of the company forgetting to pull their ad. Applying in those cases would be a waste of time.

But some positions are hard to fill. Meanwhile, some companies are constantly seeking talent, and leave their postings live in a passive hope that someone great will fall into their laps. You don’t want to pass up a meaningful opportunity just because of the date on the ad.

Check If There’s an Updated Version

Look around for a newer version of the same posting. Copy and paste a key part of the text into Google and see what you get. What you found in the deep archive on one site might just be a remnant of a previous recruiting attempt. There might be a fresh version on another job site.

Go Directly to the Company’s Website

Most companies, even ones that use job sites to propagate their recruitment postings, will also include information about open positions on their own websites. As the company has more direct control here, their site is likely to be more accurate. If the position is still listed, it’s good evidence the firm is still accepting applications.

Contact HR

If you’re still unsure, or just excited about the position, contact the company directly. Most websites will have some way to connect with the company, maybe even a direct line to HR.

You might not receive a reply. If that happens, no harm done. However, you might strike up a correspondence that leads to something worthwhile. Even if the position you found in the ancient ad has been filled, the company might have other jobs that have since become open.

Weigh Risk/Reward

At a certain point: why not?

Lots of job sites have one-click or nearly one-click application processes. With such a low investment of time, there’s not a lot of reason to skip an older posting. The only exception would be if the application process gets complicated or requires you to put in additional effort. At that point, you have to weigh the opportunity versus the likelihood that you’re wasting your time.

Clicking around job sites can be a frustrating and time-consuming endeavor. Ready for a better solution? Time to try a recruiter.

A strong recruiting firm, like SmartTalent, can fast-track your job search. Contact SmartTalent today to learn more.

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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 Can You Stand out in Your Job Search?

June 6th, 2017

You want to make an amazing impression on hiring managers when you are searching for work so you will be considered for the career opportunities. Making a good impression is important from the time of your initial contact – your resume or cover letter – and should continue through the entirety of the recruitment process. At every step, you want to show the hiring manager they’d be missing out on an amazing candidate if they don’t bring you on board.

So, how can you stand out from the crowd, especially in a competitive market? Consider these tips:

  • Tailor your resume and cover letter to the job description. Hiring managers can spot generic resumes and know you aren’t excited enough about the job to customize your resume to the position. Tailoring your resume allows you to show the hiring manager you have the desired skills and you care enough to go the extra mile and update the resume.
  • Provide specific, quantifiable proof of your abilities. You want the reader to be convinced you have the skills you claim. Providing specific evidence of achievement can prompt a hiring manager to reach out to you because they are confident of your abilities. For example, rather than saying you’re a good sales person, detail your specific sales numbers and explain you exceeded your quota. The more specific you can be, the more likely it is a hiring manager will be interested in you.
  • Prepare for common interview questions. If you land an interview based on your resume, you want to excel during this in-person or phone interaction. To do this, practice answering common interview questions and prepare answers in advance to some of the questions you’re most likely to be asked. For example, you should know how to answer a question about common weaknesses or about how you overcome a problem at your past work.
  • Follow up in an appropriate and polite way after each interaction. Once you have contacted a company that is hiring, follow up to find out if your application is moving along in the hiring process. You should also send a thank-you note after an interview, preferably handwritten. Following up shows you are genuinely interested in the job and is good manners.

By taking these steps, you are making the best possible impression on a hiring manager so you can maximize your chances of finding work. You should also consider reaching out to SmartTalent, which is a trusted staffing service that helps job seekers to find work in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas. Our staffing service can help you make connections with top companies so you can maximize your chances of being noticed and hopefully hired.

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Revealing the Truth About Your Employment History

April 6th, 2017

Many companies look at employment history when deciding who to hire. If you have gaps in your resume or you don’t have a lot of professional experience, this could be a problem. You are going to have to tackle the thorny issue head-on if you want to have the best chance of landing and keeping a great job. This means being 100 percent honest at all times about your employment history.

Honesty is vital when it comes to sharing you work record because:

  • You could be fired if an employer finds out you lied. If you exaggerate your work history or make downright false statements, your employer can and often will fire you when the truth comes out.
  • You could find yourself in over your head if you exaggerated experience to get a job. If you are dishonest about your job history, experience, or skills, you could get hired on false pretenses. The problem is, what happens then? If you don’t actually have the background or the skills you claim, you could fail your new employer and forever burn a bridge.
  • You could ruin your reputation in your industry if you are dishonest about what you have done. Many industries are comprised of a relatively small group of professionals who have at least some shared contacts. This means if you lie to one employer, this lie could impact you when you try to apply for other jobs. If and when the deception is revealed, your reputation for dishonesty could follow you for your entire career.

If you have an employment history you are worried about, such as one with gaps in experience, it can be nerve-racking to be honest about your past. The good news is, SmartTalent can help you find employers in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett and surrounding areas who are eager to hire someone with your skills and breadth of knowledge.

Our staffing professionals can connect you with companies that are willing to give you a chance, even if your employment history is not perfect. Give us a call at 585-374-5210 or contact us online to find out more.

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Is Burnout Impacting Your Team’s Success?

August 16th, 2016

Team Success - SmartTalentAvoiding burnout is essential for job safety and to maintain employee morale. When employees get tired of their job tasks or are working too hard, they can become frustrated and lose motivation. This can lead to dangerous outcomes which affect the productivity of workers and the long-term success of your business.

One key part of effectively managing human resources is trying to reduce the chances that workers will get burned out with the work they do. From making sure you have enough staff to avoid overwork to providing opportunities to vary a workday, taking little steps can make a big difference in keeping employees from getting too burned out to work safely and efficiently. Making the effort to avoid burnout is important because it:

  • Creates a safety risk. When employees are overworked or tired of their job, they will often stop paying careful attention to what they are doing. This can increase the risk of workplace accidents significantly. Employees who are burned out and lacking motivation are also more likely to suffer health issues that cause them to be absent from work, thus leaving you shorthanded and creating an even bigger safety issue. 
  • Increases employee turnover. When employees get burned out, they may start looking for work opportunities elsewhere. You could end up losing good people if you don’t do something to stave off the boredom or reduce the stress your staff is under.
  • Decreases productivity and innovation. When employees are tired of their job tasks, they may cut corners or start phoning it in rather than working as hard as they can for your business.

These are just a few reasons you should make the effort to keep your employees engaged and happy, rather than sick and tired of their work tasks. Of course, you need to make sure you have a great staff who can accomplish their jobs and won’t burn out too quickly.

SmartTalent can help you with the hiring process in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lynnwood, Lacey and surrounding areas. Give us a call today to learn more about how our staffing agency can help you.

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Hot Job: Sales Executive

May 24th, 2016

Sales Executive - SmartTalentThe Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that sales managers can earn substantially more money than the national average income per year. The earning potential of a sales executive will vary greatly depending upon the industry, the experience of the job seeker and the qualifications of the particular employee.

While every job as a sales executive is different, compensation structures – which vary depending upon the position – can result in a very healthy salary. The work can also be rewarding, especially if you have good communications skills and you enjoy talking with people.

The good news for sales executives is SmartTalent has open jobs available now for those individuals who are ready to show off their sales and management skills. Before you apply for the job, however, you need to consider if you have the basic qualifications which make you a good candidate and a successful sales executive. To work well as a sales executive, some of the skills you may need include:

  • Strong business skills. As a sales executive, effective multitasking is essential. On a single day, you may have to field phone calls, answer requests for information, and develop a business plan and sales strategy. It is largely up to you how well your sales team is able to meet their target goals, and you should be ready to both lead by example and create sensible policy positions that help your staff do their jobs right. 
  • The ability to effectively present product information. Sales executives need to be great at showing potential customers how a product or a service will work for them and improve their lives. Good sales executives can explore different options for marketing to consumers, including email and telephone campaigns, and target their marketing to the techniques which will be most effective for interested consumers.
  • The ability to close the deal. Sales executives need to make sure they are getting clients to sign on the dotted line and commit to using the product or service. There is no substitute for great communications skills when it comes to making a deal.

If you think you have the skills and experience, get started today on finding your perfect sales executive job. Contact SmartTalent to find out more about hot jobs available now as a sales executive in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lynnwood, Lacy and other nearby locations. We can help qualified sales executives find temporary or full-time jobs that provide great benefits, competitive salaries and lots of room to shine. Learn more now.

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