What to Do When Your Boss Doesn’t Seem Invested in You

January 18th, 2019


One of the most important aspects of your job is your supervision. Great leaders make time for their workers, provide detailed feedback, and show appreciation. It’s essential for you to feel recognized in the workplace because overlooked staff members typically experience low morale and decreased performance.  If you’re feeling like your boss is not invested in you, consider some small changes to help you feel like you belong.

Make Your Mark

One way to gain respect from your supervisor is to stand out in a professional manner. Prove your worth by volunteering for assignments or even innovating your own projects when possible. The more initiative you take, the harder it becomes for your boss to overlook you. Don’t hide if you feel like your boss doesn’t see your potential: prove it to them! Contributing to the team’s success will help you feel inspired to stay on and gain appreciation from your colleagues and your supervisor.

Stay in Touch

Keeping your boss in the loop is an essential way to mitigate any doubt your employer may have. If your boss doesn’t seem invested, frequent emails about your progress are a tangible way to measure your productivity. Your boss may be ignoring you because they are concerned you’re not being efficient. Sharing updates is a positive way to connect and keep your boss in the loop. The more you communicate, the less likely it is you’ll make an error.

Have a Conversation

Even if you don’t have an ideal relationship with your supervisor, it’s necessary to sit down and discuss your contribution to the team and your overall success in your position. The best way to understand your supervisor’s motives is to ask. Plan a one-on-one meeting where you can discuss your duties and ideal career trajectory and bring up your impression that the boss isn’t invested in you. Hopefully, a productive talk can ensue where your employer can discuss changes and mitigate your concerns. If not, it’s time to look elsewhere for employment.

If you need a new position, contact SmartTalent! As a top temporary staffing agency, we can help you find the right role immediately if you’ve decided it’s time to move on. Take the guesswork out of the job search by teaming up with our staff today.

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Is Your Onboarding Process Working?

January 16th, 2019


Evaluating your systems should be a way of life, especially at the beginning of the year. Take a good hard look at how you can improve your processes early in 2019. Today we’re focusing on onboarding. But how can you measure where you might be going wrong? One way to know your onboarding process isn’t working? Turnover. If you’re seeing a rapid cycle of employees quitting, it could be your onboarding system.

Be Inspirational

Remember starting your job? There’s always uncertainty. A new position can create several emotions and reactions, from excitement and curiosity to confusion and fear. Remember where you started and encourage new workers to settle into their new positions. Workers that don’t feel welcome or are overwhelmed by an ineffective onboarding process simply won’t stick around.

Assess the Process

What does it look like when your new employee completes preliminary training? Or even walks in the door? Evaluate your onboarding process from start to finish: including the more trivial details. Go through the onboarding procedure yourself, as if you were a new staff member. When you enter the workspace, is it welcoming? Do you have specific staff training new workers, and are they cheerful and well-versed in the procedure? Review what onboarding entails: You shouldn’t be tossing a packet of rules on the table and throwing them right into the deep end.

Check Your Timeframe

Is your onboarding process two days of training? Training shouldn’t be on overview of the bare minimum that a new staff member needs to know. Onboarding is referred to as a “process” for a reason. You should be looking at what your new employee receives within the first day, the first week, and even the first few months of their tenure.

  • Day One: Introductions
  • Week One: Understanding of job expectations and projects
  • First Months: A scheduled one-on-one meeting with you to discuss highlights and challenges within the new role

To learn more about how you can onboard and retain quality staff members, consult the professionals at SmartTalent. As a top Washington temporary staffing firm, we can help you gain access to top-level candidates and help you fill gaps in your team today. Check out our website today to learn more.

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The Importance of a Competitive Offer

November 27th, 2018

When you’re trying to hire a new staff member, it’s imperative you make a competitive offer to the candidate you’ve decided to bring on board. Making a competitive offer will:

  • Help you maximize the chances your offer will be accepted. When you go through the process of interviewing a candidate, it can be a very time-consuming endeavor. The last thing you want is to get to the end of a lengthy interview process and end up with your chosen candidate rejecting an offer, so you have to start all over. By making a competitive offer, you’ll have the best chance the candidate will decide to come aboard.
  • Build your employer brand so you can attract top candidates. If your company develops a reputation as a company that pays fairly, you will have a better chance of other highly skilled workers applying to work for your organization. Some of the most talented people in your industry will want to work for you. If you develop a reputation for low pay, on the other hand, the best and the brightest are unlikely to apply to come and work at your organization.
  • Remain competitive and build a stronger team than others in your industry. Paying a little bit more to bring highly skilled workers on board is a worthwhile investment. You don’t want all the best workers in your industry going to work for your competitors just because your offers are not as competitive. By monitoring what other companies in your industry are paying and making sure your compensation and benefits package is at least as generous, your company will be the one that all the best people want to work for. This is sure to give you a competitive advantage.

Working with a staffing service can also help you find strong candidates that will set your company apart. Contact SmartTalent today to find out how our staffing professionals can help you find skilled workers in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett and surrounding areas.

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Finding the Motivation to Get Back to Work

November 15th, 2018

When you’ve taken some time off from work, it can be hard to get back into the routine of going to a job and performing your best every day. You’ll want to hit the ground running, so you can impress your new employer, which means you need to get yourself motivated. These tips can help:

  • Brush up on your skills. You’ll feel much more motivated about doing your job well if you are confident that you know how to do the work. Being nervous about whether you’ll remember how to perform can zap your motivation, so don’t put yourself in that position. Instead, refresh your memory by studying up on the tasks you’ll be doing and even considering taking a course to learn about anything you may have missed while you were out of the workforce.
  • Get into a routine at work. One of the hardest things about going back to work after a long absence is getting back into the professional mindset. You can transition your focus to your job by developing a new work routine. This routine could focus on a big breakfast or listening to motivational tapes on your commute or doing whatever else you need to help you get back into professional mode.
  • Think about what you love about your job. To help you stay motivated, think about why you wanted to take on this role. Think about the things you most look forward to and about your favorite part of each workday. By concentrating on everything great about your job, you’ll be excited to get up and go to work every morning.

 It helps your motivation when returning to the workforce if you like the work you’re doing and if you work for a company that’s a good fit for you. If you live in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett and surrounding areas, SmartTalent can help you find a great job you’ll be excited to go to every day. Give our staffing professionals a call today to find out more.

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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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Are You Feeling Disconnected?

May 10th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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Asking Questions is Part of the Interview

April 3rd, 2018

When you interview for a job, you already know you need to show off your skills and abilities. Hopefully, you’ve prepared anecdotes that show your talents and demonstrate why you would be a great fit for the open position. You likely also have prepared answers to tough interview questions, so you can impress the hiring manager.

However, there’s another part of the interview that many people forget to prepare for which is just as important: The end of the interview when you’re asked if you have any questions. It’s imperative to be ready to raise intelligent queries to close off an interview on a strong and positive note.  Being prepared with questions is important because:

  • This shows the hiring manager you’ve done your research: A hiring manager wants to know you’ve taken the time to find out about the company and you’re genuinely interested in seeing how you can contribute as a team member. Preparing questions in advance allows you to have thoughtful queries ready that fully demonstrate you’ve done your homework.
  • You have a chance to demonstrate your genuine interest in the position: When you ask intelligent questions, you show the hiring manager you genuinely want to know how the job will work. You show you aren’t just looking for any job that comes your way and this job is one you’re willing to work to earn.
  • You can learn more about whether the company is a good fit for you: The interview isn’t just a chance for the company to evaluate you. You need to know if you’ll be happy there. Preparing questions in advance can help you shed light on the company culture so you can find out if it would be a place you’d enjoy working.

When you land an interview with a company you’re excited to work for, you’ll likely want to do some research beforehand to learn all about the opportunity. This can make it easier to come up with great questions. The good news is, the staffing professionals at SmartTalent can help you find jobs you’re excited about in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas. To find out more about how our staffing service can help you to land your dream job, give us a call today.

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Job Search Strategy: Know What You Want

February 22nd, 2018

When you’re looking for work, you’ll have a much better chance of finding a great career opportunity if you have a job search strategy that works for you. The most effective strategy involves taking the time to consider what you really want in your next position, so you don’t waste time and you maximize the chances of being hired at a job that will allow you to advance your career.

It’s a smart move to focus your job search only on careers that excite you for several reasons, including the following:

  • You can devote more time to applications if you’re selective: If you don’t waste a lot of time filling out applications for jobs you don’t care about, you’ll have more time to do productive job-searching activities. This means you can devote the necessary time to create great, customized application material to submit to companies you want to work for. You have a far better chance of landing your dream job if you send out one personalized resume tailored to a job than if you sent out 20 generic resumes to companies where you might – or might not – be a good fit.
  • You won’t waste effort and energy on going through unnecessary interviews: As time-consuming as it is to submit resumes and other application materials, interviews are an even bigger time-waster if you interview for a job you aren’t interested in. The hours spent attending a pointless interview could have been better used in developing a relevant skill or finding job postings for positions you are more excited about.
  • You won’t get burned out from applying to jobs you don’t really care about: The job search process is inherently stressful. It can be frustrating to spend time filling out applications and attending interviews, and this can lead to burnout. The more you do the tiresome activity, the more burned out you’ll become – so don’t waste your efforts with applications and interviews if you don’t want the job.

If you aren’t sure exactly what you want in a career or what your job search strategy should be, consider working with staffing professionals at SmartTalent. We can help you to identify jobs that will be a great fit for your skills and interests. We help candidates find meaningful work in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas, so give us a call to find out how we can assist you with landing your dream job.

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How to Make Your Application Stand Out

February 20th, 2018

Hiring managers usually take a quick glance at job applications and decide within seconds whether to toss your application or move you on to the next phase. You want to make sure you catch the eye of the hiring manager and come across as a candidate they must call. This means submitting a great application.

But, how exactly can you make sure the application you submit stands out from the crowd? Follow these three key tips:

  • Include key terms and phrases from the job description: Hiring managers want to see right away whether you have the desired skills they are looking for. You should read job ads carefully and make sure your resume mirrors the language and descriptions the job ad specifies the company is looking for. This not only shows the hiring manager you fit their desired criteria, it also illustrates you’ve taken the time to customize your application material.
  • Keep it short and simple: Hiring managers must look through hundreds of resumes, and they do not have a ton of time to devote to each one. If you submit a lengthy resume that’s a long read for the hiring manager, chances are they won’t bother to look closely enough to see your accomplishments. You should make sure a quick glance at your resume allows the hiring manager to immediately see you’d be an asset to the organization, since a quick glance is all your resume may get.
  • Provide objective proof of accomplishments: When a hiring manager looks at your resume, they’re looking for evidence you have a desired skill set. If you can provide clear, quantifiable evidence you have the skills the hiring manager is looking for, you’re more likely to advance in the application process. For example, if you’re looking for a customer service job and you won an award for service at your old job, emphasize this reward as clear proof of your accomplishment.

SmartTalent can help you get your application noticed by top companies in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas. To find out how our staffing service can help you to make sure your application is on the top of the pile for hiring managers at big companies in your area, give us a call today.

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Stop Wasting Time in Your Job Search

January 3rd, 2018

If you’re involved in a job search, it may seem tempting to apply to every open position that comes across your radar – especially if you are eager to get back to work. Unfortunately, if you’re just submitting a bunch of applications without a plan, you are not using your capabilities to their fullest potential, and you could be hurting your job search efforts.

Applying to every job you see, even if you aren’t really interested, is a waste of time for several reasons. You should avoid applying for positions you aren’t truly interested in because:

  • It will save you time in the short term: Applying, preparing a resume and going through the interview process are all very time-consuming endeavors. While it’s worth making the effort to polish up your paperwork and talk to hiring managers for jobs you are interested in, these activities are nothing but time-wasters if you’re spending hours submitting applications and attending interviews for jobs you’d decline if an offer was extended.
  • It will save you time in the long term: If you’ve applied to a company you aren’t really interested in working for, you could find yourself having to cope with calls from the hiring manager. If you go in for an interview at a company you won’t work for, you’ll likely end up with follow-up contacts. The time spent dealing with the hiring manager is time you could be putting to better use.
  • It will allow you to devote more time to opportunities that matter: You have a finite amount of time to devote to your job search. If you waste some of that time applying for a job you don’t want, that leaves you with fewer hours in your day to research positions or to polish up your resume and cover letter to submit to a company you’re excited about.

Avoid wasting time in your job search by working with recruiters who have a great track record of matching candidates with jobs they love. SmartTalent has helped many job seekers find meaningful careers and we can put our experience to work for you if you’re looking for a job in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas. Just give us a call to find out how we can help you.

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