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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Four Reasons Why New Hires Fail

August 7th, 2018

When your company brings on new talent, you want your new hires to be successful. Unfortunately, sometimes the people who join your team won’t perform up to expectations or will not stay on the job very long. With either of these outcomes, your organization loses.

The good news is, by understanding why new hires fail, your organization can reduce the chances of something going wrong and maximize the likelihood your new employee will exceed your expectations. Four key reasons new hires may be more likely to fail include:

  • Failing to make your expectations clear. Most people want to succeed at any new job they take on, but they need to know how the company defines success. Be clear about what you expect new employees to accomplish and how you want tasks completed so the person you’ve added to your team can rise to the challenge and give you the finished product you are looking for.
  • Not providing an effective onboarding process. Employees will be much more successful if you can integrate them into an organization. This means you should have a proper onboarding process that includes showing them the ropes, introducing them to team members they’ll need to work with, and providing the insight they need to hit the ground running.
  • Failing to provide new hires with the tools necessary for success. Make certain new hires have the training and tools they need to complete their job tasks. This can mean providing appropriate training on software programs your company uses, project management systems that are in place, or other internal systems that employees will need to take advantage of.
  • Having a poor hiring process. While equipping employees with tools and training can be very helpful to ensure they succeed, it’s also important you bring on staff members who have the capacity to thrive. To do this, you need to ensure your hiring process is designed to carefully vet candidates and find the right person to hire. If your process doesn’t properly identify a candidate with the soft and hard skills you’re looking for who is a good fit with your company culture, you’re just setting up new hires for failure.

SmartTalent can ensure you are only extending offers to people who have the best possible chance of succeeding at your organization. Give us a call to find out about the ways our staffing professionals can help your company hire the best possible who are most likely to excel.

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Word Choice During an Interview

May 17th, 2016

SmartTaolent - Word Choice During an InterviewWhen you are involved in a job search and you get an interview for a position, you want to ensure that you make the most favorable impression possible. Interviewing can be stressful, but you want to always put your best foot forward and show the hiring manager why you are the most qualified candidate.

As you answer questions and provide information during the interview process, it is important to remember the words you use matter. Think carefully about your word choice to avoid causing offense and costing yourself the job. For example, you should:

  • Use professional language and industry terms. If the job you are interviewing for requires any technical knowledge, hiring managers are going to expect you to know the jargon.  If you’re just getting into the industry or you haven’t worked in a while, study the essential vocabulary before your interview so you can understand and use words that are relevant to the industry.
  • Stay away from slang. Avoid slang terms during your interview process, as well as in any written communications. Whether you are talking to the interviewer, sending an email or even sending a text, stay away from casual language and keep things professional.
  • Never swear. Avoid using swear words or profane language which could cause offense. 
  • Avoid negative words. If you’re asked about your past jobs, your weaknesses, or any other questions which could have an unpleasant answer, don’t say anything negative. Instead, provide the most positive and upbeat answers you can to portray yourself in the most favorable light possible.

Excelling in an interview is one of the key steps to getting a great job – but you need to get the interview first. A staffing service can help you land interviews at top companies in your area that have open positions you would be a good fit for. SmartTalent offers assistance to job seekers in Kirkland, Lynnwood, Renton, and surrounding areas. Contact us today to learn how we can help you.

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What Makes an Employee Successful?

May 12th, 2016

SmartTalent - Successful EmployeeYour business wants to hire employees who will be successful and help your company thrive. This is easier said than done. In order to hire qualified staff members who will be assets to your organization, you need to define the skills and abilities which will ensure success. To do this, know what your goals are for the position, identify what type of person you want to fill it, and craft a great job description that attracts the kind of job candidates you are looking for.

To help you identify the right skills and write great job descriptions your company should:

  • Consider both soft and hard skills. Open jobs with your company may require hard skills, including technical knowledge. Include a list of these skills in any job description, along with details about necessary certifications or experience. However, you’ll also want soft skills – like teamwork, leadership and communication skills ­– that are also necessary. Think about what a typical day and week will be like for the person holding a particular position and make a list of both soft and hard skills which will be necessary for each job task. 
  • Think about the corporate culture. Knowledge and technical ability are necessary, but not sufficient for an employee to succeed. You also need to find a job candidate who will be a good fit with your existing employees and within the corporate culture you’ve created. Consider your current and past staff. Who has worked out well and what traits did they have? What traits don’t you want your job candidates to have? 
  • Turn to staffing professionals. Staffing professionals are skilled at writing job descriptions that attract the right types of candidates. Provide the essential information on desired skills and let the staffing service craft a job description that will be effective at attracting qualified workers.

A staffing service has extensive experience with placing qualified candidates with companies where they excel. Professionals with staffing experience can help companies to identify skills that are necessary for success and can write detailed job descriptions highlighting the essential skills.

SmartTalent has provided this service to clients in Kirkland, Lynwood, Renton, and surrounding areas, and we can help your business with job descriptions and all other aspects of the hiring process. Contact us today to learn more.

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Interview Questions You Should (Almost) Always Ask

March 8th, 2016

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The interview process is your best chance to determine if a candidate is going to be a good fit for your organization. As you conduct candidate interviews, make sure you are asking the right questions so you get answers that are illuminating and that give you the insight you need to make an informed hiring choice. Working with a staffing agency is usually best to find qualified candidates, but even when you have staffing professionals helping out, the quality of your interviewing process can make a big difference in whether you build a great workforce.

To get some important insight into your potential job applicant, there are a few key interview questions to put on your list. Some of the things you should almost always ask candidates include:

  • What did you like (and dislike) about your past employment? Look for someone who doesn’t have a lot of negative complaints about a past employer, but who is also perceptive enough to know what worked in the job environment and what didn’t. Finding out about what an employee liked in the past also helps you see if a job candidate will be a good fit for your corporate culture.
  • Why do you want this job? The employee should be focused on how he can make a valuable contribution to your organization, rather than solely concerned about what the job can do for him professionally. Look for candidates who provide specifics about why the job would be a good fit, as this shows they have done their research.
  • Where do you see your career in five years?  This question can give you insight into whether the employee will grow with your business and whether the candidate is serious about being on a leadership track.

The interview process can be complicated, but asking these key questions can help you narrow down which candidates are right for your organization. Working with an experienced staffing agency can also help make sure only the most qualified candidates are considered for positions in your organization. SmartTalent is a trusted staffing agency helping employers to find top talent in Fife, Kirkland, Renton, Lynnwood, and surrounding areas.  Contact us now to learn more about how we can help your business.

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Does Your Resume Lack Extensive Work Experience?

January 12th, 2016

SmartTalent - Does Your Resume Lack Extensive Work ExperienceA great resume is the key to your job search, but sometimes it can be hard to create an impressive resume if you don’t have a lot of work experience. When you find yourself in this position, there are a few key things you can do to make yourself more impressive to employers and to increase the chances you’ll get an interview.  Some options include:

  • Volunteering to gain work experience. A volunteer job can give you invaluable experience to put on your resume. You can learn transferable job skills that you highlight when you create your resume, and you can make connections that could help lead to paying work.
  • Create a profile to highlight your skills. In some positions, experience does not matter as much as talent does. If you want to impress employers but don’t have a strong industry background, consider creating a portfolio that shows off your skills and abilities. Portfolios can be created online and emailed to hiring managers so you can have something to show off your potential even if your resume doesn’t fully exhibit all you can do.
  • Explore different resume formats, including a skills-based resume. Many people assume a chronological resume listing their work experience is the only option. The reality is a skills-based resume can be a better choice if you don’t have a long work history. Rather than being organized around where and when you worked, it lists the different skills you bring to the table as well as information about where you’ve acquired the skills and how you’ve demonstrated your talents.
  • Network extensively. When you don’t have a resume that is likely to impress, it is even more important for you to make industry connections. When you make a good impression and are able to show off your skills in person, you develop professional connections who can refer you to companies that may hire you.  When you come in with a personal recommendation, or when you are referred by a staffing service that knows what you can do, employers are more likely to consider you even if you don’t have a long resume.  

Staffing professionals at SmartTalent can help in your job search so you can build your work experience and expand your resume. When we help with your job search, our staffing service will assist you in getting your foot in the door to try for positions you are interested in so you can advance in your career path – even without a lot of past experience. If you’re looking for a job in Kirkland, Renton, or Fife, give us a call or contact us online so we can get started.

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Essential Tips for Acing a Phone Interview

November 10th, 2015

STEVE CARELLPhone interviews are very common for job applicants as hiring managers look to narrow down the talent pool without spending as much time with each potential candidate. If you are asked to do a phone interview as a part of your job search, you want to make sure that you ace the interview so you can move into the next phase of the hiring process and ideally end up with the job of your dreams.

Tips for Acing a Phone Interview

Success on a phone interview means impressing the person at the other end of the line and coming across as competent, capable, and prepared. These three tips will help you to make sure that you present yourself as a candidate the hiring manager definitely wants to move further with:

  • Schedule the phone interview at an opportune time. Try to schedule the phone interview at a time when you are sharpest, if you can. If you tend to excel in the mornings but get tired out in the afternoons, see if you can schedule early.  Whatever time your interview is scheduled for, be sure you can give it 100 percent of your focus, that you have a phone with a reliable connection, and that you are in a quiet place with no noise or distractions.
  • Practice and be prepared to answer some common questions.  You should be prepared to paint a visible picture of your career achievements and to provide some solid answers to some of the things that you are most likely to be asked. Providing overly brief answers or stumbling to come up with replies is not likely to impress your interviewer, but coming back with clear answers that show your skills should get you advanced to the next hiring phase.
  • Learn about the business and brush up on industry knowledge. If the job you are interviewing for requires specialized knowledge or skills, review the basic info you’ll be expected to know. Learning about the company can also help you be more prepared to ask intelligent questions on a phone interview, and it will show the potential employer you are seriously interested in the job.  You can also tailor your answers towards showing that you have skills that will make you a success in the business.

SmartTalent has helped many candidates with their job search and can provide you with assistance finding employment opportunities in Lynwood, Kirkland, Renton, Fife and surrounding areas.  To talk with a top staffing firm in western Washington and get some phone (or in-person) interviews lined up, give us a call today.

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Hot Job: Project Coordinator

October 15th, 2015

SmartTalent - Project CoordinatorProject coordinators fill a support role to project managers. Demand is expected to grow slightly over the next several years – about 6% by 2022. The largest number of opportunities are found in software companies, architecture firms and with companies that fulfill government contracts. Project coordinators typically make between $30,000 and 65,000 per year. Average annual salaries come in around $46,000 for experienced project coordinators.

As a project coordinator, you will:

  • Work closely with project manager
  • Ensure that project tasks adhere to timeline
  • Provide project status reports
  • Maintain project manager’s calendar
  • Identify improvements to processes, documents, tools, reports, etc.
  • Coordinate both internal and client meetings

Project coordinator education requirements:

It’s possible to work your way up with just a high school diploma, but in an increasingly competitive environment, an associate’s or bachelor’s degree can increase your chances of landing the best positions.  A degree makes you more desirable to the best employers, and puts you on a career track that can lead to eventual promotion.

Skills you may need include:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to follow instructions
  • Project management skills
  • Proficiency in typical office software
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to keep up in a fast-paced work environment

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5 Qualities Confident People Display in an Interview

September 15th, 2015

SmartTalent - 5 Qualities Confident People Display in an InterviewJob interviews can be incredibly stressful, even for the most seasoned job market veteran. In order to succeed in a job interview, you must know how to be confident without being cocky or presumptuous.

Take Note of the Opportunities

You might be on a job interview with your current employer because you have applied for a promotion or another type of job within the organization. At some point during the interview, shortcomings and setbacks will be discussed. Use these as opportunities to explain how you have grown during your career and what you will do to avoid those issues in the future.

Sell Yourself Without Sounding Overly Confident

Even though you might feel comfortable talking about your past during a job interview, you need to do so in a manner that shows self-assurance without coming across in a negative way. This can be a very thin line to walk, but it must be done to show the interviewer what you have accomplished. When asked about your most successful moment from your career, talk about it in a manner that shows your worth to the company, but does not come across as bragging.

Listen More Than you Talk

A job interview is supposed to be a conversation with the employer, not an interrogation, but you should still listen more than you talk on your next job interview. The more you listen, the more you will learn. You will also hear answers to questions you might have planned to ask at some point. By listening more than you talk during a job interview, the employer will know you are dedicated to learning as much as possible in your career.

Admit to Mistakes

When the employer asks you of a mistake you made in a previous job, do not hesitate to discuss that mistake. Being open and willing to discuss this mistake will show poise as an employee. It will also show the employer that you have the confidence to admit to a mistake and explain how you fixed said mistake.

Be Appreciative

If the employer compliments you on a strong resume or something else from your career, don’t sidestep the compliment, be gracious about it. You should also show appreciation for being brought in for an interview by thanking the employer in person and with a handwritten thank-you note afterwards.

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Hot Job: CNC Operator

July 30th, 2015

mechanical technician operative of cnc milling cutting machine center at tool workshopLooking for a CNC Operator position? You’re in good company. Top CNC operators have excellent mechanical aptitude and are skilled at operating equipment such as precision grinders, machine tools, lathes and lasers.

As a CNC Operator, you’ll be responsible for producing machine parts by programming, setting up and operating a computer numerical control (CNC) machine, maintaining quality and safety standards, keeping records and maintaining equipment and supplies

To be successful, you must be analytical and good at solving problems. You’ll also need to be comfortable reading blueprints and mechanical drawings.

Typical duties could include:

  • Setting up and operating mills and lathes by entering instructions;
  • Loading feed mechanism by lifting stock into position;
  • Verify settings by measuring positions, first-run part, and sample work pieces;
  • Troubleshooting and making adjustments as needed; and
  • Completing all applicable paperwork.

Employers are looking for candidates with experience doing setup, basic programming and operating machinery, and who are able to:

  • Read work instructions in English and communicate effectively;
  • Work independently and self motivate;
  • Operate a forklift as needed;
  • Maintain clean and safe work area; and
  • Pass criminal background checks and drug tests.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for CNC Operators may drop as much as six percent by 2022, because of technological advances and outsourcing. Some sectors may see continued growth such as the high-paying aerospace industry which can pay as much as $23.33 on average. Most metal and plastics operators earn an average hourly wage of $15-18 per hour.

What’s the Best Way to Get a CNC Operator Job?

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