Keeping Your Employees Motivated During the Holidays

December 20th, 2018

The holiday season is a busy time of the year. Unfortunately, it’s also a time when employees frequently become distracted. Your workers may be focused on festivities, eager for a trip to see family, or worried about fulfilling all of their family obligations – and their performance on the job can sometimes suffer because of it.

To help your staff stay motivated throughout the festive season, some of the steps you can take include:

  • Offering incentives for performance: If you want to give staff members strong incentive to work during the holidays, offer incentives to help them concentrate. You could promise an extra holiday bonus if your staff meets certain objectives, or could provide special rewards when specific milestones are met.
  • Providing designated time for celebrations: You want your staff members to form relationships with coworkers and to be happy during the holidays in order to keep motivation strong. Providing time to celebrate together as a team can give staff members something to look forward to, and can also help to boost motivation by making their time at work more enjoyable.
  • Offering flexibility in scheduling: If your staff members are worried about missing their kids’ holiday play or about how they’ll handle their impending visit from family members while finishing up a big project, they aren’t going to be able to concentrate on their work. If you have the opportunity to be flexible about when your staff members get assignments done or come into the office, give your staff a little bit more freedom to fulfill holiday responsibilities on their own time. Your staff not only will concentrate better when they aren’t so worried about balancing family life – but they’ll also be grateful to you for the flexibility, and are much more likely to stay motivated because of it.

SmartTalent can also help you to find temporary staff to help out for the holidays or new full-time staff members who will be excited about their jobs and able to focus even during times of celebration. Just contact our staffing service to find out more about how we can help you find skilled employees in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett, and surrounding areas.

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The Best Way to Answer “Why Should We Hire You?”

December 4th, 2018

Why should we hire you? This is a common question that you can expect to be asked at job interviews.  Of course, you want to make sure that the answer you provide is compelling – but how can you do that? Just follow these tips and you’re sure to impress the hiring manager and maximize your chances of getting an offer:

  • Tailor the answer to the job description: The company is looking for a candidate to accomplish specific tasks and bring certain desired skills to the table. When you’re asked why they should hire you, you want to focus on the particular traits they are looking for. Before you go to the interview, you should review the job ad to remind yourself who the company has described as their ideal candidate.  When you’re asked about why they should hire you, you can provide an answer that mirrors the language from the job ad and shows the employer you have the exact skills they’re seeking.
  • Show how you’ll provide value to the company: The company is looking for someone who will perform well for them. You don’t want to focus on what the job could do for you or why it’s the perfect position to advance your career. You want to demonstrate clearly that the work you perform will make the company more productive and more successful.
  • Provide specific anecdotes, not vague platitudes: It’s easy to talk about how you’re the ideal candidate, but it can be harder to show it. That’s why you want to be prepared in advance with stories of your past successes to show that you’re the person the company is seeking. If the company is looking to hire an administrative professional who can multi-task, come prepared with specific details about how you’ve done well before in juggling your time and getting everything done.

SmartTalent can help you to land an interview in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett, and surrounding areas so you’ll get a chance to excel at the interview and land the job of your dreams. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you in your job search.

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Handling a Slip-Up at a New Job

November 23rd, 2018

Making mistakes at work is always upsetting, especially when you’re new to your job. Unfortunately, errors can happen even when you’re careful and vigilant. If you do slip up at a new job, it’s important you handle the mistake properly. Some of the steps you should take include:

  • Admitting the error right away. There’s a saying that the cover-up is almost always worse than the crime. This applies to mistakes at work too. Your employer will respect you more if you immediately own up to the error and take corrective action. Not only will your employer be less likely to hold the mistake against you if you bring it to their attention, but your employer will also trust you more in the future because they’ll be able to count on you to check your work and speak up if something is wrong.
  • Accepting responsibility. Don’t ever blame others for your error. Admit to your employer you’ve had a slip-up; acknowledge you were to blame; and apologize for making the mistake.
  • Explaining your plans to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Employers will be forgiving of mistakes – especially from a new staff member – if they are confident the problem has been fixed and repeated slip-ups won’t hinder productivity. When you bring the error to your boss’ attention, also come prepared with an explanation of what went wrong and how you’ll be making sure that a similar issue won’t develop in the future. This could mean indicating that you’ll double check your work more carefully, that you’ll ask questions before you submit work, or that you’ll do some studying up so you’re more familiar with the task that you were doing when you made the error.

 SmartTalent can help you to find a job where you’re able to use your talents to succeed so you won’t have to worry too much about making mistakes. Contact our staffing service today to find out how we can help you find work in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett and surrounding areas.

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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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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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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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