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

July 3rd, 2018

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

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

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

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

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Could Your Resume Be Better?

December 7th, 2017

Your resume is one of the key documents that determines if you get hired for a job or not. You need to have the best resume possible to capture the eye of the hiring manager and ensure you are making a positive first impression. A lackluster resume is unlikely to inspire a company to move you on in the application process and you could be missing out on great opportunities if your resume does not stand out from the crowd.

To help improve your resume:

  • Opt for the right resume format: For most job seekers, a chronological format is the best option because it shows off their career succession. But, if you don’t have a long history of past jobs in a relevant field, a skills-based resume could allow you to organize your career successes in a better way to show off all you have done.
  • Streamline the resume copy: You don’t want to force a hiring manager to read pages of information about your past jobs. Streamline the resume to contain the best and clearest examples of your past successes. Make the resume easy to read and show quantifiable proof of your accomplishments, like awards you’ve won or targets you’ve met.
  • Add headers to make the resume easy to read: Make sure your resume contains appropriate headers to direct the hiring manager’s attention to your biggest accomplishments and allow the hiring manager to go directly to the information they are interested in.
  • Include only key information: Your goal is to show why you are right for a job. Including irrelevant information won’t help you accomplish that goal and could cause the hiring manager to miss what is important on your resume. Focus on jobs that are relevant to the position you are applying for and make sure the person looking at your resume can immediately see you have the specific skills the job ad mentioned the company was looking for.
  • Have a recruiter review your resume: Recruiters know the kinds of resumes that impress companies. Draw from the experience of a recruiter to make your resume as impressive as possible.

SmartTalent can help you to create a resume that is sure to wow any hiring manager in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas. To find out more about how our staffing service can help you to write a great resume and land interviews with top companies in your area, give us a call today.

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Hot Job: Purchasing Assistant

May 16th, 2017

Purchasing assistants play a vital role within companies. If you are detail oriented and interested in working in a field where you can shop for a living to help companies better manage their supply chain, production and inventory, a job as a purchasing assistant may be a great option for you.

There are hot jobs available right now for people with experience in purchasing, and SmartTalent can help you land an interview for a great position with a top company… if you have the necessary qualifications to succeed. Working as a purchasing assistant could be a great career move for you if:

  • You have some experience with purchasing. If your background includes at least 6 months of purchasing tasks, such as generating orders for parts and placing those orders, you may be an in-demand candidate companies are looking for.
  • You are detail oriented. A purchasing assistant needs to run reports, keep track of estimated arrival time of orders and input ETAs into the system that tracks purchases. You cannot let any balls drop when a company is counting on you to buy parts and materials, so you need to have a good eye for detail.
  • You can multitask effectively. As a purchasing assistant, you’ll need to determine what needs to be ordered and place many different orders as needed, as well as process parts as they come in. You may have to jump around from task to task, pausing in inputting a purchasing order to create item numbers for newly delivered parts. You need to be able to shift your focus without letting any important jobs go undone because of interruptions.
  • You have good communication skills. You’ll need to answer emails, run reports and coordinate with other departments about purchases. Good communication skills are key to accomplishing these tasks.

If you think you have the talent to be a great purchasing manager, SmartTalent can help you get your foot in the door with top companies looking for someone to handle their purchasing needs. To find out more about top jobs for purchasing managers in Lynnwood and surrounding areas, give us a call.

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Hot Jobs: Order Picker

May 9th, 2017

Successful companies often produce hundreds or even thousands of products every single day, and many big companies also process a substantial number of orders daily.

It is order pickers who do the technical work required to make sure raw materials are where they need to be and make sure every order is correct so customers are not disappointed. Order pickers play a vital role in a company’s supply chain by ensuring the right items are delivered to the right departments or are prepared for shipment to consumers who are waiting for a delivery.

If you have the skills to be a good order picker and are interested in this type of job, the good news is staffing professionals can help you to find order picking work with great companies. There are hot jobs open now for order pickers that SmartTalent can help you to land. Some of the duties you might expect to spend your days fulfilling if you are hired as an order picker include:

  • Reading schedules to determine what must be moved or distributed. Work orders, shipping orders and production schedules all dictate when items are ready to be packaged up and shipped.
  • Opening all types of containers. You’ll be opening crates, boxes and bales along with a variety of other storage and transport vessels.
  • Sorting materials. Items will need to be sorted according to designated sequences that dictate exactly where items go. Missorting could create tremendous problems down the line, so companies may be especially interested in hiring someone with a proven track record of sorting successfully.
  • Delivering materials where they need to go. Order pickers may have to distribute requested materials to assembly lines and production workers. They may need to deliver materials from a receiving area to storage, production or other designated locales. Being able to lift at least 50 pounds and determining where materials go are skills that are in high demand for order pickers.

These are just a few of the daily tasks order pickers do for the companies that employ them. If you are interested in helping companies get their shipment and production processes working efficiently by accurately picking orders, SmartTalent can help you find a job with tasks that are the ideal fit for you.

Give our staffing professionals a call today to find out more about hot jobs for order pickers, as well as other open positions across a wide variety of industries in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas.

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Hot Job: National Warehouse Order Fulfillment Associate

April 26th, 2017

Working as an order picker for a national warehouse can be an excellent job with excellent benefits. A staffing service can find out if this hot job is right for you based on your skills and experience.

Working as an order fulfillment associate means you’ll be an integral part of a company’s supply chain management. Your role will be to ensure the right products are selected from the warehouse inventory so customers get the products they’ve chosen. The skills you’ll need include:

  • Attention to detail. When you work as an order fulfillment associate, you need to pick the right products to assemble orders. You’ll need to confirm the product that was picked matches the order perfectly and scan out the inventory and update the system. There is no room for mistakes that will result in inventory control problems and cause customer disappointment if the wrong order is delivered.
  • The ability to use pallet jackets. Order pickers in a large warehouse environment need to be able to use several types of pallet jacks to move inventory. You should be familiar with electric, rider and manual pallet jacks so you can complete the necessary work tasks.
  • A strong work ethic. Your productivity impacts the efficiency of a company’s supply chain management when you work as an order fulfillment associate for a national warehouse. You’ll be working independently for many of the key tasks you perform, and it is up to you to ensure you are working as efficiently as you can to get the job done.

If you believe you have the skills and background to be an effective order fulfillment associate, there are jobs available right now that a staffing service can help you interview for.

Jobs in this field can lead to full-time union work with competitive pay and good benefits, so you could embark on an exciting career if you take advantage of available opportunities. Reach out to SmartTalent to find out if you’d be a good fit for an order picker and let our staffing professionals help you to find the perfect job that will be the right next step in your professional life.

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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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How to Successfully Incorporate Keywords Into Your Resume

March 21st, 2017

As our staffing professionals have explained, adding keywords to your resume can help you capture the attention of employers and make it easier to show off why you are a great candidate. In 2015, we gave you a list of resume keywords to include, and to leave off, your resume.

The hiring market has changed a bit since 2015, and the traits that are most in-demand for employers have evolved. To make sure your resume still incorporates keywords in an effective way, consider top resume keywords NOT to use, which include:

  • Aptitude for
  • Business-savvy
  • Dynamic
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Innovative

You want to avoid these terms, and any similar terms that don’t add any meaning and are empty buzzwords that won’t add value to your resume.

Of course, the use of resume keywords is still a good idea if you want to show off all you can do and hoping to help your resume stand out from the crowd. There are many keywords you may want to include to show employers you have the traits they are seeking in job candidates. Here is a short sampling of what these keywords may include:

  • Achieved
  • Advised
  • Chaired
  • Coordinated
  • Computed
  • Coached
  • Developed
  • Drafted
  • Independently
  • Optimized
  • Presented
  • Pioneered
  • Proven
  • Quantified

By using these keywords, you make it easier for employers to find you online when they search resume databases. You can also catch the hiring manager’s eye when they skim the resume you submit. Strong action words and the use of positive keywords can convince a hiring manager you are the candidate they want to talk to, which is the first step in finding your dream job.

So, how can I successfully include keywords in my resume?

The inclusion of keywords should be natural – you don’t want to stuff your resume full of buzzwords that may not make logical sense when reading your resume. When selecting your key terms, review the job description and select the key terms included in the description and incorporate these in your application organically. Additionally, include any key phrases that emphasize the work you have achieved and showcase your skills and experience.

SmartTalent can get your resume in front of top employers in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas. Our staffing professionals also offer advice on resume keywords to strengthen your resume. Give us a call today to find out more.

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Hot Job: Production Planner

February 23rd, 2017

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that industrial production planners can make well above median wages and take advantage of career opportunities in a variety of different environments. If you have the skills and ability to work as a production planner, you can earn a good living doing interesting work that allows you to see the fruits of your labor.

Skilled production planners are in demand and there are actually hot jobs in this field that are open right now in Renton, WA. The staffing professionals at SmartTalent can help you to explore opportunities available to skilled production planners who are looking for a job that involves:

  • Coordinating operations to meet production goals: A good production planner must work with every department, from sales to manufacturing to programming to shipping. In consultation with other members of the business organization, a production planner must set goals and must manage workflows to produce the desired products on time and on budget. 
  • Facilitating the manufacturing process: Work as a production manager is rewarding because you can see the tangible results of your labor. Your job is to keep all of the systems running, from human resources to machinery, so the desired amount of goods is produced on time. Those physical goods are produced under your watch are a testament to your success as a production planner. 
  • Playing an integral role in supply chain management: A skilled production planner will make recommendations to management about production planning. Good production planners can develop proposals to allocate money and time so goods are produced to meet demand. They can manage operations to comply with contract terms and protect a company’s brand by delivering high-quality goods on time that exceed customer expectations.

If these job tasks sound desirable and you have the knowledge and experience to be a good production planner, SmartTalent can help you explore the job possibilities that are open to you. There are hot jobs available in Renton right now for skilled production planners, so give our staffing service a call today to find out what positions are available you may be a good fit for.

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