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 Build a Relationship With Your Recruiter

December 27th, 2017

During the job search process, working with a recruiter can maximize your chances of finding a rewarding job at a company where you fit in well. Recruiters have the types of connections necessary to get your name in front of hiring managers looking for people like you – and recruiters also have the talent to know what types of jobs would be good for your skill set.

While working with a recruiter can almost always benefit a job seeker, some candidates get more out of their relationship with their recruiters than other candidates because they take the time to cultivate that relationship. If you want to be one of the candidates who is totally in sync with your recruiter, some of the key ways you can build a strong relationship include the following:

  • Always be honest: Your recruiter needs to know what your skills are and what you’re looking for in your career. If you inflate your skills or fail to provide your recruiter with the truth about what you hope to find in a job, your recruiter is not going to be able to match you with the right companies where you would be a good fit.
  • Provide feedback: The more your recruiter knows about what you’re looking for in your career, the more likely it is your recruiter will be able to help you find the job of your dreams. To help your recruiter get more insight into who you are, provide constructive feedback – both good and bad.
  • Follow advice: Staffing professionals know the ins and outs of helping companies find the right candidates and helping people find the right positions for their skill set. When you work with a recruiter, you’ll get the most out of your relationship by asking questions and listening to the advice your recruiter offered.

If you’re looking to work with great recruiters to help you find jobs in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett and surrounding areas, SmartTalent is the company you can turn to. Our staffing professionals have great relationships with their candidates, and our ability to create strong relationships translates to candidates finding great careers. To find out more about how we can help you land the job you’ve been dreaming of, give our staffing service a call today.

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How to Prepare for Being the New Hire

December 14th, 2017

When you land a new job, you’ll probably be nervous about your first day as the new hire. You want to hit the ground running and impress your boss from day one, but you may be uncertain of exactly what to do when you start at the company.

The good news is, being a great new hire that companies dream of does not have to be hard. You can excel at your new job from your very first day by:

  • Asking questions. It’s important you learn what is expected of you, and the best way to do that is to ask. When you’re given an assignment, provided with training or shown how to use office equipment, think about any uncertainties that could arise and ask questions. Your boss and co-workers will usually be happy to provide you with more information, and you can take careful notes to remember all that you learned.
  • Paying careful attention to company culture. You want to fit in with your co-workers, which means watch for cues about company culture. Pay attention to whether everyone eats lunch together or at their desks, and watch whether your co-workers communicate regularly with an open-door policy or work more independently and schedule formal meetings for collaboration. By paying attention to what others are doing, you can make sure your own workplace behavior is appropriate.
  • Being friendly and approachable to everyone you meet. You want to make a good impression on everyone you meet, from the receptionist to your peers to people in other departments. Say hello to everyone, remember as many names as you can and be sure you are approachable and eager to meet your new co-workers.
  • Always maintaining a professional demeanor. While you want to fit in, you also don’t want to get involved in sharing office gossip or get too personal about your life on day one.  Be friendly, but stay professional as you do it so you don’t risk making a bad first impression.

If you haven’t yet landed a new job where you can show off all your awesome skills as a new hire, SmartTalent can help make it happen. Our staffing service can assist you in finding work in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas. Give us a call to find out more about how we can help you to get a great new position at a company where you can excel.

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