Asking Your Boss About Work From Home Options

December 11th, 2018

Working from home is great. You can cut your commute down to zero, be more available to your family, and potentially even get a lot more done. Plus, you don’t have to buy a bunch of business clothes and you can cook at home, saving money on food.

Unfortunately, not every company allows its employees to work from home. If the business you work for doesn’t already permit you to work out of your house, here are some tips for talking with your boss about work-from-home options:

  • Suggest a trial period: Often, employers are worried about saying yes to a stay-at-home arrangement because they aren’t sure how it will work out and they don’t want to feel locked in once they’ve said yes. You can increase the chances of your employer being open to allowing you to work from home if you suggest trying it out only for a limited time before re-evaluating whether it’s working.
  • Come prepared with a plan: You shouldn’t just ask your employer to work from home. You should paint a picture for your employer of what this would look like. Provide details on how often you want to work from home, how often you’d come back into the office, how you’d handle deliverables, and what meetings you’d need to attend. The easier it is for your employer to visualize a successful work-at-home arrangement, the more likely it is the employer will accede to your request.
  • Show how working-from-home can help the company: Working from home undoubtedly would be good for you, but your employer isn’t going to say yes just because you want them to and think working at home would make your life better. You need to explain what benefits the company would get from allowing you to work at home. If you think you’d be more productive in a quieter environment, for example, you can explain why.

If you’re looking for work-from-home opportunities, or for in-office jobs, SmartTalent can help you to find opportunities in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett, and surrounding areas. Give our staffing service a call today to find out how we can help you to find work you’ll love that you may even be able to do from the comfort of your own home.

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Change Careers Without Taking a Pay Cut

November 7th, 2018

If your career is in a rut or you want to branch out into a different field, it can be hard to make the change when you count on your salary to pay the bills. While changing jobs does sometimes result in a pay cut, it doesn’t necessarily have to. In fact, if you follow these tips, you may be able to transition into a new position or industry without experiencing a decline in your take home pay.

  • Leverage your transferable skills. You don’t have to start at the bottom of the corporate ladder when you change careers because you already have job skills that can get you a higher-level position in your new field. Just be sure when you create your resume, focus on the skills that will help you excel in the new industry. For example, if you’ve been a manager before, focus on your leadership skills and you may be able to come in at the management level in your new job.
  • Look for a career on the same level. When you start looking for a new position, don’t focus on entry-level jobs that are likely to have a lower salary. Look for positions on the same career level as your current job you’d be a good fit for. Just be sure to tailor your resume to show off to potential new employers why you’d be right for the position you’re interested in.
  • Tap into your network. Chances are good, you know some people in your chosen field. People you know are more likely to give you a chance when you make a career transition, especially if they’re familiar with your current professional success.

 By taking these steps to transition your career the smart way, hopefully you can move into a new job without experiencing a big cut in pay. Keeping your salary the same when you change careers may be essential to transitioning into a new profession, but don’t give up hope that you can change tracks – just be smart about how you make the shift.

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Is Your Hiring Process Scaring Candidates Away?

September 6th, 2018

Hiring candidates is one of the most important things companies do, because the success of your business depends upon you having the right people on your team. When you go through the process of finding skilled workers, there’s nothing more frustrating than having qualified candidates turn down your offers or not complete the application process. Unfortunately, some companies find this happening to them far too often.

If many promising candidates don’t make it through your hiring process, there’s a good chance you’re doing something to scare away skilled candidates. Mistakes you could be making include:

  • Making the application process too complicated. Candidates who have in-demand skills will not be willing to jump through a lot of hoops just to be considered for a job. If your application requires lengthy answers or if you impose too many burdensome requirements on candidates, most people either won’t apply or will just give up during the process.
  • Failing to communicate with candidates throughout the process. Job seekers want to find a job quickly, so they don’t have a long period of unemployment. While they might be willing to wait a bit if you keep in regular contact to see if you make an offer, if you fall silent, they’re likely to think you’ve rejected them and will move on to considering other opportunities. If you want candidates to stay interested in the position you are offering, keep them in the loop as to where you are in the hiring process.
  • Taking too long to extend an offer to qualified candidates. Because people don’t want to be unemployed, skilled professionals aren’t likely to wait around for months while your company tries to decide – especially if they get another offer in the meantime. You don’t want your competitors to capture all the talent just because you take too long to ask someone to join your team.

One of the best ways to avoid problems in the hiring process is to work with a staffing service that can make recruiting easy. SmartTalent can help you find skilled staff members in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett and surrounding areas. Just give us a call today to learn how we can help you get qualified candidates to join your team.

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Why You’re Not Hearing Back After an Application

August 21st, 2018

There is nothing more frustrating than applying for jobs and failing to hear back from companies you are interested in working for. Unfortunately, this is a routine part of searching for work and it happens to everyone.

Failing to get responses is not normal; however, there may be specific reasons why companies aren’t reaching out to you after you submit your information. Some of the key reasons you may not be hearing back include:

  • You’re applying for companies that you aren’t a great fit for. If you are sending resumes for jobs you are clearly lacking the hard skills for, you are just wasting your own time and the employer’s time. It is unlikely an employer will get back to you at all – even to formally reject your application – if you’ve applied for a job without meeting the basic criteria that was listed in the job ad.
  • You aren’t customizing your application materials. If you send off a generic resume and cover letter that don’t address the specific job you’re applying for, employers are not going to be impressed with your lack of effort. They’re not likely to waste their time replying to your application when they know that you did not spend any time getting that application ready before you submitted it.
  • There are errors in your contact information. Surprisingly, some people will send out resumes and cover letters that have old phone numbers and other contact information that is no longer valid. If this is the case, companies may be trying to contact you in response to the application that you submitted but may simply be unable to get ahold of you. They’re unlikely to try to track you down if you do not respond to the first call or email they send about the job.

If you’ve gotten frustrated with applying for jobs and never getting a callback, it’s a good idea to jump start your job search efforts by working with SmartTalent. Our skilled staffing service can provide you with help landing the job of your dreams, so give us a call today to learn more about the assistance we can offer.

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Safety Success Starts With You

July 5th, 2018

Maintaining a safe work site is essential for companies. If your workers experience injuries, this is not only devastating because a valued employee has been hurt, it can also have major financial and legal consequences.

On-the-job injuries could trigger an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and could potentially result in fines. Injured workers could also make workers’ compensation claims, causing workers’ comp premiums to rise. Productivity and morale could also be hurt if staff members are harmed.

You want to ensure your company does everything it can to minimize the risk of a worker getting hurt – and the good news is, safety success starts with you. Here’s what that means:

  • Employers and managers should model best practices for safety. A safety culture starts at the top as staff members will model the behaviors exhibited by managers and executives. Everyone in the organization needs to follow safety protocols at all times, and managers should make it clear that safety is always the priority.
  • You want to build a culture of safety into your organization. Building a culture of safety means addressing safety issues at every opportunity. When planning for projects, make risk assessments and risk mitigation an integral part of the plan. Include safety issues in employee performance reviews, and make sure you’re always reinforcing that caution is key when it comes to doing dangerous work.
  • You should provide training and tools to enhance safety. It’s imperative to train new and existing workers on risk mitigation and provide staff members with the tools they need to stay safe. Safety issues should be built into routine training, and you should make sure equipment is provided that is up-to-date and staff members know how to use effectively.

It is also important to hire workers who take workplace safety seriously and follow the training and example your managers provide. SmartTalent can help you find skilled workers in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett and surrounding areas that make safety a priority. To find out more about the assistance we can offer your organization, 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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Why Transparency Matters

June 26th, 2018

When you’re running a business, one of the key things that you should focus on is transparency. Letting workers into the decision-making process and ensuring they understand what’s going on at your organization is beneficial for several reasons. Transparency is essential to keeping your workforce active and engaged because:

  • Staff members will better understand your goals. If you want every member of your team working towards the same goals, those team members need to know what your business goals are. The more information you can provide about business objectives, the more likely it is that employees will meet their targets and enhance productivity to help achieve those goals.
  • Employees will feel like they’re a part of something bigger than themselves. Most workers want to feel like their job has meaning. If they know only about their own role within the organization and not how they fit into the big picture, this can be frustrating and sap motivation. By letting employees in on big projects, future expansion opportunities or even just what other departments are doing, those who work for you will feel more like they are working on a team to help you accomplish these objectives, rather than just doing a job.
  • Workers will understand how they fit in with the organization. The more employees know about business operations, the easier it is for them to find ways they can add value. If employees aren’t sure what your objectives are, don’t understand the point of processes or are otherwise kept in the dark about business operations, you could be missing out on a chance for those employees to develop innovative approaches to enhance productivity that your company may not have thought off.
  • You’ll reduce turnover. People who don’t understand how they can advance or who don’t know why changes are being made are likely to become disillusioned and start looking for opportunities elsewhere.

Developing a transparent culture at your company works effectively only if your staff members are up to the challenge of absorbing and processing the information you provide in a responsible way. SmartTalent can help you find skilled employees who will thrive in a transparent environment. Contact our staffing professionals today to learn how we can help you to build a great team in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas.

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How Much is Employee Turnover Costing Your Company?

September 24th, 2015

SmartTalent - How Much is Employee Turnover Costing Your CompanyEmployee turnover affects every single company out there, some more than others, and it is a problem that must be dealt with properly. Even if you don’t think it is happening, employee turnover is present simply because people come and go. Seasonal businesses deal with this issue on a regular basis, but they expect it to happen every season as their employees move to better jobs or return to school.

Remaining Staff is Overworked

Remaining staff will be assigned the projects of employees who have left your company, which ultimately leads to them being overworked. Not only do they have to complete projects they were already assigned, now they have to take care of extra work too. When this happens, your remaining employees might need to work overtime hours to complete the extra work. This will cost your company thousands of dollars in overtime if you pay on an hourly basis and not a salary basis.

Reduction in Productivity

This is unavoidable since at least one productive employee has left your ranks. Because productivity has dropped, your company will see an impact in profits. The less productive your company is, the less profitable it will be as customers/clients will know their work might not be completed in a timely manner.

Training

Each time an employee leaves your company, you will need to spend time and money on training new hires. Employees new to your company will need to be shown the ropes and how to perform the job at an effective level. This means that someone in your company will be responsible for training the new employee.

Interviews

Someone at the company must take time out of their day to interview job candidates, which means they will not be able to focus on their regular duties. This leads to lowered productivity, which leads to lowered profits. Once the interviews are complete, you will need to spend time conferring with management and others as to which candidate is the best for the open job.

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Email Etiquette When Applying for a Temporary Job

September 17th, 2015

SmartTalent- Email EtiquetteIt is common these days for companies to use the Internet when it comes to finding new employees. Human resource and hiring managers post open jobs online, encourage job seekers to submit applications online, and utilize social media to attract top talent. Because of this, you must know the etiquette associated with using email when applying for a temporary job.

Be Mindful of Your Tone

All emails should be respectful, and you must come across as approachable in them in order to impress the recipient. Make it a point to never be demanding when writing emails regarding temporary jobs. This includes demanding a reply within two weeks or that you receive a personalized reply that someone has read your email and will contact you soon. When you come across this way in an email to a potential employer, it tells the company that you will likely be demanding on the job.

Keep the Message Short

Short sentences, bullet points and lists should be included in the email, much like writing content for the Web. A couple of sentences should do the trick when writing an email for a temporary job, especially if you have attached a cover letter expressing your interest in the position. Keep the message short, sweet and to the point.

Write a Relevant Subject Line

The subject should simply state the name of the job or anything you were directed to write per the job description. If you are sending the email to a department address, put “Attention To” in the subject line with the person’s name who will review the email. Writing an email with a missing subject is a major no-no, and can be more damaging to your chances of landing the job than writing a misleading subject.

Always Proofread Emails Before Hitting Send

The email is acting as your application, so do not hit the send button until you or someone you trust has proofread it. Emails that contain spelling or grammar mistakes will typically be sent to an HR manager’s trash without a second thought. Mistakes are more common when typing out emails on mobile phones or tablets because they have smaller keyboards than regular computers or laptops.

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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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