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Advantages of Using a Staffing Firm

Advantages of Using a Staffing Firm

Job searching often feels isolating and stressful.  You don’t have to go through it alone.  There are plenty of great staffing firms that can help and guide you through the process.  Recent research indicates that companies, recruiters, and job seekers are relying more on staffing firms.  Here are some advantages of leveraging a staffing firm in your next job search.

Knowledge:  Staffing firms have excellent knowledge about current trends in the ever changing job market. They have insight into which companies have the best opportunities for your experience and skill set, and can guide you through the market changes so you are less likely to encounter any challenges or surprises.

Feedback:  One frustration in the job search process is not receiving feedback from your interview.  Feedback, whether positive or negative, is a very important part of determining how well your skills align to a job and indifying the job that’s right for you.  A staffing firm is better positioned to get you the feedback that you are seeking, which can help improve your search now or in the future.

Relationships:  Good staffing firms have solid, long standing relationships with hiring managers.  The staffing firms have insight into a client’s culture, likes and dislikes.   This type of insight is helpful both during your interview and during salary negotiation.

No Cost:  Good staffing firms are free of charge for candidates, because they work at the request of their clients (companies) and are compensated by those companies, not the job seeker.

Don’t go into the trenches alone.  Arm yourself with a great staffing firm.  They can play a crucial role in helping you find your next career!

How to Achieve Phone Interview Success

How to Achieve Phone Interview Success

Telephone interviews are a common first step in the hiring process.  They are often tougher than face to face interviews, because the only tools you have are your voice and your words.  Here are some helpful tips to help you prepare for your phone interview.

Prepare:  Research the role and the company, as well as have print outs of the job specs and your resume in front of you.  The more prepared you are, the more comfortable you will be and that will come across loud and clear to your interviewer. 

Smile: You may not realize it, but if you smile during your phone interview, your interviewer will “hear” it.  Be sure to speak slowly and clearly, use positive language and stay upbeat.

Environment:  Create a comfortable and noise-free environment, eliminate unwanted sounds and distractions and use a landline if possible.

Ask for Next Steps: If a face to face interview is not offered at the end of your phone interview, ask for next steps and contact information.  Find out when you can follow up with your interviewer, and make sure to find out the name, address, email address and phone number of the person who will be your contact.

Send a Thank You Note:  Be sure to follow up with a thank you note.  Reinforce and emphasize why you are the right person for the job, and briefly reiterate your experience and interest in the position. Finish by stating that you appreciate their time and look forward to next steps. - see  A Little Note Can Make A Big Differnce!

Remember, you are selling and marketing yourself with only your voice, and the only way to achieve next steps in the long hiring process is by having a successful phone interview.  Good luck!


How To Handle A Counteroffer

How To Handle A Counteroffer

The day you tell your boss that you’ve accepted another job is stressful.  Providing your boss with your two weeks’ notice is often be a big eye opener, and quite often, catches your boss off guard.  If you are doing well in your job and they value what you bring to your company, they will often offer you more money, a better schedule, or more PTO to entice you to stay.  At that moment, you should think long and hard about why you took the new job.   Is the driver money, location, work schedule, culture, or career growth? 

Accepting a counteroffer has a number of risks:

  • You may be viewed as a flight risk.  If a more attractive offer comes your way in the future, will you threaten to leave again?
  • Your current employer may just be keep you around long enough to find a replacement.
  • You may be viewed as a person whose sole motivation is money.

The best way to avoid a counteroffer is to simply not mention the new salary being offered.  You can politely say that you are not comfortable disclosing details of the new job, including financials.  If a counteroffer is still presented, here are a few ways to handle it without burning any bridges.

  • Graciously and politely thank the person for the generous counteroffer. 
  • Explain the reasons (other than money) why you decided to accept the new position
  • Offer to help with the transition process in order to reduce the impact of you leaving

You and your now former employer should both walk away from this conversation feeling positive.  Remember, it’s a small world, your paths may cross again.  Good luck!                                                        

5 Steps To Interview Success!

5 Steps To Interview Success!

In today’s market, there is a high demand for top talent.  Preparing properly for your job interview will arm you with the confidence required to exceed your interviewer’s expectations.  The following 5 steps will help you prepare and be well positioned for that next career move.

1.       Do your research

Prior to the interview, make sure that you do the proper research.  This includes understanding the requirements of the job description to ensure that you are the best fit for the role, browsing the company’s website, annual reports and any recent media releases.

2.       Bring a list of questions

Interviews are not just one-sided, and your participation is critical.  Make sure to bring with you 3 to 5 thought provoking questions to ask the interviewer to show your interest in the position and the company.  It may be a good idea to write your questions down and practice them with a friend or family member prior to your interview – see Three Interview Questions to Set You Apart

3.       Be early

Punctuality is a critical component to a successful interview.  Often, interviewers have several interviews lined up on the same day.  If you are late, you are not only affecting their schedule, you are giving them an indication that you may be late in the future if you do land the position.  Ideally, you should arrive about 5 to 10 minutes early.

4.       First impression counts

Make a good first impression.  Professional dress attire, a genuine smile, and a firm handshake go a long way.  Introduce yourself in a clear and confident manner.  Remember, you are marketing yourself.

5.       Explain why you are the best fit for the role

Be prepared to explain why your skills and experience make you the best fit for the role amongst your competition.  Show genuine interest in the company and the position.

Good luck, and don’t forget to send a handwritten thank you note - see  A Little Note Can Make A Big Differnce!