It may come as a surprise to you as a job seeker, but employers are ready to fight for the industries top talent to make sure they have the professionals they need to grow and succeed as a company. That means they are eager to hire employees just like you. But oftentimes they are having a hard time finding the right person for the job.
Part of the reason behind that is simply the range of technical experience and skills which they are currently looking for. Many jobs require very specific technical experience, and employers tend to default to candidates who have that experience in just the way they expect it to be presented.
Probably the most important thing you can do to address the skills gap is to confront it head-on. That means acknowledging the existence of a possible gap, and planning and communicating how you expect to address the issues within the new position. Employers know that candidates are unlikely to know all the ins and outs of a new job right off the bat. Candidates who refuse to acknowledge the issue of a skills gap are unable to provide the assurances that businesses need when it comes to transitioning new employees into a critical position. Show prospective employers that you understand their position and provide a game plan for reducing that transition time for increased confidence in your abilities.
Beyond that, there are several key job skills that employers are actively looking for that you may already have.
The most in-demand skill for almost any industry is project management. These skills are considered essential to the success of a company. Project management skills include organizational skills, communication skills, and delegation skills to make sure the project gets done on time and on budget. Being able to effectively delegate to make sure the right people are working on the right amounts of a project is a big part of managing your people and your resources. This means being able to trust in other people and their abilities, otherwise, you will only end up micromanaging or simply doing all the work yourself. These skills are naturally earned through working closely with project leads, and even pursuing your own passion projects.
Teams are how companies accomplish their goals effectively. Without the support of a team, no company would not be able to do what they need to do. And team building is a big need from an employer’s perspective. Making sure a team is functional and effective takes work, as is keeping the lines of communication wide open.
Social media has become more and more of a professional tool. It’s particularly relevant from a marketing perspective. Having a solid understanding of the popular social media platforms and how they impact day to day business is a definite bonus for your administrative resume. Corporate social media outreach is often a task assigned to clerical staff when there is a lack of otherwise skilled staff. It is important for admins to understand how best to interact on social media from a corporate perspective. This can include translating long-form content into short-form content for social media, managing editorial calendars, and creating a consistency of message across multiple platforms.
Collaboration software is becoming more and more critical to successful project management today. Programs like Google Drive and Microsoft SharePoint allow people to access and modify content without loss of document control and encouraging remote access to critical information and tools. Admins should understand how these programs are used, and should be able to access information within these databases to provide support for other staff members as needed.
For more tips on what your next career step may be, connect with the US PRO team today.
While many people might see temp work as interim work or something to fill in between permanent jobs, for some people temp work can be a great long-term career choice. Here are some of the perks of temp work for the long haul.
Working temp assignments can offer you the flexibility that some long-term career positions can’t. Temp work allows for employees to focus on interests and commitments outside of the office. Sometimes working in permanent positions can sometimes make people feel pressured to work long hours or on problematic projects. Contract work offers built-in boundaries that can help you pursue hobbies, personal passions, or family commitments.
Temp work can be an extroverts’ dream – or just a great opportunity to network and meet new people, personally and professionally. Having a temp-work career brings you into contact with all kinds of personalities and work styles. This can help you grow your communication skills, build your collaborative ability, and create important and influential relationships.
Working temporary job assignments can expose you to several industries and opportunities that people in permanent positions might miss out on. Temporary work will usually last anywhere from days to months. In that time, most people have the chance to take their skill set and add to it through exposure to technologies, policies, and programs at different businesses. This can help you grow personally and make you a better job candidate for new and interesting assignments.
For some people, working as a temp employee is the opposite of stability. But committing to regular temporary work means there is potentially less at stake for a career when it isn’t attached to the future of one company. Temporary employees feel secure in knowing that they can be matched with more projects and keep working if their current company is downsizing or restructuring.
Working with a staffing agency can help take your existing talents and match them up with temp projects or contract work that can grow your network and your skill set. Our contract job recruiters can help you find the assignments that are the best fit for you. To start a more permanent commitment to temporary work and find a better balance and more flexibility, give us a call today.
As a contractor, it can be very rewarding to pursue and obtain a security clearance. This helps differentiate you from your competition, and many non-government employers find it helpful in gauging whether you are a trustworthy and committed employee. Here are a few tips to help you ensure you have what you need to get cleared.
Traveling outside of the U.S. is good for your broader employment experience and education, but it’s important to have all that information logged somewhere you can refer to as you go through the background searches required for security clearance. Extensive time abroad can, in fact, lengthen the clearance process.
All time spent outside of the US in the last ten years must be reported (unless you were on US government business). Record the day, month, and year when you begin and end a trip. Keeping up with where you live is just as important as travel, especially if you stayed in a place for 90 or more days. Document all your addresses and maintain the contact information of your landlord to use as a reference as well.
Keeping track as you go will help you accurately recount these details without having to chase them down when time is of the essence. Even if you spend time in a place without formal street addresses (such as Peace Corps service in a remote village), write down any indicators that will enable an investigator to confirm your information.
The people you have relationships with, especially while abroad, can also impact your clearance process. Hiring agencies researching your clearance case need to know about all your interactions with non-US citizens. As you build relationships with people from outside the country, make a note of the day, month and year when you began contact, as well as your most recent contact with them. As much as possible, research their affiliations with foreign governments or employers. If you have a member of your immediate family serve as a consultant, intern or employee for a foreign agency, you will need to disclose those contacts and contracts.
While this can be especially difficult if you travel extensively, or if you have family or friends living abroad, focus on those with whom you have had the closest ties or most interaction with over the last seven years. That will give the researchers the information they need as they clearance process proceeds.
An important part of background investigations are built on gathering information to determine whether you are a reliable, trustworthy individual, of good conduct and character, and loyal to the U.S. That means that your security clearance depends heavily on the relationships you have with friends, colleagues, roommates, or other associates whose combined association with you covers at least the last seven years. These individuals will be called on to speak knowledgeably about you, your character, and your activities. They cannot be family members, and ideally, they should currently live in the U.S.
When preparing for a security clearance background check, select people from different parts of your life and career. These individuals should speak to your conduct outside of the U.S. as well as here at home. If it’s needed, prepare your contacts by reminding them of when you first met, what activities you did together, and what you’ve been doing since you met. That little extra preparation can help make sure they are ready to answer the questions the background check will require them to answer accurately and fully.
When you are looking into the variety of staffing options available to you, onsite management may come up but may not be familiar to you. Onsite management is a great option for those employers who see the need to hire a fully built team, and bring on board the project and staff managers that can be most effective at bringing them up to speed and keeping them on track. Here’s a closer look at how onsite management may work out for you.
If you have a lot of temporary staffers working at your company, and you also have your full-time and part-time employees, that’s a lot to manage. Onsite management is a great option. Because temporary workers function a bit differently than other employees, many companies find it helpful to bring a manager onsite, who is only in charge of the temporary staff. The manager of your temporary workers would act as an extension of your human resources department.
This reduces the administrative responsibilities that a company would need to take on when managing their temporary staff themselves, and helps them keep up with seasonal staffing demands. It also builds a more effective management relationship with the temporary workers, because they are closer to the action and able to work directly with the team to make sure they are as efficient as possible and have easy access to the support they need to succeed.
As an onsite manager would act as an extension of your human resources department, they are able to take away a lot of the strain of managing large groups of temporary staff for businesses. That means they take on the brunt of the administrative and hr duties associated with their team, from scheduling to timecards, payroll, to customized reports, and handling any administrative issue or conflict. All that can eat up a lot of time for an already busy project manager. It is also not likely the kind of work that they are used to day in and day out. An onsite staffing manager would be responsible for all of these duties of the temporary workforce, leaving your full time staff free to work with your other employees and focus on other responsibilities in human resources.
This is also true for those times when seasonal demands change the staffing requirements. An onsite manager would stay with you as your needs grow or shrink throughout the year. They can plan ahead for the busy season and be strategic in recruitment and onboarding activities so your company always has the support it needs, when they need it.
The efficiency of temporary staff is what makes them valuable, so make sure you are getting the most out of your hires by working with an onsite manager who knows how to motivate and encourage a temporary workforce to stay productive and keep morale high. This can mean daily check-ins or conflict-resolution, the manager is the one who can keep things going smoothly so you don’t have to.
For more tips on getting the most out of your temporary workforce, connect with the experts at US PRO today. Contact us today!
Payroll is a big deal. From navigating the ins and outs of whatever payroll software your company is running, to making sure you have all the information you need from your employees, to staying in compliance with all pertinent regulations and laws state to state. It can get to be a real headache to make sure you’re staying on top of it all. But there are several things you can do to reduce your payroll workload, simplify and automate, and let your accounting team take a sigh of relief.
Many companies maintain different pay schedules, such as monthly paydays for management and weekly, or bi-weekly pay periods, for hourly employees. This can cause a lot of confusion and excess work when it is so much simpler to align all pay schedules. The act of minimizing pay cycles consolidates work and can reduce errors substantially. It helps prevent duplication of processes so that your payroll department can operate more efficiently, focus on one task at a time, and make everyone’s lives simpler in the process.
If you haven’t switched over already, paperless payroll is the way to go. It’s the direct result of improved technology and can almost immediately expedite your payroll operations. With paperless payroll, you do more to maintain the security of your company’s data, don’t waste money or time on printing paper time sheets or physical paychecks, and improve employee information collection and management with an online portal. When it’s done right, implementing a paperless payroll process is a win-win for everyone.
Your payroll process is only as good as your payroll software. If you’re due for an upgrade, there are many, many options available to you. With newer, state-of-the-art payroll technology, you can see a significant decrease in the time spent processing payroll while ensuring greater accuracy in data entry and processing. Make sure your payroll team is trained up and ready to make the most of your new system to get the most bang for your buck.
There are many opportunities to streamline processes within payroll, but it might not be clear right away how to do so. If you have a great payroll software package but aren’t sure if it’s saving you time or money, that’s problematic. If there is a disconnect between your company’s accounting system and the payroll software, for example, there is a clear issue that needs to be solved. Like many companies do, having multiple systems for capturing, tracking, inputting, and processing employee hours and payouts can increase the opportunity for error and overall ineffectiveness of a system. Consolidate where you can. And make sure that your system is working for you, not the other way around.
Do more to simplify and streamline your payroll systems by connecting with the team at USPRO today. Contact us today!
It really is amazing how many jobs and how many markets are available to professionals in the modern day. Whatever your unique talents and skills are, there is a job opportunity waiting for you. But it’s important to know where to look. There are several industries in particular who are in constant need of skilled workers to accomplish their business goals. These industries are willing to hire students and experienced professionals who have the skills they are in need of throughout the year.
So, whether you are new to the job market or returning to find your next big opportunity, here are four industries that are on the lookout for you.
Manufacturing is an industry which is growing steadily for several years now, and its growth is hinting at the fact that the industry is changing. Companies are struggling to find the skilled and responsible workers who are able to keep their machine and business running smoothly. Manufacturing jobs are well-paid with a high level of technical knowledge required, but for the right people these opportunities are hard to pass up. Technical skills are needed to step into these new roles, but for those who have the right experience or an interest to learn how manufacturing is changing the world today, this is an exciting market to be in.
Technology is another field that is evergreen when it comes to careers. It keeps changing and keeps looking for workers who are eager to try new and improved processes and advancements. Nowadays, from using an electric toothbrush to sending a satellite on to a planet, technology covers every part of our life. It is also expected by 2020, that the number of software programmers and IT related jobs will increase by 20%. The whole world is dependent on technology and it is clear that this field will never disappoint you in terms of its diversity and work culture. Technology is also a sure fire way to gain more knowledge and experience, so if you are looking to learn new things this is a great career for you.
Engineering combines a person’s talents with their imagination. It gives space to experiment. From solving complex problems to finding the right way of connecting two circuit bridges, engineering jobs are increasing in demand without a reliable supply of skilled workers. Companies are always on the lookout for good and smart engineers who will take care of business without burning it down. But 85 to 88% of engineering companies are struggling to find suitable candidates for their job openings. That’s why, if you are a builder, a thinker, an innovator – engineering is an engaging and growing industry that just might be right for you.
Energy is one of the most aggressive markets for hiring these days. Almost 20,000 to 30,000 jobs are added every year. And a huge part these new jobs are based in clean technology, sustainable and renewable energy. Opportunities include work as machine technicians of the wind turbine, solar panels installer, clean fuel car technicians, and a lot more. This business requires you to have the technical knowledge various machines and their working parts. But even with almost 7 million workers, technicians and managers working under this group, the industry is always thirsty for new skilled talent.
For more advice on building a career in these and other top industries, connect with a recruiter at US PRO today.
Resumes are a powerful tool. They tell your professional story in a succinct and easily digestible way. But don’t think that they are built for the single purpose of setting you up for an interview.
The importance of professional networking hardly needs to be reiterated but your resume can be a helpful foot in the door when it comes to connecting with other professionals. While networking used to be all about attending meetings and mixers arranged by employers, today’s professional networking is much more flexible and innovative. Your networking strategy should be a balance of digital networking and personal connections.
When reaching out to new connections, send them a copy of your resume. That way they know who you are and why you are interested in building a relationship with them. You could even go so far as to ask for advice on how to write a stronger resume or what experience you should pursue to be in a situation where they would consider hiring you. The information you can receive based off a conversation around your resume can be very valuable. You might not get a job offer out of the conversation, but there is still plenty to learn from your professional network is you have the guts to ask.
If you don’t already, you should consider LinkedIn as the necessary digital equivalent to your resume. In fact, your LinkedIn profile should be structured very similarly to your resume. It should highlight your most impactful achievements, the results you have gained from your experience and hard work, and the value of your work for employers. It can build off those basics to supplement with links to other content, conversations with industry and interest groups, and also, of course, your connections with other professionals in your industry. If you are not actively building your network online, through social media, your resume is the perfect place to start. From there you can build a social media profile that gets you the industry attention and respect you deserve.
Your portfolio of previous work is one of the most engaging pieces for employers reviewing your professional marketing material. An online portfolio is a more visual representation of your resume. You can add video and photos, or other graphic elements to make the reading experience more interesting. You can build off the bullets and basic information to really tell the story of who you are on the job. If your resume tells employers what they need to know to interview you, your online portfolio shows them why they should hire you. Buffer a bare-bones portfolio with the interesting personal projects and volunteer work that help add depth to your resume. Make sure that just like you would in your resume, the projects in your portfolio are the best examples of the work you are capable of, and keep your portfolio updated as new opportunities come along.
For more advice on building a career in these and other top industries, connect with a recruiter at USPRO today.
There are so many different forms of staffing solutions that companies looking for contract help are really spoiled for choice in today’s flex-work economy. More professionals are eager to find more flexible and engaging work environments and so the talent pool for contract work is growing. The question quickly becomes, what staffing solutions would work best for you and your needs. Here are a couple options you might not be aware of.
Managed service providers are companies that provide other companies with a fully formed team ready to step in and make an impact quickly and efficiently with little to now time investment for onboarding from the employer. These teams are pre-built and prepared to step into a role, solve problems as they present themselves, build solutions and when the time is right move on to the next opportunity. MSP contracts are great options for employers who need things done right and done quickly, and who have the budget to support such a team.
Hiring seasonal employees is a tried and true method in the retail industry, but it’s equally impactful across industry boundaries. If you know you are likely to have several projects during a particular time of year, but see your workload slow down reliably once that time period passes, seasonal workers may be the best option for you. It is important to assess the business and related workflows to make sure that tasks are set up in a way most conducive to hire, train, and draw productivity out of seasonal employees quickly and efficiently. This includes identifying work which either doesn’t require an extended learning curve or work where training documents and support exists for rapid ramp up.
Seasonal employees often don’t have a lot of time to fully immerse in the business and learn about the end to end workflow prior to being productive. Therefore, most business which have been successful in deriving the most value from seasonal employees do so by minimizing the onboarding cost and having a good understanding of efficient training resources available for the seasonal employees.
When companies turn to staffing firms for support, they are counting on their industry knowledge and talent acquisition skills to find the workers who are best suited for success within their work environment. Many companies will specifically go through a staffing agency to find job candidates who they can hire on a temporary basis with the option to become a permanent employee in the future. That’s what a contract-to-direct hire job is, the placement in a position that is meant to fill a long-term position provided that the employee performs well and fits in. While this type of job status may be untraditional, it makes allowances for unknown variables on both the employer and employee’s ends that is designed to result in great satisfaction in the long run. It’s a great option for employers who are struggling to find the right people on short notice, but who may be interested in long-term placement if the right candidate comes along.
For more tips on how to find the right staffing solution for your needs, connect with the US Pro team today.
The war for talent continues. Finding the right person for the right job is a real challenge for employers. But it doesn’t have to be an insurmountable obstacle. It just takes the right frame of mind to set yourself up for success. Here are 3 steps to helping your company easily source the quality candidates you need to grow your business.
Employee referrals are one of the easiest ways to find and recruit high-quality candidates. You know your people are close enough to the work to understand what skills and knowledge is required to succeed in role. But getting those referrals doesn’t happen on its own. Having a system in place is important to encourage existing employees to provide referral candidate for open jobs. If your team doesn’t know that you are looking to hire, or that you would welcome referral candidates, then you likely won’t receive too many recommendations. Part of your strategy should be to incorporate a referral program into your company culture. Make it a familiar and encouraged process. Referral programs should be responsive, timely, targeted, and incentivized. Successful programs are supported by a company culture that thrives on employee experience and rewards.
You might be surprised to learn it, but your social media presence is critical to your staffing success. To help attract top talent, it’s important to build an online presence across several social media platforms so as to appeal to your target audience, in this case job seekers. In addition to establishing an online presence, you must also keep it current and attractive to maintain a positive reputation. It’s that reputation that will help you attract the industry’s top talent.
To build your presence online, start by making sure you are in control of the conversation. Create well-branded profiles with thoughtful and representative content to attract and retain the attention of your audience. Make sure you engage with your fans, respond in a timely fashion, and act as though your Facebook, your Twitter, and your LinkedIn pages are an extension of your own webpage.
In this day and age, there are so many niche market groups and industry specializations that it’s almost impossible for even the most skilled hiring managers to know everything about their hiring needs. That’s where hiring an expert will definitely come in handy. When you choose to work with a staffing agency, you gain access to a robust database of resources across many industries and disciplines. This wealth of industry knowledge is built over years of experience and a singular focus on hiring the best talent. In our case, this allows us to respond to the needs of our clients quickly and with the right resources. When every day looking for a new hire counts, that specialized experience can make all the difference.
For more tips on how to recruit the industry-leading talent that will help your company take off, connect with our team of expert recruiters. Contact USPRO today.
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