Project work is uniquely demanding for companies. It can seem like the work either comes in all at once or lags, leaving your company struggling to keep your team busy. This is a very relatable challenge for every business who works hard to bring in work, then needs to staff up quickly to get the work done. Project demands will always require planning and balance in terms of workload and staffing, but there are three pretty simple things you can do to make sure you have the people you need to get the job done.
When a business is in marketing mode, it can seem like the sooner they can line up work the better. Those quick turn projects can be really appealing from a profitability standpoint, but when it comes to having the right people on hand to do the work at the right time, they can be challenging. That’s why businesses should always be in marketing mode, seeking out and chasing long term work that might not be right on the horizon, but it can help your company plan to stay in the green long into the foreseeable future. This takes a constant presence in the industry, staying on top of market trends and connecting with existing and prospective clients regularly to remind them of the amazing services you can provide.
Employers and hiring managers have a powerful tool at their disposal when it comes to recruiting, specifically, their professional networks. Recommendations from other employers, past connections with employees and candidates, and social connections can all provide valuable opportunities to learn of and recruit top industry talent, even for high turn-over positions. Stay active in your network and regularly reach out to partners for suggestions or recommendations on candidates. This will help ensure a steady stream of applicants when you are most in need.
Staffing firms are an excellent resource for companies who have a somewhat unpredictable project load. They can really handle the heavy lifting when it comes to recruiting and onboarding new talent. Just the background check and screening process can be lengthy and resource consuming, especially for companies who do not have a dedicated HR team. By working with a staffing service, you are better able to focus on your product or solutions, and simplify your workforce management process, reducing cost and time to hire, excess overtime, and stress on your core team.
If you haven’t worked with a staffing firm before but are interested in learning more, contact the team at USPRO. Our dedicated talent experts know just how to help your business plan for those peak-season hiring sprints. Your projects, your core team, and your clients will be glad you did.
Interviews can be a challenge for even the most experienced candidates. But with these top tips, you’ll be ready to impress at your next interview.
Before you walk through the door to your interview, you should not only know the job description forward and backward, but you should also be prepared to eloquently and succinctly explain how your previous work experiences have prepared you for the requirements and duties of the job. You should also read up on the company you are interviewing with.
Just about the worst thing you can do in an interview is be late. Make every effort to arrive on time, if not early, to your appointment. This may require planning your commute more effectively and even familiarizing yourself with the meeting location beforehand.
First and foremost, look to how you present yourself in an interview. People evaluate your professionalism based on how you are dressed. Interview attire should be more formal than what you likely would wear to work in the job you are applying for. In most cases this means a suit and tie for men, and equally formal attire for women. Keep accessories and perfumes to a minimum, and do what you can to model the culture of the company in your attire.
Body language plays a big part in how you are perceived in an interview setting as well. To give yourself a boost of confidence before meeting with your interviewer, try out a few power poses and stretch your face muscles so you are less stiff on the onset of your meeting. Do what you can to calm your nerves and remind yourself that you are a great fit for the job.
Do you have a connection in your professional network that can give you a few pointers on the job you are applying to? A little insider information can go a long way toward preparing yourself for the interview. If you know someone who works for the company you are applying to, or who knows the hiring manager, it can be very helpful to ask for advice or more information about the position prior to the big day.
Make sure you have all the materials and information you need well ahead of your interview day. If you are bringing any examples of past work or copies of your resume along to the meeting, make sure you have what you need well before you are asked to present them. Also, double check meeting locations and directions to make sure you are able to arrive on time and well prepared.
Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, make sure you practice your interview skills. You can do this with a friend or family member, or even just in front of a mirror. That practice will help you hit your key points when you are put on the spot.
For more helpful advice on how to ace your next interview, contact a career advisor at USPRO today.
Finding the right person for the right job is a challenge all employers must manage. It’s a hot market these days and the skills gap is a very real obstacle for many businesses to overcome. But luckily, there are ways you can change your candidate search to access a high-quality talent pool. We should know, we do it every day!
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.
Resumes are more than a glorified business card. When reviewing resumes to find the right candidate, you need to do more than search for keywords that match your job description. You need to focus on the impact a candidate has made for previous employers. Dig into their achievements, their deliverables, and their accomplishments. Then think critically about how someone with that particular brand of expertise might be able to deliver results in your own organization. It’s not always as easy as matching their experience with the job description. You should be open-minded enough to recognize potential where it exists, and the resume is your first opportunity to see how a candidate can help you grow your business.
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.
HR is a manager’s best friend when it comes to recruiting and onboarding the talent needed to achieve business goals. But for those companies who don’t have a fully staffed HR department, or whose HR reps are otherwise unavailable, managers (and organizations) can be missing out on important information and advice that helps teams grow and change in a fast-paced environment. Here are a few tips from the HR handbook that can help you enable your teams today.
When it comes to background checks and references, always put in the extra effort to vet your candidates. It’s easy enough for an applicant to look good on paper, and even to sound good in person, but if they don’t have the references to back up their claims, something fishy might be going on behind the scenes. Avoid buyer’s remorse by doing your homework.
Consistency is essential in how you manage your team. Do your utmost to treat all your employees the same when it comes to expectations, privileges, and exceptions. Inclusion and fair treatment is critical to a positive work culture, and by creating a fair and open work environment your business will achieve so much more.
A good motto to remember when it comes to providing feedback to employees is that you get more of what you reward. By acknowledging and rewarding good performance, employees will be motivated to do more of the same. Avoid letting your feedback dwell on criticism or corrections. Nobody can thrive in an environment when they are constantly surrounded by negativity. Focus on the positive and show your team what you’d like to see more of from them in the future.
Employees look to their manager as their model of success within their organization. If you want to see good attendance, performance, and professional conduct from your employees, make sure you are modeling that behavior yourself. This is especially true if you want to see good work-life balance in your office. When was the last time you took a vacation? Are you guilty of answering emails late into the evening? It’s important to model the behavior you know your team would benefit from, because you can be sure they are looking to you as an example of what is expected of them.
Feedback is one of the most powerful forces for good in a work environment. Performance evaluations should be seen as an important management communication tool. They provide you with a clear opportunity to highlight the changes you would like to see take place, and also to listen to any feedback an employee is able to provide to you. If you overlook or breeze through your employee evaluations, you can be sure it’s a missed opportunity to help your team perform better, but also a missed opportunity for you to learn how you can do your job better as well.
Learn more about how you can enable your team by bringing the recruiting experts from USPRO into the conversation. Contact us today!
Working with a staffing agency provides several benefits beyond simply helping candidates find a job. They can provide employment benefits, such as healthcare, 401k plans, group insurance, and vacation or sick leave. But most importantly, they can help you build your career up to new heights. Here are 4 key benefits to working with a staffing agency that you should definitely take into account as you look for your next big opportunity.
Staffing firms are constantly receiving requests from companies who need help finding the right person for a new opportunity. It’s in their interest to find high quality candidates to quickly fill those roles. This is true to the point that recruiters are actively looking for good workers within an industry even before the right opportunity comes along. The ability to match top industry talent with great job opportunities is what makes staffing firms able to meet the needs of their clients and their candidates so well. That gives you the chance to find your next role before it hits the job boards.
Another great thing about working with a staffing firm is that you can earn their loyalty by doing a great job. If you work on a contract and show yourself to be a committed and capable employee, at the end of your contract the staffing agency will work hard to continue to employ you with the same company or with another company quickly. They do this to keep you on their payroll, but it also benefits you as a job seeker. It means less down-time between gigs and the dedicated support that can mean the difference in your job search.
If you are looking to move into a market you are not particularly familiar with, recruiters are your greatest resource. Their industry knowledge is a critical resource. Staffing firms know all about the job market, and if you are working with a specialized staffing agency, they know what companies are hiring for your niche position. Recruiters can also help you better understand the value of your skills, the going rate for positions, and whether an offer is reasonable or not. If you lack that industry knowledge, you could end up regretting your decision to settle with one company rather than another.
A robust professional network is essential to quickly discovering and landing new jobs. If your network is lacking when you begin your job search, you’ll find yourself inevitably fighting an uphill battle. Recruiters are known for their excellent connections with hiring managers and employers who are looking for candidates. After years of working with a wide variety of employers, your recruiter knows who’s hiring, what they’re looking for, and what’s coming down the pipe. That network is a huge bonus when you start working with a recruiter because you know that you’ll be connected with the right companies at the right time.
For more reasons why you should work with a staffing agency to land your next gig, reach out to talk with a career counselor at USPRO today or search for a job here.
The modern job search can feel like a never-ending battle if you are not able to take advantage of certain new technologies and processes. Many talented individuals who haven’t been looking for a job recently are caught unawares and left wondering why they are sending out resume after resume but never hearing back from hiring managers. The truth is that job hunting has changed. Employers are hiring differently. Everyone is optimizing for time and cost, but with these 3 tips, you can work toward getting a good job faster and more effectively.
From an employer’s perspective, one of the most attractive aspects of the modern recruiting process is the automation and the ability to reach out to a wider field of candidates quicker and easier than ever before. But that results in some interesting challenges for professionals in the market for a new job. A common mistake that job hunters make is to send out a generalized template style resume to several different employers and waiting to see what sticks. In the present day of search engines and automated application forms, that’s a great way to get completely ignored by recruiters and hiring managers.
Instead, lean into the technology and let it work for you. Highlight keywords that you know employers are looking for in resumes that read. Reach out to employers on social media. Connect with them in forums. Differentiate yourself using the latest and greatest technologies to show that you mean business and would be able to bring that knowledge and experience to help them grow their business.
Goal setting is probably the most important thing you can do to ensure a positive job search experience. You should know what it is you are looking to achieve right from the beginning. What sort of job do you want to get? Who do you want to work for? How much do you want to get paid? Answering these questions on the front end of a job search is important so that you ensure that you don’t settle for whatever falls into your lap. This is your job search, your career. Take ownership of it and be prepared to say no to an offer that simply doesn’t meet your standards or fails to help you reach your goals.
Networking can be one of the most nerve-wracking parts of a job search. Asking former colleagues and connections for leads or recommendations can be tough. It opens you up to rejection and it reveals a certain vulnerability that most professionals like to keep hidden away. But talking to your family, your friends, and your colleagues for referrals can be a cathartic experience. They can help you see how valuable you are, and how much promise your career holds. They can inspire and motivate you to do better than you would do otherwise, and above all, they can provide the support that will give your career a boost with little to no leg work from you. So, don’t be afraid to reach out for help.
There are so many different risks that business owners must deal with day in and day out that we strongly believe hiring and staffing should not be one of them. Here are our best performing tips to help companies grow their business while keeping risk to a minimum.
We realize that there are times when the scope of a temporary position is just that – temporary. However, temporary staff can be the source of some of the most productive and business-focused employees your company ever hires. That’s why we offer our clients the option of utilizing our temp-to-hire service to help meet short-term needs, while also taking into account future business goals. This service enables you to evaluate the contracted employee’s skills within your established work environment – affording you the ability to hire the right people for the right roles – again, with the underlying realization that we’re working to help you achieve and maintain your business objectives.
Temporary workers are as interested in developing their career as any other employee you will have hired. Keep that in mind when interviewing candidates for a temporary position, because your shortsightedness could be a missed opportunity. Highlighting career growth opportunities to the interviewee if they were to take a long-term position down the road addresses a number of issues that temporary workers are often concerned by. It says that you are loyal and committed to employees who are loyal and committed to the company. It also reassures candidates that any time spent on a contract job with your company is not time wasted in their career. Your business should be growing by leaps and bounds, and with the right employees who are as forward-thinking as the company they work for, you can all get there together.
While it’s true that you never really know what situation your company will be in a year’s time, or five years time. But if you are projecting business growth, you’ll need to plan for staff growth as well. This requires some long-term and strategic thinking around your recruiting practices. Skilled talent is in high demand no matter what industry you specialize in, and that trend is unlikely to change any time in the near future.
Recognizing high-quality talent and investing in their training on the job will set your temps up for success within their temporary position and in the long term as well. If a contract employee is a good fit for the company culture, is able to engage and collaborate well with their team, and understands the priorities and goals of their projects and the corporate strategy, they will in all likelihood make an excellent permanent addition to your team. That puts you in an excellent position to maintain a high-quality talent pipeline while mitigating any risks associated with hiring and recruiting.
Temporary work is not what it used to be. Where once they were looked on as the kind of work that would hold candidates over until their real job came through, now temp work can help distinguish a career. Contracts are sometimes even extended based on project length, business need, and proof of a skilled and committed worker. If you are looking for ways to build out your resume and position yourself for your dream job, here are 4 reasons why temp work might be the right choice for you.
One of the most valuable parts of working on a contract job is the people you meet and the connections you make. Expanding your professional network is difficult when you are not working, but in temporary positions you are more likely to make many new acquaintances and hopefully leave them all with a good impression. Think of it as an opportunity to meet your next employer, even if it’s not with your current company. Your coworkers are also very good resources within your professional network. You never know where your next gig will come from, so take the time to make connections and make a name for yourself within the professional community.
Every new job you take provides the opportunity to learn new things. By taking on a temporary job, it really offers the chance to build new skills in a short amount of time. If you know what type of work you are looking to build a career on, it’s important to do research and figure out if you have the skills and qualifications that will get you there. With temporary work, you can expand your skills set quickly on a wide variety of projects that will each add value to your resume and your work history.
If you are new to your industry, or professional work in general, a lack of experience can be a challenge when it comes to landing a job. Temp work allows candidates to gain lots of experience very quickly, and as such can help land those future dream jobs. Worth considering as well is that many employers look to hire from their temporary rosters once employees have had a chance to prove their value. After about 3 to 6 months, both employee and employer will have a better idea of whether they are each a good fit for the other.
For those professionals looking to make a change in their careers, temp work is an ideal way to test out a new industry or new role with minimal commitment. If you are looking for a change, consider short-term contracts that can give you the opportunity to use your skills in a new way and provide that inside view from a new company or industry that will help you make your move.
Get started on the next phase of your career today by giving the team at USPRO a call or search for a job here. For more advice on how temp work can help grow your career, connect with the recruiters at USPro today.Contact us today!
Temporary and long-term staffing is a costly but necessary exercise. Businesses are built on the strength of their talent. As such, you cannot afford to cut corners when it comes to recruiting and onboarding the industry-leading talent your business is built on. But fear not, there are several staffing strategies that work while saving you money at the same time.
Employers of fast-growing businesses know that a lack of talent is even more expensive than hiring. Without employees, you can’t focus on growing your business. For many companies, temporary staffing is a great solution because the length of the contract is so flexible. Whether you’re looking to fill a position that’s open due to a sudden project, or to cover for an FTE on leave, temporary staffing offers different lengths of employment for your unique needs.
Unless you have a dedicated HR team focused on growing your team, you know that hiring can be a drain on very valuable resources. Both time-consuming and expensive, hiring a full-time employee is a necessary but costly task. Even worse, by making the wrong hire, you can cost your company even more in lost revenue and time. But by partnering with a staffing service to identify and recruit the right team members, you can be sure to have the support you need when you need it.
A staffing firm has the knowledge and talent pool to quickly match applicants with openings. For us at USPro, it’s all about finding the right candidate for the right job. Often, the hardest part of recruiting is finding the candidates who are qualified to step into a role and bring value right from the start. By working with a staffing firm, you are limiting your recruitment efforts to qualified job candidates ready to hit the ground running. The task of identifying, interviewing, and hiring that talent is something you can entrust to your partner in staffing, and let them do the heavy lifting.
Payroll can be another costly process, that takes time and resources to track and pay employees at scale. We at USPro have had a lot of clients that find great value in our payroll services program. Our payroll service plan enables your company through cost savings associated with hiring, helping eliminate co-employment costs like worker’s compensation claims, and administration termination expenses. Employment costs represent a sizable portion of company operations, which may fluctuate during peak workloads. Our payroll service plan will accommodate these issues, and changes in project and scheduling deadlines, thereby saving you money with each employee you hire and employ with us as your staffing partner.
If you haven’t worked with a staffing firm before but are interested in learning more, give us a call at USPro today to learn about even more ways you can save money while staffing up your team.
For a peek at what an industry-leading staffing agency can do for you, contact the experts at USPRO. Call today and see how you can save.
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