In a previous blog post, we discussed “10 Quick Tips for Becoming More Employable.” One of the items on that list was “Improve Your Branding Experience.”
Since that item is one of which not many people are aware, we’re devoting an entire blog post to the topic. That’s because it’s an important topic to not only know about, but also one you can use to gain an advantage in the employment marketplace.
So what is the branding experience? Essentially, it describes the decisions that people make about you as a result of their interactions with you. It includes everything you do, everything you say, and everything you don’t say. It might sound complicated, but it really isn’t.
People like to be around people . . . who they like to be around. You know at least one person you like to be around. Whey do you like to be around them? What characteristics draw you to them? That person is providing a positive branding experience for you.
A positive branding experience is crucial in the employment marketplace. That’s because people want to work with people they like. If you provide a positive experience and people like you as a result of it, then they’ll be more likely to want to work with you. That also means they’ll be more likely to hire you.
So what does a positive branding experience involve? We’re glad you asked! Below are five qualitiesthat constitute a positive branding experience in the minds of those people with whom you interact:
#1—A high energy level
Not a frantic energy level, mind you, but energy attracts people. Nobody likes being around a “wet blanket.” True, some people are more outgoing than others, but everybody can work on being more of an extrovert. You don’t have to be Jim Carrey or Robin Williams, but a little bit of hutzpah helps.
#2—A positive attitude
Being positive also helps. Just like nobody likes a “wet blanket,” nobody likes an “Eeyore,” either. (Fans of Winnie the Pooh will know that reference.) Turn that frown upside down, my friend.
Hope sells and it sells big. When you’re optimistic, you’re hopeful. When you’re hopeful, other people around you start becoming hopeful. People like being hopeful (as opposed to the alternative). So strive to consistently strike an optimistic chord.
Once again, you don’t have to be Jim Carrey or Robin Williams, but light-hearted humor can create a warm conversation. Look for the funny in situations. Remember, there are three elements in comedy: content, timing, and delivery.
#5—A “no pressure” approach
Nobody likes pressure. People fall into two categories: those who create pressure for others and those who relieve pressure for others. Make sure you fall into the latter category.
What kind of branding experience do YOU provide for people? How do you stack up in the five areas listed above? Work to improve your experience and you give yourself a better chance to enjoy more professional success.
Want to improve your chances even more? Then look through Time Staffing’s current crop of employment opportunities!
It’s the day after Valentine’s Day, the perfect time to discuss how much you love your job!
This probably will not come as much of a surprise to you, but NOT everybody loves their job. In fact, some people downright dislike it.
However, with March just around the corner, hope springs eternal. So even if you’re mired in an employment situation which you dislike, there’s always hope that you can turn that situation around. After all, a new job is often the remedy to cure what ails you professionally.
But since we’re basking in the afterglow of Valentine’s Day, let’s stick with these theme of love. How do you know if you truly love your job?
Well, we have a few ways for measuring your amore (six, to be exact):
#1—You go to work with a feeling of anticipation instead of dread.
This is an easy one. What thoughts are running through your head as you fight traffic on your morning commute? Are you eagerly anticipating what you might be doing that day? Or are you secretly dreading what might happen and what you might be asked to do?
#2—You enjoy talking with both co-workers and customers.
If conversing with co-workers and customers is not a tiresome task and is actually enjoyable, that’s a strong sign that you love your job. If you go out of your way to not talk with either of these two groups (or both of them, for that matter), then chances are good that you are NOT feeling the love.
#3—You talk about your job with other people.
And no, you’re not complaining about it, either. You talk about your job because you genuinely enjoy it and you want to convey that enjoyment to others. This is especially the case if you launch into a conversation about your job even though nobody has actually asked you about it.
#4—You accomplish tasks because you want to, not because you have to.
This is intrinsic vs. extrinsic. If you’re intrinsically motivated to finish your work, then you enjoy doing your work. That’s because you find it personally satisfying. If you’re extrinsically motivated, that means you’re doing it only because of outside expectations . . . or because it’s simply a paycheck.
#5—You look at your boss not as your boss, but as a co-worker.
A boss can make or break your job. If you have a truly enlightened boss, then they’re leading without being overbearing. There’s an emphasis on collaboration rather than subjugation. That type of environment is much easier to love and it’s an easier one in which to work and produce results.
#6—You rarely, if ever, look at the clock.
Sure, you look at the clock when it’s close to quitting time, but you shouldn’t be looking at it every 10 minutes during the middle of your shift. If you do, it means that you can hardly wait for the shift to end . . . which also means you’re not exactly in love with what you’re doing.
We hope you DO love your job . . . but if you don’t, Time Staffing might be able to help! Check out our listings of current job openings and see what opportunities await you.
We’d also love it if you perused the many services we offer to job seekers and candidates.
In our last several blog posts, we’ve discussed how you, the job seeker, can work with staffing agencies. Now we’re going to turn the focus from staffing agencies to YOU!
That’s right: we’re going to address how you should work on yourself.
What does that mean, exactly? Well, you’re not applying for jobs in a vacuum. You’re competing against other people. Sometimes, it’s a lot of other people. What you need is an advantage. (Actually, what you want is more than one advantage.)
Below are 10 quick tips for becoming more employable:
#1—Be 100% objective about your hire-ability.
You’re not going to get very far if you’re deluding yourself about this. To become more employable, you must correctly ascertain both your strengths and weaknesses. Then you must emphasize your strengths and work to improve your weaknesses.
#2—Submit customized resumes.
You just can’t “shotgun blast” your resumes everywhere. That approach doesn’t work anymore. In fact, it may never have worked. You must send thoughtfully constructed and customized resumes for each position for which you apply. Is it more work? Of course it is.
#3—Leverage the value of social media.
You knew this one was coming, right? Social media is about more than posting memes and kitty-cat videos. Or memes that include kitty-cats. There are employment opportunities on social media, especially on sites like LinkedIn. And yes, Facebook and Twitter hold considerable value in this area, too.
#4—Take a more proactive approach.
The “wait and see” approach will not work. Good things come to those who wait? Maybe if you throw a boomerang, but we’re talking about the employment marketplace here. Giddy-up!
#5—Network, network, network.
One way to be more proactive (#4) is to proactively network. One way to proactively network is to leverage the value of social media (#3). See how all of this works together?
#6—Gain a wider range of experiences.
We’re talking about volunteering and internships here, anything that will provide with you a greater perspective. Employers prefer to hire people who are more “worldly” due to their varied experiences.
#7—Increase your flexibility.
Don’t “paint yourself into a corner” by only wanting to consider a narrow set of employment opportunities. After all, a job outside of that narrow set may provide you with the wider range of experiences (#7) that can help you in the future.
#8—Improve your branding experience.
What does this mean? It means making sure that everybody with whom you come into contact has a great experience. When you provide a great experience, it means people want to be around you. AND it means they’re more likely to hire you.
#9—Become an “interview ninja.”
The interview is where you close the deal, so it makes sense that you master its ins and outs. Train and practice hard to become the best that you can be during the face-to-face interview. It will reap rewards.
#10—Engage in continuous training and education.
Never stop evolving and trying to become better. Don’t just improve your “hard skills,” either. Strive to improve your “soft skills.” Those sometimes make the difference when you’re competing for a job against other people.
There you have it: 10 quick tips for becoming more employable. The clock is ticking. Start today and take the next step in your career development.
And don’t forget to check out the job opportunities that are available on the Time Staffing website!
In our last several blog posts, we’ve touted the value of working with a staffing agency, and we’ve touted it from both sides of the coin—the job seeker side and the employer side.
In terms of employers, we’ve addressed the benefits of filling temp-to-hire positions, as well as the fact that you can fill direct hire positions through a staffing agency. However, perhaps you’ve never used a staffing agency before, but now you have a need for one. What should you do?
Well, you have to choose one with which to work. That could involve a lot of research and analysis, including weighing the pros and cons of each firm against your hiring needs. At Time Staffing, we’re here to help!
That’s because we have some employer tips for choosing (and working) with a staffing agency. You should choose an agency that:
#1—Is an experienced and established firm.
You certainly don’t want to work with a “fly by night” agency, one that’s just opened its doors and has next to no credibility. You want one that’s been in the business for a while and has a history of servicing its clients at a high level across the board.
#2—Has a track record of placing the type of job seekers you hire.
It doesn’t matter if an agency is established if it can’t deliver the type of employees you need. This is where researching the staffing firm is crucial. If the agency hasn’t provided the right candidates in the past, what makes you think it will be able to do so for you in the future?
#3—Has a process in place for finding and hiring quality employees.
Hiring quality employees is not easy. If it was easy, then every organization in the world would be doing it. No, hiring quality requires a quality process for doing so. The staffing agency you choose must be able to articulate its process. The process should be easy to understand and it should emphasize the value that the agency is providing to you, the employer.
#4—Offers a wide array of hiring solutions.
The more options, the better. That mantra applies to just about everything, and that includes the world of hiring and employment. A staffing agency should be able to provide temp workers, temp-to-hire workers, and even direct hire workers. More hiring options = more flexibility.
#5—Has a clear idea of your business (and hiring) needs.
The staffing agency should be able to take its established process and its variety of hiring options and apply them to your organization’s situation. Remember, it’s all about value. The agency needs to be able to provide you with the value that you’re seeking. To accomplish that, the firm will need a thorough understanding of your specific needs.
#6—Takes care of the employment details.
This is certainly not a detail to overlook. In addition to handling payroll taxes, unemployment insurance, and worker’s compensation, the staffing agency should provide a pre-screening process. Among the items included in that process:
Job-related skills testing
In addition, the agency should also provide after-hire support if any issues arise with an employee.
Time Staffing could be the staffing agency YOU need to meet your hiring needs.
Time Staffing Inc.