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How to Manage Your Job Search

Aug 23, 2018 Pam Fritzler Comments (0)

As a job seeker, your hope is that every action you take will lead to your next career - an opportunity to make income and have a satisfying work experience. While the end goal is to get the offer, there are several steps that come before that, and even before the interview. Today’s online application atmosphere can make job searching frustrating and hard to manage.

Here are a few tips on how to manage your job search:

Organize

Get organized by cleaning up your resume and online profile. Make sure all your most current information is listed, including your most recent job and tasks. Call your references to make sure they are willing and available to answer calls from prospective employers and to insure you have the most up-to-date information for them.

Get Specific

Get really clear on what type of job you want, and where. Look at job descriptions and use the same type of wording in your resume to match your job history. Rather than using a “shot-gun” approach that will wear you out and waste time, be strategic in the positions you are looking for and spend time learning about the company and the hiring agent to write a cover letter specific to them.

Automate

Have easy access to information you will want to put on any application, such as references, job history, and schooling in one place so you can “automate” the online process. It wastes time to have to look everything up each time you submit information, so have it all handy.

Use a spreadsheet, notebook, or document to track URLs, usernames, and passwords so you can easily reference them if you need to go back to them.

Follow Directions

The fastest way to be disqualified from moving forward in the hiring process is to ignore directions. If the job posting asks for you to apply online, don’t fax a resume. If they tell you to submit answers to three questions along with your application, do so. Some people think that by doing it differently, they may stand out, but really it just looks like you didn’t pay attention.

If you want to stand out, consider following directions and then doing a follow up call or send a note. Thank you notes after the interview are a nice touch.

Be Professional Everywhere and Always

Your first impression doesn’t start at the interview, rather at the very first connection the employer has with any communication you provide. Make sure your application, resume, email inquiry, etc. are all professional and tactful.

While seeking employment, keep your social media profiles private and professional. While employers may not check your online reputation, they could, and it is better safe than sorry.

 

If you are in search of employment opportunities in Colorado, let Colorado Network Staffing (CNS) help you find your next position. CNS is a leader in staffing, staff augmentation, and contract management by acting as a sole human resource provider for our clients. Our employing companies are looking for the best and brightest talent, and trust us to provide exactly that. Contact us at 303-430-1441, and discover why our clients come to us to fill their staffing needs, and get started in your new career faster.

 

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Employment Solutions: Does working with a staffing company help or hurt me?

Aug 09, 2018 Pam Fritzler Comments (0)

As a job seeker, you want to do as many things right as possible to land your next career. You likely have seen opportunities to work with a company who provides employment solutions to large companies, such as a head hunter, executive recruiters or staffing companies. Head hunters and executive recruiters can charge you for their services and may be a good option for you. However, working with a staffing company may not be so cut and dry.

When determining if you should work with an employment solutions provider, it’s important to take a look at how it can help or hurt you. First, you may want to understand how using a staffing agency benefits the employer, so you understand how it works as a big picture overview.

Employment Solutions Benefits to Employers

Large and small companies alike will turn to staffing agencies to provide both temporary and long-term candidates quickly. Hiring through an again gives the employer a “try before you buy” with candidates, thus reducing their risk and expense. Onboarding is time consuming and therefore costly, and staffing firms take this burden on, even pre-qualifying the best candidates to help employers find a perfect match.

Employers pay a fee for this service to the agency, so you as a candidate don’t have to. The better the quality candidates provided, the more likely they are to rehire the staffing firm. This creates a big win for you.

Employment Solutions Benefits to Job Candidates

Because the employment agency benefits by providing high quality candidates, they are looking for the best of the best, you. This means the recruiters are specifically searching resumes to find candidates on behalf of their clients, who likely don’t have the time to search, contact, qualify and interview.

So, when a staffing agency contacts you, or when you register with one, you move to the front of the list for that agency’s candidate pool. Often, the positions you are introduced to are not publicly published, so you wouldn’t have access to them apart from the employment solutions provider.

If you are placed, even in a temporary position, this allows you to show on your resume two critical things: 1. A smaller gap between employers and 2. Flexibility and increased skills by working in a new environment, equipment, management and co-workers.

 

Employment solutions are the match maker between quality candidates and top employers. Engaging them is a great idea for employees looking to close the gap between jobs, and Colorado Network Staffing (CNS) does just that. Our employing companies are looking for the best and brightest talent, and trust us to provide them. Contact us today at 303-430-1441, and discover why our clients come to us to fill their staffing needs, and get started in your new career faster.

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3 Ways to Save by Hiring a Staffing Agency

Jul 20, 2018 Pam Fritzler Comments (0)

Hiring. It seems when it’s said, it comes with a sigh. It doesn’t matter if you are hiring to replace a troublesome employee, a temp for a high demand time, a new employee due to growth, or because of turn-over, hiring is a time-consuming process that most management don’t enjoy doing. Consider some of the steps, and you can quickly see why many employers use a staffing agency:

  • Determine if the position needs to be filled or reallocated to others
  • Update and/or create a job description
  • Determine rate of pay (it may have changed since the position was filled previously)
  • Determine how candidates will apply (application process online, questionnaire, etc.)
  • Post an ad (job boards, website, social media, internally, etc.)
  • Sort through applications and resumes
  • Call to pre-qualify candidates (are they local, do they have the skills, etc.)
  • Schedule and interview candidates
  • Perform background and reference checks
  • Offer the job
  • Do onboarding paperwork
  • Do new hire orientation and training
  • Observe new hire for skill and cultural fit

Save Time

A staffing agency handle a bulk of the steps in the hiring process, allowing you to be more productive with your time. By creating a job description and placing ads based on your needs, combing through resumes and prequalifying candidates including conducting background and reference checks, staffing firms allow you to interview a few top candidates rather than hundreds.

Save Money

Time is money. Lost productivity as you or other members of management spend time sorting through candidate pools can add up. A staffing agency earns a portion of the placed employee’s salary, meaning there is no out-of-pocket expense unless you have a quality candidate who has filled your vacant position(s).

No more wasted money on ads or tied up time. Do your most productive work and let the staffing agency do theirs.

Save the Headache

When the staffing agency places a candidate, they remain employees of the agency until you decide to directly hire them. This means the unemployment burden stays with them and you are able to terminate employment with the candidate if they don’t meet your expectations. This “try before you buy” model allows you skip the expenses that come with the turn over cycle.

 

If you are in search of brilliant employees, let Colorado Network Staffing (CNS) help you find your Right Fit. CNS is a leader in staffing, staff augmentation, and contract management by acting as a sole human resource provider for our clients. Don’t waste your time, energy, and money on a bad hire. CNS has the experience, resources, and top-level management expertise to accomplish the tasks required on any size project. Contact us at 303-430-1441, and we’ll find you the best and brightest team.

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Thank You Letter Tips for Interviewees

Jun 26, 2018 Pam Fritzler Comments (0)

If you have been interviewing for a job, you are likely not the only candidate being interviewed for the same position. You’ve probably already discovered that standing out as the best job candidate takes some work. You need to have a good resume and complete application, do well in the interview, and, we suggest, sending a thank you letter to the person who interviewed you.

While a good thank you note doesn’t require as much skill as creating a resume, it could make as much of an impact as one. Not convinced? Here are some reasons to send one, and some thank you letter tips and best practices to make sure you make a positive wave.

Why You Should Consider Sending a Thank You Note

Less than 25% of job seekers send a thank you note after an interview, which means if you do choose to send one, you will stand out for the effort. And, according to a survey of HR Managers, 80% of hiring managers said thank you cards were helpful.

Thank you notes build additional rapport, and because of when they arrive- usually after all interviews have been conducted, it is a great reminder to hiring managers who you are and how you are different, all things considered.

Thank You Letter Tips

Email or Snail Mail?

You can choose to send your Thank You letter by email or snail mail, whichever seems more appropriate. Large corporations where a thank you note may never get to the interviewer may better be sent through email. Small, family owned businesses may appreciate a mailed card.

Typed or Hand-written?

Again, choose what makes the most sense for the culture of the position you are applying for. If your handwriting is poor and not needed for the job, type it. If applying for an admin job where handwritten notes are sent to clients weekly, handwrite it.

Consider both the type of work, and the expectations while also demonstrating a skill valuable for the job at hand.

What do I say?

Sometimes looking at a blank page or empty greeting card can cause panic. What do you say that is good but not sappy, professional yet warm? An online search of greeting card expressions, or a walk through the greeting card aisle at the grocery store will help you find the perfect follow up message for your thank you letter.

 

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If you are in search of employment opportunities in Colorado, let Colorado Network Staffing (CNS) help you find your next position. CNS is a leader in staffing, staff augmentation, and contract management by acting as a sole human resource provider for our clients. Our employing companies are looking for the best and brightest talent, and trust us to provide exactly that. Contact us at 303-430-1441, and discover why our clients come to us to fill their staffing needs, and get started in your new career faster.

 

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​Hey Job Seeker! Know These 7 Tips Before an Interview

May 25, 2018 Pam Fritzler Comments (0)

As a job seeker, you know that hunting for and interviewing for a new job can take as much work as the job itself. Being organized and prepared, as well as equipped with these 7 tips before an interview, will help you easy more easily into your next job.

7 Tips Before an Interview

Be sure to have an updated resume. Check it over to be certain you have correct contact info, as well as information about your most recent employment, skills, training and certificates. Get a professional email address as well if you don’t already have one.

Make copies of your resume and/or application. Often, even when a resume is submitted, an employer will have you complete an application. Having an additional copy of your resume, plus a copy of an application, could help speed the process and help you from having to memorize all the names, dates and phone numbers you’ll be asked for.

Touch base with your references. Often we list references, but they too may have incorrect contact information, or may not be available to give a timely reference. By reaching out and asking if they are still able to be a reference is in good form. Former employers expect reference calls all the time, but former managers or personal references don’t- so give them a heads up.

Practice interviewing. Sample interview questions are found online, and the most common simply ask about your strengths and weaknesses, and how you would perform in specific situations. Think about your accomplishments, how you’d handled problems, and what personal information you may want to share.

Clean up your online profiles. Just as you update your resume, also update your LinkedIn profile and any other online professional listings. Do an internet search of your name and see what comes up. If a personal social account doesn’t give a professional image of you, consider making it private while you are job seeking. All communication with employers, whether written or verbal, needs to be professional.

Keep records. Take a few minutes to track your job search activity such as keeping notes on: Who you applied to; What position you applied for; When you applied; Where they are located (as specifically as you want); and any other notes such as when you should follow up and whether or not you got a call back.

You may also want to include the link to the job posting and/or job description, so when you do get the interview, you can remember what it entails in order to be best prepared.

Once you have the interview, get prepared.

Check the route you need to take to get to the interview at least 15 minutes early (to account for traffic or GPS misdirection, etc.).

Research a bit about the company by looking at their website and any social media profiles.

Follow these additional tips for during and after your job interview. Of course, these tips before an interview aren’t exhaustive, but will build a strong foundation in your job search. Do you have any other tips you have found to be successful? We’d love to hear them.

 

If you are in search of employment opportunities in Colorado, let Colorado Network Staffing (CNS) help you find your next position. CNS is a leader in staffing, staff augmentation, and contract management by acting as a sole human resource provider for our clients. Our employing companies are looking for the best and brightest talent, and trust us to provide exactly that. Contact us at 303-430-1441, and discover why our clients come to us to fill their staffing needs, and get started in your new career faster.

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7 Ways Working as a Temporary Employee Benefits You

Apr 30, 2018 Pam Fritzler Comments (0)

Considering whether working as a temporary employee is right for you? With today's tighter than ever job market we have access to positions that otherwise may not have been available, it may just be the perfect way to get your resumes in front of the right people.
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​Emotional Intelligence and Work

Mar 20, 2018 Pam Fritzler Comments (0)

Emotional Intelligence and work practices are the topic of conversation for hiring managers, management teams, sales teams and others looking for high performance. Whether a job seeker or an employee, finding ways to truly differentiate ourselves among others vying for our position, is important. Traditionally, we tend to go right to our performance and efficiency and begin looking at organizational habits, self-care practices or educational resources for support.

However, if we work on developing our EQ, the quantitative measure of Emotional Intelligence, we discover a much more valuable skill set upon which several success factors lie. These attributes give us an awareness that makes us better relators to others. In fact, when we question our feelings about our output and/or the effect of our actions on others, we are demonstrating Emotional Intelligence or EI, and this is a hot commodity in today's workforce because it demonstrates, in part, your leadership ability.

The Value of Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence is a group of traits that relate to being aware of, and able to control your emotions and likewise being empathetic to the emotions of others in a way that creates friendliness, problem solving skills, and connection. The major categories in determining Emotional Intelligence Scores include your success in the areas of: social settings, empathy, motivation, self-regulation and self-awareness.

Having good EI helps in both work and personal life, as it includes skills that require you to read others and make decisions based on that. High EQ is found in leaders, and whether you want to lead your own cubicle effectively or lead a team of performers, it is worth developing.

"Organizational psychologists are finding that leaders must have the ability to understand social interactions and solve the complex social problems that arise in the course of office life. From resolving disputes to negotiating high-powered deals, business leaders need to be able to read each other’s signals, as well as understand their own strengths and weaknesses." Source: Psychology Today

Emotional Intelligence and Work

Typically, high Emotional Intelligence results in higher sales, more production, and better connections and relationships. It makes sense then why managers care so much about a person's EI- it affects everything from the bottom line to employee relations.

So, whether you are a job seeker looking for a way to differentiate yourself, or a current employee looking to lead more effectively, Emotional Intelligence and work settings should be a partnership you look to foster. Develop your EQ and demonstrate your knowledge and awareness of it in your actions, resume, interviews and communications.

 

If you are in search of employment opportunities in Colorado, let Colorado Network Staffing (CNS) help you find your next position. CNS is a leader in staffing, staff augmentation, and contract management by acting as a sole human resource provider for our clients. Our employing companies are looking for the best and brightest talent, and trust us to provide exactly that. Contact us at 303-430-1441, and discover why our clients come to us to fill their staffing needs, and get started in your new career faster.

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​7 Tips To Improve Emotional Intelligence at Work

Mar 06, 2018 Pam Fritzler Comments (0)

Spend time in the business world and the topic of Emotional Intelligence (EI) will likely come up. Used in hiring, management and even performance evaluations, EQ, the measure of EI, is thought by some to be even more important than IQ.
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New Year, New Career? How to Prepare for a Job Change

Dec 28, 2017 Pam Fritzler Comments (0)

For most people, the new year brings New Year's resolutions. If you've been considering finding a new job as yours, here are a few ways to make your resolution stick and your job change successful.  ..

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2 Steps to Exceed What Job Recruiters Are Looking For

Nov 28, 2017 Pam Fritzler Comments (0)

When you think about Denver job recruiters, or even potential employers for that matter, do you see them as customers? Or do you see yourself as that? If you aren’t seeing them as someone who is “buying” from you, you may be missing the big question they are thinking, even if they don’t ask it. While you may believe they are trying to trick you up with interview questions and screening tools, they are just wanting to get to this question: “What’s in it for me?” ..

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