The Best Employee Store

b loehr - clientSearching for the best employees . . .

Skilled, eager to learn, a real go-getter whose personality and approach to work fit well within your company culture. Now . . .  that’s not too much to ask, is it?

Since no one can afford to spend precious dollars and waste chunks of time on a bad hire, every hiring manager who’s worth a lick is beating the bushes for the best candidates to fill every opening at the company. They work hard at hiring not only because every position from the custodial staff to the general manager is important, but also because excellence in hiring translates to a successful bottom line.

So, where do you look for those applicants who will help your company excel?

Mass job postings that catch everyone looking for any job, anywhere, doing anything, often net less qualified applicants than these more targeted approaches.

Virtual career fairs

Exchange the travel and set-up, the hassles and expense common to physical job fairs for the ease of a virtual job fair. Showcase all your company has to offer without toting a heavy box or spending hours smiling behind a brochure-laden table. It’s an ideal way to reach out-of-the-area candidates who plan to relocate or would be willing to move for the right job.

By hosting a scheduled chat room, recruiters can share information about company life, job openings, the hiring process and more. Questions and responses are available for all participants to see. One-on-one side conversations can allow for a more personal approach and some fairs offer the option of video interviews.

Informal, in-house events

Maybe it’s an open house following an expansion or renovation. Could be an annual holiday event hosted for the community. What about that reception welcoming the new company president? All  these events and a host of others present the perfect opportunity to showcase who you are as a company while targeting job applicants who already have an interest in your business.

Station friendly, out-going personnel in a prominent area near a display focused on current job openings. Prepare these ambassadors for the reality of conversing with mostly already-employed people who, at this point in their career, may be contemplating a job change.

FYI: many of the top-notch employees currently work for someone else. That doesn’t mean these quality workers wouldn’t be interested in what you can offer them.

Social media

Target the individuals who follow you on social media—Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc. By posting well-written job descriptions that detail job openings, you’ll be reaching an audience who, are both familiar with your products or services, and have at least a cursory interest in the business.

Create a “Why should you work for us?” campaign that highlights the features of your employment package and “pin” it to the top of your Facebook page. Share as much or as little about specific job openings as you’re comfortable with sharing. If you prefer to limit the details, direct more serious seekers to your website with a simple “check our website for employment opportunities” message.

A staffing agency

A reputable staffing firm can deliver skilled, quality workers to your doorstep, saving you both time and money. When the time-consuming recruiting and hiring process is efficiently handled for you, then your efforts can be focused on the many other tasks vying for attention. Let the trained personnel at the staffing firm see to the “homework” and “legwork” necessary to screen applicants. Trust their experience in the recruiting and hiring field to yield great hires for your company.

Loehr Staffing takes pride in hiring the best field associates in office/administrations, accounting, medical, clerical, and light industrial. Contact us today. Discover  how we can supply quality workers to meet your company’s needs.

 

 

Major Job Interview Don’ts

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????While your resume or a personal recommendation got your foot in the door, it’s now up to you to shine during the interview and sell yourself to the potential employer, all while avoiding any major faux pas.

Some interview blunders are so profound as to undermine all the “right” things you may say or do and will earn you a big fat strike. Steer clear of these far-too-common pet peeves reported by recruiters and hiring managers.

  1. Do not… Arrive too early or too late

Can you actually be too early for an interview? Yes! Arriving 15-20 minutes early says, “This opportunity is important to me.” Appearing an hour or more ahead of schedule, however, relays an overeager-ness that won’t earn you any points. Such an early arrival may inconvenience the interviewer or other office staff, and cast an awkward tone on the meeting.

Showing up late suggests a lack of respect for the opportunity and the interviewer’s time. Factor in time for being unfamiliar with the area, heavy traffic and parking issues. Better yet, conduct a trial run at the same time of day as the interview appointment to aid  in gauging the amount of time needed.

  1. Do not… Bring a support team…or children

A job interview is a solo gig. Period. Don’t bring Mom and Dad along for moral or any other kind of support. Leave your best friend or spouse at home as well. The goal throughout this most important meeting that you hope will result in a job offer is to appear capable, confident, and independent. You’ll leave none of those desired impressions if you bring an audience to the interview.

And if you can’t make childcare arrangements to cover the short amount of time needed for an interview, this prospective employer will be wondering how on earth you’ll handle said arrangements in the event the position becomes yours. Leave the kiddos with a sitter.

  1. Do not… Monopolize the conversation with constant chatter

It’s not uncommon to be nervous, to experience dive-bombing butterflies that, in some people, are directly connected to the chat-a-mile-a-minute button. Resist the urge to ramble, share your entire life story, or regale the interviewer with cutesy toddler or grandchildren stories. Stay focused and give the concise, to-the-point answers this professional situation warrants.

Excessive chattiness during an interview may signal an employee who will be both distracted, distracting and have issues with listening.

  1. Do not… Be the first to bring up salary or benefits

“So… how much does this job pay?” or “How soon would I get a vacation?” will send the message that you’re all about the money and benefits with little regard for the company’s interests.

Yes, salary and benefits are a reasonable concern, however, it’s best to bide your time and wait for the interviewer to approach these subjects. Remember this meeting is all about the first impressions you leave with the interviewer, and “money hungry” or “freeloader” are not words you want associated with your name.

  1. Do not… Badmouth current or former bosses or co-workers

At best, criticizing co-workers or bosses will get you labeled as a whiner or complainer; more often, it can easily get you crossed off the list entirely. Nothing about sharing the details with a total stranger sheds a positive light on you.

Should questions arise concerning either current or past employment situations, be discreet, professional, and guard your tone and attitude. Once, when pressed about why I was seeking a new job, I simply stated my co-worker/supervisor and I had different approaches to work in general and particularly deadlines. That was a very polite way of saying I did everything, often saving her from embarrassing deadline misses, while she contributed very little.

  1. Do not… Be distracted by your phone

Keep temptation at bay by putting your phone in an overcoat pocket, purse, or better yet, in a locked car, so it’s out of sight and far enough away that the vibration of an incoming call or text will go unnoticed.

Cell phone usage has become so normal that people think nothing of answering a call or text regardless of what other activity they may be engaged in—like a job interview. One interviewer reported being asked to leave the room so the interviewee could speak privately with the person whose call the interviewee had answered during the interview. Suffice it to say, that person did not get the job.

  1. Do not… Come across as pushy or desperate

It could well be you are rather desperate for a job—this particular one or any—but displaying pushy or needy behavior will not be to your advantage. A calm confidence will get you much further than a nervous desperation that could easily sound like begging or groveling.

Pushiness sometimes takes the form of bragging. “I am hands down the best applicant you will have for this position… so you might as well hire me now and save yourself a lot of time.” Excuse me? Share honestly the qualities you possess that would enable you to do the job and do it well, and then leave it at that.

Applying for every open position the company advertises may sound like great idea, but it’s not. That approach screams desperation when you’re best bet is to display a genuine interest in a particular position, for which you are qualified, by applying for that job only. An opportunity may arise during the interview to note other openings, but again, avoid the I’ll-take-any-job-you-can-give-me approach.

As the largest independent and locally owned and operated staffing company in the St. Louis metropolitan area, B. Loehr Staffing hires the most qualified candidates in order to supply our clients with top-notch employees for both short and long-term, as well as temp-hire, assignments. Contact us today and take the first step toward your interview.

The Truth about Multitasking

b loehr - multitaskingIt would appear we’re not as good at multitasking as we think. I, for one, find this news quite distressing.

There was a time when noting “multitasker” on a resume was considered a desirable trait to highlight. Now, some employment experts warn against hiring a person who boasts of their multitasking skills. What happened to change the tide?

Studies in recent years, where actual brain activity was recorded, have concluded that trying to focus on more than one activity at a time, reduces productivity by as much as 40% . Ouch. It would seem that we weaken our ability to block out distractions when we switch our focus from one activity to another, repeatedly; resulting in a greater amount of time spent completing the tasks. And all along, I thought I was saving time.
Millennials who cut their teeth on computer-aided everything seem to have a rather impressive grasp on multitasking. It’s nothing for said generation to pay bills via a mobile app and text mom about Sunday lunch plans all while winning at the newest video strategy game. Oh, and answer an ad on Craigslist at the same time. But don’t expect them to remember to take out the trash on Tuesday night. While the techiest amongst us appear to take multitasking in stride, research continues to warn we aren’t gaining as much from our multitasking as we think.

Many of us routinely combine making dinner with doing laundry, washing dishes, and emptying the trash. Personally, I think it’s cool to see how much I can accomplish while the oven or microwave timer ticks away two minutes – or even 45 seconds. I wouldn’t dream of simply watching the microwave turntable make its rounds when I could put away the silverware and plates – maybe the glasses too – from the dishwasher before the buzzer rings.

Checking your email while watching the game? Not a major deal—most people can handle this type of multitasking. If you miss the play of the night, chances are you can hit rewind and recapture the moment. Reviewing spelling words with Bobby while doing the dishes, sweeping the garage or washing the car? Again, not a major deal. But this really wasn’t the type of multi-tasking we’re discussing.

It appears we can become so accustomed to such focus-splitting in our daily lives, that we may feel we do it well. The experts agree, however, it’s not nearly as efficient as we presume and can even be harmful. The negative effects attributed to repeated periods of multitasking include increased stress, short-term memory loss, relationship interference, and even overeating.

Some jobs, where the pace is chronically hectic, require a degree of multitasking. The brain can often successfully handle brief periods that demand switching from one task to another. Over the long haul, however, the negative is likely to outweigh the positive. Studies reflect that the best results are realized when we focus our full attention on one task at a time.