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Placers Presents: “New Job Orientation” Can I just start my new job already!?

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In order to ensure that our candidates will be completely successful in their new position with Placers, we, in part with our clients, require a New Hire Orientation for all of those brand new employees. The New Hire Orientation has slowly evolved to adapt to the changes experienced not only by our clients but the constant changes in the workforce demand today.  Each program is individualized and personalized with client-specific information within. However, each session also includes vital Placers information to make sure everything they need to know is discussed in detail. We aim to establish a strong and lasting relationship between the candidate, the client, and Placers.

The reason this initial meeting is so important is that it gives all new candidates an opportunity for Placers to coach and educate them on who we are, what we do, and why we do it; all while they simultaneously become acclimated to the client’s established culture and expectations. When things are discussed, outlined, and established ahead of time, a lot less confusion and questions arise after the first day; there are already enough jitters that come along with a first day, so why create more?  This can encourage candidates to ask any and all questions they may have, and to communicate any concerns in a comfortable setting before they head to the site on their first day.

New Hire Orientation is something that allows an extra dose of instruction to the workforce while sharing the client-specific information that is so important to know before stepping foot on the site. We know and understand that a first day anywhere that is new and unfamiliar can sometimes be overwhelming and cause some anxiety. But, we at Placers are here to alleviate that anxiety by sharing all information openly and freely; the more you know, the more empowered you can become, which is extremely important when it comes to your career goals!

In order to ensure some success at New Hire Orientation, follow the tips below to make sure you are getting the most out of the experience:

    • Come Prepared: Bring a notebook, pen, and necessary documents requested. This alleviates “downtime” that otherwise may make Orientation feel slow or dull.
    • Dress the Part: First impressions last. Dress in business casual attire or the required uniform in order to show your organization, preparedness, & professionalism
    • Pay Attention: Put down the phone, grab your caffeinated beverage, and take some detailed notes. The more you retain and understand during the presentation, the less confusing things will be after you leave.
    • Ask Questions: If there is anything at all that seems confusing, ask. If you are unsure of anything regarding your position, ask. This is the time to clear things up before your first day at the site. Be honest because we are here to help!
    • Keep the Folder Handy: The orange folder given to each person has vital information and answers to FAQs. Look in the folder for answers before you send that email.

Overall and in conclusion, we aim to prepare our new employees to ensure independence, confidence, and success while they are onsite with our clients. By making sure that we are finding the best fit for each person individually, we are setting them up to succeed in multiple ways on a path that aligns with their career goals. We ensure a happy client by sending along top-notch and prepared talent that is educated on their culture and their company values. It’s simply a win-win.

Placers Presents: How to Use Volunteer Experience to Land a Job

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Could your resume use a little padding? Are you struggling to come up with accomplishments to mention in your interview? If you haven’t already talked up your volunteer experience, it’s time to start.

Your efforts as a volunteer are worthy of praise, and they just might lead to your dream job — a study from the Corporation for National and Community Service indicates that jobless individuals who volunteer are 27 percent more likely to find work.

Perhaps you’re proud of your hard work as a volunteer, but not sure how, exactly, it will fit into your resume. Don’t act on the impulse to tone down unpaid work. Instead, use these suggestions to make the most of your volunteer experience:

Substitute Volunteer Positions For Relevant Work History

An age-old conundrum for job seekers: listings tend to mandate several years of experience. Unfortunately, requisite experience can be difficult to come by when it’s an entry-level requirement for so many jobs.

The good news? In some cases, volunteerism can be a work-around. After all, the barrier for entry is far lower for volunteer positions. Volunteer coordinators are typically thrilled to take on and train new candidates — even those who lack critical skills or are completely new to the field. Grateful for the help, coordinators may also provide glowing references for volunteers seeking paid work.

If you lack work experience in your field of choice, don’t be afraid to play up relevant volunteer efforts. Employers love to see job candidates with exposure to the field, even on a part-time basis or for no compensation. Volunteerism also demonstrates key qualities such as compassion and dedication.

When listing volunteer positions in your resume or on LinkedIn, describe the full scope of each position. Which responsibilities were you given, and how did you handle them? How will the lessons learned in your volunteer position help you in future jobs? For example, if you intend to go into marketing, you can highlight your efforts as social media coordinator for a favorite charity. Perhaps you helped organize and run a successful fundraiser; this could improve your prospects as you seek a position in accounting, finance, or management. In general, you should highlight any volunteer accomplishments that required you to step up and demonstrate employable skills.

Listing As a Job Versus As Related Experience

Depending on your resume, volunteer positions could look like typical job entries or could be included in a special section. Resume layout will largely be determined by which paid positions you’ve held.

If you’re just starting out in your career and have only held part-time jobs in unrelated fields, relevant volunteer experience may be more valuable to employers than your prior paid positions. What looks better: a volunteer position involving leadership and technical skills? Or a paid position at a fast food restaurant?

When the pickings are slim, you’re better off including your volunteer position in the general ‘work experience’ field. If, however, you’ve had one or more full-time, paid positions in your field (or your volunteer job is not directly related to your industry), you can include volunteering in a separate area marked ‘related experience.’

As a volunteer, you’ve contributed dozens or even hundreds of hours to your community. You deserve recognition for your efforts. Don’t be afraid to highlight volunteer experience to gain an edge over other job candidates.

Placers Presents: How Writing on LinkedIn Can Get You Noticed

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Today there are over half a billion LinkedIn users around the world, and the platform is one of the best ways to get you noticed. You can help promote your personal brand by posting updates and articles regularly.

Writing quality articles on LinkedIn will help you stand out; it will help you differentiate your personal brand from others. Posting these articles can also help make you an expert on specific topics in your contacts’ minds. They’ll know who to come to when they have questions about a topic, or when they need the skills or services you provide.

An Overlooked Platform

LinkedIn is one platform that many writers overlook. While LinkedIn was once just a place for professionals to connect, or a place for job seekers to look for new opportunities, the site has gone through a transformation. Now there are content creators who primarily focus on the platform and video channels who publish directly to the site. LinkedIn is a digital marketing platform all its own now. It offers great content, a feature you can use to help yourself.

Posts from everyday people garner thousands of views and often get shared widely. It’s a wonderful way to share, and craft, your voice.

When you publish on LinkedIn, it can help you establish yourself as a professional. Your network will see your posts, see what opinions or advice you have to offer, and begin to associate you with that topic. Additionally, publishing on LinkedIn will help you fill out your profile. Prospective employers will see you’re active on the site, see your posts, and be more willing to reach out to you since there is a much better chance of engagement.

Get Noticed

When you write your LinkedIn articles, remember you are representing your brand. You want to write professionally and make sure you’re sharing content you want to be associated with. It’s perfectly acceptable to share opinions, but make sure those are opinions you would find acceptable to share in the workplace. Anything you create will be associated with your brand.

Additionally, feel free to write pieces which are industry specific. Share your knowledge and expertise and get noticed. Soon you’ll find your contacts are reaching out to you for help, or with new career opportunities that match your skills and interests.

Free Advertising

Every time you post, all of your contacts are notified. This is like free advertising. It’s the perfect way to share your knowledge and get your name out there. If you add a call to action on every piece, for example, a link to your personal website and an invitation to contact you for your services, it provides them with a way to get to know you even better, and a way for you to capitalize on this free service LinkedIn provides.

Your content is shareable, too. If your connections find the content valuable, they can share it, thereby increasing the scope of your posts allowing you reach even more people.

Every time you write a post, make sure you share it as a status update, too. This will drive additional traffic to your article. You can also reshare your articles later, recycling your content.

When you think about what to write, make sure it’s creative and current, and make sure you are regularly posting. Soon, your connections will start to look for your content and your brand will become known. Writing on LinkedIn can get you noticed!

Placers Presents: Benefits of Informational Interviews

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Whether you’re looking for your first job or you are a seasoned professional thinking of making a move, an informational interview can be a valuable source of occupational information. An informational interview is an opportunity to learn about a new field, learn more about a company you’d like to work for or to get inside information about new opportunities.

 

Informational Interviews: What are They?

An informational interview is not a job interview. It’s informal, sometimes conducted over coffee, over the phone, or in the office, it’s used to collect information about a career field, industry, or company.

These interviews give you the opportunity to speak with someone who works in a field you’d like to know more about, in a position you want to have someday, or at a company you’d like to work for. They are simply an avenue to gather information.

When you go on an informational interview, you’ll want to ask questions about the person’s career path to find out how they got to where they are (and maybe to where you want to be), why they chose the industry, what they like about the industry (and don’t like), and what their job is actually like—what are their responsibilities, what’s a normal day like?

 

The Benefits of Informational Interviews

An informational interview is a great way to gain firsthand experience about the industry of the job you’d like to be in. Additionally, it can help you:

  1. Practice your interview skills: Since you are not interviewing for a position, there’s little or no stress. It provides you with a way to build your self-confidence and improve your interviewing skills. You’ll learn what questions to ask, and what answers employers are looking for.
  2. Learn the buzzwords: Speaking with someone in the industry is a great way to learn the buzzwords of the job you want; you’ll know which words and phrases to include in your resume and cover letter to catch a hiring manager’s eye.
  3. Build your network: If you make a good impression during your informational interview, the person you speak with may connect you with others in the industry, and that could result in a new job opportunity. And even if it doesn’t, it WILL definitely help you expand your network of contacts.

 

How to Schedule an Informational Interview

Networking is a great way to find someone to interview. Plus, informational interviews are great ways to expand your network. Reach out to your friends, family, and acquaintances to see if they know someone in the industry you’re interested in pursuing. If so, ask them to make the introduction.

If that doesn’t work for you, consider doing some research on LinkedIn. Look for the company you’d like to work for and reach out to someone there. Send them a note and ask if they’d be available for an informational interview. Even if they can’t meet you in person, they may have time for a phone call.

The more people you meet, or speak with, during informational interviews, the larger your network gets. This can really benefit you in your job search.  

 

Consider reaching out to your contacts today to schedule your first (or fifth!) informational interview!

Are you seeking a top temporary staffing agency in Delaware? Contact Placers! We provide reliable staffing solutions that enable you to implement your temp jobs strategies. Our expert recruiters assess applicants who are fit for human resource, accounting and finance, legal, marketing and communications, administrative and customer service jobs. Contact us via 302-709-0973 for any inquiry.

Placers Presents: 5 Reasons to Apply for Temporary Jobs

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After graduating, many people aspire to work with prominent organizations. They send numerous job applications hoping to get positive responses. However, some continue to remain jobless for several years. Why not apply for a temporary position as you keep searching for your dream employer? Here are five reasons why you should consider a temporary job from a reputable employment agency, like, Placers.

 

Self-Motivation

When you don’t have a job, you generally have a lot of free time. Some people fail to develop and maintain a routine of daily activities. Sticking to a particular work plan enables one to remain proactive and simultaneously increases your self-worth.

Having a daily routine of activities might appear counterintuitive at times. It makes one spend less time searching for job vacancies and having adequate time to perform vital roles. However, having a rhythm of daily activities is essential.  Set realistic daily, weekly, monthly goals. Structure in your daily life will help you in your job search.

 

Availability

Getting a temporary job is relatively quick if you visit a reputable staffing agency. You need to prepare an excellent cover letter and resume fit for your target position. Upon meeting with the recruiting agent, it’s wise to share specific details about your skill set and work experience. The recruiter then looks for available opportunities which suit you. They then recommend you to various companies.

Many firms are searching for flexible temporary employees.  Be sure to speak with your recruiter about your availability. The more flexible you are willing to be with your time, the more likely you are to find a temporary position quickly.

Income

Often, when unemployed, you face numerous financial constraints. It makes some people become desperate and accept lower paying jobs they don’t like. You don’t have to live a miserable lifestyle while you attempt to find a job.

Working with a recruiter to find a temporary job (while you search for something full-time) can be a great way to make enough money to pay your bills, while you wait for your dream job.

 

Numerous Opportunities

Temping allows a person to send multiple job applications within a short duration. If you aren’t sure of which temp jobs to apply for, you can try out different opportunities in various industries. Having a vast amount of experience in multiple sectors enables you to develop vital skills that can apply in different positions.

 

Networking

Temp jobs offer one an opportunity to work with different people at various organizations. When someone likes your work ethic, they can easily refer you to another firm. There could also be a chance you land a permanent job. Initially, you might lack interest in temporary staffing, but once you try it, it offers you a variety of well-paying opportunities and a chance to develop important skills that apply to many different career paths.

 

Are you seeking a top temporary staffing agency in Delaware? Contact Placers! We provide reliable staffing solutions that enable you to implement your temp jobs strategies. Our expert recruiters assess applicants who are fit for human resource, accounting and finance, legal, marketing and communications, administrative and customer service jobs. Contact us via 302-709-0973 for any inquiry.

Placers Staffing Presents: Resume Red Flags

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Whether you’ve been job hunting for a while now or you’ve just started looking, you know your resume is a powerful tool that can either help or harm you during your search. Many people have no idea their resumes are often read by computers (applicant tracking systems) and discarded after a mere 6 seconds (it’s true!). Likewise, many job seekers would be surprised to know their resumes are sending red flags to recruiters. Some red flags can cause hiring managers and recruiters to pass you over without a second look. What should you look for and how can you fix these problems, making your resume more attractive to employers?

 

Here are some of the warning signs hiring managers look for, and tips on how to fix them:

 

Your resume doesn’t meet the job requirements:

In today’s world, we know keywords are, well, key. Every time you send out your resume, you should be changing the verbiage to match the job. Review the job posting and make sure your resume has the exact words the company wants. Skip the ‘Objective’ section and list 3 to 5 bullet points at the top that speaks to the job in question. You don’t want the recruiter or hiring manager to have to hunt through your resume—because they won’t. Typically, recruiters spend less than 6 seconds looking at a resume before they move on.

 

Dates of Employment:

It may sound silly, but make sure your employment dates are correct and consistent. If you list the years for one position (2014-2017) but the month and date for another (March 2010 through April 2014) it looks unorganized, and to a recruiter, that’s a reflection of you.  Make sure to explain overlapping dates (maybe you were freelancing or working two jobs) as well as any gaps. Finally, don’t lie about employment dates. Recruiters are trained to cross-check using several different tactics. Any inconsistencies could jeopardize your chances of landing an interview.

 

Job hopping:

Employers see “job hopping” as a major red flag. Why? Well, it can be perceived that you may be unsure about your career path, you’re not using proper judgment when choosing a position, or you haven’t been able to maintain a role for an extended period. This is one of the most common reasons employers reject resumes. Businesses do not want to spend money and time hiring and training someone who isn’t a long-term solution. What can you do? If you are a contractor, make sure to group those contracting positions together, and explain on your resume that those were contracting positions. If you accepted short-term roles, you can leave them off your resume, but be prepared to explain the gap in employment. If you were laid off from a company, explain why. You should have an answer for every question that pertains to your job history.

 

Inconsistencies online:

Make sure you are representing yourself consistently across all online platforms. You want your resume, your LinkedIn profile, and any other websites your prospective employer can access (like a blog, an online portfolio, social media, or another online hiring site) to show you in the same light. When recruiters see inconsistencies in your online personas, it raises suspicion. Limit the negative variables and increase your chances of a locking down an interview by updating your online accounts.

 

 

 

 

 

Not tailoring your resume to the job description:

You should be tweaking your resume every time you apply for a different position. If not, you’re sure to leave out keywords an applicant tracking system, or an HR manager is looking for. Edit your resume every time to make sure it speaks to the job you want!

 

 

 

 

Correct these red flags today, and you’ll begin to see positive results.

 

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