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Happily Placed
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Happily Placed Episode 3 – Top 6 Staffing Agency Myths

In this episode of Happily Placed!, John and Mary go over the top 6 myths and questions that they hear floating around about staffing agencies.

Questions or comments: happilyplaced@emeraldstaffing.com

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Happily Placed
Happily Placed

Happily Placed Episode 1.5

Has it been a while since your last interview? Whether you are on the hunt for a new job or just transitioning positions in your current career, having your first new round of interviews can be nerve wracking. In Happily Placed Episode 1.5, John Burton and Mary Marshall dish out some tips for the experienced candidates who are back on the job market.

Questions or comments: happilyplaced@emeraldstaffing.com

Meet Happily Placed
Meet Happily Placed

Voices Behind Happily Placed!

Meet the voices behind Happily Placed! John Burton, President of Emerald Staffing, and Mary Marshall, Senior Recruiter bring an exciting take on recruiting and staffing. This dynamic duo gives the audience an insiders peak into being a recruiter in the ever changing workforce. From hilarious stories to tips and tricks – you will never be bored whilst they are at the mic! Pull up a chair, grab a pen, and get ready for your weekly dose of Happily Placed!

Happily Placed
Happily Placed

Happily Placed – Episode 1 (Tips for College Graduates)

Emerald Staffing Presents: Happily Placed!

You have graduated college… now what? Listen to this fun, fresh take on getting a jump start in the working world. John Burton, President of Emerald Staffing, and Mary Marshall, Senior Staffing Consultant, dive into being the stand-out candidate, always showing up prepared, and ultimately becoming Happily Placed. Join us weekly for a new podcast exploring all the topics of staffing!

Steps to Success
Steps to Success

STEPS TO SUCCESS

Having a clean, direct, and professional resume can take some time to perfect.

The best advice is to not rush the process – take your time! Here are some great tips to follow when creating your resume:

  1. There is no problem with using a template to help create a clean format. With Microsoft Word, look at the resume templates they have on file.
  2. Make sure to include phone number and email (tip: set up an email for job hunting – this way only important emails show up and no spam mail)
  3. Put jobs in chronological order from newest (at the top) to oldest (at the bottom)
  4. Use the same tense regardless of timing. If starting in present tense, stay in present tense throughout the resume
  5. Include all forms of education/certifications
  6. Include at least 2 professional references. The references should either be bosses, supervisors, or co-workers.

Goodbye Cutiepie1101@hotmail.com.

Everyone has had embarrassing emails, from cutiepie101 to pokemon4vr… but now is the time to change the email address to something more work appropriate. When thinking about what email to use, stick to the simplest form. A great example is using initials or full name. By choosing a professional email, it shows the employer that the candidate has taken the time to be polished and ready.

Once the email is created, set up a signature to show up at the bottom of the email. This way, signing off appropriately is never forgotten.

Full Voicemail Boxes: Don’t Do it!

Before looking for a job, clear out your voicemail box. There is nothing worse than trying to get a hold of someone in a timely manner and being unable to leave a message. By keeping messages instead of taking care of the tasks, the candidate looks disorganized. Make sure the set-up voicemail message is professional. We always advise a candidate to have an automated message with their phone number as their message machine. This creates ease for the caller.

LinkedIn is a Great Tool for Candidates and Recruiters.

LinkedIn allows both parties to show off their resume and skill set without being confined to one page. The beauty of LinkedIn is that the candidate can either state their talents/experience in paragraph or bullet form. We suggest their old colleagues or supervisors endorse the information. When someone endorses the skills it makes it paints a better picture for the individual who is researching.

(Hint: Any recruiter or headhunter can look at your LinkedIn profile. Currently, we now can access millions of resumes using this platform. Imagine… a recruiter across the country or even around the world has access to your resume – make it great!)

Social Media is a Great Tool…But Also Can Be A Slippery Slope.

Our rule of thumb is to keep all social media private. Having an account on public opens private life to professional life. We promote work life balance and the same should be taken with social media. Social media includes Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. Turn all to private!

Everyone here at Emerald Staffing wishes you great success on your future endeavors! Please feel free to call our office if you need any assistance in finding your next careers – 503.212.0000.

Interview Tips;  Beginning to End
Interview Tips; Beginning to End

Interview Tips: From Beginning to End

Having worked in the front office of a couple companies, I have seen great and poor candidate check ins. Coming in disoriented, not focused, and all over the place is not a good impression. Company’s when hiring talk to the receptionist to ask how the candidate presented themselves and how they communicated. Here are some great tips from prior to stepping into the office, to leaving!

1. Know Who You Are Interviewing With
While scheduling your interview, you should be able to ask who you will be meeting with. This is a great piece of information because you can 1) Look up the person on LinkedIn (Researching the Interviewer is a great way to see if you have any commonalities to discuss during the interview), 2) Makes you more confident in conversations when you can incorporate their name, 3) Having the ability to know who you are asking for when you arrive in the office.

2. State Your Name and Appointment
When you come into the front office and speak to the receptionist make sure to speak clearly and direct. One of the hardest things as a receptionist is having a candidate or client come in and say, “I have an appointment at 1pm”. This sentence does not help the receptionist if their calendar is filled with multiple appointments at this time. It will make their job easier if you state your name and appointment time. “Hi, my name is Sarah and I have an interview with Bob at 1pm”. Concise and direct – the receptionist will love you!

3. Interview Questions
Prior to your interview draft 6 questions – 3 you will use and 3 for back up. Having questions for an interview is a great way to get to know the role a little better. But, asking questions that have already been asked can show a lack of listening or attention to detail. If during the interview your questions were answered naturally – great, if not, ask them at the end of the interview. Keep your questions direct and professional. A great rule of thumb is to ask questions that do not put too much pressure on the interviewer. Believe it or not, they are probably just as nervous as you are about being put on the spot. After 3 questions wrap up the interview. Too many questions might derail from the main point of the meeting.

4. Thank You Means the World
Following the end of your interview always thank your interviewer(s) as well as the receptionist. All participants gave their time for the interview, so showing thanks is very important. It would surprise you how many people walk out of the office without stopping and thanking the receptionist. Remember, when you are in the office, you are showing your best foot forward!

Good luck interviewing from everyone here at Emerald Staffing! If you have any questions about interviews, please do not hesitate to call our office 503.212.0000.

No Thank You Sick Bug
No Thank You Sick Bug

No Thank You Sick Bug!

Sick season has finally caught up to us again! As the weather cools off, the sick bugs start warming up. There is absolutely nothing worse than be toasty warm in bed, and realizing you woke up with a cold. You start pondering how you could have possibly picked up this strand of illness. Maybe it was Ted in the office? Was it the cashier at the grocery store? Who knows… but if you take a couple steps daily, you can fight off the infection next time.

Orange Ya Glad You Prevented A Cold?
Oranges and Mandarins are the best kept secret for fall! During cold season, you should up your intake of Vitamin C to keep the bugs at bay. Vitamin C helps keep your immune system in peak condition. By doing so, you can fight off illnesses quicker and better. Research shows, just one medium orange provides 100% of your daily intake needed. So next time you are packing your lunch, toss in an Orange!

Water. A Humans Best Friend
Hydration Nation starts November 1st and lasts until cold season is over! The best way to prevent a cold is to stay extremely hydrated. Having to go to the bathroom multiple times throughout the day can be rather annoying, but your body will thank you in the end! Katy, our HR Associate here at Emerald starts every morning off with a glass of water. Remember Katy in the morning when you wake and hydrate. Come on Emerald Staffers’ lets do this together!

Back-off Kids, Gummies Are for Adults Too!
Since childhood we have been told, Vitamins are the most important way to start a day. Finding time in the morning between rolling out of bed, stumbling into the shower, and attempting to look presentable seems impossible. How does one have time to take a handful of vitamins? A great tip to make sure you get your daily dose in is to take your assorted vitamins at lunch time. Instead of taking the large scary pills, switch to the gummy chews. By doing so, you can look forward to a yummy, healthy treat at the end of your lunch hour!

Who runs the world? Disinfectant!
Your work day is about to end, you’re thinking about heading home to your favorite sweatpants, yummy food, and most beloved television character. But, before you walk out of the office – DISINFECT! A great habit to get into at the end of the day is disinfecting your keyboard, mouse, phone, pens and desk. By taking 2 minutes every afternoon, you could prevent getting and spreading the office cold.

Hey Mr. Sandman, Keep Me Healthy (bum, bum, bum, bum)
Late nights are over… or just reserved for the weekends! Research shows that an adult should be getting anywhere from 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Plan your after work schedule accordingly! It is easy to get 8 hours of sleep if you are in bed by 10:00pm and awake at 6:00am. Five hours after work should be plenty of time to eat, work out, and relax. It is crazy the difference in work performance when you get a restful night’s sleep. Also, by sleeping, you allow your immune system to work properly to keep you healthy!

With cold season at our doorstep lets work together to try and keep a healthy work space. From us at Emerald Staffing, good luck for the office is small and full of germs!

4th of July Potato Salad Recipe
4th of July Potato Salad Recipe

John Jr.’s Famous 4th of July Potato Salad Recipe

It’s that time of year! The 4th of July is the Burton Family’s stable summer holiday, and each year John Jr. puts on his chef’s hat and makes his famous Potato Salad. If you’re celebrating with a group of people, and need to bring a dish to share, try this go-to and delicious recipe!

INGREDIENTS
• 3 Pounds Small White Potatoes
• 1 Cup Mayonnaise
• 1/4 Cup Buttermilk Well Shaken
• 2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
• 2 Tablespoons Whole Grain Mustard
• 1/2 Cup Fresh Dill Chopped
• Salt
• Black Pepper
• Pinch of Cayenne (Optional)
• 1/2 Cup Celery Chopped
• 1/2 Cup Red Onion Chopped

Step 1.
Place the potatoes and 2 tablespoons of salt in a large pot of water. Bring the water to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, until the potatoes are barely tender when pierced with a knife. Drain the potatoes in a colander, then place the colander with the potatoes over the empty pot and cover with a clean, dry kitchen towel. Allow the potatoes to steam for 15 to 20 minutes.
Step 2.
In a small bowl, whisk together the mayo, buttermilk, Dijon mustard, whole grain mustard, dill, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of pepper, and the optional cayenne. Set aside.
Step 3.
When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut them in quarters or in half, depending on their size. Place the cut potatoes in a large bowl. While the potatoes are still warm, pour enough dressing over them to moisten. Add the celery and red onion, 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Toss well, cover, and refrigerate for a few hours to allow the flavors to blend. Serve cold or at room temperature.

LESSONS FOR JOB SEARCHING GRADUATES

Happy graduation season! Congratulations to all the grads out there — whether you’ve completed high school, college or another advanced degree, it’s bound to be a transitional time. If you’re applying for jobs, we have some hot tips to keep you ahead of the curve. Hiring managers and recruiters often know within seconds if a candidate if worth their time — don’t ruin your chances by making a small, easily avoided mistake. Here are some basic, but often overlooked ways to be more professional and successful during the initial stages of your job search.

1. Use a professional and simple email address. Ditch any emails that don’t include your name, even if it has sentimental value, or even if it’s the one you’ve always used.

2. Have your voicemail set up! Even though most people prefer to text nowadays, it is imperative that you have your voicemail set up with a short personal greeting — no one likes an automated robot voice. On the same note, don’t let your voicemail fill up! Hiring managers will immediately move on if they can’t reach you.

3. Make sure there are zero errors on your resume and cover letter. This is one is pretty straightforward, but as a job seeker, it is vital. Read everything out loud, and have a trusted editor look over your materials before you submit an application.

4. Manage your social media accounts wisely. Chances are, employers will research you online as a way to weed out candidates. If you’re worried about any social media content you’ve posted, make your accounts private, and also think before you post!

5. Closely read and follow all directions on job applications. Even though applications can be tedious and take time (no one enjoys re-writing their job history), it’s often the first test for employers to make sure candidates can follow directions and have an attention to detail. Be thorough and take your time.

We guarantee if you stick to these basic tenets, you will increase your chances of getting a call back on your resume. Happy job hunting!

HIRING IN A TIGHT LABOR MARKET

Having a hard time finding that perfect candidate for your job opening? You’re not alone — it’s estimated that 45% of employers in the U.S. are having issues finding qualified candidates for their openings, and for 58% of those employers, job vacancies are lasting 3 months or longer. These are common symptoms of a strong economy and low unemployment — as of February the U.S. is at a 4.1% rate of unemployment.

So what’s a hiring manager to do? Maybe you have revamped your company culture to attract more applicants, or perhaps you’ve reconsidered pay and benefits structures. These are legitimate ways to recruit and keep talent, but if your goal is to ultimately hire amazing candidates, and retain them, there’s a clear solution: use a staffing agency to help strengthen your hiring process. As experts in recruiting and current labor market conditions, we make it our priority to do the “dirty work” for you – we dig and find you the candidates you need! Here are a few reasons why using a staffing agency can benefit your company, especially during a time of low unemployment and fierce competition for quality employees.

Exclusive Access to Top-Tier Talent
We use a range of tools for recruiting top candidates for your openings. Not only do we use multiple job boards, advertising and social media channels to engage candidates, but we have a large database of candidates with a variety of skill sets and backgrounds. In addition, we will always let clients know if a position is in our wheelhouse or not – we want to give you the best possible HR and hiring experience, with the best possible candidates.

Save Time
Using a staffing agency, you don’t have to sift through piles of resumes, screen applicants, and go through an endless stream of first interviews. We save you time by vigorously screening applicants for your opening, and only presenting you with the best candidates available, saving you time and giving you peace of mind.

Flexibility
Hiring, much like dating, can be unpredictable at times. Sometimes you hire someone, and initially everything goes smoothly – but then it becomes clear it may not be a good long-term fit. If you decide the candidate isn’t the right fit for your company, we handle the awkward breakup for you! We have flexible options available for whatever your hiring need may be – temporary or long-term.

Knowledge
As an accredited staffing firm, we make it our priority to stay up to date on market conditions, labor laws, and local/national legislation that can affect the workplace. We are always looking out for our clients to make sure they have all information available to make informed hiring decisions.

Whether you decide to hire on your own, or use a staffing agency, keep these hot tips in mind for hiring in a tight labor market:

It’s a candidate’s market,
so most applicants are interviewing with multiple companies concurrently — as a result, you are competing with dozens of other hiring managers for the top talent. Think about how your company sets itself apart from your competition. What perks and traits make you unique? What can you offer that other company’s cannot?

Timing is everything. If you interview a top-notch candidate that clicks with your employees, aligns with your company values AND they have the right professional background, move quickly before they take a job elsewhere. Keep them engaged throughout the interviewing and hiring process to ensure that they don’t stray!

Take a hard look at your job requirements. Does your ideal candidate really need a Master’s degree, or that super obscure software program? Many hiring managers are searching for a “unicorn”, or a perfect candidate that doesn’t really exist, except in myths. Re-examine your essential job requirements, and consider areas that you are willing to train in. As a result, your candidate pool will widen, and you may be surprised by the results.

Revisit wages and benefits. Now more than ever, candidates are considering the entire package deal when looking at a new job. With higher costs of living (especially in large cities in the NW) and rising costs of healthcare, American workers are looking for companies that will provide stability and opportunities for growth. The hourly rate that you offered for a position 5 years ago will likely not cut it in 2018! Besides wages and healthcare, think about other non-traditional benefits you can offer – paid volunteer hours, weekly lunches, gym memberships, transportation passes, etc. All combined, your wages and benefits programs can make or break a job offer.

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