Why You Should Avoid Rushed Hiring

When you run or manage a company, you are well aware that emergency situations or needs can arise at any given time. When this happens, many people immediately flock to the idea of hiring more staff or employees to help rectify the situation. However, this can often do more harm than good. Here’s why you should avoid rushed hiring in the workplace:

You Might Make a Bad Hire.

If you rush through the hiring process, you might fail to be as thorough as you would if you were hiring within a normal time frame. You may find yourself hiring undesirable candidates simply because you just need someone there to help you fill the task as quickly as possible. While there are times that do mandate this, know that you might be hiring an employee who is not necessarily up to your standards if you do this.

 

You Will Stress Out Your Team.

When you undergo rushed hiring, your team will be likely to suffer and become stressed out. Your team will have to pick up the extra work to help your new hire jump right into the workplace, which will put a damper on their own workload. If your new hire is lacking competency, your current team members will have to step up to take initiative on top of the normal workload.

You Will Stress Out the New Hire.

If you hire someone mainly just to fill a position, he/she will be stressed out as soon as they are on the job. The reason for this is that they are not being given a transition period in which they can safely ease into the job and ask as many questions as they need.

You Won’t Be Prioritizing Customer Service.

In the end, your customers choose your company because they believe in your services, mission statement, and values. Collectively, all of this can be referred to as, “customer service.” When you hire someone who isn’t consistent with your company’s services, mission statement, and values, you are putting your company’s reputation and services at risk. This is not fair to your customers and needs to be avoided at all costs.

If you have a job opening that needs to be filled quickly, contact Award Staffing. We have a database of highly competent individuals who would be good fits for your company. We will already have completed the screening process so you don’t make a bad hire that jeopardizes the success of your company in the long run.

Why You Should Set Weekly Goals

No matter how big or small your position is within the scope of your company, it’s important. You wouldn’t have been hired to your position if you weren’t needed, so it’s good to take pride in that fact. Setting weekly goals is one way to recognize the value of your position. Here is why.

Weekly goals are a planning tool.

It’s always important to have a plan for both the near and long-term future – and it’s the trait of a great employee. When you set weekly goals, it will help you accomplish these plans. This can sometimes prove to be daunting, but by breaking your desires and accomplishments down into weekly goals, you are making the whole process much more manageable.

Goals keep you on track.

If you set weekly goals, there’s a reduced chance that you will forget any of the dates or tasks you have scheduled. If you are regularly reviewing your commitments because they are a part of your weekly goals, you will be more likely to prepare for your meetings and be an active participant.

Goals help you stay focused.

It’s easy to be caught up in the day-to-day operations of working, but personal and professional gains are only made when you go above and beyond what is expected every day. Setting weekly goals will enable you to start working towards the bigger picture on a more manageable scale. You will also be able to really hone in on and focus on small tasks so that you are able to dedicate more time to them.

Goals help improve communication.

If you keep a log of your weekly goals and accomplishments, you will be able to communicate more effectively with your superiors what you have accomplished and what you need to accomplish. You will also have an easier time communicating any needs you have associated with your upcoming tasks because you will be able to see them visually presented in front of you.

Setting weekly goals will allow you to accomplish all of these factors, which will ultimately lead to you becoming a better employee. If you have determined that you’re ready to move on to another job, contact Award Staffing. We will be able to sit down with you, look at your qualifications, and match you up with a company that is well suited to your needs.

How to Ease Back into the Workforce

Life is what happens when you’re not looking. That’s why, at some point, you may have had to take a break from working for some reason. This could be anywhere from adding another member to the family, dealing with an illness, or going back to school. Whatever the reason is, the transition back into the workforce can sometimes be rough. Here’s how to ease back into the workforce:

Don’t Overextend Yourself.

One common problem of people who jump back into the workforce after being out of it for a while is overextension. Many people forget how tiring it can be to work, so it’s important to take care of yourself while you’re in the middle of this transition period. Don’t forget to drink a lot of water, get the proper amount of sleep, and snack throughout the day to keep yourself alert.

Keep Coworkers Informed.

Speaking of coworkers, you want to keep them informed if you are easing back into the workplace. While you may have some of the same coworkers, depending on how long you were gone, you will likely have several new coworkers. If you let them know you are returning to your job, they will have a better understanding of what you need to learn. They can also help you become updated on any new policies or management.

Gradually Add Tasks and Responsibility.

You will want to resume your normal tasks and roles, but you may find yourself becoming easily confused or doing things differently. It’s always an adjustment when you go back into the workplace, so make sure to do it gradually to minimize any potential issues with either yourself or your coworkers.

Be Honest With Yourself.

Only you know how much you can handle or not handle. Be honest with yourself throughout the entire transitioning process and at the end of every day. Once you have been honest with yourself and can look at the job objectively, you will know whether, or not returning to this particular job or industry was the right decision.

Whether you want to return to your previous position or try something new, contact Award Staffing. We will be able to help you find a job that is well suited to your unique set of needs and skill set and helps you with that transition back into the workforce.

How to Use Action Verbs in Your Resume

Want to submit a resume that stands out from other prospective hires? Do it with action verbs! Follow these helps.

Do Research on Action Verbs.

Before you use action verbs in your resume, you should know what they are and how they differentiate from normal verbs. An action verb powerfully describes something you did or are currently doing for a job. For example, instead of saying: “I was able to help the program,” you would say, “I accelerated the program.”

Write Your Resume Normally.

The first step to take to using action verbs in your resume is to write your resume normally and without any action verbs. Though this might sound counterintuitive, this will actually let you focus on the content and experience that your resume needs to convey. Additionally, your resume will sound like your voice it because it will be written and formatted in your normal verbiage.

Substitute the Regular Verbs for Action Verbs. 

After you have written your resume, go back through it with a highlighter and highlight all of the verbs. Use a thesaurus or an action verb list to decide which verbs should be replaced and with what. In general, you want to use powerful words that are assertive and inspiring such as “leveraged” or “maximized” as opposed to “used” or “completed.” You will come across as being much more accomplished and impressive as a potential candidate when employers read your resume.

Proofread.

When you’re done sprucing up your resume, don’t forget to proofread it before you give it to a potential employer. Nothing will ruin your chances of being hired faster than if you have a mistake on your resume! If you aren’t used to using these verbs, you run the risk of having some grammatical errors when doing the substitution. Ask your friends and family to help proofread your resume to be extra sure it’s error-free.

Need help finding a job? Contact Award Staffing. We will look at your strengths and employment history as detailed on your resume and find a job that is a good fit for you.