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  • The Importance of the Follow-Up Letter

    08/26/13 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Career Advice, Informational, Job Seekers | Leave a Comment
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    As if applying for a job and getting an interview isn’t nerve-wracking enough, what about all of those thoughts running through your mind after the actual interview? Even if you thoroughly prepared for your interview questions, and executed them well throughout the interview, sometimes you can’t help but think of all of the things you didn’t say. Did you really reinforce your desire for the position? Did this potential employer truly understand how qualified you are? Well, NOW is the perfect time to write a strategic follow-up letter. Our expert staffers at Exact Staff have a few tips on writing follow-up letters based on your interview:

    You might have forgotten to say something important. We all have those moments where the perfect thought is in our head, but for whatever reason it doesn’t quite make it into the course of the interview. This is a good time to write that thought in the follow-up letter. That extra thought might be the reason you’re hired.

    Perhaps during the interview your interviewer voiced a concern. This may be your opportunity to bring it up again in a well thought out review. Express your understanding for the concern, but assure the interviewer that you are a great fit for the position by citing examples and specific reasons why the concern can be mitigated. Remember that your interviewer wants this to be a good match for you as well as the organization and your taking the time to explain why you continue to be the exact match for the position is a smart follow up plan.

    You could also be writing this letter just to say thank you for your interviewer’s time. Whether the interview went smoothly or not, showing the courtesy of appreciating someone’s time spent is an exceptionally smart decision and a way to be memorable. While you don’t know how well the competition performed, this extra effort could be the important strategic effort that gets you the job. In your thank you recap the top qualities you will bring to the position. Use the information you learned during the interview (possibly about the department, company, etc.) and assure the interviewer your qualities will benefit the overall organization. Another way to write the thank-you is to take information you learned about the company and opportunity in the interview then let the interviewer know how much more interested you have become in the position.

    Just remember, the follow-up letter is more than a thank-you, it’s a strategic sales tool. It’s time for you to promise to deliver and sell the company on the idea of you and the vital talent/skills you bring to their organization. It’s the final, and one of the most important steps in the job search process. For more information on writing a stand out follow-up letter, contact your friends at Exact Staff.

     

The Importance of Proper Job Training

08/23/13 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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To remain competitive in today’s workplace, and to be a leader in the industry, businesses must have proper job training for their employees. Businesses are constantly evolving and employees are required to have excellent communication and time-management skills, as well as the ability to work with a team. Employers need to do their part to advance their employees, and business, by providing workplace training.

Our team at Exact Staff have compiled a list of several benefits of proper workplace training.

Increased Job Satisfaction.
When businesses focus on their employees through training and development opportunities, employees are more loyal. Loyal employees are more engaged and more likely to stay committed to their job.

Operational Effectiveness.
Employees who are trained in communication and problem solving are more likely to think critically and act logically on a day-to-day basis. These qualities are a must in today’s workplace and lead to the overall effectiveness and efficiency of an organization.

Better Leadership.
Employers that give managers the opportunity to learn better coaching skills and effective management techniques develop better leaders. Managing and motivating employees is challenging , and even the best leaders appreciate gaining new skills to bring to the workplace.

Sharing of Knowledge.
After coming back from a conference or other training event, employees are often excited to share their newfound knowledge with their coworkers. If an entire department doesn’t attend the event, set up a time for employees to present and share their knowledge to those who didn’t attend. Make sure they include how to use their new skills on a daily basis and incorporate follow up “check ups” to see that skills are being used.

If you’re looking for more benefits on the importance of job training, or for ways to get started, contact one of your Exact Staff team members today.

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Using Your Time Wisely When Job Searching

08/19/13 8:32 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Job Seekers | Leave a Comment
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Have you heard the popular saying, “Job searching is a full time job,” because we sure have!  Actually for all of us at Exact Staff it is our full time job working for you!

The saying does ring true, but there are ways to use your time most wisely when job searching. Our team at Exact Staff have compiled tips and best practices on how to become an efficient and effective job seeker:

Make the Most of Networking Events.
Sign up for networking events in the industry in which you want to work. While you’re there, make sure to meet and converse with the other attendees. Do your best to get business cards and contact information because you never know who you might meet. Afterwards, within 24 hours, connect with the professionals you met on LinkedIn and thank them for taking the time to speak with you.  You can even make this LinkedIn connection while you’re at the event via your smartphone.

Decide on Weekly Job Search Time Requirements.
We get it, job searching isn’t always fun. Procrastination can be a job search killer, so decide on a number of hours each week that is reachable to you. Stick to this goal and budget your time appropriately. Make sure the hours you are conducting your search are compatible with normal business hours in the industry you are seeking a job.  Also make sure you can be reached by others during normal business hours (and that your phone message is business appropriate when someone from a potential employer is trying to reach you).

Know Your Digital Presence.
One of the first things a potential employer is likely to do is search for you on Google or on Social Media platforms. Have you searched your name lately? If not, it’s time to do so. Be sure you are aware of what potential employers might find out about you.

Be Diligent.
When you’re searching for a job, there is no boss to keep you on task. It’s often easy to fall off the job search wagon, but create a schedule and stay on track. Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to job searching.

Finally, the most important tip is to use the team at Exact Staff to help you!  WE WORK FOR YOU to find you the ideal opportunity and we love what we do.   Let us be your career agent by calling on us TODAY!

Using Twitter for Your Temporary Employment Search

08/5/13 5:45 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Job Seekers, Social Media News | Leave a Comment
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Social media is everywhere, and virtually every company is using it. Take advantage of leading social media platforms when it comes to your job search, especially Twitter. When they think of professional social media, most job seekers think of LinkedIn, but Twitter can be an extremely useful tool when it comes to finding a job. Our expert team of consultants here at Exact Staff have prepared some quick tips for using Twitter for your job search.

Tip 1 – Use Twitter as a way to brand yourself. When it comes to your Twitter handle and profile, make sure you are personal yet always professional. It is important to let your personality shine, but remember, anything you post publically can be found by potential employers.

Tip 2 – Upload a professional photo. Stay away from the generic egg photo but don’t go with a picture from last weekend’s party either. Choose a photo that makes you look professional and, most importantly, hirable.

Tip 3 – Network! Find people in the industry you respect and look up to and follow them. Even tweet at them when you feel you have something of value to add to the conversation.

Tip 4 – Create meaningful content. Don’t just Retweet what others are saying, tweet what you’re thinking and join the conversation.

Tip 5 – Follow various companies. Many companies have job-related Twitter handles, so find those handles and follow. It’s an easier and more effective way to keep up with job postings, instead of constantly checking their website.

Tip 6 – Be YOU. You still want to show a slice of your personality, so don’t be afraid to tweet what you are passionate about.

Tip 7 – Don’t solely use Twitter to promote yourself. Be interested in what others are doing and engage with them. Share an interesting article you saw from a company in which you’d like to work or favorite a tweet about an industry you’re interested in.

Tip 8 – Use hashtags. Hashtags are crucial when it comes to getting your content found. It’s an easy way for recruiters to search similar tweets, and includes you in ongoing Twitter conversations.

Since social media is constantly growing and expanding, there will always be ways to utilize Twitter in your job search. Contact one of our team members today for more tips on using Twitter and job searching in general.

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New OSHA Initiatives to Protect Temporary Employees

08/5/13 5:42 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Career Advice, Job Safety | Leave a Comment
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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced new initiatives to protect temporary workers from serious workplace hazards, and the Exact Staff team has the details for you.

Due to increased reports of temporary workers suffering injuries on the job, OSHA created a new initiative to protect temporary workers.  Employers have a duty to provide necessary safety and health training to their employees.

To kick-off this initiative, OSHA has begun working with the American Staffing Association and those employers that use staffing agencies. The goal is to ensure employers are applying best practices and temporary workers are protected from job hazards.

OSHA inspectors will be visiting job sites and inspecting worksites where temporary employees are employed. Site visits include checking to determine whether the workers are exposed to conditions that violate OSHA rules, and whether they received health and safety training. Also, OSHA developed a new code to better track health and safety violations when employees are exposed to hazards.

If you are a temporary employee, don’t hesitate to ask your supervisor any health and safety related questions. He/she should be able to answer them for you, and if not direct you to the person who can. If you are an employer using temporary associates please be sure to be educated on the most recent OSHA safe workplace initiatives – an Exact Staff representative will be happy to get you this information.

For more information about OSHA’s new initiative and any additional workplace information contact an EXACT STAFF team member today!

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