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    10/31/13 4:00 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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    The phrase “corporate culture” is thrown around offices everywhere, but what does it really mean?

    Corporate culture starts with defining your company’s vision. If this is already done, you are one step ahead. If not, you may have a few extra steps. Your company’s vision includes the overall values and provides them with a purpose. That purpose should affect every decision employees make. It’s important to have the vision prominently displayed as not only a reminder for employees, but to let customers know what you stand for.

    The values of your company are important to the culture. They should offer a set of guidelines on behaviors and mindset that help achieve the vision. These values should involve the standards employees should hold themselves to and how they should interact with customers.

    People are the most important part of company culture. No company can successfully build a unified corporate culture without employees who are willing to embrace the mission and values. When interviewing for new employees, make sure they are a cultural fit. Ask them questions relating directly to the corporate culture you are trying to convey and listen to see if their responses align with those values.

    Communication is also essential. You want to keep your employees engaged, so keep the lines of communication open between senior management and line-level employees. People want to know they are part of a team and not just another worker; they want to feel good at the end of the day. Publicly appreciate and recognize employees that go the extra mile. This shows employees that good-quality work does not go unnoticed.

    Successfully conveying your corporate culture will lead to a happier work atmosphere, but accomplishing annual goals should still be the main focus.  Employees’ connectedness towards their job (and organization as a whole) can either increase or decrease productivity. When employees are engaged, productivity goes up. Since organizations want productive employees, it’s important to constantly engage and convey the corporate culture.

    Having a positive corporate culture is necessary for organizations to achieve their goals.

    For more tips on maintaining a positive corporate culture, contact the expert team at ExactStaff today!

Can a Tattoo Hinder Your Hiring Potential?

10/31/13 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Career Advice | Leave a Comment
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So you thought that tattoo you got on spring break was a great idea, but now that it’s time to enter the working world how is it affecting your ability to get a job? You aren’t alone, according to a recent report from the Pew Research Center, nearly 40 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 29 have at least one tattoo. Of course, in the perfect world we would be judged solely on our work abilities and credentials, but this isn’t necessarily the case.

You may think that employers have no right to discriminate based on your body ink, but there are no current laws on this. There are plenty of protected classes when it comes to employment law, including prohibiting from discriminating against candidates based on age, gender, disability, nationality, pregnancy, and more. Unfortunately for the tattooed, there is nothing prohibiting discrimination against body ink.

According to a survey of nearly 2,700 people, the overwhelming majority (76 percent to be exact) felt that tattoos and piercings hurt an applicant’s chances of being hired during the interview. About 39 percent of the total respondents believed that tattoos not only make the individual look bad, but they reflect poorly on the employer.

Since tattoos are more accepted with the younger generation, it’s common that the older you are the less tolerant you become regarding tattoos in the workplace. In the same survey, 63 percent of respondents age 60 and older felt that tattoos were objectionable at work. Keep in mind that it’s usually the older generation that are the C-suite level in companies.

Tattoo acceptance will also vary by industry. Many companies may not prefer their employees to have tattoos if they are dealing with customers face-to-face on a regular basis. According to the Pew Research Center survey, here is the breakdown of percentage of tattooed workers by industry:

  • Agriculture/ranching: 22%
  • Hospitality, Tourism & Recreation: 20%
  • Arts, Media, Entertainment: 16%
  • Retail: 14%
  • Finance & Banking: 13%
  • Healthcare: 13%
  • Professional Services: 13%
  • Other: 13%
  • Education, Child Development, Family Services: 12%
  • Manufacturing: 9%
  • Energy & Utilities: 9%
  • Engineering, Design & Construction: 9%
  • Information Technology: 9%
  • Government: 8%

Overall, visible tattoos do still carry a negative connotation, so they may affect your hiring potential. If you don’t already have a tattoo, think carefully before getting one. If you do and would like more information about tattoos in the workplace, contact one of our staffers today.

Create a Cover Letter that Positions You Above the Rest

10/30/13 8:30 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Career Advice | Leave a Comment
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Cover letters can be time consuming, but they are the perfect interview door-openers. Think about it, a cover letter is a brief document showcasing the reasons why you are the perfect fit for the job. Before the interviewer even meets you, they see your cover letter. Our team at Exact Staff has compiled some information on how to create a cover letter that positions you above your competition.

First things first, put yourself in the position of the hiring manager. They have seen hundreds (if not thousands) of cover letters and resumes and it can get tiring. It’s important to get their attention right off the bat because otherwise they will not read on. Peter Shrive, a partner with Cambridge Management Planners suggests, “”Make it short and sweet. Tell me how you heard about me; tell me what job you’re applying for. I’ve had people send me really long cover letters with every award and certificate they’ve ever earned. Keep it short and sweet and to the point.”

As mentioned above, you want to grab their attention. Right up front include your key selling point that will get the reader’s attention. Give examples of what you’ve previously done, and show the results. For example, “I helped increase store sales by 5 percent, surpassing our top two competitors for the first time in six months,” is a lot more effective than, “Store sales went up during the time I worked there.”

Also, make sure you address your cover letter specifically to the hiring manager. If you don’t know his/her name, do some research to find out. Ways to find the hiring manager’s name include searching social media platforms such as LinkedIn, visiting the company website, or do a basic Google search. If you can’t find the name through any of these methods, make a call to the receptionist and ask.

Here are a few other things you can do when it comes to writing a successful cover letter:

  • Include something that is not in your resume
  • Customize to fit the job position and organization
  • Check and then check again to make sure your cover letter is typo-free

These tips may seem simple, yet they are all important when it comes to getting in front of a hiring manager. With a little bit of creativity you will have the tools to get noticed. For more tips on how to make your cover letter stand out, contact one of our staffers today!

Maintaining a Positive Corporate Culture

10/30/13 8:14 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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The phrase “corporate culture” is thrown around offices everywhere, but what does it really mean?

Corporate culture starts with defining your company’s vision. If this is already done, you are one step ahead. If not, you may have a few extra steps. Your company’s vision includes the overall values and provides them with a purpose. That purpose should affect every decision employees make. It’s important to have the vision prominently displayed as not only a reminder for employees, but to let customers know what you stand for.

The values of your company are important to the culture. They should offer a set of guidelines on behaviors and mindset that help achieve the vision. These values should involve the standards employees should hold themselves to and how they should interact with customers.

People are the most important part of company culture. No company can successfully build a unified corporate culture without employees who are willing to embrace the mission and values. When interviewing for new employees, make sure they are a cultural fit. Ask them questions relating directly to the corporate culture you are trying to convey and listen to see if their responses align with those values.

Communication is also essential. You want to keep your employees engaged, so keep the lines of communication open between senior management and line-level employees. People want to know they are part of a team and not just another worker; they want to feel good at the end of the day. Publicly appreciate and recognize employees that go the extra mile. This shows employees that good-quality work does not go unnoticed.

Successfully conveying your corporate culture will lead to a happier work atmosphere, but accomplishing annual goals should still be the main focus.  Employees’ connectedness towards their job (and organization as a whole) can either increase or decrease productivity. When employees are engaged, productivity goes up. Since organizations want productive employees, it’s important to constantly engage and convey the corporate culture.

Having a positive corporate culture is necessary for organizations to achieve their goals.

For more tips on maintaining a positive corporate culture, contact us at ExactStaff today!

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