Improving Your Hiring Process

If you are a business leader, you are tasked with the important ongoing responsibility of hiring. This time-consuming process has both monetary and reputational consequences if you choose the wrong person. You need to take time to find a good fit for your company, but in order to do this you need a successful hiring process that attracts high-quality people.

Here are our tips on improving your hiring process:

Write good job descriptions

The way your job posting is written can discourage great candidates from applying. Sometimes companies write detailed descriptions with long lists of responsibilities and requirements, but this has been found to alienate qualified employees. Put more focus on what your company can do for potential employees and you’ll attract the candidates who fit your needs.

Embrace social media and the digital world

Most people want to work for digitally savvy organizations. This means businesses need to stay ahead of the curve to retain and attract employees. Make sure your career site is mobile-friendly, as a large percentage of people use their smartphone for job searching.

Pay attention to soft skills

Skills can be acquired but personalities cannot. Soft skills like interpersonal skills, communication s kills, thought processes and emotional intelligence is essential for an effective workplace. Necessary experience is good, but social intelligence is also important.

Check social media profiles

You’ll probably do a background check, but if you don’t look through someone’s social media profiles, you’re missing out on valuable information. Don’t let a candidate’s social media activity factor into your hiring decisions, but it can definitely give you a better picture of who they are.

Match the personality to the job

A candidate’s personality is important to consider. Someone who has empathy is more suited to be a nurse or social worker than a tax attorney or computer programmer. Even if someone has the skills for a job, it might not match their personality type.

Ask the right questions

Ask someone why they left their last job. If they blame someone else, follow up with another question. Good questions to ask are things like “Where are you going to be 10 years from now?” or “What drives you to get up in the morning?” These questions can tell you a lot about a candidate’s drive and ambition.

Attracting Great Millennial Talent to Your Company

attracting millennial talent Millennials are going to drive the future of business. The millennial workforce of 53.5 million has surpassed Generation X and now represents the largest share of the American workforce. This group is highly educated, adaptable, tech-savvy and quick learning. Millennials’ skills are essential for businesses that want to innovate and stay relevant in the ever-changing business world. However, managers have learned that it is difficult to find and retain millennial talent.

Here are some ways you can attract (and keep) excellent millennial talent:

Create a dynamic culture

Your company needs to be an industry leader that understands millennial wants, needs and behavioral patterns. The modern workplace is constantly changing, due to new technologies, globalization, automation and a fluctuating economy. A modern company needs to create culture that works with the progressive, millennial mindset. With the right culture, you won’t have to force anyone to do anything.

Encourage innovation

Millennials strive to develop, create, contribute and innovate. Unlike any other generation, it is their goal to make an impact on the world. These millennial qualities will not only fuel your growth and influence, but encouraging innovation contributes to overall happiness. If you want to attract and retain millennial employees, your business should be unique and nurture creativity.

Flexibility

The millennial workforce changes and creates industries. These individuals have the flexible skill sets required to be successful in a technology-driven world full of change, instant responses and infinite workdays. Millennials crave experiences and opportunities above all else. You need to create an environment that allows people to work remotely and even travel. Providing the opportunity to have unique experiences will keep millennial employees engaged. Maximize the talents, creativity and independence of your employees by giving them freedom and flexibility.

Make Your Business Meaningful

Millennials are driven by purpose. They want to be impactful and need more than a large salary to motivate their work. Find a charity or cause that is important to and congruent with your company’s mission. If you can sell products or services and make a difference, everyone will win. Employees will find fulfillment when they’re part of something bigger.

Cheers to Great Business!
Eric Nelson
Marketing Director
Your Employment Solutions

“I help connect Utah jobseekers to Utah jobs.”

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My Favorite Staffing Experience

Making a Difference vs. Saving the World

I have been working in the staffing industry going on 13 years. It definitely wasn’t my dream or lifelong goal to work in the staffing industry. I had no intention in doing it as long as I have, but somewhere along the way I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s where I belong.

help others staffingThe staffing industry has so many ups and downs, sometimes you are busy and sometimes you are not. Sometimes you change someone’s life and sometimes you don’t and you walk away feeling totally defeated. I have definitely grown a ton in the last 13 years. I went from thinking I want to help everyone and make a difference but then came to the realization that I can only help the people that are willing to help themselves, the ones that want to change their lives and make it better. There are a ton of stories and experiences I remember. Some good and some not so good. But there has always been one story that made a huge impact and reminds me why I’m still here.

Once Upon a Time in Staffing…

About ten years ago there was a young kid that walked through the door of my previous employer. He was of smaller stature but acted like he was ten feet tall and very confident. I started his interview like I do all the others. Not too far into the interview that I found out he was in a halfway house. This was nothing new. We were known for being the staffing agency of second chances. Still, I had to wonder if this kid was serious about getting a job or if he was just there because he had to be.

Going through all the interview questions and getting to know him for that short time I realized what a great kid he was. He was very eager to work and to get out of the situation he was currently in. For the next week I kept him in mind for any jobs that came in that he qualified for. Needless to say he made an impression and I believed in him.

I finally found him a job, a very decent job for that matter, one that he could be proud of and with hard work and dedication could very well lead to growth in the company. He was so happy and grateful. After feeling accomplished in what I had done to help him, it faded away just like anything else. I had thought about him and how he was doing from time to time, but hadn’t heard from him for quite a while.

Time Passes

thank you cardThen one day I received a card at work specifically addressed to me. When I opened it, there was a big “Thank You” on the front of the card. I was very curious, so I opened it. Inside, in very tiny writing the entire card was filled up. It was from this employee, thanking me for what I had done for him. He wanted to let me know how big of an impact I had made on him, treating him like a person, and not judging him for the mistakes he had made. He told me that because I believed in him he was now out of the halfway house and had been hired on at the company I had sent him to.

It’s the Little Things

I learned so much that day. Knowing never to judge a book by its cover and also that I didn’t have to save the world, I just needed to make a difference. It was then that I knew I was here for a reason. Stories like this are why I am still in the staffing industry today.

Andrea Posell
Ogden Staffing Branch Manager
Your Employment Solutions

“I help Ogden, Utah jobseekers find work.”
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Diversity is Key

Diversity in the Office is Key to a Better Workplace and World

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work or live in a place where everyone is the same? I have many times and no matter the scenario it does not seem very appealing.
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Diversity has been a sensitive subject through history in not only our country but in the entire world. The unfamiliarity of a different language, color, race, sexual orientation and even less suggestive differences such as age, personality, education and background could make or break from the smallest office to the most prominent empire.

“Diversity not only involves how you perceive others but how you perceive yourself.” – Josh Greenberg

Diversity – USA vs. Colombia

I have had the marvelous opportunity to recruit for both Colombia and the USA and I have to admit that the USA is light years ahead when it comes to respecting and encouraging diversity. Imagine putting an ad on the paper where you are allowed to specify gender, age, or even stature? How would you feel?

I remember when I was searching for a job as a teacher and most companies would only want women for the position and would not even consider my skills or my background. That feeling is something I would not wish upon anyone and now that I recruit here in the United States, I make sure that no one does.

The USA has to keep leading by example, doing this we will make sure that with time and patience other countries understand the value of having a diverse workforce.

Do You Speak the Language?

The world is a lot smaller than it used to be. Computers, smart phones, drones, etc., are part of what we are calling now “the age of technology” and this makes it a lot easier and faster to get new customers and new employees from all over the world. Even if you have a small local business, the chances are the demographics around you are changing and adaptation is vital to allowing your company to flourish.

workplace-diversityTake our wonderful company (Your Employment Solutions) into consideration. We are a local company in what I would say not the most diverse state in the country. Are we still required to adapt to this rapidly diversifying world? The answer is ABSOLUTELY YES. It’s part of what gives us a competitive edge among all the other staffing agencies in the state.

Picture yourself a new immigrant in a new country where you don’t know anyone, anything and you don’t even speak the language. You have to start working to provide for yourself and your family. What do you do when you try to find work and someone tells you, “You live in America, learn the language.” Pretty discouraging don’t you think?

This is where having a diverse and friendly staff comes into play for us. We can not only speak to most of them in their native language but we can find them work while they learn and adapt to their new surroundings. That to me is a one of a kind experience that I know people will cherish forever.

I’m glad I have had the chance to work for such a diverse company, not only diverse in our staff but in our temps as well. Being able to find jobs for people regardless of their age, race, gender, etcetera has given me hope. Hope that someday not too far in the future we will all be looked as for what we are:

Human Beings.

Santiago Isaza
Account Manager | Ogden, Utah
Your Employment Solutions

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Breakdown of a Job Ad

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A Good Job Ad is the First Filter in Finding the Right Employee

The mission statement of Your Employment Solutions is to deliver the right people, on time, the first time.

In order to do so, we need attract the right people. Recently we discussed the importance of receiving a detailed job order in our staffing process. Today, we want to build on that by talking about how the job order directly impacts the job ad.

The job ad is our first filter when attracting new applicants. It not only advertises the opportunity we have available, but simultaneously tells the prospective employee what we are looking for and why he or she should want to apply.

Here’s a breakdown of the 7 sections of a quality job ad with a sample write-up.

The 7 Sections of a Quality Job Ad

1. JOB TITLE

The name attached to the position. It’s important the title is friendly and shows value.

Example: On-Site Account Manager

2. THE OPPORTUNITY

Nothing flashy here. Though you can, if you want, show a little bit of personality in this section – as often that can strengthen the job ad. We just want to do a quick presentation of what exactly the job opportunity is. With YES, we always do a quick plug stating who we are and what we do, and then present the job and the general type of client that job is attached to.

Example: Your Employment Solutions, a leader in the staffing industry, has been helping people find good jobs in Utah since 1995. We currently have an excellent career opportunity for an On-Site Account Manager with one of our important nutraceutical clients.

3. IDEAL CANDIDATE SNAPSHOT

This is our first filter. We let the potential applicant know right away what kind of characteristics we are looking for to fill that job. What are the core skills needed? Quick and to the point.

Example: The successful candidate will have a can-do attitude, outstanding people skills, excellent communication skills in English and Spanish, be well-organized, reliable, and hard-working.

4. POSITION INFORMATION

This section supplies all the pertinent details related to the job. We repeat the title, include the worksite location, the wage, and the work schedule.

Example:
Job Title: On-Site Account Manager
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Compensation: $XX.00 hourly +Benefits
Shift: Full-time | XX:00AM to XX:00PM | Monday to Friday.

5. CONTACT INFORMATION

Here we tell the job seeker how to apply. Who to email, or call, or where to go for an interview. I like to put this here because it keeps YES at the center of the process.

Example: To apply, please email your resume with “YES On-Site” in the subject line to awesomesauce@youremploymentsolutions.com or call 801-298-9377. 

6. JOB DESCRIPTION

This is the detail of jobs responsibilities and duties. It gives the candidate clearer insight into what they will be investing their time into on a daily basis.

Example: As one of our on-site leads you will be responsible for greeting employees, and new job applicants as they arrive to work at a Salt Lake nutritional supplement manufacturing facility. You will help manage shifts, check-in workers, answer phone calls, take applications, interview new applicants and perform other duties as required.

You will need to have good multi-tasking skills as the this location can get busy!

Bilingual Spanish is required. This is a long-term position with a growing company offering an excellent benefits package, an all-star work atmosphere, and the opportunity to learn, grow, and serve. 

7. JOB REQUIREMENTS

The essential needs required to fulfill the responsibilities and duties of the job. This can range from skill sets, to educational requirements, professional licensees, physical requirements, and more.

If we do a good job of gathering information from the client as listed on our job order form, we are in a better position to write a quality job ad that will attract appropriately qualified applicants.

Example:
– Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, in English and Spanish.
– Outstanding people skills.
– Positive, outgoing can-do attitude!
– Experience using Microsoft Office products: Word and Excel.
– Previous leadership experience.
– Ability to multi-task and work efficiently in a fast-paced environment.
– Pass a background test and drug screen.

When we do a good job of gathering information from the client as listed on our job order form, we are in a much better position to write a quality job ad that will attract appropriately qualified applicants and allow us to fulfill our mission of delivering the right people, on time, the first time.

Cheers to Jobs in Utah!
Eric Nelson
Marketing Manager
Your Employment Solutions

“I help connect Utah jobseekers to Utah jobs.”

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Job Orders in the People Business

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Your Employment Solution’s Mission

The mission statement of Your Employment Solutions is to deliver the right people, on time, the first time.

Our business is the business of people. Day in and day out we work with people to find people and employ people. It has been said that a business is only as good as its product and a product is only as good as the people behind it. Well, our product is people. Therefore, Your Employment Solutions is only as good as its people, and the people behind those people (which is us).

So, How Do We Fulfill the YES Mission?

There are many steps involved in the process of making sure we achieve the YES mission of delivering the right people. Every single one of those steps is important. If we skip a step here or there, we run the risk of failing in our mission, and, as a result, losing the respect of our clients and ultimately their business.

We want to deliver the right people. Our mission statement isn’t just to deliver people, it is to deliver the right people.

Quality people.

How Does YES Deliver the Right People?

The very first step in the process of delivering the right people is basic (or obvious), but it’s what gets everything moving. Before Your Employment Solutions can hire anyone, we have to receive a client’s job order. When our clients contact us with a job order or need, it is our duty (not their’s) to make sure we communicate clearly with them to get as much detail as possible in terms of what they need.

Whether or not we properly receive an order affects the outcome of multiple events in the employment process. If we don’t have the right information for a job we will ask the wrong questions to a jobseeker in an interview or give wrong information about the job in a posting and attract the wrong kind of applicant. If that happens the employee will go in with the wrong skill set or expectations, end up underperforming, quitting, or getting fired. If that happens we damage our reputation on all fronts. Our client will cancel the order, or reject our employees, and look elsewhere for an employment agency.

Worse, the new employees we hire will not want to work with us long-term and we won’t be able to attract the people we need.

One of our recruiting leads recently had some issues with delivering the right people to his client. This is what he says about how he resolved those issues,

“I think one of the things that has helped our team recently with our turnover issues could also help us while qualifying specific candidates. With one of our clients we had a meeting with them about having an open line of communication. Meaning they are committed to helping us find the right candidate by giving us things that they have been missing with previous candidates or much more specific requirements for each position.”

“I think the more specific clients are with us in what they are looking for, the more specific we can be with our candidates for jobs. That line of communication has proven to be very useful and beneficial. Complete information about a specific position can help tremendously.”

 

How to Take a Job Order

Here are four important points to consider when taking a job order. Answering these questions will allow us to be more specific in the recruiting process and allow us to always fulfill our mission.

  1. What opportunity does the job provide? What’s special about it?
  2. What personal attributes or qualities will a successful job candidate possess?
  3. What are the duties of the job?
  4. What are the requirements to be considered for the job?

 

Go through every job or job order you are responsible for recruiting to and ask yourself the above four questions about the position. Can you answer these questions? Are there areas where you’re unclear?

If you can’t answer the questions completely, take the initiative to reach out to the client and get those answers. Remember, it is 100% our duty to communicate effectively. When a new job order comes in, make sure you know these details before you input the order into the system.

At Your Employment Solutions we can only deliver the right people, on time, the first time once we have taken the time to communicate with those we serve and make sure we understand exactly what type of people they need to support their business.

Cheers to Jobs in Utah!
Eric Nelson
Marketing Manager
Your Employment Solutions

“I help connect Utah jobseekers to Utah jobs.”

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