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October 15, 2015 – 5 Tips On What To Look For In A New Employee

In today’s economy, employers cannot afford to keep unproductive, unwilling and fleeting staff on payroll. With the odds in favor of the company hiring, it is a good time to take a look at what you want, need and expect from an employee within your organization.

Investing in good staff allows you to build your business from the ground up with a solid foundation. Tips on what to look for in a good employee include:

  1. Intelligence. An employee doesn’t need to just know your business. They should have a good head on their shoulders, be aware of current events and be able to pick up on current trends, expectations and more than just their “job description”.
  2. Determination/drive. A great employee goes above and beyond their daily duties, always willing to help fellow staff members, work on additional projects, put in overtime and won’t complain about it, either.
  3. Longevity. Staying long-term at a position can provide insight into much more than tenure at a company. It can show dedication, happiness within a certain environment and loyalty.
  4. Customer relations. How your employees interact with customers is a reflection of your brand, oftentimes establishing a positive or negative relationship and determining whether that customer will use you again. Your employees should not let their personal lives dictate their emotions at work, nor should they take out frustrations on customers or other staff members.
  5. Trust. Being able to trust the staff who work for you is often a struggle in itself. By being able to distribute more tasks and free up time for more important matters, trusting your employees can also establish a sense of positive morale internally. Employees who are trusted are more likely to work harder, perform better and feel more positive about the company they work for.

A positive person will always bring positivity to the workplace. Let us help find you the best staff to build your foundation on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   

July 17, 2015 – The Downside of “Instant”

With social media instantly available at our fingertips, it is easy to post anything on your mind when you are angry or to be instantly tagged in a photo that is less than flattering.  While most people know that it is common sense not to share inappropriate posts/photos on social media platforms, it still happens.

It is not just party pictures that can affect whether or not a candidate receives a job offer.  Recruiters also look for correct spelling and grammar, what you are sharing and how you are representing yourself. Is your profile picture something normal?  Or does it make you look immature and irresponsible?  Your digital footprint could come back to haunt you because of inappropriate posts or photos and we recommend thinking before you share.

Most recruiters and HR staff will search your name and view your LinkedIn profile or Facebook and if they find something negative it could cost you the job.

With a quick search being so readily accessible to future employers, it is important for you to monitor and audit your social media presence.  It is possible that before even speaking with you, your recruiter may have already looked at your social media.  Don’t let anything negative affect you from receiving the job offer of your dreams.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   

July 10, 2015 – How To Tell A Great Recruitment Firm From A Good One

With hundreds of options for recruitment firms, how can you tell which is the best one?  Below we offer 5 tips of what to look for in determining the best recruitment agency to use.

1. Look for referrals and testimonials.  First hand experiences provide insight and at the very least, provide you with a reference in regards to a firm’s character, ethics and work habits.

2. How long has the company been in business for?  A new firm may not have a reputation, but they may also not have experience to back up their credentials. The longer a firm has been around can give you a sense of how well the company has done in the past in order to survive.

3. Expense. A great recruitment firm won’t sell themselves short on their experience and expertise.  They know that their price has been set that way for a reason and like the old saying goes, you get what you pay for.  They often won’t bend their prices as they know that they can offer a service to back up the price point.

4. Customer service is their motto.  They won’t hire someone just to fill the position and make a profit.  A successful recruitment agency will learn the ins and outs of the position you have open as well as the company environment and what personality would work best within your company.

5.  The staff will always treat you with kindness, no matter who you are.  Is the receptionist snippy on the phone with you?  Perhaps the recruiter is vague, won’t return phone calls or is unprofessional.  The minute you call a great firm’s office you will know you called the right place.  Their front line employees should be inviting and encouraging you to do business with them.  If a recruitment agency can’t hire excellent staff for themselves, what will they hire for you?

                                                                                                                                                                                                   

IN DEMAND Recruitment & Consulting Inc. provides weekly blog posts with tips and tricks for individuals searching for employment.  Located in Edmonton, Alberta, IN DEMAND seeks to bridge the gap between potential employers and employees, servicing permanent placement and recruitment services across Canada.

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