Why Should You Outsource Your Job Search Initiative

May 30th, 2014

Looking for a new job but finding the search process a bit overwhelming? Consider partnering with an employment firm. Working with a staffing agency can speed up your job search and better position you to find your ideal new job. Recruiters help candidates with their job search every day, so they know exactly how to help you find the position you’ve been searching for ─ and fast!

5 Benefits of Partnering with an Employment Firm

If you’re still deciding whether working with an employment firm is the right career move for you, learn five benefits of this partnership:

  1. Expand Your Network: Staffing firms work with a number of different companies to fill their open positions. Consequently, they’re always the first to know when new jobs are posted and often have an inside connection with the hiring manager. Many companies even post positions exclusively through staffing agencies, so without their help you many never even find out about the posting.

  2. Become More Competitive: There’s a good chance you’ve never had a professional review your resume or provide you with interview tips. However, when working with a staffing firm you’re able to receive one-on-one attention from your recruiter, who will help you polish both your resume and your interview skills.

  3. Save Time: Looking for a new job can be almost a full-time job on its own. After combing all major job boards and company websites, tailoring your resume and cover letter, and following up with potential employers, you may find you have very little time in your day for much of anything else. When you partner with a staffing firm, your dedicated recruiter does your job hunting for you, allowing you to gain valuable time back in your day.

  4. Build Your Resume: Gain experience in a variety of positions by working with a staffing firm to find temporary and contract assignments that can expand your skillset. Instead of being tied down to one specific position, you’re able to move around and learn a range of skills that can increase your marketability.

  5. Negotiate Terms of Employment: When accepting a position many people don’t realize they may be able to negotiate a higher salary, more vacation days, benefits, and other terms of employment. A staffing firm serves as the middleman between candidates and companies. If you aren’t satisfied with the terms of your employment, your recruiter may be able to negotiate an agreement that works better for you.

Looking for a staffing firm who can help you find the position you’re looking for? Contact Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing. We offer a full suite of recruiting and staffing services, including temporary/contract, temp-to-hire, and direct-hire candidates.

Why You Should Always Take a Recruiter’s Call

May 23rd, 2014

When you’re currently employed or on assignment, you may think your recruiter is the last person you need to talk to. If you see their name appear on your caller ID, your first thought may be to ignore it, but this is certainly not a wise move. Even when you’re not currently looking for work, your recruiter is always a valuable resource to stay in contact with.

Reasons to Take Your Recruiter’s Call

  1. Access to Your Dream Job: You never know why your recruiter is contacting you. Wouldn’t it be frustrating if they were calling you to interview for your dream job, but you opted to ignore their calls? Always pick up the phone and hear the reason why they’re calling ─ if it’s a job offer you’re not interested in, simply say you’re not open to new opportunities at the moment.
  2. Update Your Skills: Periodically touching base with your recruiter is advisable to ensure your skills are updated in their database. If you’ve taken on new responsibilities since your last chat, it’s important to let them know, as this may expand your career options.

  3. Maintain the Relationship: Even if you’re satisfied in your current position, it’s always good to maintain your relationship with your recruiter in case you find yourself wanting help finding a new job down the road. By taking the time to invest in this partnership now, you can enjoy a peace of mind in knowing you can count on them when you need them.

  4. Planning for the Future: Taking your recruiter’s calls gives you the chance to work on a career plan for the future. If you keep them updated on your future career plans they can help steer you down the path where you ultimately want to end up. Not only can they alert you when certain types of positions become available, they can advise you on things you can do now to increase your marketability.

 

Need a little help finding your next career opportunity? Contact the expert Seattle Accounting employment counselors at Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing. We offer career counseling, training, and excellent benefits to our contract professionals. Partner with our experienced recruiting managers to find a job you truly enjoy.

Building Workplace Relationships When Employed as a Temporary Employee

May 16th, 2014

Feeling like a bit of an outsider at the office? As a temporary employee, it’s easy to feel like you’re on your own in the office ─ especially when surrounded by permanent employees.

Building relationships at a new company can be a challenge for anyone. However, as a temporary employee this process is often more difficult as people know you’re probably only going to be in the office for a short period of time. It doesn’t have to stay this way though ─ with a little extra effort you can use this time to make a lasting impression and greatly expand your network.

4 to Build Workplace Relationships

Whether you’re hoping to impress your employer into offering you a full-time position, make connections that could help you down the road, or simply want to feel like part of the team, you should always strive to build relationships with your colleagues. Get started by following these four tips:

  1. Be Friendly: Take the initiative to introduce yourself to your co-workers and learn what everyone’s role is on the team. If co-workers invite you out to lunch or to happy hours after work, be sure to take them up on the offer. Spending a little time with your colleagues outside the office is a great way to get to know them.
  2. Blend into the Culture: While you want to find a way to stand out, failing to conform to the company culture isn’t the impression you want to make. Observe the behaviors of your co-workers and do your best to mimic them ─ including everything from how they dress to their work ethic.

  3. Act like a Team Player: Earn respect by making yourself a part of the team. Attend staff meetings, contribute valuable ideas to group discussions, and volunteer to help out if someone needs assistance with a heavy workload. Before long your colleagues may even forget you’re not a permanent member of the team.

  4. Exceed Expectations: People want to be around those who inspire them, so work hard to exceed expectations each day. A strong work ethic is always appreciated, so you’re sure to catch the attention of many people in the company if you continuously submit excellent work.

 

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4 Tips on Making a Great First Impression

May 9th, 2014

Congratulations! After going through rounds of interviews, the company has decided you’re the best person for the job. Starting a brand new position is exciting, but can also be very nerve-wracking, as you want to fit in with your new peers. It’s important to work hard to display your very best self from the start, to ensure you make a great first impression.

Feeling a little nervous about your first day at your new job? Follow these four tips to make it a success:

  1. Dress to Impress: Whether you like it or not, people make judgments about you according to how you present yourself. Try to remember how most people were dressed when you came in the office to interview for the job ─ then step it up a notch. Plan your outfit the night before, so you’re not left to frantically scramble for something clean and ironed on the big morning.
  2. Arrive Early: You never want to be late for your first day of work, so allow plenty of time to get there. For example, if you think your commute should take 30 minutes, allow yourself an hour. Having a little extra time allows you to relax and focus on the events of the day, instead of becoming stressed if you incur unexpected delays.

  3. Ask Questions: On your first day of work, no one expects you to sit down and know exactly what you’re doing. The more questions you ask, the more engaged and excited you appear to be part of the team. In the beginning, no question is too small or too inane, so ask away now and avoid enduring future confusion because you didn’t question something you were unsure about in the beginning.

  4. Take Notes: The first few weeks on the job are always a lot to take in. When you’re learning so much valuable new information, it’s only natural that you’re going to forget a great deal of it. Taking notes during training allows you to have something to refer to, so you don’t always have to ask your co-workers for reminders.

 

If you’re ready to take the new step in your career, contact the expert Spokane-focused accounting recruiters at Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing. Gain access to professional accounting job opportunities and job search resources!