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Want to Find a Job You’ll Love? Here’s How

March 26th, 2019

For most people, they spend more time at work than with their families. It’s a sad reality. However, as a result, you want to ensure you’re going to a place each day that you really love…one that provides a rewarding experience and the balance you’re looking for. If you’re not currently in that kind of position, but are looking for it, here are some tips to help you get there:

Take a step back.

When it comes to figuring out your next step in your career, take some time to reflect. You don’t want to jump into a job search without total clarity. So think about your current position, what you like and don’t like about it, and where you want to head next. It could be on a similar path or into a whole new direction.

Be realistic.

You might be interested in pursuing the next step up in your career. But are you ready to do so? It’s important that you have the right background and experience that qualify you for the kind of job you’re looking for. If you don’t, then you’re simply setting yourself up for disappointment. Rather, take the time to acquire the skills, whether it’s through an online class, an accreditation course, or other continuing education opportunities.

Put different job search tools to use.

Don’t simply search online, on the major job boards, for your next opportunity. Instead, use a diverse mix of techniques to get the most from your approach. For instance, make sure you’re networking, both in person and online, whether it’s through a business organization or your alumni association. Also, look to industry-related and company career websites for job postings.

Connect the dots for hiring managers.

The more relevant your cover letter and resume, the more likely you’ll get called for an interview. That’s why investing the time and effort to make the case for why you’re the right fit is so important. In addition, hiring managers only spend a few seconds scanning each resume. So when you make it easy for them to see that you’re a match, then you’re going to make a better impression.

Focus on companies where you want to work.

Perhaps there are a few companies in the area that area that you’re passionate about and want to work at. Even if they don’t currently have the kinds of openings that are a fit for you, set up Google Alerts so you can stay on the lookout. Additionally, you can even send in a cold email inquiring about upcoming opportunities.

Finding a job you love isn’t always easy. However, once you do, it will be well worth the time and effort you invested in the process. If you’d like professional help in your search, contact the team at Provisional. As one of Spokane’s top employment agencies, we can connect you with rewarding opportunities with the area’s leading companies. Contact us today or search our jobs in Spokane now.

What Hiring Managers Really Want to Know About You

January 15th, 2019

Headed for the hot seat in an interview? You’re probably wondering what kinds of questions you’ll be asked. As one of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho’s top employment firms, Provisional knows it’s certainly up to the discretion of the hiring manager. However, there are a few key things most will want to know about you. Here’s a look at four of them, so you can better prepare and boost your chances of getting the offer:

#1: You know about the company.

By learning about the company ahead of time, it shows the hiring manager that you’re motivated, interested and have the drive to succeed. It also enables you to ask more intelligent questions, as well as offer better interview answers, improving your odds of impressing the hiring manager.

#2: You want the job.

When they’re interviewing you, hiring managers are looking for more than a warm body to fill a seat. They want to know you’re enthusiastic about the opportunity. Don’t make them second guess your interest. For instance, one way to do that is through the questions you ask about the company, the position and what to expect going forward. When they’re insightful and well-researched, they’ll stand out in a sea of generic questions other candidates ask.

#3: You can be successful in the role.

All the enthusiasm in the world won’t get you the job if you don’t have the right mix of skills. So make sure you’re prepared to talk about your relevant strengths, backed by specific examples, during the interview. Likewise, be ready to discuss weaknesses, too. Hiring managers want to know that you’re self-aware and can realistically assess areas where you might need improvement.

#4: You’re a good cultural fit.

Beyond your technical skills, hiring managers want to ensure your background and personality are going to mesh well with their team. That’s why they’ll ask you questions about the environment you operate best in, or whether you like to go solo on projects or work collaboratively more. It’s important for companies to hire people who will fit with a particular department, boss and culture.

So what don’t hiring managers want? Long, rambling answers. Personal information. Bad-mouthing a past boss…and the list goes on. Instead, when you’re headed to your next interview, stick to the showcasing the above and you should be well on your way to job search success.

Want professional help launching your next search?

Turn to the team at Provisional. As one of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho’s top employment firms since 1994, we’ve placed thousands of talented individuals like you in great Northwest companies. Contact us today to learn more or get started.

How to Succeed on Your Job Hunt in the New Year

November 6th, 2018

Thinking about launching a new job in the New Year? You’ve certainly got your work cut out for you. But the good news is that there are some steps to take now so that you can hit the ground running come January 2019. Provisional, one of Spokane’s top employment agencies, has the answers you need. Here’s a look at 4 ways to get started:

Identify the kinds of jobs you want.
Before you begin your hunt, think through the kinds of opportunities you’re most interested in. Do you want to work in a similar position, or take a step up? Is a large corporation or a small to mid-size company a better fit for you? Also, figure out the areas in which you’re willing to compromise (i.e. hours and benefits) and those where you aren’t (such as salary, commute length and working from home). When you’re honest about the kinds of jobs that are right for you, your search will be easier since you can focus on those.

Polish your resume.
Once you know what you’re looking for, then dust off your resume and get to work updating it. Make sure your positions and current and past employers are fully updated. Also, focus on highlighting your accomplishments in addition to the tasks and responsibilities you’ve tackled. Wherever you can, include facts, figures, statistics, dollars and percentages, so you can bring your background to life for a hiring manager.

Update your LinkedIn profile.
Invest some time on your LinkedIn profile, as well. Make sure it aligns with what you communicate on your resume. Also, now’s the time to reach out and ask for recommendations, so that once you do start your job search, this section will be completed. Some other areas to focus on include ensuring you have professional headshot and that your summary and qualifications highlight your background and skills, painting them in the best possible light.

Map out a plan.
Any job search takes a lot of time. If you’re currently employed, it’s not going to be realistic to spend eight or 10 hours each day on it. Instead, get organized ahead of time and map out a plan. Perhaps you can get up an hour or two earlier in the morning and work on your search. Or maybe you’ll focus on it in the evenings. Just make sure you have a plan in place, so the process goes smoothly and you have enough time for key tasks, including applying, following up and networking.

Want professional help with your job search?
Call Provisional, one of Spokane’s top employment agencies. Not only can we make the process easier for you, but more effective, too, so you can find your next great opportunity faster. Learn more today by contacting our team.

4 Reasons You’re Not Getting the Job

June 5th, 2018

When it comes to the job search, there are many factors that are outside your control, from the strength of other candidates to the preferences of hiring managers. However, you do have a lot more influence over the process than you think. And if you’re making a few simple mistakes, they could be getting in the way of your efforts to land the position you want.

That’s where Provisional can help. As one of the leading employment firms in Spokane, WA, we’ve put together a few tips to help you learn about these errors and how to overcome each one:

You’re spreading your efforts too thin.

Applying for every job that sounds good isn’t a solid job search strategy. Instead, you should be applying only to those positions that are the right match for you and your background. That way, you can spend more time tailoring your resume and cover letter to the specific opportunity and raise your chances of getting called for an offer.

You’re not networking.

When it comes to finding a new job, one of the best ways is through networking. However, many candidates are hesitant to invest a lot of time in the process. But many positions on the market aren’t advertised and so you’ll never know about them unless you have an inside connection. That’s where networking can help and pay off in the form of more job leads and interviews.

You’re not following directions.

Hiring managers are particular about how they want resumes and cover letters submitted. And if you don’t follow their directions, you’re going to make a bad impression. They’ll automatically think that if you can’t follow instructions from a posting, you won’t be able to handle the challenges of the role.

You’re not preparing for interviews.

Before you go to an interview, there are a number of steps you need to take in order to prepare. If you don’t, you’ll come off as unprofessional and unqualified. These include researching the company and practicing your answers to common interview questions. It also includes preparing a list of examples of your past accomplishments and track record that you can weave into your responses.

These are all just a few examples of why you’re not getting offers for interviews or for jobs. While there are many others, there is one step you can take to increase your odds of finding the right-fit position, faster: call in the professionals at Provisional.

As one of the leading employment firms in Spokane, WA, we can work directly with you to craft a great resume, prepare you for job interviews, and match you with opportunities that are a great match for your background, skills, personality and career goals.

Contact us today if you’re ready to get started.

5 Steps to Take BEFORE You Start a New Job Search

June 27th, 2017

You’ve made the decision to launch a new job search. Now you’re ready to move full speed ahead. Wait just a minute! As one of the top employment agencies in Coeur d’Alene, Provisional knows before you start sending out resumes and following up with hiring managers, there are a few steps you need to take that will improve your odds of finding a job. Here’s a look at 5 of them:

#1: Know what you’re looking for.

If you don’t like your current position, it’s tempting to look for an easy out in the form of any job opportunity. However, you don’t want to make the same mistake twice and land in another position you’re not happy in.

That’s why, before starting any job search, it’s important to take stock and think about what you really want in your next job. In other words, what type of role are you looking for and what type of environment do you want to work in?

#2: Take the time to polish your resume.

Most candidates dread working on their resumes. And it’s certainly not the most exciting part of a job search. However, if you take the time to update and polish it, then you’ll benefit in the long run with more interview offers.

So don’t wait until you find a position that interests you to pull out your resume and start working on it. If you do, you’ll feel pressured to complete it quickly. Instead, before you launch your search, get your resume into great shape and then customize it for each position you’re applying to.

#3: Review your online presence.

While you’re updating your resume, it’s also a good time to review your online presence, specifically your LinkedIn profile. You want to ensure that your profile and resume both complement each other and that’s there no contradictory information on them. It’s also important to Google yourself and make sure that what comes up in the results doesn’t negatively impact your job search.

#4: Start networking.

In 2017, the best way to find a new job is still through your professional network. That’s why, if you’re gearing up for a job search, then it’s also a good time to start ramping up your networking efforts. Research and plan to attend industry conferences or networking events. Also, if there are a few companies you’re interested in working for, start following and interacting with them on social media. You could make a valuable connection or find out about a great new job opening.

#5: Strengthen your skills.

If there’s a certain skill that’s important in your field – and you could use some help sharpening it – then now’s the time to sign up for a class or certification course. Even if you have to postpone your search for a few weeks or months while you gain the skills you need, it will feel good moving forward toward your goal. Plus, you’ll be a stronger, more marketable job candidate as a result.

Would you like professional help with your job search – so you can find a better job, faster?

Call in the experts at Provisional. As one of the top employment agencies in Coeur d’Alene, we can offer you access to a variety of rewarding job opportunities in accounting, healthcare, legal, technical, and office fields. Contact Provisional today to learn more.

The Sound of Silence: Why You’re Not Getting Calls for Interviews

April 1st, 2014

You’ve searched high and low for job leads and applied to dozens of openings – but still no interview offers. Are you the victim of bad luck, or could you be making some mistakes that are hampering your job hunt success?

As one of the leading employment firms in the Northwest, Provisional knows that sometimes an opportunity just isn’t meant to be. However, if there are areas where you could improve upon in your approach, then you’ll certainly increase your odds of getting interviews.

To help you, here are a few common mistakes we see people making when searching for jobs and how to avoid them:

You’re Applying Everywhere

It’s tempting to submit your resume to every position that sounds even remotely close to what you’re looking for. This is especially true if you’ve been searching for a job for a while or are unemployed. But resist the urge. If you don’t, you’ll simply spread yourself too thin, spending too little time on submitting a few solid resumes and cover letters and more time on sending out stacks of resumes.

You’re Applying for Jobs You’re Overqualified For

A job search, particularly a long one, can shake the confidence of even the best candidate. But if you’re applying to openings you’re overqualified for, you’re causing the hiring manager to wonder: just how long will you stay on the job once hired? That said, if you’re really passionate about the position or the company, go for it every once in a while. But if you have 10 years of industry experience, don’t apply for entry level positions.

You’re Applying for Jobs You’re Not Really Interested In

If you don’t really care about the position and are looking for any old job, it’s going to come through loud and clear to the hiring manager receiving your resume. Just imagine getting a resume from a candidate who thoroughly researched the company and the position and then explained in detail – with examples of accomplishments – as to why they’d be a good fit for the position and how they could help the company. Then imagine getting a vague and boilerplate cover letter and resume. Which candidate would you choose?

Your Cover Letter and Resume are Weak

Employers want to know what you can do for them. If your cover letter and resume don’t showcase your accomplishments or demonstrate why you’d be a great employee, then hiring managers have no reason to call you for an interview. Worse, if they are riddled with mistakes, hard to read, and don’t follow a proper format, then they’re going to wind up in the trash.

Getting an interview can sometimes seem like a crapshoot. But if you avoid the mistakes above – and tailor your cover letter and resume for every position – then you can absolutely improve your odds of success.

If you’d like more job search help from the experts, call Provisional. As one of the leading employment firms in the Northwest, we can connect you with the area’s top employers and top jobs. Contact us today to learn more or search our Northwest jobs now.

Is Your Attitude Interfering With Your Job Search?

March 6th, 2012

Like it or not, your attitude is assessed by everyone you meet. But is it really all that important when it comes to your job search?

It is, according to research by Leadership IQ, a research and leadership training institute. In a study tracking 20,000 new hires, they found that 46% failed within the first 19 months. Even more surprisingly was that 89% of the time the failure was due to attitude, while only 11% of the time it was due to lack of skill. Attitudinal deficits ranged from low levels of emotional intelligence to lack of coach-ability (the ability to seek out and learn from feedback).

The lesson here?

As one of the leading employment firms in the Northwest, we know that companies are searching for people who are the best fit – in terms of both skills and personality. As a result, you must go beyond showcasing your ability and experience, and also display the right attitude to get hired. Here are some quick tips to help you:

  • Don’t include negative statements in your cover letter or resume. For instance, don’t vent about your frustrating job search or ponder whether your resume will end up in a recruiting black hole. Or worse, don’t belittle a previous employer. Be polite and professional. And remember, people want to work with others who are easy to get along with, not those who are difficult and high maintenance.
  • Don’t nitpick the rules. If the hiring manager is telling you about the company dress code during an interview, don’t respond with “I don’t do dress codes.” If you do, you will be perceived as someone who can’t follow the rules and will have a hard time interacting with peers who have divergent opinions.
  • Show some enthusiasm. Your enthusiasm, or lack of, will show during your interview. So be positive and energetic. Also, demonstrate your passion for the company or position by doing some research ahead of time and discussing how your skills and background can help meet their needs. On the other hand, sighing and looking at your watch constantly will indicate to the hiring manager that you’re not really that interested.
  • Ask for an outside perspective. If you’re not sure whether you’re displaying a negative attitude, ask a friend or family member for an outside perspective. Also ask them to review your cover letter and resume. You might simply think you’re being honest and realistic, while others perceive you as being more negative.

If you’d like some additional help with interview prep or your job search, let us know. As one of the leading employment firms in the Northwest, we have the knowledge, experience, and industry connections to help you find terrific job leads and prepare for your interviews so you can land a position that’s right for you. Contact us today to learn more.