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4 Tips for Helping You Hire Higher Caliber People

July 15th, 2019

As one of Spokane’s leading staffing agencies, we know that it’s often the case that many companies can’t find the people they need with the right skill set. This can be due to a true lack of talent in the employment market. Or it can also be caused by the company’s approach to recruiting and hiring. To ensure it’s not the latter for you, here are a few tips to follow:

Tip #1: Make sure job descriptions are hitting the mark.

These are the first thing that job candidates will see about your company and you want to make the best impression possible. To do so, make sure you’re going beyond listing out all the qualifications you’re looking for and also discuss what makes your company a unique place to work. Also, focus on keeping the post clear and concise, using it more as a marketing document and less of a technical guidebook.

Tip #2: Keep the application process simple and straightforward.

Nothing turns a job candidate off faster than a complicated application process, or one that requires them to invest hours into it. Instead, focus on making yours seamless and easy. Keep in mind too that you don’t need to find out every aspect of a job candidate’s background through it. You’re simply trying to ascertain whether they’d be a reasonably good match. You can investigate and vet further during the screening and interviewing process.

Tip #3: Be transparent about what the job entails, as well as salary and benefits.

Don’t try to paint a too-rosy picture for job candidates you’re trying to hire. If they accept and find out the position isn’t what they thought it would be, you’ll be dealing with high turnover. Instead, be clear and informative during the interview process, explaining the perks and benefits, as well as the challenges and pitfalls.

Tip #4: Treat each candidate well and keep them in the loop.

Throughout the hiring process, make sure every candidate is treated in a way where they feel respected. Keep them in the loop and inform them immediately if they didn’t get the job. When you take this approach, even if they get rejected, the candidate experience overall will be a positive one and they’ll be more likely to apply again in the future when a better-fit role arises.

Need expert help attracting top candidates to your team?

Call Provisional. As one of Spokane’s leading staffing agencies, we can help you source, screen and hire the talented people you need for a wide range of positions. Find out how with a call to our team.

5 Tips for Mentally Preparing for Your Next Job Interview

June 25th, 2019

Whether you’re an entry-level worker or an executive, interviews are stressful. There’s a lot at stake and it can often feel like you’re in an interrogation. While you might have some nervous energy no matter what you do, there are some steps you can take to better prepare mentally, so you knock your next interview performance out of the park. Here are 5 tips to help you:

Put yourself in the hiring manager’s shoes.

Read through the job posting, as well as the company website. Then, based on what you learned, think about what’s important for the hiring manager to find out about you. When you take this approach, you’ll have more insight into the kinds of questions you’ll likely be asked, so you can prepare with more confidence.

Know your key strengths and skills.

Ahead of time, make sure you identify those hard and soft skills that are most relevant to the job you’re interviewing for. This means not only being able to discuss technical abilities, but other attributes, like strategic thinking, communication or organization that are important for the position.

Be ready to talk about top accomplishments.

Underscore your strengths by discussing accomplishments related to them. Tell a story or share a unique achievement. Whenever you can, include facts and figures, such as if you saved the company time or money in the process.

Use stress management techniques.

Interviews are stressful, plain and simple. The good news is that there are some practices you can employ to manage the process and feel more calm about it. For instance, deep breathing techniques and meditation can help you relax more in the days and weeks leading up to the interview.

Use positive visualization.

For instance, picture yourself answering questions to the best of your ability, impressing the manager and winning the job. See yourself actually sitting at your new desk and meeting co-workers. Think about how that will make you feel. Visualizing success combined with the right preparation can often help you achieve the goal you want.

Need more help with your job search?

Turn to the professionals at Provisional. As one of Spokane, Washington’s top employment firms, we’re here for you, with access to leading opportunities at top employers, all so you can achieve your career goals. Contact us today to learn more or search our Spokane jobs now.

Wishing You a Happy New Year!

December 28th, 2010

The holiday season is upon us and our Northwest staffing agency would like to take a moment to say some “thank yous” to our clients and candidates for your support and loyalty in 2010.

  • Thank you for reading our blog. In today’s day and age of information overload, there’s a lot of of content out there. And we feel privileged you’ve chosen us as your source for staffing and career tips.
  • Thank you for letting us share our knowledge and ideas with you about HR, staffing best practices, job hunts, and career advice.
  • Thank you for your insight. We truly love getting positive feedback from our clients and candidates and are delighted when we hear about your successes, whether it’s in finding the right person, or finding the right job.

The bottom line is that without you, our Northwest staffing agency wouldn’t exist. So again, thank you for your continued support! We’d also like to wish you and your family a terrific holiday season and a New Year filled with health and happiness!

Provisional Named One of the Northwest’s Best Temporary Staffing Firms

September 14th, 2010

We are pleased to announce that Provisional has been named the Silver Winner in the “Best Temporary Staffing Firm” category on Inland Business Catalyst magazine’s “Best of Business” list. The purpose of the list is to offer professionals the top options for business-related products and services, such as temporary staffing, in the Northwest. Firms are voted onto the list by readers and fans of the magazine

“We’re absolutely honored that so many people in the business community voted to name Provisional one of the best temporary staffing firms in Northwest,” said Megan Shover, Recruiting Manager at Provisional. “While we’re proud of this success, we also recognize that it wouldn’t have been possible without the continued loyalty, support, and trust of our clients and candidates.

Learn more about how you can benefit from working with one of the Northwest’s best temporary staffing firms.

How Do I Write a Reference Page For a Resume?

May 18th, 2010

Whether or not to include references when submitting your resume is up for debate. Some say to always include references, while others say to send them along only if requested.

As an employment agency in Couer d’Alene, Idaho, we think it’s a good idea to include references when submitting a resume. If you have strong ones, it certainly can’t hurt, whether the prospective employer requested them or not.

Also, rather than just including references on your resume, consider creating a reference page. A separate page for references has been found to be more effective than putting references right on your resume.

So how do you create a reference page? Here are some tips:

• First, brainstorm who you want to include as a reference. Your references should not be family and friends; they should be colleagues, and, even better, managers with whom you’ve worked in the past. You should include at least three professional references.

• With that said, you may also want to include a couple of personal references. Again, a personal reference should not be your spouse or your dad. Instead, a good example of a personal reference is someone you volunteer with or volunteered with in the past or who you sit on a community board with.

• Once you’ve decided on your list of references, contact them to make sure it’s ok to include them as references. Make sure they know that a prospective employer may be in touch to discuss your background. This will give them time to formulate what they want to say.

• Next, create a document separate from your resume, where you list these references. Include your reference’s name, job title, company, phone, and email. Also include what capacity you worked with the reference in (i.e. was this person a co-worker or a manager?). In addition, put your strongest reference first since the interviewer may only contact one or two references.

If you’re looking for a new job and need help creating your reference page, or your resume, please contact Provisional. As a premier employment agency serving Couer d’Alene and the Northwest, we can give you access to a variety of resources and opportunities. Contact us today to learn more.

How Do You Know When It’s Time to Hire?

April 27th, 2010

As a Spokane employment agency, we know that balancing the right amount of staff with workflow can be a difficult task. Some companies hire too many employees, wasting thousands of dollars, while other companies are understaffed, which leads to employee burnout and less productivity.

So how do you know when it’s the right time to hire? Ask yourself these questions:

• Over the past few months, how many times have I had to extend deadlines in order to meet demand or complete a project?

If you answered “every day,” or “every week,” then you may be understaffed.

• How many times have employees called in sick over the past month?
If you’ve noticed a recent rise in sick days among your staff, it may be due to stress and burnout. Your employees could be over-worked and over-tired because they are trying to do too much.

• Have your employees taken advantage of their time off and vacation days?
Many times, in a bad economy, employees become fearful of taking any time off. They think their employer will see it as “slacking” and they will therefore be the next person on the chopping block. But this can lead to burnout and less productivity. So encourage your employees to take an appropriate amount of time off.

• Are your overtime costs consistently on the rise?
Another sign that you are understaffed is rising overtime costs. It means simply that you don’t have enough employees to get the work done during the workday.

• Have you had to turn down new business ventures or opportunities because you don’t have the right talent?
If you don’t have employees on staff with the skills you need to take on new opportunities, then you’re going to lose your competitive edge.

• How much are you using temporary or contract employees?
If you are consistently using temporary employees for the same tasks in the same departments, it may be time to consider hiring a full-time staff member to perform those tasks.

• Are you implementing ideas from your business plan or marketing strategy?
If not, then lack of time and energy may be to blame. There’s a reason you create a plan and goals for your business each year, and if you’re not able to execute those plans or meet those goals because you have too much to do, then it may be time to hire additional staff.

By asking yourself the above questions, you should now have a better idea about whether or not you need to hire more people. If you have any questions – or are looking to hire more temporary or full-time employees – please contact Provisional. As a premier Spokane employment agency, we can take on the task of sourcing, screening, and hiring, so you can focus on other priorities, like running your business.