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5 Benefits of Working with a Recruiter

August 27th, 2019

Is your job search taking longer than expected? Are you tired of getting rejected or hearing nothing at all from hiring managers? It might be time to bring in the professionals in the form of a recruiter from one of Spokane, Washington’s employment agencies. When you do, you can take advantage of a few key benefits:

#1: Help with resume writing, interview preparation and more.

When you work with a recruiter, they’ll be able to learn about your skills, background and strengths, all so they can help you improve your resume. They’ll also work with you to better prepare for interviews, so you’re more confident walking into a hiring manager’s office. 

#2: Access to hidden jobs. 

Many times, employers work with recruiters to fill job openings that aren’t advertised to the public. When you also partner with a recruiter, you’ll be able to gain access to these opportunities, giving you a leg up over the competition.

#3: Learn more about potential employers.

When recruiters are hired to fill job openings for a particular company on a regular basis, they’ll have a better sense of the culture, leadership, mission and vision. They’ll be able to impart this knowledge to you, so you have more insight into the employer and what it would be like to work there. 

#4: Find a new job faster.

The job hunt takes a lot of time and energy. In fact, sometimes it can feel like a full-time position. However, when you work with a recruiter, it will not only be an easier process, but a faster one too. It’s their job to know which employers are hiring and how to match you with the right opportunities. 

#5: Get connected with the right-fit position.

Just because you have the skills to perform a certain job doesn’t mean it’s the right fit for you. But when you work with a recruiter, you can rest easy that you’ll be connected to opportunities that best align with your background and abilities, as well as a culture you’ll blend well with. 

Ready to work with professional recruiters to find your next job?

Call Provisional. As one of Spokane Washington’s top employment agencies, we can connect you with great jobs at leading employers. Search our jobs now.

5 Work Habits That are Killing Your Career

February 19th, 2013

As one of the leading employment agencies in Spokane, Washington, Provisional knows that when it comes to career advancement, everyone faces challenges and struggles. But did you know you might be your own worse enemy? In other words, you might be doing things that are making it hard to land that promotion you desperately want, or make a name for yourself at your company?

The good news, though, is that you can overcome bad habits that are hurting your career. You just have to know what they are – and how to avoid them in the future. Here’s a look:

Bad Work Habit #1: Sloppy emails.

This sounds like no big deal. However, considering that so much of office communication happens over email, you’re really impacting how people perceive you with your words. So if they’re rife full of misspellings and bad grammar, then co-workers and managers are going to view you as disorganized and sloppy.

Bad Work Habit #2: Never saying “no.”

Ambition is a good thing in the workplace. However, it can get ugly if you don’t know how to turn it off and just say “no” to certain projects. Overestimating your ability to get work done not only will leave you exhausted, it will leave the impression you can’t deliver when you miss a deadline because you’re swamped.

Bad Work Habit #3: Getting emotional.

Whether it’s being the workplace diva or getting defensive whenever constructive criticism is offered, emotions can get heated in the workplace. This can be difficult if you’re a naturally emotional, passionate person. However, you must keep your feelings in check – and doing so will only serve you well in the long run. After all, no one wants to work with someone who has temper tantrums that rival a toddler’s.

Bad Work Habit #4: Not putting yourself out there.

Having a bad reputation is, well, bad. But having no reputation is equally negative. If you never take a risk or put yourself out there, you’re not going to stand out to your manager and peers. As a result, when it’s time for promotions, you won’t even be on the radar.

Bad Work Habit #5: Not learning new things.

Even if you’re highly experienced, you need to always be learning. Whether it’s acquiring a new skill, learning the latest technology, or studying important industry trends, the more you know, the more valuable you’ll be in the workplace. So when an opportunity comes along to learn something new, don’t resist it, as many workers do. Instead embrace it and see where it takes you.

Ready for a New Career Opportunity?

If you are, let Provisional know. As one of the leading employment agencies in Spokane, Washington, we’ll work with you to get to know your skills, background, and personality. We’ll then match you with rewarding opportunities that are a great fit for you. Search our Spokane jobs now or contact us today.

Your Resume By the Numbers

November 20th, 2012

When most job candidates are writing their resumes, they tend to focus on work history and skill set. What they don’t focus on are the numbers. And, as one of the leading employment agencies in Spokane, Washington, Provisional can tell you that hiring managers are very interested in…and swayed by…the numbers.

So what kinds of numbers are they looking for? Here’s an example:

  • Designed a marketing campaign for a local private school that helped increase enrollment by 10%.

When you can quantify your accomplishments with numbers (dollar amounts, statistics, percentages, etc.), you’re going to get the attention of a hiring manager. After all, who would you rather hire? The graphic designer above, or one that states the following on their resume: “Worked as a graphic designer.”

Regardless of your profession or field, numbers should be an integral part of your resume. But how can you determine which numbers to include on yours? Here are some tips to help you:

Review Past Performance Evaluations.

If you’ve kept copies of your past performance evaluations, then that’s a great place to start. You should have noted specific goals met and accomplishments that would be important to include on your resume. The documents might also serve as a springboard for inspiration about how to quantify your past accomplishments.

Ask Yourself the Right Questions.

That said, sometimes it can be hard to attach a number to accomplishments. So you may need to brainstorm for a while to come up with ideas. To help you kick-start the process, here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • How have I saved past employers money?
  • How have I made past employers money?
  • How have I managed money for past employers?
  • How have I saved past employers time?
  • Did I spearhead or implement any new processes or procedures that improved efficiencies for past employers?
  • Have I managed any employees for past employers? Was I able to improve performance or results in that capacity?
  • What other kinds of tasks have I been responsible for that I can quantify? For instance, did I handle new hire orientation for 10 new employees, or write and submit 5 case studies for the company website?

The bottom line is that in order to stand out in a crowded employment market, you need to set yourself apart. And demonstrating your abilities through cold, hard facts and numbers will certainly help you get noticed.

Need More Help Crafting a Strong Resume…or Finding a New Job?

If you do, let us know. As one of the leading employment agencies in Spokane, Washington, Provisional partners with top employers in the area and can connect you with rewarding job opportunities as a result!

When a Job Offer Gets Rescinded

October 16th, 2012

You’ve spent months searching for just the right job opportunities; networking relentlessly, polishing your resume, and interviewing with hiring managers…until finally you get an offer you really want.

But then it happens; you get a call that the offer has been put on hold – indefinitely. Is this even legal? And should you wait around, or just cut your losses and move on?

First, yes, it’s legal as long as you had no signed contract with the employer that specified certain terms and conditions.

So even if you accepted the offer, you’re still an “at will” employee, meaning either party (you or the employer) can terminate the relationship at any time…including before it even really began.

Second, don’t take it personally.

This is probably hard to swallow. But, as one of the top employment agencies in Spokane, Washington, Provisional can tell you that in most cases jobs become unavailable due to factors that have nothing to do with you.

For instance, perhaps a shift within the company took place where departments merged, or a decision maker had second thoughts about hiring at this time. Or, perhaps, an existing employee decided they wanted the job and the company decided to fill the position internally.

So, at this point, what should you do?

If this happens to you, try to find out exactly what the situation is – if the job offer has really been put on hold temporarily, or if it’s disappeared altogether. Many times, job offers will get rescinded due to finances and budget issues. For instance, the employer may have determined that their financial outlook is not as positive as originally thought.

If the position is your dream job, and you’re desperate to land it, then ask your contact at the company if they’re the decision maker when it comes to hiring. If they are, ask when they think the freeze will be lifted. If they’re not the decision maker, then find who is and do your best to get connected to them so you can pitch them as to why they should reconsider…and hire you.

But while you’re hoping for the best, you should also be preparing for the worst.

When job offers are placed on ice, it usually takes a while for a company to start hiring again…meanwhile you have bills to pay and a career to advance. So it’s important to move on with your job search. Keep in mind too that the more time that goes by after the offer has been rescinded, the more likely it is that it won’t come to pass anytime soon.

Get More Job Search Tips

Read our blog post for tips on making yourself simply irresistible to employers. Or, if you’d like professional help with your job search, contact Provisional. As one of the top employment agencies in Spokane, Washington, we work with leading organizations throughout the area and can help you find the job opportunity that’s the right fit for you.

Contact Provisional today to learn more about how we can help you.

Just How Effective are Your Networking Efforts?

September 18th, 2012

As a job seeker, you probably already know the importance of networking. But are you doing it right? In other words, are you networking as effectively as possible?

As one of Spokane, Washington’s leading employment agencies, Provisional knows that a big part of effective networking is understanding what you should be conveying to your contacts. Otherwise, the time and effort spent could be wasted.

To help you, here are some essentials that every person you connect with should know about you:

Essential #1: How to Get in Touch With You.

Always carry a supply of business cards with you that include your name, title or job description, and contact information, along with a link to your company website or work portfolio. If you aren’t currently employed and don’t have a business card from work, there are plenty of websites out there that design and print affordable business cards.

Essential #2: What You Do in 30 Seconds or Less.

Your speech, also known as the “elevator pitch,” should leave your contacts understanding what you do and the value that you provide.

Essential #3: Why You’re Different.

Are you a specialist in a certain field? Do you speak a second language? Do you have some skill that is highly sought after? Then be sure to share this kind of information with your contacts. It will make you stand out in the crowd, whether you’re at a networking event or in a job interview.

Essential #4: Recent Projects of Interest.

Is there anything you’re working on – whether at the office or on your own time – that could be of value to a potential employer? For example, are you taking a class on public speaking to strengthen that skill, or spearheading a complex project at work involving a major client? Not only will this demonstrate your initiative to your contacts, but the people you meet may have some insight that could help you in your work.

Essential #5: You Have Great Listening Skills.

Remember, it’s not all about you! Be sure to ask everyone you meet questions about what they do and what they’re working on.

Need More Job Search Help?

Read this blog post about 5 Tips for Shortening Your Job Search, or contact Provisional. As one of Spokane, Washington’s leading employment agencies, we have the knowledge and connections to give you access to some of today’s top job openings. Learn more now!

Resume Tips: How to Deal With Multiple Positions at One Company

July 3rd, 2012

Picture it: You’re looking for a new job and trying to craft the perfect resume. The trouble is that you’ve worked at one employer, but have held multiple positions. So should you just list your most recent position – or highlight all of them? And if it’s the latter, how do you do it effectively?

First, you should absolutely highlight that you’ve held multiple positions within one company, particularly if it demonstrates an upward progression in your career. This shows prospective employers that you’re delivering positive results and have the track record – in the form of promotions – to prove it.

Secondly, there are two ways to approach multiple positions with one employer on your resume:

  1. You can either deal with each job title as separate positions.
  2. You can stack the positions and include the details under the stacked titles.

If you choose the first option – to list each position separately ­– it would look like the following:

ABC Company
Office Manager, February 2008 – Present

  • Details of tasks and accomplishments to go here.

Administrative Assistant, June 2006 – February 2008

  • Details of tasks and accomplishments to go here.

If you choose the second options – to stack the positions – it would look like this:

Office Manager, February 2008 – Present
Administrative Assistant, June 2006 – February 2008

ABC Company

  • Details of tasks and accomplishments to go here.

If you take this approach, when discussing the details of your tenure, be sure to further emphasize the fact that you’ve been promoted or achieved a higher level in your career with the company. Then go on to describe the accomplishments and results you’ve achieved in the new role.

Need More Resume Help?

Let Provisional know. As one of the top employment agencies in Spokane, Washington, we can work with you to craft an effective resume, prepare for interviews, and connect with employers that are a good fit for you. Contact Provisional today to learn more.

Are Verbal Complaints Protected Under FLSA?

February 28th, 2012

As one of Spokane, Washington’s leading employment agencies, we know that wage-and-hour disputes have become one of the most common sources of employment-related liability. But if an employee complains verbally about such a dispute, but doesn’t file a formal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) complaint, could you still be found liable?

It’s possible, according to a recent court case.

A medical technologist in Virginia, along with several of her co-workers, complained to the firm’s COO that their supervisor was regularly altering time sheets in order to avoid showing overtime that the employees had worked. As you probably know, this is a direct violation of the FLSA. Shortly after, the medical technologist was fired, with the firm stating that there was “too much conflict with (her) supervisors and the relationship just (wasn’t) working.”

So the medical technologist sued, alleging that she’d been fired as retaliation for making an FLSA complaint. Her formed employer countered in court that she had not made a formal FLSA complaint, instead making an informal, internal, verbal complaint. Therefore, she wasn’t protected under FLSA. The lower court agreed and dismissed the complaint.

However, an appeals court has now reversed that decision, citing a Supreme Court case decision that ruled a verbal complaint was protected under FLSA if “it’s sufficiently clear … for a reasonable employer to understand it … as an assertion of rights under the statute.” The case is now back in the lower court and will likely result in a drawn out – and expensive – legal battle.

In addition, in early 2012, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division released a fact sheet, providing general information about the prohibition of retaliation against an employee who files a complaint under FLSA. The fact sheet states that employees are protected regardless of whether the complaint is oral or in writing.

The lesson here?

For employers, even the most casual mention of a wage-and-hour dispute may qualify as a claim. In addition, any disciplinary action, including termination, could be viewed as retaliation in the court of law.

Therefore, as one of Spokane, Washington’s leading employment agencies, we know that in order to protect your company, it’s important to implement a strict policy requiring documentation of ALL complaints, both written and verbal. If you are taken to court, having this kind of strongly enforced policy in place – and the documentation to back it up – will only add to your credibility in front of a judge and jury.

Are You Earning What You’re Worth?

October 18th, 2011

If you’ve been reading the news at all recently, you know our economy isn’t exactly the healthiest it’s ever been. But, as one of Spokane, Washington’s leading employment agencies, we know that just because the economy is still experiencing a slump, doesn’t mean you should be settling for less salary than what you’re worth.

That said, the thought of asking for a raise can certainly be an intimidating proposition. To help increase your confidence level, here are some tips to follow:

Look around you.

If your company is currently laying off employees, now may not be the best time to ask for a raise. Check back and reassess the situation in 6-12 months.

Be realistic.

What are you worth? If you don’t know, check out websites like to see what the average salary is for people in your occupation, location, and with a similar education. You might not be worth as much as you thought – or you could be worth more. You won’t know unless you check, though.

Ask for feedback.

Do you have a couple of co-workers you’re especially comfortable with? If you do, ask them for feedback on how you come across and whether they think you deserve a raise.

Create a brag book.

Well, it doesn’t have to be an entire book. It can just be a list of your most recent – and biggest – accomplishments. Increase sales by 10% last month? Include that on the list. Get some terrific feedback from your biggest client? Put that on your list too. This is ammunition you’ll need to prove to your boss you’re worth more money.

Practice, practice, practice.

Terrified of asking your boss for a raise? Don’t worry, most people are. But the worst that can happen is your boss says “no.” So prepare yourself for that possibility. Also, to help you feel more at ease, practice exactly what you’re going to say to your boss. Make sure you think about potential objections your boss may have and how you will overcome them. For more on what to say, read our post on one small word that can help you land a promotion.

Keep it short.

While you need to sell yourself and why you deserve a raise, don’t ramble. Make your point and then let your boss respond.

Don’t get emotional.

If you’ve worked really hard and know that other companies are paying employees like you more, it can be tempting to get angry when your boss denies your request. However, it won’t do any good and it can actually harm how your boss perceives you. Instead, ask what you can do to secure a raise in the near future.

But if your boss denies your request because there isn’t room for advancement at the company, it may be time for a career move. And Provisional can help. As one of Spokane, Washington’s leading employment agencies, we can offer you access to a variety of new opportunities that are a better match for your skills, personality, and career goals.

Start your job search now.