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How to Gain Valuable Information in the Job Interview

January 19th, 2017

Gain InfoAs a job seeker, your most important task is to gain as much information as possible while selling yourself to the hiring manager. This can be a delicate balancing act between gaining and giving information. But there are a few things you should ask or look out for that can give you valuable insight into the company culture and what it would be like to work there. Here are four questions that will be critical to gaining the most important information from an interview.

1. Is this a new position or is it a replacement?

Knowing why a position is open is a key to finding out how you should sell yourself. If this is a new position, it means they are growing or adding important new roles to their company. This is your opportunity to make your mark in something they’ve never experienced before. On the other hand, if they are replacing an employee, it is helpful to know if this was a problem situation that resulted in a firing or another cause to create the open position.

2. How long do employees typically stay with the company?

You want to know how long a typical employee stays with the organization because if there is high turnover and constant rehiring, there may be a reason for that. It will be important for you to understand whether or not this is something that will work with your career.

3. Do people go out for lunch or happy hour?

Knowing how social a company is will help inform you about the overall corporate culture. Do people go out for lunch? Do they go on their own or as a group? Do people bring lunch in and eat at their desks? Some companies even encourage a weekly happy hour to help their staff socialize and build better bonds. Look at how they handle social interaction and whether or not they fit your values.

4. What are the company growth and client breakdown?

Lastly, you want to know the data that supports the company’s success. How has the company grown in the last year, the last 5 years, and since it was founded? What is their target client and how is that broken down. How many clients do they add each year? What clients have been lost in the past and why?

Are you ready to interview for your next new career move? Contact CornerStone Staffing today to work with the top staffing agency in Dallas!

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Want to Try Something New in 2017? Consider Temp-to-Hire

January 5th, 2017

try-something-newEvery year. It’s the same idea. The New Year is the perfect time to try something new and different. We make resolutions, set goals, and plan events that can help us grow. So why not try something new in 2017 and consider a temporary to hire position? What is temp-to-hire? You will work with a staffing agency who can help you find a position suitable to your background, experience, and interest. Then, you will work for the agency at their client site for an established period of time. At the end of that time, the client is able to hire you on to their company directly. It’s a great way to learn more about a job and a business before making a full-time commitment. What else do you need to know about temp-to-hire? Let’s take a closer look.

Try before you buy

Businesses take big risks deciding who to hire for their open positions. But working with an agency gives them an opportunity to try out an employee before committing to a full-time hire. But the benefits go both ways. You also get to try out a company before you accept a full-time position to learn if the corporate culture, the other employees, and the job itself are worth committing to.

Learn new things

You don’t only have to accept a position that was the same as your last job or the job before that. Working with a recruiter, you can determine how your skills can benefit any number of organizations. You can look at your transferable skills to see what other positions can be a fit for your interests and experience. Once you start that job, you will have a chance to learn how they run their organization, volunteer to take on new tasks and ask if you can learn new things along the way. The more adaptable you are, the more valuable you are as an employee.

Have flexibility in your career.

A temp-to-hire job is different than short term temporary assignments and accepting a full-time, permanent position with a company you’ve never worked with before. It gives you the power to control the direction in which you steer your career. You will be able to determine if the job is right for you and if it is not, talk to your recruiter to move on to another position.

Are you looking for a temp-to-hire position in 2017? Contact the recruiters at CornerStone Staffing and find your next job by working with a top staffing agency in Texas.

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What Should Companies Look for in Workforce Management

October 13th, 2016

workforce-managementAre you considering a workforce management solution for your business? If so, what should you be looking for in both a service and their software solution? Before you make a decision on the workforce management partner for your organization, it is important to ask the following questions to better understand what you and your employees need. Here are three things that you should consider before working with an agency to manage your workforce.

1. Online Services

So much is changing in the staffing industry right now. Today, companies that don’t offer online services are quickly falling behind in the marketplace. Businesses and individuals are doing almost everything on line today, so having the option to place work orders and find reports online is critical. It also makes the back office process easier by allowing employees the ability to submit time cards online and the ability for companies to get their invoices electronically. While face-to-face or over the phone contact still exists, the convenience of online communications is essential in today’s business climate.

2. Employee Access

Your employees will also want more information to be available to them. Not only should they be able to submit their time cards online, they also want details. They should be able to access their own online profile which should include start dates, pay history, and performance indicators that will help them improve their skills for future employment. This information will also help potential employers when trying to understand how to manage and motivate their team.

3. Onsite Manager

In many cases, especially if a company needs a large workforce, an onsite manager will be essential. This representative from the staffing agency will be there to help you manage the workforce needs and be a liaison between your company and the staffing agency. Sometimes performance and management issues can come up when the recruiters aren’t available to be onsite to see how individuals interact on the job. This recruiter and employee relationship can be critical for long-term success.

Are you considering a workforce management solution? Contact CornerStone Staffing Agencies in Dallas to learn how we can help you today with our unique workforce management solution!

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Improve Body Language to Help Your Networking

October 6th, 2016

eyeshandspostureoh-myYou know that networking is important to your career. But did you know that the body language you project when meeting new professionals is as important as meeting them in the first place? If you can master appropriate body language when you’re networking, you will find that you’re making better connections for your career. Here are some aspects of body language that you should be aware of when you’re in the networking process.

Maintain appropriate eye contact.

Eye contact is important for interpersonal communication. It’s how we learn to understand one another, and how we gauge whether or not someone is honest or trustworthy. But eye contact can be challenging for some people, so it is equally as important to know how to use it and in what context. Don’t stare, but be casual and look them in the eye in a natural way.

Be relaxed when standing or sitting.

At most networking events, you’ll find yourself standing but there may be occasions when you’re sitting as well. The most important thing is to be relaxed while you’re communicating with someone else. Don’t cross your arms, because that indicates you’re closed off. Don’t fidget, because that demonstrates nervousness. Don’t spread out too far because that indicates arrogance and ownership.

Walk with purpose.

Look up, be confident, and be comfortable. The way you walk says just as much about you as your body language when sitting or standing. Shuffling is a sign that you’re uncomfortable. Being pushy will also send the wrong message. Walk with confidence and an easy stride and you’ll send the right message. You want your energy to be the focus.

Practice good posture.

Your teachers were right, it is important to stand up or sit up straight. Keeping your spine straight and avoiding a slouch will send the message that you’re confident and you want to engage with others around you. Posture is a big part of how we judge each other’s body language, so pay special attention to how you’re sitting or standing.

Focus on that handshake.

Finally, it is important to make sure that you have a firm handshake. It is perfectly okay to practice ahead of time. It can be difficult to avoid sweaty palms when you’re nervous, but do what you can to make yourself feel at ease in public spaces. Don’t let your hand be the dead fish grip that everyone dreads. Grasp firmly, but don’t squeeze hard, and know when to let go.

If you are looking for a change in your career, our talented recruiters are here for you. Contact CornerStone Staffing today to work with a leader in Dallas and Fort Worth job agencies.

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3 Red Flags that Scream Bad Fit in a Job Candidate

September 29th, 2016

red-flagsHiring is hard, so it is important that you don’t make snap judgments or hire someone on the spot when you have a gut feeling about how they’re perfect. There are several things that should be taken into consideration, including some red flags that can let you know when a candidate isn’t the right fit for you. Before you make a job offer, consider if any of your applicants are guilty of these items of concern. If so, it may be time to walk away and consider an alternative.

Someone with All the Answers and a Habit of Interrupting

It can be frustrating to try to have a conversation when the other person won’t even let you finish a thought without responding. When a candidate does that, it can be a sign of a lot of negative behaviors. First, they may not think through a problem enough before tackling it, resulting in incorrect assumptions. Second, they don’t have respect for other’s thoughts and ideas and aren’t willing to collaborate. And finally, it may actually be a sign that they are truly unprepared and talking over someone is the only way they can exert their will in the conversation.

Someone Who Can’t Explain Why They Have a Gap in Their Resume

Resume gaps are not the actual problem when it comes to hiring someone who has experienced times of unemployment. The real issue is when a candidate can’t explain what happened, why they were out of work, and what they were doing during that time. If they avoid the question or distract you from finding out details, this may be a red flag. If they can’t tell you they were doing something productive during their down time, such as volunteering or caring for a family member, there may be some concerns. Also, if use this as a chance to complain about their former employer, it is time to move on to the next candidate.

Someone Who Demonstrates Core Values that Don’t Fit Your Mission

Core values are highly personal. Your company has them inherent in your mission statement and strives to meet them every day. It is part of your customer service plan, your HR strategy, and your daily interactions. So hiring for a match in values is extremely important. If the candidate demonstrates core values, for better or worse, that are vastly different from your own or your company’s, it will not be a good long-term fit. Even if their skills are perfect and you like them as a person, that innate personality trait will make it difficult for them to integrate into your corporation.

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Unsure About Accepting the Position? Look at These Areas

September 22nd, 2016

unsure-about-accepting-the-positionNow that you’ve submitted your resume, attended the interview, and have received the job offer, what happens next? If you are on the fence at all about accepting this new position, there may be reasons for that. Before you say yes or sign any paperwork, it is worth taking a little time to decide. Politely let them know that you want to contact them back in a day or two so you have some time to weigh your options. And consider these areas to determine if the job is right for you.

The company values

The first step is to evaluate the company mission statement, their core values, and the reputation of the business. It is imperative that your personal values do not conflict with the values of the organization or your employment there will not be mutually beneficial. If you see things that you don’t like or you find that the company does not hold the same core values as you do, it may be time to consider another avenue. But, if your values match, it could be a great fit.

Career development

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? You were probably asked this question in the interview process, but did you ask them about what they can provide you in those 10 years? Do you see yourself continuing to work for the company, or is it just a stepping stone? What kinds of career development opportunities do they have in place and how many people have been promoted within the company. Depending on the answer, you may have to make a decision.

New coworker dynamics

Did you have a chance to meet the others in the office? If you weren’t introduced to your future coworkers, this may be a red flag all by itself. The people you work with directly may be the most important dynamic in your new workplace, so it is critical to know whether or not you will get along with them or if there will be problems blending your work style.

Follow your gut

We are given so many conflicting thoughts about trusting our own instincts that it can be hard to make a decision. Don’t let this paralysis set in. If you have a negative feeling about the company, there might be a reason for that. Alternately, if you feel like this is an organization where you can really fit in and make a difference for them and for your long term career goals, go ahead and accept the offer.

Are you ready to go out and get that job offer? Work with our great team of recruiters at CornerStone Staffing today and partner with one of the top staffing agencies in Dallas to get started.

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