Recruitment At Its Finest

Recruitment At Its Finest

It is exciting to observe the growth of your company – watching two employees increase to ten and slowly to a team of fifty or more. While the recruitment process can result in positive business growth, it can be quite daunting. How do you ensure you’ve established an effective recruitment process that supports your evolving business landscape? Recruiting new employees should serve to upgrade your talent pool, address skill gaps within your team and contribute positive energy to your organizational culture. Investing in a top-notch recruitment process ensures long term success for your business.

Keep reading for tips and tricks to start your recruitment process:

  1. Consider poaching the best talent from other companies

85% of jobs are filled through networking and referrals. People already in the work force are a great source of talent and experience. “Head hunting” is not as uncommon or ‘sneaky’ as you might think. Capable individuals often seek new challenges to take their experience to the next level and will consider an offer that provides them an opportunity for advancement and growth (not just a higher paycheck).

  1. Seek counsel from a recruitment agency

Depending on the scale of your company, you should consider a recruitment agency – after all, they are experts in finding suitable candidates with the experience and talent you need. If your needs are very specific, they can source a pool of applicants for you, saving you the time of going through ill fitted CVs or resumes.

  1. Recruitment Software – Easy as 1, 2, 3

There are online platforms where you can scout for new applicants. In addition to modern job-finding social platforms like LinkedIn and Facebook, there is a world of online resources available at your fingertips. You can post available positions on various job boards and achieve excellent results.

Now that you know how to find potential candidates, let the fun begin!

Create a list of non-negotiables. While you should be open to an array of potential candidates, you should not compromise on those traits and values that represent the essence of your brand. Having a strong organizational culture in place will help you stay true to your company’s values and build a stronger team. Consider every new employee as a brand ambassador and how they reflect your company’s ideals.

Remember, recruiting should be a pleasant process for you as well as for the candidate. Don’t just fill another position, invest the effort and resources towards building an energized team.

Supreme Group Staffing – Superior People, Superior Service

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How to get your foot in the door??

How to get your foot in the door??

Here is why you need a resume, and need to get it done professionally:

You may argue that you know yourself best, and that nobody could explain your previous experience as well as you could.

You may be right, and that’s why you’ll be your best advocate at the interview.

However, until you get to the interview, a professional resume will help you stand out of the hundreds of others in the pile, and make a hiring manager eager to meet you.

A resume of 2018 is different than what you may be used to. It has a very distinct format and specific rules it generally follows.

As a professional marketing tool – selling none other than YOU – there are certain things to include, and certain things to stay far away from. The difference could make or break your career.

When approaching a recruiter or hiring manager, be sure to have your resume handy. They WILL ask for it and to be prepared is to be professional.

Without a resume:

  1. You do not exist. Literally! The hiring manager has no way of knowing about you and what you have to offer.
  2. The recruiter cannot enter you into his/her database and make a potentially great match.
  3. You do not have the chance to market your skills, achievements and experience to a hiring manager prior to the interview. (Be sure to include a link to your portfolio if you’re specialty is graphics or architectural design)
  4. The hundreds of other applicants do have resumes – to be considered, you have to be included.

A resume lets the world know you exist. A professional resume gets you to the top of the pile.

Supreme Group Staffing – Superior People, Superior Service

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10 Strategies To Enhance Your Interview Skills

10 Strategies To Enhance Your Interview Skills

There are many job interview guides out there to help you through the nerve-wracking process but these ten strategies are all you need to know to set you up for success and to help you bring your best self to the table. Interviewing is a learned skill and there are no second chances to make a good first impression – study our ten strategies to help you enhance your interview skills today:

The easiest way to get started in preparing for your interview is to remain calm and relaxed. You need to make sure you are well prepared and dressed appropriately.

Practice Good Non-Verbal Communication: Make Eye Contact  

It’s all about demonstrating exceptional confidence: standing straight and making constant eye contact between the interviewer and yourself. That first non-verbal impression can be a great beginning or a quick ending to your interview.  

Dress appropriately:  

Interview experts say you should “dress for the job or company”. 

It is important to make sure you look professional and are well-groomed.

Whether you wear a suit or something less formal it will depend on the company culture and the position you are currently seeking. If possible, it will be a good idea to call and to find out the company’s dress code before your interview.

Listen carefully: 

From the beginning of your interview, your interviewer is going to provide you with information, either direct or indirect. If you are not listening or understanding it correctly, you are missing vital pieces of information that could slip the opportunity. Good communication skills include listening and letting the person know you have heard what was said. Practice good body language and take notes during your interview – these are some tactics that show that you are listening and seriously interested in the job position.

Don’t talk too much: 

Telling the interviewer more than he needs to know could pass as a fatal mistake! When you have not prepared for an interview in advanced you may ramble and lose track of what you are saying during the interview – this could result in talking yourself straight out of the job. Prepare for the interview by reading through the job description thoroughly, matching your skills and experiences to the job being offered, and relaying only that information.

Don’t Be Too Familiar: 

The interview you are attending is a professional meeting to talk about the business and the job offer. This meeting is not about making a new friend. It is important to make sure that you bring a certain level of energy and enthusiasm to the meeting and ask relevant questions but remember to not overstep your place as a candidate looking for a job.

Use Appropriate Language: 

During your interview, you should make use of professional language and be aware of inappropriate slang words or references to age, race, religion, or sexual orientation. These topics could send you out of the door very quickly if raise them.

Your attitude: 

The late Zig Ziglar said ‘’Your attitude determines your altitude’’.  A good positive attitude plays a key role in our interview success.

Answer your questions carefully:

When an interviewer asks you for an example of a time when you completed a specific task or were faced with a challenge or conflict situation and how you dealt with the problem, he is seeking an example of your past behavior. If you fail to relate to a specific example you are missing out on an opportunity to prove yourself and talk about your skills and leadership.

Ask Relevant Questions: 

Part of knowing how to interview is being ready to ask questions and demonstrate an interest in what goes on within the company. Asking questions will also allow you to find out whether the company is the right place for you. Prepare questions around the job description and company culture before your interview. The best questions come from listening to what you have been asked during your interview and asking for more additional information.

Don’t Appear & Come Across Desperate: 

Don’t beg the interviewer for the job. Try and avoid the “Please, please hire me’’ approach.

You will come across as desperate and less confident in your interviewer’s eyes. Remember to keep the three C’s in mind: cool, calm, and confident. You know your skills, you know you can do the job, make sure the interviewer believes you can too.

Supreme Group Staffing – Superior People, Superior Service

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6 Tips for A Successful Video Interview

6 Tips for A Successful Video Interview

Do you have a video interview on your schedule? As hiring becomes more and more global with employees being able to work remotely, video interviews have become extremely commonplace for everyone. Given the major impact COVID-19 has had on businesses and its call for social distancing within these environments especially, it is most likely your next interview could be a video interview and not a face-to-face interview. Make sure you are prepared and ready to get in front of the camera by following these video interview tips:

1.     Test your technology & connection:  

A few days, or a few hours before your interview, it is very important to do a technical run to make sure all your equipment and internet connections are working smoothly. Make sure you download the necessary interview plugins you may need for your interview, whether you are using Zoom, Skype for Business, Google Meet, or any other video platform. Make sure that you test and check that computer’s camera, microphone, and internet connection are working. Do a test run to see how fast or slow your internet connection is and to see if you have any problems with video so you can fix those issues before your interview. You will have more than enough time to make all the necessary adjustments.

2.      Charge it up!

If you are using a laptop, tablet, or mobile phone, make sure the device you are using is fully charged on the day of the interview, so it does not die within the interview. Try and pick a place within your household that has a strong Wi-Fi connection. If you are using a tablet or mobile phone, try and keep it stationary as it may be very distracting for the interviewer, if the device keeps shaking and moving constantly.

3.      Display a professional background:

Make sure you display a clear and professional background within your household during your interview If you are working in your bedroom make sure, you display a laptop, books, or a clear poster as a backdrop. If you are using Zoom, take advantage of the various background display features the video platform provides you with.

4.      Dress for Success: 

You need to be professionally dressed as you would be for a face-to-face interview from head to toe – this would make you feel more confident about your interview. Try and avoid wearing flashy and bright-colored clothing to your interview. CareerBuilder’s recently published a study that was conducted by hiring managers and human resources professionals, and they stated that “blue and black are the best colors to wear to a job interview, and orange is the worst’’. It is very important to wear the right color clothing that is professional and comfortable for your interview.

5.      Smile, maintain good eye contact & body language:

It is very easy to get distracted when the person you are talking to is not in the room. Maintain good eye contact and good body language to the person you are talking to during your interview. Try and make sure your face is in the center of the camera so the interviewer can see you. Speak clearly at a good pace. Keep a good posture, your back straight, feet on the ground and your arms on your desk or resting on your lap.

6.      End the video interview by sharing your appreciation: 

Just as you would thank an interviewer in person for his/her time and the opportunity, thank the interviewer. Don’t forget to follow up post-interview with a “Thank you” email within a few hours or 24 hours. In your email, mention how you enjoyed the interview & discussion and how you would be a great match for the company. Consider mentioning something that you and the employer had discussed during the interview in doing so it would make the message more personal and show that you are very interested in the role and job position being offered.

Supreme Group Staffing – Superior People, Superior Service

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Sol Jacobs – CEO & Executive Recruiter

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Boost Your Job Interview Chances, With The Right Resume Layout!

Boost Your Job Interview Chances, With The Right Resume Layout!

The internet has made it very easy for job seekers to search and apply for different jobs online. This means most companies are inundated with resumes and have turned to software tools like ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) to help make their jobs easier and more efficient during the recruitment process. Most hiring managers use ATS as their primary software tool to help them quickly evaluate potential candidates for any given job opening.

ATS automatically scans and processes each job application that a company receives and ranks them according to their relevant qualifications (the software will automatically produce a shortlist of qualified candidates to be reviewed by the hiring manager). If your resume doesn’t meet the requirements of the company’s ATS, your application will likely be rejected before a hiring manager even has the opportunity to take a look at it! If your application is not ATS compliant it will not come up in a search and you might end up missing out on a potential job opportunity. Resumes that are designed to be compliant with ATS software have a much higher chance of getting into the hands of a hiring manager, which is one step closer to an interview.

Make sure your application stands the chance of being viewed by a hiring manager, so it can make the cut for a potential job interview, by learning how to write an ATS-friendly resume with our expert tips and examples:

How To Optimize Your Resume For An Applicant Tracking System

1. Select the correct file type:

Unless specified in the application text, do not submit your resume in a PDF format. PDF’s are not compatible with all ATS software and this could result in an unsuccessful application. If there is no file format that is specified in the application form, stick to MS word formats including doc and .docx. Plain text is also an option for ATS resumes but limits your formatting options.

2. Only include relevant information:

A common mistake that many applicants tend to make when applying for a job is to include information that is irrelevant to the job position being advertised. Under experience and education, you should include information and points that relate directly to the position you are applying for. The ATS software will only search and identify select information, so adding more would be very unnecessary.

3. Use keywords:

One of the best ways to optimize your resume for an ATS is to add relevant keywords! These keywords are specific and are also known as your hard and soft skills. These skills should be listed on top of your resume to highlight your expertise. If you are unsure of what type of keywords to add in your resume, look up similar job descriptions and use them as a guide to assist you in building your customized resume.

4. Don’t use headers or footers:

Make sure you don’t use any headers or footers. Any information you place into a header or footer will not be seen or picked up by the ATS. It’s an unfortunate fact that many applicants were disqualified due to having their contact information in a header and it wasn’t read by the system.

5. Avoid charts, tables, images, and fancy fonts:

While all (most!) images, charts, and unique fonts look attractive to the human eye, they will not be seen by the ATS and are often interpreted incorrectly! If you have used a chart to display or highlight your skills, make sure to switch to bullet points or plain text. You should also consider removing any tables as well as sticking to the basic fonts such as Calibri, Arial, Times New Roman, or Cambria.

6. Use formal job titles and full names:

Using unique job titles like “Marketing Guru” may look good on your LinkedIn profile but will not be suitable for your resume. Always make use of a formal job title so the ATS can find and highlight your experience. Also, remember to write out the full names of months and years when listing experience and education to make it simple and easier to read.

7. Prepare your resume for humans too:

Getting past the ATS is just one step in the application process. Remember that you still need to impress the hiring manager or whoever is going to read your resume next within the hiring process. Prepare your resume so it is easy to read, logical, and relevant to the job.

9. Review your document in plain text:

Before submitting your document, check and then double-check it for any spelling errors! It’s helpful to preview your resume in plain text to see if all the relevant information will be seen by the ATS…

And, you are now ready to submit!

Supreme Group Staffing – Superior People, Superior Service

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