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Why Screen Employees with Computer Testing?

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Are you screening your potential employees with computer testing?

Whether that means basic computer literacy, software specific testing, or typing speed, you should be screening all relevant employees and here’s why:

  • Make the right hire – the first time. Without proper computer testing you could be hiring an employee that doesn’t have the skill set needed, and it was 100% avoidable! Many candidates will claim proficiency, but seeing that word on a resume offers very little insight.
  • Value for the time and money. These tests are typically fast and inexpensive. For minimal extra effort and resources computer testing can offer a massive value add to the hiring process, and it does not have to be handled internally. At Platinum Personnel we offer a wide range of computer software testing as part of our recruiting services, or as a stand-alone service.
  • Reduce training time. When you can have confidence that your hire understands the specific software needed to perform the job well, that’s hours of training dollars saved and directly put back into immediate and productive work.

Keys to remember:

  • This is a ruling-out process, not highest score wins. These tests are a valuable contribution to an applicant pool, but of course do not tell the complete story. They are best thought of as a way of ruling out candidates that fall below a benchmark, not being the deciding factor between two great candidates with similar scores.
  • Depending on the role, such as data entry or an administrative position, a simple typing test can give significant insight to the employee’s potential pace and quality of work. Fast and accurate typing saves minutes throughout the day that turns into hours of saved time that can be used for additional work, adding to the bottom line of the business. It also predicts the employee’s ability to produce and send error-free correspondence, forms and documentation.
  • Platinum Personnel can test a wide variety of software, programs, and skills in our computer testing facilities at our office in downtown Kelowna as well as remotely. These include typing, Microsoft Office, accounting, bookkeeping, and much more. These services are free when combined with our recruiting services or are available at a low cost to any employer or job seeker. Let us provide you with the necessary tests and advice to help in your next hire.

How to Prepare for an Interview

You’ve been scheduled for an interview with a potential employer… now what?!

Do Your Research

It is wise to find out as much as you can about the company you will be interviewing with. Review their website, social media channels, employee bios on LinkedIn, news articles or press releases they may be featured in, etc. Demonstrating that you taken the time to learn about the company and to establish why you would be interested in joining their team can go a long way. Write down any questions that may arise through your research.

Craft Your Responses

While you certainly don’t want to sound like a robot giving a speech, it is important to consider in advance how you will answer key questions. You want to be aware of talking too much and alternately too little. Find a balance between “rambling and oversharing” and being too conservative or simplistic in your responses. Paint a clear picture of your past roles, responsibilities, and achievements without getting lost in unnecessary details. Try to be positive when outlining experiences with past managers and colleagues as well as when referencing the reasons you are seeking new employment. Be careful about the personal details you share about yourself or those you have worked with.

Arrive Prepared

When the day of your interview arrives, being prepared will help calm your nerves. Try to get a good rest the night before and have a meal or snack before you leave for your appointment. Don’t bring coffee into an interview.  Print off extra copies of your resume and references. Find out in advance what your options for parking are and ensure you leave adequate time to find a parking spot. Bring a list of questions to ask during the interview along with a notebook and pen.

Follow Up

At the end of the interview, ask for a business card from the individuals you interviewed with. Within a day of your interview, send a note to each of them thanking them for the opportunity to interview. If you still feel interested in the position, outline a few key reasons you are interested in joining the company and highlight how you could contribute to it given the opportunity. 

If you’re looking for temporary or permanent career opportunities, contact the team at Platinum Personnel to access our FREE services for job seekers!

Working with Our Recruiters to Hire Your Staff

If you’re new to having an external recruitment agency work on your behalf to find great employees for your company, here’s what you can expect when you work with Platinum Personnel. We focus on opportunities in Kelowna and surrounding areas such as West Kelowna, Lake Country, Vernon and Penticton

Temporary Placements

  • We work with clients who need temporary staff for any number of days, weeks, or months
  • Once we have the details of the type of temporary employee you are seeking, our team will advise on applicable rates. We only charge fees once we have successfully placed a candidate with your company.
  • Once we have a suitable candidate (or multiple candidates) lined up, we will present those options to you and you can advise if you wish to carry out your own internal interview with the candidates. When we present candidates to you, they have already been interviewed by our recruiters, tested for applicable computer skills, and reference checked. We can also perform background or criminal record checks by request.
  • Once you have selected a candidate, we will send you a contract that names the employee and their hourly rate. We manage their payroll on your behalf making it a very simple process for you!
  • If you wish to transition a temporary employee to a permanent role, we will work with you during that process.

Permanent Placements

  • We work with clients in a wide range of sectors to fill roles ranging
  • from entry level general labour and administration to high level finance positions.
  • Once we have the details of the type of permanent employee you are seeking, our team will advise on applicable rates. We only charge fees once we have successfully placed a candidate with your company.
  • Once we have a suitable candidate (or multiple candidates) lined up, we will present those options to you and will arrange interviews on your behalf for the candidates you wish to meet with.
  • In the final stages of the interview process, our recruiters will conduct reference checks as well as complete any applicable background and security checks or required skills testing.
  • When you are ready to make a job offer, our team will coordinate between you and the successful candidate to assist with contracts, salary negotiations, and other job details.
  • We do not manage employee payroll for permanent roles, this would be the responsibility of the employer.
  • We offer a 90-day replacement guarantee for permanent hires!

Start the Process

  • If you have a need for temporary or permanent staff, send us the details at [email protected] and a recruiter will be in touch. We have had the pleasure of serving the Okanagan business community since 1999 and we look forward to matching your company with top talent!

6 Reasons to Try ‘Temp’ Work

Did you know Platinum Personnel offers both permanent AND temporary employment options? Here are just a few reasons you can benefit from registering with a temp employment agency!

1. Extra Income, Less Pressure

-Earning a wage from temporary or contract work lessens any financial burden while you are in between jobs or during periods of transition.

2. Try Before You Buy

– Temp work gives you the opportunity to test our new environments and varied roles to determine the type of employment you are best suited to

3. Build Your Resume

-Whether you’re new to the workforce, returning to it, or looking to make a career change, temporary employment gives you the opportunity to add new skills and experience to your resume. It also minimizes “gaps” on your resume that may be of concern to some potential employers

4. Make Connections

-Every temp job gives you an opportunity to meet new people and you never know where a contact may lead. In some cases, temporary roles can turn into permanent employment for the right candidate.

5. Flexibility

-Temp jobs typically offer more flexibility than a permanent role with options for part-time, full-time, weekdays or weekends, as well as short term (daily, weekly) or more long term assignments (monthly)

6. Demonstrate Your Value

-When you’re reliable and committed to temporary assignments, it indicates to recruiters and potential employers that you’ll be a dedicated permanent employee as well. Temp work can be a great way to make a name for yourself and to use it as a stepping stone for future advancement

If you’re interested in temporary employment opportunities in the Okanagan, send us your resume HERE!

Why Jobs in Okanagan are on the Rise

Jobs in Okanagan

2017 was an impressive year for Okanagan region job market. Within the span of one year, Kelowna – the largest city in Okanagan Valley – went from having the worst job market in Canada, to being number one. The number of jobs in Okanagan has increased a whopping 14.3% in 2017, and has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.

So what’s the reason behind the growth? Here are three major factors contributing to the rise of jobs in Okanagan:

Innovation:

The technology sector in particular has had a significant impact on Okanagan. In just three years, tech has grown 30% to become a 1.3 billion dollar industry. QHR and Disney Interactive are sector leaders that paved the way for new tech businesses and are further enabled by Accelerate Okanagan. AO is a not-for-profit organization that provides tech business with mentorship and connections needed to succeed in Okanagan.

New Developments

Aside from the technology sector, Okanagan has seen impressive growth among a number of other industries. Healthcare, Tourism, Agriculture, and Manufacturing, have all become economic strengths within the region.

From an international investment standpoint, it’s far cheaper to open a business in Okanagan than in the lower mainland. The Business Development Bank of Canada also offers more support to small businesses and programs for local Okanagan businesses. As a result, entrepreneurs are flocking to the region.

Great Community

There are a number of compelling reasons to relocate to Okanagan. It’s a beautiful place to live, with Okanagan Lake is one of the regions highlights. Okanagan has a better weather and more sun, than its rainier counterpart in the Lower Mainland.

The thriving agriculture in Okanagan means access to fresh local produce. And of course, those enjoy wine will also be attracted to the 30+ wineries in the region!

Finally, Okanagan has become a far more affordable place to live compared to Vancouver’s dramatically inflated housing market.

Conclusion:

For the recently graduated who looking to enter the workforce, Okanagan is an excellent place to begin your career. The Okanagan and Kelowna area offers the best of both worlds: opportunities to thrive your industry while enjoying a high quality lifestyle.

5 Reasons to Hire Kelowna Recruitment Agency

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Why Hire Kelowna Recruitment Agency?

Kelowna is a growing community with an exploding job market: Jobs in Kelowna increased by 14.3% in 2017, and ranked as the number one job market in the country! To find the perfect hire in this rapidly growing marketplace, you need a local professional who has not only the industry expertise, but also constantly monitors the local job seeking community. That’s where Kelowna Recruitment Agency comes handy.

Here are five reason you should use a Kelowna recruitment agency:

Saves Company Time

Reviewing resumes can be a poor use of company time, especially if it results in the wrong hire. Recruiters do all the screening, interviewing, skill testing, and background checking. Afterwards, employer needs only to cherry-pick from the recruiters’ carefully vetted shortlist.

Saves Company Money

An in-house hiring manager spends a lot of money and resources through advertising, interviewing, background checking, and training. As a result the costs can quickly add up and exceed the company budget.

Kelowna recruitment agency can provide predictable hiring costs that are in alignment with the budget. Furthermore, their industry expertise can help negotiate an appropriate salary while still securing the best candidate.

Recruitment Expertise

A good recruiter will act as an ambassador of your company brand to candidates within your industry. They can provide candidates with insight on the work culture and company vision. Much as, a professional recruiter also knows their candidates’ individual work histories and strengths. They will take the time to ensure the candidate is the right fit for the company’s long-term goals before adding them to their shortlist.

Better Local Connections

Usually, recruitment agencies are better-connected than in-house hiring managers. They already have a pool of top-tier candidates that may be the right match for your business. As well, many of the best candidates are not actively applying to jobs, and recruiters know how to find them. They have an extensive network of contacts that they can utilize to connect you with these hard-to-find candidates.

Improves Community Reputation

A Kelowna-based recruitment agency can help you make the right hire and reduce company turnover. Over time, this creates a long-term, cohesive team of employees. Furthermore, good hiring decisions build up a company’s reputation by having staff that provides top-quality service to their clients.

Conclusion:

Whether it’s an entry-level administrator or a seasoned manager, who you hire can impact the success of your business. Take the guesswork out of making the right call by utilizing the services of a local Kelowna recruitment agency.