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.
-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!
Whether you’re an employer, or an employee, you probably have some idea of how motivation contributes to great work. We often do our best work when we feel motivated and energized to tackle projects ahead of us. On the flip side, most of us have experienced moments when a lack of motivation for a particular task or job has gotten in the way of achieving success.
As an employer, it’s clear that tapping into employee motivation can help your business succeed, but just how do you do this? And how do you identify new hires who are going to be motivated to succeed?
What Motivates Employees?
Motivating employees can seem like a daunting task, and can require different approaches for different people. Employee motivation often depends on an individual’s personal goals and needs, both inside and outside the workplace.
Some of the most typical employee motivators include:
Praise and acknowledgement from colleagues and managers
Opportunities for advancement
Handling tasks that meet or challenge skill sets
Being involved in decision making
Believing in the company mission
Simple love of the work
The best way to discover what motivates your employees is to actually have a conversation about their drives and needs. Start by taking notes of their answers, and see if, and how, your business can accommodate them. Having that conversation does two important things. It shows that you are listening to your employee, and care about their role in the company, and their success – this attentive listening is a big motivator all on its own. But more importantly, this conversation will help you understand how to get the most out of your employees.
Hiring for Motivation
Another important way to ensure employee motivation is to hire the right person for the job from the start. The first step in this process is to make sure your job posting is clear, detailed, and true to the role. This will encourage the right kind of candidates to apply.
Once you’ve filtered your candidates and invited your top picks in for an interview, make sure to ask them what keeps them motivated on the job. It’s also good to know why they want to work for your company, and what their future goals are. These questions will help you assess their personal drives and if they have a real passion for what your company does. If you want to learn about their self-motivation skills, you can also ask about their least favourite tasks in past jobs and how they pushed themselves to complete them.
You also want to ensure that an employee’s skills and experience match the needs of the role. One of the biggest motivation-killers can be repeated failure. While failure can be a tool for developing resilience and an opportunity to learn and improve, if someone just isn’t equipped to do a job, they will quickly lose heart. This doesn’t mean you should rule out keen learners who are a little bit under-qualified for a role – remember a lot of people are motivated by challenge and learning – but you’ll want to ensure you can provide them with mentorship and guidance, and/or that they have a personal learning plan in place to help their success.
The Power of Listening
What you might have noticed is that motivating your employees is a lot about the power of listening. That is, asking the right questions, and discovering how you can work together with your staff to ensure success. If you hire smart, actively listen to your employees’ needs. By providing the right environment, you’ll be able to retain long-term motivated and passionate employees.
Do you need help finding motivated employees? Platinum Personnel can connect you to some ofKelowna’s best employees and will screen and find the best fit for your staffing needs!
Being great at interviews requires a lot of social skill, and a bit of luck. But first, you need to actually land an interview… How do you do that? Make sure your resume stands out above the rest, so that Okanagan recruiters will notice you! To get an interview for your dream job your entire resume has to be great, but only one part needs to be outstanding. When Okanagan recruiters are looking at your resume, they will probably be opening it up as an attachment from an email. This means that they’ll only see the top half of your resume at first glance, so that’s the part that needs to really shine! Read on for some strategies to make the most of that small chunk of real estate.
Use Limited Space Wisely
When you only have half of your document to showcase how great you are, make sure to include all of your best bits in it. Try to keep your contact info and margins at a minimum, which leaves room for the topics that will really help you stand out. Don’t go too far in the other direction though, as you don’t want your resume to appear cluttered. Okanagan recruiters need to be able to read all of your top selling points, so be sure you don’t make everything too crammed.
Make Your Profile POP!
Start off your resume with an elevator-style pitch. Include about 5-8 lines of compelling text that explains your best attributes and high level abilities. Don’t bother writing an objective statement, as its very redundant to include in a job application. Your main goal in this section is to sell your talents and get your foot in the door. Avoid writing clichés like, “hard working team-player” in your profile. It may sound impressive, but it is entirely overdone and will get your resume thrown out. Try to offer a concise snippet of your demeanour with evidence of your skills. Focus on using what you’ve been achieving in your previous role.
Don’t Forget A Core Skills Section
A core skills section is essential when giving Okanagan recruiters an instant glance of your skillset. Keep it point form and right underneath your profile, highlighting your most in-demand skills and industry knowledge. Focus on the most in-demand skills you have, after all, everyone has proficiency in Microsoft Office. Take a look at the job posting, and be sure to include their most sought-after skills for the position.
Highlight Your Most Recent Role
This step is most important if your most recent role is the most relevant one to the vacancy you’re applying for. Give a clear description of the company and where you sit within its hierarchy, as well as a summary of your accomplishments. If possible, include impressive achievements with quantifiable results, as this will prove the impact you’ve made at the company. Saving costs, generating revenue, and improving efficiency are always worth noting. Allow Okanagan recruiters to see the true scale of your work, and benchmark you against their own standards.
Get Okanagan recruiters interested in the first few lines of your resume, or they won’t bother to continue reading. Think your resume is up to the task, and need a little help getting your foot in the door? Platinum Personnel has been successfully making employment connections within the Okanagan region for employers and employees since 1999. Contact Us for a free consultation, we’d love to work with you!
The path to becoming an executive isn’t an easy one. You need to have a proven track record and the drive to succeed. But even if you have those things, finding a place to start your executive career search can be intimidating. Especially, if you are new to the Okanagan area.
If you’re ready for the next step in your career and want to zero in on an executive role, use the following strategies to kick off your job search:
Do the groundwork on the industry you’re trying to break into. Investigate any companies you might apply to. If you’re aiming for an executive role, you only want to focus on companies whose mission and values align with your own.
Know your selling points
You need to identify what your advantage is over other the candidates who are applying for executive roles. Not only that, you need to be able to succinctly communicate your strengths and be able to give examples of your professional accomplishments.
Give yourself an edge over the competition by being well-versed in the latest industry news in Kelowna. Subscribe to a few newsletters, follow the top industry leaders on social media to find a pulse on what’s trending. Making an effort to stay current can help you gain experience and identify new opportunities more easily.
Overhaul your social media profiles
It’s imperative that your professionalism extends to your social media profiles. You could do everything else right, but if a prospective employer looks you up on Facebook and finds old college pictures of you partying with your friends, you’re not likely to get the job.
Keep in mind that LinkedIn is the preferred tool for recruiters to find candidates and referrals, so get an account if you don’t’ have one already. Be thorough when completing your profile so that recruiters and employers can get a clear idea of your experience and strengths.
Networking is an especially important skill for the aspiring executive. Building and maintaining your network will help you integrate yourself within the industry and open up the potential for new opportunities. If you’re new to the Kelowna area, go to local industry events or use a service like meetup.com. Keep in mind that networking should be mutually beneficial, so make a point of helping those you network with in any way you can. They will be eager to return the favour when the opportunity arises!
Work with a Recruiter
Among those in your network should be a recruiter. At Platinum Personnel, we know the Kelowna job market, and our comprehensive skill-evaluation system can help match you with the perfect executive job.
Some amount of turnover is to be expected in every business, but many organizations struggle with keeping a steady roster of seasoned employees. In fact, One study found that nearly one third of new hires leave their job within the first six months! But a high turnover rate can become a costly drain on a company’s time and resources.
The key to retaining employees is by improving their job satisfaction. Satisfied employees are eager and enthusiastic to bring their very best to work each day. This is what’s referred to as high employee engagement.
Here are the top five ways to improve employee engagement at your company and mitigate turnover in the process:
Ask, then listen
Communicating with your employees is paramount to achieving high employee engagement in the workplace. But more importantly, a large part of that communication should be asking employees for their opinions – and then carefully listening to their responses.
Regular one-on-one meetings with your employees is a great way to get to know your reports and get familiar with their strengths and motivators. Group meetings and brainstorming sessions are another way to give your employees a chance to share their thoughts and ideas.
Conduct a survey
Another option is to run an annual employee survey. If done correctly, it can provide valuable insight that you can’t get by speaking to your employees directly. Invest in a third party survey service that can conduct a comprehensive employee satisfaction survey. This gives your employees a chance to express their opinions honestly and anonymously.
However, it’s not enough to just conduct the survey. You need to analyze the results and take action. Even small changes can be big wins for your employees and make them feel like they’re being heard.
It’s important that new hires are selected with the work culture in mind. Even if they have all the skills and qualifications to do the job, they may not be the right fit for the team. Involve your employees in the hiring process by including them in the second interview. Select a few employees to meet with the candidate in a more informal setting, like the break room or a cafe.
Afterwards, get feedback from your team about their impressions. This also makes your employees feel like they are part of the decision-making process, which gives them more ownership of their role within the company.
Invest in a positive and fun environment
The team that plays together, stays together! Find ways to infuse fun into the workplace to boost employee morale and encourage collaboration. Arrange a company barbecue, potluck lunch, or charity event. Better still, ask for volunteers to form an events committee to take the lead on arranging these events.
Recognize your employees
Good employees are career-driven and crave recognition. Many organizations don’t understand just how important this is! In fact, one survey of 1000 participants found that 75% employees who were recognized at least once a month by their employer’s reported feeling satisfied with their jobs. Weekly recognition and satisfaction boosted their satisfaction by another 10%. In other words, the more recognition, the greater the employee satisfaction and engagement.
Recognition doesn’t have to be monetary. Publicly acknowledge an employee for job well done in front of their peers, or write them a thank-you note for going above and beyond on a certain task.
At the end of the day, engaged employees are the ones who feel appreciated and a part of the company’s success. Make the effort to boost employee engagement in your organization and it will benefit your business just as much as it benefits them!
Many offices have relaxed their policies on dress code over the years, and with good reason; research indicates that strict dress codes can actually drive away talent. One UK style website found that dress codes can have a negative effect on the work culture and even lower an employee’s productivity.
But if you’re hoping to get ahead in your career, what you wear to work still matters. Your outfit is a reflection of your professionalism. Overly unprofessional clothing can end up sabotaging your career, especially if you commit one of the following office-wear blunders:
Flip Flops or Beachwear
In the warmer months, it’s natural to opt for more airy footwear in lieu of closed-toed shoes. But if you want senior management to take you seriously, leave your flip flops at home and save them for your trips to the pool. Instead, pick stylish summer sandals. Other alternatives for women could include ballerina flats, or open-toe mules.
Anything else you would normally wear to the beach should also be off limits. This includes cutoffs, tube tops, tank tops, halters, sunglasses, or anything showing your midriff.
No bra straps or any other undergarments should be visible beneath your work wear. If you’re wearing a sleeveless top, opt for a racerback bra underneath so that the straps don’t show. Underwear should never peak above the waistband, so save your low-rise pants for the weekends.
Heavily Layered Jewelry
Jewelry is perfectly fashionable for the workplace. But if you’re jingling as you walk, it’s too much. Instead of layering your necklaces or wearing an army of bangles, pare it down to a simple statement necklace a pair earrings.
Offensive or Controversial T-shirts
Tees with graphics or prints are fun to wear and can be okay to wear in a casual workplace, just keep it free of offensive language or imagery. Offices often contain a wide range of personalities, and what is funny to you could be construed as insensitive or offensive to your colleagues.
This one’s for the gentlemen. While your shirts don’t need to be buttoned right up to the neck, stop a button or two short of any chest-hair peeking out.
Jeans, slacks, and khakis are okay in a casual office, but draw the line at yoga pants. They are great for the gym, but aren’t tailored enough to make the grade at the office. This goes for leggings too, unless you are pairing them with a long tunic or dress.
You can still portray your invdividuality and keep a casual style without compromising your professionalism. If you’re not sure if an outfit is right for the office, ask yourself this question: If you had a surprise meeting with a VIP client or the CEO of the company, are these the clothes you’d want to be wearing? Dress code for success with well-coordinated, casual office wear.
Perhaps you already know that using a recruitment agency might be one of the best things you can do for your Kelowna business. You get a hand-picked shortlist of qualified candidates to choose from, saving precious time and resources finding the perfect hire.
But there’s one more decision to make when hiring through a recruitment agency. Will you choose a temporary hire or a permanent placement?
Consider these three questions to determine which type of placement is right for your business:
Is the role a long term opportunity?
Temp hires are perfect if you’re not sure the role will be required for the long term. But if there is a potential for long term employment, both the temp and employer can benefit from a contract. If the temp learns the job well and develops a good working relationship with the other team members, the employer can then hire them on full time.
Permanent placements are ideal if the employer is certain that the role is a long term opportunity from the start. Someone who joins the company with plans to stay long term will be more likely to show commitment to the company’s brand and vision for the future.
Even with permanent placements, there is still a 90 day probationary period where the employer can re-evaluate if the new hire is working out or not.
How much experience does the role require?
The downside to temp placements is that they typically require someone who is willing to work in a temporary capacity. Temps usually know that their potential for future employment with the company is less secure. Candidates who are already working are as likely to leave their current job for a temp role. As a result, many of the employees who are available for temp work tend to have less work experience.
A permanent role is seen as a more secure opportunity that will attract experienced candidates, since they might then be willing to leave their current position to pursue it.
How quickly do you need the help?
Temp hires can be placed quickly, and are best utilized when you need immediate help for your team. For example, a temp is perfect for covering for an employee who had to take a sudden leave of absence.
Permanent hires typically take longer to onboard since they are often leaving another company. Also, they need to leave a minimum of two weeks notice with their former employer.
Whether you are looking for long term employee, or just looking for extra help during your peak season, a Kelowna recruitment agency can help you find the perfect candidate to suit your needs.
Kelowna and the surrounding area has been exploding with new growth and job opportunities the past few years. 2018 is shaping up to be no exception! With recent graduates and job-seekers flocking to Okanagan, the competition for jobs can be pretty stiff when facing Okanagan employers.
So what traits, skills, or characteristics will separate you from the crowd? Here are the top 5 skills that Okanagan employers are on the lookout for:
With lots of tech startups in the area, an entrepreneurial spirit will go a long way with many Okanagan employers. Employers are looking for hires who will show dedication, drive, and loyalty, not someone who views the position as “just a job”. A candidate who demonstrates ambition will reassure the employer that they are willing to learn new skills, systems, or processes. They might even become someone who will help the employer build the company!
The ability to embrace change is a crucial soft skill to many employers. Adaptable employees are more likely to rise to tackle new challenges head-on, and be willing to perform tasks outside their job description. They can easily cross-train on other desks when the need arises and often become indispensable in their departments.
Work output that is riddled with errors and omissions can become a huge expense for a company. Therefore, the ability to conduct duties with accuracy is one of the most important skills an employee can have. Detail-oriented employees will produce quality work that will save the company time and money.
Employers are looking for employees who can take direction but also solve problems on their own. Employees who are able to troubleshoot and prevent issues will streamline workflow and free up management to focus on other tasks.
Lastly, an employer wants to know that their new hires have good interpersonal skills and will work well with the rest of the team. A good team-player will increase efficiency and help create a positive work environment. Cultural fit means also means the employee understands and shares the company’s core values and vision.
Education and work experience are important and will likely always play a factor in an employer’s hiring decisions. But it’s the other employee skills and characteristics that will often make or break a candidate’s chance of making the short list! Not sure which skills to put on your resume? Contact us for a skills assessment.
Employers can get more than 75 resumes for every position they are hiring for. It’s no wonder then, that the average employer uses resume rules and looks at each resume for no more than six seconds before tossing it into the shredder. It’s an intimidating statistic to be sure, but with the right layout and content, you can keep pass this lightning-quick vetting process.
These are the 5 Resume Rules you must adhere to:
Grammar and Spelling
One of the most obvious resume rules, yet it’s staggering how often resumes are submitted without proofreading. One typo and your potential employer won’t make it past the objective line. Proofread yourself several times, then get a friend to proofread it. Alternatively, you can use free online tools like Grammarly to catch typos and grammatical errors.
Don’t Skip the Cover Letter
In your employer’s eyes, a well-drafted cover letter is a strong indicator that you’re someone who really wants the job. For many employers, skipping this step it an instant prompt to delete your resume.
Every resume you send should be tailored specifically to the role you’re applying for. Read the company’s website for details on what they do, and what their mission statement is. Then review the job description and determine the keywords used for what they want in an employee. Be sure to include those keywords in your resume, preferably near the top, in your objective line or summary statement.
Professional Layout and Font
A blank Word doc with a few bullet points is lazy and unprofessional looking. With a plethora of free templates available on programs like Word and Google Docs, there’s no excuse not to have a professional looking resume. Make sure your font is easy to read and avoid dense paragraphs; there should still be a lot of white space. Keep your resume to one or two pages. Be concise in order to include as much information as possible without cluttering the page.
While a pop of colour can help your resume stand out amongst the monochrome ones, use it sparingly and keep to darker colours, like navy blue.
List Accomplishments, not just Duties
An employer isn’t interested in what duties you performed in your role so much as how well you performed them. Therefore, don’t just list out your responsibilities and duties. Keeping to a concise, bullet-point format, describe your duties as accomplishments. Back up your accomplishments with facts and numbers. For example, instead of saying you were “responsible for order entry,” say, “entered orders efficiently and improved turnaround time by 60%”.
Your resume is your first impression on a prospective employer, so ensure that it represents you as the ideal candidate. With a strategic approach to your resume, you’ll be sure to make it past those critical first six seconds and onto their shortlist.
For the job-seeker, finding the right job can be a daunting task. However, it’s just as important is to perform the job well once you have it! If you want to hit the ground running at your new job and fly through your probation period with flying colours, here are these six habits you should develop as a successful employee:
Participate in the office culture
The office is a place you spend a lot of time in, so make an effort to get to know you coworkers a little and contribute to the office culture. Developing a good camaraderie with your co-workers can help you work more effectively with them and create a more productive work environment.
Be a problem-solver
It’s certainly important to ask for help when you need it. But running to your manager with every little question can be frustrating to your boss and in many cases, unnecessary. Make an effort to troubleshoot issues on your own to show your employer you’re capable of working independently.
Be a reliable successful employee
It seems simple, but it’s surprising how many employees struggle with the simple prospect of showing up for work each day. Understand that every time you call in sick with a sniffle or are late for work, you put strain on your coworkers.
Be reliable in the quality of work you produce as well. Make it a priority to meet deadlines and follow through with what you say you are going to do. Show your colleagues and employer that they can depend on you!
Proactively communicate and follow up
Today, a lot of correspondence is done over email and can be a highly efficient way to communicate. However, if you aren’t receiving the response you need to move forward with your job, follow with a phone call.
Follow-up and proactive communication skills are often critical to preventing issues and completing tasks in a timely manner.
Strive to be efficient
Be aware of your time-management and how long it takes you to complete your tasks. Keep your cell phone out of sight to reduce distractions and help keep you focused on the work at hand during company time.
For the most time-consuming tasks, try to come up with some ideas to make the process more efficient. Make suggestions to your boss if you think you find a faster or better way to do something.
Be a team-player
Help others with their workload when your own load is lighter. Be flexible and willing to take on work that is different from your day-to-day in order to help out a colleague. Listen to your coworker’s challenges and collaborate with them to find solutions.
Regardless of whether you’re new on the job or a seasoned employee, these six habits can can get you noticed by your employer as a successful employee. Show the company your dedication to the job, and you will achieve long-term career success.
Platinum Personnel, a privately owned company, was established in 1999 as a full-service personnel agency. Our team brings a combined 35 years’ experience within Personnel and Human Resources and we are skilled at providing quality candidates to businesses in all occupations and industries.