How to Attract Candidates With Job Descriptions

May 27th, 2016

Recruiting high-quality talent can seem like a never-ending process. There are so many ways to find the right people for your job opening that the hiring process can seem overwhelming. On top of that, budget and schedule demands can add constraints that turn an otherwise straightforward process into a high-pressure situation. Believe it or not, there are a number of actions you can take to simplify and optimize your search for the ideal employee. Working with a qualified staffing agency such as Search Staffing is a step in the right direction, but it is also important to really consider your marketing of a job opportunity.

The job description in particular is what will make or break the success of a hiring process. Today’s article goes in depth to provide you with the tools you need to craft and position a truly effective job description and attract the candidates who will benefit your organization in the long term.

Create Balance

One problem we come across often with unsuccessful job descriptions is overloaded content. An employer may be so eager to target their exact expectation of an employee that the job description becomes intimidating and unrealistic from the perspective of a candidate. To avoid this, we recommend balancing brevity with details. It’s important to really focus on what qualifications and requirements are relevant to the position. Then consider adding details that will describe what makes this position and the work it involves interesting and exciting to applicants.

By adding minimum and preferred qualifications (including education, certifications, and years of experience) you will tell readers what your expectations for the position are, but avoid going overboard because you will inevitably frighten off perfectly qualified individuals and find yourself left with candidates who simply didn’t bother reading through the job description.

Highlight the “Small” Benefits

Candidates look to job descriptions to learn what hiring managers are looking for but also what they are offering. While discussions of salary and financial compensation are often best left to a post interview conversation, highlighting the little things like flexible work schedules and a great company culture will help attract the attention of candidates who are in high demand. Noting your dedication to employee career development and salary growth will also help you attract choosy applicants.

Consider your Language

It’s important to remember that job descriptions are like marketing material. You are advertising your company as a place of employment, and should present the opportunity in an engaging and interesting manner. Putting the extra time and thought into the language or medium used to advertise an opening will help get your job opening the attention it deserves.

Just as you do in your product or service marketing material, use lively and engaging language to describe the position. Avoid using bland templates that are obviously not unique to the opportunity, and keep your audience in mind. The resulting job description will not only attract more applicants, but also a higher caliber of candidate.

For more tips on how to improve your job descriptions, or for help in finding the right candidate, contact the staffing experts at Search Staffing Group.

Want the CNC Position? Talk About Safety

May 15th, 2016

CNC Machinists are in high demand today. But while employers are looking to fill a good number of job openings, they are not willing to hire just anyone. Candidates need to be able to present their experience, training, and qualifications well to impress hiring managers. Beyond that, knowing what topics to focus on in an interview can make all the difference. Pain-points and hot topic issues in manufacturing make for excellent talking points and will help you connect with your interviewer while highlighting your expertise.

One such pain-point which is common across most manufacturing jobs is that of safety. Addressing safety in an interview can be what sets you apart from the other applicants. Discussing a good safety record, a willingness to comply with safety procedures, and the ability to agree with those decisions can be music to a hiring managers ears.

Read on to learn more about safety from the perspective of a hiring manager committed to building a safe work environment.

Safety on the Job

While you should never operate or program a CNC machine without the proper training, it is also important to note your ability to consult the specific operator’s manual for the particular machine and control type. Knowledge of the unique aspects of each machine can make the difference between a safety-minded employee and one who is setting themselves or others up for accidents on the job. Appreciation of the fact that accidents can happen any time with long term repercussions will show employers that you are aware of the risks and take them very seriously.

While CNC machines are equipped with a built-in safety system which includes guards, emergency stop buttons, soundproof casing, curtain guards, and other features, an operator who is not familiar with the individual specifications of their machines will inevitably find themselves in unsafe situations. Knowing the limits of your knowledge and working to fill those gaps will help you impress your employer and reassure them that safety is a top priority for you.

Safety Culture in the Workplace

It’s not enough to be mindful of your own safety in a productive workplace. To really impress a hiring manager, make a point to note your value of safety culture and encouraging others to rise to your level of safety awareness. Show leadership through your passion for creating a greater environment of safety awareness among your coworkers. An effective safety culture is one that results from individual and group values, attitudes, and competencies focused around increasing safety on the job.

If you are looking for other tips to succeed in your CNC machinist interviews, consider contacting a career consultant at Search Staffing. Our recruiters are trained to help you hit the ground running when it comes to the job application process, and will be able to prepare you for a successful job in your manufacturing specialty. Contact our staff today!

3 Qualities to Seek in all Quality Control Specialist

May 10th, 2016

If you are in the market for a talented quality control specialist, you likely have a good idea of what such an employee would bring to the table. A strong background in the specialty is an indicator of past success in the field. High-quality references and interesting example projects are two more signs that your candidate will be able to meet your needs.

Experienced hiring managers are able to recognize a strong candidate by their application material, but keep in mind that work history and qualifications can often be misrepresented when presented in a resume. Often, when actually placed on the job, the difference between reality and the resume are profound, with long term negative impacts to a team or even business as a whole. Here are a few more subtle qualities to look for in a quality control specialist to ensure that the candidate you are considering has the skills to live up to your expectations.

Documentation Skills

In business, documentation really is everything. Being able to track, organize, and report on issues of quality control is critical to optimizing and solving long-term problems. Look for a candidate who has experience with effective documentation and who knows that such skills are of value within such a position. The process can be simple enough to be overlooked by many hiring managers, but the point remains that if a quality control specialist is unable to follow through on your companies’ reporting requirements, they will be unreliable in the position for the long term.

Attention to Detail

While quality control specialists are needed throughout a wide variety of industries, one key skill that the best specialists possess is a keen eye for detail. As the main objective of all quality control specialists is to test a product for its intended use and make sure it performs up to the necessary specifications, being able to identify and isolate problems quickly and effectively is critical to the success of the job.

A candidate who possesses this level of detail orientation should be able to cite specific examples of how and when their attention to detail paid off. Look for resumes or cover letters that provide examples of issues that were identified and resolved within the greater context of a project. If none of your candidates are able to communicate that information within the scope of their application, make sure to discuss real-world examples and scenarios within the interview.

Project Management Skills

Lastly, but certainly not the least important of these skills, is project management. Like the other skills mentioned above, hiring managers should look for specific examples of project management skills in action within the greater context of an application. Great project managers have the ability to communicate across diverse disciplines, motivate multiple team members toward a shared goal, keep schedules and budgets on track and organized, and make high quality and informed decisions. Again, look for real-world examples of these skills within a candidate’s work history to ensure they’re success with your team.

For more advice on what to look for in a quality control specialist, or for ways to find a quality control specialist, contact our expert staffing team today.

3 Tips for Networking as an Accountant

May 5th, 2016

Effective networking is arguably the single most important thing you can do to give your accounting career the boost it needs to take you from good to great. Professional connection opportunities are around every corner, but positioning yourself to meet the right people in the right situations can be more difficult. Today’s article discusses three key tips accountants can use in their networking efforts to make sure their efforts are rewarded.

The Value of a Digital Network

LinkedIn has become a very important source for digital networking, particularly in the realm of professional development. LinkedIn offers location specific groups that allow you to connect with other accounting professionals within your geographic region. An introduction through a digital network can offer a nice icebreaker for those who are hesitant to meet people in person. Connecting with other financial professionals online by participating in engaging online discussions makes the act of networking that much easier.

Focus on Public Speaking

Many accounting professionals don’t have the opportunity to really develop their public speaking skills on the job which can make the act of networking a bit intimidating. Joining professional groups or a Toastmasters group can give you the chance to practice and improve your public speaking skills. Additionally, such events can provide valuable networking opportunities. Meeting casually with others within your profession helps to set the stage for productive conversations in the future. Furthermore, practicing your public speaking skills in an equally less pressurized situation will help to bolster your confidence and make discussions flow more naturally and result in more productive outcomes.

Non-Traditional Networking

Making natural connections with professionals who are as eager to build their own career as you are to build yours can be a little strained at times. Don’t be afraid to think outside the networking box when it comes to reaching out to people. Some of the most productive conversations happen when you least expect them to. Consider looking to online forums such as Reddit to find professional meet-ups and engage in conversations relevant to your field. Keep in mind that people love to talk about themselves and online forums provide a wealth of opportunities to do just that. By looking to connect with people outside of the usual networking mixers and events, you engage them in a more interesting and often more productive way.

Other non-traditional opportunities for networking include joining community or interest groups (online and in real life) and striking up conversations whenever you have the opportunity to engage with someone. Ask what they do and why, and don’t be afraid to tell them your story as well. A great professional connection can happen just about anywhere. The trick is to place yourself in the right situations so that you are able to meet the right people and then convert those opportunities into long term and meaningful connections.

For more tips on networking, or for help in your job search, contact our expert staffing team today.