Avoid Becoming a Stepping Stone Employer

September 4th, 2015

You’re about to wrap up your selection process, and within the next day or so, you’ll make a final decision and settle on your chosen candidate for a critical open position. You have only one small problem: your preferred candidate is just a little TOO perfect. They’re ambitious, highly energetic, and a bit overqualified for the role. They have every credential you require, plus a few more that you haven’t even asked for. There’s no question that they’ll excel at this job. But how long will they stay here? How can you make sure your talented applicant will still be with you on this day a year from now? Keep these tips in mind.

Be direct.

If your candidate seems overqualified for the position and naturally ambitious or restless, address the issue head on. And consider doing this before you make your final decision. Simply express your concerns and allow the candidate to answer as they choose. For example: “You seem like a great fit for this role, but I’m concerned you may not stay with us very long if you find something else. Is this really the kind of work you’re looking for over the long term?” As they answer, read between the lines.

Ask for a verbal commitment.

With an at-will agreement, there’s no way to enforce a simple verbal confirmation made during an interview. But this confirmation may have more power than you realize. A simple exchange involving a spoken agreement or a handshake may influence her decision not to accept or search for another role immediately after stepping into this one.

Work hard on retention.

Find out exactly what this employee will need in order to stay happy and thrive in the role at hand. Discuss this in detail before you make a formal offer. If you can’t afford the salary she requires, for example, work with your payroll department to raise your offer. As an alternative, you can improve her benefits package, or provide other perks that may compensate for the deficiency. Of course, you’ll also need to make sure their working conditions are acceptable and their advancement plans align with the long term needs of the company.

Tackle problems before they arise.

If there are any aspects of this role that your candidate may not like or may find boring or unpleasant, get this out of the way upfront. Explain these specific challenges and ask your candidate how she intends to handle them. This can help both of you identify potential problems long before they appear on the horizon.

For more information on selecting and retaining the most talented candidates on the market, reach out to the experienced staffing team at PSU.

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Turn a Temporary Assignment into a Permanent Position

September 28th, 2012

You signed up with a temporary staffing agency because you needed some short term work to help you bridge the gap between one job and the next. You figured you’d apply yourself to one temp job after another as needed, and meanwhile you’d keep submitting resumes for full time positions. Any day now, you’re expecting your next big opportunity to present itself.

But what if your temp job IS your next big opportunity? What if you could find a way to launch this temporary gig into full time career?

Your Next Full Time Job May Be Right Here

Chances are, if your employer is using a staffing agency to get necessary work completed, the company is undergoing a period of transition or growth. But when growth happens during a rough economy, employers like to hedge their bets and play it safe. If they don’t know what the future holds, they try to keep commitments to a minimum so they can make changes easily if things go south.

This caution extends to staffing. Employers tend to navigate uncertainty by getting to know a potential employee and watching him adjust to the workplace before officially bringing him on board. There are some things employers can’t learn from an interview, but they can definitely learn from a period of actual employment.

What Can Temps Do To Become Full Time Staff?

If you’re gunning for a full time job with your temporary employer, keep a few simple tips in mind. Most important, remember that every minute you spend in this office is a kind of job interview, whether your managers realize it or not. Every task you complete, conversation you engage in, and contact you make can help you, but only if you play your cards correctly.

1. Dress for the job you want, not the temporary job you have. If you want to stay here full time, dress like the people who work here. If they don’t show up in jeans, you shouldn’t either.

2. Engage. Don’t just drift in an out like a ghost. You may never see these people again after this gig ends…but that’s not what you want. Smile, make eye contact, remember names, and make friends everywhere you go. (These are habits that will serve you well for the rest of your life, no matter where your career path takes you.)

3. Point out your accomplishments at the end of each day, no matter how small. Let your employer know exactly what you’ve done with your time here.

4. Don’t cut corners. That goes without saying. Work hard at your tasks and do them well.

5. Make your employer’s life easier. Don’t let your presence become a drain or a drag. Ask smart questions, don’t be needy, and take a personal interest in the outcome of your labors and the success of this company.

For more ways to leave strong impression during a temporary assignment, contact the NC short term staffing experts at PSU. We can help you make sure your employers remember your name.

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