The #1 Secret to Better Hiring in 2017

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The Number 1 Secret to Better Hiring in 2017

Hiring is now a whole lot harder for employers and easier for candidates. Unemployment is at 4.2% in Tyler. So, it’s not a buyer’s market anymore and candidates have more opportunities to consider. As a hiring manager or employer, what can you do? The answer’s easier than you might think: bring in the experts.

Here’s how a staffing agency can help you:

#1: They have in-depth knowledge of the candidate market.

While you might only hire a few times a year, recruiters at staffing agencies are constantly networking, sourcing candidates and hiring them – all year round. As a result, they know what kind of talent is available, how to best attract and recruit the best professionals, and what competitive compensation you should be offering them. This insight and information will help you recruit better candidates, faster.

#2: They can recruit hard-to-find or specialized talent.

Hiring today is challenging enough. But when it comes to a demanding position that requires hard-to-find skills, it can seem almost impossible to fill. But recruiters at a staffing agency know how to source active and passive candidates who are more selective about opportunities. They spend a lot of time recruiting top talent, including those with specialized skills, so you can leverage their network to find people with the background you need.

#3: They can speed up the hiring process.

When you’re inundated with resumes and cover letters, it can be hard to properly screen every candidate and also get your daily work done. But a recruiter at a staffing agency is trained to screen resumes and hone in on the skills you’re looking for. Not only that, but they can conduct phone screens and interviews to further qualify candidates. That way, the candidates you do end up seeing are those who are all a good fit for the job you’re offering.

#4: They can help you create a strong employer brand.

Your reputation in the candidate marketplace can have a big impact on the quality of talent you’re able to attract. A good staffing agency partner can help you develop an appealing employer brand. They’ll know where to advertise your company and openings, and how to position you as an employer of choice, including what it’s like to work at your organization, including culture, as well as perks and benefits.

If you need to hire – but are hard-pressed for time or resources – consider outsourcing the recruiting process to professionals who do it all day. You can benefit from the reach, network, and proven processes of a trusted staffing agency partner.

6 Easy Ways to Update Your Resume

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Six Easy Ways to Update Your Resume

You want to find a new job. But when’s the last time you looked at your resume?

If the answer is “a few years ago,” or worse, “I don’t remember,” then you have some work to do before you can submit it to potential employers. A great resume is like a ticket into the interview process. And if you don’t have one, then you’re going to miss out on top opportunities.

To help you in the process, here are six easy ways to update your resume:

#1: Think about goals.

While your resume gives an overview of your career history, it should also be about future goals. That means when you’re thinking about what to highlight, consider it through the lens of where you want to go in your career. If job duties at a past position don’t align with future career goals, then don’t put a lot of emphasis on them. Concentrate your attention, instead, on the experiences and credentials that relate to your current career objectives.

#2: Eliminate the objective.

Unless you’re changing careers, get rid of the objective, or make it very short. This simply takes up valuable space without offering a lot of return. Instead, replace it with a summary of qualifications that offers a few key highlights of your professional career.

#3: Focus on the “wow” factor.

The strongest resumes promote results, not just duties and responsibilities. Some questions to ask yourself to find your “wow” factor for each position include:

  • What have you been easybest at in past positions?
  • What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of?
  • Which achievements can you back up with numbers, dollars, and percentages?
  • What information would make a hiring manager want to call you in for an interview?

#4: Refresh the look.

Most hiring managers scan resumes. So make yours easy to quickly skim. Use bolded job titles and three to four bullet points under each. Also, don’t use a tiny point size for your font; 11 or 12 are standard. In addition, make sure there’s plenty of spacing so your resume doesn’t look cramped.

#5: Update your contact information.

If you just have your name and address, it’s time for an update. Your cell phone number and email, as well as a link to your LinkedIn profile, should be front and center instead.

#6: Use keywords.

Most companies today use an applicant tracking system to find candidates. So if you don’t use keywords from the job posting, you could get filtered out – even if you’re the right fit.

Top 7 Mistakes on Your First Day of Work That Make You Seem Inexperienced

Remember… first impressions matter!!

THE INC. LIFE

Certain actions can give off the impression that you’re less competent than you really are.

Top 7 Mistakes on Your First Day of Work That Make You Seem Inexperienced

By Peter Economy

Top 7 Mistakes on Your First Day of Work That Make You Seem Inexperienced

CREDIT: Getty Images

Even though we all have first-day jitters, there are some things that we can do that make us seem more experienced than not. Regardless of how prepared you are for the role, certain actions can give off the impression that you’re less competent than you really are. What are the things that make you seem inexperienced on the first day of your new job? Check out the top 7 here.

1. Going out the night before

If you’ve been out and about the night before, it always shows. You’ll be less attentive, alert, and able to respond. Don’t risk one night of fun for a potential career–even if you think it doesn’t, it’ll show.

2. Jumping in before you’re ready

Even if you think you can, don’t embark on a task without making sure you completely understand the instructions, and that you’ll be able to execute what your boss is asking for. Otherwise, he or she might think that you’re unable to exceed the expectations they had in mind.

3. Dressing incorrectly

Whether it’s overly dressing up or down, the way that you present yourself your first day immediately shows whether or not you’ll be able to fit in at the office. Make sure that you know what kind of image the company is trying to project of itself, and dress your part.

4. Being negative

Before the rest of the office knows how eager and positive your demeanor may normally be, showing a different kind of attitude the first day of work definitely leaves a negative impression. Take care not to be negative, or to avoid any kind of complaining while you’re going about your first day.

5. Acting overeager

Even if you are enthusiastic, there’s something we all dislike about the person that tries too hard. Show that you’re able to complete everything the company asks and demands of you, but don’t go too overboard.

6. Not admitting your mistakes

Even though we all are sure to make mistakes when we just start somewhere, being able to own up to them and amend for them correctly is an important skill that only the most professional of employees possess. Don’t make the rookie mistake, and own up to them too.

7. Talking trash

There’s nothing someone dislikes more than someone who runs their mouth at any chance they get. Don’t be that person in the office. And definitely don’t be that person on the first day.

The opinions expressed here by Inc.com columnists are their own, not those of Inc.com.

PUBLISHED ON: APR 20, 2017

https://www.inc.com/peter-economy/top-7-mistakes-on-your-first-day-of-work-that-make-you-seem-inexperienced.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+home%2Fupdates+%28Inc.com%29 

“Energy Jobs are Coming Back to Texas”

Comment by Wayne Christian, Texas Railroad Commissioner
March 27, 2017

The Tyler Area Energy Summit was held on March 27, 2017. It was hosted by the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Energy Committee, along with a number of sponsors. With a new energy-friendly presidential administration and rising petroleum prices, the oil and gas industry is set for a rebound, speakers at the 2017 Energy Summit told a packed audience.

Texas Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian noted, “We’re about to see the biggest economic boom we’ve ever seen because of the new administration. God has blessed Texas. Energy jobs are coming back to Texas.”

Ken Morgan, PhD., director of the Texas Christian University’s Energy Institute, added a global perspective. The U.S. oil and gas industry is poised to rebound, Morgan said. And, it has a good story to tell – about how inexpensive energy improves lives enormously, in multiple ways.

Link to the CBS 19 Energy Summit story, and Chairman Christian’s comments:

http://www.cbs19.tv/news/local/tyler-area-oil-and-energy-summit/425996376

Link to the Tyler Morning Telegraph Energy Summit story:

http://www.tylerpaper.com/TP-News+Local/276500/oil-and-gas-industry-has-an-image-problem-tyler-area-energy-summit-speakers-agree

 

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