Concerning COVID-19, Whitman Associates has remained informed and compliant with national and local guidelines in order to support individual health and safety. We encourage our applicants, employees, and clients to do the same. For most recent updates on White House guidelines, please click here. Please find basic protective measures advised by the Centers for Disease Control here and local resources here: DC, Virginia, Maryland. If any employees are not feeling well for any reason and are not able to make it into work, please call Whitman Associates’ urgent line at Extension 1 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The health and safety of our employees and clients is our top priority. We will continue to post updates as the situation develops. Please reach out to us at (202) 659-2111 with any questions.
We are so pleased and humbled to announce that for the third year in a row Whitman Associates was named one of the Top 3 Staffing Agencies in Washington, D.C. by Three Best Rated! Thank you to all of our incredible clients and temps who have made this possible. Whitman Associates has proudly provided the DMV with excellent staffing services since 1972 and we are thrilled to continue in that tradition today.
For many of us, remote work is something new and exciting, but it also requires diligence to stay productive and engaged. We are grateful to our clients for enabling our employees to work as much as they can in these very unusual circumstances. We also recognize that this may be a new way of life for many. We must all be aware that it is our responsibility to provide our very best each day whether we are working remotely or physically in the office. We are accountable for our productivity while out of the office just as we are when in the office. A couple of key points:
- You are getting paid to WORK remotely
- Prepare for you workday just as you would if going in-person
- Be grateful your commute is so peaceful
- Be on-time just as if you were commuting to work
- Be prepared to intentionally engage with your manager:
- Ask the manager for a schedule of the day’s work
- Demonstrate progress on the work assignment
- Notify the manager of task completions
- Schedule your lunch break (the manager knows you’re off-line)
- Be accessible (chat, text, call, video) during the entire work day
There are many tools and methods that enable you to be productive and remain engaged during your work-at-home opportunity. While this is a new initiative for most employees and employers, some industries have been leveraging mobile employees at home, off-site, or on the road for many years.
Don’t be alarmed if the company you are employed by asks to load virtual private networking (VPN) access applications on your desktop, tablet, or phone. Recognize that companies engaging in tele-work are exposing themselves from a security perspective. They have a right to protect their company, their mission, and their intellectual property. As an employee, you have an obligation to comply with their security requirements and you must follow their policies when connected to their network.
We are still loving our beautiful new office at 1707 L Street NW, Suite 650. Check out the holiday decorations we’ve added! We can’t wait for the day when we are able to safely welcome visitors again.
Concerning COVID-19, Whitman Associates has remained informed and compliant with national and local guidelines in order to support individual health and safety. We encourage our applicants, employees, and clients to do the same. For most recent updates on CDC and White House guidelines, please click here. Please find basic protective measures advised by the Centers for Disease Control here and local resources here: DC, Virginia, Maryland. If any employees are not feeling well for any reason and are not able to make it into work, please call Whitman Associates’ urgent line at Extension 1 or email us at: email@example.com. The health and safety of our employees and clients is our top priority. We will continue to post updates as the situation develops. Please reach out to us at (202) 659-2111 with any questions.
Congratulations to Sarah Martens for winning our Temp Referral Raffle! Thank you to everyone who participated in referring someone to Whitman Associates. We are grateful to meet such excellent candidates! Please continue to send your friends and loved ones our way.
We are so happy and humbled to announce that for the second year in a row Whitman Associates was named one of the Top 3 Staffing Agencies in Washington, D.C. by Three Best Rated! Thank you to all of our incredible clients and temps who have made this possible. Whitman Associates has proudly provided the DMV with excellent staffing services since 1972 and we are thrilled to continue in that tradition today.
In light of COVID-19, our Referral Promotion has been extended through May. See below for details:
Would you like to win a $100 gift card to the restaurant of your choice?
Whitman Associates is running a special promotion for one lucky winner to enjoy a dinner at their favorite restaurant on us! If you refer someone who registers with us and comes in to our office for an interview between now and May 31st, 2020, you will both be entered into a raffle to win a $100 gift card to the restaurant of your choosing! Don’t forget to make sure they list your name when they apply.
In addition to the raffle, if your referral completes 160 hours of temporary work or is placed through Whitman in a permanent position, we will send you a $50 Amazon gift card to show our appreciation, as well as a Starbucks gift card to both you and your referral.
Feel free to call the office at the main number with any additional questions. We can’t wait to meet your referral!
If you are actively interviewing for jobs, part of the process is being prepared for different types of remote interview possibilities. It is best to practice with the tools to insure you have the capability to interview via the most popular web conferencing platforms. It is important to verify your camera, microphone, and audio speakers will work with the device you intend to use for each collaboration system. In addition, your device may need to download plugins and grant permissions to the application in order to interact with the microphone, video, and speakers. It is your responsibility to support the client’s collaboration app and have it functional ahead of time. The company you’re applying to most likely has a specific one they use for all their internal and external collaboration.
We recommend you verify access to GoToMeeting, Cisco WebEx, Google Meet, Google Hangouts, and Skype for starters! You do not need to create an account in each of these collaboration platforms as you will be a guest on the client’s platform.
Whitman Associates will assist any of our candidates with a trial run of the client’s application platform so that you may prepare the collaboration tools in advance. We want our candidates to focus on the interview when the time comes and not be frustrated by the tools.
Excellent advice exists on preparing for phone and video conference interviews, but here are some key points:
- Insure the environment you’re using is appropriate:
- The background of a video chat is important. Bright lights from windows behind you can cause video of your face to be dark. You certainly don’t want the background to present your bedroom and all your belongings. It is best to sit in front of a blank wall or wall with minimal graphic distractions. You may need to turn on a light somewhere else in the room to insure your face is well lit.
- The audio is critically important. Many people will tolerate bad video to a certain extent, but clipping audio and background noises make it impossible for you to convey important responses. You need to make sure the environment is free from background noises (mowers, air conditioners, bathroom showers and toilets, construction, etc.). Find a quiet room where the background noise is minimal. Shouting over these background noises will certainly not make a good impression.
- Equipment used to perform the interview is very important. It is best to use a device with all the tools integrated such as a phone, tablet, or laptop. If you want to use a desktop, you need to make sure all the external components work well together.
- The integrated microphone of a laptop, tablet, or phone may be sufficient; however, it is far better to use a Bluetooth or wired attached headset. This will allow your voice to be clear, enable your hands to be free, and allow the camera to be placed at a distance from your face.
- It is important to set the phone, tablet, or laptop down on a fixed surface such that it is not moving. It is incredibly distracting for the camera to be waving around your head while you’re trying to explain how successful you can make your client.
- If you need reference material (resume, PostIt notes, website of the client), make sure this material is positioned directly above or below the camera. The client is not interested in seeing a profile of your face as you turn away to find material.
- If you need to make notes, place your notepad directly below the camera so that the client can see that you are writing information down. It is best to avoid T-Y-P-I-N-G notes while listening to the client as the keyboard noise is very distracting and may lead the client to think your doing something other than listening to their pitch – they are trying to sell you on how great a company they have.
- Be prepared! There are many reference materials available describing how to prepare for an interview. A phone call, chat session, or video collaboration is just as important as an in-person interview. In fact, it is more more difficult to convey body language and capture voice inflections that might indicate your excitement for working with the company. Your goal is to make the next step happen – get an opportunity to meet the hiring managers face-to-face and get that job offer.