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!
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.
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.
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.
Here is some advice for the public on Coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control. If any temps feel sick at work, please always notify your supervisor and agency.
We are so happy and humbled to announce that 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.
Each year, HR leaders anticipate learning about — and possibly adopting — a new crop of recruiting trends. It probably comes as no surprise that 2019 is brimming with its share of innovative hiring ideas and strategies.
Since recruiting has shifted so drastically over the past few years, it is more important than ever to keep up with all the latest industry inclinations to make sure you reach and attract the best talent to your organization.
Our recruiting specialists have discovered five trends to help you navigate and streamline your upcoming year in recruiting:
1. Employer Branding
There is no denying that hiring leaders are working in a candidate-driven market and must adjust accordingly. One way to meet this challenge is through the use of a focused marketing strategy to build your organization’s brand.
Forbes recommends working with a marketing team to come up with your ideal branding, using some of the following tactics:
- Define how you want your company to be seen in the eyes of prospective employees — in terms of company culture and overall mission.
- Make sure your reputation is in good condition, since 69 percent of jobseekers recently shared that they would decline a job with a company with a bad reputation, according to a recent survey.
- Develop an employee value proposition that provides appropriate benefits in exchange for the education, skills and experience that a candidate can bring to the organization.
2. Inbound Talent Recruiting
Marketing strategies have evolved to tap into the vast resources available online. Since 45 percent of jobseekers check their mobile device at least once each day for a new job, this strategy continues to gain traction. With inbound marketing techniques such as search engine optimization and search engine marketing, you can effectively use various media to attract, convert and engage the talent needed for a given position.
3. Candidate User Experience
Candidate user experience refers to your prospective employees’ overall experience with the recruiting and hiring process — from filling out the application to orientation day. Your talent’s positive recruiting process will ultimately help your organization build its brand.
A positive candidate user experience might include the following features:
- Simple and flexible application process: Provide a simple application process online and in your office.
- Allow for initial phone or Skype interviews: Offer to perform the first round of interviews via telephone or Skype for added convenience.
- Follow up with the candidate: A short note or form letter informing candidates of your choice of another candidate can spare your organization poor online reviews.
4. Text-Based Recruiting
Decades into texting, and many hiring managers have left text-based recruiting as one of the last media holdouts. However, given the employee shortage and the fact that today’s younger workers are texting devotees, it seems that HR representatives and recruiting specialists are ready to fully embrace this communications medium.
Here are a few reasons that text-based recruiting is highly likely to be a trend in 2019:
- Texting has become the top form of communication among generations actively seeking employment.
- Texting is quick and convenient while still personal and confidential.
- The Society for Human Resource Management reports that recruiters receive relatively high response rates when using texting as the prime communication mode with talent.
5. Collaborative Hiring
Collaborative hiring may involve your HR department, managers from other departments and a trusted recruiting team. Together, you can all work to find excellent hires and avoid high-turnover rates.
Are You Interested in Learning More About These Recruiting Trends?
At Whitman Associates, we understand that it can be challenging for busy organizations and their HR teams when it comes to keeping up with the latest hiring trends. We are here and happy to help you navigate how to find the talent you need for your vital temporary, permanent and temp-to-perm positions.
Contact us to discuss your candidate needs today.
It seems that just about every job candidate waits on pins and needles for a single and inevitable moment in the interview … that moment when the interviewer says, “So, tell me about yourself.”
It strikes fear in the hearts of fine jobseekers everywhere. In reality, though, the question is an excellent opportunity for job candidates to shine. It is just a matter of choosing, adopting and owning a strategy that highlights the candidate’s finest qualities, experiences and goals with confidence — without coming across as arrogant.
The Winning Answer Strategy
Are you facing a series of interviews with hiring managers who probably can’t wait to learn more about you via a disarmingly pointed question?
If you are, there is no reason to worry — you can handle this.
With the right strategy, you can ace this question, relieving you from stress and self-doubt while giving you handy tools to help you communicate important background information and desired professional traits for the interviewer that are essential to the position.
The Present-Past-Future Formula
Some time ago, recruiting professionals recognized the struggle that jobseekers consistently face when the “tell me about yourself” question occurs. Over the years, the present-past-future formula has become a leading strategy recommended to earnest job candidates by hiring professionals.
The formula is perfect because it provides you with a simple, three-part “script.” It is concise, comprehensive, easy to remember, and sure to fill you with confidence — which is often more than half the battle.
Most importantly, this strategy gives recruiting managers a panoramic image of who you are, how you work, and what your goals are — especially related to their organization — in a three-point snapshot.
Take a look at a few good present-past-future samples to get an idea of what might work for you:
- I currently work for a small business — with a staff of 30 — as the office manager. The whole team is fantastic, but I feel like I’m ready — and incredibly eager — to take on a busier office environment. Since you house 150 employees at this location alone, I think it is the perfect place for me to up my game.
- After receiving my communications degree, I knew I wanted to work in public relations. While searching for the perfect job, I worked as a server for a catering company where I made many great connections, including my last employer that owned an advertising agency. Although I have learned the finer points of marketing and advertising at my current position, I crave the experience of managing talent’s public images. I believe I could become a solid and reliable resource for your local media and sports clients.
While the second sample was not in the official order, it still hit all the same points of present, past and future. Mix it up, but make sure that it is something you can easily tap into.
A bad example might look like the following:
- • I have worked at my current job as a receptionist for three years and have built some good relationships. I learned a lot, too. In my spare time, I paint in watercolors and run long distance. I think I can easily learn the ropes here and help as an executive assistant.
This answer does not work for a number of reasons — including the issue that the answer seems disjointed, unprepared and disinterested. The interviewer might wonder whether this person had not prepared well or simply did not want the job.
Do You Need More Help Preparing for Important Job Interviews?
Do you feel like your job interview answers sound a little robotic, uncertain or insincere? If you are having problems with any phase of the interviewing process, our recruiting team at Whitman Associates is here to help hone your skills. We are happy to sit down with you to work out strategies tailored to your strengths and comforts while helping you avoid any pitfalls.
Contact us today to talk about interviewing issues, any of our listed jobs that interest you, or whatever else we can do to help you land your dream job.