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25June

Deciding on a Position? It is a Two-Way Street!

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For many candidates, particularly those in the early stage of their careers, when preparing for an interview for a position, they often focus solely on impressing the company. Do I have the right skills? Am I educated enough? Am I experienced enough? Can I do a good enough job? While it is important, even critical, to ensure that you do have the right skills, adequate education and experience so that you will perform well for the company, candidates should not forget that the employment relationship is a two-way street. Candidates should be just as diligent in determining whether the company is able and willing to meet their career and other objectives as they are in determining whether they [...]

24April

Hiring Temps as Vetting for Permanent Hiring

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Whether your company is using an agency to hire the right people into permanent roles or whether your company has an HR team that can thoroughly vet candidates, no process is airtight. Is the new hire going to perform at a high level for the medium and longer terms? If your company wants to take an extra step in order to protect itself from the consequences of hiring the wrong person, you may want to consider a “temp-to-perm arrangement” with an agency such as Valley Personnel. What is a Temp-to-Perm Arrangement? At Valley Personnel, we have a program in place that allows our clients to enter into temporary employment arrangements [...]

18January

Applying for the Position

In today’s world of instant communications, mostly electronic, it can become so easy to forget that no matter what position you are applying for, ultimately you are connecting with people, you will be working with people and you will be serving customers. Here are a few tips to avoid pitfalls that I have seen in my experience as a recruiter: Be Punctual. I cannot tell you how many times I have scheduled interviews with candidates who not only didn’t bother to show up, but never followed up with an apology or an explanation afterwards. Often, candidates “no show” because they found another position since they last spoke with me. While [...]

22October

Why Work as a Temp?

In some circles, working as a “temp” may have a certain stigma. However, there are a few positive benefits that can come out of working in this context. Firstly, you can gain valuable work experience, whether you are starting out in your professional life or transitioning into a new career. While temping, you may find yourself working at several companies, or even in one company, in a number of different roles, where you will be exposed to various departments and therefore be developing a diverse skill set, rather than just working at the same job for a long period of time. Secondly, if you work for a number of companies [...]

Deciding on a Position? It is a Two-Way Street!

Tags: , , , , |

For many candidates, particularly those in the early stage of their careers, when preparing for an interview for a position, they often focus solely on impressing the company. Do I have the right skills? Am I educated enough? Am I experienced enough? Can I do a good enough job? While it is important, even critical, to ensure that you do have the right skills, adequate education and experience so that you will perform well for the company, candidates should not forget that the employment relationship is a two-way street. Candidates should be just as diligent in determining whether the company is able and willing to meet their career and other objectives as they are in determining whether they [...]

Hiring Temps as Vetting for Permanent Hiring

Tags: , , , , |

Whether your company is using an agency to hire the right people into permanent roles or whether your company has an HR team that can thoroughly vet candidates, no process is airtight. Is the new hire going to perform at a high level for the medium and longer terms? If your company wants to take an extra step in order to protect itself from the consequences of hiring the wrong person, you may want to consider a “temp-to-perm arrangement” with an agency such as Valley Personnel. What is a Temp-to-Perm Arrangement? At Valley Personnel, we have a program in place that allows our clients to enter into temporary employment arrangements [...]

Applying for the Position

In today’s world of instant communications, mostly electronic, it can become so easy to forget that no matter what position you are applying for, ultimately you are connecting with people, you will be working with people and you will be serving customers. Here are a few tips to avoid pitfalls that I have seen in my experience as a recruiter: Be Punctual. I cannot tell you how many times I have scheduled interviews with candidates who not only didn’t bother to show up, but never followed up with an apology or an explanation afterwards. Often, candidates “no show” because they found another position since they last spoke with me. While [...]

Why Work as a Temp?

In some circles, working as a “temp” may have a certain stigma. However, there are a few positive benefits that can come out of working in this context. Firstly, you can gain valuable work experience, whether you are starting out in your professional life or transitioning into a new career. While temping, you may find yourself working at several companies, or even in one company, in a number of different roles, where you will be exposed to various departments and therefore be developing a diverse skill set, rather than just working at the same job for a long period of time. Secondly, if you work for a number of companies [...]