Category: Hiring Resources

  • Five ways the best staffing agencies utilize LinkedIn for local recruiting

    While social media has proven to be an important tool for recruitment, LinkedIn may be the most crucial social media platform of all. It’s considered by some to be the “Facebook” of business-minded individuals because the number of members who utilize the platform is so vast. LinkedIn has become a network where jobseekers can find employment options and learn about the companies they’re interested in working for, as well as for companies to learn about their prospective employees.

    This trend has opened up a great opportunity for recruiters and businesses, especially when looking to find local talent in particular. With tools like LinkedIn Recruiter and the ability for localized searches, the odds of finding an appropriate candidate and highlighting available jobs to local candidates have grown.

    There are several ways the best staffing agencies use LinkedIn to recruit local talent. And anyone attempting to strengthen recruiting, staffing, and hiring efforts can benefit from them.

     Use the search capabilities to your advantage

    LinkedIn has a search engine platform built within it much like many other networks. Knowing how to optimize your search on specific platforms, like LinkedIn, will help you narrow the results you’re looking for. The best candidates available to you will also – ... Read More

  • How to write job postings that outperform the rest – Tips and tricks on using online job boards for recruiting the best candidates for your company

    Attempting to fill a vacant position can be an exciting time for your company. It can also be a real roadblock if not done properly. On the one hand, you get the chance to bring a new perspective with a fresh set of skills into your office. And, on the other hand, the job posting can sit without interest, leaving your company feeling frustrated and stuck with projects piling up until the right candidate comes along. There’s also another scenario, and that’s having the wrong candidates applying for your job posting. This can lead to wasted time and resources on both sides of the interview.

    So how do you fix these issues and bring the excitement back to posting an opening? Simply put, you need to know exactly how to write your job posting so that it outperforms the rest. And at TriStarr, as one of the best staffing services available in the Lancaster area, we are well-versed in how to attract and recruit top talent through job postings. Below, let’s review some tips and tricks we use while utilizing online job boards to effectively get the most out of a job posting.

    Give Your Job Posting a Desirable – and Frequently ... Read More

  • Three (more) signs you may need to hire temp staffing

    There are reoccurring challenges for many businesses and one of the most common is with staffing – when to hire employees and when to trim staff? You’re always looking for the right balance. Here’s a list of three (more) signs that may indicate when it’s the right time to hire temp staffing.

    1. Customer service is suffering

    The economy is strong. Business is booming and you’re projecting an outstanding fiscal year. Your call center is busy, and the orders are flowing in so fast it’s hard to keep up with all the work. On paper, things look great. But the attitudes of your staff and customer feedback tell a different story. How can this be? It’s more common among businesses than owners realize and often seen by TriStarr temp agency in Lancaster, PA.

     While it’s normal for a business to get a bad review once in a while, a spike in customer complaints and poor online reviews could mean that you are understaffed. This is exactly the time temp staffing can be useful and provide assistance to help correct the problem. Using a temp staffing agency like TriStarr, can provide relief for an over-worked staff and help improve customer service.

    2. A new project ... Read More

  • Temp Staffing & Recruiting 101: How TriStarr Staffing in Lancaster finds the right candidate for the job – guaranteed.

    The problem is simple. You have a vacant position in your company, and you need to fill it fast. Ask yourself, do you have the time to do it and do it, right? Many companies are convinced they can hire the right candidate for their company because they know what they’re looking for. The question is, do they have the ability to recruit the right candidate? Finding the right person with the right set of skills and cultural fit is often challenging. It’s made even harder in today’s economy because there are fewer candidates to choose from in part because of low unemployment rates.

    We’re often asked, what’s the key to finding the right hire? Is there a secret to finding the right fit for the job? At TriStarr we use a simple three-step process to help us sift through a large selection of candidates and find the best ones for a particular job.

    Step 1. Always be looking

    To find the right people, it helps to be looking continually. If you have the resources to find candidates and review resumes for qualifications on a regular basis, you will have access to many more good options. Recruiters like us are posting job ... Read More

  • How to create a more employee-friendly work environment

    Employee happiness has become increasingly important to success in business. Why? There is now growing evidence that when employees are happy, companies thrive.

    Consider these key statistics. According to Forbes Magazine, one study found that happy employees are up to 20% more productive than unhappy employees. When it comes to salespeople, happiness has an even greater impact, raising sales by 37%. But the benefits don’t end there. Often there is less employee turnover in a healthy, employee-friendly workplace environment. That equals less time lost on the job translating into an increased bottom line for companies.

    Taking positive steps to create a more employee-friendly work environment can be done with these five simple suggestions:

    1. Invest in growing your employees. Self-development is essential for career growth. Offering a variety of training programs will help employees build their skills and grow professionally. Conferences, seminars, and online courses can further help employees gain more knowledge and become an increased contributor in the workplace.
    2. Listen and show appreciation to your employees. Promote an open dialogue between corporate leadership and staff. Employees want to know that their opinion matters and that their work contribution is making a difference. Recognize staff accomplishments in meetings for positive behavior and performance that go above ... Read More
  • Vying for top candidates in a competitive job market

    In the midst of chatter of an impending recession—Lancaster County continues to have a low unemployment rate of 3.3% as of September 2019. Though job prospects are as good as ever for job seekers, this historically low unemployment rate presents an added challenge to companies looking to fill open positions.

    As companies around the county look to sharpen their recruiting efforts, it’s important to remember one vital, yet often overlooked, portion of recruitment strategies: Knowing the company’s recruiting competition. Recognizing where the competition is and what they are doing to attract talent is an ideal recruiting practice. 

    Here are several ways to keep internal recruitment strategies sharp and ahead of the competition:

    1. Conduct an ongoing analysis of future needs in hiring. Planning ahead can help avoid hasty decisions, limited last-minute options, or overlooking available internal skills.
    2. If possible, maintain a pool of applicants and tap into individual and personal networks to find candidates who are the best fit for the role. But don’t get too focused on landing a “purple squirrel” – a staffing industry term for the person who checks every box on the hiring checklist. Always consider whether a candidate with the right personality and cultural fit can be trained for specific ... Read More
  • 7 “don’ts” when recruiting employees

    In several previous blog posts, we have provided guidance on effective steps to take when recruiting employees. In this post, we’ll focus on what not to do—mistakes to avoid—while referencing some of our past blog posts.

    In order to get the most out of your recruitment efforts and find the candidates you need, plan ahead. Consider each of these “don’ts” when developing your recruitment strategies:

    1. Don’t rely on old-fashioned recruitment tools – If you’re just posting ads in the newspaper and on job sites, you’re short-changing yourself and missing promising candidates. Use your social media pages, professional online forums, and specialized search tools, too. If you don’t have access to these, get in touch with a professional recruiter with this experience. See our blog post on technology used by professional recruiters.
    2. Don’t overlook current employees – Could a great candidate already be working for your company, maybe within another department? Don’t be so focused on getting the best candidate “out there” that you miss a great candidate “in here.” Someone who excels in a position within the company may be ready for increased responsibility. And a promotion is a great way to hang on to talented staff. See our blog post ... Read More
  • Hiring fast vs. hiring slow—recruiting employees can take too long!

    The average amount of time for recruiting employees—from first posting to accepted offer—increased 62 percent at large global organizations from 2010 to 2015. The hiring time for white-collar positions reached, on average, 68 business days in 2015. That’s 26 days longer than in 2010.*

    Hiring can definitely take too long, dragging on for weeks and weeks and even months with no real benefit to anyone—employer, their employees, and job candidates. Among the reasons: more people involved in the hiring process, increased testing and background clearances, and managers loaded down with hiring duties as well as day-to-day administrative responsibilities.

    So, how quickly should companies hire? While we generally advocate for hiring fast, especially in the currently tight job market, there are sometimes legitimate reasons for hiring slow. But not often.

    When recruiting employees, what’s the harm in routinely hiring slow?

    Top candidates can lose interest if the hiring process takes too long; meanwhile, they get other competitive offers, and you can lose them. In fact, some companies keep looking for the perfect candidate—”this one looks really good, but maybe someone even better is out there.” Then, they lose a great candidate and settle for less in the end. So, more time and deliberation doesn’t mean ... Read More