There are many reasons you might be absent from the workplace for a lengthy period. You may have taken time off for parental leave, suffered a personal loss, got laid off or be struggling to find a job that suits you.

Here are some tips to jump back into the workplace successfully after long-term unemployment:

Focus Your Efforts

If you’ve been unemployed for a while, you might be tempted to apply for every job on Monster.com. However, the truth is focusing your search will yield better results. Start by creating a resume and cover letter that reflect your skills, abilities and goals; then tailor both documents to the individual jobs. The idea is to choose a direction and a job focus that reflects who you are as a person and what you can do better than anyone else.

Know Your Story

You don’t need to tell a hiring manager your life story, or make up a dramatic, pity-inducing tale to explain your recent unemployment. However, the odds are good potential employers will want to know why you’ve been out of the workforce. For best results, rehearse your explanation in advance and make sure it’s concise. For example, you might want to say you’re looking to get into a new field and wanted to focus on improving your skills in a particular area in order to do so.

Talk to a Recruiter

The best way to minimize the time you spend unemployed is to work with a skilled recruiter who knows your industry. A knowledgeable staffing professional can advise you on skills to acquire, certifications and degrees to obtain, and ways to shore up your resume.  Plus recruiters know what companies are hiring and when, so they can get you in the door when it counts.

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Don’t let a few down years spell disaster for your employment future. A local recruitment leader, Bolder Staffing, Inc. and Bolder Professional Placements helps job candidates in all fields find lucrative positions even if they’ve suffered periods of unemployment. You can count on us to put your career development first always. For more details on what we can do for you, call today or contact our team online.

As a hiring manager, you understand that checking references is just another part of the job. However, you might not always know how to interpret the information you’re given from previous employers. While a glowing review is easy to comprehend, a neutral or negative reference check can be far more ambiguous.

Here are some tips on evaluating neutral reference checks so you can choose the best candidate for the job:

Understand HR Policies

If you’re interviewing someone for a position, you need to understand other companies’ HR policies with regard to giving employee references. These days, many human resources departments are only willing to provide titles and dates of employment; in other words, they won’t offer details on a worker’s skills, successes or failures. If a company has this policy, a neutral reference on a candidate might not be cause for concern. On the other hand, if you know the company usually provides detailed references, a neutral comment on an employee could be a sign the employer doesn’t want to provide negative feedback so they decided to say nothing.

Consider the Source

A neutral reference can also be good or bad depending on the specific source. For example, a dispassionate comment from the company CEO isn’t necessarily a bad sign; after all, most lower and mid-level employees have little cause to interact with the big boss. However, if you get neutral feedback from a worker’s direct supervisor, that might be a sign they don’t want to badmouth a worker but aren’t willing to endorse him, either.

Ask Telling Questions

Getting a lot of neutral responses of late? The problem might be you’re asking the wrong questions. If you want to spur a manager to provide real details on a potential hire, ask leading questions they won’t be able to resist answering. For example, you might ask, “Would you have considered this person for a managerial role?” or “What type of job would they be most and least suited for?” When in doubt, probe beneath the surface and avoid ‘yes or no’ questions. 

Let Bolder Staffing, Inc. and Bolder Professional Placements Be Your Staffing Partner 

A leader in recruitment services throughout Broomfield and beyond, Bolder Staffing, Inc. and Bolder Professional Placements helps companies find the best employees for all their open positions. Whether you need help screening workers, conducting interviews or deciphering feedback from previous employers, turn to us for assistance. For more information about what we can do, call today or contact our staffing pros online.

Introverts sometimes get a bad reputation in the job market. However, the truth is reserved job seekers can be just as successful, if not more so, than their more outgoing counterparts. Here are some tips to show off your strengths and make a great impression in your next interview:

Celebrate Your Successes

One way to overcome your shyness in a job interview is to focus on your achievements. After all, it’s easy to talk about yourself when the subject is something you know well, like your own career. Discuss on-the-job achievements, using numbers and specifics whenever possible. Concentrating on your strengths also enables you to keep your anxiety at bay during a stressful time.

Send a Follow-Up Note

Sending a thank-you note is standard protocol after a job interview. However, these messages aren’t only for expressing gratitude. As an introvert, you can also include any details you forgot to convey in the interview. While you don’t want to write out a laundry list of achievements, feel free to add a message like, “In reference to your question, I wanted to add one point…”

Prepare Questions, Not Just Answers

Hiring managers are used to hearing questions about vacation time and salary. However, they don’t always get thoughtful questions that show the job candidate spent time researching the company. Fortunately, introverts tend to be good at doing their homework. Before your next interview, take the time to prep some intelligent questions about the business. For example, you could ask about the business’ long-term goals or how it gives back to its community. 

Trust Bolder Staffing, Inc. and Bolder Professional Placements With Your Job Search 

Whatever your personality, the team at Bolder Staffing, Inc. and Bolder Professional Placements can help ensure you shine during your next job interview. An industry leader, we help a wide range of job candidates through every step of the career search. From finding lucrative positions to landing the offer, you can count on us to be there. To learn more about our services, call today or contact our staffing pros online. We look forward to finding your dream job.

How do you think your employees would rate your leadership skills on a scale of 1 to 10? If you don’t listen as much as you talk in conversations with workers, the odds are good they’d give you a low score. In fact, the best bosses recognize that listening well is key to supervising your teammates and motivating them to succeed. Here are some of Professional Staffing’s tips for listening your way to more effective leadership:

Demonstrating That You Care

Listening to your workers doesn’t just help you get a better idea of what’s going on in your company; it also shows you care. Supervisors who make an effort to get to know their teams – and take the time to listen – are more likely to earn their workers’ respect. As a result, teammates will likely work harder for you and your business.

Avoiding Snap Judgments

Supervisors are responsible for making numerous decisions on a daily basis. If you want to ensure these choices are based on facts rather than opinions, strive to listen more and talk less. The last thing you want to do is make a snap judgment and blame one employee for another’s failure, or condemn the entire team for an issue that’s outside its control. 

Tapping Into Workplace Relations

Bosses are responsible for managing more than the bottom line – they also supervise relationships between employees and make sure everyone is communicating in a way that’s respectful and effective. As the person in charge, you should strive to listen carefully to your employees. Not only is this just plain respectful, it also lets you get a better feel for relationships and conflicts happening in your office. As a result, you can head off issues, resolving little tiffs before they turn into big blowouts.

Let Bolder Staffing, Inc. and Bolder Professional Placements Guide You on Your Leadership Journey

Whether you’re looking for employees in administration or office services, manufacturing or marketing, customer service or sales, Bolder Staffing, Inc. and Bolder Professional Placements can help. Our recruitment team has contacts at businesses throughout Colorado and beyond. You can count on us to find the right people for the job the first time, every time. To learn more about what we can do for you, call today or contact our staffing specialists to set up an appointment.

We’ve all been there. After going on a (seemingly) great job interview, we sit around for days waiting for a phone call that never comes. Not hearing back after a job interview is frustrating to say the least. However, if the employer doesn’t call, it’s not necessarily a sign you made an interview faux pas. Here are some reasons a recruiter might not get back to you immediately after an interview:

They’re Not That Into You

You’ve heard the saying in reference to the dating world, but it’s also true in recruitment. Sometimes a hiring manager doesn’t return your calls or get back to you about an open position because they simply weren’t that into you. It doesn’t mean you’re a bad person or even a poor interview subject – the boss might just have decided to go in a different direction.

Interviews Are Ongoing

Sometimes hiring managers don’t get back to job candidates right away because the interview process is ongoing. It’s annoying, but you might only be the first person of 50 the company plans to interview for an open slot. If you haven’t heard back after a week or so, don’t hesitate to send a breezy email asking if a decision has been made. If nothing else, you’ll remind the interviewer of your interest and enthusiasm for the role.

They’re No Longer Hiring

If the hiring manager didn’t get back to you, it might not be because you blew it in the interview. It might be because the company is no longer hiring. In some cases, funding for a position falls through, and the business opts not to hire someone after all. In other cases, the company promotes from within or decides to move responsibilities around. Don’t take it personally when a company neglects to make an offer.

Trust Your Career to Bolder Staffing, Inc. and Bolder Professional Placements

At Bolder Staffing, Inc. and Bolder Professional Placements, we draw on more than two decades of recruiting expertise. You can trust us to help you find the ideal permanent or contract position to meet your needs and concerns. For more information about our staffing services, call today or contact our team online.

When an employee makes an error at work, you might be tempted to take your frustration out on him. However, the truth is praise is far more impactful than criticism when it comes to helping your team learn and grow. Here are some tips for using constructive criticism to manage your workforce effectively, courtesy of Bolder Staffing, Inc. and Bolder Professional Placements.

Positivity Leads to Empowerment

Being positive and praising employees tends to work far better than speaking to them in a way that’s overly negative. After all, psychology tells us people experiencing negative emotions like fear and stress tend to suffer reduced cognitive abilities as a result. On the other hand, those who are feeling positive emotions perform better and have improved concentration. Hence, praising your employees might just help them be better at their jobs.

Praise Is More Likely to Affect Outcomes

It’s hard to absorb what someone is saying if her tone is overly critical. If you want employees to listen to what you say, avoid going on the offensive. Instead of launching attacks, strive to praise before you criticize and improve the odds of workers being receptive to your suggestions.

Focusing on Solutions Improves Results

Haranguing your employees with a list of critiques is unlikely to lead to good solutions. After all, when all you do is point out problems, you don’t encourage employees to come up with solutions; you only inspire them to defend themselves. If you want your teammates to come up with workarounds, make sure your feedback is constructive. For example, you can point out a problem and ask the employee to suggest fixes based on their unique experience or skill set.

Contact Bolder Staffing, Inc. and Bolder Professional Placements

A local staffing specialist, Bolder Staffing, Inc. and Bolder Professional Placements helps businesses of all sizes find full-time and contract employees for all their open positions. We not only locate the top workers in the field, we also screen them carefully to ensure they will be a boon to your company. To find out more about what we can do for you, call today or contact our hiring pros online.

Applying for a new job is rarely a fun-filled journey. However, if your search seems to be stalling, our team might be able to help. We understand that roadblocks are common on the road to gainful employment. And our years in recruitment have taught us how to circumvent these obstacles.

Here are some reasons your job search might be stalling along with tips for furthering your career.

Lack of Connections

Many job seekers devote weeks to applying for jobs only to receive few if any responses. If you’re experiencing this problem, the issue might not be your qualifications but an inability to get in the door. Consider turning to your professional network on LinkedIn or Facebook to get an “in” at a desired company. You can also contact a staffing company like Bolder, which boasts personal relationships with many local employers.

Lack of Response in a New Field

Workers looking to make career changes often find themselves waiting around to hear back from recruiters. If you’re trying to enter a new field, you might need to take additional steps in order to be taken seriously by hiring managers. Along with pursuing certifications and other continuing education opportunities, consider talking to a recruiter who can advise you about jobs for which you are qualified.

Poor Interview Skills

If you’re landed multiple interviews but haven’t received any job offers, the issue might be the impression you’re making on hiring managers. After all, the fact you’re being invited for interviews suggests your qualifications are up to snuff. If you aren’t getting job offers, you might need to work on your ability to sell yourself in the room.

Let Bolder Staffing, Inc. and Bolder Professional Placements Help You Land Your Next Interview

Landing an interview at your desired company doesn’t mean the job is in the bag. At Bolder Staffing, Inc. and Bolder Professional Placements we work with candidates every step of the way, from crafting resumes that get attention to answering common interview questions. You can trust our experts to support you on this important journey. For more information about our services, call today or contact our recruiters online to learn what we can do for you.

The job of an HR representative isn’t just to find the best worker for the job. It’s also to ensure a smooth transition for the company while making certain that oncoming workers feel comfortable in their roles. While many employers focus on the more technical aspects of onboarding, such as filling out paperwork and learning internal software systems, helping employees feel comfortable is equally important if you want to minimize turnover down the line.

Here are some top tips for making new employees feel welcome on the job.

Assign Mentors

Starting a new job can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t know whom to contact with questions or concerns. One way companies can overcome this problem is by instituting a buddy system whereby a current employee mentors a new hire. Arrange for the mentor to show the incoming worker the ropes and even take him to lunch to ensure he feels welcome.

Let Your Team Give the Tours

HR-led tours aren’t always relevant to the needs of new employees. Instead, arrange for a team-led tour, so your new worker can see the parts of the office that are essential to her daily job function. For example, a member of the employee’s own team is better equipped to show her the good pens in the supply closet and which break room has the best coffee.

Be Inclusive From the Start

If you want to minimize the odds of an employee jumping ship, make sure he feels like part of the team from Day One. You can achieve this goal by asking your new worker about his long-term goals and desires at the company. Additionally, it’s a good idea to invite new workers to social activities, such as company lunches and happy hours. A personal invitation can be more meaningful than an email sent to dozens of workers.

Improve Your Onboarding Strategy With Bolder Staffing, Inc. and Bolder Professional Placements 

We are proud to help companies throughout Colorado and beyond with their recruitment needs. Whether you need help minimizing turnover or dealing with a sudden staffing shortage, our experts are there to meet your needs. Additionally, we can work with you to ensure new workers enjoy a smooth transition to the team. Contact our staffing experts to find out more about what we can do for you.

It’s one of the most common interview questions and one of the most disliked. After all, being asked to talk about yourself is both vague and broad. Best-case scenario, candidates wind up rambling about where they were born and went to school. In the worst case, they say something overly personal or inappropriate due to nerves.

A leader in local staffing services, Bolder Staffing, Inc. and Bolder Professional Placements specialize in helping job candidates land job interviews and prepare appropriate responses to commonly asked questions. Here are some tips on how to deliver a response to this prompt that stands out from the pack:

Don’t Be Predictable

Prepackaged interview responses are unlikely to garner favorable responses from hiring managers. While “Tell me about yourself” is a frustrating question to hear, it would be mistake to provide canned answers taken from your resume or cover letter. The recruiter wants to hear something new, so avoid offering the same-old responses about where you went to college or what you learned at your first job.

Brag a Little

Job seekers often hesitate to brag about their achievements for fear of sounding stuck up and snobbish. However, being too modest can affect your ability to land your dream job. After all, the hiring manager wants to know why they should select you from a sea of qualified applicants. If asked to talk about yourself, highlight some specific achievements that would enable you to do your job successfully. You can also talk about the reasons you’d make a great team member or skills you have that make you stand out.

Be Specific

Just as it’s important to share your strengths in a job interview, you should strive to be specific in detailing your achievements. Any applicant can describe herself as smart, educated and dedicated. Instead of selling yourself with adjectives that don’t tell the whole story, provide the HR manager with specific examples of past accomplishments in jobs or volunteer organizations.

Trust Bolder Staffing, Inc. and Bolder Professional Placements to Find Your Next Job Opportunity

Whether you’re just starting your job search or preparing for a big interview, don’t hesitate to contact the team of recruiters at Bolder Staffing, Inc. and Bolder Professional Placements. We can help you practice answers to common questions and aid you in landing future interviews. To find out more about our services, call or contact one of our recruitment pros online.

Your employees are the heart and soul of your business, but they aren’t always around when you need them. From unexpected sicknesses to maternity leaves, there are many reasons you might need to hire a temp worker to fill the void. Fortunately, Bolder Staffing Inc. is here to make sure you find the right person for the job.

Help for Projects

From busy holiday sales times to new initiatives that require additional staff, there are various reasons you might need temp workers for your team. When you work with a staffing company like Bolder Staffing, Inc., you can rest assured knowing these employees will be there to help out as needed. This flexibility is incredibly valuable for small businesses, in particular, as they might not need – or be able to afford – this increase in staff year round.

Reduced Burden on Staff

Staffing shortages can put a serious burden on your full-time employees. After all, these individuals have lives and responsibilities outside work and can’t necessarily be there to cover extra shifts. With temp workers, you keep current staff happy and prevent them from abandoning you for your competition.

New Ideas

Temporary workers don’t just fill the void by working when other staff members can’t. On the contrary, these employees are smart individuals with their own thoughts and ideas. If you’re looking for an influx of new thinking at your business, hiring a few temp workers can be a great way to get it. Many of these people have worked at numerous companies and have seen how these businesses conducted operations. They can bring this expertise to your company. And who knows? You might find someone you want to keep around for the long haul.

Contact Us for Your Hiring Needs

Based in Colorado, Bolder Staffing Inc. and Bolder Professional Placements serve the needs of a wide array of companies. Whether you’re looking for temporary staff or someone permanent to join your work family, our experts have the knowledge and experience to help. For more information about how we can help your business grow, call today or contact us online.