Job Search Tips: Stay Connected Through Networking Without Being a Pest

January 29th, 2012

The importance of using social media and social networking to land a job is easy to see. More employers are using these networks to find key employees. Rather than big job boards, many employers want to network to find the candidate that is right for them in the employment pool. However, there is a very fine line here. If you do not take the time to walk that tightrope properly, you could end up annoying your connection so much, so that they “de-friend” you.

Where’s the Balance?

Social media websites and tools do help candidates land jobs. You should use sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and even Twitter to find positions and to network with companies you would like to work with in the future. Social media does have some rules you will need to follow in order to make it work for you.

  • Realize that anything you say in social media because an element of your relationship with a prospective employer, even if they legally cannot use it to not hire you. If you sour a relationship because of the bad language or behavior on a social site, do not expect that connection to think highly of you.
  • Offer something of value rather than just saying, “Hi” all the time. If you find a news piece you think is valuable to the business or you want to congratulate a contact about an award, do so. Do not make small talk without any value over the social media wires, though.
  • Get to know your social contacts at the level they wish to get to know you. Do not force yourself on them. For example, you may be able to meet for drinks or lunch but do not insist on doing it every month. By meeting for a quick coffee, you will still be fresh in their mind if a position opens up, but you are not trying to sell yourself in the process.
  • Do not force yourself on those who are your enemies. Not every network connection is going to be someone that you like or get along with in person. If you do have a problem with someone, keep it professional. Do not use social media as a way to convince them that you are a good guy. If they do not like you already, networking with them will not lead to a good recommendation for you in the long term anyway.

Staying connected through social networking is a fantastic way to ensure you remain fresh in the minds of those who may have a job position open for you down the road. In many situations, the goal here is not to consistently ask for the job. Rather, it is just to keep your name in their mind’s eye so that when a position opens up, they think of you first.

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Employment Laws That Will Affect Your Business in 2012

January 24th, 2012

The New Year brings a great many good things for millions of small businesses around the nation, as well as some challenges in terms of employment laws and reform taking place now. These HR and employment laws can and will affect your business in 2012 in both positive and negative way. The best course of action is to be prepared for these changes and keep informed through resources found here at the Davis Staffing blog. To help you stay on top of employment law trends, here is a short breakdown of the most important things you need to know going into Twenty-Twelve.

9 Employment Laws Impacting Business in 2012

Employment Wage Laws – Many US states are being backed by the US Department of Labor to create new employment laws that will clarify and set standards in the overtime and minimum wage requirements. These laws are to help employers better explain to workers what they are owed.  Now may be a good time to update your minimum wage and overtime posters company-wide.

Employee Classification – Now is the time to review your employee classification system, because several US states are enacting stricture guidelines and fines for companies that misclassify workers, or appear to use disparaging wage tactics to cut costs. Take the time to review job descriptions, salary vs. non-salaried workers, and employee vs. contractor, mandatory work hours, and overtime rules.

Health Insurance Reform – The Affordable Care Act of 2010 got things changing in terms of how health care insurance works, including how businesses provide access to group benefits. Be aware of these laws by visiting http://www.healthcare.gov/ for updates on these laws. This includes the new dependent care laws that require insurance coverage for young adults up to age 26. Additionally, employers filing 250 or more W-2 forms in the past year will need to include the cost of employer-sponsored health coverage on the 2012 W-2 form.

Hiring Incentives and Entrepreneurialism – As President Obama continues to focus on bringing tax credits to small businesses as well as tax cuts to ordinary working citizens, we will keep seeing legislation geared towards job creation in America. Consider making some of your temporary workers into permanent employees to see these benefits. Also, there will be more funds available for those who wish to start their own businesses in 2012.

Unemployment Insurance – Congress is working on reinstating the federal unemployment surtax, which could cause businesses to see increases in unemployment taxes going into 2012. This is to offset the burdens of a national average of just under 9 percent unemployment nation-wide, and to cut down on unemployment insurance fraud.

401(k) Retirement Savings – In 2012, employers will also have to provide additional fee disclosures to employees who participate. Reforms in 401(k) laws will also restrict how many loans employees can take from their funds for emergencies and hardships. Look for alternatives to 401(k) plans to give employees more options when it comes to saving for retirement.

Immigration Reform – This is a big one with many states and the federal government, that will be cracking down on the hiring of illegals and employers who don’t pay minimum wage or provide benefits to green-card carrying immigrants. More use of E-verify will become mandatory in the USA as a way to identify illegals.

Debt and Deficit Reduction – Going into 2012 be aware that Congress has a focus on reducing the national debt in big ways, starting with tax reform for businesses and individuals. While the recent extension of payroll-tax cuts for an additional two months  benefits many, expect that some of the tax credits you enjoy now may be gone by the end of this election year, and plan accordingly.

Business Security and Privacy – With  cybercrimes on the rise in recent years, many businesses are ramping up privacy and security in a big way going into the New Year. This means you may need to review your current safety and security policies to make sure they comply with state and federal laws, including the way you store data about your employees.

If you are looking for more ways to stay on top of HR and employment laws for your company, be sure to come back often to the Davis Staffing blog for up-to-the-minute advice and resources. We encourage you to reach out to us if you have questions about temporary staffing or employment updates.

Smart Business Technology Resolutions for 2012

January 16th, 2012

As your company puts another year behind it and gears up for the New Year ahead, it’s time for making some updates to the technology you use in your business. By focusing on technology that can make your company more efficient and productive, you’ll be one-step ahead of your competitors. Here is a review of the top business technology to make part of your 2012 business resolutions.

  • Amp up security. Every year heralds a brand new set of Internet viruses, hackers and more. Make sure your business is ready to face 2012 with an updated set of anti-virus software, firewalls, and secure servers to protect your most important business data. Consider the advantages of upgrading your windows or mac OS to something that includes the latest in security patches.
  • Choose mobile apps. Businesses today are learning how to customize user experiences with special mobile applications that allow for personalization and movement between mobile devices. Add your company logo to give your customers something unique that’s branded to your business. Use mobile applications to share information, create more connections and increase business productivity in a big way this year.
  • Create a backup system. When is the last time you have backed up important files and information for your business? If you are like many business professionals, you have this automated by your computers. However, if you forget how and where this data is stored, and your system crashes, what good does it do you? Choose a cloud-computing model to back up and store data off of your hardware, that way you have it anywhere there is an Internet connection.
  • Encourage collaboration. This year’s game plan is communication that is more efficient and collaboration on projects to improve teamwork. Use technology like mobile devices, over the internet video conferencing, smart boards, and voice applications to make this happen. You will be surprised at how just a simple document sharing and collaboration system can improve teamwork and productivity in just one meeting.
  • Update your website. No company would be complete without its corporate website, but the only way you will project the right image is by making sure yours is up to date and functioning well. The end user experience is critical to business success, because this is how potential customers first do their research for you. Give your website a makeover if it’s been more than 2 years since it was last updated.

Want more tips for improving your business in 2012? How about adding some new quality staff to your roster? Get in touch with Davis Staffing for more great ideas on increasing business productivity and efficiency, through technology and a better-managed workforce.

How to Find a Brand New Job in 2012

January 7th, 2012

2012 has just begun. Millions of job seekers are hoping this is the year where they will see a real turnaround in the job market. The problem is that those millions are competing for a limited number of jobs in a market that has been slow on growth. There are steps you can take that will give you a huge leg up over your competition.

Get Your Name Out There

It’s not enough to simply apply for a few jobs here and there. You need to let people know that you’re in the market for a new job. Social networking is the best way, by far, to accomplish this.

LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks are great choices for reaching out to friends, family members, and former coworkers who may know some position that is well-suited for your particular talents. More and more businesses are turning to social networking to meet their staffing needs.

Do Your Homework

Prospective employers like to know that you’re the type of employee who really takes initiative. Take a little time to learn as much as possible about the company you’re applying to work for. You should also investigate the specific position for which you are applying and what it means with that company.

Write a unique cover letter for each prospective position and “wow” them with the details of how you would benefit them. Let them know reasons your resume will never reveal about why you are such a great fit for their company and the position you’re applying to hold within their organization.

Make Your Own Opportunities

Economic downturns and periods of widespread unemployment have traditionally been the times when successful businesses and companies get their start. The Great Depression is a prime example of difficult economic times that gave birth to many new businesses that ultimately helped the US pull out of the depression.

The world is changing more rapidly than ever before. If you’re a “problem solver” this is the perfect opportunity for you to stand out in your own right by starting a business of your own.

Not everyone is able to start a brand new business. Some people lack the ability to solve problems that is necessary to be a success in this industry. But those who do have the necessary skills and inclinations, there is no better time to begin a business of your own so that you never need to worry about finding a new job again.

Whether you decide to make the most of social networking to find a job, standing out in the interview process by getting to know the company better, or beginning a business of your very own, 2012 is a bright new year that’s filled with possibilities for your job search. Look to the support of a staffing agency, like Davis Staffing for help in finding a new career this year!

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