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Tips for Hiring Seasonal Employees

The holiday season is nearly upon us, and many companies are in full swing advertising, interviewing and hiring seasonal employees. If you have a seasonal business, here are some valuable tips to consider when investing in seasonal employees.

  • Evaluate – While some businesses, such as retail stores at Christmas or ski resorts in the winter, rely on hiring seasonal employees, it is best to evaluate the current staff before hiring additional employees. Analyze past trends and learn when you need to have seasonal employees start.
  • Comply – Comply with all country or state requirements for seasonal employees., which includes minimum wage, pay regulations for nights, weekends or overtime, health insurance requirements and labor regulations for teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17.

Here are some additional tips to follow when interviewing and hiring seasonal employees:

  1. Job Descriptions – Write specific job descriptions and clearly state that you are only recruiting for a seasonal position. In some cases, be sure to put the title of the job and then “Winter Seasonal” next to it in parenthesis. Also clearly state any requirements for the job, such as prior cashier experience, necessary ski instructor training, etc. If the position requires heavy lifting, clearly indicate the physical demands of the job. Being upfront will help you attract more qualified candidates’ resumes that clearly understand the requirements of the position.
  2. Advertise – There are a variety of job boards that have more seasonal job postings than others. For example, make sure to post the position on your company’s website and social media pages, but also explore Indeed, Monster, CareerBuilder and Snagajob. Other websites that are dedicated to seasonal employment postings include: CoolWorks, SeasonalJobs and BackdoorJobs.
  3. Evaluating Candidates – Consider evaluating candidates in groups initially, which will help if companies receive a lot of qualified resumes. Even though the position is seasonal, hire for both the cultural fit and qualifications, not solely based on skills.
  4. Retaining Employees – Something seasonal companies understand is that if an employee quits mid peak season, they have a significant gap in their workforce and it’s difficult to train someone for a job that only has a matter of weeks or months remaining. To help detour employees from leaving jobs early, consider offering end-of-season bonuses for employees that stayed on the entire season. Additionally, consider offering loyalty bonuses to returning staff to help offset training expenses the following year.
  5. Creative Benefits and Perks – Offering creative benefits, such as flexible schedules, can be desirable to prospective candidates.

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Fall Employment Trends

Mid-August through October is the best season for hiring qualified employees. Once Thanksgiving hits, it is harder to hire employees during the winter months, unless you are only looking to fill seasonal positions.

Here are the five hottest jobs that are in demand this fall. If your company is looking to hire any of these positions in these categories, make sure they set themselves out from the crowd to attract the brightest talent.

  1. Fitness Trainer – Fitness is a booming industry trend. Health and wellness are hot-button topics and trainers can help people get back in shape, lose weight and also serve to educate clients about exercise and physical fitness. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics anticipants that the need for fitness trainers will increase by 8% by 2022.
  2. Occupational Therapist Assistant – Healthcare is a growing field, especially as Baby Boomers begin to age. Occupational Therapists work with licensed therapists to help patients recover from injury or illness. These assistants teach everyday skills, such as moving, eating, dressing, traveling and personal hygiene. Reports anticipant this profession will grow by 40% over the next four years.
  3. Personal Financial Advisor – For people with math skills, being a personal financial advisor may be just the career they want. Finance professionals help clients manage their money, advise them about their investments and help them plan their long-term retirement. This field is expected to increase by 30% by 2020.
  4. Computer Software Engineer – Both big companies and startups are looking for highly trained, qualified software engineers. Software engineers and developers design and refine computer programs, which is why their demand is expected to grow more than 17% in the next four years.
  5. Registered Nurse – There’s a major shortage of qualified nurses in the U.S. right now, and with a growing healthcare field, this is an excellent career for people that enjoy science and have the necessary empathy to work with ailing patients. The demand for this field will increase by 16% by 2020 and it won’t just stop at hospitals but will carry over into doctors’ offices, schools, agencies and clinics.

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Why More People Are Hiring House Cleaners

Fall is here, and the kids are back in school. There are a lot of stay-at-home moms that enter the workforce every fall when their kids are old enough to attend school.  Whether they find they need a house cleaner to keep up with their children’s after-school messes or they want to have a stable part-time house-cleaning job, the house cleaning industry is on the rise.

House cleaners are no longer for the wealthy or just for commercial office spaces. Today, house cleaning services are affordable, but to keep a good clientele, you’ll want to hire the best house cleaners.

Here are some great, basic interview questions:

  1. How long have you been cleaning houses?
  2. How many homes do you currently clean?
  3. Do you have any references?
  4. Will you supply your own cleaning supplies or will you use the ones we supply?
  5. Would you be willing to do a trial period of two to three cleanings so we can review your work?

Be upfront about the hourly salary you offer and detail your expectations for the position. If some people want their laundry cleaned, including sheets, towels, clothing, etc., make sure to offer your housekeepers more money for these tasks.

Additionally, make sure to get a background check on applicants before hiring them. Remember that you are responsible for placing people in your clients’ homes.

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How to Write Job Descriptions for Small Businesses

Many small businesses don’t have fully operational or staffed human resources departments. Hiring the wrong person for the job can be a very costly mistake and often, it’s one that small businesses just can’t afford.

Here’s how to successfully tackle writing job descriptions for small companies.

Do

  • Be Specific – Clearly state job requirements, qualifications and necessary skills, such as education, certifications and experience. If you’re not clear, you will attract unqualified candidates, and that also means that top talent will think you don’t have your act together and move on to greener job pastures.
  • Use Known Job Titles – If your company embraces creative titles, don’t list these in your advertising for new positions. Keep things simple and straightforward, so they’re understandable and easy to search for online. Use industry-specific job titles, such as keywords that people use when searching.
  • Simple Language – Avoid organization-specific terminology or industry jargon that can make job descriptions challenging to read and understand. Use headings, subheadings and bullet points to make things easier to read.
  • Market Your Company – Job descriptions should include something about your company, the industry, the job and the incentives you offer. Think of job postings as a marketing tool for your company. Additionally, since you’re a smaller employer, highlight the benefits of working for you. For example, if you have a great location that is within walking distance of public transportation and eateries, flaunt it! If you offer flex time, vacation time, profit sharing or stock options, advertise it! Unusual perks and benefits can make small companies very attractive to qualified candidates that want to leave the grind of conglomerate mega-giants.

Don’t

  • Feature Lengthy Requirements – If your job description reads like you’re in need of an advanced research scientist with an overwhelming array of credentials, chances are you’ll have a lot of qualified candidates view this as pretentious and nix applying for your job application altogether. (However, if you do need a research scientist, feel free to add in the lengthy requirements!)
  • Be Too Vague – Job postings should be both detailed and informative. If you don’t quite understand the position, seek out information to write a thorough and comprehensive job description, so everyone is on the same page. Having a detailed description will maximize everyone’s time – both yours and candidates – when trying to attract the right talent for the position.
  • Avoid Salary – To avoid a barrage of unqualified candidates, list the salary range for the job so you can weed out people that aren’t interested now.
  • Forget to Spell and Grammar Check – Nothing says unprofessional more than a typo. If you plan to critique applicants’ resumes for their spelling and grammar during the application process, hold yourself to the same standard.

Ninja Gig works with a variety of large and small businesses to create custom employment applications, which makes it easy to attract qualified candidates. These job applications are easy to customize, which means that you can advertise for open positions on your website, via email and on your social media channels. Interested in trying out our software for free?  Sign up now and see how great using Ninja Gig can be!

How to Earn Employee’s Respect

Building respect is a two-way street – and one that both employees and employers need to reciprocate. Long ago, it was thought that respect was something subordinate employees were forced to give their supervisors. However, respect is a valuable – and necessary – way for employers to help build rapport in the workplace.

How can companies build employee respect? Ninja Gig will walk you through five essential tips.

  1. Authenticity – Practice being an authentic reflection of the company’s principles and values, while simultaneously having transparency and promoting justice.
  2. Ownership – Make employees understand that management values and deeply respects their thoughts and opinions. By doing this, employees tend to take a form of “ownership” and pride in the company.
  3. Potential – Develop employees’ potential and invest in helping them become better employees. By helping employees develop and achieve their performance goals, they will respect companies more and become more dedicated employees.
  4. Energy – Focus on creating an energized work culture that is positive, with energy that focuses on winning versus defending.
  5. Sacrifices – If sacrifices need to be made to contribute to the majority’s success, these options need to be weighed and tough decisions made.

Earning employee respect is the key to empowering employees. Employees that report feeling respected at work have higher satisfaction rates with their jobs, which equates to long-term retention and less turnover.

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How to Train Your Cleaning Service Employees – Part 2 of 2

Now that you’ve hired employees for your cleaning company, you need to spend the time to train them. When you properly train your employees, you automatically boost your employee retention rate because happy employees are likely to stay with companies longer.

  • Determine Learning Styles – Every person learns differently, which means that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to teaching. Some people are visual learners where as others are auditory learners and there is nothing wrong with either group. The best way to teach new employees is to utilize a variety of these methods, such as incorporating written and verbal instructions with demonstrations. See what works best and refine this method over time when teaching new employees.
  • Role Playing – To help train employees, utilize role-playing to practice and reinforce what is and is not acceptable on the job. Simulation is one of the most effective training techniques. This involves showing employees how to do a task and then allowing them to practice or repeat the task in a controlled, safe environment. If the job requires interpersonal skills, lead the employee through role-playing modules.
  • Be a Role Model – To be taken seriously, employers need to be good role models for their employees. Don’t take shortcuts or exhibit behaviors that you don’t want your employees to emulate. Role modeling is never a substitute for training, but merely reinforces the training you give your employees.
  • Training Opportunities – Always be on the lookout for new training opportunities to help boost your employees’ skills and performance levels.
  • Real-Life Scenarios – Whenever possible, use real-life training scenarios instead of hypothetical situations. However, it’s probably best to avoid letting your customers know if they are a training experience for your employees or organization.
  • Questions – Not all employees know how to ask questions, so make sure you anticipate in advance the types of questions that employees may have, not be comfortable asking and address them.
  • Feedback – Make sure that employees know you value their feedback. Let them know that you want to improve the training and techniques and that you open and appreciate the constructive information.

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Is legal weed making it difficult for restaurants to retain employees?

Colorado has a food crisis. It’s not a food or crop shortage, but an employment scarcity. Local restaurants are having a difficult time hiring and retaining restaurant staff, and the reason is clear: pot shops pay double the hourly wage to care for marijuana plants.

While the government doesn’t have hard data and facts to back up Colorado’s claims, many in the Centennial State strongly believe that the reason Denver’s restaurant owners and chefs are having a difficult time hiring is that legal weed is a culprit in their lack of rising restaurant talent.

Marijuana growers pay entry-level employees between $12 to $15 an hour to cut, trim and care for their plants. That compares to a mere average $12.83 an hour line and prep cooks receive, which is still above Colorado’s minimum wage. Kitchen work does have physical demands and often requires constant juggling acts and multi-tasking in windowless, 90-degree rooms.

Instead, pot growers allow their employees to sit indoors in air-conditioned spaces while listening to music. Additionally, employees that are speedy and trim the pot plants in a timely fashion can earn upwards of $20 per hour.

As the need for legal weed grows in Colorado, restaurateurs are feeling the biting heat in their kitchens – delaying openings because they can’t find enough people to man the kitchens.

The National Restaurant Association confirms that prep cooks, line cooks and dishwashers are among the most challenging restaurant positions to fill. At the same time, Colorado is one of the top growing states for restaurant and food service positions over the next 10 years.

Servers that work at higher-end restaurants can make well above minimum wage, but because line and prep cooks don’t usually share in these profits, it’s leaving them longing for higher salaries and cashier jobs.

In 2010 alone, Colorado restaurants reported more than $8 billion sales with that number climbing to  $12 billion in 2017. This gave Colorado’s restaurants one of the highest year-over-year increases in the entire U.S.

While Colorado is seeing a massive housing boom and thousands of people are rushing to the state, it doesn’t appear they are going to work in the kitchens. Denver’s turnover rates are above the national average, which hovers at 28.4% and Denver is at 33.8% for kitchen staff. Whether this is just because of inexperienced or new personnel not working out or more people are embarking on pot growing careers, is speculation.

One way that Colorado restaurants can attract and retain top kitchen talent is to pay more than minimum wage. Additionally, offering on-the-job training is a great way to support employees having a long-term restaurant career.

If your restaurant is looking to hire top kitchen talent, consider using Ninja Gig’s online job application. Online employment applications streamline efficiencies and allow interested personnel to apply via your website or social media pages. Additionally, once they submit the information you can easily retain resumes and stay in compliance with federal and state laws.  Ready to give it a try?  Sign up for our 30-day free trial today!

Education Is Key: Modern Day Job Application Statistics

You want to hire the best, brightest talent available, which is why Ninja Gig has compiled some interesting statistics to help you find the best applicants for your organization.

  • 79% of job seekers are using social media to conduct a job search. For Millennials, this number increases to 86%.
  • Nearly 75% of people say their employer does not use social media to promote their brand or job openings.
  • 45% of job seekers use mobile devices to search for employment once daily.
  • Job seekers generally look at these five things when applying for a position: salary and compensation, career growth opportunities, work-life balance offerings, location and commute and company culture and values.
  • When advertising sales positions, 94% of sales professionals say that the offered base salary is more important than the commission structure.
  • Millennials cite these three important factors when applying for jobs: growth opportunities, retirement benefits and work culture.
  • 46% of Millennials left their last job because they felt there was no potential for career growth. This means that Millennials are more skeptical about employers’ claims about supporting advancement.
  • 64% of Millennials would be comfortable making $40,000 a year at a job they love than making upwards of $100,000 a year at a job they don’t find challenging. This means that 80% of Millennials look at a company’s culture fit and the people first, with career potential coming in second.
  • 69% of job seekers say that they would rather be unemployed than accept employment with a company that has a bad reputation. On the flip side, 84% of Millennials would leave their current job if a company with an excellent reputation offered them a position.
  • Companies that increase their employee engagement investments by as little as 10% can increase employee productivity by $2,400. Additionally, 70% of employees that do not have faith or confidence in their senior management do not fully engage at work.

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Double Check Yourself: Do your words detour female candidate?

Research shows that if companies use the wrong words in a job description, it may detour highly qualified female candidates from applying.

It’s important that companies write job descriptions and applications in a gender-neutral tone. For example, remove all feminine or masculine vocabulary to help increase the likelihood of qualified men and women applying for positions.

For example, studies show that male applicants prefer applications that use the word “exhaustive,” while female applicants respond better to the phrase “loves learning.” Additionally, men are more likely to apply with stereotypical phrases such as “competitive salary” or “best of the best.”

Additional words that may turn off female applicants include:

  • Ambitious
  • Analytical
  • Assertive
  • Autonomous
  • Boastful
  • Chairman
  • Dominate
  • Foosball
  • Ninja
  • Hierarchical
  • Rigid
  • Stock options
  • Strong
  • Takes risks
  • Workforce

While it’s acceptable to use some masculine-skewed terms in a job description, it’s important that companies balance these out with gender-neutral or feminine terms.

It’s not that one term can necessarily turn women off from applying to jobs. It’s when companies scatter several of these hot-button words and terms into a description that it may raise subconscious red flags to women not to apply.

On the flip side, these are words that may help attract more female applicants.

  • Adaptable
  • Choose
  • Collaborate
  • Creative
  • Curious
  • Excellent
  • Flexible schedule
  • Multitaking
  • Health
  • Imaginative
  • Intuitive
  • Plans for the future
  • Resilient
  • Self-aware
  • Socially responsible
  • Thoughtful
  • Trustworthy
  • Up-to-date
  • Wellness program

It’s important that companies use gender-neutral words when creating job descriptions. While solving the gender diversity puzzle is not straightforward or simple, this small step can help companies potentially attract better-qualified candidates.

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