How Long You Should Wait To Follow Up At Every Point In The Job Search

Before you get frustrated and jump to conclusions that you lost the job, keep in mind that recruiters and managers are busy people (like yourself). The hiring process is just that, a process. It can take a long time before the company reaches a decision. Here’s what to do in the meantime.

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Here’s How Long You Should Wait To Follow Up At Every Point In The Job Search

After You’ve Submitted an Application…
You should follow up between five and 10 business days — unless you applied blindly, then you’re at the mercy of the company and if/when they decide to respond. However, if someone referred you, it would be in your best interest to check in with that person directly after seven to 10 business days — you want to give the people you know a little more leeway to decide.

After Your Phone Interview…
Follow up the same day! If things went well, and you’re eager to find out your next move, this is not the time to be shy. Following up on the same day emphasizes your interest in the company and your perspective role.

After Your In-Person Interview..
Send out an email, or a letter (mailing letters still exists you know), and state how appreciative you are of the opportunity. Make sure to highlight your interest in the job and how much you look forward to connecting again soon.

If You Received an “I’ll Let You Know” Email…
If you went through the interview process, sent your follow up emails, and received but your online shopping newsletters — be patient! Wait at least 10 business days to send another email just checking in. And, if you’ve received an offer for another job, it’s perfectly reasonable to reach out to let them know about another offer you’re evaluating.

Are you happy in your career? If not, Madison Approach Staffing can help you find a position more suitable to your wants and needs! Search our Job Board, or contact us directly to learn more about how we can help you find the perfect fit!

5 Strategies For Turning Your Hobby Into A Full-Time Job

Are you leaving work at the end of the day feeling burnt out and unfulfilled? Ask yourself this one question: What do you love doing? If your answer involves one of your many hobbies and not a 9-5 job, then it may be time to take your hobby to the next level. We’re talking full-time position level. Here are a few tips to help transform your hobby into a paycheck.

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“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius

1. Keep Innovating.
No matter how successful you become, never stop brainstorming new ideas and trying to improve your craft. As in every career field, there will be no growth without change, which can only happen when you involve inventiveness and imagination into your routine.

2. Be Persistent.
Everyone has dreams or goals that they aspire to achieve. But, you won’t see any success without any action. In order to actively pursuit your new career, focus on persistence. No matter what happens, stick to a schedule and see it through.

3. Listen To All Feedback — Even Criticism.
Friends, family, peers — they all play a vital role in helping you grow in your new full-time position. Focusing on both the positive and negative feedback allows you to analyze and restructure, if need be.

4.Keep It Simple.
Your enthusiasm for your passion is not a bad thing, but when it comes to making it a ‘business,’ you could end up jumping the gun. Simplify your goals and keep your aims clear. This won’t limit your growth, but instead keep you grounded for a more successful future.

5. Stay True To You.
No matter what field you leap into, it’s common to feel competitive with other people or businesses. However, no two people, or companies, are entirely the same. Stay true to your vision and your work will speak for itself!

Are you happy in your career? If not, Madison Approach Staffing can help you find a position more suitable to your wants and needs! Search our Job Board, or contact us directly to learn more about how we can help you find the perfect fit!

How To Use Twitter Chats To Market Your Business

Ever notice tweets in your feed with a letter and a number in front of them? If so, you’re witnessing a Twitter chat. A Twitter chat is an organized discussion about a particular topic, associated with a specific hashtag. This is a great way to engage with your community and grow a substantial amount of following (whether it’s for your personal brand or your company). Here’s how to get started.

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1. Find the right Twitter chat.
The first step is to find which Twitter chat interests you the most, and align with your business. There are all kinds of topics covered, from travel and leisure, to marketing, pet care, and more!

TIP: Once you find the chats you like, add them as a calendar invite as weekly reminders.

2. Understand the audience.
Get to know the moderator, or the organization who runs the chat. And do the same if there are any featured guests. You can even review past chats they’ve had by searching their hashtag and scrolling through the feed.

TIP: Be mindful of 3 things: Do the chats stay on topic? Are the questions thought-provoking? Is there participation?

3. Study up — or chat on the fly.
For some Twitter chats, there may be topics you’re unfamiliar with. If so, prepare your tweets (and gif usage) beforehand.

TIP: Keep in mind, a short, impactful statement goes a long way. Besides, you still only have 140 characters to work with.

4. Participation is key.
Simply, you need to stay on top of retweeting, favoriting, replying, and following the other participants apart of the chat. Activity during a Twitter chat can only help you grow your community!

TIP: Introduce yourself before the chat and say goodbye once it’s over. People like to see that there’s a person behind the brand/company!

 

If you’re ready to talk business (using 140 characters or less) schedule a few Twitter chats! If you’re ready to talk about help finding qualified candidates for your company, Madison Approach Staffing can help! As the leading staffing firm in Westchester County, New York, we are dedicated to making sure that every match is a perfect fit for both the candidate and the company. Visit our website to learn how we can help grow your business, or give us a call at (914) 428-4800.

3 Emails Recruiters Send And The Responses They Actually Want

When it comes to searching for a job, we tend to over-analyze every situation. But, for certain scenarios — like emailing recruiters — sometimes it’s more about simplicity then perfection. Here are three emails recruiters send, and the answers they actually want from you. Sincerely (or is it best?), Madison Approach Staffing.

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  1. Scheduling a Phone Interview
    If a recruiter asks for a particular time that you’re available, give them multiple options to choose from. Use this template as an idea:

Hi [Recruiter Name],

Thanks so much for reaching out. I’m available to speak at [insert dates and times you’re free for a phone interview]. Please let me know if you need anything else in the meantime.

Looking forward to discussing the role with you!
[Name]

2. Can You Resend Your Resume?
Don’t freak out — this usually only means that they want another place (via their email) to find your resume because let’s face it, technology doesn’t always cooperate. Here’s an example of a straightforward email response:

Hi [Recruiter Name],

Hope this finds you well. Attached is a copy of my resume. Please let me know if I can resend any other materials.

Best,
[Name]

3. Do You Have Time to Chat Today?
This email definitely sends mixed messages. It could mean you’re on the verge of losing your dream job, or it could mean it’s time to plan your celebrations. With this email, it’s not so much how you word your response — either way, you’re going to have a much longer conversation once the recruiter tells you what’s on their mind.

Hi [Recruiter Name],

Thanks for following up with me! I’m available [insert times you can speak that day]. Please let me know if any of those times work for you, and if not, I’d be happy to find a time that is convenient for both of us.

Best,
[Name]

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4 Lessons All Companies Can Learn From The Tech Hiring Process

Hiring in the tech world is no easy feat. When competing for the world’s most sought-after talent, these tech recruiters have had to learn a thing or two. Here are four lessons all companies can learn from the tech hiring process.

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1. Source active and passive candidates.
While passive candidates may be identified as the top prospects in this industry, tech employers recognize the value of active candidates — those who come to them first. When recruiting active candidates, verify whether or not they’re a referral from a current employee. If so, treat their application with a little more urgency.

2. Get more from your phone interviews.
A cover letter doesn’t tell you all you have to know about a candidate, which is why the phone interview is so crucial. One important tactic you should be using — phone screening. Tech employers use this tool to watch their candidates write code, but depending on your company, you can change the tactics.

3. Use the on-site visit for more than just an interview.
Introduce the candidate to their respective team and see how they interact. Do they communicate well? Do they fit in with the dynamic of the team and company? Take this time to get to know the candidate more than just their previous work in the field.

4. Make the offer competitive.
Tech employers are constantly staying on top of the industry benefits, offering competitive packages in order to grab their top candidates. If you aren’t doing so already, ask about compensation and other benefits from people in your field. You can then show the candidate the value of your offer in relation to other key players.

Are you ready to put these lessons to work for your business? If you’re having trouble finding qualified candidates for your business, Madison Approach Staffing can help! As the leading staffing firm in Westchester County, New York, we are dedicated to making sure that every match is a perfect fit for both the candidate and the company. Visit our website to learn how we can help grow your business, or give us a call at (914) 428-4800.

5 Essentials For Your Office Break Room To Enhance Productivity

Productivity has taken a major hit for businesses this month. And we all know how important break rooms are when it comes to boosting efficiency in the office. If you want optimal results from your employees (even though you’re all probably daydreaming of the beach), try updating your break room space!

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5 Essentials For Your Office Break Room To Enhance Productivity

1. Water cooler social area. Water coolers are becoming quite common in businesses across the U.S. Usually, shared ideas and creativity comes from informal situations including break rooms, lounges, and yes, even when grabbing water!

2. Natural lighting. Eight hours spent under fluorescent lighting isn’t healthy for anyone. If you don’t have any windows available, light up your break room with LED lights instead. LEDs are considered more soothly, plus they’re energy-efficient!

3. Ad-hoc meeting areas. Sometimes, the break room isn’t always available or practical. Try to incorporate a few separate, private spaces for impromptu meetings or discussions. This allows the opportunity for flexibility and can even be seen as a ‘safe’ space for employees.

4. Coffee shops — or at least coffee machines. Everyone needs a little pick-me-up throughout the day, and a coffee shop is a great place to grab some caffeine and clear your mind. However, simply adding a coffee machine with plenty of flavors and other options will suffice.

5. Fresh coat of paint. It’s amazing what a little splash of color can do for productivity. In case you think this is all just some hocus pocus, psychologists have been studying this for years — the top colors to increase productivity are red, blue, yellow, and green.

Madison Approach Staffing is a New York-based recruiting agency serving both employers and employees throughout Westchester County. With nearly 30 years of experience, we are completely dedicated to making sure that every placement is right for both the candidate and the company. Visit our website to learn how we can help you, or give us a call at (914) 428-4800.

4 Alternatives To Summer Fridays

With the distractions of summer on the rise, we’ve got a workplace productivity meltdown on our hands. Studies show that productivity levels drop by a whopping 20% between the months of June and August; attendance decreased 19%, and workers are 45% more distracted. And then, the Summer Friday policy was born — but, what if the solution to lower summer productivity levels isn’t always time off?

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    1. Offer a few Fridays off a month.
    Ebben Zall Group, a PR firm, allows four to five paid Fridays off between June and August, in addition to vacation time. What’s better than a Friday afternoon off? More flexibility with weekend plans and vacations is what!

    2. Allow employees to work remotely.
    The “Work From Anywhere Friday” policy allows team members to work from wherever they choose — whether that be the beach, a coffee shop, or their own backyards. Your employees work best whenever/wherever they’re happiest!

    3. Send your top employees on a trip.
    Some companies can’t afford to see their whole team take off at the same time. Instead, reward high achievers with weekend trips — and this shouldn’t be limited to only high-level employees!

    4. Party it up.
    If you can’t afford a weekend getaway, offer a party to your top employees to replace the Summer Friday policy. This helps bring people together and create a more united community within your company.

    Having trouble finding qualified candidates for your business? Madison Approach Staffing can help! As the leading staffing firm in Westchester County, New York, we are dedicated to making sure that every match is a perfect fit for both the candidate and the company. Visit our website to learn how we can help grow your business, or give us a call at (914) 428-4800.

3 Reasons Why You Should Take Your Work Outside

It’s time to break away from the four walls of your office. Experts recommend we spend at least 20 minutes a day outdoors — why not incorporate those 20 minutes (or more) during our workday?

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Three Reasons Why You Should Take Your Work Outside:

1. It reduces your stress. Believe it or not, your natural habitat is not a small room, filled with fluorescent lights and computer screens. There’s an innate connection between humans and nature, which means in order to feel good, we need to be immersed in the great outdoors.

2. It gets you out of your chair. Sitting for long periods of time is not good for your health! Making a valiant effort to move your work outdoors will disrupt your tendency to sit all day and instead move around and be more active!

3. It distracts you – in a good way. The key to good work is balance. While you need to be focused and on top of the game throughout your workday, sometimes you need to cool down from your job. Working outside gives you the opportunity to stop and relax. If you want, a study showed that walking in a park improved workers cognitive function. So go take a break at your local park — you’ll be smarter for it!

How To Make It Happen

• Power up for the outdoors – You can’t drag your desk, chair, or desktop computer outside. Instead, grab your laptop or tablet and be on the move!
• Connect freely – In order to get your work done, Wi-Fi is an absolute must. Use your phone as a hotspot or check with your local park about their network connectivity.
• Get some shade – The glaring sun can be a nuisance when it comes to tech gadgets. Find yourself a nice shady area under a tree or outside a local coffee shop so you don’t have to squint to see your screen all day.

Having trouble finding qualified candidates for your business? Madison Approach Staffing can help! As the leading staffing firm in Westchester County, New York, we are dedicated to making sure that every match is a perfect fit for both the candidate and the company. Visit our website to learn how we can help grow your business, or give us a call at (914) 428-4800.

How To Engage Your Audience At Your Next Conference

Let’s talk. There are certain aspects of your speech that grab people in. But what exactly separates people from listening to you from the people yawning in despair? In order to deliver a speech out of the ball park, there are four important tips to factor in.

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Come out of the gate strong. What can you do to start your presentation on the right foot? Get creative and give people a reason to care about what you’re saying. Don’t leave your best stuff for last!

A picture is worth 1,000 words. It’s impossible to expect your audience to digest all of the facts, figures, and statistics you’ll be throwing their way. Add graphics and videos to help keep them visually captivated.

Embrace unconventionality. You don’t become successful by following your peers. It’s important to make your presentation personal, including all of your quirks, vulnerabilities, and life experiences.

Be dynamic. Body language is important when it comes to connecting with your audience. Don’t stay hidden behind the podium. If your setup allows it, move around the stage, or venture into the audience.

When planning a speech, engaging your audience should be at the forefront of your mind. Do you have any other tips when it comes to delivering a speech? We’d love to hear your management experience and insight. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit our website to learn more about Madison Approach Staffing.

Madison Approach Staffing is a New York-based recruiting agency serving both employers and employees throughout Westchester County. With nearly 30 years of experience, we are completely dedicated to making sure that every placement is right for both the candidate and the company. Visit our website to learn how we can help you, or give us a call at (914) 428-4800.

What’s Your Company’s Dress Code For Summer?

There’s business casual, and then there’s just plain too casual in the office. With the temperatures rising, it can be hard to dress appropriately and still be comfortable. How can you ensure your employees are dressing professionally, even in the summer?

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Define your terminology. To your company, khakis may slide, but to another, business casual requires dress slacks only. It’s important to define your terms, especially for new workers.

Spell out your gender-neutral terms. Make reference to articles of clothing, such as shirts and pants — not to gender.

Discretion doesn’t mean lacking style. Create an open dialogue with your employees, so they can ask you questions about their wardrobe. Personal style is a way of self expression — you don’t want people assuming that they can’t be themselves.

Dress with intention. With Facetime, Skype, and Beam, video conferences have become ubiquitous in the business world. But this doesn’t mean that your workers should come in as if they just rolled out of bed. Jeans and a night blouse, or a button-down shirt should suffice.

Make accommodations. It always increases your company’s happiness and productivity levels when you bring a little fun to the office. Have Friday’s be the one day where you can bend the rules a little (i.e. allowing cami shirts, shorts, or sandals).

Do you have any helpful tips when it comes to workplace dress code? We’d love to hear your management experience and insight. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit our website to learn more about Madison Approach Staffing.