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Are You About to Lose a Key Employee?

November 24th, 2015

As one of Staunton’s leading staffing agencies, Adams & Garth knows turnover is normal at every company, and some of it is even healthy. However, if you have a top-performing team member – and they quit – it can seriously impact productivity and morale. But what if you find out a star employee is looking for a new job, yet hasn’t committed to making a move? Then there’s still time. It’s up to you to make the case as to why they should stay. Here’s how:

Set up a time to talk.

If you find out a top employee is searching for a new job, then it’s time to get pro-active. Set up a time to discuss the situation privately with them. Don’t do it via email. This type of situation requires face-to-face interaction; or, if you’re in different locales, then at least a phone call.

Think about what you’re going to say.

Before the meeting, prepare what points you want to cover and questions to ask during it. For instance, you may want to inquire about their relationship with their co-workers, whether they feel like they’re being challenged on the job, or if their contributions are recognized. These are each factors that could be contributing to the person’s desire to leave.

Don’t get defensive.

It’s easy to get upset when you find out a top employee could be leaving. But during your meeting, don’t berate them or get angry about their job search activities. If you do, you’re simply going to push them further out the door.

Instead, try to get to the root of the matter – why they are thinking of leaving – so you can entice them to stay. So what exactly do you say? You can kick off the conversation with the following:

“I have a sense that you’re thinking of resigning. You don’t have to confirm or deny it. But I just want you to know how much I value your contributions to the company. With that in mind, are there any areas of your job or concerns you’d like to discuss? I’d really like to keep you on board.”

When your employee responds, truly listen to what they are saying. You may be surprised by their feedback.

Look at the experience as a learning opportunity.

Whether the employee ends up leaving or not, you can still learn from the experience. Assess where you missed the mark and how you can make improvements going forward – all so you don’t lose top employees in the future.

Do you need more help attracting superstars to your company? Call the experts at Adams & Garth. As one of Staunton’s leading staffing agencies, we can take the hassle out of hiring for you, so you can focus on other priorities. Contact Adams & Garth today to learn more.

Thinking About Changing Careers or Industries? Here’s How to Make the Move

November 17th, 2015

As one of the leading Charlottesville employment agencies, Adams & Garth knows trying to break into a new industry or career is no easy task. Even if you have years of experience in your current field, you’re competing against candidates who likely already work in the industry or field. Why should an employer choose you?

While it might be more challenging to land a new role, the good news is: It can be done. To overcome the obstacles you’re facing and get the job done, here are some tips to follow:

Focus on transferrable skills.

Your skills might be from a different industry, but many most likely can be transferable to a new one. Make a list of your strengths and skills, then hone in on the ones you think are most relevant to the kinds of jobs you’re applying for. Don’t forget too about any experience or skills you’ve gained through volunteer work, as well.

Define what makes you unique.

In many cases, when a hiring manager sees a candidate without the traditional experience or skill set, they’ll move onto the next candidate. Why? Because they see you as a risky hiring move. To overcome this, you need to capture their attention and persuade them as to why they should give you a second look. To do so, tell a story and paint a picture as to why you’re switching industries and the unique value you can bring to the table as a result.

Look for contract opportunities.

If you don’t have enough transferable skills and experience, strive to get some by seeking out contract opportunities or work on the side. When you do, you can build up your skill set, obtain new knowledge and expand your network, all of which will be invaluable to your job search.

Don’t focus on the negative.

In many cases, career changers are looking to make a move because the industry they currently work in is stagnant or declining. If this is the case for you, don’t mention it in your cover letter or throughout the interview process. Instead, focus on the positive – why you’re excited to make a change and what you think you can offer to a new employer.

Make an effort to network.

You may have a huge network of contacts in your current field or industry. But what about the one you want to move into? If your contacts are sparse, you need to make an effort to start building a wider networking. One way to do that is to join an industry association, whether a local one or online, and reach out to those who work in positions similar to the one you want. Ask them for insight and guidance into breaking into the industry and getting hired.

Get help from a professional.

If you’re struggling with the process of positioning your background so you can make a switch, get help from career professionals at an employment agency. They can help you rework your cover letter and resume and give you the advice and assistance you need to land the job you’re after.

As one of the leading Charlottesville employment agencies, we’ve matched hundreds of job candidates with great jobs throughout Central Virginia and we can help you too. Contact us today to learn more or search our Charlottesville jobs now.


How to Get a New Job at Your Old Employer

November 10th, 2015

You’re looking for a new job when you come across a posting that sounds ideal. But then you realize one potential sticking point – it’s with your past employer. Should you skip over it, or apply anyway?

As one of the leading employment agencies in Central Virginia, Adams & Garth knows if you left your past employer because you didn’t like working there – whether it was your boss, your co-workers, or the culture – then you should keep moving. Even though it can be tempting to apply if the job sounds perfect, you’ll likely wind up unhappy, frustrated and ready to move on…again.

In addition, if you burned a few bridges when you left, then you may be wasting your time re-applying. For instance, if you quit abruptly without two weeks notice or were consistently written up for poor performance, those are good reasons not to apply.

However, if you simply left for a better opportunity, but would be interested in boomeranging back in, then it’s certainly worth it to apply. And, in fact, you might be a top choice candidate for your past employer for a few reasons:

  • You already know the business and the culture, so onboarding and training time would be less than for other candidates.
  • You are a known entity. In other words, your past employer knows your personality and work ethic and doesn’t have to worry about any nasty surprises should they hire you.
  • You fit with the culture. One of the prime reasons new hires quit is due to a lack of cultural fit. But you already know the culture and are comfortable in it.

With that said, how do you go about re-applying so you make it to the top of the list? Here are a few quick tips:

  • Reach out to your old boss or former colleagues and tell them you’re interested in the job. Try to get together over coffee or lunch and inquire about what you think the chances are of you landing the position. Ask if they’d be willing to recommend you.
  • Be prepared to be persuasive. Just because you are a well-liked former employee doesn’t mean you’re a shoo-in for the job. You still need to sell yourself and persuade the hiring manager as to why you should be the top choice. For instance, if you’ve expanded your skill set since you’ve left the company, highlight the added value you can bring to the table because of it.
  • And finally, approach the process just as you would with a new employer. Be prepared for every phone screen and interview. Act professionally at all times. And follow up with thank you notes after any interviews.

Do you need more help finding your next great job? Call Adams & Garth. As one of the leading employment agencies in Central Virginia, we partner with top employers throughout the region to offer you outstanding opportunities in a variety of fields. Search our Central Virginia jobs now or contact us today.

The #1 Topic Candidates Don’t Ask About – But Should – in a Job Interview

October 27th, 2015

If you’re searching for a job and going on interviews, then you likely are asking the hiring manager about the position and responsibilities. However, are you also asking about culture? As Harrisonburg recruiters, Adams & Garth knows if you’re not, you could wind up accepting a job that’s not a good fit for you.

What exactly is culture?

Culture is akin to a company’s personality. Some cultures are laid back and informal, while others are more structured and fast-paced. Culture also includes an organization’s vision, values and beliefs. For instance, some company cultures might place an emphasis on giving back to the community, while others encourage continuing education.

Clearly, the type of culture a company has is going to have a big impact on your happiness, satisfaction and overall success on the job. That’s why it’s so important to ask questions about it. If you accept a job at a company with a culture that’s not a good fit for you, you will grow frustrated and disengaged…even if the job itself is ideal.

So what kinds of questions can help you dig deeper and understand the true culture of a potential employer? Here’s a look at 8:

  1. Can you tell me about what the company culture is like?
  2. What are two or three things you like most about working here? What about least?
  3. In general, what do other employees like most about working at the company?
  4. Is there anything you wish you’d known about the company before you began working here?
  5. What is one of the most common complaints you here from staff members about working here?
  6. What are some personality traits that are key to being successful within the company?
  7. Name a few ways the company invests in its people.
  8. Are there any community or charitable causes the company is involved with?

Besides asking the questions above, another way to find out more about a company’s culture is to ask someone who works there. Look to websites like LinkedIn to see if you know any of the employees at the organization. If you do, reach out and ask them for the inside scoop on the company’s culture. The information you uncover could play a valuable part in your ultimate decision.

Do you need more help finding a company – and a culture – that’s a great fit for you? Call the experts at Adams & Garth. Our Harrisonburg recruiters will work with you to learn about your career goals and background, and then match you with job opportunities in which you can thrive.

Ready to get started? Contact us today.


Is it Time to Become a Temporary Employee?

October 13th, 2015

According to CareerBuilder’s annual job forecast, 36% of employers expect to add full-time, permanent employees in 2015. However, 46% of companies plan to hire temporary or contract workers – up from 42% in the last year. So if you’re searching for a new job, and a full-time one isn’t coming your way, temporary employment clearly provides plenty of opportunity.

Sometimes a temp job is a life saver that helps you pay the bills between jobs. In other cases, it provides an opportunity to explore other fields so you can eventually make a career switch. It can also be a work option that provides you with much needed scheduling flexibility. Whatever the case is for you, if you’ve never had a temporary job before, how do you get started?

As a leading temporary employment agency in Charlottesville, Adams & Garth can tell you that you can go in one of three directions:

#1: Reach out to your network.

Many job opportunities are uncovered by candidates and filled by employers through word of mouth. So don’t be hesitant to reach out to your network – from former co-workers, to fellow alumni, to friends and neighbors – and ask if anyone is hiring. That said, make sure you give them specific details and information about the type of opportunity you’re looking for.

#2: Look to employers’ websites.

Some organizations do post their temporary job opportunities on their websites, social media profiles, or through job boards. In fact, there are some job boards that specialize in temporary jobs. In addition, if there’s a certain employer you’re interested in working for, be sure to check their company website first. If you don’t see anything advertised, reach out to your network to find out if anyone you know works there. If they do, you can ask them if there are any temporary jobs available and get the inside scoop on getting hired.

#3: Connect with a temporary employment agency.

Another great way to find temporary jobs is to connect with a temporary employment agency. Employment agencies already have relationships with a network of organizations looking for temporary and contract help. By partnering with one, you can enjoy a steady stream of contract or temporary assignments to fill your schedule or until you find a full-time job.

Want to learn more? If you do, contact Adams & Garth. Whether you’re interested in a temporary job or want to find a full-time opportunity, we can help. As a leading temporary employment agency in Charlottesville, we work with some of the top employers in the region and can give you access to a host of job opportunities you may not otherwise know about.

How to Get Noticed – and Get the Job

September 22nd, 2015

As one of the leading Harrisonburg employment agencies, Adams & Garth can tell you that you don’t need to go down the path of wacky gimmicks in order to get noticed by a hiring manager. Instead, you can simply put some basic – and common sense – fundamentals to use next time you’re looking for a new job. Here are some tips to get you started:

Use your connections wisely.

You might not like asking for help. But when you’re searching for a new job, your network of contacts should be the first place you look. So, if you know someone who works at a company you’re interested, reach out to them for help. Ask if the company is hiring and whether they’d be willing to put in a good word for you. An actual recommendation from an existing employee is far more powerful than a resume from a stranger.

Connect with the decision makers.

You may not know this, but it’s the department managers that make the hiring decisions, not those in HR. So to get your foot in the door at a company, try to connect with those heading the department you’re interested in. Don’t know where to begin?

First, learn as much as you can about the company. Research them online and reach out to those in your network who work there to get the inside scoop on getting hired.

Next, if the company is having a job fair, or hosting a community event, attend and try to connect with those who work in the department you’re interested in. When you do, you can use some of the information you’ve learned about the company to showcase your knowledge and enthusiasm for the organization. Also, if the company has a profile(s) on social media, then start a conversation with the authors. Ask about job openings, company culture and what it’s like to work there.

The bottom line is the more you can connect with those doing the hiring, the better chance you have of getting an interview.

Name your files right.

When you do send your resume to someone, don’t just name the file “resume.” It’s easy to forget that way. Instead, name your file something like “Mike Smith_Project Manager.” It will make your resume more memorable and easier to find for the hiring manager.

Follow up.

It’s such a simple step. Yet, in many cases, candidate’s don’t follow up after sending a resume or interviewing with a company. But if you want to stand out among a sea of other candidates, a personalized note – whether in print or via email – is one of the best steps you can take.

Do you need more help standing out to hiring managers and landing your next job? Call Adams & Garth. As one of the leading Harrisonburg employment agencies, we can help you with your job search from start to finish, from crafting a strong resume to matching you with a job opportunity that’s a great fit for you.

Contact Adams & Garth today to get started.

How to Land a Raise in Your Next Job

September 8th, 2015

Looking for a new job? Then you’re probably on the hunt for a better salary too. But don’t just assume a boost in pay will come with a new opportunity. As one of Charlottesville’s leading employment agencies, Adams & Garth knows it’s up to you to sell yourself – and why you deserve to earn more. Here’s how:

Know your worth.

You want to earn more; but are you worth the extra pay? If you’re not sure of the answer to that question, you need to find out before you try and negotiate a higher salary. Not only will this information help you set realistic expectations for what you should be earning, but you’ll also have a better sense of how much to ask for when negotiating pay.

Work to develop a strong reputation.

When your reputation precedes you in a job interview, then you are in a position of strength when it comes time to negotiate. In addition, you’ll also gain access to better paying job opportunities.

How do you build your reputation? There are many ways. For instance, start attending and volunteering at trade association conferences and events; author your own blog to showcase your expertise; join online groups and forums on LinkedIn and answer questions and start conversations. You need to establish yourself as a thought leader in your industry to demonstrate that you do deserve a higher level of pay.

Fully evaluate an offer.

If an employer offers you a position with a salary that’s less than you expected or wanted, don’t reject it immediately. First, evaluate the full offer – including health insurance benefits, paid time off, and retirement options. Once you do, you may find that the full compensation package is more generous than your last one. If it isn’t, though, and there’s no wiggle room to negotiate a higher salary, then ask for more benefits – such as extra vacation days or the ability to telecommute a few days a week.

In addition, consider the advantages that come with the offer. If, for instance, the company will pay for you to earn an MBA or offers a mentoring program, it may be a step in the right direction toward advancing your career – which will boost your value significantly down the line.

Be patient.

Don’t simply accept the highest paying offer that comes your way. You need to consider whether the job and the employer is really right for you. You also need to consider whether the position will be a steppingstone to even better opportunities in the future. Although more money is always nice, the glow will soon wear off. Making sure you will be satisfied in your new job is more important. So weigh all factors – not just salary – before you accept an offer.

Would you like more help finding a new job that’s a fit for your career goals? Call Adams & Garth. As one of Charlottesville’s leading employment agencies, we partner with top employers throughout the region to offer you outstanding opportunities in a variety of fields. Search our Charlottesville jobs now or contact us today.

When Your Boss is a Family Member or Friend

August 25th, 2015

Working for a family member or friend may sound like a great career move. They know you and how you work; likewise, you understand their personality. You also have a chance to add value to their company through your contributions. What could go wrong?

Plenty. As one of the leading Charlottesville employment agencies, Adams & Garth knows when you’re working for a friend or family member, there are several pitfalls to avoid. It’s vitally important because not only is your job at stake, but your relationship as well. So before you begin your new job, make sure you keep these tips in mind:

Know your role.

Even though you’re working for someone you know, you still need to have clear goals and expectations. This can be a challenge at times, especially if the business is a smaller one, where people wear a lot of hats. But when you’re unclear about what you’re supposed to be doing, you’re not going to get the kinds of results your boss wants. Instead, start on the right foot by insisting you have a clear role and responsibilities at the company.

Use what you know.

Since you’re working for someone you already know, then you have an understanding of their personality. If they tend to be sarcastic or a little too direct, don’t expect them to act any differently on the job. However, if you’re comfortable with that, then you have an advantage over other new hires. You already know what to expect once on the job and can nip any conflicts in the bud before they become a problem.

Don’t avoid conflict.

Just because you know the person you are working for doesn’t mean there will never be any conflict. If you have a concern or an issue arises, you need to let your boss know. Likewise, when your boss offers constructive feedback, don’t get upset. It’s their job to ensure you stay on track.

Keep boundaries in tact.

Just because your boss is a friend or family member, don’t assume you can make decisions on their behalf when they are out of the office. Also, always act professionally and with respect.

Make communication a priority.

Communication is important in every work setting. But considering that you have more of a personal stake in the company, it ups the ante and you need to ensure you’re communicating effectively. If you’re upset about an issue, talk about it. If you don’t, it could seep into your personal relationship with your boss outside the office.

Whether or not to work for a friend or a family member is up to you. But by following the tips above you can get the job done and keep your relationship healthy and in tact.

Do you need more help finding a new job? Call the professionals at Adams & Garth. As one of the leading Charlottesville employment agencies, we partner with top employers throughout Central Virginia to offer you outstanding opportunities in a variety of fields. Contact us today to learn more or search our Charlottesville jobs now.

5 Tips for Success in Your First Post-College Job

August 11th, 2015

As one of the top staffing agencies in Charlottesville, Adams & Garth knows starting your first job out of college can be an intimidating experience. Here are 5 tips to help you get off on the right foot:

Tip #1: Be clear about your goals.

Work with your new boss to develop a game plan for your first few months on the job. Have a clear and complete understanding of the goals you’re supposed to meet and your boss’s expectations for you. Also make sure you know the key tasks you’re supposed to accomplish, the deadlines and the people you need to meet with. If you have any questions or uncertainty, don’t be afraid to ask. Your boss is there to help you.

Tip #2: Be professional.

You might not think being five minutes late is a big deal. And if it happens once in a while, it’s not. But if you’re regularly running behind, your boss is eventually going to take notice and view you as someone who is less than reliable. Other fundamentals of professionalism include dressing appropriately, treating others with respect, and keeping your time on your cell phone to a minimum, depending on company policy.

Tip #3: Be cautious about what you say online.

If your first few days at work aren’t what you expected, don’t go to Facebook and start bashing your employer. Keep in mind, there’s no such thing as privacy on the web and such reckless comments could get back to your boss. Likewise, think before you send out an email and consider the repercussions of putting anything in writing. Sensitive conversations are always better in-person.

Tip #4: Be aware of how your boss works.

Get to know your boss’s leadership style to determine how the two of you can best work together. Your boss may be really hands-on, or more laid back. Whatever the case, it’s important for you to understand how they approach their job so you can be flexible to their work style.

Tip #5: Be friendly.

You don’t need to be best friends with everyone, but you do need to be friendly and strive to develop good working relationships with your co-workers. Try to meet occasionally with them outside the office, such as for coffee or lunch, so you can get to know them personally and what they work on in the office. This will give you a clearer sense of your department and your company, as well as where you fit in.

Starting your first job is certainly nerve-wracking. But follow the tips above and you’ll be well on your way to success!

Do you need help finding your first job? Call Adams & Garth. As one of the top staffing agencies in Charlottesville, we have the knowledge and expert team in place to help you find your first – or your next – great job.

Contact us today to learn more.

How to Handle Being Overqualified for a Job

July 28th, 2015

You might have an advanced degree and loads of experience. But, as leading Harrisonburg recruiters, Adams & Garth knows that doesn’t mean a hiring manager is going to want to hire you. Why? Because they think you’re overqualified. And to them, that means more dollar signs. Not only do they think they’ll have to pay you more, but they also view you as a potential liability. They fear that when a better, more challenging role comes along, you’ll jump ship – and their investment in you as an employee will go up in smoke.

So if there’s a position you really want, but you’re overqualified, what can you do convince the hiring manager to give you a shot? Here’s a look:

Promote Your Qualifications as a Benefit.

The hiring manager might view you as a risk. But only if you don’t promote your qualifications in the right way. For instance, you have to demonstrate the unique value you bring to the table because of your experience – and specifically how the potential employer will benefit. Also, don’t forget to highlight the fact that because you have so much experience, you’re likely to get up to speed – and more productive – faster than another candidate.

Explain Why You Want the Job.

A hiring manager is going to wonder why you want to take a step down in your career. And they’ll often think you’ll quit as soon as something better comes along. To put their minds at ease, explain why you want the job. Perhaps you’ve wanted to get your foot in the door at the company for a long time, or maybe the position enables you to travel less and spend more time with your family. Whatever the case, it’s up to you to ease the fears a hiring manager might have about you.

Give Them a Commitment.

Don’t try to make yourself seem less qualified on your resume or in the interview. Instead, deal with the hiring manager’s concerns head on by offering a commitment to stay at the company for at least 18 months. That way, they’ll know you won’t leave after a few weeks.

Throughout the interview, be sure to focus on what you can do for the employer in your answers. How can you save or make them money? How can you save them time? What will your experience help them do that they can’t get with another candidate? The more you can show that you’re the one to deliver the desired results, the stronger chance you have of landing the job.

If you’d like more job search help, call the experts at Adams & Garth. Our Harrisonburg recruiters will work with you to learn about your career goals and background, and then match you with job opportunities in which you can thrive.

Ready to get started? Contact us today.