Often it can seem like forever between applying for a job and being contacted by the prospective employer. Then, right when you’ve given up hope and assumed that the company is not interested, you get the call for an interview. With spirits lifted, you wait for the follow-up call. And wait, and wait, and WAIT.
So why does the hiring process take so long?
Unfortunately, a long waiting period after applying for a job is very common. In today’s job market, the hiring process can involve many steps. The company may have a lot of applicants and are spending time looking over resumes, calling and reviewing. Often approval is needed from multiple managers. Perhaps they have pursued one candidate, but now need to go back and interview others because the original candidate is no longer available or interested.
Another major stumbling block can be internal juggling of interview times and busy manager/interviewer schedules. Of course, reasons for delays can be different from company to company, but the unfortunate fact of the matter is that hiring today is an often complicated process that takes longer than we’d like it to. The larger the company, the more likely the process will take a long time.
If you’re a small business owner, you know how difficult it can be to find the right employees. Whether you have a short-term position to fill or are looking for full-time additional staff, a staffing agency can be a tremendous help when it comes to selecting qualified temporary, part-time, and full-time employees.
If you’re unfamiliar with how a full-service staffing agency works, a company such as Appleseed finds, screens, and qualifies appropriate employees to fill open positions, whether they’re temporary seasonal jobs, vacancies caused by employee vacations, or even trial positions created to explore new opportunities or capabilities for your company.
There are a number of benefits that come with using temporary staffing, including the ability to quickly scale your workforce based on seasonal needs, sales or production cycles, and current industry or market conditions, depending on your type of business. Temporary staff often requires little or no training because the agency has already properly qualified them for their positions.
Many workplaces seem to speak their own language. Often this is because of the particular industry, technology, or niche in which they operate. Specific terms, abbreviations, and other language peculiarities can make it difficult to understand and be understood. And if verbal or written communication is not a strong suite of yours to begin with, that can compound the problem.
If you’re concerned about your ability to communicate effectively as a temporary employee, here are some tips to help you hone your communication skills:
Always be clear and direct
If you’re sharing information with a fellow worker or a boss, be sure to use language that is specific and clear – whether it’s written or spoken. If you’re not sure of the correct workplace or industry term, don’t try to use it. Use language with meanings that are clear to you – this will help you be clear with others. Leave the industry jargon to those who know for certain how to use it correctly.