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Finding Mortgage Underwriter Talent in Dallas
09/29/2017
The process of mortgage underwriting requires exacting professional aptitude and an extensive knowledge of risk management. Banks, lenders, and mortgage brokers throughout the Dallas area all require someone who has the skills and training necessary to underwrite mortgage applications, whether they work in residential or commercial mortgages.
 
Thankfully, it’s possible to find mortgage underwriter talent in Dallas when you use the right tactics. Here, we’ll go over the basics of finding this talent for your organization.
 
Outline a Profile
 
First of all, it helps to know exactly what you’re looking for. Creating a profile of the skills, attributes, and experience you need in candidates will allow you to quickly discern top talent from the less than ideal.
 
For underwriter talent specifically, some of the qualities you’ll likely want to look for include:
 
  • Experience in banking or lending
  • Adequate education (typically high school or GED for residential lending and a college degree for commercial)
  • Experience with specific guaranteed loan types, including FHA and VA loans
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Good sense of ethical conduct
  • Certifications, such as the FHA direct endorsement and NAMP membership
 
This is just a sample of what to look for. The skills and experience you need in your institution may be more or less than this, depending on what your current needs are.
 
Culture
 
In addition to the hard skills you need in candidates, it’s best for them to be a good cultural fit in your institution. Every organization has its own culture, and finding someone who will fit with—and accentuate—the positive aspects of that culture is key. This will likely come out during the interviewing process as you ask about their “soft” skills, what they value in a work environment, the way they regard previous workplaces, and so forth.
 
Try Out Candidates
 
It’s possible to try out a candidate prior to making a permanent hire. Temp-to-hire arrangements are available for underwriter talent in Dallas through Workway, and these allow you to see for yourself how an individual’s abilities and personality work within your institution. For more information on how to partner with Workway and find the best mortgage underwriter candidates in Dallas, contact us today.
Create a Company Culture that Decreases Turnover
9/20/2017
There are several reasons why employees may leave a company—salary increase, poor match of skills, better opportunities elsewhere, and so on—but one of the most prevalent is a dislike of the company culture. Negative company culture hurts productivity and leads to low employee morale, and just as we see in countless military campaigns throughout history, if morale is low, your soldiers will desert.
 
On the other hand, a healthy company culture fosters high employee morale, boosts productivity, and somewhat organically decreases turnover.
 
But how do you create this type of culture? Truthfully, much of the responsibility for company culture rests on the shoulders of management. What your leaders do will vastly impact the type of atmosphere you develop in the workplace. In addition, the types of people you bring into your company may either reinforce or diminish the overall culture.
 
Lead, Don’t Merely Manage
 
People are more likely to respect managers and senior leaders who do more than simply give directions and make decisions. Leaders who work through problems with individual personnel, who ask nothing of their employees that they wouldn’t themselves do, and who stand among the ranks rather than driving them from the back, will create a more positive work atmosphere.
 
In that setting, your employees aren’t working under you. They’re working with you, and you with them. Everyone becomes part of a team. And this team is led by someone who cares about each individual and values the work they do.
 
Get Social
 
As human beings, we are all inherently social creatures, so it’s not surprising that one of the keys to creating a positive, healthy company culture is fostering meaningful social interaction. Since your employees spend a vast chunk of their time at work, it’s important for leaders to find ways to allow people to develop friendships within the office.
 
Hire Positive People
 
While your leaders have a significant impact on the workplace, individual employees will also play a role. Toxic individuals can bring down others around them, and that can ultimately result in a stressful work environment. On the other hand, positive individuals contribute to a positive atmosphere and reinforce your company culture.
 
Some hiring methods, such as temp-to-hire staffing through Workway, allow you to find just the right people who reinforce your company culture and decrease turnover throughout the workplace, from entry-level positions to management. For more information, contact Workway today.
Surprising Opportunities in Temporary Staffing
8/31/2017
When most people hear about temporary staffing, they think of inexperienced workers who fill clerical or entry level positions. But these days, temporary employees are taking on much more important roles in the workforce. These employees can be a valuable asset to your company, often bringing highly specialized skills and fresh energy to your work environment.
 
Skilled Work
 
Today, a temporary employee is simply someone who works for a set period of time. Once that time is up, they are under no obligation to stay, and you are under no obligation to keep them. That says nothing whatsoever about their skill level. In fact, some skill sets are well suited for temporary positions. For instance, you may need a specialist to handle a certain project, but after it is completed, your needs in that area end. A temporary employee makes the most sense in this situation.
 
In many cases, some workers opt to stay in temporary positions merely because it allows them more flexible scheduling options. This means that while they are temporary hires, it’s not because they aren’t skilled enough to find a permanent position, but rather because they simply choose to work that way. They would make a valuable addition to your company, even if only for a brief period.
 
A Few Examples
 
At Workway, we have many examples of positions that can be filled with temporary staff. By category, these include:
 
  • Real estate: Title curatives, title examiners, escrow officers, underwriters, and mortgage closers
  • IT and software development: Graphic artists, programmer analysts, and systems integration engineers
  • Banking and finance: Tellers, member services representatives, compliance assistants, and DE underwriters
  • Engineering: Process engineers, systems engineers, and CI leads
  • Strategic business management: Buyer planners and denials management specialists
 
These examples all come directly from our career areas search, so they are real positions that you can have filled in your company with temporary staff members.
 
Finding Skilled Temporary Staff Members
 
In order to find temporary personnel, you will need to work with a professional staffing agency. Workway provides the skilled employees you need to fill temporary—and potentially long-term—positions in your company, so contact us to get started!
Best Questions to Ask During an Interview
8/15/2017
The big day is approaching. You’ve landed an interview for your dream job, and you’re probably doing what most do: preparing for the questions you’ll have to field. Anticipating questions and formulating your responses is important prep work, but preparing for the questions you’ll ask the interviewer is equally vital. Not doing so will signal to the interviewer that you’re unprepared. And employers are never looking to hire someone who fails to prepare.
 
While you’re rehearsing answers to the questions you’ll be asked, be sure and jot down questions you’d like to ask during the interview. There’s a tip you can utilize when asking questions; this one comes from the legal profession. Attorneys arguing court cases don’t ask questions unless they already know the answer. And answers to many of the following questions can be found on the company’s website. So why should you ask questions if you already know the answer? Because you’ll be ready with responses that reflect how your experiences align with their answer.
 
Here’s a tip you can take from reporters who ask questions for a living—never ask closed-ended questions. In other words, don’t ask questions that can be answered with a simple yes or no. Nothing will slam the brakes on a conversation like a closed-ended question.
 
Don’t Begin Questions with these Words…
  • Will,
  • Does,
  • Are,
  • Is,
  • Can, and
  • Could
 Begin Questions with These Open-Ended Starters Instead…
  • How,
  • Why,
  • When,
  • What, and
  • Who
 Now that you know how to start your questions, the following are some of the best ones to ask when you’re interviewing for a job.
 
What are some most important qualities that will help someone excel in this position?
This is a great question that will uncover items not included in the job description. Their answer is one you’ll want to refer to when composing that all-important thank you note. In the thank you note, be sure and re-iterate the interviewer’s answer, then cite examples from your experiences that support these qualities.
 
How will my success be judged?
You’re going to eventually want to know how the employer will evaluate your efforts. Ask it during the interview.  
 
What does this organization value the most?
This question can usually be found by researching the company’s website. When they answer the question, you’ll be ready with positive examples of how you align with the company’s values.
 
What is the company culture like?
The interviewer’s response to this question should be pretty predictable if you’ve spent any time on their website. Look for answers to this question by visiting their job board. It should give you valuable insight into the company’s culture.
 
Who are your top competitors? What do they do well? How are they lacking?
Make sure you study up on the company’s competitors. Check out their press releases and you’ll better understand their product set and how they position themselves in the marketplace.
 
Why do you like working for this organization?
While research won’t uncover the answer to this question, it takes the interview to a more personal level. People like to talk about themselves, and this one will get them talking.
 
How do I stack up against others who are applying for this position?
This question can be uncomfortable for many, but isn’t this an answer you’re dying to uncover? Also, it portrays confidence, which all employers like. It’s a question that subtly says, “I know I’m the best, I just want to hear it from you.”
 
This might sound like a lot of work, but preparing questions and doing research ahead of time will pay off. You’d be surprised how many of your competitors won’t put the time in.
 
As mentioned earlier, always follow-up the interview with a thank you note. Use the interviewer’s answers to formulate it. State their answers, and then cite examples that reflect how your prior experience aligns with their responses. Using concrete examples is always best. If they value team players, mention the award you received for your superior collaborative skills.
 
Workway places qualified job-seekers in direct hire, temp-to-hire and temporary positions in a variety of fields, both regionally to nationally. To find out more about our open positions, contact Workway today.
Strategies for the Over 50 Job Search—GIG Work
7/27/2017
One of the greatest stressors in life is being out of a job, but when you find yourself out of work at the age of 50 (or older), the stress level is amplified. When you reach that half century mark, you have financial and personal responsibilities unlike those coming out of college. At 50, there’s a pretty good chance your children are still relying on your paycheck for college and living expenses. There’s also a pretty good chance you still have a few years left on that mortgage.
 
If you’re looking solely for full-time, full benefits employment, you’re greatly limiting your options. There are many opportunities that will help tide you over until you find your dream job.
 
The following gig employment strategies for the over 50 job search will help keep money coming in until the right position comes along.
 
The Gig Economy
 
We’re not suggesting you drop everything, join a band and start playing gigs. The word “gig” means a lot more in 2017. In short, a gig is any position without an implicit contract for long-term employment. And a lot of companies are hiring gig employees for blue and white-collar positions. For instance, many corporate marketing and finance departments are turning to gig, or temporary, employees to fill important positions. And, yes, they can pay very well.
 
In fact, more and more corporations are moving toward hiring gig employees. The trend has become so widespread that the working model we have today is now commonly referred to as The Gig Economy. It’s estimated that gig work has grown by over 25% in the past 20 years.
 
The Most Common Gig Positions
 
While gig positions can come in all shapes, sizes and incomes, there are several positions that have become increasingly prevalent in the gig economy in the last few years.  These include:
  • information technology
  • graphic arts,
  • communications,
  • advertising/media,
  • and transportation.
But did you know that you can also find gig employment in other fields? Here are some examples:
  • mortgage banking
  • loan servicing
  • real estate & asset management
  • accounting
  • title and escrow
  • law
Many employers in these industries are looking for temporary or temp-to-permanent employees to join their teams.  There are staffing companies that specialize in filling gig positions for employers in these specific industries.
 
Things to Consider—Pros and Cons—in Gig Employment
 
You might find you passion - It’s not uncommon for a gig position to uncover an industry or occupation that somebody would have never found otherwise. Open yourself up to opportunities! You never know if you’ll look back thankfully on this time of transition.
 
Gig employment doesn’t have to mean benefit-free - With more and more employers participating in the gig economy, many understand that competing for the best gig employees comes at a cost. If competitors are providing benefits to gig employees, they know they’d better start following suit.
 
It won’t happen overnight - Don’t stress out if you don’t find the perfect gig immediately. It’s similar to finding a full-time position—it takes time. Just remember: you’re greatly opening up your options. Let friends, family members and former colleagues know you’re open to gig employment. Use your resources!
 
Understand any tax implications - Without full-time employment, tax reporting is left entirely up to you. Gig workers have to pay Medicare and Social Security taxes that had been taken out by employers. Also, if you’re working remotely from home, understand what expenses are tax-deductible, such as home office supplies.
 
It’s Flexible - While some have chosen short-term gigs as their full-time employment, many are simply looking for something that will keep money coming in so bills can get paid. Either way you look at it, you are bringing in money while still having the flexibility to determine which jobs you take and which you don’t. 
 
If you are looking for gig or full-time employment in accounting, banking, escrow, mortgage banking, title, loan servicing, real estate, or law, give Workway a call today.
Benefits of Hiring Temporary Employees
7/11/2017
While most companies are well aware of the benefits of long-term, well-established employees, many are also turning toward temporary hires to supplement their workforce. There are many benefits that temporary employees bring to a company, a few of which we’ll list below.
 
Cost Effective
 
Hiring temporary employees can be very cost effective. Anyone who has had any part in managing human resources knows that brining on new employees takes time and money. When a company hires temporary employees through a staffing agency, the agency handles the costs of screening, interviewing, and hiring workers, dramatically reducing expenses.
 
Adapt to Workload Changes
 
Fluctuations in workload often require someone to come on board quickly to fill in important roles. Temporary employees are great for filling in gaps in your workforce caused by the following factors:
 
  • Employee illnesses, maternity leave, and other absences
  • Special projects requiring specific skills
  • Seasonal workload increases
  • Sudden departure of a permanent employee
 
Hiring temporary employees will allow you to quickly adapt to these changes, whether they are expected or unexpected.
 
Increase Morale
 
At times when your workload is high or your staff is low and at risk of burn out, bringing in a few pairs of fresh, eager hands can ease the load and help boost company morale. Extra help can be the breath of fresh air your office needs to keep up with absences or seasonal changes.
 
Performance Assessment Opportunity
 
Many temporary employees become permanent hires. As they work for you, you have the opportunity to assess how well they fit in your company without the commitment of a permanent hire. If they seem like they will be a good fit, you often have the option to take them on long-term. If not, then you can simply part ways.
 
Workway can provide you with skilled temporary employees that can become permanent employees if you desire. To learn more about the services we provide and how temporary personnel can help you, contact us.
Strategies for Hiring Top Real Estate Employees in Dallas
6/29/2017
Strategies for Hiring Top Real Estate Employees in Dallas
 
Unemployment is low and it’s tough enough to find good candidates to interview these days, let alone a top-level employee for your real estate firm.  You’ve tried advertising and networking but your company still has vacancies that you need to fill right now.  Where can you find top real estate employees in Dallas?
 
Get Online
 
For starters, make sure your brokerage is on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. This will give you access to potential employees who have a solid digital presence—a must in today’s real estate market.
 
Online platforms like LinkedIn can also be useful for filtering through specific candidates. Filtering searches by job title, job skills and other criteria will help you hone in on the candidates that are likely to have the skills and experience your position requires.
 
Think Long Term
 
When searching online, it can be easy to let yourself get inundated with candidates. Therefore, it’s best to focusing only on those candidates who you can see staying with your agency long-term. This not only makes hiring real estate employees much simpler, but it will also help you reduce turnover.
 
To truly assess whether someone is likely to stick around for the long haul, consider these factors:
 
  • How frequently has the candidate moved around in the last five years?
  • Are they finishing up school soon? If so, they may well move on once they graduate.
  • How will the candidate fit within the agency’s culture?
 
This last one is particularly important since it deals with finding a candidate that will integrate well into your company, be happy there, and want to stay.
 
Know Your Culture
 
You already know the set of skills your workforce needs, but just as important is clearly defining the environment you hope to achieve in your workplace. When considering the cultural dynamics of your team, ask yourself the following questions:
 
  • What is our mission?
  • What are the people already working here like?
  • How do we support our agents?
  • What motivates our current agents to stay with us?
 
In some cases, you may find you’ll need to make some changes, but it will all be for the better. After all, a highly satisfied and engaged team will naturally lead you to success.
 
Try a Recruitment Agency
 
Throughout the hiring process, you don’t have to do it all alone. Recruiting firms such as Workway can help you find just the right real estate employees for your brokerage. For more information, contact us.
Working in the Gig Economy
6/15/2017
Originally coined in the early 20th century as a term for a one-time musical engagement, the term “gig” is now used for any type short-term or one-time project.  Anyone who performs work assignments like this, including independent contractors, freelancers, sole proprietors, are working in the gig economy.
 
Growth of the Gig Economy
 
More and more people are working in the gig economy, possibly due in part to the increased role of technology in business. Gigs are more accessible than ever before, often with a quick search on social media and other sites. Gig workers may be fully self-employed (other terms are freelancers, independent contractors, and sole proprietors) or part- or full-time employees who take on gigs for extra income on the side.
 
Types of Gigs
 
Gig work has long been available in creative fields such as music, design and writing, and also for many years in high tech fields including programming, web development, etc.  Recently, gig work has become widely available for independent contractors in the following fields:
 
  • Mortgage Banking
  • Loan servicing
  • Title/Escrow
  • Real Estate/Asset Management
  • Accounting
  • Legal
 
Certain staffing agencies maintain pools of talented individuals they can place in short or long term gigs in these industries on short notice.  These agencies help match the independent contractor who enjoys working short-term gigs with employers who need gig workers.
 
Benefits (and Caveats) of Gigs
 
When it comes to gig work, some of the benefits are:
 
  • Increased freedom and flexibility
  • Opportunities to try new things
  • Variety—many freelancers take on various types of work that draw on diverse skillsets
 
There are, of course, some challenges to working in the gig economy. These include:
 
  • Self-employment taxes—gig workers must pay their own employment taxes making estimated tax payments throughout the year
  • Need for self-motivation
  • Inconsistent employment
  • Lack of employer-paid benefits
 
For those who can work with these challenges, working in the gig economy can be an excellent way to make money and still have a lot of freedom, variety, and flexibility.
 
Finding Gig Work
 
There are numerous online platforms that connect individuals looking for gigs with potential employers, but you must comb these sites daily and search for appropriate opportunities which can be time consuming and tedious.  For those who don’t want to spend a lot of time searching for gigs, staffing agencies are a better way to find work.  Workway is a staffing agency that places talented professionals in gigs of all types, matching their skills and wishes with opportunities, saving them time and effort.  Contact Workway today to discuss temporary employment opportunities that will match your skills and interests.
Staffing Solutions for the Mortgage Industry
5/22/17
For years, temporary staffing used to mean clerical or unskilled labor.  So when a company in a complex field such as mortgage banking or title insurance had an emergency or temporary staffing need, they had a problem.  The organization would have to either train a temporary employee not familiar with the industry and hope for the best, or absorb the extra workload among the existing staff.
 
Fortunately, in recent years, industry-specific staffing has become available, although high quality talent in certain fields can still be difficult to find.  Temporary, temp-to-hire and direct-hire positions in industries such as mortgage banking, financial services, real estate, and title & escrow have been more challenging to fill. 
 
In 2005, company founders saw a need for specialized placement of personnel in these very specialized positions.  Workway was the first organization in the staffing field to focus just on the areas of mortgage banking, foreclosure, title, and escrow.
Our recruiters have firsthand experience working in the mortgage and real estate industries and we understand the unique challenges that are part of daily business. 
 
Our team maintains memberships in the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), Texas Mortgage Bankers Association (TMBA), Texas Land Title Association (TLTA), California Land Title Association (CLTA), and the Florida Land Title Association (FLTA).  This allows us to educate ourselves on the latest developments in real estate and mortgage banking so we can understand the challenges faced by our clients and continue to provide superb assistance with staffing and employment matters.
 
When you need to fill a position in mortgage, escrow, title or real estate, whether temporary or permanent, contact Workway for assistance.
​Be Prepared for the Job Interview
05/14/2017
For talented individuals seeking employment through Workway, there are many opportunities available. Being prepared to seize those opportunities is vital to success, and part of that preparation is being ready to interview.
 
Your preparation for each interview should be focused on the individual job. After all, each position and company is different, so you will want to be able to show your ability to fit with their specific needs. Some steps to follow when preparing for the job interview are:
 
  • Assess the job requirements: Before trying to convince a potential employer that you are qualified for the job, make yourself familiar with what that job will require from you. Look for the tasks the position entails, what skills are needed, and what sort of personality might be best suited to it.
  • Research the company: Just as important as the nature of the job is the company itself. Assess their purpose, ethics, and culture, and work out how you might fit in with them. Also, try talking to people already working with them. They can help you understand the prevailing culture in the workplace and even give you some pointers for the interview.
  • Match your qualities: Once you know the personality traits, skills, values, and attitudes the job requires, take inventory of what you can contribute to the company in that position. Match your own skills and qualities up to show that you are a strong candidate for the position.
  • Practice! No matter how much you know about the company or the job, no matter how qualified you are, the social side of interviewing can make or break your chances of getting hired. Run through a few mock interviews to practice questions (answering and asking) and using good interview etiquette.
  • Work out the logistics: The logistical side of the interview, such dressing appropriately, being well groomed, and arriving at the right place at the right time, are also important to making a good impression. During your preparations, factor these logistics into your plan.
 
At Workway, we strive to match talented job seekers with employers. Part of that process is helping you get ready for the job interview. For more information, contact Workway today.
​How to Find an Accounting Job in Dallas
5/08/2017
How to Find an Accounting Job in Dallas
 
Accounting jobs in Dallas are plentiful, but it’s important to find a position that will fit your skills and be a good match with your career goals and your working style.  Here, we’ll go over a number of strategies you can use to find an accounting position in the Dallas area.
 
Network Online
 
Sites such as LinkedIn are a great way to develop contacts and find opportunities for accounting positions. In addition, local job search sites can help you locate accounting jobs in the Dallas area. Some of these sites include the option to set up a personal profile, thus improving your odds of finding a good match. It also keeps your job searching mobile, which is an added bonus.
 
Consider Career Fairs
 
If you’re a student at a college or university, you will have the opportunity to attend career fairs where you will be able to speak with companies who are filling accounting positions in Dallas. These are great opportunities to meet people face-to-face, exchange contact information, and make a good impression. That way, when you start your search for an accounting job in Dallas, you’ll be able to draw on those contacts and get your foot in the door.
 
Work with Staffing Firms
 
Dallas staffing agencies are another great way to begin your search for an accounting position. They will have direct contact with hundreds of employers in the area, and their reputation will add some extra weight to your own skills and experience. In addition, a staffing agency will not only be able to help you find an accounting position, but they will personally match you with a company that fits well with your goals, personality and abilities.
 
Start with a Temporary Position
 
It may not seem ideal at first blush, but temporary positions can be a great way to get familiar with a company—and for them to get familiar with you. Many Dallas employers hire accountants on a temporary basis to see how they will fit within their organization.  So starting with a temporary accounting job can be a great way for you to land a long-term position with a great company.
 
If you are looking for accounting job in Dallas or the surrounding area, Workway can connect you with the right company, so contact us today to get started!
 
​A Formula for Success in Dallas Staffing
4/27/2017
A Formula for Success in Dallas Staffing
 
Whether you are an employer seeking assistance with staffing or a skilled individual looking to advance your career, Workway can help you achieve success.  Our proven formula benefits businesses and job seekers alike, placing us among the top recruiting firms in Dallas. Our staffing system works because of three key ingredients that set us apart from the other Dallas staffing firms: an entrepreneurial mindset, use of the latest technology, and a high level of expertise in our business lines.
 
An Entrepreneurial Mindset
 
Terms like “forward-thinking” and “innovative” are core to our formula. With a strong degree of entrepreneurial talent on our Dallas staffing team, we don’t merely find warm bodies to fill out the ranks in your company—we use our experience and expertise to help you acquire the stellar talent you need to grow your business.
 
This has benefits for employees as well as employers. Our entrepreneurial focus allows job seekers to find positions that will not only utilize their talent, but enable them to expand their abilities and grow professionally.
 
Latest Technology
 
This world is becoming increasingly tech-driven. Those that are most successful will be those that capitalize on the advantages that technology brings to the table. The use of advanced technology allows us to quickly find and place the talent that employers need most, shortening the recruiting process while ensuring precise placement.
 
Social media marketing plays a significant role in what we do. Through online social networking combined with other advanced recruitment strategies, we find and engage with eligible candidates before they hear from other Dallas recruiters. This allows top job candidates to advance their careers and for businesses to quickly fill positions with high-quality talent.
 
Industry Expertise
 
Our company had its beginnings serving those in the mortgage, foreclosure, title, and escrow sectors, and since then, we’ve expanded to banking, legal, accounting and clerical professional areas.   Our in-depth knowledge of these business lines allows us to find the precise talent that organizations in those industries need most, all while placing candidates in positions where they will find the greatest satisfaction in their work.
 
At Workway, we connect skilled individuals and businesses in order to help both achieve success. To learn more about what we do, give us a call today.
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Workway Featured Guest on JobTalk1 – A Better Way To Work
8/16/16
Susan Denoo, Regional Vice President, and Andrea Moroso, Sales Manager, at Workway, Inc. in Los Angeles were invited to be guest speakers and subject matter experts on the August 16th broadcast of KHTS AM-1220’s Job Talk 1 Talk Radio Show.  This one-hour program focused on a “A Better Way To Work” discussing the LA employment scene, how Workway compliments candidates’ employment search as well as other pertinent market and industry specifics.
 
To hear how Workway assists both job seekers and local employers in finding the perfect career or candidate, please listen to the podcast by clicking on this link: http://www.hometownstation.com/podcasts.  We are certain you will find this podcast both fun and informative!
 
Job Talk 1 is a fast paced, informative daily one-hour program filled with expert guests and critical employment information. It is heard daily, (Monday-Friday) from 1pm-2pm on Santa Clarita’s Hometown Station, KHTS AM-1220, www.hometownstation.com.
Sticky Carmel Macchiato Files
8/10/16
Ellie Bowmer
Sticky Carmel Macchiato Files
These past two weeks I had the privilege of interning for Workway. Completing this internship has given me an aspect of what adults achieve in their day to day life, and let’s just say my sophomore year of high school is looking really good. Just kidding. In all honesty coming into this internship I thought I would be grabbing coffees and picking up dry cleaning, like interns in movies, but boy was I wrong. I came into my first day and was pretty excited but nervous too. For me it was a lot like the first day of school, kind of a bittersweet moment. It’s fun because you’re getting to interact with people and learn a new skill set, but at the same time you are worried about what others are going to think of you. We came into the office and it was already a good environment. You could tell everyone had a fun and friendly personality but knew their job and determined to get it done. Our first task was organizing a filing cabinet they like to refer to as, “the file cabinet of doom”. Glad I had my venti caramel macchiato for this one. It was four drawers filled with stacks and stacks of contracts that we had to place in alphabetical order. One of my hidden talents is now singing the ABC’s backwards. Once finishing this we went to lunch and I figured, “this isn’t so bad I don’t understand  why my parents are always complaining”. Then I was introduced into the world of sourcing. This gave me a newfound respect for all working adults. Although some days of sourcing made me want to claw my eyes out other parts of the job were a blast. I was invited over for an interview at National Bankruptcy Services. At first I took this as an opportunity to get out of the office but it turned into something that was actually fun. This experience totally got me eager for what the future has to hold and what I would want to do as a profession. A majority of this week was spent at the Workway office in Irving, where there were file cabinets for us to sort through. This day I probably should have stuck with sourcing. For starters,  if this whole Workway thing doesn’t work out I’m going to invent an always balanced file cabinet. The file cabinet we had to sort through, belongs to the CEO of the company so I was already pretty nervous and wanted to make sure everything was done right. Before we started, I had placed my coffee on top of the file cabinet, not anticipating for it to fall over less than five minutes later. This coffee wasn’t even halfway finished I had taken maybe one sip and it was a venti, which for those who don’t know is the largest size. I would like to also take this opportunity to thank the CEO of Workway for not killing me. In the end we were able to sort through it and get the coffee smell out more or less. At least I will be remembered by him every time he opens up his files and gets a whiff of the caramel sugar coffee mix. I now get a caramel Frappuccino from Starbucks.  On the first day of this internship we were in an interview and she said to her, “in sales the highs are high and the lows are low” and that would describe this week perfectly. Overall I had a fantastic time interning and would be considered very lucky to have a job within this company.
Knee Length Skirts, ABC’s, and What is Escrow Anyway?
8/10/16
Kayla Bowmer
Knee Length Skirts, ABC’s, and What is Escrow Anyway?
Growing up, you watch your parents rub their red eyes and load themselves with coffee to make it through the day.  Now I understand why this ritual was necessary and what the real world holds. For the first hour and a half spent in the office there was just silence, people talking on phones all morning led me to think that the time that I would spend at Workway would be boring, quiet, and uneventful. However as the day went on the girls and I had many fun conversations that lightened up the mood and created an entertaining environment. They had me doing numerous tasks such as sourcing, interviews, filing, uploading resumes, and  updating open job positions. Some of which were amusing others however were very tedious. Uploading resumes and updating open job positions was one of my first assignments, it was a great way to be introduced to the type of jobs that I would later be sourcing for. I needed the most help with these tasks because I was really unaware of some of the jobs that I was posting, google became my best friend when looking for the appropriate pay and day to day tasks. The next thing that I was taught was sourcing. When sourcing I viewed a wide field of jobs essentially broadening my outlook on what I could be when I grow up. At this point I am still undecided on what I want to do as a career. I sourced numerous jobs within the categories, some of which looked intriguing and others which looked repulsive. The amount of sourcing that I accomplished built an appreciation for all the recruiters, it is not easy to sit in an office all day staring at a computer to find the perfect candidate. The amount of boredom that arises by sifting through people’s resumes and emailing them to receive so little replies is unreal. After 30 pages of just sourcing Escrow I was ready to poke my eyeballs out. When I was told it was time to go home I was certainly ready to leave, but woke up early the next morning ready for a new task. The assignment educated me on the type of training and degrees that are necessary for certain positions. My favorite opportunity that was provided through this experience was the interviewing process, I really enjoyed talking with people and learning more about their career path. When sitting in on the interview I studied the vocabulary people used, the questions that were asked and how they were answered, and the personalities of the people in the room. I sang the ABC song countless times while sorting through filing cabinets. In just a couple of hours I felt like I had reorganized mountains of paper whether it was by year, alphabetical, or category. I really needed a venti caramel macchiato to get through that paperwork. Filing was the worst job for me, after ten minutes of just looking through names my brain was fried and I was done.  The crew was very valuable in teaching the basic ropes of recruiting and sales. Their big personalities made it really easy to talk to them and have fun while doing the uneventful tasks. All the responsibilities that were given to me were enjoyable even the ones that made me want to claw my eyes out,  but I would have to confess my favorite part of the whole experience was all of the people I got to meet, the office of girls created a fun atmosphere within the office space that made it easy to ask questions and learn. From the professional outfits to the long days I really felt fully involved and enjoyed the exposure to adulthood.
New FLSA Rules…Are You Prepared?
05/26/2016
New FLSA Rules…Are You Prepared?
 
Most of us have heard that the Department of Labor has changed a portion of their rules in determining whether an employee can continue to be considered “Exempt” (or Salaried), or whether they need to be moved to Nonexempt (Hourly). This change, while expected, did come with some unique twists that should be taken into account before making any final decisions. While it is commonly known that the minimum salary for the Administrative Exemption has increased from $23,660 to $47,476 per year, there are several options that should be considered before making any large increases in base salary in order to keep an employee Exempt…
 
  1. Does the employee work enough hours in a week that the overtime (typically 1.5 X base salary) at the current hourly rate exceed $47,476?
  2. Will the employee earn an incentive (non-discretionary) at least quarterly? If so, you can consider moving the employee to a base salary of $43,160 as long as the remainder can and will be made up in incentives within the quarter.
  3. Can you adjust your incentive plan, whereby the employee’s target incentive is reduced, yielding a target total compensation equal to the current plan? For example, an employee currently has a base of $45,000, target incentive of $20,000/year, and target total compensation of $65,000/year. By adjusting the base up to $50,000 and the target incentive down to $15,000, this will result in no change in target total compensation.
  4. Can you consider “Salaried Nonexempt”? While complicated, this approach minimizes the impact of the calculation of overtime pay.
  5. Is the employee “close enough” today to the new salary requirement that an adjustment will have a negligible impact to the budget?
 
Finally, and most importantly, keep an eye on the competition. If your direct competition moves all of their recruiters to $50,000, you will run the risk of losing your talent! While you don’t want to ruin your budget, you surely don’t want to lose your top talent either.
 
Clearly, this is not an exhaustive list of options, but hopefully this will stir thoughts and ideas that will ensure that you are compliant, and yet are still attaining your profit goals. Keep in mind, certain state laws prohibit some options listed. This is not to be considered as legal advice, but rather to provide you with thoughts and ideas. Before making any final decision, it is always recommended that you seek legal counsel to ensure full compliance with all laws.
 
Author: Paul Kodros, VP of Corporate Services
ASGroup Sales Tool Box Meeting
05/17/2016
Get Back to the Basics.  Sure we all know about “mirror and image” and “differentiating” ourselves from the competition, but are we doing it?  My guess is probably not as majority of the attendees of the 2016 ASGroup – Sales Tool Box Conference kept discussing how we overcomplicate our industry and our interactions with clients and prospects.  Does your team have an elevator pitch for each vertical?  Do you only find yourself beating the competition because of your pricing?  Are you signing client contracts instead of your own and caving to their terms?  We as an industry and sales organization have forgotten that WE ARE a valuable resource in the challenging market of talent.  Next time a prospect says to you, “why are you different?”  Be ready, Get Back to the Basics.
 
This year Workway hosted the 2016 ASGroup- Sales Tool Box in Austin, TX.  Our team along with 90 other staffing members including CEO’s, Sr. Leadership, Board Members, and Key Managers met to share best sales practices.  
Short Staffed?
4/18/2016
One of the biggest complaints I hear from employees in different organizations is that when the economy was going through a recession they had to pick up the slack from lay offs.  Because they were successful in doing this job, their leaders decided to keep them overworked with same pay as it was a saving for the P&L Now these candidates are leaving in droves for salary increases and less work with the support system they need.  Even if you brought on a temporary staff member to support them, they would have a lifted burden and feel supported by your organization.  Give me a call if you want to discuss ways to find top talent and keep your best current talent on board.  

Ashley Hoover
VP of Sales
469-248-1399
Site: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/short-staffed-have-you-thought-keeping-your-current-employees-hoover
What to Do When you Promote the Wrong Employee
04/14/2016
Promoting internal employees can be a great retention tool, but it doesn’t always work.

Many employees have a hard time removing themselves from their old role when accepting an internal promotion, says Ashley Hoover, Vice President of Sales for Workway, a specialized staffing firm in the mortgage, title and escrow, administrative and clerical, accounting and finance, real estate and banking services industries. And despite proving they are a valuable employee in their current role, they might have the drive, leadership capabilities or confidence to succeed in an advanced role.
 
“You’d like to think as an organization you have done your due diligence and helped your employees prepare for the new role, but it’s quite common that people who are promoted have a hard time detaching from their old responsibilities when they move into their new position,” says Hoover.
 
What can you do? This five-step action plan can help you bounce back from promoting the wrong person:
 
  • Take responsibility: You don’t want to terminate them because maybe you made the mistake of putting them in the wrong role. So ask yourself: Why are they wrong employee? Are they truly not good people managers? Do they not have the skill set or demeanor for this role? Did YOU have the wrong people involved in the hiring and decision-making process? Maybe it’s a misunderstanding of the role and responsibilities? So ask the newly promoted person what their challenges and work together to turn it around.
  • Set up a timeline: Every employee needs 30 days to adjust to their new role, says Hoover. The first weeks are spent learning their new processes, examining the company culture and dynamics, adjusting to their new support team and/or their new boss and boss’ style. So consider an action plan and check in at the 60 and 90 day mark. Continue to coach them throughout the process.
 
“Document these check-ins because if you eventually DO need to terminate the person, you need to show you have documented the times you’ve coached, critiqued and measured their progress,” says Hoover.  
 
  • Prevent it from happening again: Hire slow, fire fast, says Hoover. Make sure you never promote someone because someone else quit and your company need to fill the void. Avoid panic promotions by asking everyone within the team to roll up their sleeves and pitch in while you find the right person.
  • Begin search for replacement: Start putting together an action plan to find the eventual replacement – and reassess what you want in the right candidate to avoid hiring or promoting the wrong person again. Is there another internal candidate or would you be better off searching for an external candidate?
  • Hold on to your top talent: This candidate may not have been the right person for the promotion. But they were considered for promotion at your company for a reason. So…they must still have value, right?
 
“Determine what role would be a good fit for that employee,” says Mark Sinatra, CEO of Staff One, a full-service professional employer organization (PEO), that helps small to medium-sized businesses across the country with HR and employee administration. “Offer training and mentor opportunities in the areas of management and leadership to help them eventually reach the skill level of the position they were promoted to.”
 
Author: Kylie Anderson, Zip Recruiter - Recruiting Tips
Site: https://www.ziprecruiter.com/blog/what-to-do-when-you-promote-the-wrong-employee/
 
Top Job Hunting Tips For 2016
2/25/2016
Thinking of looking for a new job? Now is the time to do it. That’s what experts are saying, anyway. This past January the U.S. unemployment rate hit an 8-year low of 4.9%.

With fewer people out of work, recruiters are finding it harder to find job applicants to fill open positions. According to the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM), 2016 will see an increase in that trend. All in all, these factors indicated that the power in the jobs market lies with job-seekers, not employers.

But competition for the best jobs will always be intense, that’s why job search site CareerCast assembled a list of tips from top experts on how you can put your best foot forward in the modern day career market.

Highlighted below (and in the slideshow above) are the latest nuggets of wisdom for those looking for new opportunities in an ever-changing professional landscape

Meet The New Resume

About to update your resume? Wait until you read this. It would appear that the traditional concept of a resume or CV is being replaced with something else. With new technologies to play with, job seekers have the ability to communicate their qualifications and accomplishments in more interesting ways.

Using graphics like charts and tables or other types of pictures that illustrate relevant facts, is now fair game, says Blue Fountain Media hiring manager Tom Duffy. You can even build a career history and set of goals as part of a personal website so that prospective employers can access a unique and more engaging type of resume. “If you are in a visual or presentation-focused field it’s nice to present something a little more than Times New Roman,” Duffy says.

Beat Your Fears

Fears can make you hesitate. They can make you question yourself and even dull your confidence in your greatest strengths. If you’re going to go out there into the job market, you’ve got to get your head on straight.

According to career coach Rachel Ritlop, the best way to begin facing career fears is to write them down. That’s what she tells her clients to do. “Look at those fears and ask, ‘what history or evidence do I have that reinforces this fear? When have I overcome this fear at one time or another?’”

It’s Who You Know (Seriously, It Is)

There are so many job search sites available it can be confusing sometimes. There are also more career advisers and resume consultants than you can count. Though these sources can strengthen your chances on the job hunt, they all pale in comparison to the power of a referral from a contact. If you know someone in a company at which you’d like to work, that angle has the greatest chance of getting your foot in the door.

Tom Duffy, from Blue Fountain Media, concurs. “If anybody who works at Blue Fountain Media refers someone, I’m going to call them,” Duffy says. “[A referrer is] 1) Going to know if [a referral] might have the skills we’re looking for, and 2) We communicate as a sign of respect to current employees.”

You can make valuable connections at industry meetups or events. All the top social media outlets are also good sources of connections—look for industry-specific chats and meet people. “Connect through social media,” says Tony Lee, managing editor of the Society of Human Resource Managers. “Find someone within the department who wrote a blog, and reach out through their blog.”

“Know Your Worth”

That’s Ritlop’s advice to job seekers. If you price yourself too low in order to get a job, she says, you are essentially opening yourself up to a lot of heartache in the future as you find yourself making less than you would have because your starting salary was not what it should have been when you started. Confusing? The takeaway is: don’t sell yourself short.

On the other hand, if you ask for too much in the hope that a prospective employer will counter with a lower offer, you may find yourself waiting in vain, says Duffy. The best course of action is to know how much others in the same position are making so you’re not too far off-base when negotiating salary.

Know How To Do A Job Before You Go To The Interview

For employers, training and getting new hires acclimated is a chore. If job interviewers get the sense that you know what it takes to be successful in an offered position and won’t need a lot of time to get cracking, they will feel a lot better about hiring you. “Position yourself to show you can hit the ground running,” says Tony Lee, managing editor of the Society of Human Resource Managers. “Demonstrate that you can fulfill the requirements without a great deal of training.”

Human Connection And Leadership

According to the report compiled by CareerCast, the two most often cited skills that employers are looking for in job candidates are communication and organization. One of the things that factoid indicates is that regardless of the position you apply for, you are probably going to need people skills, or ‘soft skills.’

Sure, you can understand the physical equipment used in whatever job you’re looking for, and you can accrue experience with developing such ‘hard skills’ before you apply for a new job, but so will just about every other candidate for that position. Being able to show in a job interview that you can connect with the person sitting across from you – and make them believe that you can be organized and even a leader – you will have a better chance of making a good impression.

Author: Karsten Strauss, Forbes Staff
Site: 
http://www.forbes.com/sites/karstenstrauss/2016/02/25/top-job-hunting-tips-for-2016/2/#1e092fed7f0e
 

Things Not to do During a Job Interview
12/16/2015
Some people are old hands at doing job interviews. Others are unsure of how to survive them. Either way, there are several things you can do during an interview that may blow any chance you ever had at getting a job. Some of these may seem obvious to you, but others might take you back a bit. Either way, make sure you don’t do any of the things mentioned below if you actually want the job.
  • Show up late. This is a no-brainer, but if you are going to show up late to the interview, you may as well not even go. Plan ahead so that this is not even an issue. If you can’t make it to the interview on time you probably aren’t going to be able to make it to work on time. Whether this is true or not, it is exactly what the interviewer is going to think.
  • Chew gum. This is not elementary school. Your potential employer wants to hear what you have to say. They do not want to listen to the sounds of your gum slopping around your mouth. If you are chewing gum before the interview to make sure your breath smells good, spit it out before you ever enter the building.
  • Take your children. No, you cannot ever take your children to a job interview, even if it is at a daycare. Your mind needs to be on the interview. Not only that, but your potential employer would rather be talking to you than trying to make sure your children do not destroy some priceless collection he or she has. If you can’t get a babysitter for a brief interview, he or she is going to assume you surely can’t get one for an 8 hour day.
  • Over compensate for anything. If you don’t have any experience, push the fact that you are willing to learn. If you smoke, don’t load up on perfume; just avoid smoking before the interview.
In short, you just want to be yourself and handle the interview in a professional manner. Workway can help you develop the skills you need to navigate successful interviews.
Tips for a Successful Interview
11/16/15
No matter how well qualified you are for a job, if you cannot make it through the interview, you will never be employed. There are several things that job seekers do unknowingly to thwart their own path. Make sure to use the tips below so that you present yourself in the best manner possible.

Hygiene is everything. When you go to an interview, you know you need to be dressed for the interview and not the job itself. Even if the job is a messy one, you want to go in looking your best. This shows your potential employer that you have some respect for the interview and are at least organized enough to have good hygiene. Make sure your hair is washed and that there is no dirt under your fingernails. This may seem silly, but these are the things that people notice. Take the time to brush your teeth as well and if you are still worried about your breath, chew a breath mint or piece of gum until you get to the building, and then spit it out or swallow it.

Make eye contact. People who do not make eye contact are perceived as people who have something to hide. You might just be nervous about the interview, but you do not want to look like you don’t have the ability to look someone in the eye. While you are looking them in the eye, lean forward to give the impression that you are interested in what they have to say. If this is not possible, at least don’t block with your body language. Avoid crossing your arms or fidgeting.

Always be thankful. Thank the interviewer for their time when the interview comes to an end. Let them know you look forward to hearing from them as if you assume you will. Workway is a great place to brush up on your interview skills and possibly land the job of your dreams.
The 8 Things No Recruiter (Ever) Wants To See On Your Resume
10/16/2015
Your resume is essential to helping you get a job – you’re unlikely to get far without it. As a record of your achievement, it (ideally) lays out for an employer exactly what you have done and therefore that you can do the job for which you’re applying.

Sounds simple enough, but occasionally people slip up when they think about their resume as a reflection of who they are. At times, as any hiring manager will tell you, there’s definitely a tendency for some people to overshare and, it seems, to put down anything that enters their mind when they happen to be putting together this document.

Where the professional and the strictly personal overlap, let’s take a look at what you should leave out to avoid a CV TMI!

Gaps in work history

It’s a fact that sometimes even strong candidates have periods when they were not working. And while this may sometimes be due to unemployment, there are many perfectly good reasons why gaps may exist on the resume. Of course, being unemployed isn’t always a sign of a dubious candidate, though this assumption can sometimes be made.

Employers like to see where all your time went for at least the last few years. If gaps exist, you may need to add a little context, by noting, for example, that you were caring for an ill family member or taking time to travel, or whatever the case may be. You could also choose to provide only years of employment rather than months in order to hide the breaks in work history.

Social media links

It’s not uncommon, especially among the more tech-savvy generation, to include a link to one’s Facebook or Instagram profile to help the employer get to know ‘the real me’. This is so rarely a good move that it’s not even really worth considering. More or less the only circumstance in which including a social media profile might be a good move would be when submitting a creative portfolio – in these cases, you might link to a professional Twitter or a creative site such as Behance.

Otherwise, it demonstrates a poor understanding of work/life divide and might backfire if your would-be employer discovers those Friday night selfies you’d rather they didn’t.

Your photo

While in some cultures, it’s acceptable or even expected to include a photo with a resume, this isn’t always the case. Notoriously, those applying for unskilled work in Los Angeles are often required to include a headshot, so that employers can weigh the odds of their new employee getting acting gigs and leaving the business in the near future. Elsewhere, including in France, Germany and Scandinavia, it’s seen as a good idea to include a photo.

Nevertheless, most other cultures, including the UK and most of the US, certainly don’t expect it, and it may come across as inappropriate and naïve to the general business culture. Apart from anything else, employers aren’t allowed to discriminate, positively or negatively, based on factors such as race and age, factors that your picture would likely reveal.

False information

Many of us would understand the urge to fudge the details of the resume a little, especially as weeks of unemployment pass and the situation starts to get desperate. It would seem so easy to expand that three-month internship into a year-long position, or fabricate a project or two.

But this can lead to problems down the road in all kinds of ways: at interview, these applicants can expect to be quizzed on experience they don’t have, and their references won’t be able to back them up. They might even find they can’t do the job in question as it requires experience that they lack.

Of course, to lie on a resume is also morally wrong and it tends to hang over people for years to come – as they can be exposed at any time. Stick to the truth and tell your true story as best as you can.

References

It’s very common to include references with an application, but this isn’t actually the right stage at which to do it. If an employer wants to get in touch with your former colleagues, they will ask you for contact details but this normally doesn’t happen until after at least the first interview.

Other applicants reel it in a little by stating ‘references available on request’ at the end, but why does this need to be included? It’s taken as a given that references will be available, and to mention this now can, unfortunately, make you come off as green.

Empty adjectives

Are you hard-working, honest, successful and intelligent? All fine qualities, but unfortunately they don’t mean much on your resume. Anyone can throw these adjectives out there, but the recruiter who has to sift through all these documents doesn’t know whether you’re making it up, whether you falsely believe it to be true, or whether it is in fact true. Employers much prefer statements that are actually backed up and proven with some kind of evidence.

So rather than saying you’re a ‘natural leader’, say you ‘headed up a team of twelve, increasing departmental productivity 40% within six months of my appointment.’ It’s measurable, specific and can form a natural connection in the reader’s mind to how you could bring the same success to their organisation.

Too long

If you’re a job hopper, or have had a particularly long career, your resume could potentially go on for several pages. That’s a big turn off to recruiters under pressure however, who really don’t have time in the day to read novel-length resumes from every candidate.

Some trimming will be necessary if your resume is longer than two pages of A4. You don’t need to provide full details of every job you’ve had going back decades – just short summaries will do. All education before undergraduate level, and the less significant or recent roles, can be cut altogether. (Does your employer need to know about a two-month gig in a different industry in the eighties?)

Too short

At the same time, of course, a resume really should cover at least an A4 page…even for somebody just starting their career. Any less than that, and the recruiter will feel they really don’t know you at all.

Avoid the temptation to pad the document out with double spacing or large font or margins but instead focus on making the content go as far as possible without relying on filler.

If you’ve just left high school, consider how the skills and experience you developed will help you in the workplace. You might also include a personal statement – though it’s often discouraged at a higher level – as it’s not yet clear to employers what you want out of a career. This should help clarify your worth to an employer.

Author bio: Liam Coleman is Co-Founder and Joint Managing Director with online recruitment agency Blue Octopus Recruitment in Leeds, UK.
National Staffing Employee Appreciation Week
10/04/2015
It is National Staffing Employee Appreciation Week!!!!   Workway would like to personally thank all of temporary employees for their commitment to providing great work for our clients!  

Congratulations to the three outstanding employees for winning our Appreciation Awards! 
 
1st Place - $100 Visa Check Card: Betty James in Dallas
2nd Place - $75 Visa Check Card: Robert Hayes in Irvine
3rd Place - $25 Visa Check Card: Delphie Aragan in Phoenix
 
Thank you for choosing Workway to assist in your career search and for your hard work every day!

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