Have you Considered using Temporary Workers This Upcoming First Quarter?

December 28th, 2015

The holiday season is officially in full swing, meaning it’s just about time to welcome 2016. Now is the time to start planning for the new year, to ensure it’s the best your company has had yet. Hiring temporary workers can help you get off to a strong start, as you need to be fully staffed to reach your potential. You might be surprised at the amazing success your organization can achieve when all the right people are in all the right places.

3 Reasons to Hire Temporary Workers During the First Quarter

Learn three advantages you’ll enjoy by starting the year with temporary staffers:

Set the Stage for Successful Year

The first few months of 2016 will set the pace for the entire year. Get your company off to a great start by taking on temporary workers to help achieve those lofty goals you set. It’s beyond discouraging for your hardworking staff to realize by February that their best efforts will never be enough to get the company to the next level. Starting the year strong will build momentum and get everyone inspired to work their hardest.

Take Your Time with Hiring Decisions

January and February are traditionally two very popular hiring months, but rushing into such important decisions can be detrimental to your company. Hire temporary workers to fill positions in the interim, so you can take your time finding the best possible candidates. This is also a great way to test out any new positions you were thinking of adding, to ensure there is enough of a need to hire someone on a permanent, full-time basis.

Ease the Tax Season Rush

If your company is highly impacted by tax season, you’re well aware that it kicks into high gear at the end of January. Help reduce the stress of the busiest time of year by hiring temporary employees to take on some of the workload. This will allow your company to assist more clients and provide better service, while your staff enjoys a better work/life balance. Your office environment will be much more pleasant when everyone isn’t exhausted from putting in seriously long hours.

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3 Essential New Year’s Resolutions for Every Job Seeker

December 22nd, 2015

The holiday season is in full force, which means 2016 is just around the corner. There’s no better way to start the new year off than making a few resolutions to follow — especially when you’re searching for a new job. Whether you’ve already started looking for a new position or plan to do so in the next few weeks, this is a great way to set yourself up for success.

3 Essential New Year’s Resolutions for Every Job Seeker

Find the job you’ve always wanted by making these three New Year’s resolutions:

Focus on Networking

Hiring decisions are a huge gamble, so managers really appreciate recommendations from people they know and trust. In 2016, finally stop procrastinating about expanding your network and actually do it! Join professional organizations like the Seattle chapters of the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance and the Washington Association of Accountants and attend as many events as possible to meet like-minded professionals. Also, make a point to reach out to connections you’ve lost touch with, such as former colleagues, as you never know who can help you get your dream job.

Seek Informational Interviews

Use sites like LinkedIn to find local accounting professionals who currently work for a company you’d be interested in joining. Reach out to them and ask if you can meet with them for an informational interview, to lean how they got to the place they are today. At the very least, you’ll gain some valuable tips to use in your job search, but this may also be a way to get your foot in the door. If you make a great impression, there’s a good chance the person will give you a call when a job matching your credentials opens up.

Amp Up Your Online Presence

Social media has evolved into a powerful job searching tool. Position yourself as an accounting industry expert by increasing your professional presence on sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Post relevant content regularly, reach out to your peers and build a following to make yourself known. It’s also a great idea to start a blog or create a website where you can share your expertise and establish credibility.

Ready to find a fulfilling new accounting position in 2016? Contact Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing. Our team can connect you with temporary/contract, temp-to-hire and direct hire opportunities at some of Seattle’s leading companies!

To pay or Not to Pay? Is Paying Interns Worth It?

December 17th, 2015

Implementing an internship program at your company can be an excellent idea. This is a great way to discover new talent, help your employees develop their leadership skills and get a little extra help around the office.

Interns also benefit by earning a few college credits and gaining valuable experience to put on their resume that can help jumpstart their career upon graduation. Many companies consider these advantages enough, but the best employers know the value of their interns and pay them for their contributions.

4 Reasons to Pay Your Interns

Trying to decide if you should compensate your interns? Learn four reasons why you should make room in your budget to give these young workers a paycheck:

Attract Higher Quality Candidates

Top companies like LinkedIn, Google, Microsoft, BlackRock and Facebook pay their interns a premium, because they want the best. The highest quality candidates aren’t going to apply for an unpaid internship at your company when your competitor is offering the same thing with a paycheck. You can get mediocre interns for free, but top talent knows their work is worth more than a few college credits.

Increased Motivation to Succeed

Would you be motivated to get up in the morning and come to work if you weren’t being paid?   Many interns are probably not going to care as much about showing up on time and giving your company their best efforts if they’re not getting a paycheck. You can’t expect anyone to adhere to company standards when they’re working for free.

Make Them Feel Like Part of the Team

You want to make your interns feel welcome and fully immerse them in your company culture, which likely includes team lunches and after work happy hours. However, most college students are broke, so if you’re not paying them, they’ll either be forced to rush off to their evening (paying) job right after work or decline invitations due to a lack of funding.

It’s the Right Thing to Do

Interns work just as hard as permanent staffers, so not paying them is simply unfair. These talented future professionals shouldn’t be treated as a way to get free labor, when they’re making real contributions to your company. Plus, when you treat your interns well, there’s a better chance they’ll be willing to accept an offer for full-time employment if you choose to extend one.

Need to find top accounting talent but aren’t sure where to look?

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How to Boost Your Productivity During the Winter

December 10th, 2015

Winter has officially arrived, so it’s time to bundle up and hide indoors until spring. Staying productive during the coldest season of the year can be quite tricky, when all you really want to do is relax by the fire in a big, cozy sweater. However, work still needs to be done when temperatures are frigid, so it’s important to find ways to motivate yourself to stay productive.

5 Ways to Boost Your Wintertime Productivity

Feeling a bit lethargic now that it gets dark while you’re still at work? Follow these five tips to maintain high levels of productivity throughout the season:

Stay Healthy

The flu virus peaks during the winter months and it takes just one person to spread it around your entire office. Thankfully, there are plenty of precautionary measures you can take to lower your chances of getting it, including frequently washing your hands with soap and water and disinfecting your keyboard and desk area on a regular basis. It’s much easier to stay productive when you’re healthy all season.

Get Outside

Getting outside is likely the last thing you want to do when temperatures are near the freezing mark, but it can do you a world of good. Take a walk at lunchtime or head out for a cup of coffee in the afternoon to clear your head and get re-energized. Of course, remember to dress warmly so you don’t catch a cold.

Exercise Regularly

Exercise stimulates the mind, body and soul. Many people put their exercise regimen on hiatus during the winter months, but doing so isn’t good for your health or productivity. Breaking a sweat at least a few days a week will increase your energy levels, make you feel more alert and strengthen your immune system.

Take a Vacation

There’s no better way to beat a winter slump than heading out of town. It’s only natural to be more productive when you’re happy and have something really exciting to look forward to. You’ll come back from your sunny beach paradise or wherever you choose to visit feeling refreshed, renewed and ready to tackle every project on your desk!

Closely Follow the Weather Reports

Going anywhere during the winter season without checking the weather is a bad idea. Productivity can easily go out the window when you’re constantly late because you weren’t prepared for inclement work conditions or didn’t bring your laptop home on days you can’t get into the office. Make a point to check weather reports on a daily basis, so you don’t lose valuable time in your workday.

Ready for a fresh start this winter? Contact Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing. We’re proud to offer more professional accounting job opportunities than any other Northwest staffing agency!