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How to Make Yourself More Promotable

Leah Perez

VP of Major Accounts

Hire Up Staffing & Healthcare Services


September 13, 2021

Do you have an interest in taking on additional responsibilities but just aren’t sure how to get there?

Are you feeling burnt out in your current role?

In the staffing world, we see this often, and while we can certainly help you to find another position that may offer you a new challenge, you may not be looking to leave your current employer. If this is the case, we have found there are several things you can do to take proactive steps in working to make yourself more promotable.

Here are some tips to consider when looking to grow your career with a promotion:

  1. Be a Goal Setter and Goal Achiever. Steven Covey has been quoted as saying, “Begin with the end in mind.” To move forward in your career this quote can be helpful. Visualize yourself in the position you would like to attain. Think about the skills and abilities that would make you successful in that role and write them down.

Then, create SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timebound) goals to get yourself more proficient within those identified areas. Ensure your goals are time-based and hold yourself accountable to small milestones along the way. Creating and achieving small, attainable goals can be helpful in building and continuing your momentum toward your goal of that promotion, and/or beyond.

2. Find Your Motivation. Creating goals, let alone staying committed to achieving your goals, can be difficult to do if you are feeling checked out or unmotivated within your current role. Do what you can to intentionally shift your perspective. See your current role as an important rung on your career monkey bars, supporting you until you are ready to reach the next.

With the previous tip, I spoke about visualizing the skills and abilities needed for your next position. Another important component to keeping you on track is to also identify your WHY. Knowing WHY you are setting these goals and WHY they are important for you to achieve can be helpful in keeping your spirits up and focused on the tasks at hand.

3. Work HARD.

While you may have your eye on a promotion, one way of ensuring you remain promotable is by staying diligent within your current role. Sometimes daydreaming obsessively about that corner office with the view can take a negative toll on the work of your current position. Continue to keep your eye on the prize while also working hard within your current role.

By remaining dedicated to the work of the position you are in, you allow your output to be an important way of advocating for yourself.  Owning your current role, and knowing the ins and outs allow you to be seen as a subject matter expert and a key player in the process. Your ability to own your current role helps to establish your contributions to the team.

4. Be Irreplaceable.

Some might worry that being irreplaceable within your current role might mean leaders within your organization would not want you in any other role. However, there is a trick to this. If you show extreme competence within your current role, work to create a legacy through sharing your knowledge. Your knowledge of your current role should not just be housed within your own brain. Whenever possible, be active in sharing your knowledge with those around you in meaningful and productive ways. Through training others, you ensure you are not the sole gatekeeper of all information. If you do not have others to train, show that you recognize the importance of your knowledge and begin creating training documents including your processes and important information about what you do every day.

Share your training activities and/or these self-created resources with your leader. Show that not only are you great at your job, but you recognize the larger picture. This shows you are taking proactive steps in assisting with the organization’s development as well as your own.   

5. Be Collaborative. You have heard there is no I in TEAM, right? Well, showing you know how to play well with others is HUGE in the workplace. Being able to express yourself in a positive and inclusive manner is helpful to ensure you are exhibiting traits of someone interested in learning from and creating solutions with others.

A team without collaboration isn’t much of a team. Look for opportunities to bring others together; ask questions, stay open to change, show you see the bigger picture, and want to help solve roadblocks that impact the work of the collective team together.

6. Advocate for Yourself. Ever hear of an elevator pitch? This concept can best be described as a short and clear introduction of yourself, should you ever find yourself in the elevator with the company’s owner or CEO.  The idea is that you would have just a few precious moments in that elevator ride to communicate to them your professional personality, what you bring to your present position, as well as your future aspirations.

While your office may not have an elevator, the idea is still something you may want to consider preparing for yourself. You never know when you will find yourself face to face with someone who you identify as being potentially important to your career success. Introductions like this are some of the best ways to begin to network yourself within your organization.

7. Network and Stay Connected.

Do you have a mentor? If not, think of someone in your personal or work life who exemplifies the qualities you have identified as being important in your next position? Tell them you see that they are accomplished within many of the areas you would like to strengthen. Ask them questions about how and why they do things. Identify what drives their behaviors and then reflect to see if this is something that can help to further motivate you.

Networking does not have to always be formal; networking for some can mean just being more open to talking with people at work who you may not interact with often. Small talk while in the break room could be a great way to break the ice with other professionals within your industry.  Avenues like LinkedIn and industry-related organizations’ websites are other ways to connect.

8. Continue to Learn.

Take advantage of any opportunity to learn something new. Does your organization offer free and voluntary webinars during your lunch period? Sign up. Is there an offer for a training class or a refresher of a program you currently utilize? Go! Is there a workshop on the weekend about something you are interested in within your industry? Look into it! Heard about a new book written by a leader you admire? Read it!

Consider any opportunity you can find to learn something new or to further strengthen your knowledge on a particular work-related (or personal interest) subject. Learning is so important. It allows us to stay open to new ways of seeing and/or doing things. It offers us the chance to stay fluid and not just be stuck in our old ways of doing things.

To make the most of learning something new is to allow yourself to be vulnerable. It can be hard to get comfortable with the feeling of admitting that we don’t know something. However, it shows great strength to stay open and brave to the vulnerability of learning.

  1. Be Involved and Engaged in Company Initiatives and Company Culture. Just as I am encouraging you to attend company-sponsored training sessions or learning opportunities, I strongly encourage that you stay connected and engaged with your company’s initiatives. When you feel a connection to the work your organization does, and the people with whom you work, it is easy to support organizational changes.

Work to stay positive and open to offering an encouraging word to others who may be struggling on your team. Be the one to ask questions when unsure, versus simply relying on the game of telephone the office might tend to play. Stay constructive in your actions and in your word.

  1. Stay Out of Office Politics and Gossip. Relationships with coworkers can be important to your overall job satisfaction. As tempting as it may be to get the latest gossip from the office water cooler, I would advise you to avoid it whenever possible.

Nothing positive comes from gossip. If your coworkers have questions about a new process or a decision that was made, encourage them to ask their leader about it, rather than trying to fill in gaps of information with their own assumptions. Things can get very twisted when direct questions are not asked, and certain members of the team attempt to get answers from others instead of going directly to the source of the initial communication.

11. Don’t Be Afraid to Take the Lead. The way in which you assert yourself at work can be instrumental in navigating your work life. If you find roadblocks to your daily processes, rather than take the steps to work around them, take the initiative to create a dialogue with others on the team. Find solutions together. Sometimes it just takes one person to start the conversation to get things done.

Be the person who when they see something, say something.  

  1. Communicate Your Desires to Your Boss. Taking the lead often means speaking up and taking action. If you are looking to move up within your organization, it is important to follow the tips above, and once you are feeling more confident in your abilities and track record, make some time to speak to your boss. Ask to have a meeting with them.

Prepare to share with them your recent 12-month efforts in your current role, the things that you are proud of, ideas to further improve efficiencies, and your professional goals for the future. This dialogue is important because it showcases your passion and care for the organization, as well as an opportunity to advocate for yourself.

I am hopeful the above tips are helpful to you and that you can identify at least a handful of opportunities with which you can incorporate to get yourself to the next level of your career. With the right attitude, an open and curious mind, and a dedication to your own growth, you will find plenty of opportunities that require your skillset.

Hire Up Staffing & Healthcare Services is always available to help. If you are not sure what you want to do next, give us a call and one of our staffing professionals will work with you to identify potential opportunities. And, who knows, they just might guide you toward the career of your dreams.

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There is no doubt that 2021 will bring forth opportunities with which to leverage new and emerging employment trends. Follow the Hire Up Staffing & Healthcare Services Blog to stay connected with a variety of topics aimed to help support you! Whether you are an active job seeker looking for tips and tricks to land your perfect job or an employer looking to fill a challenging position, we are here to help you HIRE UP!


Leah Perez, VP of Major Accounts | September 14, 2021

As the Vice President of Major Accounts, Leah focuses on the national level clients. Leah has over 16 years of recruiting experience in various industries from medical/clinical to administrative/accounting, all of which has launched her to being one of the most well-respected staffing leaders in California.  Clients and candidates would describe her as urgent, ethical, and most importantly she takes the time to understand her clients needs so she can properly assist them. Leah would love to speak with you so she can help your business reach new heights

Meet Elisa – Our Training Director!

Meet Elisa Weathers, the Training Director for the entire Hire Up company. Before coming to Hire Up Staffing & Healthcare Services, Elisa previously worked for a staffing agency as a Training & Development Specialist. She has worn many hats in the staffing industry, including recruiting, sales, training, operations, marketing, and compliance. One professional goal of Elisa’s is to develop a powerful training program at Hire Up. Her hope is that new hires will feel welcome & well-prepared for their role. She also would like to deliver next-level training to Hire Up’s existing employees.

A work-related accomplishment that Elisa is proud of is when somebody tells her that she has helped them become better in their role, made their life easier by teaching them something, etc. That is the biggest accomplishment for her. Elisa is always excited to come to work at Hire Up because of the culture she has experienced over the past few months. Everyone she has interacted with has been amazing, welcoming, and helpful. Outside of the office, you can find Elisa spending time with her daughter, cooking, going to concerts, being in nature, and watching live sports games.

Meet Sylvia – Our Major Accounts Manager!

Meet Sylvia, our Major Accounts Manager! Before Sylvia came to Hire Up, she worked for other staffing agencies in Visalia. Sylvia started out as a receptionist and moved her way up to a Recruitment Specialist. Her excellent people skills and ability to connect with people helped to promote her through the company. Sylvia’s professional goal is to help as many people find jobs they will be happy going to day in and day out and a place where they can continue to learn and grow.

A work-related accomplishment that she is proud of is moving up in positions and always playing an important role in any company. Sylvia’s positive attitude and willingness to help have taken her far in her professional career. Now, Sylvia is excited to be part of Hire Up’s environment that has been created. Everyone is always willing to help each other succeed and she is excited to be a part of it! Outside of the office, you can find Sylvia reading, taking kickboxing and spin classes, camping, shopping, and spending time with her kids.

Meet Grace – Our Recruiting Manager in Austin!

Meet Grace, your Recruiting Manager in the Austin branch! Before coming to Hire Up Staffing & Healthcare Services, Grace was a Recruiter and a Human Resources Assistant. A work-related accomplishment that Grace is proud of is creating training and employee manuals for the role she recently had at her previous company. Now, being at Hire Up, Grace aims to be comfortable enough in her setting to take on new and harder tasks.

Grace is very excited to work at Hire Up and be a part of a growing, family-oriented company that cares about the candidates they are placing as well as the clients they serve. A piece of advice that has stuck with her is to view every person you meet as a door that may lead you to a new opportunity, which is precisely what Grace plans to do. When not in the office, you can find her watching movies, spending time outside walking and swimming, spending time with her boyfriend and friends, and eating good food.

Avoid Burnout: How to Motivate Fatigued and Stressed Employees

Chris Rogers

Regional Vice President – Mid-West

Hire Up Staffing & Healthcare Services


August 23, 2021

The World Health Organization defines burnout as “a syndrome resulting from chronic work-related stress, with symptoms characterized by ‘feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and reduced professional efficacy,” (World Health Organization). If you have frequented a grocery store or medical office recently, you likely have witnessed this from some employees firsthand.  Employees who were considered essential workers and opted to report to work during the depths of the pandemic, likely experienced an increased workload, fewer resources to assist them, an increased number of work hours, and a decrease in regular and/or routine days off. While these workers likely had noble reasons for sticking with the job during this time, this type of work environment comes with a rather hefty set of negative consequences. One of which is burnout.

Perhaps you are in an industry that was unable to work during the lockdown in your area. You, too, are likely witnessing another type of burnout. Have you struggled to find willing and able candidates to employ?  Many people are tired, weary, frustrated. How can we work to overcome this overwhelming feeling of “is this all over yet?”

These tips listed below are important all the time, however, especially during trying times. Review this list and complete an honest and fair assessment for yourself. What areas can you improve upon to help make the lives of those you manage a little easier, a little more fulfilling, and a little more encouraging?

  1. Do Not Micromanage. Your employees are your greatest assets, your greatest resources. You hired them for a reason. Trust that reason. Allow them room to do their job and learn from their own experiences. In an article written for Forbes, February 2021, contributor Heidi Lynn Kurter, writes, “micromanagers are detrimental to the success of a business and the mental health of everyone involved.” Do not add to their stress by showing you do not trust their abilities.
  2. Show Flexibility. Whether it be work schedules, time off, changes in work structure or process, listen to ideas and suggestions from your team. Show you value their thoughts and needs. When your employees feel heard, they often feel valued, which offers additional benefits back to the company.
  3. Focus on Others. Your own little world can be a stressful place—don’t get stuck there. And don’t let your employees get stuck in their own little worlds either. Force them to step outside of that world and think about something else for a moment. You can do that by leading as an example. Great managers fight for their people. Show your team that you notice their stress and that you care about their wellbeing.
  4. Provide Proper Resources and Tools. Give your team what they need. Be sure your employees have all the necessary supplies and resources to do their jobs. When they ask for new equipment or tools, seriously consider their requests. If your budget will not allow it this year, think about other creative alternatives until it can be added into the budget next year.
  5. Line of Sight/Big Picture. Stress can be inevitable at work. When employees don’t see or understand why they’re putting up with the stress, it simply makes things worse. When you share the big picture, your team can understand things from a new perspective. They might also have thoughts from their initial perspective that can help enlighten yours.
  6. Sincere Compliments and Recognition. A kind word can be a very simple stress reliever. It doesn’t take much to notice the work of another. When you see something, make it a habit of saying something. Noticing something small can make the biggest difference in someone’s day.
  7. Meaningful Meetings. There is perhaps nothing more stressful than wasted time. Any meeting with an agenda that can be addressed in an email should be canceled. At all costs, avoid meeting with your employees “just to meet.” Show you value their time and yours.
  8. Clear Communication. Your employees should be able to solely focus on the job you have hired them to do. They should not have to allocate any time or effort to deciphering the messages they receive from management. If something is important, share it in person and allow for questions. If something is a reminder, or a quick and easy information share, send an email.
  9. Positive Messaging. The words you choose in the workplace play a huge role in the overall corporate culture. Happier words lead to a happier culture and happier employees. Your words are currency. You are either depositing or withdrawing. Think about the words you choose and recognize their power.
  10. Be Available for Support. Make sure to be available for questions your employees might have, be honest and avoid making promises that you can’t keep. If you don’t know the answer to a question, tell them you need some time to get the answer and then follow up with them by the end of the day.
  11. Remove Obstacles. Start by identifying any obstacles that could be hindering productivity and/or creating unneeded stress for your team and or customers. Find solutions to remove those obstacles and then celebrate the successes that come with this change.
  12. Provide an Outlet to Give and Receive Feedback. Feedback is a great way to gather important information from your team. However, if you ask for it, be prepared to do something about the information received. If you do not show actionable steps to making things right, your team will lose trust in this process and eventually stop sharing.
  13. Provide Breaks. Any good management team understands the necessity of working breaks and special events added onto a work calendar. If you are not taking advantage of some fun during the downtime, consider starting it. This is an excellent opportunity to initiate some relaxation into an otherwise stressful workday. Do something to get your team to stop what they are doing and play, relax, or laugh.

As a leader your example means everything. How you choose to respond to stress, uncertainty, good news, bad news, it’s all being observed by your team. Your very reputation in the workplace is formed based upon how you handle yourself and the decisions you make that impact those around you.

In reviewing these 13 tips above, can you identify a few that you could work to improve? Write them down. Create a goal around each one and start TODAY. Start small but make the efforts meaningful.

Need help with this? Call us. Our team of expert professionals are ready and willing to coach you through it. Employee burnout is real. However, if you, as a leader are feeling burnout, too, we can help. Allow us to help you create a plan to get you and your team performing better than ever.

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There is no doubt that 2021 will bring forth opportunities with which to leverage new and emerging employment trends. Follow the Hire Up Staffing & Healthcare Services Blog to stay connected with a variety of topics aimed to help support you! Whether you are an active job seeker looking for tips and tricks to land your perfect job or an employer looking to fill a challenging position, we are here to help you HIRE UP!

References:

Burn-out an “occupational phenomenon”: International Classification of Diseases (who.int)

4 Signs Your Boss Is a Micromanager and How to Challenge Them (forbes.com)


Chris Rogers, Regional Vice President – Mid-West | August 23, 2021

As the Regional Vice President of the Mid-West operations, Chris focuses on the mentorship and development of his Hire Up staff to ensure they are equipped to provide the best service to both our candidates and clients. Chris’ extensive knowledge of the staffing industry lays the groundwork for his teams to always deliver top-caliber talent to great organizations. His expertise includes experience in all disciplines from commercial and professional staffing to executive placement. Chris and his teams strive to improve the lives of their candidates and improve the businesses of their clients. Chris’ over 15 years in the staffing and recruitment industry includes the successful management of high-performing sales and recruiting teams throughout the Southwest. Chris would love to speak with you so he can help your business reach new heights.

Meet Cerena – Our Recruiting Manager in East Bay!

As a Recruiting Manager for the East Bay branch, Cerena’s professional goal is to expand her network and start connecting with new people where she will be able to help her clients and candidates. She believes this would be a great way of sharing new knowledge. Before coming to Hire Up Staffing & Healthcare Services, Cerena worked as a Recruiter at a psychiatric hospital that focused on sourcing and recruiting for clinical and non-clinical roles.

One job accomplishment that she is proud of is being able to switch job fields and quickly learning the job duties. Cerena is excited to work at Hire Up because she believes she can add value to the company while learning new technical skills from her fellow teammates. When Cerena is out of the office, you can find her spending time at the gym, and trying out new restaurants and breweries.

Meet Joyce – Our Graphic Designer in the Corporate office!

Meet Joyce, our Graphic Designer in the Corporate Office! Before coming to Hire Up Staffing & Healthcare Services, Joyce was a Graphic Designer at her college University in one of their marketing departments. She was also an Editorial Designer doing magazine publications and a Barista at Starbucks. Now, with such a friendly and welcoming community and team, Joyce is excited to apply her skillsets to bring wonderful visuals and graphics for Hire Up!

A workplace accomplishment that Joyce is proud of is completing all of her deadlines and check-offs. It makes her feel like she can tackle the world afterward! A piece of advice that Joyce always thinks about is, “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift! That is why it is called the present,” which is a quote from one of her favorite movies, Kung Fu Panda.

One of her favorite hobbies is trying out new eateries around the area. She has been to almost all of the tea and Boba spots around Fresno! Another fun fact about Joyce is that she is obsessed with cats. If anyone sends her any memes, videos, or photos of cats it will automatically make her day even better!

Training: The Importance of Prioritizing People

Elisa Weathers

Training Director

Hire Up Staffing & Healthcare Services


August 9, 2021

Businesses that value training likely have leaders who see it as an investment in their people, and ultimately their company’s future. Yet, for other businesses, training is a budgetary line that is tough to see the value in, because they aren’t educated in everything a training program can do for their business.

Why do some businesses see the value in training where others see it as an expendable line item?

What do organizations gain when prioritizing training? We have the answers!

Here are several benefits that top the list:

  1. Grow Future Leaders. Companies with a strong internal training find themselves better prepared to identify potential leaders and train them up through their proprietary training programs.
  2. Team Longevity. According to the 2019 LinkedIn Workforce Learning Report, “94% of employees say they would stay at a company longer if it simply invested in helping them learn.” LinkedIn research found learning to be the #1 factor of happiness at work in both Gen Z and Millennials.
  3. Stronger Teams. With strong bench strength on your side, your company is already at an advantage. Add in the positive morale that comes from investing in your team and you will find a group of people who want to work together and make a difference.
  4. Word of Mouth. Happy employees love to talk about where they work! When you invest in your team and aim to offer the resources they value, you build meaningful connections. Your happy teams become brand ambassadors, which is invaluable grass roots marketing. They will likely share about their experience and refer friends and family to buy from and/or potentially work for your business.
  5. Stronger Recruiting Muscle. Just as employees share about their experiences, potential candidates will too, once they learn about your training programs through interviews, job postings, your website, etc. Celebrate the resources you offer your team and watch how the word spreads to other like-minded people who will seek out your company above others.

A strong training program makes your company more attractive to prospective candidates, which is critical in this tight recruiting market. As Learning & Development becomes more common in the workplace, candidates know that they do not have to go with a company that will not train them, because they are very capable of finding a company who will provide training.

There are many downsides of not having an air-tight training program.

Here are just a few…

  • A company without a training program means that everyone is trained differently. That leaves room for more gaps, more room for error, more holes in their processes.
    • A company with holes in their processes has a higher risk in compliance and safety violations and therefore, often, higher legal costs.
    • Employees are frustrated when there are inconsistencies, which result in less productivity, lower morale, and higher turnover.
  • The price associated with keeping up on the turnover can become quite costly, especially if a company is hiring new employees only to be placed back into an environment with inconsistent training practices. It is like a never-ending cycle of wasted time, money, and effort.
  • All the above pitfalls lead to poor reputation in both the world of employees and customers alike. Word of mouth can be a good thing when things are done well, however, we all know what can happen with word of mouth when things fall short.

Not sure where to start with ensuring your company is set up for success with training? Need some assistance with creating a plan? We can help.

Whether it is utilizing our HR Consulting services to assist you with developing your organizational plan or allowing us to find you well-qualified training manager candidates, we are here for YOU! Give our team a call and let’s talk about your specific needs and how we can best serve you.

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There is no doubt that 2021 will bring forth opportunities with which to leverage new and emerging employment trends. Follow the Hire Up Staffing & Healthcare Services Blog to stay connected with a variety of topics aimed to help support you! Whether you are an active job seeker looking for tips and tricks to land your perfect job or an employer looking to fill a challenging position, we are here to help you HIRE UP!

References:

94% of employees would stay at a company for this one reason (cnbc.com)


Elisa Weathers, Training Director | August 9, 2021

Meet Hedi – Business Development Manager in the Fort Worth Office!

As a Business Development Manager in the Fort Worth branch, Heidi’s professional goal is to surpass budgeted sales goals, be promoted into leadership and/or a training position, and help those she comes into contact with. Before working at Hire Up Staffing & Healthcare Services,
Heidi worked as a marketing and sales professional in the assisted living memory care industry for over 15 years.

Now, working at Hire Up, Heidi is excited to make a difference in the lives that she touches. One accomplishment that she is proud of is superseding goals during a time of bankruptcy while keeping the team energized and focused. She can’t wait to make new work accomplishments at Hire Up.

A piece of advice that has stuck with Heidi throughout the years is to work hard and to stay humble. When Heidi is out of the office, she likes to watch football, specifically the New Orleans Saints or the Cowboys. She also likes to spend time writing poetry, going camping, and also gardening.

Meet Kellie – Our Recruiting Manager in Bakersfield

As a Recruiting Manager for the Bakersfield branch, Kellie’s professional goal is to utilize her leadership skills with a growing company. Before working at Hire Up Staffing & Healthcare Services, Kellie worked at Ulta Beauty as an Assistant Manager, where she used her customer service skills to help clients with their skincare and beauty needs and build professional relationships.

One accomplishment that Kellie is proud of is accomplishing any self-goals and team goals. Now, Kellie’s new goal is to learn as much as she can for herself, clients and candidates and grow with Hire Up. When Kellie isn’t in the office, she can be found painting, singing, doing gymnastics, and playing with her two children.

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