The importance of a good team

Building the team

Every company needs a crackpot team to ensure success. The problem with this concept is that it takes time and money to build this kind of team. For most companies, the human resources department is tasked with finding a candidate for an open position. The job description and qualifications are drawn up and a posting is then put out for potential candidates to see. Once the posting is out, it hopefully begins to attract some qualified individuals. As the resume’s and cover letters come in, the human resources team begins to compile a contenders list. Now many company’s use an applicant tracking systems to filter their candidates which in essence leaves out a lot of great candidates. The reality is that you are not getting the best of the best but the best the computer shows you. Here at Qwoffices we look closely at our applicants and our human resources team does their job. We review every resume that comes in to ensure that we find top notch people. Now let’s say that a company is okay with their applicant tracking systems. Well, that’s just the beginning of team building. You now have to go through the process of W4’s, paperwork, and applicable overhead needed to hire this employee. With insurance, employee supplies and wages, the company now has put a lot of money into this team member. Remember that no work has taken place. Eventually, the worker will begin to work for your company. However, the average worker stays on a job less than five years. This means that a company who has put all of their money into this new hire has really just prepared him or her to be successful at their new job. Here at Qwoffices we have a different option.
We train and select the best workers for our clients. All they have to do is pay the hourly, weekly, or monthly rate. There is no overhead for the client at all. The client orders what they need and only pay for that. Maybe they have a lot of work four months out of the year and the rest they only need someone part time. We can accommodate this. There are no worries about layoffs or rehiring because we do it all for you. The beauty is that our clients can even select specific workers after they get to know them. Our service is really self-service. Qwoffices helps you build a team that is all yours and on your own terms. As a business owner there is nothing better than saving money and increasing your bottom line. Working with Qwoffices does just that.

Why is all of this important?

Simply said, “The better your team is, the more your company can produce.” A crackpot team can help a company to rise to higher levels of success. When you have key people in key positions that can deliver, your company is ahead of the pack. Why, because a good team helps you to be prepared and ahead of the competition. Qwofffices can help you to build that coveted team while helping you to understand the importance of a good team.

How to Write a Proper Resume

How to Write a Proper Resume

I’m asked this question all the time because I’ve edited so many resumes in my time. I wrote a quick list of do’s and don’ts to the art of resume writing, so you can stand out and hopefully get the job you’re applying for.

Rule 1: Keep it concise and short! Nobody is going to read your life story. You have to grab the person reading your resume’s attention almost immediately and some long story is not going to achieve that. (However. You do not want time gaps. Use white space as skills filler).

Rule 2: Only write about pertinent experiences relevant to your current skill sets or the job your applying for skill qualifications. Highlight your specifications. It’s ok to cite awards, or brief situational aspects that make you a good candidate for the position; but don’t talk about rock climbing if the job isn’t about rock climbing…

Rule 3: I can’t stress this rule enough. Do not write down any illegal or negative behavior, flaws or personal problems on a resume. It may sound like a no brainer, but I’ve seen resumes where people have actually put down their past legal problems and negative activity. That resume is almost always going in the trash. Remember. You’re trying to get the job. I know you’re trying to be fourth right, but do not disclose any information on a resume that places you in an unflattering light.

Rule 4: This is not your social media page. Do not use photos, pics or any type of art, emojis or anything like that. This is a resume for a job. You must keep things professional unless previously stated otherwise from the employer, i.e. entertainment industry or related field. Even if the employer says it’s ok, I still would avoid turning my resume into my social media page.

Rule 5: You are selling yourself, so make sure your resume looks neat and professional. Do not write your resume, (they should never be handwritten). Type your resume using normal sized font. Avoid using too much bolding. I’ve seen resumes where things were bolded that didn’t need to be. I understand that you’re trying to make your skills, abilities, acheivements standout, but don’t over do it. Also, keep the resume as unwrinkled as possible. I’ve seen resumes with food stains plus crumbled up. Why?

Rule 6: In rule 3 I said don’t place yourself in an unflattering light by disclosing negative information.  It’s also not a good idea to exaggerate your resume. Employers are hip to that game and they understand that the candidate is trying to put his/her best foot forward, but if you lie about a skill set and you get into the interview process and the interviewer asks you about it; you’re going to look pretty foolish when you can’t explain the basic theory of quantum physics, yet you said you were a scientist. Avoid that action.

Rule 7: When submitting your resume online, be sure that the job duties include the key words that fit the job descriptions. Here’s why?… A HRIS, which is also known as a human resource information system or human resource management system (HRMS), is the tool that most companies use to streamline the hiring process. (You’ll have to look up HRMS. I’m not going to do all the work for you)…This means that the software uses keywords to test against the submitted resume. It is very important to use the keywords from the job description, or your resume will go completely overlooked by the company. This is a common, (an mostly an unknown), mistake candidates make when submitting online and the reason they never get a call back.

Rule 8: In this age of the computer, there is no reason your resume should not be spelled correctly. I get resumes with grammatical or syntax errors more than I should and it’s only because the person hasn’t taken the time to simply go over their resume, checking for typos, misspellings etc…I’ll be honest with you. If you didn’t catch it, the person going over your resume probably won’t either. They’re looking at tons of resumes a day and basically are looking for key things that stand out. Make sure it’s a not mistake that stands out. See. I bet you didn’t catch that did you? I meant, “not a mistake”

Rule 9: This next one might be a no brainer, but I’m only telling you what I’ve seen. Avoid any kind of religious, racial or slang phrases on a resume. Your resume is not a place for politics, race, street lingo or religous talk. Stay away from it. While I’m on the topic, avoid bragging and appearing rude as well, or you will never get a call back.

Rule 10: This is my final rule or tip. The most common mistake I’ve seen on resumes…No name, date or address. I’ve seen them without return email addresses or contact numbers. Don’t forget rule 8. Follow these 10 simple guidelines and although I can’t guarantee you a job; I can guarantee you that your resume will stand out and may increase your chances of getting a call for a job interview, then, who knows?

Good luck.

Global Communication

Everywhere you search these days all you read about is global communication. Why is this so important? How can global communication help me and my business? These are questions that many business owners ask. Well, the answers to these questions are not so simple and then again they are very simple. First let’s talk about the definition of global communication. By definition the term global communication means communicating across international borders. In essence, global communication should make the world feel smaller. You can connect with a person in Japan while living in Philadelphia. But, what does this mean for your business? For most companies it means that your customer base can grow exponentially. You are no longer relegated to your local community. That is the simple part. However, what is more complicated is reaching this global market. In the 2015 market, Google holds the key to this connection along with some social media sites. Your business must understand how to rank in the search engines and promote properly within the social atmosphere. One of the most important items you must master is called SEO which stands for search engine optimization. This is the process of setting focus keywords and metadata along with your content for search engines to index and rank. If you want to learn more about search engine optimization click here.

Once your search engine optimization is completed, you can then submit your site to the search engines you choose. The hope is that you have done  enough SEO to increase your sites ranking in the search engines so that people can find you. Since the search engines are global, if you’ve done your job, you’ve taken one of the first steps into global communication. Hopefully, people from all around the globe will log onto your site and engage you after finding you on the search engines. There is also another place that you can expand your market and it’s called social media. Like the search engines, social media sites allow you to connect with people from all over the world. They can be very useful when trying to expand your customer base. For information on social media click here. These sites allow you to run ads, respond to posts, and even add images or videos that help others to get to know your company without ever physically visiting it. Taking the time learn a little about search engines and social media will help you to foray into the world of global communication.