So, You Made a Bad Hire… Now What?

You added a new employee to your team. You thought they would be a great fit, but things aren’t working out as planned. Uh oh. Now what? Sometimes, despite all the best recruiting efforts, bad hires happen. And, although you can’t guarantee a perfect record, you can minimize the effects of mistakes. Don’t Delay Addressing… Read More »

How Do I Know What Questions to Ask in An Interview?

If you’ve ever been to an interview, you know the drill. As the session is winding down, someone usually says, “Do you have any questions?” Well, do you? Your answer should be a definite YES! Asking smart and insightful questions makes you look like a stronger candidate. Plus, interviews are meant to be a two-way… Read More »

Go paperless: Sign up to get your W-2 tax form electronically

2020 W-2 statements are available online in the Employee Portal.  If you have not signed up for an electronic copy of your W-2 form, contact FirstStaff for assistance. FirstStaff is required by IRS regulations to send employees a paper W-2 form unless they consent to receive their W-2 form in an electronic-only format. Once consent… Read More »

How Can You Turn Your Gig into Long-Term Job?

Are you doing freelance, contract or temporary work at a fantastic organization? Do you wish you could turn your gig into a full-time position? Maybe you can.   Follow these five steps to improve your chances.  1. Be Reliable Even though you aren’t a permanent employee, the company is counting on you to get your work done. Don’t let them down. Show your… Read More »

Pick Up Your Phone and Find a Job on Social Media With These Tips!

If you are job hunting, you’ve probably searched the internet for openings, visited job boards and even looked around the neighborhood for Help Wanted signs. But, have you considered social media?  That’s right. Social Media isn’t just for personal posts anymore. Learn how you can use your social accounts to advance your career.   LinkedIn  Designed as a social network for professionals, LinkedIn continues to… Read More »

3 Ways to Politely Wrap Up A Dead-End Interview

Dead-end interviews are not an ideal situation. You invited a candidate in, and after ten minutes (or maybe two), you know this person is not the right for the job. What should you do?  Don’t Drag Things Out  Most people would much rather not tell an applicant they didn’t get a position. In fact, many hiring managers are so eager to avoid this situation that they will… Read More »

No Car? 4 Ways to Ensure You’re Still at Work on Time

Maybe your car broke down? Maybe you are saving money? Or, maybe you are trying to reduce your carbon footprint? Whatever your reasons, not having a vehicle shouldn’t interfere with your job.  Here are four tips for getting to work on time without the luxury of your own car.  1. Walk or Bike For this to be an option, you must live relatively close to… Read More »

What to Do When Your New Job Wasn’t What You Were Expecting

Sometimes things don’t turn out as planned. This can be especially difficult when new job isn’t what you thought it would be. Are you stuck? Should you quit? What’s your best plan of action? Don’t Overreact Even if you are frustrated or angry, take a deep breath and step back. First days and first weeks… Read More »

8 Tips To Combat Sleep Deprivation In The Workplace

You stayed up a little later than you should have, only to find yourself exhausted and groggy at work the next day. And, you feel like this is becoming a habit. You know you should get more sleep, but how? 1. Create a Sleep Schedule The average adult should clock between seven to nine hours… Read More »

Do You Have a Hiring Criteria? If Not, What Should It Include?

Is your company hiring? Before you post to the job boards, sort through resumes or conduct interviews, have you clearly defined the exact employee you need? This is where hiring criteria comes into play. Although hiring criteria varies by position and industry, these five categories are a good starting point for any organization. Qualifications First,… Read More »