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How to do a Skills Gap Analysis

September 14th, 2017

One of the biggest problems companies face is the divide between the skills they need to achieve their business objectives and the skills that their employees actually have.

Before your company can make any progress toward its goals, it is necessary to analyze this divergence between what you need and what you have. Such an analysis will help you to get a clear picture of the skills your employees have, enabling you to make a decision whether to train them or hire new people. And you will see where the disparities are and what you need to focus on. Here are the steps to take.

1. Determine your objectives
You cannot know if employee skills are adequate until you know what they need to accomplish, and for that, you need to know your goals and objectives.

2. Make a list of functions
List all of the positions in the company, and then group together those that require similar types of skills. This will enable you to determine the different functions each job performs within the company.

3. Determine the skills needed for each group of jobs
You are now looking at the skills that are needed for each type of job to enable the company to achieve its goals.

4. Find out what skills your employees have
How do you do this? Experts recommend testing them. If this is not feasible, you can ask them to answer questions about their job and how they do it, or even administer simple kinds of tests.

5. Analyze the differences
Now you can look at the skills you need to achieve your business goals, the ideal set of skills, as it were, and compare them to the actual kinds of skills your employees have. You will see a gap between the two, and it is this divergence that you need to address.

6. Develop a plan to deal with the skill differences
There are different ways to handle the problem. You can give your current employees more training to develop the skills you need, or you can hire new people with the requisite skills. The first order of business, however, is establishing priorities. Which skills are most important and urgent for your business? It is those skills you need to address first.

Trinity Staffing has the experience and expertise to find the people with the skills your company needs. Give Trinity a call today.

How to Achieve Your Goals

September 7th, 2017

Are you having trouble reaching your career goals or other work-related goals? You feel like you have been working hard and trying to move forward, but your objectives seem as elusive as ever. If you find yourself in this position, here are a few steps you can take.

1. Take another look at your goals.
Write them out, and be as specific and precise as possible. For example, having a goal like finding a new job is too vague. What kind of job are you looking for, what type of work? What kinds of things are important to you with your new job? Where do you want to work? What salary are you looking for? All of these things should be spelled out.

2. Figure out what is standing in the way
What are the obstacles that are preventing you from reaching your goals? Is it a lack of time, money, or motivation? Do you have family issues that are getting in the way?

Make a list of these obstacles, and then put them into two categories – those things that you can control, and those that are out of your control. Focus on the things you can control.

3. Examine your commitment
You have set goals. But you need to ask yourself why you have established such goals. Why are they important to you. When you take a hard look at them, you may decide that they are not as important as you thought they were. They may be goals that you have made because others think they are important.

4. One step at a time
Realize that accomplishing any challenging goal is going to take time. You need to remember the Chinese aphorism, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” Take one small step at a time. The important thing is that you are continually moving forward.

Determine what steps you need to take to achieve your goals, and then break them down into manageable tasks.

5. Savor the journey
Keep your eye on the prize, but savor your accomplishments along the way as well. Each day, consider what you have achieved. This will help to keep you motivated.

If you are looking for work in the San Antonio area, Trinity Staffing can help you. We know the employers and what they are looking for. We can prepare you to land a job you like. Give Trinity a call today.

How to Recruit on Social Media

August 24th, 2017

These days, when companies advertise job openings, they have many more options than in the past. Because of technology, there are more platforms available.

With all of these choices, however, comes more uncertainty. The new opportunities present new challenges in knowing how to use the platforms to your company’s best advantage, as well as knowing which platforms to use. You want to avoid a scattershot approach that will result in a deluge of applications, many of which are from people who are not remotely qualified. With different platforms, you can target your audience with more precision.

Here are some tips for recruiting effectively on social media.

1. Work with the marketing department
The job of the marketing department is to sell your brand, create a message, and find an audience for it. They can help you put something together more quickly, as well as making sure the job advertisement delivers a message consistent with the business objectives of the company.

2. Make the content interesting
The boilerplate job descriptions on career websites are not the best way to attract candidates. Your advertisements need to be interesting and persuasive. Place a tagline on the social media site with a link to a more complete job description.

3. Make sure your message is accessible by mobile devices.
Around 30 to 50 percent of job candidates these days are looking at job posts on smartphones or tablets. So, you need to make sure your post is in sync with them.

4. Determine which social media sites you want to use
This is important for reaching the right people. Research the demographic for each site. Look at employees in your company that have a job similar to the one you are advertising. What web sites do they look at?

Keep track of the responses you are getting and what results they are yielding to see if the particular websites are working for you. You can start on a small scale and build up gradually.

5. Use a question to screen applicants
If you want to further narrow the pool of applicants applying for the job, you can use a screening question. For example, the question could assess whether a person would be a good fit with the culture of the company, or assess a person’s level of interest in the job, or even screen for something like minimum level of education.

6. Transparency is the watchword
These days, you need to keep candidates informed about the hiring process and their situation as it relates to the process.

If your company is looking for reliable, qualified people, Trinity Staffing can help you. We are one of the leading staffing agencies in the San Antonio area. Give Trinity a call today.

Mindfulness and the Bottom Line

August 17th, 2017

Although some still view it as a kind of squishy new age fad, mindfulness has been gaining more recognition and more converts in the business world. And recent research appears to back up the bottom-line benefits of mindfulness among employees.

Where mindfulness is practiced, research has shown that it improves concentration, helps people handle stress more effectively, and improves employee cooperation, according to an analysis by Case Western Reserve University.

Traditionally, people have cultivated mindfulness through the practice of meditation. And companies such as Google, Aetna, the Mayo Clinic and the US Marine Corps all now use mindfulness training.

Mindfulness helps people to be more aware of the present moment, which is important for business leaders who have to handle different kinds of problems that require decisions under pressure.

The Case Western study looked at 4,000 papers written about mindfulness to develop an outline of its benefits and its impact on how people think, feel and perform in a work environment. From the research, the investigators found that there is really no negative effects from practicing mindfulness.

Benefits of Mindfulness

They did find that mindfulness improves people’s overall performance. Research conducted in the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and medicine all support claims that mindfulness enhances attention, thinking, emotional awareness, performance and bodily functions.

Mindfulness has proven to be especially effective in improving concentration. Scientists estimate that the mind actually wanders half of all the time that we are awake. But people who meditate and increase their mindfulness can focus longer in tasks that involve seeing and listening.

Studies have also shown that people in a group that practices mindfulness work better together and have more productive relationships. Some have speculated that mindfulness can help to enhance the empathy and compassion people have for each other, and that is why it improves the performance of teams.

Growing Interest

Interest in mindfulness is growing. More companies are getting involved in mindfulness training both in the United States and around the world. In fact the British Parliament has recently begun a mindfulness program called “Mindful Nation UK,” which is intended to help improve national health and well being.

Trinity Staffing is the place to go if you are looking for skilled workers in the San Antonio area. Trinity works with our job candidates individually to determine their skills, interests, and experience, so that we can match them with the right employer. Give Trinity a call today.

How to Get Moving

August 10th, 2017

Everyone knows how important exercise is. If you want to perform your best at work, it is essential that you get enough exercise. Beyond the benefits it can deliver for your body, it has also been shown to improve the function of your mind as well.

Exercise improves your mood and helps you think better. It helps your memory and your focus. The important thing with exercise is just to get moving. It really doesn’t matter what kind of physical activity you do.

And if you are now living a sedentary lifestyle, don’t think that you have to go out and do something strenuous for several hours. Start small, but just get moving. Here are a few ideas on how to get started.

1. Go for a walk.
Walking has been shown to be one of the best kinds of exercise there is. It helps your cardiovascular system and helps to prevent a range of different illnesses, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Start out with a 10 to 15 minute stroll around the neighborhood or to the store. That’s all you need to do. See if you can continue with the brief walks and then gradually begin walking a little further.

2. Do something you enjoy.
If you do a physical activity that you like, you are much more likely to stick with it. Whether it’s tennis, racquetball, volleyball, golf, hiking, or swimming. Find something that you like to do.

3. Be consistent
Schedule your workout, preferably at the same time each day. This will help to ensure that you do it.

4. Do what you can
If you do not have the time to get in an hour-long workout, exercise for however long that you can, even if only for 15 or 20 minutes. Every little bit helps.

5. Make goals
You should write down short-term, medum-term and long-term goals for your exercise regimen. Short term goals would cover things like what you will do each day. Medium-term goals would cover something that you want to accomplish by the end of the month, and long-term goals would cover a year or more.

6. Don’t overdo it
You are not going to train like an Olympian the first time out. Do only what you can, what feels comfortable and build up from there.

7. Exercise with a friend
This will help you to stay motivated.

If you need to get moving on your job search, Trinity Staffing can help you. Trinity has the experience and the know-how to find a job that fits your knowledge and skills. Give Trinity a call today.

How to Maintain Self-Discipline

August 3rd, 2017

There are many different strategies and approaches that people have recommended for reaching goals and achieving success on the job. But beneath all of these techniques, there is a fundamental requirement. That is self-discipline.

Nothing else works if you do not have the self-discipline to do what you need to. Many people think of self-discipline as similar to a muscle, something that you can develop with practice. But just like a muscle, if you are out of shape, if your muscle is flabby from lack of use, you cannot expect a lot from it until you build it up.

Self-discipline is what enables you to put your ideas into action. It is the ability to act on your thoughts. It is the foundation on which everything else rests.

Little by Little

If you want to develop self-discipline, it will take time. Don’t expect to tackle something big right away if you have not developed your self-discipline. Because, as mentioned, self-discipline is like a muscle. It needs to be developed gradually.

So, don’t attempt to immediately try some heavy lifting. For example, you may make a New Year’s resolution of going to the gym every day. But if you have been a couch potato up to this point, you are only setting yourself up for failure.

So, start small and build up. You could, for example, begin with a short walk each day or every other day. Then add a few exercises to it, such as pushups and sit ups. And continue advancing from there until you reach your goal of daily gym workouts.

Make sure that you record what you do as well, so you can see your progress.

Getting Help

Just as with a muscle, it is also possible to let your self-discipline atrophy to the point where you cannot develop it on your own. You have succumbed to bad habits to the point where you need help if you are to eliminate them.

You need to find someone who can hold you accountable for doing the things you say you will do.

If you need help finding employment in the San Antonio area, Trinity Staffing can help you. Trinity is one of the most respected staffing firms in the area. Give Trinity a call today.

How to Work Smarter

July 27th, 2017

To many, getting more done means spending more hours working. And often that is what it takes. But there are other ways to help you increase productivity, ways that do not involve simply putting in more hours. Here are a few.

1. Take up a creative hobby
If you are swamped with work, you may feel that you don’t have time for a hobby. But studies have shown that a hobby requiring creativity helps to enhance performance at work. It could be something like playing a musical instrument, drawing or painting, writing, or playing some kind of game. The creative energies that are released for your hobby will carry over into your work. These kinds of hobbies also help you to reduce stress from your job.

2. Do work that you are interested in
This may be easier on some jobs than others. But research supports the common sense idea that you are likely to perform better at a task that you find interesting than on one you do not. In fact, the degree of interest you have may be the most important factor in your ultimate success at a task. The more you are interested, the higher level your performance.

As a corollary to this, we also tend to perform better at work we find meaningful than otherwise. We persevere more and apply ourselves more to work that we see as important.

3. Maintain a good work-life balance
When your job takes over all of your time, squeezing out personal time, your work actually suffers. You become more stressed and are more likely to experience burnout.
For these reasons, it is important to try and set some boundaries between work and personal life. For example, not taking work home, or disengaging from technology when you are done with work.

4. Be grateful
We are so often consumed by our desires, by what we do not have, that we seldom take the time to consider what we do have. And here again, research has shown the positive effect that doing this has on our mental well being.

Thinking about all of the things we have to be grateful for helps to reduce stress, reduces physical ailments, and gives a greater sense of fulfillment. All of these things help our performance at work.

If you want to be smarter about finding a job, Trinity Staffing can help you. We have the experience and expertise to help find the right job for you. Give Trinity a call today.

Diversity Programs — What Works and What Does Not

July 20th, 2017

Many companies these days have diversity initiatives. But recently their effectiveness has come into question.

Some researchers contend that such programs are not really increasing diversity. Companies are using the same methods they have been following for years, which often create more problems than they solve.

And statistics seem to support the claim. From 1985 to 2014, the number of women and minorities hired by companies with more than 100 employees has barely changed. The number of women and blacks in management ranks barely changed during that time as well.

Not only that, such initiatives seem to be having unintended consequences as well – making white men feel besieged. White men interviewing at companies that tout diversity expect that they will receive more unfair treatment and experience more discrimination.

Why They Don’t Work

Diversity programs seem to break down for several reasons. One is that companies require employees to participate. Making these programs mandatory creates anger and resistance among workers, making them feel more hostile to people of different backgrounds.

Another is that companies use heavy-handed tactics, such as warnings and threats against those who discriminate. A third reason is that employees tend to forget what they have learned in diversity training sessions very quickly.

What Does Work

To really encourage diversity, companies need to make such efforts voluntary. People show a greater willingness to participate under such circumstances. One way of introducing diversity in a more relaxed manner is through a mentoring program. Assigning younger minority employees to more senior mentors has been proven to increase diversity. Such efforts increase the diversity of management by nine to 24 percent.

Another way to increase diversity is simply by exposing people of different racial, cultural or ethnic backgrounds to each other and having them work together. This helps to break down the stereotypes that people have of others of a different background.

Yet another way of increasing diversity is holding people accountable socially. For example, at one company, black employees in some departments received smaller raises than white employees even though the black workers had the same performance ratings as their white counterparts. The company then began publicly listing employees’ performance ratings and pay raises, which showed those departments that discriminated. This was very effective in ending the discrepancy in pay increases.

If you are searching for employment, Trinity Staffing is the place to go. We give you the personal attention you deserve as one of the leading staffing firms in the San Antonio area. Give Trinity a call today.

Starting the Day Right

July 13th, 2017

How you begin your day sets the tone for all that is to follow. Getting off to a good start can ensure that your day is productive and that you are performing at your best. Here are a few things to incorporate into your morning routine to make sure your day is the best it can be.

1. Wake up with natural light
Research has shown that artificial light can have a negative effect on our sleep quality. It is not easy to completely blot out artificial light, but it is healthier if we allow ourselves to wake up to natural light in the morning, letting the sunlight rouse us from sleep.

2. Practice Mindfulness
This is a good way to get yourself going in the morning. Mindfulness helps you to focus and concentrate better, reduces stress, and improves your mood. There are various ways of practicing mindfulness. You should try various techniques until you find one that you like.

3. Be methodical
In other words, make your routine the same each day. This saves energy and willpower because you have to make fewer decisions. When you do the same thing each day, you don’t have to worry about making choices. It simply becomes automatic and less stressful.

4. Use the Pivot Point
Some psychologists suggest looking over your to-do list as part of your morning routine with an eye toward seeing if there is a task or tasks on the list that, once done, would make it easier to finish the other things on the list.

You should also look at the difficulty of your tasks, with an eye toward tackling the hardest things first while you are still fresh and energetic.

5. Take a Cold Shower
This will certainly help to wake you up, but it has other benefits as well. Cold showers can help to reduce stress and even improve your mood if you are feeling depressed, as well as boosting the immune system.

This is what health experts recommend – shower first as you normally do, then turn the water temperature down as far as you can stand for 30 seconds, then turn it up again for 30 seconds, then down a second time for 30 seconds.

If you want to start your job search right, begin with Trinity Staffing. We are one of the leading staffing firms in the San Antonio area. Give Trinity a call today.

How to Handle Presentation Anxiety

July 6th, 2017

Much of the advice about giving presentations centers around reducing the stress and anxiety that such an event brings about. And this advice deals generally with what you can do to psychologically prepare yourself, things like breathing, visualizing your performance, and mentally rehearsing.

But there are other things you can do as well to make sure your presentation goes well, more practical actions you can take to help handle the stress when the psychology is not working so well. Here are a few of them.

1. Perspiring
One natural response to the stress that people feel before making a presentation is sweating. To prevent this from becoming a problem, make sure you have a few paper towels or even a small hand towel with you to surreptitiously dab your hands and forehead.

Avoid using tissues because they can fall apart and make an unsightly mess. Try not to wipe your sweaty hands on your clothes because you might leave a stain. Make sure you use a strong antiperspirant, and wear a dark shirt or dress so that any perspiration won’t show. If this is a particular problem for you, you may want to even bring another layer of clothing, such as a sweater, to cover the perspiration.

2. Stomach pain or growling
This is an unfortunate result of stress for some people. To preven it, eat bland foods before your presentation, and avoid dairy, fried foods or especially acidic foods about 12 to 24 hours before you speak.

3. Lightheadedness
This is also a problem for some people. If you are prone to this condition, take precautions. Make sure you have some sugar in your body. Also, when you get up to speak, rise slowly. Even better, stand up a few minutes before you speak if that is possible.

4. Drawing a blank
Again, sometimes because of anxiety, people simply forget what they are going to say when they rise to speak. Attempting to memorize your entire presentation won’t really help, as you might think. In fact, it might even increase your anxiety and make the situation even worse.

The thing to do is memorize just the first three lines of your presentation to help get you started. Then, make sure you have your key points written down, so that you can refer to them if needed.

If you are experiencing anxiety in your job search, Trinity Staffing can help you. We have the experience and the expertise to make your job search successful. Give Trinity a call today.

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