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Honesty is always the best policy!

As a recruiter, I want my candidates to know I am here for them. My main objective is to find a job you actually want to go to and succeed in. Barracuda has built a reputation of finding the perfect fit for all. In order to maintain that reputation, honesty is a must. Our clients fully disclose to us what they are looking for because if they leave anything out it’s difficult to find the right fit. The same holds true for candidates. If a candidate leaves out crucial factors that relate to their job search during the initial interview with a recruiter, it makes the task of putting the pieces together for the “perfect fit” near impossible.

Know what you’re hoping for!

In my experience, I have come across indecisive candidates which prolongs the process for getting them placed. I suggest coming into the interview prepared. Knowing what job you want and setting expectations with your recruiter is key. If a candidate says, “I will do anything,” that does not give the recruiter anything to work on.  If you know you are unable to work a first shift because you have obligations, be up front with your recruiter. If you need to stay within a certain distance to your home, this needs to be addressed. Without proper direction of what your needs are, a recruiter can spend a lot of time finding everything except the perfect fit.

Communicate with us!

Communication is the number one roadblock in the recruiter/candidate relationship. Your recruiter wants to see you land the job that you want and will succeed at. Clear expectations of the wage you need should be addressed. Do not settle or sell yourself short. Speak up and your recruiter will listen. You should be completely candid with your recruiter. You will be amazed with the speed a recruiter can get you placed when everything is laid on the table.

At Barracuda we love seeing our candidates at the same company years later. We want to end your job search immediately and put you on the path to grow in your field. Honesty is the best policy to make this happen.

Written by: Nicole Fergerson

Complacency is a common issue in many aspects of life such as relationships, finances, academics, and even careers! Becoming complacent in your career can lead to stunted career growth and unhappiness in the workplace. Here are some tips to jump start that fire again!

Increasing your Workload

Nothing says “I want to grow” like requesting to take on a heavier workload. This doesn’t mean ask for a handful of things at once, but start small with a new task or two. Once you have those new tasks under control, ask for more! Taking on new projects or duties will expand your knowledge and capabilities within your field. As you start to take on more, do not neglect  your primary duties. This is counter-productive to growth within any organization!

Continuing Education

No matter the position, there is ALWAYS more to learn about your career and industry. Find conferences, conventions, and luncheons online. Not only is it beneficial to learn from presentations, but you can up your game by learning from the experiences of other professionals like you! There are also many different publications for career postings both online and in magazines. It could be worth the read as you may find that one line that plants a little more knowledge in your arsenal.

Time Management

It is extremely easy to get distracted throughout the day. Thoughts float through your head, conversations erupt, and sometimes you hit that 3pm wall. Planning out your day to be as productive as possible is important. Set aside time for certain tasks. Stick to your schedule as closely as possible since this will leave you less time to stray from your work. This takes a reasonable amount of self discipline to adhere to, but it will make you a much more efficient and organized professional. Allow time for short breaks to reset your mind since you are less likely to produce if your brain is overwhelmed.

Looking Inward

Sometimes your biggest motivation for growth can come from within! Now, this doesn’t mean you have to sit in silence and meditate, but rather simply noticing how you feel throughout your day may give you some clues. You may realize you enjoy certain things or tasks, and from there you can take the initiative to explore those further. Maybe you realize you lack in certain areas. Use those feelings as an opportunity to pursue growth. Once you are able to be honest with yourself and understand that not being great at EVERYTHING is ok, then you can begin to take steps to improve as not only a person but an employee and coworker as well!

When it comes to professional development there are many ways to learn and grow! Think outside the box and even make mistakes! Growth takes time and effort. As long as you strive to be the best you that you can be, the opportunities will be endless!

Written by: Evin Hamilton

Customer Service is a must for any business. Without customers we can not operate a business, so the customer experience is vital to any business operating. There are some essential skills we must have when dealing with customers.

Patience  

We all know that customers can get frustrated and can come across rude, demanding and impatient. It is crucial that we keep our patience when dealing with them to help defuse the situation.

Pay Attention  

We must be attentive when we are speaking with customers and assure them that we do care and want to help them.

Communication

It is very important we communicate properly and professionally.  Speak clearly and make sure that the customer understands what we are saying before moving on.

Positivity

Positivity is contagious. If we want a customer to have a positive experience with us, we must give them a positive experience. Be polite and happy – and even through a phone call a customer can tell if we have a smile on our face.

Empathy  

We must be empathetic in a customer service environment, the customer needs to feel that we understand where they are coming from.

Response

We must always return a customer’s phone calls, emails and/or messages. It is poor customer service to not do what we say we are going to do and leave a customer wondering. Lack of response can contribute substantially to a customer’s negative experience.

Kindness

We must always be kind, regardless of what kind of day we are having. Showing Kindness in tough situation shows great customer service and can very easily turn a bad situation into a positive one.

Written by: Brandy Aab

Why?

Professional development is an important aspect of all adult lives, but especially so for recent graduates or individuals who are new to a particular industry. A lot of us want to ask what our new company is going to do for us in terms of professional development, and while that is a great question and an important aspect of accepting a new position, I also feel like it’s important to take your professional development into your own hands as well.

Take Initiative

  • If you want to learn a new skill, enroll in a class for it!
  • If you want to be more active in your community, check out some free resources of how to get involved!
  • If you want to advance your career but aren’t sure how, attend some business seminars and get to networking!
  • If you just want a professional option of which direction to go in, find a mentor!

My Experience

These are just a few examples of some ways you can not only advance your professional development but also grow as a person yourself. To make a personal example, I was a recent graduate myself when I first started working with Barracuda Staffing. I always knew I wanted to excel and work my way up in a company, but first I needed to understand the basics of the new industry I was in. After I became comfortable with my new position, I started seeking advice through my peers and my leadership team. A few months later I started to attend seminars and talks around the community as well as find ways to volunteer and help my community. I am by no means an expert nor do I spend countless hours a week attending these seminars, but I learned a substantial amount by just showing up and putting my best foot forward.

I am lucky to work for a company that realizes their employee’s potential and continuously trains and develops them both personally and professionally, but unfortunately several industries don’t have that same luxury. If professional development is a priority and a motivator of yours, I urge you go out and explore your options. Who knows where you could be this time next year.

Written by: Ali Teague

It’s the Small Things

There are so many things that come along with being appreciated as an employee. One thing that really means a lot to me – and I’m sure a lot of other people as well – is the celebration of small wins. Whether it’s learning a new program or going above and beyond for someone on your team. Being celebrated as an employee not only makes you feel good, it also encourages you to try a little bit harder in your everyday job duties. It really shows to people that the company lifts up employees, which ultimately brings more people through the door.

Celebrating Employees

One thing that we do here at Barracuda is celebrate work anniversaries and birthdays of our employees. Being recognized as a person and not just an employee number is important. We truly value everyone that we have here. One of our favorite ways to show that we appreciate them is surprising them with thoughtfulness on their special day. There is something special about the way this team gets together and really does their best to make each other feel important and needed. In return, the candidates that walk through the door know that we all serve a purpose to serve others.

Volunteering

We try to do a lot of things with each other outside of work for the good of the community. You may see us around town volunteering to help anywhere we can. This is very important to not only show our team members appreciation of teamwork and togetherness, but also our Tulsa community. Without appreciating our community and everything they do for us we wouldn’t be able to appreciate each other the way we do. There is so much entailed in this thought, without you there wouldn’t be an us. So we do our best to show appreciation to everyone that walks through our doors. You are appreciated.

Employee of the Month

One last thing that is really special about our team is that we do employee of the month. It’s amazing to watch all the special people we have here be appreciated for just being them and the great people they are. Hard work really pays off here and can take you many places. It feels great to come to work with a smile on your face daily. We all know that we are needed and noticed for the hard work that we put in. This makes us want to take on new challenges and learn new roles and gives us a confidence boost to really push ourselves to keep making a difference. There are so many reasons to choose Barracuda but the fact that we appreciate everyone that comes in is why it’s better with Barracuda.  

Written by: Ashley Medellin Diaz
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