smartie spotlight: Sarah in Grand Rapids

Sarah Prince is the newest smartie to join the Grand Rapids office, where she heads up the business development desk. Sarah brings a strong background in HR and is already making a splash at local networking events.

What got you into staffing? 
A recruiter! My partner in crime in Grand Rapids, the lovely Hannah Staal, was a connection that I made when I moved here. While I started as one of her candidates, I’ve eventually become her coworker.

Do you have any pets?
A spunky Jack Russell named C.J.

If you were stuck on a desert island, what 3 things would you take with you? 
My hubby, my iPod, and a bottle of ranch dressing

What is the best thing about being a smartie?
Getting to work with the other smarties and helping match people with great opportunities. Whether a hiring manager that needs an outstanding candidate or a great candidate needs an awesome job, I love helping to connect people with people.

What is your favorite band? 
Whitney Houston or Michael Jackson…don’t ask me to choose!

What is your favorite staffing story? 
My favorite staffing story is the time I realized staffing wasn’t scary, it’s awesome! When I got married, I moved to D.C. for my husband’s job. I left an awesome role that I loved and found myself in a new city with no connections. I was nervous about reaching out to a recruiter because I never had before and I thought it was admitting defeat. It turned out to be the smartest decision I made during my job hunt! In addition to all of the work I was doing to find a job, I had another person (with connections!) work toward the same goal! As a result of that relationship, I was placed in a contract-to-hire role where I worked until I moved away from D.C. I’m excited to share my story with others and hopefully help more people!

What is your favorite type of pizza? 
The kind I can dip in Ranch.

What is your favorite movie? 
Dirty Dancing… “nobody puts Baby in a corner”

What is your dream job (not in staffing)? 
I want to be a singer! But I can’t carry a tune!

Top tip for any job seeker: 
Network! People love connecting with people. The more people you meet, the more connections and options you gain.

Reach out to Sarah at sarah@thesmartdept.com. Or connect with her on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahprince231/

New LinkedIn Job Search App

LinkedIn added another new app to its collection on Thursday.

The professional network unveiled the LinkedIn Job Search app, its sixth standalone app and the fourth unveiled in the last 18 months. The app is intended to do one thing very well: help users find and apply for new jobs.

The app includes job search filters like seniority level, industry and location, and both searches and individual jobs can be saved for a second look down the road. The Job Search app will also recommend positions to you based on openings you’ve viewed and saved job searches.

You can also set up notifications and alerts for jobs you’re keeping tabs on. LinkedIn says that applicants who reply to a posting on the day it goes up are 10% more likely to actually get the job.

Read the full article here | via Mashable

A Simple Rule to Eliminate Useless Meetings

Ask your team to identify their biggest productivity killer and inevitably two issues will rise to the top of the list: managing their inboxes and their meeting schedules. I’ll tackle the former in a future post. For now, I’d like to focus on increasing the value of meetings by sharing a practice our team has implemented to great effect.

At LinkedIn, we have essentially eliminated the presentation. In lieu of that, we ask that materials that would typically have been presented during a meeting be sent out to participants at least 24 hours in advance so people can familiarize themselves with the content.

Bear in mind: Just because the material has been sent doesn’t mean it will be read. Taking a page out of Jeff Bezo’s book, we begin each meeting by providing attendees roughly 5-10 minutes to read through the deck. If people have already read it, this gives them an opportunity to refresh their memory, identify areas they’d like to go deeper on, or just catch up on email.

If the idea of kicking off a meeting with up to 10 minutes of silence strikes you as odd, you’re not alone. The first time I read about this practice it immediately conjured up images of a library or study hall, two of the last forums I would equate with meeting productivity. However, after the first few times you try it, not only won’t it be awkward — it will be welcome. This is particularly true when meetings end early with participants agreeing it was time well spent.

Check out the rest over at linkedin.com!

4 Essentials for Reaching Out to Strangers on LinkedIn

Last week, I received an info interview request from a total stranger as a direct message on LinkedIn. And despite my very busy schedule, I decided to take his call. Over the weekend, I asked myself, “Why did I agree?”

Let’s take his e-mail apart and put it into 4 essential elements so you can use them in your own LinkedIn networking communications.

Read the full article here! (via careerealism.com)

How to Use LinkedIn for Your Web Design Business

Maybe you’re already one of the 85 million users on LinkedIn, or perhaps you’re just getting started. Regardless of where you fall on the social networking spectrum, LinkedIn has a number of new applications and features to enrich your experience.

In this post, we’ll look at ways to beef up your profile as well as use new applications and sections to optimize your networking with clients, prospects and others in the design community. We’ll also cover how to find design-related groups on LinkedIn, exploit the new features of company pages to showcase your design work and keep up with developments on LinkedIn.

Read the full article here! (via www.webdesignerdepot.com)

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