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Traits of the Great . . .

October 18th, 2016

Part IV – Business Finance & Banking

In this last blog of our Traits of the Great series, we will talk about what it takes to excel in a business finance or banking career. While it does require specific training, skills, and experience, there are many other factors that make for a top-notch candidate. Soft skills, cultural fit, as well as character and personality traits play a vital role.

Professional Skills

Intellectual Strength: A solid understanding of analytics, mathematics, finances, and economics, as well as the ability to solve problems, are essentials.

Intellectual Curiosity: The desire to understand not only your role but also the roles of your colleagues, maintaining an awareness of how each of your roles blend to create the big picture.

Numerical Aptitude: This sounds obvious, but it goes deeper than number crunching and proficiency in basic programs. It’s the ability to use that aptitude to solve complex problems, help clients expand their assets, create innovative solutions, accurately predict the result, etc.

Technically Savvy: Begin by knowing Excel inside and out, every program, key, shortcut, etc. Add to that a knowledge of Structured Query Language (SQL). Build an understanding of available tools and systems which will help identify, assess, report, measure and monitor risks, as well as prepare business performance metrics, estimates, and forecasts.

Leadership: The finance sector requires strong leadership – beginning at entry level. Clients rely on a deep trust in those who handle their finances – they are looking for leaders. They want to know that you will provide financial wisdom so they can take care of their family.

Communicator: The banking and business finance industry requires constant and accurate communication with managers above you, coworkers, and clients. An innate understanding of multiple communications channels is essential to reach each individual according to their personal preference so that nothing is lost or misunderstood in the process.

Project Management: Strong organizational skills and detail orientation will enable you to effectively manage projects, your time, and your client’s money – all within the company and governmental restrictions.

Global Understanding: We live in a globally-connected world. A solid knowledge of world affair, financial markets, and international business is an important skill.

Character and Personality Traits

Confidence without arrogance: Your employer and your clients need to see a high level of self-confidence coupled with humbleness, for in this is loyalty and trust secured.

Consistent Professionalism: It goes with the territory. The suit makes a difference as does a firm handshake, moderate behavior, manners, calm articulate conversation – you get the picture. This applies to social media too.

Self-discipline and management:  Self-starters who can be relied upon to perform efficiently and effectively and on time are winners in banking and finance. Maintaining a drive for continued learning and advancement is a plus.

Strong Ethics: While a competitive, passionate spirit for your work is a positive, it must be corralled within the realm of integrity, honesty, and loyalty.

Independent team player: It may sound like an oxymoron, but banking and finance require both the ability to build team relationships and work together as well as the ability to independently perform your responsibilities well.

Relationship Builder: The ability to connect and build rapport with people, including those difficult personalities is crucial to success. As a leader in finance, you must come across both as an authority and as one who “understands the needs” of their client.

We know. It sounds a bit overwhelming. The list is meant to give a “big-picture” view of what it takes. Many of them intermingle with each other. For example, if you have numerical aptitude, you will probably also be tech savvy. If you are a leader, you have probably mastered the art of communication, and if you are self-disciplined, professionalism and ethics will come naturally. Bottom line, if you want to succeed in banking and finance, this is a great pattern to follow.

And if you do, Springborn Staffing wants to hear from you. We match top companies in Bangor and Portland, Maine with best-match qualified candidates every week. Banking and   Finance candidates as well as other industries. Contact us today – it’s an investment in your career’s future.

Traits of the Great . . .

October 11th, 2016

Part III – Information Technology Specialists

Information Technology Specialists are a hot item in the ongoing war for top talent, but that doesn’t mean every IT guy or gal is guaranteed their dream position. Companies want – and need – more than a title; they are seeking candidates who exhibit the following traits and skills.

Analytical, Problem Solver, Trouble Shooter: It doesn’t matter which name you call it, employers want IT candidates who can diagnose a situation, recognize the problems and needs, evaluate the options, and discern the best solution, and then implement it efficiently and effectively.

Detail Oriented: When it comes to technology, computers, etc. even the tiniest detail can throw a program out of sync. A top-notch IT specialist pays attention to the details and discovers the glitches.

Communication Skills: Although IT Specialists often work alone; they are also part of a team. They need to communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively with their teammates, their manager, as well as clients. A successful IT candidate may quickly and automatically jump from Step A to Step Z, but they must be able to explain every step in between to their non-IT client – patiently and respectfully.

Technical Writer: In addition to verbal communication (which includes listening), Great IT talent has mastered the art of technical writing. Once again, they must be able to share easily-understood information and instructions – this time in writing – to their less than techy coworkers and clients.

Versatility: Technology is a part of every industry. Even though they may focus on one particular industry, top IT talent does well to have an across- the-board aptitude for science, math, business, and finance.

Coachable, teachable, adaptable: Technology is constantly changing and developing new programs, tools, capabilities, etc. IT Specialists must be committed to learning and growing with the changes. Multiple certifications have become the norm, rather than the elite.

Passionate, Creative, and innovative: IT Specialists who are passionate about their role and committed to the big picture while taking care of the details are a powerful addition to any team. They have an eye for invention, perceiving what is needed, and then creating innovative solutions.

Emotional Intelligence: Many employers would say that emotional intelligence is the glue that holds all the above skills and traits together. Being able to monitor your emotion as well as other members of your team and your clients, and then use this information to guide thinking and make appropriate behavior choices is an essential trait for a successful IT career. Furthermore, IT Specialists who have a high EI tend to be more adept at critical thinking, problem-solving, and leadership.

Ok, so you’re an in-demand IT Specialist who has many or all of the above traits and skills, but how do you find that perfect-fit job? That’s why Springborn does what Springborn does. As Maine’s leading staffing company, we match talent with top companies in Bangor, Portland, and surrounding areas every week. Contact us today and discover that chance-of-a-lifetime position to move your career in Information Technology forward.

Traits of the Great . . .

October 4th, 2016

Part II– Medical Assistants

Taking time out for a visit to our physician is always inconvenient, but dealing with the occasional medical issue is a fact of life. A great medical assistant, however, can make the process smoother, more efficient, and as pleasant as possible. For those who are interested in a career in the medical field, but don’t want to pursue becoming a doctor, nurse, radiologist, physical therapy, etc., becoming a medical assistant may be a perfect choice.

So, what does a medical assistant do? Actually he/she may wear a variety of hats, including:

Clinical duties
• Taking/recording vital signs and preparing patients for examination
• Documenting medical histories
• Drawing blood
• Administering medications as directed by a physician.

Administrative duties
• Scheduling
• Billing/coding Maintaining medical records

Of course, one medical assistant doesn’t perform all of the above duties. In fact, in a large office with more than one physician, each of the above roles can be a full-time position in itself. For example, one employee may do all the scheduling, while another prepares, processes, and submits insurance claims

Naturally, a fascination with and profound interest in the medical arena is foundational to a medical assistant career, but there are many skills and personality traits that determine an assistant’s level of success.

Hard and Soft Skills

High reading comprehension – the ability to discern scientific, medical information.
Critical thinking and research artist – Being able to think fast on your feet and knowing where to locate the correct information is essential.
• Analytical – a problem solver.
Detail Focused – An absolute must – every detail for every patient must be meticulously recorded. Coding requires perfection.
Technical skills – most of your tasks will involve computers and other technical equipment.
Excellence in communication – written, verbal, and listening skills.
Able to meet productivity and accuracy standards without direct supervision.
Adapts to changes in policies and procedures.
Strong social and teamwork skills – many responsibilities involve connecting with patients, but even if you are strictly a biller/coder working behind the scenes, you need to connect with your coworkers.
Organizational skills – each patient has specific information, tests, etc. that need to be accessible and never mistaken for another client’s info.

Personality Traits
Integrity – extremely important considering the available access to patient information.
Compassion and empathy – considering that every customer/client is there because they have a problem.
Dependability – Keeping to schedule is essential – your employer and your customers depend on you to be on time and to get the job done correctly.
Professionalism – This goes without saying.
Calm – tolerates stress well – your customers are people in the middle of a medical issue. Crisis arise and their coping skills may be lower than usual, so yours need to be higher.
Positive attitude – your attitude will make a difference for patients.

This list may seem overwhelming, but we prefer to view it as challenging. The fact is, any career in the medical field involves hard work and commitment but bring rich rewards and personal satisfaction.

Do you have the essential skills? Are you seeking a challenge? Springborn Staffing has the inside track to available positions in the Bangor and Portland, Maine area. Contact us today and discover how your career can benefit from a connection with Maine’s leading staffing firm.

Traits of the Great . . .

September 27th, 2016

Paralegals, those in-demand individuals who assist attorneys in delivering legal services, play an essential role both in both the legal department of various businesses and in legal offices. Their education, training, and work experience enable them to perform crucial legal footwork under the “umbrellas” of an attorney. Obviously, a fascination with and profound interest in all things pertaining to law is foundational to a paralegal career, but there are many skills and personality traits that determine the amount of success a paralegal will attain.

Hard Skills – skills that, while they come more easily to some, can still be taught to individuals.
Excellent Organizational Skills: Paralegals are “on the run” for the attorney they are assisting and often must promptly produce files, information, and other items of interest. The ability to keep data organized is essential.
Detail Oriented: In the legal field, every detail, no matter how small, has the potential to make or break an outcome. The ability to notice, record, and manage every detail can shape a paralegal’s career.
Research Capabilities: In every case, there are various aspects to be researched, from precedents to regulations, to current events, etc. Excellent research skills are a must for paralegal candidates.
Analytical: Research and discovery are only the beginning. A great paralegal must be able to analyze the collected information, inferring meaning from both written and oral material and reaching reliable conclusions.
Exceptional Communicator: The ability to communicate both verbally and in writing on multiple levels with varying groups of people is vital. Not only does a paralegal need to be a keen listener, but they must also be able to write drafts and other legal documents.
Computer Literacy: It’s a given that a strong knowledge of, and high level of skills in Microsoft is a must, but paralegals must also have an in-depth understanding of other computer programs designed for the legal field. Programs such as Above the Law, The Paralegal Mentor, Nolo, and the GPO’s Federal Digital System.

Soft Skills – those skills that aren’t learned in “class,” yet are vital to a successful paralegal career.
People Skills: Paralegals work with a wide variety of people, including lawyers, fellow paralegals, and clients from diverse backgrounds. Strong skills in reading between the lines, and connecting via healthy avenues, is essential.
Professionalism: No industry field is conducive to unprofessional behavior, of course, but in the legal field, it is imperative to conduct oneself with professionalism and business protocol.
Reliability: A paralegal must be able to work under pressure – the legal scene is filled with deadlines – and independently. When the job needs to be done, the paralegal must be able to accomplish it, knowing the answers or where to find them.
Sound Judgement: Sometimes paralegals need to move forward independently and find solutions. Other times, they need to discuss a situation with the attorney before making the next step. A great paralegal knows how to read the situations and make a solid judgment between these two courses of action. He/she also understands the process and time involved in “forming an opinion or making a decision” only after watchful thought and research.
Logic: The ability to think logically and analytically, identifying the key aspects, concepts, and facts of each case; and then relating those clearly and concisely to pertinent parties is vital to a successful paralegal career.
Patience and Persistence: Paralegals must learn to keep going until the issue is solved, with the patience to behave professionally when forced to wait – as they so often do in the legal world.
Resourceful: Being resourceful, ingenious, and innovative are vital ingredients to paralegal success. Stepping up instead of waiting to be called can make the difference between a “good” rating and an “excellent” one.
Sound Ethics: Strong ethics, such as adherence to confidentiality requirements, integrity in information gathering and other ethical industry standards is a pillar to paralegal success.

Whether you are a company or law firm looking for top paralegal talent or paralegals seeking a great place to work, contact Springborn Staffing today. We help you make that successful, satisfying connection in Bangor and Portland, Maine and surrounding communities.

Return to our blog next week for tips on a successful career as a medical assistant in our series on “Traits of the Great.”

The Path to Passive Candidates

September 20th, 2016

Maintaining a competitive edge in the race for talent necessitates promoting open positions in the same way your company markets products or service. It’s more than selling to the customer who entered the store; it’s all about enticing the ones who are shopping next door to stop in for a visit. Attracting passive talent – those individuals who are happy in their current position – can be tough. It requires a multiple-layered strategy, but it can often net the best results. Follow these tips for bettering your odds for victory in the talent war.

Don’t wait for that ideal candidate to come knocking on your door – create an inviting company brand and culture.
• Be a strong, engaging, mobile company
• Be known for integrity, community involvement, and a friendly open-door culture
• Be known for your employer-employee relationship and above average compensation
• Create a blog page and post interesting industry-related articles – be known as the company who people turn to for information.
Establish your company as a recruiting company
• Give your employees motivation to fill internal positions
• Establish an employee referral program
• When you ask for referrals, be specific about the skills you are seeking
Build relationships – Be personable. People and personal interactions make all the difference when it comes to job satisfaction.
• Follow, like and connect with potential candidates.
• Read the blogs of industry professionals – it will help you identify potential candidates
• When you meet someone, who has the potential to be an ideal candidate for a future position, connect with them and take the time to discover what’s beneath the surface. Make a note for future reference.
• Connect with talent via networking events
Be a social media expert
• Become savvy on multiple platforms – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.
• When you notice potential talent, take the time to dig deeper – approach them through their media pages via a “soft-sell” approach. Don’t be a stalker.
• Be clear and upfront about who you are, and the position you are seeking to fill.
• Include a call-to-action, making yourself easily accessible.
• Contact potential candidates Monday – Wednesday. Thursday and Friday are too close to their weekend – and your inquiry will be an ignored distraction at best, an automatic “do not call me ever” at worst.
Take advantage of your present client base
• Invoices, service ads, etc. are a great place to tack on an “ad” for an open position.
• You never know who they will know.
Be a reachable company
• Generate engaging, interesting, job postings that accurately share the crucial details clearly and concisely.
• Ensure your application process is simple and easy to navigate
• Be mobile enabled – Ensure that all of your sites (the main company site, all social media profiles, application page if applicable, etc.) are mobile-friendly and glitch free.
• Be easy to contact
Do it right when you make the connection
• Customize your email or message to draw in their attention with benefits such as extreme flexibility, an opportunity for growth, a relocation package, or a unique or flexible work environment/culture.
• Highlight the factors that indicate your job offers more stretch, increased satisfaction and more long-term growth.
• Learn how to turn the conversation – so the candidate begins asking the questions and selling his/her skills and experience

Back up your efforts by connecting with a reliable staffing firm. Not only do they have an inside track to great talent, but they are also experts at enticing passive candidates. By partnering together, you can glean the talent field and harvest the best.

Is your company located in Portland or Bangor, Maine, and surrounding areas? Contact Springborn Staffing today. As Maine’s Leading Staffing Firm, we have been providing best-in-class staffing services to Northern New England for almost 30 years. Solid. Reputable. Quality. These are the attributes Springborn Staffing brings to the table.

You Don’t Have to Drink Your Energy – Part II

September 13th, 2016

In last week’s blog – You Don’t have to Drink Your Energy – Part I, we talked about America’s caffeine-for-energy habit. We discussed work habits and ways to build energy in more positive ways. Today we continue on the topic by discussing health and mental habits.

Health Habits:

  • Have you “given up” on exercise?
  • Do you try to make it on less five or six hours of sleep?
  • Do you skip breakfast, in the name of time, and grab a high-carb breakfast substitute?
  • Do you ride the bus instead of walk, take the elevator instead of stairs, etc.?
  • Do you fail to drink enough water?

Most of these habits creep up on us over time, but the truth is:

  • A daily cardio routine actually builds our energy.
  • If you get seven – eight hours of sleep every night, you will get more done in less time and come out ahead.
  • Sitting down for fifteen minutes and eating a healthy protein dense, complex carb breakfast, can give our energy more than enough boost to “make up” that fifteen minutes.
  • Choosing to walk, climb, etc. when we can, keeps us in better shape, connects us more to the world around us, and lifts our spirits – all of which has a positive impact on our energy.
  • Good ol’ H2O flushes toxins from our system, keeps our brain in gear and indirectly bumps up our energy. Those 10 eight-ounce glasses per/day that the doctor ordered make a difference.

 Mental Habits

  • Do your fret over if only’s and what if’s, worrying incessantly?
  • Do you spend so much effort maintaining an image of “everything is ok” that you lose the real you?
  • Do you focus on the negative?
  • Do you pour yourself out without taking the time to refuel?
  • Do you resist change?

Sure, we all do some of these, some of the time, but let’s face it – every single one depletes our energy. The truth is:

  • We can’t change the past (if only’s), but when we learn from it and grow – it gives our energy a boost. Neither can we change the future (what if’s) by worrying, but when we take action against potential issues, we gain purpose, anticipation and a renewed zip for life.
  • Of course, professionalism means presenting a well-kept positive picture, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be honest with family and friends – often, honest transparency frees us to overcome the battle and move on.
  • Yep, hard stuff happens, but a positive attitude gives us greater energy to respond and grow.
  • Giving your all is great for the boss, your family, your friends, but if you don’t refuel, your “all” will quickly become “not much.” Taking time for rest, refreshment, and building will give you more energy for future demands.
  • Change is part of life and growth. Resisting it depletes energy while accepting and embracing it will give you a boost for life.

A cup of hot coffee when you rise and shine can be a great way to start your day. And who doesn’t appreciate a little bottled energy on those days with extra overload, but when we become dependent on it every day – often more than once, it’s probably time to discover better choices. Let’s focus on better sources for true energy.

If you discover yourself in this 2-part blog and make some changes – tells us about it. Leave a comment on our Springborn Staffing Facebook page – we would love to hear from you. In need of a new position? We specialize in matching people with companies, creating energetic connections. Contact us today.







You Don’t have to Drink Your Energy

September 6th, 2016

Caught ya – you are probably as guilty as the rest of us – depending on that cup of coffee to get you going in the morning or that energy drink to get you through your afternoon slump! The American reality is this: Most of us are too busy. Instead of using technology as a friend, we use it to try and accomplish more in every 24. We go to be late – get up early and never stop moving in between – well just long enough to grab another coffee, power drink, or energy bar.

Are you ready to change – to enjoy your life without having to “buzz up?”

Then stop, take a deep breath, and do a little self-evaluation. What are the culprits in your life – those habits that have gotten you to this point? Those habits that suck Your energy level dry and leave you gasping for a boost.

Work Habits:
• Do you procrastinate?
• Do you fail to keep your commitments?
• Are you tied to your email and social media?
• Do you insist on perfection?
• Do you fail to express appreciation?

If you’re guilty as charged, consider this:
• Prioritizing your tasks, and then taking care of them immediately, gives you more energy for the next responsibility. Furthermore, many tasks, when put off, create unnecessary extra work later. (For example, you needed to mow the lawn on Tuesday – you waited until Thursday – and now you have to mow it plus rake the excess.)
• Making glib promises – or even earnest ones – and then failing to keep them is just another form of procrastination, usually the result of over-commitment. Taking the time to honestly evaluate your schedule before committing and living within the realms of a realistic picture of what you can accomplish, reduces stress and increases your energy
• Technology is wonderful, but learning to control it is even better. Checking your email at designated times reduces interruptions and increases productivity. Avoiding screen time the last 30 minutes before shut-eye time ensures better sleep.
• Face it; no one – absolutely no one is perfect. Going for excellence, instead of perfection, is an attainable goal and far less defeating.
• Focusing on the negative is an energy drain, but guess what happens when you foster an attitude of appreciation – for the people in your life, as well as all the good things you enjoy. The more you appreciate what you have, the less you focus on what you don’t. The more you give, the more you receive.

Recognizing pesky work habits and changing them for energy-inducing choices will make a difference – almost immediately, but that isn’t the entire picture. There are also mental habits, as well as health ones. Return to the Springborn Staffing blog next week for part two of “you Don’t have to Drink Your Energy.

Springborn Staffing cares about making a difference for our candidates and clients. That’s why we offer helpful hints and tips for creating positive change. It’s also why we are committed to matching the best talent with the best companies in Portland and Bangor, Maine. Contact us today or, better yet, bring your new found energy in for a visit. We look forward to meeting you and helping your business or your career grow.

The Road to Thought Leadership

August 30th, 2016

Taking a journey without a specific destination can be an enjoyable experience, but while this works for your summer vacation, it doesn’t sit very well in your professional career. After all, if you don’t have a goal, you never know when you have arrived.

Becoming a Thought Leader – the go-to expert and source of knowledge in your particular industry/field – requires well-thought out specific actions.

Thought Leadership by Definition: According to Trevor Young,

“A thought leader leverages multiple channels to relentlessly drive and facilitate high-level debate and conversation around a particular subject, topic or issue in which they have a strong degree of expertise.”

Choosing to be a thought leader is a wise career move, but it doesn’t just happen. It requires in-depth personal questioning, a specific plan, and dedicated effort.
Questions to consider:
• How do your peers, clients, community, and in some cases – the media, view you professionally?
• How often do others come to you for advice?
• Do the articles, which you post on LinkedIn and various social media platforms trigger multiple responses, ignite conversation, and get reposted?

What can you do to build professional visibility,
increase your influence among colleagues, clients, and community, capture the attention of the media, and even garner speaking engagements?

Don’t give up. Be persistent and diligent. No one becomes a thought leader overnight – it’s a building process. Start with a solid foundation:
• Know yourself – what is your area of expertise?
• Determine what you want your brand to be.
• Establish who your target market is – decipher what information do they want and how they want to get it.
• Develop a plan of action.

Connect by:
• Developing an attitude of service – not selling yourself or your business – in your articles, tweets, podcasts, etc.
• Being consistent – write regular blogs and white papers, create topical discussions, record podcasts, etc. Establish a medium and schedule that fits your audience.
• Sharing the podium – invite other experts to post on your site. Share helpful links to the great works by your colleagues.
• Knowing, understanding, and targeting your audience.
• Being approachable, discoverable, and transparent. People quickly pick up on genuineness.
• Creating an attractive professional website – color, design, and navigation ease and speed play a huge role. Be sure to have your contact information and links above the fold. Develop a responsive design and establish a creative and interactive “call to action.”

Get support. If you have the potential to be a thought leader, then you probably have a full schedule. Don’t try to do it alone
• Seek a coach or mentor.
• Participate in a Mastermind or similar group of colleagues who support each other.
• Be willing to hire someone to help with writing/editing/posting articles.

Thought Leadership rarely “just happens.” Draw a map, plan your journey, and set your focus on your destination. Include a stop at Springborn Staffing. We connect thought leaders and other top talent with top companies in Bangor and Portland, Maine. Contact us today.

Gaining the Most from your Staffing Company

August 23rd, 2016

Many companies have recognized the financial value, as well as the time, risk, and stress-deduction benefit of connecting with a staffing company. Yet, in spite of the increased flexibility, positive results, and consistent ROI, they still aren’t gaining everything they can from their partnership.

So, how can you work with your staffing partner to gain the most benefit?

Ensure that the staffing company you choose – or have chosen – is the best one for you.
• Do they have a reputation for integrity and solid business practices?
• Do they consistently communicate with their clients?
• Do they specialize in your type of business? This is especially crucial if you have a niche market.
• Do they have experience and resources in your industry?
• Are they carrying the proper insurances, including general liability and workers’ compensation insurance?
• Are they on top of legal issues – worker classifications, payroll taxes, etc.?
• Do they conduct appropriate background checks?

Connecting with the right staffing company for your business is only the first step. Promote your business. When you are excited about your company and bring your staffing company on board, electricity happens.

Communicate your needs clearly. Ensure that they know:
• Your company mission and goals.
• Your company culture – including dress codes, hours, and break and lunch policies, as well as after work activities.
• Your current and potential future needs – what you want – and what you do not want
• Specific information for each open position – including pay range, fill date, required qualifications, job description, and other key components.
• Any and all updates/changes as soon as possible.

Let your staffing company do what you contracted them to do – it’s what they do best. While you need to communicate consistently, you also need to trust them to carry out the necessary steps while you do what you do best. Reliable staffing companies will attract, engage, and secure the best candidates. They screen applicants, conduct initial interviews, confirm references, verify the accuracy of information, handle background checks, etc. When they give you the short list, you can trust it. When they send you temp employees to fill a sudden rush, seasonal hiring, special projects, etc. you can trust them.

Finally, maintain a solid relationship with your staffing company.
They are your business partner. Staying connected with one staffing company, long-term pays off.

Is your company located in Bangor or Portland, Maine and surrounding area? Consider Springborn Staffing. We help local companies succeed. Offering superior service since 1987, we work with the best employers in the region. Our state of the art technology and greater than 97% successful placement rate has kept us as the vendor of choice for our area. Contact us today and get the most from a relationship with Springborn Staffing.

Outsmart Yourself – It Pays

August 16th, 2016

“The key for us, number one, has always been hiring very smart people.” 
                                                                                                    Bill Gates

Successful companies, leading CEOs aren’t afraid to hire smart people – even when the new hire is “smarter” than the manager hiring them. Or at least, more gifted specifically in the role the new hire will perform. Great CEOs understand that the more qualified each member of the team is; the knowledgeable each person at the round table is; the more successful the company. When it comes to new hires, their goal is to recruit and retain great talent, and then empower them to carry out the company mission.

How do they do it? How do top CEO’s “outsmart” themselves?

They know their talent and are confident in it. By keeping an honest assessment of their personal strengths and weaknesses, they know what kind of talent they need to bring on board.

They have a vision. They see the big picture and hire the right people to make it happen. When you need to travel across the country, you don’t build a plane and fly it yourself – even if your company owns a private jet, you hire a highly-qualified pilot to fly it and a skilled crew to maintain it. Strong leadership isn’t afraid to do what they do best and hire people smarter than themselves to cover the rest.

They build a recruitment network – sometimes finding the best candidate involves seeking counsel from someone with more expertise in a specific area. Self-respect and confidence aren’t hindered by asking for help when it’s needed. The smart leader hires smart help.

They hire for the overall good of the organization. It’s not about who is smarter than someone else – it’s about having the smartest person for each specific position in that position and then respecting individuals across the board.

They create a cultural of appreciation for talent and a willingness to learn. The more they encourage their staff to not only share their personal expertise and knowledge, but also be open to learning from the rest of the team; the greater their engagement, the more passionate their performance, and the more productive their business will be.

Intelligent, gifted, creative people bring immense value to a company – the CEO and his/her hiring manager who put aside personal egos and welcome said talent ignite their business.

At Springborn Staffing, we get “smart.” As Maine’s Leading Staffing Firm – we take great care and pride in our title, providing best in class staffing services to Bangor and Portland companies.  Our veteran staffing consultants and executive recruiters with over 60 years of combined experience is your company’s access to a superior network of smart, high-level, active and passive candidates. Contact us today and let us put the power of our network to work for you.