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4 Ways to Improve Your Logistics Business Practices During COVID-19

The outbreak COVID-19 has affected virtually every professional realm in some way. In the world of logistics and supply chain, a handful of businesses have thrived (and increased warehouse and fulfillment roles) but global supply chains and long-distance transportation have been interrupted for the time being.

 

We are thankfully starting to make our way back to a fully operational economy, but this slower period is not necessarily a time to relax. Instead, taking advantage of a relative downtime and giving your business practices a revamp is a great idea, so that when things return to normal you can hit the ground running.

 

There are several ways that you can continue to improve and innovate your operations while the world is on pause. Read on for our top four ways to improve your logistics business practices during COVID-19.

 

Review Safety Protocols

 

The outbreak of COVID-19 has taken us all by surprise and has instilled a heightened need for safety and wellbeing. Now is a great time to review your health and safety protocols and best practices and communicate to your current and future team members that their safety is your number one priority.

 

A safe workplace environment, relative to prevention of infectious diseases and physical injury, will be at the top of every candidate’s list when looking for a new position. Considering that logistics and warehouse are industries that can already present a number of safety concerns, taking the time to review and address each and every one of them will reflect positively on you as an employer, and help you to stand out from companies that may be falling short.

 

Keep Lines of Communication Open

 

Amidst a crisis that seemingly changes by the minute, communicating changes and updates to your staff, your customers and your colleagues is of utmost importance. Especially in an industry such as logistics, where there are many moving parts and coordination with different departments and suppliers, staying on top of communication is non-negotiable.

 

Take the time to develop streamlined and concise methods of communication to use during a crisis, so the next time something disrupts your operations, you can begin reaching out and covering your bases with no time wasted.

 

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Revisit Your Business Plan and Expenses

 

Regardless if your logistics business has been positively or negatively affected by the outbreak, it is very likely that there has been a shift in one direction or another. Whether that means a loss or increase of revenue, manpower, or operation hours, it would be wise to adjust your business plan accordingly.

 

Taking some time to mindfully reallocate funds and resources here and there depending on the realities of your current situation (and the situations that may arise in the next few months) is very important. Preparing for any of the changes before they happen and giving yourself some wiggle room is good sense, especially after seeing how COVID-19 has already affected the business world.

 

Check in on Employees – and Yourself

 

This rapidly changing climate is affecting us all in different ways. Checking in on your current employees in this uncertain time will paint you in a positive light, and it’s also just a nice thing to do. Showing empathy is one of the best ways to not only maintain a good relationship with your employees, but it also increases retention rates – and in a somewhat volatile job market, you want to make sure your employees feel heard and seen.

 

And last, but certainly not least, take some time to check in on yourself. Leading a team through a pandemic is stressful and doing so is no easy feat. Most of us are all figuring it out as we go, so don’t be too hard on yourself if things get tough. We’re all in this together!

 

Are you looking to add some new employees to your logistics operation? It’s one of our specialities. Whether you need one team member or twenty, you can count on us to find the perfect match. Reach out to us today.

 

     

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Do’s and Don’ts of Writing an Effective Cover Letter

The next time you are searching for a job, make sure you have all your bases covered. In addition to having a strong resume outlining your work experience and qualifications, it’s important to include a cover letter with your application in order to stand apart from the crowd.

 

A cover letter is meant to give the hiring manager an idea of who you are, why you are interested in the job in question, and why you think you can do the job well. Many people have debated the necessity of cover letters. However, even if the position does not mention including a cover letter, you should get into the habit of writing one for every job anyway. It is an easy way to demonstrate your interest in the position and shows that you have taken some time to reflect on why you think you would be a good fit.

 

If you have never written a cover letter before, it can seem like a daunting task, but there are a few simple steps to follow that can make the process a little less stressful. Read on for our do’s and don’ts of writing an effective cover letter that will land you an interview!

 

Do: Research & Personalize

 

Do as much research on the company and the position as possible, then integrate your findings into the body of your cover letter. If you can, look for the name of the hiring manager. Addressing your cover letter to someone rather than ‘Dear Sir or Madam’ adds a human element to the whole process.

 

Also, make adjustments to the cover letter for each individual position, like you would when writing your resume. Reference some of the particular requirements listed in the posting. Anything that is too non-specific to the job description will come off as generic and insincere, which is not likely to get you through to the next step of the hiring process.

 

Do: Grab Their Attention

 

Hiring managers only look at a resume and cover letter combination for a maximum of 15 seconds, so you have to make every word count. Your opening paragraph should be so compelling that the person reading it will want to keep reading – if you don’t have them hooked by the first few lines, their interest is likely going to decline. Hiring managers have also likely read several cover letters for similar positions before, so they will know a cliché when they see it.

 

Avoid the classic: ‘I am applying for this job…’ The hiring manager already knows you are applying to the job. Robin Ryan, author of the book Winning Cover Letters, illustrates a formula for writing an opening to your cover letter, called the Power Impact Technique: “begin your letter with a strong opening sentence emphasizing the major selling points and skills that you would bring to the job:

 

  1. Analyze the job — both the noted and assumed needs — and determine the most important skills the employer is looking for.
  2. Immediately address how you will meet the employer’s needs.

 

This first paragraph is what they will read so it needs to have your strongest selling points in it.”

 

Don’t: Paraphrase Your Resume

 

Keep in mind that your cover letter is not just a paraphrase of your resume. The two documents are naturally going to contain some similar information, but don’t repeat everything they are going to read on the next page. The cover letter is a chance to go into depth and expand on your experience, explaining how you would directly apply it to this position.

 

For example, in your resume you will list your past work positions. In the cover letter, you can expand on these positions by offering praise you received and goals you met, and how you aim to achieve the same at this new job. You can list some of your volunteer experience in your resume then go into more detail about the valuable skills you learned and how you have applied them to your professional career in the cover letter.

 

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Do: Highlight Your Strengths 

 

When searching for a job, it can be easy to become discouraged if you don’t have very much experience. But don’t undersell yourself: you have a lot to offer, regardless of whether you match every single one of the requirements listed in the job posting. Don’t sell yourself short with lines like ‘Give me a chance’ or ‘I know I don’t have a lot of experience’, because this isn’t something that you want to draw attention to.

 

Even if you don’t have a ton of experience compared to the competition, you want to focus on the strengths that you do have. Many positions indirectly teach transferable skills, such as teamwork, communication and conflict resolution, that are valuable for nearly all jobs. And don’t be afraid to boast any past achievements and awards that speak to your talents and abilities. The cover letter is a chance to showcase all that you have to offer!

 

Do: Keep Formatting in Mind

 

Content aside, there are some basic formatting rules that should be followed when writing a cover letter. Always include your contact information (full name, email address and phone number) on the page, and keep the cover letter itself to around 500 words – any longer, and the reader is likely to lose interest. There are several templates available online if you need some extra guidance!

 

Always take the time to proofread your documents – several times. Careless typos and grammatical errors will obviously reflect poorly on you. Since this is the first impression your potential future employer will have of you, it has to be as close to perfect as possible.

 

Don’t: Use Overly Formal, Stiff Language

 

If you aren’t sure what to say in your cover letter, it can be tempting to try and ‘fancy’ it up with big words and formal language. It isn’t a bad idea to write in a formal style but going overboard can make you sound ingenuine and unnatural, and not like an approachable and comfortable future employee. Try to find a happy medium between overly casual and overly formal language and write how you would speak in a normal professional conversation.

 

What are some of your cover letter writing do’s and don’ts? We would love to hear them – join the discussion in the comments below!

 

     

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The Importance of Communication in the Hiring Process

Communication in the professional world can sometimes feel tricky to master. You have to balance assertiveness with passivity. You also need to know when the best time is to speak up and when to let others have the floor. For many, this level of understanding takes practice and experience. However, it’s important to dedicate time to learning these skills, because a lack of communication can lead to frustration, mistakes and wasted time for each person involved.

In the recruiting industry, a great candidate experience is the result of all parties working together towards a shared goal. As a candidate, you play a crucial role in this process, so what you have to say truly matters. Don’t worry about stepping on anyone’s toes or coming off as demanding, because not saying what is on your mind will only hurt you in the end.

Here are a few of the reasons why we believe maintaining communication in the hiring process is the most important thing you can do.

Be Upfront About What You Want

Maintaining an open and direct line of communication from start to finish while working with a recruiter is very important. Chances are, you have at least a general idea of what you are looking for in a position. But there may be other factors which are important to you that aren’t always obvious to your recruiter (for example, office location or workplace culture) that need to be specifically vocalized. The more information you provide you recruiter with, the higher their chances will be in getting you what you want.

Recruiters are great at what they do, but they are not mind readers! From the moment you first connect with your recruiter up until you have been hired for a position, be honest and open about what is working and what isn’t. It not only ensures you find a position you actually enjoy; it helps recruiters learn and grow professionally.

 

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Listen Actively

Listening is just as important as talking during the recruitment process. This goes for candidates, clients and recruiters alike. Listening to what the other party has to say is one thing, but actively internalising what they are communicating and taking steps towards improving the situation makes everybody’s lives easier in the end.

Listening to the constructive criticism that your recruiter has to offer should be taken in stride. Your recruiter has tons of valuable industry intel they can offer you to make you a stronger candidate overall, so trust them! The end goal is to find you a position that you love, and sometimes it takes a little bit of adjusting to get there.

Patience and Understanding Go A Long Way

Communication is key, but you need to find a balance between wanting to stay in the loop and giving your recruiter some room to breathe. Playing the waiting game is certainly stressful when it comes to the job search. But trust that your recruiter is doing everything they can to move the process forward and won’t get your hopes up with unnecessary communication.

Also, keep in mind that recruiters won’t place you in a job that they don’t believe to be a good fit. For this reason, you may not find a job right away, or you might have to consider adjusting your criteria slightly. Either way, being adaptable and understanding about the realities of the hiring process will help make the journey that much easier!

If you have some tips on professional communication, we would love to hear them! Leave them in the comment section below.

     

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Can You Really Trust Your Staffing Agency?

The staffing market is booming, with thousands of candidates across the U.S. being matched with great positions daily. However, some candidates are still wary of working with a recruiter during their job search. Understandingly, welcoming a new person into a critical time of your life can be a nerve-wracking experience. How do you know whether you can really trust your staffing agency?

 

At LPC Personnel, candidates have been relying on us for over 30 years to help them land steady and rewarding jobs. We are more than just a ‘temp’ agency. We take the time to foster deep, meaningful relationships with both our clients and job seekers to find the best matches possible – and ones that last. There are thousands of honorable recruiters who take their contacts’ success to heart, and we’re proud to be among them!

 

According to Statista, staffing agencies across the U.S. agree that ‘improving the candidate experience’ is one of their top priorities. Here are some reasons why we believe that you can trust a recruiter, if you still find yourself on the fence.

 

We’ve Got the Experience

 

When deciding whether or not to work with a staffing agency, some of the first questions you ask yourself might be: ‘Do they really have the experience to get the job done? Do they actually care whether I enjoy the position? Am I in good hands?’ The answer to each of these questions is yes! At LPC, we aren’t going to ask you to trust us blindly, but we do have over 3 decades of experience and countless testimonials that suggest you can.

 

This leads us to our first recommendation for working with a new staffing agency. In the beginning of your partnership, it’s a good idea to ask your recruiter about their experience when it comes to the types of jobs that you’re interested in. This will give you an indication of whether they have the network you need to support your goals! You should also check testimonials online. It’s important to see what other candidates’ experiences have been like with the person and/or company before dedicating your valuable time.

 

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At the end of the day, it is a recruiter’s job to connect job seekers with employers. Highly skilled recruiters have a wide network of contacts, seasoned industry knowledge and serious dedication to placing candidates in roles that work for both parties.

 

These recruiters value your time and the effort you put in when submitting job applications. Say goodbye to the days of sending your resume into online oblivion, only to never hear back regarding jobs that you could very well be qualified for (which happens more often than you might think).

 

Whether you’re looking for temporary work or your next executive position, you can trust that your recruiter will make sure your resume showcases you in the best possible light. They’ll also match your unique skillset with the right client, and make sure you’re seen.

 

When working with a good recruiter, you’ll sense that they’re not just in it for a pay check. They really do want you to succeed!

 

“We aren’t just in this for a pay check. We really do want you to succeed.”

 

We Offer Personalized and Consistent Service

 

Other questions you may ask yourself are: ‘There must be a lot of people using staffing agencies, won’t I be treated like just a number? Aren’t they just going to put me in a position, get paid and disappear?’ Speaking for LPC Personnel, the answer is no!

 

We ensure that each and every qualified candidate is given the dedicated attention they deserve, assigning only one recruiter to a job seeker. This means that you’re not pushed through a revolving door of recruiters who don’t really know – or care – about your needs.

 

You want to select a staffing agency that focuses on your needs, not just on their profits. If you’re frequently speaking to different individuals, who are hard to reach and struggle to remember your name, then you may want to consider switching staffing agencies.

 

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At LPC Personnel, most of our recruiters have been working with the company for at least six years. Why? Because we love what we do and know how to do it well. Our recruiters will stick by you every step of the way, from initial interview to settling into your new position. We also make ourselves available via phone or text after the workday is done, because let’s be honest – our work is never really done!

 

“LPC Personnel will stick by you every step of the way, from initial interview to settling into your new position.”

 

We know what employers are looking for, but more importantly, we know how to thoroughly prepare candidates for interviews so that you make the best impression possible. Our team will coach you through every step of the interview process, because when you succeed, we succeed as well – it’s a win-win. Honesty is the best policy, and good recruiters are happy to offer the advice and/or insights that we’ve learned along the way to better your chances of success.

 

Remember, your recruiter should know the job search game inside-and-out. They should keep up with changing trends and expectations related to employers. Then, even if they can’t find a good match for you right away, a good recruiter will never forget about your resume – they’ll continue searching to find the fit that’s right for you!

 

Embarking on a new job search can be overwhelming, and it’s a recruiter’s job to show you that you can trust them to lend a helping hand throughout the entire process.

 

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We Create More Opportunities

 

Recruiters and job seekers have the same end goal in sight: to find you a new job. Trusting that they know what they’re doing will be mutually beneficial for both parties.

 

No matter the type of job you’re looking for, whether it be temporary work or a job that you hope to turn into a career, our recruiters at LPC Personnel strive to make a solid connection between job seekers and employers. Yet even still, you may find yourself wondering: ‘do they really know what I’m looking for?’

 

Well, based on the communication between recruiter and job seeker, we could be able to unlock some great opportunities that you may have not noticed while searching solo. Staffing agencies work closely with employers, and often have the insider scoop on jobs before the listings are even made available to the public.  More so, you may discover that with your skillset there could be a world of other job paths that you have never previously considered. There are countless cases of people finding work through staffing agencies that turned into a lengthy career.

 

We hope that you are in this for the long haul, because we certainly are!

 

Trust us yet? If you’re in the Greater Houston area and are interested in working with a recruiter from LPC Personnel, don’t hesitate to get in touch!