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TAC Is 2021’s NCET Professional Services Organization of the Year! 

In 2020, The Applied Companies has helped numerous local organizations weather the storm of COVID-19 with their Reno staffing solutions. By providing companies with a high-tech HR platform, helping to navigate new HR regulations, and improving employee retention through recruitment and workforce counseling, TAC is working to help local business professionals thrive. Additionally, in 2020 TAC was recognized as an NNHRA “Best Places to Work” Award winner with its highest finish ever.

In honor of their hard work and diligent service to their community, NCET, Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, announced The Applied Companies as the 2021 Professional Services Organization of the Year! TAC’s recognition in this category symbolizes countless hours of dedication by our team to ensure that our clients are prepared to endure whatever the future may hold.

Learn more about NCET and The Applied Companies below!

What It Means To Be NCET’s Professional Services Organization of the Year

NCET produces a wide range of programs and events to help people explore business and technology in the hopes of encouraging and empowering entrepreneurs to succeed and flourish.

The NCET Technology Awards celebrate the Northern Nevada individuals and companies who have greatly enhanced the growth and prestige of the technology community, while the EDAWN Awards recognize the people and resources that have played an integral part in contributing to the growth of our entrepreneurial community.

If you’re interested in learning more about the innovations and achievements occurring in Northern Nevada’s technology and entrepreneurial community, visit NCET Tech Awards for tickets to the Showcase and Awards Gala.

The Applied Companies – Executive Search Consultants in Reno, NV

The Applied Companies is the largest locally owned and operated workforce firm in Northern Nevada. We’ve been actively helping the community with their workforce and employment needs since 2002 by providing human resource and employer benefits services, as well as staffing solutions and executive search for employers and candidates alike.

We enjoy being able to help businesses succeed by providing creative, honest, and ethical human resource solutions that are designed specifically for you. Our customized solutions and services are created specifically to meet the unique needs of your business. Our knowledge of industry standards and understanding of the workforce helps us find the right job for those looking for employment.

Our biggest goal as a staffing agency is to help local Reno businesses and business professionals grow in their industry. Whether that means helping you find qualified and motivated staff, or giving you the necessary HR tools you need to succeed, we’re here to help. Taking care of our employees and providing excellent customer service are our top priorities.

Services

We offer services that aid business owners and entrepreneurs with all of their workforce needs from recruiting qualified staff to providing all of your HR essentials. We also provide services to associates looking for employment including resume building and developing job interview skills. Take a look at just some of the solutions we provide:

Executive Search

  • Resume coaching
  • Interview coaching
  • Skills matching
  • In-depth interviewing
  • Candidate screening
  • Innovative and creative recruiting practices
  • Sourcing of both active and passive job seeker

Staffing

  • Resumé building
  • Job interview skills
  • Software practice and assessments
  • State certified in-house drug screening
  • Background checks
  • Full interview and screening before submitting for your review
  • I-9 verification
  • Skills and proficiency testing

HR/Benefits

  • Employee onboarding
  • Custom handbooks
  • Custom job descriptions
  • HR training
  • Hiring and termination assistance
  • Payroll software
  • Direct deposit and pay cards

Reno NV Staffing Solutions from TAC

Now, celebrating the NCET Technology Awards’ 14th year, TAC has the honor and privilege to be included in the list of those who have contributed so much to the technology community. We have amazing clients and a wonderful staff, and this award is a testament to all of their hard work over this uncertain and grueling past year.

Connect with us today to see how we can help you and your business grow.

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Unemployment Coming to an End? A Staffing Agency Can Help

The recent pandemic has left millions out of work and the unemployment rate has skyrocketed as a result. While there were additional funds granted to help aid the surge in unemployment, those funds are starting to dwindle. With unemployment coming to an end, people everywhere are starting to get back to work, but they’re having to find new jobs due to business closures and cutbacks. Fortunately, a great Reno staffing agency, such as The Applied Companies, can help. We’ll make finding a job during COVID-19 the least of your worries. 

See how we can help you land the job you want by offering help with resume writing, interviews, skills testing, and more. 

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Resume Writing

Landing the perfect job takes a bit of preparation. Your resume presents potential employers with their first impression of you, so it’s crucial that it adequately reflects your skills and knowledge related to the position you’re applying for. Some resumes lack the information hiring executives are looking for, which means they’ll likely move on to the next candidate rather than give you a chance in an interview. Resumes should be kept short and concise to show the employer why you would be an asset to their company.

We’ll help job seekers write their resume to be tailored to the job position they’re applying for. By helping candidates highlight the assets and skills they have that are relevant to the position available, they have a greater chance of being considered for employment.

Interviewing

Interviewing is another critical step in the hiring process that needs to be mastered to get the job. This is where the employer gets a better understanding of who you are and what you can or cannot do for the company. It’s important to display your understanding of the industry and to present your most professional self to the interviewer. 

The Applied Companies can help job seekers develop the confidence they need to navigate their way through the interview process. From learning how to act professionally to developing key communication skills, you’ll learn how to impress future employers and hopefully sell yourself as the best candidate for the job. 

Skills Testing 

Industry testing is one of the most beneficial services we provide job seekers as it helps determine a candidate’s skills. This will help the staffing agent identify your specific abilities and lead you to the job best suited for you. We can also give you suggestions and provide feedback for the areas that need improvement.  

Benefits 

Working with The Applied Companies to find a job during COVID-19 has many advantages, including the benefits that are available to some employees. TAC works with companies that provide benefits such as healthcare and retirement to employees. With the current pandemic and limited job opportunities, this is major for any job seeker. 

Work with a Reno Staffing Agency  

Let a premier Reno staffing agency help you find your ideal job today by making the hiring process quicker, more targeted, and more convenient. The Applied Companies is here to help! Learn how we can help you prepare for the job you’ve been waiting for. 

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Assumptions in the Hiring Process Using Occam’s Razor

Too often candidates and employers make the hiring process much more complicated than it should be. The principle that more job seekers and hiring authorities should adopt is Occam’s razor, which advocates for simple assumptions to be used in the hiring process. Not only will this principle simplify the entire recruitment process, but it can also help employers find better candidates, and helps candidates better prepare for interviews. However, if you need further assistance in the hiring process, utilize our human resource consulting services which help candidates and employers find the best option for employment. Or, take a look below to learn more about how you can simplify the hiring process for yourself by not making complex assumptions.

Occam’s Razor and Making Simple Assumptions 

William of Ockham created the problem-solving principle known as Occam’s razor, a theory that expresses a simplified way of coming to a more beneficial conclusion. His theory states that when considering the best possibility, the one with the fewest, or most simple, assumptions should be chosen. Today, this principle can be effectively used in the hiring process because it acts as a model for both candidates and employers to follow. For example, if more people made fewer assumptions during an interview, they would be able to get to key details more quickly and with less frustration. Not only would the recruitment process and interviewing be much more simple for both parties, but it would also provide better results.

Making Assumptions  

Both the applicant and the hiring authority can benefit from making simple assumptions during the hiring process. Here’s how: 

Candidates 

Typically candidates make too many assumptions about their resume. These commonly incorrect presumptions are that their resume will be read, the person reading the resume will already know what to look for, and lastly that the reader will understand the message they are trying to convey. However, using Occam’s razor will allow candidates to better prepare their resume for what employers are actually looking for. Candidates should write their resume with the simple assertion that “I am a good employee and this is why.” This uncomplicated assumption will make their resume more clear and garner them more interview opportunities. 

And when it comes to the interview process, applicants should remember to also keep things simple. Your main goal as a candidate is to sell yourself to your potential boss. By straightforwardly explaining “here’s what I’ve accomplished and done for others and here’s what I can do for you,” you’ll easily get the attention of your interviewer and have a better probability of being considered for the job.

Interviewers

Using the simple assumption theory also helps interviewers, or hiring authorities, make uncomplicated assumptions that alleviate the stress of recruiting a new employee. Employers should consider these four simple assumptions:

  • Can the applicant do the job?
  • Do I like the candidate?
  • What are the risks associated with this applicant?
  • Can we come to an agreement for compensation?

These questions are uncomplicated and direct which allows hiring authorities to make better decisions in a shorter amount of time. This simplifies the entire process and typically provides better end results as well. 

Critical Thinking 

Another crucial way to find the best candidate for an open position is to test their critical thinking skills. To do this, start by giving your prospective candidate a business-related problem that would pertain to your company. Then ask them to solve the problem and analyze their results. When doing this you want to look for two key things – what their answer is (if it’s right or wrong) and how they came to this solution. The most important thing to figure out is how they think, so look for creative and surprising responses that you think will be a good asset to bring to your company. 

Also, don’t be afraid of politely pushing back during an interview. A critical thinker will defend their answer and give reasons to back up that defense. This shows the type of personality that is beneficial to have on your team and displays whether or not the candidate is confident in their own abilities.

Simplify the Hiring Process

If the hiring process leaves you feeling overwhelmed, then connect with the experts at The Applied Companies. Our human resource consulting services are designed to help candidates and employers alike throughout the recruitment process. We help candidates find their ideal job and assist businesses in hiring appropriate employees. Whether you’re looking for a career or searching for the right candidate, we’re here for you. 

HR and Politics: Should Your Company Take a Political Stand?

HR and PoliticsDetermining whether or not a company should take a political stand is a common concern among businesses. Companies often ask themselves what consequences they might face from taking a political stand, and how their business might benefit from making their voice heard. But, how do you decide if becoming involved in politics is the right decision for your business or not?

How Businesses Get Involved in Politics

Generally, private sector employers may limit political discussions as well as asking for political donations in the workplace. Often, employees will confuse their First Amendment rights with rules inside the workplace. Rules regarding these issues are state-specific, and employers who seek to limit solicitation are encouraged to incorporate rules into a policy. However, employers may contribute what they want to political campaigns. But, is this a wise choice? Read more

How to Write an Employee Manual Employees Will Read

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You put a lot of time and energy into your employee manual. It communicates vital company information and helps you keep your assets covered. But wouldn’t it be nice if your employees actually read it? Make it engaging and useful and they’ll take the time to read it, refer to it for simple questions and have a clear understanding of their rights and responsibilities and your expectations.

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Bring Your Team Together and Promote Inclusion in the Workplace

bring your team together with inclusion in the workplaceWhen people talk about inclusion, their thoughts tend to go towards metrics like reaching diversity hiring initiatives, but true inclusion is so much more than that. It means building a truly inclusive workplace culture that will allow the company and individuals who work there to thrive and feel that their contributions as individuals are welcomed.

Look for Buy-In – From the Top Down

Your managers and executives set the tone. If they don’t take the commitment to inclusion seriously, no one else in the company will either. SHRM emphasizes the importance that “company leaders understand that inclusion is about ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard, opinions are considered and value to the team is evident.” Consider forming an inclusion committee that includes decision makers with the power to make genuine change.

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What Do You Need to Know Before Offering Flexible Work Schedules?

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Flexible work schedules are defined as schedules that don’t stick to the traditional 9-to-5 day of an office. With flexible work schedules, employees may come in or leave earlier or later than conventional times dictate. Some flex-time employees also compress work weeks, and may work four 10-hour days rather than five 8-hour ones.

In the end, the goal is to find the best schedule that allows your team to perform optimally. What do you need to consider if you’re thinking of offering flexible work schedules? Here are the pros and cons.

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Build a Company Culture Your Staff Loves

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A company’s culture can be a key component in ensuring that employee morale and retention are strong. Employees who enjoy the culture tend to be happy and engaged, and will stay with the company for a long time. Cultural fit can help teams worth at peak productivity. Companies known for a culture their staff loves, moreover, tend to attract top employees.

But how can you build a stronger culture and become an employer of choice? Follow these three tips.

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The True Cost of a Bad Hire

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Have you made a mistake and hired a poor performer for an open position? It can be very painful to realize that the person who choose at the end of a lengthy hiring process isn’t actually working out — or is actively causing problems.

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Save Time by Outsourcing HR Functions

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If you outsourced your human resources (HR) functions, what could you do with the time saved? The short answer: a lot!

A Professional Employer Organization (PEO) can perform HR functions, from hiring and screening to administering benefits to keeping up with applicable laws and regulations. The primary role of business is, after all, to stay in business. To do that, small businesses need to focus on their bottom line. They need to ensure that revenue is flowing in and profits are maintained and increased over time.

To do all that, small business leaders need to focus on their most important business tasks. As important as HR is, there might be multiple areas of business whose revenue potential requires your time more urgently than HR.

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