A lot can happen in 20 years. Technology has advanced leaps and bounds, social movements have altered the way we interact with one another, and regarding a topic we’re particularly keen on – the American Workforce Landscape has changed drastically. TAC Employment Agency is celebrating our 20-year business milestone, and along the way, we’ve seen a paradigm shift in how people and companies conduct work. Let’s take a dive into what the workforce landscape looked like 20 years ago, what it looks like now, and how it may look in the 20 years to follow.
As a Reno recruiting agency, we used to have to go solely off paper resumés and phone calls to screen potential hires. The whir of the fax machine was ever-present, and administrative tasks could take several people and departments to complete. Interviews were held strictly in-person, and people were assigned jobs that mostly revolved around individual machines that performed a particular function.
Now, most of this action lives on computers. We have access to digital worker profiles and powerful recruitment tools, enabling us to find a strong match between prospects and companies looking for talent. Candidates still do phone interviews, but now we also have the power to conduct interviews through video calling platforms, which add another layer of communication intimacy.
In the future, we’ll likely see even more digital tools that enhance the employment search experience. Not only that, smart machines will take over tasks previously thought impossible, becoming your future coworkers. With advancements in collaboration tools and artificial intelligence, new digital environments will be leveraged to share and store vital applicant information and bolster workforce solutions. Overall, we’ll hopefully see a shift towards reducing the strain on our labor market and utilize all of our available talent to its greatest potential. If applicants’ skills, jobs, and locations are matched more efficiently and with greater precision, the future will look bright!
The cultural snapshot of the workforce 20 years ago is almost unrecognizable today. Stuffy office attire, the once a year holiday party, and bosses that barked orders while sitting in their corner office were a staple of yesteryear. Additionally, it wasn’t uncommon for individuals to stay with a company for a large portion, if not all of their careers. And perhaps the most dreaded invention ever concocted: the cubicle, had a grip on office culture.
Thankfully, the reign of comically small cubicles has been declining, and we now see more open-floor layouts that foster relationships and healthy minds. Companies have also realized that people should be celebrated for their accomplishments with more than just a single holiday party. Individual growth that occurs when employees outgrow their positions and move on to other companies are also being addressed in a more positive light. Office lunches, group outings, and employee perks are now woven into the heart of a company’s culture. And it doesn’t hurt when the boss leads alongside their subordinates instead of shouting from afar. With this shift in our work day thinking, people are honing in a better work-life balance and bringing their best selves when clocking in for the day.
Looking to the future, we’ll hopefully see office cultures that people truly resonate with, cultivating heightened pride in their work. With more individuals opting for remote work, the next decades will likely involve increased efforts to encourage inclusivity and recognition of employees from afar via virtual platforms. People will seek opportunities to tie their mission, purpose, and passions with their workplace. At the end of the day, work won’t just be a nine to five, it’ll be a place employees will show up to provide value for society and don’t mind working hard to do so.
In the two decades prior, the workplace was a wasteful environment where little thought was given to consumption habits. Enormous amounts of paper were used, employees commuted in gridlock traffic, and the office itself was often a huge energy sink.
With the current move towards a more digital work ecosystem, we’re making strides towards greater workplace sustainability. Everything from flexible work schedules that reduce traffic, to fewer physical print files, to smaller office spaces are lessening the impact our workplaces have on the environment. After all, we spend a hefty chunk of time at work, so it’s worth addressing sustainability to better our planet as a whole.
In the next twenty years, the trend towards a lesser impact will hopefully continue. Staff will be able to login virtually via laptops that use far less electricity than desktops. Warehouses can integrate sensor-based mapping and inventory control to make optimum use of smaller floor plans. And ideally, offices will move to areas with better transportation links to make them more accessible to the workforce via public transport.
In our twenty years as one of the most experienced employment agencies Reno offers, we’ve found that change is inevitable. Through it all, we’ve been the go-to company for HR consulting services, executive search solutions, and employment services. While these services have evolved to fit the times, we have never wavered in our commitment to our clients. While the next twenty years are uncertain, we plan to use our vast industry knowledge to adapt to the needs of our workers and provide value to the workplace of the future.
Contact The Applied Companies to let us help you with your workforce needs of the future.
About The Applied Companies®:
The Applied Companies® strives to collaborate with employers looking to grow their workforce with professional, reliable, and ambitious individuals. The goal at TAC is simple: we want to help alleviate the stress of looking for a job as well, and make sure that our candidates are compatible with a role that’s right for them. For over 20 years, TAC has been an active member of the business community. With a Northern Nevada focus and national expertise in temp and direct hire, recruitment, executive search, human resources, PEO, and payroll administration, TAC provides businesses with solutions that are right for their organization.
As for working with job seekers, now is the right time to find employment with your local employment agency. We’re sharing some tried and true tips when it comes to finding your dream job and acing an interview:
You’ve wowed a company with your impressive cover letter and resume, so naturally the next step is either an in-person or phone interview.
First, a friend, family member or partner can help you practice through a mock interview and can be a great starting point to your job interview prep. This gives you a chance to receive feedback on your answers, posture, appearance, and nonverbal communication. Even paying attention to your handshake can make a subtle difference!
Another suggestion to gain confidence for the interview is to research the company and the individual(s) interviewing you. Learning about their roles and personal interests through their LinkedIn profile or through the company’s website allows you to mention highlights during the interview to give you common ground while standing out.
Print out extra copies of your resume so the interviewers can have a physical copy to keep referring back to. Make sure to bring a pen and professional notebook, in addition to your A-game: after all, people tend to hire other people with a positive and upbeat personality!
If you dress to impress, you’ll make a great first impression. We suggest choosing an outfit that is a step above the office standard to show professionalism, and conservative business attire is appropriate for every setting.
Above all, make sure to get a great amount of sleep and properly fuel up on the day of. Stick to healthy foods for breakfast or lunch, and hydrate throughout the day to prevent a dry throat when speaking.
Providing a portfolio and letting the interviewer take a look at previous projects can make a great first impression. Stick to asking questions about the job responsibilities, qualifications, or other key details about the position. This is also a great time to learn more about the culture of the company or the department, and what the structure looks like. Remember, this is also your chance to interview the company and see if this is a good fit for you and your values.
If an interviewer asks about any of your strengths and weaknesses, it’s sometimes hard to come up with an answer at the moment. Being honest and self-aware of any issues is a great start, but combining it with an action plan lets you stand apart from other candidates. On the contrary, finding a few traits that you tend to utilize in your work is important. Are you a problem solver or more numbers driven when it comes to tackling tasks? Is time management something you are really good at, too? If so, explain these traits and how you do in specific situations with them as a way to wow the interviewer.
Lastly, consider why you want to work for a place and what about the role is most appealing for you. Out of all the companies hiring, why did you choose this one? Hearing about why you specifically chose them can really score some bonus points with the interviewer.
After an interview, it’s important to elevate yourself as a candidate by keeping your name fresh in the company’s mind. It shows that you are eager for the role, especially if it’s a competitive field.
At the end of the interview, make sure to get the contact information of the hiring manager and ask questions that will give you a time frame for the decision making. Questions like “How many days will you need to make a decision?” Or “Will there be a second interview?” can help. Send any supporting documents like a page of references, written assessments, or background check approval.
Sending a thank you email is a fantastic way to stand out. Doing so will demonstrate your interest in the job, and showing appreciation is a good look during the search process.
It’s typically better for an interviewer to bring up the topic of salary and benefits, and always try to end on a positive note. Other questions not to ask include wanting to know about promotions and reviews. Any questions that beg “What’s in it for me?”, be it for hours, benefits, salary or growth, will be answered within the process and not on an initial interview. Many people interviewing for jobs must keep in mind that an offer doesn’t always come from the first step.
Lastly, interviewers often ask questions that ask you to share situations that you found difficult at previous positions. This helps them understand how you might respond in similar situations at this workplace, so prepare by reflecting on a few scenarios ahead of time.
For many people in Reno and Sparks, they took time to reassess their careers during the pandemic. Here at TAC, we saw this first hand as our trained professionals learned more about the workforce, search recruitment, and professional employer organizations as well.
We truly enjoy helping top-level candidates find the right position, the right culture, and the right company to thrive in.
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The recruiting and hiring process can be time-intensive and require days and weeks of reviewing applications, scheduling interviews, performing background checks and much more. Your managers may end up becoming bogged down and fall behind in their day-to-day tasks if they have too much to deal with juggling their primary business and a hiring process.
If positions aren’t filled, company productivity may diminish as well. If a hire doesn’t work out, then the whole process needs to start over again. What can hiring managers do speed up the process, focus internally on their core business and find the right people for their hiring needs?
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