Getting Real With Roses

Find Your Flow

Much has been written about the art of being in the flow. In these moments, you know exactly where youíre meant to be and doing exactly what you should be doing, in a good way. Thereís no resistance and things move in a way that feels ďright.Ē Flow is the goal, but it can also be elusive. The first step toward the cultivation of being in the flow is to know what you want to achieve.

Recognizing the Need for Change
Recognizing where youíre at and where you want to go, whether in a job or life in general, is critical to identifying the next move. In the rush, itís easy to get caught up in the idea thereís only one path to success, when in fact there are many. The trick is to know whatís important and why. Basing each decision on whatís important and why is the easiest way to either bring you closer to your primary goal or push you farther away.

Understanding what you Seek
If youíre a current job candidate or business, this process might be as simple as determining if youíre working with the right staffing recruiter or not. For example, as a candidate are you frequently encouraged or challenged to give a position a try even after expressly stating you have no desire to do certain tasks such as telephone sales? Instead of listening and keeping your goals in mind, does the recruiter continue to focus on positions that are in their best interests and not yours?

A similar scenario is true for businesses that employ a staffing agency to screen qualified candidates, but somehow lack the discipline to demand they work in the companyís best interests. For example, rather than receiving bright, qualified candidates, they continually send people with little knowledge about the company or the position. This can quickly evolve from a bad situation into something worse if the company becomes willing to accept candidates who lack the knowledge, interest or necessary skills, simply to solve an immediate staffing request.

Be Clear about the Choices
In each of these scenarios, itís critical to know the end game. Having a clear idea of what you want as an employee or employer is critical to saving time, money and a lot of headaches in the short and long term. For job candidates, this means taking the time to explore your skill set and finding an employment agency who is ready to maximize your potential in the right workplace.

As a business, now is the time to look at staffing solutions as an investment in the future. By embracing a partnership with a staffing recruiter, you build a long-term relationship where a staffing agency is always on the lookout for candidates who fit the goals of your company and culture. Granted, this process might take a little more time, but itís a long-term investment thatís guaranteed to pay off in the end.

This article is brought to you by Staffing Kansas City, a full-service Kansas City employment agency that provides contract-to-hire, direct hire and contract employment placement services.