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Trusted SASKATOON BOOKKEEPING and Professional services Experts share a Trusted Tip on the SASKATOON DIRECTORY of excellence.

Trusted Tip on RECRUITING Office Staff

How do I find the right Person?

PROBLEM: You’re hiring a new receptionist. There are 20 people working at your office and it’s an entry level position. There are 6 phone lines, lots of filing and mail that needs to be organized and distributed. The last person was great but she is moving out of the City. She’s given her two weeks notice and you need to find a replacement in a hurry. How do you advertise and find a quality person without spending a fortune?

There are many advertising locations you can use but which one is the best for you?

You need to determine the following:

1. How much of a budget do I have?

2. How much time do I have to sort through resumes and hold interviews?

3. How quick do I need someone?

4. How much notice has the previous person given? Do I want the old person to train the new person?

5. What qualifications do they need to be able to complete the duties as required?

 

Once you have the answers to these questions, you can begin your search for the perfect replacement!

There are many free resources you can use:

• SaskJobs.ca

• kijiji.ca

• oodle.ca

• Secondary Schools such as colleges will post jobs or post posters of your job for free

• post a job on your company website

• post a job in your local neighbourhood Post Office (if available)

• Don’t forget about word of mouth! Ask around for qualified employees!

Paid resources are endless.

  • Saskatoonjobshop.ca
  • Monster.ca
  • Advertising in the local newspapers,
  • Recruitment ads on TV or radio.

 

These resources are also great but they depend on your budget. If you find you are strapped for time and don’t have the time to advertise or sift through the mountains of resumes you will get there are a few alternatives.

Hire an Employment Agency. They can help you find either a temporary worker or permanent worker depending on what your needs are. Make sure you have a signed contract that clearly states what the rate per hour is for the employee and what the rate is for having them find a person on your behalf.

Overwhelmed with this process?

 

We offer the following recruitment services:

• Advertising for new administration staff

• Short-listing the candidates we feel will be the best fit for your company

• Set up interviews according to your time schedule

• Be present during interviews

• Assess the potential candidates by testing their level of knowledge and skill sets.

• Establish pay scales for new employees based on their knowledge, experience and YOUR budget

• Write and forward rejection letters to unsuccessful candidates

• Do reference checks on potential candidates

Contact us today to set up an appointment to get help to find the right employee today!

END OF THE ROLL a SASKATOON FLOORING EXPERT share a Trusted Tip on removing stains from flooring!

The moment you enter the doors at End Of The Roll, you know you have found the perfect place to help with all your flooring needs. As small as a hallway to as large as a commercial space – their flooring experts will guide you through the selection process, making sure you end up standing on solid ground. It has always been the goal at End Of The Roll to provide customers with the highest quality flooring and the best purchasing experience. They are your SASKATOON FLOORING Expert on the SASKATOON DIRECTORY of experts!  

Here they share their first TRUSTED TIP on :

Spot and Stain Removal

Stains and soil The majority of stain complaints are actually soil related. For example, many sugar-based spills, such as soft drinks and coffee, leave a sugar residue after removal. This sticky residue readily attracts soil from ordinary shoe traffic, and the resulting discoloured area appears to be a stain.

 The same thing happens when spills are cleaned with a detergent solution and the area is not sufficiently rinsed with plain water, leaving a sticky detergent residue.It is important to rinse thoroughly with water and blot dry after removing any spill.

Carpet

No carpet is stain proof, but since many are stain resistant, you have time to act. Remove as much of food spills as possible by scraping the carpet gently with a spoon or a dull knife. Absorb wet spills quickly by blotting repeatedly with white paper or white cloth towels. Always blot; never rub or scrub abrasively, as a fuzzy area may result. When blotting, work from the outer edge in toward the centre of the spot to avoid spreading the spill. Remove the stain using one of the cleaning items from the checklist below. Rinse the cleaned carpet area with water to remove detergent residue that may become sticky and cause rapid re-soiling. Absorb any remaining moisture by placing several layers of white towels over the spot and weighing them down with a heavy object. This step is necessary even when the carpet doesn't seem particularly damp.

Be prepared for any spill with the following checklist:

•White cloths or white paper towels

•Detergent solution Mix mild liquid detergent with water (no more than 1/4 teaspoon of detergent to 32 ounces of water). -A clear, non-bleach liquid dishwashing detergent such as Dawn, Joy, or clear Ivory is recommended. Do not use detergents that are cloudy or creamy because they may leave a sticky residue. •Vinegar solution

•Mix 1 part white vinegar to 1 part water.

•Ammonia solution

•Mix one tablespoon of ammonia to one cup of water. (Do not use on wool or wool-blend carpets.)

•Non-oily nail polish remover

•Chewing gum remover (freeze or solid type)

•Spot Remover

•Use spot removers designed specifically for grease, oil, or tar.

•Specialty Spot Removers Several specialty spotting products are available from cleaning industry suppliers to remove difficult stains.

Laminate Flooring

Care For spots such as candle wax or chewing gum, harden the spot with ice and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper, such as a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the flooring surface. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. Do not wash or wet mop the floor with soap, water, oil-soap detergent, or any other liquid cleaning material. This could cause swelling, warping, delamination, and joint-line separation, and void the warranty.

•Do not use steel wool, abrasive cleaners, or strong ammoniated or chlorinated type cleaners.

•Do not use any type of buffing or polishing machine.

Click here to go to YOUTUBE where there are video tutorials to remove any and all stains from CARPET and Click HERE to get videos for removing stains on LAMINATE FLOORS

 

 

Find End Of The Roll online at www.endoftheroll.com or visit their large show room at 74 33rd Street East,Saskatoon. Or check out their listing in the SASKATOON FLOORING Category on www.trustedsaskatoon.com . END OF THE ROLL are your FLOORING EXPERTS right here in Saskatoon...on THE SASKATOON DIRECTORY of excellence!

Stay Trusted my friends..SAFE AND TRUSTED Of course

Marla Janzen a Trusted SASKATOON REAL ESTATE Expert shares a Trusted Tip on How to prepare your house for sale

Marla Janzen is an award winning SASKATOON REALTOR she takes action to sell her client's homes and find them the perfect new place to live while negotiating the best terms and price possible. She loves what she does and takes great pride in providing excellence in customer service to all of her clients.

Marla Janzen shares her first Trusted tip on Ways to get your house ready for sale.

How To Prepare Your House For Sale Prepping and staging a house.

Every seller wants her home to sell fast and bring top dollar. Does that sound good to you? Well, it's not luck that makes that happen. It's careful planning and knowing how to professionally spruce up your home that will send home buyers scurrying for their checkbooks. Here is how to prep a house and turn it into an irresistible and marketable home.

Difficulty: Average

Time Required: Seven to 10 Days

Here's How:

1. Disassociate Yourself With Your Home.

• Say to yourself, "This is not my home; it is a house -- a product to be sold much like a box of cereal on the grocery store shelf.

• Make the mental decision to "let go" of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours.

• Picture yourself handing over the keys and envelopes containing appliance warranties to the new owners!

• Say goodbye to every room.

• Don't look backwards -- look toward the future.

2. De-Personalize.

Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers can't see past personal artifacts, and you don't want them to be distracted. You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can't do that if yours are there! You don't want to make any buyer ask, "I wonder what kind of people live in this home?" You want buyers to say, "I can see myself living here."

3. De-Clutter!

People collect an amazing quantity of junk. Consider this: if you haven't used it in over a year, you probably don't need it.

 • If you don't need it, why not donate it or throw it away?

• Remove all books from bookcases.

• Pack up those knickknacks.

• Clean off everything on kitchen counters.

• Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored in a closet when not in use.

• Think of this process as a head-start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway.

4. Rearrange Bedroom Closets and Kitchen Cabinets.

Buyers love to snoop and will open closet and cabinet doors. Think of the message it sends if items fall out! Now imagine what a buyer believes about you if she sees everything organized. It says you probably take good care of the rest of the house as well. This means:

• Neatly stack dishes.

• Turn coffee cup handles facing the same way.

• Hang shirts together, buttoned and facing the same direction.

• Line up shoes.

• Remove all clutter from end tables, bedside cabinets etc..

5. Rent a Storage Unit.

Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkways and put them in storage. Since your bookcases are now empty, store them. Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room appear larger. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room's purpose and plenty of room to move around. You don't want buyers scratching their heads and saying, "What is this room used for?" . Your moving anyway so take this as an opportunity to get packing!

6. Remove/Replace Favorite Items.

If you want to take window coverings, built-in appliances or fixtures with you, remove them now. If the chandelier in the dining room once belonged to your great grandmother, take it down. If a buyer never sees it, she won't want it. Once you tell a buyer she can't have an item, she will covet it, and it could blow your deal. Pack those items and replace them, if necessary.

7. Make Minor Repairs.

• Replace cracked floor or counter tiles.

• Patch holes in walls.

• Fix leaky faucets.

• Fix doors that don't close properly and kitchen drawers that jam.

• Consider painting your walls neutral colors, especially if you have grown accustomed to purple or pink walls. (Don't give buyers any reason to remember your home as "the house with the orange bathroom.")

• Replace burned-out light bulbs.

• If you've considered replacing a worn bedspread, do so now! 8. Make the House Sparkle!

• Wash windows inside and out.

• Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior.

• Clean out cobwebs.

• Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks.

• Polish chrome faucets and mirrors.

• Clean out the refrigerator.

• Vacuum daily.

• Wax floors.

• Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.

• Bleach dingy grout.

• Replace worn rugs.

• Hang up fresh towels.

• Bathroom towels look great fastened with ribbon and bows.

• Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Odors are a no-no.

• Do not try to mask odors with scents and room sprays…lots of people can be sensitive to smells and this will turn potential buyers off.

• Do not fry fish, cook spicy/ ethnic foods while trying to sell.

9. Scrutinize.

• Go outside and open your front door. Stand there. Do you want to go inside? Does the house welcome you?

• Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer.

• Examine carefully how furniture is arranged and move pieces around until it makes sense.

• Make sure window coverings hang level.

• Tune in to the room's statement and its emotional pull. Does it have impact and pizzazz?

• Does it look like nobody lives in this house? You're almost finished.

10. Check Curb Appeal.

If a buyer won't get out of her agent's car because she doesn't like the exterior of your home, you'll never get her inside.

• Keep the sidewalks cleared.

• Mow the lawn

• In wintertime make sure all your sidewalks/ walkways are clear.

• Paint faded window trim.

• Plant yellow flowers or group flower pots together. Yellow evokes a buying emotion. Marigolds are inexpensive.

• Trim your bushes.

• Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number.

There are companies and organization out there that can do a lot of this for you …if your time doesn’t allow…call me and I can assist you in getting started. Remember you never get a 2nd chance to make a first impression.

Find Marla Online at http://www.century21.ca/marla.janzen she is a Century 21 Fusion Reltor based at 703 Circle Drive, Saskatoon..or checkout her listing in REAL ESTATE SASKATOON here on www.trustedsaskatoon.com , Marla Janzen is your REAL ESTATE EXPERT right here in Saskatoon.

 

 

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*Taken from :By Elizabeth Weintraub, About.com Guide

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Superior Auto Body a Saskatoon AUTO BODY EXPERT, offers a Tip: What to do when you have an accident, on the Saskatoon Directory

Superior Auto Body has been in business since 1961, and SGI accredited since 1982... There are many reasons they have so many loyal longstanding clients from all over the city, but mostly it is the small, personal touches that they offer to people who have been unfortunate enough to require their services. They offer newer model courtesy cars and vans for their clients..and to help out they will actually pick up your vehicle and take it to your SGI appointment for you and deliver the courtesy car to you at home... Superior take pride in their workmanship... as they always say, "When we get through it's just like new".

Here Monty shares a Trusted Tp on what to do when you have an accident!

1. Exchange information with the other driver involved in the collision.

Get the other driver's:

•name

•customer number

•licence plate number

A Collision Report form (pdf, 55 kb) can help you remember what information to collect. Print a copy and keep it in your glove box.

If applicable, get the names and addresses of any witnesses. Witnesses can be crucial in determining who's at fault or responsible for the collision.

When to report your collision to the police

You must report the collision to the police if any of the following circumstances apply:  

•the collision results in injury or death. If there are injuries, you must also report the collision to 1 of our injury claims offices.

•it's a hit and run

•a driver is impaired

•any of the vehicles involved have to be towed from the scene

•the collision involves a vehicle that does not have a valid licence plate or is an out-of-province vehicle If none of the above apply, you only need to report the collision to SGI.

2. File your claim.

To file your claim, you can:

•use SGI online auto claim registration service, Auto eClaim

•call SGI Dial-A-Claim service during normal office hours at the claims centre closest to your home Have the following ready when reporting your claim:

•your driver's licence

•your vehicle registration

•if applicable, your auto extension insurance policy number

SGI will then set up an appointment to have your vehicle appraised and the damage assessed.

3. Meet with an SGI appraiser.

On the day of your appointment, drive your vehicle to the claims centre. The appraiser will assess the damage to your vehicle and the cost of repairs. If your vehicle isn't safe to drive, they'll arrange to have it towed to 1 of our claims centres.

4. Have your vehicle repaired.

Once the appraisal is done, you'll get a printout outlining the cost of repairs if your vehicle is repairable. After your adjuster confirms your insurance coverage is in order, you can have your vehicle repaired at the auto body shop of your choice.See SGI Vehicle insurance coverage section for details.

5. Authorize payment.

 Once your vehicle has been repaired, the body shop will ask you to sign a Certification of Repairs form. This form signifies that you're satisfied with the repairs and authorizes SGI to pay the body shop.

Find Superior Autobody Online at http://www.superiorautobodysk.com/  or go to their listing in AUTO BODY here, or Go visit them at Ave Q South ... they are on THE Saskatoon directory of excellence ..they are your Saskatoon Auto Body experts!

 

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