How to Look Like a Unicorn on Your Resume, Without Lying About Experience

Every employer is looking for a unicorn, that magical creature who can fulfill every job requirement, and then some. Typically, these are viewed as near-mythical searches…no HR staffer ever really expects to find one. Hence the term “unicorn.”  However, it doesn’t have to be that way. By setting up your resume the right way, you can get as close to being a unicorn as possible. This will let you stand out during the early stages of the application process, and give you an advantage as the recruitment process progresses.   Here are a few steps you can take to look like a unicorn, without actually… Read more »

Emergency Notification Procedures

Putting in place emergency notification procedures helps keep your workplace safe, no matter what comes up. In dangerous situations, strong communication and a well-established protocol ensure that everyone takes the appropriate action. This can minimize damage, avoid injuries, and save lives.   After all, emergencies happen suddenly, and they happen unexpectedly. In some ways, there’s no way to be 100% ready when they occur. That said, getting through an emergency with the minimum amount of negative consequences requires significant preparation. In other words, you have to get as ready as possible.   Here are a few types of incidents that require emergency… Read more »

Career Spotlight: HVAC Installers

HVAC installation represents a fast-growing field that has a relatively low barrier of entry. At the same time, it offers a salary beyond the national median. Let’s take a look at some of the details.   First, let’s start with the name of the position itself. What does HVAC even mean?   The initials stand for “heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.” As it suggests, the position involves installing and repairing heating and cooling systems. Since pretty much every building has some version of these systems, their installation provides a stable career in a growing market.   Job Prospects   The career has a sizable job base,… Read more »

Improving the Candidate Experience

Improving the experience for the candidate who applies for a job at your company is a nice thing to do. However, that’s not the main reason to make it a priority. It also provides definite benefits for you as well, leading to an improved brand, better access to talent, and a more efficient recruiting process.   Making sure your candidates have all the information they need will streamline your process. You can review applications faster, and the interview process will be more efficient. Meanwhile, you will be able to make better hiring choices. Each of your candidates will be more relaxed… Read more »

Outdoor Construction Worker Safety

Working an outdoor construction job can be nice. When it’s 70 degrees, with a pleasant breeze and a few clouds to sit right in front of the sun, you’re thankful that you’re not stuck in some office somewhere. Things are different when the weather turns sour.    Rain, snow, wind, and extreme temperatures can make you wish for an indoor job. However, it’s not just about comfort. Inclement weather also puts your safety at risk. When conditions turn nasty, you need to take appropriate steps to protect yourself.   Rain   Staying dry is more than just a matter of comfort. Keeping the… Read more »

More Than Black & White; Diversity in the Workplace

You hear a lot about diversity these days. It’s often posed as the “right” thing to do, the correct corporate action from a moral standpoint. But people rarely make a straight business case for diversity in the workplace.  The truth is, diversity isn’t just the right thing to do in terms of an ethical commitment to equality. It’s also good business.   The approach to staffing gives you a broader skill base to draw from. You have a stronger team that can respond creatively to a broader range of situations. It also leads to improved productivity and better outcomes.   Here are… Read more »

Job Searching for the Holidays

Many companies need to staff up for the holidays, forcing them to hire a lot of people quickly. That creates an opportunity for you. Not only does this provide you the chance to earn extra cash during the holidays, but it also opens the door to broader career development. Therefore, you should spend some time strategizing how to get the most out of your holiday job search.  During the holiday hiring rush, companies tend to lower their usual hiring standards. This presents an opportunity for people with less experience to find at least a temporary position. In this way, holiday hiring provides a great chance to learn new skills and build out your… Read more »

Daily Manufacturing Safety Concerns

Safety represents a significant concern for any manufacturing company. As a worker, you are particularly impacted by the level of compliance in your workspace. The company might see a financial incentive to keep things safe. For you, the concerns are much more immediate, since you are the one who faces a potential injury if there are any breakdowns.  That gives you a deep incentive to keep the workplace safe. It also means you need to take personal responsibility for your safety. When you’re on the manufacturing floor, you should enact every precaution possible to avoid an incident.  Luckily, there is plenty you can do. Here are… Read more »

Delivery Driver Safety Tips

For most people, the holiday season means upcoming vacations and time with friends and family. For delivery drivers, it means more work and increased hazards. To get through the season in one piece, you’ll need increased vigilance and a tighter commitment to safety.  The holiday season is a time of gifts and online shopping. This translates into increased delivery volume: more work for you, driving around on busier streets, with more people, during a time when the weather is likely to turn sour. A perfect storm for accidents.  But there are ways to stay safe. Here are a few delivery driver safety tips you can use to get through… Read more »

Stuck in a Rut? Get Back to Basics

Every day feels the same. Your career has become a treadmill, a rut, a slow descent into quicksand. There are ways to escape, however. The first step: getting back to basics.  If it feels like your search for the perfect job has reached an impasse, consider hitting “restart.” Return to fundamentals. By resetting the process, you can get back on track.  Here are a few ways to get back to basics:  Take Stock  If you’re having trouble pushing your career forward, you need to identify the problem. To cure a disease, you need to diagnose what caused it. The same principle applies… Read more »