Checklist: What You Need to Work With a Staffing Agency

You’re ready to jumpstart your career by partnering with a recruiter. Good step. They can plug you into their network of companies hungry for new talent and quickly get you into an ideal placement for unlocking the next stage of your career But what do you need to get started? Having everything lined up as you go into the staffing-agency experience helps maximize the value of getting a recruiter involved. It short cuts the process, putting you into a perfect position more quickly. Meanwhile, it can lead to a better result, as your staffing specialist has all the information necessary… Read more »

Helpful Apps to Keep You on Schedule

If you’re like many people, you have a jam-packed schedule, and your to-do list just keeps getting longer. From work, to family, to appointments, to outings with friends and family—not to mention grocery shopping, bills, pets, and home repairs—there’s much to keep track of each week. But have no fear. Just when you thought you couldn’t manage all your commitments, there’s an app for that! Five Apps to Keep You on Track Don’t lose your cool. Just harness the power of technology, download one of the following, and breathe easier: Remember the Milk. Ready, set, get your life together! If… Read more »

Could an Apprenticeship Program Be Your Next Career Move?

College educations are a pricey investment. And graduates today can be met with the heartbreak of an expensive diploma without gainful employment at the end of the tunnel. One alternative is a job in a skilled trade. If working with your hands to create a tangible product doesn’t sound fulfilling enough, there’s plenty of other considerations for entering the skilled labor market. Four Reasons to Go Into a Skilled Trade You can still find a great career without attending a four-year school. Unfortunately, trade jobs have received bad press—you may feel less professional or less qualified than if you have… Read more »

Tips For Keeping Your Social Media Work Friendly

More and more, people are becoming brands. Originally, this only applied to certain high-level actors or athletes…people with millions of dollars at stake in their advertising appeal. But recent years have seen the concept expand throughout corporate culture. It trickled down from celebrities to CEOs to executives…until now, it’s true of regular work-a-day employees. That means you. And the main tool you have for brand management is your social media presence. It’s not just a source of goofy memes and cat pictures. It has the potential to make or break your career. With that in mind, you have to remain… Read more »

Don’t Let Your Night Time Shift Affect Your Decision Making

Moving to the night shift represents a potentially difficult transition. In the abstract, eight hours might seem like eight hours, whenever they take place during a 24-hour period. But that’s not how most people are wired. Most people have a natural tendency to perform tasks during the daylight hours and sleep when it’s dark out – that’s probably not shocking information. Reversing those situations can lead to significant problems if you don’t prepare sufficiently. Working a night shift when you’re unaccustomed to the schedule can diminish your ability to make good decisions. This can hurt your work performance, cutting into… Read more »

Don’t Get Fired: 5 Ways to Stand Out

You show up on time. You get your work done well and you always complete it on time. You don’t talk back to your boss. You don’t steal office supplies or you don’t belong to any paramilitary organizations with questionable politics. Why would you ever get fired? Being good at your job may seem sufficient to keep that position long term. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. You don’t have to do something wrong to get fired. Companies shuffle their workforces all the time. Management changes, layoffs, mergers – any decision that takes place in a far-off executive board room… Read more »

Do You Have a Workplace Bully? Here is How to Manage Them

You thought it disappeared from your life after junior high, along with school dances and lunch money. But here you are, a full-fledged career person, fending off a bully. Besides flashbacks to your 12-year-old nightmares, facing an aggressive and overbearing co-worker can damage your near-term career prospects. It creates a distraction that is difficult to ignore and saps the confidence you need to succeed. Not to mention the emotional toll of dealing with the bully from day to day. In the junior high days, a fight by the bike rack might solve the problem, one way or another. That is… Read more »

What to Do After You’ve Accepted a New Job

Receiving the offer of a new job can prompt some of the most unalloyed feelings of joy possible. For a moment, at least. But soon, the rush of euphoria and the unabashed kitchen-dancing subsides, and different feelings begin to bubble up. Anticipation. Nervousness. Worry. Going into a new situation can cause stress. Even though your new job represents a great opportunity, it’s natural to feel a little apprehensive. The best cure is to prepare. Get everything set for the first day so you don’t add to your jitters with disorganization and uncertainty. Here are six items to keep in mind… Read more »

Can Social Media Hurt Your Chances at a Job?

Once upon a time, if you did something stupid, you didn’t have to worry too much about it coming back to hurt you later in life. If you had an offensive picture in your yearbook, or published some bizarre political opinions in an obscure school newspaper, those items would likely get buried in a library somewhere, never to surface again. Now, however, the Internet preserves everything. Things you posted years ago can haunt your employment opportunities today. What’s more, with people posting their every thought online, a momentary lapse in judgment can quickly escalate into a career-altering event. A thoughtless… Read more »

Self-Performance Reviews Could be the Key to Standing Out to Management

So… what do YOU think of you? Self-evaluation is important to your career! It shows your boss you’re fully aware of your current skills and the direction your career is taking. It’s a smart, professional way to demonstrate your passion for your work. It also helps your boss track what you’ve been up to, and this is key for raises and promotions. Start With a Log The best way to begin self-performance reviews is by jotting down your accomplishments in a log to help you keep track. Be very specific about what you accomplished and include numbers when you can.… Read more »