How to Move into a Leadership Position at Work

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To sustain success, companies always need to plan for the future. That means opportunity for you. No matter what you’ve been hired to do, you can eventually move into a leadership position at work.   As you walk into a job interview, a potential employer might be hiring for a production position. But keep a long-term view in mind. As time passes, the firm will need new team leaders and shift supervisors. With the right skills and background, that could be you.   What does it take to make this transition? How can you move from your current role to a job with… Read more »

Should I Take a Job for the Experience?

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Everyone needs to pay their dues. You can’t make a career overnight… it’s a long, painstaking process. In other words, you can’t expect to step directly into your dream job. Instead, you need to take jobs that give you experience and develop your professional prospects over time.    Still, this dynamic leads to an important question: should you take a job solely for experience? Can you completely ignore present-day considerations and focus entirely on building your resume for the future?   There’s certainly a long-term benefit to gaining experience. One study showed that more than 9 out of 10 (91%) of employers want applicants… Read more »

You Made It! 2020 Is Almost a Wrap – Time to Set Your 2021 Career Goals

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The New Year’s celebrations this year will have a bitter/sweet character. Social distancing will likely put a damper on party plans. That’s the bitter part. The sweet part? Well, at least 2020 is finally over…   This fact leads to an obvious question: what’s in store for 2021? Like in the previous year, much of what will happen will remain out of your control. Still, there are ways to take some charge, especially in the realm of your career development.    Yep, 2020 is almost a wrap. But don’t take too much time celebrating. The end of the year just means it’s… Read more »

How Do I Look For a New Job While Still Employed?

To push your career forward, you have to seek out fresh opportunities. That means never being satisfied with the status quo. As part of this aggressive approach, you might need to look for a new job while still employed at your current position.   Don’t feel bad. This isn’t like a personal relationship. Flirting with other employers while you hold down a job isn’t the professional equivalent of cheating. It’s extremely common. One study showed that 70% of workers are actively seeking out a fresh position.   Common as the practice is, chasing these career upgrades takes some nuance and tact. It may not be cheating… Read more »

Getting Ready to Get Back to Work After a Gap

You’ve taken some time off from your career. Now you’re thinking about jumping back into the workforce. How do you prepare yourself? How do you get ready to get back to work after that long gap?   The transition can be more complicated than you think. It would be best if you prepared yourself physically and mentally for a new chapter in your life. However, with some preparation, you can make a smooth transition into a renewed working life.    There’s a lot of reasons why someone might take a break from their career. You could be out of work due to… Read more »

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 »