The Benefits of Learning a Skilled Trade

The high school guidance counselor’s office. Talking about tests and schedules, getting brochures and advice. And all of it trying to steer you into college, and eventually some kind of office job. The office job thing sounded boring to you at the time and still seems like a deadly, clock-watching nightmare now. Is that the only path to success? Without a college degree, are you stuck on the road toward a Terminator Judgement Day-type hellscape, where robots will eventually transform every blue-collar worker into a permanently unemployed ward of the state? Luckily, the answer is a resounding “no.” There are… Read more »

Getting to Work On Time

It seems so simple during the day. You walk in 15 minutes late, harried, embarrassed, once again having to start your workday by apologizing to everyone. You vow it will never happen again. And at noon, you mean it. But, by six the next morning, you’re back hitting the snooze bar and the cycle starts up again. So how do you break out of it? Getting to work on time can be more complicated than it seems. When you use public transportation or when you have a long commute, getting to work can feel like planning the D-Day invasion. You… Read more »

Workplace Conversation Doesn’t Have to Be Awkward – Use These Tips!

Stepping into a new office can spark flashbacks to the first day of junior high. You’re back in the cafeteria, holding your tray, not sure where you’re supposed to sit. After all, starting a new job can be tough enough – getting used to a new boss, a new organization and a new job description – without adding the social aspect onto it. Getting to know your co-workers can stir up anxiety in even the most confident person. This can prove particularly difficult when you come into a situation as a temp. You’re moving in and out of jobs, making… Read more »

How to Write Your Very First Resume

Congratulations! Whether you’ve just finished high school, graduated with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree or completed a trade school course, you’re ready to enter the workforce! Your ticket to the working world is your resume. This allows employers to make the first cut when deciding who they will hire. Crafting that first resume can prove difficult. Much of the advice about how to organize and shape a resume assumes you have a wealth of experience to use. Your early-career version has special concerns to keep in mind. But don’t worry. We’re here to help. Here are four steps to writing… Read more »

CDL Driver Workplace Safety Checklist

Commercial drivers are relied upon to deliver goods—safely and on time. But long hours on the road are not something to take lightly. Drivers should adhere to general safety guidelines to keep themselves and other motorists safe. Weather conditions, the actions of other drivers, and wildlife are all potential hazards. But by sticking to a list of safety rules, commercial drivers can help ensure a safe journey, every time. Top seven safety items for CDL drivers Drivers should follow these safety requirements to avoid accidents and maintain their CDL: Allow plenty of time to brake. Big rigs are heavy and… Read more »

Classic Signs You’re Working the Wrong Job

Life unfolds in increments, a little at a time. Some people probably pick out a dream job and then work tirelessly toward that goal until they get it. The rest of us have been pretty much winging it since high school, and here we are. But don’t let life’s improvisational nature leave you in a bad situation. If you’ve found yourself in a job you hate, you need to do something to make a change. A high-stress, low-reward environment can waste years of your career, undermining your health and draining your spirit. When you’re in the situation, though, it isn’t… Read more »

Want a Work Site Supervisor Job? Here’s What You Need to Do

There’s a lot of advantages to a career in the construction business. The question becomes: How to make the most of the opportunity? The industry isn’t going anywhere – and that’s not something that can be said about a lot of sectors. Lots of other jobs can get shipped overseas: manufacturing, customer service, even certain finance and medical positions. But not construction (you might someday get replaced by a robot, but that’s a different story). This makes construction a potential growth industry. To move up (i.e., make more money and secure improved benefits) getting into management is key. How to… Read more »

Tips for Including Temp Jobs on Your Resume

Careers unfold in funny ways. Starting out, we think the course of our professional lives will consist of a series of regular positions, hopefully representing a steady progression along our chosen track. But that kind of career is rare these days. Instead, the journey often includes detours along strange paths and into surprising cul-de-sacs. It’s not usually an unbroken string of full-time positions. Instead, it can involve long stints of temporary or contract positions. While this type of work experience is increasingly common, resumes can’t always capture the twists and turns. It’s relatively easy to summarize full-time positions, but what… Read more »

5 Tips for Starting a Temp Job

Starting a new temp job is exciting yet stressful. Walking into a new situation can be overwhelming, but it is important to tackle a temp assignment just as you’d tackle any other job. If you do well, your recruiter will be more likely to recommend you for future work and employers may be open to offering you a full-time role. Follow these five tips to set yourself up for success on a new temp assignment. One: Talk to Your Recruiter Before Your First Day Connect with your recruiter before your start date to make sure you have all of the… Read more »