Should You Wear Jeans to Your Next Interview?

Job interviews test your nerves. You sit there, desperately hoping the throbbing vein in your neck doesn’t betray your palpitating heart rate, or the sweat forming in the palms of your hands won’t form telltale wet marks on the arms of your chair, simultaneously trying to ignore the multiple pairs of eyes staring at you and the fact that strangers are typing out notes after every sentence you say. Almost every aspect conspires to make it an uncomfortable experience. Is it too much to ask that your clothes at least be comfortable? You’d give anything to show up in flannel… Read more »

Faulty Job History on Your Resume? Here’s How to Find a Job

Currently hitting a wall when writing out your job history? For many job seekers, if you’ve bounced around between jobs and industries, you may be worried you’ll look flightly or indecisive to a potential employer. However, by framing your job history in the right way, you can shape the way you appear to a hiring manager, helping you land your next job. Here’s how. Tell your story You’re unique and on your very own journey when it comes to your career. This doesn’t have to come across as something negative to a potential employer! Just the opposite—if you structure your… 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 »

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 »

Yes or No: Should You Ask Your Interviewer Questions?

Interviews provide an opportunity to show off. You want to take every chance to highlight the unique experience you can bring to the company. If the interviewers give you time to talk, take it. Which brings us to the end of the interview. You’ve handled the introductions and the small talk without blurting out anything embarrassing. You’ve weathered the what’s-your-biggest-weakness-style trick questions. Now, they turn to you and ask, “Do you have any questions for us?” The tone here is often casual, perfunctory. It’s the end of the interview. They seem ready to stand up and show you to the… 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 »

Need a Job Fast? 7 Reasons to Consider a Temporary Job

You’ve been out of work for a while now and you’re starting to get worried. You’ve had some nibbles, but nothing has clicked yet and you’re getting to the end of your options. However, you’re reluctant to look into a temporary position. We get it. You want the benefits and long-term security that come with a full-time position. But how secure was your last full-time gig? In today’s economy, much of the perceived security of full-time positions can prove fleeting. Meanwhile, there are several benefits to temporary assignments that make them a terrific way to get back into the working… Read more »

What is a Flagger Proficiency Test?

In many parts of the country, construction must be done almost exclusively during the warmer months of the year. Our roads and highways often need work due to wear and tear from winter elements or just general improvements. During construction, traffic must be redirected and controlled. Flaggers work on roadway construction sites directing traffic with flags and other signs. They have a key role in keeping workers, motorists (and themselves!) safe from oncoming traffic so construction progress can continue. Keeping the construction site safe As oncoming traffic presents a direct hazard to the safety of all workers on a roadway… Read more »

4 Tips to Help You Turn a Temporary Job Into a Perm Position

Companies commonly use temporary assignments as stepping stones to permanent positions. This provides a lot of structural value – both for employers and for workers. Employers don’t get locked into expensive and potentially unfortunate hires. Meanwhile, workers get to try a situation before making a firm long-term commitment. While this sort of “minor league” system has many benefits, making the jump to a permanent position can prove difficult. Just like making the big leagues in baseball, you must beat out competition and prove your long-term value, before getting a shot at “the show.” Here are four tips on 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 »