What to Expect on Your First Assignment

First days can be intimidating. It was true in junior high, and remains true even as you advance through your career. However, as scary as they can be, new experiences can also prove exciting and educational. With the right preparation and a good attitude, you can position yourself for success right from your first assignment.   Of course, hearing this advice doesn’t stop the butterflies. At the same time, operating through a staffing agency can sometimes make the feelings of dislocation and uncertainty worse. It doesn’t have to be that way, though.    Your first staffing assignment also represents a major opportunity. You’ve opened up a… Read more »

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 »

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 »

General Labor: Do You Have What It Takes?

Success in any industry requires a mix of different skills. More than ever before, companies expect a lot from general labor positions.   Your employer will train you on the details of the job you are supposed to accomplish. But to exceed expectations, you’ll need a broad set of secondary abilities. These will allow you to impress your bosses, leading to opportunities to earn additional pay and to take on more interesting assignments.  Here are a few of the skills needed to succeed as a general laborer:  Reliability  The first thing any employer will look at: whether you show up.… Read more »

Time for a Change: Obvious Signs You Should Quit Your Job

What a day! We all say this to ourselves from time to time, because no job is perfect. Everyone gets their fair share of difficult coworkers, challenging tasks and off days. It’s part of being human and a member of the working world. But when you find yourself saying this more often than not, and you just aren’t happy, something’s got to give. So when do you know if you’re dealing with a normal Case of the Mondays—or the issues you’re facing at work are a much bigger concern? Five Screaming Indications It’s Time to Move On If you think… Read more »

What to Expect Your First Week on The Job (And How to Prepare)

The first few days at new job will likely overwhelm you. You’ll go home exhausted, falling asleep on the couch at eight o’clock. You’ll likely feel inadequate, feeling like you’ll never get up to speed. You might feel like the company made a mistake in hiring you. Fear not. These feelings are only temporary. The first week is filled with a lot of new information. It will take you a little time to figure out what’s important, and what you can stick in a mental drawer and never think about it again. Here’s three things you’ll have to deal with… Read more »

4 Things to Do After You Interview for a Job With a Staffing Firm

It’s easy to think of a job interview as the end of the process. From then on, other people will determine what will happen with your career – your part is over. This feeling can be especially prevalent when you interview with a staffing firm. Their job is to find you work, right? What more is there to do, but wait for the phone to ring with your dream position? The truth is, there’s plenty for you to do after the interview is over. By actively following up, you maximize your chances of getting the best possible placement. Four steps… 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 »