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 »

Be Prepared: Top Interview Questions You Will Hear

When it comes to your upcoming interview, preparation is key. It will help you do your best, plus help calm your nerves. You’ll be able to give a great interview, plus appear cool, calm and collected. Top Seven Interview Questions and How to Answer Them As you prepare, it helps to review common interview questions and think ahead about how you’d answer them. Be ready with answers to all of the following: So, Tell Me About Yourself. One of the most common questions, this tends to put many interviewees on edge. But this is a question on a topic you… Read more »

Be Prepared: Interview Answers You Should Be Giving

You google “interview answers I should be giving.” Meanwhile, HR specialists are googling “interview questions I should be asking.” Point is: most job interviews follow a similar format, which gives you the opportunity to prepare in advance, practicing answers to the questions you’re most likely to receive. As we’ll discuss, you don’t want your answers to become overly stale. However, there’s a benefit in coming up with some stock answers, responses you can use as starting points to help you maneuver around some of the tougher questions you’re likely to hear. Here are some standard replies you can have in… Read more »

Job Search Tips for the Rest of 2019

The job market constantly evolves. Twenty years ago, you read paper newspapers to find job postings and had to stay near your house phone to wait for companies to call you back. Ten years ago, it was all job sites and maybe some message boards. Now, social media, the gig economy and an emphasis on employer branding play an increasing part, once again complicating the process of finding a position. Another year, another set of changes in the mix of potential job-search tools. So, what’s the best combination of techniques to use in 2019 and beyond? Here solutions for your… Read more »

Is Your Resume Too Long? Here is How to Cut the Clutter

In search of your next job? You want to take all the steps to put yourself at the top of the stack. You can imagine how many resumes a recruiter, employer or hiring manager may be facing for an open position—so you want yours to be memorable (in a good way) and easy to skim. The key to the best resume is to include only relevant information, cut out anything unnecessary, and spike out the highlights. Ten Things to Remove From Your Resume Right Now: Maybe you’re not sure what can stay and what should go! Just follow this guide… Read more »

Watch Your Back! Safety Tips to Prevent Back Injuries

Did you know more than one million on-the-job back injuries are reported each year? That’s disappointing odds considering the health of your back is largely something you can control. Don’t become a statistic! It’s up to you to keep your back feeling and functioning at its best. Five Ways to Protect Your Back at Work You can save yourself discomfort, medical bills, and diminished work performance by keeping your back in the best possible health. It’s easy when you follow a few key tips: Stretch –The muscles in your legs must make up some slack when you lift objects—so you’re… 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 »