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Will they call me after I submit my resume?

A commonly asked question job applicants have is:

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Topics: Establishing a Career, Preparing for an Interview, Resume

What's the difference between temporary and temp-to-hire?

Understanding Temporary vs. Temp-to-Hire

If you’re looking for work, you’re bound to come across the terms “temporary” and “temp-to-hire.” But what, exactly do they mean and how do you know which is best for you?

According to BusinessDictionary, temporary employment is where you are expected to remain in a position only for a certain period of time. That time could be based upon completion of a project, availability of funding or other circumstances, like replacing someone on leave who is expected to return.

This type of work is also referred to as seasonal employment – like at a retail shop during the Christmas season, or summer work at a pool. Other terms you might see used are: temps, contract, interim, outsourced or freelance.

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Topics: Temp-to-Hire, Temporary, Seasonal, Contract, Gaining Experience

Why trends in job descriptions are important to job seekers

Low unemployment and high demand for skilled workers means that companies are changing the way they seek employees. This means changing job descriptions in order to attract their ideal candidate in as little time as possible.

The job description is usually the first introduction to a company that job seekers have, unless it’s a well-known global corporation like Google or Amazon. Even then, the job description should contain information that makes the company’s “ideal” candidate want to apply.

Some of the emerging trends in posted job descriptions are taking that into consideration, which is good for job seekers.

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Topics: Establishing a Career, Gaining Experience, Job Description

Do Staffing Companies work for the client or the candidate?

Staffing Scrabble by Amtec CC BY-SA 2.0

Finding a job isn’t always easy, even in today’s economy. What makes it even more difficult is navigating the various types of placement and staffing companies and their fees.

If you’re unemployed, you don’t necessarily have the funds to pay someone to find you a job, so do you have to pay the staffing company that’s advertising for warehouse workers? And just who is that staffing agency working for – you or the company that needs the worker?

As in most things, the answers to those questions are: it depends.

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Topics: Establishing a Career, Re-Entering the Workforce, Employment Agency, Gaining Experience

Is an employment agency right for me?

When you’re looking for a job, you’re sure to come across employment agency ads for workers. They often look like this screenshot (to the right) from Indeed.com:

But maybe you’ve never used an employment or staffing agency, so how do you know if you should apply?

First you need to understand what an employment agency does. The American Staffing Association (ASA) has a great description:

Companies need employees. Workers need jobs. And the staffing industry brings them together. Whether for temporary or seasonal assignments, contract engagements, or permanent placement, the staffing industry gives employees a bridge to permanent employment and it gives businesses the skilled labor and flexibility to create effective workforce solutions.

How does it work?

That depends on the type of position that is being filled – temporary or permanent – but the way it starts is the same...

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Topics: Establishing a Career, Temp-to-Hire, Temporary, Seasonal, Contract, Permanent Placement, Employment Agency

What to Wear for an Interview

Congrats! You’ve got an interview. Now, what to wear?

Figuring out what to wear to an interview used to be easy, but it can be a challenge in today’s fast-paced world. Men would pick a good suit, matching tie/shirt, and dress shoes. Women would go with a suit, though they might have to decide between pants and skirt, matching shoes and accessories.

The general rule was that you couldn’t be overdressed for an interview.

But while that’s still generally accepted, because it never hurts to look your best, today’s more relaxed working environments complicate the matter. Plus, you don’t want to feel out of place and ill-at-ease if you show up in a suit and everyone else is wearing… jeans.

That’s not likely to happen, but walking in and finding you’re the best-dressed candidate might have you wondering about your attire – and that’s not a good thing to be focused upon when you should be thinking about your skills and why you’re the best fit for the position.

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Topics: Establishing a Career, Preparing for an Interview

Is social media killing your job prospects?

You have followed all of the steps correctly: you’ve updated your resume, you custom wrote a cover letter for each job application, you modify key details in your resume to highlight your experience in relation to the job description, you follow-up to check on the status of the application and reiterate your interest in the position … but you’re still not getting an interview.

Could your social media account be to blame?

In a 2018 CareerBuilder survey, 70% of employers reported they use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process. According to The Muse, a career website, 1 out of 3 employers will reject a candidate based on something they found in social profiles.

Such pre-interview reviews of social media aren’t restricted to LinkedIn, the “professional” social media site. Employers are routinely looking at Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and even Snapchat accounts in order to determine if you’re a good fit for the company from both a skills - and a company culture - perspective.

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Topics: Preparing for an Interview, Social Media

Will getting a certification help land a job?

If you’ve been out of the job market for a while, or if you’re looking to advance in your career, getting a certification relevant to your field might be just the ticket.

Earning certifications or accreditation shows that you are serious about your field and competent enough to do the job. Some jobs require a certification, while for others it may just be preferred. Additionally, certifications may be accepted by the employer in place of a degree, depending on the position.

Usually, a certification consists of classroom or online training, and then passing a test to show that you have acquired specific knowledge about a particular field of work or technology. Most certification programs require a fee to take the test, along with a fee for the course to prepare you for the test. Certifications can be good for up to three years, and you are often required to have continuing training during those three years in order to maintain your certification.

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Topics: Establishing a Career, Re-Entering the Workforce

Pre-Interview: Night before checklist

It’s 6 p.m. and you have mixed feelings about tomorrow. You are excited, but also nervous since you have a job interview in the morning.

You’ve probably got a number of things running through your head ranging from the weather forecast to questions you might be asked, so we’ve put together this handy “night before” checklist in hopes that you don’t forget anything for that long-awaited job interview.

Download the Handy Pre-Interview Guide

Struggling with job interviews?

Checklist:

  1. Lay out your outfit – don’t just lay it out, try it on and look at yourself in a full-length mirror. Make sure that everything fits correctly, and you don’t have a missing button or stain you hadn’t previously noticed. Have someone else take a look (either in person or text them your picture) to see if there’s anything they notice that you missed. Make sure everything matches.

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Topics: Establishing a Career, Preparing for an Interview

Can Volunteering Help You Establish a Career?

You can gain a wealth of experience outside the workforce.

When I was younger, volunteering meant walking dogs or helping kindergartners learn how to read. It was a no-brainer at the time. I would check in, get my name badge, do my thing, check out and go home. Sure, it felt good to help others but this was so easy, anyone could do it. At the Humane Society, my job description consisted of cleaning dog and cat cages, giving them fresh food and water, taking dogs out for walks or petting cats. Not exactly the skills you promote on your resume. At the schools, my job consisted of helping 6-year old children read “See Spot Run”. Seriously, how could this be of any benefit to my future career.

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Topics: Establishing a Career, Volunteering, Re-Entering the Workforce

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