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OhioMeansJobs – Both online and locally

Did you know that the State of Ohio has a comprehensive job portal called OhioMeansJobs? It is a great place for resources that you should be taking advantage of! Each county in the state also has a local physical center where individuals can use various services. Whether online or in the local offices, you can search for jobs, find information about in-demand careers, partake in training and career planning and even search for schools and scholarships for your training. In Wood County, the OhioMeansJobs Center is part of Job and Family Services in Bowling Green.  In Lucas County, it’s called Work Ready Lucas County (formerly The Source) and it’s in downtown Toledo. If you need to find a specific center, you can use this map. Two of the best services that the centers provide are job training assistance, and resume and interview assistance. Let's discuss how these can help!

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

How to Handle Stress as a Temporary Employee

Stress is often defined as the reaction a person has when a situation exceeds a person’s ability to handle it.

Mindy Shoss, an Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Central Florida, says work-related stress “occurs when the demands on employees are greater than the resources the employees have to meet these demands.”

Basically, people become stressed when they think they don’t have control over a situation. Temporary employees, placed in a job only until a specific project is completed or only for a specific length of time, have even less control over their work environment and their work situations than other employees.

Plus, the nature of being a temporary employee with a temporary job could result in high job insecurity, one of the causes of work-related stress.

Not all stress is bad. Wanting to do a good job when you are first hired or working to meet a deadline or production target can be stressful, but the impact of that stress is driving you to perform better. It’s when the stress you’re experiencing is negatively impacting your work, health or home life that you need to worry.

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Topics: Establishing a Career, Health & Safety, Managing Stress

How to Give Constructive Criticism

As hard as it is to hear that you’re doing something incorrectly or need to improve a behavior, being the person who has to tell you can be worse.

It’s called constructive criticism and learning how to give it correctly is important for everyone, and not just in a work environment.

Constructive criticism doesn’t just come from your boss or supervisor. You may need to give suggestions for improvement to your co-workers, especially if you’re responsible for mentoring a new employee or if a co-worker’s action is impacting your performance.

So, regardless of the situation, everyone should know how to give construction criticism. Here are some hints to help you do it well.

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Topics: Establishing a Career, Being a Great Employee

Learning to Accept constructive criticism

No matter how much any of us tries, we all make mistakes. And even when we’re not making mistakes, we may have other flaws or negative mannerisms that impact our work. Invariably, this leads to someone trying to help us by pointing out the error of our ways.

That’s pretty much constructive criticism in a nutshell – and it’s constructive because the purpose is to help us improve.

If we truly want to improve, we must learn how to accept the constructive criticism and use it to better ourselves.

So how do we do that?

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Topics: Establishing a Career, Being a Great Employee

Is the grass really greener? Things to consider before changing jobs

Everyone, at some point, will wonder if they should change jobs. It’s a normal feeling, whether you’re thinking about pay, opportunity or just doing something new.

If you’re a younger worker, you’re more like to actually change jobs than if you are an older worker well-established in your career.

Regardless of age, here are seven key things to consider before making that leap:
  1. Why do you want a change?

    Knowing why you’re not finding fulfillment in your current position and what things you’re looking for in a new one will help you get started in the process of switching jobs. Is it because you’re not being challenged? Are you seeking more money? Is it a bad work environment? Are there changes in the company, like mergers or financial issues, that you want to avoid?

    Whatever your reason, knowing why you’re looking to leave will help you avoid the same thing in a new position.

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Topics: Establishing a Career, Preparing for an Interview, Changing Jobs, Managing Stress

Will they call me after I submit my resume?

A commonly asked question job applicants have is:

“when will the phone ring?”

Don’t be disheartened, but the answer is usually: only if they want to schedule an interview.

In today’s world of automated job sites and machine evaluations of resumes, most employers aren’t calling applicants unless they want to schedule an interview.  And even then, the employer might use email rather than a phone due to the natural hesitancy of people to answer unknown numbers.

(Hint:  if you’re looking for a position – take that call from an unknown number.)

It’s nerve-wracking and frustrating to wait for the phone call that may never come. So how do you increase the chances of getting an interview?  You pick up the phone and follow up.

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

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, Managing Stress

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