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2.08.16
5 Simple Ways to Get Noticed by Recruiters
You already use the Internet to find potential employers, but did you know that you can also use it to help them find you? These strategies will keep you from getting lost in the shuffle.   1. Complete and/or update all your social media profiles. This may seem obvious, but you wouldn't be the first to create a profile on LinkedIn, then forget about it for five years. Check that they all contain a complete work history, a professional looking photo and anything else you want recruiters to see. It's a pretty sure bet that they'll be looking!   2. SEO yourself. Search Engine Optimization is a trick that websites use to get search engines like Google to display their URL whenever people search for whatever that site sells. For example, a jewelry website would fill its content with words/phrases like "gold jewelry" and "diamond rings." You can do the same: sprinkle your resume, online profiles and posts with keywords and meta tags that match the ones used by the job postings...
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2.01.16
Are You Building a Bad Reputation at Work?
You may think you're getting by just fine. Nobody's complained, right? But if you are always passed over for important projects or promotions, maybe it's time to take a look at yourself from your co-workers' point of view.   Here are 5 bad habits that people often fall into without even realizing it.   1. Being the last one in the room. You're the one who's consistently a couple minutes late arriving at work in the morning, coming back from break, or getting to the staff meeting. You think: What difference does five minutes make? They think: I need someone I can rely on to be there as promised.   2. Being a distraction. You interrupt people while they're working to share a great joke or the latest dirt about Supervisor X and Supply Guy Y. You play your music loud enough to be heard by your neighbors. You put your phone on speaker for every single conversation, dial tone and busy signal. You think: I'm bringing some life into this place. They think: This person...
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1.27.16
Our Best Recruiters Spill Their Secrets About Getting Real Interview Results
All to often, we don't learn what we really need to know about a job candidate during the interview. We ask standard questions and get canned answers. Or we spend most of the time going over what we'd already read in the resumé. Result: a poor fit and a high turnover rate.   At Integrity Staffing Solutions, we of course use state-of-the-art skills testing and background verifications to make sure applicants meet the requirements for doing the job. But these alone are not exceptionally good predictors of success: It's the individual's personality that makes the crucial difference.   This is where the interview comes in, and why it's so important. Our recruiters share 3 techniques for getting a deeper insight into what the candidate is really like, and whether he/she will complement your corporate culture.   1. Behavioral interviewing. This style of interview has become popular in recent years, because past behavior is a more accurate predictor of future behavior than...
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1.25.16
Making a Career Bucket List
Why is setting career goals important? As you've probably heard many times before, it's pretty hard to get where you want to be if you don't have a route map of how to get there. But let's turn that saying around: you can't make a route map until you know where you want to go.   So let's make some career goals — ones that you can actually use as signposts along the way to your ultimate dream job.   1. Define the dream. This is where you put aside all thoughts of limitations, and write down what you really want to do in your work life. Even if it's something totally different from what you're doing now.   Think about: ·     What activities you enjoy and are good at. ·     What types of position you feel most comfortable with: being the leader or the follower, doing your own thing or contributing to an established mission. ·     Which is more important: soul satisfaction or salary.   2. Determine a timeline for achieving the goal. This is where you perform a...
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1.18.16
You Messed Up, Now What?
Unless you're a superhuman, sooner or later you will make a mistake at work. Here are 3 strategies for damage control that won't make you look even worse to co-workers and supervisors. They may even make you look better!   1. You did it, now admit it. The absolute worst thing you can do is to try and cover up, blame someone else or pretend like it's not a big deal. This will only, at best, make you look like you don't care about doing a good job, and at worst, make you enemies. On the other hand, you'll get serious respect if you step up and say, "It was my fault."   2. But don't spill your guts everywhere. The entire workforce doesn't need to know that you screwed up. It's better to quietly inform your immediate supervisor and any directly affected co-workers who might need to help you fix the mistake.   3. Have a plan to fix it. This should actually be step 1. After you fess up, your next sentence should be how you're going to correct your mistake. So have an...
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1.12.16
5 Tips for Keeping Cash in Your Pocket in 2016
Few things in life are more annoying than to watch your hard-earned money fly back out the door as soon it comes in. Let's see what we can do to keep more of those dollars where they belong: in your pocket.   1. Make interest your #1 enemy. The interest you pay on credit card debt, car loan, mortgage, etc., can add up to thousands of dollars a year. Keep those bloodsuckers out of your bank account! Don't buy anything with a credit card unless it's a real emergency, or you know for sure you can pay the entire balance when the bill comes. Get lower interest rates on loans by improving your credit score. Pay those bills on time, especially the ones you know will tell on you to the reporting agencies. (Get your report to see who they are.) Prepay your mortgage principle a little bit every month. Plug your numbers into an online mortgage calculator to find out how much you'll save; it could well be five figures.   2. Trim car expenses. Shop around for the lowest gas...
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1.04.16
3 Ways to Safely Correct Your Boss
Yes, even your boss is human and sometimes makes mistakes. If it's a mistake that could impact the company's business and/or its customers, you should definitely try and do damage control, even if it means telling your boss he/she is wrong.   And yes, it can usually be done without damaging your own career. Here's how:   1. Be discreet. Never call attention to your supervisor's mistake in front of other people, whether they are superiors or subordinates. And definitely don't talk about it behind his/her back. Causing embarrassment won't get you anywhere, except possibly out the door. Instead, ask for a couple of minutes private discussion, or send an email.   2. Be respectful. Nobody likes to be corrected. Don't make the situation even worse with a know-it-all attitude. Start your comment with a "compromise" phrase that allows your boss to acknowledge the error with dignity. "Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think you used last year's production figures instead of this...
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12.30.15
Why Hiring and the Holidays Go Together
If you hired temporary or permanent staff for the holidays, now is the time to assess how well it worked for you. And if you didn't, here are some great reasons to think about doing so next time.   Use — Instead of Lose — the Annual Hiring Budget If your budget is tied to the calendar year, you might have unspent reserves that you shouldn't let slip through your fingers. This is especially true if you're reasonably sure you'll need to do some significant recruiting in the near future; by starting in Q4, you can spread the expense over two budget years.   Get First — and Only — Crack at the Best Employee Material Many recruiters, and job seekers, go into a holding pattern for the holidays. Those candidates who don't slack off now demonstrate a superior work ethic; and if you are equally persistent, you can snap them up with virtually no competition.   Test Drive Temporary Workers for Permanent Positions Lucky you if your business needs to bring in extra help for the...
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12.28.15
How to Make More Money in 2016
Think you deserve a raise or a promotion? Well, the reality is, you probably won't get one unless you ask for it.   Gone are the days of automatic yearly increases for all employees. You might think this trend started with the recent economic crunch, but it actually goes back long before that. We'll save the reasons behind it for another article; what you want to know right now is how to get more money in your pocket every payday.   1. Don't ask during your performance review. For one thing, many companies have already finalized their payroll budget before they start holding annual employee reviews. This makes it easy for them to tell you it's too late to change anything. Try to schedule your salary meeting two months in advance of your normal review month.   Also, the review is often focused on things the employee needs to improve; or, in less politically correct wording, what you did wrong last year. You want your salary conversation to be all about what you did right....
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12.21.15
Creating the Perfect Profile Picture
As we've mentioned before, almost all hiring managers now check a job candidate's social media pages before making an offer, sometimes even before asking for an interview. Do you want their first look at you to be: (A) you in your teeny tiny tank top partying the night away, or (B) you dressed and posed like the highly paid professional you hope to become?   We suggest that you invest a bit of time and money in getting a classic profile photo you can be proud of, and use for years to come. If it gets employers to take you seriously when they didn't before, it could pay for itself many times over.   Here are a few tips for the perfect profile picture:   No selfies. Bite the bullet and shell out for a professional quality portrait. Even a cheap passport/ID photographer has better lighting and camera equipment — and the knowledge to use them — than you do.   No wing men/women. This is one of the most frequent problems with your average Facebook profile photo. Having...
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