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9.19.16
Happy National Staffing Employee Week!
    Did you know there's an entire week dedicated to the celebrating contributions of temporary and contract employees? There is, and it's now: September 19th – 25th. Across the country, the American Staffing Association (ASA) and staffing companies like ours will be holding events and festivities especially for this important sector of the American workforce.   #StaffingStars The ASA is announcing its 2017 National Staffing Employee of the Year award on September 19th. This year for the first time it will also recognize finalists in each employment sector: engineering, information technology and scientific; health care; industrial; office/clerical and administrative; and professional/managerial. We've nominated one of our own Integrity Staffing associates, who we believe is incredibly deserving of the honor. Let's see what happens!   Integrity Staffing will announce our own Employee of the Year on Wednesday, September 21st. It was hard to choose from so many outstanding...
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9.12.16
How to Discuss a Raise at Your Annual Review
For many people, this is the scariest conversation they can imagine having with their boss. They prefer to avoid the situation and just accept the standard annual pay increase (if any). But if you've been adding value to the company, you deserve better than that.   Your annual performance review is the ideal time for this discussion because it gives both parties a chance to prepare for a mutually satisfactory outcome. Just showing up at your supervisor's door and demanding a raise is much more likely to get a knee-jerk no, if only because your supervisor isn't authorized to make that decision on his/her own.   Prepare your case. Like a lawyer getting ready to go into court, plan out your arguments as to why you deserve a raise, and back them up with supporting evidence. This evidence could be production or sales quotas you've exceeded, compliments you've received from customers, projects you've completed successfully, ways you saved the company money or brought in new...
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9.05.16
Transitioning from Manager to Leader
Many managers say that the hardest thing they had to learn in their new role wasn't their duties and responsibilities, but the skills to lead people. This is especially true of those who were promoted from the ranks without benefit of management training.   We at Integrity Staffing Solutions have talked with hundreds of managers, both inside and outside our organization. Here are the 4 top things they say differentiate a manager from a leader.   Managers give orders. Leaders delegate. Leaders know how to fully empower their employees by clearly explaining the goals of the project, who is doing what, when it needs to be done and how success will be measured. They give people the opportunity to have ownership of their work and make meaningful contributions. This is not only great for morale, it eliminates a lot of confusion and wasted time in accomplishing tasks.   Managers make a work unit. Leaders build a team. Simply telling individuals that they are now a team won't...
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8.29.16
New to Interviewing? Our Top 5 Need-to-Knows
At Integrity, we interview hundreds, sometimes thousands, of job applicants per month. Here are what our interviewers say are the most important things to get right if you want to get the job.   1. Do your homework. Before you set foot in the interview room, you should be familiar with the employer and the requirements of the job. At the very least, research the company's website, so you know what they do. You will be expected to make relevant comments about their operations and how you see yourself filling their needs.   2. Rehearse. As any performer will tell you, it's impossible to show at your best without some practice ahead of time. Check out the internet for common interview questions and plan how you will answer them. Also, rehearse your body language: positive energy, firm handshake, confident eye contact, no mumbling, no nervous habits, etc. Having a friend play the role of interviewer can be a great help with this.   3. Polish your image. Image may not...
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8.22.16
5 Tips for Transferring from the Military to a Civilian Career
                        This August, Integrity Staffing Solutions is focusing on hiring veterans of our nation's armed services (more about that below). So we thought this would be a good moment to share some of our expertise on making the leap out of uniform and into civilian success. 1. Analyze your assets. There's no doubt about it, the military provides people with skills civilian employers want. And we're not just talking about the functional expertise needed to perform a job. Companies also look for the "soft" skills that make a valuable employee: teamwork, organization, commitment and perseverance, to name a few.   2. Relate your assets to employers' needs. Often, all it takes is some smart reframing of your duties and accomplishments while in the service, both on your resume and during the interview. For example, you might never have worked in a retail store but still have relevant skills, such as inventory control, ordering supplies or providing security. One...
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8.15.16
5 Public Speaking Tips You Can Use to Ace the Interview
  There are a lot of similarities between giving a speech and going on a job interview. In both situations, you're on show. Your aim is to convince your "audience" of something (like, you're perfect for the job). And you know the audience is watching and judging your every move.   Here's some great advice from some of the country's most popular speakers, which applies equally whether you're in front of one person or a hundred.   1. Research your audience. Guy Kawasaki, the famous guru of business presentations, once showed up to give a speech in Vancouver dressed in a Canucks jersey, and opened with a personal story that related to the sponsoring organization's mission. This is a great example of playing to the audience/prospective employer's interests and needs; and he couldn't have done it without prior research.   2. Be clear about your message. Narrow down the points you want to get across until they are crystal clear in your mind, says bestselling public...
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8.08.16
How To Make A Living While Pursuing Your Passion
  Let's face it, pursuing a passion usually pays very little, or nothing at all. As an artist, student, philanthropist, future business owner or aspiring SAHM/D, you may think that the need to make money will slow down or totally stop progress toward your goal. But you're wrong.   Current trends in employment are more favorable than ever in our nation's history for creating a work schedule that accommodates your passion. Here are some of the ways that thousands of people like you are achieving their dreams while keeping a roof over their heads and food in their family's mouths.   Temporary employment. In this win-win situation, employers save money on payroll by only hiring people when and as needed, and employees work assignments that leave them time to pursue their passion or meet other responsibilities. If you do a good job on your temporary assignment, it's not uncommon to be asked back for a repeat performance. We've even known temp gigs to lead to full-time job...
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8.01.16
How to Turn Your Summer Internship Into a Job Offer
As the summer winds down and your internship along with it, you may be wondering what your next career move should be. The first place to look is right under your nose, in a full-time job with your host employer.   After all, you already have an inside track. They know you, you know them and the job openings available right now or in the near future. Nobody is in a better position than you to snap up that opportunity. Check out these tips for making it happen.   Let them know you want it. If your internship program includes progress meetings with your supervisor, make sure your long-term goals are part of the discussion. (If you aren't having such regularly scheduled meetings, ask for one.) Explain how your goals align with the company's. Then come right out and say you're interested in permanent employment with them.   Don't wait for the exit interview to do this. Your supervisor may need time to discuss the hire with senior management before a decision is made. Start...
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7.25.16
Using Bullet Journals for Work/Life Balance
  It's the latest craze in life organization. Totally adaptable to your needs, the Bullet Journal puts the past, present and future all in one place: to-do lists, appointment calendars, diet/exercise logs, budgets, diary musings and anything else you want to record. Surprisingly, it's not digital. You do it with a paper notebook and pen/pencil; although there are tons of journal page templates and ideas online.   The problem with having separate organizers for Work, Friends/Family and Personal Time is that they allow conflicting information to exist and cause you unnecessary duplication of effort. Keeping one BuJo prevents that and gives you greater efficiency in getting things done.   Even better, it gives you a bird's eye view of your entire life. You can easily see when one part is taking more than its fair share of your time and energy, and when another is being neglected. Here are a few BuJo hacks to keep your life on track.   Habit Tracker. Using colored dots on a...
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7.18.16
8 Things To Do On Your Lunch Break (Besides Eating)
  Rest, recharge, get things done — there are many ways to put this valuable slice of time to good use. And taking a break comes with one more reward: you'll return to work mentally and physically ready to handle whatever the rest of the day throws at you.   1. Take a walk. Nothing clears your mind like moving your body. Depending on your neighborhood, you could stroll through a park, go window shopping in a mall, or simply walk around your company's building and meet new people.   2. Read. Find a secluded spot to catch up on the daily news, the book club novel, your favorite WIWT blogs, or maybe something educational that will further your career. If your workplace doesn't have a quiet room, try a nearby library or café.   3. Run errands. Get chores done that are difficult or impossible on weekends: the dry cleaner, the post office, the barber. For chores you do regularly, it makes more sense to find providers near where you work than where you live. Bonus: a wide...
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