Best Practices for Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Careers
  Everyone at Integrity Staffing Solutions would like to extend a big welcome and thank you to the veterans and their families who visited our booth at the job fairs. We hope we can be your "opportunity engine" driving you forward to career success that exceeds your expectations.   To get you started, here are some tips for easing your transition into civilian life and work.   Define your goals. Now is the time to pursue new interests, revisit childhood dreams and decide what direction you want your life to take in the years ahead. Once you have a goal, you can develop a strategy for achieving it.   Explore all possibilities. There's no reason to limit yourself to opportunities in the civilian business world. Also check out the government (local, state, federal) and nonprofit sectors.   Network with peers. Nobody will understand your challenges like someone who's already been there. Mentors may be found among your own acquaintances as well...
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Selfies on LinkedIn and 5 Other Social Media Tips
If you're looking to build a serious career, it's not enough to come to the job interview in a professional outfit. Your social media presence had better look the part too. Rest assured, hiring managers will notice!   In fact, over 90% of recruiters check candidates' social media pages. And two-thirds of them say that what they saw there has affected their hiring decision.   Here's a list of things recruiters most often look for on social media. Audit your own pages and make sure everything on them puts your best professional foot forward.   Profile photo. Ideally, this is a nice headshot taken by a professional photographer. It shows you well dressed and groomed, with a friendly, polite smile, against a plain background. Selfies, or any candid photos, will never give you the same level of competence, and any background scene is distracting.   Other photos. Specifically, NSFW photos, such as your bachelorette trip to Vegas. Take them down or make them private (only...
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These 5 Apps Will Make Your Work Life Easier
The huge boom in apps for mobile devices has probably already improved your personal and social life. But they're not just for fun. You can also boost your productivity, work more efficiently and be a better team member with these fantastic apps.                             1. Spark. Get through your email inbox faster than ever before with this organizational tool. It detects and sorts emails into personal, notification or newsletter groups so you can see at a glance which ones you really need to read. Smart search, pin and archive emails, individually or in batches. Save attachments to your cloud, or emails as PDFs. Send a variety of quick replies such as "Thanks" (or your own words) with one tap. Longer replies can be dictated by simply speaking into your smartphone.   2. Wunderlist Pro. This upgrade of one of the most popular to-do apps lets you collaborate with the team. Share lists, due dates, reminders, comments and notes; or print them out with one click. Add...
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You're Not Letting Anyone Down If You Take a Vacation.
If you feel guilty about taking time off and leaving others to cover for you, you're not alone. The vast majority of U.S. workers' paid vacation time goes unused every year. Here's why you should take that vacay with a clear conscience.   Nobody wants a burned out team member. You may think your presence is essential to the team's functioning well. But if you're exhausted, you're probably more of a hindrance than a help. Numerous mistakes, injuries and accidents have been attributed to physical and/or mental tiredness in all walks of life, from aerospace engineers to construction workers. Do any of these ring a bell: Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, Exxon Valdez, Air France Flight 447? All linked to "impaired performance due to fatigue." Don't let this be you.   You'll be a happier employee. When the huge accounting firm Ernst & Young surveyed its staff, it found that those who took their vacation had greater job satisfaction and tended to stay longer with the company. This...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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