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1.22.15
Is Your Online Presence Sabotaging Your Job Search?
Fact: 78% of recruiters “Google” candidates and 63% check them out on social media sites. Previously on our blog we’ve covered many ways you can make the Internet work to your advantage when you’re looking for a job. Today we’re going to discuss how it can be a big disadvantage if you don’t control your online identity.   Step one: Google yourself and see what hiring managers will see. If there’s anything that portrays you as less than an ideal employee, do what you can to remove it.   Negative posts about your current job. No matter how justified you are in hating your job, your boss and/or your co-workers, save your gripes for your diary, or a private conversation with your best friend. Don’t put them out there on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, etc., for anybody and everybody to see. Or, if you really must vent your feelings online, change your account settings to private.   Embarrassing photos. The party was great fun, but do you really want potential employers...
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1.15.15
5 Ways to Get Your Resume the Attention It Deserves
Did you know that most recruiters and hiring managers spend 7 seconds or less looking at a resume before deciding whether to put it in the “yes” or “no” pile? So it’s imperative that you make those few seconds count, and craft a resume that stands out from the crowd of dozens, or even hundreds, it’s competing with for the recruiter’s attention. Assuming you’ve already taken care of the basics, such as triple-checking it for neatness and errors in spelling, grammar, dates, etc., here are 5 great tricks for cutting through the clutter.   Add a marketing headline. There’s a reason why ads and billboards usually feature a large banner headline: it grabs attention like nothing else. At the top of your resume, under your name and contact info, place a headline that instantly tells the reader what you have to offer. For example, someone hunting for a job in sales might write: John Applicant   555.555.5555   japplicant@email.com   Large Account Sales Professional To further...
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1.08.15
How (and Why) to Research a Potential Employer
Why should you bother to learn about a company you’ve sent an application to? After all, they’re the ones that should be researching you, right? Wrong.   Nothing makes a better impression on an interviewer than being familiar with his or her company. In fact, you are quite likely to hear the question, “What you know about us?” during the interview. If you can come up with some ready answers to that question, you’ll demonstrate that you’re genuinely interested in working for them.   Every time you apply for a job, take 5 or 10 minutes to dig up a few facts about that business and jot them down in case you make it to the interview stage. If these facts are things that interest you personally, you’ll be more likely to remember them and discuss them enthusiastically during the interview. For example, if you’re into preserving the environment, what eco-friendly efforts does the company engage in?   Fortunately, with the internet at your disposal, it has never been easier to...
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1.02.15
The Benefits of Working While in College
Working part-time while you complete your education can bring many advantages, both in the present life and in your future success in life. At Integrity Staffing Solutions, we have placed many students on temporary, seasonal or part-time assignments that help them get a head start on their careers, learn life skills, or simply earn some extra cash to help with essential expenses or fun indulgences. We’re happy to report that most of them wouldn’t trade the experience for anything in the world. Here are some reasons why.   Money smarts. You may have heard or read about money management, but there’s nothing like hands-on practice to make it really sink in. Saving and budgeting get much more real when it’s your hard-earned money in question instead of your parents’.   Time management. This is one of those life skills we talked about earlier. Having responsibilities to a job as well as to schoolwork, play time and rest time will help you learn to balance, prioritize and...
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