Blog

3.07.16
Finally, a Few Great Questions to Ask Your Future Employer in Your Next Interview
You've already heard the most common recommendations: questions that are really designed to show the hiring manager what a great candidate you are. And you should definitely include them. But there's another great way to build rapport with your interviewer: change the focus from your skills and goals to the company's needs and wants.   These 4 questions not only open up discussions of how hiring you can help solve the employer's problems, they also give you a much clearer picture of what it's really like to work there.   1. What are the company's biggest worries for the present and future? You have (ideally) already researched their industry, competitors, etc. Now ask for their view from the inside, something you can never get from Google. You'll also learn what your prospects are for career growth.   2. What is the most challenging aspect of working here? If you're lucky, you might get an honest opinion about budget constraints, management weaknesses or customer...
Read More
2.29.16
If It's Too Good to Be True, Your Job Offer Is a Scam!
The growth of the online job market has made it easier than ever to find your dream job. Unfortunately, it has also made it easier for scammers to find you. Here are 3 red flags that what sounds like a great buy-in is really a big rip-off.   1. You need to pay money for something. The "employers" might say they need an advance for work permits, travel expenses or training. Even sneakier, they might send you a cashier's check for a huge amount, tell you to deduct the expenses and send back the rest. Trouble is, the check is forged and when it bounces your bank will take that money out of YOUR account. A cashier's check is no guarantee of safety. And run from anyone who wants you to deal in untraceable moneygrams.   Real employers will never ask for money up front, or try to obtain your confidential financial or personal information.   2. The compensation is unrealistically high. $500 to work one hour as a secret shopper? Yeah, right. Scammers will try to lure you by...
Read More
2.22.16
5 Ways to Take Your Social Media Recruiting Skills to the Next Level
With more than 90% of recruiters now using the Internet to find, screen and hire job candidates, it's not enough anymore to just post your available position on the job boards. To attract the best talent, you need to turn social media into a recruiting advantage.   1. Work your company's own social media pages. Everyone who visits your Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter pages should be aware — and be able to share — that you have an opening to fill. Some large companies even maintain a separate page just for career opportunities within the organization.   2. Use the social media site's job postings. LinkedIn charges a fee for this, but it costs nothing to use your status box for a mass broadcast to all your connections that you are hiring. On Twitter, include a hashtag such as #job or #NAJ (need a job?) in your tweet to increase response from job seekers.   3. Do your own searches. The very best prospects might not even be looking for a job right now. Social media is a great...
Read More
2.15.16
The Secret to Transitioning from an Intern to an Employee
Getting great experience is not the only — or even the best — reason for students and recent grads to go into an internship program. There's also the possibility that the company you're interning with will offer you a full-time job.   How can you maximize your chances of receiving that golden offer? Think of your internship as an audition for the job.   Act like you want to be. You want to be an employee with this company, so act like one. Dress professionally, be reliable, show teamwork and initiative — all the behaviors that prove you'd be an excellent permanent addition to the staff.   Go above and beyond. Show that you're flexible and eager to contribute by volunteering for projects outside of your regular duties. Create a niche for yourself doing something nobody else thought of or has time for, like expanding the company's social media presence. Make them realize that they can't get along with out you.   Communicate with your manager. If progress meetings aren't...
Read More
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...
Read More
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...
Read More
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...
Read More
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...
Read More
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...
Read More
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...
Read More
1 4 5 6 7 8 11
General

Title

More Info
You need an account to do that Set up an account Never Mind

Please register for an account first. If you already have one, log in here.