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10.17.16
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 recruitmilitary.com 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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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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8.22.16
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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8.08.16
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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5.30.16
3 Wrong Answers to "Why Do You Want This Job?"
  At Integrity Staffing Solutions we interview tens of thousands of job applicants every year, and we're always surprised at how many people are thrown for a loop by this question. It's usually because they were unprepared for it, and as a result their answer didn't show them at their best. Here are the 3 most common mistakes we see.   1. A flippant or meaningless answer. "Because I really need money" [wink wink]. "Because, um, yeah, this seems like a great place to work." Not the response of a competent, committed candidate, right? A better answer would be to explain how the position will fit your skills and allow you to advance your career — a win-win for you and the employer.   2. A generic answer. It's not a good idea to memorize one answer and use it every place you apply. The hiring professional will recognize that it's just pre-programmed interview-speak, and will have learned nothing about your suitability for the job. Since you are researching the company...
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