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1.09.17
How to Start Fresh on Your Job Search This New Year
    Maybe you've been looking for a while and have become discouraged. Or maybe you were distracted by holiday responsibilities and festivities. In any case, you're in dire need of some motivation.   Here are 5 ideas for re-energizing your job hunt and starting off 2017 with a bang.   1. Focus more on networking than job postings. If there's nothing on the boards except the same old positions you've seen — and applied to — for months, it's time to look in a new direction. Consider everyone you talk with, from your neighborhood barista to old school buddies, as a potential link to an unadvertised job opening. Candidates who are personally referred have more credibility with hiring managers than unknown applicants from the job boards.   2. Widen your job target. Think outside the box of your desired career path. Your strengths may be equally well suited to related fields where opportunities are more plentiful. What you consider a detour on your route to success just...
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12.19.16
Your Secret Advantage: Job Hunt in December
    You've probably heard that nobody hires in December. So you might as well take the month off from your job hunting efforts and enjoy the holidays, right?   Wrong. The truth is that two out of three recruiters say they'll place as many candidates this month as any other month. In fact, it's much tougher to land a job in January than December.   Want some more reasons why December can be the most wonderful time of the year to job hunt? Check these out:   1. Beating out your competition. Everyone else has heard that same thing about December being a slow hiring month as you have, and decided to slack off looking for work. So if you get your resume out there now, you'll be competing with fewer other candidates for the job. Plus, it puts recruiters under more pressure to fill the position so you're more likely to have an easier, quicker path from first introduction to job offer.   2. Easier access to hiring managers. With many support staff away on holiday break...
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12.05.16
How to Succeed on Your Assignment with Integrity Staffing
  Congratulations, you've been placed on assignment! To help you start off on the right foot, here are some great tips from our supervisors as well as associates like you.   Ask away. There's no such thing as a stupid question. As a new team member, you will have a lot of information thrown at you very fast. Don't hesitate to speak up if you need something explained or repeated. Team members and leaders will be delighted to help, because when you succeed at your new tasks you make them look good too.   Aim to arrive early. If you give yourself only the minimum amount of time to get to work, the least little thing that goes wrong will make you late. One associate we know goes by the clock on her kitchen wall which is set 10 minutes fast. She says this saves her from having to calculate extra time allowances.   Have a transportation backup plan ... or two. Cars can refuse to start. Carpool buddies can let you down. Don't wait until you're in panic mode to come up...
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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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4.18.16
5 Reasons to Get a Side Gig (that Aren't About the Money)
    Being a moonlighter, or even an unpaid volunteer, can bring you more rewards than you may realize. Here are some reasons to expand your employment horizons.   1. It looks great on your resume. A side job allows you to acquire experience that your main job doesn't. And if it's with a charitable or community organization, it shows that you are a well-rounded and caring individual — the kind that any hiring executives in your future will love.   2. It lets you test the waters. If you're thinking about a complete change of career direction, a side gig can give you a taste of what the field is like before you take the plunge.   3. It makes you more efficient. Having a second job forces you to manage your time better; there's just no other way to get everything done by the end of the day. This is a skill that will benefit your life both on and off the job.   4. It makes new connections. For building a successful career — or social life — you can never have...
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