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4.11.16
10 New Ways to Intro Your Email
  Dear Fill-in-the-Name,  This is to inform you that the above is the commonest email (and letter) opening in history. It's the safe choice ... but don't expect your reader to stay awake.    If it's just a courtesy note, you don't need it to instigate immediate attention or action. But in a business setting, you quite often do. Try one of these 10 options for making a more memorable connection:    1. Hi, Fill-in-the-Name  Creates an informal conversation with people you know well.    2. Good morning/afternoon  Somewhat more formal. Also a good dodge if you don't know the name or gender of the person you're emailing.    3. Just got your email  Tells the recipient that you are making him/her your top priority.    4. Here's the info you requested  Gets high readership because it's something the recipient wants to know about.    5. I have an update/news for you  Communicates that the email contains must-see information.    6. Checking in  For...
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4.04.16
How to Make the Most Out of a Boring Job
Even the most exciting jobs in the world have their boring aspects. (Athletes have to run drills. Brain surgeons have to do paperwork. Etc.) But what if your job is totally boring every minute of every day?    The easy answer would be to quit and look for a more interesting job. But if that's not an option right now, here are some things you can do to make that job at least somewhat more bearable.    1. Imagine how this job will look on your resume.  At some point you will add this position to your resume. What skills or experience will you highlight that could help you take the next step toward your career goal? Whatever they are, whether it's customer service, productivity rate or team support, find ways to achieve recognition in those areas from your current employer.     Why does it work? Keeping your eye on the prize and setting goals for those resume-oriented achievements gives your workday a new interest and purpose. (And it never hurts to keep your resume up to...
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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...
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11.16.15
How to Use the Holidays to Your Advantage in the Job Hunt
Are we crazy? Isn't this the very worst time of year to be looking for work?   Actually, no, it isn't. Contrary to what most job seekers believe, the holidays can be one of the best times to make progress in your job search, and here's why.   It's all about networking — getting the word out that you're searching for that next great opportunity. The holidays give you the perfect excuse to work your contacts without seeming pushy or needy. After all, 'tis the season for getting in touch and catching up on each other's lives. Your current employment situation would just come up naturally in the course of these activities.   Greeting cards/emails. People are still impressed to receive a beautiful card with a personalized, handwritten note in the mail, but if you're short on time an e-card can also be very effective.   Social media. Post good wishes for the holidays and a short "what's happening with me" report on the social media pages of people who could provide...
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11.02.15
How Am I Supposed to Get a Job When I Have No Work Experience?
If it's any comfort to you, you're not alone. This is the roadblock faced by all new graduates, as well as people of any age who are changing careers. Even those who have an employment history but it's not recent — for example, if they left the workforce to raise children — often have trouble competing in the job market.   Here at Integrity Staffing Solutions, we have counseled thousands of individuals caught in this dilemma, and learned which strategies are the most successful for overcoming it. Below are our top 3 tips to get you started on the path to your dream job.   1. Translate your non-work experience into marketable skills. There may be a wealth of activities in your background that you didn't get paid for, but will demonstrate that you'd make an excellent employee. Look for those that allowed you to develop your organizational, leadership, communication and/or teamwork abilities, and focus on them in your resume. How about:   School group projects Officer of...
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10.16.15
The Right Way to Ask Someone to Hook You Up with a Job
One of the best ways to find a job is through a referral from a friend or professional contact who works at an organization you want to work for. Not only do you learn about job openings that may not have been advertised, but company hiring managers often give preferential treatment to a candidate recommended by a current employee. Take a look at the websites of companies your friends and network contacts work for, to see if there are any job postings that fit your skills. If there are, the next step is to contact your acquaintance and ask for a referral. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you do. 1. Keep it light. No matter how desperately you want the job, don't pass that pressure onto your friend or imply that he's obligated to do you this favor. Instead of bluntly asking, "Can you refer me," say something like, "Would you feel comfortable mentioning me to your hiring manager?" 2. Email, don't call. In the spirit of "no pressure," we suggest that it's better to...
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10.09.15
3 Things to Look for in a Staffing Agency
When you bring temporary staff into your company, their ability to succeed in their roles can have a significant impact on the success of your company as a whole. It is therefore critical to choose a staffing agency that can provide reliable quality and service to your needs.   There are many criteria you can use to evaluate a potential staffing partner. Today we will discuss our top 3, and how they are predictive of successful outcomes. These are the areas of business development that we at Integrity Staffing Solutions focus on the most, because they are the most important to our clients' success.   1. Dedication to associates' success. The agency you select should do more than just bring people in off the street. It should actively work to promote their success on the job — through training, support and incentives to grow their careers. Formal programs and procedures should be in place that you can review.   Example: Every Integrity associate receives pre-assignment...
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8.14.15
How to Harness the Power of Your Internship
Here’s how it’s supposed to work: An internship gives you experience that you can leverage into a full-time position in your chosen field. This is how it all too often really works: You spend the summer doing grunt work, or worse, doing nothing at all. Can this resume entry be saved?   Yes, it can! No matter how lowly or off-topic you think your internship was, you have still learned things that will be of value to future employers. It’s all in how you look at it … and present it when marketing yourself.   Professional skills. If you lucked into an internship where you received relevant training and opportunities to contribute meaningfully to the company’s operations, then you will certainly make the most of that on your resume and in your next job.   But even the most mundane task can sound impressive if you add the right details. Of these two resume entries, which person would you hire? Helped with warehouse restocking. Handled restocking of 25,000 sq. ft....
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7.30.15
10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Took a Management Role
Congratulations, you’re now the boss! Now what?   You may be one of the lucky ones whose company offers management training. More likely, though, you were promoted from the ranks and thrown into your new role with no idea how different your life was about to become.   But help is at hand from the management experts at Integrity Staffing Solutions. We’ve talked with hundreds of managers over the years, both inside and outside our organization, and here are the 10 things they most often say.   You’re not your co-workers’ buddy anymore. The people who were your equals are now your subordinates. You’ll need to develop new relationships with them, so that you can effectively give direction, constructive criticism and performance rewards without giving offense.   You’ve joined a new club. It’s the management club. You’ll have a new communication style with other supervisors on your level, as well as those above you.   Your role is not production anymore. You were...
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7.17.15
Should You Quit? 3 Things to Consider First
You’re ready to say, “Take this job and shove it!” But before you do, think about whether toughing it out a while longer might bring you a greater reward than the satisfaction of walking out right now.   It’s often said that if you’re not happy in a situation, you should move on. But there are good reasons why quitting in the heat of the moment might not be such a good idea. Here are our top 3.   Money. Are you financially prepared to support yourself while you look for another job? In today’s economy, that could take a long time. It might be better to wait a while and save up at least 6 months living expenses before you take the leap.   The bad vibe might be temporary. Do you want to get out because of a conflict with a superior or co-worker? Consider that people frequently move around to different departments or branch locations within a company, so this person might not be your problem for very long. Or maybe you want to jump ship because the company isn’t doing...
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