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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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2.15.16
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...
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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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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...
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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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9.18.15
Want to Keep It Together at Work? Start Your Day Like This.
“I am so tired. I can’t even think about getting up and brushing my teeth, let alone going to work.”   We all say this to ourselves once a while when the alarm goes off. But if you say it every day, you need an energy makeover. Here are some tips to help get you going and keep you sailing through the work day with ease.   Wake Up Your Body. If you’re the type of person who’s organized and energetic enough to get up early and go for a run, you’re not reading this anyway. For the rest of us, a one-minute, all-over stretch followed by shaking out your arms and legs is a more realistic option to energize muscles and release stiffness. You don’t even have to get out of bed to do it.   Change Your Self-Talk. Remember that “I’m so tired” thinking we mentioned? It can be more of a self-fulfilling prophecy than you realize. Try starting every day with a positive thought such as, “I’m full of energy to master whatever challenges the day brings.” It doesn’t matter if you don’t...
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8.21.15
4 Qualities You Really Need in a Work Friend
You know what makes a good personal friend. But what makes a good work friend? After all, you’re not trusting them with the darkest secrets of your soul, or needing their help to get through a bad breakup.   Think about it, though. Maybe the qualities of a true friend are basically the same no matter where you find them.   Got Your Back. A good work friend supports you when you’re having difficulties, whether it’s with an impossible deadline or an unfriendly co-worker. She doesn’t talk about you behind your back, or if she does, it’s only the good things.   Shares. A real work friend takes his full share of the workload. And no more than his fair share of the credit for a project you worked on together. He shares his coffee creamer when you run out. And the tab when you go out for lunch together.   Knows the Score. This must-have work friend shows you the ropes. Tricks for getting your tasks done faster and better. Personalities of the people you work with, and...
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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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7.10.15
The Best Bosses Are Exceptional Problem Solvers
From sinking sales to a breakdown on the production line, every business has problems at some time or other. It's how you deal with them that can make the difference between success and failure. We at Integrity Staffing Solutions believe that a big part of our amazing growth is that we look at problems as opportunities for improvement, not roadblocks in our path to success.   It's critical that every member of the team is on board with analyzing the problem, planning a solution, and then executing it. We all have a stake in achieving a successful outcome, which means we all give our very best to make it happen.   There are a variety of problem solving protocols to choose from, depending on the type of company and people involved. Here is one of our favorites.   Establish open communications. Get everyone's input and perspective: not just the department manager but the people on the line. If people are afraid to tell you the truth, you do indeed have a big problem....
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