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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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8.10.15
5 Tips for Using Facebook to Get Hired
Sure, Facebook is where you share what happened on last night’s night on the town and photos of your new kitten. But Facebook can also be a great tool for finding job opportunities and landing an offer.   Control who sees what.   Up to 80% of recruiters now check applicants’ Facebook pages before making a hiring decision. Do you really want them to see those selfies of your trip to Vegas, or that rant about what an idiot your current boss is?   Instead of making all your posts public, target them to specific groups of friends. To do this, click the “Public” box, select “More options,” then “Custom.” Now you can fill in which groups will and won’t see your post.   Your groups are listed under the “FRIENDS” header in the left sidebar (close friends, acquaintances, etc.). Click the header and you can create a new group; call it Professional, or something similar. Now go to your list of friends, click the drop-down menu next to each name, and assign that person to one of...
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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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7.24.15
Why Meditation Is Actually Good for Your Career
Why are organizations like FaceBook, Google, HBO and the Seattle Seahawks allowing time, space and even classes for workers to meditate? Because they’ve learned that it helps their employees: Stay focused longer Solve problems better and faster Be a better team player These are the qualities that lead to career advancement.   In this age of the cubicle and the open plan workplace, high noise and activity levels constantly suck our energy and ability to concentrate. Result: Mental stress Health problems (increased sick days) On-the-job mistakes and injuries None of which will get you selected for promotion.   Trying to live with this sensory overload only burns us out faster, by causing chronically high adrenaline levels. Instead, we need to escape from it, if only for a few minutes. Meditation is the perfect way to do that.   One study showed that after only 15 minutes of meditation, workers received higher performance ratings. It’s also a well-proven...
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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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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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6.23.15
7 Interview Blunders to Avoid
There was the interviewee who forgot what job he was applying for. The one who interrupted the interviewer to answer her cell phone … then proceeded to discuss where she and her sweetie would be having dinner. And the one who said he wouldn’t want the position if it meant having to work hard.   Yeah, we know this might not be you. Examples like these are good for a laugh, but not much use to the vast majority of job seekers who have basic common sense.   So today, we’re going to talk about 7 blunders that many intelligent people do fall into. We’ve seen them over and over during the thousands of interviews we at Integrity Staffing Solutions conduct every year.   Bringing inappropriate things with you. This ranges from food, drink, chewing gum and swear words to your dog and the infamous cell phone (turn it off or, even better, leave it in the car). Bring yourself, your resume and your references, and that’s it.   Not researching the company beforehand. If your...
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6.12.15
5 Tricks to Avoid Being Clingy at Work
She asks the boss numerous questions about projects and procedures, every single day. She spends hours at her co-workers’ stations, fishing for help with her assignments or info about office politics. She wants someone’s approval for her every action.   She’s the one everybody in her workplace wants to hide from. Don’t you be her.   If you’re new on the job and don’t yet know the ropes, it’s understandable that you’ll need more input and guidance at first. But if you let it become a habit, you’ll get a reputation for not being a “self-starter.”   Remember that buzzword from the job posting? It’s a favorite with employers, and it means that you can work independently and pull your weight without taking up too much of your supervisor’s or colleagues’ time and energy.   Here are 5 ways to make sure you don’t become the clingy one, from the expert career coaches at Integrity Staffing Solutions.   Before you ask, see if you can answer your own question. Is this a...
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6.10.15
Glassdoor Names Todd Bavol a Highest Rated CEO in 2015!
Our employees are the ones to thank today as our Founder and CEO, Todd Bavol, is named one of the highest rated CEOs on Glassdoor, according to the company’s most recent report. Glassdoor, known as the most transparent jobs and careers marketplace, released its annual report highlighting the Highest Rated CEOs in several countries throughout North America and Europe. Bavol appears on the small and mid-size companies in the U.S. list with an impressive 91% Approval Glassdoor Rating. “This rating is all about Integrity’s culture and our approach to building an associate focused company,” states Bavol. “I’m proud to say we’ve built a culture where everyone strives to do their best, byexceeding expectations – creating more value for our associates and clients than has ever been done before in the staffing industry. I am privileged to be working with such a great team that pulls together to obtain the best performance standards, with enthusiasm and a desire that allows us to advance...
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6.05.15
Why Your 5 Year Plan Should Include Travel
“My 5 year plan is focused on building my career.” “I have nothing to gain by going off on adventures.” “I’ll do my sightseeing later, after I’ve made it.”   If you had any of those thoughts as you read the headline of this post, you might want to think again.   What if we said to you that travel could actually help you achieve your career goals? Well, it can. Far from being a distraction or a delay in your agenda, travel will give you the behavioral skills employers want, maybe even more than they want technical qualifications.   Planning and Organization Budgeting, destination research, logistics, accommodations, equipment, safety: you need detail-oriented thinking to ensure that your trip goes well. It’s also exactly what you need to successfully plan and execute a work project.   Team-manship Unless you’re going solo, you’ll compromise with your travel companions on what to see, where to eat, etc. Communicating and working together, you’ll achieve the...
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