Life Tips, Professional Advice

The Stigma

Let’s face it: There’s an elephant in the room we need to address.

It’s big, it’s loud, and it’s in-your-face.

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No, not that one.

There is a stigma about “temp agencies” that we need to talk about right now. Because, if I’m being 100% honest, these stigmas are hurting you more than they’re hurting us.

  1. We are not a “temp agency”

In fact, we don’t like that phrase at all. We actually choose to refer to ourselves as a staffing firm, because we do not fit into the idea of what a typical “temp agency” is in the first place.

2. Temporary is not always the case

Just because a position may be labeled temporary does not always mean that it is. Most companies will hire on a temp-to-perm basis. This means businesses want to make sure someone is a good fit for their company before they make them a full-time employee. This benefits candidates as well because they get to see the work environment and decide at the end of the process if this is a job or field they want to continue to peruse, or if they want to try something different.

3. Our jobs cover a variety of fields

People tend to shy away from an agency because they don’t believe they’ll end up in a position that will help them gain experience in their desired career field. However, we work with a large variety of fields: Customer service, law firms, medical, marketing, and at least several more career types. You can view our job listings here.

In today’s market, everyone uses staffing firms to fill positions, not just call centers.

4. We are here to help you

This may sound almost too good to be true, but we are genuinely here to help. We are a completely free and optional resource for job seekers. If you’re in the market for a job, it never hurts to submit a resume and meet with a recruiter. At the very least, we’re able to go over your resume with you and help you reformat it so you can continue searching for your perfect career.

If you or a friend are interested in looking for a new job, consider submitting your resume. Or, if you have any questions, you can contact us. We can help you get started on your journey to a new opportunity.

Business News, Life Tips, Professional Advice

Out of Order: Discouraged Workers and Hope

As stated in a previous article, the unemployment rate has dropped down to 3.9%, the lowest it’s been in over 18 years. Contrary to the way this sounds, it is not good.

The unemployment rate takes into consideration the number of people looking for jobs as a whole. This statistic is reflecting that there are many people who have dropped out of the job market altogether. This can be due to a variety of reasons: retirement, those who had to leave their job and can not work due to a disability, or people who have given up looking completely.

That last reason is as valid as it is baffling.

More than 70% of the labor force is considered “unemployed” (we’ll expand on this in a moment), and most of these candidates are what is considered as prime candidates: men and women between the ages of 22 and 45, who have no health complications keeping them out of work.

These “unemployed” workers are those who are either subsisting off of another person, such as a family member or significant other, off of government aid (welfare, unemployment, etc) or are working independent jobs, such as caring for others or providing smaller services (i.e. Etsy or Uber).

These prime candidates have been labeled discouraged workers.

Discouraged workers are defined as people who are unemployed (potentially employable) but are activley not looking for jobs because they believe no jobs are available, or that they do not posess the necessary qualifications. 

So what can we do to re-encourage these workers who have just given up? We have a couple of tips from professional staffing recruiters to help get a foot back in the door.

  • Keep the right attitude

It can be hard when you’re feeling discouraged, but your attitude can either open doors, or build a wall. Remember, how you say something is just as important as what you say. Employers and recruiters will always go the extra mile for someone they have a pleasant experience with, so even if you don’t always feel happy, try to at least be courteous.

  • Update your resume

Make sure your resume is up to date and formatted appropriately. If you need some help, ask a friend to review it and give you notes. Resume building websites help as well. You can try Perdue or Resume Help. You can also meet with a recruiter for free and have a professional review and help revise your resume, too.

  • Working is better than not working

At first, you have to be willing to compromise. Maybe it isn’t the dream job you’ve always wanted, or maybe it’s not exactly the pay rate you had hoped for. What is important is that you keep working to build your experience. Remember, you can’t always start at the top, but you can always work your way up to where you want to be.

  • Experience is everything

In addition to staying active in the job field, your experience is very important. If you have the chance to get a job working in an office (even if it may not be the office you hoped for) leap at it. Most companies want to hire someone who has experience working in a professional environment that mimics their own, even if the two companies may not be related by the products and services each offers.

If you find yourself to be a discouraged worker, try a staffing firm. They are a free resource that helps place candidates in offices and fields to help them not only gain experience, but to find a career that they love. For more information about our company, visit us here. We can help get you started on your career. 

 

Professional Advice

What Not to Say in an Interview

While everyone is busy telling you what to say and how to say it, let us take the time to give you several words or phrases to avoid during an interview

Filler words

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This one seems relatively obvious. Try your very best not to use “Uhs” or “Uhms”. Another filler to avoid is “like”. Because, like, when someone…uhh…uses these every other word…uhm, it can drive a person, like, crazy.

Don’t use slang

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Are you too legit to quit? Maybe you’re too “legit” to hire. Do not use words that are not recognized as being a part of a formal script. “lit”, “legit”, “def”, “ain’t”, we could go on. Just think, if Mr. Rodgers wouldn’t say it in a normal conversation, then you probably shouldn’t say it in an interview.

Bad mouthing

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I don’t know

When you answer a question with “I don’t know”, even if it’s an honest answer, it can make a person look foolish (to put it nicely). Try your best to come up with an answer, even if you have to think of something on the spot. For example, if the interviewer asks “Why do you want this job?” think of a reason, even if it’s a small one, but please don’t just answer with “I don’t know”.

“I’m a perfectionist”

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I think we heard several potential employers gag just after typing that. This phrase is overused, to say the least. Even though it sounds like an adjective that could highlight someone’s attributes, in all honesty, when in a conversation, outside of an interview, have you heard that word used to describe someone positively?

 

Life Tips, Professional Advice

Creating Confidence

President Roosevelt once said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” In other words, sometimes the biggest thing holding you back is yourself. This year alone, more than 50% of people reported that they struggle to maintain a sense of self-confidence in the workplace. That’s why we’ve created this list to help you boost your esteem.

 

Stay organized 

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One of the biggest ways you can boost confidence is by reducing stress. A lot of the time, stress can come from a lack of organization. Read our article on how to get organized.

Believe in yourself; Get a mantra

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Having a mantra, though it sounds cliché, is proven to help change patterns of thought. Find or make your own mantra for being more confident. We’ll help you get started with this one, It isn’t who you are that holds you back; it’s who you think you aren’t.” You can find more mantras here and also here.

Posture and Power Poses

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You are not just an office worker, you are a mighty Amazonian warrior! Well, maybe you aren’t, but some studies have shown that posing like Wonder Woman not only reduces anxiety, but increases confidence as well. Using body language to imitate the feeling of being powerful can make you feel super powerful, too. Besides, the stretch feels pretty nice if you’re feeling stressed.

Dress for success

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A lack of confidence will stem from a sense of self. Though it may sound superficial, a wardrobe change may be just what you need. When you dress the part, it diminishes the feeling of “I don’t belong here”. When you start to dress for success, you’ll see more than just you career confidence increase. Researchers have proven that when you dress well, it can improve your confidence in all aspects of your personal life.

Life Tips, Professional Advice

Organization for Your Work Station

In the professional world, being on top of your game can make or break your chance of success. Unfortunately, not everyone is blessed with the ability to remain perfectly organized on their own. However, with these five starting points, you can be on your way from a flustered flunky to a colorfully coordinated boss. Speaking of colorful…

Color coding!

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Color coding your items will help you stay organized and on top of your game. When you color code items, they are more likely to stick out in your memory, making it easier to remember certain details on the fly. Weather you color code by the day of the week, with pens, sticky tabs, or folders, it will boost your brain power to stay attentive to the day’s tasks.

 

Folders and labels

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Folders with clear labels are a great way to minimize the work space clutter. Use folders to organize loose papers around your work area. This tip also applies to computers; create and maintain folders to get rid of the background clutter. The less disorder around your work space, the less stress will overwhelm you. From desktop to desk, having folders is a great way to minimize the mess, and maximize organizational success.

 

Throw it away!

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Papers, pens, whatever it is cluttering up your life. We know it sounds too blatantly obvious, but you’d be surprised how much may be weighing you down just because it hasn’t been needed. A good rule is that if you haven’t needed it for six months, and you don’t foresee needing it in the next six, it can go in the waste bin.

 

Space organizers

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Get space organizers for drawers or small desk shelves. Drawer dividers, folder holders, even a cup for all of your pencils and pens. We found these to help you get started.

 

Make lists; get a planner

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Any local craft or paper store has planners that fit every individual’s needs. Even Amazon has a wide selection of planners to choose from. When you can write down what you need to do in a day, it helps relieve stress and get everything done. Besides, there’s no describing the kind of satisfaction that comes with crossing an item off your list.

Business News, Professional Advice

Unemployment is still low, Here’s why you should care

 

The unemployment rate is at a whopping 3.9%, the lowest it’s been since the year 2000. Though that may sound like an amazing statistic, the figures are a bit misleading.

The unemployment rate considers more than just who has a job and who doesn’t, it accounts for the amount of job seekers as a whole. The unemployment rate dropping so low is indicating not that seekers have found jobs, but that most have either retired or gave up looking altogether. Basically, this means that the total amount of people looking for employment is at an all-time low.

In addition to this, another statistic has been reported that the “soft skills” most companies require for employees are in a mass shortage. “Soft skills” refer to the ability communicate well through written and verbal mediums. Unfortunately, there are several factors undermining these highly valued skills. While many education systems put focus on the importance of math and computer skills, most degrees don’t require any sort of communication competency assessment beyond fulfilling a couple of gen ed requirements. This means classes that teach important interpersonal skills, like public speaking or writing and editing for publication, are often only required for those who are studying these fields, which puts others at a great disadvantage. Another factor complicating this includes the introduction of online culture to the younger generations, where most communication is done from screen to screen and not face to face.

Why does this impact you?

There are more jobs than there are qualified applicants to fill them. For those who have these rare “soft skills”, this means that they have many job options to choose from. Because of this, candidate poaching is at an all-time high. Companies are fiercely competing with each other over employees.

How we can help:

We’ve created a comprehensive list of how you can put your company out in front when trying to attract new qualified candidates.

  • Up-sell benefits
      1. Everyone wants to know “what’s in it for me?” In fact, studies have shown the better the benefits, the more loyal employees tend to be. Up-sell what you’re offering, it may help convince a candidate to choose you over a competitor.
  • Do your research
      1. Know what your general impression is with the public. If you don’t know how others perceive you, it could hurt all of your recruitment efforts even before you begin. Create a focus group, run performance surveys, and Google your company. You could even hire an analytics specialist to help you gauge how you should better market yourself towards your desired audience. This actually leads us to the next point:
  • Consumers trust people, not businesses.
  1. An overwhelming amount of research done in the past three years has concluded that Millennials and Gen Z do not trust companies due to negative impressions of “big business”. How do you combat this? Humanize your company. Partner with a local nonprofit, or work on making your social media accounts more “authentic” *

*Authenticity is a buzz word that indicates the overall feeling of a social media account. It relates to “realness”, in other words, something that doesn’t feel commercialized.

  • Don’t wait
    1. This is the biggest, and may be most important, item on this list. We cannot stress enough how important this is. With such a small pool to choose from, when you meet a candidate you like, act fast. Today’s culture is all about immediacy. By making your leap now, you are securing an employee from other company predators, and fulfilling the candidate’s expectation to hear back as soon as possible. This can increase the candidate’s positive associations towards the company, and therefore impact their future work-ethic by appealing to their need to feel valued.