Life Tips

Ring It in Right: How to Stay on Top of Your New Year Resolution

Everyone’s been saying it, “New year, new me!” But how many people are actually able to successfully stick to and accomplish their new year’s resolution?

According to a recent poll, no matter what the nature of the resolution, only 8% are able to achieve their new year goals.

So let us increase that percentage this year with a couple of tips to keep you on track to achieving the “new you” that you’ve envisioned for the new year.

Have a well-defined goal

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Resolutions are easier to attain when they have clear and concise parameters. Stating things like,  “I want to get rich” or, “I will lose weight” will fail if they’re not specific enough. What is your definition of rich? How many pounds do you want to lose? The less vague they are, the easier it will be to plan out how you’re going to reach the goal.

Create steps

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It’s been proven that when you take a big task and divide it into smaller, more manageable steps, it helps clear your path to success. If you’re really serious about your new year’s resolution, sit down and plan your attack. The further you can plan ahead, the easier the journey will be for you.

Reward positive behavior

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Were you able to stick to your plan? Good for you! reward your small accomplishments as an incentive to keep going. Just be careful to not over-indulge!

Don’t over-punish bad behavior

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On the flip side, don’t beat yourself up if you slip a few times, either. Change can be a difficult adjustment, so don’t be too upset if you’re not too great at following your plan at the start. However, don’t let that become an excuse to allow yourself to fall off the path altogether.

Track your progress

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This is one of the most important points in this list! On days where you feel discouraged, you can look back on how far you’ve come. Many people who have been successful with long-term goals swear by this method, as they say it helped push them to go even further when they felt close to giving up.

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Office Holidays: How to Include Everyone

It’s December again, which means decorations and holiday greetings will be all around. With the holidays fast approaching, it’s important to keep everyone in mind.

This time of year emphasizes good cheer and showing your appreciation towards others, regardless of your holiday preference. That’s why it’s necessary to make sure everyone feels celebrated in order to make sure the season is enjoyable for everyone in the office.

Calendar marking

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There are over 15 holidays celebrated in December by different cultures in America alone. Mark the office calendar with some of the most common holidays celebrated in December, or encourage employees to educate others about their customs and beliefs around this time of year. The trick to making everyone feel included is to make sure they feel comfortable being able to openly express their holiday traditions.

Decorations

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Have employees bring in their own decorations, or have employees make decorative suggestions. If not, neutral winter decor would work as well i.e., snowflakes, snowmen, garland, ribbons, etc.

Office Celebrations

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If you throw an office party, make sure it’s inclusive; provide foods that are neutral, or encourage people to bring in their favorite holiday dishes. If you would like to choose a more specific theme, you can’t go wrong with a new year’s party! In addition, don’t make holiday celebrations mandatory for employees. While there are employees celebrating all different holidays, there may be a few who choose not to celebrate any.

Professional Advice

Staying Focused Through the Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Which means holiday joy will be dangled from every rooftop and hung on each door, bright lights will glow, songs will fill the air; it’s really hard not to get caught up in the season spectacular.

With all the amazement going on, it is hard to focus on anything else. Unfortunately, the work-load won’t take a vacation, unlike like most of your coworkers. That’s why we’ve made a list (and checked it twice) of what you can do to make sure your work stays on track.

Take care of yourself

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If you’re sick, that will make both work and home life a bummer. Make sure you eat well, stay hydrated, wash your hands, and (try to) maintain a healthy sleep cycle.

Bonus tip: Don’t take your work home with you this time of year. Adding more stress to your life outside of the office will only decrease your productivity in the office.

Self-evaluation

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The old saying rings true, “check yourself before you wreck yourself”. Take a step back and fight the stress that comes with being overwhelmed by looking at everything you need to accomplish. Prioritizing your tasks will help you stay calm and focused. Keeping an organized workstation will help reduce stress, too.

Identify distractions

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You’ve lived with yourself for your entire life thus far, so you’re bound to know a couple of things that divert your attention easily. Identify your biggest holiday distractions so you can plan how to avoid or cope with them in advance.

Treat yourself

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Reward your hard work with something special! Maybe it’s a food or snack you love, or a few extra minutes of playing your favorite mobile game. Whatever it may be, use it to help keep your spirit bright.

If you manage to maintain productivity during the holiday season, it may benefit you more than you’d imagine. When you stay productive, managers take notice. Staying on task during a hectic season may lead to rewards come the new year.

Life Tips, Professional Advice

Crucial Tips for Meeting Your Recruiter

We like to tackle job-related topics as to educate and better prepare job-seekers for the professional world. However, a lot of candidates don’t take meeting with their recruiters as seriously as they should.

Our job is to hire candidates through our agency and place them at a company who has hired us to fill positions. An added bonus of our job is that we get to help people find their perfect career or career field. But at the end of the day, when we send a candidate to a client for an interview, that candidate represents us.

That’s why it is just as important to make the best first impression with your recruiter. We wanted to give you some pointers on how to conduct yourself when meeting your recruiter for the first time so you can show what a great asset you are.

Dress Code

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Dress to meet your recruiter the same way you would to a job interview. Your recruiter interview IS a real interview; we meet with candidates before we send them to meet with our clients. If you’re not presentable to us, then we won’t believe you will be presentable to them.

Preparation

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Fill out paperwork beforehand, bring a folder to organize your papers if needed, and bring in one to two copies of your resume. In addition, know what is on your resume, because you will be asked about it. If you’re asked a question, always answer directly, and never say “It’s on my resume”.

Speak Appropriately

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Make sure you are courteous and polite; positive experiences start with having the right attitude. We have a blog you can read here about what not to say in an interview to help.

Phone Etiquette

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TURN YOUR PHONE OFF. Do not keep it on your lap or on the table during your interview! It is considered impolite to have your phone out during an interview, as it implies that your recruiter does not have your full attention. Unless it is a true emergency, make sure you put your phone away.

Do Not Bring Food Or Drinks With You

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This is pretty self-explanatory.

Come Alone

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If by any chance someone does come with you, have them wait for you outside. If you wouldn’t bring your family or friends with you to a normal job interview, don’t bring them when you go for your recruiter interview.

As always, we want to help you succeed in your job search. For more articles and videos with tips and tricks about interviews, resumes, and anything job-related, follow our blogs on WordPress and on CityPersonnel.net, or find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

Life Tips, Professional Advice

Ghosting: The Serial Career Killer

‘Tis the season to feel spooky!

So in the spirit of the holiday, we feel it’s important to address a deadly topic:

Ghosting

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(Not that kind)

Ghosting is a relatively new phenomenon that has nothing to do with the supernatural. Ghosting is a verb to describe actively ignoring someone’s efforts of communication, usually all at once and/or suddenly. 

Ghosting started to become a popular method of abstaining from romantic advances as mobile and online dating became more prevalent in youth culture.

The act of ghosting became the easy way of “sparing” another’s feelings without facing the confrontation of formally breaking things off.

Ghosting is the easy way out, and it’s oozed into other areas of everyday life due to its easy-to-practice nature. It is an incredibly unprofessional behavior, and should never be used outside of a social setting.

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(Honestly, it probably shouldn’t be used in social settings either)

One of the biggest issues any staffing firm faces is candidates who end up ghosting them. A total lack of communication is not ideal for a company whose business is managing the connection between employees and employers.

When you ghost instead of being upfront with an employer, it doesn’t go undetected. If you gain a reputation for disapparating, it can affect your chances of getting work in the future. In any industry, it’s not helpful to be remembered as Casper, no matter how friendly he may be.

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(Sorry, Casper)

We’ve created a list of the most common reasons for employer-related ghosting, and why you still shouldn’t do it.

  • Not Interested

Often times a candidate will apply for a position that ended up being not what was expected. Instead of ignoring the texts and emails an agency thinks it’s sending to a serious candidate, don’t be afraid to tell us politely you’re not interested.

  • Quitting

If you are unhappy with your current assignment, please let us know before you quit. Part of our job is to make sure you feel happy and safe in your position. If there’s anything bothering you, it helps to speak with your recruiter first so that way we can help fix the issue, or start working on finding you another assignment.

  • Got Another Job

Found a job without our help? Congratulations! We’re in the business of making connections, so even if we weren’t able to help you, we’re glad you were able to find a job. All we ask is that you let us know so we can note your file appropriately. We won’t hold it against you, and you are always welcome to work with us again in the future.

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(Even Casper agrees; let’s put an end to ghosting)

We would like to stress that whether or not you are working with a staffing agency, ghosting is never the best approach for dealing with a situation. It always helps to keep an open and honest method of communication between yourself and your employer.

 

 

 

 

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Lori’s Success Story

Lori was a City Personnel candidate in the legal field with a Cinderella story; an applicant hesitant on taking a temporary position. As we’ve said before, “temp” does not always mean temporary, and at the end of her assignment, she was hired as a permanent employee.
We had the pleasure of being able to interview Lori about her experience working with us going from temporary to permanent.
1) Before city personnel, had you worked with other staffing agencies?

No, I had been at a job for 21 years prior, so I had not used recruiting services before.

2) What was your initial impression when we contacted you with this job opportunity?

I was somewhat skeptical because it was a temp-to-perm position, which I was uneasy about; I wanted something permanent right away, but it worked out well in the end. The advantage of temp-to-perm works on both ends, really. I may have found it wasn’t the position for me and could have just moved on when the assignment was over. Or, they would have been able to find someone else. I’m glad it worked out in my favor.

3) Did you have any specific doubts or concerns when taking this job? If so, what made you take the assignment anyway?

I knew soon after starting here that I wanted to stay and learn this new area of law.

4) Do you remember how you felt walking in on your first day?

I felt confident because of my years of experience, but still somewhat nervous starting at a new firm.

5) At what point did you realize that you were becoming comfortable at your new assignment?

Pretty much at the beginning while temping here. Everyone was so helpful and friendly- That goes a long way!

6) Do you think there were any defining factors or situations that made the company want to keep you after your assignment ended?

My work ethic, dedication, skills, and loyalty helped. I think they realized I could learn this new area of practice.

7) Do you see yourself staying where you are for the foreseeable future?

Yes. This is a great place to work for a number of reasons, which is very important when finding a new career.

8) Do you think it is important for someone to feel happy with where they are employed? Do you think how you feel about your job impacts your work ethic?

Yes, definitely. Morale goes a long way in keeping employees happy and productive. If you are in a good working environment, you will apply yourself more and be more productive.

Life Tips, Professional Advice

Unhappy: When You Should Start Looking for a New Job

We’ve all been there; You feel trapped in a job that you hate. Maybe you didn’t always feel this way. At the start, you were so happy to begin your career, but now you dread even the thought of going in the next day. Does this mean that it’s the end of the road and you should start looking for a new job right away?

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Not necessarily.

If you are currently employed and unhappy about it, the chances are you may have been excited about this new career opportunity at some point. So when do you know it’s time to pack up and move on? Try following these steps first to see if you might be able to rekindle that spark for your career.

Reflect

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how long have you been feeling this way? was there something particular that happened to change the way you felt over time?

Identify

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Identifying why and when you started to feel this way. Was it due to something that is directly related to work? Or is it an external factor that is weighing you down on the job.

 

Plan

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Once you have been able to identify what has caused your negative feelings, it is then time to create a game plan for how you will address these issues. Maybe a meeting with your supervisor to discuss your workload, or something as simple as a diet change or a cubical make-over to improve your day-to-day.

Execute

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The very last step is to follow through with your plan. Remember, things may not always play out the way you imagine, but as long as you try taking the steps to improve your situation, you’re already more than halfway there.

Regroup

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If you execute your plan to the best of your ability and it doesn’t work the first time, try coming up with two or three other solutions. Only after exhausting your tactics should you consider searching for a new career.