Even for candidates with in-demand skills, it can be difficult and time-consuming to navigate the job search alone. With employers looking for highly specific skill sets (and willing to wait for them) and application processes that can feel like you’re tossing your resume into a digital well, it can feel a bit discouraging at times. […]Continue reading
It’s that time of year. The challenges of summer – like trying to schedule interviews around everyone’s vacation schedules – are behind us. The pressure of third-quarter hiring goals are upon us. And hiring managers are eager to fill roles fast. All of this makes the back-to-school season one of the best times of the […]Continue reading
There’s a new trend in capitalism, and despite its downsides, it might actually be a good thing for U.S. workers. It’s called the Gig Economy. Since and even before the recession of 2007, companies have been hiring fewer full-time employees in favor of temporary workers, freelancers, and contractors. For workers, there are some disadvantages of […]Continue reading
Have you seen the new documentary on performance coach Tony Robbins? It’s a fascinating story of a man who turned his difficult childhood experiences into a passion and gift for motivating others.
Recently, he shared some brilliant career advice in a Facebook Live Q&A with Business Insider.
When asked for advice from someone struggling to find a great job, he relayed what his own good friend once told him:
“You’re so focused on expecting things to happen so fast. Focus instead on building your skills.”
He went on to explain that successful people look around the world for the skills that are in demand, then retool themselves to be worth more in the marketplace.
Seems like just the advice we need to address today’s skills gap.
In response to another question about how to achieve both career success and happiness, he listed four important steps.
- Spend thirty minutes a day reading a book, whether it’s a career advice book or even a fiction novel, that transforms you into the person you want to be.
- Do something physical every day. Even a ten-minute sprint will change you emotionally.
- Find a role model who is who you want to be and has what you want. Look at what they do, then copy them.
- Find someone who is hurting worse than you are and help them.
Simple, brilliant advice.
What about you? What advice would you give, based on your own experiences, to people looking to achieve career success? Or what advice have you received that helped you in your own career?
Do you know your communication style? Obviously, there are many different ones. But we often generally divide them under these two big umbrellas: data-driven and emotional. Whatever your style, it helps to understand why you – and others – present things the way you do. Let’s take a look at the two communication styles.
Emotion Driven. Emotion-driven communicators use their intuition to relate to others and problem solve. They can easily read a room or the person they’re talking to, and know how to steer a conversation accordingly.
Emotion-driven communicators can be difficult for data-driven people to relate to. So here are some tips for communicating with them. Understand that they’ll sometimes forgo data and facts, relying instead on stories and examples to make their case. Be accepting of this; just because they focus on the big picture doesn’t mean their point of view is any less valid or correct. When you talk to them, relay your intent (Do you agree with them? Or are you looking for common ground? Trying to understand better?) and then show that you understood their message before continuing on to make your own point.
When working with art directors, UX designers or app developers, who are often emotion-driven, relay the bottom line of what you’re trying to say as it relates to them. For example, if there are coding challenges, translate to them how that might affect the user experience.
Data Driven. This is how technical professionals tend to think. They rely on logic and precision to do their jobs, and linear thinking, strategy, and facts to solve problems. So approaching them in an overly emotional way can cause them to shut down.
Instead, when communicating with data-driven people, remember less is more. Provide clear facts and get straight to the point, then give them time to think about things.
Whatever your communication style, don’t be deterred if you struggle at first to effectively communicate with people who think differently from you. The more you make an effort, the more adept you’ll get at understanding others, as well as making yourself understood.
When you respect a co-worker’s style, you build trust, and you’ll come to enjoy great working relationships – which makes your job that much easier.
We’re smack in the middle of summer – the time many of us are taking vacation, and hopefully, unplugging (because these days, the two don’t always go hand in hand). To make the most of your hard-earned time off, there are some things you simply must do before you check out of the office. Ensuring your bases are covered before you go away for a while is a sign of a great employee, and will give you the peace of mind to fully enjoy your time off.
First, prepare for any potential problems that may occur while you’re away. Provide clear instructions to your teammates about how to handle these problems, should they arise. For example, do you anticipate any particular client questions about a project they’ll be handed right before you leave? Make sure you have answers ready and in the hands of the person who is taking over for you.
Which brings us to the second thing you must do before you leave. Prep the people who’ll be covering for you. Don’t rely on them to remember everything you tell them verbally. Write a thorough list of instructions – not forgetting to include a thank you! The more prepared your co-workers are to handle your responsibilities while you’re gone, the fewer fires you’ll have to put out when you get back.
And speaking of handling your responsibilities – you want to make sure you complete as much of your work as possible in advance. If you can tie up lose ends before you take off, leaving your co-workers with nothing or very little to do on your behalf, that’s best. If it isn’t possible, at least choose a sensible stopping point, to avoid confusion.
Finally – keep your boss in the loop. Copy him, and ask your co-workers to do the same, on important communications involving worst-case scenario planning and work hand-off. He’ll see you’ve been proactive in ensuring that things go smoothly while you’re gone.
If you’ve taken care of these things, then turn off the handheld and truly unplug this summer – you’ve earned it.
When you apply to a job online, it can feel like your resume might be getting lost among who knows how many others. And honestly, sometimes it does. But there are some things you can do to ensure your resume will be accurately matched to jobs that suit you, instead of getting buried beneath a digital pile of other people’s resumes. Namely, use great keywords.
Often, when you apply to a specific job, your resume goes right to a box specific to that job. So there might not be anything further you need to do to stand out, as long as your resume accurately describes your experience, and your experience is a fit for the job.
But sometimes, your resume may be uploaded separately, and sent into a database that isn’t specific to the job. This is where doing some careful thinking about keywords can benefit you.
Now it goes without saying that if your resume is well-written, it will by default contain keywords that describe your experience, which an applicant tracking system will pick up. Still, it helps to look over your resume and ask yourself these questions:
- Did you use synonyms for your job title? For example, if you’re looking for a digital copywriter position, did you include variations like “copywriting,” “copywriter,” and “digital writer?” Without going overboard and being repetitive, it helps to cover your bases.
- Did you use a breadth of words, from more general words like “copywriter” to more specific ones like “blogging,” “social media monitoring” and “content strategy?” It’s important to use a range of words from the more general to highly specific, for the very best match to the job you want.
- Did you refer to the prospective employer’s job description? If their description includes specific verbiage, make sure you use those exact words to describe your own experience, if they apply.
It’s a balance you should strike, keeping your resume clear and concise, while also covering your bases. So write the resume first, then go in and replace words where needed without compromising the readability. This will give you a leg up on the competition, and you’ll feel better knowing you maximized your chances of being considered for the job you want.
The answer? Give employees more meaningful work. This is according to economists Susanne eckermann, Xiaolan Yang, and Michael Kosfeld, whose study is published on economics commentary site VoxEU.
A survey of 413 students in Hangzhou, China found that study participants increased their productivity when they were told their work was crucial to an important research project. Another group was told their work probably wouldn’t be used, and their productivity was ranked about 15% lower than the group who believed their work mattered.
In addition to giving employees more meaningful work, providing public recognition can also make a big difference in productivity. However, interestingly, while public recognition increased performance in the group whose work was said to have little meaning – it did not seem to affect the performance of those who believed their work mattered.
While money will always be an obvious and reliable motivator, companies can benefit from understanding what really motivates employees, and taking steps to ensure the proper incentives are in place. As the study reveals, many of these motivators cost nothing.
For that matter, employees ought to take heed to the study as well, and consider ultimately looking for a career doing something they truly believe in.
We’ve all had them. At some point or another, and probably more than once, we’ve endured what we considered to be a bad job. Sometimes, we don’t even realize it was a bad job until we get a good one and can consider it in retrospect. Bad jobs aren’t fun – but they can be a good thing. They give us perspective, allowing us to really appreciate when we eventually end up in a job we love. And besides that, even in a bad job, there are some great opportunities to leverage your current situation – even if it’s not so ideal.
First, you can propose solutions. Maybe one reason you don’t like your job is that you feel you and your co-workers aren’t set up for success. Perhaps the process is inefficient, or the incentives are misaligned. Document your observations and first-hand experience, and come up with solutions and workarounds. Present these to your boss. Your boss will probably be grateful to you. And even if the problems aren’t resolved, you can feel good knowing you’ve done your part to try and make things better.
Another thing you can do seems obvious, yet people are often afraid to do it. You can ask for a change. If you don’t enjoy the projects you’re working on, or even the people you’re working with, you can ask to be given different ones. Who knows, maybe your boss will say yes, and maybe that will be the simple change you needed to love a job you once disliked. You may not get what you want, but if you don’t ask, you definitely won’t.
Speaking of the people you’re working with – one of the most important thing you can do to be successful in any job is look for the good in the people around you. People aren’t perfect, but everyone has good qualities. Make a point to find them in others, and you’ll find yourself a lot happier. Maybe you’ll discover ways to tap into others’ talents and make your team more successful. In return, you’ll find people gravitating towards you because you’ll become someone who notices and brings out the best in them. Work can’t be a bad place when you’re surrounded with people you appreciate, and who appreciate you.
Also, if you want to make the best of a bad job, don’t forget to take advantage of the opportunities for growth that your company funds. Maybe your company pays for memberships to industry organizations, where you can become more knowledgeable about the business – or classes where you can stay up on your skill set. Don’t turn down free opportunities for growth. You’ll become better at what you do, or maybe discover it isn’t the company that you don’t enjoy, but the industry itself – which will help you to know your next step.
That brings us to the last piece of advice about making the most out of a bad job. Use your time in a bad job to do some self-reflection. Pinpoint what it is that really bothers you about the job. That way, when you choose your next position, you’ll do so with more self-awareness under your belt.
More than half of the U.S. population growth between 2000 and 2010 is in the Hispanic sector, according to U.S. Census Bureau population reports. And with it, the demand for bilingual employees is also growing. You’ll find jobs requiring a knowledge of Spanish and other languages in every industry, but here are a few hot ones right now.
Human Resources. Since Latinos are a rapidly growing percentage of the population, Spanish-speaking HR specialists are needed to relate to qualified candidates and assist with multicultural recruiting needs.
Law Enforcement. Right now, bilingual job seekers with a degree and police or military experience will find excellent opportunities with federal and local agencies, who need Spanish speakers to facilitate communication with growing Hispanic communities.
Banking. Bank tellers, for instance, have the important job of handling monetary transactions as well as educating customers about financial options – so it’s crucial bank customers have access to someone who speaks their language. Tellers and other bilingual workers in the banking industry are in high demand.
Marketing. The Hispanic population is growing, and so must advertising dollars towards it. As more Spanish speakers flood into the U.S., bilingual marketing managers, copywriters, strategists and more are in increasing demand.
Customer Service. The U.S. is a very customer service-oriented country. So it only makes sense that every company needs more and more Spanish speaking customer service employees to accommodate the growing Hispanic population.
Start your search in any of these industries, and as a bilingual candidate, you’re guaranteed to find a plethora of job possibilities.
Whether you’ve been in the workforce for one month or twenty years, you have probably made a few mistakes. That moment when you are scrolling through your emails and you see a subject line from someone on your team that says “FIX THIS NOW.” Your stomach drops, you start to feel a little nervous, and your brain gets jumbled. When you start to feel this way… STOP. Mistakes happen – it’s how you handle the aftereffects of your mistakes that matter. Check out the four steps below to help you not only recover from a problem, but also turn it into a positive.
- Do your research. The first step to solving a problem is naming it. You know there’s an issue… but where did it originate? Check through old emails, call logs, whatever it takes. See what happened and why. How far did it go? Did it affect your team? Make sure that you get all the facts, so that you are not caught off guard a second time.
- After you have all of the details, it’s time to get a game plan. Start thinking of some solutions to your problem. Brainstorming a few backup plans is probably a good idea. Think carefully about how you will word any emails and other communications to best frame the problem and present your solution. Double check to make sure you were correctly informed about all the details of the problem, that your solutions are viable, and that you’ve otherwise covered all the bases.
- Next, you just have to own up to it. Admitting you forgot to send an email, call that contact back, or research the numbers before you delivered the project may not be the most pleasant conversation you have ever had with your boss… but there is nothing worse you can do for yourself than lie or ignore the problem. Besides, if you take ownership of the issue, it lets your colleagues know you are on top of it, you are honest, and you are a problem solver.
- Finally, make sure you understand everyone who has been implicated because of the mistake. It’s best to head off all foreseeable problems that may occur as a result of the mistake, than to sweep them under the rug. If the problem continues to pop up over time, people will become annoyed and less forgiving. Talk with your team and see if they’ve been affected in any way. If you know the mistake could cause problems for another department, reach out to them. Let them know what is going on and how you are fixing it. Communication is key in a situation like this. People will not only appreciate you letting them know what’s going on, they will respect you for it.
These are four steps that will help you after you’ve made a goof-up in the office. However, everyone’s story is different. Do you have any stories to tell about a mistake you’ve made in the workplace, and how you recovered from it? Tell us about it in the comment section below!
Seeking a new opportunity? How about one that offers flexibility, variety, and awesome growth opportunities? If this sounds great to you, you might be interested in temping for a while. And now’s the perfect time to do it. According to new research from CareerBuilder, temp jobs are expected to increase by 5.9 percent by 2018. That’s because companies are increasingly turning to temping to stay nimble in a rapidly changing market, as well as help close the gap on hard-to-fill positions. But employers aren’t the only ones who’re benefiting from temporary staffing.
Workers see temp jobs as a way to utilize skills, build networks, and discover what they enjoy before committing long-term. Here are a few more reasons to consider temporary positions.
Opportunities abound. As the staffing industry grows, temporary jobs grow across a wider and wider variety of industries, companies, and specialties. So no matter what sort of position you’re interested in, you can probably find a temporary job there.
You’ll make connections. By trying out a company, rather than settling on one right away, you’ll meet a broad range of people who can open doors for you down the road.
You’ll get better at what you do. Temp jobs have the added benefit of allowing you to try many things, challenge yourself, and hone your expertise across a wide range of skills. This is something that doesn’t always happen in a permanent position where you’re doing the same thing each day for potentially years.
You’re more marketable. Working a temp job, rather than doing nothing while you figure out where you want to work long-term, is a much better solution. It removes the possibility of gaps in your work history, and makes you more attractive to employers down the road.
You’re free. When you work a temp job, there’s no commitment required beyond the terms of the contract – leaving your options open.
You’ll get a foot in the door. Maybe you decide you love the company you’re temping for. If they decide they love you too, you may be offered a long-term position you may not have had access to otherwise.
As you can see, temping has tons of appealing advantages, that have more and more people going the temp route. If you’d like to learn more about temporary and short-term, as well as permanent and long-term positions with TRC Staffing Services, Inc., feel free to check out our open job positions all over the country.
With high school graduation right around the corner, you’re probably planning to spend the next few weeks appreciating every last minute of your senior year. You should be! You’ve spent four years of your life working towards this moment. However, when the joy of your accomplishments wears off, it will be time to take the next big step towards your future. Maybe you are headed to college. Maybe you plan to start work right away. Or, maybe you’ve considered a third option, one that’s increasingly popular these days: the gap year.
It was recently announced that Malia Obama will take a gap year before attending Harvard for college. While some consider taking a “year off” before college to be a luxury, that really depends on how you look at it. Many choose to take time before college to travel or relax, yes, but others use that time to work and gain experience in the real world, engage in a long-term special project, or otherwise use the time in a constructive and meaningful way. It’s a great opportunity to do a little thinking, save a little money, and get a little experience that might just send you into your college education more focused on your goals and better prepared to succeed once there.
In fact, gap year statistics show that 60% of gap-year graduates said the experience either “set me on my current career path” or “confirmed my choice of career,” and 88% said that it added to their employability.
If you do choose to take a gap year, it’s a great time to contact a recruiter about temporary staffing. Temp jobs allow you to work in difference scenarios to gain breadth of work experience, exploring different fields without being seen as a flight risk. At the end of a year of temping, you’ll have a better idea of what you do and don’t like about the workforce.
Maybe the gap year isn’t for you, and you prefer to head straight to college. This is certainly the most suitable choice for many people. Just make sure you choose a college with an idea of what you enjoy doing, so you can ensure the financial obligation is worth the time and effort.
Or maybe you prefer to head straight to work, skipping out on the $37,172 in student debt that the average 2016 college graduate holds. This can be a good option too, but it isn’t for everyone, as many careers do eventually require further education in order to advance them.
Whatever you choose, just remember – there’s no one path to a great future. You can carve out your own, that works for you.
Are you considering taking a gap year, and want to speak with a recruiter about temporary jobs? Contact TRC Staffing today.