Well, it’s that time of year again! The holidays are just around the corner and businesses everywhere are ramping up to be ready for spikes in consumer spending. For individuals in the job market, this means that now is a great time for seeking seasonal employment—that is, temporary jobs that are directly related to fulfilling the explosion in demand throughout the holiday period. This blog is intended to familiarize you with some of the most common of these temp opportunities. In-store Retail Sales Work. Despite the incredible rise in online shopping, millions of consumers still visit "bricks-and-mortar" stores and malls to make their holiday purchases. (Part...

At any given time—and in any given location—there are likely hundreds of available job openings. When you're seeking employment (whether temporary or permanent), you want to optimize the time you spend looking and applying; that way, you are apt to get a suitable job in the quickest manner possible. In essence, this means that one of the first critical steps in job hunting is to seek a position that matches your existing skills, talents and experience. It's certainly commendable to aspire for a job that has lofty qualifications; most of us throughout our careers want to get better at what we do. Nonetheless, you need...

When looking for a job, it’s important to take advantage of every opportunity to make connections with people who are in positions to enhance the success of your search. After all, your likelihood of learning about (and ultimately landing) a good job increases with the number of people you meet and the amount of information you acquire. In a nutshell, that’s exactly the purpose of a Masis job fair. Typically held at outdoor locations near companies with current job openings, Masis job fairs provide an ideal forum for job seekers of all skill levels—including those in the job market for the first...

As mentioned in our September 16 blog, temporary workers often enjoy their jobs so much that they want to become full-time employees. Making this happen, of course, is never guaranteed; numerous factors can influence a person's ability to get hired on a permanent basis—many of which are outside the person's control (e.g., state of the economy, a company experiencing a hiring freeze, etc.). Let's assume, however, that conditions are favorable and that an individual senses a legitimate opportunity to turn a temp position into a permanent one. In such a situation, it is up to the individual to perform well and prove that they are the...

Temporary jobs are the perfect solution for many individuals. The reasons, of course, can vary widely. Perhaps the schedule and hours fit well with a person's daily commitments and routines. Maybe a worker prefers the versatility and flexibility that often define temp jobs. And sometimes individuals have long-term plans whereby their employment needs are limited in duration. But what about those instances when you accept a temp position and (as is hopefully the case!) you love the job so much, you wish to continue as a permanent employee? What are the best ways to go about making that happen? A lot of...

The most important thing to remember as you're preparing for a job interview can be succinctly stated: You never get a second chance to make a first impression. When you meet an interviewer—regardless of whether it's (let’s say) in-person at the prospective employer or virtually with a third-party placement firm—there's a lot on the line. As such, while every prospect's situation is unique, it's common to feel somewhat anxious. It's important to understand, however, that such anxiety is frequently rooted in your state of readiness. Simply put, the more prepared you are for an interview, the less anxious you'll probably feel. After all, anxiety is typically caused...

The extent of changes that COVID-19 has caused—and continues to cause—in the U.S. economy is seemingly beyond measure. As part of these changes, the role of temp workers in all business sectors has significantly evolved. It becomes important to understand, therefore, what the forecasted trends reveal for a post-pandemic world. Temp work is here to stay Throughout this pandemic, more people than ever have adopted remote working as part of their daily routines. While it’s still unclear what percentage of individuals will continue to work remotely once the pandemic abates, preliminary indications are that this yet-to-be-quantified factor will not hinder or detract from temporary staffing requirements. Not surprisingly, a...

There are many “givens” when being interviewed for employment—including everything from being on time to doing your background research on the company, dressing appropriately and staying positive. In addition, however, there are several personality traits that can help you stand apart from other job candidates. Confidence Always remember: You’ve earned an interview because you’ve already demonstrated some attributes that appeal to the employer. Your scholastic performance, your previous job experience, your presentation of your qualifications—any or all of these have helped you “get a foot in the door.” You should have confidence that your skill set is a close match with those skills deemed critical to the...

Whatever the state of the job market—and whatever stage of the interviewing process you might be in—it's critical to make a good impression. Keep in mind that while employers are always seeking candidates who are confident, poised and motivated, they are also looking for individuals who can work well as part of a team (whether it’s a two-person or a 2,000-person team!). In short, personality traits can be a “make-or-break" factor in landing a job at any level within an organization. Here are some attributes that can be instant turnoffs in any job candidate. Entitlement No one has a “right” to any given job. Candidates are hired...

Finding the right employment position is stressful at the best of times. But the pandemic and rapid digitization of the job market is making the prospect of searching for a new job downright terrifying. LinkedIn profile optimization, endless streams of correspondence, and, of course, those devastating rejection emails are all resource- and time-consuming endeavors. And that’s before factoring in the analysis of whether or not the job is even the right fit for you.  A silver lining in this process is that sites are providing more transparency into the actual day-to-day deliverables of job roles. You can use this information in...