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...

If you’re someone who works at least 40 hours a week (as people increasingly are), you spend nearly 2,100 hours every year on the job. That’s over half of all your waking hours spent with colleagues, staff, management, and customers. Considering how particular we can be when deciding how and with whom to spend our free time, it’s interesting that more people don’t put the same level of consideration into their time spent at work. By taking the time to understand the values, goals, and practices of our potential work environments, you can ensure that the time you spend at...

When it comes to setting yourself apart during the hiring process, nothing is more important than successfully navigating the interview. Sure, you may have the perfect resume, a long list of quality references, and all the personality traits of the ideal new hire. But if you can’t provide a satisfactory answer to these important questions, you have little to no chance of making the cut, especially in today’s competitive marketplace.  Preparation is key in the eyes of potential employers, yet many applicants don’t invest enough time in preparing for the interview process. Failure to consider this crucial step may be an...

When you’re job hunting, your most powerful tool will be your resumé. It’s the first impression that employers will have of you, so making sure that it’s perfectly polished is an absolute must. Furthermore, in today’s world, employers are buried in online applications; you only have a few seconds to catch an employer’s eye. By following the tips outlined below, you’ll create a strong resumé that will get your foot in the door.  Tailor Your Resumé The most important strategy you can implement is to tailor your resumé to the job. Most employers use an applicant tracking system (ATS), which scans your...

Hiring team members that are compatible with one another is easier said than done. For one, pinpointing what makes individuals within a team click with one another is difficult to define. Ask a highly capable team what makes them work together so well, and you’ll likely get a myriad of different answers. On top of that, what works for them might not work for other teams.  So what do you do? Clearly, workplace compatibility is extremely important for making sure your business operations run as intended and to lower turnover rates. In fact, one in ten workers who leave their jobs...