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Blog posts from August 2013

To Certify or Not to Certify

To certify or not to certify
Professional certifications are a great way to learn new skills through study, polish up on current/past skills, and to differentiate yourself from your peers. However, before jumping into a certification it is important to research if the return on your money and time will be worth it. It seems like nearly every profession these days has certifications that you can take. Examples include the PHR (Human Resources), the A+ (Information Technology), and Six Sigma (Quality). While many of these certifications are a great and can really help you in your career, there are also many that have...

Performance Reviews: 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid

Performance Reviews: 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid
To an employee, a performance review is pretty big deal—after all, it only happens once or twice a year. But to the manager or supervisor who is responsible for reviewing entire groups of employees, it can be easy to make mistakes that drastically impact the quality of the review. Here are five mistakes to avoid when giving a performance review, and some alternate ways to handle each situation. Waiting Until the Evaluation. Yes, that’s right—you can make a mistake on a performance review before it even takes place. In a...

Doherty wraps up 2013 School Supplies Drive

Doherty wraps up 2013 School Supplies Drive
Doherty locations in the Twin Cities finished their 2013 School Supplies Drive and sent over 300 items to the Salvation Army before Labor Day, for distribution to local students. Education is the primary focus for Doherty's community support program. A long-time interest for owners Val and Tim Doherty, the Doherty businesses give back to their communities through projects like annual school supplies drives, scholarships and partnerships with schools like Riverland Community College and Anoka Ramsey Community College, and other fundraising activities aimed at helping students and the schools...

Why Being a Recruiter Rocks!

A little more personal post this week, but we read a cool article this week talking about our line of work. For me there's nothing greater than putting an unemployed person who has been looking for 6+ months to work, or getting a veteran his first civilian job after overseas tours. On top of that, we get to help out unique companies who are thankful when we can find that hard-to-find candidate. I get to live vicariously through candidates, learning about their skills for a multitude of different positions. Check out the article below on why being a recruiter rocks!...

No Degree Required: Great jobs that don't require college

No degree required: Great jobs that don't require college
High school diploma? There are lots of jobs that provide on-the-job-training and can turn into great careers, even if you don't have a college degree. From bookkeeping to legal secretary to trades like electrician, higher education is not required. This can be a great option for job seekers just starting, re-entering the workforce after kids, or changing careers. CareerBuilder gives the details in their article, "9 jobs that aren't entry...

What Does Your Workspace Say About You?

What Does Your Workspace Say About You?
You may know where everything is on your messy desk, but what does your cluttered space say about you to co-workers and superiors? Are you missing out on career-defining opportunities because your peers think you lack organizational skills? People associate a host of traits with organization – maturity, discipline, value, focus and more. If you are known as the untidy, disorganized employee, you may be unknowingly viewed in an unflattering light. Even if you are leaps and bounds more mature than the office class clown, there is a possibility that your disorganization can put you in the same...

How to Best Utilize Staffing Agencies in your Job Search

How to Best Utilize Staffing Agencies in your Job Search
If your idea of looking for jobs is throwing resumes to online ads like hundreds of other candidates, then you’re only scraping the tip of the iceberg. There is a hidden job market out there, that isn’t posted on the major job boards, but can only be found through networking. But networking can also be tough to grow and build to find legitimate positions. Staffing Agencies can be a great way to tap into their network of clients, and should be used to supplement a standard job search. Many companies work with agencies in order to avoid a lengthy hiring process. Instead of sifting through 250...

Three Tips to Help Keep You Motivated Throughout the Workday

Three Tips to Help Keep You Motivated Throughout the Workday
No matter how much you love your job, sometimes there are days when you just can’t seem to get your work completed. Whether it’s a beautiful day, you have a lot on your mind, or you just aren’t feeling well, it happens to the best of us. The difference between an average employee and a great one is how you perform when you are not driven to getting work finished. Doherty Career Solutions knows that every now and then you need some downtime, but for the rest of those uninspiring days, here are three tips to keep you motivated: Get comfortable. Do...

Workforce Planning: The Strategy Behind “Strategic Staffing”

Workforce Planning: The Strategy Behind “Strategic Staffing”
A company’s annual budgeting process generally requires managers to project personnel requirements for the upcoming fiscal period. Unfortunately, this task offers little value beyond influencing the short-term allocation of corporate funds. Besides narrowly focusing on a single year, needs are typically assessed in relation to the status quo. Yet the harsh reality is that the business world is changing at a dizzying pace, and what makes sense today may not a year from now. Technology, in particular, is constantly redefining the nature of work. And despite the prevalence of the phrase “...
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