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Blog posts within the category "For Job Seekers"

Asking Culture Questions: How to get to know an employer culturally before committing

Why you should always consider "cultural fit" when applying for a new job
Job seekers often forget to think about the culture of a company when deciding where to apply. Culture questions should be near the top of your list to ask interviewers. After all, culture reflects the personality of the company and affects everything that transpires there on a day-to-day basis. Some culture questions to ask include: What is the office structure (cubicles, office, room with a view)? Is flexible scheduling permitted? What qualities or performance attributes does the company value? Is the atmosphere calm and methodical or high-energy chaos? Do people stay in one position a...

Are you truly ready to leave your current company?

Are you truly ready to leave your current company?
So, you’ve made it all the way through the interview process in flying colors, the company loves you and you’re nearing the home stretch. In fact, they want to offer you the position. But now, you’re starting to second guess yourself and the position that you thought you wanted so badly. You begin to ask yourself, "Am I truly ready to leave the company I've been with for so long?" Jumping ship and diving into the unknown is always a scary thing. Job offer drama I recently worked with a candidate who made it all the way to the job offer. She had been with her current company for ten years...

What makes you happy in your job? 7 questions to ask yourself

 What makes you happy in your job? 7 questions to ask yourself
Do you know what would make you happy in your work life? You might think it's about having a high salary, but there's more to it than that. If you're not sure if you love what you do, ask yourself some of these questions: Enjoying Your Work. Do you like the actual day-to-day tasks involved in what you do? Are you excited to get to work? Work-Life Balance. Do you have a long commute? Are you able to leave early for appointments and take time off occasionally? Feeling Connected to the Organization. Does upper management know you by name? Do...

How to catch a recruiter's eye . . . and ear

How to catch a recruiter's eye . . . and ear
At a recent Minnesota Recruiting and Staffing Association meeting, the presenters asked the group to raise their hands once she reached the percentage of calls that they felt were returned to recruiters. She started at 90% and worked her way down. At 50% there was 1 person with their hand up, at 25% about a dozen hands went up, around 10-15% the majority of hands were raised. Keeping doors and options open How does this affect you as a candidate looking for work? Well, in today’s technology driven society, nearly everything is tracked. This means that if you have been called multiple times...

The job posting isn’t exciting—so why would you connect with the recruiter?

The job posting isn’t exciting—so why would you connect with the recruiter?
You’re browsing through job postings and aren’t finding anything that appeals to your interests or fits your background. At this point, most candidates would get frustrated and possibly give up their search. However, there is another option you may not have considered, and that is reaching out to a recruiter. Reaching out to a recruiter, even if they don’t currently have a position for you, can be surprisingly helpful in your job search and networking. Connecting says a lot about you As a recruiter, I can attest that it speaks volumes about you as a candidate when you make that extra...

Accepting a Counter Offer: Not Always the Answer

Accepting a Counter Offer: Not Always the Answer
So you are currently working, but are considering new career opportunities. Once you land a new job and put in your two weeks, your employer calls you in to meet with you. They present you with a counter offer. What do you do? Although a counteroffer can make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, it may not be the best decision in the long run. Let’s put this into perspective; when you inform your company you have accepted a better opportunity, then and only then, they tell you everything you want to hear. They tell you, you’re an essential part of the team, they share with you all the changes...

Returning to the workforce after an extended leave

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One of the most difficult job searches is trying to return to the workforce from an extended leave. The largest issue is that with so many unemployed and underemployed people throughout the US, odds are you are competing against someone that has not taken a leave of absence. How can you overcome these odds? First, make sure to keep freshen up your skills. This can be done through schooling, certifications, or volunteer work. Second, be willing to take a step back from where you were before. I have had candidates that left a job 10 years ago at 50k wanting to start there “new” career at this...

New Kids on the Block: Surviving Your First Day on the Job

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We apologize if you're expecting news on your favorite early 90s boy band, but if you're looking for a way to make the transition to your new job easier, you've come to the right place. Being the new kid in school can go one of two ways: Either you're a shiny new toy and everyone wants to be your friend, or you work in the real world, so that is not likely. It's not all doom and gloom, though. Doherty Staffing has come up with a few ways for you to feel a little more comfortable (a little more quickly) as a newbie at your new job. Food works wonders First, do you know...

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...

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...

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