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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...

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...

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...

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...

What Should You Include on Your Résumé?

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There are standard things we all know to put on our résumés –name, contact information, education, etc. But what about those gray areas? What do you do about non-relevant work experience or a gap in employment history? They asked for references – does that go on your résumé, too? Lucky for you, the industry experts at Doherty Staffing Solutions know a thing or two about what to include and what to leave off your résumé. What to Include: Experience. Keep in mind the position you are applying for and evaluate your résumé. Do you think your serving job in college is relevant...

Three Reasons Why You Need a Cover Letter

Three Reasons Why You Need a Cover Letter
For years, people have been arguing that cover letters are a dying art, claiming that recruiters don’t read them, hiring managers skip right over them and are essentially a waste of time. But what about that one traditionalist to whom you send your résumé? We're willing to bet that – while they might not be in the majority – there are definitely people in the hiring process who want to see your cover letter. Here are three ways a cover letter can be used to your advantage: Fill in the blanks. Your résumé is basically one long list of career achievements – not exactly the...

Doherty meets Big Brothers Big Sisters challenge for 6th consecutive year

Doherty meets Big Brothers Big Sisters challenge for 6th consecutive year
Doherty's Southern Minnesota team has been participating in the Bowl for Kids' Sake event held at Element Entertainment in Owatonna for a number of years. Bowl For Kids' Sake is the nation's largest bowling event that raises critical funds to support the mentoring relationships of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota. This year, Doherty met its fundraising goal on April 20th, 2013 making it the sixth consecutive year of being the “Small Business” winners, for a total of $7,062.00 raised over those six years. Doherty employees who participated in this year's team included: Cassandra...

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