Our Top Four Tips for Jobseekers from 2018

January 10th, 2019

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Each year we work hard to bring job seekers in the Houston area the best advice to help them in their search. Before we begin creating new content for 2019, we wanted to take a look back at the most popular and helpful tips we wrote about in 2018. Throughout the year, we focus on creating informative blog posts that will provide real-world advice to help professionals in the area find their next career move. Here are the top four tips from 2018.

1. What to say in an interview after you’ve been fired?

In March, we tackled an important subject that can affect a lot of job seekers. If you’ve been fired from your job, how do you pick yourself up and brush yourself off again to find a new job? In this post, we take a look at the ways you can approach an interview after you’ve been let go from a job.

2. What skills do you need to become more hirable?

The next month, we also wanted to showcase some of the things job seekers can do to make themselves more hirable. These are three essential soft skills that will help you sell your hard skills to a potential employer. They include an ability to listen, adaptability on the job, and leadership qualities.

3. Is empathy a useful business skill?

We also wanted to take a closer look at empathy and whether or not it is a good skill to have for business. In this post, our directors of marketing and development teamed up to take an in-depth look at the subject and provide details on what empathy is and how it can be applied to your career for success.

4. Where is the hidden job market?

Another popular post for job seekers this year was a closer look at what’s known as the hidden job market. It provided practical tips such as building relationships with recruiters, determining company decision makers, networking at industry events in the Houston area, and reconnecting with your established network.

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Temporary Jobs – Can You Piece Together a Full-Time Career This Way?

December 27th, 2018

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If you’ve been out of work you’ve probably heard the suggestion to apply with a temporary staffing agency. But is working temp something that will benefit you? Not only can temporary work provide you with an income but it can also be the flexible solution you’re looking for in your career. Working temporary may just be the right answer for the kind of full-time work you’re looking for. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

Working in the gig economy.

The gig economy has been around for a long time. It often refers to individuals who work freelance or contract jobs. Some people have even taken this to a new level to work for companies that pay for small projects like driving for a rideshare or doing small tasks for others. But the primary benefit of working in the gig economy is doing the work you want when you want it. But that could also mean work isn’t available when you need it.

Working with a staffing agency.

Staffing companies provide an alternative. While you still have the ability to select only the positions you want to do, you will have the benefits of an established company backing you up. They will pay you each week you work. They can also help you with your resume and interviews to ensure that you get the assignment. For proven employees, recruiters will often go a long way to ensure you are placed on a great assignment.

Having a flexible schedule.

Either way, the flexible schedule is the primary draw. You can work your own hours or schedule whether you establish it yourself as a freelancer or partner with a recruiter to find the projects that fit within your time frame. You will be able to remain in control of how and when you work, which will give you a handle on your own work/life balance.

Work enough to make enough.

The biggest concern for anyone working in the gig economy or temporary employment is whether or not you can sustain your cost of living. People certainly make enough in the gig economy to live but it can be a hustle every day to find new work and keep things consistent. Working with a temporary staffing agency can give you a little more regularity in your pay, plus you won’t have to pay self-employment taxes when you work with a recruiter.

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New Year, New Job – a Guide to Working with a Staffing Agency

December 13th, 2018

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If you’re looking for a new job this holiday season, have you considered talking with a local staffing agency to help you in your search? Dedicated recruiting professionals are always seeking qualified candidates to present for their clients’ open positions. How do you begin working with a recruiter? Here are some tips to get you started with a staffing agency this month and into the New Year.

Complete the online application process.

Most agencies utilize an online application process for initial intake. This allows them to receive your resume and additional pertinent information to help them make a match between you and an open position. Your first step to working with an agency is to complete the process thoroughly to demonstrate that you are able to follow directions and are detail oriented.

Schedule an interview with a recruiter.

Once your application has been reviewed, you will be contacted by the recruiter to schedule an interview. This initial phone call is as important as the face-to-face meeting as it will allow you to learn more about the agency’s process and their open positions and specializations. It will also give you a chance to ask any questions of your own.

Attend the interview and complete skills assessment.

It’s imperative if you want to build a positive relationship with your recruiter that you attend the interview. Arrive on time to make a great first impression. The recruiter will ask questions about your background to make notes that will help them find you the right placement. You will also be asked to complete skills assessments using a computer-based testing program. Some companies handle the assessments in-house while others will send you access to online testing.

Be honest throughout the process.

The most important thing to keep in mind throughout the entire process is to be honest. Not only do you need to be honest about your skills and background, but also about what you’re looking for in your next job. The recruiter needs the truth to make there right matches for your skills and interests. This also applies to the skills assessments. Especially when conducted online, your recruiter is trusting you to have integrity in the process.

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Empathy – a Skill to Show You Understand Others

November 29th, 2018

 

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Empathy is getting a lot of attention these days. But what is it exactly and why can it help you with your career? In short, empathy is the ability to understanding the feelings of the people around you. It’s putting yourself in their shoes, so to speak. And this essential social skill is being lost for many people, so it’s beyond time to cultivate it again in the U.S. workforce. When you’re working with different personality types, it’s essential that you’re able to see things from their perspective. Here are some ways to work on cultivating your empathy.

How to solve problems.

Empathy is the basis of most interpersonal skills, including problem-solving strategies. When you’re dealing with workplace conflict, it’s easy to point fingers and assign blame. But it’s more important to take a step back and evaluate the situation from the other person’s perspective to determine an equitable solution that will help everyone involved.

How to handle different personalities.

At various points in your career, you’ll be working with people who come from different backgrounds or who have very different personalities. Digging in your heels to expect everyone to cater to you specifically is counterproductive. Instead, take time to learn what makes everyone tick so you can have a thoughtful conversation with them whenever a topic arises that may lead to disagreements.

How to handle stress.

Stress is a common occurrence in the workplace, but that certainly doesn’t make it healthy. And while the stress itself can be unavoidable, how you react to it will be essential. Cultivating your empathy can give you the skills you need to better manage your stress or even the stress levels of those around you. It’s all about positive coping strategies rather than self-destructive behaviors.

How to listen better.

But the most important thing that skills in empathy can provide for you and your career is a better ability to listen to others. It’s natural for us to listen just long enough to formulate our response, but that can lead to misunderstandings or the feeling of needing to one-up the other person. Instead, practice active listening techniques. Repeat back what they’ve said and make sure you fully understand. Then take time to formulate a response.

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Quiet Personalities CAN Stand Out in the Job Interview!

November 8th, 2018

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Being shy or an introvert doesn’t mean you can’t shine in your interview. A quiet personality can have a lot of benefits for an employer, so you just need to know how to sell your strengths in your next interview. But if you’re quiet, an interview can be a very terrifying prospect. How do you effectively communicate the reasons someone should hire you even when you feel intimidated by the process? Here are some tips for you to let your quiet personality stand out in your next interview.

Plan ahead.

Start with your homework. As a quiet, potentially introverted personality, you probably shine when it comes to empathy, critical thinking, and complex problem-solving. Use that to your advantage by researching the company and the job ahead of time. You can also research common interview questions and be prepared to answer them. You should also be ready for anything that might go wrong and have a plan to turn the situation around.

Be who you are.

You shouldn’t go in with the false dichotomy that extroverts are good and introverts are bad. There are a lot of amazing things about being a quiet, introspective person so make sure you focus on those. For example, be sure to tell them about your ability to think through complex problems before providing an answer. Or how you are empathetic to others in the workplace.

Consider the other side.

Of course, extroverts do have a lot of positive personality traits as well. And you can certainly look at their behavior to help you ace your interview. For example, determine how to be more confident in your interview by observing extroverts in the company environment. You can talk to more boisterous people in your life and get some advice on things to incorporate into your interview strategy.

Follow up.

If you’re quiet, you may find yourself better able to communicate in writing than in person. So, take the time after the interview to send a thank you email. This allows to reiterate your interest in the position and even add some things you might have forgotten to say in the interview.

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Scared of a New Career? Why a Temporary Job Is the Perfect Option

October 25th, 2018

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Boo! Did we scare you? We’re not trying to, but it is the season for spooky greetings and creepy feelings. But if you’re afraid of a new career, there are quite a few things you can do to avoid the nightmare. A journey into a new career doesn’t have to feel like the twist and turns of a haunted house. Have you considered temporary work while you’re looking for the right role to come your way? Here are a few reasons a temporary job might be the perfect fit while you sort out what you want in a new career.

Try a new industry.

By working a temporary assignment, you can see what it’s like to work in a different industry. This will give you an inside look at what you would need to pursue a career in that industry as well as practical experience when you’re ready to make the professional move. You will also be able to see if it truly is something you want to do for the future.

Learn new skills.

In the same way, working temporary will give you tangible experience that you can put on your resume. Career changers are often, unfairly, viewed as a liability for companies. They may not be willing to take a chance on someone who doesn’t bring the exact experience to the table. But when you learn these skills and the background of the industry in a temporary position, this becomes part of your background when you apply for a new job.

A foot in the door.

Sometimes, that temporary position can lead to more than just experience. You may find yourself already working for the right employer. If both you and the company recognize a beneficial relationship, you may find yourself with a new permanent position in your chosen field. It is not uncommon for employers to hire from their temporary employees because they recognize the training and experience is important.

Limited commitment.

Of course, if you don’t like the job or the industry, working temporary is still to your advantage. If you dislike the project, job, or employer you only have to finish the assignment before looking for another opportunity. You can also speak with your recruiter about any challenges or concerns you have about the job while you’re there.

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The Guide to Explaining Unemployment in Your Next Job Interview

October 11th, 2018

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There are a lot of reasons you may find yourself with a job history gap on your resume. But when you’re looking for your next position, you need to be able to articulate the reasons why in order to sell yourself to a potential employer. What are some of the things that companies look for when considering your answers to why you’ve been out of a job? Here are a few ways you can explain unemployment in your next interview to improve your chances of success.

Be honest.

One important thing to note when you’re discussing a career gap with a potential employer is, to be honest. There will be no benefit to creating a false narrative that can be easily confirmed or denied through the hiring process. You can be honest, but that doesn’t mean you have to be negative. Find a way to positively talk about your experience away from the professional world.

The reasons why.

The interviewer will want to know the reason why. Did the company restructure and your role was eliminated? Were you not a good fit for the position? Did you take a leap that didn’t work out professionally? Was it your choice or the decision of your past employer? All of these will give them a better picture of why.

Be positive.

In all cases, stay positive. Half the battle when impressing a potential employer is your attitude. Even if you weren’t a good fit with your last company, don’t talk about how much you disliked your manager or coworkers. Don’t talk about your financial challenges or how it’s been difficult for you to find a new job.

Share what you’ve learned.

Ultimately, your job is to share with a potential employer that you’ve learned from your experience and can bring to the table to avoid similar mistakes in the future. This can be the case if you left a position willingly or if you experienced a negative situation that you need to make positive to impress a hiring manager.

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Big State, Big Growth – How Much Is Job Growth in Texas?

October 4th, 2018

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Things are bigger in Texas. That’s true about a lot of things, but it is certainly the case with the current job market. The Lone Star State is currently experiencing the best job growth among the biggest states. But what does that really mean? How fast are jobs growing and what is the market like for the average job seeker? Here are some facts about the current job market and how the boom is helping people right here in our own area.

High GDP, low poverty rates.

The Texas GDP has been growing over the last decade, which demonstrates the stability of the economy in the state. There are also lower poverty rates in the city centers around the state, which means employment is up and salaries are generally competitive. Also contributing to the lower poverty rate is the affordability in cities around the state when compared to other large U.S. cities.

Low unemployment rate.

At the height of the recession, in 2010, the U.S. unemployment rate was 9.9 percent while Texas was at 8.25 percent. Since the recovery, unemployment has gone down throughout the U.S., making the national rate at 4.1 percent currently. In Texas, the current unemployment rate is 4 percent. This is low compared to other large population centers.

25 straight months of growth.

Job growth is one of the leading indicators of a strong economy, and the employment industry and economic experts have tracked 25 straight months of growth in the Texas employment arena. This makes the state a great place for business to settle as well as for professionals to find good employment.

Industries affected.

There are a variety of industries in Texas, including several that have recently discovered the state. For example, energy and oil have long been associated with the state, but now the major cities like Houston and Austin are experiencing a tech boom where major technology companies are moving into the area to take advantages of fewer business regulations and more top talent. Banking and tourism also rank high in the state.

The economy overall.

There are so many things that contribute to a strong economy in the state of Texas. The cost of living, for instance, is really playing into the success of businesses within the state. When a professional can live affordably but salaries continue to be competitive, companies can attract professionals to their offices in Texas.

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Conflict Resolution – 4 Tips to Help in a Heated Call Center Discussion

September 27th, 2018

Every call center employee knows the experience. A caller is already angry and upset before their call is answered and they’re immediately on the defensive. Often, they’ll take out their frustrations on the one person they feel has control over the situation, whether or not that’s actually true. So how do call center professionals manage conflict on customer calls? Here are four tips to help in a heated call center discussion

1. Let them vent.

The first thing is to let the customer vent about their frustrations. Sometimes, this is all they really want is for someone to listen. So regardless of whether or not it’s all relevant, let them tell you about why they’re unhappy. Listen to them and when you can ask clarifying questions to help them get to the point where you can help them.

2. Be kind.

When we are attacked, even if it isn’t personal, it’s easy to respond by getting defensive. But when dealing with angry customers on the phone, the key is to be kind and not argue with them. They don’t understand the rules of your workplace, and that isn’t their job. By not taking it personally, you can try to get to the bottom line and be kind to them when answering their questions.

3. Compromise.

In some cases, there may be ownership of the problem on all sides. But your customer just wants it fixed. If there are ways you can, try to compromise as much as possible when the issue requires advanced problem-solving needs. Even if you feel the customer is entitled to nothing, try to do what you can to give them what they need to be satisfied without compromising your company.

4. Deliver more.

If you can, try to deliver more than they’re expecting. This can go a long way toward encouraging continued customer loyalty. Consumers just want things to be easy, so if you can go above and beyond their expectations, they are much more likely to not only continue with your products or services but to refer people. You are often only as good as the last problem you solved.

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4 Must-Dos to Get Your Resume Past the Screening Robots

September 13th, 2018

It has been the new normal in the recruiting industry for a while that the first step of any resume submission is to a database. Recruiters will use technology to search for keywords when they are looking for the top resumes for an open position. So, your job is not only to impress the recruiter at the other end of the process but also get past the resume screening bots that can put your application in their hands. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Use simple and sharp formatting.

Just like people, computers don’t do well with huge blocks of text. It is advisable to utilize very simple and focused formatting. Creating simple bullets that will draw attention and keeping out a lot of extraneous narrative will be your best bet. You want to make sure it is easily readable, and in many cases, scannable for the system.

Add Keywords from the Job Posting

Another thing that screening robots do is search for keywords. You can find out what the appropriate words to include are by reviewing the job posting. But be cautious about overusing them. Don’t use words that don’t apply to your own background. Focus on creating good points about the skills you possess.

Be Sure to Spell Check

One thing that will often kick a resume back from the screening bots is a lack of attention to detail. This is especially true if you’re unable to catch common spelling errors or errors that might impact the way your resume is interpreted. Spell check everything. Have someone else look at your resume to catch anything you’ve missed.

Don’t Include an Objective

It may sound counterproductive, but including an objective is no longer necessary and doesn’t do anything to help screening robots select your resume. An objective can narrowly focus your resume unnecessarily. Even without resume screening robots, objectives are really no longer in fashion on resumes. Instead, replace it with a list of your accomplishments.

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