Four Ways To Improve Your Networking

by AppleOne 26. February 2015

 

Networking is vital when you are looking for a job. Many people find jobs with the help of friends, family members, or connections that they have from the professional world. Of course, in order for a person to help you find a job they need to understand what you are looking for. If your current networking setup is not getting you the opportunities that you are looking for, it is important that you take the time to figure out what you can do to improve your current situation. The Muse outlines four ways that you can that you can improve your networking at http://muse.cm/1BgPb0t.

 

 

What To Do When You Have Gaps In Your Employment

by AppleOne 25. February 2015

 

Gaps in your employment history raise questions in the mind of potential employers. When they see a gap in your employment history, they are naturally going to be curious about why you weren’t working or whether your skills have gotten rusty. When you are putting together a resume, consider the following things while you are trying to address gaps in your professional life:

Explain the Reason for Your Gaps

While you don’t want to get too personal on your resume, if there was a reason for the gap you want to list it in your employment history. For example, if you went to school, put it in your resume. A four year gap in jobs is not going to look good if not addressed, but if you list that you went back to school to earn your degree, a hiring manager may be impressed that you decided to be proactive and gain new skills. If you stayed home to care for a sick relative, putting this on your resume with a brief explanation for why it won’t impact future availabilities will address the hiring manager’s primary questions.

Count Volunteer and Part-Time Work in Your Resume

Some job seekers think that only full-time jobs are going to impress a hiring manager. The truth is, gaining experience and new skills is what a hiring manager is looking for, and volunteer and part-time work are great ways to do that. If, during your gap, you volunteered at a non-profit, make sure you list it on your resume. It’s important to list not only where you volunteered, but also the skills you gained. You gain valuable skills and experience while working temporary or part-time jobs. Be sure to include this on your resume if you are currently in a work gap. While you continue to search for full-time jobs, also use temporary employment agencies to take on work assignments that will help you grow, and that you can list on your resume.

Addressing Current Employment Gaps

If you are currently between positions, there are steps you can take now to reduce the impact on your resume. Look for opportunities to gain new skills by taking a class or obtaining a certification. If you haven't been open to the idea of temporary work, reconsider. Not only will it help to bridge an employment gap on your resume, often companies hire people that originally started out in a temporary position. If an employment gap is extending longer than expected, it may be time to revisit your salary expectations or the level of positions you consider. Nobody wants to take a backward step, but a job, any job, gives you a better foundation from which to move forward.

Craft Your Resume to Alleviate Employer Concerns

Before you craft your resume, make sure that you take stock of what skills you gained during your work gap. Employers may be afraid that you lost skills, or simply didn’t gain any, during your time off. The fact is, if you don’t craft a resume that explains your gaps and shows what you gained from your experience, a hiring manager may just assume the worst. If you were at home raising kids, you may have become an expert at time management and keeping on schedule. If you were caring for a loved-one, you may have gained medical knowledge or gotten certifications that can help you gain a career. Even if you were just taking in odd jobs to make money, those jobs helped you gain skills in a wide variety of areas. When crafting your resume, don’t look at a work gap as a bad thing; look at it as a time where you gained skills that will make you attractive to an employer. It’s vital that you show this in your resume.

 

 

 

 

Getting Candidates The Best Jobs Possible

by AppleOne 24. February 2015

“AppleOne helped me find a job that I really love, and even though it did take a while to get, I know they were always trying their best and kept me in mind while looking for a job that would fit me perfectly. So thank you so much, AppleOne! You are always so nice to speak with and make everything very easy.”

We are so glad that this Candidate took the time to write this on Yelp. We love getting feedback from those that we place. We know that the job search isn’t easy; with branches located around the globe and throughout North America, we strive to get our candidates the best jobs possible.

 

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Creating a One Page Resume

by AppleOne 19. February 2015

 

When it comes to resumes, less is more. Experts say that one page is the right length for a resume. In a time where hiring managers don’t spend a lot of time on each candidate, you want them to read the most the most important, and impressive information on you. If you have a two or three page resume and are looking to pare it down to one, The Muse has some advice for you at: http://muse.cm/1A3hiz7.

 

 

Is This The One? Deciding If Your Job Is The Right One In Three Easy Steps

by AppleOne 11. February 2015

 

One of the most important questions that you can ask yourself on a regular basis is if you love your job. While you may like your job, do you love it? Is it something that fulfills your needs and gives you more than just a steady paycheck? If you find yourself in a situation where you are simply going through the motions day after day, it may be time to look for a new job that actually excites you. If you are wondering whether it is time for you to move on, here are three questions you need to ask about your current job:

Does The Job Match Your Priorities?

Do you have a five-year plan where you want to get to a certain point in your career? While it is nice to have these plans, do they match the career trajectory that you are on with your current job? If you are happy with your job and your opportunities, there is very little reason to move on. On the other hand, if you find yourself “stuck” in a position where you are not going to be able to move up, it may be time to consider another job. Do you want to be a high-ranking manager in five years? If you aren’t going to be able to accomplish this at your current company, it’s time to move onto someplace else.

Does Your Company Appreciate Their Employees?

Does your current company appreciate their employees? Do they show it? Do they say it? Different people need different levels of appreciation for the job that they do. At any level, though, you can generally tell if a company appreciates their employees. If your manager doesn’t take the time to add some positive reinforcement with the negative, it may be time to look for a change. Did you complete a major project and not even get a “good job” or a metaphorical pat on the back? That may be a sign that you are never going to get the appreciation you deserve at your current job.

Do You See A Future In Your Job?

During the latest recession, there was a time where you may have been happy just having a job. However, as the economy continues to get better, it’s time to reevaluate what you want out of it. Do you see a future in your job? Is it something you like to do? Can it grow? These are all important questions to ask yourself. If you don’t see a future in your job, you are just going to end up languishing in it until you get burnt out. You are better off leaving for another job. It might be tough to make a move, but you want to have a bright future in front of you.

 

 

Thank You to Our Associates of the Month!

by AppleOne 3. February 2015

 

 At AppleOne, we strive to give our clients the best Temporary Associates. Whether it is in the cubicle, the stockroom, or the boardroom, we are proud of the individuals that we can offer because they are the best in the business. While we are proud of all of our employees, there are some that stand out in the daily work that they do. We want to applaud these outstanding talents for their dedicated and professional work. They didn’t just meet our clients’ expectations, they exceeded them!  

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Want a New Job? Now Is the Time To Look

by AppleOne 29. January 2015

 

There hasn’t been a better job market in years. After years of scant job postings, the Internet is exploding with new jobs. Companies are looking to hire at higher rates than they have in a decade. Hundreds of thousands of jobs are being added each week on job boards.  Right now is the time to strike if you are looking for a job. If you are looking to get hired quickly, best-selling author and career counselor Robin Ryan lays out what you have to do at: http://conta.cc/1HlAiOs.

 

 

Four Thank You Note Pointers

by AppleOne 28. January 2015

 

So you have completed your job interview and you feel you did a great job presenting yourself.  While it is time to give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back, the process is not over. Even if you feel like you had a near-perfect interview, you still need to write a well-crafted thank you note (or notes) to those that you met. Not sending a thank you note is enough to put you out of the running for a job; sending a subpar thank you note could have the same effect. Because you don’t want to send a form letter devoid of information, here are four important tips to remember when sending a thank you note:

Don’t Make It Sound Like a Form Letter

While you might be using a template for your thank you note, it is important that you write in such a way that the letter feels personalized. Use specific language from the interview and keep a professional, yet friendly, tone. NEVER use “To Whom It May Concern” when addressing the note or use generalized terms when talking about the interview. Be gracious and express appreciation for the opportunity while explaining to them why you would be a great match for their company.

Mention Any Information You Neglected To Mention In the Interview

Did you leave the interview kicking yourself because you did not mention an accomplishment? Your thank you note is your opportunity to do so. With that said, don’t just make your note a list of items that you forgot to mention in the interview, weave them into the text to make the wording look more natural. Even if you feel like you covered everything in the meeting, continue to sell yourself through the note.

Send A Personalized Letter To Each Person You Meet

Did you meet with a group of five people during your interview? Don’t just send a letter to one or two of the individuals, make sure that you send a personalized note to each one. It’s important to collect a business card from each person you meet, so that you know who to send your notes to. Personalize each note as they may be attached to your resume. If the person deciding whether or not you get hired notices that there are five similar notes there, your notes may have less impact.

Drop Off the Note(s) At the Front Desk Following the Interview

While you can fill out part of the thank you note before the interview, you want to fill out a majority of it immediately after the interview before leaving it with the receptionist at the front desk. Not only will you be able to personalize the note with interview information while it is still fresh in your mind, but you can also get the note in the right hands quickly. You want to strike while you are fresh in the interviewer’s mind.  Interviewers may see dozens of candidates per day; you want them to know that the thank you note is from you.  

 

 

42 Resume Dos and Don'ts Every Job Seeker Should Know

by AppleOne 22. January 2015

 

Are you applying to dozens of jobs and not getting a single call back? Are you wondering why you aren’t getting interviews even though you are a good fit for a job? The problem probably isn’t with you but instead with your resume. Even if you think your resume is a “perfect” representation of who you are, there may be problems with it that you haven’t even noticed. If you are looking for ways to improve your resume, check out The Muse’s “42 Resume Dos and Don'ts Every Job Seeker Should Know.” The small issues that are keeping you from getting responses may surprise you! http://muse.cm/14BhPfL

 

 

 

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Launching a Job Search

by AppleOne 15. January 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you are a job seeker who is fresh out of college, or someone who is looking for something new, you need to be as realistic as possible during your job search. While you might be looking for a dream job, you need to look at the reality of your situation. While doing this, you must understand the job market and know how to get a little help from your friends (and family, ex-coworkers, etc.) during your search. U.S. News & World Report reminds you how reality is always the best policy when looking for a job. You can read all about it at http://bit.ly/1E4DZms