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

 

 

 

Tips for Following Up After a Job Interview

by AppleOne 14. January 2015

So you have had your job interview and you are cautiously optimistic. You felt like you made a good impression and that every answer you gave was spot on. While you may feel good about your chances, this is not the time to completely “check out” mentally. You need to stay focused and do what is necessary to get yourself the job. If you are going to give yourself the best chance of getting the job, here are three tips for following up after a job interview: 

Write Down Your Thoughts Immediately Following The Interview

Before you do anything else after a job interview, you want to write down what just occurred. Keep a journal or notepad in your car where you can write down the questions that were asked and the answers that you gave as well as your overall feelings on the interview. Take note of the culture and traits that are desired in the company, and then ask yourself how you can standout above others who may have been interviewed for the job. While you may not know exactly what other interviewees are saying or what their qualifications are, you can use your own qualifications to figure out where you fit in with the needs of the employer. Finally, write down how you are going to ask for the job later on. Be as thorough as possible in all of this, as it will help you down the line. If AppleOne sent you on the assignment, make sure that you contact your representative to let them know how the interview went as soon as you are done with your notes.

Write a Constructive Thank You Letter Within 24 Hours

It is important that you send a personalized thank you letter to everyone you spoke with at the office. When you write a thank you letter be gracious, appreciative and enthusiastic (without being overwhelming, of course).  You want to use your notes to write a letter that shows that you have really thought about the job and are seriously considering how you fit and can succeed. Cover all of the traits that they were looking for in an employee, and include how you can help with pressing tasks. You want to show how you stand out over the other interviewees by being as thorough as possible in the letter, as it is a great opportunity to add any important information in support of your application that you may have neglected to mention in the interview. The letter should be three paragraphs in length. The first should express your appreciation for the interview, while the second should offer an additional reason for the employer to be interested in you for the job. The final paragraph should plant the idea in the employers head that you expect to hear from them again. Finish the letter by asking for the job. Never beg; find a constructive way to ask for it. Indicate that you are willing to come in and discuss the position further, if appropriate timing.

Follow Up With The Company Via E-Mail Or Phone

While it is important to send a thank you letter, it should not be your only communication with the company. Do not wait on an answer on the job, you must be productive and follow up. A brief e-mail inquiry about the job is okay, as is a polite phone call. If the hiring manager said it would take a week to complete the hiring process and it has been ten days, it is okay to contact them and ask them where they are in the process. You don’t want to be a pest, but you do want to show the company that you want the job. Often employers watch for people to be proactive as an evaluation step.

As you are waiting to hear about the job it pays to stay positive. You did your best in the interview so far. Think like you are going to get the job as it will help show positivity when you make your follow-up phone calls and e-mails. The last thing you want to do is sound sad or desperate when you follow-up with the company. Then get back on your job search. Do not sit idle.

 

5 Ways Your Thank You Note Could Lose You the Job

by AppleOne 8. January 2015

 

Sending a thank you note is a must after a job interview. With that said, you cannot just send any thank you note and expect it to be well received. If you are going to send a thank you letter it does not just have to be written well, it needs to be something that you would be happy to receive if you were the one doing the interviews. The Muse gives you a heads-up on five ways your thank you note could lose you that job that you were going for. You can read all about it at http://muse.cm/1HeFP5Z.

 

 

How To Make 2015 Your Best Year Yet

by AppleOne 31. December 2014

 

 

It is almost the New Year and it is time to get 2015 off to the right start. While you will make resolutions of all types, when it comes to your professional life you want to make ones that you won’t only stick to, but that will help you grow. Here are three resolutions that are going to help you improve your professional life in the New Year.

 

Gain Some New Experiences

Volunteering can be a fantastic way to gain or reinforce skills during periods of unemployment. Sit down and think about what skills or experiences would help you achieve your career goals. Then, find a few charitable organizations with missions that you support and call them to see if they need help in the areas you are seeking to enhance. Charities often post their board member biographies on their web site so you could review them to see if you may run into anybody at a company you are targeting. If you are currently employed, volunteering for a new project can be a wonderful way to gain additional skills and make yourself more visible within your company. Other ways to gain skills include taking classes and gaining certifications.

Be Open to Change

Opportunities are all around us, but they are easy to miss if we’re exclusively focused on specific goals. Resolve to broaden the range of opportunities you are willing to consider. A lateral move or even a step down can be useful if it ultimately leads you to something better. If you are employed, resolve to see if the grass may be greener somewhere else. You could speak with your AppleOne representative about the next step somebody at your level is most likely to take or start looking at a few advertised job opportunities. You don’t have to take a new job, but it’s smart to be aware of what is possible.

Stay Connected

When you network, you want to find solid connections that can lead to the jobs you are looking for. In the New Year, reach out to friends, family members, old classmates, or former co-workers to see what they can do to help you find either a new or better job. In addition to thinking about who can help you, think about what you can do for your connections. If you find a job that would be great for someone that you know, tell them about it. Networking is a two-way street; you don’t just want to get help you want to give it. You never know when an opportunity that you find for a friend is going to turn into an opportunity for you.

Gaining new experience, being more open to change and staying connected are great resolutions for the New Year. They aren’t just easy to follow through on, but they are also beneficial for your professional and personal life.  

 

 

How To Make 2015 Your Best Year Yet

by AppleOne 31. December 2014

 

 

It is almost the New Year and it is time to get 2015 off to the right start. While you will make resolutions of all types, when it comes to your professional life you want to make ones that you won’t only stick to, but that will help you grow. Here are three resolutions that are going to help you improve your professional life in the New Year.

 

Gain Some New Experiences

Volunteering can be a fantastic way to gain or reinforce skills during periods of unemployment. Sit down and think about what skills or experiences would help you achieve your career goals. Then, find a few charitable organizations with missions that you support and call them to see if they need help in the areas you are seeking to enhance. Charities often post their board member biographies on their web site so you could review them to see if you may run into anybody at a company you are targeting. If you are currently employed, volunteering for a new project can be a wonderful way to gain additional skills and make yourself more visible within your company. Other ways to gain skills include taking classes and gaining certifications.

Be Open to Change

Opportunities are all around us, but they are easy to miss if we’re exclusively focused on specific goals. Resolve to broaden the range of opportunities you are willing to consider. A lateral move or even a step down can be useful if it ultimately leads you to something better. If you are employed, resolve to see if the grass may be greener somewhere else. You could speak with your AppleOne representative about the next step somebody at your level is most likely to take or start looking at a few advertised job opportunities. You don’t have to take a new job, but it’s smart to be aware of what is possible.

Stay Connected

When you network, you want to find solid connections that can lead to the jobs you are looking for. In the New Year, reach out to friends, family members, old classmates, or former co-workers to see what they can do to help you find either a new or better job. In addition to thinking about who can help you, think about what you can do for your connections. If you find a job that would be great for someone that you know, tell them about it. Networking is a two-way street; you don’t just want to get help you want to give it. You never know when an opportunity that you find for a friend is going to turn into an opportunity for you.

Gaining new experience, being more open to change and staying connected are great resolutions for the New Year. They aren’t just easy to follow through on, but they are also beneficial for your professional and personal life.  

 

 

 

Ace Your Annual Review, Part 2

by AppleOne 24. December 2014

 

Our previous article on preparing for annual performance reviews raised some questions that are worth delving into a bit more. We wanted to drill deeper into the specifics of how to have a positive and productive discussion with your manager so that you can make your annual review a success. Here are four items to consider further as you step into your review: 

Understand What Your Manager Is Trying To Get Out of the Review

Your supervisor wants to help you improve. Whether it is through praise or constructive criticism, their goal is to help you improve your performance. With that in mind, come to the meeting prepared with ideas of what you are going to talk about in your review. What are the areas that you are thriving in? Where can you improve? How can you show your supervisor that you take your job and your personal development seriously? These are all things to consider as you get ready for your meeting. You want to come in prepared.

 

If You Have Done Your Homework, Be Forthcoming About It

If you have taken time to consider what would make you a better employee, or what would make the department better, don’t be afraid to talk about it in your review and discuss it with your manager. Your manager wants to see you succeed and will be happy to see that you are identifying issues that you can work on. They aren’t going to hold your suggestions about improving yourself against you; they are going to take it as a positive. They may even turn it around on you and tell you that you are being too hard on yourself, which allows them to raise positive aspects of your performance. It is much more comfortable and productive if you can identify areas for improvement so that they can praise where you are doing well.

 

Complete Forms and Look Like You Took The Time to Understand Them

If there are forms that you need to take into your review make sure that you take the time to complete them thoroughly. Furthermore, pay attention when you are filling them out and understand what your answers mean. If you are giving yourself an “excellent” score on your job performance, have a reason why you are giving yourself such a high grade. This way you can back up your answers when you are in the review. Don’t put an answer down on the form without being able to back it up when you are in the review.

 

Come With Your Own Goals

Managers appreciate it when their employees are proactive and come into the meeting with goals for professional development. Managers want to develop their teams, and it is much easier when their employees have already identified the growth areas in which they are interested. Taking some time before the meeting to really consider your future goals will make for a more production review. It will demonstrate that you are taking an active role in your development, which lets the manager know that you are engaged and working to deliver the best performance possible both for yourself and your team.

 

Having a positive review is as much about execution as it is about preparation. If you do what is necessary to prepare for the interview you will end up having a productive meeting. If you are looking to move up in your company, this is the best one-on-one time you are going to have. 

 

 

Thank You to Our Associates of the Month!

by AppleOne 23. December 2014


 

We can all appreciate how hectic the holidays can be. Thanks to AppleOne's outstanding Temporary Associates, many of us are able to take a short breather to spend time with our loved ones, celebrate and even take a few moments to recharge for the coming year. We are always proud of all of our associates, and would like to applaud and thank some of very talented, dedicated and wonderful professionals who helped us deliver on our clients' needs --and exceed their expectations!

Adriane C.

Adriane L.

Aimee D.

Aimee F. 

Aimee L.

Alondra R.

Andrew D.

Antonette F.

Araceli C.

Bee K.

Bin H.

Binh C.

Brittany B.

Carey G.

Carlene W.

Catherine M.

Cathy C.

Chan C.

Charles E.

Charlie G.

Chris O.

Christian O.

Christina D.

Christine A.

Christy B.

Constance E.

Daniela C.

Daniela G.

Darrell R.

Deborah H.

Debrah B.

Deena L.

Destiny E.

Earma H.

Ellen W.

Enedina P.

Eric D.

Erica S.

Ericka C.

Erika B.

Erika Q.

Freddy A.

Gisselle P.

Greg B.

Guadalupe C.

Hannah S.

Holly M. 

Isela R.

Janine L.

Jeaniece S.

Jeri W.

Jerry S.

Jigna P.

Judy P.

Julie P.

Juwon M.

Karen P.

Kelly V.

Kimberly C.

Lacy H.

Lisa F.

Lizeth D.

Lori E.

Mandy M.

Maria A.

Michelle H.

Monique M.

Nina L.

Pilar V.

Quindel P.

Rickey H.

Rodly A.

Ronda L.

Shahab V.

Shameka G.

Shante W.

Sherry G.

Stephanie M.

Tama H.

Veonist G.

Yixin C.

 

 

Ace Your Annual Review!

by AppleOne 17. December 2014

For many employees, the end of the year means that annual reviews are just around the corner. While annual reviews are a part of corporate life, they should not be taken for granted as they can serve as a way for you to reflect on where you are and where you want to be. Below are some steps you can take to ensure you are prepared for and get the most out of your review:

 

Look Back At the Year and Review Your Achievements

Be honest about yourself when you are getting ready for your review. Think about where you have thrived during the year and where you may need some work. What were your top achievements? Could you have done anything different to improve your standing in the company? Think about where you could improve yourself in the next year, along with where you think you are doing things correctly.  Don’t be negative about yourself, just be realistic.

 

Look At the Guidance Your Manager Gave You Last Year and See If You Followed It

One of the best things about annual reviews is that your manager will give you advice on where you can improve during the next year. Before you get advice for the new year, look back on coaching from last year and ask yourself whether you have succeeded in following it.

 

Treat It Like A Yearly Job Interview

Are you planning to move up in your company? Do you want to make the impression that you are ready for a new challenge? Treat your annual review like it is a yearly job interview. Remember to prepare and practice answers ahead of time, and just generally make the review a constructive experience. You will find that things will go smoother when you plan ahead.

 

Consider Whether It Is Time to Move On

Your yearly review is a great time for you to consider where you are and whether it is where you want to be. If you feel stuck in the position you are in, or you are unfulfilled with the company, you may want to consider trying something new. There is no time like today to change things up if you are looking for a new challenge.

Strategies for Happiness (While Job Hunting)

by AppleOne 5. November 2014

Searching for your next career opportunity is a job, and just like any job it can take a toll and your mood and even your physical wellbeing. It is important to have strategies to stay positive and focused, to take care of yourself and to stay connected to your social support system.

Stay Optimistic

Workplace studies have shown that an optimistic frame of mind leads to increased productivity, performance and peer-relationship success. This is especially important in a job search where successful strategies require you to make good impressions on peers and hiring managers. It can seem a little mystical, but research has found that your inner monologue can affect your state of mind. Remember to tell yourself that you will be successful. Don’t allow negative thoughts to enter your mind or prevent you from applying to positions for which you are qualified. Think of yourself as a champion who deserves a great job. This will keep you confident, which other people respond to.

Keep Your Body Happy

Physical fitness is another way to ensure a positive state of mind. It can eliminate stress, and will also help you to project confidence and enthusiasm. Consider your exercise regimen as part of your job search process. Even 20 minutes of exercise three times a week can do wonders for your stamina and your general outlook.

Be sure to eat healthy as well. It can be comforting to let your eating habits go in times of unemployment or stress. Instead, think of this time off from work as a chance to rewire your dietary regime for increased health, happiness and success.

Connect With Others

Unemployment can feel isolating. The workplace is for many of us a major social focal point. We lose touch with others when the routine of work disappears.

Keeping in touch with your former coworkers and reigniting relationships that may have lapsed with old schoolmates, childhood friends and others in your professional network has a dual benefit: you enjoy the wellbeing and mental health that comes with socializing with your fellow humans, and you broaden your chances of creating a connection that leads to your new job.

Send emails, write letters, connect on social media and invite others to coffee and brunch. Reach out to experts in your field whom you admire. Create connections for yourself. People love to talk and love to talk about themselves (obviously!) so if there’s someone currently doing the job you want, ask them how they got there. There are mentors all around you, waiting for you to initiate the conversation.

Keeping It in Perspective

Above all else, treat yourself with respect as you hunt for a new job. Do not call yourself names or beat yourself up mentally. Give your mind breaks from the search. Do things you love and remind yourself of the good things you do have. At the end of the day, a job is a part of your life, but it isn’t who you are.