When You Get Laid Off

by AppleOne 26. March 2015

 

Getting laid off is tough, especially if you haven’t been in job-seeking mode for more than a decade. Suddenly you have to think about things like networking, job boards, and putting yourself out there in a competitive field. Despite what you might believe at your lowest low, there is hope for you. Robin Ryan, author of “Over 40+ Your Hired,” lays out how you can “come through a layoff experience looking at a brighter future” by just following a few guidelines at http://conta.cc/1H3VXGw.

 

 

Properly Preparing for a Panel Interview

by AppleOne 25. March 2015

 

While job seekers may be prepared for one-on-one interviews, they often have less experience with panel or group interviews. If you have a panel interview scheduled, it is important that you properly prepare for it. In addition to your typical preparations, here are three specific things that you can do to properly get ready for it:

Bring Enough Resumes

When you are invited to a panel interview, you should ask how many people are going to be involved. This way you will get an idea of how many people you are going to have to communicate with and know how many resumes to bring with you. Regardless of how many you are told, it’s always a good rule of thumb to bring a few extra in case you need them. If it’s a five-person panel, bring seven or eight just to be sure. If you don’t know how many resumes you’ll need, load up your binder with them. It’s always better to have resumes left over than to need them and not have them when you need them.  

Rehearse with Friends and Family

Practice makes perfect. If you feel overwhelmed at the idea of a panel interview, simulate one with your friends and family. Invite a handful of people over (the more the better), have them read your resume, and then let them ask away. Have them question all aspects of your professional career, making sure that they react to your answers as well. Having this simulated panel won’t just help you with answering questions on the fly, but it will also help you with your body language and eye contact. Chances are this panel will be much more intense and thorough than your actual interview, making it great practice for thinking on your feet.

Line Up Smart Questions

It’s important that you have a couple of well-thought out questions for the end of any interview. During a panel interview, though, it is important to have more than usual. Whether it is questions about how you will be used in the company, or what the company hopes to accomplish in the next couple of years, have questions at the ready before you go into the interview. Don’t feel like you need to ask each person a question especially if there are several interviewers participating, but interact with multiple people so come up with more questions that you might actually have in a one-on-one interview. While you don’t want to overdo it on the questions (if there are ten people on the panel asking one to each is going to eat up a lot of extra time, which could work against you), you do want to show how you can interact with people, and how you are interested in what the job will entail.   

 

 

A Strong, Committed Team

by AppleOne 24. March 2015

 

A company is only as good as its employees. Out of nearly 17,000 staffing companies operating in the United States and 150 participating firms, AppleOne being among the Top Five “Staffing Firms to Work For” is an honor. More importantly, it reinforces what our valued candidates and clients have been saying: that we are a strong, committed team. From our corporate offices to our branches, our employees are not only helping our talent find the best jobs available, but also helping each other on a daily basis. Yay, team! Read more and get to know us better at http://bit.ly/1B6gzJD.

 

 

AppleOne Gains Honor

by AppleOne 19. March 2015

 

AppleOne has been named one of the Top Five “Staffing Companies to Work For” in the “Large (201+ employees)” category by Staffing Industry Analysts. It’s an honor that is only possible with the hard work of our employees and the exceptional talent that come through our doors. You can read more about the honor, including an interview with Act•1 Group CEO Janice Bryant-Howroyd, at http://bit.ly/1B6gzJD.

 

 

More Than Just Good Luck

by AppleOne 17. March 2015

 

We are very lucky to have such great candidates, and we are very proud to help them in their job search. If you are looking for more than just luck in your next pursuit for a job, contact us at AppleOne.

 

 

Spring Cleaning Your Resume

by AppleOne 11. March 2015

 

Spring cleaning allows you to deep-clean your home and get rid of clutter. Spring is also a good time to look over other items in your life that might need some de-cluttering, like your resume. While you should go over your resume at least once every quarter to consider what you have accomplished and what skills you can add. At least once a year you should go a bit deeper to make sure that your resume really shows you at your best. Whether you are on the job hunt or you already have a job, now is the time to rethink your resume. Here are three things you should do improve your resume:

Clear Out Jobs That Aren’t Relevant Anymore

When you are looking at your list of jobs, you need to ask yourself the following question: Are they all relevant? If you have a three-page list of jobs on your resume, you may want to get rid of some of the older ones to make the list more updated and accessible. Of course, you don’t want to leave job gaps; don’t touch jobs in the middle of your resume, even if they may seem a bit out of place. Instead, look at the jobs at the bottom of your list. In most circumstances, there is no reason to list that fast-food job you had when you were 17, or that retail job you followed it up with. The first job that you list should be relevant to what you are currently looking for.

Read Through Skills to Add (and Subtract) What Is Needed

When you do some “spring cleaning” on your resume, you want to take a close look at the skills that you have listed. While there isn’t a limit to the number of skill points you can have on your resume, they should be relevant to the exact job you are looking for. Whether you are placing points under specific jobs or you are placing them on a list at the end of the resume, they should, clearly, show hiring managers that you have what is needed for a job. If you have gained new skills throughout the year, make sure that you put them on there. On the other hand, if you feel like your resume is weighed down by having too many points, it’s okay to take out the ones that just aren’t relevant anymore. If, for example, you are applying for a marketing job, the fact that you know how to use a deep fryer is not relevant to your search.

Consider a More “Modern” Look For Your Resume

Are you still using the same resume layout you had ten years ago? It might be time to update the look and try something new. There are dozens of new resume templates added online every year. The layout should be sleek, modern, and (very) easy to read. Sometimes it’s the little things that can get the eye of a hiring manager; a well-designed resume is one of those things.  

 

 

Thank You to Our Associates of The Month

by AppleOne 10. March 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! 

Aaron H.

Alicia M.

Angelo S.

Ashlynn D.

Audrey H.

Brian S.

Camdin G.

Carmen K.

Catherine C.

Christine L.

Darrin S.

Edric J.

Eric E.

Gary G.

Irene C.

Jessica G.

Jose R.

Kara H.

Marilyn V.

Martina S.

Natia Hu.

Octavio R.

Samantha S.

Vivian W.

 

 

Eight Subtle Ways To Ace the Interview

by AppleOne 5. March 2015

 

While job interviews can be daunting, there are ways that you can give yourself a better chance at “acing” them. While you may want to go out and buy a suit, or get a new haircut before your interview, there are “subtle” things that you can do before, during, and after your interview that can give you an edge. AOL Jobs gives you an “8 Subtle Ways to Ace the Interview” at http://aol.it/1EQCdaE.

 

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.