Career Advice

‘Ghosting’ is a trend that can come back to haunt you

I often say that your career is like marriage: Job searching is dating, starting a new job is like a honeymoon and then you have ups and downs throughout. We are even seeing the dating behavior “ghosting” in the job-searching process. “Ghosting” is defined as the act of suddenly ceasing all communication with someone. This is done in hopes that the ghostee will just “get the hint” and leave the subject alone, as opposed to the subject simply telling them he/she is no longer interested. Almost half (41%) of job seekers believe it’s “reasonable” to ghost a company, according to a recent survey by Clutch, a business-to-business ratings and reviews company. And almost one in 10 (9%) said that it’s “acceptable” […]

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What Makes a Good Staffing Agency?

A good staffing agency might help you find your next job, and they will add value to your job search and career longer term. Unfortunately, you’ll find plenty examples of good and not so good staffing agencies out there. A vital step when embarking on a job search is assessing which is which. Good agencies: Work hard to understand your motivations and your career aspirations, as well as your work history Treat your relationship as a long term one, not one that ends with a job placement. Know what they’re talking about – they have strong understanding of your profession and the jobs they’re working on Treat your application and personal details with respect and privacy Bad agencies: Are focused […]

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Is Your Resume Getting Lost?

The fear of your resume getting lost is real. Employers get hundreds of resumes for their openings. This constant stream creates the proverbial “pile” where many do not get read. Want to prevent your resume from being lost in the “pile”? Read on to learn how a Job Placement Agency like SharpLink Staffing can get you noticed. Every day, people apply for dozens of jobs.  Every day, the pile just builds more with applicants that don’t qualify. The pile is filled with robo-applications from Indeed, Career Builder, Zip Recruiter and Monster.  Your application ends up just a record in a database.  Never even considered. Hiring Managers are busy doing their regular day job. Human Resources balance hiring with other demanding […]

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Don’t give a bad impression during your interview

Don't give a bad impression during your interview

Asking the wrong questions during an interview can indicate you are not interested or have baggage that the employer isn’t interested in bringing into the workplace. Most of these questions should never be asked in a job interview, and some questions should be saved until a job offer has been made. Check out the bad impressions you may give the interviewer when you ask these questions: Bad Impression: You Are Lazy and/or Not Interested in the Job What does the person in this job do? What are the requirements of the job? What does this company do? These questions seem to show that you didn’t read the job description, or, if you read it, you don’t remember anything about it. […]

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New Year, New Job

Many people start out the beginning of the year with New Year’s resolutions such as eating healthier, going to the gym and even finding a new job.  Finding a new job can be a challenging and frustrating experience but you can make the experience a bit easier on yourself with these quick tips. 5 Tips for Finding a New Job Write, edit and revise your resume. Your resume is still the most critical tool of a job-search.  Start by creating a resume that focuses on your work experience, accomplishments, skills and your training/education.  The key is to tailor your resume to each job and employer you want to apply for using keywords and phrases that are specific to the opportunity […]

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No Call, No Show Employees

no call, no show

I would like to offer my sincerest apologies for my absence. I realize that by not coming in to work and failing to call ahead of time that I disrupted the performance of you, my coworkers, and the company at large. It was disrespectful and unprofessional behavior and I am very sorry for any stress, delays, or frustration this caused you and the rest of the team. I will not offer any excuses for my absence. Next time I will call ahead and explain the situation thoroughly so that you are not put in a difficult position. I promise that you will not see this lapse in judgment on my part again. I will never understand workers who use the […]

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Interviewing the Right Way!

Do your nerves kick in on your way to an interview? Don’t worry, that’s totally normal, but let us help you ease your nerves with these simple steps for success. You’ve probably read many interview tips in your lifetime but until you focus on mastering them, they won’t be useful. You were chosen for the interview so now it’s your time to shine! Your ultimate goal is to go into an interview prepared, well dressed and ready to engage. Be Prepared: Your first step to being prepared is to know the location before your scheduled interview and on that day, arrive no more than 15 minutes early. Second is to thoroughly research the company, practice common interview questions and most […]

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Getting Comfortable with Networking.

Networking is more about farming than about hunting; it’s about cultivating relationships Have you ever heard the expression that it’s not about what you know, but about who you know? It’s true. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey shows that around 70% of jobs are obtained through networking. Learning various networking methods will improve your job-search success rate. Also – the job may not be advertised at all! Networking leads to information and job leads often before a formal job description is created or announced. And the faster this concept is grasped, the faster you can begin making connections and building your wealth. Everybody that you meet knows something that you don’t. People network to […]

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Your resume Is NOT about YOU.

There have been blog posts about recruiters and hiring managers looking at resumes for about 6 seconds before making judgement about a candidate – do they want to bring them in or don’t they? Does this mean, spend less time putting it together? No – it means the opposite. Make it clear, concise, specific. And… Despite appearances, your resume is NOT about you. Your goal is to convey the following message to prospective employer: I have the experience, the skills, the traits, and/or the talent or aptitudes that will enable me to contribute to the success of the employer. See a job you like? Before you apply – Customize your resume for each position! 1. A template created for another […]

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