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Simple Ways to Spread Kindness in the Workplace
Wednesday, November 13 marks World Kindness Day — a perfect excuse to focus on making our workplaces supportive, friendly, and kind. Follow our simple tips to spreading kindness and cultivate a workplace culture that will improve happiness and productivity simultaneously.
How to Choose a Halloween Costume That’s Appropriate for Work
Finding a costume that is management approved and comfortable enough for your 9-5 can be tricky. Follow these simple guidelines so that you can get in the Halloween spirit without all the worry.
3 Tips for Balancing Work and School Like a Boss
Balancing a full-time job with a full course load – and for some, handling family obligations as well – isn’t easy. Read our newest blog post on how to manage school & work without losing your sanity.
What to do When You Hate Your Job
Sound familiar? The scariest thing is that most people will relate, but not do anything about it. Click to read more about how to take the steps necessary to save you from a job you hate.
How to Navigate Summer Office Fashion
Beating the Summer heat while keeping it professional in the office is no easy task. Don't sweat it; follow our guidelines on how to maintain a polished look while keeping cool during the Summertime.
Recent Grads: How to be a Highly Successful Employee
As a recent grad, you may be ready to jump in head first into the workforce. While ambition is a highly sought after attribute, there are a few other key traits that they don't teach you in college. This information is especially critical for new graduates, but the lessons are applicable no matter where you are in your career journey. Read our blog to learn the secrets of high performers to set yourself apart from the average employee.
Common Interview Mistakes & How to Avoid Them
What shouldn't you do when interviewing? Here are the most common job interview mistakes, blunders, and errors a candidate for employment can make.
6 Simple Steps to Spring Clean your Computer
We often clean our physical space to get organized and give ourselves a fresh, clean start. But how often do you clean your digital clutter? Follow our six simple steps to Spring Clean your computer and maximize productivity.
Keeping Time on Your Side: Tips for Time Management
We all want to make the most of the 24 hours we get each day! Use our 6 tips on how to use your time effectively.
Dressing for Success in the Workplace
"Business casual" is the new formal, but what does that mean exactly? We've nailed down some easy-to-follow rules to get you dressed for success in the workplace!
Millennial Resumes: How to Compete Using Paper in 2019
Need help creating your resume? We have tips on formatting, resume examples, and proper resume handling.
Staying Focused Through the Holidays
Staying on task can be hard when the holidays hit. We have a helpful list you might want to check twice.
Crucial Tips for Meeting Your Recruiter
Meeting with a recruiter for the first time? Read more to learn the "Do's" and "Don't's" to help make sure you make it to the next step in your job search.
Ghosting: The Serial Career Killer
Lori's Success Story
We love hearing from candidates who were able to find their perfect position through City Personnel. Read more about our interview with Lori and her new permanent job.
Unhappy: When You Should Start Looking for a New Job
When you're unhappy with your current position, it may be worth your while to see what you can do to improve it before you make a big, irreversable change.
Temp agencies are not what they used to be. In fact, we don't consider ourselves a temp agency at all.
Out of Order: Discouraged Workers and Hope
Are you a discouraged worker?
Organization for Your Work Station
Messy desk, messy mind. Try these tips to get yourself organized at work!
Rhode Island Paid Sick Leave Law
Rhode Island's new paid sick leave law goes into effect July 1, 2018. Employers with 18 or more employees must provide paid sick leave. Below, we explain the rules for sick leave eligibility, accrual, use, and more.
10 Questions to Ask the Interviewer
If you’re interviewing time and again but not advancing through the process and making it to the offer stage, this particular point is likely where you’re falling down in the interviewing process. By failing to pose thoughtful questions to continue the discussion with the interviewer, you’re communicating that your mind isn’t the sharpest, or you’re not that interested in the position. Show signs of interest and enthusiasm by asking more questions.
Fashion Advice: Interview Do’s and Don’ts
A big part of getting a job is making a good first impression, and a big part of making a good first impression is how you dress for the interview. Before your next interview, make sure you aren't making any interview attire mistakes. Here's interview fashion do’s and don’ts.
Rapid Advances in Technology Are Changing the Workforce
In every office there are many different generations of people. With a rapid advance in technology, things are constantly changing in organizations. Unfortunately, not everyone is as accepting of this change. One generation might be excited about new software or hardware, but another might be petrified of new, complicated and bothersome technology. Everyone must adopt and adapt to innovations in the workplace to make the lives of each employee more efficient.
5 Reasons to Consider Temp to Perm Positions
Today, many companies are opting to hire new employees on a temporary-to-perm basis instead of jumping in to direct hire. However, some job hunters are hesitant to accept temp to perm positions because of negative connotations associated with temporary hiring. Here are five reasons to consider these positions when seeking employment.
4 Ways Jobseekers Can Clean Up Their Social Presence
Social media has now become an essential part to finding a job. In fact, most employers use social networking sites to screen applicants. If you’re one of the many people who use social media for fun, your profile is probably in need of a professional makeover — especially considering the fact that hiring managers have made the decision to not to hire candidates solely from their profiles.
How to Ace Your Temp Period at Your New Job
Starting a new job can be exciting, but also overwhelming. Your new work environment has a different way of doing things and of course there are new expectations. You’re bound to meet new people and on top of that you might be worried about fitting in. Usually, the temporary period is considered a trial period as you transition into the role. There’s plenty you can do during this time to make a good impression and learn the ropes.
Best Websites for College Graduates Seeking Employment
While graduating from college is a fantastic accomplishment, the reality is the work doesn’t stop there. Graduating from college shouldn’t be viewed as a finish point, but more so a check off. After receiving your degree comes the challenge of finding a job and launching your career. The job market may seem intimidating from the outside, but there are countless opportunities for entry level job seekers. Put yourself out there. Here are four sites you need to be on if you are a recent college graduate seeking employment:
4 Unwritten Rules to Follow in the Workplace
You may follow your company’s policies, but do you follow these etiquette rules that aren’t listed in your handbook? Take out your paper and pen because these rules set you up for cultivating an office atmosphere that encourages high productivity and overall satisfaction!
Maximize Your Productivity: Planning
Productivity relies heavily on how well you plan out your day-to-day schedule. Having an organized schedule allows you to use your timely wisely and it also helps you stay on top of all tasks. If you have a million things to do, planning your time will not only maximize your productivity, it will set you up for success in your personal life as well. Here are 4 tips that ensure you’re maximizing your time, achieving deadlines, and completing your to-do list.
5 Most Important Personality Traits for Career Success
The following discusses personality traits that are most popular with successful employees and explores how you can showcase these traits. Everyone can benefit from understanding how each trait will positively affect their career.
How A Positive Attitude Can Impact Your Job Search
When searching for a job you may feel anxious, overwhelmed, mixed with a bit of excitement. If you’re seeking temporary or temporary-permanent employment, it could be stressful but also thrilling. It’s easy to become discouraged during job hunting, especially if there isn’t much activity such as interviews or callbacks. Don’t lose your focus! October is positive attitude month so here are some tips to help you conquer your job search with a positive attitude.
Why We Still Love Business Cards
Some entrepreneurs feel that business cards are struggling to keep their niche in the digital era. Are networking basics like business cards still relevant? We think so. But with so many other ways to market yourself and your brand, why are they still so popular?
Meaningful Giving For Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Many people have become skeptical about buying pink products to support breast cancer causes due to recent charity scandals, inspiring the term “pink-washing.” Breast cancer should not be exploited for the sake of profits, and more consumers are now using their dollars to bring awareness to this health issue in a sincere and constructive manner. Here’s how to help the cause so that your heart and your money are in the right place.
Does The First Amendment Protect Your Job, Or Can Your Social Media Activity Get You Fired?
We live in a highly polarized political and social climate. And as if things weren’t complicated enough, technology and social media breed new and confusing issues for today’s working professionals. The 2016 election has bred passionate protests and dramatic social upheaval. All the commotion has us wondering: Does what you do outside work affect your job? Can you be fired for posting your opinions on social media? We explore whether or not the First Amendment can protect you from getting fired because of what you post on your social media feed.
September Is International Update-Your-Resume Month
Does your resume stand out? If you’re finding it difficult to get recruiters’ attention, a bland resume may be the problem. It’s even tougher for job applicants who have just graduated or who have minimal professional work history to create resumes that get them noticed. Listing commonplace attributes like “strong work ethic” or “good computer skills” does nothing to demonstrate to a recruiter what makes you a great hire. Celebrate International Update-Your-Resume Month by freshening up your current resume so that it truly touts all your accomplishments.
Quick And Easy Resume Updates
Got a minute? That's all it takes to implement these resume updates. With school back in session and job seekers back on the job hunt in full force, make your resume stand out by keeping it simple and professional. Follow these ten tips and your resume will be polished in no time!
City Personnel Top DOs And DON'Ts Of Interviewing
Have you ever wondering what separates a good interview from a GREAT interview? Check out our recruiters' tips for what to do before your big day so that you can put your best foot forward!
Nailing The Perfect Handshake
Have you ever stopped to think about what your handshake says about you? National Handshake Day got us thinking: a handshake that’s too aggressive may leave people overwhelmed, while a weak handshake can make your interviewer think you’re not assertive enough. Learn how to master a handshake that’s confident but relaxed.
Become A LinkedIn All-Star In Five Easy Steps
How to become a Linkedin superstar! Refreshing your LinkedIn profile can increase your pool of network connections and will improve your marketability, whether or not you’re actively seeking employment. We’ve put together a broad sketch of what your profile should include, and how to improve it in five easy steps.
Common Recruiting Firm Myths: Debunked!
During our time in the staffing industry we have found that there are many myths and misconceptions regarding recruiting firms. Our team thought about these myths and debunked them so that you can learn more about how our staffing mission can help you on your career path.
Body Art In The Workplace
Love them or hate them, piercings and tattoos make a statement about the wearer. Over time, the available range of styles for body art has come a long way in terms of tasteful, elegant, and discreet options. But is this look acceptable in a professional office environment? The answer is: yes and no. It really depends where you work and what kind body art you have.
Elevator Pitch: What Is It & How To Use It
Say you meet a LinkedIn connection at a networking event, or run into a fellow intern from your college internship. They ask you what you have been up to lately, and what your company does. Where do you start?You meet a LinkedIn connection at a networking event or run into a fellow intern from your college internship, and they ask you what you have been up to in your new position and what your company does exactly. Where do you start?
Requesting And Providing Professional Job References
It's likely that most of us will be asked to provide job references at different points in our careers. They are essential for moving forward professionally, and are a great reason to keep up with networking. But what's the best way to establish references?
How Your Volunteer Experience Can Boost Your Resume
Although you may not realize it, time spent working to help your community can set you apart from the competition when it comes to job searching. If you volunteer, you should be proud! It’s also a great way to show your initiative while you’re between jobs. But employers can be put off if your volunteer experience isn’t effectively woven into your resume. Make sure that whatever experience you choose to include is relevant and appropriate.
Does The Way You Speak Make You Sound Unprofessional?
We often don’t think about the way we speak while we’re chatting with a coworker or sharing our latest inspiration at the Monday meeting, but many of us unknowingly speak in a way that can cause others to dismiss us. Do you feel like you’re not being taken seriously at work? If so, read on to see if you’re committing any of these speech blunders in your daily communications.
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It's Never A Good Idea To Talk Politics At Work--Here's Why
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