The Practical Gifts That Job Seekers Want To See Under The Tree

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Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the job seeker in your life? Think practical. Whether they are a new graduate who is jumping into the job market for the first time, or a seasoned veteran looking to take the next step in their career, here are some great ideas for practical gifts they can use:

A Stylish New Interview Outfit

A crisp, comfortable professional outfit makes a huge psychological difference in a job interview. When you know you look good, you feel like you can take on the world. With this in mind, give the job seeker in your life either a brand new interview outfit, or a gift card to a their favorite store where they can pick out their own. Accessories like belts, shoes, ties, and scarfs make great gifts as well.

A Gift Card to a Local Dry Cleaner

Job seekers need a clean, wrinkle-free outfit every time they go in for an interview, meaning that they will be making multiple trips to their local dry cleaner during their search. These costs can add up, which is why a gift card to a local dry cleaner will be a welcome gift to them this holiday season.

A High-Quality Haircut from a Salon

Many job seekers would not even think of indulging in a salon-style haircut. While they may be happy with the cost-effective haircuts they get on a regular basis, treating them to a salon-experience haircut of the highest quality is a great gift, and one that will give them the confidence to take on any interview.  Gift cards to places like nail salons and day spas will likely be appreciated as well.

A Handy New Portfolio Bag or Briefcase

Walking into a job interview holding four copies of your printed out resume makes you look unprofessional even before the hiring manager opens their mouth. With this in mind, every candidate needs a professional-looking portfolio bag or briefcase to accompany them to interviews, making it a perfect gift for job seekers.

Rock Your Job Search Like a Superstar

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Celebrities have learned that social media is the best way to advance their career, and while you may not be looking to land a role in the next blockbuster or keep your $50 million fashion line afloat, your favorite stars can teach you a lot about how to succeed in your own career goals. Here are three simple rules that will help you craft and utilize your social media footprint to land your next starring role:

Rule #1: Image Is Everything (And You Have the Power to Tailor It)

Examples: Taylor Swift, Ellen DeGeneres                      

We all create versions of ourselves for social media, and celebrities (and their teams of assistants) have this down to a science. For example, Taylor Swift, shares posts that make her seem “approachable.” Her fans don’t just feel like they have a connection to her, they feel like she could be one of their friends. Ellen DeGeneres shares posts that are goofy, yet wholesome. This  matches the image that is presented on her show. You have the power to craft your own image on Social Media, and when it comes to getting a job, nothing will sell you more than looking both professional, yet approachable, meaning that you’ll get the work done, and fit in well with the office.

Rule #2: Looking Professional Will You Seem Professional

Example: Justin Timberlake

People judge you by how you look, and celebrities learned long ago that they can use that to turn themselves into whoever they need to be. Take Justin Timberlake for example. When he first burst on the scene with *N SYNC, his fashion sense left a certain “something” to be desired (a denim suit is never appropriate!). As his career matured and he went solo, JT updated his fashion sense, trading his old boy-band look for those of a fashionable crooner. Now, you can’t solely credit his suit and tie (sorry, had to) for his new image, but it definitely helped. Of course you’d wear a suit to an interview because you want to be seen as professional, but if the first time a potential employer sees you is on Instagram or LinkedIn, you need to craft a similarly professional image there, too. You don’t have to be formal all the time, but if you’re looking for a job, select profile photos and share pictures that will leave employers wanting to meet you.

Rule #3: Use Your Fan Base to Get Yourself Opportunities

Examples: Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen

In the music industry, your online fan base can be as important  as your record sales. In fact, some of today’s biggest artists got their big break because of their social media fan base. Both Justin Bieber and professional earworm Carly Rae Jepsen were signed to major labels because their posts got so many likes from their followers. Musicians, artists, and actors are now using their social media followers as a tool in advancing their careers. Unless you’re in PR, Social Media, or entertainment, you may not get a job due to the number of followers you have, but you can still use your own social media “fan base” to get career opportunities. Follow people at companies you’re targeting or tap your network for introductions and job advice. Share your professional achievements, and don’t be afraid to inquire about work. It used to be that you had to go out of your way to network. Now, thanks to social media, you can meet new people and share your skills in a matter of seconds.

Why Thanksgiving Weekend Is Prime Time For Your Job Search

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Thanksgiving weekend is not the time to completely check out of your job search. It fact, in between football, shopping, and having thirds of pumpkin pie, you should carve some time to take advantage of some of the opportunities that are unique to the weekend. Here are three reasons Thanksgiving weekend is stuffed full of great opportunities for your job search:

Thanksgiving Dinner is a Great Place to Do Some Light Networking

Family dinners are a great opportunity to meet with family members and friends that you may not get to see all the time. While you are catching up, don’t be afraid to do a little bit of light networking. Let them know that you are looking for new career opportunities. You may end up finding that a friend or family member knows someone who is hiring, or someone who can help you. At the very least, you may get some useful advice.

Friday is a Perfect Day to Connect to Target Companies

If you have been looking for a perfect time to connect with a target company to ask questions or inquire about openings, the day after Thanksgiving is a great day to do it. There are a surprising number of companies that are open Friday, even if it’s just a skeleton staff. Employees at target companies may have a little extra time to talk, meaning that you can get more than the yes or no answer you’d get on a regular workday. You may gain a great connection at the company with a simple phone call.

A Lot of Hiring Occurs Between Thanksgiving and New Years

It’s a myth that hiring doesn’t occur during the holidays. In fact, hiring between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day tends to be as high, if not actually a little bit higher, than the rest of the year. Companies get new budgets during the latter part of a year, meaning that they may be looking to hire for newly created positions that will begin in the New Year. A lot of these jobs may be posted around Thanksgiving time, including throughout the weekend.

The Four Things You Need To Know About Thank You Cards For Your Job Interview

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A thank you card is a critical component in not only showing a Hiring Manager that you appreciate the time they took interviewing you, but also that you are excited about the prospects of working for their company. In fact, a recent study showed that 75 percent of interviewers said that receiving a thank-you letter from a candidate does play a factor in their hiring decisions. When it comes to getting the maximum impact out of your post-interview thank you cards, here are four things you need to know.

Address a Thank You Card to Each Person Who Interviewed You

The point of leaving a thank you card after an interview is to thank the people who interviewed you for taking time out of their busy day to meet with you. With this in mind, stay away from the highly-impersonal “Hiring Manager” and address the card to  those you met. Ask who you will be interviewing with when you are setting up the interview. Most companies will gladly share the name of the interviewers.

In The Card, Reference Your Excitement at the Prospect of Working with the Company

Your thank you card is a perfect opportunity to remind a hiring manager that you are excited about the prospect of working with their company. In one or two sentences, highlight how well you will fit into the company culture, and what you can add to the team. Let them see that this isn’t just another job opportunity to you, but something that you really want.

Make It Known That You Are Looking Forward to the Next Step

Hiring managers wants to see candidates who are passionate about getting a job. With this in mind, sharing that you are already looking forward to the next step in the process is a great reminder that you are confident you are right for the position. Simply end your note by saying that you are looking forward to the next time you will speak. While you don’t want to seem pushy, a little bit of confidence in yourself is always a good thing to show.

If Possible, Leave the Note with the Receptionist Before You Leave

You want to be fresh in the memory of the Hiring Manager when they read your thank you card, so leaving it with the receptionist as you leave the building is always a good idea. While there may be circumstances such as phone interviews or off-site interviews where you may have to send the card via mail, if you are able to immediately drop off the card with the receptionist, have the card written before you go to the meeting so the hiring manager can see it ASAP, but be sure to leave a little room to reference something from your interview to better personalize it.

56% of Employees Are Ready to Resign!

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AppleOne Employment Services is pleased to announce the release of its latest annual compensation and leadership guide, the 2017 SCALE (Standards for Compensation And Leadership Excellence).

Key Findings Included in the 2017 SCALE*:

  • Fifty-six percent (56%) of employees plan to resign in the near future
  • Forty-two percent (42%) of employees turned over in the past 12 months
  • Managers see 80% of their teams as engaged, but only 22% of employees agree

*Based on national survey responses

A resounding 61% of surveyed employers asked for employee retention solutions as their number one request this year. Turnover costs continue to rise. The average Cost-of-Turnover is now more than $42k for a $50k position, so businesses are finding that retention is both good for company culture and the bottom line.

AppleOne responded by compiling more than 50 years of expertise in retention to create an online portal of exclusive resources such as Stay Interview Scripts, a Recognition Planner, and Turnover and Raise Calculators. Additionally, AppleOne Hiring Advisors are meeting with their customers to provide the framework for incorporating benchmarking, recognition programs, and today’s best recruitment marketing approach.

“We teach our customers to be better at making a quality match because hiring is about retention, contribution, and long-term growth, not hiring to fill a hole as fast as you can.” says AppleOne Vice President of Enterprise Development, Cynthia Futvoye.

Free copies of the 2017 SCALE are available through all AppleOne Hiring Advisors and at http://www.appleone.com/SalaryGuide/.

 

 

 

Don’t Let Halloween Photos Come Back to Haunt You

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Halloween gives us a chance to try on alternate identities and let our inner wild-child out to play. It can be a lot of fun, but with the internet being the place where nothing ever dies, those photos can come back to haunt you in your job search. Even if you think it shouldn’t matter and you wouldn’t want to work for the kind of employer who would care, it’s always best to leave yourself as many options as possible. You can still have fun if you follow a few simple rules about how you share the fun via social media.

Give Some Thought to What You Post Publicly

While it’s okay to wear a funny or potentially controversial political Halloween costume, you should avoid posting pictures of it. Your future hiring manager may not share your sense of humor or political leanings, so it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to broadcasting your costume to the world.

Remember That Friends’ Pictures Can Haunt You Too

Sometimes the scariest photos can be the ones that you didn’t even know existed. While you may have done the smart thing and not post the photos from that crazy Halloween party you went to, it’s safe to assume that someone else did, and they may have tagged you in some of the pictures. Heck, you may not even be in a picture for it to be tagged. With this in mind, make a sweep of your social media platforms to make sure you aren’t attached to anything scary. If you aren’t able to manually untag yourself from a photo, contact the poster to have them do it for you.

Be Ghoulishly Aware Of Who Is Around You in a Group Picture

Maybe the most terrifying of all party photos when it comes to your future job prospects are those that involve a large group. As the saying goes “You will be judged by the company you keep,” and even if you don’t know the people who you are posing with in a photo, you’ll be lumped in with whatever they may be doing in the photo. Even if you are over 21, stay away from photos with people with alcohol, and always be aware of what is going on in the background of a picture. You may be thinking that you are taking an innocent photo with a couple of friends, but the background may make it seem otherwise.

Win At Halloween: Four Tips for Great Work-Appropriate Costumes

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Halloween is your chance to show off your creativity to coworkers with an amazing costume. If HR gives you the thumbs up to dress up on October 31st, make sure that you are going to leave an impression… for the right reasons. Here are four things you need to remember when you are planning for the perfect work Halloween costume:

Keep the Dress Code in Mind When Picking a Costume

When planning your soon-to-be award-winning costume for Halloween, remember that while you have the opportunity to wear something fun and different to work, you need to take your work dress code into consideration. While your werewolf costume may not exactly pass as business casual, it should cover the appropriate amount of skin. Keep your “sexy” costumes for outside of work hours, and don’t wear anything that could be deemed inappropriate even with the relaxed rules of the holiday.

When In Doubt, Play It Very, Very Safe

Remember that just because you find something amusing or tasteful doesn’t mean that everyone else will. Because your office is an inclusive place, think twice before wearing a costume that could be even lightly be seen as offensive. Stay away from politics and other current events, as they have a good possibility to upset at least some in the workplace.

Props Can Make a Costume, But Leave the Fake Weapons At Home

Props are a great addition to any costume, but when it comes to your work, keep your fake weapons at home. People are sensitive to the threat of workplace violence, so even a very fake looking gun or sword may be taken the wrong way, especially when seen at a long distance. Don’t debate whether a weapon looks realistic or not, just keep them at home.

Make Sure You Can Still Work While Wearing Your Costume

While Halloween fun may yield a looser atmosphere, it’s important to remember that you will still need to get work done at the office. When planning your costume, make sure that you can still excel at your job. This means that you can talk, move, and answer the phone. Take into account everything you might have to do, from driving to sitting in a meeting, and make sure that your costume does not impede anything that you are going to need to do. Also, if you are meeting with an outside vendor during the day, make sure to pick a costume that you can easily change out of.