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. Continue reading “Don’t Let Halloween Photos Come Back to Haunt You”

Why You Need a Mentor (and how to find one)

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Everyone needs a little help climbing the career ladder, which is why having the right mentor so important. No matter where you are in your career, having someone to give you advice is always a welcome thing. A mentor won’t just help you weigh the pros and cons of big career moves, they can advise you on the little things that matter on your path.

Who Makes A Good Mentor?

You are looking to your mentor to help you become more successful, so it stands to reason that you should look for people who have already achieved success themselves. The mentor/protégé relationship is built on great communication, so your mentor should be somebody with whom you can communicate easily. Your mentor should be somebody who will listen to you so that they can fully hear and understand your goals and challenges so the advice they dispense is relevant. It can also help to find somebody with similar values, so think about what’s important to you and find people who have demonstrated that is important to them as well. Most important, your mentor must be somebody who wants to help. They will be investing time into your success, and so you need to find somebody who cares about you enough to make that investment.

Finding Mentors within Your Current Company

There are likely people at your own company that you admire and respect, and whether it’s a manager, a higher-up in another department, or even the company owner, they are typically happy to dispense advice. Even if you never gave them the tag of “mentor,” they may already be guiding you on your career path. The great thing about having a mentor at your office is that they work with you regularly, so they have experience with your strength and weaknesses. They also know the company and can give you actionable advice on how to move up the ladder. While they  may not be the right person to talk to if you are looking to make a move outside of the company, when it comes to getting the most out of your current job, they can be a great asset. It’s also worth noting that many companies have a formal mentorship program, meaning that they can set you up with a senior employee within the company who can help guide you.

When Looking Outside Of The Company, Consider Your Options

Social media sites like LinkedIn are great for finding mentors. If you have a connection in mind that you would like to talk to about your career path, all you have to do is send them a brief message asking for their input. While some may be too busy to become a full-time mentor, many will be happy to expand the conversation to e-mail or phone. Networking groups are also great places to find mentors, as are conferences and career seminars. Hiring Advisors from staffing companies like AppleOne can also be a great source of mentorship, as they are experts at guiding people on their career path on a daily basis. Remember, it’s fine to have multiple mentors, especially if they can give you different experiences to pull from.

Look for the next article in our series on how to approach a mentor and develop the relationship.

President Appoints Janice Bryant Howroyd, ACT•1 Group CEO, to Key Administration Post

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TORRANCE, CA – May 9, 2016 – The White House announced President Barack Obama has appointed ACT•1 Group Founder and CEO Janice Bryant Howroyd to serve on the Board of Advisors for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. “As a product of an HBCU, I know the value to our society and economy from these institutions,” says Bryant Howroyd.  “The need and privilege of working to support the collective and expanded missions of these schools are tremendous. It is an honor to bring my professional and personal expertise to this appointment.” Continue reading “President Appoints Janice Bryant Howroyd, ACT•1 Group CEO, to Key Administration Post”

AppleOne Wins Inavero’s 2016 Best of Staffing® Award

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TORRANCE, CA – FEBRUARY 19, 2016 – AppleOne Employment Services, a global innovator committed to delivering “Hiring Made Human” results in staffing and career placement, announced today that they have won Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Award. Less than two percent of all staffing providers earn this recognition for service excellence. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, Inavero’s Best of Staffing winners have proven to be industry leaders in service quality based completely on the ratings given to them by their clients and talent. On average, those working with winning agencies are nearly three times more likely to be completely satisfied with the services provided compared to those working with non-winning agencies.

To learn more about AppleOne, please visit www.appleone.com.

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Become a LinkedIn Power User

There is perhaps no tool available to job seekers as powerful as LinkedIn.

94% of recruiters use it to find and vet candidates, and jobs posted on LinkedIn are seen by three times as many candidates as on Twitter and nearly six times as many as on Facebook. In short, LinkedIn is the career-networking tool of our times, so we’d like to share a few ways to get the most out of it as a job seeker.

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Helping Disadvantaged Women Dress for Success

We all know that for those looking for work, job interviews is the make or break point. Every day, countless women who are willing and able to work find themselves at a disadvantage – because they lack the confidence and even the professional attire to put their best foot forward. Dress for Success (DFS) is a non-profit organization founded to address this all-too-common challenge. Continue reading “Helping Disadvantaged Women Dress for Success”

Resumes Get Less Than A Five-Minute Review and Other HR Manager Insights

In this exclusive AppleOne infographic, we summarize the insights from the SHRM April 2014 survey of 411 HR managers.  The insights cover:

Resume tips -how long is a resume reviewed, how many submitted have errors, how should you show job history and resume formatting

Job seeker writing tips – frequency of receiving cover letters with errors for job submissions and should you send a thank you note

Interview tips – what types of interviews are most common for various industries Continue reading “Resumes Get Less Than A Five-Minute Review and Other HR Manager Insights”

Do You Have a Professional LinkedIn Profile Picture?

People form an immediate impression about you when they view your LinkedIn profile and the most visible element is your LinkedIn profile picture.  The worst thing you can do on LinkedIn is to not have a profile picture, and the second worst thing you can do is have a profile picture that leaves an unprofessional impression for people you want to connect with and influence.  Plus, LinkedIn research has shown that profiles with a picture are seven times more likely to be viewed. Since your profile picture represents your online brand and identity, it is critical to make sure your profile picture is the best it can be whether you are actively looking for a job or planning to look in the future. Continue reading “Do You Have a Professional LinkedIn Profile Picture?”

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