Don’t Keep This Secret from Your Boss!

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Being up-front with your boss about your career plans can pay dividends. Unless your plan involves moving on to another employer in the near future, it’s worth letting your manager know your goals. Here are three ways that it might pay off:

It Helps Your Boss Assign Projects that Can Help You Progress

Giving your boss an idea of where you want to take your career can help influence the type of work they give you. You may be included in projects that can help you gain skills and experience that you wouldn’t otherwise get. This may involve working with other departments, which can help you network as well.

It Helps Your Boss Identify Job Openings That Match Your Goals

When a company identifies an employee that excels in their job, they want to keep them around. By letting your boss know your long-term plans, they can keep an eye out for openings in the company that match your career path. This puts you in line for promotions and beneficial lateral moves.

It Helps Your Boss Know How to Keep You Happy

Managers want to keep their employees happy, but they may not always be able to meet a specific goal such as a large raise or a particular promotion. However, when you share all of your goals for salary growth or career development, it can open up additional ways that your boss can keep you happy and motivated. If they can’t make a promotion happen right now, maybe they can get you a bonus, or if money is tight, maybe they can advance you into a role that will position you for the growth you want.

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.

The #1 Key To Ensuring Happiness in a New Job

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The joy you feel when offered a new job can quickly turn to dread when you have to spend another day at a workplace you can’t stand. It can happen to the best of us, but there is something you can do to avoid a bad match.

Most people realize that finding a company that is a good match to their preferred workstyle is important. Roughly 2/3 of all workers (and 80% of millennials) state that company culture is one of the biggest considerations they weigh before accepting a job offer. But, how can you really know if a company is fast paced and energetic or a place where you can feel comfortable working at your own pace? Review sites like Glassdoor can help, but they can’t possibly tell the whole story. You need to dig deeper.

Before You Start, Rank What Is Actually Important To You

Make a list of everything that you are looking for in terms of company culture, and then rank them from most important to least important. Finding a place that has flexible work schedules so that you can pick your children up from school may be very important to you, so much so that you may be able to live without extra vacation or work-from-home opportunities. Making this list will help you weigh different opportunities to see which one best matches your specific cultural needs.

Seek Out the Voices Of Current Employees

One of the best ways to get an idea of company culture is to seek out the voices of current employees who work at a company you are targeting. If you already identified connections to this company to help you when applying, they may also be able to give you a good idea of what the workplace is like or was like when they worked there. During your interview you can also ask for a tour or to meet a few people in the department. That can give you a good idea of things like dress code and you may even be able to get some cards to follow-up to see if you can drill deeper into what working there is like. As a final resort, you can also check for connections or reach out to current employees on LinkedIn.

Let The Company’s Online Presence Paint A Picture

One social post may not give you a clear view of a company’s culture, but looking at a company’s online presence as a whole will. This starts at the official company website, where you can gain valuable information from the “About Us” section, and expands towards social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Ask Questions During Your Initial Phone Screen Or Interview

Take advantage of opportunities to ask questions directly to hiring managers. Whether you are having an initial phone screening or an in person interview, have several pre-determined company culture questions ready to ask. Companies want to hire good cultural fits, so asking questions will show hiring managers that you are interested in making sure that you will thrive in your new job. Make sure the questions are job-specific, and that they reflect well on your drive and potential.

 

 

 

3 Things You Can Do In A Job Interview to Get a Second Interview

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A job interview is your time to shine. While your resume enticed the hiring manager enough to want to meet you in person, the interview is your chance to show them why you would be a great fit for the company and the position. Most companies will go through several rounds of interviews before extending a job offer, so one of your key goals of your first interview should be to demonstrate your strengths and secure a second interview where you will have a chance to make even more of an impression on a hiring manager. There are certain things that can help you stand out during a first interview that can help translate into a more in-depth second interview, including the following three items:

Demonstrating Your Exceptional Preparation/Research Abilities

Hiring managers like to see candidates who are excited about the opportunity and have obviously done their research about the both the position and the company. Your goal shouldn’t be just to show that you know what the specific job entails, but also that you would be a great fit for both the position and the company culture.  Don’t just talk about how you would be a great fit; give examples of how your skills and experience make you a candidate that they can’t pass up. Have this come through in questions that you ask at the end of the interview. If you can end your brief meeting demonstrating that you have done your research and know specifics about the company, they will take notice!

Practice the Art of Job Matching

The biggest question in an interview, the one you have to answer correctly, is one that the Hiring Manager isn’t even asking you. It’s a question they are asking themselves and it is: Would this person be the best person to do what we need done?

Job matching allows you to answer that question for the hiring manager, and that will help you stand out from other candidates.

Job Matching Steps

  1. Research to determine what the job entails. Sources of information include the job ad, the job description, coaching from your AppleOne Hiring Advisor, discussions with friends who work in the company, the company web site, LinkedIn profiles for people who had the job previously, etc.
  2. Outline key requirements, skills and tasks needed for the job. Focus on the 3 to 5 most important factors you are able to identify.
  3. Map your skills and experience to each job requirement and provide a specific example that demonstrates your competence in that area. For instance: It sounds like time management will be a critical skill for this role. In my previous job, I supported 3 executives, which as you may imagine requires exceptional time management skills. Each executive always got exactly what they needed when they needed it. In fact our CEO, Jane Smith told me she thought there must be 3 of me because she didn’t see how I always managed to get everything done.

Determine Their Schedule so You Know When to Follow-up

It’s a no-brainer that you need to leave a thank you note at the front desk before you leave your interview, but how about making sure that you know the time-frame for any decision making that will occur with the job? While they may give you just a general idea of when they hope to make a decision, that ball-park time frame will help you know when to further enquire about the job. If they say that they will make a decision in a couple of days, plan to call by the end of the week to inquire. On the other hand, if they say that it may take a month, plan to check in regularly during that time period. Showing a hiring manager that you are interested during the decision making process is important. In fact, many expect you to inquire, and could hold it against you if they notice you haven’t called if have to wait a little longer to make their decision.

 Janice Bryant Howroyd, ACT•1 Group Founder and CEO, Receives Key Appointment to White House from President Obama

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Congratulations to our Founder and CEO, Janice Bryant Howroyd! Janice’s key appointment by President Obama to serve on the Board of Advisors for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities is a huge honor and pathway to directly advise the President and the Secretary of Education on methods, programs and strategies to strengthen Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Read more about this key appointment here: http://bit.ly/1T7IGay.

 

Thank You to Our Associates of the Month!

We can all appreciate how hectic the holidays can be. Thanks to AppleOne’s outstanding Temporary Associates, many of us are able to take a short breather to spend time with our loved ones, celebrate and even take a few moments to recharge for the coming year. We are always proud of all of our associates, and would like to applaud and thank some of very talented, dedicated and wonderful professionals who helped us deliver on our clients’ needs –and exceed their expectations!

Adriane C.

Adriane L.

Aimee D.

Aimee F.

Aimee L.

Alondra R.

Andrew D.

Antonette F.

Araceli C.

Bee K.

Bin H.

Binh C.

Brittany B.

Carey G.

Carlene W.

Catherine M.

Cathy C.

Chan C.

Charles E.

Charlie G.

Chris O.

Christian O.

Christina D.

Christine A.

Christy B.

Constance E.

Daniela C.

Daniela G.

Darrell R.

Deborah H.

Debrah B.

Deena L.

Destiny E.

Earma H.

Ellen W.

Enedina P.

Eric D.

Erica S.

Ericka C.

Erika B.

Erika Q.

Freddy A.

Gisselle P.

Greg B.

Guadalupe C.

Hannah S.

Holly M.

Isela R.

Janine L.

Jeaniece S.

Jeri W.

Jerry S.

Jigna P.

Judy P.

Juwon M.

Karen P.

Kelly V.

Kimberly C.

Lacy H.

Lisa F.

Lizeth D.

Lori E.

Mandy M.

Maria A.

Michelle H.

Monique M.

Nina L.

Pilar V.

Quindel P.

Rickey H.

Rodly A.

Ronda L.

Shahab V.

Shameka G.

Shante W.

Sherry G.

Stephanie M.

Tama H.

Veonist G.

Yixin C.

 

 

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.

AppleOne recently partnered with DFS to support their goal: to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. The AppleOne Performance Team (APT) spearheaded an internal ACT-1/AppleOne clothing drive in the Las Vegas market. Thanks to the generous support of many of ACT-1/AppleOne Las Vegas Corporate and Branch employees, hundreds of gently used clothing items and work-appropriate accessories were collected and on their way to women who will hopefully soon be working towards financial independence.

 

 Posing proudly with their bounty of donated clothing prior to delivery to the Dress for Success organization are AppleOne Performance Team members Shari Pratt, April Ballard and Evelyn Farias.

 

 

Photographed at the Dress for Success boutique are (L-R) DFS Southern Nevada Executive Director Paula Lawrence, DFS Mentoring Program Coordinator Eileen Jones, former Dress for Success client/current Image Consultant Volunteer and AppleOne Temporary employee Sherylina Armstrong, AppleOne Las Vegas Southwest office’s Judy Garb and Tarmara Woodard, and APT Director Yvette DeZalia.

More about Dress for Success: DFS helps transition women toward self-sufficiency by mentoring and preparing them so they are confident and at their best during job interviews, and also provides each woman with one suit to wear to the interview. Women who successfully land a job are then given a second suit and up to a week’s worth of business-appropriate attire. For more information or to find a Dress for Success Chapter in your market, visit http://www.dressforsuccess.org.