Posts Categorized: Career Tips

What to Know About Recruiting

 In the competition for talent, companies are using recruiters more and more to find the people they need. So, whether you are currently employed or not, and are looking for a new job, working with recruiters could certainly give your job search a boost. There are, however, a few things to keep in mind to… Read More »

Dealing with Rejection

You have been searching diligently for a new job, and you found one that looks perfect for you. It matches your qualifications, it looks challenging and fulfilling, it looks, in short, just right. So you apply and land an interview. The interview is a great success. You get along well with everyone there, and they… Read More »

Job Search Tips for Those 50 and Older

If you’re older than 50 (or even near it), and are looking for work, you’ve not doubt found it harder to find a new position than you ever did when younger. Age discrimination is illegal, but it does exist. And that’s unfortunate, not only for the over-50 job seeker but also for employers who refuse… Read More »

Preparing for Your Performance Review

Some of you may have had your annual performance review in December. Others may have it near the end of the fiscal year (June 30) in May or June. No matter when your performance review takes place, read below for some ideas on how to prepare for it. Many companies now ask their employees to… Read More »

Optimism and Your Career

With all that is going on in the world today, it is easy to become cynical, to lapse into a gloomy outlook about life. But most psychologists would agree it isn’t really healthy. It is in a sense capitulating, rather than maintaining a vigorous state of effort and renewal. Especially if you are engaged in… Read More »

Shift Work and Sleep

If you work the night shift and believe you’re not getting a good amount of sleep when you do sleep, you’re probably right. A study by the University of Iowa on how the sleep habits of police officers affected their health found that those officers who slept fewer than six hours a night were more… Read More »

Do References Matter?

If you wonder if references matter, the answer is a resounding yes! In fact, according to a recent Careerbuilder.com survey, 69 percent of hiring managers surveyed said they have changed their minds about a potential candidate at least once in their careers after speaking to a candidate’s reference. All respondents of the survey included hiring… Read More »

Tips for Interviewing with Staffing Firms

You may think that if you apply for or interview with a temporary staffing firm that it doesn’t really “count,” that a temporary firm isn’t a real employer. You couldn’t be more wrong. Staffing firms such as the Opti Staffing Group are bona fide employers. The work you do for us on assignments will be… Read More »

Stay Strong When It Comes to Salary Negotiation

If you’re absolutely desperate for a job, you may be leery of negotiating your job offer. You may feel you’re lucky to just have this offer before you so you decide not to see if you can get more money, better perks, the corner office, etc. Even if you have a job now, negotiating with… Read More »