Posts Categorized: Career Tips

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 »

The Skills You REALLY Need to Stand Out in the Job Hunt

It’s somewhat popular today to discuss – when the topic of long-term unemployment comes up – that the people who can’t find jobs lack the types of “hard” skills employers demand today. Those types of hard skills actually are more technical in nature, such as those for skilled labor machinists, engineers, and those skilled in… Read More »

Great Reasons to Look for a New Job

Let’s say that your job is OK. Maybe even better than OK. But it’s not great. In fact, there are a few things that make it less than great, things that could mean you should look for another job. Read below for four reasons it’s wise to look for a new position. 1) A long… Read More »

Identifying the Bad Boss

In the workplace today, there are many managers and bosses who, to put it bluntly, aren’t very nice people. In fact, the word jerk could certainly be used to describe them. The question is, if you are applying for a job, how can you be sure your boss won’t turn out to be a jerk?… Read More »

Maintaining Self-Confidence During the Job Search

It’s pretty much stating the obvious to say that job hunting can be stressful. And one of the biggest reasons for that is the rejection you have to deal with. It can be a blow to the ego, and it can deflate self-confidence. The question is then how to maintain your confidence during this trying… Read More »

Common Job Search Mistakes: Have You Made Them?

When you are conducting your job hunt, you need to be on the lookout for simple mistakes that could raise a red flag to the employer. If you are a job hunter, take note and correct them immediately if you notice that you have made any of these mistakes. And if you are an employer,… Read More »

Looking for Work and Covering Your Tracks

Let’s say you’re employed. Let’s also say you want to find another employer. How can you look for work without tipping off your current employer so that you don’t become a – suddenly – unemployed job seeker? Read below for some tips: You’re going to have to plan your interview opportunities a bit more carefully.… Read More »

Top Cities for Finding Work

You might be looking for a job right now and finding nothing in your area. And so you might be thinking about moving to another region where the job prospects might be a little better. The question is, where are the areas right now where firms are hiring? One place to check is the list… Read More »