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Preparing Your Mental Health for 2023

A note from one of our student interns as we continue on in 2023.

As we have entered the New Year we take a look back on the goals we accomplished in 2022, the failures we learned from and we try to prepare for a fresh start with new beginnings.  New beginnings can be nerve wracking. We are afraid of the unknown that comes with the New Year. Will I reach my goals? Will I stick to my New Year’s resolution? Will I get that call back for the job I applied for? Not only does the New Year signify our resolutions and celebrations, but also our motivation and what we are going to do to get to where we want to be. But in order to get there, we need to prepare to be the best version of ourselves and that starts with your mental health. 

It has been almost three years since the COVID-19 pandemic began and we

2023-01-24T22:55:57-05:00January 24th, 2023|Employers, Job Seekers|

Gen Z and the Hierarchy

Understanding how to Get the Most from Gen Z in the Workplace.

If you want to get a Boomer to do something – Tell them to do it!

If you want to get a Gen Z to do something – Give them a bonus!

If you want to get a millennial to do something – Take a picture of them doing it and post it to Instagram.

If you want to get a Gen Z to do something – Tell their mother it needs to be done and she will do it!

As sad as it is, people are still trying to figure out how to get Gen Z motivated to work.  Here is the thing, it is not really all that hard you just have to understand where they are coming from and work to meet their greatest need.  This means we need to go back to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

2022-12-05T10:37:25-05:00December 2nd, 2022|Employers, Job Seekers|

The Value of Listening

As a baby you are taught how to speak. When you are in grade school you are taught to spell. In higher education you are taught to write but when are we taught to listen? Listening can be incredibly difficult but it is the most important part of the communication process. 

Let’s start with a story.

During a particularly hard day of work, Tom walked up to his boss and told him that he had a headache. A headache so bad, that he did not feel functional and had asked to go home. His boss looked at him and said, 

“I used to get headaches all the time but my wife got me on this peppermint essential oil and here, give it a shot! Now you don’t have to go home and can get back to work.”

Dang, he thought to himself. Could he share with him the reasons behind the headache? Could he be

2022-10-27T20:52:58-04:00October 27th, 2022|Employers, Job Seekers|

Dear Next Gen

Dear Next Gen These are exciting days to be entering the workforce. Congratulations, you’re on the brink of many exciting opportunities.

The vast array of choices that are in front of you makes some people fearful they will make the wrong choice. Don’t be afraid. One of the best things about this stage of life is being young gives your lots of runway to recover. So don’t be afraid of making a choice and committing to something. Go ahead take your shot if you fail your have lots of recovery time.

Show up! Really I know it doesn’t need to be said, but today with the number of Ghosts out there IT NEEDS TO BE SAID. Just show up and do the job – whatever the job is.

Love what you do and give your all to it. And don’t forget LOVE is a choice. So choose to love your job. Yes there are going to be parts of your job that

2022-07-03T20:00:35-04:00July 3rd, 2022|Employers, Job Seekers|

Welcoming The Wet Behind The Ears

A Letter to the Past Working Generations – The Work Environment Has Changed

Dear Grandpas, Grandmas, Aunts, Uncles, Moms and Dads. 

Dear Baby Boomers, Gen X and Millennials (give or take a few) 

Dear Prior Workforce Generations,

… 

WE ARE HERE! 

First, I would like to start by saying we are so excited to be here! Thank you for the warm welcome. Next, I would like to tell you that we are a different type of employee to enter the marketplace and I am excited to tell you why that is and what that means for you! 

Online Learning

The most important thing for you to take away from this is that graduating students of 2020, 2021 and now 2022 are a very different kind of graduate than you have seen before. No, the Covid vaccines did not give us third arms

2022-07-17T09:31:20-04:00July 2nd, 2022|Employers|

Perspective

When you were a little kid and the butterfly flew away, your ice cream fell off the cone or let’s be honest the wind blew the wrong way … what would you do? You would cry. You would cry because as a baby or a toddler or even a young kid if the slightest inconvenience comes up it feels like the end of the world. 

As a teen when your first love breaks your heart, you get a bad grade or a rumour about you is spreading through school … again, end of the world. 

Now, are these things actually the end of the world as we know it? No, absolutely not, but for that person that is how it feels at that time. Their emotions are valid but the reality of how they are seeing the situation is completely clouded.

As we grow, we learn and mature. We go through different situations in life that really help

2022-06-07T09:20:11-04:00June 7th, 2022|Job Seekers|

The Waves


“No, I am not looking for help with staffing right now, we are laying everyone off because of Covid.”

“No I am not looking for help with staffing right now, we are in a skeleton crew at the moment.”

“No, I am not looking for help with staffing right now, we are still trying to bring back staff from before our layoffs.” 

“No, I am not looking for help with staffing right now, we are trying to stay on budget to compensate for some Covid losses.”


THE GREAT RESIGNATION 

All Employees are MIA…


“YES! I am looking for help with staffing right now! I am trying to hire an XYZ and I can’t find one anywhere. “

With the rate at which technology has continually increased creating opportunity for virtual hires, and then with the need for virtual

2022-05-28T12:09:09-04:00May 28th, 2022|Employers|

Never Stop Training

This past year on a Sunday night not that long ago after hours of training, game after game and what I would imagine to be more than just a few play drafts the Los Angeles Rams faced the Cincinnati Bengals. With a hyper crowd sitting at the edge of their seats the Rams took the W with a 23-20 final score in 2022’s Super Bowl. 

Now when you think about football players, what do you think about? Big, bulky, strong perhaps, maybe, but even more than that, football players are: professionals, athletes, they make meal plans, they take time in the gym, and practice, practice … practice. Athletes are amazing at what they do and yes perhaps some of that is a natural given talent but so much of that is blood, sweat and tears, but why? Athletes train the way they do because they want to invest in their careers and be better every single day. They put work into their craft and

2022-05-03T22:59:20-04:00May 3rd, 2022|Job Seekers, Uncategorized|

The Keychain to not Getting Ghosted

Everyone has been ghosted before and you are no exception. From the girl next door to “the best interview ever” we have all experienced getting ghosted at one point or another. Unfortunately for the hiring market today the process of getting ghosted continues to be a hot topic running through zoom meetings and emailed memo’s.
“The interview seemed like it went really well, however after leaving two voicemails, sending three emails, and calling four times it appears that the candidate has ghosted us.”

-Written Every Single HR Manager/ Recruiter/ Sourcer at least once since 2019 when Covid began.

Getting ghosted by a candidate is no fun because after getting your hopes up that you have had a good interview or located a good candidate for the role there is still a high potential that the interviewee will be uninterested in moving forward. 

A Few Things to Keep In Mind If You Are Getting Ghosted Regularly:

The

2022-05-03T22:44:55-04:00May 3rd, 2022|Employers|

Price – Speed of Delivery – Quality

My mom always told me that you can’t have everything but my customers don’t seem to believe her. Literally, I am not lying. My customers seem to believe that you can have quality, speed of delivery and low price all wrapped up together but I am here to tell you, it is just a myth. Who hasn’t in the past 24 months ordered some shiny, new, cool gadget off their Instagram or FaceBook feed only to learn this lesson one more time? You can’t have high quality, low cost, and immediate delivery. In the current environment of a broken supply chain this runs particularly true. 

Quality – when you are looking for quality you are looking for something that will do what it is supposed to do, when it is supposed to do it every single time. It is a combination of reliability and consistency. It does what it is supposed to do and it ALWAYS does what it is supposed to do. It

2022-03-27T09:58:07-04:00February 28th, 2022|Employers|