First dates are like job interviews: AtWork tips to soothe your jitters

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You can land a second date or a job, or completely blow it </h2 If a first date feels like a job interview, that’s because it is. Landing a job and having a good first date are obviously two very different things, but there are some useful analogies here that can help job seekers prioritize… Read more »

Social media has its thumbs-ups and thumbs-downs in job hunt

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Here are five ways to ensure your social media presence isn’t a deal breaker during your job hunt Social media sites are a great way to attract potential job recruiters. LinkedIn, a social platform devoted largely to business and networking, is one of the most obvious ways to leverage social media presence into a potential… Read more »

AtWork staffing agency debunks some temporary and temp-to-hire myths

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Reality check: Temp jobs are a path to permanency Staffing agencies like AtWork have placed thousands of workers in temporary or temp-to-hire positions. During the Great Recession, staffing agencies led the way in job placement. For whatever reason, myths persist that temporary or temp-to-hire jobs are a move only for the desperately unemployed. Quite the… Read more »

As sober workers become harder to find, companies can help stem the opioid crisis

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Temp and temp-to-hire jobs not immune from effects of epidemic In the midst of remarkably low unemployment rates, America’s opioid epidemic may make it even harder to find qualified workers – or at least ones who can pass a standard pre-employment drug test. The failure rate for pre-employment drug screening is at a 12-year-high, largely… Read more »

Dogs, drugs and being way too honest

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Strange job interview stories abound in the staffing world What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen? Probably not as weird as these true stories of bizarre behavior during job interviews. From temp-to-hire and temporary staffing agencies to the workaday full-time corporate world, many hiring managers have had their mettle tested by odd job interviews. Hang… Read more »

AtWork franchisee Margaret Collins brings jobs and a voice to rural Virginia

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Farmville staffing agency overcomes education, distance hurdles Margaret Taylor Collins does much more than operate a temp or temporary-to-hire staffing franchise in a rural part of Central Virginia. She serves as an economic development ambassador for Farmville and the rest of her sprawling service area. It’s a logical extension of the job for Collins, who… Read more »

Don’t sink your shot: Avoid these interview blunders

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Here are six things to avoid during a job interview: Most people know what TO DO in a job interview: Watch your posture, dress professionally, and ask appropriate questions. But perhaps more important is what NOT to do in an interview. Here is some advice from AtWork, a leading staffing franchise, on what to avoid… Read more »

When it comes to company dress codes, don’t get caught flat-footed

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Some company dress standards have changed during AtWork’s 25 years In 2015, Nicola Thorp was sent home from her job in London’s Financial District for failing to wear high heels as stipulated by the dress code of the temporary staffing agency that hired her. She felt the dress code was unfairly weighted toward men, and… Read more »

These skills pay the bills – and will continue to do so

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Technical and computer-based skill sets top staffing needs in 2017, and that is not expected to change for years to come. LinkedIn analyzed international job postings throughout 2016, and matched skills listed in profiles with the needs and jobs of companies that hired users. The popular job-networking site concluded that staffing demands are highest in… Read more »

The pros and cons of a commute-free workforce

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The “gig economy” has accelerated the growth of telecommuting, especially among younger workers and Millennials seeking employment opportunities through staffing agencies. Some managers have been resistant to the trend, such as Marissa Mayer, who famously banned the practice when she came on board to save Yahoo. But as the talent pool shrinks in an expanding… Read more »