How to handle it.

You see someone across a crowded room. Perhaps it’s an assembly line in the warehouse, a busy hallway in an office, or a crowded call center.

Your eyes meet. The attraction is magnetic. Bad love songs play in your head.

You just got bit by the workplace love bug.

For Valentine’s Day, here are a few rules to follow to ensure that your blossoming romance doesn’t backfire if things turn sour.

  1. Leave the lovey-dovey at the door.

PDA. Public displays of affection. This includes hugging, kissing, giggling, etc.

Don’t engage in any of this at work. It can make things awkward for your co-workers, and give them a reason to complain about you and your beloved to management. Keep things professional. When you’re at work, you are co-workers, not a romantic couple. Save the flirting for when you get home. Same goes for that fight you had last night. That’s not something your co-workers need to hear about.

On the flipside, keep work drama out of your personal life. Your main squeeze hears enough about Brenda and her loud chip-eating at work.

  1. Keep the relationship semi-secret

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Do you like your job?

According to a recent Gallup study, 51% of employees aren’t engaged at work. Meaning they just do what they have to do to get through the day, but don’t really have dreams for advancement. Another 16% are “actively disengaged,” meaning they complain all the time and bring the entire mood of the workplace down.

That’s about 2/3 of the workforce who don’t really like their jobs. But these individuals don’t quit. They keep working. Why?

Money. At a base level, that’s why people work—to earn a paycheck. And it’s a ton of work to find a new job. Most people just don’t have the time or energy to manage their job, family responsibilities, and other parts of their life with a sustained job search. So they keep working jobs where they aren’t particularly happy.

But if you’re starting to become “actively disengaged,” your behavior might eventually be grounds for dismissal. You don’t want to transform into that one bitter employee in the office everyone avoids.

Here are a few signs it might be time to start looking for a new job.

*Note: Feeling disengaged doesn’t mean you’re a bad person. If you’re exhibiting these types of behavior, it may …read more

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Following a strong employment market in 2018, the new year begins on a generally optimistic note.

To provide accurate and timely employment forecasts for business leaders, Express Employment Professionals International Headquarters conducts an ongoing Job Insights survey to track quarterly hiring trends across a wide range of industries. This information is invaluable to jobseekers, as it allows them to be savvy about the general trends of the market and which industries are more likely to be hiring in the coming quarter.

Express surveyed business owners, decision makers, and human resource professionals about the overall hiring trends in their markets and how they impact their hiring decisions.

Businesses are generally optimistic about a strong start to 2019, although signs of caution emerge.
The first quarter 2019 outlook is generally positive; however, businesses appear to show some soft signs of concern about the direction of the economy. Thirty-eight percent said their employment market is “trending up” for the first quarter of 2019, down from 48% in the fourth quarter of 2018. Additionally, the number of businesses that said the employment market is “staying the same” increased to 53% from 42%, quarter over quarter. Only 9% expect their employment activity to trend downward.

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There are plenty of valid reasons, and we’re here to help you overcome them.

For whatever reason, you don’t think you’re hireable. It could be as simple as not being prepared to rejoin the workforce, or as complicated as an illness or a disability.

These are all valid reasons to stay out of the workforce. However, there are opportunities that could fit your unique situation. We’re here to help.

You Aren’t Ready

For whatever reason, you’ve spent a number of years out of the workforce. Maybe you had a child and decided to stay at home fulltime to take care of them. Perhaps you were taking care of a sick friend or family member. It could even be you gave up on the job search because you became discouraged.

Getting back into the job search after a gap is difficult, but not impossible. If you’re having trouble getting interviews, the key is to change the way you job search. You can’t pretend the gap doesn’t exist. Acknowledge it, then revamp your accomplishments. You did things while you were out of the workforce. Maybe you joined volunteer organizations like the PTA or worked on side projects.

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Start off strong and don’t let your foot off the gas.

It’s 2019 folks. The new year is a time to celebrate everything that happened in the previous year and to then turn to a whole new year of goals.

That’s when we start making New Year’s Resolutions. This year, I’ll live a healthier lifestyle. This year, I’ll be a better person. This year, I’ll read more books.

Making resolutions is easy to do, but it’s much harder to keep them. Especially when it applies to your job search.

We’re here to help. Here are tips on setting job resolutions you can keep.

  1. Send Out at Least 10 Applications a Day

This is just a starting point, and you’re more than welcome to send more applications if you want. The idea here is to constantly apply for new jobs. You might not be in love with every job you submit for, but the more applications you’re sending, the better the chance you end up working! To stick with your application schedule, find other people who are hoping to get a new job this year. Band together and hold each other accountable for sending out those applications.

  1. Join a Networking Organization

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A spiffy new look and a whole new name.

You might have noticed that things look a little different around here. It’s a new year, and a new us.

We’ve made the move from Movin’ On Up to Job Journey, complete with a whole new look and feel. We’re still tweaking things, but we’ve embraced brighter colors, more white space, and (this one is a biggie) a mobile friendly site!

Why? Besides just plain needing a site revamp after 10 years, we want to focus on what you really care about. Getting past the interview and getting a good job. When you’re unemployed or unhappy at your current position, that’s what really matters.

That’s what your job journey is all about. We want to focus on you as an individual. From job search to interview to job offer and everything that happens after that. It never ends, and we’ll never stop writing about it.

Thanks for reading! And here’s to another 10 years of colorful content.

Have any questions about the new site? Any new features you’d like to see us implement? Let us know in the comments section below.

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In Express Employment Professionals’ Fourth Quarter 2018 Job Insights survey, 79% of businesses surveyed said that it was “somewhat” or “very” difficult for them to fill open positions. That means employers are going to do everything they can to keep great employees like you at the company.

Studies show the total cost of employee turnover can be as high as 150% of an employee’s annual salary.

Assume the average salary in your company is $50,000—that means every time an employee leaves, the cost to replace them could be as high as $75,000! Now, multiply that number by average yearly turnover, and you can see how quickly it adds up.

So, where is all that money going? To truly gauge the impact of employee turnover, employers must consider the cost of:

  • Advertising open positions
  • Time spent interviewing candidates
  • Time spent on reference checks
  • Onboarding a new hire
  • Training and development
  • Interim loss of productivity
  • Lost knowledge from exiting employee
  • Overworked core staff due to turnover
  • Impact on company culture

Staffing companies solve those issues by providing talented employees. If you sign up with a staffing company you get:

Access to Top Companies
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Don’t get coal in your job search stocking.

Interviews are scary. But if you have a great resume, interviewers better watch out, because a well-qualified applicant is coming to town.

A good resume does half of the work for you. Your interviewer will know your skills and accomplishments, so all you have to do in the formal interview is show that your personality and preferred workplace culture are in line with those of the company.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare your resume for the new year.

Be a Rudolph, Not a “All of the Other” Kind of Applicant

When it comes to your resume, you want to stand out. How can you get your nose to shine so bright? With the right words.

A resume is a list of your accomplishments, not just a list of your responsibilities. That means you need glowing words to show that you made a difference in your previous positions. We’ve written several blogs about the best words to use in your resume: take a peek and you’ll go down in job search history!

Scary-Cool Words for Your Resume

Go-to Words to Get Your Resume Noticed

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Interviews can be tough.

When you sit down with someone you’ve never met before, answering personal questions about your work history and experience can be awkward.

The key to acing an interview? Being prepared for those rough questions.

We want to write articles perfectly matched to your interview question concerns. So take our poll and let us know what questions you want help with! We’ll use your responses when creating content for 2019.

Which Interview Questions Do You Need Help With?

Thanks for voting in our poll! Feel free to tell us more about why certain interview questions are hard for you in the comments section below!

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We’re proud to introduce Job Journey

For more than a decade, Movin’ On Up has offered career advice and job search help for job seekers of all ages. But the Movin’ On Up name doesn’t really fit our mission. We’re about so much more than climbing the corporate ladder. Not everyone wants to be a manager, vice-president, or CEO. And that’s okay. No matter what path your career takes, employment is a journey.

To build a brand that better aligns with the soul of our blog, we are rebranding to Job Journey in January 2019. The site will have a fresh look, and be easier to use.

Getting a job isn’t a one-step process. There are several steps for job seekers, including revamping your resume, interviewing, receiving a job offer, and finally accepting the offer before your first day on the job. And that doesn’t even take into account everything that comes after.

We want to celebrate every milestone of your “job journey,” so that’s what we’ll call ourselves.

And what better way to celebrate this announcement than with a list of our greatest hits? Here are our top 10 blogs of all time.

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