As many job opportunities as there are ever-changing leaves

Fall is about to begin, and with the change in weather comes plenty of seasonal jobs. From pumpkin patches to holiday drivers, there’s something for everyone. Here are a few opportunities to consider.

Holiday Driver/Helper

The holiday season starts earlier and earlier every year, and delivery services like UPS and Amazon need drivers to satisfy the demand. Hiring starts way before the holidays roll around, so start looking for these types of jobs early on.

Festival/State Fair/Holiday Event Employee

Whether it’s dipping corn dogs at the state fair, tending the pumpkin patch, or directing traffic at the annual chili cookoff, there are numerous seasonal event positions in the fall. Search the papers in your area to view upcoming events—you never know where a job could come from.

Resort Positions

People travel for the holidays, which means that hotels, resorts, and theme parks can be bustling. Jobs vary, from retail and hospitality to food preparation and helping with experiences (ski instructor, surfing instructor, scuba diving instructor, etc.).

Fall Harvest Helper

Many farmers spend the bulk of this season harvesting crops, so agricultural positions abound. Much of this involves standing for long periods of time and being able to do basic manual …read more

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In the past, the job search was simple. You would physically visit the company you wanted to interview with, grab a job application, fill it out, and wait for them to get in touch with you.

Nowadays, however, there are a variety of ways for job seekers to get in touch with potential employers. From hiring sites and email to telephone, scheduled in-person interviews, walk-ins, staffing services, online job portals and more.

Express Employment Professionals surveyed readers of Refresh Leadership, our blog for business leaders, to discover the methods companies prefer to communicate with hiring candidates. We also asked readers of Job Journey, our job seeker focused blog, to see if their preferences were in line with those of employers.

Leaders

  • 29% chose scheduled in-person interviews
  • 17% prefer email
  • 14% chose telephone
  • 10% advocated for staffing services
  • 9% went to company websites/online job portals
  • 7% chose online job boards
  • 5% liked in-person walk-ins

Job Seekers

  • 23% of jobseekers preferred scheduled in-person interviews.
  • 18% opted for email
  • 16% advocated for telephone
  • 13% were favorable toward in-person walk-ins
  • 9% chose staffing services
  • 9% chose company website/online job portal.

Across both leaders and job seekers, the results were generally the same, with one major exception: 13 percent of job seekers like to walk …read more

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You want to be the best employee you can be. Professional, organized, and enthusiastic. But you also want to be you with your own opinions and personal life.

Reconciling these two worlds is difficult. How many email accounts do you need? What about social media? Do you add all of your work colleagues on Facebook? Do you really need a LinkedIn?

We’re here to answer all your question. Let’s get started.

Keep Multiple Email Accounts

You should have one professional email that consists of some variation of your first and last name (for example, [email protected] or [email protected]). Use this email for applying to jobs, networking, and any business cards you might have. You don’t want to be contacting potential employers with [email protected] or [email protected]

However, there’s nothing wrong with using fun, less professional emails for other types of websites, like your favorite online stores or silly newsletters.

Be Careful with Social Media

If you want to add your co-workers on social media, go for it! However, be aware that it’s possible your co-workers will show whatever you post to your boss or other folks in your business. So, if you’re one to post a constant stream of memes, or if you have plenty of pictures and videos …read more

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Should You Still Apply?

You worked hard in college, and now you’re looking for a great job. But everything you apply for lists two to three years of “real world” experience.

This is a problem grads across the nation are dealing with. Some companies ask for a four-year degree and three years of experience for an entry-level, which can seem impossible. However, if you dig into your college accomplishments, you can find exactly what they’re looking for. Here are a few things to focus on in your resume.

Study Abroad

If you ever studied abroad, be sure to put that on your resume! Employers are always looking for differentiators when they look at resumes and spending a semester or two in England or Beijing is sure to impress.

Study abroad shows that you’re willing to learn, can adapt, and have a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips.

Extracurriculars

Did you act as a treasurer for your fraternity or sorority? Maybe you were a member of the Multicultural club and helped organize an event.

Regardless of the type of organization, your involvement counts as experience. However, make sure to call attention to specific accomplishments (projects you organized, events you led, etc.). Just listing “member” isn’t going to get you …read more

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If so, it’s time to act.

It’s hard to believe it’s back-to-school season already. Summer break has come to an end as college students across the country move back to their dorms or apartments.

Many of these students will take up an unpaid internship during their spare time. These positions can be a great way to get on-the-job training and experience.

However, what if you start your unpaid internship and notice that you’re not learning anything? You aren’t given much (if any) direction, and the only time your manager asks for your help is when he needs furniture moved or a window washed.

Is this normal, or are you being taken advantage of? Look for these warning signs.

Your Manager Isn’t Interested in Changing

You sit down with your manager and make your concerns known. You tell them you don’t feel comfortable with tasks that aren’t related to your desired profession, as you aren’t learning anything useful.

Perhaps your manager rolls their eyes, and says they’ll find you other work. Or they apologize and promise they’ll remedy the situation. But regardless of what they say, nothing really changes. This is a major red flag, as it shows that your manager may just see you as free labor.

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Boss Relationships

And why does it matter?

We all have bad boss stories. Maybe you had a boss yell at you every day, never show up for work, or take credit for a project you completed solo. Or perhaps your manager just didn’t really care or acknowledge you at all.

All of those bosses are lacking one key trait—empathy.

In a recent study, Businessolver® found that 91% of CEOs “believe empathy is directly linked to a company’s financial performance, while 93% of employees say they’re more likely to stay with an empathetic employer.”

However, while 92% of CEOs think their organizations are empathetic, only 72% of employees agree.

To find out whether your boss is empathetic, look for the following qualities.

They Listen

An empathetic boss cares about you as a person, not just an employee. They ask you about how your family is doing, listen to your vacation stories, and remember what you say.

They want you to succeed and know how your personal life affects your work life.

They Encourage You to Ask Questions

An authoritarian boss might demand that you follow their instructions to the letter without any questions. To them, questions imply that you don’t know what you’re doing and aren’t the right person for the job.

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Staffing companies have something for everyone.

College students have a lot to worry about—classes, homework, quizzes, tests, extracurricular activities, and of course, trying to maintain some semblance of a social life.

Combine all of that with looking for your first post-university job, and life can get hectic.

Luckily, Express Employment Professionals is here to help. We’re a staffing company, which means it’s our mission to put people to work. If you haven’t considered a staffing company before, here are a few reasons why you should start now.

Part-Time/Summer Jobs

Need a summer job to help keep up with expenses but not sure how your skillset fits in? Or maybe you’re looking for a part-time job to help with expenses during the semester?

Staffing companies can help. When you work with a recruiter, they help you find a job so you don’t have to spend time searching online. These jobs can range from industrial to an office setting and everything in between, so you’re sure to find something you’re qualified for.

Interviewing

Signing with a staffing company frequently involves an interview process. There’s often a phone interview, and then an actual in-office interview after that.

When you interview with a staffing company, you’re interviewing for a real job. You don’t …read more

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Every quarter, Express Employment Professionals International Headquarters conducts an ongoing Job Insights survey to track hiring trends across a wide range of industries.

We want to share these results with you, so that you can know which industries will be hiring.

Going into the second half of 2019, the employment market remains positive with little concern about recession in the short-term.
Forty-six percent of survey respondents said their employment markets are “trending up” in the third quarter of 2019, and only 10% forecast a downward trend in employment activity. Additionally, 97% of respondents reported that they do not currently live in an area in recession. So, it appears in the short term recession isn’t a concern for most business leaders.

The long-term outlook, however, shows some signs of caution within the next two years.

The top segments hiring in the third quarter of 2019 include

  • General Labor (Industrial): 36%
  • Skilled Labor (Industrial): 32%
  • Administrative/Office Clerical: 20%
  • Accounting/Finance: 9%
  • Healthcare: 6%

Do you foresee your country entering into another recession?

  • 3 to 6 Months: 95% say no
  • 6 months to 1 year: 76% say no
  • Two years: 53% say no

In a job seeker’s market, compensation is a key differentiator for businesses competing for skilled talent.
Skilled workers hold all the cards as businesses continue to …read more

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Let’s be honest. Prepping for interviews is tough. You’ve probably read hundreds of articles telling you what to wear, what time to show up, etc. etc. etc.

And it can get ridiculous how specific some so-called tips can be. Like “don’t look your interviewer in the eye too long” or “don’t get up and leave in the middle of the interview.” We all know that stuff.

Luckily Tripp and Tyler are here to make light of those ridiculous interview tips.

Watch the video below and tell us what you think in the comments section!

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Express Employment Professionals is privileged to put more than half a million people to work each year. We wouldn’t be where we are today without our workers. That’s why we’re holding our Ultimate Thank You Sweepstakes in August.

We will award five people $1,000 each week that month, and then, to celebrate Labor Day in the U.S., and Labour Day in Canada, we’ll award one lucky winner in both the U.S. and Canada vacation packages valued at $10,000.

To apply, all you have to do is fill out a short form.

To learn more about Express, check us out at ExpressPros.com, or find your local office by using our office locator.

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