I think we've all seen it whether first stepping out in the workforce trying to land a first job or switching into a new industry or job -- "must have experience" - but how do you gain experience when nobody will hire you because you don't have experience yet - FRUSTRATING!
Have you thought of working with a staffing company?
Often employers will partner with staffing companies so the staffing company will hire for their more entry level roles.
I like to recommend working with a few staffing companies during your job search especially for first jobs as well as when you're trying to move into a new type of job:
1 - You are building your own job search team, think of yourself as an athlete and the staffing company recruiters as your agents. They're able to tap into their network of companies that they already have relationships with!
2 - Once you're hired by the staffing company you work for them - they want to get you a job! You've spent time with your staffing company recruiter; face to face interview, skills assessment, etc - they know your strengths and skills and they are able to have conversations with the employers about why that company should hire you, for example:
"I interviewed Laura last week and she is interested in a customer service role with your company, she doesn't have the exact customer service experience you are looking for but she worked at Chipotle for two years where she interacted with customers on a daily basis and she interviewed well with me and was able to answer a few tough interview questions based around difficult customer service situations - I think she would do well in your customer service job..."
3 - Often staffing companies have a mix of both short term and long term assignments - a great way to try out a new role without making a commitment! For example, If you think you'd like to get away from a retail job and more into a packaging job in a warehouse it is very likely that a staffing company will have a short term assignment that you can try out. If you end up loving the packaging job, great! If not, then you haven't made a longterm commitment, finish your short term assignment and then try your hand at something else!
Here are a few links to staffing companies that I work with often:
-- Integrity Staffing Solutions is a fantastic staffing company with many entry level jobs. Here is the link to their website:
-- Adia is a mobile platform that allows you to create and schedule short term assignments from your mobile phone. They are only in a few cities so far, but growing rapidly. Here is the link to their website:
-- UberWorks is also a mobile platform that allows you to create and schedule short term assignments from your mobile phone. They too are only in a few cities so far, but growing rapidly. Here is the link to their website:
-- Staffmark is another fantastic staffing company with many entry level jobs. Here is the link to their website:
Good luck with your job search!
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Around the world, governments are beginning to explore ways to safely re-open the economy. As a result, people are preparing to head back to work.
As we start to take steps towards bringing normalcy back to our lives post-Coronavirus, what is concerning YOU as you either A) enter back into the workforce or B) resume your job search?
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Federal, state and local laws protect employees from discrimination by age, race, gender, national origin, citizenship, disabilities, marital status, sexual orientation, arrest and conviction record, military discharge status, pregnancy status and even salary history. The purpose of a job interview is to determine whether someone has the ability to do the job.
Here's a short list of questions that are unlawful for an interviewer to ask:
• How old are you? • When did you graduate from ___? • Are you married? • Are you gay? • Do you have/plan on having children? • Who will take care of your children while you’re at work? • Is English your first language? • Are you a U.S. citizen? • What country are you from? • Where were you/your parents born? • What is your religion? • Where do you go to church? • What clubs or social organizations do you belong to? • Do you have any disabilities? • How is your health? • How tall are you? • How much do you weigh? • Have you ever been arrested? • If you’ve been in the military, were you honorably discharged? • What is your current salary/previous salary?
Responding to inappropriate or illegal questions in such circumstance could be tricky. Here are some techniques for you to consider as you balance answering these questions without seeming evasive and without being offensive.
• Gracefully avoid the question and steer the conversation elsewhere • Keep your answers short, broad and general • Redirect a question to your interviewer • Ask the interviewer why the question is relevant to your job
Remember that sometimes these questions are asked innocently — the interviewer is making conversation and hasn’t been properly trained regarding what questions to avoid. If this is the case, going straight to “I’d prefer not to answer that” can lead to unnecessary awkwardness. Do your best to diplomatically dodge the question first.
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Hopefully you've all noticed some of the exciting changes that have happened in our Community over the last few weeks! One of my favorite additions is the ability for the Jobcase Team to produce ARTICLES!
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Don't limit your job searching to the top sites like Monster or CareerBuilder etc., Check the smaller niche sites that focus on a particular geographic location or career field and you will find plenty of job listings.