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A flexible schedule. A variety of work experiences. Learning new things. Sound appealing? Then take a closer look at temporary employment.Demand for good temporary employees continues to grow across a wide range of industries, from office services and manufacturing to technology and healthcare. Companies need temporary employees to manage periodic increases in their workload or to complete special assignments. Many also use temporary workers year-round to complement their permanent workforce, and as a way to find and test new hires. Good workers can choose the type of work they want to do, which can help them grow professionally.Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about temporary work:What exactly is temporary work?Temporary work is a work assignment that lasts for a specified period of time. Assignments can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Some assignments can turn into permanent, full-time jobs. Once an assignment is finished successfully, the worker can move on to something new.Isn’t temporary work just for unskilled people?Not true — companies need temporary employees with diverse skills, educational backgrounds and work experiences. Some of the Manpower positions most in demand include assemblers, call center agents, customer service representatives, business analysts, electrical engineers and sales managers.Why do people choose temporary work?For many reasons. A recent graduate may want to test-drive jobs in different industries before settling on a career path. A mom re-entering the workforce might start with a temporary assignment to maintain a flexible schedule.Someone who is unemployed may use a temporary job as a way to maintain an income flow while looking for permanent work. Others find permanent positions through their temporary assignments. And, some people simply prefer temporary work because it fits their lifestyle better than a permanent job.What are the qualities of a great temporary employee?Successful temporary workers welcome changing work environments and assignments. They can adapt quickly to new jobs with a willingness to learn. They also have the basics down.They always arrive at work on time, they show initiative on the job, and have a great sense of personal pride in what they can accomplish on each assignment.Manpower recruiters are always paid by the employers, not the job candidates.88%of temporary employees say that temporary or contract work made them more employable.40%of Manpower’s temporary assignments lead to permanent opportunities.
Skill development. Flexible hours. Challenging work.What’s important to you in a job? In today’s market, you can receive many indirect benefits from a job in addition to compensation. Companies are concentrating on their “soft” benefits to attract and retain good workers. As a result, you have more options to consider as you evaluate jobs and employers during your job search.Work-Life BalanceIndirect benefits can come in all forms. Many involve helping employees achieve work-life balance, especially as companies ask employees to work longer hours during tough economic times. In a recent survey by the Corporate Executive Board, more than 60% of employees polled identified flexible schedules as the most important work-life practice their employer could provide.Some companies offer onsite fitness centers, child care and cafeterias. Others contract with consulting firms that help employees navigate the admissions and financial aid process for their college-age children. All of these services can save you time and money, and assist in integrating family and health priorities into a busy workdayStaying SharpCompanies build competitive advantage by keeping their workforce sharp, and that leads to training and development opportunities for employees. Some companies have formalized ongoing education programs, or corporate universities. Others focus on creating career paths for individuals, assisting employees in charting their next career steps and in developing the aptitude and experience they need to move forward. These opportunities to improve your skills and increase your knowledge can help you stay marketable.Work Experience IntangiblesAre you a Baby Boomer interested in more job responsibility? Or a Gen Xer who wants opportunities to work independently? Or perhaps a Gen Y looking to make a difference through your work? Companies have realized the connection between a satisfying work experience and employees’ productivity and loyalty. Some are striving to make sure these intangibles are part of the work experience. Others have tuned into the intangibles that are attractive to each generation in the workforce. A company’s work experience can go a long way toward your satisfaction at work, so evaluate it carefully.The bottom line? You, the job candidate, are in the driver’s seat. Work can be so much more than a paycheck these days, so consider what an employer can offer you beyond compensation.
Put your best digital foot forward in your job search by making sure social media is an asset, not a liability.In the past decade, social media has slowly but surely blurred the line between personal life with professional life. This can be easy to forget, until you start a new job search. While you may be comfortable with your social life overlapping, you may also want to make sure you are putting your best professional foot forward with your online accounts. Here are five tips to cleaning up your profiles.Check your privacy settingsFacebook provides a range of settings to allow your profile to be completely public to totally hidden. Most people will seek something in the middle, which allows their profile to be found in their network while keeping your posts private. On Facebook’s homepage, click on “privacy check-up” to see how your posts appear to others and adjust your settings accordingly. Other accounts such as Twitter and Instagram don’t allow this range of privacy settings, but allow you to make your public accounts private.Consider secondary professional accountsSocial networks were originally created to connect with friends and family, but have since made their way to include colleagues and business associates. If you prefer to keep these worlds separate, you can create secondary social media accounts for “friendly” business associates. If you do use a professional account, fill out the profile with your work information and include a professional headshot.Scan your historyEven if you choose to keep your accounts public, it’s a good idea to scan your social media history for any posts you may have forgotten about. You can do this by searching for your name with the “+” sign and any keywords. There’s also an app for that. The service Scrubber will look up your history and flag any potential posts that you may want to delete, such as ones with profanity or politics.Use workplace social tools to communicate in the officeBecause social media is convenient, it has replaced email for some everyday forms of communication in the workplace, which creates further blurring of the lines. Fortunately, there is an alternative for those who wish to keep the convenience of social media with the workplace focus of email. Interoffice communication tools such as Slack, Basecamp, Google Drive and Facebook for Work provide the group collaboration and familiar design interface of social media, while creating a place just for work.Share for the job you wantThe adage “dress for the job you want” also applies to social media: Share for the job you want. Social media can be an asset in this regard, not a liability. Use your platforms to follow the companies you’re interested in and share their content if it’s interesting to you. To help you decide what to share, use the “So what?” test: Is this helpful? Is it entertaining? Is it something I’d be comfortable with my boss or mother seeing?” If yes, share it.This article is contributed by Right Management,www.rightmanagement.sg, the global career experts within the ManpowerGroup.
Selecting references is a critical part of job search success. Here are a few suggestions on choosing and using references to your greatest advantage.Reference QuestionsReferences are used to help determine a candidate’s potential and fit with the company’s culture. The following are typical questions your references might be asked:How would you describe [candidate’s] professional style?What was [candidate’s] major contribution to the organization?Why did [candidate] leave your company?What are [candidate’s] strengths? Weaknesses?What transferable skills can [candidate] bring to this position?What type of management style would best fit with [candidate’s] approach?Selecting Your ReferencesChoose people who know you well and can speak knowledgeably about your professional and personal attributes. Strive for a balanced group of people, such as a recent/current employer, a long-time professional contact and a colleague or co-workerReference EtiquetteIf you haven’t spoken to a potential reference in a while, get in touch face-to-face or over the phone. This is your chance to demonstrate that you’ve grown beyond their expectations. Help your references help you by:Providing them with as many details as possible about your current job search. Give them a copy of your resume, explain why you left or are leaving your current position and tell them why you would like to use them as a reference.Contacting your references each time you give out their names. Keep them updated on your job search progress. Ask them to contact you each time they are called.Sending a letter or card to your references to thank them when you’ve accepted a position.Your Reference ListSet up your page of references on the same type of paper as your resume and cover letter. Provide your name, address, phone and email information at the top in the same format and font as your resume. Include the following information for each reference:NamePositionCompanyAddressOffice phoneMobile or home phoneEmail addressRelationshipNotes (Mention any specific achievement or skill that this person could discuss)
A cover letter markets your qualifications, skills, knowledge, and experience, to create a favorable impression in response to a job posting or for targeted mailings to companies within a specific industry or for a specific position. To craft a cover letter that gets you an interview, it’s critical that you analyze the job ad.Make sure that you demonstrate that you meet the “essential” experience, qualifications, training, abilities and qualities that are “essential” for the position. Use the cover letter to explain how you meet the “preferred” requirements to increase the probability of securing an interview. The keywords in the job ad allow you to structure your cover letter around them. Use the cover letter to explain how you meet the “preferred” requirements for the position, which you can uncover by evaluating the job description for key words, phrases, or more subtle clues.Components of a Great Cover LetterConnectionThe introductory paragraph of your cover letter should have a “hook,” highlighting your relevant experience.Proposal:In the second paragraph, summarize your strengths, and relate your skills to the competencies required for the position. Quantify your accomplishments and describe unique contributions you bring to the table.Next Steps:In the closing paragraph express appreciation for their consideration and close with a follow-up plan. 3 Common Types of Cover LettersThe T-Letter Cover Letter:Structure your letter so that you match each job requirement, which is on the left hand side, with your qualifications on the right hand side of the page.Point-by-Point Cover Letter:In this type of cover letter, your focus is on the specific requirements that align best with your experience and background.Targeted Cover Letter:Eighty percent of jobs are not advertised, so this type of cover letter is for unadvertised positions that you’d like to target – you are proposing a new position.By taking the time to craft a customized cover letter, you are signaling to the employer your high level of interest in the position and demonstrating your understanding of the core job requirements and how they relate to your experience. This article is contributed by Right Management, www.rightmanagement.sg, the global career experts within the ManpowerGroup.
Expand your job search resources. Access the hidden market. Find a job faster.Working with a good recruiter can help you achieve all of these goals and more. A recruiter’s role is to connect job candidates with employers who need specific skills and talents.To do the job well, a recruiter must fully understand the employers’ job requirements. He or she must also understand your qualifications and job desires as the job candidate. Building a healthy relationship with your recruiter is key. Here are some guidelines to help you succeed: Make a great impression. The impression you make on your recruiter is the image that he or she will market to potential employers. Present yourself best by meeting face-to-face, if possible, and dressing professionally. As you work together, treat your recruiter with respect and appreciation. Always stay positive and optimistic.Build your relationship on trust and good communication. Be honest about your qualifications, and crystal clear about all aspects of the job you’d like to find. For example, if you want to limit your commute time or find a flexible work schedule, letting your recruiter know at the start will save you both time and effort.Follow up often. Contact your recruiter immediately after an interview so he or she can relay your impressions to the employer. If you are interviewing on your own or receive a job offer, be sure to keep your recruiter in the loop. He or she can use this information as leverage on your behalf because it shows you are an attractive candidate in today’s job market.Cooperation is critical. Work together and agree on the next steps you will take. Take advantage of your recruiter’s expertise with resumes, interviewing skills and the job search process. You are working as a team for a common goal: your new job.Stay in touch. Continue your relationship with your recruiter throughout your career. Let him or her know when you earn a promotion, enhance your qualifications and accept new positions. That way, your recruiter can keep you in mind for any new job matches that arise. And, you’ll have a valuable resource on your side the next time you hunt for a job.Always remember that Manpower's recruiters are always paid by the employers, not the job candidates.
When networking for a job, ask specific questions about the company and their open positions so that you can assess whether you're a good fit. These questions will help your identify opportunities for your career.Networking for a job is one of the most important things you can do to help achieve your short term career goals and to ensure you have a long and rewarding career. Few people stay at the same company for life any more. That means, networking for your next job should be a continuous endeavor. Attending networking events is one way to keep yourself in front of potential employers and keep your career moving forward.Here are five questions to ask potential employers at your next job networking event.Is your company hiring right now, or are you looking for a future hire?Just because a company sends a representative to a networking event doesn't mean they're hiring right now. Many human resources directors go to such events to keep their company in the spotlight for potential employees. Asking this question will help you identify which employers are hiring right now, and which might have job opportunities in the future.Where do you see your company being in 5 or 10 years?In today's rapidly-changing world of work, job security is never guaranteed. But, it's often more likely with a company that has a clear vision for the future. This question should reveal the organization's plans to remain sustainable and to better understand the kind of opportunities that might be available.What is a normal career path for someone holding that position?By asking this question, you can evaluate your own career path to see if you are a good candidate for a particular position. It's also a great way to learn about potential directions you can take your career in the future.What should a person read before taking that position?This is an important question that reveals the values of the company, and the person in front of you. That could be important if the person at the networking event is also the hiring manager.Are there any special preparations, career steps, or job/educational qualifications necessary for that position?If a position requires any special education or career prerequisites, you want to know that up front. If you aren't qualified today, you can determine whether or not that position is important enough to you to pursue the right qualifications.Job networking events give you an opportunity to match your current skills and qualifications with open job positions right now while evaluating where your career can be in the future.This article is contributed by Right Management,www.rightmanagement.sg, the global career experts within the ManpowerGroup.