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When Are You Ready for a Career Shift?

February 2nd, 2017

Have you been feeling restless lately? Is your job not fulfilling to you? Do you wonder whether or not the grass really is greener on the other side? You might be ready to complete shift focus in your career. If you aren’t sure whether or not you should start looking for a new job in a new industry, consider these warning signs that will help you decide and give ideas for putting your career search into high gear.

Are you unhappy with your job and industry?

People often ignore their inner dialog. They think they are over reacting or they should get over it and move on. But if you’re are feeling unhappy in your job, it is worth evaluating to discover the reasons. Is it just a temporary fix or is it a sense of restlessness or dissatisfaction that you can’t define or shake? If your unhappiness is deeply rooted in your job, it is time to consider another possibility.

Do you have issues with the direction of the company?

Have you found yourself calling into question some of the decisions or policies your company has made since you’ve worked there? It may have started out just fine, but you begin to notice things that don’t jive with your personal value system. They may have always been there and you’re just beginning to notice or they may have evolved over time. Or you have.

Have you had personal changes in your life?

Sometimes the reason for considering a new job will have more to do with other factors than the job itself. If you’ve had personal changes in your life that can influence the way you work, it may be time to consider another opportunity that fits in better with your new lifestyle. For example, it could be a commute. Or it could be a lack of flexibility in the hours. A different industry may be better suited.

Do you have skills that could be valuable to someone else?

Transferable skills are defined as those talents you have that can be utilized in another way for another industry. For example, you may have worked in administration but you assisted the accounting department and these transferable skills could lead you to a new career in finance. What added value can you bring to the table for a new employer?

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Are you thinking about pursuing a job in a completely different industry? Contact the team at CornerStone Staffing and work with a top staffing agency in Dallas to take the next step in your career.

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Unsure About Accepting the Position? Look at These Areas

September 22nd, 2016

unsure-about-accepting-the-positionNow that you’ve submitted your resume, attended the interview, and have received the job offer, what happens next? If you are on the fence at all about accepting this new position, there may be reasons for that. Before you say yes or sign any paperwork, it is worth taking a little time to decide. Politely let them know that you want to contact them back in a day or two so you have some time to weigh your options. And consider these areas to determine if the job is right for you.

The company values

The first step is to evaluate the company mission statement, their core values, and the reputation of the business. It is imperative that your personal values do not conflict with the values of the organization or your employment there will not be mutually beneficial. If you see things that you don’t like or you find that the company does not hold the same core values as you do, it may be time to consider another avenue. But, if your values match, it could be a great fit.

Career development

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? You were probably asked this question in the interview process, but did you ask them about what they can provide you in those 10 years? Do you see yourself continuing to work for the company, or is it just a stepping stone? What kinds of career development opportunities do they have in place and how many people have been promoted within the company. Depending on the answer, you may have to make a decision.

New coworker dynamics

Did you have a chance to meet the others in the office? If you weren’t introduced to your future coworkers, this may be a red flag all by itself. The people you work with directly may be the most important dynamic in your new workplace, so it is critical to know whether or not you will get along with them or if there will be problems blending your work style.

Follow your gut

We are given so many conflicting thoughts about trusting our own instincts that it can be hard to make a decision. Don’t let this paralysis set in. If you have a negative feeling about the company, there might be a reason for that. Alternately, if you feel like this is an organization where you can really fit in and make a difference for them and for your long term career goals, go ahead and accept the offer.

Are you ready to go out and get that job offer? Work with our great team of recruiters at CornerStone Staffing today and partner with one of the top staffing agencies in Dallas to get started.

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Switching Careers? Here’s How to Build Your Network

October 22nd, 2015

How to Build Your NetworkThey have always said it isn’t what you know but who you know. This has never been more true than when you’re switching careers. The most successful career changers know that building your network is one of the most essential aspects of the new process of finding a job outside of your experience. How can you build your network the right way? Here are some ways you can look for connections anywhere, think outside of the box, and not give in to pressure from others.

Do your homework.

It is important that you fully understand the new field. Many career changers fall into the trap of applying for anything that is different from their last role, but this means they are unprepared for all eventualities. Instead, focus on where you want to go and do your homework to help you get there. When making that switch, take your strengths and see how they can make you marketable to a new industry.

Tell everyone.

When you’re in line at the bank, strike up a conversation. Talk to your dentist, your grocer, or anyone you come in contact with on a daily basis. When you’re out on the town, talk to people around you. You never know who might know someone in this new field. Look for connections everywhere. This outgoing behavior also will help with small talk when you need it in a professional setting.

Pick a mentor.

When you were at the dawn of your original career, you were probably told to find a mentor to help you along the way. The same wisdom is true for your new career even though you may be in a different phase of your life. In today’s age, you don’t even have to live in the same town. Find someone who has made this switch or a previous contact who works in your desired industry and connect with them.

Attend industry events.

Even if you haven’t started working in your new industry, it is never too early to meet others face to face. Look up industry events, seminars, and conferences happening near you. The more people you meet the better chance you have of a successful transition in your career.

Leverage social media.

Lastly, in this modern age of information don’t forget to leverage social media. LinkedIn is the best place to start for professional contacts but even Facebook and Twitter have their place. Join groups and chats to make connections that can help you. Don’t have the mindset of “What’s in it for me?” If you think about helping others, you will get more help for yourself in the long run.

It’s personal service from our tenured recruiters that makes CornerStone Staffing stand out from the rest and allows us to offer you clear, objective job search assistance that gets results! Contact our recruiters today to get started for jobs in Arlington TX or any of our other nine locations.

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Hiring Trends In Dallas For The Summer

June 26th, 2015

The Dallas-Fort Worth area is continuing to grow, which means new job opportunities are available every day. As the summer kicks into high gear it is important to understand the current hiring trends and how they might affect individual job seekers and businesses in the area. As a manager, what should you know about the trends that are impacting jobs this quarter and beyond?

School construction jobs

There has been a big movement to ensure that the infrastructure in our state’s schools stays up to date. This includes massive overhaul and improvement projects on existing schools as well as new construction in many places. Job seekers with skills in the construction industry are in high demand, but that isn’t the only industry affected. Construction companies need administrative support, planners, project managers, and more.

Summer internships in all industries

Now that school is out, many college students are looking for summer work to gain experience. Summer internships are a great way to make use of budding talent in your area for a lower budget. These students will learn valuable skills training that can help them when they return to school or build their resume. Plus, you may meet some candidates that have long-term potential who can return to your company as permanent employees after they’ve graduated.

Healthcare continues to climb

Throughout Dallas, the state of Texas, and across the country the need for qualified healthcare workers continues to increase. The industry is always in desperate need of certified nurses, medical assistants, and lab technicians. However, like with construction, there are a variety of support roles that are key to the success of the industry including administration, front office, medical coders and billers, and many more.

Hospitality jobs

Because Dallas is a premier destination, the hospitality industry is continuing to boom. Multiple hotels and high-end service industry jobs are hiring within the city and surrounding areas. For an employer in this sector there is always concern with high turnover and employment issues. There are a number of skilled workers in the area as well as other workers who have relocated here for a better opportunity within the hospitality industry.

Do you want to better understand the needs of the Dallas job market this summer before you make a hiring decision? CornerStone Staffing Agencies in Dallas Texas can help, so call us today!

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Select the Right Staffing Firm

June 19th, 2015

Not all staffing companies are created equal. If you’re looking for a job, it is important that you choose the right staffing agency for your employment needs. When you meet with a recruiter you’re interviewing them at the same time they’re interviewing you, so don’t be afraid to ask questions about their process, the success rates, or their specializations. Here are some things to keep in mind when talking to these services.

Do they place people in your industry?

Some staffing services are general and some specialize in certain industries. If you work in manufacturing then you probably don’t want to apply with a medical or legal agency. Look at the agencies in your area. Review their websites to see if they place people in jobs like the ones you’re looking for. If you don’t find the info you want, call the office and ask a few questions.

Are they located in or near your area?

Staffing companies are ultimately providing their services to their clients and those businesses are looking for local candidates with reasonable commutes. When applying to staffing agencies, stick to territories that are within your desired driving distance. Being late or not showing up to work is a major issue for recruiters, and they won’t tolerate it in new employees. Avoid the situation all together by sticking to a local agency.

Do you like the people in the office?

Unlike a traditional employer, you won’t be working directly with the staffing agency in the office but you still have to communicate with the recruiters and administrative staff frequently. It is important that you like who you’re working for and that you respect them. If you meet with a recruiter and simply don’t like them, you do not need to work with them. When you walk in the door to the staffing agency for the first time, it doesn’t bind you to making a commitment.

What is their submission process?

Before you apply with a staffing agency, talk to them about their process. Find out what you need to become a viable candidate through their service. Find out how they typically work with their clients and if they require any additional testing, background checks, or other evaluations. Find out about following up after a resume has been submitted and what to expect down the road. Each client will be different, but you can get a sense for how the staffing company works this way.

Are you interested in applying with a local staffing agency to help your job search? CornerStone Staffing is hiring for jobs in Arlington TX and beyond so call us today!

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Should You Treat Each Employee Equally?

June 12th, 2015

Favoritism is cited frequently as a reason some employees are dissatisfied with their jobs. They feel their boss gives unfair, preferential treatment to one or a handful of other employees. Employers, on the other hand, view this behavior very differently. They are looking at performance levels and are treating employees accordingly. But is this the right way to approach top performers on the job or should everyone be given the same treatment or opportunities each time? Let’s take a closer look.

Encourage top performance from all.

Some say the cream will rise to the top and while this is true, you can’t keep going to those top performers or you will quickly be viewed as a manager who plays favorites. Instead, you need to offer everyone an equal chance at performing their jobs well. However, don’t judge them based on the favorite employee. Judge each employee by their own merits. Your department will be even more successful if more (or even all) employees operate at high levels.

Offer everyone a chance at a project.

When a new project becomes available don’t automatically assign it to the top performers. Instead, offer it to everyone and allow someone chance to take the reins. It is more than likely your top performers will also be your most frequent volunteers, but everyone deserves an opportunity to prove their value on the job. Taking notes and recording which employees step up provide you data in future discussions.

Talk to employees about their dissatisfaction.

When an employee appears disengaged with their job, take this opportunity to talk to them. Don’t make it about you or the lack of production but find out why they aren’t feeling satisfied. You may discover that they feel they’re not getting the same chances as others in the office. Do what you can to make improvements to help them feel more engaged.

Comply with all employment laws.

Of course, one of the most important pitfalls to avoid in the office is to play favorites in such a way that can be seen in a discriminatory manner. Your workplace is required to comply with all local and federal labor laws, and if your actions toward your employees don’t demonstrate this you may eventually have a much larger problem on your hands. Talk to human resources about what forms are necessary or what you need to record to stay in compliance.

CornerStone Staffing is committed to supporting our community through our core values of compassion, integrity,self discipline, and faith. We are one of the top staffing agencies in Texas, so contact us today to get started.

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The Decision: Do I Take the Offer?

December 14th, 2012

It may seem counter intuitive to be cautious about taking an offer when you’ve been spending the better part of this year looking for a job, but this decision isn’t something to take lightly. If you are in a position to consider more than one job offer at the same time, you need to know how to make the right selection. When you’re dealing with your anxiety about whether or not to take this job, think about the following things.

  1. You can ask for more time. If you’re waiting for more than one response, or you still have interviews schedule which you’re interested in, you can ask for more time before you make a decision. Candidates have more power in the process than they think sometimes. Explain to the recruiter or interviewer that you want to make the best decision for you. This may also give you some additional bargaining power. If a company knows you’re in demand they may sweeten the deal to attract you to their team.
  2. Prioritize your choices. You should take time to evaluate the companies that you are interviewing with and determine which company is really the right fit for you. You will know when you meet with them which companies are a good cultural fit for you and you should keep that in mind when you make a decision.
  3. Don’t rescind an offer. Some candidates will make the decision to accept an offer even if they are waiting for a better one to come their way. This is considered by business professionals to be bad form. If you politely decline an offer there may be opportunities down the road. Let the company know you appreciate their offer but you will not be able to accept it at this time. Tell them you enjoyed meeting with them and if things change in the future you will keep them in mind. If you accept a job and rescind the offer before you start you’ve just burned the bridge. The company will feel as though they’ve wasted their time on you as a candidate and now they need to start over again.
  4. Ask more questions. If you receive an offer for a job you want but it isn’t perfect, you should feel comfortable negotiating. Explain to them your position and why you feel you deserve more money or better benefits. Many job seekers feel like this difficult job market means they have to accept whatever is offered, but there is always room for negotiation.

Are you looking to take the next step in your job search? Contact CornerStone staffing to see how our professional recruiters can help you today!