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We launched Staffing 360 several years ago and we’ve published nearly 300 columns since we started. In that time we’ve covered a broad range of topics and amassed a bit of a library of information. We’ve written quite a bit about the job search, what to do on the job to make yourself standout, and provided some IT specific information. Whether you’re a contractor looking for your next position or are currently on assignment, we think you’ll find these posts helpful. Let us know if they are and good luck!
Glassdoor, the employment web site, has compiled a list of the 25 oddest interview questions culled from their user’s experiences. Of the 25, 16 were during interviews at technology companies or for technology jobs. We understand that there is merit in asking what may seem to be an odd question because it can elicit information on how a candidate solves a problem, thinks creatively – or not, reacts to a curve ball, etc. However, these still made us laugh and wonder – often something that seems like a good idea in theory doesn’t quite work out in practice!
A traveler passes a quarry and sees three men working. The traveler asks the first man what he is doing and he replies “cutting stone.” The second says “earning money to feed and shelter my family.” When the third man is questioned, he proclaims “I am building a temple.”
This past weekend we celebrated Labor Day, the unofficial, symbolic end to summer. But what is labor and why should there be a day to celebrate it?
To be indispensable means you are “essential” or “absolutely necessary.” Look at yourself and what you contribute to your department and company. Are you indispensable? The good news is that no matter what your role, it is possible to be an indispensable employee. Lee Iacocca once said, “The kind of people I look for ar the people who do more than they’re expected to do, they always reach.” This is one key to being indispensable. Here are some others to consider.
At Staffing 360, we try to do what we say we will in our tagline: “cover the world of IT consulting and enterprise-wide staffing from all angles.” At its most basic this simply means writing articles that appeal to all our readers: hiring companies and job seekers, employers and employees, clients and contractors. Some columns relate more to one constituency or the other but many, I hope, have information that can help either. This post gathers articles that offer interesting views and predictions about the industry in 2013 and the technology trends that will shape the business world including what jobs will be the hottest and therefore potentially the highest paying and most difficult to staff. I’ve also included a salary comparison tool (roughly benchmark what you’re making or paying), a list of the top companies hiring and traits that every good employee should possess, regardless of what industry you work in.
1. Dress above your position
Visual cues are an important part of how humans interact with the world around them, and the workplace is no different. Take notice of how those who are viewed as successful in your office dress and follow suit.
2. Present new ideas above your role
Companies that thrive rely on new ideas and new approaches to old problems. And quite often, those ideas come from employees. Keep your eyes and ears open for problems or issues around the office. Come up with solutions backed by research and common sense and you will win points quickly.
3. Be a go to person
If you are a reliable provider of accurate information and solutions to problems, you will quickly become a go to person in the company. Word spreads fast around the water cooler so take advantage.
4. Take diverse assignments
Getting pigeon-holed into a single role or responsibility can be a problem. You will be perceived as one dimensional with limited abilities. Make it clear to your boss that you want to take on assignments outside of your documented responsibilities. Do a good job with these new responsibilities and your boss will tell his/her boss and watch your influence in the company grow.
5. Make others look good
People like to feel good about themselves. And when you are the one that makes them feel good, they will like, trust, and say good things about you around the office. These are all ways to help build credibility with your peers and superiors.
6. Work in your accomplishments
Chances are, no one else is going to toot your horn for you. Be sure to let others know about your accomplishments but do it in a discrete way. Work it into conversations. Mention to your boss how pleased you are that your idea is showing results.
It’s important to remember that you never learn while you are speaking. Listening is the key to learning. Pay attention to what others are complaining about, managers mention as issues that are effecting the company, and problems that your boss is trying to fix. These will all give you insight and provide you with action items that will get you noticed.
Go to your boss and ask him/her exactly what it will take for you to get a raise, get promoted, and make a difference. You will gain points just for asking the question.
9. Leave personal life at home
Your life outside of work should be just that, outside of work. Casual conversation about your weekend is bound to happen, but don’t be the employee that is constantly talking about their private life at the office. It can be annoying to others and make you that person that co-workers try to avoid.
People are attracted to a positive attitude. While others obsess about problems and issues, a positive attitude in the office is often welcome and can set you apart from your colleagues. But make sure you backup your positive attitude with action. A lot of positive talk without the results to back it up is often viewed negatively.
Infographics (information graphics) is the display of information in such a way that it can be easily understood at a glance. They are becoming more and more popular and for good reason; because they work! They convey information in a way that makes it more accessible to many people. Courtesy of Staffing Talk, we bring you several recent infographics on employment and staffing topics. Enjoy!