4 Tips for Leaving Stress at the Office

In order for our best performance potential to be maximized and maintained, it’s necessary to create a healthy work-life balance for yourself. Stress can be an excellent motivator in small doses, but if you don’t allow yourself adequate space free of stress to recharge, it will be much harder to approach the situation again with new eyes in order to obtain the best result. Stress, if allowed to run rampant, can negatively affect your energy levels, processing and even physical health. Although a “stress-free” environment is entirely a myth and some measure of stress is to be expected (and even embraced) in every workplace, it is possible to take measures to protect yourself from becoming overwhelmed and even burnt out.

We liked the ideas suggested in the article, “4 Tips for Leaving Work Stress at the Office”, written by Brit + Co, which, if implemented, can help you to take time to step back, relax and rejuvenate yourself once you’ve left work for the day.

What Does it Feel Like to Be Your Boss

Blog written by senior recruiter Sarah LeGrand.

As many of you know, so many of our temporary employees are fortunate because of the strong and lasting relationships we have with our clients. As a result of these well-crafted relationships based on our proven record and reliability, the most our candidates have to do is a perfunctory interview with our client after we’ve decided who to introduce for the role. However, oftentimes our clients are looking at our temps with the mindset of a potential temp-perm conversion in the long term and at some point will likely want to internally interview them before a permanent conversion. I saw this article, titled, “What does it feel like to be your boss?”, written by Marc Cenedella and thought it was very timely for those of our employees in the middle of interviewing within their assignment in order to become a permanent asset of our clients’ companies.

How to Answer the “Tell Me About Yourself” Interview Question

Blog written by senior recruiter Sarah LeGrand.

One of the pivotal questions interviewers use to gain a better understanding of their interviewee’s qualifications and prior accomplishments, but also their processing and verbal communication, is, “tell me about yourself”. To some this question may seem nonthreatening, while to others it may seem too open-ended and overwhelming. Interviewees may find themselves answering too nonchalantly or, on the other end of the spectrum, burying the interviewer with a “brief” synopsis of their entire life.

The key to answering the “tell me about yourself” question is not only in quality over quantity, but also in being adequately prepared to face a question of this nature. A response to this question should be a concise and strong “elevator speech” crafted to highlight one’s strongest successes and hints at pleasant performance surprises ahead. Read this article, titled, “How to Answer the ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ Interview Question”, written by Lee Miller for some great ideas to get yourself started

How Body language Can Help You Ace an Interview

Blog written by recruiter Samantha Scott.

We all know how important first impressions are, especially during a job interview. Body language can sway a hiring manager’s view of you dramatically in both a positive or negative direction. It can be a challenge to be so acutely aware of one’s body language, but doing so always pays off.

Michelle Hawley offers some tips on how to use body language to present yourself positively in a job interview. From posture to eye contact to a sincere smile, she maps out the best ways to capitalize on your body language and ace your interview. Read the article here.

Bye-Bye!

Blog written by recruiter Samantha Scott.

At Contemporaries, we emphasize professionalism in all forms. A circumstance that can often bring out the least professional side of individuals is leaving a job. Transitioning from one job to another can be uncomfortable for all parties involved, but it doesn’t have to be. Mark Cenedella outlines how to gracefully and professionally leave a position such that everyone is left feeling respected, and professional relationships (which are always important!) are maintained. Read his article “Bye-Bye!” for tips on how to make your exit a positive one.

Become the Most Productive Person at Work

Blog written by Contemporaries recruiter Samantha Scott.

Get more out of your work day. Herrine Ro offers 8 ways to “Become the Most Productive Person at Work“. At Contemporaries, we encourage our employees to continually improve upon themselves. The tips offered by Ro in this article provide an instructive basis for reflecting on one’s own productivity. There is always room to further one’s skills and hone one’s approach in the workplace. The trick is to keep one’s self open to better ways of doing things and recognizing one’s own strengths and weaknesses. You can always become more productive.

10 Experts Share the Best Career Advice They Ever Received

Blog written by senior recruiter Sarah LeGrand.

Receiving the right advice and support from mentors throughout your life can make an incredible difference in the growth and success of your career. Read the following article we found titled, “10 Experts Share the Best Career Advice They Ever Received”, written by Susannah Snider for important advice received by 10 experts which you can apply for your own workplace enrichment.

Soft Skills Crucial To Landing Your Dream Job

Blog written by Contemporaries senior recruiter Sarah LeGrand.

At Contemporaries, our goal is to match our candidates with our clients in such a way that we provide both parties with an effective, long term fit. We take great care to ensure our candidates have not only all of the hard skills (e.g. program proficiency, etc.) required to perform successfully in the roles we send them in for, but also extensively consider if the candidates’ soft skills are the right match not only for the role, but for our client’s company. Although it may seem that soft skills are less important when evaluating a candidate’s qualifications, we have found that these skills are often the deal breakers for both Contemporaries and our clients. Take a look at the following chart from the article, “Soft Skills Crucial To Landing Your Dream Job”, written by Guy Berger for a list of today’s most sought-after soft skills.

Six Things You Shouldn’t Do if You Want a Job, According to Hiring Managers

Blog written by Contemporaries senior recruiter Sarah LeGrand.

Recently we’ve talked about many tips a candidate can use to improve their chances both before and during the interview process. This week we will be discussing some tips for what not to do, as these are just as important. Having conducted countless interviews, I am aware (as well as anyone else in HR) that there are certain practices that are disapproved of and have seen each and every one of the six mentioned in the article we’re referencing today. While the common candidate may believe that these actions will increase their viability or are even expected of them, I can assure you that they will, in reality, harm your chances of success and possibly take you out of the running all together.

Check out this article we found titled, “Six Things You Shouldn’t Do if You Want a Job, According to Hiring Managers”, written by Rebecca Greenfield for six actions you should avoid at all costs, some of which may be surprising.

 

Acing the Interview Process

Written by Contemporaries senior recruiter Sarah LeGrand.

Staying along the lines of our recent blog posts, this week’s article has some additional information for acing that upcoming interview. The central theme of this article is preparation. It cannot be stressed enough how pivotal being over prepared is in relation to the outcome of your interview. In our last blog, it was emphasized how necessary it is to focus on the company’s goals instead of just yourself and your qualities. The next step is to connect your skill set and experience with extensive research on the background and goals of the company in order to offer them a solution.

While it may seem as though pulling the focus from your qualifications and transferring it to ideas for the company would distract from your self-promotion, it’s important to remember that this approach itself is a way to set you apart from other candidates. Read this article, titled, “Acing the Interview Process”, written by Abby Locke for more advice on securing that position.

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