There is a myth out there, we here at PCG are ready to debunk…companies ARE hiring in the month of December! Many people think that the job market comes to a standstill between Thanksgiving and the New Year, but that’s just not the case. So don’t let that resume collect dust and use these tips to make the most of this holiday season.
Take your networking off the computer and start socializing at holiday parties. You may have a heightened social schedule and meeting people at parties and dinners could be the key to finding your next job. Be prepared to talk about what kind of job you are looking for and specific companies you are interested in. Also, it’s always a good idea to make your job search known to your family and friends. You never know who they may be meeting and by keeping them in the know they can talk confidently about your skills.
Not working? Take a seasonal job! We can help you get placed in a temp or seasonal job that will help keep your resume fresh and help you make connections within the company. You never know where a seasonal job may lead and it never hurts to expand your skills and network. It’s also a great idea to start following companies on social media, keeping up to date on what they are offering.
Expand your holiday card list. Follow up with recruiters or HR departments you have met this year by sending them a card. Sending them a holiday card and including your business card will help keep you on their radar. If you don’t have a business card then create a personal business card with your phone, email and LinkedIn site.
Don’t take this next month off, keep working your connections and searching the job boards. Also, if you haven’t already sign up for our Job Feed Frenzy. We will send you an email each week with our top open jobs. Wouldn’t it be great to start the New Year with a brand new job? Strap on your snow boots and go out there and make the most of this wonderful time of year!
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Are you on a budget, but still want to stay stylish with your work wardrobe?
Here are some helpful tips on how to build your wardrobe on a budget:
It is all about the key pieces
Before you go spending all your money, make sure you get your key pieces. Every man and woman needs to have a crisp white shirt in their closet. You can never go wrong with a clean white dress shirt. This is a piece that can be worn more than once a week and with multiple different outfits. Another piece that everyone should have in any field you are in is a black blazer or sports jacket. It is a perfect piece to put on to dress things up a little.
Invest in timeless pieces
You should always have pieces in your closet that are classic to your wardrobe. Timeless pieces are good investments because they will always last you a long time. They aren’t always worn, but when they are you stand out. Trends come and go and in a year you may regret purchasing some things, but there are certain key pieces that will never go out of style.
Investing in a high quality piece is always good, like a suit or a great blazer. They are the building blocks to your professional wardrobe and are always great to mix into your outfit and can always be worn with any accessory.
From work to dinner
A great way to save and spend your budget wisely is to buy pieces that you can wear to work, to dinner, and going out. Workers can save on casual shirts that can be mixed and matched with suits, blazers and pants. Button downs come in many different colors and patterns and can go from day to night and work week to weekend.
Accessories are another easy way to incorporate new styles into an ensemble without spending too much money. I am the queen of jewelry and accessories and I never go over $50 on most of my pieces. I am able to wear them to work, dinner, and going out on the weekend. Chunky necklaces or bracelets can dress up an outfit.
For men, to work it is usually going to be a suit with a button down shirt, which on the weekends the shirt can be worn with a blazer and jeans to dress it down. You can also add pops of color or pattern to an outfit that makes a statement and can dress things up. A touch of a current pattern or color can really go a long way and update your look.
Creating a wardrobe on a budget can be easy; you just need to watch where and when you’re spending your money. Create a personal budget and see how much you can spend a month. You can be stylish
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Most seasonal employees are let go after the holidays are over. But it is possible to become to be the one to get a permanent placement. There is so much going on during the holiday season in a retail store, but you need to be the one to stand out to your boss.
In a very short time period it is difficult to learn a job well, but the best way to learn is to find a way to figure out more about the company. Do your research on the clientele, know what the store offers, and figure out what the customers want. If you want to learn more about the company and the store ask other employees in each department for additional training. Expanding your interests will demonstrate your ability to learn new skills quickly.
When you are on your interview, let your future employer know that you would like to move into a permanent position. Say that you are interested in the seasonal position, but would also like to move into a regular part time job. This lets them know that you are upfront about moving up and that you are motivated.
Always be flexible with your hours. During the holiday season many retailers get college students who are home for winter breaks come and fill the open spots that they have, but when they all go back they have a lot more spots to fill. Be the one that they choose for the weekday shifts. If you can help them, it is at your advantage.
Make yourself stand out, be the one that they want and get that permanent job you have been working so hard to get. If the switch to permanent doesn’t happen right away, always stay connected!
If you are still looking for your holiday job, contact us here at PCG and we will help you find the perfect fit!
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When you go for a job interview, you probably worry if you are too old or young for the position. I know when I was on my job hunt, I didn’t know if I was too young for the position or the company and that made me nervous.
Millennials, also known as Gen-Y, have figured out good ways of connecting and getting the job. Here are some of things that this generation does that all job seekers should:
1. They use social networking to connect and extend their network.
Networking has always been huge for any generation, but now there is an easier and faster way to expand your network. Growing up in this generation it was when social media started its rise. Millennials connect and communicate through text, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
2. They collaborate
Gen-Y is known for being entrepreneurial and collaborates with others. Other generations can benefit by embracing the interconnectedness that extends networking beyond lip service to actual engagement.
3. They demonstrate flexibility and multi task effectively.
Millennials are able to multi- task and easily shift from one thing to the next with ease. While you may not want to work on four projects at once, you can try to be less set it your ways.
4. They are creative and innovative
Millennials think that innovation is key to business growth. Creativity is important because then you are thinking outside of the box. In a recent Forbes article, writer Jenna Goudreau quoted Amy Lynch, co-author of The M-Factor: How the Millennial Generation is Rocking the Workplace, as saying, “Millennials are not locked into limited, linear patterns of thinking about industry issues or challenges.” And Goudreau notes: “Young employees construct solutions the way the web works, using creative networks and associations. In today’s knowledge economy, the ability to innovate will have hiring managers salivating.”
5. They get experience where they can
Gen-Yers like to get a lot of experience doing internships and volunteer work. It helps them build up their leadership skills and land the big hard job in the end. If you are having a hard time landing a job, think about what you might be able to do to add the experiences and skills you need to make your career successful.
6. They move on fast.
As we have read so many times and we all see it in our companies, millennials leave their jobs at the two year mark. They do it because it helps them to be more inspirational, and learn more. Going to many different companies in your career could help you gain even more experience.
7. They consider owning a business
There are numbers that were found that people between the ages of 18 to 29 who are in the process of setting up their own companies has increased by 50 percent in the last year alone. They have all become entrepreneurial and want to be independent and find their own passion and start something new.
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As you have probably seen through our advertising, we are having our Retail Rescue Open House next week Monday – Friday 9am – 12pm
If you’re wondering how to attend an Open House with the best chance of receiving a job opportunity, follow these steps!
- Make sure the Open House is focusing on what you’re looking for. For example, this Open House is geared towards those looking for Seasonal Fashion Retail Opportunities this holiday
- Have multiple copies of your resume ready for viewing – you never know how many people you are going to meet
- Plan for a professional outfit
- Confirm directions and plan to arrive early. The busiest time is usually smack in the middle of 8am-12pm. Get in early and spend more time with a recruiter
- Set aside some time. This Open House is first come, first serve. If you come at a busy time you may have to wait.
- While you’re waiting, befriend candidates around you. You never know who they know!
- Get business cards! Ask recruiters for their contact information so you have a point of contact for follow up
- Send a thank you card!
- Continue to follow up
- Find us on our social networks as we’re always posting new job opportunities as they come in
We’re looking forward to meeting you!
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Recently I have started to think about my dreams for my future career. I have thought to myself that I want to be someone big; I want to change the world in some way. I want to think of a brilliant idea and make it happen. I have always said to myself that I can be one of those very successful women.
We all have to start somewhere at the bottom. Especially being a woman it is hard to be at the top, but more and more every day we see it happening and a lot of times they start as assistants.
Here is a list of some amazing women who started as being an assistant and achieved their dreams and have become very successful:
1. Jenna Lyons
Jenna Lyons is the executive creative director at J Crew. She started as an assistant to an assistant to someone else’s assistant in the company in menswear.
Lyons told Marie Claire in May 2013: “There’s this idea that everybody has to have everything right away. But you have to let the slow burn happen. I wasn’t the superstar. I had to work for it. Really long hours.”
2. Christiane Amanpour
Starting out as an assistant at CNN’s foreign desk in Atlanta, she made herself in 1983 as a Journalist for CNN.
“I arrived at CNN with a suitcase, with my bicycle, and with about 100 dollars,” she said during a 2000 keynote speech at the Murrow Awards Ceremony.
3. Cindi Leive
Leive started her magazine career in the early 1990s, where she worked as an editorial assistant for Glamour, where she is now the Editor in Chief.
If that’s not moving your way up to achieve your goal, I don’t know what is.
4. Donna Karan
The designer behind DKNY and Donna Karan New York, started her career as an assistant to Anne Klein. ”I learned to make coffee and sharpen pencils. It was an extraordinary experience,” she quipped at an event in 2012.
5. Ursula Burns
Burns, who is the Chairman and CEO of Xerox, started out as an intern. Burns became the first African-American woman CEO to head a Fortune 500 company in 2009.
If you are an assistant or even working in a mail room, don’t give up. Strive to be the person you want to be and be as successful as these women are.
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Are there some times during the day that you get bored at work and don’t have much work to do? It happens to the best of us. It happens when you have been sitting at a computer screen for too long. Sometimes you need to stretch and take a breather from work. It is very important to take regular breaks throughout the day. Here are some ideas for you to get rid of your boredom and refresh your mind.
- Listen to music Music can always make a change in your day. It is therapeutic to listen to and it also helps you be productive with your work. I know when I listen to music I am able to get through my work faster and more efficient. Music makes you more relaxed, which then helps you get through your work.
- De-clutter Your Work spaceCleaning up your work space can be a great way of relieving your boredom. It can also be very productive because you never know what you will find in that pile of papers that you keep adding to at the end of your desk. I know when my desk or even my room is clean I am able to get things done.
- Get educated: Learning more about your job or expanding your job description is always a good thing. Take the time when you don’t have anything to do at work to create new things to do. Do some research on ways to further explore your position. Get some ideas and jot down some notes and then go to your boss to talk to them about it. It is a way to fill up your free time and also it shows your boss is great impression.
- Create a blog: Blogging is a great way to express you outside of work. Make a blog about something totally different than what your job is about. You can find plenty of easy to use websites to help make your blog. It is a great hobby and a great thing to focus on when you’re bored.
- Catch up or get ahead: If you have put of some personal tasks that you can only take care of during the week, when you have some free time that’s the best time to handle those tasks. Also if there are any projects that you were keeping for a rainy day. Quiet time allows you to make a dent into long term projects. You will be glad you got a head start of them later on.
Sometimes you get bored at work or sometimes you have some free time on your hands, but there is always something to do to get rid of the boredom and the extra time. Use some of our ideas to help you get through the day faster and make it useful!
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