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Still don’t know what to buy for a friend or family member looking for a new job or maybe is out of work? Don’t worry; we here at PCG have put together an amazing list of last minute gifts that will help secure your spot on the nice list.
Personal business cards are a great idea for people to use when networking or to give at the end of an interview. Even if your job seeker is currently employed they probably won’t want to hand out their current company business cards. Personal cards should only include their name and personal contact information like email, phone number and maybe their LinkedIn web address. These can be purchased online and delivery can happen in just a few days. Keep the design simple and elegant and they will never go out of style.
Subscription to an industry magazine or paper
Keeping up to date on what is happen in their chosen industry is so important especially when you are looking for a new job. What would be a better way of helping them do this than subscribing them to an industry publication? This can be done online and an email sent directly to them notifying them of your gift. How perfect is that, it doesn’t even require wrapping!
Clothing Gift Certificate
The pressure to look your best on an interview is pretty high. If you are out of work it may be hard to spend the extra money on a new dress or blazer. Buying a gift card to a large department store may be the best way to help them ace the interview. By getting them a department store gift card the job seeker can have a larger section of items like shoes, suits, ties…they have them all!
The last thing they may want to read is another how-to guide but a book or memoir by a titian of their industry could be the perfect inspiration for taking those next steps into a new career. Reading about others success can help in forming their own goals and give them that extra confidence they may need.
But the best gift you can give someone looking to make a change in their career is your support. Knowing that you are in their corner helps get them though the tough time of transition that they are going through. Plus when that job offer does come they will know who to call up and celebrate the victory with!
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What is that saying…when it rains it pours? That’s how it may feel after months of job searching then suddenly things start to fall into place and you are presented with two job offers. So how are you going to choose? We suggest taking your time and going through these steps so that you can feel confident in your final choice.
The first thing you should do is put together two lists
- On your must haves list you should write down everything that you need to have in your new job. This should include your salary minimum, work hours, health plans or whatever the priorities are for you. Maybe a great health plan isn’t important to you because your spouse has coverage for both of you. Decide what is important and stick to it.
- These should be things that you couldn’t live with. This may include working on weekends, ethical conflicts or a long commute. These things should be beyond work place annoyances and truly be things you could not do.
The second thing to consider would be the perks at each job. These shouldn’t be the deciding factor when choosing but if it’s close, perks could push one job to the top of the pile. Vacation time, casual dress policy, summer hours these can all make a difference in your work and personal life. It’s important it to find out what perks each job offers.
Finally, I would make sure you’ve done your research on both companies. You can do this online or by speaking to current or past employees. If you want to look online you can visit sites where current or past employees can write reviews on their company. Make sure there are a few so you can get a wider range of opinions. If you are looking for more of a personal approach check out your LinkedIn page see if you have any 1st or 2rd connections that work at the companies you have offers from. Reach out to them and see what they have to say.
Speaking with people you trust like a mentor or a recruiter will also prove to be helpful. They can help you look at the big picture plan for your career and see which job is going to help put you on the path you want to be on. Once you make your choice keep looking forward, don’t second guess yourself. It may be a little frightening wanting to make the right choice but never underestimate the research and your gut!
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Your company’s holiday party offers a great chance for you to talk to people you normally don’t interact with at work. We at PCG are suggesting you meet them without a lampshade on your head. Here is some advice from our office etiquette experts on how to survive your holiday party in style.
Who to talk to and what topics to avoid.
Talking to the CEO…Sure! Talking to the CEO about your desire to be promoted for an hour…NO!! Keep your talking points light and easy. It’s a great idea to touch base with people in leadership roles IF you have something interesting to say to them. Talking about work is safe but only try to do it when directly asked by a manager about your job. A company party is your opportunity to talk with your boss on a more personal level. You talk about work every other day of the year, tonight ask if he or she have any holiday traditions or what are their holiday travel plans.
To drink or not to drink.
This should go without saying but, don’t drink too much. It’s a party so enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail but mixing drinking and casual conservation with coworkers can be tricky. When you drink too much, just like in your personal life, you have the potentially to make a fool out of yourself. But at a company holiday party the people watching you dance on the tables can make or break your career. So our advice is to think before that second drink. Also, keep clear of the people that didn’t take our advice, you may appear irresponsible just by association.
How to make an exit
When it’s time to leave make sure you thank your host, keep it short and quick but let them know you appreciate their hospitality. If the party is at a restaurant or bar make sure you thank who is covering the cost of the party or the person who organized the event. If you have a legitimate reason for leaving early you should address it up front, let your supervisor know that you have to get the babysitter home by a certain time or if you have another commitment. This way they know you aren’t leaving because you aren’t enjoying yourself.
Finally, have fun! You’ve worked hard all year and sit back and enjoy this outside the office time with your coworkers.
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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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