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Author:Courtney Clemmons

Courtney Clemmons

Courtney Clemmons is the Content Developer for both Messina Group Staffing and Messina Group Consulting. Before moving into her role on the Marketing team, Courtney began her career as a Recruiter working on contract, contract-to-hire and direct hire positions for Messina’s Engineering, Manufacturing, Laboratory, Marketing and Financial staffing divisions. Courtney is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a BA in Journalism.

Recent Posts

Job Search, temporary job December 04, 2015

Turbocharge Your Career with a Temporary Job

If you have been out of the job market for an extended period of time due to unemployment, child care, or an illness, the temporary job market is a great way to get back into the business environment and reboot your career.

Job Search, Job Offers November 20, 2015

Knowing When to Turn Down a Job Offer

Securing a job offer is always an exciting development, no matter if it’s your first official offer or the fiftieth. But what if there were some “red flags” during the interview process or the details of the job offer aren't what you thought they would be? Here are a few reasons why turning down an offer could actually be the right move for you. 

Job Search, cover letter November 06, 2015

The Dos and Don'ts for Cover Letter Writing

Whether you’re a recent graduate entering the job market for the first time or a seasoned professional looking to make a career move, having the skills to write a stand-out cover letter is key to landing your new job.

Job Search October 27, 2015

Why Can't I Get A job?

The job search process can often be long and exhausting, and many days can end with this frustrating question: “Why can’t I get a job?” It’s a question that most people ask themselves at somepoint or another, but often goes unanswered. And perhaps the key to finding an answer it is to get more specific. Could there actually be something you’re doing during the interview process that’s preventing you from getting a job offer?

Job Search, entry-level jobs October 27, 2015

How to Successfully Navigate through the Changing Job Market

With the unemployment rates steadily dropping in the past few years, the job market has begun to significantly change. Until recently, we had been living in a primarily employer driven job market that gave companies a majority of the power when hiring and retaining their employees. Unfortunately for them, the recent changes in our economy are causing more positions to become available with less talent to fill them, especially in the architectural, engineering and financial industries. And although this labor shortage isn’t ideal for employers, it can be great for jobseekers that are able to use it to their advantage.

Interview Tips, Job Search October 06, 2015

The New Rules of Dressing for Success

There are a few times in your life that your clothes will give you an added boost and a job interview is one of them. When you look good, you feel more confident and are able to project that during the meeting. As a recruiter, it’s my job to make sure that candidates are well-prepared. This means that they know the job inside and out, and look the part. Below are a few tips that I like to share with candidates:

Job Search, First Job October 01, 2015

Back to Basics: Successful Interview Tips

Congratulations! You got the interview. Now it’s time to prepare for success. Below are a few interview tips for making a great impression. 

Interview Process, Job Search September 30, 2015

7 Ways to Rock a Skype Interview

More companies are using Skype and Google Hangout to meet with potential candidates. Remote interviews can take place as the first part of the screening process or when you are about to receive an offer, but need to meet with someone who is out of town.  Below are a few tips to help you put your best foot forward.

Networking September 16, 2015

Networking Tips for Taking Advantage of Fall 

With the fall months upon us, its time to take advantage of the last few weeks of warm weather and the network opportunities that they provide. The spring, summer and fall months often bring vacations, weekend plans and hyperactive social lives, but they also bring a myriad of networking opportunities. Many businesses tend to slow down once the summer hits. However, that doesn’t mean your networking has to as well. The seasonal downtime you might have at work combined with your increased social activity outside of the office can pay huge dividends for your professional network - especially if you take advantage of these networking tips.

Networking, Job Search August 18, 2015

The Alumni Connection: Expanding Your Network

Students returning to school may bring back memories of your time at college – or even high school. However, the only people who truly want to reminisce with you are fellow alumni. The good news is that alumni events take place around the country – and offer prime employment networking opportunities.

July 31, 2015

Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch

Picture this: you’re waiting for the elevator at work. The doors open, you walk inside and someone follows behind you. As you turn around you realize it’s none other than the CEO of your company. The doors close and the elevator begins to move. You know you want to say something but what should it be? Should you introduce yourself, try to make a positive impression, maybe even be so bold as to tell him a joke? Unfortunately, as you’re figuring out how to capitalize on this opportunity, the elevator stops, the doors open and your chance walks out the door. 

How to Sell Yourself During A Job Interview

You’ve got a pressed suit, fully-vetted resume and stellar interviewing skills, yet you’re not getting offers. What’s happening? Job seekers must realize that they are in sales. 

Job Search April 07, 2015

Keeping the spark alive: how to fall back in love with your job

Starting a new job at any point in your career is exciting, refreshing, and another chance to keep improving. However, maintaining that same level of initial excitement isn’t always that easy. Overtime, your work environment and your personal life can undergo change, both of which can significantly impact your attitude towards your job and the work that you do every day.

Networking in the New Year

It’s a new year, which means it’s time for a new you. Whether you’re unemployed, employed, a recent college graduate or an experienced worker, your professional identity is something that should always be a top priority. Revamping your skill set is a great way to keep your professional persona on track and ahead of the game. And doing some professional network maintenance from time to time not only benefits your future opportunities, but can also open some new doors in your present circumstances.

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