Job Search Insights

social media January 09, 2017

Make social media an asset, not a liability

For job seekers, social media is a powerful tool for reaching a huge audience. But it’s a tool that comes with a big, bold warning label. Hiring managers and HR departments today are very social media-savvy. Looking at a candidate's Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn profiles is a regular part of the screening process, so it’s imperative that applicants understand how to use social media channels properly and responsibly.

Messina Group, LabTemps December 16, 2016

What's it really like to work with Messina Group?

Have you ever considered working with a staffing agency before? Have you ever worked with a staffing agency but had a negative experience? Here at Messina Group, we understand that successful placement is a two-way street, and strive to prioritize the needs of our employees above all else. In order to show you what it's really like to work with our organization, here's a glimpse into one of our employee success stories featuring Jasmin D. - a first-time mom looking to re-enter the workforce after taking some time off. 

salary negotiation November 21, 2016

6 Tips for Effective Salary Negotiation

There is truth in the old adage: if you want something in life, you have to ask for it, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the same applies to salary negotiations.

IT Skills, Finance Skills October 06, 2016

Top Finance & IT Skills Employers Want

It’s no secret that our society’s technological advancements have rapidly changed the way we do business, especially within the financial and information technology fields. Companies all across the U.S. are creating new positions to keep up with the emerging financial & IT trends, and they need technical talent with modern skill sets to fill them successfully.  So what are the top IT & financial skillets that companies are looking for right now? Read the articles below to find out! 

Contract Work, temporary assignments September 06, 2016

4 Benefits of Contract Work

Despite the allure of certain benefits like health insurance or 401k matching, contract work has remained a vital and steady part of America's unpredictable labor market, especially in the recent years. According to the American Staffing Association, “U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 3.08 million temporary and contract workers per week in the first quarter of 2016, up 0.3% from the same period in 2015.” 

salary negotiation, job offer June 24, 2016

5 Tips for Negotiating A Job Offer

Getting a job offer is exciting, rewarding and oftentimes met with a huge sigh of relief. But what if the offer isn’t all it was cracked up to be?

Networking, summer June 09, 2016

The Benefits of Summer Networking

As we enter into summer, the warmer weather often brings vacations, weekend plans and hyperactive social lives. However, it also brings a myriad of networking opportunities for those who choose to take advantage. Although businesses tend to slow down during this time of year, 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.

job search tips, resume tips June 02, 2016

6 Critical Resume 'Must Haves'

When applying for jobs, being able to stand out among the mass of applicants can feel insurmountable. However, getting a recruiter to notice your resume is actually easier than you think – especially if your resume is missing something or has obvious mistakes.

bad work habits, career advice April 28, 2016

7 Bad Work Habits to Leave at Home

Picture this: It’s 7:30 a.m. on a Monday morning and you’re at your desk hammering out a project that’s due to your boss by 9:00 a.m. You made the extra effort to come into the office early, but notice that your teammate for this project didn’t feel the same. You are vigorously wrapping things up when you see your coworker rolling into the office at 8:45. After making himself a cup of coffee and scrolling through his social media, he conveniently makes his way over to your desk just in time to hand the project over to your boss.

Tips for Stand-Out Cover Letter Writing

Job Search, soft skills February 11, 2016

Soft Skills Employers Look for in New Hires

When looking for a new job, it’s easy to focus on the hard skill requirements for a given position and automatically rule yourself out if you don’t meet every qualification. Although particular hard skill sets might be non-negotiable for certain positions, soft skills are equally as important.

Job Search, Changing Careers February 11, 2016

Streamlining Your Job Search: Sifting Through the Milieu

It’s no secret that finding a new job can be challenging. The most important thing to remember is this: you can’t apply to a position that you don’t know is available.

Job seekers, Job Search February 10, 2016

How to Prepare for your Interview

 Interviewing for a job can definitely be a nerve-wracking experience. But job candidates have a lot more control over the process than they think. As with many things in life, preparation is the key. Here are a few tips to a successful interview prep.

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.

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