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Out of Luck? 5 Signs To Watch Out For At Work

Be wary if you experience any of these things:
1) You’re left out of meetings
If you are no longer invited to meetings that you used to attend, or find yourself not being invited to as many meetings as before, this is cause for concern. You can ask your boss or manager why you are no longer required to attend, but make sure your tone/manner is not defensive or panicked. If you are still invited to meetings, but not called upon or asked to contribute, this can be another red flag.
2) Your formerly-friendly boss/managers and colleagues are now distant
If coworkers or management are now aloof or indifferent towards you, this can be a warning sign. Try to initiate conversations and keep the dialogue open.
3) You’re not kept in the loop on current/upcoming projects
Being shut out of important initiatives is a big clue that something is up. Attempt to become involved again, but don’t be pushy about it.
4) Things just seem “off”
Listen to your intuition. Do you get a funny feeling in the pit of your stomach that things are not as they should be? 9 times out of 10, that gut feeling is correct. Don’t do anything drastic (like quitting), but start to formulate a plan going forward. In the long term, this may involve leaving, but remember – you also need a plan for the short term. How are you going to handle the day-to-day differences you are experiencing?
5) Business has been down
If your organization or industry is facing tough times, you better get your game face on and put a plan into action.Don’t be in denial. Always be proactive and prepared. Start working on your resume, update your LinkedIn profile (keep your activity settings private for now in order to keep your search in stealth mode) and reconnect with former colleagues and other people in your network.

Have you ever experienced any of these warning signs? What did you do when you felt the “writing was on the wall”? We would love to hear about it!

Looking for more career advice? Check out this post on Twitter Career Chats.

As always, thank you for reading!

This post, by our Social Media Specialist (Recruiting Office), originally appeared on LinkedIn. Please share it if you found it to be helpful!

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Why Is A Good Resume So Important?

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You might find yourself asking, “Why is a resume so important?” This answer can be as simple or as complex as you want your resume. The real question should be, “What do I want my resume to do for me?”

I find that making a resume can be very tricky. To put it simply: If you were buying an expensive piece of electronic equipment, leasing/buying a car or a home and were not able to see it in person, what would you want the write-up to say about this particular item that you are looking to invest in? What can the “For Sale” sign say that is going to make you want to learn more?

So, how do you want to sell YOURSELF? What differentiates you from the rest of the pack? What is going to tell that prospective employer that YOU stand out from the rest, that you are worth spending more time with, learning more about, and hopefully extending an offer to?

The resume is your first chance to impress a potential employer. It gives you a chance to capture their attention without even having to meet them. If a potential employer only spends a few to several seconds on each resume, what impact do you want to make on what could possibly be your only opportunity to impress? In such a competitive job market, it is very important to stand out among the other candidates interested in a specific opportunity.

Your resume should do 4 very important things:
1) Show that you are qualified
2) Prove that you are actually passionate or care about the kind of work that you have been doing
3) Prove you understand how to do your job/the field in which you have been in
4) Show not only that you could do this job, or how you did the job, but HOW WELL you did that job

I can’t emphasize enough just how important a good resume really is. I believe you will get out of a resume what you put into a resume. This is a piece of paper that proves that you are worth investing any additional time in. This is always the first step to a great opportunity!

deonnaGuest blogger Deonna Campbell is a Corporate Recruiter for the Oldcastle Precast division. She reviews hundreds of resumes weekly. She also writes for her own blog: Resumes That Win!

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4 Reasons Why Fall Can Be A Good Time For Your Job Search

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Start your search before the leaves start falling!

Think hiring gets put on hold because the end of the year is near? Not true! Companies still hire, and some amp up their search. Here’s why:

1) Fewer people go on vacation in the Fall
According to Oldcastle Staffing Manager Erin Bardwell, “It’s much easier to coordinate first and second interviews among corporate recruiters, human resources and the other team members involved in the hiring process.” More people in the office means a better chance of you being seen sooner.

2) The school year is more like the New Year
School children aren’t the only ones who start fresh when the calendar turns to September. The change of seasons can be a big motivator. Most people associate January with resolutions, but Fall is also known as a time of renewal. The transition to shorter days, cooler weather and a more regimented schedule (for parents with kids) can be a catalyst to make a career change and go after that new position.

3) The Summer lull is over
According to this Monster.com article about Seasonal Hiring Trends, “Hiring slows down in July before picking up at the end of August.” Take advantage of this window of opportunity.

4) It’s easier to find time now before the holiday season

We’ve all been there. The time between Halloween and New Year’s seems to fly by in the blink of an eye. There are presents to buy, food to cook, parties to attend and family functions to enjoy. Before the frenzy begins, start mapping out your job search strategy now. Take action so you don’t regret it in the New Year.

Bottom line time:
The truth of the matter is – hiring does occur all year. Some times are better than others, and it can also depend on the industry and types of positions available. If you slacked off a bit this Summer, don’t beat yourself up. Simply start again! And, if you haven’t started to search, but thought you would have to wait until the New Year to search, don’t do it! There are organizations that continue to fill open positions from now until 2016.

Thank you for reading! Please share this post if you found it to be helpful.

P.S. We are one of those organizations that hire all year. Check out our current openings.

This post, by our Social Media Specialist (Recruiting Office), originally appeared on LinkedIn.

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Stressed? 4 Hints To Handle Workplace Woes

Stress Free Zone Green Road Sign In Front of Dramatic Clouds and Sky.1) First off, take a deep breath. What is it that is so upsetting to you? Is it the job itself, an annoying coworker, difficult manager or a particular project? When workplace stress gets to be too much, it’s time to take a step back and reevaluate your reactions, response, environment and coping mechanisms.

2) Categorize the cause of your stress into one of two buckets:

a) Things you can control – this is where your focus should be
b) Things you can’t – this is where you need to let go

3) Devise an action plan based on where the stress is coming from

If it’s project based – can you ask your manager or a trusted coworker for help? If that’s not a possibility, try to start the day with tasks that you do enjoy. Then, you can dive into the project.

If it’s a problem with another person, team or even your boss, you’re going to have to tread lightly. Make an effort to minimize time spent with the other person. Not an option? Then, you’re going to have to change your mindset and approach when interacting with them. This Forbes article on dealing with difficult people gives additional advice on handling stress inducing coworkers.

If it’s the job itself, it’s time for the tough questions. Are you in the right position, at the right company, or even in the right field? These are deeper issues that aren’t going to be so quickly resolved. In that case, it may be time to revise your resume. Surprisingly enough, this act alone can make you feel better, giving you control where you may have previously felt powerless.

4) Add stress management into your day. Don’t dismiss the importance of proper nutrition, exercise, sleep and overall self care. Super stressed people often put their physical and emotional needs on the back burner. However, this is when you need to take care of yourself more than ever. Fit in a walk, call a friend/family member/trusted colleague to vent to (but limit this to a set period of time), plan something fun outside of work to look forward to, watch a funny TV show to divert your attention, etc. The goal here is to step away from what’s upsetting you and focus on the positives in your life. We get that this is not always easy.

Clearly, dealing with stressful people, situations and projects at work can be a challenge. However, there is hope! It does take time, but with awareness, commitment and a plan, you will start to feel better.

How do you handle stress at work? We would love to know! Comment below and share this post if you found it helpful.

Here’s to stress free days 🙂

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