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A GoodTemps Michigan success story

6 years ago in General news

Here's a great success story to kick off the day.

Learn how GoodTemps Michigan - our sister Goodwill's staffing agency in the West Michigan area, helped Chris Gardenour get back on his feet after being laid off from his manufacturing job. …

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Re-adjusting to work after long-term unemployment

6 years ago in Personal development

If you've experienced a long stretch of unemployment, you're not alone.

Millions of Americans have found themselves laid off in the last few years as companies have cut costs by cutting jobs. If you've found yourself unemployed, you're also probably aware that finding a new job is the hardest job you'll ever have to do. Here are a few tips for finding your way back into the workforce, no matter how long you've been unemployed.…

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How to Resign

6 years ago in Personal development

There often comes a time when an employee chooses to move on to pastures new.

The reasons why can be many, but you should always take the high road in how you handle it with your employer.…

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9 Traits of Outstanding Employees

6 years ago in Personal development

Every company loves a great employee - the one who is dependable, who gets the job done and done well.

But it's the outstanding employees who, well, stand out. Jeff Haden from BNet.com highlights 9 traits of truly outstanding employees in this great article. Look at yourself and your co-workers; do you see the traits he lists?…

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6 years ago in Top candidates

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How to Dress for Your Interview

6 years ago in Personal development

The general rule of interview attire is to dress a level or two better than you would at work.

Your goal is to look more professional and more conservative than you would at any other time on the job. It helps prevent looks from costing you the job offer and forces the hiring manager to focus on your skills and experience. Here are some tips for dressing the right way for your next interview:…

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Networking with Friends

6 years ago in Personal development

Experts on TV shows and websites often say the best way to get a job is to make your résumé stand out and then apply for lots of positions.

This tactic sometimes works, but it is far from the most efficient way to land a job. If you want a better job faster, the wisest thing you can do is talk with your friends. Here is a beginner's guide to networking your way into your dream job.…

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Goodwill 5km Walk/Run - New FREE for GoodTemps clients!

6 years ago in General news

A reminder for all you active types out there that October 1st is Goodwill’s first Walk/Run event, to be held in Flushing Meadow Park, in Corona, Queens. The original post about this event can be viewed <a href=’http://www.goodtemps.org/features/Details.aspx?Entry=101’ target=’blank’>here.

Importantly, entry into the Walk/Run is now free for all Goodwill program participants. As GoodTemps is a division of Goodwill, that means any individual registered with GoodTemps is eligible to participate for free!

So what are you waiting for? <a href=’http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=polmnheab&oeidk=a07e4agkrzof5158235&oseq=a01mmgoynei9b’ target=’
blank’>Sign up and take part in this great event, get some invigorating exercise at your own pace in a beautiful NYC park and meet some fantastic people!

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Make the difference in your application: Cover Letter tips

6 years ago in Personal development

If you're a job seeker who finds cover letters daunting, you're not alone.

Many career websites say your cover letter is as important as your résumé and a great the way to set yourself apart from other candidates. That thought can make writing your cover letter pretty stressful. The good news is those websites are lying. While submitting a cover letter with your résumé is important because it’s expected and it introduces you to the employer doing the hiring, spending a lot of time or stress on it isn't worth the trouble. Most hiring managers only glance over cover letters. Everything of importance should be in your résumé, so hiring managers and HR professionals mostly look at cover letters to see if you can write in full sentences and proper English. …

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Résumé Tips

6 years ago in Personal development

Getting the most out of your application

If you want your résumé to stand out when you apply for a job — and you don't know anyone at that company who can refer you for the position — the most important thing you can do is make your past experience sound as much as possible like the job you want. …

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Following Orders

6 years ago in Personal development

Some people like to go above and beyond in their jobs.

They have ideas for how to make a task easier or more efficient, and they want the office to acknowledge and benefit from their hard work. These people can be a great asset to their companies. But there are times going above and beyond just gets in the way of what your boss needs you to do. …

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GoodTemps to receive ACCES-VR NDEAM award

6 years ago in General news

We’re not normally one to toot our own horn over here...

But this honor is too great to let pass without mentioning; it's a testament to the hard work we do every day in trying to make a difference in people's lives.…

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What Bosses Want

6 years ago in Personal development

Your job is to make your boss's job easier, no matter what job you have.

There was a time when your position at the company didn't exist. Then when your boss's position became too big for one person, your position was created to take some of the work off of his plate. Your boss is ultimately responsible for the work you do, so he wants to know what is getting done and if there are any problems. Take this fact into account when deciding what to ask or tell your boss, and you should have an easier time getting along. …

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Go the Extra Mile - Goodwill 5K Walk/Run event on Oct 1st!

6 years ago in General news

On October 1st, Goodwill, GoodTemps’ parent organization, will be hosting their first Run/Walk event in support of our collective mission to enhance the lives of people with disabilities or other barriers to employment. All are welcome and encouraged to attend - this promises be a great, uplifting and inspiring day for many.

The Run/Walk will be held at Flushing Meadow Park in Corona, Queens starting at 8.30am. The event is split into two stages - a 5KM (3.1 miles) run, and a 3KM (1.86 mile) walk - you can participate in either, or both!

What can I do?


  1. Run!
    If you love running, the 5KM event is the perfect fit for you, taking you around Flushing Meadow Park, and the Unisphere.
  2. Walk!
    If you’re not a fan of running, or don’t feel up to it, there’s a leisurely 3KM walk. Stroll with friends and family, and help make a difference for people with disabilities.
  3. Volunteer
    If you feel you can contribute in other ways, contact the Goodwill Run/Walk team at gwwalkrun5k@goodwillny.org to see what volunteering opportunities are available for the event.

The details


General registration for the Run/Walk consists of a donation of $20. For those with a disability, or who participate in any Goodwill program, the registration donation is $5.

Your donation helps the mission of Goodwill; supporting those with disabilities and barriers to employment. In 2010, we placed 13,300 people with disabilities into employment - your donation and participation in the Run/Walk can help us do so much more this year and beyond.

For full details on the event, to register, and for information on how to get involved, visit the Goodwill 5K Run/Walk website.

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Mastering &rsquo;Reply All&rsquo;

6 years ago in Personal development

Few things are as often abused in office email etiquette as Reply All. Office friendships have been broken in the misuse of this often useful feature. Let Lifehacker.com show you how to master and use Reply All to it’s max potential.

Basically:

  1. Are there people CC’d in the email?
    Yes? Then if your reply is about the subject at hand, you’d better include them in your reply. The author of the email put them there for a reason.
  2. Is your reply relevant to the topic?
    No? Just making a quick joke? Then feel free to just reply to the author. Especially if your boss is CC’d. Don’t fill up everyone’s inbox with irrelevant emails.


Read the full article: http://lifehacker.com/5830011/reply-all-whats-up-with-it

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How to Impress at Your Interview

6 years ago in Personal development

The job interview. Your Broadway stage entrance, your time to shine and dazzle. Nothing else is as critical in landing the job, it is your opportunity to show to a potential employer how eloquent and vibrant you are. If you can’t impress on the interview, your chances of success are super slim. Here in her latest post, Carissa explains why:

One of the questions I hear most often is, "How do I ace a job interview?" The simple answer is, "Convince the interviewer you’re the best candidate for the job." Here are a few tips for how to do that — for any job.

  1. Smile
    Smiling — more than you ever would in day-to-day life — shows your potential employer that you are friendly and pleasant to work with. Particularly in cities not known for friendliness, a smile can set you apart from other candidates and make you appear more confident and better qualified.
  2. Dress the part
    The best thing you can wear to an interview — and the only thing you should consider wearing when it’s an interview for an office job — is a clean, pressed suit. Dressing professionally shows your potential employer that you take the job seriously.
  3. Be well groomed
    Make sure your clothes are free of stains and wrinkles, your shoes are clean, and and your hair is combed and out of your eyes. Looking fashionable isn’t important for an interview, but looking clean and well groomed is.
  4. Be prepared
    Find the building where you need to go and plot out how you will get there in advance to ensure you are on time on interview day — allow plenty of time for traffic and subway delays. A day or two before your interview, hold a practice interview with a friend. Have your friend ask you any questions he thinks you might hear in an interview, and be sure to go over the standard questions (e.g., "Why do you want this job?") that come up in every interview. Jot down a question or two to ask your interviewer when he asks if you have any questions, such as, "What is a typical work day like here?" And bring a few copies of your résumé with you to the interview — at least one interviewer is sure to ask you for one because he forgot to bring his own copy.
  5. Be confident
    Holding a practice interview with a friend — even if only for a few minutes — can go a long way toward making you feel more confident at the real interview. For an addition confidence boost, remember this: Your interviewer wants you to do well. He wants to be able to hire you so he can be finished with filling that job. This is not just a pep talk; I am completely serious.

If you have an interview coming up and would like more detailed advice for your individual situation, send me an email at . I’m happy to help.

Carissa Doshi is a business writer and the president of Gen Y Media Group. She gives career advice and blogs about her experiences on www.carissadoshi.com. You can also follow @CarissaDoshi on Twitter.

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Link: Free AC unit for low income Brooklyn residents

6 years ago in General news

The blog BedStuy Patch is reporting about the Sunset Park Redevelopment Committee, which has just unveiled an emergency cooling program for low-income, sick or elderly residents of Brooklyn.

Those who qualify under the program, such as those with medical conditions that put them at risk during a heat wave, will receive a free air conditioning unit, installed at no charge. The program runs from now until September 2011, or until funds run out.

Guidelines for qualification include either documentation providing proof of medical need for a cooling system, proof of income to determine financial need, proof of HEAP/PA/SSI or being a food stamp receipient, and landlord authorization. Additionally, you cannot already own a functional air conditioner in the home.

Call the SSPRC at 718-492-8580 or email them at keepcool2011@gmail.com for more details.

Read the full article about the program over at BedStuy Patch.

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Thank You Notes

6 years ago in Personal development

A thank you note is an often overlooked post-interview practice, which in this time of email and IMs, is falling to the wayside. But it shouldn’t, it’s another important way of making yourself stand out as a serious candidate for a job. Read on and let Carissa explain why:

Sending thank you notes after an interview is a great way to follow up about a job you want without feeling like you’re pestering the employer. It’s also just good etiquette. Here are some tips to make the most of post-interview thank you notes:

  1. Send a brief thank you message by email, followed by a mailed thank you note. This gives you two opportunities to remind the employer of who you are and how great you’d be for that job.
  2. Use simple, professional-looking thank you notes or blank cards, and write them by hand. This gives them a more personal quality than printing them from your computer.
  3. Include your contact information in case the interviewer wants to get in touch with you.
  4. Keep it short and sweet. Use this opportunity to say thank you for taking the time to interview you, as well as mention something said at the interview to jog their memory of you. For example:
    <div style=’margin: 20px; background-color: #ededed;border:1px solid #e1e1e1; padding: 10px’>Dear Mr. Rodriguez,

    Thank you for taking the time to meet with me last Thursday. After the interview I’m more interested than ever in the team lead position. The Hamilton project you described sounds very interesting, and I think my skills and experience could be an asset. If you have any additional questions for me, please don’t hesitate to call me at 646-555-9424. I look forward to hearing from you, and thank you again.

    Best regards,
    Carissa Doshi
  • Send thank you notes to everyone who took the time to interview you — including HR and lower-ranking, non-decision-making employees. Hiring managers often ask their employees to screen potential new hires during the interview process, and treating those employees with the same politeness and respect you show their boss can both make you their favorite candidate and start a working relationship off on the right foot.



  • If thank you notes make you nervous because you still aren’t sure what to say, use this template [Word 2007]. Just fill in the blanks and copy it onto your own paper. Remember: what you say in your thank you notes isn’t half as important as the fact that you send them.
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    Carissa Doshi is a business writer and the president of Gen Y Media Group. She gives career advice and blogs about her experiences on www.carissadoshi.com. You can also follow @CarissaDoshi on Twitter.

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