The Watercooler is PrideStaff’s blog covering trends and tips for successfully managing issues in the workplace, such as: retention, employee engagement, and interviewing.

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The quickest way to be eliminated as a job candidate is to submit a flawed resume. Whether yours is initially reviewed by a hiring manager or an applicant tracking system, you need to ensure your resume immediately conveys the value you would offer if hired. And this leaves no room for error, if you want… Read more »

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Forklift operators are critical members of business teams in warehousing, manufacturing and agriculture, among other industries. The right experience, licensures and certifications are important to forklift jobs – but there are other qualities equally valuable to a potential employer. Here’s a snapshot of several of them: Safety Awareness Nothing is more important than safety at… Read more »

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Whether you’re a recent grad or a seasoned veteran in the workforce, you need a career plan that will successfully guide you through your professional life. Otherwise, you may not reach your desired goals – or, best case, it will take you considerably longer to get there. What Does Your Plan Look Like? Embrace the… Read more »

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You may be skilled at reacting to orders from above, questions from below and all the other day-to-day demands of your workplace. You may work long hours, be well-liked and respected, and be the model of organizational efficiency. But, unless you’re proactive in setting the right goals for your employees, you aren’t an effective manager…. Read more »

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The best customer service representatives have mastered specific skills, which you need demonstrate on your resume, during interviews and throughout your job search. In every situation, the goal of great service is to show a customer that: You care about them and about fulfilling their order, solving their problem and/or answering their questions, whatever it… Read more »

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As you advance along your career path, make no mistake about it. You do need strong technical skills and experience relevant to your field. In addition, there are certain soft skills – also known as transferable or power skills – which can be the deciding factor in whether or not you land the job of… Read more »

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As you prepare to interview job candidates, you probably spend a considerable amount of time planning which questions to ask. As you should; after all, an interview is often the last step before your final hiring decision. However, it’s equally important to know which questions not to ask and which topics to avoid all together…. Read more »

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As you anticipate your first day at a new job, get ready to embrace the change! Things will be different from your last role – and that’s more than okay. It’s exciting and offers a world of promises and prospects, as you enter this new phase in your career. Approach day one with an open… Read more »

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Time to fill vacant jobs averages approximately 44 days, an increase of 50 percent since 2010. This trend doesn’t bode well for employers who want to win the competitive talent war – especially with unemployment continuing at a low rate and supporting a candidate-driven market. Slow hiring has a negative ripple effect that hurts your… Read more »

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To err is human. Everybody makes mistakes. But when a blunder happens at work, it can be embarrassing, humiliating or worse. Or at least it feels that way. When it happens to you, take a deep breath. You will get through it – and there are helpful steps you can take towards recovery and damage… Read more »