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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Starting a job is a lot like your first day at a new school. It can be stressful and often, kind of scary. And if things go wrong at the start, it can be tough to recover. If a new employee gets off to a rocky start, it can significantly increase their time-to-productivity, as well… Read more »

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Are you going to a job fair? Not sure what to ask? You’ll have only a brief window of time with each recruiter – and your goal is to get the information you need to decide if a company or job is right for you and at the same time, make a good impression. How… Read more »

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The question “Where do you see yourself in five years?” is often asked during job interviews. It may sound cliché, but your response is important to employers as they seek to learn more about your career goals and whether or not they mesh with those of their organization. In other words, it can be a… Read more »

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Are you trying to fill a position at your company, but struggling to find the right candidates in today’s tight labor market? Direct-hire recruiting through a staffing firm may be the ideal solution. Your staffing firm will partner with you to craft your hiring strategy from start to finish, beginning with writing a job description… Read more »

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“So, tell us a little bit about yourself.” It’s a classic interview question – usually, the first one asked after the formalities of introductions have been completed. You should be prepared for it, as it can set the stage for the overall success or failure of the conversation to follow. It seems like an easy… Read more »

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Maybe you’ve just never stopped to consider it, but building healthy relationships with your coworkers is an essential part of having a successful career. Even if you’re an introvert by nature, reaching out and getting to know your colleagues on a more personal can reap many benefits, including: It reduces your stress level. You may… Read more »

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Even among the happiest, most motivated teams, frustration will inevitably occur from time to time. And if it starts to become common in one or more people, chances are it won’t go away on its own. It may fester and worsen if left unattended. Frustrated employees rarely do their best work. And, signs of frustration… Read more »

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The first 90 days on a new job set the stage for your long-term success. This is the time to deliver on the promises you made during your hiring process and solidify how your manager and peers will perceive you. No pressure, right? Seriously, while this input is critical, there are ways to get it… Read more »

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It goes without saying that your resume is a critical tool in your successful job search. However, the very first thing a recruiter or hiring manager will see is your cover letter. Before you question this fact, rest assured that they will read it – and use it as the first test of your potential… Read more »

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Navigating through the start-to-finish process of applying for a job can be stressful, to say the least. No matter how hard you work to prepare, you may still wonder whether you’re forgetting or downplaying any key steps. Here are some pointers to keep in mind: Clean up and amp up your social media presence. More… Read more »