If you know me, you are well aware that I don’t like surprises. (No idea how I ended up agreeing to a blind date.) I’m not talking about, “I picked you up a cupcake on the way to work” or “I got us tickets to that sold out concert.” I’m talking about surprises that serve to remind us that we should’ve prepared better.
Such as, “Surprise! That 30% chance of rain just happened. There goes my hair-do…If only I had grabbed the umbrella” or “Surprise! You forgot one of your dinner guests has food allergies and you didn’t remember because you were sending off last minute emails at work while confirming dinner plans…now you look like a jerk.” Those are the surprises that we all dislike. As I “prepared” for a blind date I realized some of these steps were very similar to preparing for an interview. I thought it would be helpful to share them with everyone!
To avoid mistakes, caused by lack of preparation, try and research a bit on whatever you have planned (including blind dates and interviews.) With Google at your fingertips there is no reason you should be unfamiliar with the employer you are interviewing for. The following can give you insights on the company culture and the issues they are currently addressing.
1. Find out about the company by following them on Twitter– all major companies and almost all small companies have Twitter accounts. Some even have recruiters for the company on Twitter that are available to answer questions about the company as well as new job opportunities.
2. See what’s being said about them in the news- the news can help you determine where the company is headed in the future and what kind of issues they have dealt with in the past.
3. Like their Facebook page and participate in the conversation– the pictures and videos on their Facebook page can give you great insights about their company culture.
4. Don’t forget to check out the career section on the company’s website- this may be the most accurate place to look when it comes to finding out what the company is currently hiring for.
Check back for Part 2 and don’t forget to join our Interview Tips group on iHispano.com for more advice on interviewing!
Maybe you got laid off or maybe you got fired. Regardless, of how it happened, you’re currently unemployed. Getting past this experience is similar to surviving a break up. Your self-esteem plummets, you wonder if you ever find another “perfect” match, and you feel like a “part of you” is missing.
Like we’ve all heard before, this too shall pass. Here’s what you can do to get through it and move on to the next step in your career.
Maybe crying isn’t your thing, in that case go ahead and vent. Just like after a breakup, you have to get it out. Hiding negative emotions over a long period of time will make it harder see the light at the end of the tunnel. Talk to family members or friends. You might be surprised to hear other’s stories, when getting laid off lead them to a better place. Find someone you trust that wont blab to your previous employer every not-so-nice thing you might say about the company. Don’t sulk around for too long or you might end up pushing others away.
After releasing all your negativity find someone that can offer support during your job search. This person can help you see if getting laid off was something you could’ve controlled by getting more training for the job, being more proactive to what was happening in your industry, or if was completely unforeseen. Listen to their opinion and work with them to figure what your next steps should be.
Don’t Dwell on It
After a break up people eliminate all things that trigger memories of a failed relationship in an attempt to move on and start fresh. Do the same when hunting for your new job. Don’t attend happy hour with your ex co-workers or try to stay current on the office gossip, at least until you have a new job. This will help you avoid getting emotional and help you stay focused on rejoining the workforce.
Look for the Positive
It might seem difficult at first but maybe you didn’t really enjoy working there. Now you can find a job that makes good use of your talents and ideas. Learn from this experience by taking time to evaluate past performance and how you can improve upon it to excel at your next job.
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Careers at Cintas have many benefits such as paid holidays and vacation, corporate and banking discounts, and dental/vision/medical/disability insurance.
Cintas also believes their diverse workforce is critical for improving and maintaining a competitive advantage. Cintas has a diverse team of partners, one of their company’s strenghts. 42% of their partners are women an 39% of their partners are persons of color. They also hire military women and men while they are completing their service to our country. GI Jobs ranked them #8 on their “Top 100 Military Friendly Employers” for 2012.
Want to know what companies have the most jobs on iHispano?
Not only are companies ready to hire, many are currently hiring for MANY positions across the US. The companies below have at least 1,000 jobs available! If you’re looking for a new job, take a few minutes and see if one of these companies is right for you:
1. Best Buy: Working Mother magazine named Best Buy as one of the Best Companies for Hourly Workers in 2011.
2. JPMorgan Chase: As one of the Big Four banks of the United States with Bank of America, Citigroup and Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase has locations worldwide that are actively hiring.
4. Aerotek: A leader in the recruiting and staffing industry, they have opportunities in recruiting and sales jobs, customer service jobs or corporate careers in one of their 200 office locations in the U.S./Canada.
6. GE: is an American multinational conglomerate corporation. They operate through four segments: Energy,Technology Infrastructure, Capital Finance and Consumer & Industrial.
7. IBM: Learn why others have chosen to work for IBM.
8. TEK Systems: TEKsystems is a multi-billion dollar services company that provides IT staffing solutions, IT human capital management expertise, and a range of managed, project-based and outsourced IT services.They have 4,000 full-time employees, operates from more than 100 locations throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
9. AT&T: Learn about AT&T’s commitment to jobs in America by watching the video below.
10. Dell: is an American IT corporation that develops, sells and supports computers and related products and services. The company is one of the largest technological corporations in the world with more than 103,300 people worldwide.
Is your boss likely to splurge on a big ticket item for your office? Maybe you should let him read this. Red Frog Events’ CEO invested over $100,000 in a treehouse as an addition to his employees’ work space. He calls Camp Red Frog, the new name for their Chicago office, one of his “best investments.”
Some of the benefits that can be linked to the addition of Camp Red Frog:
Creative environments encourage recruitment and retention of creative talent…a LOT of it. After attending career fairs to scout out talent, Red Frog is never disappointed. “2,000 resumes a month” come in after job seekers find out about the perks of Camp Red Frog!
Happier employees lead to higher creativity. Employees can play arcade games to take a break, let their ideas marinate over a drink at the company bar, or brainstorm in the tree house.
Remember the best “Ah hah!” ideas usually strike while you’re away from your cubicle.
Employees feel appreciated. Employees dedicate the majority of their time at work, investing in a comfortable workplace shows they are valued by those at the top. No one wants to feel like they can be replaced by a machine that just shows up to crank out work.
Red Frog Events take on company culture attracted a lot of talent and media. It will be interesting to see in the following year how many more companies start taking a similar company culture approach.
Tell Us! What are somethings that would make your work place more productive and/or increase employee satisfaction?
I’ve read a lot about time management skills in the workplace but not enough about SPACE management. I carry around a large bag, a medium bag, and my lunch bag. I usually have no idea what’s inside any, except for the lunch bag, until I arrive at work. Then I get frustrated because I find out that I carried an extra 5 pounds of stuff I don’t need for work. For example, today I had an empty eye glass case, my mail from the last week, 2 phone chargers, and yesterday’s coffee mug. I need some space management and/or de-clutter ideas everyone!! Thoughts, tips, comments? What do you do to stay organized?