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Phishing Alert

Phishing Alert
Spherion has become aware of a recent phishing ploy that preys against job candidates. There are ads advertised on Craigslist under the Spherion name, but when a job candidate attempts to apply for the job, they are asked to pay for a ...
Posted: Monday, July 08, 2013 6:00:00 PM by Admin Admin | 2 comment(s)
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Ways to make yourself valuable in the workplace

Ways to make yourself valuable in the workplace
What does it mean to be a valuable employee? Webster defines valuable as having desirable or esteemed characteristics or qualities; or being of great use or service. Does that define you as a worker? Whether you are soaring high or barely skimming ...
Posted: Monday, July 08, 2013 10:00:00 AM by Patti Dunning | 0 comment(s)
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A cover letter is not a wordy version of your resume.

A cover letter is not a wordy version of your resume.
Ever ponder the purpose of a cover letter? Doesn’t a resume tell employers everything they need to know? Why do they want you to reiterate the information in a cover letter? They don’t! The purpose of a cover letter is to give ...
Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2013 10:00:00 AM by Kathy George | 4 comment(s)
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Emergent or Traditional … What work views define you?

Emergent or Traditional … What work views define you?
For more than 15 years, Spherion has been tracking the changing attitudes of the U.S. workforce through its renowned Emerging Workforce® Study. The study identifies three classifications of workers—emergent, migrating and ...
Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 10:00:00 AM by Patti Dunning | 0 comment(s)
Filed under: Social Media & Employment Trends
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Work/life balance: What’s the secret?

Work/life balance: What’s the secret?
As a society, we are more connected to our jobs than ever before. Mobile technology has effectively erased the lines between our personal and professional lives, making work/life balance a heightened priority for many workers. According to the ...
Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2013 10:00:00 AM by Patti Dunning | 0 comment(s)
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Flexible work: The back door to great opportunities

Flexible work: The back door to great opportunities
So you’re looking for a permanent job. Temping may not be your plan A, but it could be the back-door entrance to the job you are seeking. According to the American Staffing Association, 72 percent of flexible workers are offered permanent ...
Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013 10:00:00 AM by Nanci Schulman | 0 comment(s)
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Social media is reshaping the job search as we know it.

Social media is reshaping the job search as we know it.
Social media is a hot topic in the employment world. It has opened doors for job seekers like never before, and employers are discovering it’s an effective recruiting tool as well. According to a Jobvite survey, 89% of U.S. companies had plans ...
Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013 10:00:00 AM by Sandy Mazur | 0 comment(s)
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Job descriptions can unveil the skills you need to get ahead.

Job descriptions can unveil the skills you need to get ahead.
What is the next position you want to hold in your career? You may not realize it, but studying the job description for that particular position can give you a strong strategy for progressing in your profession! Here’s why. A job ...
Posted: Monday, March 25, 2013 10:00:00 AM by Lynn Billing | 0 comment(s)
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New on the job? Don’t forget to take notes!

New on the job? Don’t forget to take notes!
When you are beginning a new job, it can seem as if a whirlwind of information is coming at you—and to some extent, it is. If you are unable to process it correctly, it can start to snowball and create a fortress of anxiety! But there is one ...
Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013 10:00:00 AM by Vicki Spencer | 1 comment(s)
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Interviewing with confidence

Interviewing with confidence
Mark Twain once said, “To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.” Here’s how I would apply this to job seeking: Be ignorant of the paralyzing fear and contrived impossibilities that will prevent you from ...
Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 10:00:00 AM by Patti Dunning | 1 comment(s)
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Don't rely on luck to excel in your career

Don't rely on luck to excel in your career
If you’re hoping for some St. Patrick’s Day luck to rub off on your career, there is a better way to make sure you’re on the path to progression! According to the newly released Emerging Workforce® Study, you are the captain ...
Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013 10:00:00 AM by Sandy Mazur | 0 comment(s)
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Don’t be afraid to let your talents shine.

Don’t be afraid to let your talents shine.
We all have unique talents that make us suitable for specific careers. Once you’ve been in the workforce awhile, it is not uncommon to discover you are good at something that falls outside the lines of what you studied in school. This tends to ...
Posted: Friday, March 01, 2013 10:00:00 AM by Vicki Spencer | 1 comment(s)
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When you are at work … work!

When you are at work … work!
Nothing will earn you a ticket to the front of the unemployment line faster than an attitude that approaches work as a mindless routine involving warming a chair, updating your Facebook status, scanning Pinterest and sharing your latest family pics ...
Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 10:00:00 AM by Patti Dunning | 0 comment(s)
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Take the initiative to say ‘thank you’ … you’ll be glad you did!

Take the initiative to say ‘thank you’ … you’ll be glad you did!
The interviewing process can be a bit of an obstacle course designed to prod and reveal your true capabilities. But, it’s not just the interview that determines how well you maneuver the course. What you do before, during and after an ...
Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013 10:00:00 AM by Kathy George | 0 comment(s)
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Is your social profile in line with your professional persona?

Is your social profile in line with your professional persona?
As much as we might like to believe social media is just for our personal use and pleasure, the truth it is being used just as much for business purposes—from hiring and collaborating with coworkers, to client relationship-building and ...
Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 10:00:00 AM by Vicki Spencer | 0 comment(s)
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Becoming a worker of your word

Becoming a worker of your word
Nothing will make you more valuable in the workplace than a reputation for being reliable. According to recent research, unreliability was named the number one career-limiting habit among workers today. I don’t know about you, but I want ...
Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2013 10:00:00 AM by Nanci Schulman | 0 comment(s)
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Love in the workplace

Love in the workplace
What’s putting the pep in your step on Monday mornings? Is it the chance to apply your talents to a job that’s made for you, or is it the prospect of running into that special someone that works in the same building? If the latter rings ...
Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013 10:00:00 AM by Sandy Mazur | 0 comment(s)
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What’s coming between you and the job of your dreams?

What’s coming between you and the job of your dreams?
You’ve been job searching for a while now and nothing is turning up. Is it just the economy or is there some other reason employers are not interested? While there are many factors at play, it’s important to be real with yourself and ...
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013 10:00:00 AM by Lynn Billing | 1 comment(s)
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What’s preventing your career growth?

What’s preventing your career growth?
Spring is in full bloom. Everywhere you look, something is sprouting or blossoming. What about your career? Is it producing the kind of healthy growth you desire? If not, find out what’s stunting your career growth and nip it in the bud! ...
Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2013 10:00:00 AM by Kathy George | 0 comment(s)
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Starting out: Don’t despise the day of small things

Starting out: Don’t despise the day of small things
As a newbie to the workforce, your first job can feel a lot like initiation. You’re the new kid on the block, fresh out of school and you have a lot to learn—and prove—to those around you who are more seasoned in their career. ...
Posted: Saturday, February 02, 2013 10:00:00 AM by Vicki Spencer | 0 comment(s)
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