What a Way to Welcome in 2014!

January 6, 2014

2014 is off to a cold start, but that doesn’t mean it’s off to a bad one! Temperatures in the Detroit area are hovering around 6° with a wind chill of -15° and are expected to drop even more. Schools and businesses are closed all over. With the roads in the condition they were with the sudden change in the weather, Reliance One made the decision to close the office for the day for everyone’s safety, but that doesn’t mean the R1 staff isn’t working hard at home! Recruiters, Account Managers, and Administrative staff are all focusing on their tasks at hand.

“The roads were the worst I’ve seen them in a long time. I lost track of how many cars I saw in ditches or in an accident, and I hope that everyone stays safe out there”, says Samantha Martin, Social Media and Marketing Coordinator for Reliance One. “It’s great to see Reliance One looking out for their employees and client’s safety”, she adds. So whether you’re at home with your kids on their snow day, or braving the conditions, Reliance One wants everyone to be safe and careful!

About Reliance One:
http://www.reliance-one.com
Reliance One Inc. is a minority-owned, MMSDC-certified staffing corporation headquartered in Michigan with a focus on matching the ideal professional to a client’s specific needs for both long-term, short-term, or project based positions (including temporary, temporary to direct, or direct).

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Change is Upon Us

Do you feel that? It’s Change. This month the last of the leaves will take on a new color and fall to the ground one by one. Soon the trees will stand bare, until the first snowfall that will cover their branches in pure white. The calendar year will quickly come to a close and we will start fresh.

It’s a great feeling to start over; have you ever wanted a fresh start? Maybe you are stuck at your current job and are seeking a way out, or maybe you are looking to jump-start your new life after college. Whatever the case may be, Reliance One can help you. The first step on the path to change is to submit your resume for review. Once a position becomes available, a Recruiter will contact you to set up a meeting to discuss the position further. The next stage would be scheduling an interview and hopefully you will become our next employee. Be sure to view our current job openings on our social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to stay informed. Let us help you build your future.

Ruth Ellis Center Event

August 7th, 2012, Auburn Hills, Mich. – This month, Reliance One played an active role in the community by hosting two different workshops at the Ruth Ellis Center located in Highland Park. The Ruth Ellis Center provides support for runaway, homeless and at-risk gay, lesbian, bi-attractional, transgender and questioning youth in Detroit and Southeastern Michigan.  Amish McDonald, Lindsay Smith, and Nick Nawrocki represented Reliance One by conducting the workshops. Day one was a Resume Writing Workshop that focused on the proper formatting techniques which was followed by day two an Interview Workshop that noted the dos and don’ts of interviewing. Amish reflected on the event by stating, “The workshops really benefited them; we used a unique approach by connecting with the group not only on a professional level but on a personal level as well, we wanted to make them feel comfortable.” At each workshop a PowerPoint presentation was shown followed by one-on-one assistance.  Nick, commented on the event stating, “We gave them advice on everything from what to wear to an interview to making your resume stand out to employers.” Staying up to date on beneficial tips like the ones given at the Ruth Ellis Center can give you the upper hand when trying to land a job. “This event a great way for Reliance One to be involved in the community and assist people with their resume and interview skills in order to improve their future”, Lindsay added.  To get more information on up-coming events for Reliance One, visit www.reliance-one.com and click on News and Events.

8 Tips for Getting Great Job References

With more companies researching job candidates online and through social media, it may seem as if traditional references are less useful than they used to be. Have they become obsolete?

Far from it. For hiring managers, there’s still no substitute for discussing you and your work with the people who know those topics best. References are a great way to distinguish professionals who have made a lasting impact on their employers from those who merely look good on paper.

Hiring managers hear lots of vague praise. A recommendation that seems halfhearted or generic can actually hurt your chances of receiving an offer. Ho-hum references can suggest not only that you haven’t knocked the socks off previous employers, but also that you didn’t put much thought into preparing your reference team.

While you can’t control what your references say about you, you can set yourself up to receive powerful endorsements. Here are eight tips for doing so.

1. Don’t wait. Start preparing your list of references before you send out your resume. A last-minute scramble to put references together can lead to incoherent or irrelevant recommendations. Employers expect three to five references; it’s a good idea to line up more than you need and then choose the most pertinent ones for each prospective position.

2. Choose wisely. Choose your references based on their ability to provide meaningful impressions about you, not the prestige of their title. A busy chief information officer who remembers you fondly but struggles to recall any of your specific achievements may be less helpful than a colleague who has worked alongside you on numerous projects.

3. Round out your team. Hiring managers understand that candidates in the early stages of their career may not have a deep pool of managers and colleagues from which to choose. Former professors or fellow members of a professional association can work fine as long as they know you well and have strong communication skills.

4. Ask first. No matter how confident you are about someone’s appreciation for your work, never list a reference without permission. Even if the reference isn’t miffed by your presumption, she’s unlikely to deliver a convincing endorsement during a surprise phone call.

Note how long it takes each potential reference to respond to your request. If you don’t hear back promptly, chances are a hiring manager won’t either.

5. Keep in touch. After someone has agreed to serve as a reference, verify his contact information and provide your up-to-date resume. Follow up whenever you think the person is likely to receive a call. This gives you a chance to confirm your reference’s availability and to brief him on the key requirements of the position. Ideally your contact will start thinking about specific reasons you’d be a good fit.

6. Be thorough. On your reference list, include each person’s name, title, company, email address and phone number. A sentence or two about your work history with each reference can help the hiring manager ask the most pertinent questions. Hiring managers assume that references are available upon request, so you don’t need to include that phrase on your resume.

7. Be upfront. If you don’t want your current boss to know you’re looking for a new job, mention that to the hiring manager when you provide your references. Otherwise, the omission of your direct supervisor might look like a red flag. A trusted, discreet colleague at your company may make a suitable replacement.

8. Come prepared. You shouldn’t provide your references until they’re requested, but it’s a good idea to bring a hard copy to your interview. Presenting a complete list on the spot suggests confidence and strong organizational skills.

Building and maintaining a reference list shouldn’t be confined to your job search. If you treat it as an ongoing part of your professional networking efforts, you won’t have to sweat the process each time you’re on the market. Stay in touch and let your most valued contacts know that you’re available to provide  references, too. Your endorsement might be the deciding factor for someone whose work you appreciate — and for that person’s fortunate new employer.

Originally posted on http://www.careerbuilder.com

5 Things You Could Be Doing to Hurt Your Career

There are times in our lives when we feel like things happen to us. But the reality is we happen to those things. In the workplace, as in life, many times we can owe our success—or lack thereof—to our own attitudes and actions.

By shifting our attitudes, we can improve our behaviors; and as a result, perk up our careers. Here are five ways you may be hurting your career, plus suggestions for improving the situation:

1. You’re rude. While it’s easy for most to be gracious when our careers sail along smoothly, rough waters can sink a generous attitude quickly. This is not, however, a good enough excuse for insolence. Whether disappointed by an unresponsive recruiter, angry that your last interview fell short of an offer, or upset you were passed over for a promotion, rein in your ire. Resist venting through rude emails, voice mails, or other irreversible actions. Also, be cognizant of how passive-aggressive action—not showing up for appointments or conveniently forgetting to perform a promised follow-up—can radiate as rude.

Step up during bad times by being gracious for what is going well in your life and paving a new path toward happiness. Weed out the naysayers and Negative Nellies and surround yourself with encouraging, positive people. Take the reins of your life or fake it until you feel it and soon you will cultivate a genuinely renewed sense of optimism.

2. You pawn off the hard work. Whether aspiring to the next level at your current job, or seeking that next big gig at another company, the onus ultimately is on YOU to make it happen. No one else: not your boss, not your co-worker, not the resume writer or career coach you hired and certainly not your husband/wife/best friend can perform your heavy lifting. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t seek help (you should—none of us lives in a vacuum); what it does mean is that you can’t outsource the hard stuff, especially the thinking, planning, and execution. You may hire someone to perform parts and bits of your career transition strategy, but ultimately you must expect to sweat intellectually to build the career muscle you desire.

3. You don’t track your achievements. If you’re gainfully employed, you’re accomplishing something; otherwise, your company could not justify your salary. When tracking accomplishments, answer the question, “What do you do that affects sales or profits?” Even if you’re a chief bottle washer, you are cleaning a certain number of bottles in a way that efficiently prepares them for the next customer, and without customers, your company wouldn’t generate revenue, which means your company can’t pay you, and you wouldn’t have a job.

You get the drift. If you don’t track your contributions, then you can’t build a good resume that will sell you to a new employer (proving that you EARN your salary). While this example may seem simplistic, the message here is you must make the effort to know how what you do affects the bigger picture. Insisting that you don’t have any real accomplishments is an attitude that will leave your career languishing.

4. Your social media persona is a sad country song. Every tweet is a complaint. Every Facebook post is a tirade or a tear-stained commentary regarding your last breakup. Every LinkedIn update is a solicitation for a job. You don’t interact with others. You neglect commenting on others’ posts or cheering someone else on. You’re not only negative, but you’re all about you. If this describes you, then consider revamping your social networking strategy. Social media is just that: social. You must interact, you must be relatively positive and you must add value. Period.

5. You don’t say, “thank you.” Whether following up on an interview or showing appreciation for the free advice that a friend, family member, mentor, recruiter, career consultant, etc., gave you, always, ALWAYS say, “thank you.” Here’s a little secret, the more appreciative you are, the more likely those helpful people will recall your name when your perfect career match crosses their path. EVERYONE has a Rolodex, but few are willing to crack them open for ungrateful people. If you are currently stuck in an entitlement mentality that prevents you from displaying gratitude, you may want to reconsider your approach. As a result, you may be pleasantly surprised at the uplifting impact on your career.

While there are no magic bullets to career success, one thing is certain, consistently behaving badly is a magic bullet that will disable your career. The likelihood of sailing into your next career port improves greatly by avoiding these five behaviors and turning negativity into positive and forward momentum.

Originally published by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter for http://money.usnews.com

A-Z career tips for the class of 2012

It’s that time of year again: notable speakers deliver rousing words to college grads across the country. Whether it’s philosophical musings from ex-presidents or career tips like the one Dustin Hoffman got in “The Graduate” — “One word: plastics” — there’s no shortage of free advice.

This year, however, we asked regular Americans what one piece of wisdom they’d pass on to someone starting a career today. More than 14,000 people offered their insights. The tips ranged from the inspiring “Dream big, work hard, and don’t be afraid to succeed”  to the reality check, “Contrary to popular belief, no one owes you anything.”

Care to add your thoughts? Tell us how you view your job, work culture, career priorities and prospects.  Would you fire your boss if you could?  If you could start over, would you pick the same field? Take the survey now.

Here’s an A-to-Z sample of the best career advice America has to offer its young generation of workers.

Aim higher than what you give yourself credit for.

Be on time.

Change jobs early in your career — as many times as necessary to find the best fit.  It’s much harder to change when you’re older.

Dig in, work hard, listen more than you speak, and soak up information like a sponge.

Everything happens for a reason. Hang in there.

Follow the rules and follow the money.

Give 110 percent.  Show up early and be willing to stay late.

Hold your cards close with co-workers, they can’t always be trusted.

If you don’t respect your boss, leave.

Just do your job.  Stay out of office politics.  Don’t imagine that anyone at work cares about your personal life. They don’t. Be professional and friendly, but never personal.

Know the difference between a job and a career. Pursue your career always, but take a job only when you have to.

Laziness is the worst thing you can possess on the job.

Money doesn’t really matter, and actually neither does happiness. Your goal should always be self respect.

Network like crazy.

Office romances can be poison. Be very careful.

Pick something you enjoy, working a job you hate will kill your soul.

Quit texting, quit checking your phone, and look your co-workers in the eye when they talk to you.

Remember: It’s just a job

See the big picture. Being a buggy whip salesperson may be your life-long dream, but being realistic is the key.

Take the job you are offered, then work toward the job you love.  It’s much easier to find the ideal position when you are already paying the bills.

Understand that your are being paid to do the work you were hired to do. This is the minimum that is expected of you. Your employer is not there to make your life interesting.

Value your family and friends! No career is worth it if you’re alone in the end.

Work hard and stay engaged. Boredom is the sign of a small mind.

XBox? Throw it out the window.

You will have many careers during your lifetime, so don’t be pressured into thinking you have to decide what you want to do for the rest of your life. Just decide what you want to do first.

Zero in on your real talents, don’t waste time on your weaknesses. Always play your strongest hand.