You Are Wanted @ The Walsh College Fall Career Fair!

September 16, 2013

Auburn Hills, Mich. – Are you searching for a new job or career? Whether you are seeking a part time or full time position, Reliance One can help! Come out and see us at the Walsh College Fall Career, Tuesday September 17th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at their Troy Campus. Please note that this event is held exclusively for Walsh students and degreed-alumni. Our staff recommends that you bring plenty of resumes as over 90 other companies are expected to attend. In addition, professional attire is highly recommended – you never get a second chance to make a first impression! We are looking forward to meeting you to see what we can accomplish together.

About Walsh College

Founded in 1922 and celebrating 90 years of business education, they offer 17 business and related technology degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels that are responsive to student, employer, and community needs. Walsh is a private, not-for-profit institution offering courses and services at locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, Harper Woods, Port Huron, and online.

As a leader in the local business community, Walsh College partners with over 1,000 local businesses and corporations each year to offer a variety of resources and professional opportunities. Over 2,000 jobs and internships are posted exclusively for Walsh students and alumni. Students and alumni receive exclusive access to career services tools and information. For example: biannual career fairs, job listings in our eRecruiting database, and individual career development assistance. View the Career Services Information Video for more information.

About Reliance One, Inc.

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).

Contact

Reliance One, Inc.
1700 Harmon Rd.
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
248-922-4500
rwicker@reliance-one.com
Fax: (248) 922-5660
http://www.reliance-one.com

We Build Teams and We Need Your Help!

July 26, 2013

Auburn Hills, Mich. – Are you interested in helping your family and friends obtain a new job? Reliance One has experienced rapid growth over the last couple of years and the company is responsible for employing over 1,000 people throughout Michigan.

We are excited to announce the launch of our Referral Program! If you refer a candidate that secures a new position with Reliance One for a designated period of time, you could be eligible to receive a $50.00 Visa Gift Card. To qualify, the person must be considered for one of the following positions: Mechanic, Welder, Fabricator, Painter, or Instrumentation Technician. In addition, the referral must submit a resume along with your name in order for you to receive credit.

We are looking to grow our team exponentially to help satisfy our client needs. Our main focus is to get people back to work, and we can achieve that goal even faster with your help!

About Reliance One, Inc.

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).

Contact

Reliance One, Inc.
1700 Harmon Rd.
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
248-922-4500
mechanics@reliance-one.com
Fax: (248) 922-5660
http://www.reliance-one.com

It’s Fun to Drive a Brand New Car!

May 13, 2013

Auburn Hills, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Reliance One, Inc. is expanding our Test Driving Program that will require the hiring of 400+ Test Drivers for a project that extends into 2014. The Test Drivers will be working at various undisclosed Tier 1 Supplier site, in Southeast Michigan, driving pre/post-production vehicles.

The Reliance One Test Driving Division is looking for employees who have an open availability. There will be both 1st and 2nd shift positions paying $8.25 an hour.
We are looking for candidates that are at least 19 years old, with a valid Drivers’ License and an excellent driving record. To be eligible, candidates must have a great attention to detail. This opportunity will allow candidates to experience the cutting edge of automobile technology. If people are interested they should send their resume to drivers@reliance-one.com or call 248-393-1030.

About Reliance One, Inc.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).

Contact
Reliance One, Inc.
1700 Harmon Rd.
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
248-393-1030
drivers@reliance-one.com
Fax: (248) 922-5660
http://www.reliance-one.com

Avoiding These Mistakes Could Help You Land the Job!

While it is quite common knowledge that first impressions are the most important (especially during a job hunt) many applicants fail to understand that the most obvious trip-ups in this regard are the small mistakes made in an application or interview. And while many of the following small steps can be considered “obvious,” more applicants make at least one of these mistakes than not.

  • While a minor typo may seem acceptable (or even expected) by job seekers creating their resume, a single typo can potentially be enough to remove you from the job race. In a competition between two similarly qualified individuals, the one with the flawless resume will win. A typo-free resume also shows an attention to detail that any employer wants in an employee. Don’t just write your resume and send out the first draft in the name of expediency. Use a spell checker, proofread the document multiple times, and allow others to examine it for errors.
  • As with typos, many job hunters feel that adding a little resume padding is a perfectly acceptable tactic. After all, it’s not as if you are actually lying, right? The truth of the matter is even a small deception, if discovered, can immediately disqualify your application from further consideration. And with about 97 percent of employers running background and reference checks as part of the hiring process, exaggeration and embellishment can lead to a serious mark on your perceived integrity.
  • While interviews are perhaps the most nerve-wracking part of the application process and it is normal to practice your performance beforehand, it can actually be damaging to your cause to appear as though you are reading from a script. Employers are looking for a glimpse of the person they will see each day at work, not to be presented with an over-rehearsed collection of canned responses. While you do want to emphasize your abilities and value to a company’s bottom line, it is equally important to demonstrate the traits of our personality that make you a great person to work with.
  • In an interview situation, what you say is important, but so is how you say it. Demonstrating your adeptness at speaking rote and robotic responses, or showing off all of your nervous ticks is not the best way to engage a hiring manager. Instead, prepare to exude confidence, smile, stand up straight, and look everyone you meet in the eye. Don’t make the mistake of undervaluing the role of peers and subordinates in the decision making process – be friendly and engaging to everyone!
  • Finding the perfect professional references can play a prominent role in landing you a job offer, but simply identifying your references on a resume is only part of the job. Your references need to be periodically updated about the jobs for which you are applying so that they can prepare to portray you in the best light within the context of specific responsibilities. Keep them informed of resume changes and make sure they understand how your skills will help you in your new job. The more your references know about you the more helpful they can be to you as contacts.

Originally posted by Joshua Bjerke on http://www.recruiter.com

10 Great Questions to Ask at Interview

Do you know that most good employers are expecting you to ask questions at interview– and that if you fail to ask questions, you may appear as if you are not truly interested in the job, and the employer may think less of you as a result?

Its not just about asking any old question, you must avoid foolish questions, and by foolish, I don’t mean questions like “Why is the Sky Blue?”, I mean questions where you could have easily have found the answer by researching on their website. Asking these kind of foolish questions will make it look like you could not be bothered to research the business in advance and will not reflect well on your candidacy.

So to do a complete interview, it’s vital that you research the website in detail beforehand, and then, based on the remaining gaps in your knowledge of their business, prepare a set of pertinent questions and then ask them at interview. To help you with this process, I have presented 10 pertinent interview questions that you might like to ask at interview. These questions are intended to be asked of the actual hiring manager.

1.) What exactly would my day to day responsibilities be?

I realize that you may have received a job description, but job descriptions can be out of date and they are static documents that may not reflect the dynamic nature of the role, or the balance of emphasis of each duty.

The role is the fundamental reason that you are joining the business so it is fine to seek clarification to ensure it meets your expectations. Also, if your interviewer cannot give a good answer, then this could be a worrying sign and you may need to politely follow up with additional questions.

2.) Can you describe a typical week or month in the job?

While the job description can tell you what your duties  may be, it does not really give you a live impression of the role. Asking this question will give you a more realistic impression of the role, so you can really understand how you feel about the position.

3.) What are the key challenges/objectives for the job holder over the next three months?

This is in part a trick question. You are trying to get the interviewer to reveal if there are any genuine crises lurking within the role, e.g. are you joining a sinking ship? At the same time, by using positive terminology like challenges (as opposed to issues), you are showing the interviewer that you are motivated, you are someone who likes to achieve and that you want to support the manager/business in achieving their objectives. Its a star question.

4.) When did you join the business?

This is another trick question. If the manager has joined recently e.g. within the past six months, then it is likely that the department may be a little unsettled and going through some change. Not a problem, but something to be aware of. As a positive, it’s a gentle relaxer question as most of us like to talk about ourselves. During this process they may open up more and you can learn useful things about the company.

5.) Is this a new role? If yes, ask them to explain why it was created? If no, ask them how  the role became available?

You are trying to understand if there is anything bad, wrong or problematic with the role which caused the employee to resign or to be fired. If the employee was promoted or simply moved on to better things then all is good. However, if the employee was fired or resigned (in an aggravated way), it could indicate that there is something wrong with the role itself, which could mean you could end up in a similar position to the previous role incumbent.

6.) What are the training and development opportunities?

The employer’s website may make some reference to this, but many do not. Training and Development is crucial to you doing your job well and to helping you meet your career objectives, so its good to know your employer’s position on this. Also, this will show that you are ambitious and thinking ahead.

7.) Are there any shortcoming in my application that may prevent you from offering me the job? Would you like me to clarify anything else?

In sales terms, you are effectively trying to close the deal. You are now showing the interviewer that you are positive about the role and that you are open to feedback about any deficiencies you may have. If you do get a useful answer from the interviewer, it gives you the chance to address these issues immediately, and if you are able to address those concerns, you move one step closer to getting the job.

8.) Do you want to know what I can do to help your business unit?

Assuming the interviewer says yes, you can then set about explaining how you can apply your skills and strengths to addressing specific challenges and goals about their business. Take into account what you have learned from their website and during the interview and ensure this is reflected in your proposal. This will show you as positive, forward thinking and able to think on your feet.

9.) What is the next step in the process?

This is a simple but important question as by inquiring and showing curiosity about the future process, you let the employer know that you are genuinely interested in the role.

10.) May I have your business card?

Ask each interviewer for a business card and then you will be able to send them a thank you note.

 

Originally posted on www.recruiter.com by Kazim Ladimeji.

How to Stay Hire-Worthy During a Career Break

Sabbatical, extended leave, taking time off to raise a family—whatever you call it, many people find themselves in a difficult position when the juggling act comes to a halt and they choose or need to leave the workforce.

But what about when the time comes to go back to work? Will you be an  outdated fossil? Or can you still be competitive in the job market?

Stay Sharp

The key to ensuring that you’re still appealing to employers is to stay active and in-the-know career wise. With technology at our fingertips, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be current on what’s happening in your field. “Read, read, read and stay current,” stresses Lisa Stein of the online support network FreelanceMom.com. “For example, a co-worker of mine (who is a writer/journalist) was unemployed for over a year. She didn’t just sit around. She kept up with the latest in her field by learning everything about social media. She attended workshops, started her own blog, and continued to practice her writing. When the time came when she started working again, her learning curve was much smaller.”

Staying connected to industry news is as easy as setting up an RSS feed of top industry blogs and media sites. Look for free or affordable conferences and workshops in your city as a way to keep up with what’s happening in your industry and expand your professional network.

Keep in Contact

Just because you’re not working doesn’t mean you can’t continue to network, says Cheryl Palmer, founder of the career-coaching firm Call to Career. “Stay involved in your field,” she says. “Join a professional association and attend the meetings so that you maintain your professional contacts.”

These industry organizations should be the first place you turn when you’re back on the job market. Because you will have spent months or years nurturing these relationships, they’ll be more vested in your future search.

New contacts aren’t the only ones who will help you find your next job. “Maintain contact with your former co-workers and supervisors,” says Andrew Schrage, co-owner of  the website Money Crashers Personal Finance. “These people can provide tips and advice on the best places to look for a job as you attempt to re-enter the workforce.”

Volunteer

Even if your schedule is a bit crazy, volunteering in your field is another great way to keep your job skills fresh and up to date. Palmer suggests searching a website like VolunteerMatch.org to find opportunities that fit around your schedule.

Volunteering gives you the chance to dust off your job skills as well as learn new ones while you’re taking time off. You might get the opportunity to work in different types of organizations, which helps beef up your resume. And you never know: Volunteering at an organization might just lead to your next job.

Make Sure It’s Right

Being out of your former work environment may lead you to consider whether you want to go back into the same field or position. “You also need to do a little soul-searching,” says Schrage. “Decide for yourself whether staying in your old career or finding a new one is the best way to go. However, finding work in a brand new industry after an employment lapse may make the job hunt that much more difficult.”

If you have the money, Schrage suggests working with a career coach to get on the right path for your re-entry into the workforce.

Originally posted by Lindsay Olson on usnews.com

Eight Ways to Maximize Your Cover Letter’s Power

Like peanut butter and jelly or bacon and eggs, résumés and cover letters go hand-in-hand. Although both pieces are valuable on their own, they pack the most punch when served together. But while all job seekers know the importance of a well-organized résumé, many don’t understand the power of a strong cover letter. In addition to reinforcing key skills and experience, a cover letter demonstrates your desire to work for the employer and the specific ways in which your expertise can benefit the firm. More importantly, it helps differentiate you from other job seekers and provides incentive to contact you for an interview. Even if composition isn’t your forte, you can still create a killer cover letter.

Here’s how:

1. Know your stuff. |
Before you begin writing, learn as much as you can about the potential employer. Visit the firm’s Web site and scan industry publications to familiarize yourself with recent news about the company, such as quarterly earnings, and to learn about future plans, like expansion into new markets. The more you know about an organization, the better you can tailor your cover letter to the firm’s needs.

2. Personalize it.
Never begin a cover letter with “Dear Sir or Madam” or “To Whom it May Concern.” Correspondence with generic salutations often signal to potential employers that you lack the initiative to locate the appropriate contact. If a job listing does not include the name of the hiring manager, call the company’s receptionist and explain the position you are applying for to see if he or she can help you fill in the blank.

3. Start strong.
A good cover letter begins with a powerful opening paragraph. Your goal is to briefly describe how you heard about the position and why you’re interested in it. Skip cute introductions: “Teamwork is my middle name” or “I am smart as a whip,” for example. A “catchy” opening can appear stilted and insincere and offers little, if any, value to the piece.

4. Offer an enticement.
The body of the letter should expand upon — not simply repeat — the key points in your résumé. Highlight those skills and experiences most relevant to the job opening and provide concrete examples of how you can benefit the company. For example, if you are applying for a management position, share how turnover within your department decreased by 20 percent during your tenure. Or communicate how your attention to detail and ability to adapt quickly to new environments allow you to deliver first-rate client service.

5. Be bold.
In addition to expressing gratitude for the hiring manager’s time and interest, close your letter by outlining your next steps. Be proactive by stating when you will contact him or her to follow up. Doing so is a great way to reinforce your enthusiasm for the job. However, don’t forget to include a phone number or e-mail address where you can be reached in case the firm wants to get in touch with you first. In addition to following best practices, you’ll want to avoid common pitfalls when composing your cover letter:

6. Getting ahead of yourself.
Focusing on matters such as expected salary and title can come across as presumptuous and untimely. Wait until you have secured a meeting and become better acquainted with the hiring manager to mention these topics.

7. Goofing the proof.
Our company’s research consistently shows that one or two typographical errors are enough to discourage a hiring manager from calling you back. Utilize your computer’s spell-check function, but also ask friends and family to double-check your work. You don’t want a small mistake to call your professionalism or attention to detail into question.

8. Forgetting the format.
If you submit your application via e-mail, make sure to prepare the file as a plain text document so it is universally compatible. Remove all formatting enhancements, such as underline or boldface, and replace bullets with asterisks or dashes. If you fail to do so, your recipient may receive a bowl of alphabet soup. Also, paste the cover letter into the body of an e-mail to save hiring managers the worry of corrupt or unreadable attachments. Some job seekers spend hours assembling a résumé and only a short amount of time on the accompanying note. Submitting a thoughtful and well-written cover letter, however, can help you outshine your competition and get you one step closer to an interview.

Originally posted on http://www.careerbuilder.com/Article/CB-424-Cover-Letters-Resumes-Eight-Ways-to-Maximize-Your-Cover-Letters-Power/

Tips that Make Resume Writing Simple

Writing a resume from scratch can be a difficult task. Even if you do have a way with words, selecting the most relevant information about you and getting is down on paper isn’t easy. The following list of questions will help make resume writing easier—answer these questions, and you will have a much better idea of what information to include in your resume.

• Outline your career history to date

• What are your professional strengths?

• What are your professional weaknesses?

• What key skills and professional habits have you learned in your career so far?

• What are your biggest professional achievements?

• What can you offer a potential employer?

• What evidence can you provide to support your answer to the previous question?

• What would your current boss and colleagues say about you right now?

• What will they miss about you when you leave?

• Why do you want a new job?

Answer these questions as fully as possible, but at this stage don’t worry too much about being word-perfect. The idea behind these questions is that you start to think about your professional skills and attributes—the things that make you a company asset. If you want to work in a specific position or industry, answer the questions in a way that would appeal to employers in that industry. Try to include only positive information. When you write down your weaknesses, for example, try to frame them in a positive way, or write down things you can do to minimize your weaknesses.

With these questions answered, you have a good framework for writing your resume. You’ll know what skills you want to emphasize, and any weaknesses you want to avoid mentioning, as well as how your skills will make you an asset to a potential employer. In addition, you’ll be better able to pinpoint how your skills and achievements you the best person for the job. In short, you can use the answers to these questions to sell yourself on your resume.

Answering these questions will not only help you write a great resume—they’re also helpful for interview preparation. If you can write and memorize well thought out answers to these questions, you’ll be able to answer these and similar interview questions without having to search for the words. Good verbal communication skills can help you stand out from other candidates, and being well prepared for interview questions will also help you stay relaxed.

Originally posted on http://www.personnelstaffing.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/resume-writing-tips5.pdf

Career boosters: 5 ways to set yourself apart

The phrase “There’s plenty of fish in the sea” may comfort a recently jilted friend, but it is one of the most intimidating realizations for today’s active job seekers. For years you’ve been pinched on the cheeks and told you’re special, but when it comes time for a job interview, you may find potential employers a bit more difficult to impress than your Grandma.

So how can you set yourself apart from the hordes of starry-eyed, gown-wearing, degree-clutching graduates that you’re competing with? In her book “The Wall Street Journal Guide to Building Your Career,” author Jennifer Merritt offers several career boosters to transform your run-of-the-mill résumé into a job-magnet jackpot.

Industry and professional associations
Many young professionals underestimate the potential payoff of industry and professional associations. Some are convinced they’re outdated and redundant, while others are just afraid of the price tag. However, when used properly, these groups can be helpful in expanding your network, staying on top of industry trends and furthering your education.

Once you’ve signed up, paid your dues and gone through the elaborate hazing process (just kidding), it’s up to you to make the whole thing worthwhile. Get involved by attending meetings and mixers, running for positions and joining committees or sub-groups of young professionals. “But don’t just stick with the youngsters,” Merritt says. “You want to meet people who’ve been there and done that and whose experiences you can learn from.” Don’t be intimidated by high-ranking professionals in fancy suits — chances are they’d love to talk about themselves and their accomplishments.

Volunteerism

You may have participated in some charity events through a high-school sports team or a bake sale your mother threw so you’d have volunteer work on your college résumé, but volunteering can benefit you in more ways than merely making you appear charitable.

While it is true that companies like to hire charitable individuals who can help the company’s image, there’s actually more in it for the company than just saving face. In fact, many companies offer volunteering opportunities to their employees, because a number of studies have shown that giving people time off to volunteer improves worker retention and recruiting.

But you’re not here to hear about how much companies like charitable people. You probably know that. What you want to hear is how volunteering can benefit you by expanding your professional network, offering you leadership experience and giving you the opportunity to enhance skills outside of your everyday repertoire. Plus the people you meet while volunteering will know you as passionate and full of character. That can lead to a referral in the future.

Alumni networks
Most recent grads are of the opinion that alumni networks are their alma mater’s thinly veiled attempt at squeezing more money out of former students who are no longer paying tuition. For some time that was actually true, but due to the economic downturn and the snail-paced recovery, many alumni networks have started offering other services. Many now offer expert seminars, advanced education opportunities, mixers and dedicated alumni career services. That’s a lot better than a yearly magazine and some dinnertime phone calls asking for donations.

Meet-and-greets and seminars hosted by alumni associations are also great opportunities for you to add to your contact list. These can be especially helpful, because people often like to hire and promote other people like them, and sharing an alma mater is a great similarity to have. Plus it’s an easy-yet-effective ice breaker.

Skill-related classes and certifications
Employers generally prefer candidates who have demonstrated their ability and willingness to go above and beyond the bare-minimum requirements. So while having a hot-air ballooning license may not help you land a job in marketingtaking classes and earning certifications that are not only interesting to you, but are also related to your field, could prove advantageous in the long run.

In many professions, optional certifications can help you get promotions and stay on track with your career goals. Additional certifications and classes can indicate a deeper level of understanding of your field and convey a strong commitment to your career path. Investigate what certifications your mentors have or the titles of individuals whose jobs you may want in a couple years.

Of course, furthering your education doesn’t necessarily have to be career related. Taking classes is a great way to stay active and an excellent answer when potential employers ask, “What have you been up to since graduation?” Plus outside-work interests can potentially create strong connections with a boss or supervisor.

Speak up and become an expert
As Merritt puts it, “You don’t need a decade of experience to be considered an expert.” Experience doesn’t necessarily lead to expertise. Of course it contributes, but so do earning certifications, networking with industry players, being a strong communicator and staying up-to-date on industry trends.

As you grow your professional network, it’s likely you’ll meet people who host speaking events that are perfect for a budding expert or an eager first-time public speaker. Proving your knowledge and communication prowess at smaller venues can lead to larger platforms, such as guest blogging or spots on industry panels. Bottom line: If you want to become an expert in your field, go out and become an expert in your field.

Originally posted by Matthew Tarpey, CareerBuilder Writer on http://www.theworkbuzz.com/find-the-job/networking/career-boosters/?siteid=cbworkbuzz