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How to Do Well in a Job Interview

January 12th, 2017

Interviews are stress-filled affairs. As a job candidate, you are trying to make a good impression, to sell yourself to an employer. You are trying to manage several things at once – your body language, your verbal responses, your demeanor. You are trying to project an air of confidence even though you are probably filled with anxiety.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind to make the most of your job interview.

1. Get a good night’s sleep.
A job interview is like taking a big exam. You are going to have butterflies the night before. But you need to get enough rest so you will be alert and energetic the next day. Calm yourself by noting that you have done all that you could to prepare, that you are ready, and that rest is the thing that will help you the most for the next day. Try to get at least seven hours.

2. Think positive
You want to project an air of confidence, and you won’t be able to do that if you are thinking about all that could go wrong.

3. Dress well.
Put on your best suit. You want to look professional. Dressing well will also help to give you added confidence.

4. Don’t be late.
This is a must. Being late for the interview could even cost you the job. Make sure you arrive 10 to 15 minutes early. Check and double check the route to make sure you give yourself enough time.

5. Watch you body language.
Don’t neglect this. It is actually as important as what you say. The interviewer will be watching how you act and move. That means sitting up straight and avoiding actions like fidgeting.

6. Smile
This is important to in projecting an image of confidence and friendliness and interest. It will help you to connect with the interviewer.

7. Shake hands and introduce yourself.
Shake hands firmly – this sends a signal as well. Doing these actions first also shows confidence and a take-charge attitude.

8. Make eye contact.
Also important. It shows confidence, honesty, and trustworthiness. Just think how someone appears if they refuse to look directly at you when conversing, or look down at the ground. That doesn’t make a good impression at all.

9. Research, and have questions.
This is by now common knowledge among job seekers. You need to research the company, the job you are applying for, and the interviewer. Jot down a few bullet points on a notecard for reference if you get flustered.

Also, make sure you have questions about the job prepared. Not having questions makes it seem like you are unprepared and not all that interested in the job.

10. Exit well.
Make sure to thank the interviewer. Shake hands again firmly and be sure to make eye contact.

If you are looking for job interviews, begin by contacting Trinity Staffing. There is no better staffing agency in the San Antonio area, one that works with you to find a job that fits your skills and abilities. Give Trinity a call today.

How to Improve Focus

January 5th, 2017

Focusing sometimes can be a problem. We have difficulty knowing what exactly we need to focus on, how to focus, and how to stay focused. Here are some tips.

1. What to focus on.
This is most often a problem of goal setting and prioritizing our goals. Here is a simple exercise to help you determine what you need to focus on. First, write down a list of your top ten goals, whether they are work goals or personal goals.

Then, circle the top three goals. So, how do you approach these goals? You might think that the best course of action is to spend most of your time on the top three goals, and then work on the other seven as you find the time.

But that would be wrong. You should forget about goals four through ten, and spend all of your time focused on goals one, two and three. In fact, you want to completely avoid the following seven. That is how you stay focused.

2. How to focus.
Do the most important things first. Mornings are when you have the most energy and are the most alert. This is the time to tackle your most important tasks. As the day wears on, the distractions will only increase.

Don’t look at your email before 11 a.m. This should be self-evident. It’s all about avoiding distractions. And email is the gorilla of distractions.

Work with a full screen. Have only one window open at a time, again, to minimize distractions.

3. How to stay focused
To stay motivated and focused, we need feedback, and that is why we need to measure our progress. You stay focused on those things that you measure. For example, if you want to get in shape, you need to measure your progress – how far you run or walk each day. If you want to lose weight, you record what you ate each day.

To stay focused, you need to keep your eye on the process in getting to your goal, not the goal itself. There are steps you have to take, a process you have to go through, to achieve any goal, and that is where you mind must be.

Again, using exercise as an example, if you want to increase your strength, you have to go through the process of working out every day. And it is that process that you need to become accustomed to, in fact, to learn to enjoy. You need to get into the flow of the process, to savor it and take pleasure in it, and the goal will follow.

If you need to focus more on finding a job, Trinity Staffing can help you. Trinity is one of the leading staffing agencies in San Antonio, and we know how to showcase our job candidates. Give Trinity a call today.

How to Improve Your Willpower

December 29th, 2016

We are all looking for more willpower to help us with our jobs and our personal life. We want the willpower to resist constantly checking our smart phones or searching the web. The willpower to get started on that big project.

Recent research has shown that there are things you can do to give your willpower a quick boost. They won’t enable you to live a sustained disciplined life – that takes a real commitment and just plain hard work – but these simple actions can help to get you started. Here are a few.

1. Improve your mood
Research has shown that people who do something to improve their mood have increased willpower later. There are many different ways to improve your emotional state. You can do it by watching something funny, giving yourself some kind of treat, even just laughing and smiling. Anything that gets you in a more positive frame of mind.

2. Make a fist
Doing something physical like making a fist or pursing your lips or squeezing your eyes closed also helps give you more willpower in other areas of your life. Any kind of physical action that demands self-control will generally work.

3. Meditation
Studies have shown that meditation can help improve many different things, such as reducing stress, and helping you to concentrate better. And it can also help improve your willpower as well. It’s not that complicated to do. You can start by just taking 10 minutes a day and focusing on your breathing.

4. Reminders
Making reminders that you can see will also help to give you more willpower. For example, if you put a post-it note on the refrigerator telling you “only one piece of cake,” it will help you to curb your desires.

5. Eating
The truth is that we need food to give us willpower, especially food that is rich in protein. You may notice that you have less willpower when you are hungry.

6. Not being so hard on yourself.
Having feelings of regret also deplete your willpower. For example, you smoke a cigarette, and because you regret doing it, you smoke another.

7. Make a commitment
To improve your willpower long-term, you need to make a conscious, deliberate decision to do so. You need to make the effort to improve it a little each day. Make improving your willpower a clear goal and then figure out the steps to take to reach that goal, including the actions described above.

If you need someone to help give you more willpower in the job search, the people at Trinity Staffing are here for you. Trinity has the resources and expertise to make sure you do not fail in your job search. Give Trinity a call today.

How to Effectively Manage Your Time

December 22nd, 2016

Time management has become increasingly important as employees are asked to do more with less. There are many more distractions these days as well that can throw people off track.

Many business experts have offered time management schemes. What works for you may just be a matter of trial and error. Here are three techniques that people have used with success.

1. Focusing, cutting out distractions.
Often, when we are working on something, we are not all there. Our attention and focus is divided between what we are doing and other things that are distracting us. We may stop occasionally to check email or check out what’s new on Facebook or Twitter. We may make a phone call. Or we may start a project and decide we need to finish something else. All of these things are affecting our concentration.

When you begin a task, you need to focus all of your attention on it. That means saving the emails for later, as well as checking Facebook. You need to eliminate as many distractions as you can.

2. Work on your most important task first.
Don’t wait or put it off. As the day wears on, distractions increase, unexpected obligations pop up. You become more fatigued, which tends to sap your willpower and affect the quality of the decisions you make.

Whereas in the morning, you have more energy and are more alert. It is the best time of day to get important work done. After you have finished it, it doesn’t matter so much what comes up because you have already taken care of your most important priority.

In the final analysis, this time management rule might be the most important one of all.

3. Work according to a schedule, rather than deadlines.
Set up a schedule for your tasks and projects. This way, you will be taking concrete action toward reaching your goals. Setting deadlines by itself is useless if you don’t carve out the time you will need to meet those deadlines. Working according to a schedule is in the end a much more effective way to get things done.

However, during the day, unexpected events may come up that throw you off your schedule. What should you do then? You may be tempted to simply scrap the schedule and continue with what you are doing. But this is a mistake. Stick to your schedule, but reduce the scope of the work you do.

You may not get much done on that particular day, however it is not one day that counts, but the accumulation of days that you spend on a task, and you can only accumulate that amount of time by sticking to a schedule.

If you need help in effectively managing your job search, Trinity Staffing is the place to go. Trinity has the experience and the network of employers to help find the right job for you. Give Trinity a call today.

Social Media and the Job Search

December 15th, 2016

It’s no secret that social media has become an important tool in the job search. It’s a place to get noticed by your peers and by employers as well. Companies often look at social media sites first when they are looking for new employees. The same is true of recruiting firms.

That is why it is especially important to keep your social media site looking professional. You never know who will be looking at it. Here are a few simple things to keep an eye on to make sure your site is showing you at your best.

1. Keeping it up to date.
This is especially important for your work history. Often people neglect to keep it current. As a result, recruiters are not getting the full picture of these people when they are looking at their site. Another important point – proof read your entries. Often people neglect to change the descriptions of their job responsibilities, and so it looks as if these people are holding a number of jobs simultaneously.

The same is true for education – have you earned any professional certifications or any other educational attainments? This needs to be kept up to date as well.

2. Keeping it brief.
As with resumes, recruiters are not going to spend a lot of time minutely examining every detail on your website. So, as with your resume, you want to make sure you spell out your achievements and sell yourself as succinctly as possible.

Use bullet points and phrases to make your case. Use facts and figures wherever you can. Cut out the dead wood. Focus on the important stuff, the accomplishments that really make you stand out. You also don’t need to include every educational credential you have ever received. Again, focus on the ones that will most impress a potential employer.

3. Look professional
This piece of advice applies to your photo. You don’t want to post that picture from happy hour where you had a cigar in one hand and a beer in the other. Make sure your photo is current as well. If you have shaved your beard, you need to change the bearded photo on your website.

If you are looking for work, you need to see the people at Trinity Staffing. We have the expertise and the experience to find the right job for you, working with or network of employers. We will work with you every step of the way. Give Trinity a call today.

How to Prioritize

December 8th, 2016

Sometimes we feel like we are very busy and working hard. But at the end of the day we don’t seem to have accomplished very much, and we wonder what happened. The thing to remember here is that there is a difference between just being busy and actually getting the important stuff done.

If you find yourself in this situation, it could be that you are not prioritizing your tasks in the most effective way possible. Here are some tips on how to do that.

1. How urgent and important are your tasks?
You want to assess the things you need to do based on how important and how urgent they are. This approach was first used by President Dwight Eisenhower. He made a little four box grid, and he labeled each box using the twin criteria of importance and urgency. A task was either important or not important, and urgent or not urgent. So, one box was for tasks both unimportant and not urgent, one for important but not urgent, one for unimportant but urgent, and one for both important and urgent.
It was the things in that last box, the one for tasks both important and urgent, that took priority, and they should take priority for you too.

2. Be goal oriented.
To help you determine how important a task is, evaluate how essential it is in helping you to achieve your goal. If a task does nothing to help you reach your goals, consider, is it worthwhile even doing? If not, eliminate it.

3. Delegate
If there are tasks that you can delegate to other people, then do it, and cross them off your to-do list.

4. Keep your to-do list short
Have no more than three tasks on your to-do list at any one time. Really. Think about it. If you have a long to-do list, what are the odds that you will ever get to those things at the bottom of the list? Pretty slim.

They are just taking up space and making you anxious as you see them every time you look at your list. Save your to-do list for things that are really important, and that you will actually do.

5. Do the big stuff first
In other words, the work that demands hard thinking and creativity, do in the morning when you are fresh and have more energy. Save the more routine stuff for later in the day.

6. Watch for time wasters
This is trivial stuff that can really cut into your time if you are not careful. For example, checking email. Some people are compulsive about it, checking email several times a day. Set aside a block of time for email, and check it only during that time.

7. Be flexible
Be willing to make adjustments when things change.

If you are looking for work, make contacting Trinity Staffing a priority. We are one of the best in San Antonio, with more than 20 years experience, working with hundreds of employers and placing thousands of people. Give Trinity Staffing a call today.

How to Get Honest Employee Feedback

November 24th, 2016

Businesses want feedback from their employees. Supervisors want feedback from their workers. The problem is that businesses are not getting honest feedback. Companies are not hearing how employees really feel about the way a business is run or how supervisors manage.

And, as long as companies solicit this feedback in the form of emails or conversation or even notes, the firms are never going to get the truth they seek. Employees don’t want to take the risk of losing their jobs or being targeted for some other reprisal.

Another big reason employees do not offer feedback is that they do not really believe it will make a difference, that the company will take any action.

Anonymity

What can companies do to combat this fear of speaking up? The best way to get honest answers is to make employee surveys anonymous. Giving employees anonymity will take care of the fear factor. One effective way of doing this is to use online voting tools that incorporate anonymous surveys.

Employees can say what they really feel, knowing they will be protected by anonymity. And the surveys are set up so that companies can ask about any topic of concern. Moreover, all of the responses are stored in one database, making it easier to analyze the responses.

Anonymous surveys help with more than just providing honesty.

They help improve employee engagement because workers can say what they really feel. If they have a gripe about something or frustration, they can be candid about it, making it a possibility that something will be done.

Better Feedback

Using an online survey format also enables companies to get more clear and precise answers. For example, if an employee says he or she is not happy, that does not reveal a lot because it is hard to determine how disgruntled the person is. On the other hand, if he quantifies his anger on a ten-point scale, you get a much better feel for his mood. Using scales like this are more helpful. Plus there are opportunities for more open ended responses.

One criticism of these types of surveys is that they do not allow for any follow up discussion. But that doesn’t have to be the case. After managers have reviewed the results, they can hold meetings with their teams to discuss the responses and appropriate action to those responses.

If your company is looking for top talent, Trinity Staffing can help you. We have the expertise and the network to find the right people for your business. Give Trinity a call today.

How to Make the Most of Your Presentation Slides

November 17th, 2016

If you are giving a presentation, you want to make it as interesting as possible for your audience. So, you want to make sure your slides are interesting as well. Here are a few tips to help you with ensuring your slides are engaging your audience.

1. What’s your purpose?
First of all, you need to think about what you are trying to accomplish with your presentation. What is your purpose? And to do this, you also need to think about your audience. Who is your audience, and how can you best get your message across to them?

2. Tell a story, with a beginning middle and end.
It may help to begin with a slide that summarizes what you are going to say. This may make it easier for people to follow.

You should structure your presentation in a narrative fashion, which will make it easier to follow, and possibly use a metaphor to help make your points.

3. Keep your slides simple
It will be too distracting if your slides are filled with too much writing or too many colors or designs. Do not use more than two or three colors. Make sure the background is neutral. Keep the font simple and clean. Do not use too many icons or text phrases.

One way to make your slides work is to simply put a word or phrase over an image. People then associate the word with the picture, making it more memorable. Another way to set up a slide is with your text on the left hand side and a picture on the right hand side. Also, consider using only a picture to make your point. When it comes to slides, simple is better and more powerful.

4. Keep text short
Use only a few keywords or phrases on your slide. This way, people will pay more attention to what you are saying rather than keying only on the slide.

5. Let pictures do the work
Pictures should be the workhorses of your slides. The visual element engages people more than text. The pictures should not only present your ideas but also the tone of your speech.

6. Use graphs and charts
These are very effective ways to giving information in a way that is easy to see and digest.

7. Show a slide for only one to two minutes.
You need to prepare enough slides so that you are only using each one for a minute or two. This will keep your presentation moving along and help to keep your audience engaged.

If you are looking for work in the San Antonio area, Trinity Staffing can help you. We are one of the leading staffing firms in San Antonio, with the expertise to help match you with the right job. Give Trinity a call today.

How to Handle Burnout

November 10th, 2016

Are you feeling burned out at work? You may be depressed and hate your job, but you may be wondering, is that burnout or some other problem?

According to psychologists, there are three main symptoms to burnout – feeling exhausted emotionally, a drop in productivity, and feeling angry at the people you are supposed to be helping. So, if you think you are suffering from burnout, what can you do? Here are a few ideas from psychologists.

1. Take care of yourself
This may sound trite, but it is essential. You need to stay healthy. That means eating properly, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly. All of these things will help you to feel better and actually improve your mood.

2. Find the cause
Think about your work situation and try to find what is causing your problems. Research has shown it is usually one of the following:
Your workload is just too heavy, and you feel out of control, that you will never be able to catch up.
You are seldom recognized for the good work that you do.
You feel like your supervisors play favorites or are actively hostile toward you.
Your co-workers are simply looking out for themselves and think nothing of undermining your efforts or those of other workers.
You don’t see the value of what you are doing or that you are making a difference.

3. Imagine being engaged.
Once you have determined the cause of your burnout, think about the opposite, which is being engaged. What would that be like? What would have to happen for you to become engaged, what would you need to do?

4. What can you change
Some things you really have no control over, but others you do. Are there things you can change to lessen your feelings of burnout? Can you vary your work assignments more? Work in another department? Work more flexible hours?

5. Think about your career goals
Are you being a little to idealistic? Think about creating new goals for your job that may be more realistic, like instead of changing the world, to helping those who need it.

6. Break out of the routine
When you are experiencing burnout, your life becomes focused on just a few things, like work and going to the gym for example. Try new things, get involved in activities that you haven’t done before. Enlarge your activities and interests.

7. Take some time off
Use up all of your vacation days and get away from it all for a little while.

8. Make some decisions
If after making these changes, your feelings of burnout have not subsided, it may be time to make some decisions about the job itself, namely, should you find another one?

If you are burned out and looking for a new job, Trinity Staffing can help you. Trinity is one of the leading staffing firms in the San Antonio area. Give Trinity a call today.

How to Onboard the Internal Hire

November 3rd, 2016

When a company makes an external hire, the new person goes through the process of onboarding. The new hire is introduced to people at the company, the person learns about the policies and procedures, he or she is welcomed officially, his supervisor reviews the expectations of the job, and other activities.

However, when a person is promoted from within to a new position, there is very little onboarding. He or she is simply expected to move into the new job with very little notice or preparation. But, business experts, say this is a mistake.

Companies know that working with new people, learning new processes and procedures, dealing with new standards can be a daunting situation, and that is why companies spend a lot of time and effort in onboarding new people. But for people who are changing jobs within the organization, they are more often neglected, put into a sink or swim kind of situation.

Companies need to do more to improve the onboarding experience for internal hires as well. It should not simply be looked at as a move, but as a rehire.

The manager of the internal hire, for example, needs to take the time to get to know the new person, to understand the person’s strengths and weaknesses, his career goals and expectations. The manager should focus on giving the new internal hire plenty of feedback in the first few months.

The manager should also set up opportunities for the new person to get to know the new team he or she will be working with. The manager should introduce the new person, make him or her feel welcome, and connect him with a coworker who can act as a guide as the new person learns new processes and procedures.

In other words, they need to treat the internal hire very much like an external hire if the company wants to get the most from the person, to make sure he maintains his engagement and productivity.

If your company is searching for new people to onboard, Trinity Staffing can help you. We can provide workers who are qualified and reliable. Give Trinity a call today.

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