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Social Media and Your Job

February 9th, 2017

Social media is everywhere these days, and almost everyone is on it. People post about almost anything. So, it’s not surprising that people will put up comments about their job and their employer. But doing this can get a little tricky, depending on what the employee posts. Here are some guidelines from an attorney specializing in employment law.

1. What you need to watch.
If you put up a post that has the name of your employer in it, the company has the right to look at the post. The company has the right to protect its name, brand and reputation online.

2. What is acceptable and what is not.
As an employee, you have the right to post information about your wages, hours and working conditions. General complaints about the job and working conditions are protected under federal and state law. These laws prohibit companies from retaliating for posting such information.

However, where you could get into trouble is if you make threats online, use racial slurs or other hate speech, harass anyone, or divulge trade secrets or other confidential information. If you do, the company may be obligated to check out what you have written to make sure other employees and its confidential information are safe.

Also, if you post something about the company that is not true or misleading, the company is likely to take action against you to protect its reputation.

Conversely, you can actually get into trouble if you post something good about the company without revealing that you are an employee.

3. Can you be fired for what you post?
In a word, yes. You can be subject to disciplinary action, even termination, if you post hate speech, threats, confidential information, or something defamatory to the company online, as mentioned. In fact, a company may be required to take some action if you post any of the above mentioned things.
So, it is important to know that there are limits to what you can put online. It is always best, before posting, to check the company’s social media policy.

If you are looking for a job, you should check out Trinity Staffing. They have become one of the leading staffing firms in the San Antonio area because of their professionalism and their success in placing people. Give Trinity a call today.

Things to Consider When Relocating

February 2nd, 2017

Sometimes, people feel the need to relocate to an area where they believe that opportunities for employment are better. If you are one of these people, before making the move, you should take the time to find out about the place where you want to settle.

Most people, when making such a move, check out things like quality of schools, crime rates, real estate prices and cost of living. All of these things are important. But there are other not-so-conventional things to look at as well to get an indication of the health and vibrancy of a community.

1. Internet service providers
Everyone today needs good internet access. But few probably check out internet service providers at a new location. But you should do it – providers vary by region, and some are better than others.

2. Mass transit
What kind of mass transit system does the new location have? This is especially important if you plan to be working in an urban area where you will need to take such transportation. And, naturally, these systems will vary from one place to another.

3. Pet laws
These will be of interest if you own a pet, which one out of three Americans does. Pet laws can be very different from place to place, and much stricter in some areas than others.

4. Culture
This can vary tremendously from place to place as well, even within the same country. If you are planning to relocate, it would definitely be worth your while to do a little research on what the culture is like at your destination area. Is it a lifestyle you would be comfortable with?

5. Other signs of healthy city
Some researchers have identified a number of other signs of a healthy city. These include a large number of public-private partnerships, a research university nearby, a vibrant downtown area, a community college in the city, different types of public schools, a welcoming posture toward immigrants. And, believe it or not, the researchers found that having a craft brewery is also a sign of a healthy community. Why? A craft brewery signals that there is an entrepreneurial spirit in the city, and that there is a large enough population of young people to support such a business.

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

How Routine Drug Testing Can Help Your Company

January 26th, 2017

Many companies require new hires to undergo a drug test. But that is usually as far as it goes. Companies don’t really want to get involved in routine testing of employees. Businesses may be wary of how such a policy would be perceived by employees, feeling that it may come off as being too intrusive and heavy handed, that the company is overstepping its bounds and playing the role of Big Brother.

But there are actually a number of good reasons to conduct routine drug tests. Drug testing actually benefits employees as much as the company, and employees may be more amenable to them once these benefits are explained.

1. Maintaining productivity
Habitual drug use will eventually affect a person’s energy and alertness, and he will likely have trouble keeping up with his work. This will in turn have an impact on productivity. Moreover, it will also impact the work of other employees in the company both directly and indirectly.

It will be frustrating to other workers if the drug user cannot pull his or her own weight and becomes unreliable.

2. Maintaining a safe working environment
If someone comes to work under the influence of drugs, he may pose a danger to himself and others. And, even if he is not directly under the influence, he may still not be as alert as he needs to be and thereby still pose a risk.

3. Trust
Most businesses have policies forbidding the use of drugs, and employees are expected to abide by those policies. It is assumed that employees are abiding by the company policies. A person using drugs, however, is not following company policy, and therefore is abusing the trust placed in him by the company and other employees.

A person like this is untrustworthy and dishonest, and you wouldn’t want someone like that working at your company. So drug testing will enable you to remove the person.

4. Containing health care costs
People abusing drugs are more likely to have health problems and higher medical expenses, and this becomes a concern for a company if the business offers healthcare insurance to its employees.

5. Providing help
If you can identify someone abusing drugs, there is an opportunity to offer help and support to the person, to work with him or her and help him kick the habit and get control of his life again.

If your company is looking for qualified and reliable employees in the San Antonio area, Trinity Staffing is the place to go. Trinity has the experience and expertise to find the people your company needs. Trinity is one of the best in the area. Give Trinity a call today.

Misinformation About Sleep

January 19th, 2017

You know that to excel at your work, you need to be feeling your best, full of energy and alert. That is why sleep is so important, and why it gets so much attention. There has been a lot of research about sleep, and there is a lot of information out there, as well as misinformation about sleep.

So, in the interest of helping you to get a better night’s sleep, here are some important insights about sleep from sleep researchers.

1. When it comes to sleep, one size does not fit all.
You may have heard that everyone should get at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night. But this is not true. It can actually be anywhere from five to 10 hours. Yes, many of us need around seven to eight, but it depends on the individual.

To determine how much you need, you just need to be aware of your body during the day. Do you find yourself falling asleep in front of the TV at night? Do you need several cups of coffee just to keep going during the day? If so, you may need more sleep than you are getting.

2. Interrupted sleep is as bad as no sleep.
In one experiment, people’s sleep was interrupted several times during the night. But even though they slept for seven hours, they showed the same symptoms as people who had only four hours of sleep. The interruptions, though only a few minutes, cost them a lot more in terms of sleep.

3. You do not necessarily have to go to bed at the same time every night.
Because of your body’s biological rhythms, you should wake at the same time each day. But the time to go to bed is when you feel yourself getting sleepy, even if it’s not yet bedtime.

4. Why you need to wake up at the same time each day.
It’s because of your internal alarm clock. It’s true that you have one in your brain, but what you probably don’t know is that other organ systems in your body have their own alarm clocks as well, or biological rhythms. It’s why sleeping past your normal wake time throws off the rhythms of many systems in your body, and you actually feel worse.

5. If you cannot sleep, get out of bed.
You may think if you just lie there, you will eventually fall asleep. But if it’s been 15 or 20 minutes and you are still awake, get up. You need to do this because if you don’t, after a while, your brain will begin to associate bed not with sleep, but with trouble falling asleep.

If you need help with your job search, Trinity Staffing can help you. We have the network and the experience to work with you and to find you a job that you will enjoy. Give Trinity a call today.

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.

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