Congratulations to Jojo!

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19 Years ago today a young (and much hairier!) Jojo Varona joined the Job Shop team! His hard work, dedication, cheer and joy bring light and laughter to the office, and we’ve enjoyed every minute of working with him. Congratulations Jojo, and here’s to 19 more years of success together!

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Profiling Success: Walter Hernandez

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Here at The Job Shop we work hard to place you in a great job, and it is always wonderful when we have a success story to share. The Job Shop was started with a unique concept in mind – provide our clients and our candidates with the respect that they deserve. We offer guarantees on every placement that we make, to ensure satisfaction both for our candidates and our clients, and Walter is a great example of how that benefits everyone!

 

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The Ultimate Guide to Video Interviews

Header2Author: Pamela Skillings
Source: Big Interview

I’ve got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that most candidates (i.e. your competitors) are terrible at video interviews.

The bad news is that you’re likely in the same boat — but not for long.

Alex Andrei & Pamela Skillings bring you an in-depth guide for preparing for your next video interview.

The ability to shine in a video interview requires some skills and savvy beyond basic job interview best practices.

And now that more and more companies are using video interviews at some stage in the hiring process (60% or more, depending on which survey you read), you can certainly count on a video interview in your near future.

In this guide, we’ll explain how to properly prepare and stage every facet of the video interview to give you the best chance possible.

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44 Practical Ways To Improve Productivity

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Author: Phoebe Spinks
Source: Undercover Recruiter

I’ve got 44 problems but productivity isn’t one.

If you want the most out of your day, you need to be prepared to push through several barriers. Now, we’re all guilty of wasting time.  It’s pretty easy to become distracted from your work and subconsciously (or consciously) find ways to avoid putting in the hard yards. Whether it’s scrolling aimlessly through social media, chatting to a colleague or making your fifth coffee of the day, if you feel slack and lack motivation, finding ways to procrastinate won’t be hard.

Sure, some energy-zappers exist beyond our control. For example, studies have shown surprising links between carbon dioxide levels in some office environments and decreased cognitive functioning. However there are a lot of things you can control to make sure you smash your working day out of the ballpark.

Best STL has compiled an infographic showcasing 44 ways to make you more productive, here’s a summary of the best bits:

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Forget Job Titles, Here’s How To Really Measure Your Success

happy-businessmanAuthor: Ruby Lowe
Source: Undercover Recruiter

There are many ways you can measure the success of your career. Your pay packet, your job title, the size of your team. But when it comes down to it , and you begin to look at the bigger picture, these measurements don’t mean a thing. You could have a great paying job with an impressive title – but if you don’t enjoy your day-to-day life due to the stress – it could be argued that you’re not successful at all.

Everybody has a different idea of success – but if we’re getting down to the nitty gritty about the fundamentals of work, life and happiness, here are a few ways that you may be able to distinguish success other than your pay check!

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6 Ways To Cope With A Terrible Manager

badboss1Author: Ruby Lowe
Source: Undercover Recruiter

If you’re in a job you love but have a boss you hate, things can get difficult. Management makes a real difference to working life – motivation can disappear if you feel uninspired or under appreciated. But if it looks like their here to stay – it might be worth adjusting your mindset and changing up some things in order to cope.

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4 Ways to Bounce Back From Failure

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Source: HuffPost

I stared at my inbox, my face burning with anger and my eyes blurring with rage-tears. I read my fourth rejection email.

My fourth rejection email that day.

I blinked away my tears, determined to not actually cry, and resisting the urge to throw my computer on the floor.

I wanted to work, I needed a job to pay rent, and I was starting to feel like a complete failure.

How was I supposed to come out of this spiral?

I don’t do the “follow your passion,” or the “your vibe attracts your tribe” crap. I needed real advice with actual results. Screw my tribe, and I can’t trade passion for groceries at the store.

I was on the verge of failure and breakdown. It was time to scrape myself up off the floor and figure it out.

 

Bounce-Back Trick No. 1: Reframe the Rejection Into a Positive

When I got those rejection emails — and I’ve gotten a LOT of rejections, not to mention the people that I just never heard from again — I used to dwell on the fact that they’d said no.

It was this corrosive, obsessive frustration. Why did they say no? What skills don’t I have? What’s wrong with me?

 

I felt horrible, and every time I would get ready to apply for a new job, I pretty much talked myself out of the job before I even started.

I had to reframe the rejection so that it wasn’t a bad thing.

Instead, I started focusing on what I’d learned, what I’d gained, and how much further along I was now from where I started.

 

Each time I sent out a resume, cover letter, or email application, my pitch got a little better. My resume got a little more refined. My story was a little more engaging.

These things were all practice, and I knew if I consistently practiced, I’d end up doing alright.

Bounce-Back Trick No. 2: Be Proactive

On the heels of most rejections, you used to find me hiding under the covers, wallowing in the tub, or maybe pouring a little wine on my bruised ego.

Being told “no” sucks. And sometimes, it sucks so bad you don’t feel like you’ve got anything left to offer, so you take time to “relax” or “recharge”.

Why is that in quotes? Because I know that when I do this, I’m not actually relaxing or recharging. I’m wading in a pool of my own self-righteous pity, wondering why other people aren’t jumping into the deep end rushing to console me.

If what you’re doing after a set-back isn’t actively contributing to making you feel better, you’re not relaxing. You’re wallowing. And that’s only going to make it worse.

Take the things you learned and list a few ways that you can do things differently or better the next time.

 

How can you apply for jobs in a different way, how can you change the story that you’re telling others, how can you do things a little differently or a little bit better today, than you did yesterday?

Bounce-Back Trick No. 3: Look at Others for Inspiration

I look up to a lot of people in my personal and professional life. There are lots of people that I want to meet (Brené Brown, I’m looking at you), and a lot of people I aspire to be on the same playing field with professionally (Ramit Sethi, here I come!).

This is a good thing. Having people to look up to keeps me motivated even when things get rough, or I get worried that I’m doing everything wrong.

Just be careful not to fall in the comparison trap. It’s natural and human to compare yourself to other humans from time to time. That doesn’t mean you should look at how well someone else is doing, decide that you’re a failure, and jumping into the nearest carton of vanilla-bean ice cream with hot fudge and marshmallow fluff topping while you eat your sadness away.

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