HR Trends to Keep on Your Radar in 2018


From social networking platforms and mobile applications to new engagement strategies, HR professionals have been adapting to a tsunami of changes over the past year due to our evolving workplace. Executives have shifted their strategy; with a focus on building an internal structure that’s rooted in attracting and retaining quality talent. At the forefront of employer discussions were buzzwords like ‘engagement’ and ‘culture,’ – two areas of investment that soared to the head of business initiatives.

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How to Explain Why You Were Fired During an Interview

“Why were you let go from your previous position?”

The question is cringe-worthy. It feels like the hiring manager is staring into your soul as beads of sweat begin forming in your tightly clasped hands. However, the reality is, if you were terminated from a past position, you will be asked this question in your interview. No matter what euphemism you elect to use – parted ways, terminated, etc. – you will still have to provide an explanation to your prospective employer. Properly preparing to answer this question is the best way to avoid getting tongue-tied or issuing a slew of ‘um’s,’ which can paint your candidacy in a negative light.

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Ring in the New Year by Exploring New Career Opportunities

Champagne toasts, rainstorms of confetti, and the iconic Times Square Ball Drop marked the start of the 2018 year. Along with the usual celebrations comes the time-honored tradition of establishing our New Year’s Resolutions. Whether you're committed to following a new diet, saving money, or jet-setting to new places, it's important not to let your resolve waver as the months go by.  A new year means new opportunities to meet your goals, including those relating to your career and professional development. Here are a few reasons why partnering with a staffing agency can help you accomplish some of your work-related goals.

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First Day at a New Job? Here Are the Must-Ask Questions That'll Set You up for Success

With a new job comes a rollercoaster of emotions -– excitement that rivals Will Ferrell’s whenever Santa Claus is around in Elf, uncertainty surrounding whether or not you’ll fit in with your colleagues, an eagerness to succeed, anxiety over how comprehensive your training will be, and the inevitable confusion you’ll face when you accidentally sit at a coworker’s desk or wander into the wrong conference room.

The good news is, the barrage of conflicting emotions is completely normal, albeit a bit uncomfortable. Along with a fresh start comes the opportunity to set yourself up for success by asking questions and gaining important insight into the culture, processes, and overall lay of the land.

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How Temporary Jobs Can Help You Get a Foot in the Door

Whether you’re facing the pressure of acing final exams, making your first student loan payment, or learning how to navigate the wildly competitive labor market for the first time, getting your foot in the door isn’t easy. If you’re still a student, nabbing a job that is both rewarding and suitable for your erratic schedule of classes, lectures, and studying may seem extremely difficult. While it may take a bit of added effort, you don’t have to work a job that you wholeheartedly despise. 

Similarly, for recent grads or career changers, you can break into your target industry without taking an unrelated position just to foot the bills. Starting your career with a temporary job is a great way to get experience in your field of choice with the flexibility to complement the varying lifestyles of students and recent graduates. Here’s how taking a temporary job can work for you.

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HBO's Westworld: a Story of Cowboys, Robots, and the Importance of Recognizing a Good Employee

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Despite being a fictitious series based in a  futuristic utopia, HBO’s Westworld provides an important narrative on the delicate balance between supply and demand. The plotline centers around a very John-Wayne-esque theme park where the main attraction is eerily lifelike robots called “hosts.” With dozens, if not hundreds of storylines occurring simultaneously, the park's scriptwriters must continuously concoct new and innovative ways to entertain their customers - from nomadic cowboys leading a bounty hunt to booze-filled saloon's that are home to brawling and frivolity. 

With satisfied customers frequenting the western wonderland, the park experiences an uptick in revenue growth and a corresponding influx of shareholders. What keeps patrons coming back for more? The staff who run it, Westword shows us that employing the right individuals can have a transformational impact on the success of the company. converting a mere concept on paper to a full-fledged, prosperous establishment.

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