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5 Steps for Making a Good Impression at a New Job

Starting a new job can be daunting. Not only are you working in an unfamiliar place with people you don’t know, but you’re also trying to impress your new employer. The thing about first impressions is that you only get one.

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How to Find a Mentor in Hawaii

How to Find a Mentor to Help You on Your Career Path

Wouldn’t it make life so much easier if you had a trusted advisor in your back pocket to help answer all of your career questions?

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Multiple Job Offers? How to Decide What’s Best for You

You’re living the dream! You’ve received job offers from two really great companies and you don’t know which one to pick.

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Job Searching with a Medical Marijuana Card? Dos and Don’ts for Hawaii Job Seekers

For the 26,125 registered medical cannabis cardholders in Hawaii, many questions remain unanswered with regard to medical marijuana use and employment.

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How to Gain Experience When You Have No Experience

It’s the catch-22 that plagues almost every person on a serious job hunt: “I need experience to get a job, but how can I get experience if no one will hire me?”

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How does a staffing company work?

How Does a Staffing Company Work?

You’ve seen dozens of ads for them and heard about them through the grapevine, but what exactly is a staffing company and how does a staffing company work?

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How to Impress a Recruiter from the Start

These days, everybody is looking to find their dream job. Maybe you’ve just graduated with a shiny new diploma and are eager to put it to use, or maybe you are ready to test the waters of this job seeker’s market.

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How to get recruiting software to love your resume

How to Get Recruiting Software to Love Your Resume

The company you’ve been eyeing finally has a dream opening and you are convinced you’re the perfect fit. You upload your resume, hit send, and the waiting game begins.

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Are you getting the most out of your LinkedIn profile?

Are You Getting the Most Out of Your LinkedIn Profile?

Name, check. Education, check. Experience, check. Many jobseekers mistakenly treat their LinkedIn profile as an online resume. And in some ways, it is.

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Top Resume Deal Breakers

Top 9 Resume Deal Breakers and How to Avoid Them

Your resume is your first point of contact with a company and the ideal opportunity to highlight why you would be a perfect fit for a position.

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How to answer the question: what other companies are you interviewing with

How to Answer the Question: What Other Companies Are You Interviewing With?

Picture this: you’re in the middle of a job interview, and you’re nailing all the predictable questions

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Things to consider when making a career switch

5 Things to Consider When Making a Career Switch

After five years of boring spreadsheets, mundane calls, and countless days watching the clock till 5:00pm, you’ve had it—you’re done with this job and are ready to start over in a more exciting field.

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5 Tips for Transitioning to an Office Job

Always wanted an office job but lack the right experience or education? Increase your chances of landing your dream career by learning the skills you really need to work in an office.

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Job Fair Success Guide

So you’re thinking of going to a job fair. Smart move—job fairs can be incredibly useful when you’re looking for your next position.

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Is Your Workplace Making You Fat?

You’ve probably heard of the “freshman 15,” but as an adult, you may be more familiar with the “office 15.” It strikes those of us with sedentary jobs.

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What (Not) to Wear for a Blue-Collar Job Interview

We all know how to dress when it comes to office interviews, but what if your interview is for an industrial, blue-collar job? What do you wear then?

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5 Career Mistakes That Could be Holding You Back

When it comes to your job, you show up to the office on time, remember everyone’s name, and you’re the only person who actually refills the coffee pot. So when it’s time for a promotion, why did Helen get it instead?

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The right way to follow up after an interview

The Right Way to Follow Up After an Interview

Two weeks ago you had a great interview with your dream company. You nailed every question, even the one meant to throw you off. They said they’d be in touch but then…crickets.

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Your Checklist for Job Search Success

Whether you’re new to the workforce or looking to make your next big career move, no one particularly loves looking for a job. Searching, applying, interviewing—whew! Job hunting is exhausting.

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Important Work Skills That Aren’t Taught in School

School teaches you a lot of things like what year the Declaration of Independence was signed and how to multiply fractions—knowledge that may help you in a round of trivia, but doesn’t always prepare you for life in the working world.

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Don’t Quit Your Job Until You Read This

You finally did it—you found the job of your dreams, nailed the interview, and got an amazing job offer. But before you slap your two weeks’ notice on your boss’ desk, make sure you do these six things to ensure a smooth transition out.

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How to Travel the World by Doing Temp Work

Are you someone who loves to travel and see new places? Do you love to meet new people? One resourceful ALTRES employee recently shared with us how she was able to fund her travels across the globe. Her secret? Temporary work!

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Awkward Interview Moments and How to Save Yourself

Awkward interview moments are bound to happen. But with a little preparation, humility, and humor, you can turn any situation into a positive one.

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How to Answer the Question: Why Did You Leave Your last Job?

One of your first interview questions will most likely be regarding your previous employment.

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The Most Annoying Job Search Problems and How to Handle Them

Finding a new—and hopefully perfect—job can be tiring.

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4 Social Media Mistakes That Can Get You Fired

Have you ever posted something on a social media platform and woke up the next day regretting it?

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How to Find a Job After Graduation

Congratulations recent college graduates! You’ve earned your degree, now it’s time to enter the real world.

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How to Answer the Question: Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?

While some people have their entire career mapped out until retirement, others can’t see to the end of the day.

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Questions to Ask Before Accepting a Job Offer

Congratulations—you got a job offer! Before you sign your name on the dotted line, ask yourself what the position will mean for you and your career.

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5 Mistakes People Make on Their First Week on the Job

Starting a new job is daunting— working in an unfamiliar place with people you don’t know, on top of trying to impress your new employer.

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How to Answer the Question: Why Should We Hire You?

One of the simplest interview questions can also be one of the trickiest.

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Are You in the Wrong Job? Ask Yourself These 5 Questions

It’s Sunday evening and you’re already dreading the thought of showing up to work tomorrow. But maybe it’s not just a case of the Monday blues.

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Explaining Gaps in Your Resume to Employers

Landing a job is no easy task, especially if you’ve been out of the workforce for a stretch of time.

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[Infographic] Job vs. Career: Which Do You Have?

With Hawaii’s unemployment rate at its lowest point in over a decade, jobseekers currently have the upper hand in finding work—that means it’s easier than ever to follow your passion.

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Questions to avoid asking at the end of an interview

Questions You Should Never Ask at the End of an Interview

You’ve breezed through your interview, answering all the questions the hiring manager threw at you with confidence, but wait—your interview isn’t over yet.

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How to Build Skills Outside of the 9-to-5

Professional development is essential for your career and sense of personal accomplishment. But if your company isn’t offering opportunities for growth, how can you gain new skills on your own?

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Email Fails: 5 Mistakes That Can Cost You the Job

First impressions happen long before an actual job interview. In fact, an email conversation is probably the first interaction you’ll have with a prospective employer.

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Is Your Career Heading in the Right Direction?

Applying your natural talents for professional and financial gain is key to finding fulfillment and success in life. But how?

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Don’t Get Stumped by Behavioral Interview Questions

Unlike traditional interview questions or situational questions, behavioral questions require jobseekers to do more than just rely on canned responses.

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Top 5 Myths About Using a Staffing Company

Jobseekers are often wary about working with a staffing company and many only use them as a last resort.

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How to Get the Raise You Deserve

According to Gallup, 59 percent of Americans are not satisfied with the amount of money they earn.

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Salary Negotiation – What NOT To Do

Salary negotiation is one of the trickiest parts of being a jobseeker. Ask for too much and you may not get an offer; too little and you end up with less than you deserve.

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You Need a Career Transition Now

The only person that you can rely on making a lasting investment in your career is yourself. Not your boss, not your coworkers, and definitely not a corporation.

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How to Answer the Question: “What is Your Greatest Weakness?”

The question “what is your greatest weakness?” is as much beloved by those conducting job interviews as it is hated by jobseekers.

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How to Turn Your Temp Job into a Career

When you’re on the hunt for a new job, temporary employment might not be your first option.

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How to Stay Focused on Your Job Search During the Holidays

As the holiday season rolls in, it’s common for jobseekers to get discouraged about finding a new job by the end of the year.

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What to Say at Your Next Annual Performance Review

Every year employees dread the performance review. While many employees go through the process, not everyone uses it to their advantage.

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Scary Lunch Foods to Avoid at Work

Nothing makes you that guy in the office more than your lunch being the reason a concerned coworker called the hazmat team and had the entire building evacuated.

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3 Must Follow Tips for Choosing Your Job References

You’re a champion. You just nailed an interview for a great job you’ve fallen in love with. Way to go! Next comes the reference check. You did prepare your job references, right?

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Why You Didn’t Get the Job (Even Though You’re Qualified)

Looking for a job can often seem like a game of chance.

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5 Tips for Making a Good First Impression with the Front Desk Team

Whether you are walking through the doors for an interview or just looking for an application, don’t overlook the importance of the front office staff.

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How to Answer the Question: “So Tell Me About Yourself”

When applying for a new job, your interviewer will inevitably ask you, “So tell me about yourself.”

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What Does Temp-to-Hire Mean?

Searching for the right job is never a quick or easy process—it takes time and effort to find exactly what you are looking for. The same can be said for companies looking to hire the best candidates.

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5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Using a Staffing Company

Hunting for a new job can often feel as if you’re navigating unchartered waters.

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Tips for Surviving the Office After a Vacation

It seems a universal law that the vacation you had meticulously planned and anticipated for months no sooner begins than comes to an end.

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10 Golden Rules of Workplace Professionalism

Employers want to hire and work with individuals who show a high level of professionalism in the workplace.

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3 Cover Letter Tips to Help You Land the Job

Writing cover letters probably isn’t on your list of favorite things to do and crafting a flawless one is no easy task.

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Job Search Tips from our ALTRES Personnel Managers

You’ve probably come across a lot of questionable advice during your search for a job.

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Are You Getting Paid Enough? 3 Ways to Find Out

Salaries are typically considered a hush-hush topic in the workplace and rarely do companies offer transparency about what they pay their employees.

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5 Skills Every Administrative Assistant Must Have

An administrative assistant is often the first point of contact for a company’s customers and plays an important role in keeping an office organized and running smoothly.

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The Benefits of Working with a Medical Staffing Company

The healthcare industry is a big and sometimes scary world to navigate alone.

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How to Develop Your “Elevator Speech”

When looking for a job, an elevator speech is a must-have. An elevator speech is a clear, brief personal introduction to yourself that you give to others.

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4 Reasons Why Temporary Work is Worth It

Many jobseekers completely dismiss the idea of accepting a temporary job. However, jobseekers need to start looking at temporary work opportunities as just that: an opportunity.

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Why You Should Always Be Looking for Your Next Job

Job hunting is just for the unemployed, right? Wrong.

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Exit Etiquette – How to Leave a Job on Good Terms

Whether you’re moving on to a new position or getting out of a bad one, quitting your job is never fun and almost always a bit awkward.

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Job Hunting 101: Search Smarter, Not Harder

You may have heard the saying that job hunting is a job in and of itself.

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4 Ways to Ruin Your Chances of Getting a Job

You’ve been hunting for your next big opportunity for weeks, months, and maybe even longer than that.

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How to Look for a Job When You Already Have One

Let’s be honest. Not many people stay at one company, in one role, for their entire life. It’s just not the way our current workforce operates.

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How Does a Staffing Company Work?

As a jobseeker, working with a staffing company can be greatly beneficial. Staffing companies have access to positions that are not advertised elsewhere and help speed up the hiring process.

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How to Stay in Shape at a Desk Job

Did you know that almost 86 percent of Americans sit for an average of 9.3 hours a day? That’s more time than we spend sleeping.

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15 Professions That Drink A Lot of Coffee

Dunkin’ Donuts and CareerBuilder teamed up to find out more about coffee consumption trends in the workplace.

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Job Fair Etiquette

Job fairs can be a useful resource when you’re looking for a new position.

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Cleaning Up Your Online Image

You’ve prepped for the interview, polished your resume, and compiled all your professional references… you’re all set to land the job, right? Not quite yet.

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Job Interview Tips for Web Developers

Research shows that the demand for IT workers will grow as much as 22 percent through 2020, so as a jobseeker in this industry, you may not be too worried about finding work.

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4 Ways To Improve Your Engineering Resume

As an engineer, you may not have a natural marketing mentality. And why would you?

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How ALTRES Can Help Beef Up Your Skills

It’s crucial that you have the right skills and training for the jobs that you are pursuing. But how do you get the experience you need if no one will let you through the door?

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Don’t Say This In An Interview

As a jobseeker, your goal in an interview is to show that you can think on your feet and possess the right skills and personality to make things happen in your new role.

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