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3 Advantages of trade school education vs. traditional college

Posted by David Ballinger on Jun 12, 2018 8:38:00 AM

America’s educational system tends to push students to get traditional four-year, liberal art college degrees that will open the doors to becoming lawyers, doctors, professors, business owners, accountants, and more. This has been the case for several generations—even though the modern job market has changed drastically since the 2000s.

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Interview questions you DON’T have to answer

Posted by David Ballinger on May 22, 2018 9:58:00 AM

In a good job interview, the person asking questions on behalf of the company is trying to determine whether the potential employee is a good fit—that is, does he or she have the right qualifications to do the work, and does he or she fit well into the company’s value culture?

What the interviewer should not be fishing for, however, is irrelevant information that is potentially illegal to ask for, such as your ethnicity, marital status, age, and other factors that don't affect your ability to do the work, but have been historically used to discriminate against job seekers.

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6 Resume mistakes that are big turn-offs for employers

Posted by David Ballinger on May 8, 2018 9:45:00 AM

 Are you on the job hunt? Chances are one of the first steps you’ll take is to brush up your resume or write a new one from scratch.

 We’ve already covered the most important information to include on any resume, plus the special considerations for a resume targeted for a skilled trades position. In this post, we’ll take a look at what not to do when writing a resume.

Here are a few of the major resume pitfalls to avoid:

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I’m sick of job hunting! What to do when you feel stuck

Posted by David Ballinger on Apr 17, 2018 4:26:22 PM

Whether you’re currently out of work, or you’re stuck in a job that’s not right for you and are looking for something better, you’ve probably discovered that the job hunting process can feel extremely long and tedious.

Job hunt setback may not be caused by a lack of effort on your part. Maybe you search online job postings every day, attend every job fair within 50 miles, and practically live on LinkedIn. So what do you do when you’re running on all job searching cylinders and still seem to be going nowhere?

Here are a few tips for making the most of those times when you feel stuck in the job hunt:

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What does a resume for a skilled trade position need?

Posted by David Ballinger on Mar 13, 2018 9:20:00 AM

Whether you’re new to the skilled trades world or simply looking for your next seasonal position, you’ll need to have a well-written resume working in your favor. A quality resume will convince a prospective employer to give you a second look in the form of an interview, so it’s important to make the right kind of impression!

A resume for a skilled trades position needs much of the same basic information that all resumes require, such as contact information and relevant experience. But there are a few specific things you’ll want to consider as well.

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When you feel like a cog in a staffing agency’s machine

Posted by David Ballinger on Feb 20, 2018 8:53:00 AM

Let’s face it—looking for a new job can take a lot of mental and emotional energy. Maybe you’re unhappy where you currently work and have finally made the difficult decision to branch out into the unknown. Maybe you’ve been unemployed for a while and are struggling to find the right job for you, or perhaps you’re in a field where your work is seasonal or temporary and you have to go through the process of searching for a new job every few months or so.

Any way you slice it, you’re heavily invested in finding the right job.

That’s what makes it so disappointing when you turn to a staffing agency for help and you feel like they’re not that interested in actually helping you.  You get the distinct impression that they just see you as a cog in their machine, or a means to their own ends.

Here are some sure signs that a staffing agency is more interested in keeping things easy for themselves than actually helping your career.

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Basic elements every resume must include

Posted by David Ballinger on Feb 13, 2018 9:36:00 AM

If you’re looking for a new job, chances are you’ll have brush up your resume—or create one from scratch. While there are many industry-specific nuances for a resume in a given field, there are also several universals.

Here are the basics that virtually every resume must include:

Contact information

This one should be obvious, but it can be forgotten in the shuffle. Be sure to list your contact information at the top of your sheet, including your name, phone number, address, and email address.

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