FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN CONTEMPLATING A CAREER CHANGE

There are a few factors to consider when contemplating a career change. Some individuals shift professions rather quickly, while for others take years. There’s no right time to initiate a new profession, rather it’s an individual choice influenced by personal and professional aspirations. Do you prefer better pay over work satisfaction? What job would you consider if promised a decent salary? Taking time to answer such questions brings insight into purposeful career options. Take note of professions that bring purpose and fulfillment as it is key in the decision making process. Also, a new career can manifest change in different areas of life. Consider lifestyle changes that might emerge with a new occupation. Once ready to move ahead proceed with confidence considering all the positive benefits that motivated you to start a new career!  

Consider This Before Changing Your Career…

1. Does the new career align with your current lifestyle? Perhaps your profession requires working overtime hours and traveling. If you’re motivated to travel and need extra cash that may be your dream job. On the other hand, if job flexibility and free time are important then you may want to consider other employment opportunities. Also, is this a good time to introduce change in your life? Life experiences like moving into a new place or having a baby require time and attention. In such instances it may be challenging to start a new career, yet that’s a personal choice. Only you know how much you can handle and the appropriate time to start a profession.

2. Am I willing to start a new career from scratch?  Careers in similar fields can overlap skills and job roles, while others require new skills and additional education. Staring a new profession can be an exciting journey if your willing to do all it takes to change career paths. Other individuals prefer occupations within a similar field that allow for more simplified job transitions. 

3. Research jobs of interest. This provides insight as to what you can expect when entering the workforce. Research average salary based on experience and job role in your state and city. Some jobs are more prominent in certain cities and states. Also, consider if there’s a good hiring pool in your profession. Occupations of high demand a few years ago may not necessarily maintain the same status. With technological advances and todays fast-paced job market occupations are taking a shift. It’s best to do some homework and research if it’s worth pursing any given occupation. 

4. Reach out to professionals for support. Guidance counselors, human resource personnels, career coaches, and professionals in your field of study can provide much assistance. It’s key to ask detailed questions relating to your career of choice. Such individuals can provide valuable resources and share helpful insights. 

5. Step out of your comfort zone. At times the most challenging aspect of change is moving beyond our comfort zone. It can be intimidating to contemplate all that’s involved in changing professions, yet once determined it’s key to focus on positive outcomes. Moving into a different profession may call for new experiences. If in doubt re-evaluate personal and occupational goals. Otherwise, move ahead in confidence considering all the positive benefits in changing careers.

American Cancer Society & Foxtrot 1/2K

Midwest Staffing & KeyStaff Professionals were fortunate to be part of an exciting event, hosted by SafeNet Consulting, to raise money for the American Cancer Society.  The evening was full of stories, a 1/2K walk-run, music, silent auction fun, and photobooth photos!  Raising money for a cause that touches every one of us is so rewarding and we are grateful for the opportunity!

MOTIVATING FACTORS FOR MILLENNIALS IN THE WORKFORCE 

A large influx of millennials are continuously entering the workforce. Many of which are ambitious for success and eager to venture into new career opportunities. What inspires millennials in the job market? Does Generation Y have different career expectations than baby boomers or previous generations?

These young professionals in their 20’s and 30’s are finding creative ways of increasing profit, productivity, and yielding optimal results with limited resources and time. Many employers are cognitive of these positive contributions shifting to a more flexible and accommodating work cultures. With the growing population of millennials in the job market it’s crucial for leaders to understand what inspires potential employees.

WHAT ARE MILLENNIALS SEEKING IN THE JOB MARKET?

An incentive for many young professionals is flexibility and job culture.  According to a study conducted by PWC, 59% of millennials search for employers whose social responsibilities values align with his or her own, and over 30% anticipate flexible work hours. When asked what makes an organization attractive, 52% millennials responded opportunities for career growth.

DOES GENERATION Y DIFFER IN JOB VALUES FROM PREVIOUS GENERATIONS? 

With advances in technology and high demands for quick turnaround, it’s no surprise young professionals often seek career flexibility over predictability and longevity. Many employers are cognitive of the benefits in moving away from traditional work modalities to more flexible options that attract new hires. Surprisingly, only 8% of millennials valued diversity and equal work opportunities. Also, employer reputation is not as prized as once was in previous generations.

DOES SALARY MOTIVATE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS? 

Millennials value career fulfillment over higher pay. PWC documents 32% of millennials were willing to accept lower salaries, while only 14% were take positions outside their job roles. Although pay is an incentive in attracting millennials, job fulfilment and flexibility are taking lead. 

For more stats on millennials and the workforce visit PWC.

HOW TO EXPLAIN EMPLOYMENT GAPS DURING AN INTERVIEW

At times life circumstances cause longer than expected periods of unemployment. Extended time off from work raises questions for hiring mangers and human resource personnel considering potential jobseekers. Most employers understand career detours occur, yet how time is managed during such situations can greatly influence new job opportunities. Instead of contemplating long periods of unemployment, elaborate on knowledge and skills acquired during time off from work leading to greater career achievements. 

HOW TO EXPLAIN EMPLOYMENT GAPS DURING AN INTERVIEW:

Employment gaps may result from family or personal emergencies, changes in careers, continuing education requirements, a residential move, and others. What is done during extended periods without a job is what most employers seek to explore. You may be asked what resulted in long periods of unemployment, or to explain large gaps in your employment history. The key is to highlight steps taken that enhanced your career and professional goals. You may want to mention educational and technical courses, internships, and other accomplishments done during this period. Other things to mention are projects and career groups with other professionals in your field. Share efforts and steps taken for occupational achievements even while unemployed. Doing so shows career dedication, motivation, character, and creative thinking. 

What might seem like a weakness can turnout to be a strength when presented in a professional manner. Situations arise causing changes in career plans. Be descriptive when asked to explain employment gaps, elaborating on conscious efforts that resulted in optimal career enhancements. Share career goals and the steps you’re taking to achieve them. Having long-term and short-term goals paints a picture of your professional dreams and aspirations. Most companies are inspired by motivated and goal oriented jobseekers. Rather than delving on the negatives and what lead to periods of unemployment, draw attention to the multiple accomplishments that resulted in career achievements and new professional opportunities.

Toys for Tots 2021

Midwest Staffing and KeyStaff Professionals participated in the 2021 “Toys for Tots Campaign”.  We got a little bit of a late start, but between our branches, we gathered well over 200 toys and games!

We are so proud to give back to such an amazing cause knowing that it’s putting big smiles on children’s faces Christmas morning!! 

We are looking forward to participating this year and hoping gather even more toys!!

Employee Holiday Meals

Midwest Staffing was able to share the holiday spirit this past season, as we had the opportunity to support multiple employees from our company with a holiday meal. Each employee of Midwest Staffing Group was involved in either selecting the items for the employee, getting a prepackaged meal, or a gift card. While we set this up to surprise our selected employees, it definitely brought warm smiles and holiday cheer. One of the employees that we were able to give a holiday meal to was Sean Fuller. Sean currently works for one of our clients and has done a tremendous job. He has proven to be reliable, self-motivated, responsible, kind, and respectful. Sean is an employee we value and we appreciate him for all of the hard work he has put in. (Thank you, Sean!) One of the best feelings in the world is knowing that you are able to give back, and what makes it even better is doing it with your organization.

“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.”  

― Mother Teresa

Second Harvest Heartland Event

To quote everyone’s favorite ogre, “Ogres are like onions. Layers, onions have layers.” – Shrek

It sounds silly I know, but at Midwest Staffing and Keystaff Professionals we do have LAYERS! We don’t only get to change lives by finding great jobs and careers for our candidates, but we love giving back to our communities.

It’s so gratifying when we can partner with such amazing local organizations like Second Harvest Heartland and do just that. At Second Harvest Heartland, they believe no one should ever go hungry, as our region produces more than enough food for everyone. Second Harvest was created in 2001 after joining their MSP and St Paul organizations to bring 44 years of history together! Second Harvest is one of the nation’s largest hunger relief organizations and we at Midwest Staffing and Keystaff Professionals are proud to be able to partner with them!

So, why onions? Well, just like we have layers at Midwest and Keystaff, so did Second Harvest that fateful night in January! I mean, literally bags and bags of ONIONS that were donated by local farmers that were as tall as our shortest person on the team. In 2.5 hours, we went through 88 bags of those wonderfully, layered vegetables, or 3,608 lbs. CRAZY! If that doesn’t get your socks knocked off, well, all our onion sorting powers provided 3,066 meals to deserving families and broken down each person that night contributed 177 meals, so we all worked up some sweat!

Second Harvest offers many volunteer opportunities to the community, and they make it incredibly easy to join and give back. If you would like to learn more about them, donate, or sign up to volunteer you can visit their website at: https://www.2harvest.org/about_us/

EFFECTS OF EXTENDED WORK SHIFTS ON EMPLOYEE HEALTH & PRODUCTIVITY

Most of us are familiar with jobs offering overtime hours extending beyond a 40-hour work week. For entrepreneurs and employees creating their schedule, working long hours is often the norm, making it difficult to disengage mentally from work. In turn many employees. Electronic devices intended to increase productivity are being used throughout the day, evening, and on weekends for work-related responsibilities. There are great benefits in using technology, yet it’s crucial to diligently balance work and social life. Whether you work a fixed schedule or different hours of the day employee safety begins with education. Taking positive steps when working extended hours promotes health, safety, and work productivity.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) comments on long work shifts, “According to U.S. National Health Interview data from 2010, almost 19% of working adults work 48 hour or more per week and over 7% worked 60 hours or more. Both shift work and long work hours have been associated with health and safety risks.” Sleep deprivation can affect concentration, alertness, mood, and general health. Attentiveness to details is critical in certain occupations like nursing, chemists, pharmacists, employees operating heavy machinery, and others. Feeling tired, stressed, fatigued, or burnout not only affects work performance, but also safety concerns for yourself and others.  

The University of Surrey documents a study by the Journal of Science on the effects of sleep loss on various brain regions. “Research has significant implications for our understanding of how the brain is locally affected by internal time of day and sleep-wake cycles.  Results shed light on why shift workers and people working very long hours struggle to pay attention and concentrate on their job, in particular in the early morning hours,” documents The University of Surrey. Working extended hours coupled with consistent lack of sleep can only raise health concerns. When working overtime hours, consider ways to ensure adequate sleep and proper nutrition each day. Accommodate your work schedule to allow times of relaxation. Perhaps take a power nap during one of your breaks or enjoy a 15-minute meditation? The idea is to find creative ways to take breaks, eat nutritious foods, and get adequate sleep each night when working extended hours.

5 TIPS WHEN WORKING OVERTIME HOURS:

1. Don’t skip meals. Healthy foods fuel your body and mind. When working long hours, it’s important to fuel the brain and body with nutritious foods.

2. Take a break. Disconnecting for a few minutes can increase creativity and focus.

3. Maintain a regular sleep schedule. To be your most productive and keep mentally sharp it’s vital to get a good night’s rest. If having trouble sleeping early, refrain from having caffeine in the later afternoon.  

4. Make times for activities that bring joy. Lasting success is grounded with balance. Hobbies and activities that create meaning, joy, and purpose enhance mood.

5. If overwhelmed talk with your employer. If you feel exhausted and depleted with all the job responsibilities, voice your concerns. At times the employer is not fully aware of the workload or how you’re coping with working extended hours. If you’re feeling burnout be sure to express your concerns to your supervisor. 

*This article is for informational purposes only and not intended to direct health advice. For health questions please inquire with your physician.

MANAGEMENT TIPS FOR MILLENNIALS IN THE WORKFORCE

Millennials account for 36 percent of the U.S. workforce, and currently hold numerous leadership positions. Research from DDI and The Conference Board relates positive attributions young leaders offer to their work environments. According to the DDI study, the pace at which an organization grows is highly related to the number of Millennials in leadership positions. As young professionals continue to emerge in leadership roles it’s important to implement effective management skills.

TIPS FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONS ON EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT SKILLS:

1. Seek counsel: Part of gaining expertise is learning from people who share similar proficiencies and from individuals who “paved the way”. There is much to gain from coworkers and experts who experienced like trials.

2. Ask when in doubt: It’s perfectly appropriate to seek assistance when faced with a difficult situation or important decision. Effective leaders understand the importance of sound advice from experienced professionals.

3. It’s okay to make mistakes: Give room for errors as you sharpen your management skills. Attention should be given in developing strategies for better outcomes, yet be flexible when mistakes happen. Focusing on problem-solving skills rather than dwelling on what went wrong is part of managing your team effectively.

4. Embrace teamwork: Colleagues and business partners are important team members. Promoting success in others will bring more work satisfaction and foster a workplace culture of connectivity and unity.

5. Promote diversity: Today’s workforce is comprised of employees from around the world with various cultures, ethnicities, and beliefs. Embracing a multicultural workplace with equal gender opportunity and free of discrimination is essential for a successful business.

6. Step out of your comfort zone: We each have strengths and areas needing more attention for professional growth. Conduct a self-evaluation to assess areas requiring focus and intervention. Then, take measures to improve your professional skills.

7. Delegate tasks: It can be intimidating to delegate tasks to colleagues with company seniority.  You were chosen for a management position based on your skills and qualities, and age is irrelevant. The idea is to keep respectful when delegating assignments to other coworkers. Delegating should focus on teamwork, rather than taking advantage of a management position.

8. Maintain work-life balance: Career goals and visions of success can introduce balance between work and personal life. Technological advances and social media contribute to continuity of job-related tasks outside of working hours. Disengaging from job responsibilities provides time to recharge, bringing fresh ideas when ready to return to work.

TIPS TO GETTING POSITIVE RESULTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA JOB SEARCHES

Social media is one of the strongest platforms used by jobseekers and businesses alike. Individuals seeking employment as well as companies needing qualified workers benefit from Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social sites. With the growing interest in social media, more and more individuals conveniently search for jobs using mobile and other electronic devices. However, it can be daunting to examine numerous job posts from various social accounts on a daily basis. The good news is jobseekers can narrow work options and get positive results by implementing a few strategies on social sites. 

TIPS TO GETTING POSITIVE RESULTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA JOB SEARCHES:

1. Use hatchtags (#) and keywords when conducting job searches. Keywords are often used to draw in candidates with occupational skills suitable for the job opening. When seeking employment on social media include your occupation (e.g. Administrative Assistance) and location of work preference (Miami, West Palm Beach, Boca, etc.). You can also search for work schedule preferences such as part-time, fulltime, temp-to-perm, and seasonal. Precise hatchtags are useful when seeking work specialties. Examples include #cardiacnurse, #pharmacists, and #automechanic. General hatchtags are also worth exploring as many posts are geared to attract a large social media audience. Examples include #jobseekers, #jobs, and #hiring.  

2. Explore different job searches. One job search can include the keywords “fulltime hairstylist”, while another search includes “hiring pharmacist Miami”. Introduce various keywords that align with your career options and desired work environment.

3. Review the date on social media posts. Established social accounts have numerous followers, and posts can be shared between followers rather quickly. A job that was available in the morning may no longer have an opening in the later afternoon. It doesn’t hurt to contact the company for more information, but do keep in mind jobs may become unavaibale rather quickly.

4. Reach out to human resources or staffing personnel.  Depending on the company’s social media manager, comments and messages left by jobseekers on social sites may not be retrieved instantaneously. It’s best to contact the human resources department directly for specifics on job openings.

5. Have a notebook or note-taking app handy. List available job openings in order of preference. Highlight jobs you contacted, and include information of the human resource personnel for follow-up if needed. Keeping organized decreases confusion and increases productivity, as many companies post the same job openings in various social sites.

6. Stay proactive. Social media sites are very active and the information spreads very quickly. If there is a job opening that resonates with your skills and qualifications be sure to respond in a timely fashion.