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It being easier to get a job when you already have a job is more than just a saying, it’s a fact. A company wants to hire the best talent available, which usually means he or she is committed elsewhere given their skills. Exceptions exist, but overall applying while employed makes you more marketable.

The actionable side of this, however, makes matters more difficult. In most cases, you won’t tell your current employer you’re looking elsewhere, which means you need to tread carefully through your search. Here’s how to maneuver through job searching when you still have a job.

Keep your LinkedIn Updated

Neglecting your LinkedIn can be an immediate giveaway when your job search begins. It’s important to take time regularly to update everything so there isn’t a suspicious amount of changes when you re-enter your job search. An employer may notice a better presence online and be alerted to your actions.

Keep It on the Low

Even if you have a close work friend, you should make sure no one is aware at work. All it takes is one rumor to spread that alerts the entire office and can cause bridges to burn. Depending on your reason for leaving and your relationship with your supervisor, you might tell them. When you’re applying and interviewing, leave off current co-workers as references and ask that your current employer not be contacted.

Keep It Positive

Inevitably you will be asked in an interview why you’re leaving your current employer. You might be having a terrible experience, but you can’t express it that way to the prospective employer. Work out your response ahead of time so you’re ready to answer the question gracefully and move on. A lack of preparation might mean you ramble, leading to more negative thoughts that ultimately reflect poorly on you.

Keep it Out of Your Office Time

As eager as you are to find a new job, don’t spend your days at work searching and applying for new positions. Similarly, try and schedule your interviews out of work hours. This way, your behavior isn’t suggesting potential changes.

Keep Focused

As you look toward your next venture, it can be easy to lose sight of what you’re currently doing. When this happens, you can become unfocused at work and ultimately leave on worse terms than you intended based on performance. You can’t predict how long the job search will take, so make sure you’re still focused at your current job.

It’s Time to Empower Yourself for a Better Tomorrow.

When you’re ready to take the next step in your job search, trust Workbox Staffing. We take our unique approach and offer you more than what you can expect from other staffing agencies. Get in touch today to learn more about how we can help empower you and boost your career. Search our jobs online, give us a call, or visit us in any of our offices.

Jumping back into the job search can be a little intimidating. It doesn’t matter if it’s been months or years since you last jumped in – the waters of opportunity are murky. There are thousands of jobs swirling around, meaning you need to navigate to the right one and then do your best to get noticed in a sea of other candidates.

Don’t worry, we have good news. There’s a way to make everything easier for you that can deliver even better results. Here are five benefits to working with a staffing agency during your job search.

1. You’re not in it alone.

The job search doesn’t have to be you in front of a computer every day hoping for the best. Instead of going at your search alone, your recruiter will work with you day by day to search for and present opportunities that fit your skills, interests, and experiences. They guide you through the process to give you the best chance of getting hired and never leave you feeling neglected.

2. Specific to your career.

You’re not a ‘one size fits all’ employee that can step into any void, and the right employment agency isn’t either. Recruiters fall in specialties, just like you, meaning you can find an agency that knows your industry. With knowledge of what you do and the field you work in, a recruiter can find the right openings for you.

3. Insider knowledge.

More than just partnering with you, your staffing agency will have insider knowledge to positions that aren’t publicly promoted. They spend years and years building relationships with clients so that when a position opens up, they’re the first to know and trusted to find the perfect person for the role.

4. Leverage connections.

Considering the fact that your recruiter has insider knowledge also means they may have some pull. Rather than firing off a resume into the void, a staffing agency may have a relationship with a company where they can speak directly to the hiring managers on your behalf.

5. Work toward your goals.

Most importantly, as your partner in the job search, a recruiter will get to know you and what you want out of your career. They won’t simply look at your resume and find jobs based on what’s listed. They’ll talk to you about it, as well as what you want to do and what you want to achieve. In building this relationship, they’re learning everything they can to make sure you’re getting the most out of your career.

An employment agency with you in mind.

If all this sounds good, look no further than Workbox Staffing. We’re a staffing agency changing expectations because we’re all about the personal experience. This means we aren’t your typical corporate types, but we deliver on our promise. Our simple process involves pairing you with a personalized career coach who helps find the job that’s perfect for you. Request a call today to get started.

Looking for the perfect job for you is great until you realize you don’t have the relevant experience the company is looking for in the posting. In fact, all your dream occupations seem to require opportunities you haven’t had yet. You know what they’re looking for, and you know you can do the job, but how can you make them consider what you have to offer? Here are three suggestions for what to do when you don’t have much relevant job experience.

Begin with a spot-on cover letter.

This is usually read before the resume and can be your chance to explain exactly why you should be considered, despite how your experience reads. Make sure it’s enthusiastic, personable, and well-written, so it gets noticed in the sea of applications.

Use the space to talk briefly about your background and tie in the position to your skills and passions. This is your chance to make it past the initial barrier, which means you need to write a convincing letter that entices them to learn more about you.

Break down your skills.

Even if your experiences don’t match the job, there are skills you’ve taken away that can be applied. Obviously, you think you can do the job, now show it. Your irrelevant experience can be transformed into learning opportunities that provided you with the skills needed to take on this role.

There are different schools of through on structure, including highlighting previously positions in chronological order with the skills listed beneath each or listing the skills as the focus with the experience as support. Whatever you choose, take the time to do it right. You don’t want to rush your dreams for the sake of getting it done.

Look beyond your paid employment.

Maybe your career didn’t have corresponding experiences, but what about your personal life? What have you done academically or as a volunteer? In situations like this, it’s important to show both your experience and relevant work outside of the job. This can help you look more well-rounded as well as more qualified for the position.

A staffing agency changing expectations.

The recruiters at Workbox Staffing are dedicated to offering personalized experiences to our candidates. This means we never look at your job history and assume that’s what you have to offer. We take the time to get to know you and your skills, and then use our expertise to guide you through the placement process. Contact a recruiter from Workbox near you to get started today!

When you’re ready for a new job, it can be tempting to just blast your resume out everywhere and hope for the best. This tactic seems wise because you’re giving yourself a lot of opportunities, but in reality, you could be wasting time and missing the right jobs. Here are a few ways to fine-tune your job search and give yourself the best chance at finding the perfect role for you.  

Match Your Background and Interests 

This seems obvious, but when you’re desperate for something new, it’s easy to compromise both what you can do and what you want to do. In order to find a role that truly works for you where you will be content, you want to make sure you’re qualified and actually want to do the work.  

Take some time to consider what you’ve done before, what you can do, and what you want to do. Use that as your guide when go through job posting to give you the best chance of connecting with an opportunity that will work for you.  

Network as Much as You Can 

Both online and in-person networking can help lead you to the right role. You never know who you’re going to meet and what connection they have and how that might get you an interview at your dream company. Find events in your area created for professionals in your industry or even just a general networking opportunity.  

Find people on LinkedIn that have a job you’re interested in or work at a company of interest to you. Don’t just add them to your network – start a conversation so you can learn more about what they do and how they like their roles. Not only are you growing your professional network, but you’re also growing as a professional.  

Work With a Staffing Agency 

Ultimately, one of the best ways to connect only with jobs that meet your skillset and interest is to have the help of a recruiter. They’ll know your field almost as well as you and work to connect you with the perfect opportunities. Plus, they’ll know about jobs you’ve never even seen, giving you an edge in your search.  

If you’re looking for a career in manufacturing, warehouse operations, light industrial work, office or administrative help, then Workbox Staffing is the employment firm for you. We’ll pair you with a personalized career coach to make sure we know exactly what you can and want to do and work hard to make your dream a reality. Find one of our locations near you to get started 

It’s the time of year when people are thinking more about luck, but that isn’t the best strategy when trying to land your dream job. Instead of wearing your lucky socks or listening to your lucky song before your next interview, try these tried-and-tested suggestions to create your own luck in the job search.

Don’t wait to apply

When you’re casually browsing for jobs, you might find and save an opportunity you love, putting it away until you have time to apply. This might make sense for your schedule but waiting too long can diminish your chances of getting noticed.

Experts vary in their opinion of how long is too long to wait, but some agree it should be within three days of when the job is posted. This means when you’re searching and see a job, look to see how long ago it was posted. Based on that timing, determine how long you have. It might be worth rearranging a few things to get the application done now.

Research shows that applications received within the first week are most likely to be considered because all others may slip to the bottom of the pile. Additional studies support that Tuesday is the best day to submit an application, so try your best to align your efforts and timing to increase your luck.

Use the keywords that make a difference

In today’s hiring process, the first step to getting your resume in front of a hiring manager is to pass an electronic gatekeeper known as an applicant tracking system or ATS. Its job is to scan resumes for the keywords an employer feels most relevant to the position. Even if a company doesn’t use an ATS, there’s likely a person scanning resumes for the right words.

What this means for you is if you don’t use the best keywords on your resume, it won’t matter how good or relevant your experience is because it won’t get noticed. Take the time before applying to read through the description carefully and incorporate industry keywords into your resume to help yourself stand out.

Take the time to write a cover letter

Writing cover letters, especially unique and personalized ones, takes time. It’s tempting to simply update an old or generic letter with the details from this position but doing so can hurt your chances. Even if you aren’t required, taking the time to write a letter and explain who you are and how you can benefit the company can show you took the extra initiative to stand out and show what you can do.

Work with a staffing agency

Some of the best luck you can give yourself is working with a staffing agency. Partnering with Workbox Staffing means you have a recruiter on your side to help you match your unique skills to the best opportunities for you. Our connections can get you into a company and give you the edge you need. Whether you’re looking for work in a light industrial, manufacturing, warehouse operations or clerical setting, we can help you. Apply online today and get started today!