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October 19, 2021

Have you ever gone on a job interview that seems to be going really well, maybe you’ve already done a few rounds of interviews but then you suddenly never heard back from the employer? Even after they told you, you’d hear from them later in the week? Chances are, you’ve been ghosted.

“Ghosted,” a term originally coined by the dating world is when someone ceases all communication with you without any warning and ignoring and additional communication that may come. While this typically happens in the dating world, individuals who are job searching often experience the same thing with a hiring manager/employer. 

And while being ghosted doesn’t necessarily mean you weren’t a good fit for the job, sometimes things happen and you may have slipped the recruiters mind or the needs of the position have changed, but boy can it be frustrating. Especially if you were highly interested in the position. But how do you know if that’s what has truly happened to you?  We’ve got a few ways to know whether or not you’ve been ghosted.

  1. You Have Yet To Hear Back: At the end of your interview, the recruiter may have let you know that you’ll hear back from them within a set period of time, that time has come and passed and you haven’t heard anything, even after the thank you email.
  • You No Longer See The Job Posting: Maybe you head back onto the job board where you found the application and it’s no longer there. Which could mean they’ve either filled the role or decided not to hire at all.
  • You Send A Follow Up Email And Are Ignored: You probably let some time go by waiting to hear back and then send a couple follow ups and still, no response.

If it’s been over a month or two with no communication, it’s safe to say, you likely won’t be hearing back and it’s time to move on. It’s not the end of the world, and truly being ghosted does not always mean you bombed the interview, many things can happen that cause people to get busy and forget to let you know. So try not to take it personal and prepare yourself for the next round of interviews. If you want to know more about how to avoid being ghosted, view our previous post “Ghosted: What It Means To Be Ghosted By An Employer and How To Avoid It.”

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October 13, 2021

We as humans inevitably will make mistakes, and although even a small accident can have a large impact, beating yourself up over a mistake is not the best way to handle it. Instead, we’ve pulled together a list of best practices to follow if you’ve made a mistake in the workplace to turn it into a learning opportunity. 

Allow Yourself to Feel

Oftentimes when we’ve made a mistake we feel terrible. We are so upset and want to do what we can to make it right, we may even feel embarrassed or worry about termination for the mistake. It’s ok to sit in that feeling for a minute to gather your thoughts, but don’t hesitate too much to act on your mistake. Try to reach out to a manager or supervisor to address the situation and remind yourself that it’s not the end of the world. 

Figure Out What Happened

If someone else had made the same mistake and came to you for a solution, what questions would you want to know? You’d want to figure out what happened, how it happened, what damage has been caused, and what can be done to prevent this in the future. So ask yourself those same questions so that you can begin to come up with a solution to offer to your supervisor. 

Try To Fix It 

It may not always be possible to do so, but try to see if there is a way to rectify the situation, if not try to think of solutions that can prevent something like this from happening again that can be used as a teaching tool for your coworkers. 

Have A Meeting With Your Supervisor

Once you’ve assessed the situation, without letting too much time go by, go and privately speak with your supervisor and be honest as to what has happened. Now will be a good time to offer up those solutions we discussed on how to fix or prevent the mistake. Don’t try to beat around the bush of responsibility, instead be factual and open about what happened. At the end of the day it’s likely your supervisor has been in your shoes and knows what it’s like to make a mistake, maybe even that same mistake, so try not to expect the worst outcome. 

Change Your Strategy

Now that you’ve made the mistake and have put some thought into how it happened and what could be done to prevent it, implement that change in your day-to-day to prevent the same mistake from happening again. 

Overall, mistakes are not the end of the world, and most employers, supervisors, and managers expect mistakes to a certain level of degree. So don’t get too down on yourself, mistakes happen, but what you learn from them and how you change after them is what is important.

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October 5, 2021

With the holidays just around the corner already (can you believe it!) companies are beginning their search for holiday employment. In almost every industry, the holidays are the busiest time of the year and often employers seek out additional help during this time, but how do they get this help and how can you find some of these positions? One of the most popular ways for employers and employees to find fits for these positions is through either a Staffing Agency or a Temp Agency. But if both agencies help people find employment then what is the difference between the two?

The main difference is the length of employment with the agency. Staffing agencies typically offer long-term/full-time opportunities, whereas temp agencies typically offer short-term/part-time employment opportunities.

A Temp Agency typically offers just that, temporary employment. These positions can last anywhere from one day to several months and it is not uncommon for employees to be sent to several locations throughout the duration of their employment. These roles typically include single-day assignments, seasonal opportunities, or specialty projects. These positions are typically in need of urgent placement and the interview process is usually very swift to get you in the door as soon as possible. These positions are typically entry-level and require little to no training to get you started based on your existing skillset. The agency’s main duty is to quickly find someone that fills the role, while also fitting the skill set required to complete the position, as possible. These positions can often be good resume boosters and can provide you an insight into a potential career path that you may be interested in.

While staffing agencies also offer temporary work, they overall provide opportunities at a wider range and include positions with long-term employment. Some other options you may find at a staffing agency are contract work, direct-hire, and temp-to-hire. Staffing agencies also provide a larger variety of job industries including, but not limited to administrative, industrial, construction, engineering, technical, manufacturing, medical, and more. Additionally, staffing agencies typically work to find the right fit for the role, rather than quick employee turnaround. Staffing agencies follow a more traditional interview process and will work closely with HR or ownership to see what kind of employee they are looking for to fill the available role. They will usually offer a set of questions specific to the position and may even inquire about your lifestyle to make sure that you’re a good fit for the culture. At the same time, staffing agencies also can work to the advantage of the employee and will help you find the right fit that meets your needs and lifestyle. 

While both of these agencies do a great job at filling the role at hand, it’s truly up to you as the employer or employee to figure out which best fits your needs. Are you in need immediately and are only looking for someone temporarily, or are you in search of a candidate that fits your needs that will become a part of your company? The same thing for the employer, are you searching for some quick cash, maybe on the side, or an opportunity that has you starting immediately, or are you searching for a position to help you advance in your career? Whichever best fits your needs, an agency will be able to help.

If you’re searching for a staffing agency to help you find the best candidate for your available position, or if you’re searching for a career opportunity, visit our website to learn more about how Condustrial can help.

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September 29, 2021

Throughout the last year many have had to adjust to drastic changes made because of the ongoing pandemic, and while we are finally starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel, the pandemic is still far from gone. This  means we are still waiting for life  to get back to “normal,” or at least what it used to be like. So we are still meeting on Zoom, limiting our exposure to others, maintaining social distance, and not networking in-person with others in our industry. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t and shouldn’t network in other safer ways or that networking will ever be the same. Here’s 3 ways you can continue to connect with people in your workforce to create relationships, make sales, and form a community all while staying safe.

Utilize Your Existing Network
Now that is it more difficult to meet new people at events and gatherings, it’s a good idea to strengthen your current relationships by asking for their referellas on others that they may know. While your pool may be smaller now, you’re connected to many more people than you think. 10 existing connections can turn into 100 if each of them knows 10 more people, and so on. This doesn’t even have to be a very formal conversation, just a casual recommendation of some people in their network that may be beneficial to connect with.

Facebook/Social Groups
Platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Clubhouse, and more offer dozens of different groups to join and network within. There are so many just like you looking to network and connect and are eager to do so in a virtual form. Setting up a quick message chat over Facebook can be a great starting point! Just a quick Facebook search for your industry can lead to dozens of Facebook groups to join. Not on Facebook? Other platforms like LinkedIn and Clubhouse are also great ways to connect. LinkedIn is like the businesses persons Facebook profile and essentially most are on there looking for connections within their area so sending a quick message to someone while complimenting their skills can be a great way to start off a conversation.

Connect Via Zoom
Of course we are using platforms like Zoom now more than ever and not just for business meetings, school, and interviews, but also for networking. Once you’ve connected with someone by seeking a mutual connection or finding via an online group you can invite them for a quick chat via Zoom. After all a Zoom call is the new “coffee shop meeting.”

The Covid pandemic has made us more resilient and versatile than ever, so it’s important to find what works for you and to continue to seek what’s helpful to you and your business. Just cause we are staying home and staying safe doesn’t mean things have to stop around us, we just have to welcome and adapt to the changes that come along with our current lifestyle.

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September 22, 2021

Working in a warehouse is an essential job position. Pretty much any item you purchase or receive has gone through a warehouse at some point and demand for these positions is constantly increasing. As companies move towards more access to online shopping and faster shipping dates, warehouse workers are needed to keep up with demand, especially as we enter into the Holiday season. In fact, according to CNBC, Amazon alone hired over 100,000 seasonal employees to keep up with demand.

While some may pick up a warehouse position on the side for some extra cash, others take the opportunity to try to make a career out of it as there can be many benefits to this type of employment.

Let’s take a dive into some of those benefits.

  • Pay and Benefits For Entry-Level: In comparison to many other entry level positions, warehouse work often pays more and offers better benefits. The average warehouse employee can expect to earn $33,841 annually, depending on your location, and benefits are often provided quickly and even to part-time employees.
  • High Job Security: In the last year many have learned just how important it can be to have a job that offers security. Thankfully, warehouse workers are highly in demand and therefore offer great job security. Additionally, these positions become essential especially when stores are forced to close and people shop online instead. Not only is the pandemic to credit for this, but overall increase for demand through online shopping was well on the rise long before the pandemic with no expectation to slow anytime soon.
  • Room For Advacement: In these types of positions, you’ll find that there is easily available room for advancement. Many in warehouse positions find themselves waiting only a few months to be promoted, rather than the years it can take in other industries. In fact, employers in the warehouse industry want to keep employee retention rates high and may even offer to pay for advanced trainings to help you move up.
  • Start Working Quickly: As these positions are clearly in demand, the hiring process is often swift. You shouldn’t expect to encounter too much of a waiting period for these positions. As long as you nail the interview and feel comfortable you should be on your way to your first paycheck in no time. Should you find interviews difficult or uncomfortable, be sure to check out some of our tips for interviewing HERE.

Overall, a position in the warehouse industry can be what you make of it. It can be the opportunity to make some extra money on the side during the holidays or it can be the next step on the path of your career. The benefits of the position and vast and with semi-flexible work hours you can surely make this type of position fit into your lifestyle. If you’re interested in learning more about warehouse positions or anything similar, view all of our open opportunities on our website: Condustrial.com/job-listings.

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September 15, 2021

As an ongoing side effect of the pandemic, many companies are still facing employee shortages around the country. Many employees are finding remote positions, are seeking other opportunities, or are still have health concerns. This makes things a bit more challenging for the already overworked hiring manager and other staff. So what are you to do to get more people to join your team? We’ve come up with a few tips to get your company staffed throughout the upcoming season.

Tip 1: Avoid “Bad Hire” Costs: A good way to save time in your hiring process is to try to avoid the costs of a hire that doesn’t work out. While sometimes this can be unavoidable, hiring someone that doesn’t end up staying with your company can be costly. Take some time to really find the right fit by reviewing all applicants and you’ll end up saving in the long run.

Tip 2: Clearly Define Job Duties: Employees want to know exactly what they are getting into when searching for a job. It’s often that an employee accepts a position and then ends up doing something entirely different. While this is sometimes unavoidable with staffing changes and company growth, being as up front and honest with an employee as possible will really let them know that they are getting into, will develop trust in the company, and will lead to increased employee retention.

Tip 3: Improve Employee Retention:  Hiring new employees can often cost your company much more than keeping your existing employee base. But, you also want to implement practices that keep your current employees satisfied in working for you and your company. Some ideas to implement this include holiday parties or bonuses, recognition of a job well done, annual salary increases, etc. Your employees want to know that they mean something to you and your company. A little employee recognition can go a long way.

Tip 4: Know Your Brand: An important key is getting good employees and increasing employee retention is to understand who you as a company and really sell that. Try focusing on why an employee should work for you and why your company stands out from the rest. Additionally, highlighting your brand and marketing your hiring process will make a potential employee more likely to apply as they feel they recognize who your company is and may feel a higher trust.

Tip 5: Get Creative: Especially in today’s staffing climate, companies are coming up with new and creative ways to fill their staffing shortages. Some companies are adding signage, offering incentives and sign-on bonuses, offering increased wages, and so much more to get employees in the door and ready to work. This is important and a good way to keep up with the competition of other companies who are also seeking good employees and staff.

Overall, the current state of staffing is making big shifts in how employees value their work and their job duties, so being clear and honest can go a long way. Most employees want to get back to work but are starting to understand that their value goes beyond what they do, and many companies are going to have to shift to new strategies of employee retention and employee interest.

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September 9, 2021

Do you dread heading into the office by the time Wednesday rolls around?  Are you constantly waiting for it to be the weekend? Maybe you just no longer have the desire to work due to work-related stress, your personal life, or anything else that steals away your motivation. It’s likely that you even enjoy your job, you just feel low and unmotivated. Well you’re not alone, plenty of workers get tired and lose motivation to continue on, but figuring out to get back the motivation back could lead to your next promotion.

How to Reawaken Your Workday Motivation

Start With Small Goals: Oftentimes you have a large list to tackle and things can get overwhelming very quickly which can make you want to push the task of and do it later. Or maybe a project you had will be time-consuming or puzzling. Rather than throwing the whole task list together and thinking about how much you can get done of the overall large goal, try breaking it down into smaller “bite-sized” amounts of work. This allows you to feel rewarded more than once along the journey while still being able to get work done. This will also leave you feeling less stressed and overwhelmed at the end of the day. Just remember to get it done and to prioritize what needs to be completed first.

Focus On Relieving Stress: During your time off from work try focusing on doing tasks that make you feel relaxed. Try that new yoga studio you’ve been eyeing or read a good book. Whatever you like to do to feel less stressed, put some attention on that. This will help you leave work at work and think about other things when you have your own time. And while you’re at it, make this a habit to get used to. In the end, you’ll feel much less stressed both in and out of work.

Set A Schedule:  Jumping off of setting aside time for yourself is making a schedule. Try to plan out your day ahead of time and stick to it to make your workflow more efficient. Do you typically finish your day after you’ve clocked out? Try setting a hard stop time while sticking to this schedule as a way to leave work where it belongs and not bring it home with you. You need some time to unplug from work, so let yourself have the time. The tasks will be there tomorrow.

Reward Yourself: Remember those small goals we talked about earlier? Try rewarding yourself for completing those. Maybe it’s a stop at your favorite ice cream shop or a new set of headphones, do something that makes you feel happy, and reward yourself even for the small stuff. This will push you to work harder knowing you’ll be getting something out of it in the end.

Allow Yourself to Focus: It can be easy to get distracted from the tasks at hand, especially if you’re a procrastinator, so utilize the tips above and allow yourself to get in the zone. Sometimes you just need to know yourself and know what will help you be the most productive, so listen to your mind and let the workflow flow. Even if you have a hard time pushing yourself to get in the zone, try the 10-minute rule of focusing on a task for just 10 minutes and then taking a break.

We hope you can utilize these tips to feel motivated in your workplace. An important thing to remember is that the work will likely be there tomorrow, so don’t stress yourself out by rushing, leaving you feeling stressed and leading to burnout. Rather, take time to be intentional about how to approach your work and you’ll be better off in the long run.

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August 31, 2021

In times of disaster, such as Hurricane Ida that just tore through southern Lousiana last over the weekend, you realize just how destructive nature can be and how much situations like these disrupt your life. Over a million people lost power due to this powerful storm and this happens often with major weather events. That’s what makes the job of an electrician so important. When the power goes out from major weather events it can be out for several weeks in some cases which can be detrimental to pretty much anyone that relies on power, that’s where the skilled electricians come into play. Often they’ll travel from around the country working long hours for several weeks at a time to get power back up and running for those who need it the most. And while becoming an electrician takes many hours of training for your safety and the safety of others in the field, we’ve come up with a list of steps you can take to get you there.

Step 1: Get your high school diploma or GED. Most electricians positions require a high school diploma or GED. Electricians need to have some basic math and science skills to be able to properly perform most job duties so be sure you have this in place prior to your search of becoming an electrician.

Step 2: Seek our formal training. Whether you’d prefer to do a program at a local trade school or technical college or an apprenticeship, spend some time doing research on which option best suits your needs. Oftentimes you can seek an apprenticeship that is a paid position where you will earn less at the cost of being able to learn hands-on, but this path can take a bit longer. If you decide to go to a trade school or technical college, be prepared to have to pay for courses or take out student loans to complete your schooling. After your training is done here you’ll receive a certificate and will be ready to enter into an entry-level position.

Step 3: You will likely need to get licensed. Depending on your state and local requirements you will likely need to get licensed in your skill-set. To get licensed you’ll have to take a knowledge test that will showcase your knowledge on electrical theory and real-life application, you’ll likely also be examined on local electric and building codes so be sure to study what is local to your area.

Step 4: Seek employment. There are likely thousands of opportunities across the country and probably within your local area that is hiring for electricians of all sorts. Probably the most common type of electrician is residential, but you can also explore other options as well, such as a lineman, but this does require additional schooling/training. It may take you a few years to become a master at your craft, but you’ll be able to advance along the way.

Electricians are extremely important to every household in the country in providing proper service so that your heating and cooling systems can function, or so that you can binge-watch your favorite streaming service. Whatever you need electricity for, be sure to thank your electrician for taking the time and dedication to get there. If you’re seeking an apprenticeship or entry-mid level position in this field visit our website to see available positions in your area.

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August 25, 2021

Throughout the pandemic, many jobs and workplaces have had to make Covid-19 appropriate changes to their workforce. However, none have changed quite as drastically as the healthcare industry. With increased focus on keeping all patients and yourself as healthy as possible, while implementing dozens of new safety precautions all with a huge increase in demand, it can be extremely hard to continue your care for others and keep a check on your own mental health. According to the American Holistic Nurses’ Association, nurses are experiencing workplace stress at higher rates than most other professions.

Here are a few ways you can give yourself a mental health break, maintain focus and feel less overwhelmed.

Deep Breaths: While it may be easier said than done, try to find about 10 minutes in your day or when you’re starting to feel overwhelmed and just take a few deep breaths to clear your head. Sometimes just focusing back on ourselves and taking a moment to clear our minds can drastically change the way our day is going. If you have the ability, try taking a quick break out to your car and just sit and breathe.

Time to Yourself: On your days off, try to prioritize yourself. Take the day to do something you love and leave your phone in your pocket so you have less distractions while doing so. Whether it’s a good yoga class, a hike, or just staying home and watching your favorite streaming service, take the day and relax while doing something mindless, if that’s what you like.

Be Mindful Of Your Basic Needs: 4 words: hydration, rest, nutrition, exercise. When feeling so busy and overwhelmed it can be difficult to remember to take care of your own body. You may often find yourself wondering when your last meal was, but knowing you don’t have time for one right now, but try to be more mindful of giving yourself the nutrients you need to move forward. Especially when you’re running a mile a minute, maybe literally, please remember to drink water so that your body runs at its peak performance to keep you going. On your days off, or hours away from home try to remember to get enough rest, try not to think too hard about things going on at work as they’ll be there for you the next day. Getting a full night of restful sleep can mentally prepare you to tackle almost anything the next day. And as a way to keep your body running smoothly while undergoing a lot of stress, try using exercise as an outlet. This can ease your mind and tension, while keeping you in shape and healthy.

Talk to Someone:  Whether it be a family member, friend, or a professional, try to talk to someone about your current situation. Oftentimes talking about things out loud will allow you to letgo and not worry so much about them. At the end of the day we are all humans and make mistakes, but being able to talk about them will take focus off of them and ease your worry. You don’t even have to talk about work stress, but just having a human connection with someone you may not be able to see can really be grounding and bring you back to reality.

While those in the healthcare industry are working extremely hard to keep us safe, we hope our healthcare friends utilize the tips and tricks to stay calm and try not to feel so overwhelmed.We give major kudos to our friends in the healthcare industry and know that we truly could not be making it through the pandemic or life without you.

If you are searching for a rewarding career in the healthcare/nursing industry visit our job postings to see what positions are available.

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August 18, 2021

Not everyone follows the same career plan, and oftentimes, life gets in the way of goals that you may want to accomplish or originally had planned which is why many people may end up going to college late in life and may also be working full-time simultaneously. But juggling a full-time job with full or part-time schooling plus potentially having a family or other life obligations in the mix is a lot of hard work. So how do you manage so many things at once while succeeding in all? We’ve got e few tips to assist with this to help you flourish in all the hats you may wear.

  • Figure Out What Class Style Works For You: There are many different ways to go back to college and schools more than ever are understanding the need for flexibility. Many schools offer online classes, late-night classes, and of course traditional online classes. Determining which option is best for you is going to be based on what your needs are for you and your family.
  • Decipher Your Finances: Going back to school can be an expensive obligation, having to purchase textbooks, schooling materials, courses, and more on top of paying life’s bills can become tricky so it’s a good idea to take some time to figure out and establish your personal finances. You’ll want to establish how much you need to make to have all your bills, schools necessities, and any other expenses you may typically incur in a given amount of time. There are many calculators on the internet and budgeting apps that can help you with this as well. Once you have these amounts figured out you’ll need to see many hours you can work in a week to earn that monthly amount. Then, take some time to work through your class schedule and be open with your managers about trying to work around it. If your classes are virtual it’s still a good idea to dedicate some time during the week when you’re not working to ensure all assignments are completed.
  • Develop a Sense of Time Management: Time management is imperative when succeeding in working full time and going to school. You’ll need to set up a strict schedule to determine work time versus school time. An agenda whether it be virtual or paper is a great way to be able to keep track of your time management. Try to prioritize the most important things first, like going to the gym, commute time, etc. but don’t forget to set aside some time for yourself to decompress.
  • Develop Healthy Stress Coping Mechanisms: Wearing many hats and dividing time so much can often become stressful so learning how to manage that stress is going to be important. Try not to pack every spare moment with studying and working ad rather go for a walk, go to your favorite place, read a book, see a movie, or do whatever makes you happy. Setting some time aside for yourself will help you navigate these busy waters and will ensure that you are successful in all you do.

Overall, going back to school is not going to be easy and there are some sacrifices that often are made, mostly with time, but setting goals for yourself are important, and doing what you need to do to complete them is great. At the end of it all, you’ll be proud of yourself and you will likely benefit yourself in your career goals.

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