Champion Blog for Candidates

Month: June 2019

Get Your Education, But Don't Forget This One Thing...

By Champion Personnel
June 04, 2019 Category: Candidates, Education

It seems that the government, school systems and employers (and media) are all stressing the need for more useful knowledge (learn a skill). Knowledge is good. But NEVER forget that being successful has more to do with your efforts and results than your book knowledge. Employers will hire a hard-working, enthusiastic person who wants to learn WAY before they will hire a person with theoretical knowledge who shows little or no desire/drive or Grit. And they will promote the hard charger years before the person with a piece of paper who shows no drive or motivation. Fact. No Bull. Motivation in action: the path to A Better Job. A Better Life. Ask us how.

Get Paid More. Get Promoted

By Champion Personnel
June 04, 2019 Category: Candidates, A Better Job A Better Life

It is actually easier today than 10 or 15 years ago. More people today miss more work, are late for work or put out just enough to get by. Employers are frustrated and are in urgent need of promotable people they can count on. Here are 4 things you can do to make more money, get promoted or get recognized as an outstanding employee. None of these will cost you a dime: Show up for work, every day, 5-10 minutes early. Be ready to work. This will absolutely be noticed by managers. Even if you are sick, show up and let your employer send you home. Calling off via phone or text leaves questions. Put out 100% of your best efforts. You are there. Might as well. Look for and ask for other things to do, if your job is stalled. You will get known as a doer, someone who can set a good example. Be attentive. Having a focus on your work will, again, get you noticed. People who get noticed for doing good things, acting like a good worker, get raises and more training, and promotions.

How to Tell the Right People Your Boss is a Jerk

By Champion Personnel
June 04, 2019 Category: Candidates

Tempting, isnt it? Satisfying? Could be. Do many deserve it? Yes. And no. Being a Boss or Manager is NOT easy. And most receive NO or very little training or coaching in how to be a good one. 75% of all quits today have something to do with leaving a Boss, not the company. So, when do you tell someone about a Bad Boss? After you leave? The day you leave? Weeks BEFORE you leave? Not at all? Here is what to do, if you are looking for a solution, or you want to be considered an exemplary employee (especially if you ARE going to leave, eventually, and want a good reference): 1) Make sure you are darn good at what you do, or getting there. Perhaps any negative comments from the Bad Boss have to do with your behavior or results. If your output or behavior is lacking, some of the sandpaper between you and your Bad Boss is he/she simply wearing thin about you. 2) Write down the actual incidents where the Boss is being Bad. What happened? What started it? How did it come across? Do you have

Finances for a Better Life

By Champion Personnel
June 04, 2019 Category: Finances, A Better Job A Better Life

It is never easy to balance life and finances. But here are some tips to make it a little easier: Stay employed. Quitting a job with no other lined up will simply put you in the hole, or deeper. Fast. Make a budget. On paper, and follow it. Food, gas, rent, insurances, debts, clothes, general upkeep for where you live, gas, electric, water, child care. Notice I did not say Party, yet. Clip and use coupons. HUGE savings! Look for assistance. Government. Gas/ electric. Rent. Get a roommate you can trust. Make sure they can pay. Make sure they are stable. If you have credit cards, pay off the high interest rate ones first. But pay it off. Ignoring them will only have them catching up with you at the most inopportune time (later). Most credit cards for low incomes or non-established credit have ridiculous interest rates. Paying off ONLY the minimum due could take many, many years. And ENORMOUS amounts of money. Cut up your credit cards. Until you can afford one. When you keep one or get one,

What You Won't Get from a "Temp Agency": A Better Job. A Better Life.

By Champion Personnel
June 04, 2019 Category: Candidates, A Better Job A Better Life

What you will get is a piece of paper that tells you the name of the company, address and the name of the person you should speak with or report to. And a job title. Maybe a salary amount. Then a Go get em Tiger and lemmee know how you do! Feel like spaghetti and meatballs thrown against the wall yet? This article is an in your face advertisement of what makes Champion Personnel NOT an employment agency: We actually care about you, your job success and your life. We talk with you, not at you. We listen. We find you a position at which you can excel, coach and advise you how to make the Job Better, help solve normal job and people issues which can (and will) help to make your Life Better. We will introduce you, in detail, to the workplace, the people, the expectations, the future, your future, your beginning money, your future money so that when you go for an interview or start working there, you will feel like you have been there before. And, if it doesnt sound like something you

After an Interview

By Champion Personnel
June 04, 2019 Category: Interviews, Candidates

Yes, there is merit to doing this right. Not just waiting for an answer. If you interviewed through a recruiting firm: 1) Call your recruiter immediately. Dont wait for them to call you. Show you care and are interested. If you dont call, a good recruiter wont try to chase you. If they call you, dont wait to return the call. It may be too late. 2) Tell your recruiter EVERYTHING that happened. Who you spoke with. How long. What they asked, How you answered, What mistakes did you make? What did the interviewer seem to like and not like. The recruiter may be able to fix your mistakes. 3) Why you want or dont want the job. Be specific. Be helpful. Be honest 4) Why the company/ interviewer should hire you, for the long term. Not just because I need a job. Show some emotion. 5) Cover ALL the pluses and minuses with your recruiter. Be honest. If you really just want a paycheck for a little while and dont want the job long-termdont take it. The recruiters reputation, their job, is on the line. 6)

Want RESPECT in your new job? Of course you do.

By Champion Personnel
June 04, 2019 Category: Candidates, A Better Job Basics

Focus on gaining credibility. Lets face it, even though you have interviewed for the position and passed all the tests, background checks, reference checks and a myriad of other challenges to get the job, the people at your new organization DONT YET REALLY KNOW YOU. (And, you dont know them). Without first establishing your credibility, your employer is in control, has at best a neutral opinion of you, at best some hope for you. But, they WANT you to be everything they hope for and everything you can be. By establishing your credibility up front, you will instantly begin creating MUTUAL RESPECT. This is earned respect and will go far in how you are treated. How to establish your credibility in a new job, even if you have little experience: Know everything you can about the organization, products, services, and customers, before you start. History, products, services, values, environment, customers. How the product is made. How the service is delivered. Knowledge is power and will

Take Back Control of Your Life Through Good Work

By Champion Personnel
June 03, 2019 Category: Candidates, A Better Job A Better Life

Work Is Good , regardless of what you may be told by friends or what you hear from folks who want to complain about everything. When YOU control your work performance you are actually influencing in a positive way, how others think and feel about you, and in return how you are respected and treated. You will BUILD your career and Build a Better Life, by earning Better Choices. A few hints to get you on the right track: 1) Show up EVERY DAY on time (10-15 minutes EARLY is the new "On Time"). This will get you noticed by the bosses. Make back-up plans for transportation, child care, buses, weather. 2) Who is your Boss? Both the onsite supervisor AND your staffing firms recruiter. Yes, BOTH. 3) If you are ill and want to stay home? Go in any way. Let the Boss send you home. Its then their idea, not yours. You will get positive points for making the effort. Too many people call off sick when they could go to work. That makes it more difficult on you. 4) Social media: mentioning

Questions to Ask During an Interview That Will Help You Get Hired

By Champion Personnel
June 03, 2019 Category: Candidates, Interviews

Sowhaddya do here? isnt one of those. (See previous article on preparation) Neither are: How many breaks do I get? Whens lunch? What are your benefits? How often can I be late before I get fired? or When can I get my first check? Whats the job pay? Those will/can be covered by the interviewer or can be covered by a true third-party recruiter. Not some pretty face at a temp agency. The idea in an interview is to look like and be focused on doing the job and doing it well. Anything else makes you look like you are at a welfare office line. First; SIT UP. Dont slouch or lean to one side. Be attentive. Act like you are in front of the most important person in your life, that you want to impress. You actually are. Here is a darn good list of questions you can ask: 1) PLEASE, describe to me HOW you want this job done and what you want ME to ACCOMPLISH? Use the word ME. It personalizes the conversation and the interviewer will begin to see YOU in the job. Not just an applicant or a faceless

Know the Company With Whom You Are Interviewing. GET HIRED!

By Champion Personnel
June 03, 2019 Category: Candidates, Interviews

Honestly, Human Resource professionals are getting really tired of applicants not knowing a darn thing about the company where they are applying for a job. So, what do you know about our company, ABC Manufacturing? Answer: Wellyou make stuff, dont you? Interview. IS. OVER. It may go on for a while, but your chances of getting hired are the same as the Browns winning the Super Bowl in 2020. We can hope, but dont bet on it. It shows that you made NO EFFORT to do any homework, or even to get curious with the front-desk person. If you came from a temp service, it proves you came from the wrong one and that your recruiter doesnt care about you or the client. The Recruiter has made you out to be a fool. He or She wasted your time. Hell, you can get basic information from that thing in your hand; a cell phone. Just Google the company name, go to their website and read up on it. 10 minutes and you are done. Here are the basics you should know: 1) The actual full name of the company. 2)

Job Seekers: What to Look for in a New Company

By Champion Personnel
June 03, 2019 Category: Candidates, A Better Job Basics

Many people will respond: more money, closer to home, better benefits. Yes, those are good things, but they lose their glitter if other characteristics are not present: (these characteristics assume you are looking for a longer-term opportunity) Is your initial position challenging? And can the future positions be challenging? You may begin in a more boring function than you want, but is there confirmed potential to learn more and do more. Many times the initial position is there to check you out. Do you have the character to show up every day, on time and work to get results? Does the organization do Onboarding? (We call this Immersion) Do they spend time telling you all about the companys history, who the customers are, why they do what they do, the way they do it? Do they tell you exactly what your role will be and why? Does the organization explain their expectations of you in this role? How you will know if you are doing well, or not? Does the organization explain your future? Where


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