Thinking about Switching Careers? Here are Some Tips

Sometimes you may find yourself contemplating a career change. A change in career is more than just a change in jobs because you may be going into an entirely different type of work, as a result, there are some things you should consider when thinking about a change in career.

Make Sure You Can Live Within the Pay

The worst mistake you can make when contemplating a career change is not being able to live within the pay the new career produces. For example, if you have one thousand dollars worth of debt payments each month, you will not be able to live on nine hundred dollars a month in pay. Now, sometimes you may not have a choice, but that is a different situation.

2021 Recruitment Trends that Job Seekers Need to Know

It’s amazing to look back and see just how much HR and recruitment have evolved in just last year. At the start of last year, unemployment in the United States was at an all-time low. If you were able, willing, and qualified, finding work wasn’t that hard. All that changed when the COVID-19 struck.

From 3.5% in January to 14.7% in April, the unemployment rate in the USA shot up significantly as millions were now out of work. It currently stands around 6.7% and with the vaccinations taking place  –there is the hope of better times ahead.

Retaliation, Raging in the Federal Workplace Amid the Pandemic

Long before the pandemic plagued the nation, retaliation plagued federal workers. To bring relief to public servants wrongfully punished for exposing unlawful agency wrongdoing, on May 15, 2002, President Bush signed the Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation (No FEAR) Act of 2002 into law. No FEAR law is to increase federal agency accountability for acts of discrimination or reprisal against employees.

7 Ways to Stay Mentally Strong in Your Job Search

If you are in the midst of a job search in these unprecedented and challenging times, then one of the biggest obstacles you may face is staying positive and motivated.

While many career and recruiting experts have been focusing on how to get hired in the age of Covid-19, there is another conversation that we, as a society, ought to have. The waiting and uncertainty running through many job markets these days can take a toll on the mental and emotional health of even the most motivated and qualified candidates.

How to Write a Winning Resume Without Hiring a Certified Professional Writer + Resume Sample

Writing a resume can be a painstaking process. You’ve probably written one before, but the opportunities to do so are often few and far between. It feels like you have to re-learn the process every time, especially as the job market evolves and hiring managers have different priorities than they did 10+ years ago.

Still, learning how to write a resume is something anyone can do, regardless of job experience. You don’t need to hire an expensive resume writer to create a winning resume that will get you noticed. Put the following resume writing tips into practice to land the job you deserve:

11 Interview Tips You Wish You Knew Before Your Last Job Interview

COVID knocked us for a loop. While there’s always been stiff competition when interviewing for a job, recently, the competition has gotten stiffer. Too many people lost their gainful employment with the pandemic’s crushing blow. This means even more people will be vying for the same position and hoping to land the job. Are you ready to up your game?

Show Your Confidence with Body Language

Showing that you’re confident and comfortable with yourself is one of the best skills in life, whether you’re looking for a job, date, or success of any kind. Confidence really does start on the inside, so start by being self-aware and unafraid to simply be the man that you are. However, body language can help you demonstrate this confidence to others, and it can also help reinforce and build confidence within you. Here are some great ways to use body language to show you are confident:

The Interview Technique Hiring Managers Want to See

Here at ProFocus, hiring managers tell us that interviews get tough for candidates when they start to ask behavioral based questions. We’ve heard that the candidates especially struggle when given the “tell me about a time…” type of question. Hiring managers ask these questions to let your past work performance prove what you’re capable of doing in the future.

The best technique for responding to these types of questions is the STAR technique. It works so well because it gives such a simple but powerful structure to demonstrate examples of how you handled applicable situations in the past. And the acronym STAR really helps you remember how to respond when you’re in the middle of a stressful interview! STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action, Result.

New Trends for Smart Homes and Buildings

Recent innovations and use of data has done a lot to make construction more efficient. New technologies like modular building, augmented reality, robots, drones, and artificial intelligence have helped to inspire new construction methods, many of which have resulted in energy savings as well! Here are some of the newest smart home solutions trending, that you might be able to incorporate into your next energy efficient building project:

Why Women Should Consider the Trades

Nationwide, only about 7% of the trades are made up of women, and in Portland, OR, it’s only slightly higher at 9%. Many women haven’t traditionally considered a job in the trades, largely because there’s not a lot of examples in popular culture that depict female construction workers, truck drivers, and other blue collar jobs. However, more and more women are discovering the advantages and rewards of getting their hands dirty. If you’re a woman interested in a career to the trades, here are some great reasons why we’d like to encourage you to consider it:

New Effects of Tighter Labor Force

The labor gap in the trades continues to have more and more impact in the market! With fewer and fewer young people going into the industry, it’s created a high demand that’s pushing the average pay up. In fact a 2017 study from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce said that 3,477,000 people have “good-paying construction jobs” in the U.S. and earn a median salary of $59,000.

Best New Power Tools You Gotta Check Out

There are some really powerful and innovative power tools that have been recently released. Here are some to check out, that we were impressed with:

Rockwell Compact Circular Saw

This circular hand saw is “ the smallest big saw you’ll ever use.” It’s compact and perfect for tight corners – can be used almost anywhere! It also weighs half as much as a typical circular saw, but still so powerful it can cut through nails. It even has a vac port for mess-free projects.

Are Job Sites Getting Safer?

According to recent reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there’s been a decline in the amount of employer-reported workplace injuries and illnesses in 2017, and fatal injuries have also declined almost a whole percentage point from the year prior. So the question is, are work sites really getting safer, and why? Here’s some things that may be contributing to a safer work environment in the trades: