Time To Work
17 Jul 2017
There is a time for work, a time for play, and we should allow time for rest.  But, we rarely do fully rest, unless we go off the grid for awhile.  Being in nature, to hike, or even sit and smell the clean air is needed now more than ever.  I noticed a few weeks ag...
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by Sharlene Massie

The Meaning of Success
30 Jun 2017
Sharlene Massie is the CEO and Visionary of About Staffing, Masters at matching workplace culture. Today’s blog post is about job and hiring success statistics. We interview on average 40 people per week at About Staffing, for positions ranging from short term labour t...
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by Sharlene Massie

About Staffing's Coming of Age
16 Jun 2017
 About Staffing turns 21 on June 17th!  What a ride.  It occurs to me that turning 21 is kind of a big deal, not quite mature enough to handle all life decisions, but old enough to drink and gamble in Las Vegas!  The last few years especially were a huge gambl...
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by Sharlene Massie

Staffing for Canada Week
07 Jun 2017
About Staffing is celebrating its 20 successful years in the staffing industry, as a result, we want to acknowledge the amazing individuals we have met along our journey! As this week also celebrates "Staffing for Canada" we thought we would take this opportunity to&nbs...
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by Sharlene Massie

Who Would You Call?
01 Jun 2017
Sharlene Massie is the CEO and Visionary of About Staffing. Today’s blog is about being grateful. I am grateful for the very full, busy, and successful life this career has awarded me, and proud to be recognized as an expert in the employment arena. If you need a ...
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by Sharlene Massie

Employer TOP TIPS - Job Offers
21 Jul 2016
Make job offers count!  Know what you can offer and what you cannot negotiate when making a job offer to a candidate.  Be honest and direct, be sure to go over the conditions of employment with the candidate.  For more information on job offers, click here for more...
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by Sharlene Massie

Employer TOP TIPS - Conducting Reference Checks
14 Jul 2016
 Life is ever changing!  References are great in theory, but tough to get, use, and give in today’s world of nothing being truly verified!  Click here for a very quick view on references!  And remember, DO NOT call an applicants current employer without ...
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by Sharlene Massie

Employer TOP TIPS - Interview Questions to Ask
07 Jul 2016
Interview questions: the goal is to “tease out” the information required to determine if a candidate is suitable for the job, hard skills and soft skills! Interviews are such a short timeframe to determine if someone is just right!  So for more thoughts on this t...
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by Sharlene Massie

Employer TOP TIPS - Interview Questions Not to Ask
30 Jun 2016
Many employers are just not expert at interviewing, even though they know their company better than anyone!  There are legal obligations for an employer, so click here to see my you tube video on what questions you should NOT ask a potential employee in an interview. Click h...
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by Sharlene Massie

Employer TOP TIPS - How to Prepare for Interviews
23 Jun 2016
Interviews should be conducted in a private location, without interruptions.  You want to ensure you offer a relaxed environment to get the best information from a potential candidate.  Keep in mind, candidates are interviewing you and your company as well, so be sure t...
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by Sharlene Massie

Employer TOP TIPS - How to write a Job Description
16 Jun 2016
Job descriptions become outdated quickly, and employers rarely review them until they need hire someone, usually urgently!  Speaking with your current staff to find out what they are doing in their jobs, and what has changed, especially in today’s volatile workplace an...
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by Sharlene Massie

Can People Change?
22 Mar 2016
Can people change? This topic can be quite controversial. Governments certainly don’t think people change, but parole boards might. Parents usually think their own children can change, but that other parents’ children cannot. Employers think job seekers won’t ch...
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by Sharlene Massie

Communicating With Your Leader
14 Mar 2016
Employees are hired to contribute to the company and are paid for work done. The key decisions are made by the boss, which also means he/she takes the risks and is accountable for the operations of the company. Do not question the authority or decisions of your boss. If you ...
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by Sharlene Massie

Have we become a society where customers are not welcome?
08 Mar 2016
We break, we cry, you break, you buy! No food, drinks, or smoking. No skateboards or rollerblades allowed. No cell phones please. Wow, how inviting. And how about, only applicants being considered for an interview will be contacted! Ok, I actually understand that one, as candidat...
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by Sharlene Massie

Privacy and Personal Space in the Workplace
29 Feb 2016
Personal space is very important to many employees, especially in today’s offices, where cubicles and workstations are the norm. Some tips and tricks to getting to know and respecting people’s boundaries are:Some people are very private and need a larger personal spac...
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by Sharlene Massie

Burned Bridges Could Torch You
19 Feb 2016
From the time you accept a job with a company, throughout your employment term and after you leave, it is wise to keep in mind the potential fallout that can result if you make mistakes during the resignation or termination process. You just never know who knows whom. Employers t...
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by Sharlene Massie

Polishing Up Your Resume
08 Feb 2016
There appears to be a million opinions on resumes that get the interviews and resumes that don’t. I would like to share my own views with you. If you are qualified for the job, you will probably get an interview. Interviewers do not want to waste their time meeting peo...
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by Sharlene Massie

Interview Tips
01 Feb 2016
If you have ever felt uncomfortable talking to someone wearing sunglasses, then you know how important eye contact is in face-to-face interaction. This is especially true in an employment interview. There are books, websites, companies and experts who will delve at length into th...
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by Sharlene Massie

Tips for Finding Employment in Hard Times
18 Jan 2016
To beat the job-hunting pack, you'll need to take risks, be realistic, and understand your potential employer's needs. We can all agree that times are tough. Everywhere I turn, it seems that more companies are cutting jobs across the board. It's not just General Motors (GM) ...
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by Colleen Paulson

You Have 6 Seconds to Grab a Recruiter's Attention - Here's How to Do It
28 Oct 2015
With the huge number of applications a job opening usually gets, it’s frustrating—but not much of a surprise—that most recruiters spend all of six seconds looking at your resume.So, what’s a job seeker to do? Stop putting effort into perfecting your resume...
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by Lily Zhang

20 Tips to Dress Appropriately for Work
29 Sep 2015
Whether you like it or not, the way you look plays a role in your success in the modern workplace. “The problem with appearance is that it translates to performance,” says Nicole Williams, a career expert at LinkedIn. “Even if your boss doesn’t think that ...
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by Vivian Giang

Gossip at Work - Don't do it!
11 Aug 2015
“Gossip is the art of saying nothing in a way that leaves practically nothing unsaid”Let’s face it, we aren’t always going to love what we do, or the people we work with. And sometimes you just want to vent about the person that is bothering you. But have ...
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by Tierra Munro

5 Solid Ways to Make Yourself Stand Out to a Potential Employer
11 Jun 2015
 2015 has been a challenging year in Calgary. The ripple effect of low oil prices has resulted in layoffs, diminishing incomes/opportunities, and lower job satisfaction in every part of the oil and gas sector. There are lines of very qualified, skilled, and hard working peop...
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by Joel Thompson

Choosing Optimism
20 Jun 2014
It seems to me that we all need a break from the news and media doom and gloom; the flood, more jobs lost, murders, and fires, and costs rising, and on and on. For Alberta, 2013 has been a rough year, so now is the time to really notice the positives and quit sobbing in the dark....
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Making a Great First Impression
31 Mar 2015
You’ve made it past the interview process and you’ve landed the job. You are ready to start the first day of the rest of your life. Now you are the new person for a while. You want to make a great first impression and let everyone know that you are there to work, but ...
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Poor Resume Equals No Job For You
16 Jun 2014
Regardless of industry and field demands, the amount of resumes any staffing agency receives never stops. My issue is the lack of quality in the resumes!  We can look at the issue with frustration, or we can look at the humorous side of the picture! I pic...
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Four Simple Rules for Employees
09 Jun 2014
There are some very simple rules for all employees at any age or level of job to follow that will help them to be successful in the workplace. The first rule is to be responsible with work time. This includes being on time for work every day, and not calling in sick for every s...
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