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Common Questions About Working With a Staffing Agency

Posted on Dec 4, 2017 5:41:48 PM
If you're new to temporary work, you might have some questions about what makes it different from a regular job. Working with a staffing agency has many benefits. The company will screen you, your skills and qualifications. It's a process you only have to endure once, even though the agency will send you to work for multiple companies. Here are answers to other burning questions you may have.
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The Benefits of Finding a Temporary Job For the Holidays

Posted on Dec 4, 2017 1:10:01 PM
The winter season brings the promise of holiday parties, time spent with loved ones and the inevitable bills. Luckily there is a great way to fund your seasonal activities and gain some work experience at the same time. Earning a bit of extra cash is just one reason to consider seasonal employment. Temporary jobs have long-term benefits to your career and to your mental health.
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Dos and Don'ts of Having Work Friends

Posted on Nov 29, 2017 8:30:00 AM
Making friends at work can make your day go by faster and help you feel more satisfied with your job overall. But, at the same time, one of your work friends could end up jeopardizing your job someday if you say the wrong thing. If you want to make sure your work friends don't negatively affect your life, pay attention to these do’s and don'ts of maintaining work friendships.
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How to Stay Calm During Your Job Search

Posted on Nov 21, 2017 11:11:00 AM
Looking for a job can quickly make you feel depressed, anxious or overwhelmed. The good news is you're not alone. Most people find the job search emotionally challenging. Do your best to take care of yourself so you can stay motivated.
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How to Change Your Self-Talk About Work

Posted on Nov 6, 2017 4:52:29 PM
The many hours a week you spend on the job invariably have an effect on your self-image. As much as you may want to think your work is just a way to pay the bills and should not affect you emotionally, work is an important part of your life. Fortunately, it's a part of your life you can control by taking concrete steps to improve your confidence and your feelings about your workplace.
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How Important is Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace?

Posted on Nov 3, 2017 5:18:00 PM
When companies look to hire new employees, they usually review the applicants based on their experience, qualifications, and whether they possess the personal qualities and skills the job requires. However, there's one attribute that most businesses underestimate the importance of: emotional intelligence.
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Career Spotlight: Certified Forklift Operator

Posted on Oct 26, 2017 2:24:02 PM
Material movers, also known as forklift operators, are increasingly in-demand in the U.S. workforce.  For this important position, training is essential, however, in order to ensure that the employer complies with Occupational Safety (OSHA) standards. What Does a Certified Forklift Operator Do? A forklift operator uses a special vehicle, called a forklift, to lift and move heavy items from one place to another. A forklift is a common sight in a warehouse, but may also be used as part of an excavation, development or construction project. In a warehouse, a forklift may transport pallets of material from one space to another, such as from a loading bay to a storage spot.
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The Job Search Has Changed: Here's What You Need To Know

Posted on Oct 25, 2017 11:32:23 AM
We don’t find jobs like we used to. Whether you're in the market for a second career or coming back into the workforce after a significant period of time away, it's important to know how job searching has changed over the past two decades. Although 20 years doesn't seem like that long ago, revolutions in technology and how people relate to one another mean that finding a job is nothing like it was in the late 1990s. Fortunately, it only takes a few small tweaks to get back in the game.
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6 often overlooked truths about having an impact

Posted on Jun 6, 2017 11:28:08 AM
By Jim Weaver, COO of The Ōnin Group I hear a lot of people, particularly young people, talk about their desire to have an impact. I can relate to the desire to live a life of significance, and I feel an instant connection to anyone with this mindset – we are kindred spirits. Unfortunately, I have seen a lot of folks get tripped up in their pursuit of impact, falling far short of this grand vision for their lives. For many, the once inspirational desire to have an impact morphs over time into a gnawing, almost cancerous, sense of lack and emptiness. This “lack” mindset tends to lead to behavior that further undermines our ability to have an impact accelerating a very negative cycle. This is a cycle many never break out of.
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Last year's Endeavor Scholarship recipients continue to reach for their dreams

Posted on May 31, 2017 5:24:17 PM
Jayla Gash dreams of working in a school or hospital with children after she graduates with a degree in psychology from Auburn University of Montgomery.  Jayla is one of 13 Endeavor Scholarship recipients of 2016. Jayla began working as a Teammate at Ōnin Staffing during the summer of her senior year of high school. She knew she wanted to attend college, so her ears perked when she heard Ōnin offered a scholarship to Teammates and their immediate family members each year.
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5 signs you're doing a good job at work

Posted on May 25, 2017 11:43:22 AM
In a perfect world, your hard work is immediately met with positive job evaluations, pay raises and other direct feedback that clearly spells out "Hey, you're doing a great job!" But even when the boss doesn't have the time or attention to spare for feedback, you'll still know you're winning when you see these five signs:
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Listening really can help you succeed at work

Posted on May 10, 2017 1:29:27 PM
Being a "good listener" is something we're trained to do from toddlerhood, but this valuable skill is too often overlooked in the work world. Demonstrating strong listening skills can set you apart from the competition, help you impress the higher-ups, improve your work performance and even help you stay safe on the job.
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9 signs it's time to look for a new job

Posted on May 3, 2017 5:19:03 PM
If you've ever stayed in a job past its expiration date, you're in good company. Studies consistently show workers want stability in their employment. The fear of disrupting that stability to look for new work can be overwhelming. This dynamic often leads to employees sticking with a company even when they feel intensely negative about their work.
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Job tips for single parents

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 12:37:11 PM
There’s no doubt being a single parent is one of the toughest jobs you can have. With more than 14 million single parents in the U.S., 80.6 percent of whom are mothers, being a single parent is fairly common.
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How to politely turn down extra work

Posted on Apr 24, 2017 2:12:38 PM
One downside of being the office superstar is everyone wants your help. While the initial flattery may make you gush with pride, eventually the constant needs of your coworkers can become too much. You must assess your priorities and place limits on the projects you take on. If you say "yes" to everyone, you will not only face early burnout, but eventually earn a less than stellar reputation as someone who fails to shine on every task.
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7 networking tips for introverts

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 11:55:54 AM
Networking is important, but it can also be an uncomfortable process, especially for introverts. Although large, loud, crowded networking events look like an introvert’s worst nightmare, introverts are often great networkers because of their developed listening skills and their ability to hold meaningful conversations. Being an introvert doesn’t mean you’re at a disadvantage while networking, it simply means you have to network a little differently than your extrovert counterparts.
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Attend College with the Endeavor Scholarship

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 1:13:27 PM
If you think college is just for new high school graduates getting a bachelor’s degree, think again. Not only can folks of all ages attend college, classes can likewise be taken with a wide variety of personal development and career objectives in mind. Whether you want to take one class to boost your career, learn something new, give yourself a refresher on a subject of interest or pursue an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in a tantalizing field, you can use the Endeavor Scholarship to help fund your education.
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Career decisions it's okay to make in your 20s

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 11:16:34 AM
There’s no real road map for figuring out how to best plan for both your career and your personal life. Welcome to your 20s, an important, stressful, exhilarating and often tumultuous, decade that will fundamentally shape your career.
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5 skilled trades you can pursue with the Endeavor Scholarship

Posted on Mar 31, 2017 4:06:02 PM
 
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Don’t say these 8 things to your coworkers

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 9:47:15 AM
Being pals with your coworkers makes the workday infinitely more enjoyable, but having a close relationship at work can quickly become a problem when you don’t keep your discussions professional.
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Ōnin now offers a Teammate Employee Assistance Program

Posted on Mar 17, 2017 1:08:59 PM
At Ōnin, we take our mission of “Creating Opportunity and Empowering People” seriously. We believe in treating our contingent workforce as part of the Ōnin team and investing in the well-being of our Teammates are crucial to investing in our service.
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Dealing with your emotions in the workplace

Posted on Mar 13, 2017 12:17:00 PM
Although we may like to pretend the workplace is an emotion-free zone ruled by professional protocol, emotions are an innate part of being a human and thus play a significant role in how we work, for better or for worse.
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Why you need to start keeping a career journal

Posted on Mar 6, 2017 1:43:44 PM
Although journaling may seem like the pastime of pioneers or emotionally torn teenagers, maintaining an ongoing professional journal documenting your work life is a great instrument for both self-reflection and self-improvement.
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Characteristics you'll need to be unstoppable

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 1:35:25 PM
There are some people who seem to flourish no matter what life throws at them. Feeling motivated at work can be difficult in the gloomy winter months, but don’t let the cold weather or any other factor for that matter, slow down your progress and keep you from achieving your goals, whether you want to start a business, earn a promotion or simply consistently seize the day.
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Don't add these to your resume

Posted on Feb 21, 2017 5:33:58 PM
If you’re searching for a job, your resume is the most important tool you have to convince a company to take a chance and give you an interview. There are many specifications you should include on your resume, but there are also a number of elements that can create more trouble than they are worth. After all, with only one page to describe your career accomplishments, you won’t want to waste precious space on information that isn’t relevant.
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How to find a mentor

Posted on Feb 20, 2017 4:55:33 PM
Chances are you’ve heard having a great mentor is one of the most invaluable resources you can have as a developing professionals.
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6 strategies to prevent burnout at work

Posted on Feb 13, 2017 5:33:10 PM
You can only handle high pressure, crises and long, erratic hours at work for so long before mentally snapping, but believe it or not, it’s possible to handle significant amounts of stress by putting your emotional intelligence (EI) to use. Considered a more significant indicator of success than IQ or experience, EI is a powerful skill to possess, so it may come as little surprise EI can also be leveraged to manage stress and decrease the likelihood of a burnout.
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The how-to's of finally getting your promotion

Posted on Jan 30, 2017 2:46:01 PM
If receiving a promotion was on your agenda this year, but you’re still not quite sure how to make sure  your move up the ladder happen, listen up.
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Smart job searching in the digital age

Posted on Jan 16, 2017 9:59:00 AM
From automated recruiters that crawl the web for their next hire based on algorithms, to job interviews performed via video, technology is becoming both a more integral part of the hiring process and increasingly sophisticated.
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6 ways to communicate sensitive topics at work

Posted on Jan 5, 2017 12:48:13 PM
As critical as effective communication is to managing relationships in both your professional and personal life, communication is a surprisingly difficult skill to master. Add an uncomfortable scenario, sensitive topic or wounded ego into the mix and, expressing complicated feelings, thoughts, ideas, intuitions and desires becomes a tricky business.
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7 tips to network smarter

Posted on Dec 20, 2016 11:11:15 AM
While there are always a few social butterflies who relish networking at business functions, the rest of us find the experience nerve-wracking and are left with a jittery stomach full of butterflies. Along with a little forethought and planning, these tips can help you make the most of your networking event and reduce the social discomfort and uncertainty:
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Three tips to make online job applications more effective

Posted on Dec 14, 2016 4:40:15 PM
If you’ve ever felt uploading your resume to an applicant tracking system was the equivalent of sending your personal information into a black hole, we feel you. Applying for jobs is already stressful, but submitting your resume countless times to various organizations with little hope of hearing back is particularly discouraging.
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Honoring veterans in the workforce

Posted on Nov 10, 2016 5:08:47 PM
As we honor our service men and women for Veterans Day, we’d like to recognize not only the sacrifices our veterans have made for our country but the important role our veterans play in the civilian workforce.
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How to avoid losing your temper at work

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 10:27:54 AM
Losing your temper is never pretty, but having a furious meltdown at work can also deeply damage your professional reputation and career. Some of us are more prone to anger than others, but frustrations have a way of building up at work until they become uncontrollable forces of self-destruction. Finding ways to constructively control your temper is essential, especially if you are prone to outbursts.
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Is it better to quit or get fired

Posted on Oct 3, 2016 4:20:36 PM
Whether you are unbearably miserable, or you know outside forces will prompt your exit, sometimes you just know it’s time to leave your current position. Deciding how you want leave can be challenging as there are both pros and cons for cutting your ties immediately by resigning or wait for fate to take its course to make your exit, by being terminated.
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How to identify a bad boss during your interview

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 10:20:12 AM
It’s hard to be happy at work when you have a poor relationship with your boss, so if you’re lucky enough have an initial interview with your potential manager, make sure you are assessing whether you would like to work for them as they determine if you’re the right person for the job.
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6 Bad Work Habits You Can Fix

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 3:52:11 PM
It may be easier to identify bad habits in your coworkers than in yourself, but no one’s perfect. It’s easy for bad habits to sneak their way into your work life.
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How to write a resignation letter

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 2:09:11 PM
It’s official. You’re leaving your job for an amazing new opportunity. Now all you need to do is exit your current position. Whether you are leaving your job on good or bad terms, writing a formal letter of resignation allows you to exit your current position respectfully with grace.
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5 ways to find happiness at work

Posted on Sep 7, 2016 1:40:22 PM
Even when your personal life is full of joy, it’s hard to be in good spirits if the eight-plus hours a day you spend at work are making you miserable.
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How to survive in an open office when you need alone time

Posted on Aug 29, 2016 3:17:30 PM
While open offices can provide a positive work environment filled with collaborative group efforts, open spaces can also be noisy and invasive. For those who prefer quite reflection and privacy while working, it may take a while to adjust to your new open-spaced domain.
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The 4 types of projects that make you want to procrastinate

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 4:35:08 PM
Procrastination can easily spiral from a bad habit into a crippling waste of your time, magnifying stress, reducing performance and keeping you from experiencing the great moments of your life to the fullest.
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Navigating political discussions at work

Posted on Aug 15, 2016 4:21:04 PM
Politics are infamous for turning discussions between rational people into divisive meltdowns, which can be especially damaging in an office where harmony is needed to accomplish shared goals. It may be why 23 percent of people who discussed politics with their coworkers reported having a confrontational exchange, according to Career Builder.
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Traveling for work: 5 ways to ease your child’s separation anxiety

Posted on Aug 10, 2016 3:54:45 PM
Traveling for business may be a necessary part of your job, but the excitement of seeing a new place is often replaced by stress when you have small children waiting for you at home.
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7 ways to become more confident at your job

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 5:18:30 PM
Whether you’re starting a new job, or presenting a high-power presentation, it’s easy to worry you’re not qualified for your responsibilities and others can see through your façade.
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6 ways to exercise at work without looking completely crazy

Posted on Aug 5, 2016 4:12:10 PM
We know the term “work” used to refer to sweaty activities for most people, with so many tasks requiring manual labor outdoors. Although many of us prefer sitting in the air conditioning to hoeing fields and hunting, the sedentary desk life is pretty bad for us according to experts. Sitting for extended periods of time is linked to a number of icky health concerns including diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, cardiovascular disease, high blood sugar and obesity. This isn’t news to most of us, but with so much of our time dedicated to sitting it’s hard to integrate exercise into our routines, and popping a squat in the middle of the office often feels like a better way to raise eyebrows than improving your activity level.
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How to catch up on your post-vacation work the smart way

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 10:42:27 AM
Whether you were enjoying palm trees, mountains, a desert escape or the peace of your backyard, nothing ruins your vacation vibe like returning to work with stacks of other people’s needs on your desk. But don’t panic yet. Getting caught up will always be stressful, but with a little forethought and a few simple steps, you can make your return smoother.
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The Changing Face of Employee Compensation

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 11:37:04 AM
As we have progressed from the downturn of 2008 to the present, many changes in the employment horizon have taken place, making once plentiful qualified applicants a rarer find in 2016. In the fight to fill positions, compensation is playing an increasingly important role in retaining and hiring talent.
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7 tips for finding a new job at 50+

Posted on May 23, 2016 12:04:45 PM
While job seekers who are 50+ years old have a surplus of professional experience and a highly developed skillset, many older workers get bad raps for being stubborn and refusing to try new ideas.
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How to ace your next job fair

Posted on May 16, 2016 3:47:38 PM
Finding a job is stressful. You’ve probably applied for many positions online, but sometimes having face-to-face interactions can be just the boost you need to jumpstart your job search. Job fairs are a great way to meet local company representatives and explore opportunities you may not have found during your online job search.
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4 employee trends you may be noticing

Posted on May 10, 2016 12:48:14 PM
Learn the latest trends affecting the new, returning and digital faces you may begin seeing around your office. Career satisfaction and work-life balance are the primary reasons employees stick with their current employers, according to a recent Cornerstone OnDemand survey, so it isn’t surprising many of this year’s trends reflect employees’ needs for these aspects. Likewise, various demographic shifts have the ability to make major impacts.
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6 Steps to using social media to find your next job

Posted on May 9, 2016 4:12:04 PM
It turns out you can find a job using the same platforms you watch your best friend’s latest cat video on. Staples of the successful job search, like networking and presenting your expertise, can be translated from in-person activities to your social media profiles. If you’re beginning your job search, consider using social media as an important tool in your hunt.
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5 tips to keep in mind for your first post-college job

Posted on May 3, 2016 3:51:38 PM
After four (or more) years of chasing an expensive diploma, 12 years of educational preparation beforehand, and the part-time jobs, internships and seasonal positions you held in between, you are ready for your first “real” job. Even after all of that training, it’s normal to feel unprepared for the upcoming opportunities at your new position, but don’t worry. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you learn the ropes of your job:
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4 Ways to Make Work Less Stressful

Posted on Apr 27, 2016 11:09:10 AM
Life is too short to spend 40 hours a week panicking, let alone the 47 hours the average full-time American employee spends at work. In honor of Stress Awareness Month (aka April), here are some tips for dealing with stress at work.
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Career Knowledge Is Community Power

Posted on Apr 8, 2016 10:02:11 AM
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5 employment trends you may already be noticing for 2016

Posted on Mar 16, 2016 10:13:04 AM
Three months into 2016, many of the top employment trend predictions are coming true for companies throughout the U.S. Look out for the following five business developments if you haven’t witnessed them already.
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Big Dreams for a Local Entrepreneur

Posted on Feb 25, 2016 10:41:33 AM
Former Onin Teammate Dreams Big  
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