Considering Temporary Work? You Should

December 16th, 2016

You’re on the job market and you’re looking for a full-time, permanent position that can keep you engaged, cover your bills, and support the long-term growth of your career. You want the whole package, and you have no plans to accept any compromise on any of these terms. But here’s the problem: You’ve been looking for a long time. And with every week that passes, your resume gap is getting wider and your bank account is getting thinner. You want what you want…but while you search for your next permanent role, consider taking on a temporary job in the meantime. Here’s why.

A temporary job keeps you in circulation.

As you build your career, you rely on your personal network to help you find and access hidden opportunities. And a temporary job can expose you to a new workplace, new people, new points of view, new relationships and maybe even some valuable new professional friendships. It’s never a bad idea to shake up your social ecosystem.

A temporary job can build new skills.

When you thing “temporary job”, you might imaging filing or joining a typing pool—but these tasks aren’t so common anymore, and most temp jobs require a higher level of skill than you might imagine. Temporary employers also tend to offer on-the-job training, and it’s never too late to learn something new.

Close your resume gap.

If you’ve been on the market for more than six months or so, your interviewers and potential employers may ask what you’ve been doing this time. If you’ve been working—no matter where or how—then your resume can answer this question for you.

A temporary job can reduce your sense of urgency.

When you have a paycheck coming in—from anywhere—then you can keep the lights on and the mortgage paid, which is nice. But staying on top of things financially can have another benefit: it keeps you from feeling like you’re running out of time, which can push you to accept the wrong position or a lower salary offer than you’d like. Patience gives you leverage at the negotiating table, and nothing builds patience like a steady income.

A temporary job can keep you in the loop.

Most industries change fast, and even if your temporary job ends in a few weeks or months, your presence in the workplace can help you stay aware of what’s going on. And who knows—even a job that’s presented as a short-term gig might evolve into a long-term opportunity. Anything can happen, but you’re more likely to recognize and take advantage of available opportunities if you’re present and paying attention.

For more on how to find and land a temporary job that can help support your career, turn to the Charlotte staffing experts at PSU.

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Managing a Team with Varying Personalities

December 9th, 2016

In a perfect world, our jobs are easy. Employees skip into the office on day one knowing exactly what to do and how to do it perfectly, and mangers earn the love and respect of their teams simply by showing up and smiling. Teams are easy to manage; they all respond to the same rewards and pressures, and the coaching tips that motivate Employee X also work for Employee Y. And of course, X and Y get along beautifully and work together in perfect harmony every single day.

But in the real world, things don’t always fall into place so easily. Employees respond to very different coaching styles, and they don’t always get along. Sometimes, the gestures that support one actually undermine another. So what’s a manager to do? Here are few simple guidelines for managing diverse personalities.

There are no simple answers.

Keep in mind that great managers never really “get it all figured out”. There are no secret keys to successful motivation and training. If you find a secret key, recognize that your key only applies to one person—or personality type—and as soon as the next one appears, you’ll be back to square one. Stay humble and flexible, and be ready to disregard what you’ve learned when your circumstances change.

Be kind.

This simple rule applies to a multitude of management scenarios. If your employee appears to be squaring off with you, misunderstanding you, not following your directions, or willfully creating problems for you and your team, back up. Something is wrong, and escalating the conflict won’t help. Listen and strive to understand what’s happening on the employee’s side of the table. A small amount of patience and empathy on your part can go a long way.

Personalities don’t change, but behaviors do.

If an employee happens to be a narcissist, or excessively shy, or a terrible listener, you can’t change any of those things. And dismissing all employees who fall short of personal perfection will leave you with an empty office pretty quick. Don’t attempt to change core personalities; instead, attempt to understand and work with them as they are. Unlike personalities, behavior and words can be modified. Start there, and work toward an achievable goal: employees who get along well enough to get the job done (without compromising their mental health).

Draw the line when necessary.

Again, you can’t regulate personalities, but you can—and should—recognize and regulate appropriate behavior. A bully will always be a bully, but bullying behavior in the workplace should mean firm disciplinary action and eventual termination. A shy employee will always be shy, but if public speaking is essential to the job, make sure your shy employee gets the coaching, training, and/or eventual transfer that he needs.

Learn more about the coaching and management of the unique personalities that populate your office; turn to the Cleveland County staffing experts at PSU.

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