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In June of 2010 I was out of work, and the economy was tanking, so finding a job would prove to be very difficult. I am an older woman, and the with age, I know I am less desirable to prospective employers.
Other than what little I could earn writing, I needed to be able to meet my simplest obligation. I searched for work in a crashed economy.
In the olden days, we traipsed from business to business, filling out endless applications until our hand, being numb and blue, would nearly come off at the wrist. The expense, wear and tear, is tax deductible, but the stress and constant rejection or wait was hard on a soul.
From 1990 - 1997, as a single parent of four pre-teens, I often needed to work several jobs to make ends meet. In order to work her regular Full-Time job (34 hours per week), and find extra work on a days notice, she signed up all 4 Temporary and Staffing Agencies in her small town. Some required the worker to call on Monday of the week to let them know their availability, others wanted you to call in early of the morning the temp wanted work.
There was no telling what kind of job they would offer. Each agency had their own policies. At one agency, if you refused a job twice, you were suspended for 6 months. Lilly quickly learned how to drop into a position, learn how they wanted things done, and act accordingly. She got jobs doing data entry, housekeeping, and selling Car mats that go in automobiles.
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Robert Half International - Office, IT, Accounting
One of the subsidiaries is OFFICETEAM: Specialized Administrative Staffing, and AccountTemps, On the Robert Half, Inc. site. I signed up for office jobs, construction positions, archaeological assistants.
This was on Sunday night August 15
On Monday , August 16 I received a call from a representative of the OFFICETEAM. JP, was polite and set me an appointment for the following day. JP advised me, that I would take Excel, Word, and Typing speed tests, as well as an Alpha-Numeric 10-key test.
Truthfully,I didn't expect much. Go in, pass the test, go to work. This agency has a different philosophy than anything I have ever known.
Tuesday, August 17, after my test scores were calculated, JP interviewed me. This was a refreshing meeting. He let me know if I was willing , he would make me marketable for the needs of today's businesses.
I am an older worker, but I know that in order to survive in today's technologically advanced world, a person must continue learning, and accept that things change.
The world changes everyday. I am willing to learn and change, on top of having good work experience, skills, references and an extensive work history.
What had to be done:
- My resume had to be redone. JP explained to me that he would go through it, and send me recommended changes via the Internet.
- Important: I had to be registered on LinkedIn. This is today's ultimate network and marketing arena.
- I had to be prompt and represent Robert Half International, in a professional and respectful manner.
- I must meet goals set by JP and OFFICETEAM.
- A requirement is primarily communicating on-line. What a relief. Save gas and the environment.
When I arrived home on Tuesday afternoon, I had two messages from JP.
- A suggested outline for my resume was sitting in my In Box.
- A connection request from JP to my old and unused LinkedIn account.
I re-did my resume, and e-mailed it back. Although It was after business hours, in thirty minutes JP had messaged me back.
"Great Job On the resume! Thank you JP for being there.
Quickly, I accepted his connection on LinkedIn, and found about 80 other people I knew in various platforms. Suddenly I was networking.
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Going to work, finally
On Wednesday August 18, 2010, JP called me. He had two interviews arranged. One for Thursday , August 19, 2010, in the afternoon, and another for Friday morning, August 20, 2010.
I interviewed for both jobs . The initial testing, interview, necessary Identification process, and subsequent interviews, were the only things I had to do in person. Everything else was done on the phone or on-line.
For people who have been out of work, or underemployed for any length of time, having to run back and forth to an agency is a financial burden that does not happen with Robert Half I OFFICETEAM.
On Friday at 4:00 p.m. JP called me to let me know that I was to start work on Monday, August 23, 2010.
I have included links below to the OFFICETEAM on-line application.
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Good new for US and Int'l job seekers
There is good news to share with U.S. job seekers, employers, and persons in the International field,
Having connected with the State Workforce Services division's website,Workforce Services (WFS), this site, provides an area where a person looking for work, can post their necessary information, references, past employment history and allows a place for up to four resumes or CV's..
These systems are very helpful, especially for the more seasoned worker. A job seeker, does not have to continually try to remember if it was June or July when you started with "Acme", and as one ages, the years begin to play tricks on you... Didn't Kinny graduate in '97?, No, it was '95!
Once you have your information set, it is forever saved. The WFS match up words from yourresume, and the type of jobs you are seeking. A job seeker can change the parameters for limitless searches.
If there is a job that matches your interests, and/or qualified for, you simply hit a button. Then, you have applied for this job. After a prospective employer has reviewed your information, they may request you fill out their specific application, and possibly more.
Last week, I got several leads e-mailed to her home computer. I sent applications in and added my resume. My resume was three pages long. I listed every skill, training,job, and certification received in the last 10 years. My resume was a train wreck.
One job offer, from Work Force Services was data entry. linked to the job, and it took me to the website of Robert Half International (RHI). Here I was invited to set up her profile, and search jobs in my State, the U.S. and Canada.
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Update: - I have worked for OFFICETEAM for four plus years now, and overall I am pleased with a fairly regular call to work.
Accountemps! How about start a new assignment Tuesday September 7th?! JP of OFFICETEAM sent me to another interview Monday, August 30, 2010, after I got off work. Yesterday, JP asked me how the interview went, I thought good. He said, you got the assignment. So, except for the Labor Day Weekend Holiday, I will have another job lined up for next week. This was my first week experience beginning in August of 2010, today is November 09, 2012, I am still signed up for work availability, and am often requested from many of the businesses who I have been placed with previously.
Accountemps is another subsidiary of Robert Half, Inc. Another difference in Robert Half International is they don't lock you into a "type." Yes, I can do Administrator duties (Secretarial for you old schoolers that may be making a comeback), but I can do bookkeeping, accounting, taxes, construction and on. If you have talents and skills, they will build on them. Two Paws Up! (link below)
OfficeTeam: I have gotten a lot of feedback from OFFICETEAM, and it is helpful, a positive experience.
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