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Being a lifelong learner: Good for your career; good for your health

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We know that at any age, the brain can make changes for better or for worse. In the brain, blood flow is regulated to the neurons in the structures that are most active, strengthening and reinforcing these particular connections. To strengthen brain health and achieve career advances, one needs to be a lifelong learner. For learning to be successful, individuals need to understand how they are motivated and they need to be willing to step away from their comfort zones and learn something new.

Here are 5 great reasons to be a lifelong learner:

  1. You’ll boost brain reserve.Learning helps increase brain reserve, also known as “cognitive reserve.” This reserve is thought to be an extra helping of “brain power” and protects the brain against age-related disease and stress. You can either add to it or deplete it throughout your life. Learning enhances this reserve and helps to strengthen brain function.
  2. Learning enhances neuroplasticity.Neurons can grow new connections and reorganize according to our experiences and learning, in other words, our brains have plasticity. Imaging studies have revealed functional connectivity changes as well as structural changes in the brain due to enhanced neuroplasticity.
  3. You’ll have an all-star resume and many interview talking points. Nothing is more pleasing to a hiring manager when they look at a resume and see continued education and continued personal development. Even if you’ve reached the pinnacle of your career, you should never stop learning. The milestones you’ve accomplished can serve as talking points during an interview, allowing you to display your diverse knowledge and deliver intriguing accomplishment stories.
  4. You’ll grow your network by meeting new people.This alone will keep you healthy, as studies show that people who are socially connected and engaged with others actually live longer, happier, and healthier lives. Networking gives you a space to meet other people and learn about the value they offer, helps you present your personal brand, and can help make career transitions easy and painless. Engage people by telling them what inspired you to take a class or learn a new technical skill and meet people with similar skill sets and discuss industry developments.
  5. It’s super simple.Being a lifelong learner doesn’t mean earning degrees left and right, it means learning practical concepts, technologies, and ideas that will keep you fresh. This can be anything from learning a new computer language to advance your IT career or attending a photography class to enrich your creative side. A lot of companies provide internal training classes related to personal development and you should take advantage of this whenever possible-no matter where you are in your career. Enhancing your brain’s neuroplasticity and demonstrating your ability to be a self-starter can be achieved in everyday learning.

When we learn we strengthen confidence, emotional intelligence, and resilience – all qualities of top performers and successful people. Lifelong learners are motivated and effective people who often serve as great leaders and mentors. Whether it’s a master’s degree, a dance class, a best-selling book on expert sales strategies, a free online social media tutorial or a new exercise technique, there’s nothing better for your career and your health than a consistent dose of learning.

 

Written By Nicole Pica

5 Ways to Stand Out with a Cover Letter

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Everyone knows that sometimes it is super hard to stand out in a crowd. This is especially true in the world of temporary staffing and that’s why it’s such a good idea to impress with your first opportunity. While your resume is more of a factual document that you’ll present to your staffing agency and potential employers, your cover letter is the perfect opportunity for you to shine and show a bit of personality. Follow these simple rules to make sure your cover letters stand out for all the right reasons.

 

5 Ways to Create a Memorable Cover Letter

 

Keep It Short and Sweet

When it comes to finding the right person for the job, Delaware employers have plenty of candidates to consider. Too many details in your cover letter can take away from your resume. Make sure your cover letter is a short, concise introduction to you and what you offer.

Speak Directly  

You’d be surprised at how many people send out a cover letter without verifying the appropriate contact name at the company! Never use a blanket greeting like “To whom it may concern” or “Dear [Company Name].” If you weren’t given their name, you can look up their info online or even call the company to get the name of the hiring manager. With a personalized letter, the company will see that you are resourceful and have taken the time to do your homework. Win-win.

Be Bold

When you’re fighting for a position and want to stand out from others at the employment agency, always leave room to call out your achievements. Give a brief summary of any leadership positions you have previously held, relevant awards and highlight your advanced skill sets in your cover letter. When drafting your cover letter it’s best to stick with the old rule of quality over quantity, so highlight relevant achievements and move on.

Do Your Homework

Review the company and the position you’re applying for to get a better idea of the business and their current operations. Reference this info in your letter as one of the reasons you’d be the ideal candidate for the open position. When you show that you understand the business and you can already see yourself in a role there, you’ll be a head above other applicants. For an extra punch, always refer to the company by name instead of using “your company,” which makes you sound like you don’t really care where you end up working.

No Mistakes

While most temp jobs in Delaware don’t require you to be an active member of the grammar police, you should never send out a letter with mistakes. The company you’re writing to does not know you, so it’s best not to assume that they’ll give you the benefit of the doubt. Mistakes like typos, incorrect names, confusing grammar and even poor formatting can make your letter stick out for all the wrong reasons. So make sure you take the time to proofread and edit before sending it out to employers.

Are you looking for a temporary job? We can help! Give us a call at (302) 709-0973

5 Ways to Stand Out with a Cover Letter

  by    0   0

Everyone knows that sometimes it is super hard to stand out in a crowd. This is especially true in the world of temporary staffing and that’s why it’s such a good idea to impress with your first opportunity. While your resume is more of a factual document that you’ll present to your staffing agency and potential employers, your cover letter is the perfect opportunity for you to shine and show a bit of personality. Follow these simple rules to make sure your cover letters stand out for all the right reasons.

 

5 Ways to Create a Memorable Cover Letter

 

Keep It Short and Sweet

When it comes to finding the right person for the job, Delaware employers have plenty of candidates to consider. Too many details in your cover letter can take away from your resume. Make sure your cover letter is a short, concise introduction to you and what you offer.

Speak Directly  

You’d be surprised at how many people send out a cover letter without verifying the appropriate contact name at the company! Never use a blanket greeting like “To whom it may concern” or “Dear [Company Name].” If you weren’t given their name, you can look up their info online or even call the company to get the name of the hiring manager. With a personalized letter, the company will see that you are resourceful and have taken the time to do your homework. Win-win.

Be Bold

When you’re fighting for a position and want to stand out from others at the employment agency, always leave room to call out your achievements. Give a brief summary of any leadership positions you have previously held, relevant awards and highlight your advanced skill sets in your cover letter. When drafting your cover letter it’s best to stick with the old rule of quality over quantity, so highlight relevant achievements and move on.

Do Your Homework

Review the company and the position you’re applying for to get a better idea of the business and their current operations. Reference this info in your letter as one of the reasons you’d be the ideal candidate for the open position. When you show that you understand the business and you can already see yourself in a role there, you’ll be a head above other applicants. For an extra punch, always refer to the company by name instead of using “your company,” which makes you sound like you don’t really care where you end up working.

No Mistakes

While most temp jobs in Delaware don’t require you to be an active member of the grammar police, you should never send out a letter with mistakes. The company you’re writing to does not know you, so it’s best not to assume that they’ll give you the benefit of the doubt. Mistakes like typos, incorrect names, confusing grammar and even poor formatting can make your letter stick out for all the wrong reasons. So make sure you take the time to proofread and edit before sending it out to employers.

Are you looking for a temporary job? We can help! Give us a call at (302) 709-0973

The 4 Steps to Building an Effective Job Search

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In Delaware (as with anywhere) finding a new job is a test of patience and fortitude, even if you use an employment agency. Very few aspects of job hunting are fun or enjoyable, so you have to prepare yourself if you want to have success. With four basic steps, you can build a plan for your job search that keeps you on target and helps you avoid classic mistakes.

Get Your Head in the Game

Sometimes, you stumble into the right job at the right time and your entire job search is extremely painless. If you’re the main character in a movie. Realistically, finding a good job requires patience, diligence, and discipline. Whether you are out of work or looking for an upgrade, job searches can be mentally taxing and draining. One of the most important tricks is to prepare for rejection. It’s difficult to do, but you have to look at rejections as opportunities. When you see which companies don’t hire you and why you can refine your search criteria for better results. It’s also important to remember that many jobs out there are miserable. If a company turns you down, you may be dodging a bullet. Mostly, if you’re prepared for a long, grinding job search, you’ll just be pleasantly surprised when you get a real offer.

Update Your Professional Image

Sometimes applying for jobs makes you feel like a dog at a show. You have to strut around and put yourself on display. Make sure what is visible is the best you can show. This starts with an updated resume. Remember, resumes should be customized for each application. You can make your life easier by sticking to a basic template. Your work history and credentials aren’t changing each time you apply; you can just adopt a few of the specifics for each application. Just as important, do some spring cleaning on your social media. Employers are far more likely to Google you than they are to actually call your references. If they find an endless stream of your most debauchery-filled photos, it’s going to hurt your chances.

Make a Schedule and Stick to It

This is probably the most important step. The other things help you when you make contact, but it is the rigorous schedule that will actually find your next job. You don’t have to be on the prowl 24/7, but you need to be actively pursuing your next job every day. Breaking your search into different tasks can help you stay motivated and efficient. Some days might be visiting offices or businesses in person while others are spent looking for ways to sharpen your skills, education or expertise online. Even a deliberate networking lunch can be a part of your job search. The rules here are to set aside intentional time for each thing you know you must do and treat that time like you are already clocking in.

Follow-Up

Following up on job applications is an art form. You don’t want to be pushy or needy but you want to show interest. When in doubt, consider the once-a-week policy. Make sure you are in contact with the hiring manager or recruiter about once every week. Consistency will make an impact, but you won’t be flooding them with annoying messages.

The 4 Steps to Building an Effective Job Search

  by    0   0

In Delaware (as with anywhere) finding a new job is a test of patience and fortitude, even if you use an employment agency. Very few aspects of job hunting are fun or enjoyable, so you have to prepare yourself if you want to have success. With four basic steps, you can build a plan for your job search that keeps you on target and helps you avoid classic mistakes.

Get Your Head in the Game

Sometimes, you stumble into the right job at the right time and your entire job search is extremely painless. If you’re the main character in a movie. Realistically, finding a good job requires patience, diligence, and discipline. Whether you are out of work or looking for an upgrade, job searches can be mentally taxing and draining. One of the most important tricks is to prepare for rejection. It’s difficult to do, but you have to look at rejections as opportunities. When you see which companies don’t hire you and why you can refine your search criteria for better results. It’s also important to remember that many jobs out there are miserable. If a company turns you down, you may be dodging a bullet. Mostly, if you’re prepared for a long, grinding job search, you’ll just be pleasantly surprised when you get a real offer.

Update Your Professional Image

Sometimes applying for jobs makes you feel like a dog at a show. You have to strut around and put yourself on display. Make sure what is visible is the best you can show. This starts with an updated resume. Remember, resumes should be customized for each application. You can make your life easier by sticking to a basic template. Your work history and credentials aren’t changing each time you apply; you can just adopt a few of the specifics for each application. Just as important, do some spring cleaning on your social media. Employers are far more likely to Google you than they are to actually call your references. If they find an endless stream of your most debauchery-filled photos, it’s going to hurt your chances.

Make a Schedule and Stick to It

This is probably the most important step. The other things help you when you make contact, but it is the rigorous schedule that will actually find your next job. You don’t have to be on the prowl 24/7, but you need to be actively pursuing your next job every day. Breaking your search into different tasks can help you stay motivated and efficient. Some days might be visiting offices or businesses in person while others are spent looking for ways to sharpen your skills, education or expertise online. Even a deliberate networking lunch can be a part of your job search. The rules here are to set aside intentional time for each thing you know you must do and treat that time like you are already clocking in.

Follow-Up

Following up on job applications is an art form. You don’t want to be pushy or needy but you want to show interest. When in doubt, consider the once-a-week policy. Make sure you are in contact with the hiring manager or recruiter about once every week. Consistency will make an impact, but you won’t be flooding them with annoying messages.

The 4 Steps to Building an Effective Job Search

  by    0   0

In Delaware (as with anywhere) finding a new job is a test of patience and fortitude, even if you use an employment agency. Very few aspects of job hunting are fun or enjoyable, so you have to prepare yourself if you want to have success. With four basic steps, you can build a plan for your job search that keeps you on target and helps you avoid classic mistakes.

Get Your Head in the Game

Sometimes, you stumble into the right job at the right time and your entire job search is extremely painless. If you’re the main character in a movie. Realistically, finding a good job requires patience, diligence, and discipline. Whether you are out of work or looking for an upgrade, job searches can be mentally taxing and draining. One of the most important tricks is to prepare for rejection. It’s difficult to do, but you have to look at rejections as opportunities. When you see which companies don’t hire you and why you can refine your search criteria for better results. It’s also important to remember that many jobs out there are miserable. If a company turns you down, you may be dodging a bullet. Mostly, if you’re prepared for a long, grinding job search, you’ll just be pleasantly surprised when you get a real offer.

Update Your Professional Image

Sometimes applying for jobs makes you feel like a dog at a show. You have to strut around and put yourself on display. Make sure what is visible is the best you can show. This starts with an updated resume. Remember, resumes should be customized for each application. You can make your life easier by sticking to a basic template. Your work history and credentials aren’t changing each time you apply; you can just adopt a few of the specifics for each application. Just as important, do some spring cleaning on your social media. Employers are far more likely to Google you than they are to actually call your references. If they find an endless stream of your most debauchery-filled photos, it’s going to hurt your chances.

Make a Schedule and Stick to It

This is probably the most important step. The other things help you when you make contact, but it is the rigorous schedule that will actually find your next job. You don’t have to be on the prowl 24/7, but you need to be actively pursuing your next job every day. Breaking your search into different tasks can help you stay motivated and efficient. Some days might be visiting offices or businesses in person while others are spent looking for ways to sharpen your skills, education or expertise online. Even a deliberate networking lunch can be a part of your job search. The rules here are to set aside intentional time for each thing you know you must do and treat that time like you are already clocking in.

Follow-Up

Following up on job applications is an art form. You don’t want to be pushy or needy but you want to show interest. When in doubt, consider the once-a-week policy. Make sure you are in contact with the hiring manager or recruiter about once every week. Consistency will make an impact, but you won’t be flooding them with annoying messages.