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  • The Leading Soft Skills to Develop

    04/30/18 3:00 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Job Seekers | Leave a Comment
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    They may be called “soft,” but make no mistake: Regardless of your industry or job function, soft skills are an undeniably important success factor in your career. They’re those often-underrated skills that make team members collaborative, professionals confident, service providers caring and leaders inspirational.

    What Soft Skills are Most Important for Success in the Modern Workplace?

    Here are a few that should be on your radar:

    Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

    Emotional intelligence is a combination of self-awareness and awareness of others. It’s a unique kind of intelligence that enables you to:

    • identify and manage your emotions;
    • recognize emotion in others and better understand their behavior as a result;
    • effectively manage your relationships with others by reacting and responding appropriately.

    It’s also one of the most important measures of potential leadership success, making it an essential quality if you’re in or pursuing a management role.

    Listening Skills

    Anybody with functioning ears hears the words coming out of employees’ and managers’ mouths – but there’s a big difference between hearing and effective listening. In this earlier post, our team shares simple tips to dramatically improve this sought-after soft skill:

    • Be fully present, by eliminating distractions and making a conscious effort to focus your eyes and ears on the speaker.
    • Make the speaker feel comfortable, by subtly mirroring their nonverbal behavior.
    • Employ active listening techniques such as reflecting and clarifying – before you formulate your response.

    Nonverbal Communication

    Nonverbal skills can make or break your ability to connect with, instill confidence in, persuade and inspire others. Some experts even argue that nonverbal cues have an even greater impact on a conversation than what you say! Make sure you pay attention to the following aspects when speaking:

    • Eye contact. Avoid extremes (i.e., staring at the floor or your phone; glaring intently) when it comes to making eye contact. Too little conveys disinterest or insecurity; too much conveys aggression.
    • Posture. If you tend to slouch or fold your arms across your chest, be aware of the negative ways in which these signals can be interpreted. Sit (or stand) upright when speaking and lean slightly into the conversation.
    • Smiling. It helps you relax and makes you appear approachable and warm. Just make sure you do it the right way. A wide grin can convey naiveté (which isn’t ideal for leaders), but a subtle smile can convey friendliness and even intelligence.

    Growing Your Team?

    Experts in behavioral interviewing, Exact Staff’s recruiters can help you identify candidates with the experience, hard and soft skills to thrive in your organization. Contact your local Exact Staff location to make hiring leaders faster, simpler and more successful.


Smart People Never Include These Words and Phrases on Their Resume

04/25/18 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Job Seekers | Leave a Comment
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 “addicted to online shopping”

“in my 30s and living with my mom”

“someone who enjoys long naps during the work day”

You’d never put phrases like these in your professional resume. They’re career sabotage!

But if you want to create a resume that truly distinguishes you as the best candidate for a position, you need to do more than avoid obvious faux pas. Today, we’re sharing a list of words and phrases that, while they may seem innocuous, should never make it onto your resume. Some are cliché. Others are utterly meaningless. And all could knock you out of contention for the job you want.:

Results Driven

Um, who isn’t?

Hard Worker/Strong Work Ethic

That’s a bummer; the employer was looking to hire a loafer.


Instead of using a quirky word to show you’re great at something, quantify it.


Think this makes you sound eager or productive? So does every other job seeker you’re competing against. List projects or responsibilities that provide evidence of your initiative.

Team Player

Finally – a candidate who plays well in the sandbox! Instead of claiming you have great qualities, describe activities or accomplishments that portray them.


What are you – coated in dry rub? Your years on the job and job titles clearly explain how experienced you are.


Phrases like this waste valuable space on your resume. Replace it with examples of how you spotted mistakes or identified problems in complex situations.


The employer had presumed that – until you just brought it up, that is…


Unless you’re Elon Musk or Bill Gates, just don’t.

Need Help Refining Your Resume?

Contact an Exact Staff Career Agent. We can help you improve your resume so that it strengthens your candidacy – and improves your job prospects. If you’re ready for a new opportunity to build your skills and advance your career, register with your local Exact Staff office today.


How to Solve HR Challenges with Smarter Talent Management

04/18/18 3:10 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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Overcoming skills gaps. Reducing turnover. Managing changing workloads.

If you’re in HR, these are just a few of the myriad challenges you face. And as you well know, the way your business attracts, employs and develops people dramatically influences your ability to meet these challenges.

Regardless of your industry, talent is your company’s biggest asset. In today’s post, we review three ways smart talent management can be used as a source of competitive advantage to create a more agile, profitable and successful business:

Challenge: Skill Shortages

Find people with the abilities you need by:

  • Recruiting more proactively. With time-to-fill near record highs, organizations that start their search for skilled workers sooner win the war for talent. Your staffing partner can help you identify current and future skills gaps – and create a comprehensive plan to overcome them.
  • Relying on qualified temporary and contract employees. Contingent workers with the right skills can help quickly plug the gaps, shorten learning curves or train your core employees on new skills.
  • Upskilling your current workforce. To help your employees obtain the skills your organization needs, offer flexible work hours, tuition assistance, continual training and mentorship programs.

Challenge: A Revolving Door of Turnover

While a certain amount of churn is healthy for your organization, chronically high turnover stresses out your employees, wastes time and money, and exacerbates knowledge loss. Smart talent management can help you stop the revolving door:

  • Meet employees’ need for a work/life satisfaction. Achieving a healthy work/life equilibrium increases retention, especially with younger generations. Provide the flexibility and balance employees want to improve job satisfaction and guard against the burnout that drives great people out your door.
  • Staff high-turnover positions with temporary workers. A qualified staffing agency can ensure you always have the skilled, resourceful people you need to complete jobs with notoriously high turnover rates.
  • Keep employees growing. Career stagnancy is a primary driver of turnover. Make sure your organization is a place where employees have continual opportunities to learn, challenge themselves and advance their careers by: promoting mentorship; providing both formal and informal skill-building options; assigning promising employees “stretch” assignments; and building a culture that tolerates reasonable risk-taking and occasional failure.

Challenge: Cyclical, Seasonal and Volatile Workloads

Tired of the time and expense required to post jobs, recruit, screen, interview, hire, onboard and train employees – just for a few weeks or months of work? Smarter planning – and help from your staffing partner – can get you off the rollercoaster.

With a planned staffing model, you can seamlessly flex your workforce by using temporary employees to handle surges in demand. When things slow back down, you can let contingent staff go – and keep your workforce lean and flexible.

Struggling with HR Challenges?

Smarter talent management provides the greatest opportunities for overcoming them – and Exact Staff is here to help. To design the best solution for your organization, we invite you to schedule a free workforce consultation with us. Together we can examine your challenges and goals, brainstorm options and design creative talent management strategies for building your ideal workforce – one with the people capabilities to meet your goals and sustain competitive advantage.


8 Things the Happiest People Do Every Day

04/11/18 9:15 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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Did you wake up this morning feeling positive? Grateful? Excited to get your day started?

No? Then let’s move that needle – on your happiness level, that is.

When it comes to your sense of wellbeing, you have a general baseline for how happy you are. This “happiness set-point,” as psychologists call it, is the result of genetics and conditioning, and it accounts for about half of your happiness level.

There’s not much you can do to change your happiness set-point; it’s an ingrained part of your personality. But don’t worry – even if you were born a Debbie Downer or Negative Ned, you still have tremendous control over how happy you feel each day.

So, onto the good part: Here are 8 things the happiest people do every single day. If you want to make your life more positive and satisfying, add these activities to your to do list:

Spend Time with Family and Friends

Lots and lots of time. Nurturing close personal relationships builds your sense of belonging and security.

Give Thanks

Reflecting on and expressing gratitude naturally creates a more positive outlook by focusing on what you have, not what you lack. Each day, take stock of what you’re thankful for – and get comfortable with expressing your gratitude to the people who make your life great.

Establish and Pursue Goals

While it’s important to be appreciative of what you have, happiness is also tied to actively pursuing greater achievement. You don’t have to commit to scaling Everest or making a million dollars; set and work toward things that are appropriate and meaningful for you.

Do Things You Naturally Do Well

Whether those things are tied to your paycheck or not, engaging in activities that play to your strengths makes you feel more fulfilled, competent, and yes – happy.

Make New Friends

We’re not talking about Facebook friends or LinkedIn connections. We’re talking about getting to know positive people in the real world. Happiness is contagious. If you want to be happier, do things with people who are upbeat, content and joyful.

Help Others

Altruistic behavior benefits the giver as much as the receiver. Whether you commit to regular volunteering or just perform random acts of kindness, doing something nice for someone else – without expecting anything in return –makes you feel amazing.

Exercise Regularly

C’mon, you knew this one was coming. The physical and psychological benefits of exercise are well documented. Find something you enjoy doing – walking, team sports, curling, weight training, skiing, cross fit, whatever floats your boat – and make it part of your weekly routine.

Prune Your Social Feeds

Ever wonder why bonsai are so beautiful and balanced? It’s the result of careful, regular pruning. If you feel jealous, frustrated or discontent after spending time on social media, selectively unfollow people or accounts that bring you down. Then, search for ones that you find inspirational and uplifting.

Related Posts:

Prevent Negativity from Creeping Into Your Workplace

Happy People Have These Habits

Want to make your organization a happier place to work? Looking to join a company with a happier corporate culture?

Contact our national employment agency. We’ll connect you to positive people and opportunities that make every day brighter.

Get happy. Contact your local Exact Staff office today.


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