7 Benefits of Mentorship

Mentoring is a motivating career development opportunity. Connecting with a senior professional in your field can provide you invaluable advice and feedback.

Here are 7 benefits of having a mentor and how they are helpful to your career (see below for infographic): 

Professional Network

Having a mentor opens you up to making connections with others in your field and allows you to network with your colleagues. It’s never easy being the new kid on the block. Whether you’re new to the field, or new to the industry, leverage your mentor to make connections within and across your network.  

Business Relationship

Engaging in a mentor/mentee relationship gives you the chance to create and maintain a professional relationship. These skills transfer directly to your career, providing you a skill set for the office, interviews, networking and more. 

New Perspective 

Being able to connect with someone who has miles in your field allows you to gain a broader perspective on your industry’s practices. You gain insight on technology progressions, business mergers, job efficiencies, as well as new job opportunities. 

Accountability 

Laying out your personal goals with your mentor can motivate you to complete them since you have someone to report your progress to. Think of them as your career workout buddy. 

Support Group 

Mentors are people you can turn to for encouragement as well as someone that will celebrate your successes. They want the best for you and feel prideful when you’re excelling in your profession. You’re never alone. 

Personal Experience

Lessons are learned through mistakes and failed attempts. You will have plenty of these throughout your professional career, however, your mentor can share personal experiences they’ve had to help route your in the right direction. Wisdom comes with experience. Leverage the experience of others to help you navigate new territory and challenging career milestones. 

Focused on Work 

Outlining your job demands with your mentor can help you prioritize your tasks and see what you need to focus on. Getting an outside perspective on your workload can help identify areas of inefficiencies or a potential technology solution to lighten your workload. 

Mentorship is equally beneficial to the mentor. Providing guidance and advice is a gratifying feeling while making a difference in someone’s life. It provides you the opportunity to lend a helping hand, form a meaningful relationship, and keeps you honest in your area of practice.

Learning never ends.

7 Benefits of Having a Mentor infographic

5 Tips to Create an Impressive LinkedIn Profile (infographic)

LinkedIn is becoming an increasingly important tool to employers and professionals alike. It allows you to connect with people in your industry and grow your professional network.

Here are 5 tips to create an impressive LinkedIn profile that will help you get noticed by your colleagues and potential employers:

1. Share Relevant Content

LinkedIn is a great tool that helps you stay connected with your professional network, but just clicking the “connect” button isn’t enough. Sharing and commenting on content relevant to your position or industry helps engage your network and allows you to share your point of view on various topics.

TIP: You can follow hashtags on LinkedIn which can help you to stay on top of any news or trends in your industry. This way, you don’t have to search far to find shareable content.

2. Keep Work experience Current

When you are adding your previous work experience to your profile, it might make sense to include all of your past positions to show your various experiences.  However, outlining work experience relevant to your career path exclusively allows your audience to easily view your experience and see your relevant skillset.

3. Personalize your Headline

LinkedIn defaults your headline to only include your job title at your current position. Personalizing your headline lets you communicate with your audience and summarize your specialties. The use of keywords relevant to your position also helps your profile to be discovered easier in searches. A good rule of thumb is to try and keep your headline to about 10 words.

4. Add a Professional Photo

Having a picture on your LinkedIn profile makes your profile up to 14 times more likely to be found, according to LinkedIn’s research. A neat-looking, professional headshot will help your profile look complete and professional. The recommended picture size for your profile picture is 400 x 400 pixels.

5. Create a Custom URL

When you make your LinkedIn profile, they assign a URL to your page that is typically a collection of numbers and letters. If you are putting your LinkedIn URL on your business card or sharing it with others, a customized URL can make it look neater and more professional. To take advantage of this feature, go under the Privacy section of Settings and click on the “Edit your Pubic Profile” option. Many people simply change the URL to their full name, if it is available.

References:

https://business.linkedin.com/en-uk/marketing-solutions/blog/posts/content-marketing/2017/17-steps-to-a-better-LinkedIn-profile-in-2017

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-create-killer-linkedin-profile-get-you-noticed-bernard-marr/

7 Advantages of Using a Staffing Company (INFOGRAPHIC)

Managing work fluctuations can be a challenging and expensive process. If your company is faced with a large influx of work, you have to spend time reading resumes, interviewing, and training new staff members. Enlisting the services of a staffing company can help relieve some of this work and can deliver already trained staff ready to work immediately.

Providing your business with qualified candidates is one of the many benefits that staffing companies can offer. Below, seven advantages of using a staffing company are outlined. Look over these advantages and see if a hiring company could benefit your company.

7 Must Know Legal Terms for LNC’s (Infographic)

Legal nurse consults (LNC’s) are registered nurses who use their education, experience, and specialized training to consult on medical issues in legal cases. A strong background in nursing allows them to bridge the gap between law and science.

Whether you’re new to the legal industry or a seasoned veteran, there are common terms that will frequent your vocabulary. Below is a list of the seven common legal terms. Use this infographic as a tool for yourself or for your clients and co-workers.

7 Legal Terms

4 Scary Interview Questions (Infographic)

Let’s face it, job interviews are scary. We’re nervous, usually out of practice, and the spot light is pointed on us. We want to impress our potential employer, but it is equally as important to be honest with ourselves in an interview. After all, it will be our job and responsibilities on the line. Take a look at these scary interview questions and how to respond.

Scary Interview Questions

Future Challenges in Recruitment for Legal and Medical Industries

Employment and recruitment challenges are on the horizon in the health care industry. Based on demographics, the workforce and retirement ratio will sky rocket in the next 5-10 years. Baby Boomers will begin retiring while Millennials will take over the majority of the workforce percentage.  In addition to demographic shifts, technological advances will continue to play a major role in affecting the workforce.

Yay for today!

Rapid advances in law, medicine and technology have revolutionized the legal and healthcare industries. As companies grow and adapt to these changes, the demand for qualified professionals has never been greater. Some corporations will need to reach out to staffing and recruitment agencies to assist in fulfilling their high demand for quick hiring to ensure quality candidates are selected to maintain a positive work environment and reputation as a  business.  Selecting, hiring and training the right employees can be challenging and costly, and the right employees can also be a critical component of business success.

All of us here at Advance Talent recognize these needs and are here to offer innovative workforce solutions to the legal and medical industries.

Visit our website for more information. 

Create Habits to Be Successful

Humans yearn for happiness and success. Some of us associate happiness with success. Author Emily Esfahani Smith delivers a powerful speech at a TED Conference, a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas, titled “There’s more to life than being happy.” In this speech, Smith talks about how our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there is a more fulfilling path?

-Happiness

Smith defines a meaningful life with four pillars: Belonging, Purpose, Transcendence, and Storytelling. Let’s focus on pillar two; purpose. We each define our life purpose uniquely. To some of us, that purpose could be within a job role by serving a purpose within an organization. We can then define this purpose as success, but getting there is no small feat.

In an article published by Inc., “The Keys to Becoming Successful at Anything,” it discusses the idea of forming habits that become routine, thus leading to success. Identify habits that are beneficial to your “Purpose Goal.” The idea behind this tactic is to eliminate the feeling of needing motivation, better known as procrastination. These routines will begin to flow naturally, saving your energy for situations where it is truly needed.

You need motivation to kick start these ideas, but once you get started, you’re on your way to leading a meaningful and success life. You’re unstoppable!

5 Planning Tactics to Avoid a Bad Job Interview

What comes to mind when you think of a job interview? New opportunities and a chance to prove your worth? That’s what we should  think of, however, most of us probably resonate more with sweaty palms, awkward laughter and a long winded response to a simple ice breaker. We’ve all done it, and most of us can joke about it, but that doesn’t erase that awkward uneasy feeling. 

Most of the time, those awkward interviews are after you’ve been out of the “interviewing loop” for awhile. Whether you’re looking to change industries, change locations, reaching for a promotion, or fresh out of college, these five planning tactics will help curb common interview mistakes and assist with calming some of the nerves that come with the experience.

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  1. Review your resume
    It is challenging to keep your resume to one page after you’ve gained substantial experience in your field. This is your moment to showcase the work you have accomplished, but it’s important to trim the fat. Your resume should be tailored to every job you apply for. If you’re applying for your first job out of college, it’s a great idea to include your student involvement and jobs you’ve held throughout the years, but after you get your foot in the door, be sure to remove those items from your resume to make room for your new experiences.

  2. Research the company structure
    A simple Google search will provide you with an advantage in your interview. Aside from doing your homework on what the company is about and the services or products it carries, take a look at the leadership team. How many executives are on the team? Do you know who you are interviewing with? Go a step further and take a look on LinkedIn, you could be surprised to find out that the Human Resources Manager you are interviewing with went to the same college as your brother. Common ground is a great ice breaker and can help steer the direction of the interview to a more relaxed and personal feel.

  3. Prepare for the expected…and the unexpected
    It is impossible to prepare for every question that could be asked in an interview, but it’s good practice to prepare for the typical questions: Tell me a little bit about yourself? Why are you leaving your current role? What challenges did you encounter in your last position? You can also think about some of the one off questions that could be thrown at you: What are strengths/weaknesses? What do you do for fun? If you could have one super power, what would it be? Lastly, don’t forget to be yourself. At the end of the day, you are going to be the person showing up to work everyday. This leads us to our next tactic…

  4. Research the company culture
    Company culture is important knowledge to have. This should be the second time you’re referring to this information. Before even applying for a position you should research the company culture to make sure that they are a good fit for you. This step can be easily missed. We are so concerned with our performance in an interview that we forget this is our chance to interview the company as well. We typically spend about 25% of our weeks at work, so we better make sure it fits our personality and values before making a commitment. Think of a few questions to ask revolving around this idea. It will provide you with good feedback and in turn, will leave a good impression with the interviewer.

  5. Map your route
    Now, this may seem like a no-brainer, but this will help curb your nerves immensely. Before you go to bed, look up where you need be. What time of day are you going? Take that into consideration when determining what route to take. Arrive 15 minutes early, not just because that’s what you are “supposed” to do, but because this too, will calm your nerves. Showing up early gives you the opportunity to center yourself and have a mini pep talk before walking into an interview. Cool, calm, and collected – not hot, frantic, and scatter brained.

These five tactics are all commonsense, and this is not the first time you’ve heard this advice. This is a friendly, motivating reminder that you can, and will, nail your next interview. As Glinda the Good Witch of the South says in The Wizard of Oz, “You’ve always had the power.”

Good luck!