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Always Looking Forward

December 16, 2014

A lot has changed in 2014. From world news even down to our iPhones doubling in size, we look back and realize just how far we’ve come in these last 12 months. At Sherpa, we’re in the business of looking forward. We strive to anticipate employment market trends and we work toward helping you, our clients and our employee placements, look to the future as well.

As we embark on yet another year, we want to help you set your career path for success in 2015 with a few tips on how to set career goals.

Long-Term Career Goals

As yourself these questions:

  • What do I enjoy doing?
  • What am I good at?
  • What characteristics of a job are important to me?

Once you have an idea of what you like, want or are good at, use those as a starting point for thinking about long-term plans. Consider specific jobs or roles that fit those ideas. If you’re already in a profession or are happy with your career, think about how those answers can help you advance.

Short- Term Career Goals

Ask yourself questions like these:

  • What skills do I need to have in order to achieve my long term goals?
  • What knowledge do I need?
  • What industry should I focus on?

These short term answers are like the Sherpa that helps you climb the mountain. You may not see the end in sight just yet, but you know you’re heading in the right direction.

Tell us, what are some of your 2015 career resolutions?

Thankful

November 14, 2014

As the Thanksgiving season approaches, we’re looking back on the wins of the past year. From placing hundreds employees into excellent jobs to being named one of the Best Places to Work by Charlotte Business Journal, we truly have a lot to be thankful for.

It was truly an honor to be nominated and voted as one of the best places to work in 2014. Next to many exceptional businesses in our area, we’re thankful to have received such a designation. We want to congratulate the other honorees who proudly stood next to us at the CBJ Best Places to Work Awards on November 13th.

For more information on the designation, visit the Charlotte Business Journal online.

Wishing you and your families a happy Thanksgiving.

Tell us, what are you most thankful for?

Volunteering at Charlotte’s Urban Ministry

November 3, 2014

As we enter the season of Thanksgiving, it feels appropriate to share an experience several members of the Sherpa team had last Friday.  Organized by Sherpa’s Kelli Scales and Ashley Brueckner, our team volunteered at Urban Ministry, a Charlotte area outreach organization providing vital services to the homeless.  Specifically, our team participated in Urban Ministry’s daily Soup Kitchen operation, which has been in continuous daily operation since 1979, making it it the largest, oldest Charlotte soup kitchen and the only one that serves a hot, nutritious lunch 365 days a year, with no questions asked.  Our Sherpa’s had the pleasure of working alongside other volunteers and serving others.

Sherpa's Christen, Kelli, Lindsay and Ashley serving others at Urban Ministry on October 31, 2014

Sherpa’s Christen, Kelli, Lindsay and Ashley serving others at Urban Ministry on October 31, 2014

As an organization, Urban Ministry depends on the efforts of countless volunteers.  The Soup Kitchen is just one area of opportunity when it comes to giving back through this wonderful organization.  Of the experience, Randy Gartz, a manager on our IT team noted, “it was clear to me how thankful every person was that others came to serve them a much needed meal in a warm room.”  Going into the holidays and the colder season ahead, consider seeking out opportunities to give back, either through Urban Ministry or through any of the other wonderful charitable organizations we are fortunate to have represented in the Queen City.  To learn more about Urban Ministry and to volunteer/donate, visit them online at http://www.urbanministrycenter.org/.

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Sherpa’s Andrea and Daphne preparing meals along with other volunteers at Urban Ministry on October 31, 2014.

The Best Career Advice

October 14, 2014

Throughout the years, nuggets of wisdom will come across our ears, desks or computer screens. We file them away and recall them when we need them most, but now we’re sharing them with you.

  • “Nothing worth while is ever easy.”
  • “Don’t worry too much. Do what you love and the rest will follow.”
  • “Take care of yourself. Work hard, but don’t burn yourself out.”
  • “Find a position description of your dream job (or make one up if the job doesn’t exist) and change the selection criteria into a ‘to do’ list.”
  • “Don’t settle for a job you’re not passionate about.”
  • “Focus on making a big impact immediately.”
  • “Take risks. Take them early and take them often.”
  • “Leave work when you leave work. Give yourself a break.”

What’s some of the best career advice you ever received? Share them with us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!

How to be More Productive At Work

September 15, 2014

We often find ourselves asking this question, “How can we be more productive at work?” Whether we’re searching for ways to streamline processes, minimize clutter or simply stay-on-task, there are a few tried-and-true methods to employ that will help you increase your output without pulling more time.

  1. Prioritize. First thing each morning, establish your priorities. Organize your time by taking into consideration how much time you’ll need for each task and the best time of day to complete each task.
  2. Establish Routines. Sure, it may sound monotonous, but our brains are wired to execute patterns. Establish routines for your more mundane tasks, such as checking email, responding to requests or archiving projects.
  3. Group Similar Tasks. Say you have two separate projects that require the same or similar task. While you’re in the swing of completing one, go ahead and complete the other. Just don’t get the two mixed up.
  4. Take Breaks. Sounds counter-intuitive, right? Wrong. Complex tasks take a lot of mental effort. Give your brain and body a quick breather so it can come back to the table (or desk) refreshed.
  5. Create a List. Along the same lines of prioritizing, creating a list will help you establish what must get done in your day and helps you visualize your tasks to prioritize them.

What are some strategies you employ to be more productive at work?

The Benefits of Temporary Employment

June 17, 2014

Oftentimes, especially toward the beginning of our careers, we consider a job change. Whether it’s leaving your first job or switching careers altogether, the decision can be a daunting one. What if you don’t enjoy this new career after you switch? What if you make the wrong decision? How do you know whether or not you’ll pick up the necessary skills?

Enter temporary employment.

Working a temporary job enables you to get a feel for what a specific career or business would be like to work in full-time. Here are some other advantages:

-        Temporary employment gets you “in the door” to your dream position.

-        You gain valuable experience that can carry you through to a full time position.

-        Temporary employment builds your professional network.

-        It keeps your skills sharp.

-        It keeps your resume alive.

Have you ever considered temporary employment? Are you looking to try your hand in a new career? We’d love to hear from you. 

Prepping for an Interview

May 14, 2014

Prepping for an interview is a lot like prepping for a test. You need to make sure you study, make sure you get enough sleep and make sure you’re not late. But here are a few other helpful hints to help get you ready for your next interview:

  • Pick out your outfit the night before. You don’t want to be late because your outfit didn’t work or because you couldn’t find the shirt you were looking for.
  • Review your own resume. It’s a no brainer to review the company and the job requirements beforehand, but also brush up on what your resume actually says, so you’re prepared to answer any questions.
  • Practice your verbal and non-verbal communication.
  • Arrive 15 minutes early.

What ways to you prep for an interview? Leave them in the comments below!

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