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?
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.
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/.
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!
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
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 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!
Let’s face it: Interviews are stressful. They become even more stressful when you’re thrown a curveball of an interview question. We’ve compiled some of the most bizarre and off the wall interview questions we’ve ever heard. We want to hear yours! Leave a note in the comments below and share your crazy interview stories.
- What type of animal do you most relate with and why?
- Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?
- You’re a new addition to the crayon box, what color would you be and why?
- How does the internet work?
- How many cows are in Canada?
- A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
- What songs best describe your work ethic?
- If you were a pizza delivery man, how would you benefit from scissors?
- Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?
- Do you believe in Bigfoot?
How would you answer the above questions?