NW Staffing Stories: An Interview with Maya Lucas

Last week at a busy coffee shop in downtown Portland, I sat down with Maya Lucas. Maya came to NW Staffing when she was just in middle school, through a community outreach program, Girl’s Inc. and is now a Legal Assistant who was connected to her current position through Legal Northwest, the legal branch of …

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Keys to Explaining Job Hopping To a Hiring Manager

The job search can be a difficult one, especially if you’ve had some bad luck along the way or just haven’t found the place where you want to invest your life. While you’ve probably gained some excellent experience along the journey, job hopping can appear flighty and non-committal to a hiring manager. Remember that hiring …

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Advice on How Body Language Can Make or Break an Interview

Everyone knows that body language is critical during job interviews. It is a form of nonverbal communication that is just as important as the words you say. After you’ve perfected your resume with the right words, qualifications and references, your next step will be the in-person interview. This is when your body language will make …

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Benefits of Taking Temporary Work Assignments

Temp jobs can sometimes feel like a step in the wrong direction in the course of your career. In the past, they have not always been highlighted in the best light but the employment world has gone through some positive changes. More and more companies are keeping their team fluid and adapting to career moves …

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5 Tips For Improving Team Communication

It is critical for your team to communicate well. You want each person to feel comfortable enough to speak their mind, approach other team members and voice their ideas. While communication may seem like a simple task, you can work daily to improve it and improve your overall team dynamic with these 5 tips:  

Keep an …

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Cover Letter Writing Basics

Your resume is edited to perfection, your interview skills are honed, and you’ve mastered the job search keywords; what are you forgetting? Your cover letter. The right cover letter can help you get your foot in the door for an interview, then you’ll have the opportunity to wow them. With a high number of applicants …

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Who Should and Shouldn’t Be Included as References on a Resume

A commonly asked question from job seekers is when they should bring out their references. You want to look your best from the start and if you have stellar references, you’re eager to showcase them. Keep in mind if the job description or email doesn’t ask for them, don’t add them; wait until you’re asked.

When …

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Reasons You Should Check In With Your Recruiter After Your First Day

You got the job, had a great first day and now want to kick up your feet and relax. Before you get too comfy, you should consider checking in with your recruiter. After all, they did help you get the job, they will be eager to know how the day went. Still not sure if …

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When Should You Start Thinking About Staffing Up For Holiday Seasons

Before you know it, the holiday season will be upon us. This means a busy time of year for everyone, including your staff. There will be vacations, social gatherings, holiday parties and family obligations that will take your team away from work. You want to maintain a high quality of service for your customers while …

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Leveraging Professional LinkedIn Groups to Find Jobs

Of all the social media sites available these days, LinkedIn is the top one for professional networking. When used correctly, it can be your best resource for finding a new job and knowing how to leverage the groups will help yield even more solid results. These groups are categorized by job fields, locations, employment type …

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