America Gets Back To Work

Last night President Obama outlined his plan to get America back to work with various infrastructure projects, tax breaks for businesses that hire and other incentives to get businesses back to hiring.  That’s great news for those of us looking for a job or a career change!  I think it is important that the President not only wants to get people working again, but also ensuring those who are working are getting a fair wage.  The economy won’t improve until we all have money in our pockets that we can spend on things other than reducing our debt or buying necessities.  We can only hope that the jobs bill is approved and implemented quickly because as the President indicated – we don’t have 14 months to wait for things to improve.

NightOwlStaffing is standing by to match workers of all shifts with employers who need those workers.  We encourage businesses of all types to post their free job ads on NightOwlStaffing.com.  Your membership is totally free and so are your job postings – including links, logos and media.

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When Is a Picture Not Worth a Thousand Words

I wondered if a person should include a picture on their resume so I did a quick Google search and I found my answer very quickly.  The short answer is “no”.  In fact including your picture could disqualify you immediately because of the potential of lawsuits that could arise if it can be proven that one candidate was chosen simply on their appearance.  However it may be relevant to include a picture with your resume if you are applying for a job that requires a certain type of person – like a modeling  job or entertainer.

This got me thinking about whether it is appropriate to include your picture on an online job board such as NightOwlStaffing.com.  In fact we provide the ability to load your personal picture and many candidates choose to do so.  I can only speak on my personal opinion, but in most cases I think it would be OK.  An online job site is a little different than submitting your resume for a particular job.  With Job boards such as ours, if you apply for the job online – the resume goes to the employer but the picture stays on the site.  Only those employers who are on our site looking at employee profiles will see those pictures and I believe they intend to do so.  Anything you can include in your online profile that might help you get the interview should be there.  But, you should realize that including a picture is a 50/50 deal.  Your picture might sell you or sell you out.  If the employer likes what they see you have an added advantage.  If not you may be unduly disqualified despite your accomplishments.

My advice is that if you choose to include a picture in your on-line profile, make sure it is a good one.  You should be appropriately dressed in business attire (appropriate for the job you are seeking) and appear as if you are ready for your interview.  Your profile should indicate that you are ready for the job – not the beach, a ball game, or a night on the town.  There is a saying that you never get a second chance to make a first impression.  With that in mind, make sure your picture is recent and that the person that shows up for the interview isn’t someone 20 years older and 20 lbs heavier.  That might be interpreted as a misrepresentation or dishonesty.

Let me just reiterate that these are my personal opinions.  A professional job counselor may have a different opinion on the topic .  Do your own research and use your best judgment.  Don’t forget to smile!

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Employers Take Note!

Employers – did you know that it’s difficult for job seekers to find your second and third shift jobs on other job sites?  That’s because job seekers want to look for jobs based on the position they are looking for and not the shift.  Typical job sites are for the 9 – 5 crowd and so the relevant shift is not even listed on most sites.  In order for us to find your after hours jobs we need to search on the exact words you listed in the job description.  Did you use 2nd, second, evening or some other variation?  If it doesn’t match what we searched for your job goes unnoticed.

That’s the whole concept behind NightOwlStaffing.com.  Our job listings are already sorted by shift and as we grow our search process will be refined so that people who are looking for a particular shift will find the jobs they seek.  Putting your free ad on our site practically guarantees it will be seen by the job seekers who are willing to work your late shift jobs.

Don’t let your valuable job posts go unnoticed – post them for free now on the NightOwl!

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NightOwlStaffing.com – What’s it all about?

Welcome to the NightOwlStaffing.com Blog!  This blog will keep you updated on what’s going on in the job market – after 5pm.  You might be asking yourself with all the job sites out there right now – why NightOwlStaffing.com?  The following recent PR article explains how the idea of an after-hours job site came to be and how it can work for you.

The following is reprinted:

A new job site has hit the web – and it’s not your ordinary monster.  This one is for the night owls!  Dennis Becker of Fort Lauderdale has just launched a niche job website at http://www.nightowlstaffing.com.  The idea was conceived after Mr. Becker decided to leave his 2nd shift job of 13 years in a very difficult economy to pursue his dream of a cross country bicycle ride from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Seattle Washington. “I’ve never been a morning person” recalls Dennis “and I feared it might be difficult to secure another 2nd shift job in the IT profession.  The problem is that most job sites cater to the 9 – 5 work schedule and so a person interested in working after hours uses their key search terms to find their desired shift and not their desired job.  That can limit productive search results”.

Dennis imagined a site where jobs were listed specifically for evening and nighttime shifts – virtually eliminating that part of the search.  Now you can focus on the type of job you want which results in a much more productive search.  NightOwlStaffing.com is exactly that site – and it is totally free for both employers and job seekers.

Commerce doesn’t stop at 5pm and there are a lot of job opportunities available in many fields including Manufacturing, Airports, Hospitals, Call Centers, Service Industry Security, IT and many more.  Working non-standard shifts has many benefits as explained by Mr. Becker.  “I call it – not living with the masses.  I go to the grocery store, gym, bank, etc. when everyone else isn’t.  Plus, most companies will pay more for people willing to work after hour schedules.”

Dennis was lucky and did find another 2nd shift job in the IT field.  Now he hopes NightOwlStaffing.com will help other people secure their after hours jobs as well.  Businesses are encouraged to post their later shift jobs on NightOwlStaffing.com  (including logos and links).  Job seekers should post their resumes now to get a head start.  Signing up is easy, fast and best of all – totally free.

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