Transitioning from College to The Real World

September 23rd, 2013

For the past four years the end of summer used to be a celebration. A celebration of the great times boating on long afternoons, playing golf, and sitting around a campfire, yes, but also excitement for the upcoming school year. I couldn’t wait to go watch my beloved Michigan State Spartans take the field for the new football season that was upon us, reunite with old friends, and finally take some courses that I was actually interested in.

This year is different. For the first time in the last 18 years of my life, I’m not heading back to school. Rather, I’m embarking on a new journey into the workplace. So today, I’m here to tell you how I cope and also find excitement by making this new experience something fresh and enjoyable.

Engage with Your Coworkers

Make the office fun by livening up the place. Have fun with coworkers and spend time … Read More

Top 10 Ways to Annoy a Recruiter

June 19th, 2013

Once you apply to a position, your resume will likely land on the desk of a recruiter. It’s important to know how to work with recruiters because they can be a powerful ally in helping you land your dream job. On the flip side, they can also prevent you from being considered for a position all together.

Therefore, you want a recruiter “in your corner”. This person could become instrumental in opening the door to your dream job and greatly improving the quality of life for you and your family. That said, it is imperative to NOT annoy your recruiter and here are the top 10 annoyances for any recruiter:

1. Applying to Irrelevant Jobs

If you apply for jobs that you are not qualified for or which are not relevant to your resume, you risk getting yourself black-listed, minimizing your future job seeking efforts with that company.

2. Exaggerating Qualifications on a Resume

It … Read More

Using Golf in Business

May 1st, 2013

With the spring golf season upon us, opportunities to use golf in the workplace are also fast approaching. Business golf, although similar to a round with friends, has a few key differences. The intent is to establish these differences and ultimately enable you to land the job, close the deal, or build the foundations of a positive business relationship. Now, I don’t believe that creating a rulebook to follow on the course would be effective because each time out is a little different. Instead, I’ve decided to talk about one of my own successful rounds of business golf while providing a few ideas that helped me.

Research is Key

It is important to have a plan and do your homework before hitting the links. In my particular case, I was going to the course just to pick up a friend from a golf outing. However, I knew that there would be potential … Read More

Common Mistakes with the I-9 Form and How to Fix Them

March 20th, 2013

Form I-9 is undoubtedly one of the most important forms relating to employment. Its purpose is to confirm an employee’s eligibility to work in the United States. Although this Form is not difficult to complete or retain, there are several common errors that can occur and lead to potential fines and penalties. Luckily, there are many ways to avoid these pratfalls, which are discussed below.

In my position as Compliance Manager at CrossFire Group, I have found that the most common mistakes are found in Section 2, which is the section the employer representative must complete and sign. It is important that your internal staff is well educated on the Form and how it is to be completed. Conduct routine training sessions to keep your staff abreast of any changes that have been made as well as to refresh them on how to complete … Read More