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Beat the Blues!

Monday Blue!

 

Is it Sunday evening and are you already dreading the next day? Don’t feel like getting out of bed on Monday? Do you feel the need to eliminate Mondays altogether? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you are now a platinum member of the Monday Blues Club. However, if you are like me, you don’t really want to be a part of it. Below are a few tips that will help you change your outlook towards Mondays.

You Can Do It!

Before reading these simple tips you need to believe in yourself. Also take some time and determine whether it truly is a case of “Monday Blues” or some other serious issue which is bothering you.

1) “Problem Identification” equates to “Problem Resolution”: Do some self-analysis. Identifying the problem that makes you less than enthusiastic about work is the first step towards resolving it. These issues can range from personal to professional; your work might not be challenging enough, you might not like the people you are working with or you might have a health condition that needs to be taken care of.

2) Weekends are for relaxing: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”; after working for a week your body as well as your mind needs a little rest and relaxation. Enjoy your weekends. Try not to take work home. Spend some quality time with your family and friends. Pursue a hobby. Sleep well over the weekend to rejuvenate your body and mind. A well spent weekend is a great start to an upcoming week.

3) Dress up & show up: Mondays are the start of an exciting new week. Pick your favorite outfit. When you look good, you feel good and when you feel good you do great work. Looking good also helps you stay confident and face challenges with grace and vigor.

4) Have a Plan: Before you leave for the weekend, take a few minutes at the end of the day to make a To Do list. Prioritize the list based on deadlines, interest level and difficulty. If you have a plan for Monday before you leave for Friday, you can enjoy your time off, knowing what needs to get done on Monday.

5) Schedule Light: Getting to work with a smile will be harder if you know you have a pile of files to look at or a number of meetings to attend on Monday. Schedule light on Mondays and give some time for your brain to transition from weekend mode to work mode. Do not procrastinate on Fridays; be as productive as possible. This ensures you aren’t worrying about work all weekend and allows you to get a fresh start on Mondays.

6) Have fun at work: Work needs to be interesting and something you look forward to. Maintain a healthy and fun atmosphere at your work place. You can enjoy a cup of coffee, stop by for a short chat with colleagues, or spend a few minutes organizing or decorating your workplace. You can also choose to work on something that you absolutely love and find engrossing first thing Monday. The bottom-line is to have fun at work.

7) Have a post-work plan: We all plan for weekends and that makes the weekend exciting and much awaited. Have a post-work plan on Monday like meeting a friend for dinner or a yoga class. It will help you stay enthusiastic throughout the day.

8) Attitude at work: Do what you love and enjoy your work. If you are not very enthusiastic or passionate about your work you need to check whether you are on the right career track.

9) Check your Mental Health: This is the most important thing you should do if you are a part of this club. Mental health is something which we usually ignore, knowing very well that we shouldn’t. If you are fighting any kind of mental health problem like depression, you will not feel enthusiastic about anything in life. Consulting a doctor or therapist might help.

10) Pack a Happy Lunch: If you feel that you do not have anything to feel happy about at your workplace, pack yourself a happy lunch – something you love eating. It will do wonders for your day. Start your day with a good breakfast and include healthy food like fruits. It is hard to be positive if you are starving or feeling under-nourished.

Mondays are not as dreadful as we think. It is usually a mental-block, self-orchestrated by us. Work because you want to, not because you have to. Mondays won’t trouble you if you don’t let them. Your thoughts are powerful, so create those that are helpful. A good start will help lay a solid foundation for the rest of the week.

Happy Monday! :)

Tips for Creating a Winning Resume

Any job search starts with the resume. Creating a resume convincing enough to get an interview invite is the prime motivation here. Employers generally use the resume to separate the wheat from the chaff. So even if you are a rock star at whatever you do, a badly written resume will be passed up by a recruiter without a second glance. The tips mentioned below will provide more direction to your resume writing process and help you charm your potential employers.

Essentials for an Effective Resume

A good resume creates an accurate mental picture of your accomplishments and advocates on your behalf to the hiring manager or recruiter.

Content: Thoroughly analyze what the prospective employer is looking for and frame your resume and its contents accordingly. Your resume should not be a laundry list of all your job duties but should rather consist of accomplishments which are directly relevant to the employer. It is also advisable to follow reverse chronological order while detailing your educational qualifications and work experience. Never leave out basic information such as name and contact details.

Use action words to describe your achievements as they convey what you “did” rather than what your duties “were”. Words like prepared, managed etc. help you leave a good impression on the employer as they convey proactive behavior and ownership.

Customize your resume according to your audience, especially if you are making a career switch. Ensure the resume will be understood by the person reading it. Avoid jargon and grandiose language. A thesaurus should not be required to follow your resume!

Keywords: It is not practical for a recruiter to review each and every resume submitted on job portals. They might perform resume searches using specific keywords to find the appropriate candidate for any job opening. Using keywords to make sure that your resume is not missed in any of the resume search techniques is imperative. You can select these keywords off the job postings and use them in your resume.

Authenticity: Honesty is always the best policy. Tempted as you might be to embellish your accomplishments, more often than not, hiring managers are adept at uncovering these misrepresentations. Most companies have a procedure in place to perform background checks on all the new hires. Even if you get hired by fabricating information on your resume, it will most likely be discovered later. Refrain from any unethical behavior.

Format:  Be consistent with font and formatting and ensure that your resume is easily readable. Use adequate whitespace. You can choose to design your resume using professional formats available online. However, unless you are applying for a job as a designer, keep in mind that overly decorative resumes are distracting and usually frowned upon.

Keep your resume as short as possible. The length should not exceed two (2) pages under any circumstance. Do not ramble.

Proof-reading: Once you have drafted your resume, proof-read to check for content, spelling, grammar and formatting. If possible, it is always a good idea to have a second pair of eyes review your resume. A typing mistake might not seem like a big slip-up but it might end up being a deal breaker. Recruiters might use such criteria to choose one candidate over another when both candidates are equally qualified. It is better to be safe than sorry.

After completing your resume the next step is to apply for jobs. Check your resume each time you apply for a new job. Modify your resume according to your prospective employer’s needs. Submit your resume on job portals and keep them updated. You have to advertise yourself, so use as many resources as you have. Your social networking will come into play now. Keep your friends updated about your job requirements. Mail your resume to all those who can help you with the job search. Once you market yourself with the right strategy your chances of getting an interview invite increases.

Resume writing and submission is the first step towards your desired success. Why not create a first impression that reflects your worth.

 

Acro Gives Back: A Holiday Food Drive

Acro’s Livonia Staff proudly banded together in celebration of Thanksgiving to raise funds and collect food for a local food bank, Gleaners Food Bank.  Acro’s Happening Committee wanted to find a way to give back to the community while getting in the holiday spirit, and this was a perfect fit for everyone in the company.

The Happening Committee was founded in the Finance Department to create fun and engaging events for their team and the rest of Acro.  They often focus on events that better the community, including a very successful School Supply Drive held in August.  The Committee is one of the many elements that makes Acro a great place to work.  We are so thankful for their contributions here and in the community.

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Acro’s Happening Committee: (L to R) Barb Carpenter, Cathy Buhnerkemper, Jenny Perry, Wendy Scott, LaShaunda Scott, Heather Lovern, Mary Fonseca, Bill Rowland

 

Nearly all of Acro’s Corporate employees participated by bringing in canned goods, boxed foods, personal items, and donating money.  Together, Acro collected several hundred food items and raised about $300.  Acro was thrilled to see the amazing participation from our Corporate Headquarter employees.

Acro also announced that it would match donations – which doubled our contribution to Gleaners Food Bank!  It was a great event and a great reminder that giving back to the community is always worth the while.

If you are interested in contributing to Gleaners Food Bank or hosting a food drive you can read the Gleaners’ FAQ document and contact Gleaners here.  For more information, visit www.gcfb.org.

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An Overview of Acro’s MSP Services

TechnologyThe Managed Service Providers (MSP) and Vendor Management Systems (VMS) market trends were on the rise in 2012. While the overall market is on the rise some companies are flourishing as others falter.  As we have entered the 21st century the workforce is becoming more specialized and thus standards are increasing.  What separates companies in the staffing industry leads to the gap between success and failure.  MSP’s that provide VMS services seem to have the upper hand.  Kent Stastny, Vice President of MSP Client Solutions for Acro Service Corporation, has been in the staffing industry for 35 years, and more specifically, in the MSP/VMS market since 1999.  Kent joined Acro Service Corporation in 2011 and shared his thoughts on what he believes makes Acro’s MSP Program one of the best in the industry!

 What is an MSP? Explain Acro’s MSP solutions process?

An MSP is a Business Process Outsourcer (BPO) that manages all processes required to run an enterprise-wide contingent workforce (temporary worker) program.  The MSP manages an Associate Vendor network (sub contractors) to provide the resources required to support the needs of the organization.  The Acro MSP solutions utilize an organization’s present suppliers who agree to be a part of the program and are augmented, as needed, by suppliers from Acro’s extensive network of suppliers that cover all geographies and all labor categories.  Wherever possible, we focus on using suppliers that are local to an organization’s facility.  Read More

Variety Is The Spice: Helping Clients Meet Staffing Diversity Goals

Written By Ron Shahani, President & CEO of Acro Service Corp.

diversity2The U.S. is one of the most diverse nations in the world and minority groups are predicted to become the majority by the middle of this century. This shift promises to affect the business world, making designing and implementing a specific supplier diversity plan (SDP) a necessity to serve the ever-changing customer base better.

Achieving  SDP objectives poses several challenges for many clients, including finding qualified diversity staffing firms.

Staffing suppliers can take advantage of this environment to maximize their opportunities for growth and advancement. Here are some strategies that can help the process. Read More

The Importance of Diversity In The Staffing Industry

diversityGiven the technological advances of the 21st century, businesses are no longer limited when developing a customer base, or their own work force. The ever changing global marketplace is here to stay. As a result, businesses must make a commitment to diversity; as it is absolutely essential to sustaining competitive advantage. 

 Acro’s President and CEO, Ron Shahani, recently shared his insight regarding the importance of diversity in the staffing industry; more specifically, why it’s important for clients to seek diversity suppliers.  According to Shahani, “Customers should always be a top priority.  To retain a well rounded customer base, is equally important as developing a diverse workforce.  We have entered the 21st century; the lines between the majority and minorities are continuing to shift.  To grow as a business and be successful it is important to represent the cultural diversity that reflects your business community and customer base.”  Shahani goes on to say, “the keys for success are having customer-centric business plans and knowing the importance of establishing lasting relationships with clients.”   Read More

Recent Grads Should Consider Contract Employment

gradsAs of May 2013 the unemployment rate was still relatively high at 7.6%, however, contract staffing experienced strong growth with the addition 26,000 jobs added through staffing firms.  In fact, the unemployment rate for Americans ages 25-34 is 8.3%, higher than the national average of 7.6% for the month of May according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Recent grads and young adults in their early 30s do not have the same experience and thus are having a harder time finding jobs.  Acro can help place these young, eager minds into contract positions that can lead to successful careers, yielding future industry leaders! Read More

Acro Offers Opportunities for Recent Graduates

gradsSpring flowers blossom as students march down the aisle to receive their diplomas; this is the time of year where a new crop of adults enter the workforce! Recent grads know how difficult the job market is in today’s economy.  They realize that while they have achieved their academic milestones, most lack the “real world” work experience. 

 Nevertheless, the outlook is promising as employment trends are on the rise, and there is an expectation of a continued increase in hiring.  The industries with the best outlook include: leisure & hospitality, wholesale & retail trade, mining, construction, and professional & business services.   Read More