Category: Success Tips

  • Success Stories: Get Placed in Your Perfect Position!

    Azael Gesesse had trouble jumpstarting his American Dream. Having moved to the U.S. from Ethiopia, Azael looked to make a better life for himself. But the process of entering the workforce proved overwhelming.

    His early attempts to find a position led him nowhere. He confronted many of the same challenges anyone faces when they first enter a workforce: a thin resume, a skill set that requires improvement, and an underdeveloped professional network. In this way, he resembled anyone searching for their first job just out of school, or someone returning to the workforce after a long absence.

    But in Azael’s case, these shortcomings were magnified by the added difficulties that come with moving to a new country. Together, these factors conspired to make his job search particularly difficult.

    And it seemed as if no one could help. Azael attempted to find positions through other agencies, but he found their processes complex and confusing. Ultimately, these other recruiters were unable to place him in any meaningful assignments.

    Finally, Azael discovered TriStarr.

    TriStarr’s Proven Method for Success

    TriStarr immediately applied its proven recruitment process to match Azael with a position perfectly suited to his situation.

    “TriStarr believed in me,” Azael says. “They guided me throughout ... Read More

  • A Better You: How to Follow in the Footsteps of Successful People

    We often think of our careers as somehow separate from ourselves. As if we leave our true selves at the door when we walk into work.

    But that’s not the way it works. You can’t separate personal development from career development. Becoming a better person helps drive career success. Meanwhile, your professional advancement should come paired with inner growth as well. That’s true work-life balance: the two feeding into each other.

    Successful people realize this fact instinctually. They don’t see the work-life relationship like a teeter-totter, constantly swinging in and out of balance. Instead, they see it as an intertwined thing, like a rope, made stronger by the way the two twist together.

    So, improving your career involves improving yourself. With that in mind, here are four life lessons successful people have learned to achieve both personal and professional growth.

    Build Relationships

    Every business book advises its readers to concentrate on networking. Getting a job and moving up through the corporate ranks are tasks that rely heavily on personal connections. Ultimately, careers are made by people, not by impressive diplomas or by world-changing ideas.

    Early in your career, find mentors who can help you navigate your chosen industry (and maybe show you some life lessons along ... Read More

  • 7 ways to handle friction with co-workers (avoidance is not one of them)

    While some friction in the workplace is to be expected, too much is harmful to everyone involved, particularly if left unresolved. Conflicts between employees disrupt their work and that of colleagues who share the work environment. Ongoing disagreements can affect job performance and even the company’s productivity and bottom line.

    While most U.S. workers report involvement in workplace strife at times, more than a third say they deal with it often or always. In a typical week, employees spend, on average, about three hours handling conflict at work. That’s just 7 percent of the work week, but in terms of productivity, the costs are staggering, resulting in an estimated $360 billion in paid hours.*

    So, what’s causing all this workplace friction? Employees say mainly personality conflicts and warring egos, as well as stress and workloads. These may lead to angry outbursts and insults; nasty, behind-the-back comments; poor communications; procrastination on projects; and more.

    Other than avoiding people who rub us the wrong way—which doesn’t solve and often intensifies the problem—what can we do to resolve conflict at work?

    Try taking these steps to manage conflict with co-workers

    1. Ask yourself why the person bothers you. Be aware of what is setting you off. If dealing with ... Read More
  • Accelerate Your Job Search With a Recruiter

    The search for a new job can dredge up a lot of emotions: anxiety, frustration, confusion, maybe even optimism in your more positive moments. In the darkest times, though, it can feel very lonely.

    Of course, you have a personal support system: friends, family and host of other well-wishers in your life. But, aside from the networking opportunities they provide, they usually can’t provide more than emotional help in the job-search process. You could use something a little more concrete.

    Enter a staffing firm. Nothing builds confidence more than an objective third party to give you advice and help you frame your pitch to employers.

    A recruiter offers a number of advantages over conducting a job search on your own. Here are the top ways a staffing firm will accelerate the process of finding that perfect opportunity:

    One-Stop Shop

    Looking for a job comes with a lot of tedium. Wading through job postings, filling out applications and constantly submitting resumes – the whole process quickly becomes a grind.

    A recruiter provides a shortcut. Once the agency has processed your information, the staffing firm can plug you into any number of their clients. It’s like applying for hundreds of jobs at once, allowing you to focus your ... Read More

  • 7 benefits recruiters offer job seekers in their search

    Transitioning from unemployment or underemployment to a position that’s professionally, personally, and financially fulfilling can be one of life’s most arduous tasks. And while Central Pennsylvania’s tight job market currently favors job seekers, the hunt can lead to undue stress and even burnout when going it alone. As Charlie Kelly facetiously gripes in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: “Why don’t I strap on my job helmet and squeeze down into a job cannon and fire off into jobland?!”

    Job recruitment companies like Tristarr Staffing exist to make that journey out of the “job cannon” and into “jobland” just a little bit easier. We recognize, however, that it can be daunting to take that first step. If you’re on the fence about utilizing recruiting agencies, consider these seven ways executive headhunters help place candidates like you:

    1. They connect you with prospects. A recruitment agency provides unparalleled access to jobs and positions that often aren’t widely advertised online or offline. As more companies search for qualified candidates every day, recruiters typically have knowledge of job openings first. This gives you a competitive edge over those who stick to prowling job boards like Monster and Indeed to secure a new role.
    1. They shepherd the process. ... Read More
  • Wear it right: a Goldilocks approach to dress codes for employees

    Company dress codes run the gamut from very casual to buttoned down, and many in between. So, before accepting an offer for a full-time job, know your prospective employer’s wardrobe requirements, as you will have to adhere to it for 40 hours or more each week.

    If how you are permitted to dress for work is a priority, be familiar with the typical dress expectations for the job you have in mind. “Business,” “business casual” and “casual” dress codes have pronounced differences, and their interpretations may vary somewhat from company to company.

    Many companies permit their staff to dress casually, although some do not allow shorts or jeans, for instance. Others, where employees meet with clients and prospects, may expect staff to adhere to a business dress code. The in-between business casual attire might seem “just right” for many of you, but it isn’t for everyone—not dressy enough for some; too dressy for others.

    Business casual is not just casual

    Many companies have adopted a business casual dress code to let employees be comfortable at work while still projecting a professional image. More than half of surveyed employees prefer more relaxed dress codes, yet many say they’re uncertain at times about the acceptability of an ... Read More

  • What to Wear to Work – How to Dress in the Workplace

    Does adhering to a dress code really matter at work? The answer is yes; what you wear to work can either make or break you. You’ve heard the old adage “Dress for Success” and it is true. Not observing dress guidelines makes you stand out in a bad way. No one wants to be known for wearing ripped and faded jeans, a razorback tee and crocs to work. Remember that humans are inherently visual so if you make an attire mistake it will stick in your coworkers or supervisors minds.

    Navigating the nuances of dressing for success can be hard. To help I’ve compiled a simple list of attire that is appropriate for a casual, business casual, and professional work environments. These are just guidelines so remember to be cognizant of the specific guidelines for your job and your company.

    Guidelines for Casual Attire:

    what to wear to work

    Women

    • Sundress
    • Long skirt or short
    • Jeans or khakis
    • Casual button-down or tee
    • Sneakers, loafers, sandals

    Men

    • Jeans or khakis
    • Casual button-down or tee
    • Sneakers, loafers, sandals
    • Casual button-down or tee
    • Polo shirt

    Guidelines for Business Casual Attire:

    Women

    • Skirt, dresses, khakis or dress slacks
    • Knit shirt, sweater
    • Loafer, heels, dress shoes

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  • Finding Your Niche

    You just graduated and you are being thrust into the big world.nich job wanted sign
    For the past twenty-ish years of your life, it has been planned out for you. You go to school, make good grades, go to college, make good grades, and get an internship. You no longer have your professors or guidance counselors or parents guiding your decisions. You are on your own. This is your wake-up call, you can do what you want, when you want it. Europe, anyone? But after the luster of receiving your diploma has worn off, you begin to realize that the world is open to you and that is a frightening concept (or it was for me at least).

    When I graduated, I thought that I had reached the pinnacle and it would effortless to land my first “real” job in the Public Relations field and I would be so successful that they would promote me to Account Manager and I would be a lifer at that organization. My expectations and my reality collided and my beliefs of effortlessness were put to bed.

    I thought that I had reached the pinnacle and it would ... Read More