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Planning For Your Career

Are you currently on assignment or looking for an assignment? Working for a staffing agency is a great way to jump-start your career. Today’s assignment can prepare you for tomorrow’s career. While on assignment, you should consider the following facts to help you plan for your future.

Hone Your Interests

A temporary assignment can help you figure out your interests. Do you like a large office or a smaller office experience? How comfortable do you feel with a heavy work load? Working various assignments can give you exposure to different office environments and help you decide which direction you would like to go into for a long-term career. While working on various assignments, be sure to take notes about your interests and how they could fit into your long-term goals.

Brush Up on Your Skills

Many temporary assignments require for you to have specific experience, but they also allow you to have the opportunity to learn new skills. For example, if you have never worked with Microsoft Outlook’s calendar, but learned how to use it while on assignment, this is something you can add to your resume and body of experience. This will aid how you plan for your career, because you now have more experience.

Write It Out

After you begin planning for your career, you should write out your goals. Often writing goals will help you better achieve them, because you can actually see them. Make a one month, six month, one year, and five year plan for starters. Share your plan with successful individuals who are where you want to be.After making necessary revisions, be sure to often reflect on your plan and take necessary steps to get it done!

Eliminating Staffing Agency Myths

Myth #1: I can only find a one day to a one week assignment with your agency.

False! At Topp Knotch Personnel, we handle three primary types of assignments: temporary placement, contract staffing, and direct hire. Our temporary placement assignments are assignments that are usually more short-term in nature, fulfilling our client’s need for a temporary worker for a set (usually short-term period of time). Our contract positions are agreements between our client for a particular job assignment for an agreed period time (usually long-term). We handle your payroll and benefits as you work for our client company. Our direct hire placement is conducted when a client company is looking for a candidate to begin immediately with a job offer with that company. We send you and you are immediately hired for a long-term, new job.

Myth #2: Making a good impression on my temporary assignment is not important.

False! The phrase “First impressions are lasting impressions” rings true with staffing agencies and temporary assignments. It may be tempting to consider a temporary assignment as something to take lightly, but it is often an opportunity to for future employment. When clients are impressed by our placement, they often call and request that individual for future assignments and also make job offers for those individuals. At Topp Knotch Personnel, we expect our employees to perform their job duties to the best of their ability. For example, no call and no show for an assignment will result in termination.

Myth #3: I will only find a receptionist or clerk position with your agency.

False! At Topp Knotch Personnel, we handle various types of professional staffing from a file clerk up to chief financial officer. Through our employment and screening process, we match you with positions that compliment your experience, skills, and desired assignment.

Myth #4: I will only make minimum wage with your agency.

False! Along with various job positions, we have varying assignments with varying pay scales. Depending on our job position and requirement, most employees find that we offer very competitive wages.

Myth #5: I need extensive training or a degree to be placed on an assignment.

False! At Topp Knotch Personnel, we offer entry-level positions, which require basic office skills, but can be opportunity to gain experience. These positions often do not require training or a degree. Likewise, we also offer positions that require training and degrees.

Myth #6: There are never any jobs.

False! We are constantly hiring new employees for various positions nationwide. With various new job requisitions, your next assignment may be just a call away.

Relieving Work Related Stress

While working on an assignment, it is important to maintain a stress-free work environment. This can be achieved through:

Organization – One of the greatest combatants to stress is organization. When you cannot find the one phone number that you know that you wrote somewhere, your work performance can suffer and consequently caused unnecessary stress. Organization involves planning, which can help you to prepared for future events and diminish stress.

Separate Personal and Professional – At any given time, you may be thinking of everything that you need to do, which can be overwhelming and cause stress. When you walk into your office door in the morning, try to leave your personal issues at the door. Devote yourself to working on the tasks you need to get done in the office instead of thinking of the pile of clothes, dishes, or bills that await you when you get home. Likewise, try to leave your work in the office and devote your off-time to your personal affairs.

Positive Thinking – Often our biggest war is in our perspection of ourselves. Take time to think positive thoughts about your day. If you spend time visualizing yourself failing at your job assignment, this can cause unnecessary stress and anxiety. Instead, imagine yourself being successful and do not rehearse any failures.

Breathe - When you feel overwhelmed and stressed, you should close your eyes and take three consecutive deep breaths to help reduce stress and refocus.

Topp Knotch Personnel’s policy on equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination based on—among other things—race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other protected status or characteristic. This policy applies to recruiting, hiring, transfers, promotions, terminations, compensation, benefits, and all other terms and conditions of employment, and also states that retaliation against any employee who files a complaint regarding possible violations of this policy will not be tolerated. Topp Knotch Personnel is also committed to taking affirmative steps to promote the employment of minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. Every year, Topp Knotch Personnel develops affirmative action programs to support its commitment to equal employment opportunity, consistent with company policy and the company’s obligations as a contractor to the United States government.

Topp Knotch Personnel is an Equal Opportunity Employer — minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity. VEVRAA Federal Contractor

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