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Thirty-eight years ago the first cellphone call was made, and since then we have witnessed how cellphones have transformed the way we go through life. Cellphones used to be for the elite top executives, and now they’re a must have for everyone. Just as cellphones have evolved, the way we use them has too. Are we overwhelmed, distracted, or using mobile phone productively?

Cellphones are a communication tool, and we don’t use them just to make phone calls to clients or candidates. Checking e-mails and replying is a great way to stay informed when you’re out and away from a computer. What’s easier than writing and sending e-mail? Texting. One text [160 characters] to reach a client to let them know you’re on your way or any last minute changes. Today people feel more comfortable sending out a text than making a call. Office employees used to worry about developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), but now we also worry about developing BlackBerry thumb (even for those not using BlackBerry phones).

The on-the-g0 business person also benefits from mobile applications. Mobile applications they have become a helpful tool when navigating through traffic (or avoiding it with traffic and GPS applications), and getting to your destination. Available on the app store you may find applications that help you keep track of lunches, organize clients, shipments, and stay in touch on social networking sites. Moreover, in a previous post we mentioned that there are helpful applications for job seekers just by going to the app store and searching “jobs” you get over 25 results–most of which are available for free.

According to a survey released last September, “1 in 4 U.S. Adults Now Use Mobile Apps” in the two years since the development of mobile applications the most downloaded applications are games.

So do you have the applications on your mobile device that are productive or counterproductive?


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The essential purpose of an evaluation is to assess the employee’s overall effectiveness in regards to the organizations goals and objectives for the month, quarter, and/or year. Along the same lines, it is designed to assure the company they have right people working for them. As a result, an organization is able to control their company by measuring its success and failures based on the results.


Although the performance review is used mainly by superiors, the person being reviewed benefits from the review as well. Depending on how the review is done, the results may cause the employee to feel feelings of accomplishment, personal growth, and self-worth. Similarly, reviews with unexpected results reflect poorly on the salesperson self-worth. It is important for each individual to take responsibility for his or her transgressions or failure to meet the organization’s goals and objectives. A great review can lead to promotions, bonuses, you name it! You take control of your own career when you transcend your supervisor’s expectations.


Those who oppose performance reviews argue that they are flawed. They may believe that their review has some biases. Issues with co-workers or team, for example, may be a reason to fear what they have to say in regards to your work ethic although you feel you have done the best you can. Another reason to fear evaluations is related to the fear of being fired. Donald Trump does it for entertainment, but when your boss does it.. it’s strictly business.

It is what it is…

Every member of the organization should be reviewed in order to ensure success, improve and continue to innovate. During a tough economy evaluations become more significant to managers because as Jim Collins would say you want to have the “right people on the bus, and the wrong people off the bus.”

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As we enter the fourth quarter of the fiscal year, you can imagine the hustle and bustle to meet deadlines, finish projects, and spend money. Businesses want to complete these tasks and they need all the help they can get.

The fourth quarter arrives, and all you can do is think to yourself,”the year is almost over, what did I do this whole time?”  You might need a reminder of the organizational goals that were set at the beginning of the year. As a result, employers and employees–alike–are motivated to before the new fiscal year begins.  

Each department within the organization is looking to meet their year goals, but might not have enough man power to get there. According to the Vault, “temp jobs are surging.” That is to say that some companies may be unsure about the future, so they tend to want to hire temporary, part-time or contract employees instead of full-time. Job seekers benefit from situations like these, as more opportunities become available from temporary to full-time.

 As a job seeker you should have an updated résumé ready to submit, and your eyes on social media vehicles. Post your résumé on websites. I have placed a screen shot of what it should look like on the home page. This gives you the opportunity to be noticed by recruiters who browse résumés for potential candidates.

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The majority of you are looking for full-time positions. During these times, it’s easier to find contract positions open. As you look through websites like Dice, CareerBuilder, Monster, and Pro-Tem Solutions.com you can adjust your search options. If you’re looking for only full-time positions you can click that option or you can include contract positions as well. However, you will notice that in these economic times companies have contract positions available. Why is that? Companies need candidates that can meet the goals they have that quarter or for the next few quarters (short-term and long-term).

Some companies see contract positions as a trial period, and here at Pro-Tem Solutions we see many contract employees get hired for full-time positions. If that doesn’t convince you to try a contract position, we provide the following benefits for contract employees:

  • 401k Plan
  • Individual Health Plan Administration
  • Direct Deposit
  • Employee Recognition Bonuses

In this economy and if you are unemployed don’t miss out on the opportunity of learning and working with new people. We would love to read your stories about getting hired as a contract employee and how that went. Leave a comment below!

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As businessmen and women we understand that it’s a competitive business environment. Approaching people and introducing yourself–it may be at a networking event–is the first step; but,  how do you stand out from the crowd? You stand out if you offer something the other guy doesn’t like playing golf.

To those that are unfamiliar with the game, I would strongly suggest taking a few lessons. I have taken a course on the golf basics, and before that the closest I had been to a golf club was playing golf on my Nintendo Wii. After taking that course, I learned the proper way to hold a golf club, the rules of the game and I’ve been able to play with people double my age.

No matter how young or how old, do not be intimidated. The importance of playing golf is getting to know the person/client. Of course you’re there on business, but don’t focus on that. So, what should you talk about? Almost anything. While your playing you can get to know them on a personal level by talking about plans for the weekend, traveling, and family. I still feel new to playing business golf, but Brad Wingers our Sr. Account Manager here at Pro-Tem Solutions, told me about the unwritten rule on the appropriate time to bring up business. He says, “vendors typically wait until the 13th hole” to talk business. That is to say that if you, as the seller, bring up business before the 9th hole it defeats the purpose of getting to know them. However, if they bring it up first it is okay.

Business golf is supposed to be a way to network that feels more natural and enjoyable. Although it is fun to talk, remember to avoid talking when they’re getting ready to swing. There are other rules and things you should avoid doing will learn by taking a golf class or clinic. Women should especially try this. There aren’t that many female golfers and there’s probably fewer business golfers. As a result, those that do play golf stand out. This will only lead to better networking opportunities. Who knows you might even get a promotion because your boss will get to know you better!

Oh and before I forget… Here’s another tip when playing business golf: Play the course not your friends.

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Job Growth in 2010    

Not a day goes by that we don’t hear or read about jobs. Most of those reports have been of job losses for months now; however, recent reports have been promising. According to U.S. Department of Labor, the current job market has been growing.    

THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION – APRIL 2010 (http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf)


One of the leading indicators that the market is on the rise from temporary job postings to full-time jobs. Online job sites like CareerBuilder and Dice predict this hiring trend to continue.    

Pro-Tem Solutions, Inc. offers staffing solutions for our clients with contract (long or short-term),  contract to hire, and full-time positions by filling them with the right people. In correlation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Pro-Tem Solutions has experienced this job growth.  We have been busy posting new jobs for our candidates as well as connecting them with the right client in the professional fields Pro-Tem Solutions specializes.    

Successful Ways to Approach Today’s Growing Job Market    

1) Find a Recruiter    

  • Recruiters work directly with line managers.

  • They offer consulting and will prepare you

2) Research the Recruiter    

  • Find them on LinkedIn
  • Read their recommendations
  • Look for their field of specialization (e.g. Finance, Accounting, and IT)

3) Prepare    

  • First impressions matter to recruiters.
  • Phone interviews are just as important as any other, so don’t take them lightly. Try to find a quiet place to take their calls.
  • Don’t forget to LISTEN. 

Pro-Tem Solutions will help you whether you are a candidate looking for a job or a client looking for the right candidate. You can find us on LinkedIn, find one of our many talented recruiters, as well as many more career insights.

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