Tips for Job Seekers

Employee Tips from The Alpha Group's Staffing Specialist

5 Things to Consider if You Find Yourself Hesitant to Return to Work from Furlough

You were furloughed earlier this year, along with over 33 million other American employees. At first you were disappointed and worried. Then you realized, due to the CARES Act, you are making more money while collecting unemployment than you were when you actually worked. If you have children in daycare you've also decreased your expenses by not having to pay childcare - since they're home with you now. You're thinking, "This isn't so bad!"

Then you receive the email or phone call from your employer. They're ready to open back up and need you to return to work. Instead of being excited about going back, you find yourself trying to figure out how to delay the return. You're thinking about the money you feel you will "lose" when you return. If you have children at home, you have to arrange and pay for daycare. You may even be nervous, healthwise, to go back - even though you or a family member don't fall into a high-risk category.

WORKING REMOTELY: 5 Tips on Making It Work for You!

You're about to work from home! Are you nervous? Excited? Overwhelmed? Looking forward to it? All of the above?

If you haven't worked remotely before you may wonder how you will balance everything; how you'll stay disciplined and focused. It may take a bit of adjusting your mindset, but it will be worth it. You may even find you have increased production, less office distractions, and time freed-up from no commute.

Protect Your Back While You're at Work

It's the only one you have!

It's Monday morning. My back is aching. I spent Saturday sitting on an airplane, sitting outside in the cold at a sporting event, then sitting on an airplane to fly home. Sunday I cleaned out, organized, and rearranged my home office. Now I sit behind my desk at work typing on my computer. All the lifting, carrying, and moving furniture and items, combined with sitting for long periods of time, took a toll on my back. So it's fitting that I am now writing about protecting your back. Whether it's at work or home, there are several ways to protect your back.

Tips on Writing a Professional Resume

You've been searching for a new job and wonder if your resume needs to be cleaned up a little. You're not sure what to include and not include, what the layout should be, or how to best highlight your skills and accomplishments. Below are a few tips for you to consider as you write or rewrite your resume. 

4 Tips for Holiday Shopping on a Shoestring Budget

Thanksgiving is over. Christmas is only two weeks away. The race to finish your holiday shopping is on! Are you ready? Or do you still have more shopping to do?

Are you trying not to break the bank, while still finding the perfect gifts? Are you working on a shoestring budget? Have no fear - you can still find great gifts and stay within your budget.