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Hammering Stereotypes With Gender Diversity in Skilled Trades

It’s no secret that the trades world has been a playground for the boys for, well, pretty much forever. But like an old building that’s due for a revamp, it’s time to tear down those outdated walls. You may have heard that we’re all about change, but really, we’re about opportunity—an opportunity that’s as real and solid as the tools of the trade. So, let’s talk shop about how you fit into the blueprint for progress.

When Trades Were a Boys-Only Club

Rewind a couple of decades, and you’d find a trades scene saturated with men. Women in the trades were as rare as a quiet construction site. From the get-go, girls weren’t encouraged to dream of hammers and hard hats. Career days at school were like peering into a “guys only” club—no girls allowed. But here’s the kicker: the world has been robbing itself of half the population’s potential, and thank goodness times have started to change.

2024-05-31T15:33:48-04:00July 12th, 2024|Employees, Employers|

Why Temporary Employment is on the Rise

Are you noticing a rise in the popularity of temporary employment? You’re not alone! The world of work is constantly evolving, and traditional employment models are giving way to more flexible arrangements. This shift has led to the rise of temporary employment, where workers are hired for short-term projects or to support existing teams. So why is temporary employment on the rise? Let’s break it down.

The Shift in the Job Market

Understanding the Rise of Temporary Employment

The job market is undergoing a transformation, and it’s important to understand the factors driving the rise of temporary employment. One key factor is the changing expectations of both employees and employers. Nowadays, workers value flexibility and seek a better work-life balance. They want to pursue their passions, explore different industries, and have the freedom to work on their own terms.

Employers, on the other hand, are faced with fluctuating market demands. They need

2024-05-31T15:24:42-04:00July 5th, 2024|Employers|

No Diploma? No Problem: Strategies for Job Seekers without a Degree

If you think landing a great job is impossible without a diploma, think again. Here, we’re going to shake up the traditional notions of success and explore strategies for finding employment based on skills, experience, and determination. Who needs a fancy piece of paper when you’ve got fierce determination and a strong work ethic?

Proving Your Worth Beyond a Degree

You’ve got skills, my friend, and it’s time to show them off! Take a moment to identify your transferable skills, those versatile abilities that can be applied across various industries and roles. Think about the times you’ve demonstrated problem-solving, communication, leadership, or organizational skills. Whether it was through a part-time job, a side hustle, or even organizing a community event, these experiences have equipped you with valuable soft skills that employers are looking for.

Getting a degree is like a badge of honor—it shouts to the world you’ve got the smarts and the stamina. It’s proof you

2024-05-31T15:09:47-04:00June 28th, 2024|Employees|

The Three I’s of Hiring: A Guide to Spotting Top Talent

We all know that building a high-performing team is no easy feat. It requires a keen eye, an instinct for spotting potential, and a knack for uncovering those diamonds in the rough. That’s where the Three I’s of Hiring come into play: Integrity, Intensity, and Intentionality. These essential qualities can make all the difference in finding that perfect match for your company. 

Understanding the Three I’s: Integrity, Intensity, and Intentionality

Integrity goes beyond the usual do’s and don’ts of ethical behavior. It’s about finding candidates who not only talk the talk but walk the walk. Look for individuals who have a track record of honesty, reliability, and strong moral principles. A person with integrity is like a compass, always pointing in the right direction.

Intensity is the fire in the belly that drives success. It’s that unwavering passion and drive to go above and beyond. Look for candidates who have a hunger for achievement, a relentless

2024-05-31T15:16:58-04:00June 28th, 2024|Employers|

From Wi-Fi to Work Boots: Gen Z’s Journey into the Trades

Hey, Gen Z! Let’s dive into something that may have been on your mind lately – why are some of you shrugging off the typical college route? Well, it turns out that Millennials have degrees coming out of their ears (thanks to those Baby Boomer parents with dreams of a better life), but many of you are embracing a sea of DIY knowledge, learning everything from YouTube. Sure, maybe you’re the generation with the fewest diplomas, but knowledge isn’t all about that piece of paper, right? Unfortunately, not having that “formal education” stamp of approval can make landing a good job harder than chewing on a lawbreaker. That’s where skilled trades come in. 

The Monkey-See-Monkey-Do Generation

Let’s take a closer look at your generation, the “show me first, then I’ll show you” crew. From TikTok dances to DIY skincare, if it’s not on the screen, does it even exist? But what if you had toy tools instead of toy

2024-05-31T14:58:38-04:00June 14th, 2024|Uncategorized|

Integrity, Intensity, and Intentionality: Cornerstones of Exceptional Employees

In the modern workplace, where competition is fierce and the demand for high-quality performance is relentless, certain character traits stand out as essential for finding and nurturing employees who will contribute meaningfully. Among these traits, integrity, intensity, and intentionality emerge as three of the pivotal characteristics for the makeup of a good employee. Understanding and prioritizing these three traits can significantly enhance an organization’s ability to attract, develop, and retain top talent. Drawing on the insights of renowned authors like Steven Covey, Patrick Lencioni, and Gino Wickman, let’s dive into the definitions of these traits and explore their critical importance in the workplace.

Defining Integrity, Intensity, and Intentionality

**Integrity** is often considered the bedrock of personal and professional ethics. It refers to the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. In his seminal work, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” Steven Covey emphasizes integrity as a fundamental principle that underpins trustworthiness and reliability. Covey asserts that integrity involves

2024-06-07T15:00:34-04:00June 7th, 2024|Employers, Hiring|

Trading Job Flexibility for Stability During Tough Economic Times

Let’s dive into an important topic that impacts many of us: job stability in today’s economy. In a world that glorifies flexibility, it’s time to explore the often-overlooked advantages of good ol’ fashioned job stability.

The Importance of Job Stability

Listen, I know we live in an era where freedom and flexibility are held up on a pedestal. We’re bombarded with messages telling us to pursue our passions, work when and where we want, and embrace the gig economy like it’s the key to eternal happiness. But here’s the reality: job stability is the backbone of a thriving career in the modern world.

In a constantly fluctuating economy, having a stable job provides you with a solid foundation for growth and financial security. It’s like constructing a sturdy house on solid ground instead of building a treehouse in a turbulent forest. With job stability, you can plan for your future, confidently pay the bills, and even

2024-05-31T14:45:48-04:00June 7th, 2024|Employees, Employers|

The Skilled Trades Renaissance

In this fast-paced world where traditional career paths are being flipped on their heads, it’s time we bring the spotlight to the skilled trades. These professions, long overlooked and undervalued, are now emerging as the gateways to a world of endless possibilities. From welding and carpentry to plumbing and electrical work, skilled trades professionals are the backbone of society, shaping the world we live in with their hands-on expertise. So, let’s dive into why embracing the skilled trades is not just a practical choice but an exhilarating one in today’s changing job market.

The Foundation for a Brighter Future

When it comes to trades, we’re not just talking about jobs that pay the bills (even though they do that just fine). No, we’re talking about building a solid foundation for a brighter future. The skilled trades offer something that no textbook or lecture hall can provide: tangible skills, real-world experience, and the satisfaction of knowing that your work makes

2024-05-31T14:37:04-04:00May 31st, 2024|Employees, Employers, Uncategorized|

Teething on Transportation


Bridging the Gap Between Stereotypes and Reality

Growing up with a grandfather who was a driver and a father who owns a driver agency, the concept of the transportation industry was ingrained in my world from an early age. However, reconciling my love for my pink fluffy wardrobe room with a desire to obtain an AZ license or balancing perfectly manicured nails with owning an agency that helps people hire drivers myself might seem contradictory. How does one straddle these seemingly opposing worlds?
In my opinion, it all boils down to education and awareness. 

From an outsider’s perspective, the transportation industry can appear intimidating. Stereotypes often paint a grim picture, associating it with steel-toed boots, lot lizards, and the horrific scenes of Final Destination 2. This skewed perception doesn’t do justice to the dedication and hard work of our drivers. It fails to acknowledge that the food on our dinner tables, the packages we receive, and the products we enjoy wouldn’t be

2023-12-15T16:09:01-05:00December 15th, 2023|Employees, Employers, Job Seekers|

Embracing the Fall Rhythm: The Power of Scheduling for a Balanced Life

Introduction

As the days grow shorter and the leaves begin to paint the landscape in hues of amber and gold, it’s a clear sign that fall is upon us. This season marks a time of transition, not just in nature, but also in our daily lives. For parents, it’s the return of school routines, and for many professionals, work tends to pick up as we inch closer to the end of the year. With the busy winter season looming ahead, now is the perfect time to delve into the importance of a well-structured schedule, not only for managing the chaos but also for safeguarding our mental wellness.

Back to School: A Chance for Parents to Reset

The start of a new school year brings with it a sense of renewal – a chance for parents to reset their routines and embrace the structure that comes with school schedules. During the carefree days of summer,

2023-08-31T13:13:55-04:00August 31st, 2023|Employees, Employment, Job Seekers|
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