3 job search tips for recent college graduates

Implement these three job search tips to avoid the stress that can build after college graduation.

Implement these three job search tips to avoid the stress that can build after college graduation.

Graduating from college can be an overwhelming lifestyle change, but your job search doesn’t have to be.

The job sector for recent college grads hasn’t been this stable since the Great Recession, and according to Marketplace Economy:

  • Engineering graduates will make an average of $63,000 in their first job.
  • The number of hired college graduates will increase by 16 percent through 2015.

The industries hiring the highest number of people right now include:

  • Business and scientific services
  • Finance and insurance
  • Government
  • Information services
  • Manufacturing
  • Non-profits.

If you’re graduating this spring, or recently graduated this winter, implement these three tips into your job search routine.

  1. Create an innovative multimedia portfolio representation of your resume: With all the technological and social advancements made in the past decade, a simple resume on a piece of paper isn’t going to cut it. Employers want to see something different. Many expect an updated online portfolio and website. Others may want to see a short video about yourself and current documentation of past experience in that field. If your resume isn’t different from all the others in their pile, you will be passed over.
  2. Maintain an active and professional online presence: Use social media to your advantage. Make sure you’re utilizing and adding connections on LinkedIn, following those in your field on Twitter and periodically scrolling your Instagram for the latest changes. If you’re not sure if you’d want a potential boss to read a tweet aloud at a meeting, think before you hit send.
  3. Tailor resumes and cover letters to specific jobs: Resumes and cover letters must be specific to the job you are applying for. Generic bullet points and skills that have nothing to do with the position you want will only impede your success.

Also consider taking online training to learn more about the jobs and industries you want to hire into. Mastery.com offers a selection of training courses you can use to supplement your formal education, to make yourself the perfect candidate for the jobs you apply for. Check our the full course catalog here.

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5 reasons to implement social media into employee development programs

Use social media components to your advantage!

Use social media components to your advantage!

Social media is everywhere you look. People are constantly refreshing their Twitter feeds, reloading their Instagram and updating their Tumblr dashboards. Social media can be an asset for your company’s growth and output, if you’re using it the right way. These are just five of the many ways you can use social media in your future employee training program:

  • Check out the competition: To succeed in life, oftentimes the first step is understanding where you stand in relation to where you want to be. Check out what your competition or dream companies are doing on social media. Implement changes or continue what is working best for you.
  • Expand horizons: Using the correct social media tools can change who you interact with. Schedule a virtual meeting space with employees across the globe using Skype or Oovoo. Mobile innovations now allow employees to connect on the move as well, increasing the playing field of social media and overall potential outreach.
  • Increase employee collaboration: According to Tech Republic, using social media can enhance and motivate employee relationships. Using social messaging systems like Google chat can allow employees to ask questions, seek clarification and mingle with ease.
  • Innovate your technology: A multifaceted approach such as videos, written examples and direct demonstrations can expedite the employee development process. The use of social media brings your company into the 21st century as well as your means of production.
  • Retain and attract new generations of employees: Companies spend between $15,00 and $25,000 on time and resources for replacing employees that decide to leave. Attract and retain your millennial workforce with the newest and most efficient means of social media usage.

With Mastery’s VOD platform, employees can access training courses from their mobile devices, and easily switch over to social media apps in order to continue the discussion on what they learned. For more training tips, OSHA news or LMS system innovation continue reading our blog.

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OSHA releases five-part program for combating workplace violence for healthcare and social workers

Health and social care workers are more likely to suffer from workplace violence than other industries.

Health and social care workers are more likely to suffer from workplace violence than other industries.

According to The National Law Review, OSHA has created a five-step program for protecting healthcare and social service workers.

This five-step program consists of:

  1. Management commitment and worker participation: Compliance begins with management. Supervisors should be trained on the signs of factors associated with violence. They then must pass this information along to employees.
  2. Worksite analysis and hazard identification: All employees must work together to assess records, existing procedures and job operations to understand what works and what may need improvement.
  3. Hazard prevention and control: After worksite analysis, employers must take appropriate steps toward prevention and control of hazards. Periodic evaluation and updates of this information should also be made.
  4. Safety and health training: All workers must undergo training in the workplace prevention program and understand what to do in a high-risk setting.
  5. Recordkeeping and program evaluation: OSHA logs on work-related injuries and illnesses, injury reports, violent patient information and other related documents should be studied for evaluation and improvement of chosen plans.

More than 23,000 serious injuries occurred in 2013 due to assaults at work, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. More than 70 percent of these assaults took place in healthcare or social service settings.

According to The Hill, those at the greatest risk for assault include social workers in relation to gang members, those who transport patients and clients, and people with a history of drug and alcohol abuse.

These workers are almost four times more likely as other average private sector workers to be injured due to a workplace assault.

Mastery has a range of courses available for employee training in workplace violence scenarios. Search our catalog for e-learning on workplace violence. Other OSHA-related courses can be found on our website.

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Are you an exceptional leader?

Growing up, everyone wanted to be a leader. Let’s reflect, think back to when you were in elementary school. Everyone wanted to be the leader of the line, to lead your class out to lunch, recess or even art class. Or, how in high school, you may have wanted to be the vice president, president or just hold a position on your student council, lead the popular club or be the captain of a sport team.Blawg-Leadership

Regardless of where you fit in, everyone wants to be a leader. Everyone desires in some point of their lives to be the leader. The one that sets the example for others, walks with integrity, shows empathy, provide confidence and accountability.

Even in the workplace, the desire to be in leadership still resides. Leaders within the workplace are known for leading by example. Just like growing up throughout elementary to high school, employees can still to be in a  position where they can lead others and showcase integrity. Leaders within the workplace display empathy, provide confidence and accountability to others. A great leader within the workplace produces other great leaders.

From courage, effective communication, authenticity and humility, Forbes’ “12 Habits of Exceptional Leaders” shares with readers elements of leadership that will assist them in becoming great leaders within the workplace.genyyoungvsolder

Mastery wants to help your employees become great leaders with our 10 Behaviors of An Ethical Leader course. The course explores how to exhibit honor and reliability within the workplace.

For a complete list of leadership courses by Mastery, click here.

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OSHA: Hospital injuries to go public

"In 2011, hospitals had 6.8 work-related injuries for every 100 employees, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics," said Modern Healthcare.

“In 2011, hospitals had 6.8 work-related injuries for every 100 employees, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,” said Modern Healthcare.

Hospital workplace injuries are more common than the public knows. According to Modern Healthcare, hospital employers don’t have to release information related to injuries and illnesses in the workplace. However, keeping internal records is required.

OSHA is set to finalize a ruling later this year to report work-related illnesses and injuries in hospitals. These reports will then be made public through an online OSHA system that will enable anyone to search a specific work site or agency. The search engine would include:

  • How many injuries and illnesses occur in each place.
  • The title of the affected employee.
  • The circumstances related to each incident.

Hospitals are one of the most hazardous places to be employed. U.S. hospitals recorded 253,700 work-related injuries and illnesses in 2011, OSHA statistics state. Hospital injuries and illnesses are still double the rate of private industries. They are also higher than construction and manufacturing.

The most common hospital worker injuries include (listed most common to least):

  • Sprains and strains
  • Bruises
  • Soreness/pain
  • Fractures
  • Multiple trauma
  • Cuts and punctures

Worker injuries cost an estimated $2 billion per year in worker’s compensation claims.

Injuries outnumber illnesses in this field with 93 percent of the total attributed to them. Hospital fatalities are more rare in comparison to the national scale, though about 24 fatalities do occur each year.

According to OSHA, a “culture of safety” in hospitals has six key elements:

  • Education and training.
  • Employee participation.
  • Hazard identification and assessment.
  • Hazard prevention and control.
  • Management leadership.
  • Program evaluation and improvement.

Although hospitals are not required to keep a record of “near misses” or almost accidents, implementing such an initiative could be one way to track what exactly is causing harm to employees.

For more OSHA compliance information and training featuring the healthcare environment visit the Mastery Technologies website.

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Developing different mediums of employee training

Employee training can be even more effective when aided by videos and other visual materials.

Employee training can be even more effective when aided by videos and other visual materials.

Video tutorials and directions can enhance your employee workforce. When an employee is first hired, oftentimes the training process involves a lot of necessary information over a short amount of time. Help your employee learn as much as they can in the most efficient manner possible by implementing varied training methods. Check out the following three employee development ideas for a lasting mark in a business training solution.

Aid in all types of learning dynamics: Not everyone learns in the same way. Some people need actual demonstrations, while others can read about them or listen to them being done. If you only use one type of teaching method to educate employees you may be impeding learning experiences that are vital to the job. Videos are just one of many teaching devices you can use.

Efficient onboarding experience: According to Training Magazine, creating brief videos can make information easier to “digest.” These videos can stand alone or be accompanied by statistics. A video can be replayed if an employee needs a refresher. It can also be reevaluated for missing information or new information at any time.

Mobile education: Sixty-five percent of people learn best through visual means, said Farm Futures. If you have employees spread across a vast area, consider using videos to train workers. This will guarantee workers are given the same information, in the same format. It will also save money as managers and other leadership members will not have to visit each place separately to train. In this age of technology mobile training and recruiting is key.

If you are interested in implementing video training, consult Mastery for the latest and most convenient video-based, e-learning courses.

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OSHA data release: Injured workers forced to handle rising cost of treatment

Preventing worker injuries is the main component of stopping worker inequality for employees.

Preventing worker injuries is the main component of stopping worker inequality for employees.

Who will help you if you’re hurt on the job? What happens if you lose a limb, fall off a work area or burn yourself with chemicals? Recently released data points to you, the worker, as the main source for bill coverage and money issues during this time.

Workers are forced to pay for 50 percent of workplace injuries out-of-pocket, according to OSHA. The other 50 percent is split between worker’s compensation, federal, state and local governments as well as private health insurance claims. Worker’s compensation pays only 21 percent of costs.

More than 30 states have made cuts to worker’s comp benefits, said ProPublica. Many states have different rules concerning each type of injury. The compensation or time off of work will vary depending on where you live or where you seek medical treatment.

The news release included the following points affecting injured workers:

  • If workers have to pay the bulk of injury costs, workplace safety is undermined.
  • Less than 40 percent of eligible injured workers apply for worker’s compensation.
  • Workplace injuries can cause employees to earn 15 percent less money in the 10 years following an incident. This can lead to problems with household bills, health insurance claims and quality of life.

Changes in worker compensation and wages can affect class mobility related to income. If a person or family cannot support themselves in the class they are currently a part of, they have no clear way of moving or changing the way they live. When injuries happen and finances become unstable, many turn to federal aid, increasing the number of people using food stamps and other similar programs.

OSHA compliance and employee training program regulations are two ways employers can make a change. Ensure work environments are safe so workers won’t get injured. Stop the cycle at its start.

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3 ways to find the perfect work-life balance

Not having a solid work-life balance can create a sense of dissatisfaction and stress every day.

Not having a solid work-life balance can create a sense of dissatisfaction and stress every day.

Technology has become so infused within daily life that work seems to be following employees home more often than not. According to a recent Workplace Flexibility study conducted by Workplace Trends, there is an agreement gap between management training employers and workers concerning this balance. Sixty-seven percent of HR professionals think employees have their work and personal life balanced, while only 45 percent of employees and 35 percent of potential job seekers think they do.

This peak in dissatisfaction could be caused by factors including:

  • Remaining reachable outside of the office
  • Work devices being used for personal use
  • Personal devices being used for work
  • Emerging startups

If you feel as if work is taking over your life, set aside some personal time for reevaluation. Check out these three changes you can make in your life or add to employee training programs to find a better balance.

1. Focus while you’re at work: If you’re spending your day checking Facebook, scrolling Twitter or watching YouTube videos, the problem may lie in not so much as your job, but your work ethic. Work smarter, not harder, and get the most done at work while you’re there. If you’re being more productive at work, it could change how much you may need to bring home at night or on the weekend and in turn free up some time.

2. Put the phone (or any other work-related device) down: Don’t make yourself available every second of every day. Set a time at home where you no longer send work emails or phone calls. Constantly checking in with work and coworkers could be causing you unnecessary stress.

3. Say no: It’s okay to be selfish, and sometimes it’s exactly what you need. Don’t be afraid to say no to doing a work-related event or article during your time away from the office.

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5 ways to be a better people person

Enhancing your people skills with help you both inside and outside of work.

Enhancing your people skills with help you both inside and outside of work.

Sometimes working with the public can make it hard to be a “good” people person. If this is you today, don’t sweat it. Remember these five tips when you’re interacting with coworkers and customers for optimal support and friendliness.

1. Be confident.

  • If you’re interacting with a customer, always try to be assertive and confident in your responses. If you don’t sound like you believe what you’re saying why should they believe you? Likewise, understand your job role and strive to accomplish expected tasks daily. Be confident in your work ethic for best results.

2. Leave your baggage at the door.

  • A commute to work can always go wrong, you’ll miss the elevator or maybe even miss your alarm going off in the morning. Stressful situations happen to everyone, but when you get to work try to focus on the positives of the day to start out on the right foot.

3. Listen.

  • Pay attention to what your customers are saying. Fully understanding the situation before intervening can save time for both you and them. Be social with coworkers and take five minutes out of even a busy day to talk. A quick conversation can be a nice break from the daily grind.

4. Put on your best face.

  • According to Inc., your facial expressions are extremely important at work. Make eye contact when speaking to people. Be aware of your resting face position and try to remain welcoming and approachable. No one likes the guy who’s constantly frowning or appears to be angry all the time.

5. Step outside your comfort zone.

  • Challenge yourself. If you’re shy, try striking up a conversation with someone in the office who you don’t really see all the time. If you feel ready, accept a different workload or venture with a new client. Being open to new ideas will show that you’re willing to meet new people.

For other employee development ideas and customer service training, visit http://www.mastery.com.

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5 ways to ace your first performance review

Effective managers ask the right questions during performance reviews.

Performance reviews should be a two-way street, with managers asking about ways they can improve.

The first performance review can seem daunting. You’re new to the job, but you’ve been trained in all or most employee development sectors. It’s a time to display what you know and what you are doing well. However, it is also a meeting that should address any areas where you can improve. Remember to implement these five tips during your review for maximum feedback and a productive conversation.

1. Ask how they think you are performing.

  • Don’t be afraid to speak up and outright ask what their expectations are and whether they are being met. Handle any criticism openly and in an accepting manner. Express that you will improve on any suggestions and welcome feedback.

2. Be realistic.

  • Your boss won’t know every single little detail of your work life. Be able to tell them everything you have accomplished since you were hired. Stress what you bring to the table for yourself and the team.

3. Lay out all future goals.

  • It’s only been a short amount of time since you were hired, so remember that you still have so much time for growth and advancement in the company. Set realistic weekly, monthly and long terms goals so your boss knows you’re looking down the road. Be sure to include training and employee development opportunities in your goals.

4. Self-review in advance.

  • Take some time before the meeting to explore your strengths and weaknesses. Chances are you already know what you’re good at and what you need to improve on. Knowing before you go in could quell any reservations you may have.

5. Understand all suggestions and areas of improvement.

  • Make sure you completely understand what your boss expresses during the meeting. If they make suggestions, chances are they will expect you to follow through or attempt to make changes. Don’t be afraid to ask questions for clarification.

Above all, be yourself. They hired you because they saw your skills and future potential.

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