Job Spotlight: Grounds/Maintenance

Clean up your job search by applying for this type of position!

Despite already having experience with several jobs, many working adults are unable to answer that age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Our Job Spotlight monthly blog series is designed to help you answer that question. In this series, we review all the basics of specific jobs, from salary and duties to why people do the jobs they do.

Grounds/Maintenance

In this month’s Job Spotlight, we’re clearing the air with some information on grounds/maintenance positions. Competition for grounds/maintenance positions is low, as employment is projected to grow at 11% from 2016 to 2026, a rate higher than most occupations. Responsibilities include assisting with general tasks, such as clean up, light construction, and some mechanically inclined occurrences.

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If Offered a New Job, How Much of A Pay Increase Would it Take to Stay With Your Current Employer?

You’re a great employee. You like your job. But what would it take for another company to steal you away? Currently, there are more job openings than there are qualified applicants to fill them. This means that it’s a job seekers market.

So, we want to hear from you. What would it take for another company to snag you? Let us know by voting in our poll!

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Fight Stress, Stay Healthy

The Japanese concept of “Karōshi” can almost literally be translated as “death from overwork.” The term first came into common usage in Japan during the 1980s after rising concern following the sudden death of several high-ranking business men who showed no signs of previous health issues. “Karōshi” has been attributed to a wide variety of stress-related medical issues, such as high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke, to name a few.

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Poll Results: How Many Years Have You Been with Your Current Company?

Here’s what you had to say.

The economy is doing well right now and there are more open jobs than there are potential employees to fill those jobs. As a result, companies must compete to get the best talent.

And that means employee retention is incredibly important. Whether it’s a generous vacation plan, flexible hours, or great benefits, employers want to keep their employees happy for years to come.

We wanted to check the barometer and gauge retention trends by asking how long you’ve been at your current company. We also wanted to know how many employees your company has in total. Here’s what you had to say. (more…)

Ace Your Interview with These Top Tips

Here at Job Journey we want you to get the job you want.

That’s why we write about online job searching, interviews, and all that good stuff.

But it can be kind of hard to figure out where all those juicy brain-boosting articles are. They’re spread out—some are old and some are new.

So, we’ve decided to write periodic posts that put the articles you want in one place.

Today’s theme? Interviews.

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Workplace Lessons Learned from “The Breakfast Club”

“We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.” – Andrew Clark, The Breakfast Club

On February 15, 1985, a movie about a group of misfit teens in detention debuted. Many critics still consider it one of the greatest films of all time. The film explored our tendency to judge others based on appearances and who we think they are, as opposed to getting to know them.

You probably recognize that film as The Breakfast Club. But did you know the coming-of-age flick has plenty of lessons that apply to your adult working life? Here’s what the characters of The Breakfast Club can teach us about the workplace.

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Diversity vs. Inclusion and Why They Matter

Do you know the difference?

Current work philosophy dictates the best possible team is one chock-full of varying viewpoints, personalities, and skills. Differences in opinion and beliefs result in more stimulating brainstorming sessions and a higher degree of innovation overall.

Many employers are starting to embrace “diverse” workplaces with employees coming from a wide range of walks of life.

But HR folks still say that this “diversity” is not enough. There needs to be inclusion as well, but this can be a difficult concept for employees to understand. What’s the difference anyway?

Here’s the difference between diversity and inclusion, and why both are important to have in any workplace. (more…)