Monthly Archives: August 2021

Question of the Month: What Is the Most Challenging Part of Job Searching in Today’s Work Environment?

The pandemic changed what work looks like across the world, and many job seekers are encountering new barriers to their job search.

We could make this into a multiple choice question, but we want to know your specific barriers to employment. Maybe you can’t find job openings that match your skillset, or you want remote work and can’t find it in your industry. Whatever your job search challenges are, we want to hear from you! Let us know by filling out the short answer section below.

What Makes Employees Feel Safer Returning to the Office?

By Julie Neal, Corporate Communications and PR Specialist for Express Employment Professionals International Headquarters

With “Now Hiring” signs on every corner, businesses are desperate for workers, and this is the prime time to go after that dream job or level up in your career. However, with the recent spike in the Delta variant of COVID-19, it’s understandable if you’re a bit hesitant about taking a job where you will be working closely with colleagues.


Many businesses pivoted to remote work in March 2020, and certain industries still haven’t brought employees back. According to a recent survey from The Harris Poll, commissioned by Express Employment Professionals, roughly 3 in 4 workers go to their company’s physical workspace at least once a week currently. (more…)

Re-Entering the Workforce

You took yourself out of the workforce years ago. Maybe you were a stay-at-home parent, had to deal with a personal injury or illness, or you were taking care of a sick loved one. Perhaps you couldn’t find any job opportunities and decided to live on your savings for a bit. Regardless of the reason, you’ve decided now is the time to re-enter the workforce. Getting back into the job search can be tough, but it’s totally doable! Here are a few of our tips for rejoining the workforce. (more…)

The Best Ways to Work with a Staffing Agency

Have you ever considered working with a staffing company like Express Employment Professionals? It might be worth your while. According to the American Staffing Association, approximately three million temporary and contract employees work for America’s staffing companies in an average week. Seventy-three percent of these employees work full time. And, the Association of Canadian Search, Employment & Staffing Services (ACSESS) found the country’s staffing and recruiting industry group represents about two million temporary workers or 13.6% of the country’s workforce. (more…)

How Would Supervillains Approach the Job Search?

Previously, we looked into how some of your favorite heroes would approach the job search. But now it’s time for the villains to shine. Kidnapping the hero’s love interest and causing mass mayhem are easy. But if some of the dastardliest rule-breakers in fictional history decided to turn over a new, much more legal leaf, what challenges would they encounter in the job search? (more…)

Losing a Job Due to an Aptitude Test

You have the experience. You have the interview skills. You know what you’re doing! You ace the phone interview, the in-person interview is a cakewalk, and you know this job offer is coming your way. But before you can get the offer, your would-be employer asks for an aptitude test. It’s just a formality, so it shouldn’t be anything to worry about, right?

But then when it’s time to take the test it’s confusing. Maybe the questions are odd, there’s a time limit, or it covers information that isn’t really relevant to the position. But you persevere and finish it. However, you get a call two days later from the company’s HR department, who you didn’t even interview with, telling you that you didn’t get the job.

It’s hard not to feel devastated. How do you deal with losing a job you were perfect for due to what feels like a technicality? Here are a few things to know. (more…)