|From the Desk of Julie Laufer
|We have so much to be thankful for during the holiday season, but for those of you who are still searching for a new job and are feeling a little sad, I am sharing these helpful 12 Depression Busters for the Unemployed, written by Therese Borchard. Wishing you all a cherished Thanksgiving holiday with loved ones.
Take a Breather
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression affects 6 million men each year. But most men's depression goes undiagnosed. They are much less likely to seek help because of the macho thing (they feel like they are supposed to tough it out) and because their symptoms are different than those we typically associate with depression (women's). So it's helpful to look out for these clues of male depression: irritability and anger, blaming others, alcohol and drug abuse, feeling ashamed, insomnia or sleeping too little, strong fear of failure, using TV, sports, and sex to self-medicate.
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|Success Story – Bobbi Barsczewski
"After graduating from college in 2011, I thought finding a job would be easy. Two years later, I was still trying to find my niche. Then, my friend referred me to Laufer and Associates. I had worked with recruiters before and always felt like I was just another number, so I was skeptical. However, my friend assured me that meeting with Julie Laufer would be worth the two hour trip from my home in CT.
Within a week of submitting my application, I had an interview with Julie. She was so engaging and really cared about what I wanted out of a position and what would be suitable for me. This was an immense difference from my other recruiters! By the end of our meeting, she had already set up a phone interview for me. The next morning, I got the call saying I was chosen for the position. I knew at that moment, my life was going to completely change!
I moved to Boston a week later and started my new position. I worked in the position for just under three months and recently became an official new permanent hire at the company. I absolutely love everything about my position, my company and my coworkers. Julie really paid attention to everything I said and found me the perfect fit.
Through the entire process, Julie and Cristin have been nothing but supportive and informative. I could not have asked for a better recruiter. They are an outstanding resource and I have already referred two people to Laufer and Associates, and will continue to do so. Everyone deserves the chance to see that not all recruiters are the same. In fact, some can be quite amazing and can change your life for the better."
– Bobbi Barsczewski
|Temp of the Month – Lauren Shepherd
"Finding a job is always difficult, let alone trying to find a job as a recent college grad in a brand new city. Filling out dozens of applications time and time again, without ever getting a response, can be disheartening and make you want to give up.
This is how I felt until I connected with Laufer and Associates. From the very first moment I walked in the door, I felt that Julie and Cristin genuinely cared about me and my career. They had my best interest in mind and at heart. Julie listened carefully while I explained exactly what I wanted–I wanted a career, not just any job.
Soon after, I was placed at an amazing startup that was going through a major growth spurt. With Julie and Cristin's help, I was able to get my foot in the door at my dream company.
The incredibly unique thing about Laufer and Associates is that they make your voice feel heard. For me, that has made all the difference. I will forever be thankful to Julie and Cristin for helping me get my first start after college and facilitating my first steps toward a rewarding and successful career."
– Lauren Shepherd
|Women, Work, and the Will to Speak Up
What would you do if you were not afraid? In present day, who would have guessed the Red Sox would win the 2013 World Series? Regardless, our fearless bearded men pushed forward and took home the trophy after 162 nail-biting games. Looking back several years, who would have thought, Amelia Earhart, a woman, would be able to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean? If you have nothing to fear, your dreams can be conquered.
Whether or not society has made leaps and bounds since 1928, the year Earhart made her flight, there is still a long way to go for women in the United States. In 2013, the US has still not had a female President. In 2013, only 18.3% of the seats in the US Congress are held by women. In 2013, a mere 4.2% of Fortune 500 companies have female CEOs. Chief Operating Officer at Facebook and author of the popular book Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg stated, "We need more women in power. But women are taught that being "bossy" is bad and that they must choose between a successful career and family life." According to society, there is no middle ground, and if a woman tries to make a middle ground, she loses focus on both fronts. In this day and age, choosing one over the other is near impossible. Thankfully, society has seen some progressive changes in the recent years. Take a look at this months LauferTrend!
Our tips in this newsletter are not purely for our female readers, but we decided to bring this to the attention of the women in our audience to help make our future a more equal place. If you are not afraid, you can make a change.
Learn to say "no"
You need time for work, time for family, and time for yourself. Setting boundaries is essential. It is understandable to have to work overtime on occasion, but if you are working four extra hours every day, it might be time to set your priorities straight, and learn to say no. Choose to complete the activities that take priority and forget about the guilt.
When to speak up
Often times, you may feel as though you are not heard, even if you speak up. This may especially ring true if you are in a support role. There are right and wrong times to give input. We are not suggesting you become the bossy person in the office, but if you have ideas that would be able to streamline business processes, or make your boss's (and your) life easier, then speak up! If you are asked for your opinion or ideas, speak up. Even if your idea is not put to use, it is still important to be a contributor, even if you are scared. In the long run, you will feel better about yourself, and doing so might gain you the respect you feel is lacking in your position.
Do the unexpected
Surprise your boss and surprise yourself. You are capable of so many things. You just have to put your mind to it. If you are dedicated, proactive, anticipatory, and you are not afraid, you can make great achievements.
|Taking a look at the present again, this year, a record 40% of all households with children under the age of 18 include mothers who are either the sole or primary source of income for the family, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau.This number is not only impressive, but it is representative of the developments over the years.
The rules are simple. Tell everyone you know about Laufer and Associates and have them view our website and contact us directly, or provide us with the names of qualified professionals. Once a person whom you have referred works as a temporary employee or gets placed permanently by Laufer and Associates at a client company, you will receive the cash amount listed below.
$100 Permanent Bonus– You are eligible for our $100 Referral Bonus if Laufer and Associates place your referral in a permanent position. Referral must stay employed in position for the length of our guarantee period, commonly 90 days.
$100 Temporary Bonus– You are eligible for our $100 Referral Bonus if Laufer and Associates place your referral in a temporary position. Referral must work as a temporary employee for at least 1,000 hours to qualify. There is no limit to the number of employees you may refer.
Our experience has also taught us that great candidates often know other great candidates, so be sure to take advantage of our referral bonus program.
|We love hearing feedback, stories, and suggestions from past and present candidates. Please email them to me at [email protected].
Communications & Marketing Manager
Laufer and Associates
109 State Street | Suite 401 | Boston, MA 02109
tel: 617-367-2800 | fax: 617-367-1600
E-mail: [email protected]