Know When To Quit

Have you been having ups and downs at the office? Trying to determine if it's time to move on to greener pastures? Here's a quick list of things to look out for if you're thinking about moving on! 1. Work-related stress is harming your health Are you starting to...

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Giving Back

Martin Luther King Jr. once said "People who have a stake in their society protect that society, but when they don't have it, they unconsciously want to destroy it." I firmly believe that not only is this true, but that giving back is a way to earn a stake in society....

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Melinda on the Go!

As a part of my role as CEO of Melinda Holm & Associates, I am attending many conferences both locally and nationally. This week I went to the BMA, the LBMA, and the AMA conferences/seminars here in Chicago. I can't keep the acronyms straight! I was recently out...

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From Recruiter to CEO

Melinda Holm-Peterson, CEO I have taken on a new role at Melinda Holm & Associates - CEO! While this has always been a part of my title, I’ve always been so involved in the day-to-day of recruiting that I’ve really functioned as a “Do Everything” person. In the...

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Volunteering: An Exercise in Team Building

Sure. Most of us love throwing back a few cocktails with colleagues at work functions, but team building can be time used for community building as well. Volunteering has been shown to be good for you mentally, physically and professionally. By volunteering you are...

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Thinking About a New Career?

Wondering if it is the right time to make a move? Just curious on what other opportunities are out there? These are just a few of the things running through a typical job seeker's mind. Everyone's motivation for making a job change is different. However, there are...

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Developing a Relationship with Recruiters

I often feel like I lead two lives – my working life as a recruiter and my personal life as a wife, mother and friend. I am often asked outside the workplace what I do for a living. When I explain what I do, people often react one of a couple of ways: “wow, that is...

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Relax

We have billions of nerve fibers in our brains working around the clock to remind us of all the emails we haven’t opened (sometimes at 3am for no good reason) and the endless list of “to-dos” we’ve accumulated over the years. With this, it is no surprise that...

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Yeah, I Can Do That!

Being a team player within an organization is extremely important. Not only does it show that you can play well with others, but it shows a willingness to go above and beyond what is being asked of you. Being collaborative shows taking initiative to help out where you...

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Choose Your Attitude

We are all affected daily by things that stress us, aggravate us, or make us want to run for the hills screaming. This comes in to play at work, at home, everywhere. The quote that has helped me recently with annoying situations is the following – “Everything can be...

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A Culture you can Thrive in

As recruiters, we always want to find the right opportunities for our candidates. Culture is always a topic of conversations. Our candidates talk about laid back, friendly, collaborative, positive, or entrepreneurial culture- the list can go on. I recently spoke to a...

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The Art of Storytelling

So often we hear our clients ask for a candidate who has the ability to tell a good story. Storytelling is a selling technique/art form used to inspire excitement or interest from others to bring one’s vision to life. Storytelling can be used in many facets of...

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Blurred World of Communications

The communications industry has been going through a very noticeable shift in the last several years where job titles and responsibilities are blurring between advertising, marketing and public relations to include the ever present digital/social media and content...

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What Does Work/Life Balance Mean to You?

We often hear candidates say they would like a good work-life balance. This got me thinking. What exactly is a work-life balance and what does it mean to me? My next step was logically to hit up Google and do my research. According to Wikipedia “Work–life balance is a...

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2016 Resolutions

If you have pledged to find a new job in 2016, you are among 21% of employees. And that percentage is even higher for those under the age of 34. The good news is that there are a lot of job out there and employers are realizing that it has become an employee...

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INHALE CONFIDENCE. EXHALE DOUBT.

Let’s paint a picture. You just heard from your totally awesome recruiter at MHA and they have a cool job that sounds perfect for you. You’re totally excited about it. You have your prep call with the aforementioned totally awesome recruiter and they tell you things...

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MODERATION

Moderation is what we strive for in eating, drinking, exercising, smoking, and in general, all things fun. It is easy peasy for some people and for others, not so much. Am I the only insane person who likes to go overboard? I was talking to my sister the other day and...

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Earn Respect in the Workplace

It is really easy to get frustrated with certain aspects of our jobs. Let’s face it, everything cannot possibly go the way we want in the business world.  Even company owners and presidents have aspects of their jobs that they dread.  Here are a few things to keep in...

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Keeping Current

Linkedin can help you find jobs, clients and industry knowledge, all in one place. It is a social media site that offers you the ability to keep current and on top of what is happening in your field. Connect with people you have worked with in the past or wish to work...

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UNDERSTANDING RECRUITERS

Prior to working here at Melinda Holm & Associates I had no idea what a recruiter did. I had received calls from recruiters over my career and never gave them a chance to talk before saying “not interested” and hanging up. I assumed they made calls all day,...

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TIME FLIES

When my children were younger, I was constantly being told to “enjoy this age…time flies…they are only young once.” I always smiled but in my head was thinking, I am drowning…when are they going to get older and be more self-sufficient. Sometimes I would feel guilty...

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Fall In Love With Life

When is the last time you went for a walk by yourself? How often do you sit alone, maybe with a cup of coffee, and just look out at all the wonder in this world? Do you see beauty passing on the streets or do you keep your eyes fixed on what’s ahead of you? People...

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THE NEW ERA VS THE OLD

As a young African American I have witnessed death, gun violence, robbery, etc.. I have been a victim of loss to the streets of Chicago. Everyone always asks questions like “How can we stop the crime? “or “Will the it ever stop?” The truth is crime can stop if we have...

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A Most Refreshing Bike Ride

I rode my bike to Madison last week. I left from Forest Park on Wednesday and arrived in Madison Friday afternoon. I went 215 miles by myself and cleared my brain! On the ride, I was struck by not only how beautiful our Illinois Prairie Path is how it’s also an unused...

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MY STORY

On NYE in 2011 my boyfriend of 11 years proposed to me on a rooftop in Minneapolis. It was one of the best nights of my life! A year later and the wedding planning started! AHHHH! Wedding dresses, bridesmaid’s dresses, flowers shops, guest list, food, seating and...

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FITNESS IN THE WORKPLACE

Here at Melinda Holm & Associates we have had a lot of exciting things going on, especially with our expansion. One of the many nice things about the additional office space is the awesome fitness room we had put in. Prior to the fitness room only about half of us...

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LIVING WITH INTEGRITY

I often tell my kids they need to always have integrity.  That they must make decisions based on their sense of right and wrong – not decisions based on what their friends are doing.  The other day my 10 year old asked me what I mean when I say “live with integrity.”...

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The Jane Adeny Memorial School

After three days of travel, we were finally approaching our destination. Over 20 hours was spent getting on and off planes, followed by staying the night with kind strangers just so the next day they can take me back to the airport for yet another flight. I left my...

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ALWAYS GOOD TO GET AWAY!

Well, we all stress over work, bills, money… just finances, period.  As a single mother, I know I have to prioritize finances before planning any kind of vacation time.  Just recently, I came back from a family vacation and I can say it was truly needed!  If you have...

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RE-TRAINING YOUR BRAIN

I am reading a book The User’s Guide to the Human Mind: Why Our Brains Make Us Unhappy, Anxious, and Neurotic and What We Can Do About It … by Shawn T. Smith. This is a great book to read if you are ready to change your thinking! I myself am my worst enemy.  I have a...

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DO YOUR HOMEWORK

Make sure you research the company before your job interview. Employers want to see that a candidate has done his/her homework prior to an interview. This applies for in-person interviews, video interviews and phone interviews. Having knowledge about a company’s...

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FIRST TIME BUYER

Make sure you research the company before your job interview. Employers want to see that a candidate has done his/her homework prior to an interview. This applies for in-person interviews, video interviews and phone interviews. Having knowledge about a company’s...

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A FEW TIPS ON LETTING GO!

As recruiters, we run across many candidates who are ready to make a move and let go of their current job. Others, however, aren’t quite ready make the jump. One thing we always tell candidates is that you should always leave your options open because you never know...

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THE SUMMER IS UPON US

The summer is upon us and it is a great time to re-charge your battery. Mentally, I just  feel better when I start to see green grass and colorful flowers popping up everywhere. January may be the time to make New Year’s resolutions but I think summer is a great time...

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TIME IS PRECIOUS

Over the years, I personally never understood the meaning “Time is Precious”.  It wasn’t until I gave birth to my gorgeous daughter my whole perspective changed.  Time is always important, especially now!!!!  We are living in a world where there is hatred, racism,...

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I’LL TAKE THAT TO GO!

Last week, the MHA team strolled down the block to Flavour Cooking School in Forest Park for our company outing. It was there that we learned a variety of cooking terms and techniques and worked together to prepare a delicious meal: crab bruschetta; asparagus ricotta...

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BREAKING THE BLOCK

Writing is an essential part of everyday business life. We all have to do it and we all get the occasional dreaded writer’s block. When I was asked to write this blog, I literally have no idea what to write it on. Then it hit me; write your blog on how to write a blog...

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DON’T BE A DEAD FISH

Handshaking is perhaps the most widely recognized of greetings worldwide, in both Western and non-Western societies. While on the surface a handshake appears to be a warm, friendly gesture, this can be a superficial reading. It’s important to recognize the different...

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FINDING “ME” TIME!

Everyone wants a good work-life balance but what about just setting aside time for yourself.  Until recently, the thought of setting aside time for myself between work and family seemed like a impossible joke.  For the most part my routine was get up, get ready, get...

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WHAT DO I WANT TO BE WHEN I GROW UP?

As a recruiter, most of the candidates I talk to in the course of my day seem to have a pretty good handle on the answer to that question. Most seem to have a path in mind. But occasionally, I have had some candidates ask me for more advice than I have a right, or am...

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ONWARD AND UPWARD

Promotion. This is the most exciting yet simultaneously the most terrifying word in our professional vernacular. I have recently been promoted, and, truth be told, I am a little afraid. Most of my tasks are different than they were before and a few were added for good...

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MANAGING UP

Managing up is an important part of work life.  It means different things to different employers, I am sure, but to me it means managing the expectations of your superiors and keeping them updated on your projects and status.   Communication is key. Examples of not...

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NEW YEAR, NEW YOU

A new year means New Year’s Resolutions. Taking time over the holidays is a good time to reflect on the last year to see what you could have done better. You can look back and figure out what you’re happy with and what you’re not so happy with. What are you looking to...

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LAUREN’S STORY

“For it is in giving that we receive.” – St. Francis of Assisi This holiday season, Melinda Holm & Associates made a donation to the SAMFund in honor of Lauren Wollenberg, a young cancer survivor and the sister of our very own Lyndsey Wollenberg. SAMFund is a...

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UNPLUG

A colleague of mine forwarded an article to me written by a very senior level executive about unplugging/disconnecting in this constant contact world.  This executive did not recommend totally disconnecting, recognizing the impossibility of that in this digital world,...

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HOW TO STAY FOCUSED AT WORK

Ever click on an interesting article and the next thing you know you have wasted 30 minutes falling down the internet rabbit hole?  Of course you have, we all have.  Staying focused at work can sometimes be hard when there is so much information only a click away. I...

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CAREER BURNOUT, HELP!

Let’s face it, we all struggle with balancing productive, successful work with a happy and healthy lifestyle.  Workplace burnout goes beyond ordinary stress.  It often can influence our entire outlook on life, which can affect our health, our personal relationships...

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FREELANCING

Have you ever thought of freelancing or been asked if you’d be open to freelancing? Quite often I ask candidates if they’d be open to freelancing and most often, there is silence on the other end of the phone. Then, they often say that they’ve never thought about it....

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SUPER MOM/SINGLE MOM

I am a single mother of a 6-year-old girl. Just like many other single working parents, whatever the circumstance may be, there are a variety of challenges I must face each day in order to care and provide for my child on my own, all while having a career. My career...

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EMBRACING CHANGE

I am 50 – yikes I say!! But on a good note, I think my age and some of the maturity that comes with it has helped me to embrace change – which can be scary to me. I get in a groove and like to stay in my self-created structure. Now that I am 50 (the new 25!), I think...

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COMPANY OUTINGS

Company outings promoting creativity, fun or friendly competition provide great opportunities to build camaraderie and boost morale. These experiences provide tangible benefits in the workplace. Co-workers often do not understand parts of each other’s personalities...

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GO GREEN IN THE OFFICE!

Mother Nature hasn’t been too kind to us these past few months (70 and sunny one day and snowing the next? Really?!?), but the date dedicated to awareness of and appreciation for the earth’s environment is quickly approaching…Earth Day!  Since we spend the majority of...

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LET IT GO

“If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace.” – Ajahn Chah Throughout the course of the day we all run into countless obstacles that cause stress in our life and can ultimately impact our work performance....

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MHA IS ON INSTAGRAM!

Melinda Holm + Associates is very excited to introduce to you our new Instagram account!  Instagram is a newer social networking service that enables its users to share photos and videos to their followers.  Through this tool, the MHA team looks forward to taking you...

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REFERENCE GUIDELINES

References can be a very important aspect of helping you get a job. Here are some tips! You should always have at least three professional references. Do not list personal references such as friends or relatives.Employers want to hear from those within the workplace...

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MINDFULNESS IN THE WORKPLACE

The practice of mindfulness seems to be increasing based on all the articles that have been flooding my social media feeds in the last two weeks, and that’s great. For those who don’t know, mindfulness is akin to meditation. There are many forms of meditation (prayer,...

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