How to Handle an Unexpected Career Change

You get the surprising news about a job ending due to unforeseen circumstances, now what? For those who have gone through this it can be scary and stressful. How you respond to this change will have a major impact on how soon you find yourself a new opportunity.


Even the best, most talented people can find themselves in a situation where they need to find another company or job. You must believe that there is a silver lining and a great opportunity out there for you; it’s up to you to go find it.


One of the first things you need to do is get organized. Invest some time in getting your resume updated, notify your references and get them documented, and do some research on possible companies and opportunities that you would be passionate about. Consider meeting with a professional recruiter to gain insight on industry trends and market availability. You also need to make sure that you are dressing and looking your best for upcoming professional interviews, as first impressions are important.


Once you are organized, it’s time to put yourself out there. Let your network know that you are searching for new opportunities, put your resume out on job banks and actively research jobs and companies that interest you. When you find something you’re interested in, apply for the opportunity and then try and network with some of the people that are already working within the company. This shows interest, initiative and will help to separate yourself from the others that applied.


Don’t jump at the first opportunity you’re offered unless you know it’s the right one for you. Find an opportunity that meets the most important things you are looking for in both a company and career. Remember – you are interviewing the company as much as they are interviewing you.


Lastly, believe in yourself and your abilities. If you don’t, how do expect someone else to?  Most hiring managers are looking for two things when considering a new team member: Can they do the job (aptitude) and do they fit into the culture (attitude)?


I often tell job searchers that there is no better time than now to be looking for a new opportunity as most companies are struggling to find good, qualified candidates to fill their job openings. Increase your odds of finding the right position for you by taking the time to prepare for the process. If you find yourself needing some extra help and support, reach out to one of our recruiters and let us be a partner in in finding your next opportunity.


Written by Rob Wicker, VP of Recruitment and Operations 

It’s Fun to Drive a Brand New Car!

May 13, 2013

Auburn Hills, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Reliance One, Inc. is expanding our Test Driving Program that will require the hiring of 400+ Test Drivers for a project that extends into 2014. The Test Drivers will be working at various undisclosed Tier 1 Supplier site, in Southeast Michigan, driving pre/post-production vehicles.

The Reliance One Test Driving Division is looking for employees who have an open availability. There will be both 1st and 2nd shift positions paying $8.25 an hour.
We are looking for candidates that are at least 19 years old, with a valid Drivers’ License and an excellent driving record. To be eligible, candidates must have a great attention to detail. This opportunity will allow candidates to experience the cutting edge of automobile technology. If people are interested they should send their resume to or call 248-393-1030.

About Reliance One, Inc.Reliance One Inc. is a minority-owned, MMSDC-certified staffing corporation headquartered in Michigan with a focus on matching the ideal professional to a client’s specific needs for both long-term, short-term, or project based positions (including temporary, temporary to direct, or direct).

Reliance One, Inc.
1700 Harmon Rd.
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
Fax: (248) 922-5660

Looking for a Job?

Control what you can control!

At Reliance One we consult with our clients to solve their staffing challenges.  This consultative approach to our business takes a lot of time and preparation in order to deliver the desired results.   We work just as hard to advise and prepare our candidates with their career search.  As a job seeker, it is important to prepare yourself for the evolving market; the best way to do this is to control what you can control.

As one of Top 20 largest staffing companies in the metropolitan area, we guide and coach candidates to do the things they need to do to be successful in today’s job market.  We take pride in spending time with each candidate; the process usually starts with a close look at their resume.  We work with job seekers to inventory and take credit for all of their past experiences in their previous positions.  This requires the candidate to think about all of their employment history to ensure they are accounting for all past knowledge.  We then recommend the candidate to include this relevant content in their resume.

Once the resume is polished, we take a look to see what the candidate is doing to network with people that can help them.  This includes attending industry events, as well as, utilizing online networking opportunities.  Despite popular belief, there are industry seminars and networking groups in most every line of work.  Whether the career field is Information Technology, Finance or Engineering, there are groups with which to network.  By taking advantage of networking, it allows candidates to meet people currently employed in positions and industries where they are looking to gain employment.  Another great way to network is utilizing online social media tools, such as LinkedIn or Twitter.  These networking sites allow job seekers to connect with groups and individuals in the specific industry that they are looking to obtain employment.

If we have been able to arrange an interview for a candidate, the individual must understand there is a lot of preparation necessary in order to set them up for success.  The candidate should spend time going over their relevant work history and form correlations to the position for which they are interviewing.  This may include refreshing their knowledge of key skill sets the potential employer has listed as necessary for the position.

The next thing a candidate should do is research. They will need to research the company they are interviewing with, as well as, the individuals that are assigned to conduct the interview.   This may include, but is not limited to, going to the company website, using search engines to learn the latest news on the company, and searching social media sites to understand the audience.  This research will ensure the candidate is familiar with the company’s current forecast and will provide a deeper understanding of why the company is adding to their team.  In addition, through research the candidate may find a shared connection with the interviewees which may create opportunities to connect on a different level; you may have attended the same college or have similar hobbies.

The last thing we do is help the candidate prepare themselves for the interview.  There is a lot of emphasis on the first impressions for both our candidates and clients.  We coach our candidates and advise them to present themselves professionally – typically suits are appropriate; cleaned and pressed, as well as shoes that are business professional and polished.  Grooming and personal hygiene are also emphasized.  We encourage the candidate to practice their responses to commonly asked interview questions and feel comfortable explaining experience in previous positions. The candidate should also prepare some well thought out questions that are pertinent to the company and position for which they are interviewing.

We instruct and encourage our candidates to do all the things within their control to be successful in their job search.  There are plenty of things that we cannot control, but by making sure you have represented your experience to the best of your ability, networking with those in your industry and preparing for your interview opportunities, you will put yourself ahead of the other job seekers.

Rob Wicker is a Senior Account Executive at Reliance One.  He is highly experienced with consulting organizations in areas of Information Technology, Marketing and Management.  He is characterized as a career coach and communications leader.

Job forecast and mid-year career check

2012 is halfway through, and unless the Mayans are right about the world ending this winter, job seekers have a reason to look forward to the second half of the year. CareerBuilder’s mid-year job forecast expects improved hiring conditions in the latter half of 2012, with 44 percent of private-sector employers reporting that they are planning to hire full-time, permanent staff from July 1 through Dec. 31, 2012, up nine percent from the same period last year.

Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder, says that in previous years, hiring activity was mainly driven by large employers that recruited in metropolitan areas. However, current conditions in the job market point to openings in all industries, market sizes and company sizes. The outlook is positive for the remainder of 2012 but will follow the same pattern of steady progress.

Where employers are hiring first
Employers are first hiring in several top areas to impact revenue and innovation, which means that customer service is the No. 1 field for hiring, with 24 percent.Information technology is close behind with 22 percent, followed by sales with 21 percent.

Employers are also hiring administrative positionsbusiness development,accounting/finance and marketing  in large numbers.

Your mid-year career check
What does this all mean for your job search? The nationwide survey points to several clear trends in hiring, which can help you reassess your plan for seeking a job. Here’s an overview to guide you toward the industries, areas and positions that are hiring now.

Location, location, location: The West is best for hiring, with employers in this region reporting the highest year-over-year increase for adding full-time, permanent employees at 47 percent, followed by the South at 45 percent, the Northeast at 44 percent and the Midwest at 40 percent. You can get creative with your job search and combine different areas of growth to improve your chances of getting hired. Customer service is an area seeing an increase in hiring, and searching for those jobs in the West, where full-time, permanent employees are getting hired the most, could be a smart career move if relocation is an option for non-Westerners.

Small businesses: While small businesses have been more cautious in hiring new employees, the numbers are slowly increasing. Thirty-four percent of companies with 500 or fewer employees say they are hiring full-time, permanent employees, up from 27 percent in 2011. Thirty-one percent of companies with 250 or fewer employees and 21 percent of those with 50 or fewer employees also report they are hiring full-time, permanent employees. Since small businesses are gradually hiring, job seekers with specific training or talents will likely have better odds at being hired. Smaller businesses don’t always have the resources to provide on-the-job training, and instead need job candidates with strong backgrounds in their field.

Newly created positions: More employers are reporting that new job functions have been created within their organizations. Jobs that didn’t exist five years ago are now growing to meet new technology needs, including positions tied to:

To improve your odds of getting noticed for one of these newer positions, make your résumé specific to the job you’re applying for, as well as your cover letter. Focus on the language provided in the job description, and include any and all relevant training and experience you’ve gotten in recent years. Proving you’re relevant and can keep up with change will put you in the spotlight for newly created positions.

The conditions for the second half of 2012 look positive, and the variety in the size and location of companies hiring is a good indicator that larger groups of job seekers will be able to enter the work force soon.

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