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Making the Transition from Student to Staff

Congratulations Graduates!

Decorative ImageGraduation is the start of a new chapter; it marks the beginning of a new phase of life. It is a time of excitement, anticipation, and nervousness as young adults enter the workforce and start their careers. Transitioning from student to staff can be challenging, but it also presents opportunities for growth and development. With hard work and determination, new graduates can achieve success and make a positive impact in their chosen field.

Making the transition from being a student to a staff member can be a challenging experience. Here are some simple tips that can help you make a successful transition:

Network with colleagues

Building relationships with your colleagues can help you feel more comfortable in your new role. Take the time to get to know people in your department and attend social events to build your network.

Ask for feedback

When you’re new to a job, it’s important to seek feedback to help you improve. Don’t be afraid to ask your supervisor or colleagues for constructive criticism and use that feedback to make adjustments as needed.

Learn about the company culture

Every workplace has its own unique culture, so take the time to learn about the norms and values of your new organization. This can help you feel more comfortable and confident in your role.

Set realistic goals

As you begin your new role, it’s important to set realistic goals for yourself. Take the time to assess what you want to achieve in the short and long-term, and work with your supervisor to develop a plan to achieve those goals.

Take care of yourself

Starting a new job can be stressful, so it’s important to take care of yourself both physically and mentally. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, eating healthy, and taking breaks throughout the day to recharge. Additionally, consider finding a mentor or joining a support group to help you navigate the challenges of your new role.

How Manpower can help

Decorative imageAt Manpower, we understand that transitioning from student to staff can be a daunting experience. That’s why we offer a range of services to support you in this journey. Here are some ways in which we can help:

Career advice

We can provide guidance on career paths that align with your skills, interests, and goals. Our team of experts can help you explore different industries and job roles and assist you in creating a career plan that works for you.

Job search support

We have access to a wide network of employers and job opportunities. We can help you refine your job search, prepare your resume and cover letter, and provide interview coaching and feedback. Most importantly we will connect you directly with employers who will be a good match for you.

Onboarding and support

Once you’ve secured a job, we will assist you with the onboarding process and provide ongoing support as you settle into your new role. We’ll be there to answer any questions you have and offer advice on how to succeed in your position.

Ongoing learning

We offer our associates a range of training and development programs to help you acquire new skills and knowledge. Whether you’re looking to upskill in your current field or transition into a new one, we have resources to support you.

At Manpower, our goal is to help you achieve your career aspirations and make a successful transition from student to staff. Get in touch with us today to learn more about how we can support you in this journey.



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Dialing Down Workplace Stress

Guess what? Even your dream job is going to have its fair share of stress. It’s an unavoidable reality.  Whether it is the pressure of deadlines, an upcoming performance review, a gaggle of loud customers, process/technology changes, or an annoying co-worker – stress will be part of the job. Not all stress is bad, a little stress can propel your performance. The long-term effects of stress and the anxiety that comes along with it can have a negative impact on your overall health and well-being. 

Since you cannot realistically eliminate workplace stress, your next best step is to finding ways to dial it down! Here are a few tried and true tips in honor of April being National Stress Awareness Month to help you do just that. 

Fuel Your Body 

Our stress buttons are bigger and brighter when we are not getting our basic needs met. This means it isn’t surprising that your body and nervous system are going to be on high alert if it isn’t nourished. The first thing you can do to mitigate stress is to keep your body fueled through good nutrition, exercise, and sleep. So, get that blood moving, curb those hunger pains, and snuggle into a warm blanket to turn down that inner volume.  

Get Yourself Organized 

Another strategy to turn down your internal sirens is by leaning into your executive functioning skills. These are core mental skills that will help to keep you focused and moving in the right direction. So, grab a calendar, pad of paper, tablet, or some sticky-notes and make a plan. Make a list of what is stressing you out and make a list of what you need to get done. How are you spending your time? Can you adjust it to better serve your current situation? Keep your workspace organized and be sure you have ease of access to the tools you need to get the job done.  

Limit Unnecessary Distractions 

Perhaps some of your stress is being magnified by the noise of unnecessary distractions. This includes getting yourself caught up in workplace drama, watercooler gossip, or the rabbit hole that is social media. By limiting your exposure to unnecessary distractions, you are not letting that negative energy influence your mood and increase your stress level. So, give yourself permission to take a break from toxic people and social media.  

Practice Regular Selfcare 

Days are long, but life is short. Make yourself a priority. As adults we often lose ourselves in a sea of responsibilities. It is critical to your overall wellness to practice regular selfcare. What is selfcare? That is entirely based on individual preference. What makes you feel whole? What feeds your soul? Make time for yourself, whatever it is.  

Seek Professional Support 

Look, life is hard. Sometimes, despite your best efforts to mitigate, manage, or reduce stress you fall short of doing so. Many health issues can be attributed to sustained stress and anxiety and the best possible thing you can do is access professional support. Seeking guidance is a sign of strength and is an incredible opportunity to build yourself a toolbox filled with a full range of tools to help you deal with the many stressors that affect your life. You can find several resources here if you need: 

Remember, stress is a normal part of life and there are many simple things you can do starting right now to minimize its negative impact on your daily life. Focus on what you can control and develop strategies to drown out the noise of the stuff you can’t. 

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Got LunchGot lunch?

Whether your mid-day meal is at noon or 3am, you may struggle coming up with quick and easy workday lunch ideas. So, this could leave you dealing with eating the same thing every day, a rumbling belly, a quick stop at a convenience store, or scrounging for change for that coveted turkey sandwich in the breakroom vending machine. With a little planning and creativity you can have more control over what you eat to fuel you through the workday.

Small choices can make a big impact on your wallet, health, and the planet! According to Visa, the average American spends over $2,700/year on lunches, around $50 a week, wouldn’t you like to see that in your bank account instead? Packing your lunch gives you more control over what kind of food you’re eating, so you are less likely to eat something unhealthy or overeat. It can also help reduce waste, since around half of all litter is produced from fast food garbage!

Whether you are trying to save money, eat healthier, or do your part to reduce waste, here are a few ideas for easy workday lunches!

Heat It and Eat It:

  • Leftovers: instead of letting your leftovers turn into a science projects in the back of your fridge, grab some reusable lunch size containers and portion them out for a quick grab and go lunch.
  • Omelette in a Cup: spray a microwave safe cup with some cooking spray, add an egg or two, and some toppings of choice (cheese, ham, peppers, onions, salsa – the options are endless), stir it up, and microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring each time until cooked.
  • Soups & Stews: keep an eye out for sales at your local grocery store and stock up on some of your favorite soups or stews. Keeping a couple cans at work or in your travel bag can be a budget saver when you are too busy to pack a lunch.


Mason Jar LunchLunch Fit for a Cooler:

  • Chicken Salad or Caesar Wraps: prepare the salad base of your choosing (tip: bagged salads make life so easy and are often on sale), cut up some grilled chicken, and roll it all up into a tortilla for healthy and delicious meal.
  • Tuna, Chicken, Ham, or Turkey Salad: whether you opt for canned or chopped meat you can easily make a protein packed salad with some mayonnaise, mustard, dressing, some diced veggies (celery, onions, pickles, olives, craisins), and some salt & pepper. Grab your favorite bread, or throw it on top of a bed of lettuce. Yum!
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly: reminisce about your childhood with the classic peanut butter & jelly (or fluff) sandwich. Make a whole flashback meal with some fruit snacks, graham crackers, and a pudding cup. Make your mother happy and be sure to grab an apple or orange for good measure.



Weekly Meal Prep Lunches:

  • Charcuterie Snackle-Boxes: head to your local dollar store grab a few clear boxes with built in compartments (like flat tackle boxes or craft boxes) pre-fill compartments with an assortment of cheeses, meats, fruit, nuts, veggies, berries, and condiments. Grab and go daily for quick, easy, and delicious sustenance.
  • Mason Jar Salads: since they are airtight by design mason jars are perfect for weekly salad prep. Mix it up and try different dressings and ingredients but be sure to add your items in this specific order to preserve freshness: dressing at the bottom, then add ingredients by weight, protein, cheeses, nuts, veggies, greens.
  • Rice Bowls: if you need variety to your daily lunches start with a base of rice & chicken, and then jazz your daily meal up using different sauces and veggies for each day. You can add beans, salsa, cheese for a nice Mexican meal. Add cucumbers, olives, tomatoes, and tzatziki to get that greek flavor (tip: grab a pita and hummus for the side). Teriyaki sauce, broccoli, cabbage, ginger, and shredded carrots to cure that craving for chinese take out.

Whatever you decide to pack for lunch, brown-bagging it will be good for your bank account, health, and the planet.

Bon Appetit.

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National Random Acts of Kindness Day

Chances are you have experienced both the acts of giving and receiving kindness. If you have, you know the feeling that comes with it. That feeling is palpable. It adds an extra pep in the step of both involved parties. Life can be tough. It can be filled with challenges. And that is why it is up to each and every person to do what they can, where they are, and with what they have to brighten up the day of those around them. This Friday is an opportunity to be extra mindful of the importance of just that.

“Kindness is doing what you can, where you are, with what you have.” -Unknown

National Random Acts of Kindness Day is celebrated annually on February 17, and is an opportunity to spread joy and goodwill. This idea was developed to encourage making kindness the norm, in schools, workplaces, and communities. Spreading joy and kindness does not need to be some elaborate activity, in fact the simpler the action the better.

To help you embrace the opportunity here are some ways that you can participate Friday (and every other day) that are simple, effective, and free:

Kindness at home:

  • Make a loved one’s lunch and include a note of encouragement
  • Tell a loved one specifically what you appreciate about them
  • Hide uplifting notes for friends and family to find
  • Offer to do someone else’s chore
  • Participate fully in a loved one’s hobby

Kindness at work:

  • Offer support to a colleague whenever appropriate
  • Celebrate others workplace successes
  • Have a “no complaints” day
  • Leave a note of appreciation for a colleague/boss that has supported you
  • Bring in a treat to share with others

Kindness at school:

  • Encourage others to follow the rules
  • Invite someone to join you at lunch
  • Offer to study with someone who is having a hard time
  • Volunteer to help the teacher clean the classroom
  • Promote a no bullying environment

Kindness to neighbors:

  • Shovel your neighbor’s walkway
  • Bring over a plate of food
  • Share your favorite book with them
  • Organize a neighborhood clean up
  • Donate bottles to a youth group

Kindness in the community:

  • Hold doors open for people
  • Let someone go in front of you in a line
  • Give compliments freely and genuinely
  • Share a smile with anyone you come in to contact with
  • Leave a note of encouragement somewhere for a stranger to find

Kindness in the form of time:

  • Volunteer at a food bank or other local nonprofit organization
  • Visit a nursing home to talk and spend time with residents
  • Read a story to a child or classroom
  • Join a community committee/group
  • Offer to babysit or care for a friend or loved one

Be a patron of kindness:

  • Leave a positive online review for a business
  • Clean up litter in a parking lot
  • Donate items to charity
  • Donate blood or plasma
  • Tell a worker what a good job they are doing

Using your voice for kindness:

  • Speak up for someone being mistreated
  • Be a voice of reason and resolution during a conflict
  • Sign a petition for those in need
  • Be an advocate for a mission that you care about
  • Write a thank you letter to someone that has made an impact in your life

These are just a few of the ways you can spread kindness, so get creative and sprinkle it around like glitter so it sticks to everything!

Happy National Random Acts of Kindness Day!

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Congratulations Class of 2022

You Did It!

CongratsKindergarten to Senior Year has been filled lots of twists, turns, ups, downs, challenges, and triumphs! And you learned a million lessons that have gotten you here today. Now you are entering the ‘what-do-I-want-to-be-when-I-grow-up’ phase of your life, and the team of employment experts at Manpower have a few tips for you regarding the world of work:

You Don’t Have To Figure It All Out Today:

A career is a journey, not a singular destination. Every job you ever have will teach you skills that will prepare you for your next one. Enjoy your journey, you could be amazed at where the road takes you.

All Work Is Noble:

No matter what you find yourself doing for work, the work you do is important. Look at all the people you interract with at their work every single week, recognize and acknowledge the skills it takes for them to be successful.

Embrace Change:

The only constant is change, and learning how to quickly embrace it will set you apart from all the rest. When a change presents itself, don’t wallow in what once was – instead, be the one leaning in and moving forward.

You Can Redefine Yourself:

Were you the class clown that wants to be taken seriously? You can have that. You do not have to be boxed into your school age identity.  This is one of the best times of your life to redefine who you are and who you want to be.

Career Support is Out There:

Just like everything else, the world of work is always changing – and it can be overwhelming to try and navigate alone. Always remember Manpower is here to help you make excellent employment connections.

Congratulations Class of 2022, keep putting one foot in front of the other and no matter what obstacles get in your way, you will still go far!

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4 Steps to Enter the Workforce

4 steps to enter the workforceCongratulations! You did it.

Whether you are crossing the High School or College stage, you are undeniably entering the next phase of your adult life. Graduation is a major milestone that should be celebrated – so before you start worrying about ‘what’s next’ take a moment to honor your achievement and pat yourself on the back.

This summer is all about figuring out what your next best step is. While this time is exciting, it may also be a bit scary due to the uncertainty of what the future holds. Don’t worry – you don’t need to have it all figured out today – your career is a constant journey, and all those friends you have that seem to have it all mapped out, well let’s just say they don’t, and that’s okay too. You are about to start a rewarding journey, and we can’t wait to see how far you go!

No matter where you are in your journey Manpower Maine has your back!

We’ve put together a simple roadmap with 4 steps to enter the workforce to help you get started, simply take one step at a time – and you will always get where you need to go.

Step 1: Identify your professional skills

The first key to job and career success is honest self-reflection and recognizing what you bring to the table. Individuals new to the workforce often make one of two mistakes – over or under-valuing their skillset. Before you begin your job search, you may find taking validated skills assessments can help you identify your strengths & weaknesses.

Step 2: Outline your short & long-term goals

Yes, your road map will change more times than you can count, but you still should have an idea of which direction you are heading. Every job you have can (and should) be a stepping-stone to your next one. So, ask yourself what your goals are and what position can help you achieve that next step.

Step 3: Do a little market research

Beginning your job search with a solid understanding of the current employment market in your area will reduce your frustration and help you make a solid decision when the time comes. You may have an idea of what you want to do for work, but is what you want available? You may have an idea of how much you want or need to earn – but do your financial expectations match the current market rate in your area?

Step 4: Start the job search process

Now that you know your skill sets, your short-term goals, and the reality of the market, you are well-poised to start an effective search. The search process can be overwhelming and defeating if your approach is all over the place. Focus in on what skills you have, what jobs can benefit from those skills, and which jobs or companies will help with your incremental career growth. It is unlikely that you will find your “dream” job when you are just entering the workforce, so it is okay to accept each job for what it is, an opportunity to help you build your employment reputation and your resume for what lies ahead.

Many successful people will tell you everyone’s journey is different, and each journey will be filled with its own unexpected twists and turns. Make the most of your journey, carve your own path, and see where the road takes you. And, if you need help along the way – Manpower is here to help.

Best of luck and congratulations from the Manpower Maine family.

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