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The best apps for business!

It seems like every day someone is telling me about an awesome new app to download. With all of these new apps coming out each day, it is hard to tell which ones are really helpful and which ones are just a waste of time. Here is our list of our favorite apps at Accent Group!

Here on Biz: This app allows you to view which of your LinkedIn contacts are near you. When you request a connection, you can chat with your contact and set up an in-person meeting.

HootSuite: This app allows for all of your posts from social networks all at once. The days where you have to sign into Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. all separately are long gone with HootSuite! It also provides help for you to manage your social media usage all together.

Dropbox: Dropbox gives you 2G storage for free with this app. So now you can store all of your files, images, videos, documents, all in one place for access anywhere anytime. You can also edit and sync all of your changes from anywhere.

Brewster: Have so many contacts and networking opportunities you don’t know what to do with? Use Brewster to take your contacts from all of your applications and create in-depth profiles for each contact. You can receive gentle reminders to contact someone and set up favorites with this fully searchable app. It also allows you to be able to note information about each individual so nobody gets lost!

We also suggest that Trello, UberConference and Evernote might be worth looking into as well.

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Setting Goals

A daily activity here at Accent Group is to set goals. Everyday we gather around and share our goals with everyone. This sets up our employees for success daily! By setting and sharing goals, it allows for everyone to learn from each other and contribute to each others success. Throughout the day, reminding each other of goals gives us a chance to realize the negatives and positives of the day and change anything that isn’t allowing us to pursue the goals. Check out this article from Entrepreneur.com about how to define goals.

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/225655

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Hard Work Pays Off

Our annual Catch a Rising Star conference is coming up next weekend. This event hosts all of our top location managers across the country to come together in Las Vegas! Who doesn’t want a trip to Vegas right? Well, all of their hard work and determination is finally paying off. Their dedication and career mindset to the success of the business has brought attention to top executives as they are chosen to go. The event includes dinners out, shows on the strip, and sightseeing as well as lots of one on one time and networking opportunities to maximize capabilities as location managers.

Camp Casey Volunteer Work

This past week a few of us were lucky enough to team up with the Detroit Pistons to raise money for Camp Casey. Camp Casey is a local, non profit organization that provides a horseback riding program for children with cancer. On Tuesday, along with other volunteers, we went to the Pistons game and sold 50/50 raffle tickets. Just about $5,000.00 was raised!!! The highest sellers were Lindsay and Lorraina from Accent Group, who sold over $500.00 in raffle tickets alone! WooHoo! We received an official basketball signed by Kim English and four tickets to an upcoming game against the New York Knicks! Alicia, Jill, and Suzy also volunteered from Accent Group to help out with this special event.

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Secrets to Success!

Everyone wants to know Bill Gates’ secret to success right? Well, duh! INC.COM recently revealed three traits that Bill Gates maintained in his rise to the top.

  • Strategic Acting
  • Powerful Partnerships
  • Ferocious Tenacity

Bill gates is not just simply a visionary,  but also an “executor.” He took his ideas and turned them into reality! More than 30 years after the launch of his multi-billion dollar company, he is still ruling the computer industry.

Check out the full article from inc.com

http://www.inc.com/lewis-schiff/bill-gates-extraordinary-success-secrets.html

Accent Group supports Camp Casey!!

Accent Group will be pulling out their best boots and cowboy hats in support of Camp Casey, a nonprofit horseback riding program for children with cancer headquartered in Michigan!

The Detroit Pistons have selected Camp Casey as the charity recipient for their 50/50 Raffle!

We have volunteered to sell raffle tickets to the crowd while telling them about Camp Casey at the Pistions vs. Memphis Grizzlies game on Tuesday, February 19!

To learn more about this local chirity and how you can help out visit their website at: camp-casey.org

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The Self-Aware Leader

Everyone loves a good book recommendation right? Well I know we do here at Accent Group. My current assigned textbook in Team Leadership at Oakland University is The Self-Aware Leader: A Proven Model for Reinventing Yourself  by Daniel Gallagher. After reading just one chapter in the book I knew it was just something I had to share. Gallagher is a Fortune 100 Executive and he shares his distinctive approach on how to become the best leader one can be by increasing self-awareness from a business aspect. He offers a modern outlook on how management is always quickly changing. Two key points of the book is a new psychological structure on leadership that’s applicable to today’s business and concrete strategy to apply the new concepts and ideas into action.

Achieving Goals

Forbes Magazine published an article on How to Be  A Super Achiever. Here at Accent Group, Inc. submitting goals and achieving them is one of the most important aspects of our business. Without goals, there is no room for growth. Setting goals is a process that helps one plan for the future and keeps up motivation to turn dreams into reality.

So how do the most successful people do what they do and get to where they want? Authors and Husband/Wife Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield went out and found exactly what they were looking for. By meeting with people who are the best at what they do, they found that they all possessed similar qualities that were the keys to their success.

Here are the top ten qualities that these leaders has in common:

  • Dedication To A Vision
  • Intelligent Persistence
  • Fostering a Community
  • Listening and Remaining Open
  • Good Storytelling
  • Testing Ideas In the Market
  • Managing Emotions
  • Constantly Evolving
  • Practicing Patience
  • Pursuing Happiness

Check out the Article for more information on how to improve yourself into a Super-Achiever!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jennagoudreau/2013/01/17/how-to-be-a-super-achiever-the-10-qualities-that-matter/

Our Puerto Rico Trip!!

Puerto Rico was such a great time!! To start off, Congratulations to our manager Lindsay for being promoted to Regional Consulting Manager!! With her promotion, she received a beautiful brand new Cartier Watch. Lindsay started four and  half years ago into an entry level position with our management development program in San Diego, CA . She now manages fourteen different offices throughout the country as well as four campaigns from coast to coast. The promotion is to recognize that she has helped our portfolio of clients to expand into new markets as well as others grow into a managerial role.  Her goals are to continue to help others grow into new markets and continue to be a great example for others. This promotion was special enough, though Lindsay was also awarded one of six other awards during the R&R conference. She was recognized with the Consistency Award for having a very consistent year against all other markets.

The question now is – what is next for Accent Group and Location Manager?!?

We know Accent Group will have another phenomenal year in terms of growth, acquiring new clients as well as other opportunities to enjoy a lil fun in the sun from time to time!

It was great to have some relaxation time along with being able to network with everyone from our other offices. Check out our FaceBook page to look at more photos! Image

Easy Ways To Completely Blow Your Job Interview

We are currently conducting interviews for our open Entry-Level positions & Internships and ran across this article on what not do to if you want the opportunity.

 

 

By Kelly Eggers, FINS.com

When you go on a job interview, failing to impress the hiring manager with your eloquence may be the least of your worries. There are some things you might do that go way beyond flubbing a tough question.

We asked nine recruiters and job search experts to share interview horror stories — the biggest blunders, faux pas, and missteps they’ve seen — to bring you a compilation of things to avoid in an interview if you want to be called back for a second round.

1. Run late. Even better, run late, and don’t call.

Everyone is human — we get flat tires, flights get canceled — and interviewers understand that. So while your best bet is to be on time, if you make every effort to contact the interviewer as soon as you know you’ll be late, you may still have a fighting chance at the job.

A good rule of thumb is to arrive 10 to 15 minutes in advance.

“There is such a thing as being too early,” says David Lewis, president of Conn.-based HR consultant OperationsInc. “That’s what Starbucks is for.”

You might assume that there is an application to fill out when you arrive — but you should also assume that your interviewer accounted for that when they scheduled you.

And if you really don’t want the job:

“A candidate completed an amazing phone interview, and we were really looking forward to meeting them, but they never showed up. The candidate evidently had a flat tire, but didn’t think to call us until well over 24 hours later.”

— Skye Callan, an interactive marketing director at Calif.-based recruitment marketing agency CKR Interactive

2. Overschedule yourself.

Whether you’re unemployed or a passive job-seeker, it’s important to remember that looking for a job is a full-time job. You’ll need to meticulously manage your time — so if you need to schedule an interview for your lunch break, eat a big breakfast; don’t go into the interview with your stomach growling, says Lewis but don’t bring your lunch with you, or come between your workout and your shower, either.

And if you really don’t want the job:

“A candidate sent me an e-mail saying he didn’t answer when I called because he had another interview today and he needed to ‘take a break from that process.'”

— Shilonda Downing, president of Virtual Work Team, a Flossmoor, Ill.-based recruiter and temporary staffing firm

3. Act like you’re going out to a bar.

Between too-tight clothes, flirtatious mannerisms, and exposed chest hair, anything that you’d do or wear in a bar setting is bad for an interview.

“An interview is not an opportunity to improve your social life,” says Lewis.

“A couple of years ago I had a candidate try to work the angle of being overly friendly with everyone in the interview room,” says Callan. “It got to the point where we couldn’t end the interview quickly enough.”

And if you really don’t want the job:

“A young woman dressed extremely inappropriately, forgetting to wear undergarments. In spite of what she may have thought, it was a sure-fire way not to get asked back for a second interview!”

— Paul Solomon, founder of Wall Street recruiting firm Solo Management

4. Wait a week to send a thank you note. Or don’t send one at all.

Sending a post-interview thank you note should be as instinctive as brushing your teeth twice a day. While the debate ensues over e-mailed versus handwritten notes, many experts suggest that e-mailed notes are just as effective.

“Handwritten notes are more thoughtful,” says Vicki Salemi, an accounting recruiter who has worked in HR at KPMG and Deloitte, and author of Big Career in the Big City, “but they put you at a disadvantage over someone who instantaneously e-mails one the same day.”

If you do choose to e-mail, keep it simple: “Send me a simple note — not a Bible. Nothing I need to scroll down through,” says Lewis.

And if you really don’t want the job:

“Send a single thank you e-mail cc’ing everyone with whom you had an interview that week – [even if they are all] at different companies.”

— Kathy Simmons, CEO of Calif.-based recruiter Netshare

5. Use your cell phone in the meeting.

“Cell phones don’t belong in an interview,” says Salemi, unless you’re using it before you arrive to let them know your car broke down and you’re running late. “Once you make contact, it should be off and out of sight.”

For many, this may seem like common sense, but Salemi says she’s seen it all. Busy job-seekers lining up interviews may be nervous to miss another recruiter’s call, but the interview will end quickly if you take one during the meeting.

“One candidate gave me the ‘talk to the hand’ motion,” says Salemi. “It should be you and the interviewer. That’s it.”

And if you really don’t want the job:

“Take a call during the interview from a girl you just started dating and sweet-talk her.”

— Lewis of OperationsInc.

6. Give support staff an attitude.

“Don’t underestimate the importance of the person receiving you in an office,” says Lewis. What he or she says to her superiors before and after the interview often carries a tremendous amount of influence. “Chances are, they’re going to call or instant-message the person you’re interviewing with,” says Lewis, and you don’t want them to say “good luck with this one.”

And if you really don’t want the job:

“When asked by security to show her ID and sign in, [a candidate] yelled at the security guard and moved briskly to the elevator. After, security called the company informing them of what had occurred, and she was not asked back for the next round.”

— Lavie Margolin, a job search advisor and author of Lion Cub Job Search

7. Stalk the company’s employees.

It’s one thing to research the company and those you’re meeting with before heading in for an interview, but you’re crossing a line if you follow up too much, too often. Try to limit communication to only what is necessary by job-seeking standards — the thank you note, follow-up call to reiterate your interest, and the “I’ve found another position” letter, if that time comes.

And if you really don’t want the job:

“A job-seeker waited by the CEO’s car, and when the CEO got in the car, [the candidate] started knocking on the window.”

— Simmons of Netshare