The best way to plan a house on a vacant piece of land is to move into a tiny shepherd’s hut on a corner of the property. It’s not fancy, and it’s not comfortable, but you can probably stay there for a week or two.
And during that week, you’ll understand more about the land than you ever could in an hour of walking around. You’ll see how the rain falls and the sun shines and the puddles form.
As you’ve probably guessed, you can do that with the job you’re thinking about taking or the project you’re thinking about launching. Show up in the market and make some sales. Take a role as an intern and answer the customer service hotline for a day. Get as close as you can to the real thing, live it, taste it, and then decide how to build your career or your organization.
If the shepherd’s hut feels too uncomfortable, it might not be the land you wanted in the first place.
Working in a temporary job will give you more insight into a company and a position than you ever could in an hour of interviewing. You’ll see how the work flows and if the people shine and how the culture is formed. You can see the real thing and then decide if the organization is a place you can build a career and thrive within.
And if the temporary job feels too uncomfortable, it might not be the company you wanted in the first place.
Looking for a “shepherd’s hut” at a top Lehigh Valley company? Allied’s temporary positions offer the best way to learn about an organization and evaluate the next steps in your career.
A total solar eclipse visible in the United States is rare – and precious, just like your vision.
When the moon crosses in front of the sun on Monday, Aug. 21, skies will darken, stars will twinkle and millions of Americans will be treated to an astronomical show last observed in the U.S. in 1979. The only safe way to look directly at the sun is through special-purpose solar filters, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
These special filters are used in eclipse glasses and hand-held solar viewers. Eclipse glasses are available for purchase at big-box stores, electronics supply outlets and online. Look for glasses that carry this certification insignia: ISO 12312-2.
“The concern over improper viewing of the sun during an eclipse is for the development of ‘eclipse blindness’ or retinal burns,” said associate professor of optometry Dr. Ralph Chou in an article published by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Chou said children and young adults are most at risk as bright light and radiation from the sun can cause heating and cook the exposed tissue of the eye. The aging process can provide a natural filtering effect in older people and reduce risk of retinal damage.
Set Rules for Your Viewing Party
In Eclipse 101, NASA outlines do’s and don’ts of viewing the eclipse:
- Do not look directly at the sun
- Do not use homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark sunglasses
- Use special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers, to view the eclipse
- Read and follow filter instructions and supervise children
- In any stage of eclipse, do not look at the sun through a camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical device, and never use solar filters with these devices, as concentrated solar rays will damage them and can cause serious eye injury
- Inspect your solar filter before use; if it is scratched or damaged, discard the filter
- Pinhole projection is a safe way to view the sun in indirect fashion; Exploratorium provides instruction on “How to Build a Sun Viewer” and other methods of safely viewing the sun
Who Will Be Able to See the Eclipse?
Everyone in America will see at least a partial eclipse. Those living inside a 70-mile stretch known as the “path of totality” will see the total eclipse when the moon fully covers the sun.
A downloadable map produced by NASA plots the total eclipse course through 14 states, beginning in Oregon and ending in South Carolina. NASA projects the longest duration of totality will be near Carbondale, IL, where the sun will be completely covered for about 2 minutes and 40 seconds.
Times for partial and total eclipse viewing vary depending on your location. NASA’sinteractive map allows you to click on any point in the U.S. and check peak times for viewing in your area. For example, the eclipse in Carbondale will begin at 11:52 a.m. CDT, with maximum eclipse at 1:21 p.m.
How Often Do Solar (or Lunar) Eclipses Occur?
The range is from two to seven eclipses each year, according to EarthSky.
- One calendar year has a minimum of four eclipses, two solar and two lunar
- The last time there were seven eclipses in a single year was 1982, and the next time will be 2038
- Few people see the shallow solar eclipses that occur regularly in the Arctic and Antarctic regions
After Aug. 21, the next total solar eclipse will be July 2, 2019, in South America.
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Looking for a great job in the Lehigh Valley? Part of the process will almost certainly include interviews. In addition to placing people in career opportunities with some of the leading companies in Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, Allied provides our candidates a crash course in interview preparation. Here are what we consider our top 3 tips to prepare you for an interview.
Always research the company and the position.
The Internet provides the means for gathering extensive information on a company. Visit the company’s website to read up on their history, their product line, and any current news. Many smaller companies also profile members of their management team. A company website will likely also offer a full description of the available job and may even include general information on the benefits offered. LinkedIn is also a great resource to learn more about the company, as well as the person who will be interviewing you. By doing your research ahead of time, you will also be better able to formulate intelligent questions during your interview.
Be courteous to everyone you meet.
We always encourage candidates to be friendly to the first person they meet when they walk in the door of a company. Many interviewers will ask the person at the front desk or at the security desk for a quick first impression. If you were rude, if you were talking on your cell phone, or if you were pacing nervously, they will share that information with the interviewing/hiring manager so it is important to not get off on the wrong foot. Greet everyone with politeness and wish them well when you leave, turn the cell phone off in the car (vibrate isn’t good enough – it needs to be off), and sit calmly while waiting. Consider your interview starting the moment you arrive at the company.
Even if it seems like common sense, think about it.
Most people look at us oddly when we provide this advice but you would be surprised how often simple common sense errors trip up an otherwise decent interview. Before you walk in the building make sure your sunglasses are off of your head and that your suit jacket lapel isn’t folded under. Make sure you’ve left food and drink in the car (this includes gum and mints). Always take at least three extra copies of your resume in case you meet with more than one person, and ensure those resumes are neat and are free of coffee stains, folds, and pen marks. Make sure you have reference information with you including the person’s full name, phone number, and email address. And most of all make sure you know who to ask for when you arrive!
Despite low unemployment rates, the job market in the Lehigh Valley is always competitive and employers will be considering multiple candidates when hiring. If you’ve done your research, remember your manners and pay attention to the common sense details, you will absolutely have a leg up on the competition. Rest assured, we’ve seen enough people stumble to know what gets you noticed in a positive way.
Good luck with your search, and be sure to check out Allied’s available jobs regularly.
Allied is hiring for one of the Lehigh Valley’s leading companies: Orasure Technologies in Bethlehem. OraSure develops, manufactures and markets point-of-care, oral fluid specimen collection devices, diagnostic products, and other medical devices and was named a 2016 Top WorkPlace.
We are looking for Manufacturing Technicians for long-term roles at Orasure. These opportunities offer a starting rate of $15/hour, a 4-day work week, and an excellent working environment with opportunity for growth. We’ve helped many people begin successful careers at Orasure; be our next Success Story!
Visit us at our job fair on Tuesday, June 6th, 8am–2pm, on-site at Orasure (220 East First Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015) or apply online today!
Summer is right around the corner! Your busy season may be coming, vacations may be looming, and interns may be knocking on your door. This year think about how Allied can help you make summer staffing a breeze.
Allied has a network of new and returning college students that can help you:
- Meet peak production times by supplementing your staff
- Ensure shipping deadlines are met by covering staff vacations
- Complete projects you’ve saved for later
- Cover your front desk during vacations
Do you already supplement your staff with the use of interns? Consider payrolling. Allied can:
- Screen, on-board, and pay the interns you’ve recruited
- Handle employee paperwork and payroll processing
For more information or suggestions on how you would benefit most fully from our summer offerings, contact us. We can help you get the most out of your summer help.
Allied Personnel Services has been named Best Employment Agency in the 2016 Morning Call Readers’ Choice awards. This marks the 10th win for Allied, confirming our status as the leading staffing company in the Lehigh Valley.
Thank you to all of our clients and employees that voted for us. We are proud of our service to the Lehigh Valley over the last 32 years and look forward to our continued commitment to our community.
Allied placed Dawn Anderson in a temporary, entry-level assignment at Orasure back in 2004. Fast forward to 2016 and Dawn is now a full-time Senior Manufacturing Technician at Orasure.
Congratulations to the graduates of 2016! You’ve finally completed your studies and all that cramming – now it is on to the “real” world. As many of you are finding, it can often be much more challenging than school was, especially when it comes to finding a job.
Each year, Allied successfully places numerous recent grads in positions at many leading Lehigh Valley companies. These positions can be short term (1 day, 1 week, etc.) or they can be long term (1 month+). Both provide a great advantage to you.
Short-term jobs provide the flexibility to interview for jobs in your field or outside of the area without the commitment of a full-time job. Long-term positions allow you to expand on and build your skills, which in turn enhances your resume.
Additionally, you may find that the position you thought was just a way to make money until you secured your dream job is actually satisfying and provides a challenging opportunity for growth.
Of course, you can’t overlook our temp to hire opportunities either. If you have a clear picture of your interests or career goals, we may be able to help you find a great opening. Companies often don’t post every job they have on their website; they rely on us to recruit for them. Working with a staffing company allows you access to the jobs you’d never find on your own, and can often be the best way to get into a full-time role at a top company.
Graduates often wait until August or September to contact us because they see a staffing company as a last resort. Instead, make Allied one of your first contacts, especially if you want to have an edge on the competition.