5 Tips to Help You Crush Your First Day At Your New Job

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Your first day at a new job can be exciting, but also terrifying.

You’re in a brand new environment where you don’t know many people, you’re learning an entire new skillset many times, and you’re afraid to mess up. The team here at Carter Recruiting and Associates has certainly been there in the past!

But do you know what really helps takes those nerves away and assists with your overall first-day production? Preparation. If you’re ready to roll and know what to do before you walk into work, you’ll feel much more confident.

We’ve put together 8 helpful strategies to really get you going on your first day.

1) Arrive Early and Leave Late

It’s all about setting the tone and letting your co-workers and bosses know what kind of employee you’re going to be. If you get to work before anyone else and you’re the last one to leave, automatically you are given a lot more trust in the eyes of everyone around you.

2) Be Prepared to Talk About the Company

Your new boss is going to be blown away if you prove that you’ve taken the time to learn about them and what makes their brand a success. And if you have suggestions on how you can make them even better, they may just name you Employee of the Month on the spot. Alright, maybe not that far, but you’d certainly be a quick office favorite, and you’d be helping your company move in the right direction.

3) Focus on Getting Some Small Wins

On your first day, you’re not expected to solve the company’s biggest problems. As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Focus on achieving some small goals and make sure you’re starting out on the right foot. That’ll go a long way with your new boss, and it’ll help you build your confidence.

4) Send Thank-You Emails to Everyone Who Helped You Throughout the Day

Everyone loves to feel appreciated, and your new co-workers and bosses want to feel comfortable with you. A simple e-mail showing how much you appreciate them will speak volumes in the long run.

5) Ask Questions and Show You’re Ready to Learn

Have some questions ready for the team or for your boss before you arrive to work. And while you’re being trained, try to think of some things to ask on the spot. Your boss wants to see that you’re ready to learn and take action. Plus, don’t feel about about asking questions. Your boss and co-workers know that you’re brand new. You’re not supposed to know everything just yet. Questions are going to impress everyone around you.

We hope these little tips help you excel on your first day! Do you have any other suggestions on how to improve your first day on the job? Let us know on our Facebook page!

Carter Recruiting and Associates is one of the largest independent recruiting and outplacement companies in Arkansas. Our headquarters, located in Little Rock and our satellite office in Conway, both service accounts nationwide. We have satisfied clients and references from some of the largest companies in the state. With over 50 collective years of experience in the recruiting business, we have a vast amount of resources and knowledge to ensure a job well done.

We Have Our Own Golden Gate Bridge in Arkansas, and It's Gorgeous

Photo credit: Eureka Springs Motorcycle Rides, Pixels, Steemit

Photo credit: Eureka Springs Motorcycle Rides, Pixels, Steemit

As you know, our state of Arkansas has more hidden gems would people think. There’s so much natural beauty in the Natural State, hence the reason for the name.

We just found one that needs to be added to the list. Crossing The White River, you’ll find a suspension bridge that not only looks gorgeous, but it hosts some of the classic stunning views that Arkansas is known for.

The team here at Carter Recruiting has been obsessing about it all week! You can find directions to this incredible place here.

Here are some fast facts about the Little Golden Gate Bridge of Arkansas:

1) The bridge spans 554 feet. In comparison, The Golden Gate bridge is 1.7 miles long.

2) You are permitted to drive across the bridge, but beware: it’s only a one-way bridge.

3) It was built in 1949, so it is a historical place here in Arkansas. In fact, it’s on the National Register of Historic Places.

4) The Little Golden Gate is really called the “Beaver Bridge”, because it leads you to the super small town of Beaver, which has a population of 101 people.

5) On average, the bridge has traffic of approximately 650 people per day. So it’s a pretty well-kept secret for the most part. The Golden Gate bridge sees a whopping 112,000 people per day!

6) If you’re located here in Little Rock like us, The Little Golden Gate Bridge is approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes away, so it is a bit of a drive. But if you’re into looking at beautiful landmarks and seeing gorgeous Arkansas scenery, it’s most certainly worth the trip, especially since it’s summertime!

What’s your favorite Arkansas landmark? Let us know on our Facebook page!

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Carter Recruiting and Associates is one of the largest independent recruiting and outplacement companies in Arkansas. Our headquarters, located in Little Rock and our satellite office in Conway, both service accounts nationwide. We have satisfied clients and references from some of the largest companies in the state. With over 50 collective years of experience in the recruiting business, we have a vast amount of resources and knowledge to ensure a job well done.

This is Your Chance to Drink Wine in a Haunted Arkansas Bar

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Ever wanted to drink wine and also hang out with some ghosts? This is your chance.

Most people in Arkansas think of the Crescent Hotel when it comes to old buildings walking with ghouls, and that’s fair, as that is one of the most haunted locations in the entire country.

But there’s a fairly new bar right here in Little Rock that is occupying a building that has had ghost sightings since the early 1900s. And us here at Carter Recruiting and Associates have been dying to check it out — no pun intended.

Four Quarter Bar opened up shop in North Little Rock in 2016 , in a building that was once a brothel back in the early 1900s. The most dominant story coming from this place has been people seeing a women in historic clothing chasing each other around the space.

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Google/Jennifer Barakat

The staff at the bar will be the first to tell you that they have witnessed things move without anyone touching them. Quite spooky.

The bar itself looks like quite the nice spot to grab a drink and a bite to eat, boasting a great selection of beer and wine, and a menu of delicious sandwiches, burgers, nachos and much more.

You can check out their Facebook page here for more information.

So what do you think? Are you ready to take on the ghouls? Let us know if you’ll be going anytime soon! We know we will!

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Carter Recruiting and Associates is one of the largest independent recruiting and outplacement companies in Arkansas. Our headquarters, located in Little Rock and our satellite office in Conway, both service accounts nationwide. We have satisfied clients and references from some of the largest companies in the state. With over 50 collective years of experience in the recruiting business, we have a vast amount of resources and knowledge to ensure a job well done.

6 Resume Tips Blow Your Potential Employer Away

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Your resume can be discarded in a matter of seconds. Have you ever thought about that?

Businesses usually receive a lot of interest for open positions, so there is quite a bit of competition ahead of you. If you’re looking to separate yourself from the rest of the pack, your resume has to pop.

The team here at Carter Recruiting and Associates has years of experience when it comes to studying resumes and helping people all across the state of Arkansas write theirs. We know what it takes to impress a potential employer.

So we’ve decided to give you 6 tips to help you blow the competition out of the water.

1) Keep It Professional

This one seems obvious, but you’d be shocked at how many people neglect this part of their resume. It’s a business document, so it’s imperative that you keep it professional. Stick to the facts, and send your information through a professional and simple e-mail address.

2) Make It Targeted

Tailor your resume for the specific company you’re applying for. When a business opens a resume, they’re looking for experience that applies to them. They want to see how YOU can help their brand. Take out any information that does not apply to the job.

3) Self-Promote

Don’t be afraid to talk about yourself! Companies want to learn about you and your accomplishments and experience. Be sure to self promote yourself and talk about what separates you from the other candidates.

4) Remember: Quality Over Quantity

Your resume is not your life story. You don’t need to list every little thing you’ve ever done. Only focus on the relevant positions that you’ve worked, along with relevant accomplishments.

5) Keep It Simple

A lot of people are under the impression that they need to use a lot of crazy fonts, colors and graphics to stand out. In reality, that serves as nothing but a distraction for your potential employer. They don’t care about how well you can design a resume. They care about your qualifications. Be sure to keep it simple, and focus on your relevant experience.

6) Use Hobbies To Your Advantage

This is an overlooked tip, because some might not see it as relevant, but your employers want to know what you’re like outside of the office. Are you participating in productive activities? For example, if you run marathons, that shows that you’re dedicated and determined. That translates to productivity in the workplace.

What are some tips that you might see as helpful? Be sure to let us know, and also share this blog with your friends!

Carter Recruiting and Associates is one of the largest independent recruiting and outplacement companies in Arkansas. Our headquarters, located in Little Rock and our satellite office in Conway, both service accounts nationwide. We have satisfied clients and references from some of the largest companies in the state. With over 50 collective years of experience in the recruiting business, we have a vast amount of resources and knowledge to ensure a job well done.

5 Things Employers Want to See On Your Social Media Channels

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Did you know that about 70 percent of job employers check your social media pages before they ever consider hiring you?

Social media is a great window into someone’s life and personality, and companies these days are well aware of it. The team here at Carter Recruiting and Associates has worked with hundreds of businesses over the years, and we know that they all take your online presence into account. They don’t want their business poorly represented, and they also want a reliable worker.

So chances are, that job you’re applying for is doing some heavy investigating on you. Are you prepared for it? Posting about illegal drugs, violence, sexual content will only turn a company away.

Here are five types of posts that we highly suggest publishing, while you’re weeding out the bad ones.

1) Posts that show you’re creative. Creativity most likely means that you’re a hard worker and that you can think outside the box. Do you have a special talent? Do you love to paint? Do you like to film? Whatever hobby or passion it is, consistently talk about it on social media.

2) Content with proper grammar and spelling. Whenever you’re about to post something, double check your caption and make sure there aren’t any errors. According to Workopolis, about 61 percent of employers are turned off by bad spelling or improper grammar.

3) Content showcasing your fun personality. Don’t be afraid to express yourself on social media, but in a tasteful way. Your future boss wants to see that you’re a happy and passionate individual.

4) Articles about your industry. Employers of course want to see that you’re genuinely interested in the industry that you’re applying for. Plus, if you’re searching around for articles, you’re probably going to learn more about your niche, which is always a plus.

5) Talk about your accomplishments and awards. Now don’t make it sound like you’re bragging, but don’t be afraid to show what you’ve worked so hard to achieve. Your future boss wants to see an accomplished and proud individual.

We hope these little tips help you out for your job search. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more content like this!

Carter Recruiting and Associates is one of the largest independent recruiting and outplacement companies in Arkansas. Our headquarters, located in Little Rock and our satellite office in Conway, both service accounts nationwide. We have satisfied clients and references from some of the largest companies in the state. With over 50 collective years of experience in the recruiting business, we have a vast amount of resources and knowledge to ensure a job well done.

There's An Underground Wine Cave & Restaurant in Arkansas and It's Incredible as it Sounds

Our state of Arkansas has its ways of surprising us. There are many landmarks and places of entertainment from all across the state that are quite unique.

Today we discovered yet another. And it might be our favorite one yet.

Wine lovers rejoice! Wiederkehr Wine Cellars is one of the more different spots in Arkansas that you’ll encounter. It’s located in a little village right in Arkansas wine country, and everyone here at Carter Recruiting thinks it’s the perfect place for a weekend getaway.

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These wine cellars were dug by HAND in 1880. How incredible is that?

Tours of this beautiful wine cellar are offered up for FREE every single day and every 45 minutes from 9am until 4:30pm. Have any wine lovers in your life that you know of? You might want to show them this. It would also be a perfect Valentine’s Day adventure.

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After a tour of the wine cellars, how about a romantic dinner? They have a cute little restaurant on site with delicious European cuisine that’s perfectly paired with their wine.

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In 1880, the Wiederkehr family migrated from Switzerland to Altus. They used native berries, grapes and persimmons before the higher quality grapes were ready for production. They’ve been open for business ever since.

If you’d like more information about this winery, you can check out their website at https://www.wiederkehrwines.com.

Do you have anyone in mind that you’d like to go with? Share this with them!

Carter Recruiting and Associates is one of the largest independent recruiting and outplacement companies in Arkansas. Our headquarters, located in Little Rock and our satellite office in Conway, both service accounts nationwide. We have satisfied clients and references from some of the largest companies in the state. With over 50 collective years of experience in the recruiting business, we have a vast amount of resources and knowledge to ensure a job well done.

10 Interview Tips To Help You Land Your Dream Job

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So, you’ve gotten the call. That job you’ve been looking for has requested you to come in for an interview. A professional has taken a look at your résumé and believes that you are potentially fit for the position. This is very exciting stuff! This can also be a pretty stressful time in the job search process, especially if you aren’t comfortable with interviews. But if you are prepared before you go in, not only will be able to communicate effectively, but this will also help you calm your nerves.

The team here at Carter Recruiting and Associates works with several companies across the state of Arkansas, and we know what they are looking for when they interview a candidate.

We have compiled a list of 10 incredibly helpful tips to help you land the job that you have been searching for.


#1 - Practice Good Nonverbal Communication

Applicants always focus on what they’re going to say, but oftentimes your body language is more telling than what comes out of your mouth. Before your interview, sit in front of a mirror and practice good eye contact, sit up straight, focus on looking attentive and confident. Also, make sure you have a firm handshake. Not only will these tactics help you exude confidence, but it will also impress the interviewer.


#2 - Dress Properly

This may seem like an obvious one, but you may be surprised at how many people ignore their attire. Make sure you are well groomed, and you’re wearing professional clothing before you walk in for your interview.


#3 - Listen

The interviewer will give you a lot of information about the position that you have applied for. Make sure you are listening to every word, and even ask questions based on the information given. This will let them know that you are very interested in the job and that you are ready to learn.


#4 - Work On Your Answers

As you may know, you will be asked several questions so that the job can get a grasp on how you would handle certain work situations, and so you will share examples of your previous behavior. A simple Google search will help you find a bunch of common interview questions that may be asked.


#5 - Do Your Research On The Company

Check out their social media channels, their website, and analyze their strengths and research the role you’re applying for. The interview will be very impressed with your knowledge because not only will it make you seem qualified, but it will also demonstrate your genuine interest.


#6 - Avoid Being Cocky

There is a big difference between confidence and cockiness. No one likes arrogance, especially a company that is trying to find qualified candidates.  


#7 - Don’t Seem Desperate

The “please hire me” tactic doesn’t work. Trust us. This does not make you appear confident, which is one of the key traits that an interviewer looks for.


#8 - Arrive Early

No one appreciates tardiness, especially the person interviewing you. Arriving early not only makes you appear more responsible and prepared, but it will also put your mind at ease before your interview. If you’re in a hurry beforehand, that’s only going to make you more nervous and rattled.


#9 - Make Conversation With Staff Members

This is not something that people normally take advantage of, but we recommend it for a couple of reasons. For one, it will help your mind stay occupied before you walk in for your interview, and you’ll remain relaxed. Two, bosses want to see how a potential new employee will treat other members of the staff. If you’re polite and friendly with the receptionist, for example, that will impress your interviewer.


#10 - Illustrate How Hiring You Will Help The Company

It’s important to qualify yourself and speak on your professional background, but interviewers will also appreciate how hiring you would help them. Think of yourself as a salesman in that moment. If you can elaborate on how your talents could benefit the company as a whole, you’re that much closer to landing the gig.


BONUS - Follow Up With The Company and Thank Them

Businesses love politeness and determination. A simple email or phone call a day after your interview will keep the business thinking about you, and it will be a nice gesture as well.



Do you have any other interview tips that you recommend? Let us know about them on our social media channels! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram and let us know your thoughts.






Carter Recruiting and Associates is one of the largest independent recruiting and outplacement companies in Arkansas. Our headquarters, located in Little Rock and our satellite office in Conway, both service accounts nationwide. We have satisfied clients and references from some of the largest companies in the state. With over 50 collective years of experience in the recruiting business, we have a vast amount of resources and knowledge to ensure a job well done.