What to Expect on Your First Assignment

First days can be intimidating. It was true in junior high, and remains true even as you advance through your career. However, as scary as they can be, new experiences can also prove exciting and educational. With the right preparation and a good attitude, you can position yourself for success right from your first assignment.   Of course, hearing this advice doesn’t stop the butterflies. At the same time, operating through a staffing agency can sometimes make the feelings of dislocation and uncertainty worse. It doesn’t have to be that way, though.    Your first staffing assignment also represents a major opportunity. You’ve opened up a… Read more »

How to Invite Passive Talent to an Interview

Including passive talent in your recruiting process offers significant team-building benefits. However, it’s often a more complicated process than the traditional recruiting procedure. Getting passive talent to agree to an interview takes some planning and requires a little nuance.   The upsides often justify the added hassle. After all, the recruiting process typically comes down to luck, at least partially. The right people apply for the right job at the right time – a lot of things that have fit together perfectly for you to discover the ideal hire.   Reaching out to passive talent can lower your reliance on chance encounters.… Read more »

How to Look Like a Unicorn on Your Resume, Without Lying About Experience

Every employer is looking for a unicorn, that magical creature who can fulfill every job requirement, and then some. Typically, these are viewed as near-mythical searches…no HR staffer ever really expects to find one. Hence the term “unicorn.”  However, it doesn’t have to be that way. By setting up your resume the right way, you can get as close to being a unicorn as possible. This will let you stand out during the early stages of the application process, and give you an advantage as the recruitment process progresses.   Here are a few steps you can take to look like a unicorn, without actually… Read more »

Emergency Notification Procedures

Putting in place emergency notification procedures helps keep your workplace safe, no matter what comes up. In dangerous situations, strong communication and a well-established protocol ensure that everyone takes the appropriate action. This can minimize damage, avoid injuries, and save lives.   After all, emergencies happen suddenly, and they happen unexpectedly. In some ways, there’s no way to be 100% ready when they occur. That said, getting through an emergency with the minimum amount of negative consequences requires significant preparation. In other words, you have to get as ready as possible.   Here are a few types of incidents that require emergency… Read more »

Career Spotlight: HVAC Installers

HVAC installation represents a fast-growing field that has a relatively low barrier of entry. At the same time, it offers a salary beyond the national median. Let’s take a look at some of the details.   First, let’s start with the name of the position itself. What does HVAC even mean?   The initials stand for “heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.” As it suggests, the position involves installing and repairing heating and cooling systems. Since pretty much every building has some version of these systems, their installation provides a stable career in a growing market.   Job Prospects   The career has a sizable job base,… Read more »

Improving the Candidate Experience

Improving the experience for the candidate who applies for a job at your company is a nice thing to do. However, that’s not the main reason to make it a priority. It also provides definite benefits for you as well, leading to an improved brand, better access to talent, and a more efficient recruiting process.   Making sure your candidates have all the information they need will streamline your process. You can review applications faster, and the interview process will be more efficient. Meanwhile, you will be able to make better hiring choices. Each of your candidates will be more relaxed… Read more »

Outdoor Construction Worker Safety

Working an outdoor construction job can be nice. When it’s 70 degrees, with a pleasant breeze and a few clouds to sit right in front of the sun, you’re thankful that you’re not stuck in some office somewhere. Things are different when the weather turns sour.    Rain, snow, wind, and extreme temperatures can make you wish for an indoor job. However, it’s not just about comfort. Inclement weather also puts your safety at risk. When conditions turn nasty, you need to take appropriate steps to protect yourself.   Rain   Staying dry is more than just a matter of comfort. Keeping the… Read more »

More Than Black & White; Diversity in the Workplace

You hear a lot about diversity these days. It’s often posed as the “right” thing to do, the correct corporate action from a moral standpoint. But people rarely make a straight business case for diversity in the workplace.  The truth is, diversity isn’t just the right thing to do in terms of an ethical commitment to equality. It’s also good business.   The approach to staffing gives you a broader skill base to draw from. You have a stronger team that can respond creatively to a broader range of situations. It also leads to improved productivity and better outcomes.   Here are… Read more »

Job Searching for the Holidays

Many companies need to staff up for the holidays, forcing them to hire a lot of people quickly. That creates an opportunity for you. Not only does this provide you the chance to earn extra cash during the holidays, but it also opens the door to broader career development. Therefore, you should spend some time strategizing how to get the most out of your holiday job search.  During the holiday hiring rush, companies tend to lower their usual hiring standards. This presents an opportunity for people with less experience to find at least a temporary position. In this way, holiday hiring provides a great chance to learn new skills and build out your… Read more »

Daily Manufacturing Safety Concerns

Safety represents a significant concern for any manufacturing company. As a worker, you are particularly impacted by the level of compliance in your workspace. The company might see a financial incentive to keep things safe. For you, the concerns are much more immediate, since you are the one who faces a potential injury if there are any breakdowns.  That gives you a deep incentive to keep the workplace safe. It also means you need to take personal responsibility for your safety. When you’re on the manufacturing floor, you should enact every precaution possible to avoid an incident.  Luckily, there is plenty you can do. Here are… Read more »