This weekend, people all over the world will be celebrating their fathers. For being present, paying the bills, keeping a roof over our heads, keeping our bellies full, cheering us on, and betting for us every time. And while this may not be the case for ALL dads, we are so thankful they played a part in bringing us into the world!
“Work, work, work, work, work” aren’t just lyrics to a Rihanna song. They’re words to live by. Working hard during the week makes weekends so much sweeter!
If you’ve been keeping up with the news for even a small period of time, then you’ve heard of the massive layoffs, reduction of hours, and abrupt terminations millions of people have had to go through. More than likely, you’ve not only read about it, but may also be on the receiving end of the bad news, or know of someone close to you who is struggling. Covid has adversely affected every possible sector, and there is a lot of uncertainty as to what the future will look like. It definitely is a bleak time, but while it is bleak, there is still hope. When things are bad, they can only get better. If you’ve been laid off, lost your job, or have had to cut back on working hours, don’t sit and mope. There are hundreds of thousands right there along with you.
Breathe, wipe your face, and start looking for another job. Call local temp agencies. Ask about their temp to hire positions. Inquire about any open, full time positions they may have. Ask to be put on their “Available” list. Say “yes” to those temporary positions. Take it one day at a time. Maybe it won’t be a full time position, or your dream job, but it will pay the bills, keep you going, and add experience to your “work tool belt”. Don’t get blinded by the media. Do what you can. Things will surely look up if you keep going.
Google search “remote positions” if you have kids at home, and can’t afford to pay a babysitter. Places like Amazon are booming at this time, and are always looking to hire. They’ll provide you with the equipment you need to do the job, and you can do it from the comfort of your own home.
Drive through your local town or nearby cities, and keep an eye out on the doors of the businesses you pass; there is always a “Help Wanted” poster up when they’re looking.
Call or email your friends and let them know you’re looking for a job, and would appreciate any information on vacancies they become aware of. There is no shame in putting yourself out there. Like you, there are so many more. Just make the call, or send the text.
These are simple, pretty obvious suggestions. But, when you’re in a slump, you can become blinded by the overwhelming sense of failure and fear, and a friendly reminder can help you get back up. In a couple of months, you’ll look back and be glad that you didn’t sit and sulk.
We’re rooting for you.
As a recruiter, a large portion of my time goes into reviewing resumes, sending them to clients, and responding to their questions regarding a prospective candidate’s employment history.
“Why have they had five different positions for five different employers in the last two years?” “Why can’t they last at a job for more than a month?” And more often than not, those questions are rhetorical, a means of making a point. What point is this exactly? The point is that companies want to see stability in future hires.
Why is stability so important? The reason is that hiring, training and retaining talent comes with a cost that companies would prefer not to invest in for short-term employees. Instead, they hope to hire someone who will last long enough to make up for these on-boarding costs and add additional value.
So, how long is long enough? According to experts, you should stay at your place of employment for a minimum of two years. It’s enough time to learn new skills and build your qualifications, while short enough to show that you value growing in your career.
You can’t always keep from leaving a position before the two year mark. Sometimes, you will just have to go ahead and get on out, but keep in mind that a string of exes looks bad in both relationships and employment. Be prepared to weigh the consequences and to consider how the move can adversely affect your future employment prospects before you hop on out.
Two words. “Labor well.” These words though few, pack a punch. Laboring well means working hard. It means ending the week feeling satisfied that you did every task to the best of your ability, that you earned your paycheck with the sweat of your brow. Nothing makes you feel more satisfied than to know you earned your keep. Independently of how little or how much you make, no one can take away the feeling of knowing you did your duties with excellence, and with a willing disposition. Laboring well-there is dignity in that.
Staffing agencies benefit businesses by saving them:
• Time by reviewing hundreds of resumes, qualifying candidates, performing background checks, etc.
• Money by completing the work the client would have had to pay an in-house employee to perform. They also execute it in less time and with better results.
• From the hassles of handling contractor payroll taxes, workers comp, and unemployment benefits.
• From competing tasks that in-house hiring managers face on a daily basis. Using a specialized staffing agency generates better candidates and placements for your team.
Other advantages of using a staffing agency:
• Employers are able to adjust their workforce to evolving business demands. Companies depend on staffing services to provide them with talented workers who can meet a wide range of needs when they need them. Often, these workers become essential, permanent employees.
• Staffing agencies have a broad network of candidates and connections. Staffing services have a pipeline of qualified candidates. And, they have a further reach into the community of passive candidates.
#1 Recruiters take a cut from your salary.
Truth: Recruiters do not cost the candidate any money.
This is by far the most common misconception about recruiters and, unfortunately, it causes many people to lose out on great opportunities with employers they love. Recruiters and their agencies are hired by companies to resource candidates for their staffing needs. So, it’s the companies who pay the bill. You keep all of your salary.
#2 Recruiters decrease your salary so that companies get a good deal.
Truth: Recruiters make more money when you make more money.
The amount that recruiters get paid is based on a percentage of your first years salary (usually). Again, this doesn’t mean that you make less money. It means that recruiters want you to make more so that they can make more. It’s a win-win.
#3 Recruiters only care about filling the position-not you.
Truth: It is in a recruiters best interest to care about their candidates deeply.
If you’ve never worked with a recruiter before, then you couldn’t possibly understand the arduous process from finding the perfect candidate to signing the hiring paperwork. It is long and tough.
A recruiter doesn’t go through that process for nothing. They’re only going to fight for a candidate that they believe is truly a good fit.
Most good recruiters (like ours) will go beyond the call of duty to help their candidates prepare for their interviews, create outstanding cover letters and resumes, as well as stay up to date with them after the hiring process is over. If you are hired, you might be in contact with your recruiter again so it’s important to keep the relationship beneficial.
Besides, sending in less than qualified candidates could damage their relationship with their client, the company they are hiring for, which is never what they want.
#4 It’s the recruiter’s job to find you work.
Truth: Recruiters work for their clients and are trying to fill open positions.
Recruiters don’t normally work one-on-one with a person and apply to a multitude of positions for them. Recruiters work for their clients to fill their open positions. Whoever fits the descriptions perfectly will be submitted.
#5 Recruiters only hire for temporary positions.
Truth: Recruiters hire for temp, contract, direct hire, part-time, full-time… all kinds of roles.
Don’t automatically assume that recruiters are only hiring for temporary positions! There are, of course, temp staffing agencies, but there are many agencies who are full-service as well.
Whenever you receive a phone call from a recruiter, listen to what they have to say and ask questions about the type of work it is. If you’re not interested in temporary positions, you can make that clear and ask them to keep in contact with you for more permanent opportunities.
Recruiters are on your side! Don’t buy in to these common misconceptions about recruiters. If you do, you might miss out!
Tell us about yourself.
I’m 27 years old. I was born in Los Angeles, California, but raised in Duplin county. I am an ECU graduate and by default, a proud pirate. I recently made the big move back to Greenville when I took a recruiting position at Roebuck. I love God, love helping people, reading, writing, and spending time with loved ones.
What did you do before working at Roebuck Staffing?
I was working in Treasury Management for Southern Bank & Trust Company.
What is your favorite…?
Movie: Ask me about books!! 😊
Music Genre: Contemporary Christian
TV Show: The Office, Friends
Color: Green and Purple
Food: It’s so hard!! Italian is among the top 5!
Beverage: Lemonade or Arnold Palmers
What do you like most about working at Roebuck Staffing?
I love getting up in the morning and knowing that I can make a small difference in someone’s life. Even when some of the positions are temporary, it feels awesome to know that you may have helped someone who was in a rut, and just needed a little push in the right direction.
How important is the resume in the job application process?
Extremely important. A resume showcases who you are, what you have to offer, how well you pay attention and how much you want a job.
What do you look for in a candidate?
I look for someone who is honest with who they are, and with the weaknesses and strengths they possess. I look for people who are confident, reliable, and hard working. Skills are a plus, but I think that what makes a person stick out among the rest are the (not so) small details. Are they on time? Are they honest? Do they show up? Do they complain? There is no bigger turn off for a recruiter than the candidate who calls every day looking for a job, but fails to show up when you place him in one.
What tips would you suggest for a candidate to prepare for an interview?
Do your homework. Find out all you can about the company that is hiring and what their requirements are and take heed of them. People would be surprised at how many interviews take place in which the candidate doesn’t possess the skills or experience the position requires. Dress the part. Not everyone can afford expensive suits or fancy clothes, but they can come muster an outfit that is clean, ironed, and that fits. Arrive at least ten to fifteen minutes early. It shows the recruiter that you’re serious and that you can be trusted with a position. I also suggest for candidates to be honest. There is no bigger warning sign to me than when I interview a candidate who talks incessantly about their imaginary skills or experience. Confidently share your strengths and weaknesses. No one knows everything and it’s easier to teach someone who recognizes they don’t know than teaching a person who believes they know it all.
So, you have applied to as many jobs as you can think of, but still have not received a phone call or email back from any of the employers. Now what? Here are a few suggestions to be considered while job hunting.
Update your resume. It seems obvious, but as a staffing agency, we have more resumes that are not up to date than ones that are current. Especially for candidates that recently moved, but the resume still has their old address. Recruiters may want someone from their local area, and if they see that you reside in a different state, they won’t take the extra few seconds to review the rest of the resume. The same goes for your current position. Some openings must be filled immediately, and if they review your resume that shows that you still currently work at your most recent employer but you are no longer there, you may get skipped by the recruiter assuming you have to give your current employer a 1-2 week notice.
Review your social media. Public profile pages are great for getting more followers. But what if an employer saw it? Would they be in shock to see what you do in your spare time? Are there party pictures, illegal activity, provocative photos, immature tweets, racist comments, etc? One thing can turn them the wrong way. Review your pages, and make sure they are as professional as possible…now and in the future. They can check on them at any given time.
Google search yourself. You would be surprised to see what types of websites pop up when you search your own name on Google.com. You may come across your old social media page like Myspace or xanga.com that you forgot was still active that has several embarrassing posts.
Ask someone with experience to review your resume. Getting an extra set of eyes to review your resume gives you a chance to see if anything can be improved. Maybe a phrase can be worded differently or they noticed a spelling error that you didn’t see originally.
Attach a Cover Letter. I know we are not all English majors and looooove writing papers, but a cover letter is a great way to introduce yourself to the recruiter and explain your situation and what you are seeking. This is highly recommended if you are applying to a position out of town. You can tell the recruiter that you are looking to relocate to their area and give them specific dates as to when you will be moving. This refers back to the first suggestion of updating your resume. Also, you can explain a little bit more of the type of experience and skills you have that are related to the position that would make you the best candidate. Remember to sell your experience. Tell the recruiter why they should pick you over the other applicants. What makes you stand out? What do you have to offer to the company?
Follow up. Follow up. Follow up. So many applicants just apply once and then never contact the employer again. It’s important to follow up. If you apply online, you may be able to call the main office a day later to double check it went through. Of course, there’s a difference between contacting once in a while to sounding desperate. Try to balance it out the best you can.
We are sure there are several more we could have mentioned, but these are a great start to hopefully get your phone ringing while job hunting. Roebuck Staffing in Eastern North Carolina is hiring for several positions at the moment! If you have not already, you can apply with us online at http://www.roebuckstaffing.com.
We would like to congratulate Miss Jessica Suggs for being selected as Roebuck Staffing’s Employee of the Month for December 2016! Jessica has been with us for three short months, but has already shown her great work ethic! She always arrives on time, works hard, and always receives positive reviews from our clients.
Thank you for your great work, Jessica! Keep it up!
If YOU would like to be Employee of the Month, you can apply for all job openings at http://www.roebuckstaffing.com.