This week, we have our Director of Operations, Mr. Jesse Baker! Read below to get to know a little more about Jesse. Plus you may want to take notes. He has some great insights on what an employer looks for in an employee that you may not have known before reading this.
Tell us about yourself.
I am a Greenville, NC native for 50+ years. I am married to a nurse who works at Vidant Medical Center. We have 4 dogs and a cat. I enjoy, fishing, hunting & golf.
What did you do before working at Roebuck Staffing?
I sold insurance for NC Farm Bureau and previous to that, worked for American Credit Co. for 27 years starting as a collector and finishing up as President to 40+ employees and 7 locations servicing Eastern North Carolina.
What is your favorite…?
Music Genre: Country
TV Show: The Andy Griffith Show
Car: any SUV
Food: Ribeye Steak
What do you like most about working at Roebuck Staffing?
I enjoy connecting dependable jobseekers with clients in need of our services. Also, I am blessed to have such exceptional co-workers that work so well together as a team. It makes everything at Roebuck Staffing successful.
How important is the resume and cover letter in the job application process?
An updated & detailed resume is the most important element a jobseeker can share with a recruiter/HR manager, regardless of their skills. The reason is: it tells us a story and timeline about your work history and abilities, without a resume, you are more than likely to be overlooked for open positions since we know nothing about your work history and skillset(s). We ultimately will not know where to fit you with our clients.
What do you look for in a candidate?
I look at your initial interaction with our recruiters to see how you conduct yourself while interviewing which gives me an idea how you will be out in the field working for our clients. I would rather put someone to work that has a strong desire to get ahead and with work ethic about them, than multiple skills. I also rely on previous job references to see what your previous employers say about the job you did with them.
What tips would you suggest for a candidate to prepare for an interview?
First, be yourself and be truthful of what you can and can’t do regarding open positions you are applying for. Be patient when applying with a temp agency, since we have 100’s of jobseekers every month applying for limited positions. If you are patient, call in regularly, AND accept some less desired jobs to start with, you will develop a great impression to all of us here, which will land you a better job one day sooner than later.
What resources would you recommend to applicants?
Attend job fairs with local community colleges and area Chambers of Commerce. If you haven’t already, take a Career Readiness Certificate class (CRC) at any local NC Community College to show your willingness to improve your worth to local industry that may or may not require these certifications.
In today’s economic slowdown, there are more jobless people seeking work than positions open. A staffing agency is a good place to start, since we are an integral source for companies when their business projects begin producing again. Our goals are to employ most everyone that qualifies, though that’s not possible. So, don’t be passive or give up seeking employment. Timing is everything.