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Now what?

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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.

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Employee of the Month: October 2016

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Roebuck Staffing is proud to announce Mr. Shane Tyner as Employee of the Month from our Greenville office! Shane always gives 110% on every job he has ever done with us. He never turns down an assignment and has gotten nothing but great review from our clients! We are so lucky to have him as one of our employees! Thank you, Shane, for all of your hard work! It does not go unnoticed! CONGRATULATIONS & keep up the great work!!

If YOU would like to be the next employee of the month, please apply for our job openings at www.roebuckstaffing.com.


7 Reasons to Accept Short, Temporary Assignments

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Whether you are struggling to put food on the table or just want some extra spending cash, staffing agencies can be a great opportunity for work. Most people think “temp” agencies are the last resort for finding employment, but what many people don’t realize is staffing agencies can help get that dream you have always wanted. Here are 7 reasons to accept that short-term assignment.

  1. I choose you! Staffing agencies, including Roebuck Staffing, receive thousands of applications. If you were considered for an opening (big or small), you should be grateful! We understand it’s probably not your dream job, but we are trying to help you. We skipped over several hundred other candidates, but chose YOU! If we currently do not have a long-term assignment for you, but have a short-term one, we would rather offer it to you, than to choose somebody else and have you continue struggling to pay your bills with no income. Some money is better than none. Am I right?
  2. Prove it! These temporary assignments are great “interviews”. This is your time to shine and prove your work ethic. This will prove that you are worth considering for longer assignments, even permanent positions. Clients want employees who can show up on time each and every day, come prepared, and work hard throughout the shift.
  3. What are they thinking? You never know what the supervisors are thinking while on the jobsite. Just because this is a short assignment, does not mean they don’t have other openings that they are working on to fill. If they see your great work ethic, they may have an opening for you, or even MAKE a position for you if they know they cannot let such a great employee slip through their fingers!
  4. We want you back! If the client liked your work ethic on the last assignment, they are bound to ask for you, specifically, again in the future! Why? Because you already have the basic knowledge on how the company operates, what tasks need to be completed, and did a great job on the last assignment.
  5. Know somebody who knows somebody! Especially in the construction industry, several companies work with each other at the same jobsites. So, if you work a short assignment with one company, the supervisors may know that a similar company is looking for somebody with your skills and experience. This, of course, can lead to more work, hopefully full-time with benefits! Who doesn’t want that?
  6. Ch-ch-ch-changes! David Bowie reference… anybody? … no? .. okay. moving on. Several of our current employees at Roebuck Staffing have stated to us that they love having short assignments rather than one full-time job like everyone else. They like to experience new things, and not have to sit at the same job day after day, which can get very boring. Not everybody hates change.
  7. Update that resume! By going on short assignments, you are bound to learn some new skills. These skills can then be added to your resume, which in turn can lead to new employment.

So, now you know that not all short-term assignments are bad and are not just a waste of time. This is an extremely easy way for several other job opportunities to come up, but only if you look at it from a positive perspective. If you only look at the negatives, it will be much more difficult for you to find that dream job you have always wanted.

If you are looking for employment or extra side work, feel free to apply with Roebuck Staffing by visiting our website at http://www.roebuckstaffing.com.

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Employee of the Month: May 2016

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We are excited to announce that Kareem Johnson is Roebuck Staffing’s first employee of the month for our New Bern, NC office.  Kareem has been an employee with us for just a few short months and has already proved himself to be a stellar employee. He has attended the Flagging Class and was certified and worked as a flagger among several other jobs. Kareem has always been extremely diligent when it comes to work.

Kareem, thank you for being an outstanding employee, we appreciate all your hard work!

We asked Kareem a few questions to get to know him just a little bit more:

What town do you live in?
New Bern, NC

What do you enjoy most about working for Roebuck Staffing?
Their staff. They are very nice people!

What tips do you have for job seekers that you have benefited from?
Apply, stay consistent, and always be prepared to work. You will meet great people and have a great work experience.

What are your goals?
Start my own trucking company

If you would like to have a chance at becoming Roebuck Staffing’s Employee of the Month, you can visit our website at http://www.roebuckstaffing.com to apply for our openings.


5 Ways to Stay Positive While Job Hunting

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While seeking employment, it can be tough to stay positive when you have applied to several jobs. Maybe you have not heard back from any of the positions or maybe you were told that your application has been denied. This can be stressful and can easily make you want to just sit at home on the couch and invite your friends over for a pity party. Use these 5 tips to stay positive while job seeking!

  1. Stick to a schedule – When seeking employment, you should be job hunting from 8-5pm, as if that was your job. You should be “working” that whole time by applying to jobs, whether that be applying online, walking door-to-door to businesses, or networking. Be sure to take a break for lunch to refresh your mind, just like you would at a normal job. Once 5:00pm hits, your job is done for the day (unless you want to work “overtime”). Then, do the same thing tomorrow.
  2. Check in – Once you have applied online, be sure to check in every 2-3 days with the hiring manager to check the status of your application. This will show that you are truly interested in the position. But, do NOT beg! There is a huge difference. Do not give them a story about how your life is soooo terrible and how you can’t find a job anywheerrree. That’s a red flag. Simply state in a nice tone, “Hi, my name is [INSERT NAME], I had applied for the [POSITION] position, and would like to check on the status of my application.” That’s it!
  3. Stay busy – Find something else to keep you busy after you think you’ve done your fair share of applications for the day. This could consist of a new hobby, yard work, or even asking around the neighborhood to see if anybody needs help with their own yard work, data entry on the computer, running errands, etc. Find what you are good at, and take advantage of it, small or big. It may not be what you want to do forever, but it’s something to keep your mind off of negative thoughts and may lead to a new job if you run into the right task.
  4. Ask around – People know people. You may be surprised on how many people have landed jobs because someone knew someone at the business who pulled a few strings. Now, this may not work for everyone, but it doesn’t hurt to ask around.
  5. Don’t give up – As hard as it may be, you will not find a job if you don’t try. Keep pushing those resumes out. The worst thing they can say is no. Keep the negative thoughts away. All they do is bring you down.

If you are currently looking for employment,
Roebuck Staffing Co. in Greenville, NC can help!

You can apply by visiting http://www.roebuckstaffing.com.


Employee of the Month – February 2016

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Roebuck Staffing has named Keith Satterthwaite Employee of the Month for February 2016! Keith is a hardworking, go-to employee of Roebuck Staffing that always accepts every assignment with no complaints. He always has a good attitude, gets along with everybody, and is very dependable. Congratulations, Keith! Keep up the great work!

If YOU would like to become the next Employee of the Month, be sure to apply at http://www.roebuckstaffing.com to get started.


Meet the Staff: Jesse Baker

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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…?
Movie: Gladiator
Music Genre: Country
TV Show: The Andy Griffith Show
Sport:  Golf
Color:  Green
Car: any SUV
Food:  Ribeye Steak
Beverage:  Pepsi

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.

Final thoughts?
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.