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Employee of the Month: December 2016


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.

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.

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.

The Do’s & Don’ts of Job Interviews

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DO research the company. As soon as you schedule an interview (or before), search the company online. You should read reviews from past employees and learn about the company on their main website. You should know what and who you are working for.

DO a practice run. Look up the directions and make sure you know where the interview is located ahead of time.

DO make a list of questions you want to ask the hiring manager: Some great questions to ask may be:
– What do you like most about working here?
– What would my typical work day consist of?
– Do you have a lot of employees that have worked here for a year or more?

DON’T wear casual clothes. Dress to impress! Depending on the position you are interviewing for, always dress at least one ‘stage’ higher than the position applying for. For example, if you will be wearing jeans every day, then wear khakis and a nice button down shirt to the interview. If you will be wearing khakis every day, then wear nice dress pants with a button down and a tie to the interview.

DO arrive 10-15 minutes early. This will give you time in case you get stuck in traffic, get lost, etc.

DON’T smoke a cigarette or spray cologne/perfume before an interview. You do not want the hiring manager to be holding his/her breath the whole time.

DO turn your phone on silent or completely off (it won’t kill you). A phone ringing, notification, or alarm is a major red flag to the hiring manager who took time out of their day to talk to you. Be respectful. And DON’T even think about using your phone during an interview, even to check the time. PHONES ARE A HUGE NO-NO! It does not make you seem important, only rude.

DON’T lie or exaggerate on your resume or cover letter. It is so easy for hiring managers to recognize a liar. They can ask simple questions and know if you truly have the experience you say you do.

DON’T swear or cuss. This may seem obvious, but many applicants start to feel too comfortable once they have been in the interview for a while.

DO be excited and cheerful, but DON’T make it seem forced. They want somebody who truly wants the job.

DON’T talk negatively about your past employers or coworkers! This can make them think that you will talk negatively about your next ones, as well.

DO show how you can make an impact on the company. Sell them on why they should hire YOU over the other applicants and what makes you stand out. You will win them over if you have a good answer to the question, “Why should we hire you?” DON’T reply with something general that everyone else would say.

DO be yourself and DO thank them for their time!

Are you ready to nail the interview now? Apply at www.roebuckstaffing.com.

We’ll help you get there!

Meet the Staff: Sandy Inestroza


Last week we started our “Meet Our Staff” blog series. If you missed it, click here to see our first post. Today, we have our Senior Recruiter, Sandy Inestroza at our Greenville, NC office.

Tell us about yourself.
I am Hispanic American and I am 25 years old. I was born in Los Angeles, California but was raised in the small town of Teachey, North Carolina. I am engaged to be married next year, 2016. I sing in my church’s worship team and I am also a Sunday school teacher for kids ages 3 and up. I have an identical twin and I am five minutes older (I constantly remind her lol). I consider myself a very loving and compassionate person. I am the “baby” of Roebuck Staffing (the youngest).

What did you do before working at Roebuck Staffing?
Before working at Roebuck, I worked at another staffing agency in Wilson, but decided to look for employment closer to home. I also worked with an attorney for a little over a year. And right after high school, I began working as a HR assistant in a poultry plant.

What is your favorite…?
The Boy with the Striped Pajamas and A Walk to Remember (I am definitely a Nicholas Sparks fan) 
Music Genre:
Worship Music (It uplifts my spirit!)
TV Show:
Jane by Design, The Mindy Project, New Girl, and Friends
Not really into sports
Pink and Blue (I am really a girly girl)
Range Rover
Definitely Chicken Alfredo with broccoli (love it!)

What do you like most about working at Roebuck Staffing?
What I like the most is being able to help people. It is hard at times to find jobs and it makes me happy that we can help! I also like my coworkers!! They make it easy to wake up and come to work! We all get along great!

How important is the resume in the job application process?
A resume is highly important. In order to apply with us you must have a resume. Primarily, because our clients request it. But also, we like to look at all of your experience so we can place you accordingly. If you have electrical experience from 4 years ago but all your current experience is manufacturing, then we could possibly use you for an electrical position if we don’t have anything in manufacturing. It increases your possibility of employment.

What do you look for in a candidate?
I look for people with a positive attitude who come prepared!!

What tips would you suggest for a candidate to prepare for an interview?
– Arrive 10 or 15 minutes early (You want to make sure you can find the address. Please don’t arrive 3 hours earlier and not call. Being way too early and way too late can be conflicting for whoever is interviewing you)
– Please do not bring any kids with you to the interview. It makes your employer think you won’t be able to find a babysitter if you actually get the job.
– Come prepared with a resume (Most employers require it so they can see your past job history. Make sure to be detailed. It never hurts!)
– Dress appropriately!! This is a must! PJ’S and saggy pants are definitely a NO-NO!
– Greet your interviewer with a firm handshake and look them in the eye!
– NEVER text or play with your phone while being interviewed. It is disrespectful and it definitely makes your employer feel like you are not interested or fit for the job.

Do you think you are ready? Apply with Roebuck Staffing Co. by visiting http://www.roebuckstaffing.com.


Phone Etiquette for Job Seekers

It may seem silly that I am posting solely based on how to speak with potential employers via telephone…however it is a skill that many applicants lack. They are nervous, unprepared, and not clearly giving or receiving the right messages. I hope to shine some light on helpful hints on how to effectively and professionally speak with potential employers to help you land the job your after.

First and most importantly Speak Clearly!!!  It is important that you enunciate and if your a “fast talker” take a deep breath and slow down when you are speaking. If you know that you are a soft spoken person try to turn up the volume so that you are well heard.

Secondly you must always Be Professional. If you have an phone interview at 2 pm call 10 to 15 minutes before 2 pm. Also be sure to have a professional demeanor, do not speak in slang terms to your future employers that is the best way not to land a job. A professional demeanor shows you care about your appearance to others and shows you can be relied upon.

Always Be Polite! Even if the person you are first speaking with isn’t the person hiring you should always be extremely polite they are the person between you and a great job.  

Have a voice-mail set up with a professional message. Voice-mail doesn’t cost extra these days so there is no excuse to have it not set up or have a full voice-mail box. The message should also be a simple message that includes your name and asks callers to leave there information and you will get back in touch with them soon. Music, pranks and slang have no place on your voice-mail if you are looking for a job. Think about it this way, this may be the only impression you get to leave with a future employer I have known many employers that discard applicants because their voice-mail didn’t seem like a professional applicant.

No Ring Back Tones! I never got the point of these but none the less please don’t use these while job seeking. Your future employer doesn’t need to know that you listen to rap or heavy metal when they call you. The only thing they should hear when calling you is a gentle but oh so familiar ringing sound.

Last but certainly not least, if your are job seeking…..Answer your phone including numbers you don’t know. I know I’m guilty of letting an unfamiliar number go to voice-mail because I don’t want to waste my time talking to a wrong number etc….however when I was in search of a job I always answered my phone. From the perspective of a recruiter at a Staffing Firm it is an advantage to answer right away because if you don’t answer and we are seriously trying to fill a position we don’t wait for you to call back we move on to the next applicant on our list. That missed call you have could be a missed job opportunity.