RecruitCon 2018.

RecruitCon 2018

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On May 10 – 11, Priority Staffing Group sent representatives from each of our offices to attend RecruitCon 2018. This conference was designed to teach groundbreaking strategies for staffing and recruiting.

Our goal is to learn as much as we can throughout the year to better service our clients. Part of this year’s conference focus was marketing to the newer generations of candidates, including Millennials, who now make up a large part of the working population, and Generation Z, who are just breaking into the workforce. In fact, 50% of the world’s current population is under 31 years old, which makes these two generations more important than ever to focus on in terms of employment.

 

By collecting the information needed to effectively hire and train these generations, we are able to take one step ahead of other companies who are hiring.

 

Three important takeaways: 

1) Keep hiring simple

2) Growth opportunities are a must

3) Flexibility is key

 

We pride ourselves on keeping up with the newest Human Resources trends to better service our clients. If you want more information on how we can help your business, reach out to any of our locations.

 

Marion, IL – (618) 969-8800 | Vandalia, IL – (618) 283-9533 | Murfreesboro, TN – (615) 295-2127

 

Want more information on RecruitCon’s sessions? Read this recap by RecruitLoop’s Paul Slezak, a presenter at the conference.

3 Ways to Wow Your Recruiter

3 WAYS TO WOW YOUR RECRUITER

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This is going to be one of those honest moments for job seekers who ask “Why haven’t I found a job yet?”

Interviewing for an open job, even at a staffing company, does not guarantee you’ll get hired.

 

I know it seems like because we place people in jobs for a living that you should get one just for walking in the door. But we have hundreds of applicants sometimes for each open position and when we call you in for an interview, that’s exactly what you have to do – interview.

 

Your odds can even be better at a staffing agency if you approach the interview correctly. Read why we can help you have Better Odds.

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Our tip: treat every interaction with a staffing agency like you would with a direct hire employer.

 

We would love to give every applicant a position, but our overall goals are to find career placements, meaning we find long-term positions that our candidates want to work at. If we just throw people into the first open position we have, no one would be happy.

 

So, when you go to an interview, start with these three easy tips to wow a recruiter!

 

1. Dress the Part

The biggest mistake we see made at interviews is not dressing the part. Whatever position you’re interviewing for, dress one step up.

 

That’s not to say you can’t wear jeans for a cleaning position, but you should wear a button up shirt or blouse and the jeans should be clean, hole free and well-fitting. Office positions should always be business casual.

Read more about what to wear for your interview below: 

Interview Attire

 

 

2. Be Respectful

Respect has many different aspects. First and foremost, show up to your interview and be on time. If something comes up that causes you to be late or miss the interview, be respectful enough to call and let the recruiter’s office know as soon as you can.

 

Respect extends into the interview as well. Unless you have an emergency, there’s no reason to have your phone out during the interview. Best practice: turn it on silent and put it away.

 

3. Prepare

A frustration for many recruiters is asking any question in the interview process and getting the answer “I don’t know.” To avoid answering that way, prepare for your interview ahead of time. First, bring an updated resume. Make sure all dates of employment are correct and expect to answer questions about the job you did there. It wouldn’t hurt to have bullet points on your resume for each position.

 

Also, prepare to answer questions about WHY you want to do that job and know a few things about the company you’re interviewing for. It shows interest in the job and that alone can signal to a recruiter you might be the best fit.

 

If you need help creating or updating your resume, read our post on Resume Writing.

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These three tips you just read are a great start for interview success, but if you want to really impress your recruiter, read the 5 Most Common Interview Mistakes to avoid.

Interview Mistakes

 

If you have more questions on Interview Techniques, we are happy to do coaching sessions at any of our locations.

Marion, IL: 618-969-8800 | Vandalia, IL: 618-283-9533 | Murfreesboro, TN: 615-295-212

5K Walk for Autism & ADHD

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April is National Autism Awareness Month and we’re participating in an Autism & ADHD Walk to raise awareness.

 

Because early diagnosis and treatment are so critical in dealing with these conditions, General Cable elected to work with the Tri-County Special Education (TCSE) school in DuQuoin, Illinois to help purchase much needed sensory equipment. The school provides K-12 education for children from Perry, Jackson and Union Counties.

 

Priority Staffing Group has sponsored the 5K Walk for Autism & ADHD. The charity event will be held April 14, 2018 at the Southtowne Shopping Center in DuQuoin from 8:30am until noon.

 

We’ve also encouraged our employees to walk on April 14th. Celesta Bowers, Priority Staffing Group’s Finance Manager, said she is participating because “it is very important to educate others and show support to other families that have children with special needs.”

 

The goal of the walk is to raise awareness and facilitate better understanding of the needs children with these disorders have. All proceeds that are raised from this event will benefit TCSE to purchase special stools, desks and sensory equipment that is helpful to the education of children with Autism and ADHD.

 

autism early interventionIf you would like to help the organization financially, checks may be brought or mailed to:

5K Walk for Autism

General Cable

1453 S Washington

DuQuoin, IL 62832

 

Marion, IL – (618) 969-8800 | Vandalia, IL – (618) 283-9533 | Murfreesboro, TN – (615) 295-2127

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We Do Care

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We get it. We know why you shy away from using a staffing agency when you’re job searching. You don’t want to just be another body in a warehouse. Well, Priority Staffing Group is different for one simple reason: We care.

It’s easy to take everyone who comes in for a job and throw them into the first open position we have. But we don’t do things the easy way; we do things the right way. Three things happen in our office that you won’t see other agencies do.

 

1) We Ask

When you come in for an interview with Priority Staffing, we ask a series of questions that don’t just determine if you are able to do a job, but determine if you will enjoy the job. Our belief here is that no one should get stuck doing a job they hate. Life is too short for that and we want to see people both successful AND happy. Taking the extra time to ask you the right questions helps us figure out what your next steps will be.

 

2) We Listen

After asking our interview questions, we don’t just tell you what job we want to put you in. We listen to your feedback and hear your concerns. If you say “I hated my last job because it was too dirty,” then we are not going to put you in a cleaning job that we know you won’t like. We take the time to listen and understand you so that you’ll have a placement that you enjoy.

 

3) We Care

Above all else, our Recruiters and Account Managers at Priority Staffing Group genuinely care about our applicants. Many of us came to this company with a desire to help people and make a difference. Having that passion for people is what makes us different. Priority Staffing Group hires our internal staff with the same patience and thoughtfulness we use to hire for our clients’ positions. We hire people who match our company culture and fit in with our values.

Everyone at our staffing agency is out to make your success our priority.

 

If you’re a job seeker ready to make the leap, call any of our office locations so we can get you on the way to the career you want.

Marion, IL – (618) 969-8800 | Vandalia, IL – (618) 283-9533 | Murfreesboro, TN – (615) 295-2127

Murfreesboro Tennessee Team

Murfreesboro Spotlight: Who Are We?

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Murfreesboro Office

Priority Staffing Group recently made some internal staff changes in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

 

Angel Davenport, Murfreesboro TennesseeOn March 19th, Angel Davenport joined the team as Business Development Specialist. A Middle Tennessee native, Angel embraces her southern roots and values genuine hospitality, making her an expert at servicing our clients. She has been working in sales and business management for the past seven years in a wide variety of industries, including beauty, creative arts and real estate. We are excited to have her join our team!

 

Liz Sawyer, Murfreesboro Tennessee

Other personnel changes for this office include Liz Sawyer moving into the Director of Operations role as of January 2018. Previously, as the Marketing and Account Manager, she used her experience in writing and communications to promote our company and provide our applicants with resume revisions, job interview tips and coaching. She will now continue to lead our corporate marketing department as well as the Tennessee office.

 

Ally Farlow, Account Manager, and Julie Simpson, Front Office Coordinator, will continue to service our office with their excellent customer service skills.

 

Ally Farlow, Murfreesboro TennesseeAlly uses her bold personality to recruit for and manage our client accounts. She helps organize Priority Staffing Group recruiting events and is dedicated to educating our applicants to ensure their success. Ally takes our company motto, Your Success is Our Priority, to heart.

 

Julie Simpson, Murfreesboro Tennessee

Julie acts as the face of our Tennessee office. Not only does she greet applicants and clients, but she also assists with all applications and new hire paperwork to ensure we are compliant with state and federal laws. Her willingness to pick up and learn new skills has created great opportunities for our whole office.

 

Both women have proven themselves to be assets to our team and we are thrilled to have them in our Murfreesboro office.

 

To reach AngelLizAlly or Julie, call (615) 295-2127 or email us.

Applicant Coaching

Applicant Coaching & Success

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This year we have had things that seem a little off, especially with the weather. Single digit temperatures, lots of rain, and that groundhog… I know I am so ready for springtime and the time change, causing longer days.

 

Now, as far as business goes, things have taken off out of the new year gate! Companies need staff and we are working hard a Priority Staffing Group, Ltd. to work though the qualified applicants.
However, one thing that keeps happening: applicants do not seem to have the desire to clean up and dress for success. Please, if you know anyone looking for work, remind them that they need to present themselves in a clean and neat manner. First impressions still make a difference. We only get one chance to give a first impression.

 

It is important to educated people and remind them what it takes to get an opportunity for employment. Employment is not guaranteed to anyone. You must work to be selected and then work to prove you are the best fit for the position.

 

Let’s work together to educate our applicants. It only takes a minute to give advice on something that can set someone closer to the top of the applicant ladder.

 

Priority Staffing Group has locations in Marion, Illinois; Vandalia, Illinois; and Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Please check out our job board that is updated daily to submit an application.

 

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Gail Barger Lannom, President & CEO

 

Read our post on Interview Question Dos & Don’ts for more tips for applicant success

Common Interview Mistakes

5 Common Job Interview Mistakes

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Common Interview Mistakes

It’s a pattern: Apply to a company, go to the job interview, and get your rejection letter. You’re probably asking yourself: “What did I do wrong?”

From a recruiter standpoint, you might have been able to easily avoid that disappointment and start the job of your dreams. Read our five tips on identifying interview mistakes and how you can do better next time.

 

1. Dressing Inappropriately

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Your interview starts before you get there. It’s more than wearing clean clothes; it’s wearing your best clothes. That old saying “Dress for Success,” is about job interviews! As a rule of thumb, you should dress one step up for the job you’ve applied for. You’re going to make an impression to the recruiter, so it might as well be a good one.

Read about Interview Attire if you need more tips on what to wear.

 

2. Arriving Late

stopwatch.pngOne of the biggest pet peeves a recruiter has is waiting for an interview to show up. A lot of job seekers seem to think that the company is lucky to be interviewing you, but really, we don’t have to give you the job or even keep our appointment if you don’t show up on time. We likely have several other appointments that day and if you’re late then the rest of our appointments will have to wait. Don’t be the person that causes frustration because you can’t arrive on time.

When you schedule the appointment, make sure to put the time in your calendar. The day of your interview, set an alarm to wake up on time. Plan enough time to get dressed and be at your interview about ten minutes early. Being punctual will make a great first impression!

*Tip: If you have a legitimate reason for being late, call as soon as you can to let them know and ask if they’d like to reschedule if it’s going to throw off their day. The more flexible you can be for your recruiter, the better impression you’ll give.

 

3. Not paying attention 

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One reason recruiters turn down candidates for employment is because they didn’t pay attention during their interview. That sounds obvious, right? But one of the biggest distractions we see during an interview is cell phones.

One of the biggest interview mistakes is using your phone, and yet, we see this happen all the time. Scrolling Facebook or Instagram and checking your email can wait until you leave. 

Another big mistake we see is not staying focused on the interviewers questions. By zoning out while the recruiter is talking, you’re showing them you can’t focus for even a half hour. Why would they trust you to stay focused when you’re on the job and working? Chances are, they typed your rejection letter when you weren’t listening. 

Do you want to show you were engaged in your interview? Try asking some thoughtful questions that show your interest. Read our Interview Question Dos and Don’ts for tips.

 

4. Being unprepared

list icon.pngNot bringing a resume, not knowing anything about the company, and not preparing answers to standard interview questions are all good ways to get turned down for the job.

Remember, your interview starts before you get there. Plan a day in advance so you can print an updated copy of your resume, research the company website, and plan out what you might say if they ask “What is your biggest weakness?” It doesn’t take much extra time to be prepared, but those who do are much more likely to actually get their dream job. Those who don’t? Well, they’re still looking.

Prepare by reading How to Write a Resume.

 

5. Talking too much/not enough

Both talking too much and not talking enough can be red flags for the positionsilhouette-3146779_1280.png you’re interviewing for. At an interview, you need to show you can interact with people appropriately. This is more important for some positions than others, but all interviews will judge your ability to listen and process information and then respond in a way that tells them what they want to know.

 

You can identify and fix these five common interview mistakes BEFORE you go to an interview. Don’t let someone less qualified get the job you want simply because you didn’t put in the effort.

For resume and interview coaching, call any of our offices. 

Marion, IL – (618) 969-8800 | Vandalia, IL – (618) 283-9533 | Murfreesboro, TN – (615) 295-2127

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Risk Control: What are you doing?

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Heather Goines-Evans, COO, and Leah Tinault, Director of Safety and Benefits, represented Priority Staffing Group at a Risk Control Workshop in San Diego, California February 1 – 2, 2018.

The valuable information they learned on safety programs can be implement at our own office and at our clients’ facilities. They brought back better information on handling OSHA inspections and compliance, creating safety partnerships, and identifying safety risks. We’re ready to take that information and put it to work for all our new and existing clients.

 

If you’re not currently a client of Priority Staffing Group, ask yourself these questions about your current staffing agency:

 

  1. Does your current staffing agency promote your internal safety programs?
  2. Does your current staffing agency provide feedback on safety concerns?
  3. Does your current staffing agency work with your safety team to provide pre-employment and ongoing safety training for their employees at your work site?

 

If you answered “No” to any of the above questions, you should reach out to your staffing agency to create a plan that keeps all employees at your facility safe. At Priority Staffing Group, we go beyond just protecting our employees. We want to reduce risk and eliminate accidents for everyone at your facility.

Priority works with YOU to ensure the safety of both our temp-to-hire employees and your permanent employees. No company should be without an up-to-date safety plan that complies with laws on the OSHA temporary worker initiative (TWI).

 

Contact us about how we can help you manage risk and promote safety at your business, whether you currently have a safety plan or not.

Marion, IL: (618) 969-8800 | Vandalia, IL: (618) 283-9533 | Murfreesboro, TN: (615) 295-2127

Best Practices: Interview Questions

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For those of us who have been on the candidate side of an interview, it can be difficult to answer the question about, well, questions.

 

So what are interview question dos and don’ts? Read on for some suggestions on what to ask and not to ask in your next job interview.

 

The Dos:

 

The Basics

You probably came into your interview with some questions about hours, expectations of the job, reporting supervisor, etc. Asking questions they didn’t answer is the best place to start. It shows you have genuine interest in the job and what you’ll be doing at the company. Just make sure to focus on aspects that show you care about the right things, rather than how you can cut corners.

 

Business Structure

As you prepared for your interview, you probably spent some time online gathering information about the company. That’s a great start, but what didn’t you find out? Did their website tell you how many locations they have, but not when the company was founded? Ask how long they’ve been in business.

Did you find a detailed history of the company, but nothing about their current staff? Ask how many employees they have locally/regionally/nationally. Show an interest in the company you’re auditioning for and you’ll make a good impression.

 

Company Culture

No one likes to start a job and find out on the first day that everyone there works in shared office space as a team, when you prefer to work independently, away from distractions. It is important to know what culture you’re coming into. Teams who like each other tend to work better together, making everyone’s job a little easier.

Ask what kinds of team building activities they do as a company, but also ask about the business’ mission statement and if they have a set of Core Values. You’ll sound impressive to your interviewer and also get some inside info that other applicants probably didn’t think to ask.

The Don’ts

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Monetary Gain

If this is your first interview at the company, don’t bring up salary or benefits unless the interviewer brings it up first. If they ask, it has opened up a door. But if they don’t, it probably isn’t their biggest concern and shouldn’t be yours either.

Don’t make it seem like you’re only in it for the money, vacation time, insurance or 401K match. Business owners want to see that their employees are engaged in the work and their goals more than their compensation.

 

People

Don’t ask about race, gender, marital status, age, religion, etc. of your interviewer or anyone else who works at that company. Just like you don’t want them to ask you about those things, it is inappropriate to ask that of them.

 

Lifestyle

Do I have to take a drug test? This question is a sure way to get rejected for a position. Even if the company doesn’t require drug testing, you have caused concern for your reliability and responsibility. Always be prepared to take a drug test for work, but never worry your interviewer about whether you’ll pass or not.

 

Overall, be prepared to ask two to three good questions and shy away from asking anything too personal or too specific. If you need help preparing, Priority Staffing Group provides interview coaching and resume writing help to our applicants. We want to see our applicants succeed. Call any of our offices to find out how we can help connect you to your next opportunity.

 

Marion, IL: (618) 969-8800 | Vandalia, IL: (618) 283-9533 | Murfreesboro, TN: (615) 295-2127

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Myth Buster #3

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Myth: Staffing agencies only have industrial jobs

 

Staffing agencies don’t do professional hiring, right?

Wrong.

 

It’s common to think that staffing agencies only have hard labor or industrial jobs, like warehouse and factory. And while we do hire for those types of jobs, they are not the only options we offer. The truth is, we provide opportunities for everything from entry-level to specialized technical and professional roles.

 

At Priority Group, we recruit for vocational positions like CNC machinists, welders, electricians and all sorts of mechanics and engineers. Many of our locations even offer banking, call center, IT, marketing, and a variety of clerical or customer service positions in addition to our clients who offer warehouse, factory and general labor work.

Apply for clerical jobs here!

 

For professional positions, we recommend applying through our Direct Hire Placement Service. Megan Jones, Priority Staffing’s Direct Hire Operations Manager, takes the extra time to place professionals in positions such as Accounting, Nursing and Upper Management. If your qualifications more closely identify to what we offer in this department, send your resume to get started.

 

If you know someone who is looking for a new opportunity, no matter what walk of life they’re in, send them to us! Priority Staffing Group is here to help.

 

You can get submitted for multiple positions with one interview here, making it easier to find a job you’ll love. Read why your odds are better through a staffing agency here.