Job-Hopping in Staffing

job hopperIs JOB-HOPPING GOOD or BAD for STAFFING? Yes, both.

There is a significant discrepancy in the perception of job-hopping depending on who you talk with. Most millennials don’t seem to have concerns, and instead focus on the possible benefits. On the other hand, most hiring managers and supervisors tend to focus on the challenges it would cause them and their employer.

There is possibility this perception could change as millennials begin to step into roles and begin making hiring decisions but, for now, there are pros and cons as discussed below:

Job-Hopping Pros

An employee that has worked with multiple companies will be aware of different policies and procedures and how to implement those in a new setting. While specific SOPs for production may not be transferable, departments like Safety, IT, Warehouse, Continuous Improvement, Management, etc can benefit significantly from best practices from other companies/industries.

A candidate that has held multiple positions will often be more comfortable and open to change and more likely to be actively involved in Continuous Improvement efforts. Experience in multiple companies or industries also makes someone with a diverse background a valuable resource for their ability to network with individuals and companies with whom they already have a relationship, not to mention the skills, certifications, or experience gained.

Job-Hopping Cons

There has long been a hesitation for most companies (outside of staffing) to hire individuals with multiple employers in a short time span. This hesitation is particularly prominent in positions that require a high level of education or significant amounts of training before a new employee can be productive without direct supervision (Healthcare, Consulting, Accounting, Management).

If an employer is forced to reduce their workforce, the newest employee is most likely to be laid off. While experience in multiple industries and companies can be a huge benefit, if the employee didn’t end on good terms, give notice or burned bridges when leaving previous employers not only do they lack contacts, they will also lack any endorsements or references. A pattern of short employment could also indicate a prospects loyalty is determined only by wage.

job hopping in staffingJob-Hopping in Staffing

In the staffing world job hopping is both essential and infuriating.

The staffing industry works with a demographic that exhibits a higher than average turnover. The difficulty this poses to companies, both financially and logistically, is a significant motivator to use staffing agencies. For us, it then becomes a frustrating source of job security . . .

If candidates were not “job-hopping” they would not be available to be our employees or fill any of our positions, and without people to fill positions we would very quickly lose clients. While it is our mission at Your Employment Solutions to “deliver the right person on time the first time,” there is the distinct possibility it takes a few attempts before they find the right company or shift or coworkers or situation where they feel comfortable and have the desire to excel.

Seth Hopkin
On-Site HR Manager – Ogden, UT
Your Employment Solutions

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My Favorite Staffing Experience

Making a Difference vs. Saving the World

I have been working in the staffing industry going on 13 years. It definitely wasn’t my dream or lifelong goal to work in the staffing industry. I had no intention in doing it as long as I have, but somewhere along the way I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s where I belong.

help others staffingThe staffing industry has so many ups and downs, sometimes you are busy and sometimes you are not. Sometimes you change someone’s life and sometimes you don’t and you walk away feeling totally defeated. I have definitely grown a ton in the last 13 years. I went from thinking I want to help everyone and make a difference but then came to the realization that I can only help the people that are willing to help themselves, the ones that want to change their lives and make it better. There are a ton of stories and experiences I remember. Some good and some not so good. But there has always been one story that made a huge impact and reminds me why I’m still here.

Once Upon a Time in Staffing…

About ten years ago there was a young kid that walked through the door of my previous employer. He was of smaller stature but acted like he was ten feet tall and very confident. I started his interview like I do all the others. Not too far into the interview that I found out he was in a halfway house. This was nothing new. We were known for being the staffing agency of second chances. Still, I had to wonder if this kid was serious about getting a job or if he was just there because he had to be.

Going through all the interview questions and getting to know him for that short time I realized what a great kid he was. He was very eager to work and to get out of the situation he was currently in. For the next week I kept him in mind for any jobs that came in that he qualified for. Needless to say he made an impression and I believed in him.

I finally found him a job, a very decent job for that matter, one that he could be proud of and with hard work and dedication could very well lead to growth in the company. He was so happy and grateful. After feeling accomplished in what I had done to help him, it faded away just like anything else. I had thought about him and how he was doing from time to time, but hadn’t heard from him for quite a while.

Time Passes

thank you cardThen one day I received a card at work specifically addressed to me. When I opened it, there was a big “Thank You” on the front of the card. I was very curious, so I opened it. Inside, in very tiny writing the entire card was filled up. It was from this employee, thanking me for what I had done for him. He wanted to let me know how big of an impact I had made on him, treating him like a person, and not judging him for the mistakes he had made. He told me that because I believed in him he was now out of the halfway house and had been hired on at the company I had sent him to.

It’s the Little Things

I learned so much that day. Knowing never to judge a book by its cover and also that I didn’t have to save the world, I just needed to make a difference. It was then that I knew I was here for a reason. Stories like this are why I am still in the staffing industry today.

Andrea Posell
Ogden Staffing Branch Manager
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4 Simple Resume Tips

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Resume Tips to Help You Get Started With Your Job Search

First, what is the purpose of a resume?

The purpose of a resume is to provide a summary of your skills, abilities and accomplishments. It is a quick advertisement of whom you are and what you have to offer a potential employer.

Your resume acts as a marketing document. Its purpose is to introduce you to a potential employer. It promotes what you have to offer and entice them into wanting to know more.

If your resume does what its supposed to do you should get called in for an interview. If you are not getting any interviews then the problem probably lies within your resume.

Here are 4 resume tips that should help you perfect your resume and get started on finding the job you want.

Begin With the Basics

The first thing on your resume should be your name (bold and larger font than the rest) followed by your contact information such as your address, email address, and phone number. Make sure this information is accurate and up to date. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to call on a resume and the contact information was wrong.

Target Your Resume

Tailor your resume and cover letter for each position. Many applicants create a generic resume and send it out for every job of interest. Most often this is just a waste of time. You should take the time to review in detail the job advertisement and the required qualifications.

Craft your resume and work experience to support what the employer is looking for. Address each point in enough detail that the employer can easily find the information on your resume and cover letter and understand your depth of experience. One resume does not fill all.

Proofread Your Work

This cannot be emphasized enough! One small typo and your chances of getting an interview may be gone. Proofread your document several times. Walk away and come back to it later and proofread again.

Only Include What Matters

You don’t need to list all your work experiences. If you have job experiences that you are not proud of, or that isn’t relevant to the current opportunity, you should just omit them. Mentioning that you used to sell hamburgers when you were 17 is probably not going to help you land that executive position.

I hope these resume tips helped give you a better idea on how you can improve your resume. Thank you for taking your time to read this post.

Summer Johnson
Account Manager
Your Employment Solutions

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Make a Positive Impression at Your Next Job Fair

Job Fair Tips for a Positive Impact

In the world of job seekers, there are many avenues to finding work.  Whether you’re unemployed, looking for your first job, or wanting to move forward in your career path, job fairs can be a monumental step in the right direction.  Because I have attended many of these events, I have seen both the good and the bad and have a bit of insight from a recruiter’s perspective on what the hiring company is looking for in a prospective employee.

job fairs handshakeOften employers seek out basic skills that can be determined just in the quick moments at a job fair, including communication skills, social skills, attitude, and motivation.  These job fair tips will help give you an advantage over other job seekers and allow you to make a lasting impression and lead to your next great job opportunity.

Before the Job Fair

  • Clarify your goals and determine exactly what you are looking for This doesn’t mean you have to have it all figured out!  While many people know exactly what they want, right down to the nitty gritty details, some people come to job fairs to learn about new careers or branch out just to “see what’s out there.”  If you fit in this category, you know what you are looking for!  Coming with a perspective in mind can help focus your efforts while at the fair and make the most out of your time and the employers you speak with.
  • Prepare a resume.  This one is a bit of a given, and is something most people assume. But you’d be surprised by how many people neglect this important step. A resume is the perfect way to display your skills and expertise to your potential employers.  Try to focus the resume on your key skills, keep it to about a page, and have someone else proofread it before you deem it employer-ready. Also, be sure to bring multiple copies.
  • Think of questions you would like to ask the prospective employers. This shows both that you are interested in the company, as well as the fact you are actively excited about work.  This engagement helps display your professionalism – just don’t forget that the conversation is a two-way street!  After you ask a question, be sure to pause and listen to the employer’s response.

 

At the Job Fair

  • Be sure to look professional and well put-together.  While not all career paths require you to dress up in a suit and tie, it’s best to use the rule of thumb of dressing “one level up” from where your future job is.  Employers want to see that you can clean up well but that you are adaptable to their environment as well.
  • Greet people with a smile and exhibit your good attitude and eagerness to work.  A smile is warm and welcoming and will grab a recruiter’s attention more than someone who is stone-faced or unfriendly.  Remember not to act as if you are complaining – Employers would like to see someone with a good attitude, as a poor one can imply bad work ethic.
  • Approach employers with confidence.  This is an important one!  Employers love job seekers who step forward, shake their hand, and are able to carry themselves with confidence.  However, be careful not to be cocky!  That can turn employers off quickly to wanting to continue their conversation with you.
  • Show enthusiasm and interest by asking pertinent questions. Going back to your job fair preparation, be sure to use the questions you have thought of to engage employers in conversation.  Whether or not you are interested in the company, be polite and courteous and thank the recruiter for the time they spent speaking with you.

 

Follow Up with Employers

  • Don’t forget to grab a business card! Hopefully, the employer will be contacting you, however you don’t want to be in the dark either.  Always grab a business card and take initiative to follow up with the company in the near future.

 

What do you think?  Have you ever found a job through a career fair or other similar event?  Share your job fair stories (both the good and the bad) in the comments below!

Jessica Kasteler

Jessica Kasteler
Marketing Manager
Your Employment Solutions

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Job Hopping Damages Employment Prospects

Job Hopping Damages Employment Prospects #Infographic #Job

We came across this infographic on Pinterest and couldn’t help but share it with all of you!  Some people might already understand this concept, but we happen to see a lot of resumes featuring endless job hopping – and it’s a problem.

According to a study released last year by TheLadders a recruiter spends an average of six seconds reviewing most resumes.  This is due to an inbox full of resumes and a recruiter trying to match the exact qualifications necessary for the job they are hiring for.  In addition, recruiters don’t have unlimited time to spend filling the position – because of this, they are typically looking at a few key factors that can tell them a lot of information, and quickly.

One such “checkpoint” is that of job hopping.  When hiring for a long term position, an employer wants to see an employee who has a history of sticking on a job.  This is because when you are hired, the company spends ample time, money, and resources training and it’s typically more reassuring of a potential hire that they have experience staying on a job.  That tells the employer they won’t be wasting their time and resources hiring someone who will be gone in just a month or two!

If you have job hopped in the past, try to make an effort to stop the habit now.  In addition, when creating your resume, you’ll need to list things a little differently than you would with long term positions you held.  A great resource is to take a resume class or even meet with a recruiter to have them help you with your resume – that way, you will be able to create a resume and an appealing record of your job history.