Job Hunting? 5 Reasons to Consider Using a Staffing Agency

If you’re an active job seeker or simply looking to expand your career horizons, many experts say that in today’s market, working with a recruiter can give you a substantial leg-up.

Combining new technology and staffing expertise to speed up and simplify your job search, these benefits may account for why the staffing and recruitment industry is growing substantially.

Here are five reasons to consider working with a staffing agency, from the experts at Randstad US, a human resources consulting firm.

• Access to “hidden” jobs. Recruiters are often tasked by companies to hire for positions not advertised publicly. The only way to find them is through a staffing agency. Often, these positions are the most sought after in the marketplace, and in some of the most desirable workplaces.

• A huge number of companies rely on them. As the economy embraces an “on-demand” workforce, more employers are turning to staffing firms who use emerging job search technologies alongside their human instincts to deliver the best-fit talent they seek. In fact, more than eight in 10 employers (82 percent) at least somewhat agree that by 2025, their reliance on staffing/recruiting partners will increase, according to Randstad’s Workplace 2025 study.

• Recruiters can be your career agent. Wading through hundreds of online job boards, company ads and social media sites can be complicated, time-consuming and frustrating. You don’t have to go it alone. A recruiter can help you with your job search, enhance your resume, provide career advice and more. The best recruiters look beyond your resume to understand your career goals, workplace expectations and values to identify the best-fit jobs for you within the digital landscape.

• Not just for temps. Many people assume staffing agencies only offer temporary positions. Recruiters are often asked to search for full-time, permanent and temporary-to-hire positions across a wide range of industries. Even those who begin working as a temporary employee are often hired permanently after proving their value. In fact, the Workplace 2025 study says 56 percent of companies say many of the top talent in their company began as temporary workers.

• It’s free. There aren’t many things you can get for free these days, but the many benefits of working with a staffing company are among them.

“Be sure to work with a recruiter who is passionate about helping you reach your potential,” says Jim Link, chief human resources officer, Randstad North America. “They should play the role of trusted human partner in today’s technology-driven world to ensure you are recognized as an individual, not just another resume.”

Given that more than half of employers (51 percent) named staffing/recruiting firms as their most effective method for finding full-time and contract workers, job seekers should consider taking advantage of this resource to improve their job search chances.

Read the original article on valleymorningstar.com by clicking here.

Employee Spotlight: Catherine Harlamert of Gapi USA Inc.

Learning curves are intimidating. No doubt about it.

“I’ll have someone call up and need a three-eighths inch rod that specs to an ASTM D-1710,” says Catherine Harlamert of Gapi USA Inc. in Clayton.

“I basically moved from jacket sales to high-molecular plastic and it’s a totally different world,” she said.

Indeed it is, but Harlamert caught on. Now her responsibilities are increasing and she may start traveling with a sales rep to meet distributors face-to-face. A trip to Italy may be in the works.

BarryStaff placed Harlamert at Gapi after she approached the company looking for a change. She knew she could do the job … if she kept the faith.

“It’s really been one of the smoothest transitions I could have asked for,” said the former salesperson of school jewelry and athletic wear.

Gapi is a manufacturer of custom molded polyurethane products. The company has a presence in many countries around the world.

In spite of its global status, what’s impressed Harlamert the most has been the family atmosphere in Clayton. When new decor was needed for the walls, management took employees to Hobby Lobby to pick out pictures for decorating. Then they were treated to dinner.

“It’s nice to see a company include the staff in these types of changes, it really shows how much the management respects the employees and wants to make sure they are happy and involved at work on all levels” she said.

The road ahead is bright for Harlamert. And she credits BarryStaff with giving her a nudge in a new direction.

“BarryStaff has been awesome,” she said. “If I have any questions, my emails are always answered quickly.

“I wouldn’t be here if not for Barrystaff,” she said.

Click here to watch a short video featuring Catherine Harlamert.

 

Candid candidates: The 10 weirdest interview mistakes

by The HR Specialist on January 30, 2017 10:00am
in Hiring,Human Resources

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It’s like Christmas in January—that most wonderful time of the year in which CareerBuilder.com releases its annual list of job interview quirks and missteps committed by candidates in the preceding year.

The employment website polled 2,600 HR pros and hiring managers late last year and whittled the interview weirdness down to the following 10 “winners” in which a candidate:

  • Called his wife to ask her if the starting salary was enough before continuing the interview
  • Brought childhood toys to the interview
  • Said her hair was perfect when asked why she should become part of the team
  • Bragged about being in the local newspaper for alleged theft
  • Ate a pizza he brought with him
  • Ate crumbs off the table
  • Asked where the nearest bar was located
  • Invited interviewer to dinner afterwards
  • Stated that if the interviewer wanted to get to heaven, she would hire him
  • Asked interviewer why her aura didn’t like her.

CareerBuilder also asked about candidate behavior that would prompt an instant “Don’t call us, we’ll call you” rejection.

Job interview deal-breakers

Being caught lying: 66%
Answering a phone call: 64%
Appearing arrogant: 59%
Dressing inappropriately: 49%
Lacking accountability: 48%

Source: CareerBuilder.com survey, January 2017

 

Client Spotlight: Junk King of Dayton

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Pete McCreary of Junk King

Pete McCreary cheerfully looks at a calendar pulled up on his computer screen and points to Monday, December 18.

“You see that? That was a busy day,” he says.

And what constitutes a “busy day” in Junk King’s world?

Well, there were 18 appointments. That’s “huge” for a day in mid-December. Sometimes a large appointment may demand up to five trucks. Other times entire offices need to be cleaned out … and Junk King must respond with 20 trucks to haul away materials.

McCreary owns two Junk King locations. One is in Dayton and the other just north of Cincinnati in Sharonville. His team of 18 drivers hauls away junk — and a few treasures — from Union, KY to Piqua.

McCreary’s operation is one of the most successful in the entire Junk King franchise.

“I am where I thought I would be,” he said, reminiscing about his plan from the start. “I guess that tells me I was optimistic.”

McCreary got his start five years ago when he was looking to start a business.

“I knew I wanted to help older folks” he said, when asked about his initial interest.

After an experience with a family member, he began to seriously think about the hauling business. A close friend had a similar experience and he soon reached out to someone working in the business.

“It was perfectly good commerce,” he said.

He decided to buy into the Junk King franchise.

“I loved their emphasis on recycling,” he said. “I started checking into their business model and realized it would be a perfect fit for what I wanted to do.

“Plus, the company was young enough that I was able to get in at a good rate with flexibility.”

McCreary started working with BarryStaff this year and so far the staffing agency has provided him with two employees.

“It’s nice to call and say, ‘Hey, we need a couple guys,'” he said.

So where does he see Junk King going from here? In ten years, he’d like to have between 15 and 20 trucks (currently there are seven). Junk King’s employee tally is growing each year, so there’s no telling how large his operation could be in a decade.

“There’s a lot of business we’re starting to tap into,” McCreary said.

Click here to watch a short video shot inside Junk King.

 

 

 

Top Ten Tips for Using Staffing Firms

1) How exactly does a staffing firm work for me, the job-seeker?2016_bs_threatread_final
With few exceptions, the staffing firm becomes your advocate and “represents you” – a relationship that starts whenever you apply for a job through an staffing firm listing and submit your resume. In most cases there is no fee to you as you are the applicant; employer is the client;. Your link is the headhunter or representative who contacts or helps you.

2) If there is no fee for me – then who pays the placement fee?
There is no fee for you – client pays the fee. Many staffing firms work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they don’t get paid unless they successfully fill the open position by submitting the best candidate. There are also retained searches, meaning that the staffing firm gets paid no matter how long it takes to fill the job, and there is no other competing agency involved. If the client finds a candidate on their own, they must go through the staffing firm and the firm gets paid.

3) Is it wrong for me to submit my resume to multiple staffing firms?
No, it isn’t wrong, but do limit yourself to a very few firms and let the staffing firm know that you have. When you submit your resume to an online service (i.e. Monster.com or CareerBuilder) you won’t get a chance to set up an appointment and talk to a recruiter and let them know. If your resume fits the bill — meaning of the keywords in your resume are picked up through the online services’ algorithms and an employer finds you, then you’ll get an email or a call from the prospective employer. Staffing Firms with real live recruiters would appreciate knowing you’ve submitted yourself elsewhere (you needn’t go into detail that’s your business) – and they would also like to know if you have submitted yourself for the position directly. If you have, they won’t submit you or represent you for that job because it is duplication of your efforts.

4) What can a recruiting firm/staffing firm do for me that I can’t do for myself?
A good staffing firm will get your resume and set up an interview to talk about your skills, your goals, and the job you are applying for. Resumes don’t always do a candidate justice, and a good recruiter is almost like a job therapist – and will draw out of you information relevant to the position that you may not have thought to mention in your resume. A good recruiter knows a lot about the job you are applying for too, which can be helpful. Job descriptions are notoriously bland and don’t really give you all of the useful inside scoop it would be useful to know before you actually interview. Recruiters also have jobs that aren’t posted, and after talking with you may recommend you for something you didn’t even know was out there.

5) I applied online to a recruiting firm and no one called me – what does that mean?
It can mean one of many things – you weren’t qualified for the job you applied for and they didn’t bother to let you know. Your resume wasn’t received – if you didn’t get a confirmation notice of some sort that might have happened. Email them and ask. It was received but they haven’t gotten back to you yet – sometimes these things don’t happen in “real time”. Our advice? Don’t be shy – write and ask!

Read the full article, originally published by generalemployment.com, here.

 

BarryStaff Holds Successful Job Fair

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There were several unknowns.

BarryStaff opened its Springfield branch in 2015 and expectations for a job fair in mid-June were somewhat tempered. Did people know about the new office? If not, were they willing to find it?

There was nothing to worry about.

The job fair, held June 8, was more successful than BarryStaff ever imagined. More than 50 percent of the applicants interviewed were qualified to fill oft-needed positions at Clark County area companies.

One man, who said he saw advertisements for the job fair in the newspaper and on TV, said people are willing to do anything to work.

“I think (job fairs) are a good thing,” he said. “There are a lot of people who need jobs and there are a lot of good workers who aren’t working.”

Roughly 25 people interviewed over the span of a few hours.

BarryStaff is currently in the midst of planning another job fair, this time at the company’s headquarters in Dayton. Details will be released as plans are finalized.

BarryStaff Hires Communications Director

BarryStaff is happy to announce the hire of Andy Sedlak as communications director.

In the age of social media and digital marketing, this represents a first for the 32-year-old BarryStaff.

“We are excited to add Andy to the team,” said President Doug Barry. “His skills will allow BarryStaff the ability to increase our level of service to clients.”

Sedlak, after previously working in television news, newspapers and radio, said the opportunity to work on behalf of BarryStaff excites him.

“This is a great organization with a terrific heritage and an admirable commitment to the Dayton area,” he said. “I look forward to meeting our clients, our employees and those of you in the media I haven’t gotten to know yet.”

Sedlak can be contacted about reserving BarryStaff’s Community Room for off-site work retreats, community events and information about the local manufacturing industry.  His email address is andy@barrystaff.com.

BarryStaff Celebrates 1 Year in New Facility

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BarryStaff is pleased to announce a milestone in its commitment to the downtown Dayton area.

The company’s brand new 13,000 square foot facility opened June 1, 2015 on Webster Street. One year later, BarryStaff continues to work with local companies to supply industrial, clerical and permanent job placements.

BarryStaff is also the only business in Dayton licensed to screen travelers for the TSA Pre-Check program.

Ground was broken on the new facility in December 2014. The 32-year-old business is proud of its downtown Dayton heritage, having operated from three other downtown locations since 1982.

“Our new facility has allowed us the space to better serve our applicants and expand our services to our clients,” said President and CEO Doug Barry.

The Pam and Warren Barry Community Room also opened in 2015. To date, more than 50 businesses and organizations have requested to utilize the room for off-site retreats. With enough space for 80 people, white boards and an exquisite view of downtown Dayton, BarryStaff is proud to serve business professionals on its home turf.

10 Interesting Facts About Ohio

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1. The Buckeye state

Ohio is popularly known as the Buckeye State. Reason….? The buckeye trees which are spread throughout the Ohio River Valley. These trees produce small brown nuts resembling the eye of a deer; and hence the name buckeye. Bonus fact: carrying one in your pocket brings good luck.

2. One and only Presidential Museum

Ohio is home to the “One and Only Presidential Museum” which honors John Hanson and eight others, who were elected and served one year terms before the Constitution was written. This being said John Hanson, technically becomes the first president of the United States.

3. Mother of modern Presidents

Ohio State has been nicknamed “Mother of Modern Presidents,” as Ohio is the birthplace of seven U.S. presidents: Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William H. Taft and Warren G. Harding. Two Ohio presidents: Grant and McKinley are portrayed on the US Currency, which is kind of a big deal, don’t you think.

4. River on fire

No! This isn’t a joke. The Cuyahoga River has caught fire at least 13 times and is therefore nicknamed “The River That Caught Fire.” It was one of the most polluted rivers in the country and would easily catch fire when sparks from the train would fall into the water. Only after elaborate media coverage it was cleaned up in 1969.

5. Glacial Grooves

The Glacial Grooves on Kelleys Island is a National Natural Landmark. It is considered to be the largest and most easily reachable such groove on this planet. It is quite amazing to see scratches and grooves on the bedrock left behind by the great ice sheet that covered part of North America 18,000 years ago, as it dragged over the surface.

6. The birthplace of aviation

Ohio is considered as “The Birthplace of Aviation.” The Wright Brothers, credited as inventors of the first airplane hailed from Dayton.

7. Astronaut’s hub

Ohio is home to 24 astronauts. Why so many? Role models such as Senator John Glenn, the oldest man to travel into outer space (“the first all Ohio crew”) and not to forget, Neil Armstrong, the first human ever to walk on the Moon have been inspirational for the buckeyes.

8. Home sweet Trash…?

Sounds gross right…? But it actually is pretty cool. A couple from Philo, Ohio has made a house completely out of trash and it turned out to be amazing. The idea was to show how much can be made out of recycled material and the couple nailed it. The house has now been opened up for tours.

9. Company in a basket

Longaberger Company takes the cake when it comes to being unique. Longaberger Company, a manufacturer of wood baskets and lifestyle products, Newark has its corporate office in the world’s largest basket. Today, it not only functions as the headquarters of the company but is a tourist attraction too. Thousands of fans flock to Newark every year to get a glimpse of the basket.

10. The Y Bridge

Would you believe it if I say that there’s a bridge which you can cross and still be on the same side of the river? Well believe it or not, the Y Bridge in Zanesville is one such bridge. It was opened in 1814 to span the confluence of the Licking and Muskingum Rivers and has been reconstructed four times at the same place.