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Mentor Companies Donate $15K To Coats For Kids

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(MENTOR) – A surprise donation of a combined $15,000 from Mentor-based Just In Time Staffing and Buyers Products Company will make this holiday season much warmer for the several hundred children who attend North Elementary School in Madison.

Employees of both companies, along with Coats for Kids representatives, will be at the school on Friday, December 22 at 8 am for a pre-holiday break coat distribution event that will result in every student at the school receiving a brand new, warm winter coat.

“Our companies and employees wanted to do something to give back during this season of giving,” said Lisa Donato, vice president of human resources, Just In Time Staffing. “We discussed different organizations we might like to work with, and decided on Coats for Kids because they are a small, local organization that is doing good right here in northeast Ohio, where we felt our donation could make a significant impact.”

Coats for Kids worked with the companies to identify a school where the majority of children enrolled participate in the federal free or reduced lunch program. With Just in Time Staffing and Buyers Products based in Mentor, the hope was to give back to a school in Lake County, and North Elementary School in Madison was deemed the perfect fit.

“Every year, Coats for Kids identifies K-8 schools in public school districts in our service area with the highest numbers of children participating in the federal lunch program, then works with directly with those schools to identify children in need of a winter coat. We distribute about 10,000 new coats each year through our school program, and already distributed hundreds of coats to children in other Lake County schools prior to Thanksgiving,” said Debbie Martinko, Coats for Kids executive director. “This completely unexpected and very generous donation from Just In Time Staffing and Buyers Products will allow us to help even more children this year by sending every child from North Elementary home for the holidays with a brand-new winter coat!”

Seasonal Work Throughout the Holidays 

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There are many ways to make extra money, get a second job, or get in on the ground floor of a company that can lead you to greater things. One of the ways to do all of that is to get seasonal work throughout the holidays. With the right staffing agency, getting that seasonal work can be easier than trying to find it on your own. They can put you in touch with companies that are hiring, and when you’re referred by a staffing agency you may have a higher chance of getting the job. Plenty of companies today hire through these agencies when they are looking for seasonal workers, because working with a staffing company can make things easier.

When companies work with staffing agencies, both the companies and the agencies benefit. Through the agreements these agencies and companies have with one another, people looking for work also benefit. They can get information on how to present themselves in a job interview and exactly what a particular company may be looking for. During the holiday season, getting work is easier but that work is generally temporary. However, good workers are often hired on for part-time or full-time work after the holiday season has ended.

Working with a staffing agency and getting into a company through seasonal work throughout the holidays gives people who want to work with that company or simply need a better job (or any job at all) a chance to get started. Not everyone who works in a seasonal capacity wants to keep working after the holidays, but many people do. They can use working through a staffing agency to give them a higher chance of a good job that they may be able to keep after the holidays are over. It’s a great way to get involved in the working world, change jobs, or have extra money during the holiday season.

What skills are employers looking for?

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According to the U.S. Department of Labor in January 2016, the number of unemployed persons in the United States was approximately 7.8 million, with an unemployment rate of 4.9%.  Job seekers are facing a job market where competition for an open position is higher than ever. With such stiff competition, employees must present themselves well and be certain to highlight their talent in the skills that employers value most.

The Skills Employers Are Seeking in Prospective Employees

  • The ability to work well on a team with diverse members
  • The capacity to make firm decisions quickly
  • The skill of creative problem solving
  • The ability to communicate effectively and efficiently both inside the organization and with external stakeholders
  • The ability to plan and prioritize work without constant supervision

>Showing Employers You Have Those Skills

Interviews are usually fairly brief.  Chances are you will not have longer than an hour to explain or demonstrate these skills. That’s why you need to have communicated how strong you are in these areas before you even interview via your cover letter and resumé. Whenever possible, give specific written examples demonstrating these skills. Introducing these sought after skills in writing and then elaborating on them during your interview will show employers that you have what they want!

Preparing for a job in Manufacturing

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Many people have the erroneous opinion that manufacturing jobs have recently gone the way of the dinosaurs either through outsourcing to foreign lands or automation. Contrary to popular belief, the high-tech manufacturing industry is alive and well, and qualified workers are in high demand. Getting a manufacturing job isn’t as simple as it has been in the past, however, when it was often possible to begin a manufacturing career straight from high school with no special training. Technology has become increasingly sophisticated to the extent that those desiring a career in manufacturing need to prepare themselves with education in order to realize their goals. Fortunately, educational options exist for those who desire a career in the manufacturing field.

Step One

The first step in preparing for a job in manufacturing is to identify which aspect of the industry holds the most appeal for the individual in question. High schools and colleges provide aptitude tests for those seeking career guidance, and those who aren’t affiliated with an educational institution may nonetheless be able to take an aptitude test at a local community college. After a specific aspect of manufacturing has been decided upon, the person then needs to begin to develop an educational plan designed to make that dream into reality. This process ideally begins in the career counseling office of an institution of higher education that offers programs for those wanting to make manufacturing into a lifelong career.

Step Two

The second step is making a personal and financial commitment to a specific educational plan and resolving to stick with the program even when times become challenging. Reading industry publications keeps students up-to-date on the latest industry trends. By the time students graduate, they should be ready for step three of the journey to success — finding and excelling in that first manufacturing job.

Why work for a staffing company?

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If you’re in the market for a new job, you may have heard that many U.S. businesses use staffing firms to fill vacancies. In fact, about 40 percent of workers seeking a first job or returning to the workforce — along with more than 90 percent of companies — make use of staffing agencies.

But you may not be aware of the many solid reasons to work for a staffing company. Whether you’re just kicking off your career or you’re ready for a change, you’ll benefit in a number of ways by working with an agency like JustInTime Staffing.

You Can Land a Great Job in Your Field

Seeking a temporary or permanent position? You can find it with a staffing company. Many top organizations contract with staffing companies and offer prime positions in a variety of diverse fields and for all levels of experience. While staffing companies years ago were known primarily for placing administrative staff, modern agencies fill positions that run the gamut from customer service representatives to marketing specialists to accountants and more.

You’ll Enjoy Flexibility in Your Career

If the prospect of being stuck at one place for your entire working life doesn’t appeal to you, working with a staffing agency may be perfect for you. While agencies work with clients who want permanent, full-time workers, they also have many temporary assignments available, along with those that last for a specific time period.

You’ll Earn a Competitive Salary

You can expect a competitive salary and benefits when you work for a staffing company. While pay will be matched to your experience level, you can feel confident that your agency representative will negotiate a favorable pay rate and benefits for you. When you demonstrate your skill level and commitment, you can also expect your compensation to increase.

You’ll Be Prepared for a Changing Job Market

Although unemployment is slowly declining, job opportunities are more abundant through staffing agencies, the American Staffing Association reports. Experts predict that the staffing industry will continue growing at a faster pace than the overall economy. When you work with a staffing company, you’ll have access to an abundant supply of contract, temporary and permanent positions.

Hot Careers

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Northeast Ohio and Eastern Pennsylvania have experienced a rise in employment opportunities throughout the past few years. The region has long been known for its steady manufacturing and automotive sectors. However, the aerospace, technology, and healthcare markets have also experienced a surge in employment opportunities, leading to a new array of hot careers.

Hot Career Opportunities
Breaking into the right industry is the first step to take if you want to discover a hot career in a Northeast Ohio or Eastern Pennsylvania. To start you on the right track, you can explore job opportunities in the following booming industries:

  • Manufacturing — Industrial machinery mechanics is a popular job within the industry. In fact, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) recently reported that there will be a projected 16.9 percent increase in job opportunities for industrial machinery mechanics in the next few years. Becoming a cost estimator is another popular career choice within the manufacturing sector. It is predicted that there will be a 26.4 percent increase in the number of cost estimators within Ohio and Pennsylvania over the next 10 years.
  • Automotive — From truck owner and operators to salaried drivers, mechanics, and sales associates the automotive sector is booming within Ohio and Pennsylvania. Between Hogan Transportation, Gordon Trucking, Cross Country TravCorps, C.R. England, and McLeod Express, there are an estimated 26,000 jobs available throughout Ohio. There has also been an increase in jobs within the auto manufacturing sector, which has led to an elevated need for various managerial positions.
  • Aerospace — Ohio currently supports over 1,200 companies within the aerospace industry. This growing marketing place has been bolstered by the multi-billion dollar done industry, which is currently working with the Ohio Space Corridor to increase courses, certifications, and flight bolstered. This growth has resulted in a hot new career for drone pilots, aerospace engineers, and IT careers.
  • Healthcare And Medical Professions — Northeast Ohio and Eastern Pennsylvania have a large need for medical professionals. The steady healthcare market has created a hot career opportunity for registered nurses with RN, NP, or BSN degrees. Medical assistants and office coordinators are also popular careers within the industry.

Discover A Hot Career Today
Whether you are looking to make a career change or interested in exploring a new work opportunity, Just In Time Staffing is here to help. As a full service employment agency, Just In Time Staffing has partnered with the best companies in Northeast Ohio and Eastern Pennsylvania to help residents discover long-term, part-time, and amazing local career opportunities. Contact a team member today to discover the employment opportunity that is right for you.

Five Top Tips for Updating a Resume

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Updating your resume can increase your chances by 20% of getting the job you are applying for. However, adding new information to your resume is not enough on its own. Following are five top tips for updating a resume that will help you stand out from the crowd and showcase your qualifications and accomplishments in the best possible light.

Start by Listing Accomplishments

Make a list of all your major accomplishments from the time you last wrote a resume up until the present. These should include job-related accomplishments such as promotions, workshop attendance and successful handling of specific company projects as well as other accomplishments such as learning a new language or mastering a business software program.

Choose Old Accomplishments to Purge

A resume should never be longer than two pages, which means that in many cases adding new content will automatically mean purging old content. Start by eliminating job experience that is not highly relevant to the job you are applying for. Deleting your earliest job experiences can also be a good idea.

Choose Relevant Keywords

Companies that post job advertisements online tend to receive thousands of applications. For this reason, they use software to weed out resumes that appear irrelevant to the job at hand. To avoid having your resume trashed before a human gets around to looking at it, research industry-relevant keywords and use them in your resume.

Update the Format

Bosses are busy people who don’t have the time to spend hours looking at resumes. Make your resume easy to read by using bolded headings and bullet points that convey the most important information in quick, easy to read format. You will also want to make sure your text is easy to read both on computer and when the resume is printed out. Recommended font options include Arial, Calibri, Tahoma and Helvetica.

Check Contact Information

Double-check your contact information to make sure it is up to date. Even the best resume is utterly useless if a potential employer cannot get in touch with you.

Keeping your resume current will enable you to apply for jobs with confidence, knowing you are putting your best foot forward. It will also increase the odds of your being hired for the job you are applying for, as potential employers will be able to clearly see that you are a professional who is dedicated to and serious about your line of work.

Staffing Companies Keep the Workforce Going in Manufacturing

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With fluctuating demands for product and workforce, manufacturers benefit from the flexibility offered by staffing companies. Temporary employees, also known as contingent workers, allow manufacturing companies to find both skilled and unskilled workers to fill empty positions when they’re reluctant to expand their permanent workforce. Choosing the right staffing company can help you reduce labor costs while meeting increased demands for manpower to keep your business going.

Why You Need Temp Help

The manufacturing industry is notorious for frequent ups and downs in production based on increased sales during busy seasons and large, unexpected orders. Hiring contingent staff fills your temporary need for more employees, while also providing you future access to trained workers for full-time, permanent positions. This saves you from searching for outside candidates, because choices within your temporary staff will already be vetted on the job and have proven value to the company.

Benefits of Temp Staffing Services

When you hire a staffing company, the expense is offset by the savings in labor costs. Your recruiter matches workers who’re a good fit with the unique skillset you require for a given position. This takes away the worry and cost of recruiting new employees, interviewing potential candidates and screening them for possible hire. All pre-employment requirements, such as background checks and drug tests are handled by the staffing company. This not only saves you money, but also provides you with the extra staff you need quickly, because pre-screening requirements have already been completed.
Finding the right staffing company can help keep your manufacturing workforce going when you don’t have enough manpower to meet higher production demands. Experienced companies who specialize in your particular industry have the ability to scale your workforce to meet higher labor demands during peak operation and provide qualified candidates whenever you need them. When it’s time to downsize your workforce, you won’t have to deal with layoffs and unemployment issues when you let your contingent workers go.

Conclusion

Manufacturing companies who utilize staffing companies can better manage all their labor needs. When you have gaps in your production line, you may overwork your existing staff and risk causing lowered employee morale. By filling these gaps with contingent workers, you’re not only able to meet production demands, but you also keep everyone happy by providing them with the help they need to get the job done on time.

Employee turnover is an important statistic

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Employee turnover is an important statistic for staffing firms—it tells you how often you will need to hire new employees. A high turnover rate means that your employees average a shorter tenure with your firm; when the turnover rate decreases, average employee tenure goes up. What does this mean for your firm? The lower the turnover rate, the less money your firm spends on recruiting, new-hire administrative costs, training, and any other costs associated with replacing employees. Lower turnover could mean increased profit margins for your firm.

The turnover rate for your company tells you, on average, how many times a single position within your company was occupied by a different employee throughout the year. Suppose you had one position and one person filling that position throughout the entire year, your turnover rate would be zero—there was no change in the person employed in the position throughout the year.

Calculating Turnover

If you had one position and two people had filled that position throughout the year, your turnover rate would be 100%. This is calculated by taking the number of people employed (two in this example) and dividing it by the number of positions or jobs (one in this example), then multiplying the result by 100. Next you must subtract 100—this 100 accounts for the person who is initially employed in the job: 2/1=2*100=200-100=100

You can calculate the turnover rate for both your internal, permanent staff, and also for your temporary and contract employees. Be sure to calculate these two turnover rates separately, as they are typically very different. In order to calculate your company’s turnover rate you first need to determine your company’s average daily employment (for internal employees or for temporary and contract employees) and the number of W-2s your company issued throughout the year to employees for the employee type for which you are interested.

In most temporary or contract staffing firms, the number of temporary and contract positions available fluctuates each day. Calculating your company’s average daily employment will help you to determine how many positions your company filled on an average day over the course of the year. You can calculate your company’s average daily employment by determining how many employees your company had on the week that included the 12th of the month for each month in the year, summing these employment levels, and then dividing the sum by 12.

Once you have determined your average daily employment, you need to determine how many temporary and contract employees you had throughout the year. The quickest and best measure of this is the number of W-2 forms that your firm issued to temporary and contract employees for the year, since each employee will be connected to exactly one W-2 regardless of the number of positions they held.

Once you have these two numbers, you can calculate your company’s turnover rate for temporary and contract employees using the following formula: (total number of W-2s issued/average daily employment*100)-100 = turnover rate.

You can use this same calculation to determine the turnover rate for your internal employees, as well.

Choosing The Right Staffing Company

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Any company is only as good as its employees. This applies everywhere in your company, from your top executives to the people in the mail room. Because your employees are vital to your business, you need the right staffing services to make sure you get the right people on board.

Whatever position you need to fill, there is a staffing service that can do it. Temporary staffing services can provide flexible staffing that will work as long as you need them to-from a few days to a few months. Temp-to-hire agencies will send you temporary employees with the option of becoming a full-time worker- if the relationship works out.

Some staffing services provide high-level executives, some specialize in a certain skill sets (like graphic designers or computer programmers), and some concentrate on specific industries. There are staffing services available for accounting, HR staffing, IT staffing, medical and healthcare staffing, scientific staffing, etc to know more click here. Whatever your staffing needs may be, here are a few questions to ask to ensure you’re hiring the right staffing firm for your company:

Is the firm able to fill the position I’m looking for?

Because many firms specialize these days, its important to know if the firm you’re considering can fill the position you’re looking for. If you’re looking for a very specialized employee-someone with nursing skills, certain technical knowledge, or certain creative experience, for example-it can sometimes be better to hire a firm that specializes in placing this type of employee. Specialized firms sometimes attract more highly qualified workers than general staffing firms.

What are the firms pay rate and benefit packages?

Because the employee is officially working for the staffing firm, its the firm who will be determining his or her wages and benefits. Make sure they offer good compensation and benefits packages. The better their compensation, the higher caliber of workers they’ll attract.

Has the firm worked in my industry before?

In general, its better to find a firm with experience staffing companies like yours. Some staffing firms specialize in certain industries, and these firms may have a better understanding of what your company needs in its employees than a firm with a more general focus.
“It isn’t the hours you put in your work that count; its the work you put in the hours.”

Are they more focused on quality or quantity?

Some staffing services will spend time and effort narrowing down their candidates to find the perfect fit. Others will throw every qualified resume your way, in the hopes that one will stick. Most businesses prefer quality over quantity, depending on the position to be filled-although some prefer lots of options. Talk to the staffing services you’re considering and make sure their selection process works for your company.

Can they provide references?

Ask for references-preferably in your industry-and make sure you give them a call before you take the final step in hiring a staffing agency. An outside opinion from someone who has worked with the agency before can make all the difference in your hiring decisions.

How do they qualify applicants?

Many staffing services will test their applicants to determine which skills they have. Make sure the tests they use do a thorough job of attracting prospective employees for the skills you’re looking for.

How do they charge?

Some agencies charge placement fees while others charge a certain percentage of the employees wages. For example, if you pay the staffing agency $15 per hour for the employee, the agency might take $7.50 per hour, and give $7.50 to the employee.

Hiring the right staffing firm can make a big impact on your company-it is not a decision to be made quickly. Don’t wait until your staffing needs are urgent to check out the agencies available before selecting one to work with. Give yourself some time and ask the right questions, and you’re sure to find the right staffing agency for your business.

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