Professional Advantage Salutes Millions of Temporary and Contract Workers During National Staffing Employee Week, September 12–18
Professional Advantage of Fargo joins staffing companies across the country in celebrating National Staffing Employee Week, September 12–18, established by the American Staffing Association to pay tribute to the millions of Americans who are employed by staffing firms every business day.
“In the current economy where every job counts, we are honored to be able to celebrate National Staffing Employee Week and recognize the important and talented temporary and contract employees who make vital contributions to the nation’s work force and economy. We are honored to be able to work with these firms not only as a vendor, but also as a satisfied customer who is able to utilize the quality people they provide in order to maintain our skilled internal staff,” said Brent Hitterdal, General Manager of Professional Advantage.
Businesses, according to ASA, tap staffing companies for quality talent in virtually all occupational sectors, from call center service representatives to skilled tradesmen to attorneys. ASA also reports that 79 percent of temporary and contract employees work full-time (35 hours or more per week), virtually the same as the rest of the work force.
And for those who are seeking their first job, re-entering the work force, or looking for something new, temporary and contract employment offers many benefits:
- Jobs: The staffing industry matches millions of people to millions of jobs every day. Two million temporary and contract employees work through U.S. staffing firms on an average business day.
- Flexibility: Employees can choose when, where, and how they want to work. Companies can get the skills they need to keep fully staffed during busy times.
- Bridge: Temporary and contract work provides a bridge to permanent employment. People can try out a prospective employer and showcase their skills for a permanent job.
- Choice: Many people choose temporary and contract work as a preferred employment option. They can select their work schedules and choose among a variety of diverse and challenging assignments.
- Training: The staffing industry provides free training for millions of temporary and contract employees to help meet today’s demand for skilled workers
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Everything is everything
Hello good people. It’s been a few days since my last post, and I have quite a bit to catch you up on! But, baby steps; one thing at a time! First, I’ll address my last post, “On the Beach: Reality Sets In,” as that’s the most logical place to start.
As many of you know, my educational and career paths (along with my personal life, perhaps) have had their fair share of ups and downs. Sometimes it feels like I can’t catch a break, you know? But, I also have this incredible ability to bounce back and bounce back fast. Well, in all honesty. I bounced back the day after I posted my frustrations with staffing, but I had no internet access. Do I feel capricious for having posted one thing and for now being in an entirely different state of mind? Not at all. I think sometimes people watch my bounce back without ever having witnessed the fall, and they think I never have my struggles. Some people, I know, think it’s easier for me than it is for themselves or for others. I don’t think this is so, and maybe I just have to do a better job of expressing my frustrations when they do arise for people to see that.
Anyway, back to my staffing status. As of right now, I’m still unstaffed, but I I’ve come to terms with it. As I’ve said, nothing in my life has yet gone as I’d planned. Even my current placement as a staff consultant in a large firm was not what I’d originally planned or wanted for myself. But, it’s all worked out. Almost all of my big, life plans have been shot down, and I’ve had to pull myself together and push on. I’ve had to re-evaluate my position, pull my shit together and start making moves. And, I have to say that I’m pretty happy with, and proud of, the results. I’ve trusted myself to get this far, and I shouldn’t think that I can’t work it out now.
I appreciate the support from all of you very much. I chuckle to myself when you tell me that they’re saving the best jobs for me, because I’m the best. I know they’re not saving anything for me in particular, and it’s okay. I’ll work with what I get and I’ll maneuver my way up. I’ve been lucky enough to have always done it up until now, and I don’t plan on stopping. Like good old Lauryn Hill says, “Everything is everything. What is meant to be will be.” I like to think that I’m meant to be at the top, even if I have to put in all the work to get there.
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School's Out! (Day 1)
Over the next few weeks I’m going to be a right moany little turd and post a small rant about a specific thing which annoys me about the school which I am about to leave. So here goes!
Day 1: Staffing
I find this very frustrating to say the least. Many subjects which I have thought about taking and that would have been useful to my continued academic development have not been made available to me due to the lack of teachers in the school who can teach the subjects I’d like to take.
Many subjects which I have indeed taken, I have been left to teach myself and pass of my own accord, whether this be down to a teacher leaving or being ill and there being no appropriate substitute due to lack of staffing or through the class sizes being too big for the teacher to devote any attention to individuals within that class. The only individuals who seem to be allowed unflinching attention from teachers are those who disrupt every lesson and demand a sort of vain recognition for being a monumental arsehat.
When it comes to the teachers who we do have, it is only a very small proportion of them who have any ability to teach at all. Teaching is not just about trudging through the curriculum purely so you can say you’ve done it. Teaching is about engaging with the class who you teach on a personal level, making them to take an interest in your subject area and genuinely helping them to want to learn and do well. Many teachers don’t even appear to be vaguely interested by the subject they are teaching and are just in it for a cushy pension and a half decent holiday.
So in summary my opinion of staffing procedures and habits within my school are pretty low. We are not allowed to have a choice in our own education as many subjects which we would enjoy are not available and those that are are not available at a high enough level a lot of the time due to under staffing. The subjects which are staffed have huge class sizes which leads to an inability to teach a subject comprehensively and devote time to helping individuals take an interest and progress academically and finally many teachers are uninterested or at least seem uninterested in actually teaching their subject to a high standard and encouraging their pupils to actually retain information and reach a deeper learning of a subject than just ‘you have to do this to pass’. Bollocks to the staffing.
“GIMME ALL YOUR MONEY ... At many companies, the way you get a raise is to quit. The way it works is this: Management figures they’ll save money on salaries by leaving it up to the employees to negotiate for their own pay. So they don’t give raises until someone tries to negotiate for one. Naturally, anyone asking for a raise is viewed as having no negotiating stance unless they have a credible claim to quitting, so raises are only given as counter-offers. Think about what this does to employees. The most devoted, upstanding employees are the least paid, and the most conniving, disinterested ones are paid the most. -Bram Cohen, BitTorrent”—
Avoid the desire for a bloated business
A seductive trap facing the young startup business is the desire for a bloated business flush with fancy titles contributing to the appearance of a large business but in reality do nothing. Fancy titles and inflated positions do not legitimize your business. Bloat is deceiving and dangerous.
You may think the world is eyeballing your staff roster to see how many important figures are on the payroll but in actuality nobody is. I liken it to a teenager who upon getting their first pimple assume everyone is recoiling from it in horror and disgust. In reality however, no one really notices or cares. More likely they’re hoping you‘re not noticing their blemishes in return.
Broadbean: Job Interview First Impressions
Are first impressions really that important? The answer is… YES!
When the decision comes to hire a new employee, the candidates that are chosen almost always will share similar educational backgrounds, skills and experience. Because of this, it can be the small things that make the difference between getting the job or not. A lousy handshake or dirty shoes can be all it takes to lose out on getting the job.
MIA again for a different reason… felt cruddy all weekend- my back was achy and uncomfortable and by Monday at 1:00 pm I couldn’t take it anymore.. $100 later, find out from the immediate care center that I have a kidney infection among other small issues… BLAH! Still hurts, it’s not a fun thing at all. I can’t even tell if the medicine is working or not yet.
On a better note, I took my national certification exam to become a certified staffing professional and I passed! Woohoo!
The Worst Questions To Ask During A Job Interview
During a job interview, the questions you ask are just as important as the answers you provide. One poorly-thought-out question could nix your chances of landing a job.
“What will stick with a potential employer is that you asked the right questions, paid close attention to the answers and really fathomed what their organization is all about,” says headhunter Mark Jaffe of Wyatt & Jaffe.
To help you avoid catastrophe, we’ve compiled a list of the worst questions you can ask during a job interview.
Good luck.“What are your policies surrounding benefits and vacation time?”
Asking about job perks early on will make you appear self-indulgent.
“It’s kind of weird when someone gets into the nitty-gritty of the benefits,” says Alison Green, from Ask A Manager. “I’ve had people ask me who the health care provider is, if we have dental plans, how many vacation days we offer.”
Once you’re offered the job, that’s when discussion about benefits starts“Can you tell me about your company?”
Hopefully you’ve already done your research on the company. Ask more specific questions that show you’ve done your research
“Will I have to work overtime?”
Instead, ask what a typical day looks like, reports CNN/Career Builder. This way, you’ll learn more about your daily responsibilities, including who you’ll be interacting with — and perhaps if people often work overtime
“Why did the last person leave?”
Rephrase this with, “Am I replacing someone or is this a new position?” That way, you put a positive spin on the question, and you’ll know whether you’ll be blazing new territory or working within established parameters
“Do you think I’d be a good fit?” OR “What reservations do you have about me?”
This puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on your potential employer. If he or she thinks you’d be good, they’ll let you know. Focus on selling yourself
“Will I have to travel or relocate?”
This question makes you look inflexible. Wait for your potential employer to bring these topics up
“So what’s the salary for this job?”
Never ask about this during a first interview. Better yet, wait for your interviewer to ask you about salary range
“How long do you think this interview will take? I have to be somewhere afterward.”
Don’t ask this, or glance at your watch or cell phone during the interview. Generally, the longer an interview takes, the better. If you’re already asking how much work you need to put in, you’ll be seen as a whiner, not a winner
“What’s your policy on telecommuting and flex time?”
This makes it appear as though you’re the type to skirt responsibility. Unless telecommuting or flex time was mentioned in the job description or your prospective employer brought it up, skip this one
“How long does it usually take to get promoted?”
Stay away from questions on your growth opportunities in the company. This will make your interviewer question your intentions
Saying, “No, I don’t have any questions” at the end of the interview
An interview should be a conversation. “One of the greatest mistakes you can do is wait until the end of the interview [to ask all your questions],” says career coach Neil. “By then it’s far too late.”
A good way to sneak in your first questions is after the inevitable “tell me about yourself” question at the start of interviews. You can do it by saying “I can talk about my experiences for hours, but today I want to focus on what’s most important to you,” Neil says, and then ask you can your interviewer a question
On the Beach: Reality Sets In
So, here we are in India, la-di-da-di-da, enjoying the culture, the food, the high life- woot, woot- when, bam! Michelle gets staffed on a project in L.A. So unexpected, so out of the blue! I thought we were all in on this together, not being staffed until after we got back. I thought we were all going to be on the beach, pina coladas and sand and blow up palm trees every day in the New York office until we were staffed. I’m still trying to process this unexpected turn of events when BAM!! Josh gets staffed on the same project in L.A. The next thing you know, I look around and I’m just a homeless man on a deserted beach, and it’s about to storm.
The truth of the matter is that staffing is one of the most stressful things that have happened to me since the recruitment process started. And, it’s not supposed to be. It’s a fact of consulting life that we move in and out of projects, and sometimes it takes some time “on the beach” before we get placed on a project again. We chill out, work from home, maybe go into the office if we feel like it. What is there to worry about? Except for the fact that not being staffed means that you are not billable. Not being billable means that you’re not making the company any money; you’re costing the company money. On top of all of that, it means that you’re not networking with clients, earning miles, or maintaining a status eligible for expenses. You pretty much become Tom Hanks, stuck on an island with a mangy volleyball to keep you company. Meanwhile, your new friends are earning miles, expensing their dinners and drinks together, and frolicking in the sunshine that embraces L.A in its bosom.
Granted, I don’t believe that any of my coworkers are any more qualified than I am. I know it’s more a matter of luck. And, I know that one day I’ll get off of this sad, sad island. But, how long will it take before I have to build my own raft, nearly drown, and lose the only companion that’s kept me sane (or as close to sane as I can possibly manage) all this time? Meanwhile, my friends have been coptered out. They savor their prime rib and buttered mashed potatoes while I try to stay optimistic with my humble portions of seaweed and sand.
God help us, Wilson. God help us.
I’ve wanted nothing more than to staff a birthright trip…
So PLEASE if you or anyone you know is Jewish & interested in a 10 day trip to Israel, PLEASE EMAIL ME: AnnaBobana13@gmail.com
It would really mean the WORLD to me.
Please get me back to Israel.