Juggling Multiple Jobs Can Hurt. Here’s Why One Career is Best for You!

July 22nd, 2014

In today’s difficult economy, many people are forced to work multiple jobs to make a decent living. In many cases, these can be very different types of job and in multiple industries. This can benefit some people and it can really hurt others. For the most part, it is best for you to just work one career at a time. There are plenty of reasons why this is the case and we will discuss all of them in this post.

Projects Begin to Blend

If you are working two careers, projects might start to blend into each other. This means that you could make major mistakes at one of your jobs by including information from a project at another company. When this happens, you could be sacrificing your employment status and the result of the project with the company. If you blend projects, unknowingly, you might not catch the mistake until it is too late. When you work just one job, you will never have trouble remembering which project information you should bring with you to an important meeting.

Attention Can Wander

When juggling more than one job, it is very possible that your attention will wander when at one job or the other. This means that you will find yourself worrying or thinking about tasks from your other place of employment instead of the one where you are working right now. If you do decide to work two jobs, you need to make it clear to yourself which job is your regular 9-5 job and which one is your secondary job.

Violating Company Policies

Not everyone realizes it, but you might be violating company policies by working a second job, especially if it is in close relation to your 9-5 job. When you work a second job that is in the same industry as your 9-5 job, this might cause a violation of a non-compete agreement that you signed with your employer. It is always best to disclose a second job with your employer prior to accepting the offer of employment in the event that it could break a non-compete agreement.

Not Enough Time in the Day

Trying to work two jobs can lead to not having enough time during the day to complete everything on your task list. When this happens, your job(s) could be in jeopardy. If you are working a second job and cannot complete a task, be sure to explain to your employer why this happened. Do not provide any excuses or ridiculous stories to save yourself from being fired.

Sacrifices at Work

Working two jobs will require you to make sacrifices. Sometimes, these sacrifices will affect one or both of your jobs and can be a detriment to your career. It would be wise to quit the job that provides you with less hours or lower compensation to save you time and frustration.

How to Motivate Temporary Employees

July 17th, 2014

Running a company that relies on a large percentage of temporary employees has its benefits. It can also have some risks. One of those risks involves employing temporary workers who are not 100 percent motivated to get the job done right or on-time. Why is this? Because temps know they are working on borrowed time. The other issue is when companies treat temps like “warm bodies” instead of valuable members of the team. These problems can easily be avoided, in order to provide a solid return on investment.

If you follow the tips here, you should have no trouble motivating your temporary employees.

Offer Bonuses

Not many companies do this, but you should consider offering temporary employees bonuses. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this. In fact, it will motivate your temp workers beyond belief. When they have more than just a paycheck to work for they will find ways to be productive at the office. When you treat them like your regular, full-time employees, they will feel valued and part of the office too. If you do create a bonus system for temp workers, be sure to offer bonuses that can be paid in a timeframe that meets their contract.

Have Full-Time Workers Train Temp Workers

Another excellent way to motivate temporary workers is to have your full-time employees train them for the position they were hired to work. This will show the temp worker that they are a valued member of the organization. It also will help you have an extra set of eyes and ears on the floor. When you have a full-time employee monitoring a part-time worker, you won’t have any trouble missing when they do something extraordinary. This makes it easier to praise them for their work, which will always motivate a temporary worker.

Let Your Employees Have Fun

Consider creating a fun environment for your employees, both full-time and temporary. Some of the most successful companies are known for the parties they throw for their employees. Even when companies struggle during tough economic times, they might slash their prices for customers, but the most successful ones will never touch the budget for employee perks. This keeps employees motivated and focused on doing the best they can each day.

Treat Temp Workers Equally

Make sure you treat all of your temp workers the same way you treat full-time employees. This begins the minute they step foot onto your campus. Give them a tour of the facility, introduce them to people in every department and let them know where they can go to have any questions answered. The more you involve them in daily operations and introduce them to co-workers, the more motivated they will be when at the office. Also, when you introduce them to full-time workers, never introduce them as being temporary employees. Just introduce them by their name, what position they were hired for and in which department they will be working.

Getting What You’re Worth? Salary Guide for Indiana Manufacturing Workers

July 8th, 2014

How do you know what you are worth in the job market today? This can be tricky to figure out, but it can be done, especially for manufacturing workers in Indiana. Indiana is home to many companies that employ workers in the manufacturing field and the salaries are right in line with the national average of $50,000 per year.

What Am I Worth?

Many people wonder what they are worth when working in the manufacturing field in Indiana and other areas of the mid-West. There are various levels of these jobs and thousands of different job titles within the industry today. Some of the most common manufacturing positions include a development program engineer, a manufacturing engineer, a manufacturing associate, a director of manufacturing process systems, a senior manufacturing project engineer and many others.

Depending on the title of your job, your experience, and the level of the position, you could be worth more than you are being paid right now. Take a look at the salary information presented in this post and determine whether or not you are being paid what you are worth at your manufacturing job.

Manufacturing Salaries in Indiana

Some of the highest salaries in the state of Indiana are paid to Manufacturing Engineers. These positions require the person working the job to work on the design and operation of integrated systems. Such systems include computers, machinery, networks, robots and equipment that handles materials. Some manufacturing engineers might be hired to design circuit boards, automate a chemical manufacturing company and much more.

This position is compensated fairly nicely, with an average annual salary of a little more than $67,000. Some of these positions, depending on which company you work at in Indiana, could pay closer to $55,000 per year on average. One of the highest paying manufacturing jobs in the state is that of the principal manufacturing engineer. These employees are responsible for analyzing the current state of the company’s manufacturing process while ensuring safety, costliness, quality and delivery are still met. This position has an average annual salary in Indiana of more than $91,000.

One of the manufacturing jobs in Indiana that pays hourly is that of the manufacturing associate. This position pays a little more than $12 per hour, which is in the middle of the national range of $11-$14 per hour. The position of manufacturing intern pays monthly compensation averaging $3,745 per month. Interns can work anywhere from three to six to 12 months per year depending on the program and the requirements of their school.

If you are in the manufacturing field in the state of Indiana, be sure you check some of the average annual salaries so you can determine if you are being paid what you are worth within the industry. Then get in touch with Davis Staffing, a leading source of well-paying Indiana manufacturing jobs.

Can You Trust Your Candidates? Nonverbal Cues to Watch Out For

June 27th, 2014

Companies that are in the middle of filling open jobs want to complete the process fairly quickly so everyone already on the payroll can continue to perform their required duties. Sometimes, a company will cut corners to fill an open position and miss nonverbal cues of job candidates during a job interview. Not all candidates can be trusted, which is why we will discuss the nonverbal cues to pay attention to during interviews here.

Tone of Voice

One of the first things you need to watch for is the candidate’s tone of voice. This can be a little tricky because you don’t know if the their tone is changing during an interview because they are genuinely nervous or because they are trying to hide something about their past. A candidate’s tone of voice can be a trigger for other nonverbal cues such as their posture, their facial expressions and their gestures.

The Walk Around Test

An excellent way to measure a candidate’s body language or nonverbal cues is to engage him or her in the walk around test through the office. Give the candidate a tour of the facility and watch for some different cues. Take note of how quickly they smiled when meeting someone new, if they asked questions of the people they met, if they made eye contact and much more. You can even gauge the idea of them getting along with their co-workers should they be hired for the open job when doing the walk around test.

Appearance is Important Too

We are all told that appearance should not be important in life, but when it comes to acquiring a job, it is very important. If a candidate shows up to a job interview at your company in ripped pants, a stained shirt and an unshaven face, you likely will not hire that person. You would not want that person representing your company to clients and customers because it sends a bad message. Check the appearance of your candidate. Did he or she wear business attire? Did the candidate shave for the interview? Everyone makes snap judgments based on other people’s appearance. It can be a major factor in a job interview.

Lies, Lies, Lies

It is incredibly easy to spot someone who is telling a lie or a fabricated story when you are talking with them in-person. It is more difficult to accomplish this during a phone interview. Nonverbal cues such as twitching, hands shaking, sweating and fidgeting can tip an interviewer to the fact that the candidate might be telling a fib or hiding something from their past.

Take a long look at nonverbal cues presented by your job candidates during an interview to figure out if he or she is being truthful and trustworthy.

 

How to Dress for Manufacturing Interviews

June 20th, 2014

Whether you believe it or not, the attire you choose for a manufacturing interview could increase your chances at landing the job. When you ask someone what the proper attire is for an interview you will receive the same answer nine times out of ten; dress slacks, button-up shirt, a tie and possibly a suit or sport jacket. But, that tenth time could be much different if you are interviewing for a manufacturing position. We will discuss the attire for such an interview in this post.

Manufacturing Interview Dress Tips

We are going to sound a little harsh here, but we want to get our point across so you dress the proper way for a manufacturing interview. A manufacturing employer does not care if you own a suit because you will not be wearing one to work each day. Instead, it is a good idea to leave the suit in your closet and dress differently for this interview. Manufacturing employers want to envision you working for their company in different roles and none of them will entail you sitting behind a desk or in an office.

Without going too far, you still want to make an impression with your outfit. Make sure you wear long pants, with a nice shirt that is clean. Your clothes should be free of stains and rips even though the job you are interviewing for could send you home dirty each night. An employer still wants to see that you care about your appearance, so also be sure to shave that scruffy beard and trim your long hair back just a little bit.

Another important tip here is that men really should not wear a tie when interviewing for a manufacturing job. Why? Because a tie is way too formal for this type of interview and you should not have any loose clothing on when around machinery. So, if you are offered a tour of the facility, you want to be able to go on the tour without any worries. No one wants to have to remove a piece of clothing prior to taking a tour. It will look like you are unprepared.

When you dress down for a manufacturing interview you are showing the employer that you are dressing for the job that you want. Hiring managers want to meet someone who wants to work and work hard. You can show this by your outfit of choice for the manufacturing interview.

Remember this; how you present yourself and dress for an interview goes a long way in which candidate the company chooses for its open position. If you dress for the job, you will have a higher probability of bringing home the job offer. Be sure to read through the many helpful career articles for job seekers here at Davis Staffing, a leading Chicago IL Temp Agency.

Management Skills: Are You a Leader or a Boss?

June 13th, 2014

It can be difficult for managers to traverse the divide between being a leader and being a boss. For some, it can be very easy to do. If you are a manager or supervisor, it does not matter how many people work under you, it is imperative that you can differentiate between being a leader and a boss. How is this done? We will discuss some of the tell-tale signs that you might be more of a boss than a leader at the workplace.

Leaders Will Lead

We know that this is very simple, but it is true. Leaders will lead their team and not rule them. This means that you will be working alongside your team instead of in front of them. You will take the time to provide the team with insight, help and show them gratitude during projects.

Leaders Do Teach

It is important for leaders to teach their employees instead of expecting they can get the job done and ignoring them in the process. The best leaders out there will have self-esteem, but will not be embarrassed to learn from employees who hold lower positions at the company. A leader will pay attention to their colleagues almost all the time, while a boss will tend to ignore colleagues and employees on a regular basis.

Bosses Establish Poor Relationships

If you are a boss, you might notice that you have very poor relationships with your employees. Leaders will develop relationships that focus on equality at the workplace. This encourages employees to be creative and to speak up when they have an idea. A boss will likely let his or her personal preferences regarding employees take over their relationships in the office.

Bosses Sit on the Sidelines

For the most part, a boss will sit on the sidelines when a project is being worked on or when meetings are taking place. Leaders have a tendency to get involved in the action and lend a helping hand whenever and wherever it is needed. Leaders will make adjustments throughout the project and offer their assistance to any employee who has a question or an issue. Bosses will stay hands-off during these projects.

Leaders Listen

One of the most important traits of a leader is that he or she will listen and then speak to employees. Bosses have a tendency to shout orders and reprimand immediately when something goes wrong. Bosses love the feeling of having all eyes and ears on them throughout the day while leaders would rather listen to their co-workers and implement their ideas when possible.
So, after reading this post, are you a leader or are you a boss? Think about your actions at work and figure out what needs to change to become a better leader. Explore important recruitment and employment topics by reading a few more popular blog posts from a leading Staffing Agency in Chicago IL Davis Staffing!

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Are You a Safe Employee? How to Follow OSHA Regulations

June 6th, 2014

As a general rule, workplace safety is a big deal for companies around the Chicago area. So too, should it be important for workers. No matter what type of work you do, it is in your best interests to practice safety as much as possible. The more often you practice safety, the less likely it is that you or someone near you will be injured on the job. Companies do their best to meet OSHA regulations and keep their employees safe, but there is only so much they can do. They have to rely on their employees to make good decisions as well.

So, are you a safe employee? Find out here.

Failure to Review Policies

OSHA regulations are posted throughout workplaces of all kinds. If you fail to review these policies and regulations, you are putting yourself and those around you in danger of suffering an injury or even death. You need to read these posters and handouts as soon as you come across them and familiarize yourself with these regulations. If anything is confusing, or hard to understand, you should seek clarification from a manager or the human resources department as soon as possible.

Poor Driving Habits

OSHA reports that accidents while driving for a job cost employers some $60 billion per year. One way to avoid paying such high insurance premiums or settlements is to inspect all of your company’s vehicles for safety issues regularly. This includes doing so before and after required inspections by the state. Have a mechanic on-hand to go over every vehicle who can recognize major issues that could lead to serious accidents.

As an employee who has to drive a company vehicle, be sure to check to make sure the brake lights, turn signals, headlights and high beam lights all work prior to hitting the road. You should also check the tire pressure and the amount of gas in the tank.

Do you Dress for Work Conditions?

You need to come to work prepared for the weather conditions both inside and outside the building. If you work outside, make sure your outfit or uniform complies with the weather forecast for that day. You do not want to freeze in the winter and overheat in the summer. You should also have clothes that are appropriate for the conditions inside the building. Employers should install heaters in extremely cold warehouses and fans in extremely hot warehouses.

Failure to Use PPE

PPE, or personal protective equipment, is very important at the workplace today. You need to make this equipment top priority each day on the job. Whether you need to bring it from home or take it out of your locker, be sure you have your goggles, gloves, jacket, safety shoes, hard hats and any other gear necessary for you to stay safe while on the job.

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4 Mobile Apps to Help You Land a Temp Job

May 23rd, 2014

Unlike the quest for a full time job, finding temporary employment does not have to take all of your time. Instead, it can be accomplished whenever you have free moments during the day. Thanks to the advancements in technology, you can easily use your smartphone or tablet computer to find your next temporary job.

Fortunately, there are plenty of mobile apps out there that can help job seekers secure their next temporary job. Here we will discuss four of the most popular mobile job search apps in this post.

JobMo

JobMo is a jobs application that is free to all users through iTunes and Google Play. This app has millions of job postings, with many of them specifically for temporary work. You will be able to compare salaries for the jobs you are interested in that are found on the app. Users can even apply to jobs found on the app when using it on an iPad or an Android tablet. The app allows you to connect with other users to discuss careers and job advice. There is plenty of job advice found on the app as well.

Job Compass

Job Compass is a job app for job seekers who use the iPhone. The app searches for jobs that are available close to your home, within just five miles. On the other hand, if you don’t mind a commute or relocation, you can search for jobs as far away as 100 miles from your home. There are more than 2 million job listings searched by the app, which means that you will be able to find a job that interests you fairly easily. The app is free to use and includes jobs from various industries across the country.

Gigwalk

This mobile app is available on all Apple devices, including the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. This app is especially useful to job seekers looking for their next temporary job. There are temporary jobs posted on the app that range in pay from $6 to several hundred dollars per job. Businesses that use this app can invite users who do well with jobs to private projects. Employers also have the ability to write reviews of employees’ work through the app. These reviews will be public, so future employers will be able to read them when looking for more help.

LinkUp

This is one of the more helpful mobile apps out there for job seekers who need to find a temporary job. The app searches more than 20,000 company web pages for open jobs. The jobs posted on this app are not just ones submitted to job boards. Instead, they are jobs found on career pages of company websites. This puts people searching for temporary work ahead of the game because they can see the job posting right on the company’s website.

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8 Things to Include in Your Temp Onboarding Kit

May 16th, 2014

Making the decision to use a temporary workforce can be a positive one, but once you have done so, it takes some time to implement this workforce into your company. Having a consistent process helps to get the most return on investment from your temp workers. Onboarding is the way to orient and ramp up the skills of temp workers from day one.

When you bring temporary employees into the fold, a good option is to put together an onboarding kit that helps them understand the company, how it operates, what their daily duties will be and what is expected of them as temporary workers. Here’s what your temp onboarding kit needs to include:

#1 – A Welcome Letter

The welcome letter should include a nice note to the employee that explains the company, its mission and a brief history. Make sure your direct contact information is in the letter and let him or her know you are always open to discussion.

#2 – Schedule for Orientation

The packet should also have a schedule for orientation. This lets the employee know what will happen during their orientation day. Provide a timeline of events to make the onboarding process as easy as possible.

#3 – Written Duties of the Job

There should be a document that outlines the duties of the job the temporary worker will be responsible for on a daily basis. It also leaves no doubt as to what he or she will be asked to do while at work. Include information about who to go to for trouble shooting or guidance on tasks.

#4 – Employee Manual

The employee manual is very important and should be included in all onboarding kits. Take time during the orientation to discuss all of the corporate policies found in the manual. Also, briefly go over any other sections that might be of interest to the employees. Make sure they read through the entire manual on their own time and sign any important paperwork found in it. Also tell them that if they have any questions they should not hesitate to ask.

#5 – Mandatory Meetings

All onboarding kits should include documents that inform the employee of any mandatory meetings he or she must attend during the workweek. Make sure that all of the meetings are noted with the day of the week, the time and the location within the building.

#6 – Access to Training Technology

Techology access from the start of the temp assignment is crucial to their success. If the new temporary hire must complete online training while on the job, make sure the kit has all of the information for those websites listed. This includes the web address of the site, any login credentials, and expected completion dates.

#7 – Employee Checklist

All onboarding kits for temporary hires should have an employee checklist in them. These checklists should have items such as signed new hire paperwork, receiving access cards to the building, receiving a calling card and much more. The employee will be able to keep track of everything he or she has received and can then sign the document and send it to HR once everything is received.

#8 – Campus Rules

Your onboarding kit should also include all of the rules in place on your company’s campus. These can include the designated smoking areas, break policies, where to eat during lunch taken in the building, how to order copies, making phone calls and much more.

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3 Elements to Include in Your Temp Resume in 2014

May 9th, 2014

Putting together your temp resume is just as important as putting together a resume for full-time, regular employment. In fact, it might even be a little more important if you are trying to find a new assignment because the odds are better in your favor of landing a temp job in today’s labor market.

To help you get on the right path, there are three vital elements that you should include in your temp resume this year. They include:

  • your achievements in temporary work
  • your social profiles branded to your career
  • your work and personal references.

Achievements in Temporary Work

Just because you make a living as a temporary employee, it does not mean that you have not achieved goals in your career. These goals can be completing a major project for a bonus, receiving an award from your temporary employer or being recognized within your industry by your peers. Make sure you list any awards, recognitions, and other achievements on your temporary employment resume so potential employers see what you have to offer their organization.

Social Profile

If you are not using social media, then it is high time you got with the times. Social media can be a blessing when it comes to finding a job, especially for temporary workers. Companies are posting open jobs on sites such as Google+, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Join these sites and start following companies that you know hire temporary workers.

Check with them frequently for new job postings. Aside from this, you should add your social profile to your temporary employment resume. This includes listing your usernames or profile names for all of your social media accounts. This makes it easier for potential employers to find you online after you apply for a job. If you do this, be sure that your accounts have been cleaned up, are appropriate, and have fresh content posted on them.

List Your References

For the most part, it is common practice to list at least three references on a resume. This is the same when talking about a temp employment resume. You should try to never list less than three references and no more than five. You need to pick the three most influential people from your career or education and make sure that they know they are on your resume.

IMPORTANT: Let the references know they could be contacted by companies asking about you. If a company tells you they will be contacting your references on a certain day, give your references a heads-up immediately. Before putting anyone’s name down on your resume, think about how they would describe you to a potential employer. If you have any doubts; do not list that person as a reference.

If you include all three of these elements on your temp resume for 2014, you will find it easier to secure interviews for new jobs. Want to learn more? Explore important recruitment and employment topics by reading a few more popular blog posts from a leading temporary staffing agency in Indiana, Davis Staffing!

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