What To Look For In A Candidate Fresh Out Of School?

October 14th, 2014

As an employer, you need to do everything possible to find the right candidate for the open jobs at your company. This means that you will need to know what to look for in the candidates who interview for the open jobs. The student’s GPA and major are not the only thing you need to take into consideration when hiring recent college graduates.

We have compiled a list of the most important things to look for in a candidate fresh out of school here.

A Team Player

The candidate must be a team player. You will want an employee who not only can work well in a team setting, but also who wants to work as part of a team, not just go through the motions. A telling sign is how well the candidate can work with others who are very different from them. This will help you get a glimpse of how the candidate will work with your current employees.

Strong Writing and Communication Skills

You also should look for recent college graduates who can write well and have strong communication skills. No matter what type of job is open, the need to write and speak publicly will arise at some point. This means that your candidate must be able to put together a strong presentation that includes written material and requires them to speak in front of others.

Ability to Analyze and Solve Problems

A very important aspect of business today is the ability for employees to analyze and solve problems when they arise. Recent college graduates need to have this ability if they want to obtain employment. You need to make sure that any recent college graduates you interview can perform such a task. You can determine this by having the candidate provide an example of how they performed this task while working an internship.

Creative Out of the Box Thinker

Creativity is very important in the business world today because it separates the most successful companies from the least successful companies. As you interview recent college graduates for open positions, you need to determine if they can be creative and innovative when on the job. This will increase the success of your company because the candidate will bring their new ideas to the table each day they are on the job.

Strong Work Ethics

No matter which industry your company operates in, you will want to hire someone with strong ethics. When you bring in people who live by their ethical decisions, you will notice a difference in the office and your corporate culture.

Understanding of Numbers and Statistics

You also need to find candidates fresh out of college who understand statistics and numbers. This ability is necessary in today’s business world because it helps the company move forward with deals, projects and contracts.

Back To School! Why It Is Important To Let Employees Have Time To Continue Education

September 24th, 2014

As the rest of the country heads back to school, companies are still in session and employees are trying to find ways to beat the workday blues. Employees need to be able to continue their education these days for multiple reasons. We will discuss these reasons here so you, as a company, understands the benefits to allowing employees to return to school to further their education and career.

Employees Know They are Valued

When you allow your employees to return to school, it lets them know they are valued by the company. There are many reasons for this; the company not only lets the employee take time out of their schedule to go to school, but it also might reimburse the employee for the courses taken and the materials purchased for those courses.

Company Benefits in the Long-Run

Anytime a company sends its employees back to school, it is putting itself into an excellent position to succeed within its industry. As employees continue their education and earn higher degrees, they are bringing what they learn back with them to the office. This information can be presented to co-workers at the office during meetings or taught to others on an individual basis when necessary. This will only provide the company a stronger presence within their industry.

Builds Confidence in the Employee

When a company sends its employee back to school, it helps the employee build confidence in themselves and where their career is headed. The confidence will show when dealing with clients, completing high-quality work, offering suggestions at meetings and much more when at the office each day. This is a boost to your leadership development programs and employee succession planning efforts.

Work Becomes More Meaningful

When an employee is sent back to school by his or her employer, the work they perform when on the job becomes more meaningful to them. Going back to school can help the employee understand what he or she is doing at work much better. This will lead the employee to have more meaning in their career and what they do at the office.

Employees Become Eligible for Promotions

Companies that send their employees back to school will be helping their own cause when it comes to improving their management ranks. Employees who go back to school to earn advanced degrees will then become eligible to earn promotions at their place of employment. This helps the company promote from within and not have to look elsewhere when higher-level management positions become available.


It is important for companies to have some form of continuing education program in place in order to help employees further their career. The benefits will be present for both the company and the employees who return to school. Success will come for both parties when employees are allowed to go back to school when working.

Steps To Creating A Healthier Work Environment

September 15th, 2014

Finding new and innovative ways to create a healthier work environment can be difficult, especially when employees are stuck in bad habits for a long time. Getting your employees to buy into a healthier work environment can be tricky, but it definitely can be done effectively without causing too much of a culture shock for employees.

Here, we will discuss the most effective ways to create a healthier work environmentin just a few simple steps.

Step #1 – Fostering an Attitude of Cooperation is a Must

One of the first things you must absolutely do when creating a healthier work environment is to create an attitude of cooperation. This means that give and take must be present in the office each day of the week. Part of the cooperation discussion is offering employees ways to balance their work life and their personal life so they are not overwhelmed when they come to work each morning. This includes offering childcare, flexible work schedules, telecommuting, sabbaticals and compassionate leave.

Step #2 – Create Rewards for Employees

Employees love to be recognized or rewarded for a job well done more than once in their career. This means that you need to create some type of recognition program for your employees. This will make it easier to reward them when they complete a project ahead of the deadline, go above and beyond when dealing with a client and much more. These rewards can be gift cards to local restaurants or businesses, extra paid time off from work, a personalized plaque and much more.

Step #3 – Develop an Atmosphere of Trust

Employees also want to have a feeling of trust when they are at the office. They want to be trusted by their superiors, their co-workers and everyone else they come in contact with in the office. Trust goes both ways, which means since your employees want to be trusted, you must provide them with reasons why they can trust you. When you make this a two-way street, the environment at the workplace will be much healthier.

Step #4 – Offer Stress Busting Activities

Work is stressful, no matter how fun the workplace environment might be, which is why you need to relieve the stress of your employees as much as possible. This can be done using various activities at the office such as picnics, casual outfit days, flexible scheduling during the spring and summer months and much more.

Step #5 – Update Corporate Safety Policies

When companies look to make their workplace environment a healthier one, it can be done by updating safety policies. Safety policies will vary from company to company, but most of them are the same. If you feel that your employees are not safe in what they do at the office, you can hold safety seminars and update the policies and make sure everyone is complying when necessary.

Creating a healthier work environment does not have to a complicated process and it should be done immediately in an effort to ensure that your employees are happy and safe. Davis Staffing, a Hammond Staffing Agency can help reduce stress on your current workforce by giving you access to temp employees to take care of routine tasks, augment for larger projects, or work during peak seasons.

What Are Hiring Managers Looking For But Don’t Ask About?

September 8th, 2014

Ever wonder what is it exactly that the hiring manager is looking for, but isn’t asking during an interview? If only you had a crystal ball that could give you the rights actions and words that would inspire them to hire you on the spot, this would be a dream come true!   The truth is, each side of the interviewing table is looking for specific things from the other party. The candidate wants a great career opportunity that compensates well for the job tasks. The hiring manager is looking for the right person who has the skills, personality, and experience to get the job done. Somewhere in the middle, these areas have to fit together.   However, no hiring manager is going to say these things right out loud. It’s their job to evaluate every candidate, using legal interviewing methods and questions, to get to the bottom of what the candidate is all about. But, to get you headed in a better direction, here are some things that the hiring manager wishes he or she could say to make this go smoother:

#1 – Please arrive for your interview on time, but not too early.

A hiring manager generally never mentions this, but it is a BIG pet peeve for many when someone shows up late for an interview. Or when they show up for an interview way too early (more then 15 min) and expect immediate attention. Remember, hiring managers often have a lot of things going on, people to talk to, and they don’t have time to disrupt their schedules when you show up at the wrong time.

#2 – Thank you for taking the time and effort to dress appropriately.

If you are going to go to an interview with any hope of impressing the hiring manager, please dress for the job and the corporate culture. This means wearing business attire that is flattering to your appearance. Avoid too-tight clothes, flip flops and “stripper” shoes, jeans or cut off shorts, t-shirts with rock bands on them, and over-the-top hairstyles, makeup and perfume that walks into a room before you do.

#3 – We appreciate a well-written cover letter/resume that’s not too wordy.

Hiring managers read through thousands of cover letters and resumes every week. While they wont say it, they do prefer to talk to candidates who have concisely written documents that are to the point and use plenty of white space and bulleted lists. And spell-checked (as hiring managers are sticklers for proper grammar and spelling).

#4 – Avoid using your cell phone, texting, or checking your watch while here.

Remember, always turn your mobile device off before you walk into an interview. It’s rude to take a call or text someone while interviewing. It’s also annoying to keep glancing at your watch as if you are trying to say you have something better to do.

#5 – How does your career background relate to what this company needs?

This actually belongs at the top of the list, but once you have the interview etiquette down you can then focus on what a hiring manager wants to know. This is – how do your skills and experience translate to profitability for our business. Be sure you have some examples of how you bring a lot to the table.

#6 – Don’t give us canned interview question responses – we’ve heard them all.

Stop it with the over-practiced interview questions! Instead, try to focus on being genuine and honest in your answers. Relax some,  then try to think of ways you can illustrate your work experience and how it can benefit the company.

#7 – Are there any personal matters that may prevent you from being a good employee here?

Oh…how the average hiring manager would like to ask this question, but unfortunately it’s illegal to do so. Make it a point to talk about how you are good at managing your personal life so that it never interferes with your professional life. Hiring managers are looking for people with no drama who can handle their personal business.

#8 –  If we hire you, do you plan to stick around for the long term?

This is the question burning on every hiring manager’s mind, but they will never ask you this. Before making a decision, they will weight all the qualities of the candidates to decide who has the best chance of staying loyal to the company. Make sure you are able to see yourself in this job for at least a couple of years before going through the effort of interviewing.

Your Employees are Important – Remind Them!

August 26th, 2014

One of the most important things all managers must remember is that their employees are very important to the operational success of the business. PEOPLE are the reason the company succeeds  and they are the reason outsiders want to do business with or work for the company. Companies must remind their employees on a regular basis of how important they are to the success of the company and to its culture.

We will discuss the best methods to use when reminding employees how important they are to a company here.

Everyday Conversations Cannot be Forced

Employees know when they are involved in forced conversations with their superiors. It is very easy to spot and it can be quite uncomfortable for everyone involved. Your everyday conversations with employees must be intentional. They should never be forced. If you have to force the conversation, do not have it until you are absolutely ready to do so.

As you assign work to an employee, make sure you let them know why they are receiving this project. If it calls for a client presentation, tell them how great of a job they did on the team meeting presentation in the office last week. Let them know you have a reason behind why they are receiving specific work.

Employees Want to be Challenged

An employee will know he or she is important when they are challenged by their employer. Employees who are not challenged at work will feel a lack of importance in their job. This can lead to them slacking off or even leaving the company for greener pastures.

Instead of handing out boring, repetitive assignments to the same employee, you could give them a more challenging assignment. This will show them you have confidence in their skills and abilities to get the job done on-time and correctly.

You can show employees how important they are to the company by choosing them to train new hires. This will show them how much trust you have in them because you are relying on them to show the new hire how the company operates and what it takes to be successful.

Have Others Offer Feedback

As nice as it is to receive feedback from a direct supervisor, having this occur often could become routine. Have others from within the organization speak to your employees about how they are important to the company. This can be done by a human resource executive, the head of another department, a higher-up executive or someone from a client’s office or company.

Acknowledge the Individual

As nice as it is to recognize your employees as a team, it is also important to acknowledge the individual in your department. If an employee went above and beyond the call of duty, offer them an extra day-off from work or nominate them to attend an important conference on behalf of the department or the company.

Employees are very important to the success of a company. The more they are reminded of this, the more success the company will experience.

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.

 

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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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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How the ACA Affects Illinois Temp Employers

May 2nd, 2014

Health care reform is on the mind of many working people, especially those in the Chicago IL and other cities across America. The Affordable Care Act of 2010, also known as the ACA, has transformed the way that individuals think about their personal health. It has also changed the way that companies manage benefits administration and provide health care insurance to employees.

A recent CareerBuilder survey indicated that almost 42 percent of US employers are planning to hire temp employees in 2014, as compared to only 40 percent from the previous year. On tops of that, 54 percent of the surveyed employers are hoping to hire the same if not more temp workers and full-time workers than in 2013. Nearly 40 percent of these employers are also planning to transition their temp workforce into a permanent workforce in the coming year.

How the ACA Impacts Businesses in Illinois

One of the bigger concerns for job seekers is that the ACA will put a damper on the number of full-time jobs in Illinois, including temporary contract work. However, recent research suggests that the ACA has actually made temporary jobs more plentiful. Why? Because the ACA requires that employers with 50 or more full-time employees to provide access to health benefits. This has created an administrative and cost burden for many employers. Therefore, an increasing number of employers in Illinois and other US states are using alternative staffing means to support human resources including the use of temporary staffers.

The ACA Affects Illinois Temp Employers

For the hundreds of temporary agencies who serve clients and provide workers for companies in Illinois, all of this is good news. This means that employers are more likely to hire temporary employees whenever they need to augment their workforce. As the state continues to recover from the recession, more temp workers will have access to jobs in the area. Traditional hires will still take place, but temp to hire assignments are more attractive to employers because of the new benefit requirements that the ACA brings.

How ACA Rules Affect Temp Job Outlook

Temporary employees can expect great things in terms of Illinois employment options, which are expected to expand around the state. Companies will be increasingly looking for candidates who are available through temporary agencies like Davis Staffing, to select their best employees. This means that the job outlook is strong for temp workers in 2014 and beyond. Smart job seekers in Illinois should take steps to become registered through Davis Staffing to increase their chances of being hired on with Illinois employers.

If you are looking for an Illinois employment agency, contact us today.

Why You Could Be Losing Temp Workers: Importance of Feedback

April 10th, 2014

Hiring temporary workers is a common practice for thousands of businesses across the country. There are benefits of temporary work on both sides – from the business side and the employee side. Businesses use temporary workers to receive quality work from skilled laborers in a flexible contract that cuts down on recruitment costs. Temp employees work temporary jobs to fill gaps on their resumes and develop career skills. No matter the reason, temporary work is very important to the economy.

However, some companies don’t hold on to their temp workers as well as they would like. In this post we examine some of the reasons why this could be happening — including the importance of feedback.

Lack of Incentive Programs

Incentive programs are not just for full-time employees anymore. With more and more companies hiring temporary workers, they need these workers to be just as productive and successful while under contract. One way to hold onto temporary workers is to offer an incentive program. This can include bonuses, paid time off, rewards and awards. Giving positive feedback to temps often serves as an incentive for future work opportunities.

No Camaraderie or Team Building

Camaraderie is very important in the workplace, especially when it comes to retaining temps. Workers at all levels need to feel comfortable while on the job. Being able to work well with colleagues is an important part to the success of the company. If full-time workers do not welcome temporary workers into the workplace, then issues can arise. This can lead to the company receiving a bad reputation among temp workers, which could cause them to shy away from your company.

Lack of Involvement from Management

One way to lose temporary workers prior to the end of their contract is to have a lack of buy-in from management. Companies that hire temp workers should make sure their management team gets involved in the daily duties of the temp workers. They should introducing themselves, getting to know the temp workers and offering any assistance or guidance when needed. This will help the temp workers get used to the company and feel comfortable each day. Management that takes the time to meet with employees, both full-time and temporary, will be able to hold onto top talent.

Feedback Can Stop the Exodus

If your company has suffered a recent exodus of temporary employees, for whatever reason, you should employ some form of feedback system. Whether this includes exit interviews, surveys, questionnaires, or face-to-face conversations, all of it can help your company understand what is wrong.

Companies that cannot hold onto temporary workers will find that hiring replacements also becomes difficult due to a reputation in the market. Word-of-mouth can be both positive and negative in the business world. It is not just something clients and customers do either. Employees talk about their employers.

If your company is losing temporary workers, it is time to examine the situation and get as much feedback as possible so your company can change its operations or attitude towards temp workers. Contact the recruitment experts at Davis Staffing, a leading staffing agency in Chicago IL, for advice and support on how to provide better feedback and retain your biggest asset – your people.

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