The 4 Simple Rules of Web Design

The 4 Simple Rules of Web Design | Allegiance

Posted by Feb 19, 2018 @ 9:30 am

When it comes to web design, it’s easy to do too much and hard to do too little. Here are some basic rules to abide by to keep you from ruining your site with clutter.

Remove redundant elements

Go through your site and get rid of any text, pictures, links, and pages you don’t need. Redundancy not only slows your site down, but also clutters your site navigation. If an element isn’t absolutely necessary, then it doesn’t belong on your site.

Minimize load time 

Users today don’t have the patience to wait for websites to load. If you have a large video that’s slowing your site down, then you need to take it off. No piece of content is worth the wait and most users would rather go back to Google’s SERPs and click a different link.

Make your site mobile-friendly

The majority of Google searches now happen on mobile devices. Yet many businesses still design and test their websites solely on desktop computers.

If your site doesn’t work well on smartphones and tablets, many of your leads will get a sub-par user experience. At the very least, your site should be mobile-friendly. If your target audience is particularly young, then you should consider going for a mobile-first design.

Use plenty of white space

There’s (almost) no such thing as too much white space when it comes to web design. White space emphasizes your other site elements and reduces the load time of your site. Use it liberally and you’ll have a site without clutter

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Seasonal Staffing: What's Your Approach?

Seasonal Staffing: What’s Your Approach? | Allegiance

Posted by Feb 12, 2018 @ 9:30 am

Although we are in a new year, this does not mean you will have to start bringing in new hires, at least not right now. When the job market peaks or declines in a full year, it is important that businesses understand the entire hiring pattern, as well as the quitting pattern.

The job market begins to fall off a bit in December and eventually, it will fall off completely in January. Often times, new job openings will start being posted in April and May. During the summer, many employees find themselves quitting one job and looking for an opportunity elsewhere. When people quit one job for another, this means there will be more job openings. When there are more job openings, you should expect to see plenty of action on job postings, social media, and company websites.

How do you make sure you understand the hiring and quitting patterns in the different job industries? How can you find the right job candidates during a time when you are trying to fill job openings? When you research hiring trends and future plans of job seekers, you will have essential information for your database.

With enough research, you will begin to discover patterns that will allow you to seek candidates at the height of their job search. You can even seek assistance from a staffing firm to help you fill the job openings you have at different times of the year. For more information about seasonal staffing, do not hesitate to contact us today.

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OSHA Compliance Is Important To Us

OSHA Compliance Is Important To Us | Allegiance

Posted by Feb 5, 2018 @ 9:30 am

At Allegiance Staffing/Allegiance Strategic, we help the companies we serve by providing useful, up to date information and by reducing worries. We can help you to meet or exceed the federal standards for workplace safety, reporting incidents and medical coverage. One of the ways we do this by staying up to date on the latest regulations that have been established by OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration).

Laws regarding healthcare, workplace injuries and reporting change over the years. It’s important to stay up to date. We’re here to help you do just that over the phone, in person or online by visiting our website or blog.

Harsh Penalties

Did you know that you can be fined $5,000.00 or more if you fail to report a serious workplace injury or related illness? Making false statements might cause you to be fined over $17,000.00 and you might also be sentenced to spend half of a year in jail! We help our workers and the companies we serve by providing recent information about OSHA and related state guidelines regarding workplace safety, injury/illness reporting, and health coverage regulations such as Obamacare.

Reducing Your Worries

Using an experienced staffing agency helps companies to focus more on productivity! We cover the necessary employee related insurance responsibilities for each worker that you use that’s employed by us. We also handle any workers compensation issues that might occur.

Employee safety is important to us! Did you know that job related injuries can lead to increased worker’s compensation claims? We carefully select each worker, using a three day hiring process and we emphasize safe work habits.

You have the opportunity to see for yourself how each one of our workers perform before you decide if you want to add them as an employee for your company. This saves you from a lot of unnecessary worries and reduces your overall risk.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about workplace safety or OSHA requirements.

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CANDIDATE INTERVIEW TIPS: RESPONDING TO ILLEGAL QUESTIONS

Candidate Interview Tips: Responding to Illegal Questions | Allegiance

Posted by Jan 29, 2018 @ 9:30 am

Getting a job interview is an exciting experience. You have likely researched the company, replayed potential interview questions in your head, determined how you want to answer those questions, and came up with questions of your own.

The day of the interview comes, and everything is going well. Then the interviewer asks a question that makes you a little uncomfortable. It might be something such as:

  • Are you married or in a romantic relationship? Is that a heterosexual or homosexual relationship?
  • Do you have any children? If not, do you plan to have children soon?
  • What is your religion?
  • Is English your native language?
  • How old are you?

Since these questions, as well as similar questions, are illegal for the interviewer to ask, you do not need to answer the question. You may wonder, though, how to handle the situation. Overall, you have three options when faced with illegal questions. You can answer the question, you can refuse to answer it, or you can determine what the interviewer really wants to know.

If you determine that the interviewer’s intentions are dishonorable or discriminatory, it is probably best to refuse to answer the question, and in some cases, to end the interview yourself and leave. Often, though, the person may have asked the question with innocent enough intentions. In that case, answer the question behind the question.

One example is an interviewer asking if you are married or have children because they want to determine if you will be available to work overtime or take extended out-of-town business trips. Your response might be something like, “I do not have any commitments that will cause a conflict with this job. I am willing to work overtime and participate in extended business trips. When possible, I would appreciate at least a three-day warning if I’m going to need to be out of town overnight.” If you have done your homework on the company, you will likely know that’s why they are asking the question.

Another example might be an editing or writing position in which the interviewer asks if English is your native language. Instead of saying, “I was born in Germany and grew up speaking German, but I am also fluent in English,” you might say, “If you have a paper you want me to edit, I can do that right now,” or “If you’ll give me a writing prompt, I can provide a short sample on the spot to demonstrate my writing skills.”

When planning for an interview, make sure you know how you will handle illegal questions. Do not be afraid to refuse to answer the question or to try to determine what information the interviewer is really seeking.

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Seasonal Staffing and the Skills of Experienced Seasonal Workers

Seasonal Staffing and the Skills of Experienced Seasonal Workers | Allegiance

Posted by Jan 22, 2018 @ 9:30 am

The Popularity of Hiring Seasonal Workers

There is no doubt about the fact that a lot of businesses will hire employees temporarily for the duration of a season. This is a strategy that tends to work very well for many companies. People today will often seek out seasonal employment in order to earn some extra money. Other people will more or less build a career out of going from seasonal position to seasonal position.

Choosing Experienced Seasonal Workers

Many of the best seasonal workers will be the people who have a lot of experience as seasonal workers, even if they have never worked in a particular industry previously. Companies should try to find the people who make a habit of working seasonal jobs.

If those people have worked at similar seasonal positions in the past, it’s even better. This will often be the case, since seasonal job positions are more common in some industries than others. However, people have worked in a lot of temporary positions have many of the overarching skills that it requires.

Skills That Are Useful in Any Industry

Experienced seasonal workers know how to learn quickly. They are used to going through a lot of different employee training periods. In many cases, these people specifically know what it’s like to work at companies during some of their busiest months. A person who is more used to working at a long-term position might have a harder time adjusting to the demands of seasonal work.

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Workplace Safety: How Can You Avoid Slips And Falls?

Workplace Safety: How Can You Avoid Slips And Falls? | Allegiance

Posted by Jan 15, 2018 @ 9:30 am

We are at the time of year where employers and employees have to make the right preparations and have the right state of mind when it comes to safety and injury prevention. One of the most successful prevention techniques is embracing the attitude that workplace safety is the responsibility of everyone. The company has to initiate all safety protocols. Once those protocols have been established, the company has to take the necessary steps to lay out all the safety responsibilities and what is expected of everyone.

We suggest that you include your staff members in every step of your safety plan strategy. When everyone is included, you will encourage everyone to maintain a strong work culture. Not only will you have a strong culture in your workplace, you will also allow everyone to feel comfortable communicating and addressing any issues they may have.

Slips and falls account for hundreds of workplace accidents and deaths every year. Recently, these types of accidents have been higher in recent years. When you have a proactive safety plan in place, you will be able to address slips and falls. When you address this ahead of time, you can minimize some of the costs you will be responsible for. There is a wealth of information that you can use to create safety measures to reduce slips and falls in your workplace.

How can slips and falls be avoided in your workplace? Here are some tips you may find useful:

  • Make sure there is no water, snow, or liquids on the floors or walk areas
  • Make sure your walkways, sidewalks, and other areas are always clear
  • Use workplace signs that will alert employees when they are in a hazardous area
  • Make sure employees wear the proper shoes when they are working

When you take the time to listen to the complaints and concerns of your workplace, you will be able to make better workplace safety decisions. Contact us today for more information on how you can promote a safe environment.

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Do's and Don'ts for Great Interviews

Do’s and Don’ts for Great Interviews | Allegiance

Posted by Jan 8, 2018 @ 9:30 am

Interviews are stressful for the candidate and exhausting for interviewers. A smooth and positive experience will help you get the most out of the interview.

Do

  • Send the itinerary ahead of time. State who the candidate will meet with and their titles and the type of interview to expect
  • Tell them where to park, what entrance to use, and what to tell reception
  • Provide a bottle of water and let them know where the restrooms are
  • Allow a 10 minute break if the interview is more than one hour
  • Ask questions that allow the candidate to share their proudest moments – such as “What project are you most proud of and why?”
  • Tell the candidate when they can expect to hear from you
  • Involve a team member who knows the role best – they will have great feedback to offer and can relax the interview
  • Provide employee benefits packet and the outline of the job description

Don’t

  • Ask self-damaging questions like “Tell me your biggest weakness”, instead ask “Tell me how you resolved a problem or failure….” You can learn more about the candidate’s approach to problem solving, conflict resolution, and perseverance
  • Go silent. Do give a status update after a week or so even if you are not interested or are still interviewing
  • Ask 30 behavioral questions that sound the same – aim for less than 10 behavioral questions and use follow-up questions to get more about the story
  • Interview over a meal – this adds stressful decisions about ordering and food preferences and is a distraction. If you must interview over a meal because of scheduling or the length of interview, make sure that the restaurant offers vegetarian and vegan options and call ahead for seating in a quiet area. Let the candidate know ahead of time in your itinerary where you’ll be dining and that you’ll be paying for the meal.

Let Allegiance Staffing help you fill interview spots with the best talent and give you time back to focus on what’s important.

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Are You Ready For Your Upcoming Job Interviews?

Are You Ready For Your Upcoming Job Interviews? | Allegiance

Posted by Jan 1, 2018 @ 9:30 am

You have an upcoming interview. Congratulations to you! Being called for an interview can be exciting and overwhelming. When people are called for interviews, they will usually turn to the internet, friends, and family members for advice. You can find a wealth of information online about how to prepare for job interviews, what to wear, what to say, etc. We also want to provide you with some information that we hope can help you on your next interview.

Always Be Prepared

Before you arrive to your interview, we suggest that you visit the website of the company you are interviewing for. We also suggest that you read any recent news articles that may be related to the business. If there are any recent news articles that involves the company you are interviewing for and those articles are fresh on your mind, you will impress the interviewers because they will know you are serious about working for them. You will be prepared for questions about the company, and you will be prepared about recent news surrounding the company.

Review Your Social Media Accounts

When you look at your social media profiles, do you think it looks professional? We all have interests and activities we love, right? We want to showcase those things and our personality on social media, right? However, it is important that your social media profile does not give an impression that you do not want to convey. You may be surprised at how many potential job candidates were not chosen for a position because of the content on their social media profiles.

Do Not Be Late

You should always make sure you will arrive to your job interview on time. You do not want to lose a job before you have the opportunity to get one because of tardiness. If you are late for an interview, this may sound off an alarm that you are unorganized, unprofessional, and that you do not have a desire to work.

Confidence Is Key

We know that be interviewed is not a calming experience for everyone, but when you are meeting with a potential employer, you should try to remain as calm and confident as you can. You should give a firm handshake and you should make eye contact. When you are being interviewed, you should always pay attention. Do not let your eyes wander, do not slouch, and do not fidget. You want your interviewer to know that you are confident.

Are you ready for your next interview? Contact us today for more tips and advice.

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How Do You Know If You Made A Hiring Mistake?

How Do You Know If You Made A Hiring Mistake? | Allegiance

Posted by Dec 25, 2017 @ 9:30 am

It does not matter how many steps you take in your hiring process or how extensive your hiring process, there is always an opportunity that you will make a mistake. You can look through tons of resumes for hours and make phone calls to the candidates you are interested in. You can even spend days interviewing all the job candidates on your list. When you finally decide on that one candidate, you may quickly realize that the person you have hired is not living up to any of the expectations you set.

The job candidate’s application and resume may have looked good to you, but once he or she started working, you realized that there were some major flaws in the new employee’s attitude and work ethic. On the other hand, the new employee can be very bright and motivated to do the job, but he or she may not be willing to work with others.

Here are some additional signs that indicate you did not choose the right candidate:

  • He or she does not fit your culture. If the new employee has changed the entire atmosphere in a negative way, this is a sign the person is not a good fit for your workplace.
  • The employee continues to make the same mistakes, even after the mistakes have been corrected multiple times. If you have shown the employee how to handle a situation, he or she may have difficulties catching on quickly.
  • The new employee only wants to do things his or her way.
  • He or she only does enough to get by. He or she does not seem passionate about going the extra mile.
  • He or she only wants to work alone.

No one wants to make a poor hiring decision, but it does happen in many workplaces. You do not want a new employee to reduce your workplace productivity or leave your workplace’s culture or morale in shambles. It is important to cover all the bases in the hiring process, even if you need help right away.

For more information on hiring processes, tips, and advice, do not hesitate to contact us today.

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Three Interview Tips for Seasonal Jobs

Three Interview Tips for Seasonal Jobs | Allegiance

Posted by Dec 18, 2017 @ 9:30 am

Whether you’re a student who only has time to work during the holidays or a full-time professional who just wants some extra cash, seasonal work is a great way to get some job experience with a new company while earning some spending money. Interviewing for a seasonal job is different than interviewing for a full-time position in a few ways. Here are three things to know before you head into your first interview:

1. You’ll need to demonstrate you can work flexible hours

Unlike a full-time position, a seasonal job usually doesn’t have steady hours. You might be called in unexpectedly during a rush or when somebody else calls in sick. You’ll also most likely be expected to work on weekends, in the evening and on some (or all) holidays. During the interview, be clear about any limitations you have. For instance, you can say “I have a commitment on Tuesdays, but can be available on other weeknights after 6 pm.”

2. Be prepared to talk about why you’re seeking seasonal employment

Be prepared to talk about why, exactly, you’re applying for seasonal employment. If you have a scheduling conflict that keeps you from working the rest of the year, mention it. You can also talk about your interest in this specific company and what you hope to learn by working there, even for a short-term position. Seasonal work can be a gateway to future employment, especially if you’re a student.

If you are a working professional who’s just trying to make some extra money, be prepared to talk about whether or not you’d be open to working outside of the holiday season. Many retailers have other “rush seasons,” whether for a large sale or other event, when they might need an extra temporary hand or two for a few weeks.

3. Do your homework on the company

Seasonal work might just be for a few weeks, but that doesn’t mean employers will hire just anybody. They’ll want to know that you have an interest in their specific company. Prepare for your interview as if it was a full-time position by researching the company’s products, services and culture. Be prepared to talk about how your specific experiences and skills can be an asset to the company now and in the future, if a full-time position opened up.

Seasonal employment can be a great way to learn about a company while making some extra cash. If you need more advice on how to interview, or if you need help finding companies to apply to, contact us today.

Allegiance Staffing offers 25 years of experience bringing in quality employees who meet high standards. Contact us today to learn more about how our custom labor solutions can improve your bottom line. Looking for work? Join Our Talent Network Today.