Job Interviews: Put Your Best Foot Forward

Job Interviews: Put Your Best Foot Forward | Allegiance Staffing

Posted by Apr 24, 2017 @ 9:30 am

Job interviews can be anxiety-provoking. You want the job, so it’s only natural that there’s some pressure about performing well.

Here are 3 of the best ways to make sure you put your best foot forward in an interview.

1. Be on time. You need to be a bit early for every job interview. Being late can cause you to lose the job. Employers have a natural tendency to assume that the behavior you show in an interview will be the same as your behavior on the job. They don’t like lateness! So make sure you know how long it takes you to get to the company interviewing you. Making a trial run at the same day and time a week earlier will let you see any traffic delays such as road construction.

2. Make sure your clothes are clean and ready to go. There’s nothing worse than pulling out your interview clothes and realizing they should have gone to the cleaners. It sounds simple, but many people overlook it: make sure all your interview clothes pass muster a week before. If any cleaning is needed, do it. Do you need new stockings? Buy them.

3. Bring copies of your resume. Because most applications are done online, many applicants believe they don’t need hard copies of their resume. You may not, but it’s a good practice to bring a few copies anyway. Many interviewers will see it as a sign of good organization. Also, if they decide to bring someone else into the interview, that person may not have your digital version. You solve the problem by having a copy.

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How To Handle Job Interviews

How To Handle Job Interviews | Allegiance Staffing

Posted by Apr 17, 2017 @ 9:30 am

There’s nothing unusual about being nervous at a job interview. They are after all one of the more crucial steps to getting hired. However, it’s also very important to be calm and focused. The best way to remain calm and focused during a job interview is to be prepared in advance.

Before You Arrive At A Job Interview

Before it’s time to show up for a job interview, you should research the company. It’ll be important for you to have a good understanding of the company’s history, and about what they do. Also, research the position in the company that you’re trying to fill. Doing research in advance will prepare you to talk more intelligently when you’re answering questions at the interview.

Gather and organize your important documents. The interviewer might want to verify your educational background, or your other achievements. Make certain that All of your documentation is neatly organized and on hand.

Select the clothes that you plan to wear several days before your interview starts. Make sure that the clothes you choose are nice and also appropriate for the company that you’re trying to work for.

Make certain that you know where the interview will be at. You might even consider making a practice trip to the location just so you’ll know how long it’ll take for you to get there. That will help to reduce your chances of being late.

What To Avoid

There are sometimes two interviews that you might have to go through before the decision is made. Many companies have a screening interviewing process before the final interviews take place. There are some important things for you to remember during both kinds of interviews.

Remember to watch your language. Not only should you avoid using foul language, but you should also avoid using slang words. Don’t make any statements that show strong support of any religious or political beliefs.

You can’t make a person do anything. That’s a phrase that you should remember throughout the whole interview. It’s very important to have a way to earn money, but sounding too demanding or desperate during a job interview will likely cause you to not get the job.

Don’t slouch in your seat, or talk too softly. Remember to show confidence while also allowing the interviewer to be in charge of the show. Talking too softly, or slouching, are signs of uncertainty. They convey to the interviewer that you might not know very much about the job you are applying for.

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If You're Relocating, Consider a Seasonal Staffing Position

If You’re Relocating Consider Seasonal Staffing | Allegiance Staffing

Posted by Apr 10, 2017 @ 9:30 am

Conventional wisdom tells us to wait until we have a job offer in hand to move to a new city, but in the real world it’s not always possible. If you need to care for an elderly relative, are moving for your spouses’ new job, or discover that every ad in your dream city proclaims local candidates only, sometimes you need to bite the bullet and move first.

If you’re in this position and need to work immediately, a great option is to find seasonal staffing work when you first move. Here’s three ways a seasonal work works well for many newly relocated professionals.

  1. Flexibility. Moving to a new city is a lot of work! You’re going to need some time to move your belongings, get new ID cards, and wait for deliveries and cable installation. Instead of working full-time immediately, seasonal and temporary positions give you the flexibility to work with a staffing agency to arrange your work schedule.
  2. Start working immediately. The process for getting hired by a staffing agency is quicker than with most permanent positions, and you can do most or all of it before relocating. This makes it easy to have a staffing positing waiting for you immediately when you arrive, allowing you to move and continue to meet your financial goals.
  3. Get to know your industry in the new area. If you’re moving, you won’t know as much about the companies and industry landscape in your new city. Seasonal positions allow you to get firsthand experience working in companies without making a permanent commitment. Your seasonal work makes it easier to meet local contacts and possibly get a permanent job when the seasonal position ends.

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The Go-To Guide for What to Wear On Job Interviews

Go-To Guide for What to Wear On Job Interviews | Allegiance Staffing

Posted by Apr 3, 2017 @ 9:30 am

Rather than scouring the internet for an array of answers regarding what  to wear to job interviews, let us help you out with this go-to guide. Here’s all you really need to know about this subject.

Suits:

Sticking with neutral colors such as, navy blue, charcoal, black and grey make you seem more professional than flashier colors. However, you could add some personality to your suit by pairing it with a shirt that complements it well.

For instance, pairing a black suit with a dark emerald top makes you seem sophisticated and confident. You could try pairing a navy blue suit with a light blue button down shirt which makes you seem trustworthy. In either instance, pairing your suit to the right top gives off a sense of professionalism and leadership.

Tops:

When choosing a shirt, find a color that complements your suit, eyes, hair and skin tone. These may come in the form of neutral colors such as, white, ivory, French blue and even a pale purple. For some, dark jewel colors may complement your skin or eyes better than its neutral counterparts. However, choose colors that inspire confidence and professionalism.

Ties:

For men, picking a tie that complements your suit and shirt is essential. Choosing a tie that draws attention away from you and your skills may prevent you from landing the job. However, this doesn’t mean stray away from ties that may present themselves as conversation starters.

When dressing for your interview, pick accessories that complement your style, there’s no need to dull your shine. These accessories may help complement the outfit and help you land that perfect job.

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Need Seasonal Staff? Go With an Agency You Can Trust

Need Seasonal Staff? Go With an Agency You Can Trust

Posted by Mar 27, 2017 @ 9:30 am

The economy is continuing to improve in the United States. Following a strong 2016 for unemployment reduction, in January 2017 all industries in the country added 227,000 jobs. A thriving economy is good news for the market, ensuring healthy spending and business growth.

However, a lower unemployment rate also makes it more difficult to find seasonal staff. The good news is, a strong seasonal staffing agency will still find you quality seasonal staff during times of low unemployment. Here’s why you should consider working with Allegiance Staffing if you need seasonal workers:

We have a strong track record. Our positions have a 98% fill rate, meaning that nearly every position we advertise gets filled. With over 17 branch locations throughout the country, we know how to recruit and fill staff for any kind of position you need.

Our clients are happy. We’re an award-winning Best of Staffing™ firm, and our clients come back to us for all their staffing needs. Three out of four of our clients consider us to be their preferred vendor for their seasonal staffing needs. We’re reliable and will meet your needs in all economies.

We attract and retain the best seasonal staff. We find the best seasonal staff all around the country and screen them before they come to you. Our seasonal staff are qualified, motivated, and actively seeking a seasonal, temporary, or temp-to-perm position.

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.

Workplace Safety - Winter Hazards and Risk Avoidance Planning

Workplace Safety – Winter Hazards & Risk Planning | Allegiance

Posted by Feb 27, 2017 @ 9:30 am

From fall hazards to lockout/tagout procedures for managing hazardous energy, the season to be concerned about workplace safety never ends. That said, each month seems to demand a certain focus on seasonal issues. Flu shots, fire hazards, and dangerous road conditions for delivery drivers are some that capture our attention during the winter, and of course, planning for winter workplace safety needs to take place well ahead of the season’s onset.

Even as we are nearing the end of the 2016-2017 winter season, employers cannot relax their workplace safety training programs and adherence to safety procedures.

Planning for Workplace Safety Can Prevent Accidents, Reduce Fines

Many employers follow a monthly or quarterly schedule for safety training and equipment maintenance procedures. A comprehensive plan includes not only looking forward, such as scheduling training for new hires and longterm employees, but also reviewing the previous month’s logs to spot areas for improvement – before they lead to accidents.

Internal accident investigations are common, no matter how minor the accident or safety infraction. The fact is most employers understand that a safe and healthy workplace benefits employees and organizations, as accidents are costly in many ways.

What sets the best employers apart from the rest is the diligence and follow-up on those internal accident investigations.

Take a common winter hazard, such as electrical fires, which can be caused by any number of things (but often holiday decorations or an abundance of office space heaters). Fortunately, injuries and damages from such fire are usually minor. As a result, most employers log the event, offer some cursory information and education to employees, and move on.

The more diligent employers will either make changes immediately to prevent the problem from reoccurring next winter, or will schedule a review of all related policies for the following spring or summer safety meeting. That way, if new procedures, additional training, or new safety equipment needs to be installed, there is time to “work the plan” and ensure the next winter season is a safer one.

Planning for Winter 2017-2018? 

While we can’t close the books on workplace safety for this winter yet, it’s not too early to make plans for next year.

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Allegiance Staffing Wins 2017 Inavero's Best of Staffing Award

Allegiance Staffing Wins INAVERO’S 2017 BEST OF STAFFING® Client Award

Posted by Feb 22, 2017 @ 8:30 am

Clients of winning agencies are 2.5 times more likely to be completely satisfied.

Houston, Texas – February 16, 2017 – Allegiance Staffing , a leading staffing agency [in the Light Industrial / Clerical Industries] announced today they have won Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Client Award for providing superior service to their clients. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, Inavero’s Best of Staffing Client winners have proven to be industry leaders in service quality based completely on the ratings given to them by their clients. On average, clients of winning agencies are 2.5 times more likely to be completely satisfied with services provided compared to those working with non-winning agencies.

Focused on helping US companies find the right people for their job openings, Allegiance Staffing received satisfaction scores of 9 or 10 out of 10 from 74.5% of their clients, significantly higher than the industry’s average of 29%. Award winners make up less than 2% of all staffing agencies in the U.S. and Canada who earned the Best of Staffing Award for service excellence.

“Our company works hard to make service a priority and we are proud and honored to be recognized for our efforts in this way for our 8th consecutive year.  I am very proud of the Allegiance Staffing team who strives for excellence and they deserve to be called the Best” Allegiance Staffing President and CEO, Tom Landry said.

“Staffing firms are giving top companies a competitive advantage as they search for talent in North America,” said Inavero’s CEO Eric Gregg. “The 2017 Best of Staffing winners have achieved exceptionally high levels of satisfaction and I’m proud to feature them on BestofStaffing.com.”

About Company

Allegiance Staffing is a Light Industrial Staffing Firm that operates in 13 states with 28 branches nationwide. Allegiance Staffing specializes in developing partnerships with light industrial companies that focus on logistics, fulfillment, manufacturing and warehousing

About Inavero
Inavero administers more staffing agency client and talent satisfaction surveys than any other firm in the world. Inavero’s team reports on over 1.2 million satisfaction surveys from staffing agency clients and talent each year, and the company serves as the American Staffing Association’s exclusive service quality partner.

About Inavero’s Best of Staffing

Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Award is the only award in the U.S. and Canada that recognizes staffing agencies that have proven superior service quality based completely on the ratings given to them by their clients and job candidates. Award winners are showcased by city and area of expertise on BestofStaffing.com – an online resource for hiring professionals and job seekers to find the best staffing agencies to call when they are in need.

Seasonal Staffing: How to Stand Out

Seasonal Staffing: How to Stand Out | Allegiance Staffing

Posted by Feb 20, 2017 @ 9:30 am

Seasonal and temporary workers are a growing portion of the US workforce. Working with companies who use seasonal staffing to fill gaps in their schedule is a great opportunity for young workers, career changes, and motivated employees to gain experience, supplement their income, and work toward a more permanent position.

Impressing your boss at a seasonal staffing position will net you a great reference, and sometimes even a permanent placement. At your seasonal job, these are three ways you can stand out to increase your odds:

1. Show you can learn quickly. Seasonal positions are short-term, so learning fast and doing a good job after a short training period are key to impressing your boss. During initial training, stay focused, ask questions, and get immediate help for anything that confuses you so that you can immediately jump into working after being taught.

2. Go above and beyond. Doing your assigned job well is a great start, but also look into ways you can do more than the seasonal assignment asked for. One way to stand out is to work faster and harder than your expected production volume. Another option is to ask your supervisors for other ways you can help out around the office, and do those.

3. Show a good attitude. What’s the company culture like at your temporary position? Do research and observe on the first day, and do your best to fit in. Whatever the culture is like, come to work with a smile and a positive attitude at the office. Let your bosses and colleagues know that you appreciate the opportunity you’re getting.

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.

Job Interview

5 Do’s & Don’ts for First-Time Job Interviewees|Allegiance!

Posted by Feb 13, 2017 @ 9:30 am

First job interviews coming up? It’s completely normal to feel anxious, but it’s not as tough as you think to make a good impression. Keep in mind these five job interview do’s and don’ts for first-time interviewees, and you’ll do great.

  1. Don’t carry excess baggage. If you are in a situation where you have shopping bags or other extra items in tow, ask the receptionist if he or she will hold on to them or if there is a safe place to stash them away until you get out of your interview. Toting those extra items will not only distract your interview, but it also gives an unintentional impression of disorganization.
  2. Do take off your coat and hang it on a hook, coat tree, or hanger (if available). You will look far more professional and presentable if your suit isn’t covered up with outerwear. If there isn’t anywhere to hang your coat, keep it when you rise to make your way to the interviewer’s office.
  3. Do step into the interviewer’s office with confidence and poise. It’s normal to feel intimidated during a job interview, but that doesn’t mean you have to show it. Shake your interviewer’s hand firmly and maintain eye contact. Sit with your back straight and remain visually engaged even if you think the interviewer’s not paying attention (such as while he or she is taking notes).
  4. Don’t put your elbows on the desk or lean in toward your interviewer. The former is just rude (Remember when Mom told you not to do that at dinner?) and the latter can be considered an invasion of personal space. You do want to strike a balance between being overly formal and confidently relaxed, but you don’t want to accomplish that by getting a little too comfortable.
  5. Do practice your interview at home — and that includes those little details like your posture and handshake. Recruit a friend to help you do a mock interview. (Choose someone you know will give you honest feedback.) Getting in a practice run in will sooth your nerves and prepare you for the real thing better than simply imagining it will.

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.

 

Summer Seasonal Staffing with Allegiance Staffing

It’s Not Too Early To Start Summer Seasonal Staffing | Allegiance Staffing

Posted by Feb 6, 2017 @ 9:30 am

Thinking about seasonal staffing for the summer season might sound funny when snow is falling and the temperatures are below freezing, but now is the time to start preparing for hiring between June – August. Summer is the time of year you want to start looking soonest for seasonal help, when work picks up and many of your regular employees are wanting to go on vacation. Here’s why you should start planning and preparing now to have a great seasonal workforce by June:

1. Recruit the top young talent. Many people looking for seasonal jobs during the summer will be young students on summer break, looking to get career experience. Deadlines for applications to internships and many seasonal positions start early. If you wait until April to recruit these students, many of the top candidates will already have summer plans.

2. Ensure your staffing needs are met. Nothing is more anxiety producing than getting into May and realizing you don’t have the staffing to cover critical work during the summer, or that you have to accept fewer orders from clients. Having your workforce nailed in early provides peace of mind, and an idea of what your company can do this summer.

3. Allow for a strong interview process. Hiring at the last-minute for summer positions means you might end up rushing through phone interviews and hiring based on very little information. Starting early gives you or your staffing agency the time to thoroughly interview and vet candidates.

4. Get reliably available employees. One of the reasons finding reliable summer help can be difficult is that so many potential seasonal employees have summer commitments, whether it’s weddings, family reunions, or vacations. Hiring early allows you to lock staff into specific dates before they’ve committed to external obligations that impact their availability. If you wait, you may end up doing schedule shuffling with lots of seasonal employees who need time off.

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.