Could You Be A Passive Candidate?

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Could You Be Looking For a Job And Not Know It?

Are you a passive candidate? Take our quiz below to find out!


A Passive Candidate is someone who is not actively searching for a job, but who would not be opposed to changing jobs if the right opportunity was to “Come Along”.

Priority Staffing Group gives you the ability to have a personalized confidential career advancement network at your fingertips without submitting multiple resumes or applications.

Top Five Reasons to add Priority Staffing Group to your “Favorites!”

  • Submitting one resume connects you to 100+ companies!
  • Priority has insight on jobs before they hit the Job Boards!
  • Don’t have a resume! No Problem, Priority has you covered with a resume builder on our website. Simply enter your information and generate a resume!
  • You tell us what your ideal career move looks like, we contact you with offers!
  • It’s Totally Free!

So, why wouldn’t you reach out to Priority Staffing Group?

Tell us what you are interested in so we assist with advancing your career!

Let us do the work for you because you never know when your dream job could just “come along!”


Take our quiz:

SIU Externship Program 2019


Southern Illinois University hosts an Externship program during Spring Break. Each year, over 150 SIU students complete externships throughout the U.S.


Selected students are matched with SIU alumni and friends during the week to have a job shadowing experience in their chosen field. The program engages students in on the job experience, helps them develop professional contacts and real-world knowledge, and provides answers to their career questions.

Celesta ShadowPriority Staffing Group’s Finance Department hosted two students this year for the program. Allison Miller and Wendi Gao shadowed Celesta Bowers, Finance Manager.


Allison MillerAllison Miller, an Economics major from Robinson, Illinois, is expected to graduate in December 2019.


She applied for this program to get some real-world experience and help narrow down what she wants to do with her degree.


Allison says “after college, I plan on entering the workforce. This program will give me skills and contacts I can use going forward in my career.”



Wendi Gao-1Wendi Gao, from Shandong, China, is an accounting major who will graduate in May this year.


“I want to gain more hands-on experience,” Wendy said. She wants to work in an accounting firm as an auditor after she graduates and hopes this experience will help improve her communication and cooperation skills, ultimately getting her closer to achieving her goals.


“I will learn how to deal with accounts and journals in the workplace, which can help me to get a deeper understanding of accounting,” Wendy said.


We are happy to host this year’s Externs and wish them the best for their futures!

Recruiter Spotlight: Ally Farlow

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Ally Farlow, Account Manager, joined our Murfreesboro, Tennessee team in January 2017.



In your words, what do you do?

“I connect our applicants to our clients, making matches that work well for both parties.”

What’s the best part of your job?

“When I make a placement for someone and they end up staying long term because the client and candidate both love it!”


What’s the hardest part of your job?

“It’s hard interviewing people who don’t really want a job. Putting energy into the people who don’t want to put in the effort of their own takes my time away from the candidates who are really here to find a career. I’m here to coach and help whoever wants it – you just have to ask.”


What actions do you take to set yourself apart from recruiters at other companies?

Ally (1)

“I ask a lot of questions to the employee about what they want. It matters what they want to do to find a job they love and want to stay at. Our applicants and clients are both happier when we place people who want to be there. Also, I think I do more follow up with employees to update them on the jobs they’ve interviewed for and to let them know if I have a job yet that they’d be good for.”


Why do you think candidates connect with you so well?

“I’ve worked in a lot of customer service jobs so I know how our candidates feel in those types of positions and can honestly say “I’ve been there. I know how it is. Then, I’m able to give the advice to make sure they succeed in their placement.”


Which of the PSG core values do you relate to most? Why?

“Respect – I believe there’s a job for everyone, so everyone should be treated the same no matter their background and experience level.”


Any advice for our applicants?

“Be respectful in your interview. I give respect to everyone and expect our applicants to give that same respect back. Put your phone down and focus on what you’ve come for. Ask questions and be interactive in your interview so we can find a placement you’ll love.”


Do you want to schedule an interview with Ally? 

Call our Murfreesboro office at (615) 295-2127 and ask for an appointment!

The Priority Staffing Group Mission and Values


Priority Staffing Group was founded on a set of core values that created our mission for doing business.

This year, we’ve rolled out these values to let our clients and applicants know the standards that we’ve already held ourselves to the past 8 years of business.


Our Mission

We are a progressive staffing service dedicated to customer needs through a family-oriented, respectful, and accountable approach in making Your Success Our Priority.


Our Core Values

Core Values

Our company strives to always be:

Respectful – to all coworkers, clients, employees, and applicants

Accountable – for our actions internally and externally

Dedicated – to being the best we can be at all times

Progressive – in our mindset to lead the way for the future

Customer-Minded – in going the extra mile; customizing solutions

Family – by taking care of each other; putting others first


Does Priority Staffing Group align with your own values? We love to do business with like-minded companies. Call any of our offices to set up a meeting.

Marion, IL: 618-969-8800 | Vandalia, IL: 618-283-9533 | Murfreesboro, TN: 615-295-2127

Director of Client Relations


Priority Staffing Group is excited to announce the newest member of our team, and the creation of a new Client Relations department, at the company headquarters in Marion, Illinois.


Staci GoodenStaci Gooden has re-joined us as our new Director of Client Relations.


Previously, Staci worked for Priority Staffing in Business Development and now she comes back to us after a successful year as the Director Of Marketing And Public Relations at Crossroads Community Hospital. She brings with her the knowledge and ambition we need to begin a dedicated client relations program.


Staci plans to spearhead the initiative by first creating plans to address clients’ business needs. By identifying their needs first, we will be able to better serve our current and future clients on an individual basis.

She will act as an adviser to our clients on labor market demands and barriers, then suggest appropriate solutions.


Another benefit we will be able to offer our clients because of this new program is semi-annual education seminars and training sessions led by Staci.


If you have questions about this new program, or would like to meet Staci, please call our Southern Illinois office at (618) 969-8800 or email Staci.

Ruthies Favorite Temp Service 2018


Ruthies BannerPriority Staffing Group is honored to have been voted by the community Favorite Temp Service in Rutherford County.


We’d like to thank our friends, clients, and employees for voting for us throughout the month of August and choosing us as the winner. We know the importance of being chosen as an independently owned, small business, over the national companies we competed against.


Thanks for giving your business to us and shopping local!

Ruthies Award Event

Check out all the other Ruthies Awards winners in the Daily News Journal.

Priority Staffing’s 8 Year Anniversary

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Priority Staffing Group is excited to be celebrating October as the 8th anniversary of our first day in business!

DSCF4210In August 2010, Priority Staffing Group formed its corporation, but we officially opened doors in Marion, Illinois on October 25th that year.


Carlos Tanner, Gail Barger Lannom, and Heather Goines-Evans started the business as equal partners.

Partners 2 2016

With Heather’s expertise being operations, Gail’s being business development and Carlos’ being financial and tax, a great partnership formed! Each partner has their own proficiency and has continued to operate effectively because of that.

Since then, we have expanded to include Central Illinois (opened 2014) and Middle Tennessee (opened 2016). Our three offices have grown and helped each community grow their businesses and find jobs for our applicants.


We could not have made it this far without the support of our communities, so THANK YOU for helping us celebrate our 8th Anniversary!

Write a Winning Resume


Are you wondering why, after submitting your resume so many times, you don’t get the job? Believe it or not, your resume might be the reason you’re not getting hired.

But where have you gone wrong?


The 4 tips below will help you start from scratch to create an easy, professional resume.



What experience do you have?

Start by taking a piece of paper and writing everything down that you have done. This includes job experience, college organizations, internships, certificate programs and volunteer experience. Write down significant responsibilities on each position and any promotions or awards you may have received. Don’t leave anything out while you are gathering information to put in your resume.



So, after you gather all your information, you can start putting your resume together.


The header includes your personal information and goes at the top (name, phone number, email address and where you live). Then, write your objective: who you are, your occupation (if you’re a student, put your major), a few goals and how you can benefit the company you are applying for. This should be about one sentence.


Next, list your experience. Go back to the paper you drafted all your experience on. Take the most relevant jobs for the position you’re interested in and include a short summary of what you do or did at that company or organization. Use bullet points for a clean look.


Education should be a category of its own. Include any completed and in-progress degrees or certificate programs. If currently pursuing a degree, include your estimated completion date.


Conclude the resume with your skills in bullet point format. Again, include the ones more relevant to the position you’re applying for.


Sometimes, if a resume is uploaded to an employer’s HR database, the system will look for matching words and auto select candidates for interview. That’s why each resume should be personalized to the position you’re applying for.



If you have a skill that can help the company you want to work for, brag about it! Let them know what you can do, but be honest about it. Over-embellishing a skill will hurt you in the long-run.



You did it! You have a resume. But before sending it to your future employer, make sure there are no grammar or spelling mistakes. Always use proper spelling and if formatting is not your strongest skill, ask someone to help you.


There you go, fundamental steps to writing a winning resume.

Priority Staffing Group regularly helps put together and proofreads resumes, so don’t hesitate to ask us! We want to see you get the job of your dreams and we’re happy to help get you there.


*Bonus tip!



If you don’t know exactly how your resume should be formatted, you can find a few templates on Microsoft word or Canva. We also have a free resume builder for your use on our website.


Visit our blog now to get more Interview Tips


To schedule a resume coaching session, call the office nearest you:

Southern Illinois – (618) 969-8800 | Tennessee – (615) 295-2127

Dress to Impress: What to Wear to an Interview


An interview is a perfect place to demonstrate to potential employers how talented and valuable you are. But, before you dive into the interview, don’t overlook this important detail. Make sure you have the right attire!


I know it doesn’t always seem necessary, but appearance matters, whether we like it or not. What the eye catches for the first time is probably what we’re going to be remembered by.


Now, don’t think you have to go out and spend hundreds of dollars on new clothes. You just need a few staple pieces in your closet, from business casual to business professional.


When deciding how dressed up you should be, take a look at the interviewing company’s website or social media pages and check out how formal or informal their employees dress. After you have an idea of what type of clothes you should wear, you can dive into your closet.


Remember, dress to impress and, no matter what, try to look clean and tidy. This is your first impression!


If you still have no idea how you should dress or if you need a little bit of inspiration, keep reading.



There are so many good reasons to wear pants to an interview. You can never go wrong with them, they’re comfortable and go with a variety of shirts.

Make sure you always have a neutral color pant, like black, beige or grey, in your closet. You can add a colorful sweater or blouse to stand out and you’re on your way to a complete outfit!


Button-down Shirt

Do you know the best thing about this type of shirt? They’re almost always office-appropriate. I recommend buying a solid color that you can match several colors of pants and skirts. Extra tip: Light blue looks professional and will match black, brown and grey!


If your interview is for a company that is more casual, a light denim shirt with some black dress pants or a high wasted skirt can be appropriate. Add a light sweater and you’re ready to impress – business casual style!



There is nothing better than having a nice blazer in your closet. They come in different colors, different designs, and can make tons of outfit options. A blazer will automatically give you a business casual look. And if you get to the interview and feel like you overdressed, take it off and throw it over your shoulder.



Dresses are a great way to easily look professional for an interview. When choosing dresses to keep for interviews, follows these guidelines: Never wear anything that is shorter than 1 or 2 inches above the knee. Do not choose anything that is especially low cut in the front (or the back). It is, however, OK to wear sleeveless dresses in warmer months if the other guidelines are followed.



When choosing shoes to accompany your outfit, make sure they coordinate well with the other pieces. Close-toed shoes are the most appropriate, but it does not matter if they’re heels or not. Flats, loafers, etc. all look nice as long as they’re clean and professional. Under no circumstances should you ever wear flip-flops or house-shoes to an interview!


I hope these tips help you impress any recruiter you meet. Go rock your interview with a great outfit and awesome personality!


Read here for more interview attire and interview tips and check out our Instagram page @psg_tennessee for some outfit ideas.

EEOC Guidance and Training


Are you a business owner, HR Manager or anyone who has to deal with harassment and discrimination claims at your workplace?

More and more, employees are becoming educated and what their rights are in the workplace and what should and should not happen at their jobs. This has caused an increase in EEOC complaints at some companies.


So, do you know what to do if a complaint should arise? And more importantly, do you and your managers know how to prevent them from happening?


Proper training on harassment and discrimination for all employees, but especially managers, can help prevent these issues from ever happening in the first place, eliminating the need to see EEOC complaints at all.


Keep reading for the two best ways to incorporate EEOC Guidelines at your company.


1) Training

First thing is first, train your employees!

The best way to do that is to include it in your onboarding process for new employees. By making it a mandatory part of the training, no employees get overlooked, and it is the least disruptive way to incorporate it into the day.

Many employers do training once a year with the company as a whole. These can be done in 30 minutes and are easily made into video training.



2) Defense

In case you do end up with a discrimination or harassment complaint that makes its way to the EEOC, your best defense for the company is having that training program in place. The easiest way to get a fine of thousands (or even millions) of dollars is to show that you haven’t trained your employees NOT to harass others.

Even though it seems like it shouldn’t be the employer’s burden, it often is. By training your employees on how to treat people from the very beginning, it makes it much easier for you to defend your company if a complaint is made.



It’s understandable if you don’t have the money to hire someone to train your employees. That’s why the EEOC will come to your company to do training for FREE.

Read about their No-Cost Outreach Program to get started today. If you would prefer to do your own training in house, they provide education and resources for that as well. There is no reason not to start training at your company right away!


If you need help getting in contact with the right people, or want to know how we train our own employees, contact one of our offices today.


Marion, IL: (618) 969-8800

Murfreesboro, TN: (615) 295-2127