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Myth Buster #3

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Myth: Staffing agencies only have industrial jobs

 

Staffing agencies don’t do professional hiring, right?

Wrong.

 

It’s common to think that staffing agencies only have hard labor or industrial jobs, like warehouse and factory. And while we do hire for those types of jobs, they are not the only options we offer. The truth is, we provide opportunities for everything from entry-level to specialized technical and professional roles.

 

At Priority Group, we recruit for vocational positions like CNC machinists, welders, electricians and all sorts of mechanics and engineers. Many of our locations even offer banking, call center, IT, marketing, and a variety of clerical or customer service positions in addition to our clients who offer warehouse, factory and general labor work.

Apply for clerical jobs here!

 

For professional positions, we recommend applying through our Direct Hire Placement Service. Megan Jones, Priority Staffing’s Direct Hire Operations Manager, takes the extra time to place professionals in positions such as Accounting, Nursing and Upper Management. If your qualifications more closely identify to what we offer in this department, send your resume to get started.

 

If you know someone who is looking for a new opportunity, no matter what walk of life they’re in, send them to us! Priority Staffing Group is here to help.

 

You can get submitted for multiple positions with one interview here, making it easier to find a job you’ll love. Read why your odds are better through a staffing agency here.

holiday hiring

Hiring Holiday Help

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As the busy season comes around, we know how difficult it can be to hire holiday help for your company.

Read on to find out how to get the right help for your business this year, or call any of our offices to ask about seasonal workers.

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

 

Hire Quickly

One of the biggest mistakes we see companies make around the holidays is not hiring quickly enough. It can seem tempting to hold off until right before the holiday rush, but unless you have already experienced staff, you have to train these new employees. Seasonal workers need to be able to handle the day to day tasks of your business during the most stressful season. It takes time to hire and train workers to that level of comfort, so don’t delay!

 

 

Ask Questions

Make sure to ask the right questions when interviewing holiday workers.

Ask about their availability. It’s important to know if they have plans to be out of town for certain days or can’t work weekends when you’re the busiest.

Find out how they handle stress by asking them to tell you a time when a shopper was angry at their last job. You need to know they can handle the heat of the holidays, including the frustration many customers can express.

 

Be Clear

Part of finding the right people for the job means advertising clearly. Don’t advertise for a full time, permanent position if you only need workers from November to January. Misleading your applicants will cause wasted time for them and for you when it turns out they don’t have the schedule or skills to perform your job duties. Be clear and be honest.

 

Persuade them

While being honest is important, being persuasive will go a long way too. It’s crucial to explain both the stressers of the job AND the benefits. Do you offer a 30% discount even to your seasonal workers? Tell them! Do you give holiday pay for Christmas Day? Don’t leave that out! You know why your company is such a great place to work – make it clear to the candidate too.

 

 

Call Us!

When hiring for the holidays becomes too stressful, or you need to focus on all the other aspects of running your business, call us! Priority Staffing Group has a database of high-quality candidates we want to share with you.

Many of our applicants would love to work during the holidays for extra money or as a test run for permanent employment. Temp-to-hire contracts are a wonderful way to get extra hands during the holiday season and then keep the best workers all year.

Call any of our locations to speak to an account manager about seasonal workers.

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

Myth Buster #2: Better Odds

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Myth: The odds of getting a job through a staffing agency are low

Sometimes during our recruiting efforts, we hear people say, “You’re wasting your time applying at a staffing agency – your name gets lost in the pile of other applicants.”

 

Well, we want to bust that myth and tell you why your chances are actually better when you work with Priority Staffing Group. The truth is, going through a staffing agency can make you STAND OUT to a prospective employer.

 

Fewer Applicants

When applying through an online career-finder service, you depend on a computer algorithm that selects resumes with certain keywords. Yours could get skipped over, even if you’re the most qualified for the job. When applying to a company directly, your resume often gets stuck in a pile of sometimes hundreds of applicants; but, when our agency sends you to a job, you may be one of only five or ten that the hiring manager ever sees.

 

More Opportunities

Recruiters also have jobs that aren’t posted elsewhere and may recommend you for something you wouldn’t have found on your own. Many businesses use staffing companies exclusively for their open jobs, and the only way you’ll be considered is by applying with the agency.

 

Extra Information

After applying, a Priority Staffing Group recruiter will set up an interview to talk about your skills. Resumes don’t tell your whole story, so our recruiters will get information from you that is relevant to the position that you may not have thought to mention on paper. We become your advocate to make sure you’re considered for the jobs that best suit you.

 

Better Preparation

Finally, you get to have a test interview before going face to face with the hiring manager at your dream job. Treat your recruiter seriously and use the initial contact as a dress rehearsal. Ask questions that you want to know before going in to better prepare yourself. Your recruiter works with the company you want to work at and likely knows a great deal about them. The better prepared you are, the more likely you are to make a good impression.

 

At Priority Staffing Group, we create greater chances for success at landing your dream job!

If you haven’t used a staffing agency before, call any of our locations to set up an interview. We will help you every step of the way. After all, your success is our priority.

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

Myth Busters

Business Development: How to tell the Difference

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We’ve all been there – the dreaded phone calls from sales professionals at [insert industry here].

It doesn’t matter who they are or where they’re calling from; they’re all the same, right?

Well…no. And we want to tell you why not.

Building Relationships

Chris Nichols, Priority Group’s Director of Business Development makes a point to not be a sales person. The reason is pretty straightforward – a sales professional’s job is to make a deal, sign a contract or get the sale. The job of a business development professional is different, more personal.

More so, in the Staffing and Recruiting industry, developing personal relationships is one of the most important parts of our jobs. “The staffing industry is unique,” Chris says. “Many times companies have been through years of under-performance and retention woes before looking into staffing. They typically make a few phone calls, hope to get pricing and once they get a quote they like, they sign up. The likelihood that the relationship lasts longer than 6 to 12 months isn’t very high. To be successful, it requires a two-way partnership approach. Success will not occur without teamwork.”

Our Partners

Our goal at Priority Group is not to make sales, its to help you grow your business. When your company enters into a relationship with ours, we give 100% to make sure your company is getting our best in terms of communication, transparency, perseverance and whatever else we can do to help you reach your goals, not ours. But by helping your business, it benefits us too. That’s why our partnerships are meaningful.

“Our most successful partnerships over the last seven years have developed when patience and planning prevailed,” Chris explains. “We have found that by sitting down with our clients two to four times prior to kicking off the hiring process, and then following-up often and early in the relationship, our biggest dividends have been earned.”

Chris adds that “the getting-to-know each other phase is the most vital in staffing and recruiting success.” Our job is to bring quality candidates to the client’s office or facility. By getting to know our client, their culture and what they look for in employees, we’re able to satisfy their needs tenfold.

“Relationships require trust. Trust doesn’t happen with one phone call or a lunch. It takes multiple meetings where walls can be torn down and the entities aren’t afraid to share their weaknesses with one another,” Chris tells. “It is also the ability to make a call two months into the partnership and say, “This isn’t working, what can we do to fix it?”

The Difference

All parts of our Business Development process revolve around people. All parts of the sales process revolve around money. And while there is a time and place for transactions and money, Priority Group doesn’t want the sale to be the focus. Just like our name says, your success is our priority – we stand behind that.

To talk to a Priority Group representative about a future partnership, contact any of our locations listed below.

Marion – (618) 969-8800 | Vandalia – (618) 283-9533 | Murfreesboro – (615) 295-2127

 

 

Temporary employees

Temporary Staffing

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Challenge Accepted!

Priority Staffing Group has a trained staff with over 50 years combined job experience in the staffing industry. We fill your needs, including temporary jobs, direct hires and temp-to-hire positions.

While we are probably known for our temp-to-hire contracts, we also service many temporary placements including event service, security, manual labor, maintenance, clerical and more.

A question we’re asked often is How do you find employees to work temporary jobs?

Brandy, Placement Specialist

Brandy Clarida, Placement Specialist

The answer isn’t as simple as one thing, but it has a lot to do with one person on our staff. Brandy Clarida, Placement Specialist, has worked tirelessly to fill over 100 temporary jobs in the last year at Priority Staffing Group.

She has filled jobs for athletic events, concerts, weddings, company picnics, festivals and general labor like railroad flaggers.

Priority Group’s other Placement Specialists help find employees, but keeping it all organized is a huge task she takes on. “When people back out last minute or venues change the start times the morning of the event, it’s a lot of work to keep track of it all,” says Heather Goines-Evans, Priority Group’s Vice President.

Brandy has faced many challenges in this staffing endeavor. “I think the number one challenge is finding applicants that are dependable,” she says.

Many applicants available to work temporary jobs have other daily obligations and tend to call out or not show up on the day of the event. Brandy adds that “it is very hard to have a 100% success rate; there will always be No Call – No Show’s, but I’ve come to learn that’s just human nature.”

Brandy filling temp jobs

Brandy, working hard to fill temp jobs

Emily Melvin, Placement Specialist, says Brandy is always working to build and maintain a pool of good temp worker employees who she can call at a moment’s notice for weekend, same day or next day jobs.  “She is great at thinking on her feet and being relentless in her pursuit of meeting the client’s needs.”

Priority Group uses a variety of methods to reach our temporary candidates. Brandy has gone to the local community colleges and set up a table to recruit.  “The first time I did this, I gained a lot of employees.  I would say I had 15 temporary employees by doing this job fair that stayed with us for several months.”

Extra advertisement, like advertising on the sign in front of the office and partnering with community businesses, has been helpful as well. “The local news station does a Job Squad segment once a week and we give them a few of our jobs we are recruiting for,” Brandy says. “Word of mouth also; we have found some of our employees by our current employees referring them to us.”

Emily knows this can be a very tough job because you get a lot of people who decline the offer after you’ve scouted and offered positions. “When you have spoken with 25-50 people or more, that amount of rejection can start to weigh on you, but Brandy always takes it in stride and doesn’t get discouraged.”

Heather says Brandy does a great job servicing our clients with those true “temp” needs. “She does a great job communicating with the employees – they work multiple events for her. She’s really built quite the event staff pool for us over the last year.”

Staffing for temp events is something you must stay on top of, Brandy says. “If I interview an applicant that I think would be good, I will mention this type of work to them even if we don’t have an immediate need and place them on back up so I can call them when we do need event staff.”

Brandy has a Master’s degree in Social Work that allows her to really connect with our employees. “I think our customer service and the way we treat our applicants helps. They see how we treat people and how we do business, so they tell their friends and word gets around.”

She gets regular temporary workers because of this and some she can even find permanent jobs for.

“Two years ago, we staffed for a very large local venue where they needed 15 to 20 staff each night to work the concerts.  It was a lot of work and a lot went into setting up the employees, but I did heavy recruiting for this and filled it,” Brandy tells.  “We had good reviews from the client on how our employees did.  I later went on to place some of them in permanent positions elsewhere.”

So, while Priority Group contracts many temp-to-hire positions, we also have a fantastic resource for filling strictly temp work as well. Don’t hesitate to reach out and ask for Brandy or any of our other wonderful recruiters!

Contact us by email or call one of our offices below to find out what services we can provide to you.

Marion – 618-969-8800 | Vandalia – 618-283-9533 | Murfreesboro – 615-295-2127

Priority Group Bocce Event

$100 Gift Card Winner

Congratulations to Daphne Frontz, Corporate Recruiter at Hiller Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, and Electrical for winning our $100 gift card!

Daphne was one of the 100 participants of our HR Survey last month. In addition to our drawing for a $100 gift card, each survey participant earned 5% off their first invoice with Priority Staffing Group.

If you missed the results of our HR survey, view them now here.

Illinois Still No Budget – Tennessee Is Doing Fine

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As we deal with the April showers, we are seeing the May flowers in our future. At least in some parts of this country. Time has a way of changing things – in life, in love, and in business!

Let’s talk business.

Business in Southern Illinois and Middle Tennessee are doing well for us. Tennessee has a more positive outlook for business growth because the state and counties are proactive in working with companies. Illinois, on the other hand, is NOT. With the continued unbalanced budget in Illinois, business is moving forward, but not very aggressively. Many are moving out of the state. How can a state go for almost two years and NOT HAVE A BUDGET? I can tell you this: if a company went two years without a budget and without paying bills, we would be forced to close the doors. We all need to work hard now and collaborate with our government to get their act together and get their job done.

We business owners work every day to make sure things are going in the right direction. Sometimes this means that changes have to happen; and we do that! Finding a good work force is not an easy task. With people leaving the state of Illinois at such a rapid pace, you might notice that finding good staff is getting more difficult. We do not let that stop us at Priority Staffing Group, Ltd. or Priority Professional Group, Ltd.  We recruit daily for more that 50 open positions. Some are entry level, some are professional level, and some are nurse positions. If you are finding it hard to recruit new talent, call us. We do this every day and with success. You know, “Your Success is Our Priority!”

Don’t give up on Illinois, but do contact your government officials and let them know we are ready to get back to business – they should be too. They seem to fill their schedules with “new” bills to be voted on. How about… let’s stop adding new bills to be voted on and get this budget worked out!

I seem to just write random thoughts, but they are things we should all be thinking about and trying to get fixed.

Good job, Tennessee!

How embarrassing, Illinois. You should be ashamed!

Gail Lannom, Priority Group CEOGail Lannom, CEO

 

 

Pageant Winners

The Queen of The Hill / Ms. Kokopelli Pageant

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The Miss Kokopelli/Queen of the Hill Pageant was held on February 25, 2017. The event benefited Angels Cove, the Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

 

BCHFS is a multi-faceted family crisis center consisting of five ministries that work together to protect, heal and restore struggling children and families. Whether it is helping teens in trouble, young women with unplanned pregnancies, or Christian counseling services – BCHFS has been helping those who need it most reach their full potential.

 

Women and girls of various ages competed in one of seven categories: Baby Queen of the Hill, Tiny Queen of the Hill, Little Queen of the Hill, Junior Queen of the Hill, Teen Miss Queen of the Hill, Ms. Kokopelli, and The Queen of the Hill.

 

Megan Jones and Jenn Fortune

Pageant judges, Megan Jones and Jenn Fortune

The prize for winning was a cash purse based on the number of entries, a crown, a sash, a pin, flowers and a photo session to be featured on the Facebook pages.

 

Megan Jones, COO of Priority Professional Group, was asked to be a judge at the pageant. The committee was looking for a smart, successful business woman that is active in the community to serve as a judge for this year’s event, and Megan was the perfect fit.

 

This is Megan’s second time judging the pageant and it won’t be her last. “The thing that I enjoy about these pageants is that most people believe they are based on external beauty. That is absolutely not true,” Megan said. “It takes a lot more than external looks to make a person truly beautiful. The women who participate in these events are strong, outgoing, charismatic, and truly add value to their communities and to the world.”

 

Priority Group supports and congratulates the winners of the pageant and the organization that this event benefited.

 

Megan adds that “it takes a lot more than a pretty face to be kind and generous and want to make a difference in the world and those are the kind of women you see participating in these pageants. There is so much more to a pageant that people just don’t see until they participate in one.”

 

Please visit the event’s Facebook page to see photos of the contestants.

Priority Professional Group

Are you struggling to find high-quality candidates for your company?

A sister company of Priority Staffing Group focuses on Professional and Management level positions on a direct hire basis. Priority Professional group handles those hard to fill positions in your company that require candidates with specific experience, higher level education, or harder to find skills and experience.  We have experience with Engineering, Healthcare Professionals, Human Resources, Business Development, Finance/Accounting, and Management in all different industries.  We have the ability to recruit nationwide, screen candidates, and can determine which qualities and skills a candidate must possess to be the perfect fit for your business!

 

Priority Professional Group also handles the Nurse Staffing Division.  A nursing specific applicant pool that can range from PRN, Contract, Permanent Placement, Temp to Hire in all different specialties including Clinics, Hospitals, and so much more!

 

If you are interested in hearing more about how Priority Professional Group can help you, please contact Megan Jones or Staci Davis at 618-969-8800.

Ally & Liz

Murfreesboro Office Sees Growth

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Priority Staffing Group started off the year by adding two new members to their Murfreesboro team. The company’s newest office is excited for what this growth will bring.

Ally Farlow

Ally Farlow joined Priority Staffing Group as an Account Manager on January 9th. Ally, originally from Southern Illinois, is currently pursuing a degree at Middle Tennessee State University. She brings six years of sales and customer service experience to Priority Group and loves that her time in insurance and event sales led her to this opportunity, where she’s able to meet people from so many different walks of life. Outside of work, Ally spends her free time with her husband and their two sons. They enjoy traveling and having new experiences together.

 

Liz Sawyer

Liz Sawyer joined Priority Group on January 16th as the Office/Marketing Coordinator. Liz is a Middle Tennessee State University alumna with a Bachelor degree in Journalism. Liz transfers her experience in writing and communications to provide our applicants with resume revisions and coaching. Her passion for helping people contributes to her efforts at Priority Group. Outside the office, Liz loves writing and spending time outdoors with her husband and their Great Dane.

 

Ally and Liz can be contacted at (615) 295-2127.