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Employee Appreciation 2019

Play ball!

That’s exactly what Priority Staffing Group did on our sports-themed 2019 Employee Appreciation Weekend.

 

Each year our three owners, Gail Lannom, Heather Goines-Evans, and Carlos Tanner, pack up and take all our internal employees on an Employee Appreciation Weekend to thank the team for their hard work all year.

 

Last year we spent the weekend at the lake and in 2017 we had a winery weekend.

 

For us, this is the one weekend each year we can get together with our spouses or friends and enjoy each of our coworkers’ company without the workday overhead. While we consider ourselves family day-to-day, this is a gift we’re given to just have fun together!

 

This year, Priority Staffing piled into a bus playing music hand-picked by each member of our team. We rode from our headquarters in Marion, IL to Chesterfield, MO. There we picked teams and played Topgolf for the first leg of our journey.

Topgolf

Baseball

The team moved on to St. Louis to see the Cardinals play the Pirates.

 

The Cardinals won the game while we cheered them on. But as a team, we all felt like the winners after the Priority Staffing Annual Awards were handed out.

Helping Hand Award

Julie Simpson – “Helping Hand” Award

In It To Win It Award

Liz Sawyer – “In It To Win It” Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each baseball-themed trophy was hand-picked for the winner. Some of the categories were based on the work ethic of the winner, like “Out of the Park” for the team member who consistently hits it out of the park whether that is placing employees, satisfying clients, etc. and some awards were based on the good spirits of the employee like “Cheer Master” for bringing the most team pride to the office and “Comic Relief” for someone who always makes us laugh.

 

Employee appreciation doesn’t have to be shown on a big trip, but the extra praise makes a difference all year. What do you do for your employees to keep morale up? Do you have annual awards or a company picnic? We’d love to hear your ideas!

 

For any staffing needs you may have at your company, or if you’re seeking a new career, reach out to any of our offices for help.

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

RecruitCon 2018.

RecruitCon 2018

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On May 10 – 11, Priority Staffing Group sent representatives from each of our offices to attend RecruitCon 2018. This conference was designed to teach groundbreaking strategies for staffing and recruiting.

Our goal is to learn as much as we can throughout the year to better service our clients. Part of this year’s conference focus was marketing to the newer generations of candidates, including Millennials, who now make up a large part of the working population, and Generation Z, who are just breaking into the workforce. In fact, 50% of the world’s current population is under 31 years old, which makes these two generations more important than ever to focus on in terms of employment.

 

By collecting the information needed to effectively hire and train these generations, we are able to take one step ahead of other companies who are hiring.

 

Three important takeaways: 

1) Keep hiring simple

2) Growth opportunities are a must

3) Flexibility is key

 

We pride ourselves on keeping up with the newest Human Resources trends to better service our clients. If you want more information on how we can help your business, reach out to any of our locations.

 

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

 

Want more information on RecruitCon’s sessions? Read this recap by RecruitLoop’s Paul Slezak, a presenter at the conference.

3 Ways to Wow Your Recruiter

3 WAYS TO WOW YOUR RECRUITER

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This is going to be one of those honest moments for job seekers who ask “Why haven’t I found a job yet?”

Interviewing for an open job, even at a staffing company, does not guarantee you’ll get hired.

 

I know it seems like because we place people in jobs for a living that you should get one just for walking in the door. But we have hundreds of applicants sometimes for each open position and when we call you in for an interview, that’s exactly what you have to do – interview.

 

Your odds can even be better at a staffing agency if you approach the interview correctly. Read why we can help you have Better Odds.

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Our tip: treat every interaction with a staffing agency like you would with a direct hire employer.

 

We would love to give every applicant a position, but our overall goals are to find career placements, meaning we find long-term positions that our candidates want to work at. If we just throw people into the first open position we have, no one would be happy.

 

So, when you go to an interview, start with these three easy tips to wow a recruiter!

 

1. Dress the Part

The biggest mistake we see made at interviews is not dressing the part. Whatever position you’re interviewing for, dress one step up.

 

That’s not to say you can’t wear jeans for a cleaning position, but you should wear a button up shirt or blouse and the jeans should be clean, hole free and well-fitting. Office positions should always be business casual.

Read more about what to wear for your interview below: 

Interview Attire

 

 

2. Be Respectful

Respect has many different aspects. First and foremost, show up to your interview and be on time. If something comes up that causes you to be late or miss the interview, be respectful enough to call and let the recruiter’s office know as soon as you can.

 

Respect extends into the interview as well. Unless you have an emergency, there’s no reason to have your phone out during the interview. Best practice: turn it on silent and put it away.

 

3. Prepare

A frustration for many recruiters is asking any question in the interview process and getting the answer “I don’t know.” To avoid answering that way, prepare for your interview ahead of time. First, bring an updated resume. Make sure all dates of employment are correct and expect to answer questions about the job you did there. It wouldn’t hurt to have bullet points on your resume for each position.

 

Also, prepare to answer questions about WHY you want to do that job and know a few things about the company you’re interviewing for. It shows interest in the job and that alone can signal to a recruiter you might be the best fit.

 

If you need help creating or updating your resume, read our post on Resume Writing.

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These three tips you just read are a great start for interview success, but if you want to really impress your recruiter, read the 5 Most Common Interview Mistakes to avoid.

Interview Mistakes

 

If you have more questions on Interview Techniques, we are happy to do coaching sessions at any of our locations.

Marion, IL: 618-969-8800 | Vandalia, IL: 618-283-9533 | Murfreesboro, TN: 615-295-212

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We Do Care

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We get it. We know why you shy away from using a staffing agency when you’re job searching. You don’t want to just be another body in a warehouse. Well, Priority Staffing Group is different for one simple reason: We care.

It’s easy to take everyone who comes in for a job and throw them into the first open position we have. But we don’t do things the easy way; we do things the right way. Three things happen in our office that you won’t see other agencies do.

 

1) We Ask

When you come in for an interview with Priority Staffing, we ask a series of questions that don’t just determine if you are able to do a job, but determine if you will enjoy the job. Our belief here is that no one should get stuck doing a job they hate. Life is too short for that and we want to see people both successful AND happy. Taking the extra time to ask you the right questions helps us figure out what your next steps will be.

 

2) We Listen

After asking our interview questions, we don’t just tell you what job we want to put you in. We listen to your feedback and hear your concerns. If you say “I hated my last job because it was too dirty,” then we are not going to put you in a cleaning job that we know you won’t like. We take the time to listen and understand you so that you’ll have a placement that you enjoy.

 

3) We Care

Above all else, our Recruiters and Account Managers at Priority Staffing Group genuinely care about our applicants. Many of us came to this company with a desire to help people and make a difference. Having that passion for people is what makes us different. Priority Staffing Group hires our internal staff with the same patience and thoughtfulness we use to hire for our clients’ positions. We hire people who match our company culture and fit in with our values.

Everyone at our staffing agency is out to make your success our priority.

 

If you’re a job seeker ready to make the leap, call any of our office locations so we can get you on the way to the career you want.

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

professional hiring

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

Myth Buster: Paperwork

Myth Buster #1: Applicant Security

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Myth Busters

Myth: Staffing Agencies Sell/Misuse Your Information

 

One thing applicants always ask us: Why do you need my [social security number/address/tax information]?

It’s misunderstood why we need certain information during the application and hiring process. In this first post of our Myth Busters series, we want to disprove the myth that staffing agencies misuse your personal information. To do that, we will explain our paperwork requirements and why we ask for them.

 

#1 Accuracy

Having an applicant fill out a thorough application before the interview helps our recruiters do their jobs effectively. We need a complete job history with locations/references so that we can assess your skills and find a job that suits you. Skipping this information in the application could prevent us from placing you in a new position.

 

#2 Time

As a staffing company, some of our clients are looking for a short turnaround from job order to candidate placement. It isn’t uncommon to have someone apply, interview and get hired in one day. If we ask for you to complete your paperwork when you arrive at our office, it’s because we need to fill our positions quickly.

 

#3 Taxes

When we employ you, we are required to collect certain details for payroll and tax purposes. Two documents we have new employees fill our are W-4 and I-9.

The W-4 form will ask for your tax allowances. We need this to know how much money to deduct your paycheck in taxes and submit to the government.

The I-9 asks for information like social security number, permanent address and legal document numbers. The government requires this form for everyone employed in the United States. Your information is submitted safely and legally and it not used for anything else.

Just Ask Us!

Our applicants are always welcome to take a copy of their paperwork with them to keep on file if they have concerns or want record of the information they sign within our offices. And after a certain amount of time, if the applicant hasn’t been placed in a job and they are no longer looking for work, we mark their file inactive and the paperwork is no longer utilized.

 

Most importantly, we have a secure network server that applicant information goes through. Information is never shared with anyone in a way that would compromise someone’s identity. We share application and resume details only with our clients and only when you’re being submitted for a job. Your identity safety is a top priority for us!

 

For questions about Priority Staffing Group paperwork, or applicant processes, please call us at any of our locations.

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

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.”

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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

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