Are you a Wallflower on LinkedIn?

Stop being a wallflower. Our last blog article we discussed innovative ways to job search in 2015. This article will go into how to have your LinkedIn profile stand out from the whitenoise.

Written by Lilly Segura

By now we are all pretty familiar with social media and the ways it allows us to communicate with one another. Thanks to various websites we can now reach all corners of the earth and share information with the click of a mouse. Social media websites can not only be used for sharing the latest pictures of your cute new puppy but you can also use your profile pages to get noticed by employers. For tips and tricks on revamping your resume click here. There are a great deal of ways in which you can tweak your profile (or profiles) in order to get your name out there as well as get more traffic on your pages. Posting your resume on career builder and or monster are great ways to begin but there are other websites you can also use to your advantage.

 

Your Picture

A professional picture is very important and taken seriously on linked in. Make sure you post a picture from a work function, the latest company conference, or anything where you are dressed professionally (or at least decent). You might want to hold off on posting pictures of you and your silly friends at the local watering hole aka the local bar. Unless of course you are looking to land a bartender position.

Your Profile Page

At first glance your linked in page can seem like a professional online profile– which it is! Treat your page like a second resume and be sure to include as much information as possible. Use your current job description as well as a job description for the type of role you are looking to land as inspiration for your content. Google job descriptions and look at what types of qualifications and skills are required for the job you would like. LinkedIn is also a vast database for employers. Think of the site as a search engine and think about the key terms you use when searching for job postings, chances are employers are putting the same terms in their searches.

Don’t be afraid to be humorous or inject your personality into your profile. When scouring through hundreds of resumes all day it is refreshing to come across a resume in which candidates list their hobbies and or activities outside of work. If you make your own beer and like to go to star trek conventions every year put that on your resume! You never know, your next boss or hiring manager might be an even bigger Trekkie than you are.

Connections

Connections are to Linked in as friends are to Facebook. On Facebook having a great number of friends is a reflection of your popularity; on linked in your network/connections create connections to the people they are linked to as well. Linked in works in degrees. The more people you add the more traffic you will receive on your page because by adding one person you also gain their connections, and in a way their connection’s connection’s as well. Add everybody and build a professional network!

Following groups and companies are also excellent ways to get noticed. You’ll be able to find out about the company culture, as well as the characteristics of individuals whom are already working at the company. You can also get to know all the right people such as Hiring Managers, Supervisors, and HR. All of this information can be useful to you when contacting the right people online.  You can even see how and if your friends are connected to a company that you have perhaps been eying or are interested in applying too. Don’t forget about the way that someone can help you in real life as well. If a friend is connected speak with them about what you can do to get in and perhaps they can also assist you by speaking to the right people. A connection on LinkedIn can be a connection in real life.

Activity

Liking, posting, and sharing things on linked in is also a great way to drive traffic to your page. Not only do your connections see it on their feeds, but when they like or comment, their friends can look at what you post as well. Make sure your comments are positive and professional. Employers are looking for energetic and positive employees. The last thing you want is to come across as a Debbie Downer or a trouble maker.

 

There are endless resources available to you right at your fingertips and it is a shame not to use them. Linked in has replaced the need to walk into a place with your resume or to call places for information on their HR departments. LinkedIn is an online resource but it is also useful as a short cut in real life. Big things can happen for you if you take full advantage of these tools.  Make sure to keep all these points in mind and happy hunting!

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Social Media Job Hunting

Written by Nick Curtin

You are on the hunt for a job. You have reached out to recruiters, searched through the job boards, and scoured website’s career sections, but have you tried social media job hunting? Each passing day social media platform’s influence not only grows within our personal lives, but the business sector as well. The professional world looks toward social media to increase brand recognition, drive inbound traffic, improve customer insight, increase conversion rates, and most importantly humanizing their company. As such, more and more companies are leveraging their established positions in the social world to post their job openings. So ask yourself, have tried job hunting with any of the platforms below?

LinkedInLinkedin

Numero uno on the list for job hunting through social media – it is a professional networking site after all. LinkedIn doubles as a stage to promote your business acumen and a search engine for job advertisements. Be certain that on your profile that you have listed all of your experience, skills, education, and philanthropic activity. Food for Thought: Search other professional’s profile for a position you want to be in the immediate or near future and then look at their career path. Does it mirror yours? Maybe you have to alter your path.

 

Twitter

Twitter

Tweets, retweets, hashtags, hashtags, and hashtags…over the past few years twitter has been refining and improving their search, such that it has now become a very reliable and easy to use tool. Your job search can start by typing in desirable keywords into the search engine or exploring companies twitter pages. Hint: Many companies favorite their important tweets so their followers can track and advertise their openings without having to constantly repost it. Also, it cannot hurt to tweet out that you are in fact search for the job. Additionally, write a concise and informative description for your profile listing desirable job keywords.

 

 

FacebookFacebook

Facebook is often viewed in a much more personal light; however, having said that, companies have several sections on their ‘Pages,’ many of which include a career section or under their notes they list open positions. Also, while you are on the prospective company page write a complementary post on their wall that includes your desire to one day join their team. Very similar to the other platforms, you can always crowdsource opinions by posting on your wall about your job search.

 

Pinterest

Pinterest

It is the Pinner’s of Pinterest for the pin, I mean win, well fourth place really, but nevertheless has become another avenue for exploring job openings. Companies are creating Career Section Boards where fellow pinners cannot only find out about job openings, but share with their pools as well. There are also aggregate boards that attempt to capture all the job openings and sort them accordingly.

 

 

Instagram

Instagram

Unconventional, yet creative, users can utilize the Instagram search engine for pictures pertaining to open job orders. You may also try taking a picture of your resume/creative picture and post it @companies you would like to work for in the future.

 

 

 

Snapchatsnapchat

Really, really unconventional. Some major corporations have snap chat accounts. Send them your 10 second elevator pitch about why you should work for them and post to the general public so we can all enjoy your brave approach.

 

 

Go forth! Invade all social media platforms with your job hunting strategy – after all you now have the knowhow – turn it into positive action!

 

Good luck on your social media job hunting!

 

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NEW YEAR, NEW GOAL, SAME YOU

Written by Lilly Segura

 

2015 is finally here and with the New Year come new goals. This year my goal is to help you with your pursuits! Now is a time for self-improvement in many facets of life be it socially, physically, professionally etc. Although many of us wait for the New Year to begin these various changes in our lives, we have to remember that we have the rest the year to set goals and meet them.  This is particularly true in our careers. We should always strive to improve ourselves professionally throughout the year.

The Importance of Goal Setting & Keeping Motivated

If you are not sure about what your goals should be, ask yourself: is there something that I am not yet doing that perhaps would help me reach what I would like to obtain? Whether that means that you want to get a promotion, make the next step towards performing your duties better, or transition in your career, and keep your eye on the prize. Visualizing your end goal is a great motivator to keep you moving forward and once you achieve your goal, there is no better feeling.

Trial and Error: Learn From Your Misgivings

Sometimes we fall short of our goals, but that is not necessarily a negative thing. Do not despair! All goals are made with one thing in mind: self-improvement. Sometimes things do not go our way and it is up to us to learn every lesson from it. Try to remember the last time you made an error and ask yourself why that happened and what you could have done differently. All you need to do flatten that bump in the road. Make the changes you feel necessary. It is all part of the journey to reaching your goal!

Boosting the Morale of your Environment from Leading by Example

Setting goals is about holding yourself accountable for performance. Performance is relevant no matter what position you are in or what move you are trying to make within your life. People will take notice of your efforts for self-improvement. Your coworkers will also see your positivity and in turn you can be a great motivator to them. Not to mention, your boss will see that you are striving to become better and more complete professional.

May this article help you in your efforts and happy New Year on behalf of the whole Apollo Staff! For more informative articles check out the rest of our blog or visit our Facebook and Twitter!

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Navigating the Holiday Party at Work

Written by Lilly Segura

It is that time of the year again, folks! The holly jolly holidays, along with the holiday party at your office. Parties come in many different forms. Perhaps you work at a smaller company or branch office and will be celebrating by having a quaint dinner. Perhaps you work at a larger company with a great campus and the party consists of multiple attendees including family. No matter the kind of a celebration you are attending there are a few ground rules everyone should keep in mind

1. Clothing

Do remain in a professional mind frame

The office get together is definitely a more relaxed environment for you and your coworkers to enjoy each other’s company. Remember that you are still at a work function even if you’ve stepped outside the office. Follow the general rules you normally would for a typical workday.

If the gathering is themed (i.e. ugly Christmas party sweater) partake in the fun! This will show everyone that you are a team player!

Don’t go too casual

If the gathering is a bit more casual you want to make sure your clothing is neat, tidy, and wrinkle free. Your outfit should also be modest. No stilettos or thigh high slits! Even though you might not work at a fashion design company now is the time to think outside the box and maybe even impress the bosses. They always say you should dress for the job you want. Do so by showing everyone that you are refined and polished, yet fun! Your boss might even see you in a different light and give that promotion a second thought!

2. Alcohol – What is a holiday party without a little bubbly?

Do drink in moderation

Make sure you will still be able to remain pleasant and amicable among your coworkers and loved ones. Also keep in mind that you might need to drive home and weather conditions can be harsh around this time of year.

Don’t be the office drunk. You will be made fun of for the rest of the year — or until someone else gains the title.

3. Conversation

Do remain positive and celebrate your free time together.

The office holiday functions to inject the company with unity. Remember that you are celebrating both your and the company’s success – make sure to show everyone how proud you are to be a part of a great staff!

Don’t say anything at all if you don’t have anything nice to say. Everyone is there to have a nice time and no one appreciates a Negative Nancy.

4. Multiple Customs

The holidays are a time to be merry! And a time for us to be conscious of the different holidays which are celebrated at the end of the year.

Do wish everyone “happy holidays” to avoid any stickiness

Don’t take it offensively if someone extends their good wishes for a holiday that you do not celebrate.  It is everyone’s intention to spread good cheer.

Moreover, remember to have fun! Workplace parties do not take place often. Do not be a scrooge and miss out on the yuletide jubilee. Enjoy your time with your fellow coworkers! Happy Holidays!

Disclaimer: The views expressed on this website/blog are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of my employer.

 

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Work Life Balance: Challenge Yourself

 

Written By Greg Johnson

Anyone familiar with businesses knows one of the first and most important parts of STARTING and MAINTAINING a successful business is creating a business plan / mission statement. Imagine the marketplace is a huge storm with minimal visibility; a mission statement will act as your compass guiding you and your business in the proper direction through that storm.

In the same way, your life needs a mission statement. You need to have your purpose written down and crystal clear. If you start “heading off course” your purpose will be your guide back to the right decisions and actions to put you back on course.

Capturing your purpose will give you the means to capturing that mystical status called “Work-Life Balance.”

The first step in finding your purpose is to sit down and write out YOUR definition. Who are you? I’m not talking about, “I’m Greg and I work at Apollo.” Get deep. Think about not just who you are now, but who you want to become in the future.

Someone whom I respect very much is a man named Ron Reynolds. He worked very closely with Jim Rohn for YEARS. The one activity that brought me more clarity as to who I am now and who I want to become came from this one piece of advice.

“Get a piece of paper. Put a line down the middle of the page. Now write down 10 things you want in your life that you don’t currently have. Then after that, write down 10 things you DO CURRENTLY have in your life that you DON’T want.”

I have never heard anyone talk about creating goals and defining your purpose that way. It radically changed my outlook on many different things. The reason it did is because writing down both sides (especially the 10 things I DIDN’T want) created an emotional connection to my purpose and making sure those things change in my life.

They were things like:

  1. Student Loan Debt
  2. A car that is constantly in the shop
  3. Inability to take my wife and kid on a vacation
  4. etc.

Once I had those things written down and committed to changing them, it did not matter what kind of a day I had, it did not matter if I had to get to work an hour earlier, eat lunch at my desk, and check emails at night. It did not matter if my boss said something that upset me or a client did not call me back. The things that used to bring me down were now just fleeting annoyances. No longer was I stressed or taking things personally, I was a rhinoceros – charging forward and chasing down my purpose. That is the magic that transpires once you have discovered your goals and dedicate your life to live by them everyday.

So I challenge you to do the same. Get a piece of paper and write down your goals. Prepare yourself and commit to change in your daily actions to achieve those goals.

Once you challenge yourself to create that missions statement look for my next post about the importance of getting the family on board. There has never been a Super Bowl champion team that did not have every player on board to win. If you want to win in life, you have to get your “teammates” into champion mindset. Until then!

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Success Story: From Humble Beginnings

Bree Taylor-Walling is the type of success story employees at Apollo love to read. Over the past 5 years, Bree has been earning her stripes in the production environment – from humble beginnings – working her way up at a company from a Production Associate, Production Lead, to Production Control Coordinator; however, the ladder for progress at her company ended there. On her search for the next step in her career path she came in contact with Apollo Professional Solutions and was able to secure a new position that was not only more financially stable, but has given her the opportunity to gain experience with a revered company in the aerospace industry. Below is her story:

Prior to working with Apollo, what were you looking for in a career?

Prior to working for Apollo I was looking for a career that I could really enjoy doing, but didn’t demand so much of my time. I am very dedicated to what I do and I take pride in knowing that performing my job to the best of my abilities has a big impact on the reliability of the products I build at the end result; especially knowing that the end result means keeping planes in the air or protecting out military. My last job was very demanding of my time and energy and took a toll on my self as well as my family. I was looking for a good balance, a job where i can be dedicated and make a difference but still be able to be with my family at the end of the day.

How did you find about Apollo?

I found a job listing on career builder and I applied for it. Apollo contacted me about it since the job was through them.

How did your experience with Apollo compare to what you expected or experienced with other staffing firms?

Apollo has been great to work with. Everyone I have spoken with at Apollo has been really nice and able to answer any and all questions I have had. Since this is my first time working with a staffing firm I found Apollo very informative and easy to work with.

What excites you most about your current job?

I love my current job through Apollo. The environment at my current job is awesome and really helping me to expand my knowledge about the Aerospace Industry. I feel like this job was the next step in my career and I love all the new experiences.

What is one thing you have learned there (tangible/intangible) that you plan to carry on into the future?

Everyday I learn something new at my current job. Even through its only been two weeks since I started I find that Im learning more about the products I used to build at my old job while applying the knowledge I have to fulfill my role in my new position. So the knowledge I am gaining at my current position will carry on into my future career endeavors.

In there anyone specifically at Apollo that you would like to thank?

Nick Curtin has been my contact through this process and I would like to thank him for being so helpful and supportive in this experience.

What else would you like us to know?

I was totally shocked when I found out I had gotten the job I applied for and that the company was really excited about bringing me on. It really boosted my confidence in myself and helped me to start a new path in my career.

Words cannot properly convey our happiness for Bree and her new career. We are so proud to have her apart of the Apollo family. If you are reading this and would like to have Apollo add a chapter to your success story please reach out to our offices and check out our openings.

While you are here, whether you’re at the top of your game or from humble beginnings, Apollo is happy to provide quality opportunities for quality candidates. To keep up with Apollo on a daily basis be sure to check out our Facebook and Twitter!

Greg’s Top 10 Rules For the Job Hunter

Written by Greg Johnson

You see it on the news every day. You hear it on the radio and in conversation at the coffee shops. You do not have to go very far to hear negative news about the world and US economy. But the problem is, everyone is so focused on the millions of Americans that are unemployed that they aren’t looking at the 94% of Americans that DO have jobs.

With over 320 million people living in the US and the unemployment rate just under 6%[1] – what makes you different from the millions of other people looking for work? There are jobs are out there and this article is going to equip you with the arsenal necessary to make sure that you stand out from the crowd.

 

Greg’s Top 10 Rules

 

Rule #1:

Decide TODAY that you are going to get a job and eliminate all other options. While filing for unemployment might seem like the smart thing to do, more often then not it kills your drive to get a job. Once your drive is dead, you will stay unemployed longer, which makes your chances of getting a job decrease dramatically with the passing of time.

Rule #2:

Change the way you look at your situation. You are not unemployed. Your new job is getting a job. Spend as much or more time replacing the lost job than you spent at the job you lost! Have an attitude that if you have to spend 40+ hours a week doing that, you will get a job!

Rule #3:

Even if you have to take a job you consider beneath you, it is better to stay connected in the workforce with less pay than disconnected from the workforce with unemployment benefits (see step #1)

Rule #4:

Do not listen to the hype and gossip that no one is hiring! There are always companies looking for hard working, solutions oriented people that can help their company grow. While there are millions of people without work, most companies have not gone out of business. Keep the attitude that you will find a job and stay away from other negative, unemployed people because they could contaminate your attitude.

Rule #5:

Do not rely solely on your resume. Just because you have your resume on CareerBuilder, Monster, Dice, or any other number of job sites, a resume will not get you a job. A resume will never get you a job. Companies hire people, not resumes.

Rule #6:

Do not rely solely on others to get you your next job. Staffing companies are an incredible source to place your resume in front of hiring managers; however, whether or not the recruiter can help you – the task stills falls to you to get your job. Take matters into your own hands and remember Rule #2

Rule # 7:

The fortune is in the follow up. Make sure you are always following up; whether that is with a recruiter or directly with the company. This communication will make you stand out immediately because it shows that you are excited and that you actually want the job. After an interview take 5 minutes to write a thank you email (not a letter because speed is crucial).

Rule #8:

In the interview, do not just talk about what you have done in the past – talk about what you can do to help the company grow and achieve their goals. Sell yourself and your skills.

Rule #9:

Never. Talk. Smack. There is no bigger turn off to a hiring manager than someone who is negative about their past employers or bosses. On that same note, do not tell them a story about how you were let go because your boss or co-worker had it out for you. You do not want to ever mention anything negative about your last position.

Rule #10:

Get Engaged! Check the Apollo website and connect with us through our social media profiles regularly because we are ALWAYS posting new and exciting positions throughout the United States.

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[1] http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000

How to Negotiate Salary

Written by Nick Curtin
How to negotiate salary is a process that everyone should learn and know how to do properly because we will be negotiating for it our entire professional lives. We will go through the 5 key aspects of negotiation: knowing your value, knowing the market, research, impression, and dealing with offers/counter offers.

Know Your Value

Everyone wants to be a millionaire, but to go into a negotiation with that mentality is irresponsible and unrealistic. Before you enter into any discussion about salary, know how much your services are worth to that client/company. Knowing your value will provide a foundation where you are able to ask for more and keep you from settling for a lesser offer.

Know the Market 

Part of knowing your value to a company, is understanding what the market is willing to pay for those specific talents. Search the  job boards and salary sites, reach out to people in  your network to gauge their opinion, and read financial news to acquire how strong is the overall market.

Research the Company

The internet is filled with information, so leverage it.  Research the company/client through Glassdoor – a site that provides reviews on a business from past/present employees on company culture, salary, and overall direction. Expound from there, utilize a search engine to scourer all the media articles – what have they been up to, have they won awards, have they treated their employees/customers properly, what are their future exploits, etc. Sift through the employees via LinkedIn – go over their career paths, responsibilities, and time duration.

Impression 

When you are in that room. I am not talking about this room, I am talking about THAT room. The door is shut with your potential supervisor positioned across from you, staring into your eyes and firing a litany of “Forbes Best Interview Questions” in your direction. Yet, even with their questions and their beady eyes starting into yours – you are as chill as a cucumber. You have a grammatically-correct and beautifully designed resume, you are in your best attire, you played your pump-up jam on your drive (cue Katy Perry), you already read “Forbes Best Interview Questions,” and most importantly you read Apollo’s “How to Negotiate Salary.” Two more tips for a great impression: 1. Always hold that firm hand shake. 2. When looking at your interviewer – always look them in the eyes and when you do so,  switch the focus of your sight from one eye to another. This shows that your more attentive and interested in what the other party is saying. (It’s science, Google it)

The Offer and the Counter 

Always ask them and make them give you the offer. i.e. “What are you willing to offer me for my future services to your company?” If they attempt to side-step and ask you what you are looking for, then clearly there is room to operate within the salary. To pivot it back to them you could say,”I appreciate your interest in my opinion on your salary structure, but it’s now about what I want, it’s about what your company can offer a man/woman of my talent.”  So comes the offer and now the ever pleasant-counter offer. If it is below your value then the counter is the obvious next step; however, if they have met or exceeded your estimated value you may feel awkward or uneasy about countering. Always counter. The worst that happens is the amount offered is all the company budgeted and you decide to take it. The best that happens is you make more money and you show your interviewer that you know your worth and you are willing to back it up.

For more information about resumes and interview tips check out our articles below: 

Is your Resume Destroying Your Job Search? 

Interview Tips: The Do’s and Dont’s

 

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Your Job Search Could Be Maligned By Your Resume

Your Job Search Could Be Maligned By Your Resume

Written by Nick Curtin

In today’s job search, people seeking employment are judged by their digital presence. This presence covers a myriad of areas, but is mainly encompassed by your resume. Whether it is posted in a job aggregator, job board, or emailed into human resources – that digital piece of paper will be scanned, scrutinized, and settled in 60 seconds. The resume is a double-edged sword – it can be the key or the obstruction to the doors of opportunity. In 2014, there are some key aspects to keep in mind before sending out a resume: location, key wording, grammatical errors, technology, achievements, and formatting.

 

Location

Every open space on a resume is a valuable piece of real estate. Take advantage of it! Do not bother with your address or the address’s of your places of work. These are often only negating factor, as it will be ASSUMED that certain job sites are too far of a commute for the individual. In my experience, I expect that when a candidate applies for a position, they know where the job site is located and are prepared for the commute. Therefore, do not give a recruiter a chance to deny you based on your location. If you are a qualified candidate, the unknown location will only fuel them to follow up with you.

Key Wording

Before you hit the ‘Apply’ button be sure that you have incorporated the job description within your resume. Not only should you have read the job description you are applying to, but  other company’s descriptions of similar positions as well. Then use their key words against them and immerse them within your resume.  This tactic is especially important when you are posting the resume on a job board. The more industry related keywords you use in your resume/profile, the more traffic that will be driven to it.

Grammatical Errors

How can you say you are ‘detail oriented’ if your resume is abound with grammatical errors and nonsensical phrases. I have worked with many hiring managers that will throw out your resume on the first error.  Your resume is an extension of yourself.  Have it reviewed by your family, peers, colleagues, etc. Opinions are like butts elbows we all have them. You do not have to heed everyone’s opinion, but the important part is that you are now cognizant of many points of view dealing with your resume. Thereby allowing you to make informed decisions on the content.

Technology 

As technology goes, so does the world. We are obligated to be familiar with certain softwares as a foundation block for most position. Upon which, we build and familiarize ourselves with the specified technology that is incorporated within our given fields.  Be sure to list any all and technology that you were exposed to, along with your level of expertise. (You can gain degrees of competency for many software programs if you watch YouTube Tutorials on them – food for thought).

Achievements

As important as listing your duties for each job may be, writing out your achievements for each position is just as important. No matter how small, if you are proud of a contribution at your past employment, list it! Preferably, with data/numbers aligned with your achievements to reinforce it.. Recruiters/Hiring managers love numbers!

Formatting

Unless you are applying for a Graphic Designer position, we would recommend sticking with the traditional black typeface on a light sheet of paper. Furthermore, you should only use one size typeface throughout the whole resume (except for your name), emphasize your job titles – not the companies you worked at, and align everything to the left. Many, but not all, are taught to read left to right, thereby streamlining your resume to those natural tendencies will only aid your resume review.

 

There  may be different opinions on the key aspects of building a resume, but these 6 should provide a solid foundation for you to build upon. If you would like to debate any said points, please feel free to tweet at us or post on our Facebook. We would be more than happy to hear your opinions!

 

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Contracting and How to Avoid Co-employment

Contracting and How to Avoid Co-employment

Written by Lilly Segura

Contracting can be confusing. A number of different issues can arise in the workplace and it is often difficult to make a decision about whom you should consult with for a solution.  In all cases your employer is your staffing agency. Co-employment refers to an employee-employer relationship with two distinct entities. In short, Apollo is your sole employer. You are placed on assignment at a facility where you will be working with and taking direction from associates who are a Supervisor or Hiring Manager for your client. Co-employment should ultimately be avoided. Here are some tips to help you steer clear of co-employment.

Who should I go to if there is an issue with a co-worker or project?

There are a number of things that can go wrong in the workplace. Perhaps your project is being hindered because of a tardy associate.  Perhaps you are in between two co-workers who have negative things to say to one another. Perhaps you think it is about time some one approaches a co-worker about an offensive perfume. These are all problems that can be taken care of on-site. These kinds of issues can certainly be brought up to your supervisor. Together you can both reach solutions that are hopefully constructive! Similar issues can include a late arrival, switching shifts, or taking time off. Project related issues should also be discussed with your supervisor. Basically, any time you have an issue or question that would be taken care of on site, you should go ahead and have that resolved by your supervisor.

Who should I go to if there is a problem with my payroll or benefits?

HR related issues should always be brought up to your employer. When it comes to any problems with pay, insurance, or if you are unclear on certain HR related protocols you should seek the help of your recruiter. Asking your fellow co-workers on site for advice or information can be helpful as long as they are also with the same staffing company. It is generally a good idea not to ask contractors from other staffing agencies, as they would not provide you with the correct information. Policies and procedures vary from company to company.

Lastly in the case of an absolute emergency, please try and contact everyone you would report to including those on site and at the staffing agency. That can mean having to contact anywhere from 3-5 people, but it is always a good idea to keep everyone in the loop! When in doubt about anything at all do not hesitate to call your recruiter. We are here to help!

 

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