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The Importance of Hiring During the COVID-19 Crisis

With COVID-19 threatening the populace, causing social distancing and shutdowns, now may not seem like the best time to look for new hires. However, essential businesses have essential positions that require staffing in order to keep functioning.

Let’s overcome our worries!

There are advantages to hiring now that many my not be thinking about. People still need jobs in these trying times and with the shutdown on non-essential businesses, the hiring pool is larger than normal. In that pool are plenty of skilled workers looking for a job. While other businesses may be afraid to hire, that leaves a great opportunity for you to hire those skilled workers for your own business.

There are excellent candidates who would like to move to a new position but are not actively looking because of all the downbeat news. To support both parties, Supplemental Staffing can still reach out to them for you. Whether you want to hire someone right now or take them on once the quarantine ends, here are 5 key tips that will enable whichever you decide.

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Topics: Temporary/Seasonal/Contract, Employment Agency, Hiring, COVID19

Tips for your stimulus check

Right now, many people are losing their income or maybe having a tough time finding a job to afford general living expenses. That’s a hard spot to be in. Luckily, there are still plenty of job opportunities to help keep you afloat and we have even had a few people find better, long-term jobs. Supplemental Staffing is actively looking for people to take on these open positions.

But let’s focus on reasonable tips to keep in mind while dealing with the funds received. We understand that not all options are feasible for everyone, but we wanted to share some general ideas.

PUT IT TOWARDS WHERE YOU NEED IT MOST:

  • If you do want to use it now – use it wisely. Some debt is being put on hold, like federal student loans, so take advantage of this opportunity to build up some savings or put it towards living expenses in this time of need. 
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Topics: Establishing a Career, Re-Entering the Workforce, Employment Agency, Changing Jobs, Hiring, Weekly Pay, COVID19

Do Staffing Companies work for the client or the candidate?

Staffing Scrabble by Amtec CC BY-SA 2.0

Finding a job isn’t always easy, even in today’s economy. What makes it even more difficult is navigating the various types of placement and staffing companies and their fees.

If you’re unemployed, you don’t necessarily have the funds to pay someone to find you a job, so do you have to pay the staffing company that’s advertising for warehouse workers? And just who is that staffing agency working for – you or the company that needs the worker?

As in most things, the answers to those questions are: it depends.

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Topics: Establishing a Career, Re-Entering the Workforce, Employment Agency, Gaining Experience

Is an employment agency right for me?

When you’re looking for a job, you’re sure to come across employment agency ads for workers. They often look like this screenshot (to the right) from Indeed.com:

But maybe you’ve never used an employment or staffing agency, so how do you know if you should apply?

First you need to understand what an employment agency does. The American Staffing Association (ASA) has a great description:

Companies need employees. Workers need jobs. And the staffing industry brings them together. Whether for temporary or seasonal assignments, contract engagements, or permanent placement, the staffing industry gives employees a bridge to permanent employment and it gives businesses the skilled labor and flexibility to create effective workforce solutions.

How does it work?

That depends on the type of position that is being filled – temporary or permanent – but the way it starts is the same...

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Topics: Establishing a Career, Temp-to-Hire, Temporary/Seasonal/Contract, Permanent Placement, Employment Agency

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