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Getting organized to meet with a staffing agency

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Agencies are here to help you be successful and find work, but there are things you can do ahead of time to help increase your chances for finding the right fit. Taking time to prepare for these frequently asked questions is a great way to get a head start when seeking work through an agency.

What is your availability?

The staffing agency will be interested in when and how often you’re able to work. They will likely ask if you are interested in short-term and/or long-term positions. Being honest about what you’re able to commit to will help prevent conflicts in the future. Try to be flexible. If you’re able to work nights and weekends this may open up more opportunities.

What are your skills?

You should already have many, if not all, of these skills listed on your resume, and the interviewer should have a copy. This is an opportunity to elaborate on what is on your resume, to show that you are willing to sell yourself beyond what is on a sheet of paper. Discuss any administrative experience, data entry or work with word processing or spreadsheets. If you have manual labor experience, talk about your technical background, equipment certifications or unique skills you might have.

How quickly can you adapt?

With temporary positions, you may be asked to take on new roles, learn new skills or adapt to new environments with little notice. Explain how you are willing and able to adjust to the needs of the company.

To learn how Forge Industrial Staffing can help you with your job search, visit or call or visit one of our 11 locations in Indiana and Michigan. Employers can learn more at

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How to Increase Employee Satisfaction

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Employers should always be trying to keep their employees happy. Every dissatisfied employee represents lost productivity while they remain and disruption of production schedules if they leave. Even if the local job market is tight, your best employees are desirable catches for other employers.

There’s no magical solution that works for employee and every company, but by following these tips, you’ll make a huge difference in employee satisfaction.

Show Your Appreciation

When an employee does a good job, let them know you noticed. This doesn’t mean necessarily mean public praise and handing out restaurant gift cards. Some experts believe that “Employee of the Month” awards do more harm than good, because they can cause dissatisfaction among other good employees who are not recognized. No question, financial recognition is sometimes in order, but a sincere expression of praise and appreciation whenever it’s deserved can go further than cash awards or ostentatious gestures.

Make Meetings Two-Way

Staff meetings should be for staff as much as for management. If you’re using them to just give direction, you’re doing it wrong. Take time to inform your employees what’s happening in the company and how it may affect them. In addition to giving information, use meetings to collect it. Solicit input, comments, feedback, suggestions – and criticisms, complaints and problems. Be honest and open, and assure those who have negative input that it’s being accepted for a positive purpose. Of course you’re not promising to take action on every complaint or suggestion, but you do have to promise – sincerely – to consider the issues without prejudice or retribution. If the manager who normally chairs the meetings can’t establish that level of trusting participation with employees, another manager should chair the meeting.

Make it Possible to Do Good Work

Many complaints center on the difficulty of doing the job well. People actually want to do good work, but they can’t if they’re struggling with poor tools, inadequate direction, or disruptive task scheduling. Satisfying your employees’ needs in this respect will result in improved product or service quality and enhanced productivity, and that should boost your bottom line directly.

Get Rid of Bad Fits

If you’re doing your best to create satisfied employees and one of them remains seriously disgruntled, it’s to both parties’ benefit that you let him or her go – even if he/she is individually productive. Employees who are consistently disruptive or uncooperative, disturbing to their co-workers, or constantly complaining can depress the enthusiasm and damage the esprit de corps of everyone around them.

If you’re looking for new temp employees or permanent staff, contact Forge Industrial Staffing today.

Job Tips for Felons

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Getting a job can be difficult for anyone, and it’s especially hard for felons. If you have a felony on your record, that does not mean that you can’t get a job and should give up. It does means that you have to work harder at it – which you can do. There are, in fact, good job opportunities out there. Here are some tips to help you get hired.

Polish Your Resume

Before you begin searching for jobs and going through the interview process, it’s important to have a polished resume prepared. There are a few different ways to organize a resume, but your best bet is the functional resume, which emphasizes your skills, education, volunteer work and other contributions over your previous employment. It doesn’t leave your employment history out, though, and you may still be asked to explain gaps in your employment history. But the functional resume plays to your strengths and helps focus the discussion on what you can do, rather than what you have done.

You should be ready to provide a few great references – people who can vouch for your integrity or skills. Don’t put them on your resume. Put their names, contact information, and a one-line explanation of how they know you on a separate document that you can provide if you’re asked for references. Ask their permission before you include them, and make sure they’ll provide a good, honest appraisal.

Look Your Best

When you’re interviewing for a job, it’s essential to be polished and professional. People do judge others on their appearance, often without knowing they’re doing it. The way you look is bound to influence their opinion, so be clean, well-groomed, and dress a little better than you expect to on the job.

The same applies to your speech and manners. No one expects you to speak like a poet or a professor, but they do expect you to express yourself calmly and respectfully.

Be Honest

Many employers do background checks. You don’t have to spill the beans unless you’re asked, but if you are asked about felonies or about an unexplained gap in your employment history, you must tell the truth. Doing so shows integrity and that works in your favor. If you’re caught in a lie, there’s no way you’ll be hired.

Check out Staffing Agencies

It’s a common misconception that all staffing agencies do criminal background checks. Here at Forge, we pursue an active policy to help those with felony records get jobs and get back on their feet. While background checks are required for some jobs, there are employers who will consider people with certain types of criminal convictions. A felony doesn’t have to be a deal-killer.

Like every other job seeker, you can’t expect to be hired right into your dream job. Your goal is to get started in a good job, and if you perform well there, you might be able to step up later to a better position at the same company, or move on to another one based on your good record. Once you’re in your first post-conviction job, you may come into contact with coworkers or supervisors who can provide support and help you progress.

Don’t Get Discouraged

It’s easy to get discouraged and want to give up, but quitting isn’t an option. You have every reason to feel hopeful. There are plenty of people with felonies who have turned their lives around. You might not qualify for every type of job imaginable, but does anyone? Keep a positive perspective, believe in yourself, and know that you have great things to offer.

You’ll make it, and we can help. If you’re ready to take the next step toward a brighter future, please contact Forge Industrial Staffing.

Five Personal Qualities Every Employer Wants to Hire

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Hiring managers are human beings, so they all have personal likes, dislikes, preferences and points of view. But there are five characteristics that every manager wants to see in every new hire. You’ll stand a better chance of being hired if you emphasize these qualities when you write your resume or go in for an interview.

Communication Skills

This is near the top of virtually every manager’s list, and it appears in most help-wanted ads, because it truly is one of the most important skills a worker can have. In any position that interacts with customers or clients, it’s crucial to listen critically and sensitively, to understand not only what the customer says, but also what he means but doesn’t say. (Think about the last time you ate a disappointing meal in a restaurant. When the waitress asked how it was, you probably said “fine.” Did she read beneath the surface and try to make things better for you, even though you didn’t complain?)

You also need to listen to and understand supervisors and co-workers, and you need to be able to communicate your own observations and points of view clearly and diplomatically. Being able to participate in true two-way communication is a real necessity for most jobs.


Employers need to know you’ll be there. Everyone has an occasional personal emergency that might throw a wrench in your schedule, but desirable workers make sure those instances are truly rare. Get sufficient sleep so you can get up on time and work effectively when you’re on the job. Have a system worked out to get the kids off to school and picked up in the afternoon. Have reliable child care and transportation worked out. You shouldn’t have to take multiple phone calls on the job every day to make arrangements: these things should all be settled the night before.


The days of bolting on an unending stream of left front wheels all day long on an assembly line are long gone from most jobs. Even in mass production, workers are now expected to turn to different tasks frequently, and in most occupations and work settings, work changes almost constantly. An effective employee can learn new tasks quickly and shift gears easily. In fact, a variety of work is a great thing for most employees. It keeps the job interesting, and having to learn new skills means that your value as an employee is constantly increasing.


This can be summed up by the phrase “See what needs to be done, and do it.” Effective workers take the initiative to constantly improve their own skills and processes, correct problems, and call attention to issues that are beyond their ability or authority to address on their own. You don’t wait to be told – you’re a doer.


All of the above are part of getting along with everyone on the job: supervisors, co-workers, and customers. No one gets to have everything their own way – even the boss is answerable to someone. Employable workers can accept supervision and criticism, and they’re willing to follow someone else’s procedures to achieve someone else’s goals without complaint. Sometimes this requires teamwork and cooperation with peers. Sometimes it’s following instructions to the best of your ability. And sometimes it means taking initiative, being creative, and doing more than you were told to do.

No one has all these qualities in perfect measure, but good employees try to maximize them for the sake of the job. Let prospective employers know your strengths in these areas, and let them know you understand their importance.

Tips for Working Mothers

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Having a job and being primarily responsible for the home and children is tough. While many men are in this position, it’s more common for women to be heads of single-parent households, or to be the one in a two-parent/two job household who does most of the child care and household chores. The difficulties of this position have been analyzed extensively, but women still find it a tricky balancing act. Here are some me-first tips that can help.


Being in a rush creates enormous anxiety. Not knowing until the last minute what you need to do is often the cause of that rush.

Get a handle on your schedule. Get out a piece of paper, or open up a new .doc file and write it down: awake at what hour? showered by when? what time are the kids up, dressed and fed? when do they leave for school and when you you leave for work? The same goes for the afternoon: what happens when the kids get out of school? where do they go, when, and how do they get there? where and when do they do their homework? When you start supper? When do you serve it? When are you done with clean-up?

Get the whole day down. Include time for weekly house cleaning, shopping and other chores and activities. Then take a look at it and understand that it doesn’t work. There is simply not enough time for everything that needs to be done. Something has to give.


If there’s a spouse, show him the schedule and get cooperation. When both parents are earning a living, there is no good reason for one parent to be responsible for everything that used to be considered “women’s work.” (And the amount you earn has nothing to do with the balance of work: it’s the amount of time you have available that counts.) If you’re in a relationship that’s worth keeping, there must be an equal sharing of responsibilities.

When your kids are a certain age, they need to take responsibility for their own personal obligations, and need to start sharing in household tasks. Any 10-year-old can wake him- or herself up with an alarm clock, sweep a floor, and make breakfast.

Guilt? Forget it. These are things kids should do. Your job is to give them responsibility, as quickly and as much as they can handle. That’s how adults are made.

Get Support

Call in the reserves. If you have relative or close friends nearby who can help with child care, get them on board. You might be able to make a sharing arrangement – for example, one mother looks after all the kids while another does the grocery shopping for all the mothers. There may be social services agencies that offer the support in the form of free or low-cost after school programs and child care.

Say “No” More Often

As you’ve taken the above measures, you’ve revised your schedule so that now there’s enough time in the day to get things done, hopefully with a few minutes to spare for yourself.

Don’t give them up just to please others! You’re no longer in seventh grade, and life isn’t a popularity contest. You can be flexible, but your time is worth as much as anyone else’s. Bearing the title “Mom” does not obligate you to sacrifice your mental and emotional health to satisfy others’ pleasure. If you can’t take it on comfortably, don’t do it.

That goes for your kids, your spouse, the organizations you belong to, and your job. There’s an insidious saying, “If you want something done, ask someone who’s busy.” Don’t be that person. Your goal is to be a little less busy.

Feeling Overwhelmed By Your Job Search? Start Here.

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Job hunting is rarely a pleasant activity, but it doesn’t have to be nightmare. Smart seekers who match their job search efforts to the types of fields they want to break into find it easier to establish lucrative connections. Here’s how Forge is changing the way professionals engage with the industrial labor market.

The Unique Problems of Industrial Employment Fulfillment
Light industrial jobs are special because they’re important to a broad spectrum of industries. For instance, an immunology scientist may work in a medical research laboratory. A machine operator or QC inspector might also find work with the same lab’s supply-chain department, but they could just as easily be employed by retail manufacturers or construction firms.

On the one hand, this means there are many viable career paths to follow. It also makes it difficult to craft your resume and build experience that might suit a given position. Prospective employers might also fail to immediately recognize how your particular combination of skills from diverse fields could be an extremely valuable asset.

The Value of Forging Connections
Of course, employment isn’t just about having the right kind of expertise. According to job-market data published in the Huffington Post, networking played a role in a whopping 80 percent of the jobs filled in 2013. In short, even if you’re extremely talented, building relationships definitely matters.

Why do connections matter so much?  Software disqualifies 50 percent of applications before a human being ever sees them. Employers can pick and choose, so you must stand out.

Seeking employment through a reputable network could determine whether your application gets noticed early enough to surmount the initial hurdles. By giving hiring managers the ability to judge your skills within the context of your connections, industrial labor tools like Forge help you make a lasting impression.

Focusing Your Industrial Job Search
In 2015, 66 percent of companies failed to use social media to promote jobs. Still, increasing numbers of employers are using industry-specific networking platforms to find and screen prospective candidates. It’s critical that you network using a platform that caters to industrial labor.
Beginning your job search by posting a resume on Forge is a great way to advance your career. Making yourself more available to entry-level, skilled, permanent and temporary jobs might help you gain experience that you can actually build on as you move forward. It’s also a good way to learn about the labor market and discover the real-world value of your resume in order to gain negotiating leverage for salaries, benefits and schedule accommodations.

Finally, remember that finding a light-industry job is different from working in other fields. While some positions may not require specific skills, almost all companies seek assurances that you’re reliable, hardworking and ready to learn. Get started at today.

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Our Values

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At Forge Industrial Staffing, we understand the importance of building strong relationships. As a corporate citizen and a part of our community, we’re proud to be guided by our values and we delight in using our strengths to help both employees and employers flourish. Whether you are seeking assistance with your staffing needs or conducting a job search, we can provide the support that you’ve been searching for. Let us help you put the pieces of the employment puzzle together.
Our Values
The business world is always evolving, but good values never go out of style. At Forge, we don’t just pay lip service to our values. We rely on them to guide us in all our interactions. Our employees strive to offer:

  • Positivity. We understand that a good attitude makes any job go more smoothly.
  • Honesty. Integrity is a vital cornerstone of a successful relationship, and we thrive on forging lasting connections.
  • Dedication. Getting the job done right takes commitment, and we’re always ready to deliver.
  • Courtesy. We lead by example, treating everyone as we would like to be treated.
  • Responsibility. We aren’t afraid of accountability. When we promise results, you can confident that we’ll deliver.

Your Company’s Success
Why rely on Forge for your recruitment needs? For businesses, hiring temporary staff can be an excellent solution. Whether you’re looking for short-term help to see you through a specific project or find yourself hunting frantically for a single skilled employee because of unexpected circumstances, we’re fully prepared to meet your requirements. We’re familiar with a variety of industries and we understand the needs of industrial work. We don’t settle for stop-gap measures. Our experienced team takes the hassle out of finding the skilled employees that can help your business prosper, saving you time, money and frustration. We quickly and efficiently complete the interview and selection process for you, finding the right employee for the position you need filled and leaving you free to concentrate on your business.

Your Personal Success
Companies aren’t the only ones who can benefit from our value-driven approach. Forge takes great pleasure in assisting qualified candidates with their job search. We work diligently to create an environment that promotes individual achievement and encourages all of our employees to actively reach their highest potential. In fact, it is not unusual for our temporary placements to lead to offers of permanent employment.

With a commitment to customer service and a focus on industrial work, Forge Industrial Staffing has locations in Indiana and Michigan. If you are an employer who requires assistance locating talented employees or an individual ready to work toward success, we’re ready to put our values and our resources to work on your behalf. Visit us online or contact any one of our locations to learn more.

Five Smart Ways to Stand Out at a Job Fair

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A job fair is a tool that employers commonly use to fill their staffing needs, and it’s a great way for those seeking employment to apply for a variety of jobs in one setting. However, you will most likely be applying for the same openings as hundreds of other hopeful job seekers, so you’ll need to stand out from the crowd if you’re to be successful. The tips below should get you noticed for all the right reasons.

Dress Appropriately for the Job You Seek

While the advice to dress for success is an old nugget of wisdom, it couldn’t be more accurate. You truly get but one chance to make that important first impression on a potential employer, and you need to dress appropriately. Dress as you would for your actual first interview, and be sure to choose clothing that is simple, conservative and appropriate for the job you want.

Polish Your Resume

It’s important that you learn about each company that will be represented at the job fair so that you can create separate, specific resumes that target each company. A resume tailored to a specific company will help you be taken seriously as an applicant. Follow these excellent resume tips for the best results.

Conduct Yourself Professionally

Once you have the opportunity to speak with a representative of a company, be sure to be polite and discuss ways you feel your experience can benefit the company. Use the knowledge you’ve gained about the company beforehand to provide specific examples of the ways you feel you will be an asset. Learn more about how the hiring process works to be sure you’re as prepared as possible.

Address Potential Employers With Confidence

A job fair is no place for you to display any shyness, but you don’t need to be a loud show-off, either. Approach each potential employer with a firm handshake and direct eye contact, introduce yourself with a well-rehearsed pitch that quickly sells you as a potential employee and be sure to address the company representative with respect at all times.

Follow Up

During your time at the fair, you’ll want to be sure to ask each person you speak with for a business card. Make notes of pertinent details of your conversation on the back of it, and be sure to call in the next two or three days to thank them for their time. That follow-up call can make all the difference in the world regarding whether or not you get the job.

A Successful Career Awaits

Follow these tips, and a good company is sure to decide you’re the right one to fill its staffing needs. The right employment opportunity may be waiting for you at job fairs in your area. You can learn more about obtaining the job you want by following these additional helpful hints.


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