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Fall in Love with the Right Job Opportunity

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Valentine’s Day is here and if you’re still looking for that special job consider this; searching for the right job is not all that different from dating.

One popular dating expression is that “opposites attract.” This can also be true for you in your job search. If you’ve found that you are spinning in circles searching for the best job opportunity for you, perhaps you should try broadening your horizon. One option would be possibly seeking a job that is different from what you would normally try.

There’s nothing wrong with using a temp agency to explore what jobs do and do not work for you. This also allows you to discover skills you may not know you’ve had. Make a list of the skills and experiences you know you obtain and consider how they fit jobs that you wouldn’t normally be interested in. You may be surprised how valuable you may be to an employer and what new and exciting challenges await you.

Remember that “there are plenty of fish in the sea,” or in other words, there are plenty of jobs available for you to choose from when utilizing Forge Industrial Staffing for your job searching needs. While you may have your sights set on one job in particular, it can be disappointing if you don’t get it. Instead of having your heart set on one job, seek out multiple relating positions. Not only will the chances for you to find a great match improve, but you may discover that you enjoy another position even more than the one you were originally interested in.

 

At Forge Industrial Staffing, we pride ourselves on having the resources of a large-scale staffing agency while having the personal touch of a specialty agency. Our qualified staff will work with you to find the right job, or right employees for you.

To learn more how Forge Industrial Staffing can help you with your job search, visit https://forgestaff.com or visit one of our 13 locations in Indiana and Michigan. Employers can learn more at https://forgestaff.com/clients/

 

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Employee Appreciation Day and Events

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Employee Appreciation Days occur a few times a year at every branch location. They are a day we can spend showing you how much we appreciate all the hard work that you do. Each locations Employee Appreciation Day is a little bit different, because they get to decide what they would like to do for you that day. Some branches give out food, others give out Forge freebies, and some give out both! Sometimes a branch will have a theme based on the time of year the day is taking place. For example, during the month of December, a branch may have an Employee Appreciation Day that involves decorating sugar cookies, ornaments, or a visit from Santa!

Bring a friend to Employee Appreciation Day that is interested in finding work through Forge Industrial Staffing and you have the chance of receiving a bonus! The person must be work a minimum of two (2) days in order for you to be eligible for the referral bonus (amount depending on location).

You don’t want to miss Employee Appreciation Day, so follow your local Forge Facebook page to find out details and dates of the next Employee Appreciation Day and other events we will be at! You can also find all the events Forge Industrial Staffing will be participating in on the Facebook brand page, facebook.com/ForgeIndustrialStaffing/!

 

Upcoming Events :

February 11th, Job Fair / Hiring Event, Forge Industrial Staffing of Holland

February 12th, Open Interviews – Grand Rapids Community College, Forge Industrial Staffing of Grand Rapids

 

If you have not applied with us already and are interested in finding a great job opportunity with us, apply online today at, forgestaff.com/apply!

At Forge Industrial Staffing, we pride ourselves on having the resources of a large-scale staffing agency while having the personal touch of a specialty agency. Our qualified staff will work with you to find the right job, or right employees for you.

To learn more how Forge Industrial Staffing can help you with your job search, visit https://forgestaff.com or visit one of our 13 locations in Indiana and Michigan. Employers can learn more at https://forgestaff.com/clients/

 

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Accessing your W-2’s

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Tax season is here and many of you are probably wondering where exactly to get your W-2’s. Here at Forge we make the process of getting your W-2’s an easier one by giving you a couple of options for accessing them.

One way to access your W-2’s is through your online Employee Portal. 2018 W-2’s are currently available in your Employee Portal as of Monday January 21st. To login to your Employee Portal, you will need to visit our website, forgestaff.com, and click on, “Employee Login” in the top right corner of the homepage. If you do not have access or forgot your password, please contact your local Forge branch to get that information.

Another option for accessing your W-2’s is by stopping at your local Forge branch and picking them up. W-2’s are currently now available for pick up. There’s no need to make an appointment to come in and pick them up either. You can just stop in and let one of our Service Coordinators know that you’re picking up your W-2’s. You will need to provide photo ID in order to pick up your W-2’s.  

If you have any further questions about how or where to access your W-2’s, please give your local Forge branch a call, forgestaff.com/our-locations.

 

At Forge Industrial Staffing, we pride ourselves on having the resources of a large-scale staffing agency while having the personal touch of a specialty agency. Our qualified staff will work with you to find the right job, or right employees for you.

To learn more how Forge Industrial Staffing can help you with your job search, visit https://forgestaff.com or visit one of our 13 locations in Indiana and Michigan. Employers can learn more at https://forgestaff.com/clients/

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Q&A’s About Forge Industrial Staffing

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How can I obtain my W-2’s?

Forge employees have the option of picking up their W-2’s in person at the Forge office through which they were hired, or having them mailed to them. You will need a picture ID with you if you choose to pick them up at the office. You can also access your W-2 online through the Employee Portal.

What are the starting wages?

Forge Industrial Staffing does not have a set pay scale for the positions that we fill. The pay range is determined by client and location. Please feel free to call or visit your local Forge office for more details on job openings and wage information.


What positions do you have available?

Positions offered at Forge change on a daily basis, so the best way to get an up-to-date list of positions available would be to call or visit your local Forge office. You can also get a list of our available jobs under the, “job seekers” tab on our website, https://forgestaff.com/jobs-2/ as well as details about the open positions.


I was terminated. How can I reverse it?

If you think you were wrongfully terminated from Forge, or wish to have your termination reviewed, you will need to call your nearest Forge office and speak to a Manager.

I lost my check. Who do I contact?

If a Forge employee loses their paycheck they will need to contact their local Forge office for assistance.

I am missing hours on my check. What do I do?

If a Forge employee is missing hours on their paycheck they will need to contact their local Forge office for assistance.

How do I set up direct deposit?

Setting up a direct deposit is easy! Just bring in a bank letter with your account and routing information on it, along with your picture ID, and we will help you with the rest.

How can I access my recent pay stubs?

You have the option of accessing pay stubs online through your employee login, or by stopping in person at the Forge office through which you were hired. You will need a picture ID if you are going to pick them up in person. If you can no longer access your employee account, you will need to contact Forge and have a Service Coordinator reset your information.

I moved and need to transfer my employment record to another branch. How can I do that?

Transferring is easy! You will need to call your closest Forge office to speak with a Service Coordinator and we will be able to transfer your current employment record.


I need to call off of work. Who do I call?

Though we don’t recommend calling off work, we understand that emergencies do occur. If something comes up that affects your ability to show up to the job you were assigned, you will have to call your local Forge office an hour before your shift begins.


I lost my login information. What do I do?

If you no longer have access to your employee login information, please contact your current Forge office and we will be happy to assist you.


How often do we get paid?

Forge employees are paid on a weekly basis. The work week runs Monday through Sunday normally and the hours that you work during any given week are paid on the following Wednesday. Please contact your closest branch for more information.


Are you hiring?

Forge Industrial Staffing is always hiring. The jobs we have available change on a daily basis, so it is best to stop by in person or give your nearest Forge office a call to get the most up-to-date list of jobs available.


How soon can I start?

In order to be assigned to a position with Forge, you will first need to complete the application process. Most applicants are placed on a job assignment the same day or next day or whatever works best for you!

What time can I pick my check up?

Employees are able to pick up their checks any time after 10 AM on Wednesdays with a photo ID. If there is a major holiday that week, it could affect the pay day. Please contact your closest branch for more information.

Do you offer any other industry-type jobs?

Forge Industrial Staffing focuses primarily on light industrial work.

 

At Forge Industrial Staffing, we pride ourselves on having the resources of a large-scale staffing agency while having the personal touch of a specialty agency. Our qualified staff will work with you to find the right job, or right employees for you.

To learn more how Forge Industrial Staffing can help you with your job search, visit https://forgestaff.com or visit one of our 13 locations in Indiana and Michigan. Employers can learn more at https://forgestaff.com/clients/

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Choose Forge For Your Staffing Needs This Year

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Has your company spent enough precious time posting job listings, reviewing applicants, scheduling and performing interviews, when you could have been focusing on your company’s productivity? Make a change and choose Forge Industrial Staffing to assist you with your staffing needs this coming year.

Staffing agencies, such as ourselves can play a critical role in helping companies, like you, find talent. Forge is a specialized staffing agency that works with industrial staffing needs. We can provide a second level of assistance by filtering talent down to those that are a better match for your company. Generally, qualified applicants will choose to work with us because of our knowledge of the industrial industry. This two-way street creates a more efficient process for connecting employees and employers.

We base much of our reputation on the success of employee/employer matches. If we have multiple candidates we believes are ready to hit the ground running, we will only present those who can immediately be an asset to the company.

Finally, it’s important for us to have a close relationship with hiring managers in the area. By creating and strengthening these relationships, we can better gain a feel for the types of candidates the employer is looking for and can even contact a hiring manager when a new job seeker is available.

At Forge Industrial Staffing, we pride ourselves on having the resources of a large-scale staffing agency while having the personal touch of a specialty agency. Our qualified staff will work with you to find the right job, or right employees for you.

To learn more how Forge Industrial Staffing can help you with your job search, visit https://forgestaff.com or visit one of our 13 locations in Indiana and Michigan. Employers can learn more at https://forgestaff.com/clients/

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Refer a Friend and Receive a Bonus!

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Think you have someone in mind that would enjoy working with Forge Industrial Staffing as much as you do? Refer them to us! We are always seeking valuable employees just like you!

Did you know you can earn money by referring people to us? With the Forge Referral Program, you can! For each referral employed by Forge Industrial Staffing for a minimum of two (2) days, you will receive a bonus (amount depending on location).

In order to be qualified for the bonus, you must turn in a referral form at the time the referred employee is orientated. Additional referral slips are available at your local Forge Industrial Staffing branch location.

For more information about the Forge Referral Program, please give your nearest branch a call: forgestaff.com/our-locations.

 

If you are interested in finding work with Forge Industrial Staffing, please apply online with us today at, forgestaff.com/apply!

At Forge Industrial Staffing, we pride ourselves on having the resources of a large-scale staffing agency while having the personal touch of a specialty agency. Our qualified staff will work with you to find the right job, or right employees for you.

To learn more how Forge Industrial Staffing can help you with your job search, visit https://forgestaff.com or visit one of our 13 locations in Indiana and Michigan. Employers can learn more at https://forgestaff.com/clients/

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Maximize your Recruiting Efforts with Forge Industrial Staffing

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Recruiting for temporary positions can sometimes seem like an impossible task. People tend to search for full-time employment instead of temporary, making it more difficult to fill those temporary openings. Once you’ve found people interested in the position, you have to weed through them by interviewing them and seeing who would be most qualified for the job. The whole process can take up valuable time that could be focused somewhere else within the company, so why not eliminate the process completely?

Forge Industrial Staffing is here to eliminate the hassle of finding people to fill your temporary positions. Forge Industrial Staffing is a professional staffing agency with 13 offices throughout Indiana and Michigan. Human Resource Managers turn to us when production is suffering due to lack of people, they are frustrated with spending too much of their time hiring entry level positions, their current vendor isn’t providing creative solutions, or doesn’t have the experience to address the challenges of today’s tough labor market, etc.

Clients of Forge find value in our client focus, our focus on industrial placement, our extended hours of operation, how quickly we respond to client communications, long term partnerships, the tenure of staff which brings deeps knowledge of our industry, and the fact that we love what we do and care deeply about our work.

Need a few more reasons why you should trust your hiring process to us? We’ll give you a couple reasons.

 

Here to benefit you

A specialized staffing agency, such as Forge Industrial Staffing, understands that the hiring process can be stressful. The purpose of a staffing agency is removing this stress from your own responsibilities, so you can focus more on what’s important. The Forge team performs interviews, background checks, and proper placement within your company’s needs, so you know you can rely on us to get you the most eligible employee for the job.

 

Trust the interview process

Forge understands the importance of finding someone who’s going to play a role in the success of your company. Not only do we complete the interviewing process and background checks, but we also perform drug screenings so you know you have hard-working, responsible individuals working for you. We pride ourselves on finding individuals who have the same work ethic and values as we do

 

Know what we can provide you

You have an idea of the person you want to hire; all we want is to make sure we have an understanding of who that person is too. Part of maximizing your recruiting efforts with us is being specific and knowing what we specialize in. Forge Industrial Staffing is the most responsive provider of light industrial and manufacturing staffing. We specialize in providing employees on all shifts to manufacturing and warehouse facilities. To meet your expectations we both need to have a clear understanding of your specific needs. With that information, we can provide a tailored staffing solution to satisfy your own unique needs.

 

Stay connected with Forge Industrial Staffing

It’s important to stay in touch with us. You can gain valuable information about new employees that may fit your company, as well as having a resource when positions become available within the company if you stay in contact with Forge.  We are available from 5 am to midnight at most of our locations, with an answering service available after hours for emergency situations.

 

At Forge Industrial Staffing, we pride ourselves on having the resources of a large-scale staffing agency while having the personal touch of a specialty agency. Our qualified staff will work with you to find the right job, or right employees for you.

To learn how Forge Industrial Staffing can help you with your job search, visit https://forgestaff.com or visit one of our 13 locations in Indiana and Michigan. Employers can learn more at https://forgestaff.com/clients/

 

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Misconceptions about Temporary Employment

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There are a lot of misconceptions that surround the concept of temporary employment. Let’s face it, there’s no such thing as a, “permanent job” and the process of finding a job that’s close to, “permanent” can be strenuous. Choosing to look into temporary employment isn’t always the first option, but it can definitely be the easier one.
Misconceptions can turn a lot of people off from seeking temporary employment. It’s a possibility that these misconceptions are formed because of the lack of information people have about temporary employment. Below are some of the misconceptions people have about working for Forge Industrial Staffing.

Misconception #1 – You look less employable.
While employed by Forge, you may take on various job opportunities that all require different skill sets. Your opportunity to grow and learn new skills is endless with temporary employment. These skills learned can be beneficial later on as they can be listed on your resume for future job searches. Working for Forge does not make you less employable. You are still able to list the short-term jobs you accept as long as they lasted for 3 months or more.

Misconception #2 – Less pay.
With each job opportunity available comes a differently hourly rate. Forge Industrial Staffing receives multiple work orders throughout the day, all with different pay rates. You can specify with a Service Coordinator what type of pay you’re looking for, so they don’t offer you anything lower than your minimum.

Misconception #3 – Non-flexible schedules.
Everyone’s schedule is different that’s why it is beneficial to have job opportunities that are offered at different times of the day. At Forge, we have jobs offered on 1st shift, 2nd shift, and 3rd shift, giving you the opportunity to choose jobs that fit your schedule best.

Misconception #4 – Never leads to a permanent job.
One of the biggest misconceptions about temporary employment is that temporary jobs do not lead to permanent ones, which isn’t always true. There are actually a lot of people who end up being hired on full-time within the company they were employed. It is always a good idea to let a Service Coordinator know if you are looking for a temporary job that has the possibility of becoming permanent.

At Forge Industrial Staffing, we pride ourselves on having the resources of a large-scale staffing agency while having the personal touch of a specialty agency. Our qualified staff will work with you to find the right job, or right employees for you.

To learn how Forge Industrial Staffing can help you with your job search, visit https://forgestaff.com or visit one of our 13 locations in Indiana and Michigan. Employers can learn more at https://forgestaff.com/clients/

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How to Turn a Temporary Position into a Full-Time Job

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How to Turn a Temporary Position into a Full-Time Job

Temporary employee positions don’t always have the opportunity to turn into full-time job. Temporary positions do however, give you a great way to try out a company and see if they would be a good fit for you. So, how does one maximize their chances of turning a temporary position into a full- time job?

 

Do your research

If you’re looking for a full-time position, it’s important to know when a temporary position could potentially become one. Before accepting a temporary position, you’re going to want to look into the job in which you could be assigned too. You’re also going to try and figure out if the company that is looking for temps has in fact hired on people before for full-time positions. It’s important to know your skill set and how you can benefit a company with the skills you offer, so you’ll want to apply for positions that utilize them.

Get to know the company and its best people

This is also part of the research. Learn about the company and their values. Find out how they run and what works for them. You’re also going to want to know the people behind the name. Get to know the people that make the company run, such as the business owners, partners, managers and everyday employees. Learn from them and give them the opportunity to also learn something from you.

Go above and beyond

Each day, give 110% because how you start is a great indication for possible future employers about what kind of work they can expect from you. The more effort you put in to your work the more likely you will be noticed by someone above you. Make sacrifices to get where you want to be. If you have to skip lunch to get something done, do it. If you have to come in early, or stay late, make it happen. It’s important that employers see that you are willing to make these sacrifices and are dedicated to the work you do for the company.

Earn the right to be heard

You have ideas too; express them. If you possibly think that your idea for the company could potentially boost their success, then do it. An employer will have more respect for you and will be more willing to hear you out if they know you’re only speaking for the good of the company. This will potentially give you a better chance of having your name mentioned when employers are deciding to hire more people.

Communicate your interest in full-time employment

Of course, more than anything, you’re going to want to express your interest in full-time employment to Forge Industrial Staffing and or the hiring manager of the company in which you are assigned. Make sure they know that you enjoy working for the company and would definitely take the opportunity to become full-time. If you do this, and put in 110%, there’s no questioning that you’re going to be on the employers radar.

 

Now, we’re not saying that doing all of these things will guarantee you becoming a full-time employee, but it does give you a better chance of being front-runner at hiring time.

At Forge Industrial Staffing, we pride ourselves on having the resources of a large-scale staffing agency while having the personal touch of a specialty agency. Our qualified staff will work with you to find the right job, or right employees for you.

To learn how Forge Industrial Staffing can help you with your job search, visit https://forgestaff.com or visit one of our 13 locations in Indiana and Michigan. Employers can learn more at https://forgestaff.com/clients/

 

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4 Characteristics Every Valuable Employee Has

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There are certain characteristics that every hiring manager looks for when making a decision on whether or not to hire someone. Not every hiring manager is going to think alike, but more likely than not, they are going to consider hiring someone with these 4 characteristics, over someone without them.  

Communication Skills

This is near the top of virtually every manager’s list, because it truly is one of the most beneficial skills an employee can have. In any position that involves you interacting with a supervisor or coworker, it’s crucial to listen carefully and respond effectively, especially when instructions are involved, in order to be more efficient. It’s important that you are clear and confident when communicating your own observations and points of view and have the ability to participate in true two-way communication.

 

Reliability

We need to know we can rely on you to 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. You want to make sure you know how you are getting to and from work, so you’re not stuck trying to figure it out last minute. Also, have a system worked out to get the kids off to school and picked up in the afternoon.

 

Flexibility

Part of being a valuable employee is having the ability to be flexible. Even in the industrial field, workers are now expected to turn to be able to do a variety of tasks. An effective employee can learn new tasks quickly and shift gears easily. In fact, a variety of different tasks 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.

 

Cooperativeness

All of the above qualities are a part of getting along with everyone on the job, whether that your supervisors, managers, or coworkers. Cooperative employees can accept supervision and criticism. They’re willing to follow someone else’s procedures to achieve another’s goal without complaint. Sometimes this requires teamwork and cooperation with peers. Sometimes it’s following instructions to the best of your ability.

 

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.

 

Forge Industrial Staffing has been a leader in the staffing industry since 1995 and still growing! We take pride in our community involvement by not only helping individuals find short and long term employment, but also working with organizations in our community that do everything from helping to feed the hungry, to making sure that families find presents under their trees at Christmas time.

What Forge has to offer you : Paid holidays, vacation pay, health insurance, referral bonus program, employee of the month, employee appreciation days and a weekly pay by check, direct deposit or paycard!

To learn more how Forge Industrial Staffing can help you with your job search, visit https://forgestaff.com or visit one of our 13 locations in Indiana and Michigan. Employers can learn more at https://forgestaff.com/clients/