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Tips for Job Seekers

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/

Your Golden Opportunity May Be Waiting For You at Forge

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Everyone deserves a little luck when it comes to their job search. For some the process only takes a couple months, while others it can take over a year finding a job and one they actually enjoy going to. One of the many benefits of working with a Forge Industrial Staffing is our ability to assist you with your job search while giving you the freedom to find the job opportunity that fits you best. At Forge, we utilize all of our valuable resources to help assist you take that first step toward your new career. Let Forge help you get lucky in your job search this spring with these few helpful tips.

 

Be prepared for your first visit/call with Forge

Not sure what job opportunities we have available? Our website, forgestaff.com, has all of our current job opportunities listed on it for each of our branch locations. Before stopping in, or giving us a call, we advise you to check out all of our current job opportunities available to see if any of them would be a good fit for you. Our available positions change daily, so it’s best to look the day you’re planning on contacting us.   

Our Service Coordinators at Forge Industrial Staffing don’t really know you, or your capabilities. They’re going to start off by having you apply, so that they can get some more information about you. To save you some time, apply online on our website at, forgestaff.com/apply, before coming in, or giving us a call. In order to get a better understanding of which positions are going to fit you and your schedule best, Service Coordinators will also be asking the following questions.

  • What’s your availability like?
    Since there are many job opportunities at different times of the day, a Service Coordinator is going to want to find a position that fits your schedule and works out for you best.
  • Do you have reliable transportation?
    Not every job opportunity is located on the bus line, so it’s important for a Service Coordinator to know if you have a reliable form of transportation or not. If you don’t have a reliable form of transportation, they’re not going to be able to offer you a job that isn’t located on the bus line.
  • When can you start?
    This question plays into your availability. New jobs are always becoming available, meaning you have a higher chance of starting sooner than later. You’re going to want to make sure that you know you’re time commitment to a job before you start it.

 

Attend networking events (job fairs / open interviews etc.)

Did you know that each of our Forge Industrial Staffing locations participate in multiple job fairs a month? Job fairs are a great tool for us to use when assisting our clients in filling their staffing needs, and it’s a great way for those seeking employment to get information about various job opportunities.

Since there are so many people that visit these job fairs, it’s more than likely that there will be people interested in the same opening as you. At an event like this, it’s important that you stand out from the crowd. Some tips to help you do just that include, dressing for success, conducting yourself professionally, having confidence, and polishing up your resume.

You wouldn’t think that interviews would be considered, “networking” but they actually are. At Forge, we allow you to come in and interview at any time. Once you’ve applied online you either have the option of scheduling an appointment to come in and interview with us, or stopping in and interviewing when you’re free. Interviews give you opportunity to meet face to face with a Service Coordinator, so they actually get to know you. Our open door interviews allow you to stop in our office at any time to meet with one of our Service Coordinators while eliminating the extra step of having to schedule an appointment.

You don’t want to miss our next open interview day or job fair we’re going to be having/attending. Follow your local Forge Facebook page to find out details and dates of all Forge events. You can also find all the events Forge Industrial Staffing will be participating in on the Facebook brand page, facebook.com/ForgeIndustrialStaffing/events!

 

Polish your resume

Many of the job opportunities Forge has to offer doesn’t require you to provide a resume, but it’s always best to keep one polished and ready to go in case an event, like a job fair comes up unexpectedly. Polishing your resume means making sure it’s up-to-date with your skills and experience listed from most recent to least recent. All experience is good experience, so it’s important that you include any and every job opportunity that you’ve had.

Whether we ask for one or not, it doesn’t hurt to stop by our table at a job fair and provide us with a resume. By doing so, you’re reassured knowing that we physically have something of yours that we can remember you by.

 

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 forgestaff.com or visit one of our 13 locations in Indiana and Michigan. Employers can learn more at forgestaff.com/clients/.

Forge Benefits

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Have you heard about all of the benefits that Forge Industrial  Staffing has to offer you? Besides being able to offer various job opportunities for you to choose from, we also offer great benefits, such as the ones listed below.

Paid Holidays

Forge employees get paid for the following holidays upon completing 1,000 hours of service : New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Vacation Pay

Forge employees earn a one week paid vacation after 2,000 hours of service.

Health Insurance

All active, hourly-paid Forge Industrial Staffing employees are eligible to participate in a health insurance plan. The premium payments are deducted from each paycheck. The health plan covers doctor office visits, prescription medicine, hospitalization, maternity care and provides options for life and accidental death benefit, dental and vision benefit, and short term disability benefit.

Referral Bonus Program

We continue to search for valuable employees like you!

If you have a friend or a relative that is interested, refer them to us. For each referral employed by Forge Industrial Staffing for a minimum of two (2) days, you will receive a bonus (amount depending on location). Referral form must be turned in at the time referred employee is orientated. Additional referral slips are available at the Forge office.

Employee of the Month

Every month, each office chooses an “Employee of the Month,” who receives a cash award and recognition. Selection is based on hours worked, attendance, client feedback and work performance.

Get Paid Weekly!

In addition to direct deposit and regular checks, Forge Industrial Staffing is now offering you a great new benefit — getting paid on the rapid! PayCard® Mastercard® Card. You can have your pay automatically deposited to the paycard, giving you instant access to your money the morning of every payday.

 

No more standing in line to cash checks

No more check-cashing fees

No more coming to work to pick up your check

No more lost checks

 

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/

 

Forge Industrial Staffing Safety Tips

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Safety at Forge Industrial Staffing is our number one priority. It is our goal to have each and every one of our employees placed in a safe environment. Most industrial jobs have inherent risks that can lead to serious injury if an employee is not following the proper steps. Every accident and injury is preventable on some level, and the first step in prevention is to continuously be aware of the dangers that are part of any work environment. Below are some simple guidelines that will help you keep Safety First!

 

Wear Your Safety Equipment

Always wear proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as directed by Forge or our client. Your local Forge office keeps a stock of common safety equipment that is available to anyone working a current assignment. Even if other employees are not wearing the PPE properly, make sure that you are always doing so and that you understand the requirement for where and when PPE is to be worn.

 

Lift With Your Legs

Always follow proper form – lift with your legs, not your back. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Materials that weigh more than 50 lbs. in most cases should be lifted by more than one person in tandem. If something is too heavy for you, bring that to the attention of your supervisor immediately.

 

Be Aware of Chemicals

Every company maintains Material Safety Data Sheets for the materials used at their location and are familiar with any dangers those chemicals pose. Always handle any chemicals – whether they’re in liquid or powder form – in accordance with the guidelines of the job site.

 

Lock Out/Tag Out

When working with machinery, make sure that you are familiar with the machine’s safety features and the lock-out/tag-out process for that equipment.
Never operate any machinery that does not appear to be guarded properly, where the guards do not appear to be operating or if the machine appears to be malfunctioning. Bring the situation to the attention of a supervisor immediately.

 

Work Smart

Use proper ergonomics. Always standing or sitting the exact same way can potentially put undue stress on some parts of your body. Do some form of stretching before your shift for the muscle groups that you’ll be using in your job. Vary your position, even if only for 10 minutes during an hour, to help promote circulation and relieve stress on muscles in the arms, back and legs.

When working in a repetitive fashion, particularly with the hands and wrists, learn ways to vary your approach in order to rest the joints and muscles. Most locations have a good understanding of ways to work smart to prevent injuries from becoming a problem for their workforce…never be afraid to ask someone for advice.

 

In Case of Injury

If you are ever injured while working through Forge, even in a minor way, report the situation to your supervisor and Forge immediately to determine the level of medical attention needed.

At the medical facility, you will have to submit to a drug/alcohol test. When you are released, report back to Forge with any medical documentation. If you are restricted to light duty work, an assignment that meets your restriction guidelines will be provided if one is available.

 

Remember, it is your responsibility to report an occurrence to Forge. Never rely on anyone else to do so. Be prepared that Forge will ask you to come to our office to complete all necessary paperwork and will direct you for medical treatment if needed.

 

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/

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/

 

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/

 

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/

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/

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/

 

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/