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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/

 

Forge Tips for Going Green This Spring

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When it comes to living a green lifestyle, many find it can be difficult to maintain good habits at work. Did you know that you can practice this lifestyle inside of work as well as outside? No matter where you work, there’s always the opportunity to make your office a little more earth friendly. Forge is always looking for new ways to, “go green” within the workplace. Here are a few helpful tips to help ensure that your company is doing everything it can to reduce its carbon footprint.

 

Recycle

Talk to the maintenance and operations personnel at your company to find out where all of those bottles and cans are going. If they’re not going to a recycling plant, then make it your priority to take them there yourself. If there’s not already a place (bin, box, etc.) to put recyclables, start one. By creating a designated area to place recyclables, you’re encouraging others to start recycling as well by making it easier for them to place their plastic somewhere else besides the trash can.

 

Pack a lunch using reusable containers

Packing a lunch with reusable containers eliminates the need to throw away the unnecessary packaging that comes along with buying a lunch. Instead of having to throw away extra packaging every day for lunch, think about using reusable containers to bring your lunch to work. Nowadays many of these containers are microwave friendly. If you are unable to bring your lunch and have to buy a lunch, you can still help the environment by recycling the packaging afterwards.

 

Swapping out paper cups

It can be difficult to get off the paper cup train, but making an effort to use the same reusable cup every day can inspire others too. Over the course of a year, you’ll have saved hundreds of paper products by simply using your own mug and/or reusable water bottle. Make sure you are bringing in a reusable bottle and not a non-reusable bottle. Bringing in a non-reusable bottle defeats the purpose of eliminating plastic waste.

 

Reuse Paper

Before tossing a sticky note, or piece of paper into the recycling bin, consider whether the other side can be reused for scrap paper. Why waste a perfectly good piece of paper, because you only wrote on one side of it? Another thing to think about is printing paper. When you’re printing out documents that are longer than one page, ensure that you’re using both sides of the paper when you’re setting up the document print format on your computer.

 

Going green within your company doesn’t have to be complicated and it doesn’t have to be a drag. Sustainability in the workplace can be fun and easy, and it can provide excellent new ways to bond with your employees.


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/

 

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/

 

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/

 

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/

Walking Into Forge Industrial Staffing Prepared

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Staffing agencies are here to help people be successful and find work. They give you the opportunity to showcase your skills to some of the top companies in the area. There’s also a great opportunity for growth within a staffing agency. Though you are likely to start off as a temporary employee, there’s the possibility of becoming a long-term one. 

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. Forge Industrial Staffing requires that applicants be at least 18-years-old and be able to provide two forms of employee verification in order to apply. We will also ask the three following questions in order to get a better understanding of which positions are going to fit you best.

Questions they may ask :

  • What’s your availability like?  Since there are so many job opportunities at different times of the day, a Service Coordinator is going to want to find a position that fits your schedule. They understand that you may have a family to take care of outside of work and want to do the best they can giving you the best work opportunities available. Many staffing agencies offer 1st, 2nd, and 3rd shift opportunities, giving everyone the opportunity to work if they wanted too.
  • 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. They’ll be able to find you jobs that better fit your needs if they know of your transportation situation. 
  • 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. If you know you’re going to be busy tomorrow for a certain time period, you will not want to agree to start a job then. Our Service Coordinators are going to want to know the earliest you can start and what shift is going to work best for you, so they can fit the job availability to your schedule.

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/

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 of 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.

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/