Tips for Job Seekers

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


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

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

Opportunities with Forge Industrial Staffing

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Job searching can be an overwhelming process, especially when you’ve spent months focusing on it. You’ve applied for numerous jobs, but haven’t heard back from any of them. This happens to more people than you think, so don’t let this discourage you; you’re not alone. If you feel you’ve wasted countless  hours of your day searching for jobs, it may be time to look into getting some assistance with that step. That’s what we are here for.

Did you know that many companies don’t post their available positions for people to openly apply to? These companies don’t want to go through the extra steps of the hiring process, such as the pre-screening process and interviews. Instead, they leave the work to a staffing agency, to find the best people to fill those positions and take care of the other aspects of the hiring process.

Specialized staffing agencies, like us, get to know the personality and skill set of each of the job seekers they work with. By understanding who you are and matching you with the various job opportunities they currently know about, they are able to place a new hire in far less time than traditional methods. 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.

Staffing agencies, such as our self, can assist with various job seeker situations. 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.  If you’re looking for temporary or contract work we can find those opportunities for you. With temporary work, the employee and employer have the chance to determine if it’s a good match. The company may then decide to offer the employee a permanent position if they feel the employee is a good fit. With contracted work, a company will bring in employees for a set amount of time, or month-to-month. These type of positions typically don’t evolve into permanent positions.

If you’re tired of handling the job search all on your own, maybe it’s time to take advantage of our free service. No matter the type of position you’re looking for, we’d be happy to assist you in your search!

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


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

Recent Graduates and the Benefits of Using Forge Industrial Staffing

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Almost everyone’s goal toward the end of their college career is having that first job opportunity lined up, so they are able to put their knowledge learned in school to use.  After spending thousands of dollars on a piece of paper that is supposed to guarantee you employment once you graduate, it can be quite a relief knowing that you will have a job once you’ve completed. Recent statistics show that, unfortunately, it’s more likely you will spend a few months looking for a job than actually being employed right out of college. Now, that might seem a little discouraging, we understand, but to keep that discouragement at a minimum, we want you to be comfortable knowing that there ARE other options.

Did you ever think about looking into a staffing agency? Probably not, and that’s okay! Many people don’t realize the fact that staffing agencies know the employment market better than anyone and can connect you to jobs for which you are qualified. We are basically a foot in the door opportunity for college graduates and… we’re a free to use! At Forge Industrial Staffing, we can assess your skills and help you find a job easier by matching your skills to the jobs we have available. A few months of searching for an employment opportunity isn’t the most efficient option, but we might be! With our knowledge of the surrounding market and the job opportunities out there, we can find the best ones that fit your skill set, saving you the time you would of spent searching.

You may feel as though using a staffing agency is letting someone else take control of finding a job for you, but in the end, you are the one to decide if an opportunity is going to work for you or not. Here at Forge, we offer a variety of positions in various fields, such as, automotive, assembly, warehouse, greenhouse etc. Though many of the positions we offer may not relate to your area of studies, it’s still beneficial to get the experience, while making some money searching for your dream job. Who knows, maybe you’ll enjoy the position your placed in, be hired in to the company, and move on up in it. Everyone’s experience with us is different, but we can guarantee that everyone’s experience is an enjoyable one.


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


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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