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Be Kind, Respectful and Support One Another

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Like we’ve said before, it’s important that we be there for one another during this trying time. Restaurants, bars, and other small businesses took a big hit when they were mandated to close more than a week ago. Many of these restaurants and bars have come up with other ways to support themselves by offering services they’ve never done before such as, take-out and delivery. Just because you can’t eat at your favorite restaurant doesn’t mean you can’t have their food, or drink.  There are some restaurants that have created designated pick up spots, so they can bring your food to you without actually coming into contact with you. Other restaurants are offering restaurant-made meal kits to take home and make yourself, which is also a great activity to pass time. It’s vital that we still do our best to try and support our local restaurants and bars in any way we can. If you’re not comfortable leaving the house to get pick up food, you may also support local business by buying their merchandise or gift cards to use at a later time. If you don’t have the funds to purchase anything from them at this moment, take a moment to share a post on social media encouraging others to do so. It may not seem like much, but it’s still support for those who need it most. It’s the little things that make a big impact in the end.

When we say we’re all in this together, we really are ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. What is affecting your right now in during this time, whether it be stress, anxiety, or fear, could just as likely be affecting someone else as well. That’s why it’s so important that we continue to be supportive, kind, and respectful to one another. This isn’t an easy situation for anyone to go through. Some of us may be still working while others are required to stay home. No matter the situation you are in, please remember to be respectful to everyone around you. Say thank you more than you normally would. Thank the employees at the grocery store stocking shelves to keep up with the demand. Thank your local delivery man, cop, or fireman. It’s as simple as sharing a shout out on social media to all those who are still working. Encourage one another to show a little extra appreciation during this time. Those little acts of appreciation is what keeps them going.

Please continue washing your hands and sanitizing, as this is one of the most effective ways of preventing the spread of the virus.

If your job was recently affected by the outbreak, Forge has temporary jobs available to help you get through this.

Apply online today at: forgestaff.com/apply

Introducing the New Forge Mobile App

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Did you hear the news?! Forge Industrial Staffing now has their very own mobile app; making it easier now more than ever to find a job! Use our new mobile app to connect with on of our 13 branches in Indiana or Michigan and apply to open positions with a single click.

Our new mobile app gives you’re the freedom to job search anytime, anywhere, right on your phone. Find job opportunities available for you right in your area based off the location set in your own personal profile. Search through lists of job opportunities right in the palm of your hand, while avoiding the hassle of having to stop in the office to see what new opportunities we have available.

You will receive a notification as soon as jobs are published on the app. View the details of the job opportunity you’re most interested in by clicking on it within the list. From there you can tell us you’re interested with a click. The jobs you are interested in will be listed under “My Jobs,” so that you can easily review the details later.

Connecting with our Service Coordinators is easy and stress-free. Just click on a new message and you are instantly connected with our top Service Coordinators at a branch of your choice. You will also receive message with job opportunities that we have available.

Download our free mobile app today to get started on your way toward a new career! Our mobile app is now available to download in the Google Play store, as well as the Apple App store.

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 the right employees for you.

No matter where you are in your job search, whether you’re just starting out or you’re just looking for a better opportunity, Forge Industrial Staffing has hundreds of positions to meet every need. Experience the Forge difference today and see how we are Changing Lives, One Job at a Time.

Apply online at: forgestaff.com/apply

Employers can learn more at: forgestaff.com/clients

 

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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. 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. 

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.

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 the right employees for you.

No matter where you are in your job search, whether you’re just starting out or you’re just looking for a better opportunity, Forge Industrial Staffing has hundreds of positions to meet every need. Experience the Forge difference today and see how we are Changing Lives, One Job at a Time.

Apply online at: forgestaff.com/apply

Employers can learn more at: forgestaff.com/clients

 

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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.

Reliability

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.

Flexibility

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.

Initiative

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.

Cooperativeness

All of the above are part of getting along with everyone on the job: supervisors, co-workers, and customers. 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.

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 the right employees for you.

No matter where you are in your job search, whether you’re just starting out or you’re just looking for a better opportunity, Forge Industrial Staffing has hundreds of positions to meet every need. Experience the Forge difference today and see how we are Changing Lives, One Job at a Time.

Apply online at: forgestaff.com/apply

Employers can learn more at: forgestaff.com/clients

 

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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.

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 the right employees for you.

No matter where you are in your job search, whether you’re just starting out or you’re just looking for a better opportunity, Forge Industrial Staffing has hundreds of positions to meet every need. Experience the Forge difference today and see how we are Changing Lives, One Job at a Time.

Apply online at: forgestaff.com/apply

Employers can learn more at: forgestaff.com/clients

 

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Five Smart Ways to Stand Out at a Job Fair

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

Dress Appropriately for the Job You Seek

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

Polish Your Resume

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

Conduct Yourself Professionally

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

Address Potential Employers With Confidence

Approach each potential employer with a firm handshake and direct eye contact, introduce yourself with a well-rehearsed pitch that quickly sells you as a potential candidate and be sure to address the company representative with respect at all times.

Follow Up

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

A Successful Career Awaits

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

Sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gianna-sengupta/9-ways-to-stand-out-at-a-_b_6084874.html

http://info.theladders.com/career-advice/recruiter-advice-stand-out-at-job-fair

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 the right employees for you.

No matter where you are in your job search, whether you’re just starting out or you’re just looking for a better opportunity, Forge Industrial Staffing has hundreds of positions to meet every need. Experience the Forge difference today and see how we are Changing Lives, One Job at a Time.

Apply online at: forgestaff.com/apply

Employers can learn more at: forgestaff.com/clients

 

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Spring Clean Your Job Search

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With the advent of spring, many people start a list of chores that need to be completed at home. But, homeowners are not the only people who need to worry about spring cleaning. As someone looking for work, you also need to conduct a thorough spring cleaning every year to keep yourself ready for opportunities that could arise in the months ahead. You should take advantage of spring as an opportunity to update resumes, network with prospective employers, and polish your online presence. Successfully completing spring cleaning this year can help simplify future job searches.

Declutter Your Resume

Many employees accumulate new credentials they want to add to their resume each year, and busy people rarely have the time to go back to decide which items to remove. While most individuals seeking employment want to write a whole book describing their accomplishments, the reality is that resumes shouldn’t be longer than two pages. To ensure that employers see everything you have to offer, prioritize your credentials so that the most important items are apparent. Each spring aim to declutter your resume so that it’s ready for the next big opportunity.

Refresh Your Job Network

Networking is a critical aspect of finding a job, but most employees neglect this important activity. Finding a job is not as simple as sending in an application because human relationships ultimately drive employment. Therefore, relationships must be nurtured throughout an employee’s career to ensure the steady availability of jobs. Refreshing your network, then, is another good job search tip to follow during your job search spring cleaning.

Clean Up Your Online Presence

An individual’s appearance online can have a significant impact on employability. Many employers check social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. Job seekers who have published work demonstrating their expertise are more likely to successfully find an employer. Instead of taking a gamble on an employee who might not be a real expert, employers prefer to hire someone whose capabilities they can verify online. Many employees have had success by creating a website to post some of their best work. Remove negative information from the Internet to prevent losing a potential opportunity. If you’re seeking a job, make sure you clean up your digital presence for future employers who might look online.

Job Search Tips

If you recognize that the process of finding work has changed, you’ll have a significant advantage in today’s job market. As a prospective employee, you need to update information about yourself more often to stay current in a fast-paced economy. Those who learn to adapt to employer expectations can thrive; investing a small amount of effort each spring can yield significant benefits in the future.

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 the right employees for you.

No matter where you are in your job search, whether you’re just starting out or you’re just looking for a better opportunity, Forge Industrial Staffing has hundreds of positions to meet every need. Experience the Forge difference today and see how we are Changing Lives, One Job at a Time.

Apply online at: forgestaff.com/apply

Employers can learn more at: forgestaff.com/clients

 

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How to Write Emails Like a Pro

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First came the Stone Age, then the Bronze Age, and finally, the Iron Age. It would be fairly difficult for anyone to argue that we aren’t currently existing in the Computer Age, as these devices seem to have become present in nearly all facets of our lives, from landing airplanes to video chatting with Grandma. Therefore, it’s no wonder that regardless of which industry you work in, computers are part of the job search process.

What does this mean for you? Well, at some point or another on your quest to find employment, odds are that you’re going to have to write an email. If you follow our email writing tips, your job search is sure to be much easier.

There’s a handful of common mistakes that people tend to make when emailing a prospective employer for the first time (or the second, or the third). Make sure that you stand out from the crowd by avoiding these kinds of mistakes.

Typos. You have used spell check before sending out that email, right? Of course you have, but be aware that sometimes spell check isn’t enough. Your computer can only search for single words that it thinks are spelled incorrectly, but sometimes that means a word might slip through the cracks. For example, a spell checker won’t recognize “a quip” as being misspelled, even if you were trying to write “equip.” Read over your email, cover letter, and resume carefully.

Where did that attachment go? It might sound silly, but people forget to include their attachments all the time (and then wonder why they aren’t hearing back from a company). Even if you realize shortly after sending the email, pulling one of those “Whoops, sorry, I forgot it!” follow-up emails isn’t doing you any favors. Remember it the first time.

Don’t tell them your life story. Keep your emails short, snappy, and on-point. If you had to print out your email, would your printer run out of ink? You’ve probably written too much. Only say what is necessary in the most clear, concise way possible. Odds are your potential employer is reviewing dozens if not hundreds of messages, so make yours easy for them.

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 the right employees for you.

No matter where you are in your job search, whether you’re just starting out or you’re just looking for a better opportunity, Forge Industrial Staffing has hundreds of positions to meet every need. Experience the Forge difference today and see how we are Changing Lives, One Job at a Time.

Apply online at: forgestaff.com/apply

Employers can learn more at: forgestaff.com/clients

 

Q&A: Getting Employment with Forge

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Exactly what is a staffing firm and how does it work for me?

When you sign with a staffing firm, you have initiated a relationship with an agency that already has strong relationships with employers. Forge Industrial Staffing connects qualified candidates with employers offering light industrial jobs. Our reputation is dependent on the level of talent we provide. That’s why if you pass muster, rest assured we will represent you to the best of our abilities and get you to the best companies and temp jobs.

Are there any charges or fees I need to worry about?

Forge has no fees. Forge operates on a contingency basis only. That means the client pays when we fill their open positions. You only have to worry about being prepared to show our clients you’re the best employee they can get.

Why wouldn’t I just look for a job myself?

You certainly could, but the benefits of using a good staffing agency cannot be measured.

Forge can reach hiring managers a lot faster than you can. We also provide a level of expertise in recruitment that help avoid mistakes.
1. You’re going to have a difficult time finding temp jobs on the Internet. Almost all positions are channeled through agencies like Forge. A staffing agency is more likely to connect you with a job than you making phone calls and answering job posts.
2. An agency can provide job search tips to maximize the possibility of finding the best light industrial jobs.
3. It’s not unusual for Forge candidates to be hired after proving their mettle. If you are between jobs, going through a staffing agency could be the first step to closing that gap.

How can I increase the chances I will find work with Forge?

While Forge cannot guarantee a position at any given time, here are some job search tips.
• Wear appropriate clothing for industrial environments.
• Have your photo ID.
• Be prepared to submit to a drug screening.

While we will do most of the heavy lifting, taking the initiative to be in the office and ready to work greatly increases your chances of finding employment.

Is there anything else I need to know?

Forge can be more than an outlet to temp jobs. Our Service Coordinators can be excellent conduits for everything from preparing for you for an interview to polishing your resume. Use our deep network to see trends, meet the right people and get a huge advantage over candidates using conventional methods to find industrial jobs.

I’m sold. What do I do next?

Check out what Forge can do. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Forge Industrial Staffing. Once you know what you’re getting into fill out our online application.

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 the right employees for you.

No matter where you are in your job search, whether you’re just starting out or you’re just looking for a better opportunity, Forge Industrial Staffing has hundreds of positions to meet every need. Experience the Forge difference today and see how we are Changing Lives, One Job at a Time.

Apply online at: forgestaff.com/apply

Employers can learn more at: forgestaff.com/clients

 

 

5 Steps to Make your Workplace Greener

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When it comes to living a green lifestyle, many find it can be difficult to maintain good habits at work. Here are some tips to help ensure that the business you work for is doing everything it can to reduce its carbon footprint.

Research the Recycling
Talk to the maintenance and operations people at your office. 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. Some employees have even made extra money this way, simply by taking bottles and cans to get recycled.

Coordinate Carpools and Public Transportation
Find out if your workplace provides incentives for employees who take public transit. Many offer some kind of subsidy to assist those who aren’t clogging the parking lot with their cars. If public transportation isn’t feasible for you, then figure out a way to carpool with co-workers who live near you.

Create a Clothing Drive
You may be surprised to discover that many of your co-workers throw out gently used clothing that could easily be given to a homeless shelter or donated to another great cause. In fact, it’s even estimated that a stunning 5 percent of all the items in landfills are textiles. Why not make your annual trip to Goodwill even more impressive? By setting up boxes for a clothing drive, you’ll help your co-workers to recycle their clothing. Since you’re doing all the legwork, there’s no reason for them not to bring their used clothes to work.

Use a Coffee Mug Instead of a Paper Cup
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.

Reuse Paper
Before tossing paper into the recycling bin, consider whether the other side can be reused for scrap paper. Also, when you’re printing out long manuals and other training materials, ensure that you’re using both sides of the paper when you’re setting up the document format on your computer.

Sustainability at work doesn’t have to be a drag. Being green in the workplace can be fun and easy, and it can provide excellent new ways to bond with your co-workers.

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 the right employees for you.

No matter where you are in your job search, whether you’re just starting out or you’re just looking for a better opportunity, Forge Industrial Staffing has hundreds of positions to meet every need. Experience the Forge difference today and see how we are Changing Lives, One Job at a Time.

Apply online at: forgestaff.com/apply

Employers can learn more at: forgestaff.com/clients

 

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