Spring has sprung and summer is right around the corner.
As the weather gets warmer, job hunting is often the last thing on our minds. As our thoughts turn to the beach, picnics, campfires and vacations, it is also important to remember that there is never a bad time of year to seek out employment – whether you want to start something new, find something better or find something perfect for you for the first time.
While some employers may see summer as a “slower” season, others (depending on the industry) may find it is one of their busiest times. (Think theme parks, summer camps/programs, airports, landscaping, construction… the list goes on!)
Here, at Merry Targeted Staffing, we are no exception. We have plenty of openings available and we welcome you to apply!
In the event you do decide to meet with a recruiter at an agency, as with any potential employer, there are a few things you may want to keep in mind when going in for your initial interview.
- Arrive On Time: This one may seem like a no-brainer. But if you have an appointment scheduled for a specific time, be there at that time. In fact, arrive early. It shows that you are already taking any potential opportunities seriously and that you are courteous enough to care about your potential employer’s time.
- If You Are Running Late: Just give the office a call and let the person know you are running late and how long it will be until you will get there. We understand that traffic happens and people get lost. Just be thoughtful enough to let the company know with as much time as you can give them in advance.
- Attire: You may be applying for a job that requires a uniform. You may be applying for a job that requires work boots and jeans. It may not matter what you wear when you are placed in a position. However, upon your first meeting with your recruiter or potential employer, it is always a good idea to dress neatly and in a professional manner. A lot of people carry the notion, that a “staffing agency” does not care how you present yourself because you are just a “body” that they will put to work doing whatever they need done. This is simply not true. They genuinely want to find you the best job possible based on your experience, skill set and interests.
- Identification: Staffing agencies often like to get paperwork done upon your initial visit. Even if you were not asked, it is a good idea to bring your legal identification documents for work. If you are unsure of what these are, just ask!
- Manners: As with any employer, the people you interact with are forming an impression about the type of worker you will be based on how you behave. Something as simple as pulling a chair out and forgetting to put it back after you are done with an application can come across as rude or disrespectful. Be polite! Make sure you have a firm handshake, look your interviewer in the eye when you speak, close doors behind you… all of these small things can really make or break your interview. And remember, anyone you come across in the building may have an influence on you getting hired – so be nice to the receptionist as you are to the CEO.
- Don’t Complain: Often times (especially depending the type of role you are applying for), there is a lot of paperwork required up front. Don’t complain and do the best you can to complete what is given to you. If you are unsure about how to complete a form, ask for help. A recruiter or staff member will be happy to help you with any form that is given to you.
- Be Patient: After the interview is over, the interviewer may thank you and say that they will be in touch. They may even tell you to check back in after a certain amount of time. Sometimes, it takes a while for your application to be processed completely or your resume to be considered. It may have to cross a number of desks before a decision will be made or a 2nd interview is requested. It is certainly advisable to check in within a week or so to inquire about your application status. However, it is not advisable to continually check in on a daily basis. Once a week is plenty – it lets the employer know that you are truly interested in the work and still available.
- Background Checks: When you complete your paperwork, you will be asked to consent to a background screen. Please remember that if you have a criminal background, it is not necessarily a deal breaker. Some companies will overlook certain charges while others do not require a background screen at all. While it is true that many of our clients require a clean background (typically 5-7 years), we understand that we all make mistakes and we will always do our best to find you the right position.
With offices in both Manchester and Putnam, we are eager to meet with new people as well as reunite with familiar faces. As you think about planning your summer trips to the beach, take a minute to think about your employment as well this season! We will be waiting to hear from you and thank you in advance for considering Merry Targeted Staffing for your employment/hiring needs!