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Brookfield Zoo’s World Giraffe Day 2016 – June 18th, 2016

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Let’s celebrate the longest day of the year with the tallest animals in the world – and help protect them!

For the second year in a row, JobGiraffe will sponsor Brookfield Zoo’s annual World Giraffe Day celebration.  Conceived to raise awareness and funds for one of the world’s most impressive creatures, World Giraffe Day reminds us all to Reach Higher and contribute to the protection of our (and their!) environment.

JobGiraffe’s sponsorship of World Giraffe Day Celebration as well as the Brookfield Zoo’s Habitat Africa exhibit has been our most rewarding and meaningful partnership to date. We encourage everyone to visit the zoo for this unique celebration and to see these magnificent animals in person on June 18th.

To learn more about World Giraffe Day – and giraffe conservation in general – we encourage you to visit https://giraffeconservation.org/world-giraffe-day. And to learn more about Brookfield Zoo’s June 18th World Giraffe Day celebration and to see a full schedule of events please visit https://www.czs.org/Brookfield-ZOO/Events/Upcoming-Events/World-Giraffe-Day.

We hope to see you all there!

Benjamin Horwitz
Communications Director
JobGiraffe

JobGiraffe Continues to Grow!

We are so lucky to introduce the three newest members to our JobGiraffe “herd” – Carlin Federle, Kalynn Dodd and Kevin Beardsley.

Attach01Although Carlin comes to us from customer service within a major local firm, this is not her first time in the Recruiting and Staffing industry.  Out of college she was a Recruiting Assistant, and today she is very excited to step into a full-time Recruiter’s seat at JobGiraffe.  She is ready to help candidates find the job that’s right for them!

 

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Kalynn is a recent graduate from the University of Oklahoma where she double majored in Entrepreneurship and Management. She’s hoping this experience will give her the opportunity to not only meet candidates and help them take the next step in their own career path, but also help clients build their most valuable asset – their staff.

 

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Kevin is a new father looking to make his mark on the Recruiting and Staffing Industry with JobGiraffe. His innate interest in working with people and his extensive customer service experience has led him from a successful career in the Printing Industry to a new role within Recruiting and Staffing. JobGiraffe is proud to give him that opportunity!

 

We’re so lucky to have all three!

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From right to left, Carlin Federle, Kalynn Dodd, Kevin Beardsley and Charles Posner, Senior Recruiting and Staffing Consultant and their trainer!

JobGiraffe Gets Involved!

JobGiraffe values community service, charity and social action as we strive to be both good neighbors and responsible corporate citizens. We actively encourage our employees to volunteer within their communities and to support the causes they believe in. This year we would like to highlight three of our team members for the work they have done and are continuing to do!

Pam – Red Nose Day

Today is Red Nose Day, a day to come together and “fun-raise” to bring attention to childhood poverty and hunger around the globe, culminating in a live 2-hour television event tonight at 8pm Central on NBC. Red Nose Day has now grown into a major pop culture event attracting attention for celebrities such as Neil Patrick Harris and Julia Roberts and partnering with some of America’s most recognizable brands including Walgreens and Coca Cola. This year, our own Pam Wing took the initiative to coordinate our fundraising and social media efforts for Red Nose Day. For more information or to make a donation, please visit rednoseday.org.

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Zack – Bike 4 Life

Bike-4-Life_659830_imageBike 4 Life is a unique organization that brings together hobbyists and philanthropists in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. Bike 4 Life is a non-profit bike store that holds regular community outreach events and donates all of its profits to HIV research and awareness. Located at 3603 West Armitage Ave, Bike 4 Life performs repairs and accepts donations in a carefree, friendly and all-volunteer environment. Our own Zackary Wheeler has taken it upon himself to raise awareness for this one of a kind organization. To learn more visit bike4lifechicago.org.

Ben – Lakeside Congregation’s ‘Mitzvah Day’

In the Hebrew language, a mitzvah is a good deed or act of charity. On May 1st, our Communications Director, Ben Horwitz, had the opportunity to coordinate his congregation’s 16th annual Mitzvah Day event. During the course of the day over 100 volunteers were able to revitalize a local park, collect and sort over two carloads of clothing for the homeless and prepare 10,000 individual meals to help feed the world’s most vulnerable families. You can watch some of the highlights from Lakeside Congregation’s 2016 Mitzvah Day here: youtube.com/watch?v=fc0ZCw6UR4Y.

To Temp or Not to Temp? Let’s discuss the pros and the cons!

by Karen Rae Horwitz, President, JobGiraffe

We’ve all heard the adage that “it’s easier to get a job if you have a job.”  If you are not

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working currently and also feel you are not making real progress by just sending out resumes, finding temporary employment through a reputable staffing agency may be just what you need to jump-start your job search.

There are many good reasons for a job seeker to turn to temporary employment.  Possibly you plan to start school (or are still in school) and simply cannot commit to something for the long-term. Maybe you are moving to a different city and need income while you get settled and make new connections.  In fact, one of the most common reasons candidates choose temping is that it can be a great way to enter the workforce, especially if you have little to no work experience. It is also a terrific way to learn new skills, gain experience and make valuable connections.

Here are some common objections to pursuing a temporary position, and my responses to them.

Why should I take a position with an end date attached to it?

Temporary jobs aren’t always so temporary. In fact, many times you can keep the position for as long as you want. Also, when working with a staffing agency, you may be able to secure a new temp assignments so that you experience little to no gaps in your employment.  There is also the often overlooked fact that temporary jobs can often lead to permanent employment! Employers who are looking for temporary workers are, by definition, in need of more help, so if you can prove yourself to be a valuable asset during the term of your contract, many companies will choose to keep you on permanently. This happens routinely at JobGiraffe.

Should I take a job without health insurance, a pension plan or paid vacation time?

It is true that companies frequently do not offer benefits to temporary employees because, as a temporary worker, you are simply not eligible for them.  However, many temporary agencies are beginning to add benefits options for their temp workers, and due to recent changes in the law you may now be eligible for benefits offered through state healthcare exchanges. New options (available through the ACA) make it easier than ever to pick up a health plan in the private market, often at reduced or subsidized cost. As for the ability to add to a pension plan, it’s true you will not participate in one while temping, but by working temp you will still be making contributions to your social security account through payroll taxes (FICA) and you will have the ability to make contributions to an existing (or new) IRA account – and both are just as important to your future as having a defined pension program through an employer. As for not receiving vacation time (this is a very common myth), at JobGiraffe, and many other staffing agencies, you can accrue paid vacation time even as you work in temporary positions.

Won’t a temp job look bad on my resume?

Having temporary work in your background is 100% more beneficial than having unexplained gaps in your work history. Most employers have themselves worked temp at some point in their own career or have used temporary workers in their business. They understand that it is simply a fact of life in today’s labor market. Also, don’t think that just because it’s temp work it’s not a valuable experience.  Temp positions are often available because an employer requires a very specific set of skills or expertise at a given moment. Highlighting the accomplishments of your temp position is no less important than highlighting experienced gained through a full-time “permanent” position.  Never sell yourself or any of the experience you have accumulated short!

Taking a temporary job also reflects well upon your work ethic and your openness to take on new challenges. The adage that “it’s easier to get a job when you have a job” is still around for a reason. Having large gaps in your work history for no specific reason is considered by most hiring managers – rightly or wrongly – as a big potential red flag.

Hopefully I’ve dispelled some of the myths surrounding temporary employment and also touched on many of the benefits: learning new skills, making connections, achieving specific or tangible goals, etc.

Temporary jobs may not be for everyone, but in my opinion they should be seen as an important tool in your toolbox. If you’re looking for work, or want to change your employment situation, talking to a staffing agency about a temp position is a great way to “create your own good luck” and become a more engaged and proactive job seeker.

Reach Higher!

Karen Rae Horwitz
President
JobGiraffe

Lesser-Known (But Still Important!) Economic Indicators: Quits Rate

by Ben Horwitz, Communications Director, JobGiraffe

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On the first Friday of every month we are all reminded of the most well known economic measurements: job creation, unemployment, wage growth, etc. These reports give us a glimpse into the well-being of the US Economy. Buried in these numbers is a wealth of information relevant to everyone, but especially valuable to individuals in the recruiting and staffing community. Today I’d like to introduce you to one of these figures: the “quits rate.” (The quits rate is measured in the monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS Report)

The quits rate is defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as the “number of quits during the entire month as a percent of total employment.” In short, the quits rate measures how many workers voluntarily leave their job in a given time period. Typically, people leave their current position when they are fairly confident that they can find a new or better one. Therefore, a growing quits rate is often an indicator of a strengthening labor market with more choices for workers.

How has the quits rate changed in recent years? Well, it’s growing, which is consistent with a labor market that is slowly but surely gaining strength. At the end of 2015 the national quits rate stood at 2.1%. In 2013 and 2011 it was 1.7% and 1.5% respectively. In 2009, in the depths of the Great Recession, that number stood at a dismal 1.3%. In order to find a quits rate as robust as today’s one would have to back over a decade to 2004, well before the recession.

So why is this important to recruiting and staffing professionals? In short, if the quits rate is high, there are likely to be more highly placeable/employable job seekers on the market, because applicants with recent work experience are often the easiest to place. However, it also means that we must work harder to find candidates the right position, one that goes beyond meeting their most basic requirements, and offers them a chance to feel fulfilled, have opportunities for growth and love what they do. Because if we don’t, the data show that they will be less afraid to walk away from that position and find a new opportunity. Therefore, the high quits rate is something that every recruiting and staffing professional should be aware of, and take into account in their work.

*As a percentage of total separations – including “involuntary” separations (i.e. layoffs and firings) – the numbers are 60% for 2015, 59% for 2013, 49% for 2011 and 41% for 2009, which is consistent with the overall trend towards higher voluntary separation or “quits.”

Giraffes Spring into Habitat Africa at Brookfield Zoo

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Giraffes Spring into Habitat Africa

It is a sure sign that spring has arrived at Brookfield Zoo when the giraffes can be seen outside at Habitat Africa: Savannah.

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Potoka, a 2-year-old male, especially enjoyed kicking up his hooves! He was joined by other members of the herd—Arnieta, 10, Jasiri, 11, and Mithra, 26. Watch the video of Potoka Giraffe at https://youtu.be/CebcmJKutaQ

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JobGiraffe is Growing!

JobGiraffe would like to welcome its three newest team members: Alyssa Williams, Eva Miga and Michele Ortiz! We are very lucky to add these three very dynamic (and very qualified) people to the JobGiraffe “herd.”

Photo of AlyssaAlyssa is a graduate from the University of Kentucky where she studied Strategic Communication and Psychology. She is excited about joining the team, and is anxious to learn everything possible about the recruiting and staffing industry while building relationships within our unique JobGiraffe family. She loves animals, and was so thrilled to feed our giraffe friends Mithra, Arnietta, Jaseri and Potoka at Brookfield Zoo in her first week on the job!

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Eva comes from a well-established background in banking management. Having recently graduated from Dominican University with a degree in Business Administration, Eva joined JobGiraffe in order to take the next step in her career. She has always enjoyed working with people, and can’t wait to help job seekers advance their careers by finding the perfect job for them. She also loves to travel! Her goal is visit one new country every year for the rest of her life in order to meet new people and experience new cultures.

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Michele is an experienced office administrator and mother of two who is currently working towards her degree in Business Administration. Because she has experience with JobGiraffe as both a candidate and client, she jumped at the chance to join our team and further advance her management skills. She hopes to use her unique life experiences to help candidates along their career path. She’s also a competitive Latin dancer, but loves nothing more than hanging at home and playing games with her family.

We are so lucky to add these three outstanding individuals to our herd!

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Reach Higher!