When you think about interns, you probably think about someone who runs out to get coffee or does all of the busy work. That was not our experience at JobGiraffe. Over the course of the summer, we were heavily involved in event planning, marketing, data entry and research.
In addition, by working behind the scenes of the Recruiting and Staffing Industry, we had the rare opportunity to observe the hiring process from both the candidate and client perspective. As a result, we feel better prepared to enter the workforce.
Our first task was to plan, organize and coordinate JobGiraffe’s second annual World Giraffe Day in conjunction with Brookfield Zoo. We took the lead on all aspects of planning: budgets, marketing, delivering tickets and planning the overall logistics of the event. On the day of the event we greeted hundreds of JobGiraffe’s clients and their families to the zoo, and the day went off without a hitch!
Even after all this there was little time to rest, as we were to take the lead on JobGiraffe’s second corporate event of the year: Giraffe-A-Palooza, an evening event targeted at reaching out directly to zoo-goers and the general public. In the end, both events turned out to be a huge success, and we learned just how much planning, hard work and determination it takes to turn an idea on a piece of paper into a reality.
We were also able to save JobGiraffe thousands of dollars through effective budgeting, and feel that we have laid the groundwork for successful future events.
We would like to thank both our Intern Coordinator, Zack; President and CEO of JobGiraffe, Karen Rae and the rest of the team for assisting us throughout our internship. We can’t wait to put our new skills and experiences to work, and we wish all of them the best of luck in the future!
We are so lucky to introduce the three newest members to our JobGiraffe “herd” – Carlin Federle, Kalynn Dodd and Kevin Beardsley.
Although 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!
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.
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!
From right to left, Carlin Federle, Kalynn Dodd, Kevin Beardsley and Charles Posner, Senior Recruiting and Staffing Consultant and their trainer!
We’ve all heard the adage that “it’s easier to get a job if you have a job.” If you are not
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.
Now that we have covered the five things that every recruiter will want to know about you, it’s time to talk about what you should be asking them!
As a job seeker, you’ve probably already encountered a dozen articles on what questions you should be asking prospective employers, but do you know the questions you should be asking recruiters? The obvious difference between a hiring manager and a recruiter is that, between the two of them, only the hiring manager is looking to hire you directly. But that difference entirely changes the game.
Here are the five questions you should be asking every recruiter you meet or speak with:
Question One: Do you ever charge a fee to job seekers?
First off, if the recruiter says there is any type of fee – or any cost to you at all – RUN! The best way to know if a recruiting and staffing agency is really on your side is to look at how they are paid. If a recruiting and staffing firm’s goal is to match the right person with the right job, then they should only receive a fee (from the client!) and only once that match has been made. And, some type of free trial period should be included for the benefit of both the hiring company and the new employee. Our incentive as recruiters should always be to match candidates to jobs in a way that produces a good outcome for both our client and the job seeker.
Question Two: Will I be considered for positions other than the one I applied for?
Most recruiting and staffing agencies have a large number of open positions that they are looking to fill at any given time – many of which may never be publicly advertised. Recruiting consultants can use their knowledge of clients, open positions, the local job market and the job search process to guide you towards a position that fits your skills and experience. Your recruiter should always fully investigate the position you originally applied to, but you should also be prepared to be introduced to other clients and new opportunities.
Keep your options open and consider all positions that are available. No matter how much you thought the original position you applied for is the right match for you, there may be even better opportunities available to you through the recruiter’s network of local or regional clients.
Question Three: What will this process look like moving forward?
Since interviewing with a Recruiting and Staffing agency is different from interviewing with a company looking to hire, you should always know what the next steps will be. You should ask your recruiter how and when they plan to contact you; how will they share information pertaining to employers with you; what research will you need to perform; what to prepare and/or bring with on interviews; and how you should organize the process if your recruiter secures multiple job interviews for you.
It is also fair to ask your recruiting consultant how long they think the process might take. It is not unusual for members of the JobGiraffe staff to work with a single candidate for several weeks and even months. The more you and your recruiting consultant can work as a team, the better your chances are of finding the right job.
Question Four: Should I continue to look for positions on my own?
Sometimes a job search takes longer than we’d like. In fact, if you have decided to work with a recruiting and staffing agency, your recruiting consultant may already have discussed this with you. Recruiting Consultants should be your advocate first and foremost; therefore, they should never stand in your way of finding the right job. If you wish, you should continue to search for positions on your own and work in tandem with your recruiter. If you secure an offer on your own, let them know immediately.
Question Five: How will I know when I’ve found the right position?
Hopefully, you will have had a chance to meet with various types of firms and investigate multiple positions. You may even have received an offer to accept a position – or two. If you have received one or more offers, choosing the right position may require some thought. Your recruiting consultant will assist you in organizing the pros and cons of each offer, noting such factors as type of position, industry, potential for learning and growth, travel times and ease of commute, and a full breakdown of the benefits and compensation package. Salary alone should not be the deciding factor as to which position you accept. In some cases, perhaps none of the offers should be accepted, and you should simply continue your search!
No matter the outcome, or whether or not the offer was secured on your own or with a recruiter’s client, a good recruiter will help you to sort it all out and make the best choice. Should you accept and start a position that was not presented by your recruiter, always keep the lines of communication open, because you never know when you may need their help again. A good relationship between a candidate and recruiter can work in your favor throughout your career!