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Don’t Slow Down your Job Search just because it’s Summer!

Lessons from a Recruiting and Staffing Firm

Everyone is on vacation… Companies are waiting until Fall to hire new people… It’s just too hot!

Why should I be looking for a job?

We asked three of our experienced Recruiting and Staffing Consultants why summer is a great time to start your job search.

Pam – Your resume will stand out more

PamMost recruiting and staffing professionals, as well as corporate hiring managers, are inundated with resumes throughout the year. This is frequently the reason why it feels as though your resume is constantly ending up in what we, in the industry, call the Resume Black Hole. Simply put, your resume may get more attention in the dog days of summer!

Summer is a great time to apply because – and this is backed up by data AND experience – applications dip during the summer months. Corporate hiring managers and recruiting and staffing professionals are more likely to sit down and digest what’s in your resume. And, as the resume is the primary tool with which to market yourself, this can make all the difference in finding the job you want.

Charles – It shows that you are motivated and dedicated

CharlesWhile everyone else is lounging by the pool working on their tan, you’re out looking for a job. That means something to individuals in HR and the Recruiting and Staffing Industry. Recruiting professionals are only able to work with a limited number of candidates, so finding those who are the most motivated and most serious about finding a job can frequently make a difference.

And don’t think for a second that our clients don’t notice either! They are dealing with the same summer shortage of applicants that we are, so your willingness to suit up for an interview in 100 degree weather means something to them as well.

Patti – It’s easier to start a conversation

PattiAnyone who’s ever been on an interview knows the experience can be a little awkward, especially at the beginning. After all, you’re sitting down with a complete stranger to talk about an issue that can and will affect your future, and possibly your life! It’s best to start off on a good foot and make a good first impression.

Summer is a great time for interviewing because easy conversation starters abound.  Have any big 4th of July plans? Are you doing any traveling this year? When’s the last time you made it to the beach? Isn’t summertime in Chicago just the best!? These are easy ways to establish a rapport with your interviewer and allowing them to know more about you.


Now put down that margarita, fix up your resume and put on your best summer interview outfit! If you need a place to start, visit our Job Board. Or, if you are a recent graduate, be sure to visit our Recent Grad page. We promise, all of our offices have air conditioning… And, as always, Reach Higher!

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

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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Karen Rae Horwitz

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

DevilStorm Prepares for its Next Challenge

JobGiraffe, Chicago's leading recruiting and staffing company, sponsors the DevilStorm robot building team.
Members of the Mechanical Division brainstorm ideas for a drive train, the system that moves the entire robot. Ideas that seem promising at this stage can be made into a CAD (Computer Aided Design) file so that the proportions can be tweaked and a prototype can be made.

It’s autumn, and those of you caught up in football and the start of NHL hockey and the NBA may not be aware of it, but robotics season is almost here.

For DevilStorm Robotics, the JobGiraffe sponsored team from Hinsdale Central High School, the new “Build Season” will kickoff on January 3, 2015, when the FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) announces this year’s challenge. Every year is a different game, requiring robots with different skills and abilities. Once the DevilStorm team finds out the new challenge, they have six weeks to build and test a robot designed to play the new game.

The DevilStorm team is broken up into different divisions, Programming, Mechanical, Electrical, etc., each responsible for a different phase of the completed robot. The team is now in “pre-season”, with members from last year sharpening and adding to their skills while teaching new members what they need to know to contribute to the project. Pre-season is also the time for fund raising and applying for grants.

JobGiraffe, Chicago's leading recruiting and staffing company,  sponsors high school robot building team
Sophie, from the Electrical Division, diagramming an electrical scheme

For now, the team meets every Tuesday, but once Build Season starts, it will be every day for six weeks until their robot is complete.

Everyone at JobGiraffe is excited about our sponsorship of the DevilStorm Robotics team and is anticipating a great season!

Hinsdale Central’s DevilStorm Robotics Team Celebrates a Successful Season…

Last season, the JobGiraffe sponsored DevilStorm Robotics team from Hinsdale Central High School competed in early April at the Midwest Regional Competition at the UIC Pavilion and later that month at the World Championships at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

At the Midwest Regional Competition, the DevilStorm team was on the winning alliance for 6 of the 12 matches in which they competed and was ranked 29th out of the 54 teams that were present. They also received the Rookie All-Star Award for the Midwest Region. At the World Championships, DevilStorm Robotics was one of 400 robotics teams competing in 4 divisions and were on the winning alliance for 2 of the 10 games they played.

DevilStorm Team Receiving Awards at Midwest RegionalThe DevilStorm Robotics team is pictured above at the Midwest Regional holding the Rookie All-Star trophies they received at the awards ceremony.

Congratulations to everyone involved with the DevilStorm Robotics team. These kids know how to Reach Higher!