Humor on the job is a welcome addition to most company cultures. Keeping things light can make stressful seasons seem manageable, bring a team together, and generally help you get through the day. Even though it’s welcome, there are certain considerations to make sure you don’t go too far. Here are five tips to consider about keeping your work humor under control.

1. Don’t try to be the funny person

You’ve seen this person parodied in movies and shows. He or she is always trying to make jokes and usually they fall flat because they think they’re funnier than they are. Instead of bringing levity into the office, they make everyone put on their headphones to avoid interaction. Make jokes when they come naturally, but don’t take on the responsibility of always trying to be funny.

2. Read the room

Sometimes, a joke isn’t necessary, even if it’s a really good one. Consider what’s going on and who you’re with before saying anything. If you don’t fully understand what’s going on, you can end up cracking a joke that makes everything worse and upsets people.

It’s also wise to see how people react in any situation after you try to be funny. If you’re consistently getting negative feedback, whether verbal or nonverbal, it may be time to rethink your humor.

3. Don’t make people uncomfortable

There are comments that the world is too politically correct, but it’s usually a good example to follow in the office. Unless you know exactly how everyone feels about a certain topic, your political joke could leave people offended. Even worse, depending on what you say, you could get reported to HR.

4. Stay relevant

Knowing what’s going on in the world and pop culture is a great way to not only make jokes but understand jokes. It also keeps you from making a joke about a public figure that is now in bad taste. This is especially useful in management roles because it can connect you to your team.

5. Be careful what you email and message

A good rule of thumb is never put something in writing that could get you in trouble. Saying a playful joke about your company to your co-workers is one thing but sending a mass email to everyone could get you in trouble. Even off-color jokes can come back to haunt you.

Since these digital communications processes are meant to streamline your work, you should let them be work only and leave humor for in-person exchanges.

Are you ready to take the next step in your job search?

Whether you’re interested in a better company culture or a new challenge, Workbox Staffing is here to help you. Our simple process makes it easy for job seekers in all industries, including light industrial manufacturing, warehouse, and clerical work. Browse opportunities on our job board or request a call to get started today.

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Having an up-to-date resume is a vital part of your job search. But how do you make sure your resume will stand out? How do you make it the best it can be? If you try Googling “how to write a resume” or “resume tips” you immediately become overwhelmed by the results. There are endless articles and experts giving advice on everything from writing a “summary statement” to listing equal numbers of “hard” and “soft” skills. Where do you even start? 

Here at Workbox Staffing, we think finding a job and writing a resume should be simple and straightforward. Remember—a resume should be a truthful snapshot of your skills, experience, and education. You want to stand out, but your resume is only meant to get you to the interview. After that, your potential employer is more interested in you than in your resume.

Resume Tip #1: Cover the Basics 

It’s vital that your resume accurately lists your basic information. 

  • Double-check your contact information. Getting your phone number or email address wrong means you may not hear back on applications. 
  • List a professional email address. Asking employers to contact you at snugglykittens45 address isn’t going to make an employer take you seriously. 
  • Starting with your most recent job, list your employment history in reverse order. Use action verbs to describe your responsibilities (administered, engineered, built, developed). 
  • Only give specific details on your education if it’s relevant to the job. Go ahead and list your highest education level (and include your major if you attended college), but there’s no need to give details on that home economics elective unless it’s going to help you get the job.
  • Don’t forget your certifications! Professional certifications are a great way to show off your skills. Do you have your Commercial Drivers License (CDL)? Are you certified to operate any kind of heavy machinery? Did you take a first aid class in high school and earn a CPR certification? Are you ServSafe certified? 
  • Pro tip: Clean up your social media accounts. Some employers make a point to look up your Facebook or Twitter accounts before an interview. Don’t let your out-dated profile picture or posts peppered with swear words be the first thing they see.  

Resume Tip #2: Stand Out with Your Skills 

Now that you’ve double and triple checked your basic information, it’s time to stand out! 

  • Focus on achievements when listing employment history. This is especially useful if you have several jobs to list. Listing achievements shows that you have experience taking action and getting things done. 
  • Focus on education and skills if you’re light on work experience. Also, include any volunteer work and extracurricular activities. 
  • Don’t forget your language skills! Are you bilingual? Most employers are eager to hire employees who can communicate in more than one language.
  • Pro tip: customize your resume. Read through the job description and take note of the skills that are important to the position you’re applying for. Do you have these skills? Move them to the beginning of your “Skills” list. You can also break up your skills into sections. Let’s say you’re applying for a receptionist or administrative assistant position—add a skills section titled “software skills” or “computer skills”.

Resume Tip #3: Keep it in Perspective 

Searching for a new job is stressful. And while you want your resume to be accurate and eye-catching, it’s way too easy to begin over-analyzing every single word. Should I add a summary to the top? Should I call it an “executive summary” or just a “summary”? 

  • Take a moment to step back. Try to look at your resume as a whole. Your overall message should be “I’m qualified for the position, hire me”.  Does adding an executive summary help accomplish this goal? If so, then include one. But if not, don’t worry about it!
  • Don’t forget to have someone else read it! Have a friend or family member read through your resume. You’d be surprised at how many spelling and grammar errors are caught with a second pair of eyes. Then, ask that same person to pretend they’re a hiring manager. Would they ask for an interview based solely on your resume? It might be nice to let them know that their answer won’t affect your friendship!
  • Pro tip: remember that your resume isn’t going to get you the job. A resume is only meant to get you in the door. Aim to impress, but don’t let your resume stress you out too much. In the end, it’s not your resume that employer wants to interview—it’s you! Don’t worry, you got this! 

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We believe finding your next job should be as stress-free as possible! No matter the industry, experience, or position, finding a job with Workbox Staffing is simple and easy. Our experienced recruiters offer a personal experience with a real human being that you won’t find at other staffing companies. And with over twenty years of experience, we’ve built strong connections with local companies, allowing us to offer jobs across multiple industries and ensuring that we have something for everyone. Apply today!

The general rule for interview attire is ‘dress for the job you want, not the job you have.’ While this is frequently quoted, it can be confusing when it comes to more casual companies or uniform-based positions. It also varies by industry, whether it’s blue collar work or located in an office. If you’re interviewing for a manufacturing job, here are some tips for what to wear.

Start by researching the company

Before you make assumptions based on industry, do some research about the company and the people who will be conducting the interview. From this, you can get a feel for the atmosphere and decide if a formal look, like a suit, is required.

Aim for your best casual

If the company seems like a more casual yet professional kind of workplace, your goal should be your best casual. This means dark jeans without rips, wear, or fraying, and a nice shirt, usually a button down or polo. Women can still wear a skirt or dress, but it doesn’t need to have a suit jacket.

More than the style of what you wear, make sure the appearance of the items looks put together. This means the items need to match and be clean. Avoid clothing that’s old with faded colors. You want to fit into the atmosphere without looking like you just came in from doing yard work.

Keep covered up

Even in a more casual environment, you still want to look professional which means avoiding exposing too much skin. This can relate to the arms if wearing a tank top and legs if wearing shorts or a skirt. If too much skin is exposed, it may be the only thing that stands out about you.

It’s also important to check the length of your shirt, especially if you aren’t tucking it in. You don’t want to reach for a handshake and expose your stomach.

Choose minimal accessories

Like too much exposure, accessories in excess can speak louder than your qualifications so you want to keep your look simple. This includes avoiding heavy and/or bright jewelry, as well as a favorite hat. Even if you’re never without it, an interview isn’t the time to stand by that. Leave it in the car until you’re done.

Jumpstart your job search

When you’re looking for a new career in manufacturing, trust Workbox Staffing to find the right opportunity for you. Our manufacturing staffing has the roles you’re looking for, like assembly workers, quality control, welders, and more! Find a position on our job board today or give us a call to get started!

Cant stop looking at the clock?

Sometimes your job won’t be everything you want and it’s challenging to even pull yourself out of bed in the morning. Occasionally these seasons seem never-ending and you find yourself checking the clock constantly hoping your time on the job flies so you can leave. If this is where you are currently, ask yourself these questions to determine if it will pass or if it’s time for a new job.

Am I supported in my workplace?

It’s important to determine exactly what is leaving you in a bad mood; mainly deciding if it’s you or your environment. Think about your relationships with your co-workers and supervisors. Do you feel they have your back and are willing to support you? Or is it more of a cutthroat environment where everyone is just thinking about themselves?

Am I growing and do I have room to grow?

The longer you do the same thing day after day, the easier it is to grow restless. Look back on the last few months to see if you had the opportunities to learn new skills or advance in your position. Consider your future with the company and if there’s room for you to get promoted. Decide if the opportunities exist and you aren’t taking or pursuing them, or if there’s nowhere for you to go.

Am I overwhelmed or even burnt out?

One of the main reasons people become dissatisfied at work is due to burn out. The workloads continue to increase with no sign of letting up and eventually it tips you over the breaking point. Consider if you’re here and if there’s anything to be done so you can enjoy your work again. In some cases, there may not be an option for a reprieve in your current position.

Am I being paid enough?

It’s not always about the money but being fairly compensated is always a factor. Based on your performance, growth and industry standards, determine if you’re making enough money. Factor in your workload and anything extra you do to help the team. More money won’t solve your problems, but a raise can allow your company to express their gratitude for all the work you do.

An employment agency with you in mind

If your answers showed it’s time for a new job, consider working with a staffing agency that’s changing expectations. Put your clerical skills or experience in light industrial, manufacturing or warehouse operations to good use when you find your perfect career with Workbox Staffing. Jumpstart your job search with us today!

Should you put that job offer on hold?

When you receive a job offer after months of searching and interviewing, the temptation is to immediately say yes without a second thought. After all, you’ve achieved the goal, haven’t you? Technically yes, but there are other factors to consider before accepting.

When to put an offer on hold

Obviously, if you receive the offer for the job you’re most excited about, saying yes is a no-brainer. It becomes trickier when you realize the company that wants to hire you isn’t your top choice, or maybe even in your top five. You don’t want to lose your chance at employment, but you also don’t want to settle.

Figure out why your yes isn’t immediate

If you had reservations, take some time to think through what else you want from an offer. This can help you dispel any of your fears and accept or realize why you have to say no. It could be there’s another position or potential offer and you want more time to see if it will become a reality for you. No matter your reason for needing more time, you need to handle your ask appropriately.

Express your gratitude for the offer

Failing to respond to the employer in a proper manner can cost you the opportunity. If the employer feels you aren’t interested, they may withdraw it all together and move on, leaving you with nothing. Make sure it’s clear you’re excited and you just need some extra time to make your decision.

Instead of demanding a specific amount of time, ask the company what they can give. This way you’re being respectful and not presenting an entitled attitude. If the hold is granted, leave the conversation on good terms and make sure you follow up in time.

During your time thinking, consider reaching out to your other opportunities for an update on their timeline and to explain your situation. This may count you out of the running or put pressure on the company to make a decision, especially if they’re primarily interested in you.

Making the decision

At the end of the day, only you can know if you should put an offer on and then decide whether you should accept or deny. If your circumstances don’t change, it’s up to you to decide whether you take this opportunity or keep waiting for something you feel is better.

Empower yourself for a better tomorrow

Instead of worrying that something isn’t the right opportunity, partner with Workbox Staffing to make sure you’re getting connected to the job that’s perfect for you. Request a call today to take your next step!

It’s the time of year when people are thinking more about luck, but that isn’t the best strategy when trying to land your dream job. Instead of wearing your lucky socks or listening to your lucky song before your next interview, try these tried-and-tested suggestions to create your own luck in the job search.

Don’t wait to apply

When you’re casually browsing for jobs, you might find and save an opportunity you love, putting it away until you have time to apply. This might make sense for your schedule but waiting too long can diminish your chances of getting noticed.

Experts vary in their opinion of how long is too long to wait, but some agree it should be within three days of when the job is posted. This means when you’re searching and see a job, look to see how long ago it was posted. Based on that timing, determine how long you have. It might be worth rearranging a few things to get the application done now.

Research shows that applications received within the first week are most likely to be considered because all others may slip to the bottom of the pile. Additional studies support that Tuesday is the best day to submit an application, so try your best to align your efforts and timing to increase your luck.

Use the keywords that make a difference

In today’s hiring process, the first step to getting your resume in front of a hiring manager is to pass an electronic gatekeeper known as an applicant tracking system or ATS. Its job is to scan resumes for the keywords an employer feels most relevant to the position. Even if a company doesn’t use an ATS, there’s likely a person scanning resumes for the right words.

What this means for you is if you don’t use the best keywords on your resume, it won’t matter how good or relevant your experience is because it won’t get noticed. Take the time before applying to read through the description carefully and incorporate industry keywords into your resume to help yourself stand out.

Take the time to write a cover letter

Writing cover letters, especially unique and personalized ones, takes time. It’s tempting to simply update an old or generic letter with the details from this position but doing so can hurt your chances. Even if you aren’t required, taking the time to write a letter and explain who you are and how you can benefit the company can show you took the extra initiative to stand out and show what you can do.

Work with a staffing agency

Some of the best luck you can give yourself is working with a staffing agency. Partnering with Workbox Staffing means you have a recruiter on your side to help you match your unique skills to the best opportunities for you. Our connections can get you into a company and give you the edge you need. Whether you’re looking for work in a light industrial, manufacturing, warehouse operations or clerical setting, we can help you. Apply online today and get started today!

 

Many employers today will do a background check to some extent in order to verify the information you provided. It can be as simple as contacting employers and references to verify when you worked where and what type of employee you are to as in-depth as a complete background check with criminal and credit record checks.

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires employers to get permission from candidates before conducting a background check, but this isn’t the time to begin preparing. Look for information in the job posting or application about the possibility of a background check and begin your prep to make sure you pass.

Complete your own background check.

One of the best ways to avoid being surprised check is to do a background check on yourself. This way, you’re aware of anything that might come up and you can be forthcoming in your conversations with the employer so isn’t a surprise to them, either.

Court and criminal records.

If you’ve had a run in with the law in the past, look into your records to verify the information is correct. Based on this, decide if any follow-up is needed with the court to update a now-expunged criminal record or reduced charges. The same goes for civil court records.

Credit report.

Something glaringly bad on your credit report can leave you out of the running for many jobs, so checking ahead of time can prepare you for any conversations around the report and give you a chance to defend it, if necessary. Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian are all required to give you reports for free, so you can cross reference and verify using these three reports.

Driving record.

This is especially important if any sort of driving or travel is going to be a part of your job. The company will check your driving record before allowing you behind the wheel, so you want to know what they may find.

Online presence.

A quick Google search will show what’s been said of you online. Check for your name in news stories, blog posts, and even your own social media. Make sure an employer isn’t going to find something unsavory in your digital history.

Always be honest.

Once you know what your background check will reveal about you to an employer, you know how to be honest with them during the interview. Failing to have your storyline up with the facts can be a one-way ticket to rejection. Even with your experience, skill, and certifications, you want to be honest because these too can be verified and a lie will cost you the job.

Empower yourself for a better tomorrow.

At Workbox Staffing, we’re an employment agency with you in mind. We know not everyone can do what you do, so we pair you with a personalized career coach who will learn about and understand your exact set of skills to make sure we find the perfect job for you. Contact our knowledgeable team members today and begin your journey to a better tomorrow.

No matter what spurred the decision, you know when it’s time to find a new job. Ongoing frustration or desire for change can lead you to rush into the process, but landing a job is easier when you follow this job search checklist designed to help you succeed.

1. Determine what you want to do

Before you can get any ball rolling, you need to decide where you want it to go. If staying in the same field is right for you, it’s easy to jump right into the following steps. If not, make sure you take time to figure out exactly what you want to do so you can prepare everything to represent your new career path.

2. Update your professional materials

Once you’re sure where you want to go, take time to update your resume. This can be as simple as some date changes or a complete cosmetic overhaul. Make sure it represents what you’re capable of in an easy-to-understand format and shows your career progression. If you’re trying to move to a new field, tie in your skills from your current career to what you’ll need in your new pursuit.

Next, update your cover letter. While this item is tailored based on the specific job you’re applying for, you can get the basics updated, such as experience and what you’re trying to do in your career. Once everything is updated, review the materials and send them to others for editing help. One of the easiest ways to disqualify yourself is to include a typo, so don’t speed through editing.

3. Adjust your social media

Similar to updating your professional materials, don’t forget to make sure your LinkedIn reflects the most current information about your career, projects, experience, etc. Reach out to colleagues and ask for endorsements and recommendations.

Don’t forget to clean up your other social profiles. Remember – you want what you post to make you seem like a desirable candidate. This doesn’t mean you have to delete everything, just the posts that can call into question your professionalism and responsibility.

4. Begin your search

Now it’s finally time to start looking for jobs! Use every resource at your disposal to find opportunities and companies that align with where you’re trying to go. Attend conferences and networking events and reach out to friends and colleagues to inquire about opportunities. Partnering with headhunters and recruiters can help you speed up the process and get matched with a position perfect for you.

We’ll find the job that’s perfect for you

At Workbox Staffing, we understand that employees are more than bodies in a job and not everyone is suited for the same thing. That’s why we pair you with a personalized career coach to listen to you and understands all of your skills. We’re an employment agency with you in mind, and we’re here to place you in the right office, light industrial, manufacturing, and warehouse positions. Check out our job board today to see what options we have for you!

A job interview is like a normal conversation with higher stakes. It’s a back and forth between you and the interviewer, where they want to learn more about you, and you want to learn more about the position and company. Because of this, the questions you ask at the end of the interview are essential. To make sure you impress the interviewer, consider asking these 10 questions.

What are the most important qualities for the person who fills this position?

This can provide insight beyond the basic description. Here you can learn more about the type of person who will fit in with their culture and decide if it’s a good fit for you.

Please tell me a little bit more about the day-to-day of this role

Here you learn more about the role and the skills that are required. By learning what you’d be doing on a daily basis, you can offer additional information to show how you would make a good fit based on your experience.

What is your company culture like?

Understanding the company culture prior to being hired will help you determine whether you’ll fit in and succeed. Depending on your situation, this may help you decide between accepting the job or passing for another opportunity.

As far as this department goes, what do you feel are the biggest opportunities and challenges?

When you ask this, you show the employer you’re dedicated to learning all you can and applying your skills to help continue its success.

Who is your top competitor and why?

Your pre-interview research should’ve made this clear but asking provides insight into the employer’s mind. You can even offer some of what you learned when asking to show you’ve done your research and are looking to learn more.

Where is your company going?

A healthy company is growing, so an insight into a five-year plan can help you decide whether there is a future for you.

 Are there opportunities for growth in the company?

You don’t want to give the impression you’re always looking for the next opportunity, but this question can help you evaluate your own potential and show an employer you’re willing to be loyal.

What do you like best about working here?

With this, you can learn more about the culture and see a more personal side to your interviewer and their feelings about their workplace.

What are the next steps?

This shows you’re interested in continuing the pursuit of the position. By knowing the timeline, you can follow up based on what you’re told, so you don’t come off as overzealous.

How am I compared to others you’ve interviewed?

This is a bold question and should be asked on a case-by-case basis, depending on their hiring process and how you felt the interview went.

Let us find the job that’s perfect for you

Visit our job board or request a call today to begin your journey with Workbox Staffing!

Looking for a job in a different state can be an exciting experience. You’re likely trying to make the jump to be closer to someone you love, work in a hub for your chosen field or simply explore a new opportunity. Moving cross country for a job is intriguing, but it’s important to consider the following when approaching the application.

Be honest about your location

As tempting as it may be to hide the fact you aren’t a local candidate, honesty is always the best policy. If it’s going to be a disqualification, it will either be immediate or later after time and effort have been spent from both parties. Disclose your plans to move in the cover letter to show the employer you’re serious about the transition.

Explain your reason

Why you plan to move is almost as important as the move itself. An employer wants to see that you’re making a long-term change instead of a flighty decision. Making a move on a whim for a change of scenery will likely disqualify you early, but showing you have real connections to a city, like family, college or professional networks, will work in your favor.

Prepare yourself for video conferencing

Video conferencing makes out-of-state interviewing easier because you can have what feels like a face-to-face meeting without making the trek. If you’ve set up an online video using a service such as Zoom, Skype or Google Hangouts, make sure you understand how the software works prior to beginning the interview. Don’t forget to carefully plan your outfit – just because you’re interviewing remotely, the standards of dress still apply.

Take advantage of connections

Referrals are an easy way to get your name into consideration for an out-of-state position. Asking your contact for an introduction can bridge the gap between you and an employer and provide an initial endorsement that can get you an interview.

Visit the city

At some point, you will have to spend time in the new city for interviews, residence hunting, etc. Give yourself several weeks, if possible, where you can acclimate to the city and make yourself available for any interviews that come up suddenly.

Make the move easier with Workbox Staffing

Workbox understands that every job and client are different, and we’re dedicated to partnering with you to find the right fit, whether it’s five minutes down the road of 1,000 miles across the country. Whether your career is in clerical work, warehouse operations, manufacturing or the light industrial industry, we have the perfect opportunity for you. Contact one of our staffing experts today to begin your move!