Is It Time to Give a Pay Raise?

If you have employees who have been working for your company for a while, you may have encountered the question of when you should give them a raise. Whether they have asked or you have thought about this question on your own, there are some general rules you should follow. Here’s how you can tell whether you should give your employees a pay raise or not:

How Long Have They Been Working for You?

The easiest way in which you can determine whether or not to give someone a raise is to see how long they’ve been working for you. If they’ve been working for you for a year or longer, without a raise, it’s time to step up and reward their dedication and loyalty.

What Are the Comps in Your Industry?

When determining whether or not you should give someone a raise, always take the time to do some comp research in your industry. Knowing what employees are being paid for similar positions in your area will help you ensure that you are paying fairly. If you fail to give raises and fall below the bar, you may very well start losing workers.

How Much Do You Value Them?

Sometimes, you don’t need a specific reason to give an employee a raise (such as time on the job or meeting the local standards). When you place a high value on an employee because they arrive on time, fulfill their tasks, do great work, meet deadlines, inspire a positive attitude among co-workers, etc. it’s time for a merit raise. These are the most enjoyable raises to give.

Of course, the best way to find workers who stay on the job, meet employee standards, and are worthy of merit raises, is to partner with a staffing agency, such as Award Staffing. We help companies hire new employees who fit within your company’s payroll budget and build your workforce successfully. Contact us today.

Avoid These Crucial Resume Mistakes

If you’re applying for jobs and haven’t looked at your resume in a few years, it’s time for revision. Mistakes on your resume signal that you’re not only not ready for a job, but that you lack the discipline and focus on honing in on, and taking your career seriously. Here are some of the top resume mistakes you should avoid.

Don’t Add a Picture.

For some reason, people have started adding pictures to their resumes, but we’re here to tell you that’s a wise choice. Why? Because it invites the reader to make judgments about you based on your looks rather than your skill sets and/or education. If they are interested, they will see what you look like when they invite you in for an in-person interview.

Don’t Send an Unformatted Resume.

Don’t ever send a resume that’s unformatted. This will look messy and likely disqualify you from the job for which you have applied. One way you can remedy this is to make sure you always send resumes as a PDF instead of a Word File. This way, the formatting will be “preserved” so you don’t have to worry about your recipient receiving a disorganized version.

Don’t Keep References from More Than Three Years.

Don’t put references on your resume if they’re more than three years old. First of all, there’s a good chance that they no longer remember you and will be unable to give you an accurate reference. Second of all, this shows that you haven’t been able to make any new meaningful connections in the last few years, which is, of course, a negative.

If you’ve successfully edited your resume and are in need of a job, contact Award Staffing. We will be able to help you find a job that is the perfect fit for you and your unique skill sets.

How to Have a Successful Hiring Event.

Need to hire several employees at one time? Consider having a hiring event. These events will let you compare multiple candidates at one time, which is extremely cost-effective and time-effective. Here are tips for a successful event.

Spread the Word 

You can do this through social media marketing, making the event free, connecting with a staffing agency, word-of-mouth referral system, etc.  Taking time and effort beforehand to encourage attendance will bring payoff on the day of your event.

Make Immediate Connections

The whole point of having a hiring event is to make immediate connections with potential recruits. Collect their contact information and resumes on the spot. If an attendee interests you, put their resume in a designated file. Attach a few notes to remind you who the person was when you go through the resumes after the event.

Conduct Brief Interviews

Learn the art of the 3 to 5-minute interview. At-the-moment interviews will help separate the best from the rest when you are ready to call in people for more in-depth interviews following the event.

Display Your Company Culture

Hiring fairs can often be a little frustrating for recruits because they feel as though they don’t get to see the company culture. You can remedy this issue by bringing some of your company’s culture to the hiring fair. For example, you could staff your booth with your current employees as opposed to brand ambassadors. You could also have informational displays about the benefits of working for your company versus any other companies.

If you’ve decided that you want to have a hiring event, contact Award Staffing. We will be able to send potential recruits who would be a great fit for your business and turn into amazing employees.

How to Maximize Your Job Search

Searching for a job doesn’t have to be long and tedious. Putting careful thought and planning into the process will maximize your job search in terms of time and effectiveness.


Start a Spreadsheet.


Make life easier on yourself by starting a spreadsheet. It’s important that you do this before beginning the job search so you can stay organized throughout the entire process. You may want to sort your spreadsheet by the name of the company, the position for which you are applying, a link to the job post, and the date you applied and then heard back from them.


Limit Your Job Search to 5 Sources.


Don’t drive yourself crazy by searching through a massive list of websites. Keep things simple by initially limiting your job search to your network, two or three pertinent job boards, and a reputable staffing agency, which specializes in your industry. This will help keep you in line and organized; you can always add more sources later on if you’re finding that you are unable to locate what you need.


Have Your Resume Ready.


If you want to maximize your job search, you need to have your resume ready to go as soon as you apply. There’s nothing worse than getting called for an interview and then frantically revising/editing your resume. It’s a surefire way to forget something important, make grammar errors, etc. Spend time in advance, so you’re ready to go by the time you start applying.


Time to start that search? Contact Award Staffing. We will help you find a job that is a good fit – both professionally and personally.