Temping: Good – or Bad – Career Move?

With job mobility at an all-time high and job security seemingly at an all-time low, more people are taking temp jobs than ever. Taking a temp job feels like a short-term decision, but you have to factor every step you take into your longer term goals. Here are some impacts temp jobs can have on your career goals:

Short Term Financial Goals.
Obviously, money is a critical factor in any job search. Temp jobs can help you maintain a steady income stream while you continue working on long-term plans. Temping isn’t just a way to pay this month’s bills. Temping can improve your career prospects while keeping your job history and income steady through life’s little twists and turns.

How Will Temping Impact Me?
So many people work temp jobs at least once in their career! Prospective employers won’t bat an eyelash at short term contracts on a resume. You can even turn them into a strength by detailing valuable skills and training you picked up at each stop.

Will Long Term Employment Be Affected?

You can still apply for other jobs while temping. Most companies take applications online and start the interview process through introductory e-mails and phone calls. They will respect that you have current work to schedule around and rarely make that an issue.

Can Temping Be a Launchpad?

A lot of companies prefer hiring temps and transitioning them to full time after they have proved their worth. Temping is also a great way to improve your network in your field or to learn new skills and gain new knowledge.

If you’re looking for a new job, contact Award Staffing. We can help place you in a job that is a good fit for your career goals and matches up what you’re currently seeking.

Maximizing Minnesota DEED and Other Resources for Your Hiring Needs

On Monday, June 12th, Award Staffing hosted Minnesota Deed’s Tim O’Neil for an afternoon session on how to use Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development online resources in your search for talent and understanding the current market trends. Although MN DEED’s website and Tim’s presentation provided us an exorbitant amount of information, here are some of the top highlights of things you should know.

A question often asked from both the employer and employee is, “How is the job market doing?”  As of April 2017, there has been steady employment growth as the United States added 211,000 jobs and Minnesota added 34,715 jobs with unemployment rates now steady at 3.7%.  With wages up 7.5% over the year, we are seeing labor force participation rates at 69.7% and these rates haven’t been seen since 1981.  In the Twin Cities metro area, there is less than one person seeking employment for each employment opening.

With a tight labor market and the unemployment rate in Minnesota being lower than the national rate, some requirements may need to be reconsidered, including education level.  Almost 2/3 of all current job openings only require a high school diploma or less. Jobs that require a bachelors degree account for only 18% of the job openings available.

Trying to compete with the competition for talent? Are your wages where they should be? In 2014, the median wage  for employees with no education was $11.00.  The median wages for employees with a high school diploma was $13.01.  You may want to check out the Occupational Employment Statistics site (also known as the Minnesota Salary Survey), to find wage estimates for your area. This tool allows you to compare wages that you currently pay to other companies’ pay rates in your area that have similar opportunities.

Although requirements and wages are a couple reasons why employees select certain opportunities over others, employers should educate themselves on other possible influencers.  Influencers may include job vacancy, cost of living, unemployment, demographics and more. Below is a list of resources we find to be extremely helpful in understanding the labor market we are in today. Best of all, these resources are free to access.  Need help understanding the labor market? Want to know how partnering with Award Staffing can help? Contact us.

Top Employment Resources:

Star Tribune names Award Staffing a 2017 Top 150 Workplace

Bloomington, MN June 26th, 2017

Award Staffing has been named one of the Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune. A complete list of those selected is available at StarTribune.com/topworkplaces2017 and will also be published in the Star Tribune Top Workplaces special section on Sunday, June 25.

Produced by the same team that compiles the 26-year-old Star Tribune 100 report of the best-performing public companies in Minnesota, Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based on employee opinions measuring engagement, organizational health and satisfaction.  The analysis included responses from over 69,000 employees at Minnesota public, private and nonprofit organizations.

The rankings in the Star Tribune Top 150 Workplaces are based on survey information collected by WorkplaceDynamics, an independent company specializing in employee engagement and retention.

Award Staffing was ranked #57 on the small company list.

Star Tribune Publisher Michael J. Klingensmith said, “The companies in the
Star Tribune Top 150 Workplaces deserve high praise for creating the very best work environments in the state of Minnesota. My congratulations to each of these exceptional companies.”

Award Staffing has been proudly serving Minnesota companies and employees for nearly 30 years. Award is a staffing, recruiting and employment leader in Minnesota and takes pride in being a top workplace.   To learn more about Award Staffing, visit www.awardstaffing.com.



To qualify for the Star Tribune Top Workplaces, a company must have more than 50 employees in Minnesota. Over 2,000 companies were invited to participate. Rankings were composite scores calculated purely on the basis of employee responses.

The 5 Best Ways to Stand Out to a Prospective Employer

Getting a job interview is a big deal in a crowded job market, but you have to take the next step to seal the deal. You need to stand out to a prospective employer to get the job offer you deserve.

Here are 5 ways to help take you move from applicant to employee:

1) Make a Great First Impression. 

You don’t want to be hot sweaty and breathing hard from running across a parking lot during the interview. Get there with enough time to look relaxed and happy to be there when you meet. It should go without saying that you want to be dressed well and have your grooming spot on for the interview.

2) Know Your Company.

Research them online. You can check traditional sources like their website or Wikipedia (for larger firms) but use the search features on social sites like Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and LinkedIn to get more up to date and insider type info. Knowing a lot about the company can make all the difference when it comes time to answer questions in an interview.

3) No Distractions!

A prospective employer won’t be impressed with your new ringtone. Turn the phone off and keep it in your pocket or purse, or better yet in the car. Same with gum, candy, or a drink.

Looking more interested in your texts than what a prospective employer has to say is not the right way to stand out!

4) Know What a Prospective Employer Wants!

Companies will tell you what they are looking for in their job post. Read it carefully. Make sure you understand every sentence on it regarding what they want from a new employee. Be prepared to demonstrate that you have all the skills and experience they are seeking. Showing a prospective employer how well you fit the bill with specific examples is a great way to stand out in an interview.

5) Follow Up.

An e-mail thanking them for their time and making yourself available for any follow-up questions can make all the difference.

How to Be a Role Model for Your Employees

Being the boss is tough. Sometimes you have to show up early and stay late. You have the stress of every deadline and responsibility for keeping things running smooth. On top of all that you have to keep your employees motivated and productive. Here are some strategies for leading by example so you can be a role model for your employees:

Be a Source of Knowledge.

A good role model can be counted on to answer questions about the company or the project. Teaching employees how to do their jobs is part of leadership, so you need to make sure your knowledge is accurate. In cases where you don’t have the answer, you need to know how to find it.

Be Reliable.

Rules should be consistent and consistently enforced. Employees should always know where to find you or how to get in touch with you. Be accessible and give help when needed. A good role model can be counted on – every time.

Be a Positive Influence.

Know how you impact people and make sure you don’t let them down. When an employee needs a day off, have them covered. If an employee asks you to fill out a requisition or get something delivered to complete a job, follow through – on time.

Communicate More.

Everyone knows a good boss has to communicate. Make sure you are going the extra mile here. An open door policy is great, but not all employees will speak up first. Make sure you talk to all of your employees and ask good questions, so you know what is going on with them and their current projects.

Do What Your Employees Should Do. 

A good role model leads by example. If you want your employees to be prompt, show up early. If you want your employees to work hard, let them see you working harder. If you want honest employees, be truthful with them. If you want employees to be better customer service ambassadors, talk to customers and help with problems.

If you’re looking for a new employee, contact Award Staffing. We can help you find an employee who is a good fit for your company goals, culture, and overall advancement

How to Show Humility at Work 

Many people will tell you the best way to advance is to stand out at work. On the other hand, sometimes the best strategy is to show a little humility and let your work speak for itself. Here are some strategies to show humility at work:

Be a Great Listener.

Being a great listener is a skill. Some ways to become a better listener:

  • Don’t get distracted.
  • Focus on the person who is speaking.
  • Don’t talk over people.
  • Stop talking when they talk and never interrupt.
  • Don’t start thinking of a clever response before they can get the words out of their mouth.

Show humility by listening to everything they have to say, and pause when they stop before responding. Great listeners are great teammates.

Be a Great Follower.

Many people want to lead at work, but few want to follow. Set your ego aside and be a great member of the team by working hard, asking questions from the person in charge and making sure the little details are all handled. When other people are running things, show humility by working extra hard to make them shine. They will notice and ask you first when they have a job to do, and that’s always a great way to impress the boss.

Less Big Talk.

Unless you are a teacher in the classroom, the people around you didn’t sign up to hear you lecture them. Instead of leading with a lot of talk, lead by example. An employee who shows up on time, works until the job is done, and tries to help out them will always stand out.

Stay Positive!

We all have complaints, but that doesn’t mean we have to dump them on everyone around us. Keep a positive attitude, lift people up with a smile or an offer of help when they need it.

If you’re looking for a new job, contact Award Staffing. We can help place you in a job that is a good fit for your career goals and matches up what you’re currently seeking.