How to Find Temporary Jobs or Assignments

You may find yourself in need of a temporary job; maybe you’re on a break from school, or maybe you just need to make a little extra cash in a short amount of time. Even though it may seem tough to find a temp job on your own, you do have a few options.

Look on Job Boards.

Job boards are a great way to find temp work because they’re often very clear with the term length, skills required, and any other pertinent information you need to know. Check out the Award Staffing job board to see some of the latest opportunities available.

Use Social Media.

You can use social media in one of two ways to search for temp jobs. First, you can post on your personal social media profiles that you’re looking for a temp job and see if you receive any responses. Second, you can search for temp jobs on the social media profiles of companies for whom you want to work. We recommend you follow Award Staffing’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn profiles to see what may be of interest to you. We post new opportunities daily to our followers.

Ask via Word of Mouth.

Your friends and family may know of great temporary/freelance opportunities, but they need to know you’re looking! If you throw out that you are in need of temp work, you may be surprised at the opportunities your friends and family present to you.

Use a Staffing Agency.

One of the easiest ways in which to find temp work is to use a staffing agency. When you work with a staffing agency, you can tell them the amount of time you want to work and give them your unique skill sets. They have a much wider pool of jobs from which they can look, so your chances of being gainfully employed are much greater if you work with a staffing agency.

If you’re looking for a temporary job, assignment, opportunity or looking to get your foot in the door at a new company, contact Award Staffing. We will be able to match you up with a company that will put your skills, educational background, and talents to good use for the set amount of time you want to work.

Prevent Getting “Hangry” on the Job

Hunger is no joke; it’s proven that being hungry sours one’s mood and productivity. Some people refer to hunger-induced anger as “hanger,” and its negative effects are long-proven in the workplace. Here are some ways to keep yourself from getting hangry on the job:

 

Eat Protein-Rich Foods.

Protein is necessary to keep your blood sugar stable throughout the day, so replace your carb-heavy munchies with high-protein snacks. Even pairing carbs with protein makes a difference, so get that protein and prevent blood sugar crashes.

Have a Snack Every 2-3 Hours.

Another way to keep your blood sugar stable is to eat every 2-3 hours. It’s easy to forget to eat during the day, especially if you’re busy. If you’re prone to forgetfulness regarding your snack schedule, set an alarm so you can step away to have your snack.

Avoid Sugary Sodas and Juices.

While you might get a quick “energy boost” from soda or juice, this is exactly the opposite of what you need to help you avoid hanger. When you have soda or juice, your blood sugar will rise immediately . . . only to crash a few hours later. If you need something to sip on during the day, try water or unsweetened iced tea. Your blood sugar will thank you!

We hope you benefitted from this Award Staffing Tip. It’s just one of the ways we show that we care. Contact us today. We will help place you with a job that respects your personal boundaries and needs and wants to ensure that you have achieved an optimal well-being.

How to Avoid Summer Employee Burnout

Many employees are susceptible to employee burnout during the summertime. This can be attributed to several different reasons such as hot weather, reduced concentration, and a desire to travel or have fun with friends and family. As the business owner, it’s your job to make sure your employees avoid summer burnout. Here’s how you can avoid summer employee burnout:

Remind Employees to Stay Hydrated.

Staying hydrated in the workplace during the summer is crucial to avoiding summer employee burnout. If you have employees who are working outside or in hot environments, they are especially susceptible to summer employee burnout. One way you can remind your employees to stay hydrated is to schedule regular water breaks, so your employees remember to take the time to drink. You can even provide cool water for them so they don’t have to worry about finding a water source and can go back to work quicker.

Encourage Employees to Take Vacation

Many employees get burned out during the summer because they need a vacation. Summer is a natural time for the body to want a vacation: it’s warm out, kids are out of school, and summertime laziness is at an all-time high. While you can’t have all your summertime employees taking a vacation at once, you can make an effort to encourage them to take turns taking one to two weeks off to refresh and get rested. Of course, be sure to hire Award Staffing temps to pick up the slack from vacationing employees!

Change Up Job Duties and Responsibilities.

Some employees will get burned out during the summer because they haven’t had many variations in their job duties or responsibilities throughout the rest of the year. You could always use summer as a way to test the abilities of loyal employees who have proved they are hard workers and eager to learn. For example, you could have a cashier try working on the sandwich line, or you could have a pediatric nurse try working in the geriatrics department. As long as you’re monitoring their growth and progress, this could be an exciting way to remedy employee burnout.
If you are in need of new employees, contact Award Staffing. We specialize in matching companies with employees who are well-rested, energetic, and ready to work hard for you during the summer.

How to Use Your Cell Phone Appropriately at Work

Cell phones are incredibly convenient because they simultaneously allow for more communication and greater mobility. However, cell phones don’t always have their place in a work environment and can often be seen as a pesky distraction. Here’s how to use your cell phone appropriately at work:

Turn it to Vibrate.

Cell phones should not make noise while you’re at work. Not only is this disruptive; it could also be dangerous depending on the circumstance. The easiest way to prevent noise coming from your cell phone while you’re at work is to turn it on vibrate for the duration of your shift.

Text or Talk Only on Breaks.

Don’t accept phone calls or send texts when you’re at work. This could be dangerous and could easily get you fired if your boss sees that you’re not putting one hundred percent of your time and energy into your job. You are given a lunch break and/or several other fifteen minute breaks; use this time to catch up on any texts or calls you may have missed throughout the day.

Don’t Talk Loudly on the Phone.

If you absolutely must accept a call when you’re at work, don’t talk loudly on the phone. This is obnoxious and could distract your co-workers from doing the job they need to do. Plus, you wouldn’t want everyone to hear your personal business, would you?

Don’t Check Your Phone with Customers.

As an employee, you are a representative of your company. If you check your phone in front of customers, they will not only think you are rude, but it’s likely that they will have a negative perception of your company. This could result in bad reviews, complaints to your boss/manager, or even legal action depending on the severity of the distraction and ensuing consequences.

One of the hallmark signals of being a good employee is whether or not you’re respectful. If you are able to adhere to these phone guidelines, you’re probably in a good position to be hired. Contact Award Staffing if you need any help finding a job that makes the most of your talents and skills.

How to Ease Back into the Workforce

Life is what happens when you’re not looking. That’s why, at some point, you may have had to take a break from working for some reason. This could be anywhere from adding another member to the family, dealing with an illness, or going back to school. Whatever the reason is, the transition back into the workforce can sometimes be rough. Here’s how to ease back into the workforce:

Don’t Overextend Yourself.

One common problem of people who jump back into the workforce after being out of it for a while is overextension. Many people forget how tiring it can be to work, so it’s important to take care of yourself while you’re in the middle of this transition period. Don’t forget to drink a lot of water, get the proper amount of sleep, and snack throughout the day to keep yourself alert.

Keep Coworkers Informed.

Speaking of coworkers, you want to keep them informed if you are easing back into the workplace. While you may have some of the same coworkers, depending on how long you were gone, you will likely have several new coworkers. If you let them know you are returning to your job, they will have a better understanding of what you need to learn. They can also help you become updated on any new policies or management.

Gradually Add Tasks and Responsibility.

You will want to resume your normal tasks and roles, but you may find yourself becoming easily confused or doing things differently. It’s always an adjustment when you go back into the workplace, so make sure to do it gradually to minimize any potential issues with either yourself or your coworkers.

Be Honest With Yourself.

Only you know how much you can handle or not handle. Be honest with yourself throughout the entire transitioning process and at the end of every day. Once you have been honest with yourself and can look at the job objectively, you will know whether, or not returning to this particular job or industry was the right decision.

Whether you want to return to your previous position or try something new, contact Award Staffing. We will be able to help you find a job that is well suited to your unique set of needs and skill set and helps you with that transition back into the workforce.

Meet Top Talent, Michael N.

Michael N. came into our office last summer very discouraged and skeptical about applying with another staffing agency. He spent many years polishing his carpentry skills and had really wanted to get back into that field.  His past experience with staffing agencies left him feeling like no one really listened to him or even took a look at his skill sets, but just threw him into positions that didn’t seem to align well with him.  One day, his friend referred him to Award Staffing, but even with such a strong referral he was very hesitant about coming in.  Michael came into our office last August and he met with one of our staffing coordinators. The coordinator asked him questions about his career goals and concerns and really spent the time to locate the perfect assignment for him with the information he provided Award Staffing.  He had finally felt like someone cared to listen to what he was interested in for his future.  Within in a week Michael received a call from a coordinator offering him a position in a lumber yard for the summer.  He cheerfully accepted the position and he was excited that he would be able to start using some of the skills he spent so many years learning.

As the summer came to an end Michael started to hear some of the other employees start to talk about lay-offs. He began to get concerned reached out to Award Staffing.  Award Staffing assured him that if lay-offs were coming that they would work diligently to find him another assignment.  A couple more months passed and some employees were in fact laid off, but due to Michael’s great work ethic the client decided to keep him on as a temporary employee until they had hired him on permanently in December. He was so excited about being hired by this company that he immediately contacted his staffing coordinator.  Michael thanked her by explaining he had such a great experience with Award Staffing and would be referring and recommending more friends to use Award Staffing.