It’s Okay to Reap the Rewards of Giving Back to the Community

b loehr - givingYou have to admit getting involved in the local Little League program, the Boys’ and Girls’ Club, Junior Achievement or (you fill in the blank) has been fun. And rewarding too. But last night when you crashed into bed exhausted from a marathon day, those feel good vibes from “giving back” were running on empty – just like you were. And one question loomed large in your tired mind. “Why am I doing this again?”

Of course, volunteering isn’t about what’s-in-it-for-me. You know that. But still, recognizing the benefits reaped from community involvement would be welcome right about now.

Indeed, the benefits are many, and it’s okay if the rewards help spur your volunteer efforts. After all, you’re only human. So keep this list handy for the next time that very small part of you quietly questions, “What’s in it for me?”

1. Chance to Meet New People
Often our busy lives confine us to specific circles of people: coworkers, neighbors, church congregation, families of the children’s friends, etc. Volunteering is a great way to broaden our “people” horizons and expand the opportunities to:

• Network with those in related industries
• Find people with similar hobbies or interests
• Meet the new guy from the next block who’s also looking for someone to jog with

2. Avenues to Gain Knowledge
Want to give your career, any career, a boost? Choose to be a life-long learner. Similar to the “people” circles noted in #1, a chosen profession usually comes with a “box” of knowledge that centers around one or two main components. Volunteering will naturally expose you to knowledge outside of your “box” as you connect with people from a wide range of professions. Imagine the possibilities such as this conversation starter. “I’ve always wanted to learn more about ___________. What can you tell me about your job?”

3. Opportunities to Expanded Experiences
While you may not foresee a job or career change in the near future, the truth is you never know when an opportunity or crisis may push you in a brand new direction. Experience gained while volunteering can open doors you never expected to face. Welcome any and all new opportunities that come your way through community volunteering because who knows what the future holds?

4. Provides a “Test Run”
Maybe you’ve always, secretly, harbored the idea of a career in theater or event planning or interior design. Especially if this carefully guarded notion is lightyears from your current career, how awesome – and wise – would it be to explore this would-be field via a volunteer position. Uh, very. So before resigning your job, enrolling in a course of study, or trashing the idea altogether, give this secret ambition a whirl by seeking a trial run through community involvement.

5. Transition into Retirement Years
Even if you’re years from retirement, it’s never too soon to think about how you’ll spend those golden years. Whether it’s because of the need for additional income or simply because of the desire for “something to do”, many retirees find themselves revisiting past connections and experiences. The people, knowledge, and experiences gained through years of service to the community can easily translate into a blessing after retirement.

At B. Loehr Staffing we applaud the efforts of citizens to “give back” to their communities through various avenues of volunteering. We also recognize how these experiences contribute to the skills candidates bring to the hiring table. Contact us today about the many advantages of a position with B. Loehr Staffing.

Why Should I Get Involved in My Community?

b loehr - givingEveryone wants to live in a good, safe, thriving community, and few will argue against the importance of strong community connections especially for families. But strong communities don’t just happen. And it takes more than simply electing upstanding community officials and paying them a fair wage to do their jobs.

It’s a fact. Strong, vital communities do not become strong, vital communities without the support, energy, and efforts of local citizens.

If you’ve been waffling over the idea of little ‘ole you getting more involved in the community, consider these motivations for pursuing opportunities to “give back.”

  1. Volunteering provides a chance to experience something bigger than yourself

There’s something about doing /giving/serving without any expectation or assumption of receiving in return that is so inspiring and satisfying that it defies explanation. While some would argue that human beings are not capable of such altruistic actions, many more can attest to the truth that giving without condition is rewarding beyond measure. It’s one of those things you probably have to experience to understand. So pick a cause or organization and get to it.

  1. The rewards of giving “time” last longer than writing a “check”

“But why can’t I just give money? Don’t they need money?” Yes, they probably do need money. But why not hand-deliver that generous donation, and while you’re there, check the place out. Find out what else they need besides cash. The more you give of your talents, skills, time, energy, creativity – the more you give of you – the greater your connection and empathy will be for the mission and purpose of the organization.

  1. A new perspective is priceless

 Have you ever driven by the soup kitchen, the free food pantry, or clothes closet and wondered who even utilizes those services? Do you question why your co-worker tutors kids after school? Then it’s safe to say your perspective could use a bit of refreshing. In our fast-paced lives, it’s so easy to develop tunnel vision that barely acknowledges the existence of people and circumstances beyond our own.

  1. Your efforts will save the community’s resources

Every hour that volunteers contribute saves local communities money. Those saved funds can be funneled toward improvements and innovations that benefit the entire community. It’s estimated every volunteer hour saves the community $15.39. Now do that math. That’s a whole lot of money that can be channeled toward keeping your community a strong, thriving place to raise a family.

  1. You DO have something to offer

If you’re thinking, “But what can I do?” stop that line of questioning right now. Absolutely do not let a lack of special skills rob the community of your involvement. Virtually anyone can pick up trash at the park, read a book to kids, work the concessions booth at the festival, and the list goes on. It’s practically endless. Start small but do start. Because when everyone does something, the impact is enormous.

B. Loehr Staffing prides itself on the caliber of our pool of candidates. Their involvement across the community have helped to make St. Louis metropolitan area a stronger and better community. Contact us today about joining our team of outstanding candidates.

 

 4 Tips for Beating Procrastination

b loehr - procrastinationThe “simple” definition for procrastinate, according to Merriman-Webster.com is:

“To be slow or late about doing something that should be done: to delay doing something until a later time because you do not want to do it, because you are lazy, etc.”

Ouch, lazy? That cuts pretty deep. I mean everyone procrastinates from time-to-time, right? It’s part of being human, right?

Webster’s “full” definition leaves out that ugly four-letter word.

  1. To put off intentionally and habitually
  2. To put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done

Still not a pretty picture.

Did you know there is a science to why people procrastinate? According to the UPMC Healthbeat, there’s a chemical reason we prefer relaxing activities versus those “have to” things that we find so easy to put off. The intense urge to avoid work by focusing on more pleasant or satisfying activities is an actual  battle between the limbic system and the prefrontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex is less developed and thus weaker, so often the limbic system wins out, leading to procrastination.”

Before you get all kicked-back and in the so-it’s-not-my-fault-at-all zone, consider the very real pitfalls of procrastination. For instance, putting things off can cause stress later when you have to double or triple-time it. And we all know how stress wreaks havoc on your overall health – your immune system in particular – not to mention how relationships between stressed out people suffer.

Factor in the bad rap your reputation will get. Also, how repeatedly succumbing to procrastination will squash both your drive to succeed and the likelihood of realizing your dreams. And those are but a few of the myriad ways procrastination can lead to trouble.

Understanding the science behind procrastination is all well and good, but what most of us need are practical tips for beating procrastination.

  1. Dismiss the notion of perfection

 If you’re waiting for everything to line up perfectly before diving into whatever it may be, just don’t. Not only will you accomplish next to nothing, but you’re giving procrastination a foothold in your life. Get your ducks in a row as best you can – then dive in.

  1. Change things up

 Realize that different environments have a huge impact on your productivity. A writer friend of mine finds one distraction after another at home, but can buckle down at the corner coffee shop where laundry, dishes, and a million other chores are not front and center.

  1. Remember how to eat an elephant?

 Big tasks or projects often saddle you with a crippling sense of being overwhelmed before you even get started. Which makes it ten times harder to get started. So, break the assignment into bite-sized pieces . . . Err, smaller tasks. And make it a priority to bask in the sense of accomplishment, for just a wee bit, after each step.

  1. Create the adult equivalent to a sticker chart

Remember the sticker chart that worked wonders to get your preschooler to behave? That same reward principle can work for adults too. Establish little reward incentives along the way then treat yourself to something special when the task is finished, on time in a quality manner.

Get a grip on procrastination before it becomes the middle name that even the dog knows you by.

Now here’s a biggie. Don’t procrastinate about contacting B Loehr Staffing. You are our priority at B. Loehr Staffing. That’s why both our Client and Candidate Toolboxes are chalk full of resources to assist you. Check them out today.

Laugh out loud! It’s good for you!

Relax, take five, pull up a chair and engage in the psycho-physiological reflex that manifests in a successive, rhythmic, spasmodic expiration with open glottis and vibration of the vocal chords often accompanied by a baring of teeth and facial grimaces.

Don’t worry – you’re not being asked to mimic a rabid dog. The above description is actually the medical definition of laughter.

Ah, heck, take ten or twenty and enjoy a good ‘ole belly laugh courtesy of Work One Liners:

  • When my boss asked me who is the stupid one, me or him? I told him everyone knows he doesn’t hire stupid people.
  •  Nothing ruins a Friday more than realizing that today is Tuesday.
  • My resume is just a list of things I hope you never ask me to do.
  • I can’t believe I got fired from the calendar factory. All I did was take a day off.
  • When an employment application asks who is to be notified in case of emergency, I always write, “A very good “
  • Whatever you do always give 100 % – unless you are donating blood.

Hold on to your chair because this LaughFactory.com joke may have you rolling in the aisle.

  • Two factory workers are talking. The woman says, “I can make the boss give me the day off.” The man replies, “And how would you do that?” The woman says, “Just wait and see.” She then hangs upside-down from the ceiling. The boss comes in and says, “What are you doing?” The woman replies, “I’m a light bulb.” The boss then says, “You’ve been working so much that you’ve gone crazy. I think you need to take the day off.” The man starts to follow her and the boss says, “Where are you going?” The man says, “I’m going home, too. I can’t work in the dark.”

If your aching side can stand a bit more humor, let these giggle-worthy anecdotes fill your laugh tank to overflowing!

  • I hope when I die; it’s early in the morning . . . So I don’t go to work that day for no reason.
  • My boss texted me, “Send me one of your funny jokes, Pete.”

I replied, “I’m working at the moment, Sir, I will send you one later.”

He replied, “That was fantastic, send me another one.”

My boss told me yesterday, “Ken, you shouldn’t dress for the job you have, dress for the job you want.”

But when I turned up at the office today in Ghostbuster’s clothing, she said I was fired.

And one more source of good clean humor

  • Sam walks into his boss’s office. “Sir, I’ll be straight with you, I know the economy isn’t great, but I have over three companies after me, and I would like to ask respectfully for a raise.” After a few minutes of haggling, the boss finally agrees to a 5% raise, and Sam happily gets up to leave. “By the way,” asks the boss as Sam is getting up, “which three companies are after you?” “The electric company, water company, and phone company,” Sam replied.
  • The Boss of our small company was complaining during a staff meeting that people didn’t respect him enough. Trying to improve the office attitude, he came in the next day with a sign for his door. It said, “I am the boss.” One of the employees, apparently not appreciating the change, stuck a post-it-note on the sign, which said: “your wife wants her sign back!”
  • An employee approached his boss regarding a dispute on his Employee – “Sir, this is $100 less than my salary.”

Boss – “I know, but when you were overpaid $100 by mistake last month, you didn’t complain!”

Employee – “Well, I don’t mind an occasional mistake, Sir, but it seems to be becoming a habit, now!”

Manage your professional and personal life more effectively with B. Loehr Staffing’s vast database of resources. Our Candidate Resource Center contains a wealth of information to help you land a great position, maximize on-the-job performance, create a healthy work-life balance and more. Contact our staffing specialists today – we might even share a laugh or two.

 

A Good Laugh on Us

Every one of us can benefit from a good hearty laugh. Did you know laughter relaxes the whole body? Indeed it does. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes.

So laugh to your heart’s content over these hilarious happenings and enjoy the lingering, relaxing effect.

Get a hearty chuckle from the funnies at LaughFactory.com

  • Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Officer asks a young engineer fresh out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “And what starting salary are you looking for?” The engineer replies, “In the region of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package.” The interviewer inquires, “Well, what would you say to a package of five weeks’ vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every two years, say, a red Corvette?” The engineer sits up straight and says, “Wow! Are you kidding?” The interviewer replies, “Yeah, but you started it.”

Hold your belly and enjoy these better-than-the-comics anecdotes!

  • The Invisible Man, Dracula, and the Wolfman were all applying for a job. Which one got hired?

Certainly not Dracula, he can only work nights.

Not the Wolfman, severe grooming problem.

Needless to say, the Invisible Man was hired, sight unseen!

  • “Has your son decided what he wants to be when he grows up?” I asked my friend.

“He wants to be a garbage man,” he replied.

“That’s an unusual ambition to have at such a young age.”

“Not really. He thinks that garbage men work only on Tuesdays.”

If you haven’t laughed yourself silly yet, check out these funny one-liners:

  • Imagine being 5 minutes from the end of the longest movie ever & it starts over because it forgot something. That’s my kid telling a story.
  • I changed my password to “incorrect”. So whenever I forget what it is the computer will say “Your password is “
  • Entered what I ate today into my new fitness app and it just sent an ambulance to my house.
  • A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kickboxing.
  • You’d think that with NSA reading our tweets all the time, they could star or retweet some of the good ones.
  • The light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off due to budget cuts.

And finally, if your teary eyes can still focus, take a peek at these gems from Good Clean Jokes.

  • “Frank Smith,” announced the judge, “for breaking into a house in the middle of the night, I sentence you to two years in prison.”

“But your honor,” pleaded Smith, “last time I was in court you sentenced me to a year in jail for breaking into a house in the day! If not in the middle of the night, and not in the middle of the day, just when am I supposed to earn my living?”

  •  Sally walked into the Dentist office to make an appointment. “How much do you charge to pull out a tooth?” She asked.”

“It’s $130,” was the prompt reply. “$130!” gasped Sally, that’s ridiculous! There must be a way for you to go cheaper.”

“Well,” said the Dentist thoughtfully, I suppose if we don’t numb it, we could knock off $30.”

“Only $30?” countered Sally, “that’s still $100, you’ve got to make it cheaper.”

“Well,” said the Dentist after a long pause, “I suppose if we take it out with a wrench we could knock it down to $50.”

“Perfect,” said Sally happily. “I would like to make an appointment for next Tuesday, for my husband Jack.”

Let B. Loehr Staffing be your one-stop staffing solutions firm. We understand how challenging it is to have the right number of people in the right places to get the work done on time and still keep your bottom line in the black. Through our specially designed Staffing Systems and Management Programs, you can be sure of finding the staffing solution that suits your organization’s specific needs. Contact our staffing specialists today.

 

4 Tips for “Giving Back” to Your Community

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For many non-profit organizations, the donations they receive in money, time and various other resources are more than merely a “want”. Without the support of large and small businesses alike, these organizations that meet the crucial needs of multitudes of people, would not be able to operate. But thanks to the generous support of community-minded companies, these life-impacting organizations can continue to meet benefit humanity.

No gift of money, time, talents or services is too small to have a lasting impact. And as companies across the country have discovered, they receive as much goodwill as the not-for-profit they serve.

“For me, giving back means finding ways to benefit the community that may also benefit my business — after all, without the community’s support, small businesses wouldn’t exist,” notes Dwight Lieb, commercial real estate developer. He further cites research by Ernst & Young and the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund that demonstrates the correlation between philanthropy and business success.

  •  89 percent of entrepreneurs donate money, both personally and through their companies
  • 62 percent of those who donated reported that giving back makes their companies more successful

Check out these tips for ways to get onboard with “giving back.”

Focus your Efforts

Want to really make an impact? Choose one cause/organization to commit your entire company’s efforts and resources to. If the sheer number of worthy causes has your head spinning, initiate a sit down with your employees. Choosing from among causes your staff is familiar with is a great place to start. Appoint a willing volunteer already associated with the organization to spearhead the company’s involvement. This will get things moving faster.

Consider sponsoring local sporting teams.

Who doesn’t appreciate the long-term benefits youth gain from team endeavors? Yet, these worthwhile activities often suffer from both a lack of funds and volunteers. Not only is this a fantastic way to dip your toes into the world of giving back, but also offers varying levels of involvement. These community-backed activities also provide a great opportunity for exposure.

 Serve on a Community Board

 Commit your company to fill one or more spots on a local community board. These positions are crucial to the long-term success of these organizations yet can be difficult to fill over the long haul. If possible, find an interest that suits what your business is all about. If you’re in a medically related business, participation with the Red Cross will make sense. If manufacturing is your area, then supporting the vocational arts programs at the local high school would be a good fit. Connecting with your industry in this way will likely provide a plethora of networking opportunities as well.

Plan and Host a Community Event

 Pitching in wherever needed is a great way to show community spirit. But why not go a step further and volunteer to plan and host a segment of the local festival or the big parade – some significant community event. Get all troops on deck, utilizing the natural abilities of your workforce. Set the organizers to strategizing, the sales department to soliciting financial donations, the ad team to creating a marketing campaign, and so on.

As the largest independent, locally owned and operated staffing company in the St. Louis metropolitan area,  B. Loehr Staffing name has been synonymous with giving back to the community with employment and training program for not-for-profit organizations since 1898. We have always been and will always be committed to providing top quality service and innovative solutions to the businesses of this fine community. Contact us today for assistance will of your staffing needs.

 

Why Should My Company Be Involved in My Community?

b loehr - community 1It’s not likely that any business owner or leadership teams are looking for more things to fill their day. Even with the economy’s rebound in recent year, staying afloat in today’s business world is a full-time job in itself. Still businesses across the country are stepping up to volunteer, to donate services, to give back to their communities.

The last few years have seen philanthropy grow in a profound way, to the tune of 64 percent of companies reporting an increase in giving back between 2010 and 2013, with participation up by more than 10 percent for 52 percent of these companies.

While many large corporations are generous with financial support across a wide array of charitable organizations, companies without the means to contribute money need not feel left out when it comes to impacting their community. Opportunities involving the gift of time, services, or non-financial resources abound.

Large and small businesses alike have recognized why giving back matters and why getting involved is worth the effort. Here’s but a sampling of those reasons.

  1. Giving Back Feels Good: The Satisfaction Factor

If that sounds like a backhanded, “what’s in it for me?” reason, stop for just a second. It’s a fact that giving of yourself – time, money, talents, whatever – has a “feel good” effect. That’s just how it works. And that’s secretly why Mom and Dad never tired of repeating the adage, ’tis better to give than to receive. They knew that once you got bit by the “giving bug,” giving would become a habit.

You’re right; you shouldn’t get involved in community efforts so that you can pat yourself on the back. But honestly, in the bad-news-at-every-turn world we live in, who couldn’t use the satisfaction boost of knowing you did something that will ultimately help another human being? Which leads right into “why” #2.

  1. Improved Employee Morale

Everyone knows the positive impact employee morale can have on productivity. Likewise, the negative impact a plummeting morale can have is probably even more familiar. Well, imagine an entire workforce, amped up on “feel good” vibes from the company’s participation in the food pantry’s holiday drive or the Children’s hospital benefit or Habitat for Humanity’s latest project. Those good vibes will translate into a geyser of team unity back at the job site. And what management staff wouldn’t be all about that?

Remember, too, that Millennials place a high importance on the “giving back” factor when job hunting. They look for companies who align themselves with and are committed to a cause.

Companies who choose to be involved in their community discover the benefits far outweigh the inconvenience or sacrifice. Those who feared time and attention pulled from monitoring the bottom line would endanger said bottom line soon realize just the opposite is true. Why? Because customers pay attention to which companies are community-minded.

Community involvement provides avenues to:

  • make connections and form relationships with potential customers
  • build respect throughout the community
  • enhance the company’s reputation
  • network within your industry
  • increase visibility and build loyalty
  • develop affiliations with city, community, area, regional leaders

Both you and the community will reap the benefits of your ongoing involvement in whichever philanthropic opportunities you choose to align your company.

  1. Loehr Staffing has faithfully served the greater St. Louis metropolitan area since 1898. We take seriously our pledge to provide excellence in employment services throughout this great community. Contact us today about a partnership that will exceed your expectations.

 

 The Best Summer Ever

b loehr - summerA couple of months ago over lunch, a friend and I made plans to get together this summer to brainstorm this idea that had mulled around in my brain for years. “I think you’re on to something here,” he’d said, encouraging the tiny spark to flicker brightly once again.

While I would have loved to get him on board and make some headway in turning this idea into something tangible, I filed the “get together this summer” comment in the same faraway place where all the other this-summer-let’s-do conversations ended up—never to be heard from again.

So I was totally blown away when in mid-May he called and announced, “Let’s get those brainstorming sessions on the calendar. You mentioned Wednesdays are good for a long lunch, right?” I mumbled something unintelligible, too stunned to form a coherent sentence. Undaunted, he continued. “Sorry I didn’t call sooner, but I saved every other Wednesday. I figure by the end of summer, we’ll be ready to make a presentation.”

Now words really failed me. But somehow the conversation had continued. The proof now stared back at me from my calendar in two-hour lunch blocks on half the Wednesdays through June, July, and August that bore the notation “lunch w/Brian”.

That first Wednesday, I not only picked up the lunch tab but thanked him profusely for making time for me in what had to be an incredibly busy summer schedule. After all, whose summer schedule wasn’t busy?

“Yeah, we have a lot going on. But this project is important to me.”

“Aren’t you coaching Little League, too? I don’t know how you fit everything into your schedule. Summers fly by so fast that it seems like I blink and it’s over.”

And then he shared his secret to making every summer the best summer ever: get it on the calendar.

“Used to be like that for us too. All these hopeful plans that never came to fruition. Then a couple of years ago we got serious about planning our summers. Now in early May—actually started in April this year—we grab the calendar and begin plotting out all the stuff we want to do. The fun things like outings to the zoo and the kids’ games as well as the not-so-fun stuff like painting the deck. We try to knock out all the major chores around the house by the end of May, so we have more time to enjoy summer.”

I’m sure my mouth hung open in a most unflattering pose as he detailed how the calendar had become their secret weapon for making the most of the summer. And thankfully, he shared some awesome time-saving tips that help them squeeze every spare minute out their summers.

  • His wife does a huge grocery stock-up the first week of June to cut back on all those annoying emergency runs to the store.
  • He hires a couple of teens from the neighborhood to help with the major lawn care.
  • They established a family chore time that has incentivized the kids to pitch in because when the job’s done, they take a family bike ride to get ice cream.
  • They offer double allowances to any child willing to take on additional, age-appropriate household responsibilities that free up some time for mom and dad.
  • Each family member gets to suggest an outing for the family to enjoy together.

On the way home, I swung by the office supply store and purchased a calendar with huge blocks for writing in summer activities. Then after dinner, I called our first “best summer ever” calendar planning session.

At B. Loehr Staffing we understand the importance of life-work balance. We can offer you a position with the freedom and flexibility your lifestyle demands. Contact us today.

 

 

Preparing for Generation Z – Part II

b loehr - gen zGeneration Z has been dubbed “the reality-check generation,” a title they earned as a result of expectations and aspirations tempered by uncertain economic conditions during their formative years. By the year 2020, they’ll make up 20% of the workforce.

Like their predecessors the Millennials, they value creativity and innovation, but they place greater importance on stability and are seen as more pragmatic than Generation Y. They will arrive in the job market looking to build their careers on a solid foundation, and they’ll need managers who understand them to help them get off to the right start.

What should companies expect from Generation Z?

• While many businesses boast of friendly workplace cultures, flexible schedules, and transparent salaries to pique the interest of potential candidates, it appears more career focused perks will get the nod from Gen Z.

Today’s college students ranked opportunity for career growth as the most important aspect of their first job (36%) followed by fulfilling work (19%) and stability (19%). Friendly work environments (10%), flexible schedules (7%), and the highest salary (6%) rank lower in priority.

To attract the top talent in Generation Z, companies will have to demonstrate an interest in and ability to assist their employees in reaching their most important career goals.

• While it’s expected the job-hopping tendencies of Millennials will carry over to the next generation, Gen Zers’ yearning for stability and the establishment of a firm career foundation will provide employers with some ammunition in the retention war.

Companies who make effective and frequent training a priority and who strive to offer a variety of professional development opportunities will realize the greatest opportunity for maintaining a steady, qualified workforce.

It might come as a surprise that this i-everything generation places a high value on key relationships. Being fluent in a world of social media, text messages and email hasn’t usurped their desire for genuine conversations and connections, especially with those in places of authority over them.

They long to be taken seriously, to have their energy and enthusiasm encouraged rather than stamped down. They fear that older generations won’t give them a chance as they actively seek to be part of a team that will embrace their knowledge and skills. They want the opportunity to present their ideas and to join forces with employers who share their passions.

Generation Zers will find their niche within companies who value employee development, who encourage and appreciate their drive to climb the ladder, and who take employee engagement seriously. Companies who aren’t too afraid to embrace this promising generation will benefit from this generation’s technological savvy as well as their focus on continual learning.

B. Loehr Staffing is already striving to attract top-notch talent from among the brightest and best of Generation Z. Allow our staffing experts to match these rising young stars with your company’s open positions. Contact us today.

2016 Yields Positive Hiring Predictions for Graduate

2016 graduates are looking at the rosiest hiring predictions in a decade with well over half of employers planning to hire from this year’s pool of college grads.

More good news: the unemployment rate for recent college graduates is 5.6%, the lowest rate since June 2008, according to a report published by the Economic Policy Institute.

Employers expect to hire 5.2 percent more graduates from the Class of 2016 than they hired from the Class of 2015, according to the report from The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Job Outlook 2016 Spring Update. The NACE’s original report last November announced a heady 11 percent increase over the previous year’s hiring. While the new prediction slashes the number by half, still the forecast is quite favorable.

Reasons cited for the swell in hiring include the need to offset upcoming retirements as well as the importance of building talent pipelines

Even with this promising outlook, striking out to find your first “real” job can be a nerve-wracking proposition. These four proactive do’s and don’ts will set you up for success in the life-after-college world of employment.

DO:

  1. Target what you want to do

While this may sound like a no-brainer, it’s amazing how many graduates shake the college president’s hand, grasp their diploma, and wander off the stage as questions like “Now, what happens?” swirl through their brain.

Simply wanting a job, any job, will make your job search unfocused and likely a disappointment in the end. Applying for everything and anything not only wastes time and energy but too often concludes with the grad accepting something—maybe the first “real” offer—simply to end the search. “Phew, now I have a job,” can quickly turn into, “What was I thinking?”

To avoid wasting precious time only to end up disillusioned, take the time to examine what you like to do and what you hate to do. By now you know where your strengths lie as well as your weak areas. Mesh all of that with your qualifications and skills, your experience and education. This composite of who you are should help you pinpoint several jobs to target on your quest for a “real” job. That will lead to #2:

  1. Put together a list of potential employers

There are many resources that can lead you to potential employers. If you’re seeking a position in a mega-company,  Deloitte Technology Fast 500 and Fortune 500 are good choices. Lists compiled by Forbes, including the Forbes 2000, America’s largest privately-held companies, and Best Places for Business and Careers are also a rich source of ideas.

The Thomas Register of Manufacturers is a help for anyone seeking a position in manufacturing, and the local Chamber of Commerce can offer can help you connect with small to medium size companies.

Networking, however, is your best bet for any industry – from small companies to mega. The more you connect with the right people, the greater your chances of securing the right position. Attending networking events, participating in forums and discussion groups on social media, and participating in community and volunteer events are just a few of the mega networking opportunities available.

Connecting with a staffing company will also net a broad range of potential employers. Not only do staffing companies know the employers, but they also have an inside track to available positions.

Note: Create a spreadsheet to keep track where and when you sent résumés, as well as contact names and other pertinent information about each potential employer.

DON’T:

  1. Fall prey to the “I have too little to offer” syndrome.

Of course your experience is limited. On top of that, your “real world” accomplishments are few and far between, maybe even lame outside of the world of academia. You’ve spent the past four-plus years learning and preparing for a career, which left little time to work in your chosen field. That’s okay. Employers know all of this.

Before you decide you have no choice but to settle for the first job offer you’re lucky enough to receive, take a step back and look at the bigger picture of the last four to eight years of your life. Your project team consistently ranked at the top in the department. Your management skills netted a supervisory position at the coffee shop. You served as a class officer in high school and on the student life committee at college. You brainstormed a successful plan to revamp class scheduling for your major.

Do not sell yourself short but rather focus on what you “handled”, “organized”, or “contributed to” rather than what you feel is lacking.

  1. Be afraid to dream big

Does this sound like you? “I know what I’d love to do. But I have zero experience, and it would stretch my qualifications and skills, so no point in even trying.”

Remember, this first “real job” isn’t likely to be the one you will still be at come retirement. Rather this is the perfect time to get your foot in the door of an industry you’re itching to delve into. Even if your major only vaguely links to this sector, if it appeals to you, there’s no reason not to give it a shot.

Employers want and need enthusiastic, passionate employees and are quite often willing to train candidates who are eager to learn and will give their all to the position.  Personal and family contacts can be of great help in such situations. When someone shares first-hand knowledge about a candidate’s personality and work ethic, that info often tips the scales in the candidate’s favor.

Set your sights high and get that game plan in order. Strive to impress employers with a “go get ’em” attitude and don’t allow what you might lack in experience to deter you. Approach your targeted job opportunities with ambition, energy, and a demonstrated desire to be a valued member of the team.

B. Loehr Staffing’s employees receive the most competitive pay package available as well a benefit program that includes portable medical insurance, referral program, and skills enhancement training. Take the next step in your career by submitting your resume or searching our currently available positions today.