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Working with a recruiter is a great way to break into the job world. Recruiters work directly with the hiring managers and know all the ins and outs of the interview process. Not only can recruiters find you a long term job, but can also open your eyes up to a variety of different positions for you to see how you like. But remember, you aren’t the only person working with that recruiter. Here are 7 tips / tricks / ideas to keep in mind.

1. Honesty

Tell the truth. The recruiter will always be truthful to you, so expect to do the same. In the end, both you and the recruiter want to find you a job. If you are interviewing with other companies, tell your recruiter. No, that will not take you out of the running for any positions. Just be honest with your recruiter so you both are on the same page and nothing comes as a surprise attack.

2. Pick up the Phone

If you decide to work with a recruiter you are committing to answering your phone. When your recruiter calls you, most of the time it is good news. If your recruiter leaves you a voicemail, call them back. Just keep in mind when going on with your daily activities to be available to talk and be responsive.

3. Respectful

Be patient. Unfortunately, you are not the only person working with the recruiter. They work with various different people and clients. Be patient and respectful when contacting your recruiter. Communicate with them when you have updates or questions. The recruiter will 100% reach out to you as soon as they hear any new information. Keep in mind that the recruiter will coach you on the client, and prep you for your interview, just be patient with them.

4. Available

The recruiting and staffing industry is a very time sensitive industry. Sometimes they will get an assignment that starts for the very next day. If you are serious about finding a job, be available. You are on the client/recruiters time, not your own.

5. Check In

Do not bombard the recruiter with calls daily asking if they have any jobs open. They will contact you when they have a match. With that being said, check in every so often. Call every two weeks, or send a quick e-mail checking in.

6. Be Open

Don’t be set on a certain industry and a certain salary. Be open to hearing about other companies and other positions. You never know what you might be a good fit for!

7. Decision…Commit

It’s as simple as this- if you decide to accept an interview, commit to the interview and show up. If you decide to take a position, work that position as hard as you can. Make a decision and commit to your decision.


hiremeHiring recent graduates is something employers can go back and forth about. I strongly believe that companies should in fact hire recent graduates. When I say recent graduates I mean ones that show qualities such as determination.

With hiring recent graduates, not only do you gain fresh ideas, but motivation to make an impact and eagerness to earn success. As the world evolves, companies need to be adaptable to new technology and stay current in order to succeed. With hiring recent graduates allows opportunity for them to share all of their fresh knowledge they just learned, along with being up to date with current trends and ways to attract new business.

Employers could say that recent graduates have no experience in the real world, which is somewhat true, but how do you gain experience if no one is willing to give you a chance? Hiring recent graduates is like a clean canvas, it gives them the opportunity to prove themselves and show why they are qualified for a position, as well as incorporating obstacles they’ve overcame from past jobs and internships. Don’t get me wrong, there are two types of people, ones that are determined to succeed and others that lack motivation and want to achieve without putting in the work. You just have to weed out the bad ones, which shouldn’t be too difficult. A dedicated recent graduate’s resume will be A+ worthy.

Recent graduates also come with motivation to make an impact, with spending majority of their life in school they are ready to get out in the real world and apply everything they just learned. People often disagree and say that recent graduates are just interested in compensation, which plays a factor in everybody, but it is way more than just that. Recent graduates are motivated to land a job so they can continue learning newer skills, improving themselves as an employee, and providing skills and knowledge to add value to a company.

Lastly, I believe that recent graduates want to earn success. Being able to push and challenge yourself every day to achieve success is a quality that recent graduates possess. Before employers turn their heads to recent graduates I would like them to think about what comes with hiring recent graduates.

I strongly believe that recent graduates who are determined to succeed, motivated to work, have the ability to learn from obstacles that may come their way and are loyal are ones worth hiring.


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1. You can only get a temporary job, no such thing as a “real job”

Jobs available through staffing agencies are REAL jobs. When you receive an offer from a company though a staffing firm, you are receiving a real job. Not only are you getting a real job, but also real work experience. Even if your position is 2-weeks or 2-months, you never know what the position could turn into. Temporary employees have a better chance of turning their position into a permanent one by proving they are an asset to the company.

2. The pay isn’t as good

If this was true, no one would use staffing agencies. Companies have a set budget for all of their employees. Employees are compensated based on their experience. Your pay does not depend on how you obtain the position. Employers value hard work and want to compensate you for your time and work.

3. Placement with a company only last a short amount of time

One thing you will notice is that it all depends on the assignment / the company’s needs. Positions vary from 2 days to 16 weeks, to 12 months, or longer. Staffing agencies do offer non-permanent jobs, which allow you to get the feel for a work environment and to figure out what you like and don’t like. On the other hand, agencies do offer positions that you could end up at for the rest of your life. The beauty of working with an agency is that you get exposed to a variety of different companies, positions, and experience.

4. We only staff entry-level positions

Companies use staffing agencies to fill all different types of positions. They offer a range from professional positions, to senior-level, entry-level and positions that require a certain specialty. Staffing companies want to show off their candidates and help them further their careers.

At North Bridge Staffing Group, we are your source for outstanding temporary, temporary-to-hire and direct hire career opportunities. We have preferred placements with Chicagoland’s leading companies in a wide variety of industries. And our diverse employment options give you flexibility and choice, so you can find an ideal short-term, long-term, temp-to-hire or direct hire assignment.

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Trend: “A general direction in which something is developing or changing.”Trends

It is easy to point out the trends in food and fashion (thank you very much social media), but resume trends, not so much. Truth be told, on an average, recruiters spend only 6 seconds reviewing a resume. I would think that it would take 6 seconds just to read the person’s bio, but that may just be me. In reality that just proves how similar, redundant and unoriginal everyone’s resumes are appearing to be. I know, I thought my resume was polished and perfected too…little did I realize that it needed a whole new makeover, head to toe.

So where do you even being to start with fixing your resume? This brings us to trend:

#1 Professional Prepared Resumes

Errors! Errors and typos will draw attention to the viewer. The smallest typo could set someone off. Make sure you get your there, their, and they’re correct. Not to mention brushing up on the comma rules. Back in 2013, CareerBuilder surveyed hiring managers, human resource professionals and workers across the board. This is what they found: “58% of employers pointed out typos the most common problem they saw in resumes. 36% of them said they were seeing resumes that were too generic, and 32% of them identified “copying a large amount of wording from the job posting” as a problem.

So this brings us back to where do you even begin. You could start with using a grammar software such as Grammarly. That will get rid of the errors, but not the generic content. John Laurens, a human resources manager from Resumes Planet strongly believes if you are not proficient in resume writing, you will make a mistake. He said, “You’ll either write a generic resume or you’ll get into too many details.  A professional writer is aware of the standards of different industries.” Laurens also believes that your chances of getting an interview if they hire a professional writer will increase.

#2: Personality Will Play an Even Greater Role

Have you ever hung out with a group of people who shared no similar interests to you? The conversation usually ends up pretty awkward and boring. Well, imagine landing yourself a new job that you are so excited about…but not meshing with your coworkers. Personality traits are just as important if not more, as your core skills. You can train someone on skills, but not their personality. Laura Handrick, human resources staff writer says: “Job search continues to be personal. People don’t hire from paper, they hire people they trust will do a great job in the role.” People hire real people.

So after you apply, follow up with a friendly phone call or see if you have any mutual connections that work at the company. Failing to follow up puts you at the bottom of the list.

#3: Social Media Will Get More Important

70% of employers are screening candidates via social media before hiring them. 54% have decided not to hire a candidate after screening their social media profiles, and 57% are less likely to consider someone for an interview if they can’t find them online.” So social media means serious business! Think again before you post something or share a post, people are always looking.

Comparing Facebook and LinkedIn, Facebook has 1.86 billion users and LinkedIn has 433 million members. Both social platforms are filled with demographic information, based on how much you share. “This will be key for employers as they target their job ads in order to reach the candidates with proper credentials.”

#4 Digital Resumes and Portfolios

Have you ever applied for a job posting through the mail? You probably didn’t even know that was a thing. The internet is the most important function when it comes to your job search, right? Alec Sears, human resources manager from Frontier Communications, says: “In 2018 you will see a shift towards digital resumes and portfolios. The format of the resume itself won’t change much…but wise job-seekers will utilize personal websites, online portfolios and even LinkedIn connections to stand out.”

So there you have it, the top 2018 trends. Get the ball rolling and start working on your resume today. Reach out to a few old friends or connections and ask for career advice. Consider brushing up on your public speaking or do a mock interview with your mom. Most importantly, clean up your social media and delete anything you wouldn’t want your grandma seeing. Turn yourself into a trendsetter today and make your resume stand out!

We are always hiring for positions. Apply online today. We promise we will take a long look at your resume! http://northbridgestaffing.com/

https://www.thejobnetwork.com/resume-job-search-trends-will-dominate-2018/


What to expect in the 2018 job market. Lucky for us, an increase in jobs!

According to Crains, health sciences and information technology sectors see the greatest ten-year increase by 2018. Illinois itself looks at nearly 7 million jobs in the 2018 year. California, Florida, New York, and Texas take the lead just in front of us as we rank 5th in terms of total jobs in 2018.

“The number of health sciences positions are expected to jump 25% during the ten-year period to about 570,000, while jobs in business, management and administration are seen as comprising the largest cluster, representing about 41% of the Illinois workforce.”

Even better news for 2018 graduates: “College graduates, especially, will see a strong boost in their job prospects. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers plan to hire 4 percent more members from the Class of 2018 than from the previous graduating cohort.”

With the New Year kicking off, there are 5 trends to be looking out for throughout the course of the year.

1. Artificial Intelligence is changing the future of work

As you may now notice in a few places you order your food on a kiosk without the help of anyone. Food chains and warehouses are starting to use more automated order pickers. This trend will accelerate this coming year.

2. Modernization of mobile job applications

Companies will begin to create tools that will allow people to apply for jobs though their phone. Apply on the go!

3. Job growth in healthcare, technology, and labor-intensive roles

Essentially positions that don’t make sense to automate will grow.

4. Increased transparency in the application and interview process

“I will keep your resume on file.” This year employers will put more visibility into the application and status of the job in real time. No more waiting and receiving nothing! Let’s hope.

5. Encouraging employee passions through role experimentation

With wanting to support and retain employees, companies will find ways you create more specific jobs outside of the role. In order to do that, these positions will suit their abilities and encourage their passions.

If these trends follow through, we will have to be the judge. New Year, New Job Market. Happy 2018!


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presentIt’s that time of the year again, CHRISTMAS! The holiday for peppermint drinks, gingerbread cookies, eggnog, Santa, and of course, gift giving. Your credit card may get swiped one too many times and you may enjoy one too many treats, but it’s all for the good of the holiday. I’m sure you all can guess what the tops gifts and gadgets are going to be before I tell you, but in case you don’t already know, here you go:

1. Up-to-date Polaroid Camera

  • Yes, welcome back 1947. The new hot item, the Fujifilm instant photo camera. Does the same thing as a Polaroid camera, but has a totally new makeover!

2. The Echo Dot

  • Alexa, play my Spotify Christmas playlist. Alexa, set an alarm for 7am. She is a genius. Alexa can play music, set alarms, provide information, and read the news all with just telling her what to do.

3. Keurig

  • Coffee obviously tastes way better being brewed through your shiny, sleek, new Keurig. A Keurig is a common gift, because it is often something that you will not buy yourself because of the price, but would most definitely love it if someone else bought it for you. Time to throw out the old coffee pot and enjoy a nice cup of joe with the press of a button.

4. Oil Diffuser

  • Fun gift that you probably wouldn’t buy for yourself, but you will love it anyways. It diffuses essential oils to make a room smell great or to help with relaxation.

5. Himalayan Salt Lamp

  • Salt lamps are all the new rage. Said to purify the air and are good for your health. Who knows if they actually work or not, but they do look great in any home.

In my eyes, the best gifts are intangible ones. The ultimate gift would be the gift of a new opportunity: a fresh start, new co-workers, a new routine, and tons of room to learn new things. If you are happy with you current job, by all means carry on. But, if you’ve been unsatisfied or on the search for a change, North Bridge Staffing can help you.

We want to give you an opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge that will give you the competitive advantage you need to grow in a career. North Bridge Staffing is the company to trust when it comes to your employment needs. We are dedicated to recognizing hard work and loyalty, because we believe that’s the key to success-yours and ours. www.northbridgestaffing.com


Thanksgiving DinnerWhat comes to your mind when you think Thanksgiving- how you’re going to eat your body weight in mashed potatoes? Dreaded talk with the family about where you are in your life? A competitive neighborhood game of football? Being thankful? Whatever it may be, think for a second, what if turkey was not the staple of the meal.

Sweet potatoes with brown sugar and warm marshmallows, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole with perfectly crisp french onions, warm buttery rolls, turkey and ham, cranberry sauce, and a plethora of sweets fulfilling your inner sugar cravings. Now this is what a Thanksgiving feast may often look like, give or take a few things.

Can we think for another second, how would we live off a weeks’ worth of Thanksgiving leftovers without a refrigerator? I’ll tell you, you could say goodbye to turkey and ham sandwiches for lunch. No more getting out all of the containers and dumping spoonful’s on your plate to re-heat and plopping yourself on the couch. What would we have to look forward too after thanksgiving?

In 1966, two-layered pumpkin-mince pie was the main dish. Not turkey? But don’t worry, green bean casserole made the menu, all thanks for Dorcas Reilly, Campbell Soup employee. *thankful* Other dishes included: celery hearts, ripe and green olives, cranberry-pear relish, and clear mushroom soup.

Gelatin dishes were served as desserts. Fun fact- home refrigerators were very pricey at the time so if you owned one, that really showed off your status. I don’t know about you all, but I am not mad about gelatin desserts disappearing. Pumpkin pie and pecan pie hold a special place in my stomach. So there you have it, a little history lesson, feel free to use for a conversation starter at the dinner table.

Here at North Bridge Staffing we just want to wish everyone a HAPPY & SAFE THANKSGIVING! We are thankful for each and every one of you.

If you are looking for a new opportunity or to fill a position, we would love to help you. Cheers!!

http://www.medicaldaily.com/thanksgiving-2016-vs1966-how-traditional-holiday-meal-evolved-over-past-50-404884


What comes to your mind when you think Thanksgiving- how you’re going to eat your body weight in mashed potatoes? Dreaded talk with the family about where you are in your life? A competitive neighborhood game of football? Being thankful? Whatever it may be, think for a second, what if turkey was not the staple of the meal.

Sweet potatoes with brown sugar and warm marshmallows, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole with perfectly crisp french onions, warm buttery rolls, turkey and ham, cranberry sauce, and a plethora of sweets fulfilling your inner sugar cravings. Now this is what a Thanksgiving feast may often look like, give or take a few things.

Can we think for another second, how would we live off a weeks’ worth of thanksgiving leftovers without a refrigerator? I’ll tell you, you could say goodbye to turkey and ham sandwiches for lunch. No more getting out all of the containers and dumping spoonful’s on your plate to re-heat and plopping yourself on the couch. What would we have to look forward too after thanksgiving?

In 1966, two-layered pumpkin-mince pie was the main dish. Not turkey? But don’t worry, green bean casserole made the menu, all thanks for Dorcas Reilly, Campbell Soup employee. *thankful* Other dishes included: celery hearts, ripe and green olives, cranberry-pear relish, and clear mushroom soup.

Gelatin dishes were served as desserts. Fun fact- home refrigerators were very pricey at the time so if you owned one, that really showed off your status. I don’t know about you all, but I am not mad about gelatin desserts disappearing. Pumpkin pie and pecan pie hold a special place in my stomach. So there you have it, a little history lesson, feel free to use for a conversation started.

Here at North Bridge Staffing we just want to wish everyone a HAPPY & SAFE THANKSGIVING! We are thankful for each and every one of you. Cheers!!

If you are looking for a new opportunity or to fill a position, we would love to help you!

http://www.medicaldaily.com/thanksgiving-2016-vs1966-how-traditional-holiday-meal-evolved-over-past-50-404884


generationsMillennials: The largest living generation, now up against the current generation, Gen Z.  Both generations contain a few similarities, but many differences. “These differences are sure to prompt additional adjustment when it comes to leadership, recruiting, parenting, and marketing.” How will Gen Z rank compared to Millennials in the work force?

Millennials are often described as money spenders all because of the avocado toast phase. If you are unaware, avocado toast is exactly what it sounds like- avocado, on a piece of toast. Have you tried avocado toast? Are you outside of the millennial era? People spend thousands of dollars on coffee every year, what’s the difference.

Millennials also classified as: Thinking it’s cool not to care and being so absorbed in social media that they are socially illiterate. But we are forgetting about all the positives that came from millennials. Millennials are known for being a voice of their own. They may be absorbed in social media, but they are very tech savvy and express themselves through pictures.

“By now, the oldest millennials are 35. They aren’t children anymore – in fact, a majority of them are leaders with decision-making power and direct reports.”

On the other hand Generation Z is, “Growing up in a healthier economy and appear eager to be cut loose. They don’t wait for their parents to teach them things or tell them how to make decisions. Gen Z is already out in the world, curious and driven, investigating how to obtain relevant professional experience before college.” But what does this mean for the work force?

Defined as anyone born after 1995, Generation Z is marked by crisis. 9/11 and two economic recessions. With watching the struggle of the job market, Gen Z is defined to be more careful when it comes to finances. Much like many Millennials, Gen Z has never lived in a world without cell phones, computers, and the internet.

Gen Z is already stepping into entry-level jobs, how will this generation work? Ryan Jenkins, a next generation speaker shares how Generation Z differs from Millennials: more pragmatic, more cautious, more money conscious, more face-to-face, less noticed, more global, more individualistic, more tech dependent, less parented, more early-starts, more disruptive, more multi-tasking, less focused, and more entrepreneurial.

Less focused but more entrepreneurial…how does that work? Alexandra Levit stated, “Even if you’re a small operation, you can still have a Gen Z internship program. These children are so mature and they learn so fast, they might just be ready to take over by the time they’re 22.”

Ryan Jenkins shared the similarities between the two.

-”Both generations are extremely interested in building their personal brand by gaining transferable skills that they cant ake to any job or leverage to become an entrepreneur.”

-”60% of Generation Z wants to have an impact on the world. And 84% of Millennials say making a difference in the world is more important than professional recognition.”

-”The most important workplace factor for Generation Z is opportunity for advancement. The #1 reason Millennials leave organizations is due to lack of career opportunity.”

Do you believe that these are true difference and similarities between the two? Are you a millennial that doesn’t fit into the stereotype? Share your opinion. Ambitious, ready for a change, need a new opportunity, check out our open positions at www.Northbridgestaffing.com

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/29/jobs/make-way-for-generation-z.html

http://blog.ryan-jenkins.com/2015/06/08/15-aspects-that-highlight-how-generation-z-is-different-from-millennials


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What is your resolution going to be this upcoming year?As the winter holidays come to an end, we all chose one day to set a resolution. Maybe we are feeling guilty about all eggnog, pumpkin pie, gingerbread cookies, and holiday treats, or feeling inspired to change to make a difference. Out of all the days, we decide that the New Year is a year for something different. Many of us active gym goers may dread this time of the year, because that only means one thing, packed fitness centers. A little over a month rolls around and you notice a decrease in attendance. Are people that likely to quit? On average, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February…one month later. Why is the failure rate so high?

According to Business Insider, common resolutions include: exercise more often, time management, save money, learn a new language, build your personal brand, manage stress and land a new job.

Exercise more often. As in: exercise 2 hours a day, exercise 5 times a week, run 10 miles a week, life 5lbs heavier every week. What does “exercise more often” exactly mean to you? Setting a resolution is a great start, but  focusing deeper into the why of your resolution is what will make it stay. I want to follow a half marathon training schedule, and run a half marathon by May.

Let’s focus on “landing a new job” made the list of common resolutions. That is a BIG resolution to work towards. We can all relate to how discouraging and draining the job search can be. Hours spent tweaking your resume to fit a job description, searching job boards every second of every minute, and constantly refreshing your e-mail. Business Insider says, “Millennials are predicted to change jobs four times before they turn 32 years-old.” This makes you think, are people just applying to apply, or applying for the money aspect?

Before you chose to set your resolution, you may want to set mini goals to help you get to that resolution. I’m going to sign up for a gym memberships; I’m going to take a cycling class every Saturday, etc.

For landing a job: hire a recruiter, attend a resume workshop, get on the phone more often than e-mailing, connect with old friends, talk to friends of friends and ask for help. Regardless, are 80% of people failing to meet their resolutions because they physically can’t achieve them or because they have no motivation to work towards them? Think about how you will go upon successfully achieving your resolution before you decide on one.

Set yourself up for success and be one of the 20% of people who succeed towards their resolution. And if that may be landing a new job, check out www.Northbridgestaffing.com. We’d love to help!

http://www.businessinsider.com/new-years-resolutions-courses-2016-12/%20-%20exercise-more-often-1




Pat Dugan

Innovation is essential to growth in any space, but it’s become a cornerstone of the American economy with the loss of industrial and manufacturing strength. Coming to Chicago from May 2 to June 1 is the UChicago Innovation Fest 2017, which is all about spurring exactly the kind of innovation we need to keep moving forward.

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The University community and the public will come together to listen, consider and speculate about ventures and science that will lead our communities in years to come in areas of technology, science and the arts.

Much like the old-timey “World’s Fairs” where inventions and ideas were display to remind us all of our human capacity as creators, the Innovation Fest will host workshops, discussions and competitions.
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Pat DuganA recent Crain’s survey informed us that among over 650-plus Chicago-area men and women surveyed in January, 62% —nearly 2 out of 3—said changing companies was necessary for advancement in the local job market.

We know this isn’t a Chicago issue per sé but we do know that certain industries offer fewer opportunities for growth and increased income than others. Frequently large CPG firms, common in this area, take the brunt of not allowing the growth or compensation opportunities needed to make a long stay worthwhile. Rather than waiting for promotions, people are leaving.

Foster GrowthWhile many suggest the Millennial generation, followed by their predecessor Gen Xers, tend to move with the highest frequency, we’ve got a few suggestions on how better to manage churn.  In fact, there are even strong arguments that encourage moves that support both employer and employee.
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Pat DuganNo matter the burdens we’re facing of a divided government or a deeply affected constituency with its own divides, the light is always there —if we care to see it.

The future is bright, and getting brighter according to observations made about a new generation whose pragmatism, entrepreneurial curiosity and realism are being tapped into as the next best thing.

Generation Z is available for hire.

Generation ZFollowing the Millennial generation is a group making up approximately 25% of the population; all-in-all, bigger than the Baby Boomers or the Millennials. According to Hal Brotheim, author of Introducing Generation Z, they’ll be better future employees.


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