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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.


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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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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 DuganBack in November, it came to light that OSHA had “been aggressively investigating” some temporary staffing agencies, suspicious they hadn’t been complying with governments guidelines set forth in the Temporary Worker Initiative (TWI) of 2013.

TWI was intended to help prevent work-related injuries and illnesses among temps, affording them the same protections as other employees, and obligating agencies and employers to give them the same safety training as full-timers.

NoOSHAThe nut of that statement?  That staffing agencies and employers share the responsibility for keeping temporary workers safe on the job.  Employers can’t assume they’re somehow shielded from liability just because they’ve hired temps, or brought them on through a staffing agency.

In 2014, OSHA conducted 283 worksite inspections involving temps, which may seem slight, but it’s a 322% increase over 2013, when only 67 inspections happened, and only 29 in 2012.  So the current administration is apparently committed to enforcing the TWI’s provisions – with teeth!

So the federal authorities are obviously taking a heightened interest in temporary employees and temp agencies.  What’s it mean to HR and staffing officers inside companies that rely on temps, or are considering hiring temps?


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pat_smallThere are times to utilize temp, temp-to-hire and contract employees, and we’re (obviously!) in favor of all the benefits that brings.  But there’s also a case to be made that fears about hiring in uncertain times translates into a prejudice against the unemployed – a bias that just isn’t justified.
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pat_smallWe love taking clients out for a well-deserved “thank you” for using North Bridge.  Since we’ve got tickets to the Cubs, the Sox, and to our North Bridge Box at Charter One pavilion, we’d love to take you out for a game or a concert.

Just let us know if you’re interested.  It’d be our pleasure!


pat_smallWe’ve got a lot of great openings on hand right now, for the right people.  Remember, too, that North Bridge has a referral bonus program if you submit the right candidate for any of our positions – like these:


pat_smallWow. Is there anything more exciting than playoff hockey?  Not when it’s a nail-biter of a series between rivals like our Blackhawks and the Red Wings.  Followed up by a total dethroning of the Kings!  The Bruins are next in line, in an Original 6 matchup that’ll rattle the rafters in both towns!

After a dynamite season and a playoff run that’s demonstrated the talent and grit of this team, it looks like the Hawks may have the momentum it takes to go the whole grueling distance.  But we won’t jinx things by making too many cocky predictions (like the Detroit Free Press did, back when) – we’ll just root for Crawford, Kane, Toews and the rest of the guys to beat Boston and bring Lord Stanley’s Cup home one more time!

Go Hawks!



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