Top 8 Misconceptions

Written By: James Beath, Chairman / Co-Founder & James Paquette, Vice Chairman / Co-Founder

Being at almost full employment, still leaves a lot of jobs unfilled. According to Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive officer of the American Staffing Association, there are close to six million current open positions in the U.S.  This demand is why the staffing industry is still growing and projected to grow for years to come.  There are some misconceptions of staffing firms with how they operate and go about finding right talent for their clients.

Top 8 Misconceptions about Staffing Companies

  1. It is expensive to use a staffing company.
    • It is cheaper to use a company vs. the production loss of a position not being filled.
  2. Businesses use all the same resume banks as staffing companies. –
    • Good staffing companies / recruiters don’t fill positions from resume banks.
  3. We only have short term positions.
    • We do have short term, but majority of positions offer the opportunity to go direct and we also have a lot of Direct Hire Positions.
  4. We don’t just send resumes.
    • We have an extensive screening process.
  5. We don’t find jobs for people.
    • We find people for jobs.
  6. We don’t call candidates knowing they are not a good fit.
    • We call candidates thinking that all their responsibilities may not be on their resume. We don’t assume anything.
  7. We are not trying to put HR staff out of work.
    • We are an extension of them.
  8. Reliance One is not a typical staffing company.
    • We founded it on the basis of doing things the right way.
    • Examples: We call candidates back, we are not afraid to tell candidates that they did / did not get a position, our recruiters build relationships with their candidates and are required to meet with every one of them.

Reliance One Inc. is a minority-owned, MMSDC-certified staffing corporation headquartered in Michigan with offices in Lisle, Illinois and Irving, Texas. Reliance One is focused on matching the ideal professional to a client’s specific needs for both long-term, short-term, or project based positions (including temporary, temporary to direct, or direct). Our sales and recruiting teams can be reached at 248-922-4500 or resume@reliance-one.com.

 

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Sources:

https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2017/08/04/bls-staffing-job-growth-continues-july/

My Favorite 5! Leadership Book Reviews

Written By: Chad Toms, VP of National Sales, Sales

#3 is American Turnaround by Ed Whitacre.  I have read this book twice now.  Ed Whitacre could be one of the most down to earth executives to ever walk the earth.  He is from South Texas and his father worked for the railroad.  He came from the small town of Ennis, Texas where after graduation he decided to follow a different path than his father.  He started as an intern at AT&T, in college, and worked his way all the way to CEO.

During his career, he made so many great decisions.  His biggest and best was personally signing a 5 year exclusive agreement to be the carrier for the iPhone.  He had numerous meetings with Steve Jobs and he helped bring the most iconic piece of plastic to life.  The stories on his interactions with Steve Jobs are amazing.  That device now impacts most of the planet!

He speaks openly and candid about his time within GM.  He felt that is was his patriotic duty to guide them through bankruptcy.  He changed so many things there in his short time; the biggest was the reporting structure.  He made tough personnel decisions and identified future leaders who are still at the top of the company today.  I love how he would walk the halls and speak to all of the employees.  He would often eat lunch in the food court as opposed to the executive lunch room.  He felt that he was a regular guy and he loved the time that he spent with GM’s employees.  If you work for GM, ever supported GM, or ever had a family member that works there, it is a must read.   He is a brilliant man!

Reliance One Inc. is a minority-owned, MMSDC-certified staffing corporation headquartered in Michigan with offices in Lisle, Illinois and Irving, Texas. Reliance One is focused on matching the ideal professional to a client’s specific needs for both long-term, short-term, or project based positions (including temporary, temporary to direct, or direct). Our sales and recruiting teams can be reached at 248-922-4500 or resume@reliance-one.com.

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My Favorite 5! Leadership Book Reviews

Written By: Chad Toms, VP of National Sales, Sales

#2 is a book that I just read; Bo’s Lasting Lessons written by John U Bacon. I absolutely loved this book!  Wow, what a perfect book on leadership.  Bo Schembechler took over a long-standing program in 1968, at Michigan, and felt they were soft.  He knew that he had a lot of work to do.  It was not the Michigan that you now know.  The team had no weight room or practice facility – they worked out by running stairs in Yost Arena and watched film in the storage room under the baseball field.  He declared “Those Who Stay Will Be Champions.”  And, he was right.  Those who stayed became Big Ten Champions that first year.  Many quit and did not want to put in the work.  Those that stayed, worked like they had never done before and they achieved.  In the end, Michigan was tough and fearless.  The hard work helped them believe they were champions.  They beat an undefeated Ohio State team that year and it started what was known as the 10 Year Way between Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes at Ohio State.  This could become my favorite book as I loved every page.

I especially enjoyed reading about Reggie McKenzie who later played for Buffalo and Seattle in the NFL.  He was one of the first African – American players to come to Michigan, just after the riots in Detroit in 1967.  It was a difficult time in our history, but for Bo, it didn’t matter what color you were.  If you did your job and were a great teammate, it simply did not matter.  I met Reggie earlier this year and now to read about his personal story, I was blown away!  I cannot wait to see him again and share the experience with him.  There are tremendous tributes from his players, coaches, and friends, at the end.  It was quite an emotional experience to read that part … especially on a plane to Texas!  I was the teary eye guy in 12A and I got a few odd looks, I am sure!

The book was published shortly after Bo’s death.  The book was such an easy read and every part of his leadership approach was spot on and applicable to any business.  My favorite part was goal setting and also him setting clear expectations on Day One.  You always knew were you stood on that team and you knew what the expectations were.  The seniors drove those teams; it didn’t matter if you were Jim Harbaugh, Dan Dierdorf, or a walk on player that you never heard of.  If you were a senior, you sat in the front of the meeting room, with both shoes on the floor!  No favoritism!  If you were a freshman regardless of your abilities, you sat in the back of the room!

There were a lot of great stories throughout.  I loved the two stories of walk on players who gave it their all, Donnie Warner and Brad Bates.  They both went 100% every day and never stopped believing in themselves.  They both had great careers at Michigan and later went on to be successes in life.  This book is perfect for any leader of any organization; it will make you a better person.

Reliance One Inc. is a minority-owned, MMSDC-certified staffing corporation headquartered in Michigan with offices in Lisle, Illinois and Irving, Texas. Reliance One is focused on matching the ideal professional to a client’s specific needs for both long-term, short-term, or project based positions (including temporary, temporary to direct, or direct). Our sales and recruiting teams can be reached at 248-922-4500 or resume@reliance-one.com.

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Giving Back

Written By: Emily Qualls, Onboarding Specialist, Administration

 

At Reliance One, we build teams who work hard, play hard, but this goes much further than the office. More importantly, we like to give back to the community. From golf sponsorships to flip flops in the office, we support and strengthen the communities around us. We call this the R1 Impact.

 

On the Course: What better way to play and give back than a round of golf? You can find us on the course at some of these upcoming outings.

  • Highlander Hacker 2017 – August 13th, 2017 (Benefiting Rochester Athletes)
  • 2017 Lear Golf Classic – September 11th, 2017 (Benefiting Winning Futures) 
  • The Cooper Standard Foundation – September 25th, 2017 (2017 Charity Golf Outing)

Red Nose Day: So, a little less “play” and back to that “work hard” stuff. Okay, okay, so maybe we clown around in the office sometimes, too, but for good reason! On March 24th, R1 Impact took it a little bit further from home when every Reliance One employee was given a red nose to wear for Red Nose Day. Together, we can make a difference in a child’s life by raising money and awareness for kids around the world living in poverty, and have a little fun doing it, too!

 

Dreams Come True: The Rainbow Connection makes dreams come true for Michigan children with life threatening illnesses and offers support to the families. This hits us close to home since, well, it is close to home, and some of the children associated with program are children we know. The typical amount to grant a wish is around $5,000, give or take. Reliance One has been fortunate enough to sponsor 3 wishes since our journey with The Rainbow Connection, among other contributions through fundraisers like our Christmas Toy Drive and Bring Your Child to Work Day – Community Service Project. In order to make dreams come true, we need help from our team. We support our wish fund through some of these fun events!

 

Hat Day: There’s no rivalry the like one that occurs when everyone in the office gets to wear their favorite sport team’s gear! The R1 team made a monetary donation to wear their favorite hat for the day.

 

Flip Flop Day: Our team got to bring the idea of the outside sunshine into the office as they slipped out of their high heels and into their flip flops for the day!

 

Left, Right, Center: Grab the dice! Nothing kicks off an afternoon better than an intense game of LRC just after lunch. Each employee contributes $3 to the game. The winner takes half the pot, and the other half goes into our wish fund. If we’re lucky, we have time for another round before we call Zone.

 

Wrapping for a Cause: You’ll find us at Carson’s of Rochester near the holiday season wrapping customers’ purchases for donations. We may not wrap it like Santa’s elves, but hey, it’s the thought that counts, right?

 

We’re building teams here at Reliance One – teams who help communities and each other grow, and we have fun doing it!

Reliance One Inc. is a minority-owned, MMSDC-certified staffing corporation headquartered in Michigan with offices in Lisle, Illinois and Irving, Texas. Reliance One is focused on matching the ideal professional to a client’s specific needs for both long-term, short-term, or project based positions (including temporary, temporary to direct, or direct). Our sales and recruiting teams can be reached at 248-922-4500 or resume@reliance-one.com.

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My Favorite 5! Leadership Book Reviews

Written By: Chad Toms, VP of National Sales, Sales

If you’ve ever met me, you know that I love to read.  This year, I have already read at least 12 books! I really enjoy books that display real-life examples of leadership.  The stories share special opportunities for growth through challenging times, all while facing adversity.  Leadership comes in many examples; a new leader stepping in, or stepping up, but always inspiring and teaching along the way.  My favorite books are true life stories where a leader starts a new company, takes over an existing company, or eve someone who is the coach of a sports team!  These are the leadership icons that get me fired up.

My #1 favorite is American Icon (Alan Mulally And The Fight To Save Ford Motor Company) by Bryce Hoffman.  I read this a few years ago and I don’t think that I ever put it down!  I’ve always been a huge fan of American History; it was one of my favorite subjects in school.  I remember reading about the Dodges, the Fords, the Rockefellers, the Carnegies and on and on.  Having lived through the economic collapse of 2008 to 2010, I lived through my own personal history lesson.  I watched the auto companies fight, scratch and claw to survive.  The entire economy was on life support.

Every day was a test to see who would be standing at the end of the day.  I remember watching the CEOs on C-Span getting grilled for their choices and ultimate failures.  During those sessions, I remember how Alan Mulally carried himself and I thought, wow, this guy gets it.  I was impressed by his approach and ability to communicate.  At that moment, I recognized that he was different than most and I realized that he was an asset to his company.  They were lucky to have him at the helm.  In 2012, I listened to an interview on WJR, an author, Bryce Hoffman.  He talked about how Alan Mulally was recruited to Ford by Bill Ford, Jr.  Bryce spoke of how Bill understood his own limitations and he knew that he needed a savior from the outside.  Bryce then mentioned an excerpt being printed in the paper.  As soon as I got to the office, I rushed to my computer and quickly read the excerpt and I was hooked!  It is a story of how Alan Mulally was able to guide a 100+ year old family-owned company through the most challenging time in their history.  He rode out the economic firestorm, stockpiled cash, made difficult decisions, invested in future products and then he led his employees!

After reading the book, I realized that my personality and leadership style was similar to Alan’s.  It validated my own leadership potential and my belief in myself.  I later met Bryce Hoffman and he personally autographed 36 copies of American Icon for me.  It was such a rush to have him come to Reliance One that day to personally meet our team.  I gave those copies away to every leader that I could think of … leaders from Reliance One, leaders at my clients, and my personal friends & family.  I hope that every one of those purchases helped leaders lead just like Alan did.

To this day, I am not sure if Bryce liked me because I bought 36 copies of his books or because I loved his book so much!  We keep in touch to this day.  He just had my personal copy of Icon signed by Alan Mulally.  Wow, what a rush.  I just cracked open Bryce’s 2nd book, Red Teaming.  A life story about how Bryce was the first civilian to go to Red Teaming School for the US Army.  It is another game-changer book and it will be sure to impact so many people.

Reliance One Inc. is a minority-owned, MMSDC-certified staffing corporation headquartered in Michigan with offices in Lisle, Illinois and Irving, Texas. Reliance One is focused on matching the ideal professional to a client’s specific needs for both long-term, short-term, or project based positions (including temporary, temporary to direct, or direct). Our sales and recruiting teams can be reached at 248-922-4500 or resume@reliance-one.com.

 

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Blocking and Tackling For Meetings

Written By: Rob Wicker, VP of Recruitment and Operations

As many sports team’s head to the practice field to prepare for another season it made me think of how every team starts out – working on the fundamentals.  The planning for a practice is probably more important than the practice itself and the same goes for a well-run meeting.  When planning a meeting make sure you consider the following best practices:

  1. Define what you are trying to get out of the meeting (or if you need to even have a meeting).
  2. Make sure you have a detailed agenda.
  3. Organize your presentations and handouts to compliment what you are attempting to accomplish.
  4. Only invite people that will participate in the meeting.
  5. Wrap up your meeting with next steps and clear expectations.

Just like a great head coach, it is important to have a detailed game plan for a successful outcome.  Put these best practices into your routine and watch the productivity and wins add up!

Reliance One Inc. is a minority-owned, MMSDC-certified staffing corporation headquartered in Michigan with offices in Lisle, Illinois and Irving, Texas. Reliance One is focused on matching the ideal professional to a client’s specific needs for both long-term, short-term, or project based positions (including temporary, temporary to direct, or direct). Our sales and recruiting teams can be reached at 248-922-4500 or resume@reliance-one.com.

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Think Like A Coach

By: James Paquette – Co-Founder / Owner

Imagine that you have just landed your dream job and you finally feel that you can focus on your career.  You meet the team and the first few weeks fly by. After training you find yourself struggling and request a meeting with the manager. The manager can choose to either coach this person or react in a way that discourages them. This scenario is a common workplace issue that occurs when hiring new talent. Training is critical to the individual’s success – follow up must occur for the entire duration of the team member’s tenure.

In less than one month, Reliance One is dedicating a whole day to Manager Training. In the end, our employees will be focusing on these key attributes of being a good coach. “You don’t win with X’s and O’s. What you win with is people.” Joe Gibbs

  • Be empathetic to those around you
  • Be selfless by putting your team first
  • Be a good communicator
  • Listen to your team for advice – you are not all-knowing
  • Define a realistic career path for your team members

 

Many people are placed into a management role because they have demonstrated great performance. We must shift that dynamic and help them to become a successful manager by providing them the right coaching and training. People are the foundation of our business and they need to know that we care.

Reliance One Inc. is a minority-owned, MMSDC-certified staffing corporation headquartered in Michigan with offices in Lisle, Illinois and Irving, Texas. Reliance One is focused on matching the ideal professional to a client’s specific needs for both long-term, short-term, or project based positions (including temporary, temporary to direct, or direct). Our sales and recruiting teams can be reached at 248-922-4500 or resume@reliance-one.com.

 

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5 Tips on How to Improve Your Resume

Written By: Paulina Gomez, Office Assistant

 

Writer Marilyn Borysek (from the ASME Career Center) recently wrote, “Hiring managers and recruiters alike say they’ve seen more written resumes cross their desks recently than ever before.” In order to attract more interview offers and to ensure that your resume doesn’t get added to the eliminated pile, Reliance One, has compiled the following five key tips:

 

  1. Drop the “Objective” and Add a “Career Summary”
    • The general purpose of a “Career Summary” is to explain to the hiring manager(s) who you are, your skills and accomplishments.
    • It is important to spend time developing your summary and making sure it’s catered to the industry you are trying to apply for.

 

  1. Keep It Simple, but Descriptive
    • Yes, your resume can be more than a page. As you create your resume, each job position should include: Date(s), Company Name, Location, Job Title and Job Responsibilities. Be sure to include as much detail, as you can.
    • Don’t forget to selectively apply bold and italic typeface. In addition, bullets to catch the reader’s attention.

 

  1. Remember the Basics
    • Remember, your resume makes the first impression. Before submitting your resume make sure it is error-free, grammatically correct and clean.
    • Conservative is key. Make sure to have a logical format, clean font and size, clear headings and appropriate margins.

 

  1. Always Ask
    • Before submitting your resume, ask an individual to look over your resume to catch any errors, repetitiveness and to help add key words throughout your resume.
    • In addition, make sure to ask if the hiring manager(s) preference pertaining to PDF or Word resumes when submitting. You don’t want the hiring manager(s) unable to download your resume.

 

  1. Keep It Real
    • Remember, more than one person reads through your resume and checks the validity of the information you provided.
    • To ensure validity on your end, make sure to update your resume consistently with new roles, responsibilities, skills, additional training or certifications.

 

Keeping these five tips in mind when either updating or creating your resume, will ensure that you are marketable which should lead you to your next interview.

 

Reliance One Inc. is a minority-owned, MMSDC-certified staffing corporation headquartered in Michigan with offices in Lisle, Illinois and Irving, Texas. Reliance One is focused on matching the ideal professional to a client’s specific needs for both long-term, short-term, or project based positions (including temporary, temporary to direct, or direct). Our sales and recruiting teams can be reached at 248-922-4500 or resume@reliance-one.com.

 

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References

Borysek, M. (2011, March). ASME: Setting the Standard . Retrieved from 6 Tips for Writing an Effective Resume : https://www.asme.org/career-education/articles/job-hunting/6-tips-for-writing-an-effective-resume

Safety First!

Written By: Katelyn Allinder, Human Resource Assistant

Employers across the nation face the risk of injury every day. Katelyn Allinder has recently spent time taking OSHA Education classes as well as attending Certified Risk Manager (CRM) training in Florida. As a result, she is passing along these tips to aid in injury prevention:

  • Conduct pre-employment screenings/tests: this ensures that the employee designated to do a specific job has the experience and ability to do so.
  • Educate and properly train the employees: continuing to educate employees on the importance of workplace safety can significantly reduce the amount of injuries sustained
  • Provide appropriate personal protective equipment: enforcing the utilization of PPE such as safety goggles, face protection, hard hats, etc. can protect employees from major injuries and reduce the amount of risk they are exposed to.
  • Don’t skip steps: the chance of accidents increases significantly when employees take short cuts and cut corners.
  • Encourage employees to speak up: Getting feedback from employees where they see potential hazards can help the company stay proactive in managing risks.

Reliance One Inc. is a minority-owned, MMSDC-certified staffing corporation headquartered in Michigan with offices in Lisle, Illinois and Irving, Texas. Reliance One is focused on matching the ideal professional to a client’s specific needs for both long-term, short-term, or project based positions (including temporary, temporary to direct, or direct). Our sales and recruiting teams can be reached at 248-922-4500 or resume@reliance-one.com.

 

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Building a Culture of Employee Appreciation

Written By: Kristen Latimer, VP of Administration

2017 has been a year of growth, change and uncharted territory. The Executive Team at Reliance One has decided to refocus efforts to increase retention, drive sales and foster a competitive environment. Employee appreciation has been a fun way to involve all levels of the organization and “give back” to our team. Here are the top 5 events for 2017:

 

  1. March Madness “Pop A Shot” Competition / Party
  2. Ice Cream Truck – Treat Dreams
  3. Family Day @ the Tiger Stadium
  4. Pancake breakfast served by the Exec Team
  5. Cornhole Tournament

 

Our employees are engaged and have enjoyed the new events that we launched this year. Reliance One is at an all-time high of internal staff members and the feedback from the staff is very positive. What are some creative, fun employee appreciation ideas that you have seen or experienced? Feel free to share your ideas below!

 

Reliance One Inc. is a minority-owned, MMSDC-certified staffing corporation headquartered in Michigan with offices in Lisle, Illinois and Irving, Texas. Reliance One is focused on matching the ideal professional to a client’s specific needs for both long-term, short-term, or project based positions (including temporary, temporary to direct, or direct). Our sales and recruiting teams can be reached at 248-922-4500 or resume@reliance-one.com.

 

For additional media support, please contact:

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