How Can I Explain the Gap in My Resume?

It is common knowledge that an employment gap in your resume may send up red flags with future employers.  However, people take leave of absence from the workforce for perfectly good reasons. If the gap must be included on your resume, the key to making it a non-issue is handling it correctly during an interview. There’s no need to throw in the towel on landing a great contract opportunity just because there is a gap in your employment history. Let’s take a look at how you can explain an employment gap.

Be Up Front About Why You Took Time Off

Honesty is the best policy on this one. Reasons for taking time off:

  • Raised your kids
  • Took care of an ill or elderly loved one
  • Went back to school
  • You were laid off and had difficulty finding a new job

Whatever the reason is, explain it clearly in your interview. If you were laid off, explain why it was necessary and unavoidable even though you were a valuable part of the team.

Emphasize Why Your Skill Set Suits You for This Job

Maybe you’ve taken additional classes and expanded your skill set. This is the time to emphasize how these additional classes and skill sets will make you a better employee and how it will benefit their company. Be sure to mention any volunteer work that is relative to the position.

Show Enthusiasm for Returning to the Workforce

Employers love employees who want to work and are dedicated to doing the best job possible. Make sure you show your excitement for returning to work. Express initiative and motivation for the potential job at hand.

Have References Handy

If possible, have references from previous supervisors handy. This will confirm not only your skill set, but prove you are the type of employee you claim to be. More likely than not, having professional references will make the issue of the gap on your resume a non-issue very quickly.

Let One of the Leading Staffing Firms in Texas Help You

With over 30 years of experience, Resource Staffing is a premier staffing firm. Now that you are ready to get back into the workforce, discuss your career goals with our experienced staffing specialists. They will help you find positions that fit your skill set, fine-tune your resume and prepare you for interviews. No need to go it alone, get started with a staffing firm that can help you land a job with a Fortune 500 Company!

Cutting Costs: How Working With a Recruiter Saves Our Clients Money

When first considering working with a recruiter, many companies hesitate. There are a few myths about recruiting partnerships – and one of the most daunting is the tale that a recruiter not produce better results than what you can do one your own with less cost.

When you work with the right recruiter for your needs, however, saving money is only the first of many benefits.

Your recruiter becomes a partner in hiring, unlocking access to stronger candidates and changing how you view the hiring process.

Here’s how the right recruiter will save you money:

Supercharging your hiring process.

Are you getting the attention of the best candidates? How often have you watched outstanding professionals walk away from your hiring process? How many of your top choices have said “thanks, but no thanks” to a job offer?

Recruiters specialize in knowing the industries they serve inside and out – and that means knowing what engages superstars in the hiring process and prompts them to say “yes!” to job offers or assignments (hint: it’s not always the salary). They also know which “passive candidates” aren’t actively looking for a job but would entertain an offer for an outstanding fit.

Shortening time to hire.

It cost your company money every day a position is open. Other staff must forego productive tasks to address the opening’s core responsibilities. Managers must put aside productive projects to deal with hiring, as well.

By shortening the length of time to hire, your recruiter helps you reduce the costs of lost productivity – without ever compromising on candidate quality.

Improving candidate quality.

Recruiters focus on building relationships. They do so because they find out what the client is needing including candidate’s skills, experience, cultural and personality fit.

When you hire candidates curated for your culture, the new employee’s learning curve is shorter. They have the skills and experience you need and the vision, values and approach to work that mesh easily with how you want things done.

Freeing you to focus on high-value tasks.

Scanning resumes, calling references, preparing job posting can be time-consuming. They’re all essential tasks for a good hire, but they also pull you away from the work that really impacts your company’s bottom line.

Your recruiter reduces the time you must spend on hiring tasks, so you can focus your attention on other important issues.

How Resource Staffing can help.

At Resource Staffing, our recruiters are committed to optimizing clients’ hiring processes, saving both time and money. Just give us a call and let us put our resources to work for you!


Do You Dread Going Into Work Monday?

A little bit of dread at the end of the weekend is normal, but what happens when it becomes excessive and Monday blues ruin your entire weekend? How do you know when it has become a big problem and a sign you need a change in your job?

Warning Signs

A little bit of dread, and maybe even some jitters are normal on a Sunday evening. Let’s face it, everyone would much rather have a five-day weekend and a two-day work week than the other way around. Unfortunately, that’s not likely to happen anytime soon. Here are warning signs that dreading work on Monday is a much larger problem.

  • You experience excessive anxiety, depression, and panic attacks on a regular basis.
  • The thought of having to go back to work on Monday routinely ruins your entire weekend.
  • You take medication, such as sleeping pills, to help you cope with the dread of beginning another workweek.
  • Eating unhealthy foods and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol in order to escape the dread.

None of these behaviors are normal and are indicative of needing to change jobs before you experience serious health problems.

Determine Why You Are Miserable at Your Current Job

You first need to determine what it is about your current job that makes you dread going to work on Monday. Maybe it’s the:

  • Work schedule
  • Management style
  • Atmosphere
  • Workload
  • Job duties

Once you have figured out the source, or sources, of dread, you can determine what you need from your next job. Understanding your current issues will prevent you from jumping from the frying pan into the fire.

What Are Your Options?

The bottom line is you have two options. You can either choose to stay in your current job or find a new one. If you choose to stay, talk with your supervisor and explain the areas in which you are dissatisfied. The two of you may be able to come up with a solution that works for both of you, such as moving to a different department.

If your supervisor is unwilling to bend or you are not satisfied with the solution, it may be time to find a new position that is more fulfilling.

Partner With a Staffing Agency

When searching for a new job, the last thing you want is to end up in a job that makes you equally or more miserable than the one you are leaving. When going it alone it can be hard to determine if a position meets your goals. Partnering with a staffing firm means you work with an experienced specialist who will ensure you are placed with a company that aligns with what you are looking for in your next job.

7 Styles of Management & What Will Work for You

We’ve all been in the position where we like our supervisor but can’t handle their management style. Managing may seem straight forward, but when you are dealing with a staff made up of different personalities, it can get tricky fast. You want to make sure the job is done correctly while maintaining a positive atmosphere and high morale among your employees. Let’s take a look at seven management styles and what will work for you.

Directive Management

Managers who prefer a direct management style make it clear they are the boss and their staff answers to them. The boundaries are very clear. It is not a democracy. They keep a close eye on their staff’s work and make all the decisions.

Inspirational Management

If you choose this type of management style, you are not as involved with the day-to-day activities. Your goal is to make sure your team is on the same page and aligned with the company’s goals. In essence, you convey to your team the overall vision of current projects and let them have the creative freedom to bring them to fruition.

Transactional Management

This management style focuses on using rewards and benefits to motivate your staff. For example, you might have a reward for the member who makes the most sales each month. The rewards you choose will depend on what is feasible for your company and what motivates your team.

Coaching Management

This type of management style means you spend a great deal of time supporting and coaching your team. You have a very hands-on approach and know their jobs just as well as they do. This is a lead-by-example approach to management. Employees see you as a mentor rather than a dictator.

Pacesetting Management

The idea behind this style is to set a challenging pace for your team and expect them to keep up. Normally you are trying to outdo yourself by reaching bigger goals.

Participative Management

In this style of management, you make sure everyone’s opinion gets heard and take it into consideration. You run your team like a democracy. While you are still the final decision maker, it is more of a collaborative effort among you and your team.

Laissez-Faire Management

This is the most hands-off management style. Once you’ve briefed your team on the project and the intended goal, you do not interfere unless something goes wrong. This management style gives employees the most creative freedom in the workspace.

Take the Hassle out of Hiring Your Next Employee

It takes countless hours to create a job description, post the job, filter through resumes and set up job interviews. When you partner with Resource Staffing, our experts will filter through resumes, conduct thorough background checks and find suitable candidates for you to interview so you can spend your time doing more important things. Contact us today and let us help you find your next great team member

Tips for Success Series: Stay Educated

Staying educated in your industry is important for the advancement of your career, building your credibility, and showing clients the future and value of your industry. How do you go about staying up to date on the latest and greatest in your industry? Let’s take a look!

Read! Read! Read!

One of the best ways to stay up to date on your industry is to read. Opportunities include:

  • Online articles or published studies
  • Subscriptions to industry magazines
  • Books

On-line sources might even be advantageous for keeping up with the latest developments depending on the industry you work in. The type of sources you choose to subscribe to will be heavily determined by the methods in which your field releases updates.

Attend Industry Functions

This is your chance to talk to others who are industry leaders or work in the field in a different capacity than you do. Just as you may have information and insights they’ve yet to hear about, they will in turn be able to provide information that you’ve yet to hear.

Participate in Workshops

Workshops are designed to teach the latest and greatest protocols and methods. Experts demonstrate how a technology and/or method works, normally allowing the attendees to try it for themselves, and are available to answer any questions you might have.

Spend Time in a Different Department

Talk with your boss about your ambitions for staying current in the industry in order to benefit the company. Ask if you can spend time in a different department in order to increase your skill set and gain a better understanding of the industry as a whole. Employers appreciate staff that are passionate about their career field.

Listen to Podcasts

Podcasts are becoming more and more popular. They tend to be informative and entertaining while keeping their listeners up to date on the latest within the industry. The second great thing about podcasts is that you can listen to them almost anywhere including on the way to and from work.

Extra Tip!

If you’re looking for your next career move, let Resource Staffing be your staffing partner. As one of the leading staffing firms in Texas, we are experts at matching candidates with the perfect company. Contact us today and speak with one of our specialists about your career goals and what you are looking for in your next job!

Prepare for Your Next Contract Job Interview With These Questions

Interviews can seem intimidating at first. What questions are going to be asked, and how do I answer these questions effectivelyIt is important to understand the nature of a temp job involves flexibility and the ability to adapt quickly to new environmentsThis is your guide to preparing for your next job interview. 

Here are common interview questions asked during temp job interviews and how you should approach them.  

What Length oTime Are You Available tWork This Position? 

This can be a tricky question because contract positions often have the potential to turn into long-term positions. It is a fine line because you do not want to seem uninterested in a full-time position, but at the same time need to convey you are content with a contract position. Explain to the interviewer you are dedicated to working the job as long as needed, you are open to a long-term position should it become available.  

Why Are You a Good Fit for This Position? 

When interviewing for long-term position, you typically discuss your interest in the company and how your values and goals align with theirs. However, in an interview for a contract position the focus should be on the specific job duties. Employers need talent that is able to jump in and fill the void with minimal training. Make sure you have read the duties listed in the job description and directly address each one in your answer.  

Why Are You Interested in a Contract Position?  

This question allows you to explain your future career goals. Maybe you want to gain additional skills in a certain skill set or industryMake sure your answer doesn’t shut the door on any long-term positions with the company you are interviewing with 

How Do You Handle New Environments? 

The bottom line is contract positions require candidates to be able to assimilate to new environments quickly. Explain you enjoy working with new people and are quick to adapt to how different companies operate. You quickly and efficiently learn the best way to perform your job duties 

When Are You Able to Start? 

Employers looking to fill contract jobs want candidates who can start immediately. Make sure you emphasize your immediate availability and even flexible work schedule. You will be more appealing as a candidate if you are willing to work outside of the normal 9 to 5.   

Let One of the Leading Staffing Firms in Texas Help Prepare You for Your Next Interview 

Resource Staffing understands what employers are looking for when filling contract positions. When you partner with our staffing firm, our specialists will help you from start to finish, including prepping for interviews. Contact us today and let one of our experienced team members help you find your next job.  

Contract-to-Hire vs. Direct-Hire – What’s the Difference and Why Should It Matter to You

A job is a job, right? Yes, this is true, but did you know there are different types of employment. Two of the most common types of employment are direct hire and contract-to-hire. It is important to understand what each means, the differences between the two and why it matters.

What is Contract-to-Hire?

An individual who is contract-to-hire does not work directly for the company, but rather works through a staffing firm for a specific amount time according to the contracting company’s needs. At the end of the established time period, the company can either establish a new contract, hire the employee full-time, or end the professional relationship. In most cases, contract-to-hire employees can convert to full-time positions if both parties agree it is the right fit.

What is Direct Hire?

A direct hire is an employee that is hired directly by a company. This type of employee does not work through a third party or on a contract basis. When an employee is hired directly by the company, they start out immediately on the company’s payroll instead of the staffing firm’s payroll.

What is the Difference Between Contract-to-Hire and Direct Hire?

It is important to understand there are significant differences between being a contract-to-hire employee and a direct-hire employee. Differences include:

  • Contract-to-Hires are typically contract positions, whereas direct hires are most commonly full-time positions.
  • Because direct hires are long term, the hiring process tends to be slower than positions which are contract-to-hire.
  • Contract-to-Hires are not eligible for company benefits, although they may be eligible for benefits through a staffing firm. Direct hires are eligible for company-offered benefits.
  • Being a contract-to-hire employee offers you the opportunity to vet a company before you commit full-timely.

Why Should it Matter to You?

When you start the job-hunting process, you should consider whether you are open to being a direct-hire candidate, contract-to-hire candidate or both. There are benefits to both and the decision depends on what you are looking for in the moment.

You might consider a contract-to-hire position if you are:

  • Looking for a contract position
  • Looking to vet a company before you commit
  • Testing the waters in a new career field

Choose the Leading Staffing Firm in Texas for Your Next Job Hunt

Whether you are looking for a company willing to direct hire or you prefer a contract-to-hire position, RESOURCE Staffing can help you. If you are looking to become a direct hire employee, our staff will work with you to make sure you are matched with a company that fits your needs and career goals. If contract-to-hire is more your cup of tea, RESOURCE Staffing offers great benefits when you choose to partner with us. Contact us today to meet with one of our dedicated specialists who can help you find the perfect job to fit your needs.

5 Ways to Help Your Recruiter Find Top Talent

It’s that time again! Time to find the perfect candidate to become your next team member! You’ve made the wise choice of working with a recruiter. How can you help your recruiter help you? Let’s look at five ways to help your recruiter find the best candidates.

1. Understand What You Are Looking for in Your Next Employee Beforehand

It is impossible to effectively recruit the type of candidates you are looking for if you aren’t sure of what you need. This doesn’t mean you need an extremely detailed list of the perfect person that you’re likely to never find. But you do need a general idea of the type of candidate who will best fit the position you are looking to fill. Take into consideration:

  • What type of work ethic are you looking for in a candidate?
  • What kind of work schedule will they need to be able to adapt to?
  • What kind of values do you need in a candidate for them to fit in well with your current team members?

2. Develop an Interview Strategy

The point of conducting interviews is to not only learn more about each candidate, but be able to compare candidates to each other. Coming up with an interview strategy beforehand will ensure you ask the right questions to gather enough information to make an informed decision.

3. Offer Incentives to Your Favorite Prospect

Good talent is a hot commodity. There’s an excellent chance you aren’t the only company courting an exceptional candidate. Be sure to have some type of perk or incentive to offer your favorite prospect. You don’t want to lose out on an exceptional employee due to being unprepared to offer incentive packages.

4. Act in a Timely Manner

You can rest assured your company isn’t the only company your interviewees have applied with. Allowing too much time to pass increases the risk that another company will snatch a good candidate right out from underneath you. Make sure you follow up with your top candidates in a timely manner.

5. Make Sure You Reach Your Entire Audience

Posting on job forums is a great way to reach those who are looking for a job. However, some of your best candidates may not be actively looking for jobs. Don’t forget about candidates that might be willing to make a move for the right opportunity.

Partner With One of the Leading Staffing Firms in Texas to Work With the Best Recruiters

Finding the best candidates to fill positions in your company starts with working with one of the best staffing firms. When you partner with our recruiters at RESOURCE Staffing, you can rest assured you will work with knowledgeable experts who offer customized solutions to fit your needs. Contact us today and let us find your next team member!


Tips for Success Series: Learn How to Network

There’s no doubt you’ve heard the popular saying, “It’s who you know.” While qualifications play the largest part in your job hunt, networking is extremely important as well. The more professionals you know in your desired career field:

  • The more job opportunities you will be aware of
  • The more references you will have
  • The more employers you will be able to get your resume in front of

Let’s look at how to network effectively.

Networking is About Building Relationships

First and foremost, it is important to understand that networking is about building relationships. These are two-way relationships that should be seen as long-term professional contacts.

Understand What You Want

Before you begin networking for a job, you need to understand exactly what it is you are looking for.  Consider the following:

  • What position are you ultimately aiming for?
  • How much flexibility do you need in a work schedule?
  • What values are important to you in a company?

Make a List of the People in Your Network

Oftentimes, you know more people than you realize that can help you network to find a job. Take the time to make a list of the people you already know. It is likely the contacts you already know will be able to put you in touch with the people you need.

Speak up at Professional Functions

You can be the most qualified person in the room, but if you don’t say a word, potential employers won’t know that. Many people tend to be reserved by nature, and that’s OK, but you must learn how to start a conversation with industry leaders and company CEOs. You don’t have to give a sales pitch; casual conversation sprinkled with your credentials will do the trick.

Establish Your Knowledge Base

It is important to establish your knowledge of the industry early on in a conversation. Saying fewer words but being correct in what you do say is much better than spouting off a ton of information that is inaccurate. If an employer doesn’t think you understand the industry, there’s not much of a chance for employment.

Ask for Contact Information

It’s important to follow up after you’ve initially met a potential employer. At the end of the conversation, ask for their card or how you can get in touch with them at a later date. In some cases, you may be able to set up a second meeting if there is a current job opening.

Build Your Network With the Leading Staffing Firm in Texas

RESOURCE Staffing has a large database of great clients in need of top talent. When you partner with our top-notch staffing firm, we not only help you apply for jobs, prepare for interviews and fine-tune your resume, you can also expect help building your professional network. Our experienced specialists will help you from start to finish in landing your dream job.

Are Thank-You Notes After an Interview Overrated?

It is customary to write thank-you notes after your wedding, baby shower or even a birthday party. What about a job interview? At first glance, the practice of sending a thank-you note for a potential employer can seem cheesy and over-the-top. Not so fast! Did you know it is customary to send a thank-you note following an interview? A thank-you note can be more than just showing gratitude to a hiring manager for their time. Let’s take a closer look at why sending thank-you notes are never overrated.

You Do Not Have to Use Snail Mail

Don’t worry about buying stationery and licking envelopes. Even though snail mail is an option, thank-you notes can be as simple as an email or even as unique as a postcard. The advantage to email is your note will reach the interviewer immediately.

Show Your Appreciation for the Interviewer’s Time

Everyone likes to feel appreciated. Thank-you notes do just that. After all, the hiring manager was interested enough to take time out of their busy schedule to give you an interview. Acknowledging this time shows a lot about your character.

Reiterate Your Interest in the Position

Thank-you notes are a great way to reinforce your interest in the position you interviewed for. It shows employers you are serious enough about the position to follow up on the job.

Showcase Your Skill Set

Sending a thank-you note is also useful for reiterating your skillset and why your experience makes you a perfect fit for the position. You do not know how many candidates were interviewed after you, so sending a thank-you note can be the perfect way to ensure you don’t get lost in the shuffle.

Helpful Tips on How to Nail a Thank-You Note

Following up with a thank-you note can be the difference between getting hired and continuing the job hunt. This is especially true if there are multiple suitable candidates. A couple of helpful tips:

  • Make sure you personalize the thank-you note in a way that lets the interviewer know you didn’t just copy and paste it.
  • Even though you want to showcase your qualifications, avoid coming across as arrogant.
  • Be sure you show your appreciation first, before selling yourself.
  • Keep the note short and concise. Employers are not interested in reading long emails that ramble.

A Staffing Firm Can Make Sure You Get It Right

As one of the staffing firms in Texas, Resource Staffing has years of experience helping qualified talent apply for jobs, nail the interview process and land the job. Contact us today and let us help you take the hassle out finding your next job.