4 Reasons Why Temp Work Can Be a Great Career Choice

September 12, 2017

4 Reasons Why Temp Work Can Be a Great Career Choice

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Temporary work is not what it used to be. Where once they were looked on as the kind of work that would hold candidates over until their real job came through, now temp work can help distinguish a career. Contracts are sometimes even extended based on project length, business need, and proof of a skilled and committed worker. If you are looking for ways to build out your resume and position yourself for your dream job, here are 4 reasons why temp work might be the right choice for you.


1. Build Your Network

One of the most valuable parts of working on a contract job is the people you meet and the connections you make. Expanding your professional network is difficult when you are not working, but in temporary positions you are more likely to make many new acquaintances and hopefully leave them all with a good impression. Think of it as an opportunity to meet your next employer, even if it’s not with your current company. Your coworkers are also very good resources within your professional network. You never know where your next gig will come from, so take the time to make connections and make a name for yourself within the professional community.  

2. Expand Your Skills

Every new job you take provides the opportunity to learn new things. By taking on a temporary job, it really offers the chance to build new skills in a short amount of time. If you know what type of work you are looking to build a career on, it’s important to do research and figure out if you have the skills and qualifications that will get you there. With temporary work, you can expand your skills set quickly on a wide variety of projects that will each add value to your resume and your work history.

3. Gain Experience Quickly

If you are new to your industry, or professional work in general, a lack of experience can be a challenge when it comes to landing a job. Temp work allows candidates to gain lots of experience very quickly, and as such can help land those future dream jobs. Worth considering as well is that many employers look to hire from their temporary rosters once employees have had a chance to prove their value. After about 3 to 6 months, both employee and employer will have a better idea of whether they are each a good fit for the other.

4. Try Something New

For those professionals looking to make a change in their careers, temp work is an ideal way to test out a new industry or new role with minimal commitment. If you are looking for a change, consider short-term contracts that can give you the opportunity to use your skills in a new way and provide that inside view from a new company or industry that will help you make your move.

 

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Cut Your Staffing Costs with These Tried and True Strategies

September 6, 2017

Cut Your Staffing Costs with These Tried and True Strategies

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Temporary and long-term staffing is a costly but necessary exercise. Businesses are built on the strength of their talent. As such, you cannot afford to cut corners when it comes to recruiting and onboarding the industry-leading talent your business is built on. But fear not, there are several staffing strategies that work while saving you money at the same time.


1. Consider Flexible Contracts

Employers of fast-growing businesses know that a lack of talent is even more expensive than hiring. Without employees, you can’t focus on growing your business. For many companies, temporary staffing is a great solution because the length of the contract is so flexible. Whether you’re looking to fill a position that’s open due to a sudden project, or to cover for an FTE on leave, temporary staffing offers different lengths of employment for your unique needs.

2. Get Hiring Help

Unless you have a dedicated HR team focused on growing your team, you know that hiring can be a drain on very valuable resources. Both time-consuming and expensive, hiring a full-time employee is a necessary but costly task. Even worse, by making the wrong hire, you can cost your company even more in lost revenue and time. But by partnering with a staffing service to identify and recruit the right team members, you can be sure to have the support you need when you need it.

A staffing firm has the knowledge and talent pool to quickly match applicants with openings. For us at USPro, it’s all about finding the right candidate for the right job. Often, the hardest part of recruiting is finding the candidates who are qualified to step into a role and bring value right from the start. By working with a staffing firm, you are limiting your recruitment efforts to qualified job candidates ready to hit the ground running. The task of identifying, interviewing, and hiring that talent is something you can entrust to your partner in staffing, and let them do the heavy lifting.

3. Stay On Track with Payroll Services

Payroll can be another costly process, that takes time and resources to track and pay employees at scale. We at USPro have had a lot of clients that find great value in our payroll services program. Our payroll service plan enables your company through cost savings associated with hiring, helping eliminate co-employment costs like worker’s compensation claims, and administration termination expenses. Employment costs represent a sizable portion of company operations, which may fluctuate during peak workloads. Our payroll service plan will accommodate these issues, and changes in project and scheduling deadlines, thereby saving you money with each employee you hire and employ with us as your staffing partner.

If you haven’t worked with a staffing firm before but are interested in learning more, give us a call at USPro today to learn about even more ways you can save money while staffing up your team.

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Essential Steps to Take After Every Interview

August 30, 2017

Essential Steps to Take After Every Interview

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You may have finished your interview, but don’t think that the ball is no longer in your court. It is crucial to follow through once you have stepped out of the office to make sure you leave a positive impression. Here are three essential steps to take to ensure success after your interview.


Say Thank You

Sending a thoughtful, but brief thank-you note shows your interviewer how much you appreciated their time. Showing your appreciation for their willingness to talk with you is a crucial element of the interview process. In our modern age of digital communication, a handwritten note carries some extra weight.

If you are unable to send a note, an email is effective as well. Keep it brief and to the point. Don’t come across as desperate or demanding. Simply thank them for their time, reiterate your interest in the position and perhaps even reflect on a topic you connected over in conversation. The email serves as a nice reminder of who you are and what you talked about in the interview that will help you stand out a little from the prospective crowd of candidates.

If you are working with a staffing agency, this step is often best done through the intermediary of your recruiter. Send them a brief paragraph saying thanks and allow your recruiter to include it as part of their outreach to the client.

Follow Up

If you discussed a timeline with the hiring manager during the interview, follow up on the status of your application at the appropriate time. While you don’t want to be annoying, it makes sense to check on the decision to show you are still very much invested in the opportunity. Many employers get overloaded when trying to balance project work and hiring responsibilities so it’s perfectly reasonable to email or even call to check on the process after a week or two.

Again, if you are working with a staffing agency, this follow up is best done through the intermediary of your recruiter. It might even seem outright inappropriate to contact the client directly, so be sure to check with your organization before reaching out.

Ask Questions and Provide Samples

Sometimes during an interview, a client will request some additional samples, or you may have some questions after the interview has taken place. Don’t be afraid to continue the conversation. In many cases, the hiring process can go on for several interviews and several reviews of your qualifications and work product. Don’t forget to provide your interviewer with the materials they need to make a good decision. And as always, work through your recruiter as necessary.

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The USPRO Commitment

August 23, 2017

The USPRO Commitment

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USPRO is one of the country’s leading staffing agencies. As a woman-owned and operated business founded in Boston, MA, we are fully committed to providing a robust staffing profile of temporary and permanent solutions that meet a wide range of business needs. We work hard to supply the highest quality solutions from payroll services to staffing support personal. We set the standard and are dedicated to helping our clients accomplish their goals, whatever they are.

For businesses of all sizes, staffing can be a challenge. We understand that challenge like no other consulting service. We see the ongoing war for talent, the impact of the talent gap and the struggle to attract and retain industry-leading talent. Our experience is second to none when it comes to meeting the needs of our clients, and that is reflected in our commitment.


Our Commitment to Our Clients

We are committed to acting as a true staffing partner. We work hard to find the best and the brightest applicants to support our clients, no matter what the project needs are. We work with the philosophy that the formula for continued success is the ability to provide our clients with the right person for the right job. Our industry knowledge and expertise makes the hiring process simple and effective, providing our clients with the highly skilled and qualified individuals who will turn dreams into reality, and goals into achievements.

Our Commitment to Our Contractors

At USPRO, we are committed to support and enhance the careers of the individuals who are paramount to our success. We continually focus our efforts on networking with small, medium and enterprise business vendor opportunities across these United States to pair the right people with the right jobs. To us, the job is really about the people. Treating our people fairly, and positioning them to achieve maximum success is what keeps our reputation high, our candidates effective in their roles and our clients coming back and working with us.

We’re More Than a Temp Agency

Together with our clients and candidates, we’ve accomplished and will continue to accomplish great things. Our team of dedicated and well-educated staffing specialists will work closely with you to identify, recruit and retain the top candidates to help all parties involved attain pre-determined objectives. The sum of those parts equals a win in all respective categories. We’re here to serve you, and in serving you, we continue to establish a track record of great and continued success.

Are you looking for a strategic partner to help you manage your career or workforce needs?

To learn more about how we can help you accomplish your goals this year, contact the team at USPRO today. Whether you need support in payroll services or staffing support personnel, we know how to provide the temporary and permanent operative solutions to meet your business needs. Call today for an in-depth consultation.


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7 Steps to a Successful Interview

August 18, 2017

7 Steps to a Successful Interview

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The interview stage of your job search can be stressful. You have the job in sight, but you don’t have them convinced until you get past the interview. Luckily, there are things you can do to set yourself up for interview success. Here are the seven steps to a successful interview.

Step 1 – Do Your Homework

When preparing for an interview, you need a full understanding of the job description, the organization, the team, the manager, the corporate culture and the industry. Only then will you be capable of selling yourself as the solution to the hiring manager’s pain points.

Step 2 – Position Your Experience

Equally important is a strategic positioning of your work history, experience, and skill set so you are prepared to talk (at length) about why you are right for the job.

Step 3 – Be Professional

Good communication, promptness and a polite attitude are all hallmarks of a professional employee. If you fail to bring professionalism to the interview processes, there is little chance you will make it to the hiring stage.

Step 4 – Dress for Success

They say to dress for the job you want. This is true for an interview. While it is good to dress in a way that will help you fit in with your co-workers, it is better to be overdressed than underdressed for an interview.

Step 5 – Have Confidence

Interview confidence involves a firm handshake, good eye contact, strong posture and an engaging smile. Employers are looking for a candidate who knows they will bring value to the job, so be confident in your worth and pleasant in your interactions.

Step 6 – Ask Good Questions

The interview stage is as much an opportunity for you to ask questions as it is for the hiring manager. In fact, many interviewers fully expect candidates to come prepared with questions that spark good conversations. They show the hiring manager that you’re not only interested in the work, but are thinking critically about your role within the team and how you will best be able to meet their needs.

Step 7 – Follow Up

A strong follow-up is critical to a successful interview. If you are able, leave a handwritten thank-you note with reception as you leave. If not, a thoughtfully written email with a simple thank you is also effective. If you are working with a recruiter, be sure to connect with them before contacting the client directly. If they would rather you send your note through them, that works equally well.

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3 Tips for Reducing the Stress of Managing a Large Temporary Workforce

August 15, 2017

3 Tips for Reducing the Stress of Managing a Large Temporary Workforce

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Managing a temporary workforce can be a stressful task. Especially in large groups, the coordination, management skills, flexibility and leadership required to keep everyone on track can get a little chaotic, to say the least. But with these three tips, you can make sure your team has the guidance and leadership they need to succeed.

Tip #1: Stay Organized

Managing a large workforce is challenging enough without the added complexity of temporary staff. In situations like these, there are often greater demands on your time and resources based on training and onboarding new team members, and the chance you will need to deal with a higher rate of turnover than with regular employees. It’s important to hire the right people, keep your standards high even when your needs are great, and above all – keep the team organized. A well-oiled machine works well because each part knows it’s job and is capable of meeting the goals set for it. Make sure your team has the resources and information they need to get the job done right by staying organized, tracking successes, addressing obstacles quickly and pivoting as needed.

Tip #2: Be Flexible

In large numbers, it is inevitable that some recruits will succeed and others will move on to find a project that is a better fit. Some staff simply work out better on specific temp projects than others which can make it more difficult to get the project done. This is especially true if you are unable to change as needed or be flexible in your approach to the project. Schedule and budget are two potential areas that can always benefit from a little flexibility; however, consider where you can adjust expectations in terms of remote workers, hours and incentives to recruit high-quality talent. A little flexibility can go a long way toward reducing stress.

Tip #3: Ask for Help

A large temporary workforce requires a lot of effort to manage. If you are tasked with recruiting, hiring, onboarding and supervising the entire workforce yourself, chances are you will find yourself stretched thin. To make ends meet, you may find yourself needing to ask for help. This is never a bad thing. In fact, delegation is one of the most important leadership skills a manager can have. If you find the time and effort required to manage a large group of temporary workers is resulting in undue stress, there are support options available.

Working with a staffing agency is the obvious choice in these cases. Recruiters are experts in their field, and they know how to find and onboard the talent you need to accomplish your goals. Whether the opportunities are short term, specialized or unique in some other aspect, your staffing consultants are your lifeline to making the best hires. They are well worth the investment and are fully capable of meeting the needs of even the most stressful staffing challenges.

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For a peek at what an industry-leading staffing agency can do for you, contact the experts at USPRO. Call today and don’t let stress get the better of you.


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New Name, New Logo and New Website for USPRO!

July 28, 2017

New Name, New Logo and New Website for USPRO!

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USPRO, formerly US Professional Services, Inc., has taken the advice of the thousands of job seekers and clients that they have placed and made their nickname their official company name. With the simplified name also comes a modernized, yet still patriotic, logo and a contemporary, easy-to-use website at www.uspro.net.

Specialists in aerospace, defense, government, healthcare and manufacturing placements nationwide, USPRO wanted to fully modernize their branding and their website, while still retaining the American symbolism and tried-and-true red, white and blue colors. The resulting logo and new site bring these desires together beautifully with subtle overlays of the U.S. flag and a light pattern of stars in the copy areas. Celebratory without being jingoistic, American without looking bureaucratic, the new design suits USPRO’s style perfectly.

The site features a blog managed by Haley Marketing, a robust job board filled with positions in aerospace, defense, manufacturing and healthcare and simple navigation allowing visitors to quickly find what they need.

USPRO’s new website serves as an excellent example of what well-defined and carried out branding can do for a staffing website.

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