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In this edition of HR Insights, Catherine Goncalves discusses the identifying candidates with strong soft skills to hire for their organization. Companies that want to hire the best people are increasingly coming to the realization that they need to look for strong soft skills in their candidates. But what are soft skills? Why are they important in the… Read more »

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Working with Essential Personnel as a job seeker has many benefits. While not all of these are typically associated with working with a staffing agency, all of them are perks of doing so. Flexibility. If you need flexibility in your life, working as a contract employee allows you to choose the positions that will work… Read more »

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Essential Personnel was recently awarded Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Client Award for providing superior service to our clients. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, Inavero’s Best of Staffing Client winners have proven to be industry leaders in service quality based entirely on ratings provided by their clients. On average, clients of winning agencies are 2.3 times… Read more »

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Hiring additional seasonal help for harvest is a prevalent practice. While these extra helpers get us through our busy season, they cause extra work for management and HR, as well as shift supervisors and permanent employees. Here are some tips to increase your preparedness this year. Keep Orientation Brief and to the Point Seasonal workers… Read more »

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In this edition of HR Insights, Nicole Keltgen discusses the connection of employee productivity with their financial wellness. Professional life and personal life are two separate domains, but what happens in one can strongly affect the other. For example, stress in someone’s personal life can have a negative influence on his or her work life. This… Read more »

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Are you trying to enter a new field, but keep hitting dead ends? An apprenticeship may be just the ticket! A recent study found that individuals participating in an apprenticeship found that their careers took off quickly. Nine in 10 Americans who either were apprentices themselves or know someone enrolled in these “earn while learning”… Read more »

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With 4th of July week here, we want you to be safe! Here are some firework guidelines provided by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission: Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks. Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were… Read more »