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The main advantages of temporary and contract opportunities!
While temporary jobs are shorter in duration than permanent roles, accepting a temporary opportunity, if your situation allows for it, can be a smart move for your career-related future. Statistics from the American Staffing Association show that 9 out of 10 say that staffing work makes them more employable.
Let’s cut to the chase – temporary work is not everyone’s cup-of-tea, but there are many advantages to it. Here are some for you to ponder over:
- Filling resume gaps
Temporary/contract roles are a great way to fill in your resume, especially if you are a recent grad or have taken time out of work. This allows you to gain necessary experience in a field or to get back into your field after a career hiatus.
- Career transition and/or transformation
Have you ever wanted to transition into a new field or industry and were not sure how you may go about doing so? Consider accepting a temporary/contract role to get your foot in the door at a company.
- Connecting and Networking
Temporary/contract jobs allow you to connect with others in your industry/field and network for the future. For example, contracting for a company opens doors and allows you to meet all kinds of new people in your field, especially ones who will be beneficial to your future career.
Do you want to work but also strive for a more flexible schedule? Take on temporary/contract roles when it is convenient for you! In this way, if your schedule does not allow for full-time, permanency roles, you can explore temp/contract work to bring in quick income.
- New tools in your career toolbox
Temporary/contract work is a great way to develop and/or enhance your skill set in a particular industry/field. Who doesn’t enjoy expanding their skillset? Will come in quite handy in the future! The ASA says that 70% of temps learn new, beneficial skills.
- Variety of Life
Temporary/contract work enables you to take on a variety of roles simultaneously. You are able to work temporarily as you build that skill set in various areas.
- Money – Money – Money
Temporary/contract work can be quite helpful to someone who is out of work but needs to remain a steady income. Perhaps, you may work a contract or two while searching for that perfect more permanent role.
- Contract to Permanent hiring is a thing
During a contract/temp-to-hire situation, both you and the company have the chance to determine a fit. You are able to test out the company and the company, concurrently, will do the same. A substantial advantage to the ability to learn the company before being a permanent employee.
Overall, it is best not to think of temporary/contract roles in a negative light. There are so many reasons why this type of work is advantageous for many job seekers/professionals. Also, contract work is not just for lower salary roles either, higher paid professionals contract too. In fact, sometimes a temporary/contract role offers higher paid salaries. Lastly, these opportunities are offered on both a part-time and full-time basis, depending on a company’s needs.
Are you convinced yet? Contact Moore Staffing for your next temporary/contract and contract/temp-to-hire role!
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Equal Pay Act: Into effect on July 1st. How will it benefit you?
Recently there has been a lot of buzz around the Equal Pay Act. You may think, how will this affect me? Or what is the Equal Pay Act? Well, we are here to help break it down for you!
In 1963, the federal Equal Pay Act went into effect, but at the time the law was initiated it did not discuss the discrepancies between men and women. Frankly, the law just wasn’t strong enough and did not discuss all the causes of unequal pay. In many cases, it still allowed businesses to abide by the law all the while still giving unequal pay for equal work.
Truthfully, most employers have not intentionally caused the disparity between men and women in the workplace, in that one gender was paid more than the other. In many instances, the discrepancy in salary between men and women was dependent on factors such as past salary. Interestingly, even determining salary on a person’s work history is sustaining the issue with inconsistencies in salary for men and women. The equality of pay has continued to be a hotly debated subject and laws proceed to come into effect.
So what does the new Massachusetts Equal Pay Act entail and who does it apply to?
- MEPA applies to all private employers, including those located outside of Massachusetts, who have employees that have a primary workplace within Massachusetts, and applies to full-time, part-time, seasonal, per-diem and temporary employees.
MEPA enforces three new strict limitations on employers:
- Prior to making an offer of employment, employers are no longer able to seek the salary or wage history of a potential employee.
- Employers may not prohibit employees from discussing their wages with each other and cannot ask employees to enter into agreements not to discuss wages.
- Employers may not retaliate against an employee who in good faith reports a violation of MEPA, even where the employee’s claim is ultimately without merit.
The “Comparable Work” Requirement
MEPA prohibits discrimination of gender in regards of “wages” (i.e. all incentive pay, commissions, bonuses, profit-sharing and opportunity to participate in benefit programs) for “comparable work”. This entails work that requires similar skill, effort, and responsibility, and performed under similar working conditions.
Effective July 1st MEPA will update the law and there will only be six circumstances where the employer may justify pay differences between male and female employees performing “comparable work”.
- A seniority “system”
- A merit “system”
- A “system” which measures earnings by quantity or quality of production, sales, or revenue.
- The geographic location in which a job is performed
- Education, training or experience to the extent such factors are reasonably related to the particular job in question
- Travel, if the travel is a regular and necessary condition of the particular job.
10 Do’s and Don’ts for Providing Professional References
Whether the hiring manager wants to see your professional references before your first interview or at the final stage in their decision-making process, you want to be prepared.
Here are 10 “do’s and don’ts” of creating your List of Professional References
• DO…. Match your reference list to your resume. Aesthetically, it makes you look like you have your candidate profile together. Create the same heading at the top of each document, including your name and information, then match the fonts too.
• DO…. Give the hiring manager all the information that you can. Provide them with the reference’s name, number, email, current title, and a brief description of what your working relationship is/was. As a result, the hiring manager feels more comfortable reaching out and you’ve contributed to making the process easier on their end.
• DO…Tell the hiring manager that you’ve been in touch with each person to let them know that they can be expecting a phone call and that your references are welcoming to their outreach.
• DO… Maintain the proper contact information – be in the loop about your past colleagues’ career moves. It doesn’t look good if the hiring manager finds that your information about their name and current title are inconsistent with reality.
• DO… Include a variety of colleagues. You can include not only your superiors and direct supervisors, but if a lateral coworker, direct report, or close client has great things to say about you, their opinions and insight have great value, too!
• DO NOT… Only list old references. You might unintentionally send the message that your more recent work relationships were not as good.
• DO NOT… List friends. It’s okay to list coworkers who were friends, but you’ll want them to speak to more than just your friendliness.
• DO NOT… Assume that your references will say the right thing. It’s a best practice to send them the job description for the role that you’re being considered for or give them a brief overview of the position. This way, they can find ways to draw parallels between your previous experience and your future. They will better be able to highlight the important transferable skills.
• DO NOT… Let the call be a surprise to your reference. You want them to know the specific job and person who will be reaching out. It’s courteous to get their permission to list them as a reference. If they said yes months ago, you will want to reconnect with them so that they can expect an interrupting phone call during their day.
• DO NOT… Forget to express gratitude to your references. Who knows when you’ll need them again! Being appreciative of their time and support is worthwhile, and all in all, it’s the right thing to do.
We’ve all heard it before…
Community involvement can go a long way!
It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Get yourself, your friends, and your family connected with Moore Staffing today! We want you on our radar, and it can only benefit you to be on ours!
Networking is key when it comes to career development, whether it is to find a new career or to broaden your career skills. You never know what opportunities can arise from meeting contacts, making connections, and getting referrals. The focus on networking doesn’t always have to be about finding new business but can also be about education and expanding your business knowledge.
Here are a few suggested activities you can get involved within the community to help you get the ball rolling on expanding your network (with little or no cost to you!):
- Car show night at Fuddruckers in Methuen – every Wednesday night! Our very own Lisa Phillips will be there! See Facebook to preview some additional details.
- Get your current business connected with your local Chamber of Commerce. They have regular networking events – some are free!
- Join your local religious institution to make connections – or just ask about community service events!
- Go to that holiday cookout you were contemplating missing. Enjoy!
- Connect with others on LinkedIn and participate in conversations.
- Visit your town library or community center to view community postings.
- Volunteer! Google community service projects and local service foundations that you can donate your time and energy to.
- Check Facebook’s event page to see what networking events are happening near you!
Are Job Fairs Dead?
In this day and age, everything can be accessed online. So does that mean job fairs are the thing of the past? Some may say yes, they are obsolete, but others may argue that job fairs are here to stay. Using 2017 data from more than 300 organizations, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found that, on average, employers are attending 41 career fairs per year. That is 10 more than the average from 2015. That is a large number of job fairs – and many opportunities to connect with a variety of organizations you love or have never heard of!
If you are in school or searching for your next career opportunity, attending a job fair could be an advantage to you landing your next job opportunity.
It’s hard to believe that in this technological world an old-school career fair could be still relevant. Here are some advantages to why job fairs are still worth your time:
Networking Made Easy(er):
Job fairs allow you to make face-to-face contact with a recruiter, HR, or a hiring manager that you would not be able to make through social media or an online application. They also allow you to surround yourself with other job seekers, you never know who could have the potential to help you out! The key as a job seeker is to make and find as many connections as possible and to leverage those connections to have a higher chance of landing your next job.
There Are Way More Job fairs Than You Think:
Colleges are everywhere in the Merrimack Valley / Greater Boston area just google your local community college you are bound to come up with a job fair near you. However, don’t solely rely on colleges check out your community centers and career centers near you to see if they are hosting any job fairs. Check out our next job fair we will be attending, August 15th, at the Lowell Spinners Field!
Career Planning Tool:
Can’t envision your next career path? Job fairs allow you to make a face-to-face connection with someone who works at a company or even fills the shoes of the job they are hiring for. This allows you to get a small feel of what the job is actually like and could spark your interest in a potential new career path.
*Stay tuned for our next blog post on how to prep for a job fair!*