Moore To The Point: Temp-to-hire, What is That?

Moore To The Point: Temp-to-hire, What is That?

What is temp-to-hire?

Temp to hire, also known as a contract to hire or temp to perm, opportunities are roles in which you work through a team like Moore Staffing, are placed on a temporary assignment with a company. If both you and the company find and confirm that the position is a good match, then you may be hired on as a permanent employee.

Will I definitely become a permanent employee?

While there is no guarantee to becoming a permanent employee, the goal from all party perspectives is for it to be a long-term, permanent role.

What about health insurance and other benefits?

On contract, Moore offers a Health insurance plan through Tufts Medical after 30 days of employment, in addition to sick-time and a 401k match program. Once an employee goes permanent, they assume the benefits offered by their long-term employer.

What are the benefits of choosing a contract-to-hire role?

  1. Get your resume on top – you have the option of applying for all opportunities on your own, however, with Moore, we are able to send your resume directly to the hiring Manager’s desk. Thus, your resume is separated from the many sent in via their company website.
  2. Try before you buy – on contract/temp you can try out a company and position to see if it’s a good long-term fit for your career goals and lifestyle.
  3. Keeping busy while on the search – if you’ve been on the job market for some time now, you know how it can be exhausting. Fill the gaps in your resume and stay sharp by considering temp-to-hire or temporary roles.
  4. You get your foot in the door with employers, but also a Staffing Manager – Maybe this temporary role wasn’t a fit! That’s okay. If you did a great job and proved yourself to be reliable, your staffing manager will be excited to help you find a new and even better role! We can share our professional connections with you.

Does Moore Staffing only offer temp-to-hire opportunities? 

No! We offer direct hire and temporary opportunities as well.

What to Wear?

What to Wear?

 

Dress to Impress

Interview Rule #1: Many say ‘dress for the job you want’, but also you should ‘dress for the company’. Best tip: Inquire with your staffing manager on the company’s dress code. Always remember: An interview is one of the most important first impressions you will make!

Business Professional:

Men:

  • A business suit in solid colors, preferably black, grey, or navy blue
  • Tie
  • Long-sleeved shirt; color coordinated with your suit
  • Dark socks with leather shoes; again, coordinated with your suit
  • Leather belt
  • Neat, trimmed hairstyle
  • Briefcase

Women:

  • Business pantsuit in solid colors, preferably black, grey, or navy blue
  • If interviewing in warmer weather, some women may opt for wearing a business suit with a skirt, as opposed to pants. If choosing the skirt route, ensure the skirt is at least knee-length
  • A blouse that coordinates with a business suit
  • Subtle/conservative footwear; some women prefer to throw on some heels for this important occasion
  • For jewelry – less is better
  • Light on the makeup and perfume
  • Neat hairstyle
  • Briefcase or office-appropriate bag

Business Casual:

Men:

  • Khaki pants or black slacks
  • Cotton long-sleeved, preferably with buttons or short-sleeved polo shirt
  • Sweaters are okay, too
  • Leather shoes
  • Tie optional

Women:

  • Khaki-colored pants or black slacks
  • Dress skirts (still at knee length or longer here!)
  • Sweaters or blouses
  • Heels, flats or other conservative-style shoes

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Important Tips

  • Wash and iron your clothes
  • Avoid loud colors
  • Take out piercings (an earring on each ear is okay)
  • Cover up any visible tattoos
  • Women – keep it light and casual on the makeup
  • Men – show up cleanly shaven

What Not to Wear – Men & Women

  • T-shirts
  • Jeans
  • Ripped clothing
  • Sneakers or flip-flop sandals
  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Low-cut shirts
  • Any piece of clothing that reveals too much skin
  • Clothing that reveals tattoos/body piercings
  • Low-rise or tight pants
  • Clothing that reveals undergarments

 

Did You Know?
Some say blue clothing radiates confidence and trust – Need extra confidence on interview day? Cue the blue!

Interview Prep: Know the Company

Interview Prep: Know the Company

Interview Preparation Tips

Recruiters and hiring managers expect a candidate to know a good amount about their company and their industry when the candidate comes in for the interview. If a candidate asks basic questions about a company in an interview, it shows lack of preparation.

It can also present the perception that a candidate does not have a high level of interest in working at that company. The information candidates garner in pre-interview research will help candidates come up with smart questions that not only impress the hiring manager but will also aid the candidate in deciding if this is the right place for his/her next job.

There are many useful online research tools available: the company website, press releases, earnings reports, LinkedIn, Google News, company prospectuses and employer review sites such as Glassdoor and Google. Simply typing a company name in Google can lead to lots of valuable information about a company.

So what specifically should you identify about a company before you interview?

• What are their products, services, and industry?
• Who do they sell to or provide services to?
• Who do they compete with?
• Where are their facilities and offices located?
• Who owns the company?
• Are they private or public?
• If public, how are their earnings?
• What are the challenges they and companies in their industry are facing?
• How many employees work there?
• How do their employees describe the company?
• What benefits do they offer? (if published on the website)
• How do current employees in the role you are applying to describe their position on LinkedIn?
• How do hiring managers at the company review their employees? This could give you some indication as to the attributes hiring managers like to see in their employees.

The job seeker should make sure they are familiar with every aspect of a company’s website. The more company research a candidate does, the more they will be perceived as intelligent, interested and on-the-ball by the hiring company. Benjamin Franklin famously said, “the investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Those words could not be more applicable when describing the importance of preparing for an interview!

Don’t Doom Your Resume for the Trash : Resume Tips

Don’t Doom Your Resume for the Trash : Resume Tips

Resume Writing Tips

 

Before you are able to dazzle a hiring manager with your in-depth knowledge of Lean Six Sigma procedures or your expertise in QuickBooks, you need to be invited to interview. A sharp, well-written resume is necessary to receive that invitation! Here are a few tips to help:

  • Spelling and grammar matter! Be sure to spellcheck your resume. Run it through Grammarly.com. Have a trusted friend or family member look it over. A spelling error or glaring grammar mistake could easily get your resume transferred to the “no” pile.
  • Be concise. Resumes for most positions should not run longer than two pages and, if you are newer to the workforce, it shouldn’t be more than a page. 4-5 bullets are sufficient in describing your job responsibilities. Include only the last 10-15 years’ experience. The hiring manager is extremely busy and, more than likely has received a slew of resumes for the position. They simply don’t have the time to read lengthy resumes so they will not do so.
  • Do not include references, letters of recommendations, salary history/requirements, a photograph, marital status/children, or personal info beyond your name, address, email address and phone number. I would also avoid including hobbies/interests unless you are a student applying for an internship. Including these bits of info could open you up to subtle discrimination.
  • Unless you are applying for an artistic role, avoid adding graphics, watermarks, or different colors. The “look” of your resume is very important. White space within the document allows for easier reading. Use one font throughout. You have 4-6 seconds to grab the reader’s attention. A wordy, dense resume makes it much harder for your experience to stand out.
  • Be sure to include keywords for the position you are applying to in your resume. This will help if your resume is being fed into an automated applicant tracking system. It will also help if human eyes are reading it first. Hiring managers want to know that you have the basic qualifications at a quick glance.

A resume is your sales sheet. It gets your foot in the door and provides recruiters and hiring managers with their first impression of you. Make sure it represents who you are and what you can offer! If you would like more tips, please feel free to email Stephanie at Stephanie@Moorestaffing.com.

10 Do’s and Don’ts for Providing Professional References

10 Do’s and Don’ts for Providing Professional References

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:
• 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!

Don’t:
• 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.