Why Impact?

Why should you use Impact Staffing to fill your open positions?

Because we speak manufacturing.

Impact Staffing is a specialized staffing service, dedicated to the manufacturing industry. From packing to procurement and machining to engineering our expertise in manufacturing insures that we are able to match the best candidates with the best companies.

Whether you are a manufacturing firm looking for the perfect welding supervisor, or an engineer looking for the perfect career opportunity, we can help.

Beyond our expertise, we are committed to building long term relationships. We are not an ordinary staffing service. We are a results oriented company that works harder and smarter to truly make an Impact.

Skills Tests for Manufacturing Jobs

When you apply for almost any job, you have to go through a selection process that includes submitting a resume or application and an interview. In some job selection processes, you are also asked to take a skills test to determine if you possess the skills required to perform the job successfully. These tests can vary based on the type of position you are applying for and include technical skills tests, written exams, and working interviews.

Technical skills tests are often given for positions that require you to perform physical tasks. For example, if you are applying for a position as a welder, you may be asked to take a welding test. This test will usually be given at the work site and may require you to perform a certain type of welding, demonstrate your knowledge of welding different types of metal, or ask you to perform a variety of tasks related to the job available. Tests that require less equipment may be given at the agency where you are applying. For example, Impact Staffing offers a measurement test for individuals applying for certain quality control positions.  The applicant is required to measure various metal parts using micrometers and calipers. This helps determine if he/she has the ability to use a measuring device accurately. These types of tests vary greatly based on the requirements of the open position.

Written or computer generated exams are also required for some positions. If you are applying for a position that requires you to use a computer, you may be tested on your computer skills. For example, if you are applying for a Human Resources position at a manufacturing plant, you may be tested on your competency in various software packages or database management. If you are applying for a job working with machinery on a plant floor or warehouse, you may be asked to take a written math or mechanical aptitude test. Like technical skills tests, written exams also vary based on the position, but are not quite as specialized. You can often find online tutorials for basic math, measurement or computer skills exams online. You can use these to “brush up” on your knowledge before the actual exam, if necessary.

Beyond testing, sometimes a company will request that a candidate complete a working interview. Your recruiter or the contact that you interviewed with at the company where you will be working will let you know what is expected during this interview period. A working interview can last one day to several days. This period allows you time to determine if the position is a good fit for you before committing to take the job and allows the company to see if your skill level is a good fit for the position’s requirements. You are of course compensated for the hours worked during the interview process.

The important thing to remember during the testing process is to relax! These tests are important, but are not the only factor that goes into determining the final candidate selected for the position. If you have any additional questions about testing, ask your recruiter. They are more than happy to help you understand the process and help you show up for your test feeling prepared and confident.

Sticking to Career Related New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year from Impact Staffing!

Every year I make a couple of New Year’s resolutions and at least one of them is usually career focused. January is a great time to reflect on your current career situation and begin to make improvements. This year I realized that I often let projects that I know are important, but that don’t have firm deadlines, slip through the cracks. While this helps me keep up with my seemingly never ending to-do list, it often also means that projects I feel passionate about never get completed. One big example of this is the Impact Staffing blog.

I started the Impact Staffing blog last year with the intention of writing often. I had worked in the staffing industry for almost 15 years and I want to share the knowledge and experience that I had gained during that time to help both job seekers and employers.

Well, although we had a fantastic year at Impact Staffing last year and met MANY of our goals, my blog writing goal was pushed aside. So, this year, I resolve to put this project on the top of the to-do list and post on this blog once a week.

I am sharing this with you now as a result of some research on the subject of how to stick to New Year’s resolutions. I found quite a few helpful hints, but here are the 3 that I found most helpful for me.

#1 Clearly define your resolution. This seems obvious, doesn’t it? However, thinking back to past resolutions that I have broken its not. You may be tempted to resolve to “make more money” or “give back more to the community”, but these goals are vague which makes it hard to measure your success in achieving them. This can cause you to feel overwhelmed and give up on your resolutions just a few weeks into the new year. Try being more specific about the first step you want to take towards these goals. So, for example, try “I want to apply for 1 job a week with a higher pay rate than what I make now” or “I will serve dinner at the local homeless shelter once a month.” These goals are specific and attainable. This is why I chose to post once a week, rather than “more” or “often.” I had to sit down and write this today to keep me on track rather than being able to put it off until next week and swear to post twice!

#2 Tell someone else about your goal. Telling someone else about your goal holds you accountable and gives you a support system. How public you make your goal is up to you. I posted mine here for the world to see, but you may just choose to tell one friend that you trust.

#3 Don’t beat yourself up. We’re all human and we make mistakes. The important thing is not to get discouraged. Sometimes we also beat ourselves up over failure due to external factors. For example, if you have been applying for jobs for months, but you haven’t gotten any interviews, don’t just quit applying! Analyze your process, see what you could do differently, and change your approach. Don’t be afraid to let your resolution evolve as the year goes by. You may find that you end up achieving something even greater than your original goal!