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Confusing Times!

Unfortunately Covid has turned the world upside down as well as other world events.  We at BIRK Staffing are working diligently to bring in jobs with decent wages and hours.  Companies are open to looking for workers who are wanting a great opportunity.  Whether in the Labor work force or the Office.   People need to make the right choices for their families in regards to Covid, employment and safety.  So please stay safe and healthy.  If you need work contact us, we follow all CDC guidelines.  Safety is our first priority.  Take care.

BIRK Staffing on limited hours

During these uncertain times BIRK Staffing will have limited office work hours. Best way to contact us is by email or texting. We want to make sure all our working temps are aware nothing will change as far as your payroll. Once we receive your time cards for hours on Monday from our clients. Payroll will be processed as always. It is our hope that this will be a temporary situation. We wish everyone good health and safety. BIRK wants our staff to know we support them and will help in anyway possible.

Don’t Panic About Corona Virus – Educate Yourself!

BIRK Staffing would like to take a moment to assure everyone that we are closely monitoring the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). We are focused on maintaining a safe environment for all of our clients and staff. Our team is inserting the information with weekly paychecks and providing information to new hires as well.  The most current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and state and local authorities allow us to make proactive adjustments to our preparedness and response plan. BIRK Staffing will continue to provide information on the steps and preventative measures we are taking to ensure we maintain an environment that remains safe and virus free. Our goal is to keep business running seamlessly and to provide excellent service and support to our clients and temps.       For updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), please visit https://www.cdc.gov/     For updates from the World Health Organizations, please visit https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen     Be on the lookout for scammers who are trying to take advantage of the fears surrounding the Coronavirus. The Federal Trade Commission released this helpful article https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/02/coronavirus-scammers-follow-headlines       Wishing you and your families good health,

Resumes: Their purpose and how to write a great one…..

What is the purpose of a resume?

 

A well-written resume is a great marketing tool, and very often, also the first impression you will make when applying for a job.  The resume should highlight your skills, abilities and talents.  It is not simply a chronological list of the jobs you have held or a simple regurgitation of your responsibilities.  It is an opportunity for you to provide a summary that emphasizes the reason a company should hire you and more than that, it makes the hiring authority want to call you!

What are the keys to a great resume?

 

When creating a resume, always keep in mind the job for which you are applying.  Resumes are a work-in-progress which means objectives and content should change to accentuate your ability to perform the responsibilities of the position as well as call attention to what you specifically bring to the table.  Resumes are not, “one size fits all,” so remember that it is perfectly acceptable to have different versions of your resume.  Let’s get started…

Style:  Choose a font (style and size) that is easy on the eyes and use that font throughout the entire resume.  Unless you are applying for a job that requires strong demonstration of your creativity, choose black as the font color.

Layout:  Resumes should grab and keep the reader’s attention, have a logical flow and transition smoothly to various sections.  Resumes generally include sections reflecting skill set, education and work experience.  The order of these sections depends on what you want the reader to notice most about you.  Based on the job description and requirements, is it most important to call attention to your degree first?  Should you focus on the skills that will be most helpful in this role?  Do you want to point out your longevity and the industries in which you worked?  Keep in mind that if you choose to include an objective, that should be the first part of your resume.

Grammar:  Use correct verb tense, accurate spelling and punctuation, do not abbreviate or use acronyms that are not recognizable to the general population and make sure you are using word choices appropriately.  Take advantage of the Spellcheck function on your computer.  It only takes the click of a mouse and could help you avoid costly mistakes.

Dates/Essential Information:  Make sure dates of employment and job titles are accurate and can be verified.  Employment history should not exceed 10 years unless you have been at the same company for longer.  This allows for information to be current as well as relevant.  If you are re-entering the workforce after a significant break in employment, state that in your objective.

Contact Information:  Include both an email address and telephone number at which you can be reached.  Verify that the information is correct.  There is nothing worse than being qualified for a job but unreachable due to a typo on your resume.  Make sure your voicemail is not full and can receive messages.  Check your messages and be sure to have the appropriate contact information when you return the call.  The person who reached out to you is the one who has your resume and is interested in telling you about an opportunity, so you want to be sure to ask for that person directly.

In closing, there are many examples of resumes on-line and you should feel free to use those resources as a starting point.  You can find actual templates as well as different layout options.  Always provide accurate and honest information and sell yourself in a positive, confident and upbeat manner.   Proofread…Proofread…Proofread before submitting your resume.  Now it’s time to turn YOUR resume into a “best seller!”

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