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The dog days of summer are here, and what better way to celebrate than to help raise money for the Charleston Animal Society. You’re local Alternative Staffing is excited to host a “Dog Days of Summer” photo contest for an entire month doing just that!

This gift basket from Dolittles could be yours (and your dog's)! Submit a photo of your dog today for your chance to win it, and Alternative Staffing will donate $1 to the Charleston Animal Society!

This gift basket from Dolittles could be yours (and your dog’s)! Submit a photo of your dog today for your chance to win it, and Alternative Staffing will donate $1 to the Charleston Animal Society!

Starting today, August 1, 2014 through Labor Day, September 1, 2014, Charlestonians are encouraged to upload pictures of their dogs for a chance to win a “Dog Days of Summer” gift basket from Doolittles complete with food, toys, a new collar and leash, and more dog goodies. For every photo submitted, Alternative Staffing will donate $1 to the Charleston Animal Society.

 

How to submit your photo:

–          Email to Alternative Staffing at alternativestaffing@outlook.com

–          Post to Alternative Staffing on Facebook, www.facebook.com/AlternativeStaffing

–          Tweet using the hashtag, #charlestondogdays

 

 

Alternative Staffing owner, Jan Cappellini's dogs, Prudence and Shameeka, frequent the Alternative Staffing office almost every day. You could say they're our mascots!

Alternative Staffing owner, Jan Cappellini’s dogs, Prudence and Shameeka, frequent the Alternative Staffing office almost every day. You could say they’re our mascots!

Alternative Staffing owner, Jan Cappellini said, “We are such huge animal lovers at Alternative Staffing. In fact, I bring my dogs to work almost everyday, and one of them we rescued right off of Remount Rd. near our office. I have such an unbelievable love and appreciation for the Charleston Animal Society. This contest is a way for us to raise awareness, encourage the community to consider animal adoptions or support the organization with the things they need to keep the animals safe and healthy.”

Cappellini added, “Uploading one photo of your furry friend will make a big difference. So share this with your coworkers, friends and family, and let’s raise money for the Charleston Animal Society together!”

We can’t wait to see your pictures!

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A recent article on StaffingIndustry.com reported that temporary staffing revenue grew at a median rate of 15% year-over-year in June, accelerating significantly from the 10% pace reported each prior month in 2014, according to the latest Pulse Survey Report by Staffing Industry Analysts. The percentage of firms reporting positive year-over-year revenue growth rose to 82% from 73%.

“June stood out as a particularly strong month for temporary staffing on multiple fronts,” said Research Associate Ziv Tepman. “For the first time this year, median year-over-year growth in temporary staffing revenue surpassed the 10% mark, accelerating significantly to 5%. Our measure of new order activity also reached a 2014 high.”

This survey results also follows the recent announcement of the decline of the national unemployment rate to 6.1%. South Carolina’s unemployment rate has remained the same from April to June at 5.3%.

Regardless of the statistics, at Alternative Staffing, we continue to experience growth as we serve more and more local businesses with staffing solutions. We easily accommodate these demands by providing hundreds of experienced employees with manufacturing, industrial and clerical job opportunities throughout the Charleston Tri-County area and Midlands.

To learn more about how your business can benefit from our solution-oriented staffing methods, call us today at(843) 744-6040 for our North Charleston office or at (803) 516-9433 for our Orangeburg office.

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The Beatles said it. Joe Cocker said it. Now Harvard researchers are saying it. Sometimes, you just need a little help from your friends…even at work.

A recent article in the Harvard Business Review researched and reviewed how friendships in the workplace are actually quite a fantastic thing for productivity. We found this very interesting, because at Alternative Staffing we’re not just colleagues or friends, we tend to function like a family. 

With employee engagement being at “an all-time low”, friendships (to an extent) are now being encouraged in the workplace.

Office camaraderie is a great way to increase moral and loyalty. Instead of breeding an individualist and competitive environment, relationships help create a team setting where co-workers share a commitment and common goal…success!

An excerpt from the article reads, “Research shows that workers are happier in their jobs when they have friendships with co-workers. Employees report that when they have friends at work, their job is more fun, enjoyable, worthwhile, and satisfying.”

What would you do if I sang out of tune? In addition to all of the incredible professional benefits, work friendships provide a great personal support network. “Whether rooting for each other on promotions, consoling each other about mistakes, giving advice, or providing support for personal situations, comradeship at work can boost an employee’s spirit and provide needed assistance.”

So how do you encourage coworkers to be “friendly”? Set times where everyone can have lunch together, encourage workplace respect and give compliments to one another, set break times where everyone is able to relax and have a little fun in the middle of the day, include all employees on milestones and news within the company, make their opinion matter, and especially create an environment where employees feel welcomed and can be their best selves.

One thing to remember, a happy worker equals a happy client. So if you haven’t already, try to establish a friendly culture in your office and see the productivity skyrocket! Because at the end of the day, all of us get by with a little help from our friends.

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Did you know that Charleston made Forbes list of Best Places for Business and Careers for 2014? Charleston landed #61 on the list of 200 major cities throughout the United States, and was also ranked #28 in “job growth” in this list of major cities.

forbes-logoAn excerpt from Forbs reads: Charleston is a major tourist destination, with a considerable number of historical buildings, luxury hotels and bed and breakfasts. Higher education is also an important sector in the local economy, occupied by many institutions such as the Medical University of South Carolina, College of Charleston, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and Charleston School of Law among others.

It doesn’t come as a surprise that Charleston is climbing up Forbes Business and Career list with the city’s booming tourism industry, military base, and the thriving technology sector including major, worldwide companies such as Boeing, Blackbaud and Benefitfocus. Charleston has proven not to just be a city with historic charm, but a hub of leading industry experts.

At Alternative Staffing, we witness the growth of businesses and careers in Charleston every day! From serving incredible businesses throughout the Lowcountry to placing people in leading industry positions, we do our part and work hard to put our stamp on the growth of the local economy.

Though we think that Charleston is the #1 city in any category, we are excited that Charleston is climbing up this Forbes list and proud to call it home.

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Happy Independence Day from everyone at Alternative Staffing! But take a tip from our team today…while you are out having fun on your day off, remember to be aware of your social media.

When you are job searching it is important to keep a lookout of what you are posting on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. One of the first things an employer does is “google” your name. What will pop up? Your Linked In, Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts. Even if you have your account locked, a few pictures and posts are still available to see. Also, if the employer sees that a person he/she knows is “friends” with you or “follows” you, they can easily jump the fence and see everything.

Even when you have job security, you want to be aware of what you and others are posting as well. Try and stay away from photos of you drinking, personal issues, extreme political and religious views and more. It can be unbecoming, and you don’t want someone to judge you based on your personal life – you want someone to know that you are a professional, hard, and dedicated worker.

So on this Independence Day we hope you have a blast! But keep some of those memories that you don’t want the world to see on your camera and phone and away from your social media.

Happy 4th of July!

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Our Alternative Staffing tip of the week is about taking a step back and doing something a little more traditional – writing a Thank You note after an interview. Unlike sending an email (or doing nothing at all), sending and/or receiving a hand written note is far from and in between. It brings a sense of nostalgia and just good old fashion respect. It does take a little more time, but it adds a new level of thoughtfulness that an email just won’t deliver.

First and foremost, sending a Thank You note after an interview is a great way to keep you on the mind of the potential employer. It lets the company that you interviewed with know how serious you are about the job. A note is also a good way to capitalize on the positive points in the interview and how you could be a great asset to the team. Note: Don’t say “I think” or “I feel” in your note; be confident and say “I know”. For example, “I know I will be a great asset to the team” vs. “I think I will be a great asset to the team”. 

What should I say in a Thank You note?

Keep your note concise, friendly and thoughtful. Remember, this is not a formal proposal but a kind gesture. First, thank the employer for taking the time time to meet and interview you. Then recap on what happened during the interview – did you take a tour of the office; did you meet the other employees; did you go out for lunch/dinner – thank him/her for any of those things. Then you can capitalize on what you think went great in the interview and what you enjoyed learning during the interview.

Thank you note example

The following example is just the basic bones of your Thank You note. Be sure to add anything specific that you and the potential employer discussed or experienced during the interview.

Dear Mr. John Doe,

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to meet with me! It was so great to sit down with you and learn more about your company and considering me for ________ position. I know that I will be a great asset to your team under your leadership. Please feel free to reach out to me at anytime.

Thank you for the opportunity and I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Sincerely,

Jane Smith

What should I write the Thank You note on?

To add an extra level of professionalism, write your Thank You note on a stationary or a nice black card. Choose something that you feel best represents who you are! Then there is nothing left but to seal it, stamp it and send it. Don’t know the address, just pop by the office and try a handy dandy hand deliver. A friendly reminder – be sure to spell check your note before you send it and especially spell the employers name right!

Check out all of the A-Team happenings, tips and job openings on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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At Alternative Staffing, one of our specialties is placing workers in manufacturing and industrial job opportunities. Some of these jobs are in corporate warehouses or require work outside. With the summer here, some of these work environments can get hot and workers must take precautions to avoid heat exhaustion and/or heat stroke.

So we put together a few tips to keep cool while working in the South Carolina summer heat.

1. STAY HYDRATED – We encourage all of our workers to drink plenty of water before work, during work, and after work. 8 cups of water (64 ounces) is the daily recommendation, but when working a strenuous job or in the heat your body may need double that amount.

2. DRESS APPROPRIATELY – It is important to wear clothes that allow you to breathe. Try to wear loose-knit clothing and natural fabrics such as cotton and bamboo. Try to stay away from polyester and other artificial fabrics.

3. PROTECT YOUR SKIN – If you are working outside, be sure to wear sunscreen and wear a hat to avoid getting sunburned.

4. WORK SMART – If you can, try to plan your more strenuous activities in the cooler part of the day to avoid over exhaustion.

5. KNOW YOUR LIMITS – Only you know what your body can handle. Take small breaks in air conditioning or a cool environment to cool your body down. Don’t overwork yourself in the heat, because there is a possibility of heat stroke. If you have any disorders of the heart, circulatory system, skin, or lungs be sure to consult your doctor before working in high temperatures.

How to notice when someone is suffering from heat stroke and exhaustion:

Heat Exhaustion Symptoms: Dizziness, nausea, headaches, profuse sweating, rapid heart rate, fainting, and vomiting.

Heat Stroke Symptom: Dry pale skin, no sweating, hot and red skin that looks sunburned, irritability, confusion, seizures, unconsciousness.

If someone is suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke, call 911 immediately to get them the proper care. In the meantime, bring them to a cool place, give them cool water, place hands and feet in cool water (not cold) or place ice packs under their armpits, on their head and groin.

At Alternative Staffing we take the safety of our workers very importantly. For more information about how to stay cool and prevent heat exhaustion and stroke, click here.

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“If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t be so wonderful after all.” – Michelangelo

At Alternative Staffing, we understand that hard work pays off. We are here to match the appropriate job with a qualified worker to get the job done for our client while helping our workers build their resumes.

We empower our workers to deliver on the job and impress the client, which inevitably leads to more jobs and possibly full time positions.

“Passion will move men beyond themselves, beyond their shortcomings, beyond their failures.” – Joseph Campbell, American Mythologist, Writer, and Lecturer

It’s not just about getting the job done, but doing it with confidence and ambition. Our ultimate mission is not to just match people with jobs, but to match them with the right jobs that drives them to find their passion. When a business is passionate about their workers and employees are passionate about the business, the sky is the limit.

So if you are looking for qualified workers for your business, or you are a worker looking for job opportunities, give Alternative Staffing in Charleston, SC and Orangeburg, SC a call today!

 

 

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Here at Alternative Staffing we are committed to providing worthwhile jobs to qualified workers throughout the Lowcountry and Midlands of South Carolina.

You may have heard some myths about staffing agencies, and we are here to debunk them and prove to you that if you are looking for a job…look no further than Alternative Staffing!

Myth #1 – The “Real Job” VS. the “Temporary Job”

When you are looking to jump start your career, you want to position yourself in front of reputable companies and organizations where you can excel and build your skills.

At Alternative Staffing we work with some of the most reputable organizations in the state. Each job assignment is important and a crucial piece to the puzzle for all of our clients. So we consider every job that we offer a “real job.”

Whether you are looking to find a career path, or are looking for temporary work, we aim to provide our workers with jobs that meet their criteria so they can excel.

Myth #2 – All job assignments are for a short amount of time

Some jobs assignments may only require a commitment of a few days or few weeks, but others require a commitment of several months.

Regardless of the time commitment, our tenured staff works hard to provide a platform for our workers to succeed. We expose our workers to various positions at several companies.

So while some job may be for a temporary amount of time, it has the potential to lead to full time positions. Countless workers at Alternative Staffing have worked hard and proven themselves during their job assignment that they have been asked to work full time.

As long as you work hard and with integrity, there will always be a job for you to do.

Myth #3 – The only jobs that are available are low paying jobs

At Alternative Staffing we offer a wide variety of job opportunities from manufacturing and industrial positions to office and receptionist professions. Each job varies in the amount per hour and time commitment. We are here to help you stay employed and find out what works best for you. So the more job assignments you take, the easier it is to find your niche. Then you can master your skills which makes it easier to position yourself as an expert candidate!  The more experience you have, the more your can market yourself and set a lifelong career path.

So give us a call at our North Charleston office at 843-744-6040 or our Orangeburg office 803-516-9433 and join the A-Team Today!

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“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” (Jack Welch)

There is no such thing as a single “best” leadership style – but there is the best style for you, in a given situation. And there is a style that best suits you as an individual. They key to effective leadership is identifying and perfecting your style while at the same time knowing when to adopt the best aspects of other styles. You also need to understand the styles of your team members, so you can call upon them as needed.

Embrace Change
“Leadership is influence.” (John C. Maxwell)

Management does not equal leadership. Management is about stability and getting results today. Leadership is about change and achieving greater results beyond today. By doing more of what you do today, you won’t get to where you want to be tomorrow.

  • Be aware of situations that need to change. Stay vigilant for opportunities for improvement or dissatisfaction with the status quo. Then adopt different thinking patterns and change – starting with your own behavior – so you can achieve desired outcomes.
  • Be bold. Boldness is essential for leading upward. Let your own personality shine. For one week, make a list of three to five things that worked well in your leadership efforts. Then, actively start using them the following week.

Know Your Strengths and Stretch Your Style
“I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?” (Benjamin Disraeli)

Get to know your leadership style inside out. Are you more democratic or directive? Do you thrive on being an assertive pace setter or do you prefer a more affiliative or coaching approach? Heighten your awareness of what you’re good at and consciously play to your natural strengths as much as possible.

  • If you’re not sure, find out. Ask your colleagues and team members what they consider to be the strengths of your leadership style.
  • As you reap the benefits of your strengths, actively work to stretch into styles you find more difficult. The most successful leaders are those who draw on and seamlessly integrate various styles, depending on the circumstances. One size does not fit all.
  • Blend with your team’s leadership styles to the best advantage. The best teams are well rounded. Identify those on your team whose strengths complement your own. How could you better use them?

Look to the Future
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (Proverbs 29:18)

When people look to their leader, their basic needs are direction and hope for the future. Define and communicate a vision of where you and others need to go and how you’ll accomplish it, so everyone can clearly see the way forward. This will inspire confidence and cascade downward, as well as increasing your impact upward among your bosses.

  • Build your external network and research widely. Maintain a solid grasp on what’s happening outside your department and your organization. This helps you create a bigger-picture vision.
  • Be follower focused. Among the keys to a more resilient future are recognizing the contributions of others and giving them room to innovate.

For additional resources and guidance to grow your leadership skills – and those of others – contact the workforce development experts at Alternative Staffing today.