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Four Things to Do Once Your Candidate Is Placed

Four Things to Do Once Your Candidate Is Placed


As we approach the final quarter of the year, employees and hiring managers alike are keeping an eye out for opportunities to start the next year strong.

For job seekers, what better way to ride on the optimism of a new year than starting a new job? For employers, the challenge is attracting valuable talent into their organizations.

Contrary to what many recruiters and hiring managers think, the process of recruiting a candidate continues even after the employee has been placed. Recruiting is a constant process of keeping employees happy, engaged and productive.

Here are a few things employers need to do to ensure they’re getting the best from their new recruits.

Set Them Up for Success

If you want your people to perform at their best, set them up so they can do just that: help them establish goals, offer benefits or incentives for good performance and communicate in an accurate, respectful and timely manner.

If you want this approach to succeed, you need to do it at the individual level. In other words, your supervisors or team leaders should reach out to employees and understand the source of their motivation and what their pain points are.

Provide Support

Want to keep your employees’ morale high? Make sure they know you have their back.

For some people, constant communication and feedback are what they need to be assured of their place in the company. For others, it’s having a strong sense of purpose, usually coming from knowing that their work matters. And for some workers, their motivation comes from learning something new every day.

The challenge is to know what makes your employees tick so you can zero in on the source of their motivation.

Maintain a Great Company Culture

Identification plays a huge role in an employee’s ability to work at his or her best. The only way your new recruits can identify with your company is by having a culture they can relate to.

For example, are you a company that believes in flexibility (e.g. flexible work hours and telecommuting)? Do you support the needs of working parents? Do you recognize and reward quality work?

Don’t just say these things to new hires during their orientation. Act on it so they will take you seriously and believe in the culture you want to uphold.

Recognize the Role Managers Play

It’s often said that people don’t quit their jobs—they quit their bosses. Your managers and supervisors have the critical role of not just leading employees, but  supporting them through thick and thin. Be sure to invest in training your managers and supervisors and appointing people with a great attitude to these leadership positions.

For more workforce management tips and insights, be sure to return to this blog. If you need access to great talent, let the staffing services specialists of The Reserves Network help you. Contact our offices today to learn how you can connect with our pool of talent.


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The Right Way to Resign Without Burning Bridges

The Right Way to Resign Without Burning Bridges


While it may seem that resigning from your job can only be a negative experience for both you and your employer, it is possible to part on good terms if you follow proper resignation etiquette.

If you don’t want your resignation to affect your future employment opportunities, it is imperative you quit your job the right way and not burn bridges.

Prepare Your Resignation

If your company requires employees to give two weeks’ notice before resigning, consider this grace period as a courtesy to the organization. If they’re fine with you leaving the day after you tender your resignation letter, be sure you’ve cleaned your desk and computer to make the transition smoother.

Put Your Resignation into Writing

Even if your company’s fine with verbal and electronic communications for receiving resignations, you still owe it to yourself and your employer to write a formal letter for your employment file.

You don’t have to explain your reasons for resigning. However, you can leave a good impression with the company by expressing your appreciation for the training you’ve received and lessons you’ve learned throughout your time there.

Tell Your Boss First

As tempting as it is to let your colleagues know of your plans to resign first, the last thing you want is for your boss to learn about your intentions through the grapevine.

Be professional and notify your boss of your plans first. Again, you don’t have to offer a lengthy explanation of why you’re resigning, not unless it reflects positively on you (e.g., going back to school, wanting to spend more time with your family or working on your own project/startup).

Let your boss know you appreciate their help and support, mentioning all the good things you’ve learned and experienced while in the company. Future employers will likely talk to your boss for a referral – if you want a glowing reviewl, don’t burn any bridges with them.

Offer Help with the Transition

A two-week notice is standard – this gives you enough time to help with the transition of training someone to take your place.

You can offer to write manuals of your work practices and processes to help your replacement get up to speed right away. If you’re handling clients, let them know of your plans (after tendering your resignation) and make sure you don’t have any hanging obligations before you leave the company.

Be sure to check back on this blog for more career insights and guides. If you’re in the middle of a job search and need assistance, The Reserves Network is more than happy to help. Call our offices to learn more about our staffing services.


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Matteson, IL Job Fair

The Reserves Network’s Matteson, IL branch is is hosting an in-house recruiting event. Visit our Application, Resume and Interview Station to meet with our team of recruiters and enter each of our Halloween Ghostly Raffles to win $25 – $50 gift cards. Monster treats and Beverages at each station.

4749 W. Lincoln Mall Drive Ste. 100 ( next to Credit Union 1 )
Matteson, IL 60443

Wednesday, October 18
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

We’re hiring for Remote Overhead Crane Operators; Sideloader Forklift Operators; Picker/Packers (Bi-Lingual a plus); Assembly; and Part-Time Drivers

If you are interested in this opportunity or have any questions, please email us at or call us at (708) 747-6600.

The Reserves Network’s Savannah Office Moves to New Location


The Reserves Network, a leading staffing provider for the office, industrial, professional and technical markets, has moved their Savannah, GA location from 7307 Hodgson Memorial Drive to 8420 Abercorn Street.

“We’re very excited about this move,” says Summer Schwarzer, regional director. “Our new location provides greater accessibility and visibility for attracting top talent for job opportunities in the Savannah market. The larger office also gives us the benefit of expanding our training and orientation programs we offer employees and job seekers. ”

The Reserves Network first opened its doors in Savannah in 2012.

Job seekers and businesses needing staffing services can contact the Savannah office at (912)777-3520 or

About The Reserves Network

Founded in 1984, The Reserves Network provides staffing services to the office, industrial, professional and technical markets. The company places nearly 20,000 employees at its more than 40 operating locations in the Midwest, Southeast and Northeast, and works with customers nationwide. This includes temporary, temp-to-hire and direct-hire placements in a wide variety of professional fields and trades. Headquartered in Fairview Park, Ohio, the family and veteran-owned company has received multiple honors for outstanding sales growth, management excellence and customer service.


How to Win a Job Before the Interview Even Happens

How to Win a Job Before the Interview Even Happens


You had all your ducks in a row — the perfect resume, a comprehensive overview of your work experience, glowing referrals from previous employers and an interview that seemed to go well.

So why didn’t you get the job?

It might have something to do with what you did on the days leading up to the interview.

Many job seekers make the mistake of assuming all they need to worry about is the one-on-one meeting with the hiring manager. But the minute you make contact with an employer or recruiter, the interview process begins.

What you do, and how you behave, before the formal meeting speaks volumes of your abilities as a candidate.  Here are a few tips on what you can do improve your chances of getting a job before the interview.


Narrow Your Search

Contrary to what many job seekers think, limiting your job search to a handful of companies is better than taking the “shotgun” approach of sending as many resumes as you can to different employers.

By taking a specific approach, you’re showing a hiring manager you’re genuinely excited about the opportunity and have spent a considerable amount of time understanding it.


Keep Track of Your Job Search

Limiting your applications to a few companies makes it easier to keep your job search organized. Nothing sinks your job search ship faster than having an employer call you, only for you to forget what position you applied for or having to ask what the job description is.


Keep Communications Professional at All Times

Whether you’re communicating over the phone, via email, social media or face-to-face, always aim for the highest standards of communication. The more polite, concise and accurate you are in your communications, the more likely a potential employer will see your style of communicating and consider it a plus factor for you.

Be mindful of the little details. If you still have as your email address, do yourself a favor and replace it with a more professional-sounding one to put on your resume and applications.


Listen and Follow Instructions

Some employers will have very specific instructions for their application process. Sometimes, these instructions are designed to test applicants for their ability to listen, read and understand complex directions. You’d be surprised how many calls employment agencies get after explicitly stating “No Phone Calls” in a job listing.


Bottom line? Pay attention and follow instructions to make a great impression with potential employers.

If your job search needs a push in the right direction, let the staffing services specialists of The Reserves Network help you. Contact us today to learn how you can connect with our local network of actively hiring employers.


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