The Skills to Look for in Your Next Forklift Driver

Forklift Drivers


When hiring a forklift driver, looking for certain key skills helps you land a candidate who knows how to do their job well. Below, we provide five essential strengths to watch for when you’re ready to hire your next great forklift driver.


  • Experience driving the forklifts used on your work site

There are different types of forklifts with varying sizes and cab types. While some of a forklift operator’s skills are transferrable to using different pieces of equipment, it’s important the forklift operator you hire knows how to use the machines at your warehouse. The more experience a forklift driver has, the more competent they are and the less training they require to safely and efficiently operate different machines.


  • Mathematical abilities

A forklift operator will need basic math skills to calculate loads. Many forklift operators also calculate freight quotes and bills of lading, so math skills on at least an eighth-grade level are necessary.


  • Oral and written communication skills

Forklift operators must read delivery lists, labels, signs and safety notices, manuals and more. Forklift operators will also need to write work orders, fill in forms and time sheets, write reports of incidents and communicate with supervisors and coworkers. Good oral and written communication skills are necessary and important


  • Aptitude for computerized processes

Forklift operators must be able to understand and work with computerized inventory control systems. Many forklift operators need to log orders, communicate through email, keep electronic time sheets and document completion of jobs using computer software.


  • Reliability

Your forklift operator serves a vital role in your business. If a forklift operator doesn’t show up on time, quits without notice or fails to come to work at all, your supply chain management is impacted. Look for candidates with good references who aren’t job hoppers and show a commitment to their careers during the interview process.


The Reserves Network will help you find candidates with these skills and abilities, as well many other traits of the most desirable employees. To find out how our staffing services can help you hire a qualified forklift driver who will be an asset to your company, contact us today.


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The Reserves Network Takes Part in 2017 Harvest for Hunger Campaign

The Reserves Network’s Northeast Ohio branch offices and its Corporate Headquarters in Fairview Park, Ohio took part in the 2017 Harvest for Hunger Food Drive Campaign collecting 558 pounds of food and household products.

The items were collected throughout the month of June at TRN’s area locations.  The amount of food and household products raised translated into almost 500 nutritious meals for hungry families throughout the region.

Harvest for Hunger is one of the largest annual, community-wide food and funds drives in the nation. It provides critical resources to local hunger relief organizations in 21 counties in Northeast and North Central Ohio.

Donations for TRN’s campaign were made by staff and customers. The company’s Lakewood, Ohio office was named TRN’s “Outstanding Food Drive Collection Branch.” Not only did the branch raise donations as an office, but teamed-up with one of their customers, Timco Rubber Products; as a result, Timco raised an abundance of extra donations. As “Outstanding Food Drive Collection Branch,” Lakewood received a plaque and catered lunch.

“We are so thankful to everyone at The Reserves Network for the commitment and generosity towards this year’s Harvest for Hunger campaign,” says Alyssa Giannirakis, food and funds drive manager. “We are serving more people now than before the recession, so we rely on the compassion and kindness of people in our communities to support those in need. The Reserves Network is a wonderful example of people helping people to make a difference in the world.”

About The Reserves Network
Since 1984, The Reserves Network has been providing staffing services to office, industrial, professional and technical markets. The family and veteran-owned company places nearly 20,000 employees at its 40+ operating locations in the Midwest, Southeast and Northeast—this includes temporary, temporary-to-hire and direct-hire placements. For more information, visit

The Reserves Network Named One of Largest U.S. Staffing Firms by Staffing Industry Analyst

For the third year in a row, The Reserves Network has been recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) as one of the largest staffing and talent engagement firms in the United States.

Placed as #137 on the list, TRN obtained an overall market share of .1 percent of an estimated $80 billion in U.S. staffing revenue.

SIA provides worldwide research and data regarding contingent workforces. Each year, the SIA releases this report of largest U.S. staffing agencies to gauge growth, hypothesize trends and identify industry leaders.

“The Reserves Network is proud to be a part of this list,” says Neil Stallard, CEO of The Reserves Network. “There is an estimated 17,000 staffing companies in the U.S., so this puts us in very elite company. I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to our ranking, and their commitment to driving us to new heights.”

Staffing agencies were ranked according to their total U.S. revenue produced during the 2016 calendar year. Revenue included temporary and permanent work placement, retained search, outplacement services, and net revenue from Managed Service Providers (MSPs). Each firm was required to generate a minimum of $100 million in staffing revenue to be considered for the elite list, which included the top 144 staffing agencies in the country.

How to Have a More Coachable Attitude

How to Have a More Coachable Attitude


Coachable employees are in-demand employees. Managers value workers who are good at taking constructive feedback, eager to improve and enthusiastic about becoming more successful.

If being coachable doesn’t come naturally to you, learning from others is a key skill to work on. Here are ways we’ve found that even the best employees can become more coachable:


  • Re-orienting your attitude

Many people look at constructive criticism or negative feedback as a bad thing. These people are less receptive to what others tell them about how they can improve. Instead of thinking of the feedback as criticism, view it as an opportunity. You’ll only improve yourself if you’re constantly challenging and pushing yourself outside your comfort zone. Trying out suggestions made by others is a good way to push yourself further. 


  • Not giving into emotions

When you’re given feedback on how you can improve, do you feel sad, defensive or angry? Don’t let these emotions run away from you. Outsiders can often see weaknesses and areas where you need improvement better than you can. Your manager or peers aren’t making suggestions to hurt or anger you, so try not to respond to their feedback as if they are. 


  • Listening actively

When you’re given a performance review or receive comments on your work, do you start planning rebuttals and defenses in your head? If you do, you’re missing out on a great learning experience. Take the time to really listen to what is being said. Ask questions and rephrase the criticisms in your own words so you really understand the feedback and stay focused on the words you’re hearing rather than how you’ll respond. 


  • Taking time for self-reflection

When you’ve actively listened to the feedback you’ve received, think about what was said. Could the suggestions possibly help you be more productive or improve a particular skill? Try to implement the feedback to see how it feels when you make changes. 

Value from coaching or constructive criticism comes from talented co-workers and a manager whom you respect. The Reserves Network helps you find a job with people you can learn from, and who will push you to be the best you can be. Contact us today to get started.


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Why Companies that Hire Veterans are More Successful

Why Companies that Hire Veterans are More Successful


When hiring candidates for open positions, companies should make a point of recruiting veterans. Hiring veterans maximizes a company’s chances of achieving greater success for many reasons. In fact, a recent report shows that some of the world’s top companies have made commitments to hiring veterans. One outstanding statistic: close to 25 percent of Amazon’s new hires are veterans, and many of these new hires fill leadership roles in management and operations. The Reserves Network knows this quite well as our founder and chairman was an officer and pilot in the Air Force.

Here the some ways hiring veterans maximizes chances of a company’s success:


  • Veterans bring distinctive capabilities to your organization.

Veterans thrive under pressure where other employees might struggle to succeed. They are success-oriented and know how to accomplish goals. Their work ethic is unparalleled. Veterans are also flexible, open to change, capable of thriving in different environments, and skilled at working with people of all diverse backgrounds.


  • Veterans have technical skills.

The military provides advanced training to veterans. Because they have some of the best training in the world, it’s cost-effective to hire them.


  • Veterans are strong problem solvers.

They have experience structuring resources and organizing their efforts to accomplish any mission, even if there are obstacles. Most have both logistics and project management experience and can apply practical skills to problem solving in the workplace.


  • Veterans are strong leaders.

Leadership is one of the most in-demand skills among businesses. Veterans know how to lead and how to work well on a team. They can identify and understand each individual’s motivations and capabilities to maximize the effectiveness of the team.


Employers can find qualified veterans to hire by working with veteran-owned The Reserves Network. Contact us if your business is ready to hire skilled staff members with a diverse skill set and a strong work ethic.

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The Reserves Network – Not Just a Commodity

Not just a Commodity


When job seekers turn to a staffing service for help, they are putting their careers in the hands of professionals who provide assistance with the job search process. When a company gets help with its hiring process from staffing professionals, that business is entrusting its future success to that hiring partnership.

Whether you’re a job seeker or employer, it’s important you select a staffing firm that understands the significance of the services they provide.

At The Reserves Network, our employees and clients are not just another name and number. We focus on the human aspect of human resources, recognizing our business relationships aren’t just a means to an end.

Job seekers are not just another commodity for us to sell to companies that are hiring. We know every customer who comes to us has their own goals, vision and requirements for the talent they are seeking. Our unique approach enables both candidates and clients to benefit by working with us to ensure their own long-term success:


  • We offer the care and attention of a local provider.

The Reserves Network has local ties in the communities we serve. In most cases, our office teams are born and raised in these markets. This familiarity provides an authenticity toward our recruitment and placement process. Job seekers come to us time and again referring family and friends. We have developed a strong community of companies that entrust us to help them build their staffs.


  • We have the resources of a national provider.

Offices are backed by our Service & Support Center (Corporate Headquarters), which has in-house accounting, communications, human resources, information technology, legal, risk and safety management and training departments. Additionally, we have over 40 operating locations throughout in the Midwest, Southeast and Northeast with a strong network of affiliated companies.


  • We understand we are only as strong as the communities we serve.

As a corporate citizen, The Reserves Network makes a practice of giving back to the communities and industries where we are located. Through numerous chamber of commerce memberships, a visible presence in staffing industry professional organizations and actively contributing to local charities and civic groups, we share our available resources in every way we can.


In a day and age where it is more convenient to streamline the employment process, making it a commodity, it’s important to never lose sight of the “human” aspect of human resources. Contact The Reserves Network for a genuine approach to finding the right job and employee.

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