Summit Technical’s Lansdale Office Moves and Expands Staffing Services

Summit Technical, a specialty group of The Reserves Network (TRN) that provides engineering, design and technical services, has moved its Lansdale, PA location from 650 N. Cannon Avenue to 240 W. Germantown Pike in East Norriton. In concert with the relocation, the business now operates as a TRN full-service branch.

“We’re very excited about this transition,” says John Vagnoni, regional director. “TRN’s core values are based upon flexibility and adaptability, and this is apparent in the new line of staffing services we can introduce to our clients and job candidates.”

The office team, which has over 75 years combined experience in the staffing industry, consists of Vagnoni; Ty Walker, branch manager; Michael Hennessy, account manager; and Gary Fuisz, technical recruiter.

Summit Technical specializes in providing contract staffing services for engineering, software and professional design. Through the Pennsylvania branch, they now provide office, industrial and professional temporary, temp-to-hire and direct staffing support through the fully-functioning TRN office. East Norriton is the first location to operate as both Summit Technical and The Reserves Network.

Job seekers and businesses needing staffing services can contact the East Norriton office at (610) 290-4744 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 Say ‘Thank You’ to Your Employees This Season

Say Thank You to Employees

Good employees become more engaged in their work when they feel their contributions matter. One of the best ways managers can give meaning to their employees’ work is by saying “thank you.” The act of showing appreciation to employees is especially meaningful when it comes from their supervisors and managers. This goes a long way towards keeping employees excited and motivated about their work.

Making sure your employees are happy doesn’t have to mean giving bonuses or expensive gifts.  Here are five simple ways you can show your staff that you appreciate the hard work they do.


  1. Praise Them Like You Should

Any time an employee does a good job is always good news for the company. Be sure to give credit where it is due, praising the work done by an employee during a team meeting or through a staff email. It’s always beneficial to offer praise as good work happens – it shows your staff you’re actually paying attention to their work.


  1. Leave Thank-You Notes

Aside from praising employees in public, it’s also important to make the way you express your thanks personal. Leave notes on their desks or computer monitors, saying thank you and explaining why. It’s a simple and authentic way of showing your appreciation.


  1. Make Work Comfortable

Show your employees you care and appreciate their work by making their workspace as comfortable as possible. Additions such as decent lighting, ergonomic chairs and new equipment all help make office life comfortable and efficient for everyone.


  1. Offer Small Rewards

Let’s face it – employees will love it even more if you pair your “thank you” with some kind of reward. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or expensive. It can be two movie tickets stapled to a thank-you note, a basket of fruit or box of cookies, concert tickets (for really good work), or even a free subscription to a magazine you know they like.


  1. Celebrate Personal Victories

Another way to make employees feel appreciated is by celebrating milestones they achieved outside the office. Whether it’s the birth of a new baby, an engagement, or a child that graduated from college, you can go out of your way to highlight these occasions with balloons, food, etc. — use your imagination to make things special.


Closing Thoughts on Thanking Employees

At the end of the day, what’s important is that you say “thank you” to employees in some way or another. You don’t have to overthink things. Say what’s on your mind and your staff will see you’re sincerely paying attention to them.

For more workforce management guides and insights, be sure to follow this blog for future updates. If you’re having problems with your recruitment processes, let the staffing services experts of The Reserves Network help you out. Call our offices today to learn more about our recruitment solutions.


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On-Site Job Fair in Joliet, IL on Thursday, Nov. 16

The Reserves Network’s is hosting an On- Site Job Fair at Saddle Creek Logistics in Joliet, IL on Thursday, Nov. 16 for Assembly, Janitorial and Forklift positions .

2550 Logistics Drive
Joliet , Il 60436

Thursday, Nov. 16
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

We’re hiring for 1st and 2nd Assembly, Janitorial and Forklift positions.

If you are interested in this opportunity or have any questions, please email us at or call us at (815) 423-4060.

4 Key Strategies to Bridge the Work-Skills Gap

Bridge the Skills Gap

Everyone knows that square pegs and round holes don’t mix. But what happens when your employees (your square pegs) don’t have the skills needed to do the work you need (your round holes)?

In a perfect world, all employers would have workers with the perfect combination of skills to do their jobs effectively. Likewise, employees would have no problems matching their skill set with employers’ requirements. Unfortunately, this rarely happens in today’s job market.

The rise of work-skills gaps has left many employers with no choice but to make do with employees who don’t have the educational background or work experience to handle their responsibilities and tasks efficiently. Obviously, these kinds of haphazard operations are not sustainable for any business.

Good news – it doesn’t have to be this way, not when there are ways to bridge the work-skills gap. Below are four strategies you can try.

  1. Work with the Academic Community

Today’s businesses need to do a better job of working with academia and communicating what specific skills they need from graduates.

Sometimes, it’s not about the curriculum or standards, but more about a lack of complementary skills in many graduates. These can include writing skills for STEM graduates or a keen interest in the sciences from liberal arts graduates. Your company can reach out to a local community college or university, offering your insights on the kind of skills your industry needs.

  1. Develop an Internal Skills Training Program

Let’s face it – academic institutions can only do so much in giving their graduates the skills to start working. To supplement, put your recruits, and even existing staff, through internal training programs that help them develop specific skills they need to do their jobs. You can also collaborate with an external organization that specializes in training and continuing education to help develop your employees.

  1. Re-Evaluate Your Skills Requirements

Many employers are guilty of swinging for the fences when setting the skill requirements of their positions. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to recruit top talent, but your unrealistic skills and experience requirements may be hurting your ability to fill positions in your company. For example, don’t immediately dismiss a candidate with a portfolio that blew you away because they never completed their graphic design degree.

  1. Build a Talent Pipeline to Nurture Top Employees

As technology continues to evolve and create demand for higher-skills occupations, it will become harder to fill certain jobs in the near future. You can prepare for this eventuality by creating a talent pipeline that keeps top employees engaged in your company, providing them with the means to qualify for industry certifications and develop their skills.

Not only will this ensure you have the talent in place for hard-to-fill positions, it also helps create a system of transferring skills from top talents to new recruits through mentorship.

If your company is facing recruitment issues due to a work-skills gap, let the staffing services specialists of The Reserves Network help you fill your open positions. Call our offices to learn more about our recruitment solutions.


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How to Demonstrate Your Industry Knowledge During a Job Interview

How to Demonstrate You're Full of Industry Knowledge

Part of nailing a job interview is doing as much research as you can about the company you’re applying to. This helps you find answers to questions you might have about working there and makes it easier to build rapport with the hiring manager.

Prepping for a successful interview takes more than just looking at the company’s “About Us” page. You also want to look at the industry the company is in to keep track of industry news, competitors, and the who’s who of the local scene.

Doing your homework this way shows the interviewer you know what you’re talking about, even if your resume doesn’t necessarily speak of any substantial industry experience.

Of course, you can’t just blurt out random industry facts in the middle of an interview. Instead, prepare for the most common interview questions and weave your industry knowledge into your answers naturally.

Below are a few examples of interview questions you can prepare for.

“Can you tell me about yourself?”

This may seem like a basic question, but you’d be surprised by just how many job seekers fail to prepare for it. The trick is simple: don’t rattle off your complete employment history or life story. Instead, deliver a quick elevator pitch that sums up why you would be a contextual fit with the job, the company and the industry.

Talk about industry developments that caught your interest and why you think it could impact your career positively.

“Why are you interested in our company?”

You can answer this question by talking about how you’re interested in the company’s streak of innovation and creativity relative to other players in the industry. You also want to talk about how the company has successfully kept pace with rapid industry developments, with this being the reason for your interest in the firm.

“What are your strengths and weaknesses?”

If you already have experience in the industry, it shouldn’t be too much trouble getting this question out of the way. Be sure to talk about your years of experience in the industry and the kind of opportunities you’ve had access to that have helped develop your skill set.

If your previous work experience is not in the industry you’re applying to, point this out as a weakness but be sure to mention that you’ve spent a lot of time reading about the industry, highlighting a specific example of a trend or development that caught your interest.

Here’s the bottom line: research and preparation will be your primary weapons to demonstrate your industry knowledge in an interview. For more job search guidance and insights, talk to the staffing services specialists of The Reserves Network. Call our offices to learn more about our job search solutions.


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