5 Essential Skills For Promotion

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Tara Jaye Frank, the author of Say Yes: A Woman’s Guide to Advancing Her Professional Purpose, once said, “People don’t get promoted for doing their jobs really well. They get promoted by demonstrating their potential to do more.”

Landing a coveted promotion doesn’t happen overnight. Instead, you’ll put weeks, months, or years of effort into proving to your supervisor that you have what it takes to move forward.

By showcasing the right abilities at work, you may speed the process along. Here are a few of our suggested skills to master for a promotion: 

Intrinsic Motivation

No matter what the industry, intrinsic motivation is necessary for moving forward. Intrinsic motivation comes from interior rewards (pride, satisfaction, or happiness) rather than exterior benefits (money, vacation time, or social status). If you can’t motivate yourself, your supervisor won’t expect you to motivate anyone else. 


If you work in the hospitality, automobile, or retail industry, you’re likely familiar with the concept of persuasion. Many employees think about persuasion, or sales, all wrong. Making a great sale isn’t about manipulation—it’s about using facts, statistics, and useful information to pair the right product with the right person. Your ability to listen, solve problems, and show a genuine interest in your customers can help you land an impressive promotion. 

Presentation Skills

Many leadership positions involve putting together presentations for staff members that need information on complex or important topics. You may be responsible for putting together meetings, planning agendas, and writing memos. The better your presentation skills, the better suited you’ll be for an opportunity in management. 


If you don’t show leadership in the workplace, there’s no point in fighting for a promotion. You need to show your supervisor that you have the ability to lead the way for your coworkers—even if you aren’t looking to move into a management position.

Learning Curve

While leadership skills are essential, your ability to learn quickly in the workplace is perhaps more important. In an ever-changing and developing market, your ability to face new competitors, deal with the rise of artificial intelligence, and master new computer skills will set you apart from the crowd.

It’s also important to note that your interest in learning won’t go unnoticed by your supervisor.

Our experts at The Reserves Network understand the need to be paired with the right employer from the beginning. Contact our team to learn more!


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Open Interviews in Brunswick

The Reserves Network’s Brunswick, OH branch is hosting open interviews for manufacturing, warehouse, and office positions from entry-level to skilled. There are immediate placements available!

Thursday, Sept. 6
9 AM to 3 PM

The Reserves Network
3917 Center Rd.
Brunswick, OH  44212

Give us a call at (330)273-2600 or email us at brunswick@TRNstaffing.com for more information!

The Reserves Network’s Tampa Office Relocates

The Reserves Network, a leading staffing provider for the office, industrial, professional and technical markets, has moved their Tampa, FL location from 341 S. Plant Avenue to 5410 Mariner Street, Suite 175.

“This move allows us to better serve our customers and talent throughout the Greater Tampa area,” says Paula Patterson, branch manager. “Our new location improves our accessibility and visibility for attracting top talent and gives us the opportunity to continue growing our services within the industrial and technical markets, as well as expanding our presence in the office and clerical fields.”

The Tampa office joined The Reserves Network following the 2013 acquisition of TempWise, which was founded in 1995.  Job seekers and employers can contact the location at (813) 258–4101 or tampa@TRNstaffing.com.

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.

Keep Your Best Light Industrial Talent With These 5 Tips

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Finding and retaining impressive talent can be difficult, especially in a competitive market. Light industrial employees must be reliable, mature, smart, and physically capable. Keeping skilled workers requires a series of steps, starting with an open line of communication and ending with employee safety.

Here are five ways to retain your best light industrial talent:

Provide a Career Path

 Employees are happiest when they have a clear path for advancement. The appreciation of your employees begins with your willingness to hire from within and move your industrial talent up through the system.

Millennials seek career growth even more often than the previous generation, with 72% of young employees saying they value opportunities for advancement in the workplace. These opportunities will give your workers a strong reason to stick around – even if they aren’t completely satisfied with their current position.

Promise Ongoing Training

According to the Alliance for American Manufacturing, 78% of workers feel job training and education programs are important in the workplace. Employees perform best when they not only understand their position, but how to succeed within it.

To keep your industrial talent stable, provide ongoing training and improvement programs. Some companies foster lifelong relationships through mentorship programs that pair seasoned employees with new hires.

Develop a Strong Onboarding Program

Training begins with a strong, consistent onboarding program. Here, you pair your mentors with their mentees, provide essential video and on-the-job training, and establish a direct line of communication between yourself and your employee.

The more comfortable your employees feel during onboarding, the more hires you’ll retain over long periods of time. This will improve your bottom line, decrease onboarding costs, and underline your relationship with your employees. 

Communicate With Your Employees

During onboarding, you’ll establish a line of communication between yourself, your management, and your employee. It’s also important, however, to find other ways to communicate with your team.

Weekly meetings are greatly appreciated by workers in the manufacturing industry. This is the perfect opportunity to ask questions, address concerns, and work toward a more comfortable working environment for everyone.

Guarantee Safety in the Workplace

Your interest in the safety of your employees is showcased most strongly in your willingness to follow OSHA regulations. Ignoring these regulations can frustrate or alienate your employees, in addition to leading to intense fines.

In other words, consider the interest and well-being of your employees, and they’ll appreciate you for it.


At The Reserves Network, we care deeply about pairing your company with the right light industrial workers. Contact our experienced team to learn more!


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

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

Placing #139 on the list, TRN joins companies that generated at least $100 million in US staffing revenue in 2017. Added together, these firms generated $83.6 billion in such revenue, making up an estimated 58.6% of the market according to the report.

“We are proud to make this list for the fourth year in a row.  Being one of the ‘largest’ firms isn’t everything, but it is validation that the amazing work our ‘family’ does every day matters—changing the lives of job-seekers and filling mission-critical positions for our customers,” says CEO Neil Stallard.  “Thousands of individual interactions, each one as important as the next, add up.  We will continue our mission to do great work for our customers, grow, and represent the staffing industry with the highest levels of Quality, Reliability and Integrity.”

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

How to Get the Job with a Great First Impression

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First impressions matter, and you don’t get a do-over. In fact, 33% of employers decide within 90 seconds of interviewing an applicant whether they will hire them, and a whopping 55% of first impressions center on how a person dresses, acts, and walks in to the room.

Here are some quick tips on how to make the best first impression possible. 


  1. Dress the Part

Don’t show up to an interview or meeting in casual clothes. Avoid shorts, sandals, revealing outfits, and wrinkled clothing. Wear either business casual or business professional attire, and make sure to iron your clothes the day before. Avoid tacky jewelry or gaudy accessories. 


  1. Make Good Eye Contact

Eye contact demonstrates confidence, honesty, and interest. Additionally, eye contact is a form of communication, and can transmit excitement and eagerness, or boredom and apathy. Avoiding eye contact is a huge turn off to potential employers and business partners and can make you appear to be distrustful. 


  1. Focus on Your Body Language

Demonstrate good body language. Avoid slouching during interviews or meetings. Crossing your arms is another no-no, as it makes you appear closed off, distant, and anti-social. Make sure to smile when introducing yourself, and that your smile is genuine, warm, and inviting. 


  1. Perfect Your Handshake

Studies have shown that a firm handshake strongly influences first impressions. A firm handshake demonstrates positive characteristics employers and business partners seek, such as extroversion, openness to new experiences, and likability. Handshakes are commonplace in the business world and play a strong role in leaving a positive, and memorable, first impression. 


  1. Show Up Early, But Not Too Early

Punctuality and showing up on time for interviews and business meetings is a must. But beware: coming more than 10 minutes early will leave a negative impression. 


  1. Communicate Effectively

When interviewing for a job or attempting to close a business deal, try not to speak too fast or too slow, and base your communication style and presentation off the person you are speaking with. Avoid using words to make yourself “sound smart.” Make sure your tone is appropriate and does not sound stern or unfriendly. 


  1. Come Prepared

Learn who you are meeting with and make sure you understand their objective, mission, and purpose. You will be asked why you want to work for them, and failing to prepare for such common and expected questions leaves a poor impression.


With the number of employees far exceeding the number of available jobs, creating a great first impression will help you succeed in your job search.  How you walk, talk, dress, and even shake hands can lead to your greatest success, or most heartbreaking failure. Interviewing etiquette is essential, and if you are struggling to leave a favorable and memorable first impression, consider contacting The Reserves Network for assistance to make sure your best you is what people see when meeting you.


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Dane County Regional Job Fair

The Reserves Network in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin will be at the Dane County Regional Job Fair at the Alliant Energy Center!

Wednesday, August 29
12 PM to 4 PM

Alliant Energy Center
1919 Alliant Energy Center Way
Madison, WI  53713

We’re looking for Embroidery Operators, Quality Control, Screen Print Assistants, Screen Print Operators, and more! Give us a call at (608) 842-2502 for more information.

4 Reasons to Consider a Second Shift Job

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If you’ve taken a new interest in nursing, industrial work, or hospitality, you may find yourself confused with the schedule. Most positions in these industries are split into three shifts – first, second, and third.

First shift employees arrive early in the morning and stay until early afternoon. Second shift employees arrive early in the afternoon and stay until late evening. Third shift employees cover the “overnight” hours, usually from the late evening to early morning.

Often, employees refuse to accept second shift positions, claiming the hours are inconvenient for a work-life balance.

We’d like to convince you to reconsider! Here are four of our favorite second shift benefits:

No Alarm Clock

Forget about the early bird getting the worm. There’s something to be said about waking up each morning on your own timetable—not the timetable of your alarm clock. 

Avoid Rush Hour Traffic

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), most automobile accidents take place during morning and afternoon rush hour. There are several factors that create a dangerous environment at this time, including aggressive, distracted, and drowsy driving.

While working second shift, you’ll avoid rush hour altogether. You’ll be driving toward the office when most people are driving home, ensuring a safer and less stressful commute.

Make Appointments During The Week

Many family-owned businesses (i.e. doctor’s offices, dentist’s officers, chiropractors, and specialty stores) close by 6 pm. Since first shift employees are rarely home in time, errands are forced to wait until the weekend.

Second shift employees have the ability to schedule their appointments in the morning and early afternoon, knocking our errands and to-do lists before the work day even begins. 

Save Money on Daycare

Have a baby at home? If your partner is scheduled during first shift—and you find yourself scheduled during second shift—you may be able to avoid daycare altogether. Your child, stress level, and checkbook will appreciate it.

In addition to these benefits, some companies may offer a “shift deferential” to your base rate, leading to higher earnings when your check arrives.

The Reserves Network specializes in pairing you with the right position for your skills and experience. Contact our team for more information!


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