Right Team for the Right job
Welcome to Personnel Plus Inc, we are a search firm dedicated to your career advancement needs since 1988. We have hundreds of employers looking for excellent candidates throughout the United States. Our team of recruiters with over 20 years of experience possesses extensive knowledge of the various industries such as Manufacturing, Production, Distribution, Engineering, Human Resources, Accounting, Legal and Medical. We will do everything we can to bring to you excellent work opportunities that fit just what you are looking for.
ALL AT NO COST TO YOU!
In today's economy, too often it isn't just about what you know. It's who you know that will make all the difference in your job search. Personnel Plus has spent decades building relationships with leading employers across America. Through relationships with top employers in each local community, we'll provide you with access to top companies and positions. We'll help you achieve your career and personal financial goals.
When you visit a Personnel Plus office, we'll take the time to learn what you want in your next job as well as your ideal long-term career. If it's added experience, on-the-job training, exposure to different companies and environments, or simply great work, we'll introduce you to Personnel Plus Temporary, Temp to Full Time, Full Time or Direct Hire opportunities that are available in your area. We will speak with you about jobs that our clients often do not advertise by any other means because of our long term relationships with them based on our dependable service and trust.
When the Personnel Plus team works for you, we also talk to leading employers on your behalf about any future openings. And, we'll speak with you about ways you can achieve your ideal career goals.
Job satisfaction is our most important goal. We develop a unique, personalized partnership when working with you. We don't just present you with a few job leads and wish you luck. We'll give you the coaching and strategies to prepare for the job you want to win.
Resume Tips: We will critique your resume and give you constructive feedback on how to make your resume highlight your skills in the most impressive manner.
Interview Tips: We can provide you with sample questions hiring managers often ask, tips on how to answer them, and ideas for questions that you may want to ask.
Client Profiles: We'll make sure that you are prepared with background on the organization, the position you're interviewing for, and the manager you'll interview with.
Training: We can help you improve current skills and develop new ones. Talk with your recruiter about training available in your field.
FAQ’s: As one of the most successful employment agencies in Southern California, Personnel Plus finds jobs for over 6,000 people a year. Please see answers below to some of the Frequently Asked Questions by the applicant looking for a job with Personnel Plus.
There are many flexible, lucrative positions available that may be perfect for your talents and career ambitions. We offer three types of employment: Temporary, Temporary to Full Time and Full Time or Direct Hire.
• Who pays for this recruiting service?
Our recruiting services are completely free to you. Companies who partner with us to find talented employees pay for the service.
• What types of positions do you fill?
We recruit people in the following industries: Office and Administrative, Accounting, Manufacturing, Warehouse/Light Industrial, Electronic Assembly, Engineering, Marketing, Legal and Medical. These industries encompass a wide variety of career fields ranging from highly skilled technical positions to general jobs.
• How long do the assignments last?
The length of the assignment varies according to our clients needs. Some are short-term; some are long-term. We work to match the right person with the right job, so if you desire long-term assignments with 40-hour work weeks, then we'll strive to put you in that type of assignment, however the assignments are subject to our clients needs.
• How and when am I paid?
Temporary Associates are paid weekly by Personnel Plus. Typically Temporary Associates are paid based on the number of hours worked and the position's pay rate. Full Time or Direct Hire employees are paid in accordance with our client company's payroll policies.
• Do you offer any training?
Because we place people in a wide range of positions, some positions may require specialized training which may be offered for that specific assignment. Our recruiters will know if any training is offered for a particular position or assignment.
• Does Personnel Plus provide software tutorials?
Yes Personnel Plus offers tutorials in our Norwalk Office. Tutorials are free of charge and a great way to brush up on existing skills in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook. You will need to make an appointment for an available computer so that you may work at your own pace.
• Does Personnel Plus represent a diversified work force?
As the largest minority owned staffing agency in California, we make diversity a priority by finding jobs for bilingual and multilingual candidates on daily basis.
• What should I bring with me to the initial interview?
Two (2) copies of your resume
Two (2) forms of identification (such as a driver's license, passport, social security card, green card, birth certificate, federal or state ID, voter registration card, school ID or Military ID)
• What is the process to register with Personnel Plus?
Once an appointment has been set, a candidate must come into our office to fill out an application, interview directly with a professional recruiter who will review your job history, skills, strengths, education and career goals. You will be asked to take computer and written evaluations tests.
• How long will I have to wait before I get a job?
We cannot guarantee a specific time period because we often don't know when we will need someone with your specific skill set until a client calls to let us know of an opening. We will keep your file active and you will be considered "available" until you inform us otherwise, and we will call you with the positions that fit the criteria you are looking for and that you are qualified for.
• How often do I need to call in my availability?
We recommend that you call in at least twice a week to let us know about your availability.
• What if they ask me to do other duties outside the scope of the job I was hired to do?
Please call your Personnel Plus representative to share any concerns that you may have regarding any additional or different duties you are asked to do which are not within the same guidelines as the original position.
• If I have a problem on the job, who do I talk to about it?
Please call your Personnel Plus representative immediately. Any time you are on a temporary or temp-to-full time position, Personnel Plus is considered your employer until the time that the company decides to hire you. Until that time, all communication regarding issues on the job or other related matters should be brought to the attention of Personnel Plus and not to the client.
• When is my timesheet due?
Time entries or manual timesheets must be received on Monday no later than 6:00 p.m. for the previous workweek. All timesheets must be signed by you (the employee) and approved/signed by your immediate supervisor on your assignment, then faxed to 562-863-3863.
• Does Personnel Plus offer direct deposit?
Yes, Personnel Plus offers free direct deposit to candidates. There is no charge to sign up for direct deposit.
Writing a winning resume is the key to find the right job for yourself. Your resume is often your first and only chance to make a great impression on an employer. Your skills and work experience on paper in the form of resume will co-exist in a stack of other resumes where all vying are to grab the attention of the person whose job it is to wean through the masses and pick out the winner. Hopefully, that's you.
That's why your resume needs to be attractive and stand out. It needs to be well-written and highlight your skills to your best advantage.
Following are some tips for writing a winning resume:
• Determine your job search objective prior to writing the resume.
• Think of your resume as a marketing tool to obtain an interview.
• Delete detailed past experiences not relevant to the current position.
• Make sure the resume flows and has no gaps in the job history.
• Be clear and concise.
• Check and recheck for typos, grammar, spelling, date errors, etc.
• Use bulleted sentences.
• Show you are results oriented person.
• Highlight your strengths and skills.
• Use buzzwords.
• Highlight your achievements
• Make sure to put your current contact information.
• Make your resume to read easily.
• Have someone else review your resume.
• Have your resume available for emailing.
Use the following links to research various resume types and actual samples so that you can create a resume that gets results. These links are provided as reference only. Personnel Plus does not endorse, and is not affiliated with, any organization or service represented.
PREPARING FOR YOUR INTERVIEW
Interviews are always stressful - even for job seekers who have gone on countless interviews. The best way to reduce the stress is to be prepared. Your interview is often your first and only chance to make a great impression on an employer.
Get your interview off to the right start by following the tips listed below which will help you to prepare for a successful interview. More planning on your part in advance for the interview, will help you walk away leaving a good impression and accomplishing your goals to get that job
• Check out the company background where you will be going for the interview
• Do advance role playing
• Brush up on your etiquette
• Prepare for a phone interview
• Get a good night’s sleep the day before the interview
• Dress for Success
• Arrive for the interview early
• Bring a notepad
• Turn off your cell phone
• Don’t badmouth your boss
• Don’t Play with your hair/face
• Don’t make jokes
• Speak clearly and enthusiastically
• Listen and ask relevant questions
• Have good eye contact
• Be Positive
• Interview with confidence
• Be pleasant, but not overly friendly
• Always carry a copy of your resume for the interview
• Write a thank you note immediately after the interview
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS YOU CAN EXPECT
Here are some questions often asked during an interview. Think about your answers, and practice saying them until you can answer them with confidence.
• Tell me about yourself?
• What do you know about our company?
• Why should we hire you?
• What can you do for us that someone else can’t?
• How does your education equip you for this job?
• How does this assignment fit into your overall career plan?
• Why are you looking for a new career?
• What things are most important to you in a job?
• Do you like to work alone or as part of a team?
• What were the five most significant accomplishments in your last assignment?
• What are your strengths and weaknesses?
• What was wrong with your current or last position?
• Do you have a reference list with you?
• What do you believe is the most difficult part of being a supervisor of people?
• What are your short term and long term goals?
• Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
• What are your personal interests?
• What kind of hours are you used to working or would like to work?
• What are your salary expectations?
• Do have any questions for me?
What Not to Say in a Job Interview
Many hiring managers say that on occasion, candidates that seem perfect at first get crossed off the list by saying something senseless when asked a routine interview question. Here are a few responses to some of those frequently asked questions that will be sure to kill the conversation and send you straight out the door.
1. So, tell me a little about yourself.
If your answer begins with anything remotely related to your place of birth, experiences in grade school, or your bad relationship with your parents, you can pretty much consider the interview over. And remember, this is often the first question you'll face.
It's hard to know what exactly an interviewer is looking for you to say to this question, but it's safe to assume they want you to give a bit of background on your professional history. "Ask them where they'd like you to begin," says Carolyn Thompson, an executive recruiter and author of 10 Steps to Finding the Perfect Job. Are they looking for your entire professional background, or just your most recent work experience? "It gives you a point to work forward or backward from."
2. Why do you want to leave your current job?
First and foremost, you should actually want to leave your job if you're going on interviews. If you meet that qualification, you shouldn't say you are just looking for a change and you definitely shouldn't badmouth your employer.
Rita Boyle, a senior executive search consultant with New Jersey-based Cornerstone Search Group, suggests explaining how the change is the next logical step for your career path. "Explain why you're running to their company instead of why you're running away from your current one,"
3. What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses?
The worst way to answer this question is without the slightest pinch of modesty. I don't have any weaknesses, is the worst thing possible to say. Identifying a weakness, but not explaining how you got through it, he says. It's important to acknowledge your downfalls, but explain how you've been able to work around them as well. When it comes to discussing strengths, don't give yourself an endlessly glowing review but don't go with a one size fits all answer, either.
4. How would your current or former colleagues describe you?
This is not an opportunity to simply re-frame your strengths. "There's a difference between how you and everyone you work with would describe you," You should also steer clear of responses like "the only employee who did things right," or "a great guy to hang out with after work," Think about what people at each level of the workforce look to you for. Your subordinates, for example, might say you're fair, and are always looking to pass along useful knowledge and opportunities to gain experience.
5. What is your goal for the short term?
Never imply that you'll be leaving in short order to start your own business, go back to school, or that you see yourself in the interviewer's job. You might define short-term as the next six months, and your interviewer might be thinking in terms of the next 18 to 24 months, so it's important to clarify the timeframe upfront. "A lot of people think 'I know what my short-term goal is,' but if you don't know their definition of 'short term,' your answer may or may not be appropriate."
6. Are there certain tasks or types of people you don't like?
This is a particularly loaded question so make sure to tread carefully. Steer clear of any answer that is abrasive to authority figures. Do not feign a universally agreeable demeanor. Be honest here, and note the things you tend to avoid, whether it's people who are overly chatty or jobs that require endless data input as long as the tasks or personalities aren't going to be an inherent part of the role.
7. Do you have any questions?
If there's a question that's a guaranteed game-changer, it's this one. Coming up blank is a good way to show that you aren't thoughtful or interested in the job. And not just any questions in return are appropriate. No-nos include asking about compensation for the job, what the company does, if you can work from home, how much vacation time you'll get, or if the drug and background testing are really mandatory. Ask queries that will help "match up your skills, experiences and accomplishments with what they're looking for. Instead of fumbling in the final minutes of the interview, be prepared with few great questions show you're interested in both the company and the job.
Must Read for every Job Seeker:
The Quintessential Guide to Job Interview Preparation by Katharine Hansen, Ph.D., and Randall Hansen, Ph.D. this book covers all the essential information job-seekers need to know about job interviewing. This comprehensive guide to succeeding in job interviews shows you exactly what to expect -- and what's expected of you every step of the way. You'll learn the secrets of interview preparation that will enable you to wow your interviewer... and much more. A must read for all job-seeker
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