7 Simple Ways to Standout from Other Job Seekers

January 25th, 2015

The job market is more competitive than ever. If you want to get your dream job, you’re going to have to put in some extra effort to stand out from the crowd. A few simple actions can effectively give you an edge on the other candidates hoping to get the same job.

7 Ways Standout as a Job Seeker

If you’re preparing for an upcoming job interview, use these seven tips to gain an advantage on your competition:

  1. Personalize Your Application: No one wants to read a generic cover letter and resume that could be applicable to any company. Take the time to find the name of the hiring manager and personally address the cover letter. Customize the content for each opportunity to show your genuine interest in the position.
  2. Get a Personal Introduction: Review your contacts to see if you have any connections at the company where you’re applying to work. If so, ask for a personal introduction to the hiring manager ─ in person or on LinkedIn. People hire based on relationships, so if someone they trust recommends you, your chances of getting hired increase exponentially.
  3. Arrive Early to the Interview: You never know what obstacles will get in your way en route to a job interview. Always leave plenty of time to spare to avoid being late. Showing up a few minutes early makes you appear responsible and shows that you respect the hiring manager’s time.
  4. Dress Professionally: Make no mistake ─ the hiring manager will judge you based on the way you present yourself. You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so always dress professionally for a job interview, even if you’re told the company has a casual dress code.
  5. Be Mindful of Your Body Language: What you don’t say during your job interview may send an even stronger message than responses to questions you spent hours rehearsing. Nervous habits like failing to make eye contact, crossing your arms and having a weak handshake may position you as untrustworthy or lacking confidence.
  6. Ask Questions: Not asking questions makes you appear uninterested in the job, which certainly won’t impress a hiring manager. It can be difficult to think of questions on the spot at the end of an interview, so prepare a list in advance.
  7. Follow up Immediately: Send everyone who participated in your job interview a thank you note immediately following the meeting. Reiterate your interest in the position and let them know how much you appreciate the opportunity to meet with them. A little added courtesy could make all the difference between getting the job and being passed up.

Ready to make an exciting career move in 2015? Contact Wood Staffing. We’re committed to helping Michiana area candidates find rewarding new jobs with some of the best companies in the region.

Production/Employment in Michiana

January 18th, 2015

Wood Temporary Staffing has various job opportunities for experienced and qualified candidates to fill the following skilled positions including many more that are available on our job board.  Currently Wood Staffing is searching for:

Recent Job Opportunities


CNC Laser Operation – Mishawaka, IN

Wood Temporary Staffing is currently looking for CNC Laser Operators for 1st and 2nd shift positions. Hours are 6am-4pm or 4pm-2am Monday-Thursday plus overtime as needed. Previous CNC laser operation experience is desired. Wages based on experience and this is a long term, temp-to-hire position. Must provide own steel toe boots. For more information please contact Teresa McCubbins at 574-968-1410.

CNC Hurco Milling Machine Operation – Mishawaka, IN

CNC Hurco Milling Machine operation positions are available for 1st and 2nd shifts working 5am-3pm or 3pm-2am Monday – Friday plus Saturday overtime as needed. Must have stable work record and previous CNC Mill or lathe operation experience and provide own steel toe boots. Please apply at woodstaffing.com/apply.

Saw Operator – Elkhart, IN

Experienced Saw Operators are needed for 1st shift with an Elkhart, IN manufacturer. This position will involve running metal cutting saws. Must have reliable transportation and a stable work record. Hours are 6am-2:30pm Monday – Friday and must have a minimum of a hard leather work boot. Wage is $10.00/hr plus $1/hr attendance bonus for perfect attendance. Experienced candidates can apply online at www.woodstaffing.com/apply or contact Teresa at 574-968-1410 for details.

Project Superintendent – South Bend, IN

Experienced Project Superintendent needed for a premier building contractor in the Michiana area. Must have a minimum of a 2-year Associate’s Degree or equivalent of 5 years of practical field experience. A thorough knowledge of construction procedures, materials, means and methods, the ability to read/interpret construction documents, drawings and details. Must possess a basic knowledge of commercial building codes, have familiarity with equipment, methods for field layout and basic computer skills. Responsibilities will include project field mobilization and start-up, daily supervision and management of a contracted workforce, logging site activities, performing basic building site layout and coordinating required building permits and inspections. This is a direct hire opportunity with salary based on experience. Qualified candidates can apply at www.woodstaffing.com/apply or contact Teresa at 574-968-1410 for details.

Qualified candidates can apply online at woodstaffing.com/apply. Look to The Wood Companies to fulfill your career dreams and feel free to browse our many other open jobs that are currently available.  Our experienced staffing coordinators know exactly how to find the right fit for you and our clients.

Performance Review? How to Get the Most Out of It.

January 11th, 2015

Many people dread performance reviews, as it can be very nerve-wracking to sit down with your boss and discuss the quality of your work. While somewhat uncomfortable, these assessments can be invaluable to your career.

It’s not every day you get the opportunity to sit down with your boss to discuss your career progression, so be sure to maximize this time. As a temporary or permanent employee, you can benefit greatly from these meetings, by gaining insights that will make you a more competitive candidate.

5 Tips to Get the Most from Your Performance Review

Is your performance review coming up? Use the following five tips to your advantage:

  1. Be Honest: If you’re asked to complete a self-assessment prior to meeting with your boss, be honest about your performance. Giving yourself nothing but exemplary scores will make you appear overconfident and egotistical. Your boss already knows the areas where you excel and those where you need to improve, so being candid highlights your sense of self-awareness.
  2. Ask for Feedback: There’s no better way to sharpen your skills and position yourself to get ahead than asking your boss for specific feedback on your performance. Discuss both your strengths and weaknesses to learn what you can do to improve yourself during the next year.
  3. Compile Your Achievements: While you want to remain humble, there’s nothing wrong with reminding your boss of your recent achievements, to position yourself for a promotion. Explain what you did and the positive outcome each accomplishment brought the company.
  4. Learn to Accept Constructive Criticism: It can be difficult to hear less-than-flattering comments about your work, but it’s important to learn how to take criticism gracefully. You’ll never have the ability to grow your skills if you can’t accept critiques and learn from them.
  5. Chart Your Path: Your performance review is a great time to talk to your boss about your future career plans. Determine where you’d like to be in the next few years and the skills it will take to get there. Work with your boss to create a plan for professional development opportunities that will help you achieve your goals.

Looking for a new career opportunity in the Southwestern Michigan/Northern Indiana area? Contact Wood Staffing. We’re here to provide you with the guidance you need to position yourself as the most competitive candidate for your ideal new job.

Production Maintenance Positions

January 4th, 2015

Wood Temporary Staffing has various job opportunities for experienced and qualified candidates to fill the following skilled positions including many more that are available on our job board.  Currently Wood Staffing is searching for:

Recent Job Opportunities


Machine Maintenance – Berrien Springs & Dowagiac, MI

1st, 2nd, and 3rd shifts available for both the Berrien Springs and  Dowagiac plants. A good work history is required with a High School Diploma and machine maintenance experience. Wages start at $12.00-$15.00/hr with potential after 90 days to increase up to $25.00/hr. Please submit your resumes for these immediate openings.

Maintenance Technician – St Joseph, MI

Local printing company is looking for a Maintenance Technician to install, troubleshoot and repair equipment problems while working with other departments to ensure production needs are met. Troubleshoot all equipment both electrically and mechanically and detect malfunctions to diagnose problems to repair the machines.  This job also entails manufacturing and repairing parts as needed as well as welding, brazing, plumbing, carpentry and sheet metal work.  A Master level Electrician and HVAC Technician  are highly preferred and a one year certificate from college or technical school is also preferred.

Electrical/Mechanical Maintenance – Elkhart, IN

A 2nd shift position is available working 3:30pm-1:30am Monday – Thursday and 4pm-12:30am on Friday for an Elkhart manufacturer. Responsibilities include performing preventive maintenance on production machinery as well as performing emergency repairs and assisting in installing new equipment.  Also building specialty equipment from drawings and blueprints. Must have a minimum of 3 years experience in maintenance in a manufacturing environment and be able to weld using gas, stick and wire welders, operate metal lathes, vertical mills and drill presses, read blueprints and have familiarity with steel and wood fabrications, plumbing and basic carpentry. A High School Diploma or GED is required. This is a direct to hire position starting at $19.75/hr plus a 75 cent shift premium.

3rd Shift Maintenance Technician – Niles, MI

Qualified candidates must have a minimum of 5 years in the maintenance field and experience with trouble shooting and programming of Allen Bradley Programmable Logic Controllers and H.M.I systems with the ability to program and troubleshoot CNC equipment, proficiency with trouble shooting and repair of all equipment including electrical, hydraulics, pneumatics plus have experience with PLCs. This is a temp to hire 3rd shift position working 10pm-6am Sunday – Thursday plus overtime as needed. Wages starting at $18.00/hr – $20.00/hr depending on experience.

Qualified candidates can apply online at woodstaffing.com/apply. Look to The Wood Companies to fulfill your career dreams and feel free to browse our many other open jobs that are currently available.  Our experienced staffing coordinators know exactly how to find the right fit for you and our clients.

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