Five Reasons to Accept a Temp Job This Holiday Season

October 19th, 2014

The holiday season is quickly approaching! If you’re currently unemployed, you may be considering taking a breather from your job search until the new year, to fully enjoy the season. While relaxing your way through the holidays certainly sounds fun, it won’t help your career.

The holiday season is one of the most popular times for companies to hire temps. Whether they’re preparing for their busiest time of year or simply anticipating a lot of time-off requests from employees, you’ll certainly have your choice of temp jobs.

Still not convinced you should spend the holidays working at a temp job? The following five reasons highlight the advantages this opportunity can bring you in the new year:

  • Gain New Skills: Use the temp job as a learning experience to acquire new skills for your resume. Whether you accept a position a bit outside your comfort zone or simply volunteer to take on additional tasks, you’re preparing yourself to be a much more competitive candidate in the new year.
  • Fill Resume Gaps: Employers are often skeptical about hiring candidates with a resume gap. Taking on a temp job for the holiday season perfectly fills the space, so you don’t have to explain why you weren’t working during this time period.
  • Make New Connections: Every new job ─ regardless of its duration ─ offers the chance to make valuable new connections. You may meet someone who will help you secure the permanent position you’ve been waiting on.
  • Position Yourself for a Permanent Position: Many companies offer their top temp workers a permanent position after the holiday season. Dedicate yourself to going above and beyond what’s expected of you each day and you may find yourself with a job offer at the end of your contract.
  • Display Initiative: Many job seekers use the holiday season as an excuse to take a break from their search. Opting to take on a temporary position during this time of year shows employers you’re a dedicated worker who doesn’t slack off.

Looking for a temp job in the Michiana area this holiday season? Contact Wood Staffing today. We offer temporary, temp-to-hire, and direct hire clerical, industrial, and professional employment opportunities at varying skill, experience, and educational levels. We look forward to working with you!

Production Jobs/Employment

October 12th, 2014

Wood Temporary Staffing is working hard to fill these production positions including many more that are available on our job board.  Currently Wood Staffing is searching for:

Recent Job Opportunities

Production Worker – South Bend, IN

A Production Worker position is available working 1st shift 8:30am-5:00pm. Job duties will include measuring, grading and feeding batches of raw materials into production machinery, operating production line equipment, reporting equipment faults to the Production Manager, monitoring the production process and carrying out basic testing and quality checks, packing goods ready for shipment in crates or other containers, cleaning and maintaining work areas and machinery. Must have 2-3 years of production experience including plastics and/or extrusion experience as well as steel toe boots or shoes. Starting wage is  $12.00/hr – $15.00/hr depending on experience.

General Production – South Bend, IN

General Production workers needed for 1st shift working 6:00am-4:30pm Monday-Thursday plus Friday overtime as needed.  This position will be performing basic assembly using cordless drills and doing packaging. Depending on experience, may run an edge bander or picket hole machine feeding material into the machines. Temp to hire positions starting out at $9.00/hr.

Painting/Staining – South Bend, IN

This position is 1st shift working 6:00am-4:30pm Monday-Thursday plus Friday overtime as needed. Must have previous experience with painting and staining in a manufacturing setting and experience working in a paint booth. Must be able to wear a respirator and become respirator certified. This is a temp to hire position with wages starting at $11.00 – $14.00/hr depending on experience.

General Production – Niles, MI

Immediate openings on 3rd shift for General Production positions with a Niles, MI manufacturer. Hours will be 10:00pm-6am Sunday-Thursday plus overtime as needed. Must have previous manufacturing experience, a stable work record and reliable transportation. Experience with machine operation and parts grinding is preferred. Temp to hire positions starting out at $10.50/hr. Qualified candidates can apply online at or contact Teresa at 269-608-4018 or 574-968-1410 for details.

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.

Staffing Budget Out of Control? Here is How to Rein it In

October 5th, 2014

It’s certainly not a secret that your employees are your greatest asset. However, maintaining a staff filled with top talent shouldn’t break the bank. If your staffing budget has become unmanageable, consider partnering with a staffing firm. These professionals are skilled at finding staffing solutions to help you save money and increase efficiency.

Four Ways to Cut Hiring Costs with a Staffing Partner

Want to lower your staffing costs? Four ways strategic staffing can help you save money include:

  1. Making Overtime a Thing of the Past: When you’re short-staffed, remaining employees are forced to pick up the slack by working through lunch, staying extra hours at night and even coming into the office on the weekend. Not only does this lead to burnout, overtime costs can become unmanageable very quickly. Hiring temporary staff to fill the gaps allows you to proceed with business as usual, without taking a hit to your budget.
  2. Employing Talent Only When it’s Needed: Do you have employees on staff that you don’t really need on your permanent payroll? If you only require extra staff or a specialized skill set on an intermittent basis, partnering with a staffing firm allows you to only pay for talent when you need it. Don’t make your staffing budget any larger than necessary.
  3. Reducing the Risk of Hiring Mistakes: Many candidates seem great on paper and interview well, but quickly prove themselves to be a bad choice when hired. Working with a staffing firm allows you to eliminate this risk by employing candidates on a temporary-to-hire basis, so you can take your time to determine if they’re a good fit.
  4. Decreasing Training Costs: Training new employees is a costly endeavor. Not only does it take awhile before the new hire is comfortable working independently, it also decreases the productivity of all seasoned employees responsible for training. However, staffing firms work with candidates to provide all the necessary training prior to their first day on the job, so they’re ready to get to work from the start.

Need a little help managing the staffing budget for your Michiana company? Contact Wood Staffing. We offer temporary and temporary-to-hire staffing solutions that can help reduce your staffing costs to keep your budget manageable and efficient. Contact us today to learn more!

Office Jobs/Michiana and Southwestern Michigan

September 28th, 2014

Southwest Michigan and Michiana have various office opportunities for experienced and qualified candidates and Wood Temporary Staffing is working hard to fill these positions and many more that are available on our job board. Currently Wood Staffing is looking for:

Customer Service Representatives – St. Joseph,  MI

A local bank has full-time and part-time customer service openings. Must be articulate, have customer service skills, Microsoft Office and call center experience. Hours are Monday-Friday 7:00am-9:00pm. Must be able to start anytime between those times. Starting pay is $10/hr and positions are ongoing until the end of year.

Office Adminstrator -Benton Harbor, MI

A local law office is looking for someone to answer phones and have experience in quickbooks. This position will work into an office manager position and will take on the role as legal secretary. Hours are Monday-Thursday 9:00am-5:00pm and Friday 9:00am-noon. Starting pay is $13-$16/hr depending on experience.

Administrative Assistant – South Bend, IN

Qualified candadites must have previous administrative assistant experience and proficiency in MS Word, Excel and Outlook/Outlook Calendar. Must be detail oriented and have experience with multi-line phones and general office duties. A background in the construction field is a plus. This is a fulltime temp to hire position working 8:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday. Starting pay is $13/hr.

Staff Accountant - St. Joseph, MI

A Staff Accountant with a Bachelors Degree in Accounting who plans on becoming a CPA is needed in the St. Joseph, MI area. Qualified Candidates must have experience with basic accounting, auditing and financial statements. Must also be experienced in the preparation of individual, partnership and corporate tax returns and in developing accounting procedures. Hours are Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm but during tax season will also include Saturday mornings. This is a temp to hire position with a salary starting at $36k plus depending on experience. This Company will consider recent college graduates.

Part-time Office Assistant – Cassopolis, MI

An experienced office assistant is needed to work 4 hrs/day for 3 days/week with some flexibility in scheduling. This position will include customer service, phones and computer duties and must have experience with MS Word and Excel. This is a temp to hire position starting at $10-$12/hr.

Look to The Wood Companies to fulfill your career dreams and feel free to browse our many other open jobs that are available. Our experienced staffing coordinators know exactly how to find the right fit for you and our clients.

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