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Tips for a Successful Indy 500

Kate Stephens
May 24, 2018
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It’s May and Memorial Day weekend is around the corner.  If you live in Indianapolis, you know what that means – it’s time for the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”.  Getting ready for the Indianapolis 500 is just like getting ready for a job interview – it’s imperative that you are prepped and ready to go!  Here’s our tips to get you race ready:

  • Wear comfy shoes. There’s a surprising amount of walking to watch cars drive around a track. You’ll be sporting your shoes all day, so make sure you chose comfort over fashion.
  • Bring sunscreen. Even if race day is overcast, you’ll still risk getting burnt being outside all day. Make sure to pack it with you so you can re-apply during the festivities.
  • Pack snacks. You can bring a small cooler into the race with you – size 18″ by 14″ by 14″. You’ll be so happy when your munching on a sandwich watching the cars whiz by. One thing you cannot pack = glass containers.
  • Bring a radio or radio headset. Quick jump over to Amazon and prime yourself a headset with an FM radio in it so you can hear all the action as it happens.  What happens if there’s a crash on the back stretch and you’re sitting in Turn 1? You’ll be the most popular person in your section when you give everyone around you the scoop from your headset.
  • Plan your parking. Hopefully if you are headed to the race, when you bought your tickets you also bought a parking pass. If not, fear not, there are plenty of places to park, but leave with PLENTY of time to get there.  Prepare for traffic to be like driving in the slow lane on 465 in rush hour traffic.  Other transportation options include race day shuttle buses or you could bike to the 500.
  • Pack your patience. It may be slow heading to the Speedway, but it will definitely be slow as you leave. Use the time to tailgate after the fun, see the winner and ceremonies and soak up the final minutes before next year!

After your race day fun – take the next day off.  We will too as TGHR offices will be closed on Monday for Memorial Day.  We’ll back in action on Tuesday – well rested from a great race!

Seasonal

Hidden Talents

Susie McKenna
April 9, 2018
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The TGHR team is not just talented at finding great jobs for great candidates, but also have some hidden talents as well.

When you walk through our front door, you are greeted by our friendly HR Coordinator, Emma Chandler.  Emma puts our candidates at ease before their interview with her sweet, southern demeanor.  Did you know that Emma is an award-winning dancer? She “officially” danced from kindergarten to 6th grade, mostly jazz and tap, at a studio where she grew up in Huntsville, AL.  Fast forward to college where she used that experience to choreograph (and dance in) two main competitions held annually.  She placed in the top three in every single one, and won first place in four competitions.

Our VP of Client Services, Tiffany Moore is best known for providing top-notch service to TGHR clients.  She’s been doing so for more than a decade.  But Tiffany’s hidden talent?  She’s an amateur meteorologist.  Yes, it’s official – Tiffany is obsessed with the weather.  If it’s storm season, you’ll find her glued to the television, or monitoring her phone when she’s at work.  Her passion for weather started when she got stuck overnight at her first job.  She ended up sleeping on the floor of her office all night (see why she is so dedicated to her clients?).  If she wasn’t in staffing, you’d find Tiffany on a local weather channel giving you the scoop!

You may know Greta Cline, our Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Office, as one of the finalists for CFO of the Year.  Greta excels in more than just crunching numbers and creating the perfect pivot table.  Did you know she can also halter a dairy cow, not to mention milk them too?  She has been active in Boone County 4H for years and now shares her talent with her daughters.

The rest of the staff is just as talented. Staffing Specialist Staci Upmeyer can French braid like a champ and Madison Schacht can write with her toes – but do you want to know where the team’s real talent lies? It is the ability to listen to candidates describe what they want in their careers and their experience, all while keeping an ear out for what soft skills employees may not even know they possess.  Mary, Tiffany and Amber are talented in listening to our clients describe their needs and then communicating with the recruiters to find the perfect person for the role.  Go ahead, give us a call and we will be happy to share our talents with you!

Seasonal

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Susie McKenna
March 8, 2018
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Today, March 8, marks International Women’s Day.  But for us at TGHR, every day is women’s day as we come into the office and do our best to propel both men and women forward in their careers.

International Women’s Day has been celebrated since the early 1900s and is observed globally, not just in the United States.  Some say it started in 1908 when 15,000 women marched in New York City demanding equal pay and shorter working hours. Other say it began in 1913 stemming from a declaration from the Socialist Party.  Either way, it’s been around for more than 100 years and it’s here to stay.  The United Nations officially recognized International Women’s Day in 1975.

The day was created to bring awareness to the gender pay gap – a gap that is still prevalent today.  According to the 2017 Global Gender Gap Report, published by the World Economic Forum, the global gender gap will take 100 years to close.  Countries that have the smallest gap, in order, are Iceland, Norway, Finland, Rwanda and Sweden.  The United States ranks 49th, while our North America neighbor, Canada ranks 16th. Iceland has been the world’s most gender equal country for nine years running.  The country recently made headlines for passing a law that went into effect on January 1, 2018 that makes it mandatory for companies to demonstrate that they pay men and women fairly.

International Women’s Day is celebrated with talks, lectures, conferences, performances, and demonstrations occurring world-wide.  Here’s some suggestions on how you can mark the occasion, regardless of gender:

  • Be informed. Use part of your day to become informed.  Research gender equality issues, health issues or other issues that create this inequity.
  • Thank the women in your life. Take a moment today and write a thank you note to a woman who has helped you, encouraged you, or influenced your life in a positive way.  This is an activity that you can do no matter what gender you identify with and will only take moments out of your day.
  • Read or Watch. Take time to read a great book by a female author.  Plan a brown bag book discussion over lunch with friends or co-workers.  No time to read?  Take in a movie with a strong female lead or director.  Better yet – make it documentary on women’s issues.  Another option – take in a TED Talk.
  • Show your support. Post on social media why International Women’s Day matters to you.  There are selfie cards online that echo this year’s theme, #PressforProgress, to help you. Want to make your own?  There’s an option for that too.

We are proud to be a women-owned business every day – but especially today. And we’ll keep working to advance our fellow females (and all our other candidates too)!

TGHR News

Our Key to Success = Company Culture

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Mary Springer
Partner
March 5, 2018
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People before profits. That’s our company motto.  Whether we’re placing a temporary employee out in the workforce, catering to one of our clients, or talking to our internal staff, we put people first.

This October That’s Good HR will celebrate 20 years in business and over the years That’s Good HR has never lost focus on what matters most – people.  Ten out of our 15 employees have been at That’s Good HR for 5+ years and four team members can celebrate 10+ years with the company.

What’s our secret, you ask? Cultivating a positive company culture.  We’ve never bragged about this before, but recently were honored as a Best Places to Work in Indiana.  How did we achieve this honor?  By creating a supportive, family-friendly environment by providing flexible schedules, including part-time options and work-from-home when needed options.  TGHR employees like to come in the office too for employee appreciation lunches, pop-up smoothie bars, chili cook-offs and more.

We are always looking for innovative ways to appreciate our employees.  So last year, after reading an insightful article, we introduced a new concept for TGHR – bonus days.  Each employee, full and part-time employee alike, receives one bonus day per quarter.  This day is designed to be used to do something for yourself like take time to pamper yourself, go shopping or take a long weekend.  Bonus days are scattered through the quarter ensuring that not the entire office is off at once.

TGHR does many standard practices for employees, including offering great health benefits available from your first day of work, to having an employee of the quarter, complete with a comically large trophy, and a swinging holiday party celebrated in January with spouses.

Twenty years ago, That’s Good HR was founded out of a desire to do staffing better.  This includes treating people better too – our candidates, our clients and our internal employees.  Want to work with us and see why we’re one of the Best Places to Work in IndianaReach out and our team would be happy to show you.

Tips

Common Job Hunting Mistakes

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Madison Schacht
Manager of Talent Acquisition
February 12, 2018
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We’re all human. No one is perfect, but when you are job searching it’s not the time to make mistakes.  We get it, mistakes happen, but be aware of what they are so you can minimize the chances that you’ll make these common mistakes.  Or another way to ensure you don’t fall into these pitfalls?  Call That’s Good HR!  Our recruiters are pros at this!

Watch for spelling errors on your resume. Nothing irks a hiring manager more than a candidate claiming to be detail-oriented and there being a big, glaring spelling error or typo on your resume.  And yes, grammar matters too.  Avoid this pitfall by having friends and your TGHR recruiter review your resume.

Address your cover letter to the correct person and company.  We said nothing irks a hiring manager more than a spelling error, right? We’ll this might be a close second or even tie for first.  If your search requires you send a cover letter, avoid this mistake by personalizing each cover letter including the name, address and salutation.  Use the “search and find” feature in Word to help you out.

Don’t surprise your references. Make sure anyone you are listing as a job reference knows where and when you are applying.  It also helps to email the reference the job description so they can speak to your specific strengths when the time comes. All it takes to avoid this misstep is a simple heads up.

Be open to networking opportunities.  Networking is key in today’s job search.  Make sure to take advantage of opportunities to meet other professionals, you don’t know where it may lead.  Don’t have invitations flooding your inbox?  Remedy this issue by connecting and reaching out to people on tools like LinkedIn.  And while you’re online make sure your profile is up-to-date and error free.

Focus, grasshopper. Don’t send your resume blindly to positions that do not match your experience without providing an explanation.  You’ll waste your time and the hiring managers.  If you want to change course in your career, start by getting the necessary skills or certifications first.  When you meet with your TGHR recruiter be open and honest about your career goals.

With some targeted emails, spell check, and That’s Good HR,  you can avoid these pitfalls and land your next gig.

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Knocking on Doors

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Mary Springer
Partner
February 8, 2018
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Back in the day, salespeople used to knock on door to sell their wares.  Encyclopedias, vacuum cleaners, knives – you name it.  Door-to-door salespeople have been declining steadily.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in 2010, there were fewer than 7,000 door-to-door salespeople, down from about 33,000 in 2000, which means there’s even less today.  But…TGHR is still knocking on doors.

How you ask?  Our recruiting team is constantly sourcing and interviewing quality candidates so that when our clients call, we can fill the position quickly and with a quality candidate.  Our doors may be virtual now, but that doesn’t mean that recruiters are not still the cornerstone of our business practice.

The plethora of online tools we use at TGHR help us knock on doors faster and more efficiently and without leaving the office.  Our systems help streamline our processes to ensure efficiency. Sure, technology helps, but there’s no replacement for the human side of recruitment.  Talking to people face-to-face and digging into what their passions and skills are is how we find the best employees for you.  And this is what our skilled recruiters do every single day.

Call us old-fashioned, but we believe people hire people and we are in the people business, day in and day out. So, leave the door-to-door sales to TGHR!  We will save you time and we’re happy to run door-to-door to find your next employee.  Give us a call at 317.469.4141.

Job Advice

Be Good Communicator in 5 Easy Steps

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Mary Springer
Partner
September 20, 2017
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Author and self-improvement guru, Paul J. Meyer said “Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success.”  Since communication is key, here are five easy steps to improve your communication TODAY.

  • Ask open ended questions. Asking open ended question yields more information, which can help you hone in on what people really need or want from you.  Looking for additional tips check out Monster’s list of 5 ways to be a better communicator at work.
  • Don’t just talk – listen. Often times, listening can reveal more than asking questions. Once you ask that open ended question, you’ll need to listen carefully to deduce the most important information. Communication is a two-way street, don’t focus on one way.
  • Non verbal communication is just as important as what you are verbally communicating. Be cognitive of things like your body position and eye contact when conversing with others.
  • Be aware of timing. Just because you want to tell someone something, that does not mean they are ready to hear it.  In addition, they might be under pressure or have different circumstances that would make them less receptive to what you have to say – even if it’s good news.  Look for cues during your conversation and consider saving information for later.
  • Pick the best form. For some messages verbal communication might be best, but for others email would work better – or vice versa.   Think about your message and the information you are trying to convey and pick the right channel for delivery.

Let us know what you put into practice on our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Ready to put your new and improved communication skills to use? Apply to one of our open positions.

HR Insights

Benefits to Using a Staffing Agency

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Tiffany Moore
VP, Client Partnerships
August 23, 2017
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According to a recent infographic released by American Staffing Association, staffing agencies are among the top 5 job search resources.  Surprised?  We aren’t.  Here’s why:

  • Options, options and more options. We focus on finding temporary employees, employees that begin as temps then can be hired on full time or employees for direct hire.  So you can decide what option is right for your open position.  Whatever you choose, we’ve got options.
  • Take your pick. You tell us what you need and then we deliver a selection of candidates for you to choose from.
  • Save time. According to the most recent benchmarking study from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the average time it takes to fill a position is 42 days.  Our goal is to provide you with resumes for review within 24 hours. That’s 98% faster than average!
  • Deep bench. We have a deep network to find folks for your position fast. Every day our trained recruiters are actively interviewing candidates.  They get to know their technical skills, but also those important soft skills that you didn’t even know you were looking for.
  • Listen Up. We listen to what you need to understand what type of employee would be a good fit.  Then we head to our aforementioned bench to find you top talent.

You deserve strategic staffing solutions, not some one-size-fits-all quick fix. We’re known in Indy for our personal, authentic approach to staffing that delivers long-term results.  Reach out today and I’ll show you.

Job Advice

Addicted to Your Smartphone? Tips & Tricks to Reduce Temptation

Kate Stephens
June 29, 2017
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Smartphones have become so woven into our lives; it seems we often wonder how we survived without them. At your fingertips is access to unlimited information – plus entertainment – with just the tap of a button. But have you wondered just how much your phone may be distracting you at work? A recent CareerBuilder survey revealed these eye-opening stats:

  • 82% of workers keep eye contact with their phones at all times.
  • 2 out of 3 workers admit they check their phones several times a day.
  • 75% of employers say 2 or more hours of productivity are lost each day from distracted workers.
  • More than half of employees say cell phones and texting are the biggest time wasters at work.

Yikes! As smartphone usage increases, productivity decreases.  So, what steps can you take to put down your phone and stay focused at work?  Check out these quick tips:

  1. Tuck it away. Remember that stat above? 82% of workers keep their phone within eye contact, which means you’re more likely to impulsively pick it up. Instead, stash your phone in a drawer to keep it out of sight to prevent temptation.
  2. Turn off notifications. Chimes, vibrations, and lights all draw you to your phone. After all, it could be a really important text, right? The reality is emergencies are rare, and the world will be okay if you don’t answer every chime right away.
  3. Go back to the basics. If you feel addicted to your phone, you’re not alone. Anderson Cooper explored the way tech companies are “brain hacking” to get users addicted to apps. Sometimes a clean break from technology can reset your habits. Try stripping your phone to minimal apps and delete or disable the distractions that keep you coming back. Writer Jack Knapp did just that for a 7-day experiment that he loved so much, he’s still using a bare-bones iPhone.
  4. Save phone time for break time. If you’re guilty of checking your personal emails, news feeds, and social media several times a day, make a commitment to only peek at your phone at designated times – like your lunch break.
  5. Know the code. Many employers have policies around personal cell phone usage at work. Make sure you know your employers guidelines and stick to them.

Changing your technology habits may be hard at first, but stick to it. It takes discipline, but reducing your smartphone distractions at work will allow you to focus more on tasks and less on personal business. And who knows, all that extra work may just land you a raise, promotion, or other unexpected opportunity.

HR Insights

Hiring a Temp Through That’s Good HR: What to Expect

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Tiffany Moore
VP, Client Partnerships
May 18, 2017
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Do you feel overwhelmed about hiring a new employee? Are you too swamped to even think about sorting through resumes or holding interviews? Or maybe you just don’t know where to start. That’s okay; we’re here to help. Let’s walk through what to expect when you work with a staffing firm like That’s Good HR.

For starters, just get in touch. You can reach us through our website, send an email, or just pick up the phone (317-469-4141). You’ll be connected with Tiffany Moore or Mary Springer, who have been working with businesses like you for decades. They’re happy to walk you through the process. No strings attached and no pressure. Just a friendly chat to find out how we can help.

If you have a specific position in mind that you’re hoping to fill, it’s helpful to gather information before you call. Here’s what you should try to nail down:

  • Placement type (temp, temp-to-hire, or direct hire)
  • Preferred working days and hours
  • Targeted start date (and end date, if temporary)
  • Basic company background
  • The culture of the company & department
  • Duties and expectations
  • Necessary skill sets
  • Desired experience
  • Ideal personality
  • Pay (if it were an in-house employee)
  • Interview preference (whether you want to be involved or just let us handle it)

Next it’s time for you to take a break. Phew! We’ll wade through all the info you provide, comb through our candidate pool, and get back to you with possible matches (often within a day!). But our work isn’t done yet.

After the initial call, we’ll pay you an in-person visit so we can meet with you personally. It’s a great way to get to know you and your needs better, to answer your questions, and tour your facility or office. This visit also allows us to better describe your workplace and company culture to candidates, making a better match possible.

Finally, we concentrate our efforts on finding the best fit for your position. Once you sign on, our goal is to send you 3 resumes within 24 hours. From there, your feedback lets us know if we’re hitting the mark. Next we schedule interviews, handling all direct communication with the candidate so it’s super easy for you. We spend time with selected candidates, doing face-to-face interviews and getting to know them well. If background checks or assessments are involved, we take care of the time and expense of those, too! Once the right match is chosen, you’re off and running! Even then we continue to handle details and expenses for you like health insurance, holiday pay, payroll taxes (including unemployment), and vacation pay.

Hiring your next employee doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. Staffing firms like That’s Good HR are here to take the burden of finding the right candidate off your shoulders. One quick call is all you need to get started. Ready to get the ball rolling? Contact us today!

 

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