Listen Up Candidates! Here is What NOT to Do before an interview!

Lexi MorganCandidate, Interview

It’s time to get real. As recruiters we love working with qualified candidates who are a match for career opportunities, but often we see some bad habits and mannerisms that are not helping you achieve the job you want. We see it in our office, and we hear it from our clients, so here goes with what NOT TO DO as a job candidate. Don’t forget the old saying, “the job interview starts the moment you walk through the door.”


Look at your phone while waiting in the lobby. And, absolutely do not look at your phone during the interview. Instead, turn your phone off, and put it away before you walk in the door. The best option would be to leave in your car.  Nothing feels more like you don’t care about what we are saying or the job than watching you glance at your phone or (gasp) answer the phone or a text during the interview time.


Disregard the person at the front desk of the office you are visiting. Instead, introduce yourself, be friendly, leave a great first impression that this person can talk about with the hiring manager you will be interviewing with that day. And, again, stay off your phone!


Take for granted the value of a firm handshake and look into the hiring manager’s eyes. Instead, smile, offer your hand, shake firmly, look the person in the eyes and say, “It’s great to meet you” or “It’s great to be here” or something along those lines. And, when you leave, shake their hand firmly again, look the person in the eyes, and say, “Thank you for your time and consideration.” It’s important, and they WILL remember it.


Act like you are too important for anyone you are talking to. You never know how important their voice may be in the hiring process. And, if you get through part of the interview and realize you do not really want the position, finish strong. Do not show that you don’t care! There could be another position in the company that you are more interested in later, and you will want them to remember you!


Have bad manners. Period. If you are not sure exactly how to act, ask your recruiter if your manners are up to par. If they are not, take their advice about what to do, how to dress, how to act. It’s all about impressions, first, middle, last at an interview or visit with a recruiter or hiring manager. Even if you are not the perfect fit for a position, the way you carry yourself will can place you in the candidate pool for a good placement. Improving your manners and ways of acting could mean getting the job, or not.

We are here to be your advocate but if you are not treating hiring managers or recruiters with respect, it’s hard to promote you to our clients. We recommend following this advice, you will feel more confident and have a better shot at getting the job!

Business Owners: What you should know about using Recruiters.

Lexi MorganBusiness, Recruiting

Recruiters are in the “know.”

Not only do they know a candidate pool, they’ll know the way to identify the perfect candidate for you. Once you spell out your needs, they are able to look over their active and even find passive candidates that are potential fits for what you are trying to fill, saving you time (and therefore money).

They screen for you.

You don’t have to interview a line up of possible candidates because a recruiter has already screened them. Recruiters like to bring you their top “A” candidates to choose from, and weed out the “B” and “C” level ones.

Packaging the Position.

Recruiters take what you have and package it beautifully to sell it to a candidate who may not even be looking for a new position right now, but see the package and want to look into it. Packaging your position is sometimes hard when you stare at it every day, but recruiters are objective 3rd parties, which helps them to see what will attract or repel someone about a position you are offering.

It’s their job.

Recruiters work to get paid, literally. If they do not fill positions, they are not seeing their paycheck. So, they are motivated. They want to find a good hire for you, and they likely won’t stop until they make you happy. Their energy and motivation keeps hiring managers and business owners focused on more important tasks, and helps them to also stay motivated!

Contact our Recruiters today. We will find the qualified talent you have been looking for!

Are you an Elite Recruiter?

Lexi MorganCareer, Hiring, Recruiting

What will a typical day look like for you? Well, as a Recruiter, everyday is different and at any second your priorities can shift! If we had to sum it up….

Primary Functions: 

  • Actively source candidates for open positions using available resources including job boards, word of mouth, community outreach, and social media
  • Interview qualified candidates to analyze skill set and experience
  • Proactively grow active candidate pool
  • Manage all external job boards including company website job board
  • Responsible for advertising of all active open positions
  • Manage internal applicant tracking system


  • At least 5 years of Human Resources and Recruiting experience
  • Ability to grow and maintain relationships with candidates and outside sources


We want you to join our group of humans! If you do too, contact us at 712.224.4208

Why Can’t I Get a Job?

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If you are asking yourself this question, there could be a number of reasons ranging from the way you present yourself on paper to the way you present yourself in person. Here are some reasons why you might not be landing a job you really want, or even an interview.

Your resume and cover letter are far too general. If you are using the same resume and cover letter for every position you are applying for, it’s a problem. Employers can tell when you have spent time learning about their company and reflect how your strengths would be valuable to them. You need to show this in your cover letter and highlight your best attributes for that position in your resume. If the employer already senses that you did not spend a lot of time on your application process, chances are they will not think you’ll spend a lot of time working hard for them, even if you would. (Also, make sure you get another pair of eyes on your materials for typos and editing mistakes!)

You are not following up. Are you acting like you care if you get the interview? Have you called to make sure they received your materials? If not, you probably are not going to make a strong impression on them, especially if your resume and cover letter is extremely general. Follow the advice in #1 and then follow up!

Your interviewing skills are subpar. Are you answering the questions with articulate, well-researched answers? Are you asking articulate, well-researched questions in return? Make sure you are looking at each company very closely and find certain niches where you know you can add to their work in a valuable way. Every employer wants to see that you are on the team, and you are going to grow with them. If you do not act very interested at the interview, they won’t be either.

Your appearance is shabby. Yes, it’s sad but true…shine those shoes, trim your nails, iron your clothes. This is important. And, don’t overdo it on the perfume or cologne; you don’t want that to be the lasting impression you left in the room, and not in a good way.

You have not consulted with a recruiter.  Recruiters know the field where you are applying. They know what employers are looking for in a candidate. Have a recruiter go over your resume and cover letter for each type of company, and practice interviewing. Ask questions about your style. A recruiter wants to place you, and they are not going to charge you! They win when the company picks their candidate, so they want you to shine.

It’s sometimes hard to look at ourselves critically when we know we work hard and have many skills that can add value. Resumes and cover letters are not always fun to work on and update, but if you contact a recruiter to help you, chances are, you’ll land a job much faster!

Rush Hour Connect.

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April 26, 2018

4:30 – 6:00 pm

1119 4th Street  Sioux City, Iowa 51101





If you would have asked us Day 1 where we thought we’d be in 5 years we would have answered…we’ve made a difference in many local job seekers lives, helped business owners reach their goals by hiring top talent, gave back to our community, and started recruiting nationally. Well, with great pleasure I can say we’ve done all of these and much much more. One thing we didn’t expect to be so great, the family we have created at Elite. In the recruiting industry, there are lows, but even more highs. We are so grateful that we have each other to celebrate these wins together. Please join us in celebrating yet another win, our 5 year anniversary!

Reinventing Yourself the Smart Way!

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You’ve been at the same job for over 10 years. You like it, but you don’t love it. You don’t see any room for growth, and let’s face it, you haven’t had a raise since you started. You want to look around for another job, but you want to do something really different! You want to reinvent yourself using the skills you have, so how do you do it?

Evaluate your skills:

If you are working as an administrative assistant now, it’s a sure bet that doesn’t mean you are only greeting people and answering phones. You are probably helping each department with their work, perhaps some accounting, some data input, some marketing…write down the tasks you most enjoy helping with and what skills you have in that area.

Determine the Salary Range You Want:

Now is the time to really figure out how you want your life to look in the future. What salary would make you very comfortable in your lifestyle and even help you save more money for retirement? Set the bar high for yourself, knowing that maybe you will have to come down a bit. If you are going to try something new, you may as well shoot for the stars!

Learn some New Things:

What skills can you build upon? Do you sort of know Excel, but now really well? Find a class or workshop that you could attend, or for that matter someone who knows how to use it. Buy them dinner and sit down and have them show you. Learning an extra skill and being able to showcase that on a resume is always a plus.

Find a Mentor or Two:

Think about the people in your life you admire. Make a list, and see if a few of them will mentor you in your job search and in your career moves in general. The mentor should be someone who is real with you, lifts you up, and helps you to advance in your work and personal life.

Contact a Recruiter:

A recruiter will evaluate your resume, help you find the positions that most interest you, fine tune your interview skills, and work with you to find a great position! They are experts at what they do, and remember that it does not cost you to use a recruiter! The companies pay them when you are placed.

Reinventing yourself is a great way to keep life interesting and help you to not grow stale in your career. Some people say they reinvent themselves every 5 years, which may be too much for you, but reinventing yourself in your career at least once could mean getting the job of a lifetime!

What is a Recruiter Looking For in a Topnotch Candidate?

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When you meet with a recruiter, you may wonder what exactly he/she is looking for to sell you to their clients. Here are some important things to showcase:

Confidence and Manners:

Don’t be sheepish and under-value yourself off the bat. Obviously, you want to be courteous and polite, but you want to show you are a strong person who believes in yourself! Even if you haven’t had the greatest job history or you are coming off a lost job, show that you have a lot to bring to the table, because you do!

Leadership and Teamwork Skills:

You can lead a group, but you also believe in working with others as an important part of the process to success. Have a few examples ready to share.

Value on Education:

Show that you are always willing to learn new things. There may be aspects of a job that you are not trained in yet, but you can learn it and are willing to. If you don’t know how to do something, then be honest, but that’s not the end of the conversation. For example, let’s say you do not know Excel very well, offer to take a class or a training session on it to master the technology for your future career.


Be warm. Be friendly. Selling you to an employer is much easier if the recruiter knows you are not going to be cold and unapproachable.

Organization and Multi-tasking:

Having the ability to be “on top of it” in all ways makes you easy to market to employers. If you can do handle many things at once without getting rattled, it shows that you are able to manage hectic work times with ease.

Overall, if you are shy or feeling like you are not qualified for the job you really want…find ways to get past it, and gain some confidence! Read helpful books, research how you can further your skills and take action on enhancing those skills, and up your game with your social skills.


B.I.G. News! Amy Macfarlane Joins the Elite Staffing Team.

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We have officially welcomed Amy Macfarlane to the team serving in the role of Executive Search and Recruitment.  As such, Macfarlane’s primary focus will be on continuing to enhance growth within the firm’s national search and recruitment niches, as well as continuing her role as a seasoned professional in local Business Development.   Ms. Macfarlane brings to the table over a decade of solid industry experience as a national Construction Engineering Recruiter, as well as serving the past 6 years as Business Development Director for a Financial Planning Firm located in the Tri-State area.

Chris Namanny, partner at Elite Staffing said “Amy joining our team is a great start to 2018. Her community relations and recruiting background aligns perfect with Elite’s team and goals. We are ecstatic to have her onboard!”

Macfarlane and her husband, Steve, are both native Sioux Cityans, and have 3 grown children.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Design and Housing from the University of Iowa, and is actively involved in her volunteer efforts for the Siouxland Community.  Currently, Macfarlane sits on the boards of, Hospice of Siouxland, The Alzheimer’s Association and 1st Tee of Siouxland.  Additionally, she serves as Commissioner for City of Sioux City’s Historic Preservation Commission.


Going from Nothing to Something: The Guide to Getting a Job When You are Missing Job History

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Scenario 1:  You stayed home with the kids and loved every moment. However, they are all driving and barely home…college is right around the bend. You are feeling like you might start climbing the walls if you do not have something more in your life besides going to yoga and the grocery store. Problem is: you never finished college and your last job was at the movie theatre many years ago.

Scenario 2: You married a successful business owner, which offered you a chance to work part time for at his/her company answering phones and doing some filing here and there. Now, you are ready to re-enter the workforce and re-invent yourself, but it’s been awhile…your last job was 10 years ago, and you are not sure the technology is quite the same, or if you remember how to use it.

Scenario 3: You retired! Yay! Now you can do anything you want at any time, any day. Well, you are two weeks in, staring out the window, and bored out of your mind.

If any of these scenarios sound familiar, read on….

First, no matter if your last job was at a fast food restaurant or as an accountant, you have skills! If you stayed at home with your children and never “worked,” remember that you managed a household. You handled a lot of organizing, money management, event coordination, teamwork, and conflict resolution. Look for positions where you can use these skills, and make sure to highlight your household management experience when you are interviewing for positions. You may have to start at a lower level position, but chances are, you will show leadership and grow. That first job may lead into a management position, and then boom!

Second, if you are looking for work because of boredom, but you like your free time too, temporary works is perfect for you! It’s not a full time gig, and you may be just answering phones for a week here or there when an employee is on vacation or leave. Temps are often needed to fill in at area companies, and you can always say “no” if you are not interested or it does not work with your schedule. Get your name in with a recruiter, and if you are a good option, you will definitely get called upon now and then. Another perk: meeting new people that you may never have known! No matter what our age, making new friends and social connections is a great way to stay emotionally healthy.

Third, brushing up on your skills or learning new technology is sometimes overwhelming, but chances are you have a smart phone, you have a computer, and you probably have some typing skills. And, if not, you can learn. Think of it as entering Kindergarten for Technology and just go with it. Sometimes a clean slate is almost better than trying to apply old skills to a new way of doing things. If you have the right personality, dependable, and willing to learn, employers are usually open to taking the risk if they know you are the right candidate. Also, you may want to seek out some classes or workshops that help you brush up on your skills or learn new ones. Call your local community college and ask for their advice!

Elite Staffing has many options for you, and we help you find the right position. We are experts at taking your past work experience (or lack of) and helping you build something from nothing!