Community Involvement: Giving Back Boosts Morale

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Community Involvement: Giving Back Boosts Morale

We know that it sometimes feels like you don’t have enough hours in the day to do all the things you absolutely have to do. Taking care of your business, your employees, your clients…not to mention, getting to your son’s football game or even trying to coach your daughter’s soccer team. Then you get hit with multiple organizations in our community needing support; it can literally feel like an email or direct mail piece comes in every day about sponsorships for charity events. You are trying to manage the requests for serving on committees and boards. It’s overwhelming. However, it’s definitely important to figure out a way for your company to give back. Your employees also need to know that they are encouraged and supported to be involved in the community. Here’s why:

  1. Boosts energy in your company culture. If employees feel like they are encouraged to volunteer, even during the workday, that helps them feel like they are part of something special. Volunteering for an event altogether as a company is a great way to connect and bond while doing something that makes an impact on the community. After an event like that, we bet you’ll notice more positive energy around the company—people will come back refreshed and ready to work hard for a company that is supportive and encouraging.
  2. When you volunteer or sponsor/attend charity events for organizations in the community, chances are you and your staff are going to meet people who may be interested in what you do. And, vice versa, you can meet people who may be of help to you as you move your company forward. Serving on boards and committees often leads to building relationships that are meaningful and potentially helpful for your personal and professional growth.
  3. Also, having your employees serve on boards and committees helps them to gain leadership skills. That’s always a benefit, as you want strong go-getters in your company! In the same way, you can become a mentor for younger professionals when you actively serve on boards. You can show by example.
Yes, we know there are only so many hours in the day, week, year. It may be difficult to figure out how to fit in volunteer efforts with the work day. Here’s how:
  1. Create a Volunteer Plan for your company. Offer a number of hours to each employee that can be used on one day or throughout the year for volunteer efforts. For example, if you say that each employee has 16 paid hours per year to do volunteer activities, your staff will feel motivated to find a cause to support. You can create a form that would be filled out by the organization to sign off on the hours for your employees, and they can ask for time off in advance, just like they would for vacation. You can even make it a competition: whoever gets to their 16 hours first wins a prize!
  2. If this first idea does not work, then set aside 2 days per year that all of you do a volunteer activity together. You can ask area agencies where you could be of most help. It may even be through your City to pick up litter in particular areas of your community, or perhaps it is helping at your food bank to pass out food. There are opportunities everywhere!
It’s also important to make sure you let the public know that you are giving back to the community across the company, that it’s part of your mission. Here’s why:
  1. Not that it is an ulterior motive, but it’s good marketing, period. People like businesses who are invested in making the community stronger. You may gain and retain clients because of your volunteer and charitable efforts. You can post your good work on social media and in your quarterly newsletter for clients, which will usually get more attention from the viewer than most anything else.
  2. Your good work encourages others to do the same. We want our local businesses and corporations to give back, right? Be a role model by showing that you make giving back a priority.
It takes everyone doing the right thing to make the right thing happen. Doing good is always good!

So, you want to make a career move?

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So, you want to make a career move?

Well, we can help you, even if the position you are applying for may seem like a stretch from what you have been doing for the past 20 years. Let’s consider this scenario: you have taught middle school for 10 years, and you have decided as much as you love the pre-teen drama, you are ready to work only with adults. You have a degree in Secondary Education with an Emphasis in English. And, you coached middle school volleyball for 4 years. In the summer, you worked retail at times, and also waitressed other times. One summer, you worked for a landscaping company and took direction on planting for high end residential homes in mainly gated communities.

And, the positions you are applying for are in Program Development and Marketing. I bet you are asking yourself this: How do I take my skills from the past 10 years and create a resume that gets noticed in these new career arenas?

This may seem overwhelming, but that’s why we are here! It’s called transferring skills, and we are experts at it.

Present Skills

  • Leadership: You led students and athletes. Plus, there are probably other ways you were a leader in your school.
  • Communication: This is an easy one. You communicated through your teaching.
  • Flexibility: As an educator, there are days when you definitely have to roll with it. Plus, you show that you are flexible with the other jobs you took on in the summers.
  • Coaching: literally, but also coaching through educating.
  • Interpersonal skills: As a teacher, you had to work with other instructors, administrators, teachers, and students.
  • Development: Developing a course plan each year is much like developing a programmatic or marketing plan.
  • Creativity: You have to be creative when you teach, especially to make the content interesting!
  • Working with a variety of people: You’ve worked with people through teaching, through coaching, and waitressing definitely can put you in front of a lot of different personalities.
  • Technical Expertise: Chances are you know how to use Word, Power Point, Excel, and maybe more! Plus, you are an educator, so you are all about gaining knowledge and open to learning how to learn new things.

Making the Transfer

We can take these very marketable skills and help you create a resume that showcases them to a new employer. It’s a matter of us interviewing you and taking you through our unique pre-screen process to determine your core competencies to showcase in your job search. Here is a new way to list your Leadership skills for your new resume:

  • Ability to lead and communicate well with people from different generations in creative ways for a positive outcome.

It’s true, and it takes your prior skills in education and transfers them to the business world.

Contact Us to Get Started

We are excited to work with you on your new resume. We are the premier staffing agency in the Siouxland area, with expertise that outmatches other agencies. Give us a call at: 712-224-4208 or contact us here:


3 Tips to Improve Company Culture and Engage Employees

Lexi MorganBusiness, Career, Culture, Professional, Recruiting, Talent

Company Culture = the shared values and practices of a company’s employees. But sometimes this isn’t so easy. We all want employees who look forward to going to work, instead of dreading it. Although some of your work may be difficult, the culture of your organization should not add to your stress. You want a happy atmosphere that makes happy employees; and happy employees are more productive. And the best part? People prefer to do business with an organization in which their employees have a sense of pride and enjoy their work.

Check out these three noteworthy proven tips for higher employee engagement and how you can help grow a stronger company culture overall.

Support your Employee’s Career Development

This may seem easy, but what works for one employee will not work for all. Not all employees have the same goals and career aspirations. Get to know your employees goals and tailor a plan to help them achieve them. Career development can help with retention because people develop a sense of loyalty for employers who are willing to invest in them. Get to know your employees and encourage them. Give support, advice and share experiences. Offer job shadowing, mentoring, networking and training sessions. Your employees want to gain skills and knowledge, so they can become more valuable to you and your organization.

Hang out

Most people spend more time during the week with their co-workers than with their spouses and families. As such, building strong relationships with co-workers is important. But, it does take time. For building better relationships employees should: show appreciation, be a good listener, be respectful, and be positive. Employees shouldn’t run the second they see their leader coming to their cubical. Building relationships will improve employee engagement and loyalty.

Recognize and Reward Achievements

Taking time to recognize employee achievements will help increase productivity and reduce tension in the work environment. There is absolutely no one in the world that does not like to be rewarded and recognized for their hard work. This simple gesture of praising or rewarding at work can lead to better productivity and inspire others to improve their efforts. Your employees are far more likely to stay with your company if they feel their efforts and contributions are valued and appreciated.

As Sioux City’s premier staffing agency, we’re here to provide you with relevant information, helping you better your skills and placing you in a position where you can use them. We’d love to meet you! Give us a call at 712-224-4208 or send us a message.

4 Things to Know About Your Tech Savvy Employee

Lexi MorganBusiness, Elite Staffing, Executive Positions, Professional, Services, Talent

Have you ever tried to teach your grandma to use a computer? If so, then you know the challenges that come from training someone to do something new and out of their comfort zone. But what about when the role is reversed? What if you were the one being trained on a new technology by your younger employees?

While this is not out of the norm, it can still be awkward when you as the boss become the student to your own employee. Now, we like this and so should you. It allows you to grow in this area, and allows your employee an opportunity to lead. In the end, this experience will enable you to work more cohesively, which makes for a better working environment.

But one other challenge presents itself, how do you work with these employees? Here are 4 key things you need to know when working with your tech savvy (and super smart) employee.

Internal Communication Is Important
Internal communication is the key that keeps everything in a company working smoothly. Employees need to know what’s going on, what the company expects to achieve, and most importantly the values that drive the business. Everyone has a story about a manager who didn’t share what the expectations were and just gave orders. And we all know how those situations end up; not well for anyone. Everyone ends up doing what they think they should but never really knowing for sure. Tell your tech savvy employee exactly what you need of him/her. They may surprise you and offer to take the task a step further based on their knowledge. Go with it and let them lead a project and see how it goes with good communication.  This in the end will allow employees to be informed and feel motivated.

Clearly State Your Objectives
This could fall under Internal Communication section, but is important enough to separate the two. Most tech savvy employees want to do a good job and meet all expectations, but that requires they know exactly what those are, which sometimes companies have a hard time clarifying. Regularly talk to each employee and define in clear terms the 4 or 5 things you expect each to accomplish over the next few months. Make the objectives reasonable but don’t be reluctant to assign a goal or two that requires good effort. Good employees want to push themselves so give them a clear reason to do so.

Understand Their Technical Needs
This is a big one when it comes to tech savvy employees. The workplace of today is more involved in technology than ever before, and your employees will use an assortment of tools to get the job done. The best managers understand the technology well enough to evaluate if the staff has what they need to meet objectives. However, you don’t have to be a know-it-all because this is where your tech savvy employee can help you. Most will understand the objectives and have a few options to share or be willing to research options to solve the problem getting in the way of meeting objectives. Take note of this and again, use it as an opportunity to let your employee shine. They will appreciate and understand you care about them because you are getting them the best tools for the job.

Be Visible
Are you around your employees on a regular basis? It’s hard to visualize a firm hand guiding things when your boss stays in his/her office all the time. Good managers make an effort to show the staff he/she is always around and on top of the operation, even if it means visiting each employee for a few minutes every day to see how things are going. You would be amazed at the information your employees will share if you are trusted and give advice to help them reach their goals. This also allows you to praise or coach your employees privately and drives motivation and loyalty.

In the end, go easy on yourself. There is no one-right-way to talk to your tech savvy employee, but these tips will allow you to arm yourself with ways to communicate effectively. And if grandma eventually figured it out, so will you.

Are you looking for a tech savvy employee? Contact us and we’ll help you during your search.

4 Ways to Avoid Burnout at Work

Lexi MorganCandidate, Career, Elite Staffing, Professional, Services, Talent

Have you experienced low quality job performance, anxiety, stress, exhaustion, decline of health or felt “on edge” recently? These are all signs of burnout. If any of these pertain to your current work situation, do not fear! Here’s 4 tips to get you out of your current funk and reconnect you with your super star self!

Open Communication

Keeping an open line of communication between you and your manager is crucial to preventing workplace burnout. Don’t take this as a means to complain but use it as a tool to learn and to grow. Share with them what motivates you and how they can help you succeed. If something is not working, brainstorm a few ways that would help your situation improve; then present your findings. And remember, if you don’t ask, you’ll never know. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!

Say No

Understand your responsibilities. If you are being asked to do something outside of your realm, don’t hesitate to say no. Even if it’s within your skill set, don’t be afraid to speak up! Your employer will respect the communication if you can politely relay that your plate is full and your workload is at its limit.

Make Time for You

Whether it’s buying a new outfit, going fishing, getting your haircut or working out, find time each week to do something for yourself. Making time for you can clear the mind and relieve anxiety, help you gather your thoughts, encourage you to stay focused and so much more.

Don’t Quit Just Yet

Don’t rush into quick decisions that you may regret later. Consider your options and ask for help. Searching for a new job is okay and sometimes the best/only way to alleviate the stress. Do remember to thoughtfully search out your options in order not to put yourself in a situation that is worse than what you’re already in.

Don’t let workplace burnout creep up on you. Use your mind as a tool to make smart choices and turn your negative situation around for the better.

As Sioux City’s premier staffing agency, we’re here to provide you with relevant information, helping you better your skills and placing you in a position where you can use them. We’d love to meet you! Give us a call at 712-224-4208 or send us a message.

4 Quick (Calming) Tips to Help During an Interview

Lexi MorganCandidate, Career, Confidence, Elite Staffing, Hiring, Interview, Interview Questions, Professional, Talent

No matter how hard we study up, researching the company, preparing to answer interview questions and sell ourselves as the best candidate for the job, nerves can easily settle in and get the best of us. These nerves can easily take an interview from great to ghastly! We don’t want your interview to go to the wayside because of one question. Here’s a few quick and easy tips to help you ace your interview and show your future employer what you’re really made of…confidence and skill!


Listen carefully and ask the interviewer to repeat the question. If you don’t understand the question, ask the interviewer to rephrase or give an example. Don’t be afraid to ask for a moment to gather your thoughts. If you feel it’s best to come back to the question later then ask for that permission. Maintain your composure and let your confidence shine!

Think Out Loud

Thinking out loud is a great way to gather and organize your thoughts. Doing this will give the interviewer a good idea of how you solve problems. As you think aloud, you’ll have a chance to guide yourself and the interviewer through a process and provide them with great details that you may not have been able to express in any other way.

Keep Your Cool

Remain calm. Take a few small breaths to collect your thoughts, and continue. Breathing will calm you as you prepare to answer the questions. We’ve emphasized this multiple times and we can’t stress it enough. Keeping your “cool” allows you to think clearly and won’t give away any indicators that you’re stumped. Let your confidence guide you!

Off the Wall Questions

Just when you thought your interview was going perfectly, you’re asked, “What person, in all of history would you most want to trade places with for a day?” Or,  “What 3 things would you bring with you to a deserted island?” Sometimes candidates are thrown the oddest of balls during an interview. Start by taking a breath, again. Politely answer the question as best as you can. Your interviewer may be testing you! Your ability to answer the question may be their way of finding out how you handle stress, being put on the spot or your creativity. Relax and be yourself! Have fun with it. After all, they might hire you!

Do you have more questions about the interview process? Ask us, we are happy to assist you! Call us at 712-224-4208 or send us a message. Whether you’re actively looking for a job or just openly available to the next best opportunity, you may be a great fit for Elite’s growing group of candidates.


What are your Summer Networking Plans?

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Summer is the perfect time for swimming, ball games, vacation, iced coffee, backyard BBQ’s, NETWORKING! Although the weather hasn’t quite shown it yet, summer is quickly approaching and so are new opportunities. We encourage you to take advantage of the “Summer slow down” as an opportunity to meet new people, build up trusted relationships and get more involved in the community. Here are 4 rules to follow to help you do networking the RIGHT way!

Set a Goal

So simple yet sometimes so difficult! Big or small, setting a goal is the start to getting things done. In the case of networking, goals are very helpful! Start by setting a specific number of people you’d like to meet at a function or focus on how many dates you want to fill up with coffee/lunch meetings on your calendar.

The Do’s & Do Not’s

The point of networking is not to sell, it’s to connect! Everyone knows the general rule of thumb. DO NOT SELL…but, DO ask open ended questions, interact with people and share your experiences. Don’t forget to practice your elevator pitch. It’s important to know how to explain your “career story!”

 Be Genuine. Be Interested. Be a Resource.

Networking should not be a performance. When you go into a function with this perspective, you’ll see how fun it can be. Being genuine and simply getting to know people automatically helps take the edge off. Be yourself! Listen and show interest in what the other person is saying and always be thinking of how you can be of help to them.

Follow Up!

Nothing shows interest more than following up and yet it’s the number one thing that people forget to do in the networking process. It’s as simple as a quick email or hand written note. Say thank you!

Whether you’re volunteering, attending an event or meeting someone for lunch, don’t just network…connect! Making useful connections through networking will lead to great opportunities.

One last thing, don’t forget your business cards!

Elite is proud to connect Siouxland’s strongest employers to Siouxland’s most promising talent. Give us a call or shoot us a quick message. We’re here to assist you every step of the way!

The Administrative Assistant—Tips to Help You Stand Out in a Competitive Market

Lexi MorganAdministrative Assistant, Candidate, Clerical Openings, Hiring, Professional, Recruiting

We’re rolling up on Administrative Assistants Day in the next week and we couldn’t help but think about the importance their job plays in the day to day functions of any office or business setting. A quality Administrative Assistant has a well-rounded skill set, making them invaluable to many employers. So, take it from “The Admin.” Here’s 5 traits that’ll give you that competitive edge you’re looking for, in any market.


An excellent Administrative Assistant is very much the glue that holds everything together. They are the spearhead of many things and above all, the “go to” person in the office. Performing above and beyond is a common occurrence. Whether they are welcoming clients and visitors, listening to complaints, relaying messages, organizing office supplies, coordinating a project, balancing a budget sheet or handling an office crisis, an excellent Admin can think on their feet and easily adapt to any given situation.


Effective communication is important in the Admin world and any other world for that matter. The Administrative Assistant almost always gives the first impression to incoming clients, visitors and the like. An excellent communicator always represents their organization or business with respect and is graceful in their ability to relay important or confidential information.


Multitasking and attention to detail are an everyday occurrence for the Administrative Assistant. Organization is pertinent to the job. Prioritizing and completing tasks efficiently are outstanding skills to have as they also show a lot about one’s character. Hard work and determination are a big part in being able to get things done no matter the circumstance. Employers love a hard worker, especially one who is efficient with their time!

Tech Savvy

The tech savvy admin brings a whole other level to the meaning, well rounded. Being tech savvy will leave employers feeling like they hit the jackpot. An Admin who knows the ins and outs of Microsoft is a huge asset. Being able to create spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations and important documents can save a business a lot of time and money. Do you have knowledge of Quickbooks, used HR software or know the ins and outs of how to use social media for online marketing? These all play a role in bringing value to a business.

A Letter from the Elite Staff

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The news is spreading! What was once known as the, “New and Up-Coming” staffing firm on Historic 4th Street, is now being referred to as the, “Career Finding, Business Building, Executive Job Experts,” providing efficient and time-saving ways to connect with motivated people who are passionate about a career, not just a paycheck.

In starting as a new business, we thought the growth (all organic might we add) would be slow and much to our surprise, it has been much quicker than anticipated. We remember all the way back to the excitement of our first “official” day in business: creating all processes and procedures, finalizing the employee handbook, writing standard interview questions, selecting marketing materials and logo and of course making sales calls! Success takes time and hard work. Our office has been focused on teamwork from the start and it’s time we stop and take a moment, not only to show our gratitude, but to CELEBRATE!

We’ve created better, efficient processes, grown in size, and have helped even more candidates and companies with placing great people at great places in just 3 short years. We’re constantly improving and finding better ways to get things accomplished and we only plan to continue!

What’s the most rewarding part of our work? When we are able to take away the stress of finding great people to fill a position so our clients can focus on building their business and also knowing we are making an important impact in our candidate’s lives by helping them find their perfect career!

The passion that our employees and partners have for this company is unreal. We all have one common goal—to create a place where both businesses and candidates can confidentially partner with us. The sense of accomplishment felt by bridging specific talent with the staffing needs of our client companies is the most rewarding aspect of our work. Our focus continues to lie in finding exceptional talent for Siouxland businesses, being an advocate for our candidates and providing expert guidance to both. We come to work every day knowing that we’re here to make a difference for individuals and businesses in Siouxland—and we have fun doing it!

Thank you for 3 great years! The best is yet to come.


-The Elite Staff








4 “Must Know” Salary Negotiation Tips

Lexi MorganCandidate, Career, Hiring, Professional, Services, Talent

There’s nothing like the excitement of a new job. One of the most important, yet most difficult things to talk about in the job process is…money! We get it, it’s not the most comfortable topic of discussion, but unfortunately many candidates are not 100% confident in the salary offered to them. We don’t want you to be in this position. Make no mistake; you deserve what you’re worth! Here are some great tips to guide you through the salary negotiation process and bring you peace of mind about your future position.

Prepare a Strategy.

First thing’s first. Many employers expect you to counter offer. Don’t feel obligated to accept their first offer. Prepare a strategy ahead of time and practice how you want to execute that strategy. You can even role-play various scenarios. Nerves get the best of us sometimes and this process will help you maintain confidence throughout the process.

Do Your Research!

Learn what your job is worth in regards to your education, experience and price tag for similar jobs in your area. Use that research to set a reasonable counter offer and be prepared to back up your numbers.

If it seems the numbers won’t budge, remember that you can always negotiate factors like extra paid vacation, sick days, flexibility in your work schedule etc. as a substitute for a larger salary.

Don’t take it Personally.

Visualize salary negotiation as a business transaction. Don’t cause yourself emotional distress. You must be confident!  Think in black and white, know your worth and leave your emotions out of it. After all, it’s just business.

Be Cautious.

There’s nothing like wearing out your welcome, but wearing out your welcome in an interview? Now that’s a talent that no one wants to have. It’s important to be realistic in your expectations. Keep your research and strategy in mind and don’t press for more money when it’s unnecessary. The last thing an employer wants to do is play games.

We understand that salary negotiation can be down right uncomfortable, and it’s probably not on the top of the list for a first conversation with your soon to be boss or the HR department. At Elite Staffing, we are well versed in negotiating offers for both what a position should be paying as well as what salary a candidate’s skill set matches up with and we are very candid with both the company and the client. If you are looking for your next career opportunity and/or could benefit from more advice in salary negotiation, give us a call. We’re here to help guide you on your path to success!