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Maintenance Supervisor (Direct Hire) in Rockford, IL
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The Maintenance Supervisor will be responsible for developing & managing business processes and employees that provide cost effective lean manufacturing services taht ensure equipment reliability, asset preservation, and safe working conditions.

Duties/Responsibiltites:
  • Ensures equipment reliability and readiness for packaging based on the Master Production Schedule.
  • Responsible for leading and supporting efforts to move from reactive to world class maintenance.
  • Plans, schedules, and supervises activities of skills maintenance trades.
  • Maintains a 90% on-time completion of all maintenance work orders.
  • Monitor, adjust, and provide technical expertise or training in order to meet or exceed Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) targets.
  • OEE improvements should focus on rate, yield, and utilization. All efforts to minimize downtime, mitigate defects, and eliminate waste should be a priority. 
  • Leadership and cross-functional teamwork with Project Management, Planning, Engineering, and Production is critical to the success of new product launches and ongoing production.
  • Develop and execute training of maintenance personnel.  Ensures the ongoing technical development, testing and possible certifications for maintenance personnel.
  • Responsible for facilitating and leading daily Maintenance Shift Meetins, which will ensure alignment and execution of maintenance related tasks. 
  • Maintenance Supervisors will be writing and performing annual reviews.
  • Manage the execution of PM's.
  • Adherence to all ApI and cGMP policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
  • Attendance to work is an essential function of this job.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor/manager.
  • Manages lead mechanics & electricians and supervising all employees in the Maintenance Department.
  • Responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of these units. 
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. 
  • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Education:  Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) or Associate's degree (A.A.) equivalent from two-year college or technical school; or at least four years experience as a skilled trade maintenance worker or past skilled trade supervisor.

Mathematical Skills:  Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inderence, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.  Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Location:  Rockford, IL

Type of Placement: 
 Direct Hire

Salary:  $77,000 to $99,000, based on experience.  +excellent benefit package.

Please submit your resume to:  jennifer.furst@furststaff.com

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FurstStaffing provides comprehensive staffing solutions for industrial, administrative and office support, engineering and technical positions. Furst Staffingprovides temporary, Furst-to-Hire and direct hire services, as well as exclusive on-site programs in Northern Illinois, Southern Wisconsin and the Chicagoland area.


 


Maintenance Mechanic (Direct Hire) Rockford, IL
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The Maintenance Mechanic will provide cost effective lean manufacturing services to ensure equipment reliability, asset preservation, and safe working conditions. 

Duties/Responsibilities:
  • Performs rapid and reliable changeovers using Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED) techniques.
  • Understands and executes protocols for set-up of packagine equipment, as well as providing updates to ensure accuracy of changeover/setup documentation.
  • Provides technical expertise to meet Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) targets for assigned packaging lines.
  • Supports Production Line leadrs with running adjustments and repairs on various pieces of packaging equipment.
  • General knowledge and experience in precision machining or tool and die is necessary.
  • Reviews and executes Preventive, Predictive, and other Maintenance work orders.
  • General knowledge and experience with automation and instrumentation and control systems.
  • Adherence to all API and cGMP policies, procedures, rules and regulations. 
  • other duties as assigned by supervisor/manager.

Education:

Associate's degree (A.A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school; or six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. 

Mathematical:

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as fundamentals of planes and solid geometry and trigonometry.  Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Physical Demands:

The employee frequently is required to stand; walk.  The employee is occassionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 35 pounds. 

Type of Placement:  Direct Hire

Pay:  $19.00 to $32.00 per hour, plus OT.  DT for Sundays & Holidays.

Please submit all resumes to:  jennifer.furst@furststaff.com

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FurstStaffing  provides comprehensive staffing solutions for industrial, administrative and office support, engineering and technical positions.  Furst Staffing provides temporary, Furst-to-Hire and direct hire services, as well as exclusive on-site programs in Northern Illinois, Southern Wisconsin and the Chicagoland area. 


In need of Great Customer Service training? (Rockford, IL)
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Stacy Schroff with FurstStaffing & FurstProfessionals will present 'Providing Great Customer Service & Retaining Customers' at the Rockford Chamber of Commerce's Business Women's Council.

Pam Maher from KMK Media will give tips on "Low Cost Behaviors". Keeping our customers happy without having to spend money.

April 7th, 2009 (Tuesday), 11:45am to 1:00pm

Forest Hills Country Club @ 5135 Forest Hills Road. Rockford, IL.

For more information please call 815.987.8100


In need of Great Customer Service training? (Rockford, IL)
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Stacy Schroff with FurstStaffing & FurstProfessionals will present 'Providing Great Customer Service & Retaining Customers' at the Rockford Chamber of Commerce's Business Women's Council.

Pam Maher from KMK Media will give tips on "Low Cost Behaviors". Keeping our customers happy without having to spend money.

April 7th, 2009 (Tuesday), 11:45am to 1:00pm

Forest Hills Country Club @ 5135 Forest Hills Road. Rockford, IL.

For more information please call 815.987.8100


Now Hiring for Experienced Mortgage Underwriters
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Excellent opportunities for Experienced Mortgage Underwriters.  Both project (3-4 months) and Furst-to-Hire opportunites!  Both positions require a professional who will interact with clients, title companies, appraisers, etc.  Working in a fast paced environment.  Must be detail oriented.

The Furst-to-Hire opportunity requires individuals with FHA underwriting experience.  Must have good amount of FHA Underwriting experience and worked specificaly as an FHA Underwriter or DE Underwriter. 

The Project Opportunities are approximately 3 to 4 months.  Must be proficient with MS Word & Outloook. 

Location:  All opportunities for Experienced Mortgage Underwriters are in Rockford, IL (Northern Illinois).

Pay:  Pay is based on experience for both clients.

Minimum Experience:  A minimum of 2 years experience for both positions.  The Furst-to-Hire requires FHA or Direct Endorsement experience.

Shift/Hours:  First Shift, Monday through Friday, with possible OT.

 

Job Requirements

  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment
  • Proficient with MS Word & Outlook
  • Must have 2 years of experience as a Mortgage Underwriter
  • Ability to pass a drug screen and background check
  • Ability to start work ASAP!

Please submit your resume to furst.nre@furststaff.com   Or call Nancy with Furst Staffing  in Rockford directly @ 815.229.7810.

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FurstStaffing  provides comprehensive staffing solutions for industrial, administrative and office support, engineering and technical positions.  Furst Staffing provides temporary, Furst-to-Hire and direct hire services, as well as exclusive on-site programs in Northern Illinois, Southern Wisconsin and the Chicagoland area. 

We know how to recognize talent. We have been doing it since 1971. Our team's longevity, experience and commitment to personalized attention ensure we will only refer qualified candidates in a timely, efficient manner. We listen. We understand. And we can help

Each year, FurstStaffing  helps thousands of people get hired. Top companies come to Furst with their open positions because they know our employees are the best. Shouldn't you be a part of the FurstStaffing  team? Temporary or full-time, if you have the right skills, we can offer you excellent employment opportunities.

 



Does Grammer Matter? Absolutely!
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 Does Grammar Matter?  Absolutely!

I'm constantly amazed by the sloppy use of email in the business world. I don't understand why such little effort goes into some basic emails. Is it because emailing is now part of a routine resulting in no extra thought? I admit, I may be a bit tough when it comes to grammar and phrasing expectations, but I still think there should be a minimum standard for anyone sending a business email.

If you use email on a regular basis in your career, please realize that sending an email with blatant grammar errors truly does reflect on your professionalism. Email has become an integral part of building a business relationship.  Because of that, email contributes to how others form opinions about you.

Not too long ago, I received an email from someone who used "hear" when they should have used "here". It was one of my first contacts with the person, and it leapt off the screen. It did, in fact, contribute to my overall opinion of the person's business savvy, attention to detail, and intelligence.

I admire people who can write effectively yet casually enough so it seems as if they are speaking the words directly to me. Unfortunately, I struggle with that skill a bit.  Maybe it's because I'm focused too much on getting the wording exactly right.  On the other hand, I have seen some people take this "style" to the extreme. Run-on sentences...half-finished thoughts trailing into each other...excessive use of aposiopesis ...casual to the point of being unreadable...

Correct grammar may not always be a black and white issue.  I do acknowledge that there can be more than one way to correctly write the same thing.  I'm not sure I agree with everything on the following web pages but here are a few interesting places to brush up on your grammar:

10 Flagrant Grammar Mistakes That Make You Look Stupid - http://news.zdnet.co.uk/itmanagement/0,1000000308,39273376,00.htm

Dodge the Grammar Traps - www.webpagecontent.com/arc_archive/138/5/

Most Annoying Grammar Mistakes in English - http://www3.telus.net/linguisticsissues/commonerrorsinenglish.html

Five Grammatical Errors That Make You Look Dumb - http://www.copyblogger.com/5-common-mistakes-that-make-you-look-dumb/

Our guest blogger is Susan Larkin, CTS, CSP, Vice President of Allied PersonnelAllied Personnel Services is a partner of FurstStaffing through ANSERTEAM, a group of independently owned staffing firms throughout North America who work together to service regional and national accounts.  Allied Personnel has been a pioneer in Eastern Pennsylvannia's staffing industry since its founding in 1984.  Congratulations on your 25th anniversary!!  www.alliedps.com 


Email Etiquette for Everyone
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Email has become an important communication tool for all businesses. For the average email user, more than 30% of a given day is spent creating, organizing, reading and responding to email. This contributes to information overload, which hinders corporate productivity. 

 

Be concise and to the point

 

Do not make an email longer than it needs to be. Remember that reading an email is harder than reading printed communications and a long email can be very discouraging to read. When emails are poorly written, the reader has to spend more time deciphering the meaning or sending follow-up emails to question or clarify. Try to keep your sentences to a maximum of 15-20 words. Email is meant to be a quick medium and requires a different kind of writing than letters.

 

Use proper spelling, grammar & punctuation

 

Most programs include a spell check for a reason; please use it. Even the best writers overlook errors. This is not only important because improper spelling, grammar and punctuation give a bad impression of your company, it is also important for conveying the message properly. 

 

Read the email before you send it

 

A lot of people don’t bother to read an email before they send it out. Reading your email through the eyes of the recipient will help you send a more effective message and avoid misunderstandings and inappropriate comments. Emails that are poorly written, use poor grammar or have inappropriate business language wastes precious time. Even worse are unprofessional emails containing content the author would never say to a person face-to-face. 

 

Reply to All

 

Only use “Reply to All” if you really need your message to be seen by each person who received the original message. It’s all too easy to copy too many recipients or, worse, entire workgroups or all employees. Focusing on email distributions can help eliminate more than 10% of email received per day. At a savings of three minutes spent reading and addressing each message. 

 

Answer swiftly

 

People send an email because they wish to receive a quick response. Reply to each email within at least 24 hours, and preferably within the same working day. If the email or request is complicated, just send an email back saying that you have received it and that you will get back to them. This will put the individual’s mind at rest and usually will then be patient. 

 

Do not overuse the high priority option

 

We all know the story of the boy who cried wolf. If you overuse the high priority option, it will lose its function when you really need it. If a message is flagged as “high priority,” you will come across as slightly aggressive. Reserve this function for situations where it is absolutely necessary.

 

Answer all questions, and pre-empt further questions

 

An email reply must answer all questions, and pre-empt further questions. If you do not answer all the questions in the original email, you will receive further emails regarding the unanswered questions, which will not only waste your time and your customer’s time but also cause considerable frustration. Moreover, if you are able to pre-empt relevant questions, your customer will be grateful and impressed with your efficient and thoughtful customer service. 

 

Do not write in CAPITALS

 

WHEN YOU write IN CAPITALS IT SEEMS AS IF YOU ARE SHOUTING. This can be highly annoying and might trigger an unwanted response. 

 

Take care with abbreviations and emoticons

 

In business emails, try not to use abbreviations such as BTW (by the way) and LOL (laugh out loud). The recipient might not be aware of the meanings of the abbreviations and in business emails these are generally not appropriate. The same goes for emoticons, such as the smiley J

 

Do not use email to discuss confidential information

 

Sending an email is like sending a postcard. If you don’t want your email to be displayed on a bulletin board, don’t send it. Moreover, never make any libelous, sexist or racially discriminating comments in emails, even if they are meant to be a joke. 

 

Use a meaningful subject

 

Try to use a subject that is meaningful to the recipient as well as yourself. Placing the topic of the e-mail in the subject line allows the recipient to sort their e-mails by subject and for placing in folders on a particular topic. Avoid using the words urgent or important on the subject line. 

 

Close professionally

 

End your message professionally by closing with such words as “respectfully” or “sincerely”. 

 


Why and How to Use a Temp Agency or Staffing Firm
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The labor market is changing. Companies are laying people off and downsizing. The unpredictable economic times are challenging for businesses and the individuals who have lost their jobs. 

 

We have met with a number of individuals who have never had to partner with a staffing firm before and are unsure of what a staffing firm is all about and what they should expect. We will try and answer some of these questions in this blog. 

 

A staffing firm is a company that serves two clients: individuals seeking employment and companies seeking employees. When partnering with a staffing firm you need to do your due diligence and make sure the staffing firm is a reputable firm. Ask friends, co-workers, family, and your former HR representative for recommendations. Most staffing firms have thorough screening processes that include: pre-screening, completed applications, face-to-face interviews, references checks, and skills evaluations. Positions can range from C.E.O. to laborer. Typically, staffing firms offer three types of employment: project/supplemental/temporary, temp-to-hire, and direct placement. 

 

Supplemental or temporary staffing are projects that can last a couple of hours to several years. Companies will hire a staffing firm to help find employees to cover vacations, medical leaves, or to meet high workloads. These types of projects are great for individuals seeking employment for a number of reasons:

 

  • It provides a source of income while seeking a regular, full-time opportunity.
  • The staffing firm can act as a job reference and resume builder to fill gaps in your employment history while between jobs.
  • Companies often call staffing firms to fill immediate needs. So, you could find employment fast.
  • Temporary work allows you to accept assignments that meet your availability.
  • Many companies hire their internal staff from the ‘temporary’ employees.  The temporary employees have already been trained and assimilated to the environment. 
  • The temporary position can provide you with great networking opportunities. Meeting people in your industry and developing some good job leads through this interaction. 
  • You can gain experience in a new field. You may have the skills to do the job, but lack the experience. Sometimes a staffing firm can help you gain that much needed experience. Or it may be an industry or career you had not thought of previously. 
  • Many staffing firms provide access to benefits.
  • Staffing firms have access to job leads that are not advertised.
  • 2.5 million people a day are employed in the staffing industry. (American Staffing Association)

 

Temp-to-Hire (or what we call Furst-to-Hire) is when a company has an internal need and would like to “try before they buy”. Recruiting, screening, testing, training and hiring an employee is expensive. Many companies want to make sure the individual they are hiring has the skills they say they do and have the personality that will be a good match in their environment. A temp-to-hire, is a temporary project with a set time period that the employee would be on the project at the client before the client would hire that employee internally. If the client or employee felt that this arrangement would not work out long term…the project would end and the staffing firm would find another employee for the company, while assigning the employee to a different project that would better fit their goals.   

 

A temp-to-hire includes all of the benefits that a temporary project offers plus it allows you the opportunity to try a company before committing to a full-time, internal position. It is difficult to interpret a company based on one or two interviews. The goal is to find a position that is a long term career move and a temp-to-hire allows you the chance to see the day-to-day operation and make sure that the position accomplishes your career goals and meets the criteria you have established.

 

  • 8 out of 10 employers feel that staffing firms offer a good way to find people who can become internal employees. (American Staffing Association)
  • 72% of temporary workers obtain an internal position while working through a staffing firm. (American Staffing Association)

 

Direct placement occurs when a staffing firm is engaged to match a candidate’s skills with a specific job opportunity and the candidate is hired directly by the client company. They are never employed by the staffing firm. Companies may hire the staffing firm to do this to eliminate the time and expense to conduct a job search. They may not have the internal staff to sort through all of the resumes they receive. 

The hiring company usually interviews several candidates from those presented and makes the decision on who will best fit their needs. The staffing firm will present the job offer to the candidate who is then hired directly by the client company.

 

What is a staffing firm looking for when you meet with them? 

 

  • They will take note of your appearance, personality & attitude.
  • Make sure you decide in advance whether you are open to working temporary projects, open to temp-to-hire and want only direct hire placements.
  • Be honest.
  • Be on time and follow up. When assigned to a project keep the staffing firm informed of any concerns or positive events.
  • Turn your cell phone off when interviewing.
  • Be prepared to answer questions like; “Tell me about yourself”, “How would your supervisor describe you”, and “Give me an example of…”.
  • They will want to hear about your successes and specific examples to support those successes.
  • They will look are your employment history. Make sure your employment dates are accurate. Be prepared to explain any gaps in your work history.
  • Keep your staffing company informed of any changes in your contact information or your availability.

 

As you can see there are numerous benefits to partnering with a staffing firm. Again, do your research to make sure you are working with one that will represent you properly and is respected in the community.


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