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how to call out of work in 3 easy steps

We all get sick or have an emergency at some point in our adult lives. It is inevitable. Any time you are unable to be at work on time, you need to notify your employer. Many employers have strict policies regarding a no-call-no-show, an individual who didn’t show up for their shift but didn’t notify their supervisor beforehand and may call for immediate termination. Avoid losing your job over a situation you could have easily prevented, and follow these easy steps to make sure you’re covered when you have to call out from work.

Call your supervisor

It seems obvious, but I want to say it. If you are going to be late or need to miss time at work, call your supervisor. Let them know as soon as possible about the delay or issue so they can prepare their day accordingly. If you wait until the last minute before your shift, or even worse, after your shift has started, to let your supervisor know you are having an issue, you create an unnecessary inconvenience for them and your coworkers. By notifying ahead of time, your supervisor has time to find someone to fill your position while you are unavailable.

Be prepared to answer “Why?”

If you’re going to miss work, your supervisor is going to want to know why. It is a common and justified question, so be prepared to answer it honestly. Are you sick? Did your car break down? Did your sitter just call and tell you she quit? Whatever the reason, keep your supervisor informed. Explaining why you will be late or absent can help your supervisor understand your situation and save you from consequences.

Plan to return

When you speak with your supervisor, plan with them on when you will return to work. If you came outside to a flat tire, let them know how long until you’ll have the tire changed and be on your way. A doctor’s note may be required in order to return to work if you are sick or injured. If you’ve lost a loved one and need time off for the services, tell your supervisor when you will be back in town.

By providing a return day or time, you are showing your supervisor that you still value your position and intend to return to work. If you don’t call or provide a plan for returning back to work, your supervisor may assume you resigned and fill your position with someone new. If you don’t know when you can come back, be honest. Let your supervisor know ahead of time and keep in contact with them until you can return.

resume writing

Your resume is the first impression a potential employer has of you and making one of the resume mistakes we talk about can be an instant disqualifier. Some employers admit to discarding a resume if they find even one grammatical or spelling error. A recruiter starts with a massive stack of applicants and resumes to go through which means their starting focus is on rejecting applicants. To make their job easier, the recruiter will look for the smallest mistake or reason to disqualify you. Help your chances and avoid these common resume mistakes.

Spelling and Grammar

The number one disqualifier for any resume is the presence of spelling or grammatical errors. A resume with incorrect spelling or grammar tells a recruiter that you lack attention to detail and the ability to proof-read. These are key skills for any employer, which is why if an applicant shows they don’t possess them, it is an instant ‘no’ for the recruiter.

  1. Personal Pronouns – One very common mistake seen on resumes is the use of personal pronouns. Your resume should never include the words “I,” “you,” “she,” or “he.”
  2. Incorrect Tense – This should go without saying, but when you describe a past position, make sure you use past tense. As well, when you describe a current position, be sure to use the present tense. Recruiters pay attention to details like that, and incorrect use of tenses can put you in the fast lane to rejection.

Format

The layout and format of your resume need to be clear, clean, and concise. The recruiter needs to be able to quickly skim over your resume and identify your strengths, experience, and the type of position you would be a good fit for. There are several mistakes you can make when formatting your resume.

1. Too much text

I get it, your resume is the only tool you have to impress the recruiter and land the first interview, so you want to put as much information about yourself as possible to paint the biggest picture for the recruiter. However, putting too much text on your resume can result in the opposite. By decreasing the margins and text size and crunching as many words as you can onto the page, you might overwhelm the recruiter and land your resume instantly in the ‘no’ pile. The recruiter is only going to spend about 30 seconds looking at your resume. They want to be able to glance through it and be able to identify the key points.

2. Too many bullets

On the other side of the spectrum, you can use too few sentences and too many bullets. An overuse of bullets causes the recruiter’s eyes to glaze over the same as long paragraphs of text. Bullets are meant to be used for important information, so if everything is bulleted, then everything is important, and if everything is important, then nothing really stands out. Use bullets to highlight your responsibilities at previous positions and important skills you want the recruiter to notice.

3. No keywords

Every job posting will have keywords about the job requirements and skills the applicant needs to have. Recruiters are looking for those specific words when they are scanning your resume. If they don’t see any correlation or overlap between your resume and their job description, they are moving on. People tend to think they can send the same resume on every application, but that is a huge misconception. You should rewrite your resume for every job you apply for. Reword your experience and skills to include keywords from the job description. Recruiters want to know that you have the specific experience and skills they are looking for and doing this will make sure you stand out.

4. Hard to read font

This is one of the easiest resume mistakes to fix. Stay away from cursive and italic fonts. Choose something simple and easy to read, not just printed by digitally. Many resumes are reviewed online now, and some fonts are more difficult to read online than they are when they are printed. Test out different fonts to find one that you like but also works printed and digitally.

Professionalism

Your resume should show that you are a qualified professional and you take your career seriously. There are two ways that you can unintentionally tell the recruiter something different.

  1. Unprofessional email address – The email address you provide on your resume is a large indicator of your professionalism. We all have our first email address, but that doesn’t have to be the one on your resume. If your email is LadyKiller@hotmail.com or iheartjustinbieber77@gmail.com, then it is time for an update. I recommend having an email address that is your name. You can add numbers if just your name is not available, but make sure they are not inappropriate. The good news is, making a new email is completely free.
  2. Irrelevant social media URLs – In some positions, it would be beneficial to include links to your social media profiles. However, your social media is not relevant to all positions. Unless you are applying to a position where you will be required to write, manage social media, or be in the public’s eye as a representative of the company, there is little need for a link to your Facebook page. If your accounts are full of inappropriate or offensive content, it will do more harm to include your URLs.

If you want more resume help, we hosted a Facebook Live Resume Workshop. Watch the video here.

The key to impressing any employer is showing confidence during your interview, and a sure way to feel more confident is to dress the part. Every interview is different, which means you may have to switch up your go-to interview outfit. You’ve heard “dress for the job you want not the job you have,” but that can be not-so-good advice sometimes. You don’t want to be like Brennan and Dale and wear tuxedos to an interview to clean toilets.

Dress the part

When you’re picking out your interview outfit, take into account the actual job you will be doing if you are hired. Take whatever you would wear on a daily basis to work, and spruce it up a bit. If you would wear jeans and a t-shirt to work, wear slacks and a collared shirt for the interview. If you would wear slacks and a blouse to the office, add a blazer for the interview. There are 2 styles of interview attire – business casual and business professional.

Business Casual

business casual
Business casual outfits for men and women.

Business casual is acceptable for most job interviews and provides a more relaxed look while still looking presentable. Stables for business casual in a woman’s wardrobe include solid color or simple pattern blouses, black and khaki slacks, light sweaters, low heels, and flats. For men, business casual looks like slacks with a solid color collared shirt or button-up with dress shoes.

Business Casual Don’ts

  • T-shirts
  • Tennis shoes
  • Bold patterns
  • Bright/neon colors
  • Clothing with writing
  • Dirty clothing
  • Ill-fitting (too tight/too loose)

Business Professional

business professional
Business professional outfits for men and women.

Some interviews will call for a more formal attire. This is where a business professional outfit will be worn. A business professional outfit for women consists of a pantsuit or a dress suit. The key is the blazer. Often, a business casual outfit can be made into a professional one by simply adding a blazer or suit coat. For men, you will also want to wear a tie. Always keep it simple with a solid color or basic pattern.

If you need more inspiration for your interview outfit, check out our Pinterest page.

staffing agency handshake

In today’s age, there are more ways to apply to jobs than ever before. From ZipRecruiter and Indeed to Facebook group posts, company websites, and in-office applications, job seekers can face hours submitting just a few applications. For someone looking for a job, and needing one. quickly, all these avenues can seem overwhelming. That is where a staffing agency comes in.

Staffing agencies, like Horizon Staffing, have the tools and resources to quickly place people in full-time and temp to hire positions. We are the connection between companies that are struggling to fill their positions and people who are struggling to get hired. According to the American Staffing Association, more than 3 million people are employed through U.S. staffing agencies and businesses each week. With numbers that high, there must be a reason more and more people are turning to staffing agencies when looking for a job.

Personal support and access to more job opportunities

Recruiters at staffing agencies have access to multiple clients searching for employees, which means that at any given time, staffing agencies are hiring for many positions ranging from clerical, medical, hospitality, general labor, and skilled labor positions. No matter the position you are looking for, staffing agencies provide assistance with the application process and may even have laptops in office for you to conveniently fill out the application.

Less time spent searching and applying

When you apply at a staffing agency, you are applying for more than one position at a time. Instead of having to spend hours searching the job boards and hiring groups or driving around town looking for help wanted signs, you fill out one application with one company. From there, you interview with a recruiter to determine where your skills and experience would be used best.

Getting hired faster

Most job openings at staffing agencies are available for immediate start. Meaning you could interview on Monday and be at work on Tuesday. And because staffing agencies have so many positions they have to fill, you are almost guaranteed a position.

Unemployment

Georgia unemployment insurance claims rose from 18,746 to 312,520 from March of 2019 to March of 2020. As a result of COVID-19, many Georgians have lost their job resulting is a massive spike in unemployment claims.

The Georgia Department of Labor shows unemployment claims for each county on their website. You can find the document here.

How do I file for UI Benefits in Georgia?

If you have been permanently laid-off or are unable to work due to the coronavirus, you will be responsible for your unemployment claim. Click here then scroll to the bottom to begin your unemployment claim.

According to the Georgia Department of Labor, you will need to have the following information available before you begin applying:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your work history for the past 2 years (including the name, address, telephone number, employment dates, rate of pay, total earnings, and information about your job separation for each employer). If you received severance pay or retirement pay, you must know the amounts.

If your hours were reduced or you were temporarily laid-off, ask you employer about them filing on your behalf.

CARES Act and Unemployment

Under the CARES Act, indviduals eligible for unemployment may also receive an extra $600 a week. The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is subject to taxes and child support. You can learn more about the CARES Act here.

If you or someone you know are looking for work, we hire for some of Savannah’s best logistics companies. Apply at www.horizonstaffing.com/apply then give our office at 912-355-5966.