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Updating Your Resume for the New Year 

A resume is the first thing a new employer will see, well before your physical appearance. Therefore, editing your resume as time progresses is essential to keep up with current reflections on work duties, responsibilities, and accomplishments. To help you through this process, we have five suggestions to help you update your resume.

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Hiring In a Tight Labor Market

It can be quite challenging to hire top-notch candidates in a tight labor market; however, putting some or all of these strategies into place will help your company lead in the competition for outstanding candidates.

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How to Stand Out in a Tight Job Market

Today’s job market is as tight as ever; nevertheless, there are ways you can ensure you will get noticed by potential employers. The following are ways you can leverage yourself to stand out from the other applicants.

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Certified Source Named Top Employment Agency in Tulsa for 2022

Certified Source, a performance-based staffing partner specializing in the manufacturing sector and repetitive task jobs, has been recognized as a top employment agency in Tulsa for 2022 by Expertise.com.

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How Many Employees Do You Need? 

Determining the number of employees you need is extremely important for your company’s success. This article will give you a few tips when trying to figure out whether your business is ready to hire more employees or if downsizing is necessary.

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Top Assets You Can Bring to a Company

During an interview, you may encounter the question, “What top assets can you bring to this company?” Know yourself so you can sell yourself, especially if you’re applying for that high-paying, top-notch job you’ve been striving for.

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How to Start a Mentor Program

A mentor program should begin at the hire date of a new staff member, including a training checklist for specific job duties that are itemized to their particular position. Creating a welcoming process that provides mentorship through developmental and sustainable work procedures is essential to maximize new-hire success.

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How to Be a Good Mentor at Work

Whether working with a fresh college graduate or a seasoned employee who gets promoted, it is vital to have the skill and confidence required to advise new personnel throughout organizational and task management duties when beginning a new career.

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Great Questions to Gauge Employee Engagement

Your average employee will not go out of their way to give you feedback about the company. Many employees fear the backlash of “complaining.” This makes it difficult for employers to gauge employee engagement.

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How and When to Give Feedback to Your Boss

Without feedback, people would walk around their daily lives or at their job, unsure how they are doing. Feedback is needed to inform you of what you are doing well and what can be improved. Yes, everyone needs feedback, especially in their professional life. Everyone, including your boss!

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How To Provide Effective Employee Feedback

Over the years, feedback has developed a negative image. Most people who think of feedback automatically imagine negativity or criticism. However, feedback is essential in most people’s everyday life, not just at work. From a routine dental checkup to an annual job review, feedback is a neat little way to determine if we are doing a good job or need to work on some things.

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How to Request and Accept Feedback

Possible Solutions for High Turnover Why are employees so intimidated by “Can I see you in my office”? It might be that feedback from your boss, or even your friends and family, has developed somewhat of a negative aura. It seems that many people think of feedback solely as criticism. However, feedback is essential to…

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How To Juggle Multiple Tasks Effectively

Multitasking is a prominent component of the current work culture. When implemented well, juggling numerous tasks can help people achieve their goals quicker and more efficiently. However, if executed poorly, a person cannot perform well or underdeliver due to being stretched thin.

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How to Lead Without Micromanaging

Micromanaging can lead to an unmotivated workforce that doesn’t give their best effort. Strong leaders demonstrate trust and support to improve employee morale and inspire a staff that lacks enthusiasm and purpose. An energized employee more connected to purpose is more likely to take the initiative, which frees you to take on more urgent matters. Let’s find out more about how managers can hold their employees accountable – without doing the work for them.

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Why is Work-Life Balance Important to your Employees?

In a demanding world that appears to look for perfection and 100% commitment, stress is at an all-time high. Pair that with a pandemic that we are trying to recover from and a war overseas that is affecting the economy, and it is easy to see why employers are putting so much on their employee’s shoulders. However, employers must keep in mind that for their business and operations to keep running smoothly, the health and attitude of their employees are also important things to maintain.

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5 Reasons Why Work-Life Balance is Important

The demands today to be the best in your profession are at an all-time high. From families pressing their kids to go to college to have a brighter future, to your boss needing you to cover extra shifts to keep their business running, the pressure is all around us, and it is almost maddening.

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Possible Solutions for Injuries and Employee Compliance Issues

Many manufacturers take the precautions to be a step ahead of other industries when it comes to workplace safety. Unfortunately, they must be due to the use of heavy machinery, excessive noise, and hazardous materials. Keeping team members safe at all times should be a priority, not an afterthought. But what role might motivation play in ensuring that your employees are maintaining strict safety standards at all times?

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Possible Solutions for Low Morale

Achieving high employee morale does not always mean that a business needs to crank up its incentive programs or provide higher than average wages. In fact, there are many cost-effective ways to increase motivation sitewide and help teams excel in all required areas. As a team leader, there is a good chance you will play a vital role in employee morale. What are you doing to improve it among your team members actively?

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Possible Solutions for High Non-Employee Performance Costs

To be an effective manager, you must understand both the value and price of your employees. In the manufacturing industry, employee performance can be a huge source of financial losses or gains – making it critical to ensure that team members give their all every time they are on a production line. But what monetary value does an employee need to contribute to ensure that an organization is not losing money because of their non-performance? The most apparent answer is that they need to be producing as much as their benefits and income cost.

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Possible Solutions for High Overtime Hours and Cost

When a manufacturing facility’s productivity drops, it can often lead to extended time requirements to complete projects. As you might imagine, this makes employee costs soar as high overtime hours and higher pay start becoming a standard. But what if you could motivate your employees to complete the required work within designated work periods? With suitable systems in place, and an adequate workforce and training, finishing projects before overtime is necessary might not be as hard as you think. At least not when you are giving employees the attention they need to be successful.

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Possible Solutions for High Administrative Activities

Modern businesses often struggle to develop a company culture that attracts the right talent and ensures that employees remain committed to the goals that are in place. But what happens when the individuals who are supposed to oversee the success of incentive programs are not keeping up with the demands placed on them? Employees can quickly become disenfranchised if they are not motivated like any other job. But what can be done to encourage the motivators and ensure that programs are working as intended?

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Possible Solutions for Low First Pass Yield

Manufacturing organizations are constantly working to navigate disruptions. As the industry rebounds from the global pandemic and its associated labor shortages, production is finally starting to get back to normal. One of the best ways for these organizations to grow is to ensure that their finished product first-pass yield for primary products is calculated correctly. Focusing on motivation may be a great way to increase the first-pass yield to an acceptable range if it is low.

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Possible Solutions for Turnover

In the manufacturing industry, it is incredibly easy for a stellar employee to quickly lose motivation simply because they are completing the same job duties in repetition each day. Since this can quickly lead to turnover, businesses should constantly be implementing counseling, socialization, incentive programs, and recognition programs to ensure motivation remains at an all-time high.

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Possible Solutions for Low Productivity

One of the biggest problems most managers face is keeping their employees motivated and productive. This is even more of a challenge in the manufacturing industry because the workforce is required to do the same monotonous tasks every day to ensure that a specific product is made.

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How to Spot an Employee Ready for a Promotion 

Most business owners are invested in their employees and want to see them thrive and grow. Not only is this a reflection of outstanding leadership, but it is also a clear sign that the organization is moving in the right direction. But how do you know when an employee is ready for a promotion, and what key moments should you be looking for as their manager? This article will explore some of the things that may signify a promotion is due and some tips on rewarding outstanding performers within the company.

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Position Yourself for New Opportunities 

If you are looking for a job or want to continue your existing career with a new company, there is a good chance that you do not want to submit your resume only to have it buried in a stack of other hopeful applicants. The truth is, you want to ensure that you are the top candidate for the positions that you are applying for. This article will explore how you can position yourself for new opportunities and ace an interview with leading employers.

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Keep Employee Momentum Going in 2022 

When you started your business or took on a management role, there is a good chance that you had set clear and defined goals about what you wanted to achieve. While things may have gotten off to a great start, it is easy to quickly fall back into old patterns. The truth is, sticking to your goals can be challenging for anyone – especially your employees. But what can you do as an employer to set them up for the best chances at success so they can keep the momentum going into 2022?

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Stick to Your Career Goals in 2022 

For most people, the start of the New Year is a chance to lose weight or stop smoking. While these are admirable goals, they are only a few options you could choose to better your circumstances and improve your quality of life. If you want to take a tremendous step towards making real change in your life, why not consider setting new career goals in 2022 instead?

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Be the Best Version of You as an Employer

Modern businesses face a common threat – finding and retaining top talent. To compound this problem further, it has never been more challenging to find the right candidates for vacancies as skills gaps have become much more common. But what do employers need to know to ensure they are meeting headcounts with the right candidates, and what factors contribute to a successful recruitment strategy in competitive industries?

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Be the Best Version of You as a Job Seeker

Each new year, it seems like more jobseekers decide that they want to see what greener pastures are available. The ultimate goal of looking for a new job shouldn’t be just to get a paycheck; it should be to find a new career path that you will love to continue following. But what do you need to know to be the best version of yourself as a job seeker, and how can you position your skills to make the most impact in crowded industries?

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Possible Solutions for High Turnover

Modern businesses need to be able to focus on targeted recruitment and retention strategies that provide meaningful results. If an organization can retain its valued employees, it can often decrease the need to recruit new ones.

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Possible Solution for Injuries in the Workplace

It isn’t uncommon for employees within certain roles to receive increased compensation based on the danger they face each day in many industrial and manufacturing industries. Often known as “Hazard Pay,” this additional compensation is offered to assist with potential physical discomfort or distress that can occur while on the job.

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Possible Solution for Long Ramp Up

Employees are generally considered one of the most valuable resources that a company can have. Unfortunately, while many businesses have graduated pay plans for their employees, they may be garnering high employee costs unnecessarily.

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Possible Solution for High Employee Cost

When an organization pays an employee more money than they should, it can often create a ripple effect among the employees around them and the organization as a whole. In many instances, this hinders employee development and can eliminate resources that could be used in other areas of the business that need it most. Overpayment is a common problem nationwide that doesn’t get enough attention. However, high employee costs can easily be offset when a wage analysis is completed to determine what fair wages may be – even if employee salaries can’t be decreased.

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Possible Solution for Poor Quality of Employees

It’s no secret that many employers find it hard to increase wages. Between organizational changes, economic conditions, and a laser focus on corporate growth, certain factors make it difficult for an employer to offer highly competitive salaries.

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Possible Solution for Meeting Headcount

When modern businesses expand, wages and other associated benefits are often left behind in the growth process. This, in turn, results in non-competitive wages and high levels of employee turnover that make meeting headcounts even more difficult.

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Possible Solutions for High Employee Cost

Most business leaders try to ensure that their employees are getting a fair wage for their services. When employees fail to meet expectations placed on them, yet annual raises continue to occur, an entry-level or mid-level position may become incredibly lucrative – especially when the employee is paid too much from the start.

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Possible Solutions for Poor Quality of Employees

When employees feel like they are not being paid a fair wage, it can often lead to poor work quality. Not only can low wages have devastating effects on the morale of the company’s workforce as a whole, but it can also lead to feelings of anger, stress and resentment. Finding the right salary range for the type of work being completed through a wage analysis is often one of the best ways to attract top talent and eliminate poor quality employees.

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Possible Solutions for Reducing Turnover

Certain positions in the manufacturing industry tend to have high rates of employee turnover, resulting in a never-ending revolving door of new employees. The impact that this turnover has on a business is abundantly clear as managers and coworkers vent their frustration and productivity levels reach an all-time low.

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Possible Solutions for Meeting Headcount Goals

Manufacturers nationwide, from New York to California, are facing a common problem – meeting headcounts while controlling the cost of labor to meet designated profit and loss (P&L) targets.

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When Should I Hire More Employees?

Knowing the best time to bring on additional employees is often an ongoing struggle for business owners. While getting busy means more profit; it also means that not having enough staff will mean that your current employees have to work even harder.

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Land Your Perfect Job with a Recruiting Specialist

Looking for a new job can be an incredibly stressful experience for most job seekers. Ultimately This leads them to accept a position that is great for right now but does not provide the career path they are looking for.

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How Can You Make Sure You Hire the Right Employee?

If you are a business owner, there is a good chance that you are constantly looking for the best talent possible to add to your existing teams. And while your HR teams may know the best places to post your job listings,

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Certified Source Ranks No. 1074 on the 2020 Inc. 5000 With Three-Year Revenue Growth of 428.74%!

(Tulsa, OK, 8/17/2020) – Inc. Magazine recently revealed its annual Inc. 5000 list to showcase the nation’s fastest-growing companies. Ranking at 1074, Certified Source is honored to be included among the honorees.

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Certified Source Honored in 2020 Inc. 5000 List

Our unique attention to detail and focus on local markets has not only allowed us to create strong bonds with our clients, but it has also established our business as an emerging leader in the professional staffing industry.

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Common Job Search Problems You Should Avoid

While there are many things candidates should avoid throughout their job search process or interviewing, there are certain common shared experiences that many of the top hiring managers nationwide have observed.

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What Skills Are Required for Entry-Level Front Office Medical Jobs?

As a team of support specialists that are directly interfacing with patients, entry-level, front office medical jobs will often require many administrative tasks that may not be suited the unique skills that each job seeker has; however, many of these skills can be learned in as little as six months of schooling.

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How Can You Make a Temp Employee Permanent?

In the modern job market, it is not uncommon for businesses to take the time needed to ensure a candidate is a right fit for not only the position they are working but that they also fit into the company culture as a whole.

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Questions Every Manager Should Ask a New Hire

Onboarding a new hire is often a critical period of any business. The faster a new employee can be assimilated, the sooner they will start being able to make a positive impact on the company’s goals and returning the investment that has been put into them.

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When Should a Business Hire a Staffing Agency?

Business leaders are always looking for ways to improve processes and ensure their business is as efficient as possible. And, although many businesses already outsource their advertising and marketing, they tend to not think of recruiting or hiring new talent in the same way.

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