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How to Clear H.R. Hurdles

05/01/12 at 09:16 AM

From the New York Times

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Construction Employment On The Rise In Wichita

04/17/12 at 09:15 AM | by Will Temby

According to figures released by the Associated General Contractors of America, Wichita’s construction, mining and logging employment totaled 13,800 in February, not seasonally adjusted, which was 7 percent more than a year ago.

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Avoiding Trouble In The Kitchen

04/10/12 at 09:55 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

The Kansas Department of Agriculture recently cited a number of restaurants for critical health code violations. In general, the problem can be traced to inadequate or poor training of food-service employees.

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Training Temporary Banquet Servers

04/03/12 at 09:08 AM | by Will Temby

A well-trained banquet server can make or break your wedding party, business dinner, corporate event or any event where food and drinks are served. Food-service professionals muct be quick on their feet, able to lift heavy trays with grace, identify problems on the fly, stay on top of the host’s agenda or itinerary and do all of this in a stealth manner.

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Temporary Staffing Can Help You Overcome Hiring Bias

03/27/12 at 09:30 AM | by Larry Hannappel

Few job seekers who fail to get an interview know the reason. More Americans, however, who have been out of work for extended periods are hearing that employers won't consider applicants who are unemployed for more than six months.

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Benefits Of Working As A Temp

03/14/12 at 10:44 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

Whether you’re looking for a temporary job or a permanent position, working for a staffing firm can be a great career move. Each day, 2.58 million people are employed by staffing companies.

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Temporary Staffing For Special Events

03/13/12 at 04:37 PM | by Will Temby

Event planners are looking for people who are flexible, problem solvers, able to think fast on their feet and able to deal with several issues at once and not get overwhelmed. That's why they so often turn to temporary staffing.

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Staffing For Apartments

02/28/12 at 09:32 AM | by Larry Hannappel

Property management groups, which operate apartment complexes nationwide, are working hard to keep up with heightened demand and watch expenditures at the same time. Many just don’t have the permanent staff needed to keep their operations moving forward as the market continues to fluctuate. They’re calling temp agencies for help.

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Hiring Temps For The Long Term

02/21/12 at 09:04 AM | by Will Temby

Coming out of a recession, employers typically hire temporary employees first, and then begin bring on full-time staff.

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Staffing Flexibility

02/14/12 at 09:17 AM | by Larry Hannappel

Human resource professionals say working with staffing agencies is more efficient than the traditional approach.

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Job Hunting? Advice You Can Use

02/08/12 at 08:48 AM

The unemployment rate is now at a three-year low of 8.3 percent, but a lot of Kansans remain without jobs.

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Staffing Needs In The Hospitality Industry

01/31/12 at 10:43 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

With the economy in recovery, many businesses in the hospitality industry are once again teaming up with temporary employment agencies to bring in extra guides, servers, receptionists, cashiers, ticket-takers, custodians, concessionaires, cooks and maintenance crews.

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Staying Compliant With Immigration Laws

01/17/12 at 09:59 AM | by Will Temby

Companies are increasingly looking for ways to create a diverse, skilled workforce. But with today’s complex immigration and labor laws, employers have to be careful to avoid violating laws at all stages of the employer/employee relationship.

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Staffing In The Construction Industry

01/10/12 at 10:11 AM | by Larry Hannappel

Getting the right people in the right positions at the time they’re needed is critical in the construction industry, especially when you're trying to create a solid staff.

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Responding To Food Service Industry Staffing Needs

12/20/11 at 11:59 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

The food-service industry created almost 9.6 million wage and salary jobs in 2008, making it one of the nation’s leading employers. With its database of 12,000 workers in Kansas and Coloradoto call on, Apprentice Personnel is able to meet the daily, weekly, and sometimes longer needs for temporary staffing of its clients.

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Staffing Firms Boost Hotel Banquet Business

12/07/11 at 03:03 PM | by Will Temby

More and more hotels have been cranking up the competitive heat in the lucrative banquet business over the last several years to offset revenue losses in this tough market. Here's how they do it with help from staffing firms like Apprentice Personnel.

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Keeping Temp Workers Safe On The Job

11/30/11 at 09:02 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

Who is responsible for the safety of temp workers at the job site? Staffing agencies like Apprentice Personnel take the lead when it comes to protecting workers the agency sends out to local businesses. They make sure employees are skilled and know in advance what they’ll be doing. And, they require employers to provide some level of supervision.

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Taking The Headaches Out of Workers' Compensation

11/22/11 at 02:54 AM | by Larry Hannappel

When a worker gets hurt on the job, employers often must navigate through what can be an overwhelming amount of workers' compensation paperwork. A business’s profit margin and ability to provide quality customer service can really be negatively affected if it’s forced to divert staff away from other tasks to handle these claims, especially in a smaller company.

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Relief From Payroll Processing

11/16/11 at 06:15 AM | by Will Temby

Why has the U.S.staffing industry been growing again after losing 1.14 million jobs, or 37 percent of its work force, during the 2007-09 recession? Flexibility: Workers want it, businesses need it and staffing firms provide it.

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Getting The Most Out Of Your Temp

11/09/11 at 01:16 PM | by Lon Matejczyk

So how do you get the most of out of the temporary employees you’ve hired to fill in during crunch time, manage a short or long-term project, or fill in for staff members on leave?

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Making Smart Hiring Choices

11/03/11 at 09:19 AM | by Larry Hannappel

Hiring employees can be a daunting and time-consuming task. Large and small businesses invest a considerable amount of time, money, training and trust on new workers to get them onboard and ready to contribute.

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The Ease of Ordering An Apprentice Personnel temp

10/31/11 at 09:09 AM | by Will Temby

How easy is it to get a temp?

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Apprentice Personnel Offers a Trained Workforce

10/24/11 at 09:06 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

Many of the temporary workers employed by our firm are specialized professionals. Some have college degrees and years of experience in their fields.

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Temp Reliability

10/19/11 at 09:04 AM | by Larry Hannappel

Surveys have found that some employers assume that temporary workers are somehow less reliable than permanent employees. Is this myth or reality?

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Using A Temp To Find The Right Permanent Employee

10/13/11 at 09:03 AM | by Will Temby

Employers regularly bring on temporary workers when they’re looking for permanent help.

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News and Latest Events 
Economist pegs 2017 construction growth at 5 percent

The 2017 Dodge Construction Outlook sees total U.S. construction starts for 2017 advancing 5 percent to $713 billion, following increases of 11 percent in 2015 and an estimated 1 percent this year. Read more arrow

Robust jobs report eases worry over economic growth

The U.S. labor market in July capped off the best two-month stretch of hiring so far this year, a sign of strength for an economy that has been showing mixed growth signals in recent months. Read more arrow

U.S. growth and employment data tell different stories

Measured by traditional yardsticks for growth, like gross domestic product, the American economy definitely looks weak. View it through the prism of hiring and employment, however, and the economy seems surprisingly strong. Read more arrow

Labor Department clarifies employment guidelines 

The Labor Department has waded deeper into the contentious issue of joint employment, seeking to clarify who is accountable for violations of employment laws when two different entities, like a manufacturer and a staffing agency, both have ties to the same worker. Read more arrow

Prepare for the great moderation in U.S. job growth

An increasing number of Wall Street economists and those inside the Federal Reserve are concluding that job growth is bound to shift into a lower gear as the aging population drags on the amount of available labor. Read more arrow

Weakness and strength: 7 snapshots of the U.S. job market

Employers added a meager 142,000 jobs in September, the government said Friday. And the average job gain for each of the past three months — 167,000 — is well below the 231,000 average for the previous three. Read more arrow

Housing, construction may be able to improve U.S. jobs picture 

Even though Friday’s lackluster U.S. jobs report proved a disappointment, the growth in construction and housing jobs might be able to pull the U.S. economy through this rough patch. Read more arrow

Kansas employment stats create muddled picture

The data on employment in Topeka, Wichita and Kansas are behaving in puzzling ways, making it unclear whether their employment pictures are getting better or worse, according to an economist at Wichita State University. Read more arrow

NLRB will let more workers bargain with their employer’s employer

The decision could have widespread implications for subcontracting, franchising, and temporary staffing agencies that have become increasingly prevalent in today's "fissured" economy. Read more arrow 

Should Americans work more? 

While the average American workweek is already longer than in most high-income countries, the Irish and the South Koreans show it’s possible for an advanced country’s workers to put in more hours than we do. Read more arrow 

Labor Department expected to make millions more eligible for OT

Millions of Americans who work in excess of 40 hours a week will qualify for overtime pay under a proposed Labor Department rule. Read more arrow

Nailed it: Construction employment helps fuel economy

April was the best month for construction employment since January 2014, U.S. Labor Department figures showed — and not just for job creation. Unemployment among construction workers fell to its lowest level since 2006. Read more arrow

Despite hiring efforts, veterans face employment obstacles and civilian disconnect

A new report says that vets have trouble finding and keeping jobs and that civilian employers struggle to understand them. Read more arrow

Apartment construction a booming business nationwide

According to U.S. Census Bureau figures, apartment vacancies nationwide hit their lowest point in two decades in the last quarter of 2014: 4.8 percent. The low vacancy rate has led to sky high rents and an explosion of apartment construction that so far cannot keep pace with demand. Read more arrow

Trade plan hopes to grow Wichita exports by more than $1 billion

The Wichita-South Central Kansas Regional Export Plan aims to raise Wichita area exports by $1.1 billion over five years. Such a boost in sales would translate into roughly 6,000 more jobs, according to federal estimates. Read more arrow

The worst mistakes job seekers are still making

In today’s job market, applicants have enough challenges without worrying they’ve made a wrong move bad enough to cost them the position. There are all kinds of theories out there about which blunders are the absolute worst. Read more arrow

Companies face new rules on labor practices

President Obama will sign an executive order that could make it harder for companies that violate wage, labor and anti-discrimination laws to win federal contracts. Read more arrow