What jobs are considered manual labor?
Manual labor is defined as work that requires physical skill and energy, but some people are a little loose with their descriptions of manual labor jobs. For instance, some might consider a cashier or checkout position in a retail store to be a manual labor job even if it really doesn't require as much physical energy as an inventory warehouse worker in the back of the same store.
Here are a few examples of manual labor jobs that we regularly hire and place for:
How should I dress for a manual labor interview?
The age-old saying "look good, feel good" definitely applies to all interviews - even for manual labor jobs! You should plan to dress nicely no matter what the job is. It’s always better to be overdressed than under. When you look good, you’ll feel good and you’ll naturally be more confident. It also signals that you're serious about getting to work which will increase your chances of getting hired.
Read our 8 Interview Tips to Help you Land the Job
Does manual labor make you stronger?
Yes! The most obvious benefit of working a manual labor job is getting more exercise. It makes sense that being on your feet, moving, lifting, and doing general physical activity all day will burn calories and contribute to muscle growth. Make no mistake, working a manual labor position will not replace regular exercise or cure you of all ailments, but physical work definitely offers more opportunities for burning calories than sedentary desk jobs. As with any physical activity, injuries can happen. Be sure to do daily stretches before and after your shift and follow all safety guidelines to keep you out of harm's way.
What are the differences between manual labor jobs and office jobs?
Office jobs typically require sitting at a desk for 8-10 hours a day leading to a more sedentary lifestyle that can even negatively affect your health in some cases. It's also common for office workers to have thousands of dollars of debt from certifications and college tuition that must eventually be paid off.
Manual labor jobs also require long hours and can be more physically taxing. Manual labor allows you to learn new skills that strengthen the mind and body. Oftentimes these skills are also applicable to both professional and personal life. Specializations and training certifications can also help further your career and boost your paycheck - for example forklift drivers are a skilled position typically earning more than general labor jobs.
Both manual labor jobs and office jobs have their pros and cons. Each option is valid -- it just depends on what type of person you are. If you like to stay active and have tons of energy, then perhaps opting out of the 9-5 office life and getting a manual labor job is the right move for you.
How can I protect my body when working in manual labor?
Most manual labor or contractor jobs involve loading, unloading and heavy lifting. It's important to know how to keep your body in tune. A few suggestions include:
Can a manual labor job help improve brain cognition?
It's no secret that lifting, walking, carrying, and other activities that come with manual labor work builds muscles through exercise. But manual labor generally also requires unique cognitive functions, which will improve over time, such as interpersonal skills, situational awareness, contextual application of tools and procedures, and depending on the job, innovation.
The Summit Advantage: General Labor Staffing in the Midwest
Our team of recruiters is here to answer any other questions you may have about manual labor. In fact, Summit Staffing has more than 30 years of experience finding the right candidate for the right position and a variety of manual labor positions around Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. If you're ready to take the next step in your career, contact us!
While technology has allowed for tremendous advancements in warehouse supply chain efficiency, there are also other factors that make or break a business -- most importantly, a motivated, hard-working staff. Top warehouse businesses around the world still depend on hiring the right people for the right job in order to maintain productivity. Because a business is only as efficient as the workers they hire, and many warehouse opportunities are so niche, it's often difficult to fill the necessary positions.
In this guide, we’ll illustrate four tips designed to help employers find and hire the right candidates for important, hard-to-fill warehouse jobs so you operate at maximum efficiency.
1. Include as much detail in job descriptions as possible
Warehouse jobs can vary a lot from business to business. For example, the duties of a forklift driver for one company may not necessarily require the same skills as driving one for another. When you are creating a job posting, be as specific and up front as possible about expectations and qualifications necessary to perform the duties. Bullet point format works well in job descriptions because it acts as an easily digestible checklist for applicants. You can then create long-form explanations underneath the bullet points if necessary.
Including as much detail as possible in your job descriptions can be a major time saver because it helps to ensure that only qualified candidates apply.
2. Know the Red Flags to Look For in the Hiring Process
The hiring process isn’t particularly fun for anyone. Hiring managers and decision-makers are tasked with the time drain of conducting interviews and reviewing resumes in addition to their normal job duties. It’s important to know which red flags to look for so the team doesn't have to repeat the hiring process.
Read our 5 Commonly Asked Interview Questions for Temporary Positions for more interview ideas.
3. Ask Detailed Questions in Online Applications
Some warehouse jobs have very specific requirements that may even be regulated by law. It’s important to ask detailed and specific questions in online applications to avoid sifting through unnecessary details. Some example questions include:
Oftentimes, asking these specific questions can be better than asking for a resume when hiring warehouse employees for hard to fill jobs.
4. Focus on Brand & Culture for Hard-to-Fill-Jobs
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has a few interesting case studies that focus on recruiting and retaining warehouse workers. They argue that “brand and culture” play a major role in hiring warehouse employees. The case study includes an interesting example of a company, Romark, that offers competitive pay for its warehouse jobs. The company saw employee retention and hiring skyrocket after implementing two policies: air conditioned warehouses and allowing employees to remain on the clock while at lunch.
Read more about How to Create a Desirable and Productive Work Environment for more ideas surrounding good work culture.
Summit Staffing’s Team of Expert Recruiters Can Staff Your Hard to Fill Jobs.
Summit Staffing has the experience and expertise to develop a custom staffing solution to meet your needs. We work on projects ranging from customers that require a single temporary associate, to managing a 24/7 onsite operation with over 1200 temporary employees. By combining work ethic with state of the art technology, Summit Staffing has become the supplier of choice for hundreds of companies, large and small, throughout the Midwest including many publicly traded and international corporations.
Contact us to learn more.
Top 5 Summer Temp Jobs For Extra Income in 2020
Summer is the perfect time to take on more hours working to bolster your annual income. Demand for work tends to rise in the summer months with more people wanting to take time off for vacation and to spend time with family and friends. Even during these uncertain times, demand for temporary work will still be expected during the summer months.
Whether you’re looking for work in Administrative & Clerical, Accounting & Finance, Skilled Manufacturing positions, or other areas, our team of dedicated recruiters can help point you in the right direction.
1. Warehouse Packer
Warehouse packers, sometimes called pickers, are in charge of getting packages ready for shipment from the storage warehouse. The number one duty of pickers is to retrieve the items on the invoice from the inventory, check that they are in good condition, wrap them securely, and pack them for shipping. You would also be updating the inventory to reflect items removed and weigh packages. Warehouse packing jobs do require physical strength and stamina to lift and pack heavy boxes and items.
2. Assembler/Assembly Line Worker
It’s always nice to have the opportunity to work indoors in the air conditioning - especially in the blistering hot summer months. An assembler is responsible for piecing together parts and following a set of instructions or schematics to achieve the goal. The assembler is also responsible for making sure that the correct quantities of components makes it to the final destination. Lastly they are responsible for checking completed items for quality, and managing parts inventory. There are various different types of assembler jobs but our team of dedicated recruiters can help you navigate that.
3. Warehouse Operator
Warehouse Operator jobs typically require you to be able to handle and balance many different tasks all at once. Some warehouse operator jobs are responsible for managing the supply chain process, handling vendor orders and interactions, enforcing safety regulations, and checking all packages for quality assurance. That can sound like a handful so typically individuals who are organized and have some experience are the best candidates. It should also be noted that it may be required to operate a forklift or other warehouse machinery. Regardless, warehouse operator jobs are excellent for summer temporary work!
4. Temporary Clerical Work
Typically temp clerical work can be perfect for the hot summer months, since it usually takes place indoors and in an office setting. Clerical work usually includes some combination of the following tasks:
Welders are responsible for fabricating and assembling metal structures/ equipment through the use of welders, cutters, shapers and measuring tools. Welding jobs can be a bit more complicated because experience and certification requirements vary between jobs, but our team of expert recruiters will work with you to identify your skill set.
Summit Staffing - Your Local Midwest Temp Agency
Looking for seasonal summer employment or a new career altogether? Let Summit Staffing, your local Midwest temp agency, match you with one of their promising clients in Illinois, Indiana or Wisconsin for a prosperous future! Summit Staffing specializes in the light industrial market, so whether you are looking for general labor, forklift, machine operating or more, we'll work one-on-one with our associates to make sure we have the right fit.
5 Commonly Asked Interview Questions for Temporary Positions
Temporary employment is the ideal way to find work for extra cash on the side, seasonal employment (especially during the summer and holidays), and for supplemental income between jobs. In fact, many companies use temporary work to explore the best talent so later they can fill full-time positions.
Regardless of your motivations for seeking temporary employment, hiring managers are looking to fill positions with individuals who are dependable and who possess the necessary skills to get their project(s) done. It’s important that you understand the industry that you are applying to and begin thinking about long-term goals related to it.
Here are a few commonly asked questions for temporary positions with reasoning behind them to help you craft original answers and land the job.
What is it about temporary work that interests you?
This question is designed to help hiring managers understand your motivations for seeking temporary employment: a very important detail in their eyes. You should use this opportunity to explain that you are looking for opportunities to prove yourself in order to land the job of your dreams. It’s okay to explain that you are treating it as a way of evaluating if the job/company is right for you. Employers typically like to hear that candidates are taking the opportunity seriously. This is also a chance to showcase that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to complete the job.
What are your long-term career goals?
Interviewing for temporary positions can be a bit trickier than applying for permanent positions. Decision-makers are looking for candidates on whom they can depend to complete the assigned job and not quit to pursue other long-term career goals. Any “long-term goal” questions should be approached with caution. It is ok to acknowledge that you do indeed have an ideal career path, but try to reiterate that the job has value for both yourself and them; after all, they're the ones looking for a worker. Do what you can to position yourself as a dependable person who is focused on helping them, rather than just gaining experience for your own sake.
Would you be interested in a permanent position if it became available?
Do keep an open mind when asked about potential direct-hire opportunities in the company. If you prefer to stick with temporary work, then focus on keeping your answer general and vague. Explain that you are open to any mutually beneficial possibilities in the future if the situation is right. This is another opportunity to reinforce that you have the skills and knowledge to get the job done and would prefer to focus on that.
Can you tell us about a time when you had to adjust to a new work environment?
Telling stories is one of the most powerful tools in your belt during the interview process. Everyone knows that starting a new position comes with a period of learning and adjustment. We can all but guarantee that you will encounter a question that will ask you to reflect on the past and how you adapted to something out of your control. Plan ahead for this question and focus on showing them that you are resourceful, flexible, and able to work with new people in new places.
What specific job skills do you have that will help with this position?
This may seem like a no-brainer but it is a very important piece when being considered for temporary work. Be sure to project confidence when answering this question. Make sure the decision maker knows your skill set and how you can effectively apply it to the position. Feel free to tell another brief story about your past experience and how it can help you. It’s best to keep your answers short and direct on this one.
Summit Staffing Can Help You Find Work
If you're looking for a temporary position or a career change and feel confident to interview in a certain industry, get in touch and submit your resume. Summit Staffing has worked with companies around the Midwest for over 30 years, placing the right candidates in the right positions. We'll help you hone your skill set and find ways to market them to businesses that would be the right fit for you. Get in touch today!
SUMMIT STAFFING, INC. WINS CLEARLYRATED’S 2020 BEST OF STAFFING CLIENT AWARD FOR SERVICE EXCELLENCE
Oak Brook, IL; February 7, 2020. Summit Staffing, Inc., a leading staffing agency announced today that they have won Best of Staffing Client Award for providing superior service to their clients. Presented in partnership with presenting sponsor, CareerBuilder, and gold sponsors Indeed and Glassdoor, ClearlyRated’s ClearlyRated's Best of Staffing® Award winners have proven to be industry leaders in service quality based entirely on ratings provided by their clients. On average, clients of winning agencies are 3.3 times more likely to be completely satisfied with the services provided compared to those working with non-winning agencies.
Summit Staffing, Inc. received satisfaction scores of 9 out of 10 from 73.7 of their clients, significantly higher than the industry’s average of 24%.
“I am so proud of our team for being awarded the Best of Staffing Client Award for the third year in a row! With the unemployment rate at a national low, and the labor market in the Midwest being so competitive, I am very aware of the amount of staffing resources our clients have. I am so appreciative of their loyalty and look forward to continued growth with our clients and partners in 2020.” Summit Staffing’s President and CEO, Fiorella Auriemma said.
“Now more than ever, it is important for staffing firms to deliver consistently remarkable experiences to the clients and talent they work with,” said ClearlyRated’s CEO Eric Gregg. “This year’s Best of Staffing winners have shown their commitment to exceptional service, committing to not only measuring satisfaction, but taking action on the feedback. I couldn't be more proud to showcase these industry leaders alongside feedback from their actual clients and candidates on ClearlyRated.com and applaud them for their commitment to making improvements at their respective firms!”
About Summit Staffing, Inc.
Summit Staffing was founded in 1986, and under Fiorella Auriemma’s leadership has grown from a single office to become one of the largest temporary staffing firms in the Midwest. Specializing in Light Industrial staffing, Summit operates a network of branch offices throughout Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, and has developed both a loyal client base and dedicated team of temporary associates that are the keys to our success.
Summit Staffing has the experience and expertise to develop a custom staffing solution to meet our clients’ needs, ranging from customers that require a single temporary associate, to managing a 24/7 onsite operation with over 1200 temporary employees. By combining old fashioned values and work ethic with state-of-the-art technology, Summit Staffing has become the supplier of choice for hundreds of companies, large and small, throughout the Midwest including many publicly traded and international corporations.
Rooted in satisfaction research for professional service firms, ClearlyRated utilizes a Net Promoter Score survey program to help professional service firms measure their service experience, build online reputation, and differentiate on service quality. Learn more at https://www.clearlyrated.com/solutions/.
About Best of Staffing
ClearlyRated's Best of Staffing® Award is the only award in the U.S. and Canada that recognizes staffing agencies that have proven superior service quality based entirely on ratings provided by their clients and job candidates. Award winners are showcased by city and area of expertise on ClearlyRated.com – an online business directory that helps buyers of professional services find service leaders and vet prospective firms – based exclusively on validated client and talent ratings and testimonials.
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10 Workplace Safety Statistics That May Surprise You
It's no secret that accidents happen. In fact, workplace accidents happen every 7 seconds in the US on average, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). Some industries, such as healthcare, construction, law enforcement, and maintenance naturally tend to have higher rates of workplace injury and illness. However, many, including the NSC, believe that the majority, if not all workplace accidents are preventable.
Raising awareness and adhering to safety standards as outlined by OSHA are the first steps to making sure you're safe at work. So without further ado, here are some of the most surprising workplace safety statistics.
2017/18 Workplace Injury Statistics
Although 2019 is already coming to a close, the most complete, up-to-date injury data involves the years 2017-2018.
2019 Top 5 Causes of Workplace Injuries (So Far)
Workplace injuries are mainly defined as an injury or illness that causes a worker to miss 5 or more days of work. In 2019, the top 5 workplace injuries were caused by:
According to most experts, most if not all workplace injuries are avoidable if you follow safety guidelines as outlined by OSHA and your employer. Cutting corners could land you in a hospital bed, so take the proper precautions, don't misuse tools/equipment, and ensure you immediately clean up spills and know proper ladder safety.
Hard Skills vs. Soft Skills: What's the Difference?
When you're looking for a job, it's important to showcase to employers both hard skills and soft skills, especially during job interviews. You've probably heard these terms tossed around at some point in your job search, but what are hard and soft skills? Well, to put it easily, hard skills are things that you learn through education or training, while soft skills are personality traits that you've developed through life experiences. Here we'll go a little bit more in-depth on how to portray all of your skills to prospective employers and give examples of each.
What are Hard Skills?
Hard skills are technical abilities that are learned through education or training such as software proficiency, machinery knowledge, etc. Every industry has a minimum requirement of hard skills to obtain a particular position, which are generally easy to show off on a resume. For example, if you want to be a graphic designer, you either already know, or at least need to learn how to proficiently navigate the Adobe creative suite. If you're a welder, you know how to safely handle a torch and properly utilize all of your safety gear. These types of skills should be explicitly written out on a resume and supported by official certifications, licenses, education and previous employment experiences. You can do a deeper dive into the context of your hard skills on your cover letter and discuss how these skills will help you in a new position during the job interview.
Some examples of commonly sought-after hard skills include, but are not limited to:
What are Soft Skills?
Soft skills are a bit harder to showcase since they generally aren't supported by certifications or licenses, but instead are exhibited by the ways in which you conduct yourself.
Some of the most common soft skills include, but are not limited to:
As you can see, these skills are much harder to teach in a classroom and generally don't have proficiency tests. Sure, there are some exceptions such as taking leadership training courses, but those types of sessions won't suddenly make you a good leader overnight. As they say, you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink. In the same way, these types of courses can give advice on how to think about problems differently, but can't provide the necessary environment for real-world experience.
How to Exhibit Soft Skills
It's not always easy to explain how you have a soft skill. You can't just point to your resume and say, "see? I have a certification in time management." Rather, you'll have to explain specific examples from your past employment or other life experiences.
While including some soft skills examples on your resume and cover letter is a great idea, the most opportune time to prove your soft skills is during the job interview. Don't just rely on your cover letter -- simple things such as arriving to the interview early, grooming and dressing well, maintaining eye contact and properly articulating your experiences and how they'll be an asset to the new position all show that you're punctual, responsible, motivated, confident and well-adjusted.
Whenever you're describing your experiences within your cover letter or in-person during an interview, be sure to provide very specific examples. After all, if you were hiring a new employee, would you hire the candidate that simply states, "I have leadership experience", or the one that says, "For 3 years I managed a team of 5 employees and together we created new revenue streams by doing xyz…"? Exactly.
Bring Your Skills to Summit
If you're looking for a temporary position or a career change and possess soft and hard skills for labor, get in touch and submit your resume. Summit Staffing has worked with companies around the Midwest for over 30 years, placing the right candidates in the right positions. We'll help you discover your soft skills and find ways to market them correctly to businesses that would be the right fit for you. Get in touch today!
Seasonal Work: Making the Most of Your Time
Seasonal employment is a great way to earn extra disposable income or to have steady income while you're between jobs. While a seasonal job is mostly seen as a short-term solution, you should approach it with the attitude that it could also help in the long-run. Here are some tips that will help you make the most of your time of seasonal or temporary employment!
Take Advantage of Training Programs
Not all temp jobs will offer training programs, but if they do, be sure to take advantage of them and retain everything you learn, even if the job doesn't last very long! It's an opportunity to learn new techniques, skills, and tools that you can put on your resume, which may help you land a position in the future either directly or indirectly. Showing this type of initiative, motivation and passion to grow both as a person and as an employee will show your higher-ups that you're serious about becoming a valuable asset. And when future employers see the level of dedication you brought to a temp position, they will see that you are a hard worker.
Build Your Resume
Most employers question long bouts of unemployment on a resume, so if you've been out of work and don't have foreseeable prospects, a temp job will keep you occupied until you find something more. It shows that you're hard-working, motivated and will do what it takes to support yourself both from a financial and professional standpoint. You may even discover that you love the work and want to stay at that job or industry! Treat new experiences like the opportunities for personal and professional growth that they are; take the opportunity to expand your horizons and learn some new skills.
Get Professional References
What may be more valuable than your wages are good relationships with your bosses and coworkers. Even if there's no opportunity for the position to be temp-to-hire, it's still a good idea to work as hard as possible, gain favor with other staff and then ask for a professional letter of recommendation. If you can wow them and achieve all that within your few short weeks, months, etc. at a temp job, then future potential full-time employers will see that dedication and know how capable you at tackling new challenges and can quickly adapt to overcome obstacles. And if there are any doubts about your capabilities, they don't have to just take your word for it -- a favorable reference from your boss will go a long way in convincing future employers to hire you.
Apply to be Full-Time
Even if there are no prospects of becoming a full-time employee when you start working as a temp, doing a good enough job and wowing your superiors may open some new doors for you. Employers never want to let a well-liked and productive employee go, so there's no harm in making that decision hard for them -- especially if it's a job you enjoy and in which you feel fulfilled. Before the contracted work period is up, be sure to tell your boss point-blank that you really enjoyed working with them and that you'd love to come back as a full-timer if they'd have you. Sometimes all it takes is genuine interest in the job and hard work to convince them to make the hire. Be sure to submit your resume to open positions within the organization. After all, depending on the position and industry, it's probably easier to hire you (an experienced worker at the company) than it is to find yet another temporary employee.
Summit Staffing has worked with job candidates and companies throughout the Midwest for over 30 years, helping to place the right people in the right jobs. If you're interested in making a career change or just need some extra income via seasonal jobs, get in touch today!
How to Create a Desirable and Productive Work Environment
There's no question that happy employees = improved productivity. This is shown consistently, especially by the growth and success of tech companies who have revolutionized the idea of the typical work environment -- from Google's employee concierge services to Facebook's all-encompassing benefits packages and free meals. Companies are striving to blur the lines between home life and work life in order to make their employees feel more relaxed, and by proxy, productive. But while your business might not have the resources or desire to provide craft beer on tap in the break room or organize free concerts, there are some very simple ways to improve employee morale and establish a positive work environment. Here are just a few:
Create Trust Between Employees
When employees trust each other, they feel comfortable with expressing concerns to work through them, working together and striving toward the same goal. Being able to approach a boss or coworker with an issue and talking it out, learning from the experience, and improving your skill set without fear of serious repercussions is invaluable to the productivity of a business.
However, some workplaces take the opposite philosophy: encourage competition amongst the staff. The theory is that if each employee sees one another as a competitor, they are driven to be better; and when everyone does this, productivity increases. But this old-school management method just doesn't cut it anymore, especially if you value long-term employees. Management often strives to create competition through negativity, which in turn results in bad blood within teams. Hypothetically, each employee will strive to be better to get ahead of their peers, but instead, employees often drag each other down to "be ahead" -- backstabbing, sabotage, mistrust and lack of communication are all common results of this management style. When everyone feels they're alone in their mission to be a valuable employee, team cohesion and cooperation dissipate, which is NEVER good for productivity in the long run.
Keep it Lighthearted, But Professional
Employees are with their coworkers for 8 or more hours per day. It only comes natural that friendships will form and this should be encouraged! Fostering a happy, friendly environment and encouraging healthy communication is a good thing for employee morale and therefore productivity. But like everything, there needs to be a balance. While you don't want every moment of the workday to turn into a kaffeeklatsch (you've got a business to run, after all!) you also shouldn't discourage friendships or quash social engagements that your employees plan.
Plus, a sense of "we-ness" is good for mental health:
"In a meta-analysis covering 58 studies and more than 19,000 people, researchers discovered a positive relationship between organizational identification and health, regardless of the type of job you have. Meaning? Your relationship with your workplace affects your health." (source)
Maintain Unique Look and Feel
Sometimes a bland environment = a bland attitude. If you want employees to be active, engaged, and productive, then their environment should reflect it. Many organizations tend to interchange "cohesion" with "blandness", keeping decorations to a minimum and enforcing blank, white walls with fluorescent lighting and limited room for personal creativity at employees' desks. No staff member wants to come to work every day feeling like they're entering a hospital (unless, of course, they work in a hospital). Instead, decorate the office space with branded materials. Paint a giant mural of your logo on the wall, decorate the space with local art, and let employees make their workspace their own. People will feel more comfortable and less monotonous.
Plan Optional Social Outings
Social outings are always a great idea for team cohesion whether it's a company softball league, periodic happy hours after work, holiday and birthday parties, or any other creative way you can encourage a social environment. It will increase overall happiness, relieve stress, and increase engagement and company loyalty. But not everybody is able or willing to participate in social engagements outside of the workplace, so make them TRULY optional -- don't hold it against your staff if they don't want to join in and they should not feel obligated to do so.
5 Summer Temp Jobs That Could Be A Perfect Fit For You
Whether you're a college kid looking to earn some cash over the summer or you already have a career but work seasonally, summer temp work is the perfect option for you. There are no long-term commitments, you're learning valuable skills both for your future career and in life, and to top it off, you're being paid. Here are a few ideas to make your summer professionally productive, lucrative and physically active!
1. Shipping and Receiving Clerk
Median salary: $33,000
A Shipping and Receiving Clerk will generally work in a warehouse environment, keeping accurate records on inventory levels and handle all aspects of shipping & receiving at the facility. They print packaging labels, pack items into boxes, inspect merchandise for damage, and distribute it accordingly. Most shipping & receiving clerks work with tools and may be trained on forklifts or other applicable warehouse machinery.
2. Construction Worker
Average salary: $36,550
If you love being outdoors and staying physically active, temping as a construction worker is right for you. Duties vary greatly depending on the company and their project(s), but you probably already know the drill: ability to lift, walk, carry, and basic knowledge of tools are all essential expectations. For larger or more complex projects, the company may need someone with specific certifications. They may even decide to train their temps on how to use heavy machinery, but generally speaking, if you are only working there seasonally, you'll be delegated to other duties. Regardless, if you want to make money while burning calories and working on a summer tan, construction is your calling.
3. Warehouse Packer
Average salary: $28,600
Warehouse packers, also referred to as pickers, prepare all packages to be shipped from the warehouse. Typically, the packer will retrieve the necessary items, ensure they are in satisfactory condition, then pack them up and update inventory. Physical strength is a must-have for this type of work, since it usually involves a lot of heavy lifting and machinery use.
4. Inventory Control Associate
Average salary: $35,330 or $13.77/hr
Inventory Control Associates usually work in retail stores or warehouses and are in charge of auditing inventory to ensure the product(s) are reaching their destination, that everything is properly and sufficiently stocked, and that all records are accurate and filed correctly. Employers usually need someone with basic math skills and that is able to work with computers, and has high attention to detail -- accuracy matters in supply chains!
Average salary: $38,150
Welding is a bit of a different beast when it comes to temp work because experience and certification requirements vary company-by-company and project-by-project. Some companies might offer on-the-job training for candidates with no experience, while others may require a welding apprenticeship completion. Either way, you'll need good hand-eye coordination and dexterity as well as up-to-date knowledge on the latest technology and techniques.
Summit Staffing has the experience and expertise to develop a custom staffing solution to meet our clients’ needs, ranging from customers that require a single temporary associate, to managing a 24/7 onsite operation with over 1200 temporary employees. View our current job openings now or contact us directly with any questions.