Job Search Insights

Cracking Open the Elevator Pitch

How many times have you walked away from a conversation and wish you had taken the opportunity during the interaction to expand your professional network? These opportunities happen often in corporate settings or even just during a trip to the grocery store -- they can all be perfect situations to use the famed elevator pitch.

Recruiting September 26, 2017

Meet the Recruiter: Brenda Penney

Meet Brenda Penney … a recruiter for Messina Group, a people person at heart, with a sense of humor that brings levity to any tough situation. She has a fresh approach and insight from a career spent in customer facing roles. At Messina Group, Brenda specializes in understanding and meeting the needs of the Architecture, Design and Engineering clients and candidates in the Chicagoland area. What passions get and keep you going? I graduated from the University of Illinois with a BS in Fine Arts and Graphic Design and have spent my life enjoying the arts. Specifically, I like to paint, draw and do ceramics. I’m inspired by nature and time spent with my 8-year-old daughter. In addition to my background in design, I have always had a good aptitude for mechanical things, which has provided a great base in my understanding the architectural and engineering worlds. Along with enjoying architecture and art, I have a keen interest in the subject of Chicago Architecture. I’m enthused by the original Chicago skyscrapers. And by the way, The Rookery is hands down my favorite Chicago building.

September 13, 2017

Just Hired: Lab Temps Placements

Job Title: Chemist Candidate Profile: Scientist with over nine years of experience in industrial/environmental research and quality assurance as a chemical analyst Client: Recognized International Industry Leader in Confections Position Type: Short-term contract Location: Chicago, IL 

Recruiting, Job Fairs September 06, 2017

Job Fair Tips: How to Get Noticed and Remembered

With your future just around the corner, putting your best foot forward with recruiters at your next job fair is imperative. Job fairs can be stressful as you stand in endless lines among your competition, waiting to make a lasting impression on a recruiter. Whether you think you’re almost ready to tackle this next event or you’re finding  yourself questioning even the basics of the business world, we’ve got you covered with this quick guide to nailing your next job fair.  

Architecture August 15, 2017

Just Hired: Architecture Temps Placements

Job Title: Revit Architect Candidate Profile: Architect with experience in residential design and skillsets in Rhino, Sketchup, Revit, AutoCad, Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Grasshopper  Client: Influential International Architecture Firm  Position Type: Long-term contract Location: Chicago, IL 

BECO February 23, 2017

Just hired: BECO Engineering Placements

Messina Group's BECO division has over 50 years of experience sourcing and placing talented professionals within the engineering and manufacturing industries. The temporary, contract-to-hire and direct hire professionals we place apply innovative technologies and process improvements to each project they're working on. As a result, they provide end-to-end engineering solutions on time and on budget – from analytical design, verification and validation to product engineering and development. Below is a sample of recent positions we’ve successfully filled for some of our top clients in 2017.

Messina Group, Financial Temps February 20, 2017

Working with Messina Group: Bill S.

Have you ever considered working with a staffing agency before? Have you ever worked with a staffing agency but had a negative experience? Here at Messina Group Staffing, we understand that successful placement is a two-way street, and strive to prioritize the needs of our employees above all else. To show you what it's really like to work with our organization, here's a glimpse into one of our employee success stories featuring Bill S. Bill is a former client of Messina Group, who turned to us after deciding it was time to find a better opportunity for himself.

Financial Temps, meet the recruiter February 14, 2017

Meet the Recruiter: Tracy Vistine

Tracy Vistine brings more than 10 years of experience in financial staffing to her role as the director of recruiting for Messina Group. Tracy joined Messina in 2005, and under her recruiting direction, Messina’s Financial Temps division has consistently provided clients with top-tier financial and accounting talent for their staffing and consulting needs. Here's her story. 

2017 HYBRID Jobs in Finance & IT

With the rebounding economy and the changing landscape, organizations continue to grow -- so does the need for additional finance talent. While there remains an increased demand for the core finance and accounting skills, LinkedIn reveals data that shows how technology is altering the face of hiring in the financial industry. Why is technology causing such a shift in the finance industry? The finance industry continues to see explosive growth of financial technology -- not surprisingly, it's creating a need for hybrid employees.

Interview Tips, Job Search February 01, 2017

You've Got This: How to Ace Your Next Interview

Interviewing for a job can definitely be a nerve-wracking experience. However, candidates have a lot more control over the process than they think. As with many things in life, preparation is the key to success when it comes to interviewing. Here are a few tips for setting yourself up for success in your next big interview:

Messina Group, BECO January 11, 2017

Working With Messina Group Staffing

Have you ever considered working with a staffing agency before? Have you ever worked with a staffing agency but had a negative experience? Here at Messina Staffing, we understand that successful placement is a two-way street, and strive to prioritize the needs of our employees above all else. In order to show you what it's really like to work with our organization, here's a glimpse into one of our employee success stories featuring Greg H. - a seasoned Manufacturing professional who was open to working with Messina's BECO division to find a better situation for himself. 

social media January 09, 2017

Make social media an asset, not a liability

For job seekers, social media is a powerful tool for reaching a huge audience. But it’s a tool that comes with a big, bold warning label. Hiring managers and HR departments today are very social media-savvy. Looking at a candidate's Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn profiles is a regular part of the screening process, so it’s imperative that applicants understand how to use social media channels properly and responsibly.

Messina Group, LabTemps December 16, 2016

What's it really like to work with Messina Group?

Have you ever considered working with a staffing agency before? Have you ever worked with a staffing agency but had a negative experience? Here at Messina Group, we understand that successful placement is a two-way street, and strive to prioritize the needs of our employees above all else. In order to show you what it's really like to work with our organization, here's a glimpse into one of our employee success stories featuring Jasmin D. - a first-time mom looking to re-enter the workforce after taking some time off. 

salary negotiation November 21, 2016

6 Tips for Effective Salary Negotiation

There is truth in the old adage: if you want something in life, you have to ask for it, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the same applies to salary negotiations.

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