Why Does The Hiring Process Take So Long?

Why Does The Hiring Process Take So Long?Often it can seem like forever between applying for a job and being contacted by the prospective employer. Then, right when you’ve given up hope and assumed that the company is not interested, you get the call for an interview. With spirits lifted, you wait for the follow-up call. And wait, and wait, and WAIT.

So why does the hiring process take so long?

Unfortunately, a long waiting period after applying for a job is very common. In today’s job market, the hiring process can involve many steps. The company may have a lot of applicants and are spending time looking over resumes, calling and reviewing. Often approval is needed from multiple managers. Perhaps they have pursued one candidate, but now need to go back and interview others because the original candidate is no longer available or interested.

Another major stumbling block can be internal juggling of interview times and busy manager/interviewer schedules. Of course, reasons for delays can be different from company to company, but the unfortunate fact of the matter is that hiring today is an often complicated process that takes longer than we’d like it to. The larger the company, the more likely the process will take a long time.

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How to work with a full-service staffing agency

If you’re a small business owner, you know how difficult it can be to find the right employees. Whether you have a short-term position to fill or are looking for full-time additional staff, a staffing agency can be a tremendous help when it comes to selecting qualified temporary, part-time, and full-time employees.

If you’re unfamiliar with how a full-service staffing agency works, a company such as Appleseed finds, screens, and qualifies appropriate employees to fill open positions, whether they’re temporary seasonal jobs, vacancies caused by employee vacations, or even trial positions created to explore new opportunities or capabilities for your company.

There are a number of benefits that come with using temporary staffing, including the ability to quickly scale your workforce based on seasonal needs, sales or production cycles, and current industry or market conditions, depending on your type of business. Temporary staff often requires little or no training because the agency has already properly qualified them for their positions.

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Tips to Improve Your Communication Skills

Tips to Improve Your Communication SkillsMany workplaces seem to speak their own language. Often this is because of the particular industry, technology, or niche in which they operate. Specific terms, abbreviations, and other language peculiarities can make it difficult to understand and be understood. And if verbal or written communication is not a strong suite of yours to begin with, that can compound the problem.

If you’re concerned about your ability to communicate effectively as a temporary employee, here are some tips to help you hone your communication skills:

  1. Always be clear and direct

If you’re sharing information with a fellow worker or a boss, be sure to use language that is specific and clear – whether it’s written or spoken. If you’re not sure of the correct workplace or industry term, don’t try to use it. Use language with meanings that are clear to you – this will help you be clear with others. Leave the industry jargon to those who know for certain how to use it correctly.

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Summertime’s a great time to hire temporary workers

With summer finally in full swing, now’s the time when many employees think about taking some time off for vacations and summer fun. As an employer, are you prepared?

Summertime can often bring challenges for many companies struggling to fill staffing gaps caused by vacations and to meet increased seasonal demands as business heats up with the weather.

Working with a recruiter such as Appleseed is a great way to take care of what could be a messy situation. Given the current national employment situation, summertime help doesn’t necessarily mean being limited to just high school and college students looking to fill a couple of summer months. There are any number of qualified and motivated potential employees out there available now,  into the fall and beyond.

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Seasonal summer work provides employment, extra cash

Summer is here. For college and high school students and teachers, it’s a great time to get a summer job that can put some extra cash in your pocket and even help you discover new interests and opportunities through summer and part-time employment.

Business are hiring. Last year more than 6,000 jobs were created in Central Mass, according to the executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. This offers those looking for summer jobs, part-time employment, and temporary work more flexibility and options.

At Appleseed we work with students, teachers, families with children needing more flexibility, and retired folks wanting to work with flexibility. . We have employers who need additional seasonal help for busy summer hours as well as temporary full-time and part-time employees to fill in the gaps caused by vacation time.

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Appleseed Personnel helping you stand out above the rest

Standing out above the competition in today’s job market is critical. Our job here at Appleseed Personnel is to help you find a great job. We know what businesses are looking for and what works in a competitive job market.  Appleseed has over 32 years of experience matching the right people with the right jobs, and we are good at what we do.

So here are a few pointers to help you in your job search.

You are your own sales tool…
Make sure you represent yourself with a good resume.  Typos stand out in a resume, don’t have any. Keep your cover letter short and to the point.  You have one chance at getting the hiring manager to want to look at your resume, use it wisely.

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Now’s a great time to look for a job – and we’re here to help!

The winter is over, spring is here, and the employment market is opening up. Here at Appleseed Personnel, we’re beginning to see lots of activity in the job market, so if you’re looking for work – full-time or temporary – we can help you.

Don’t think you have the right skills? Don’t worry!

In most cases, we can match your skill set to a position for which you’re already qualified, or can acquire the skills with a little training. We’re experts at helping our applicants position themselves to find employment – from brushing up resumes, to tips on dressing, interviewing, filling out applications, and following up.

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Spring News

Happy Spring!  Yes, the temperatures have been colder than many of our winter days, but we are getting there.

It is a great time to be looking for employment and Appleseed is a great place to begin your search.  We have been placing qualified candidates with local businesses for 32 years.  We are committed to assisting both clients and applicants find the best solution to their staffing needs.  Call us to discuss how Appleseed may be the best fit for you!  Below are some tips to help you be a rock star on your first day of a new assignment with Appleseed…

Know where you are going.  You will be filled with nervous excitement on your first day, taking a wrong turn or not giving yourself enough time to get to the location is not the way you want to start.  If possible, take a drive the day before so you are sure to start your new assignment on the right track.

Introduce yourself with a smile as soon as you enter.  No one can resist a happy face!

We will do our best to give you all the details of your new assignment.  Take it a step further if possible and google the company where you will be working.  The more you know about where you will be working, the better.

Appleseed will make you aware of the dress code for each assignment, the rest is up to you.  Use good judgement in how you present yourself.  No offensive markings or writing on your shirt, we assure you, our clients won’t be amused.  Keep cologne to a minimum.  You never know if the person standing or sitting next to you is sensitive to smells.  We want you to smell good, just not that good.

Pay attention to the clocking or signing in procedure.  Tracking your time is how you get paid without complications.  Nobody wants to have pay day go wrong!  All time cards are due in our office by 10:00 on Monday morning.

If you aren’t sure, ask.  Don’t assume you will know everything on your first day, we don’t expect you to.  Listen to direction, do your best, but always ask if you are not sure.  Questions are far better than mistakes.

The staff is here to help make your new job a success.  Feel free to contact the office if you have questions or problems.  We love your success and work hard to make sure you get it.


Now that you have the tools for first day job success, come see us and let’s get started on getting you a first day!!

Happy Easter from the staff at Appleseed Personnel.



November 23, 2015


Welcome to the newsletter section of our website.  We are excited to share all kinds of things with you.   Every month you will find helpful information regarding job searches, resumes writing, interview techniques, and more.  I will be adding a section each month that I am calling “Mae’s Mind”.  I am going to share with you, all kinds of things!  This month we will start with a Thanksgiving Day quiz.  See how fun this is going to be?


  • When was the first Macy’s Day Parade?
  • What is the top turkey producing state?
  • How long did the first Thanksgiving celebration last?
  • How many feathers does a mature turkey have?
  • What year did congress pass a law to celebrate Thanksgiving on the 4th Thursday of November?


The staff at Appleseed Personnel wishes each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving.


If you or someone you know has banquet or wait staff experience, we will have several upcoming events during the holiday season.  Great for college kids home for break!  Contact the office for more details.


We are looking for someone with deli experience for a one month (December) assignment.


Our best advertising always comes from our many happy employees.  If you have had a good experience with Appleseed, please tell us (and everyone else) about it on our Facebook page.  Helping people find employment has been what we do and love for 32 years.  Thank you for being a part of it.

Hiring is on the rise, are you ready?  Your resume is an important job search tool.  Make sure you double check for spelling errors!  That document represents you before you get the chance to meet with an employer, it needs to do a good job.

If you are in need of a resume review, call the office, we can help.


Mae’s Mind…


Giving back is a term that has gained popularity in the last few years.  I am so glad it has, but often wonder if people really understand how easy it is to do.  It is my firm belief that what you give to the world is what you get from the world, and strive to live my life accordingly.  Sometimes that means I have money to share with someone who has none.  Sometimes that means I take time out of my schedule to be helpful to someone in need.  Sometimes, it simply means I smile and say hello to a stranger.  It isn’t what or how much you give, it is that you GIVE.

It’s easy to get caught up in our own lives and our own struggles.  Try smiling and dropping some change in the red buckets that line the malls and plazas this time of year.  Smile at someone.  You will feel good, I promise!  Simple, kind deeds and actions make a difference, be a part of the difference.


 Answers: 1) 1924 2) Minnesota 3) Three days 4) 3,500 5) 1941