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The Disadvantages of Collecting Unemployment Benefits

Collecting unemployment is often necessary for some to get by financially – at least for a short period of time. With the recent pandemic, our nation has been fortunate enough to provide many workers who lost their jobs with some financial assistance. However, the benefits of unemployment compared to the benefits of full-time employment are meager. When you consider the opportunities and advantages of working versus collecting unemployment, the decision becomes quite obvious. Learn more about how the unemployment system works and why you might want to consider getting back to the grind. 

The Opportunity Cost

Collecting unemployment benefits for an extended period results in the opportunity cost of not being able to grow within an organization. While you remain on unemployment, other job seekers are taking jobs, learning new skills, growing their network, and getting promoted. You also miss out on the opportunity to establish yourself as a serious employee and gain the experience you need to be successful in your career.  

Willingness to Hire Now

Most businesses are finding it difficult to recruit possible candidates for their open positions, making them more willing to hire inexperienced applicants. Because of the lack of employment candidates available, hiring authorities are now more likely to hire and train even with minimal or no prior experience. Unfortunately, unemployment resources are temporary and your benefits will run out. Why wait until then to find employment when there are so many opportunities now? And there are no guarantees that will work will be available when you need it. 

Time and Effort

Obtaining unemployment benefits doesn’t necessarily come easily and requires a bit of leg-work to maintain. Beneficiaries of unemployment payments must actively be looking for work. To do this, they’ll prepare and submit several job applications each week, which takes a considerable amount of time to complete. Also, keep in mind that unemployment beneficiaries have to accept the first job prospect that presents itself, even if the job is not desirable. This also means that the ability to look for more lucrative work is less probable. 

Costly Tax Mistakes

With most jobs, employees don’t have to worry about taxes being withheld because their employer handles this for them. Unemployment payments are considered fully taxable income. However, federal tax laws do not require state unemployment agencies to withhold taxes from your unemployment check. It is your responsibility to ensure that your taxes are properly paid from your unemployment check. Failure to do so will likely result in a large tax bill, and without consistent pay, this could be impossible to pay. 

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Top staffing agencies in Reno, NV put local people to work. We offer jobs from entry-level warehouse associates to experienced bookkeepers and accounting specialists. We place our candidates at the best jobs and treat them fairly, each and every time. Connect with us today for a new job opportunity!


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Unemployment Coming to an End? A Staffing Agency Can Help | Finding a Job During COVID-19

The recent pandemic has left millions out of work and the unemployment rate has skyrocketed as a result. While there were additional funds granted to help aid the surge in unemployment, those funds are starting to dwindle. With unemployment coming to an end, people everywhere are starting to get back to work, but they’re having to find new jobs due to business closures and cut-backs. Fortunately, a great Reno staffing agency, such as The Applied Companies, can help. We’ll make finding a job during COVID-19 the least of your worries. 

See how we can help you land the job you want by offering help with resume writing, interviews, skills testing, and more. 

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Resume Writing

Landing the perfect job takes a bit of preparation. Your resume presents potential employers with their first impression of you, so it’s crucial that it adequately reflects your skills and knowledge related to the position you’re applying for. Some resumes lack the information hiring executives are looking for, which means they’ll likely move on to the next candidate rather than give you a chance in an interview. Resumes should be kept short and concise to show the employer why you would be an asset to their company.

We’ll help job seekers write their resume to be tailored to the job position they’re applying for. By helping candidates highlight the assets and skills they have that are relevant to the position available, they have a greater chance of being considered for employment.


Interviewing is another critical step in the hiring process that needs to be mastered to get the job. This is where the employer gets a better understanding of who you are and what you can or cannot do for the company. It’s important to display your understanding of the industry and to present your most professional self to the interviewer. 

The Applied Companies can help job seekers develop the confidence they need to navigate their way through the interview process. From learning how to act professionally to developing key communication skills, you’ll learn how to impress future employers and hopefully sell yourself as the best candidate for the job. 

Skills Testing 

Industry testing is one of the most beneficial services we provide job seekers as it helps determine a candidate’s skills. This will help the staffing agent identify your specific abilities and lead you to the job best suited for you. We can also give you suggestions and provide feedback for the areas that need improvement.  


Working with The Applied Companies to find a job during COVID-19 has many advantages, including the benefits that are available to some employees. TAC works with companies that provide benefits such as healthcare and retirement to employees. With the current pandemic and limited job opportunities, this is major for any job seeker. 

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Let a staffing partner help you find your ideal job today, by making the hiring process quicker, more targeted, and more convenient. The Applied Companies is here to help! Learn how we can help you prepare for the job you’ve been waiting for. 

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Selecting the Right Employee for Conference Attendance

Conference attendee selection might be agonizing at your organization because 1) everyone wants to go, or; 2) it’s just the opposite and you resort to drawing straws and the short one is sent off. Budgets are tight, you’ve set goals as to what you want to accomplish and you want the most out of your resources — financial and human. What do you do? Work backwards. The secret is to have enough managerial insight to envision that ideal attendee’s behavior pre-, during and post-conference. When deciding who to represent your organization for conference attendance, select someone who just gets giddy over the end result that you want and the expectations set forth. Here’s how to picture them:

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Local Reno Company & Kawasaki Motors Corp Have Something in Common – Strength in Numbers

“Kawasaki Strong” was the theme for the National Dealer Business meeting in San Diego, September 5th-7th, 2013.  The Applied Companies in Reno Nevada participated in the meeting with Kawasaki Motors Corp through their division called Kawasaki Dealer’s Benefits Company, or KDBC. KDBC is headquartered in Reno, Nevada and has a strategic business alliance with Kawasaki Motors Corp. With more than twenty years’ experience in insurance and professional employer services, KDBC offers an exclusive program to Kawasaki dealers around the country that helps small business owners save time, lower risk and increase the value of their organization.

Kawasaki has a strong legacy and heritage that no other Japanese OEM can even come close to matching. Bullet trains, cargo ships, subway cars, jets, robotics and a dynamic Powersports line-up just to mention a few.  They have strength in numbers, strength in innovative engineers, designer, factory team members, support team members and strong strategic business alliances with companies like KDBC.

Jim Annis, CEO of KDBC said, “Our clients sell “FUN”, and we handle the non-productive administrative functions that not only gives them more time but also protects their business interests.  We rolled out the KDBC program less than two years ago and we already have a presence in twenty five states.” “The response to the program has been phenomenal and we expect huge growth for the remainder of this year and through 2014,” says Annis.

About KDBC

Kawasaki Dealer’s Benefits Company is an expert in insurance and professional employer services and offers an exclusive dealer program to save Kawasaki Dealers both time and money. They provide complete garage insurance protection, worker’s compensation coverage, employee benefits package, human resource management and payroll administration. They operate in all fifty states and headquarter in Reno Nevada. More information can be found on the Internet at,

About Kawasaki Motors Corp

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. markets and distributes Kawasaki motorcycles, ATVs, Side x Sides, and personal watercraft through a network of more than 1,200 independent retailers, with an additional 7,400 retailers specializing in Kawasaki power products and general purpose engines. KMC and its affiliates employ nearly 3,100 people in the United States, with 300 of them located at KMC’s Irvine, California headquarters.

Kawasaki’s tagline, “Let the good times roll.“, is recognized worldwide. For five decades, the Kawasaki brand has become synonymous with powerful, stylish and category-leading vehicles. Information about Kawasaki’s complete line of powersports products and Kawasaki affiliates can be found on the Internet at


Cindy Welch, Sales
Kawasaki Dealer’s Benefits Company

Hot August Nights Employee Day

It’s that time of year again when nostalgia is king, chrome rules and hot cars are rumbling in the streets. Hot August Nights is THE classic car event hosting tens of thousands of visitors in northern Nevada. With all the excitement and interest generated and so many of our residents volunteering during the event, what a great opportunity to host a HAN Employee Day.

Pick a day during the week – Friday’s are always good – and welcome your staff to dress like its 1972 or older (the HAN car registration criteria). 1950’s attire is always popular. If anyone in the company has a classic car not registered in HAN, invite them to park in the company’s parking area in front of your building for a mini show and shine. Bring in burgers, fries and Coca-Cola for lunch, turn on some rock and roll and let your employees know how much you appreciate how they “show and shine” for the business.


If you need a tip on where to find men and women’s vintage fashions, try the locally owned Junkee Clothing Exchange. Owners Jessica and Troy Schneider have been in business five years as of May 2013. The recycled clothing and affordable antiques cover all types of costumes and centuries with a large focus on the 1920’s – 1990’s. Plan on spending lots of time going through the treasures located at 960 S. Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada, (775) 322-5865.

A Hot August Nights Employee Day is just one more way to make your establishment a great place to work by providing an opportunity for employees to relax and enjoy each other’s company.  

Written by Susan Fix, The Applied Companies Community Liaison Partner. Fix has worked 16 years in staffing services performing outside sales, recruiting, permanent and temporary placement coordination, career counseling, customer service and social media/business.

Invitation to Affordable Care Act Informational Meetings

Whether you call it the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, PPACA, Health Insurance Reform, Health Care Reform, the federal health care law, or Obamacare (some Americans view this moniker as politically incorrect) you can’t live in America and avoid it any longer.

On January 1, 2014 ALL individuals, employed or not, must make a health insurance decision. The ramifications are significant. We encourage Nevadan’s to face this monumental change with their eyes wide open and avoid rumors. We’ve heard people say such things as, “I’m going to the State Exchange to get free health insurance” and “Bah! The government can’t enforce any health care rulings.”  Nothing could be farther from the truth.

In an effort to help employers become educated, The Applied Companies is holding ACA informational meetings during 2013. Our business is employment. It is imperative that we be on the cutting edge of this monumental change in how Nevada does business and we want to share our expertise with you.

Please click here to see our current meeting dates and location. What you do in 2013 impacts 2014. Join us – why face the ACA alone?

Written by Susan Fix, The Applied Companies Community Liaison Partner. Fix has worked 16 years in staffing services performing outside sales, recruiting, permanent and temporary placement coordination, career counseling, customer service and social media/business.