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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. 

Let The Applied Companies Help You Find Your Job Match 

Top staffing agencies in Reno, NV put local people to work. The Applied Companies offers 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

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 cutbacks. 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 premier Reno staffing agency 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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Improve Productivity by Cleaning Your Workspace

improve productivity by cleaning your workspaceSpring cleaning isn’t just something you do at home.  It’s also a great idea at work.  Investing the time to keep your workspace clean goes a long way! An organized workspace helps you get organized, creates a safe work environment and increases productivity.

Maintaining a clean workspace on the job might seem like a large endeavor, but with regular attention, it doesn’t have to be. How can you invest your time to create an organized, efficient workspace around you?

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Applied Staffing Solutions JOB FAIR

After questioning thousands of employers, a national survey’s results disclosed the number two avenue for job seekers to find employment was through a staffing agency. Number one? A referral from a current employee.

Applied Staffing Solutions, the largest locally owned staffing agency in northern Nevada, is holding an offsite Job Fair in Stead at Sierra Nevada Job Corps Center (5560 Cocoa Avenue, Reno, Nevada) Wednesday, November 6, 2013 – 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Follow the signs to the Rec Building next to the softball field.

Some of the 140 direct hire, seasonal, temporary and temporary-to-hire positions are the only way for job seekers to showcase their skills and “get a foot in the door” at great northern Nevada companies.

Most job posting details are on our website ( Jobs include, but are not limited to:

Direct Hire: Director of Sourcing, R & D Supervisor, Sales Account Managers, Sales Support Representatives, Marketing Representative, Estimator, Assistant Controller.

Long Term, Seasonal, Temporary & Temporary-to-Hire: Appointment Takers, Staff Accountant, Weekend Merchandisers (Heavy Lifting), CNC Machinists, Truck Loaders, Lead Electrical Assembler, Field Service Technician, Shop Painter, Seamstresses, Shipping with UPS/FedEx, Warehouse Lead, Bilingual Receiver, Quality Control,  Warehouse/Appliance Installer, Furniture Upholstery Industrial Sewing, MANY Picking/Packing and Warehouse positions.

Light industrial and warehouse positions require a minimum age of 18. Candidates are encouraged to bring a résumé.

We appreciate you posting this at your facility or passing it forward to job seekers.  Thank you for working together to help put northern Nevada to work.

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.

Job Fair! Saturday, October 13, 2012

Need work? Applied Staffing Solutions has jobs, temporary and temporary-to-hire. We are holding a Job Fair on Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Details and job descriptions are available on our website  

We are searching for people who want to be employed. To compound the quest for great employees, it’s that time of year where the warehouse/distribution industry’s need for workers escalates. Holiday products have hit the stores!

As indicated in Jim Annis’ RGJ article posted September 26th (The Qualified Candidate Pool is Shrinking) “we have more job orders now than in the last six years. Temporary orders are up 30 percent in 2012, which is an indicator of recovery.” In addition, more clients are recognizing the value of buying local and working with locally owned companies like Applied Staffing Solutions.

We are seeing an abundance of articles pointing to temporary workers as the wave of future employment. It offers employers a flexible workforce and employees a chance to get a foot in the door to companies where their skills and talents glow. Temporary work is networking. We’ve seen it countless times where temporary employees shine like a star and the company moves heaven and earth to hire them. Or we have those rock star employees that keep getting assignments at different companies and then Bam! they’re hired.

While we don’t employ everyone who walks through our doors, a concerted effort is made to keep qualified job seekers on our radar. When a client calls with a position that matches our candidate’s skills and personality, it’s all hands on deck to make a match. We make a difference in people’s lives. Spread the news and help put Nevadans to work.

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.

Are the Talent Wars Heating Up in Nevada?

According to the American Staffing Association temporary and contract employment has grown 18.3% since the beginning of 2012. As reported in an earlier blog, 2012 was declared the Year of the Temporary. Research confirms that the staffing industry is an economic and leading indicator of employment. Can we see the beginnings of a battle for talent?

We’ve heard descriptions of “Talent Wars” returning in most industries -primarily in social media, medicine and technology. The Silicon Valley conveys accounts of extremely competitive and aggressive recruiting tactics used to steal skilled and quality workers. Here in northern Nevada we are seeing skilled and talented job seekers looking at more job openings and accepting jobs faster.

With hiring on the rise, employers are utilizing staffing services to aid them in sifting through hundreds of resumes, interviewing, and testing candidates to narrow the field down to the best of the best talent. More candidates are applying for positions in their chosen field versus over-qualified candidates applying for any position they can get to keep the wolf at bay. The luxury days of employers seeing a wide variety of high-end superior candidates knocking at their door is going by the wayside.

Yes, the talent wars are heating up and here are a few tips for employers to prepare for the campaign:

Schedule interviews as quickly as possible and avoid a too lengthy decision-making process. Right now, two to three weeks is too long. The quality candidates you see today might be receiving an offer from your competitor tomorrow.

Prepare your talent management strategy to include sophisticated recruiting techniques, well-developed and in-depth employee orientations and superb retention plans.

Be a splendid example of employee and business best practices. Attract talent rather than repel by being known for taking care of your employees and publicly recognizing them, competitive compensation, excellent leadership and offering development/training opportunities.

Written by Susan Fix, The Applied Companies Community Liaison Partner. Fix has worked 15 years in staffing services performing outside sales, recruiting, permanent and temporary placement coordination, career counseling, customer service and social media/business.

Crown Winners:  Lessons for Success in the Workplace Part 3

In the first two parts of “Crown Winners,” we looked at lessons for success with Miss Rodeo Nevada 2011. This week we peek behind the scenes of three local pageants where participants will politely remind you they are scholarship pageants, not beauty pageants. Emphasis is on talent, knowledge and poise – traits well associated with success in the workplace.

It is made clear to each contestant of Miss Reno/Sparks, Miss UNR, and Miss Teen Reno/Sparks that she represents her city, whether or not she is the crown winner. The world is her stage and how she is perceived reflects on Washoe County and the Silver State. The crown winner treats her position as a one-year “temporary” job. It is not just a walk in the spotlight.

Shirley Lundsford, Director Miss Reno/Sparks & Miss Teen Reno/Sparks, Jennifer Marcussen, Executive Director Miss UNR, and Judy Griggs, Interview Coach, teach competitors how to interview for the job of the crown winner. They can’t win on talent alone, as seen by a breakdown of the scoring:

Talent = 35%
Personal Interview = 25%
On-Stage Interview = 5%
Evening Wear = 20%
Swimsuit = 15%

Interviews make up 30% of the judging. Questions about current events, government officials, state history and a wide variety of subjects are asked. Contestants prepare by doing a significant amount of research. They are coached on facial expressions, body language and not to “make something up” if they don’t know an answer. Let the judge know, “I’m not sure about the answer.  I’ll look it up because it sounds interesting!”

The next time you face a job interview or contact with a client or customer think of yourself as a scholarship pageant competitor. Yes, men, you too can learn from the following three tips:

Walk the Talk

Walk with confidence. Show you are non-aggressive and non-invasive. Introduce yourself with a smile. Let your facial expression say, “I’m happy to be here!” Good eye contact shows you are interested and 100% engaged. Preparation includes advanced research, which lets the company, client or customer know you care enough to serve them well.

My Reputation Precedes Me

No matter where we are in life, we are always being looked at and judged. Whether standing for self, family, company, Nevada or the human race, be aware all the time of who you are and how you represent. Crown Winners are careful where they go and know that “perception is reality.” One adverse photo or comment on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or a blog could cause irreparable damage to a reputation or career.

The Crown is Not Won by Talent Alone

Break job interviews and face-to-face meetings into the following scores:

Talent/Skills = 35%
Interview = 30%
Grooming = 20%
Appropriate Attire = 15%

Remember the entire package counts. Talent does not equal the job or the sale.

Good luck in your search to be a winner!


Written by Judy Griggs, Senior Staffing Partner and Susan Fix, Community Liaison Partner at Applied Staffing Solutions. Griggs has over sixteen years experience in the staffing industry with her current focus on placements, building client relationships and providing excellent customer service. Fix has worked 15 years in staffing services performing outside sales, recruiting, permanent and temporary placement coordination, career counseling, customer service and social media/business.

Crown Winners:  Lessons for Success in the Workplace Part 2

Last week we began a three-part peek into the world of pageant winners, focusing on how the grit behind the glitter corresponds with success in the workplace. This week we continue spotlighting Ann Clemmitt, Miss Rodeo Nevada 2011.

In addition to Clemmitt’s duties as Queen, she also participates in rodeo events. Her favorite is Team Sorting. Ten cattle with numbers on their sides mill around in a large gated pen. Two riders have 90 seconds to sort the cattle and drive them in numerical order into another pen in the arena. Communication is huge. Contestants must be able to communicate with their animal partner as well as their teammate and their animal partner in order to win.

How does Team Sorting translate to Employee Teamwork?

Effective communication is essential to business success in any situation. Being able to articulate your point under pressure can be challenging. We usually have about 30 seconds to make our point before attention is lost. Think through what you are going to say to eliminate unnecessary words or fillers. Be clear, understandable and avoid jargon.

Throughout the years, Clemmitt held officer positions in 4H and the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). She gives back to the community with involvement in the Reno Rodeo Foundation Reading Roundup. Life does not entirely revolve around rodeo and horses; Clemmitt graduated this spring from UNR with a Bachelors of Science degree in Information Systems. Employed by Apex Performance Solutions, she is working towards receiving her Project Management Certificate and currently serves as Vice President of Membership Truckee Meadows Toastmasters.

How does serving in 4H and other organizations translate to success in the workplace?

Becoming a member of a group gives you an opportunity to make valuable and life-long connections. Support your group members and they will support you. Networking is a key component to furthering career goals. Serving as an officer on a board gives you a chance to use your skills and talents outside the workplace. You gain exposure to programs your organization is involved in and become part of a facilitating team. Often times there is a board position nobody wants to do. Take it on! Improve the position. Make it so exciting that members are looking forward to volunteering. Create the groundwork for people to easily step in and take over.

What does Clemmitt say is the best part of being Miss Rodeo Nevada 2011? Getting to interact with a variety of people. From first graders in Reading Roundup and fans in the airport, to other rodeo queens, audiences in the stands, rodeo committees and contract personnel. She has made dozens of long-term friends. What is her motto? You can learn something from everybody. There is always room to improve in life, in the arena and in the workplace.

Written by Ann Clemmitt, Miss Rodeo Nevada 2011 and Susan Fix, The Applied Companies Community Liaison Partner.  Clemmitt is employed by Apex Performance Solutions and working towards receiving her Project Management Certificate. Fix has worked 15 years in staffing services performing outside sales, recruiting, permanent and temporary placement coordination, career counseling, customer service and social media/business.

Crown Winners:  Lessons for Success in the Workplace Part 1

Rodeo queens and scholarship pageant winners wear smiles that match their sparkling crowns. The winners make the journey look easy and effortless; however, nothing could be further from the truth. In the first part of a three-part blog, we focus on Ann Clemmitt, Miss Rodeo Nevada 2011, who collaborated with us to share how the grit behind the glitter corresponds with success in the workplace.

Being Miss Rodeo Nevada is a job. Being the Queen is not a hobby, not a beauty pageant, and not just a passion. It is a commitment to representing the professional sport of rodeo, the Silver State, and the Western way of life.

Clemmitt appears in rodeos all over the country. Traveling by airplane or car, she has logged over 6,000 miles since April 2011. As it is not practical to haul her own horse, one of the Queen’s requirements is the ability to handle, ride and control any horse the stock vendor provides. How does that skill translate to success in the workplace?

Horses are just like people. They have their own personalities and quirks. Some are motivated and eager to work, while others are indifferent and prefer to eat grass in the pasture. Understanding a horse’s mindset is critical. For example, one of the Queen’s rodeo tasks is the Hot Lap. She rides a horse at a fast and furious pace around the arena as her introduction to welcome the audience with a visual “we’re excited to have you here.” An indifferent horse would fail its job. By taking time to learn about her mount, the Queen can use her knowledge, skills and talents to prepare a plan to get the horse energized and ready to work.

Rodeo is a unique and dynamic sport because you are dealing with an animal partner. Just like people, animals get sore, irritable, and drag their hooves into assignments. Things happen. Riders learn to be very flexible and work through problems; requesting help from a trainer with more knowledge is encouraged. Champions never give up and never quit.

Employee, before heading into the chute of a new assignment, gather as much information as you can about the context of your task. Use knowledge, skills, talents and research to plan a strategy. Start with your end date and work backward to create targeted milestones. Ask for help if you don’t have the answer to a problem. When working with a team, be prepared for contrasting personalities. Be flexible and open to suggestions. Take time to know what motivates you and each individual on the team. Find a way and take the steps to get you and the team energized and ready to work.

We continue next week with Rodeo Team Sorting, 4H and Toastmasters


Written by Ann Clemmitt, Miss Rodeo Nevada 2011 and Susan Fix , The Applied Companies Community Liaison Partner.  Clemmitt is employed by Apex Performance Solutions and working towards receiving her Project Management Certificate. Fix has worked 15 years in staffing services performing outside sales, recruiting, permanent and temporary placement coordination, career counseling, customer service and social media/business.

Our Secret to a Great Clerical Interview

All interviewers have their own style, techniques and list of preferred questions to get the required results – hiring the right candidate. Staffing service personnel conduct interviews on a daily basis, consistently making the effort to match an applicant’s personality and skills with our client’s cultures and job positions. Tom Miller, Director of Staffing & Recruiting Services was recently asked to share our “secret” to a successful interview. Here’s his answer with six must ask questions.

Know the definition an interview.

It is an exchange of information to make a decision.  Both parties need to get enough knowledge to make an honest decision. You want the person to give you what they have done, not what they would do.  Draw from their history and be patient. Pauses of silence are okay. Let the person think before they respond. There are NO right or wrong answers, just experiential responses.

Describe your most productive office work setting.

Where was it, who worked with you, what was the focus of the company, what was your focus?

Listen for excitement, note what they didn’t like, how does it compare with the setting you are offering?

Tell me about your computer skills.

What software did you use, how did you use it or what end product did you have?
How would you rate your skill?  Use 1 to 4 scale with 1 being highest.  Doing this makes the person define good (1-2) or developing (3-4) as a result.
List each software by name that you require and wait for the response.

Listen for comparison of how they used it and how they rate themselves. How do the answers fit? Are they comfortable with the software you use? 

When you have a challenge/problem at work, how do you resolve it?

You may need to identify what kind of “challenge/problem” is most common in your work setting and use an example.

Listen for problem solving skills. Do they “fit” with how things could/should be done in your environment? The answers WILL vary by “challenge” as defined by you. 

We give performance reviews on a (fill in the blank) basis.  How do you handle it if you get grades you feel you don’t deserve?

Listen for personality reaction. Beware of “That’s never happened before” as a response. Is there a method of gaining consensus in the aftermath or is there a movement to prove the reviewer wrong? 

Your last employer was (fill in the blank) and your position was (fill in the blank). If you could go back as a supervisor/manager, what would you change?

Listen for team building, nurturing, and positive feedback comments. Beware of answers like “nothing” or spiteful and derogatory comments. 

Now that I have done all the talking, what questions do you have for me?

Listen to the quality of the questions. Is there a true interest in the company, position or the management? Has the interviewee become “comfortable”? 


Tom Miller, Director Staffing & Recruiting Services has over 30 years human resource, management and recruiting experience.