The ‘One-Stop Career Shop’

The ‘One-Stop Career Shop’

So many people think of a staffing agency as a place to find temporary work, but that’s only a small part of what Friday Services does.

Why? 

Because we’re not here to just find warm bodies to fill open positions. 

We’re in the people business. We help people find work, with people and the type of careers they want and have the skills to work.

How do we do it? We take the time with each job-seeker to understand all of their job skills, experience, needs and interests. 

It’s an approach that flips the script on the stigma that all staffing agencies do is place a warm body in temp jobs, with limited career potential. While that may be true of others, Friday Services prides itself on being a “one-stop career shop” for employers and job-seekers alike. We even changed our name from Friday Staffing to Friday Services to better reflect all that we do.

Setting the record straight

Some of the common misconceptions people have about temporary staffing agencies include:

  • They ONLY place entry-level or unskilled workers.
  • The jobs don’t lead people to long-term or permanent jobs.
  • They charge job-seekers for their services.

At Friday Services, these misconceptions are all FALSE. 

Our company is a resource for making the connection between employers looking to hire, with job-seekers who want to be placed in a career – whether they are at the entry level, or have many years of job experience under their belt. Most of the time with good work performance and attendance these employees are hired on directly by the company. Friday Services is career-oriented, going beyond a typical staffing agency to find the right fit for the company and the potential employee. And we never charge job-seekers for helping them land a new job; rather, employers pay US to find them good employees.

Just as focused on the long term

While yes, we can help job-seekers find temporary work, so many employers here in Western North Carolina are looking to the long term, and we specialize in placement opportunities for all levels of experience in a broad range of roles and industries.

Some of those industries include:

  • Technical Staffing
  • Professional Recruiting Services – These roles are hired from day one by the employer.
  • Light Industrial Labor and Skilled Workforce Solutions
  • Clerical and Administrative Staffing Resources

As a professional employment agency, we are able to connect employers with highly skilled job-seekers who are ready and excited to work, and who bring a diversity of experience and talent to their teams.

Programs designed to launch careers

Friday Services is the first employment agency in the region and only 2nd in the state to offer an apprenticeship program that allows apprentice workers the opportunity to get paid while they learn a new career hands-on. 

Through a partnership with Blue Ridge Community College and area manufacturers, we are able to offer apprenticeships to area workers who receive valuable education while working on the job. Starting pay is $15 an hour, which increases over the time worked. The cost of tuition and books are covered by the program as well.

At the end of the program, the apprentice worker earns a Mechatronics Engineering Technology Certification as an Industrial Manufacturing Production Technician, and gains a foothold on a high-tech career. Learn more here:

Additionally, Friday Services recognizes that veterans are some of the most highly skilled, hardworking employees. Because of this, we offer a wealth of resources to assist area veterans in finding a better job, such as:

  • Free Resume Help
  • Career Counseling
  • Job Placement for Veterans

We encourage any veteran who is currently seeking employment to stop by our office or apply for a job with Friday Services.

It all starts here

Whether you are a local employer looking for just the right person to join your team, or you’re a worker looking for that next step – or that first step – in your career, Friday Services is here to help you.

While the majority of our jobs are full time jobs that often start as temporary but go to permanent, we work with several employers who are looking to immediately fill positions directly on their team through our professional placement services. 

Our premium recruitment program is a fee-based placement service that employers typically use to fill management or highly-skilled positions. Unlike temporary work, the employee is never on Friday Services’ payroll. Instead, the employee works with us to become a direct hire for a desired company from the start.

Other clients hire us to create custom recruitment packages, tailoring our services to their company’s recruiting needs.

Many area job seekers start their journey with our job board. There, job candidates seeking employment in technical, industrial, clerical/administrative and skilled labor, management and other fields, all thanks to our longtime partnerships with local employers. There are hundreds of listings for jobs, from Hendersonville to Morganton, and from Asheville to Black Mountain – all over Western North Carolina.

See for yourself, here:

Western North Carolina Jobs

Western North Carolina Jobs

Are you a job seeker looking for a new career in Western North Carolina? There are plenty of new job opportunities across the WNC – Asheville, Hendersonville and Morganton area, and we’re here to help you find them.

Here at Friday Services, we’ve been helping employers and job seekers get matched for over 40 years. Placing the right person in the right job has made us the top temporary agency in the region. Employers in Western North Carolina have come to rely on Friday Services for their Asheville, Hendersonville and Morganton area employment needs.

Voted The Best Employment Agency by the Best of Blue Ridge, Friday Services is committed to serving clients and job seekers across WNC to fulfill their unique employment needs. 

If you’ve never used an employment agency, you may be surprised at how easy they make it to land your next job in Western North Carolina.

Asheville, Hendersonville and Morganton, North Carolina Jobs

Friday Services has worked hard to earn its reputation as the best employment agency in all of Western NC. Businesses now hiring in Asheville, Hendersonville and Morganton N.C. include a broad spectrum of industries, including manufacturing and light industrial, administrative and professional jobs. Many employers use Friday Services as their go-to recruiting agency for temporary to hire jobs as well, making us a great choice for local job seekers who are looking to get their foot in the door.

Manufacturing/Light Industrial

Employers turn to us to help find skilled workers for manufacturing and light industrial jobs in the Asheville area, ranging from warehouse to maintenance, and from production to engineering.

Manufacturers in Hendersonville and the WNC area are looking to fill positions such as machine operator, industrial electrician, painter and sander. These jobs are among some of the fastest-growing jobs in manufacturing.

Administrative

Administrative staff are critical to any business’ success. We are the employment agency of choice in the area, offering the best Western NC staffing solutions for job seekers looking for administrative jobs, such as billing clerk, medical records, and administrative assistant.

Professional

Friday Services is the place for those seeking professional careers as well. Employers in Asheville, Hendersonville and the surrounding areas are looking to fill a wide range of professional positions, such as design engineer, purchasing agent, interior designer, marketing coordinators and estimators.

Maintenance Technician

Maintenance jobs are vital to the operation of any manufacturing environment. Friday Services offers a wide variety of maintenance technicians and maintenance helpers positions across the region. If you do not have these skills yet but want to start on this career path, check out the Apprenticeship program offered at Friday Services where the worker can get paid to go to school.

Other

Keep your eye open for other positions that might suit you. Maybe there’s something you haven’t considered but looks appealing! There are a wide variety of jobs in and around Asheville, Hendersonville, and Morganton N.C. and employers are looking for career-minded workers who are reliable and willing to learn.

Hiring Across Western North Carolina

Ready to find the right job for you in Western North Carolina? Friday Services is here to help you through the process of selecting the best fit! Current job openings are in local areas such as: Asheville, Arden, Fletcher, Mountain Home, Hendersonville, Morganton, Etowah, Flat Rock, Tryon, Horse Shoe, Mills River, Brevard, Canton/Candler, Waynesville, Weaverville, Mars Hill, Clyde, Black Mountain, and Marion.

Over the past four decades, Friday Services has forged long-lasting, meaningful partnerships with businesses large and small across the Western North Carolina area, offering temp services, apprenticeship programs, and long-term employment opportunities to job seekers in the Asheville, Hendersonville and Morganton area. We are the premier recruiting agency in the region offering a wide array of jobs.

At Friday Services, it takes just two minutes to apply now!

You can search all available Western North Carolina jobs here or just give us a call so we can schedule a consultation with you to discuss your skills and what jobs are currently available or coming available.

Tell us what you’re looking for, and we will help match you up with a recruiter who is looking for someone like you. Click here to learn more.

Staffing Options (temp to hire, short term, indefinite)

Staffing Options (temp to hire, short term, indefinite)

Temp to Hire Jobs

Temp-to-hire employment comes with the potential of being brought into the company as a full-time employee. A temp-to-hire arrangement allows both employer and employee to try out a position with the option to hire the employee full-time – depending upon how effectively and efficiently the employee fills the temp-to-hire position. 

Accepting a temp-to-hire placement demonstrates that you are employable. No matter what stage in your work life you are – temp-to-hire placements allow you to explore new career fields, jump on the fast track to a new job with free education and hands-on experience. Many placements offer the opportunity to learn new technical skills, participate in new workflow processes and become accomplished on new software platforms or programs.

As a temp-to-hire employee, there’s no guarantee a temporary role will translate into a permanent position. However, there are a number of distinct advantages to making accepting professional placements:

  • The chance to “try out” a new position
  • Important networking connections
  • Opportunities to gain valuable job references

Typically, temp-to-hire workers who are hired directly through a company have little to no employee benefits. But when you are placed through an employment agency, like Friday Services, temp-to-hire workers have access to more benefits available to them.

Short-Term Jobs

Short-term, or fixed term, temp positions may only last a few days, or up to a couple of weeks. Some businesses might need extra or specialized help on a specific project. And a number of industries offer these opportunities because they need seasonal support during times of high traffic or productivity. This type of work is especially helpful when workers find themselves between jobs – they need a paycheck and employment to cover gaps in their resume.

Long-Term Opportunities

When the position continues longer than about six weeks, it’s usually considered long term placement. Some positions might extend for a year or more. However, there are state laws, government agency regulations that set limitations on the length of long-term temp positions. The company seeking staffing assistance signs a contract with the employment agency – either for a certain number of temp hours or for a specific length of time. The contract can always be renegotiated and extended.

Employment Agency

Employers typically seek the help of temporary professionals because they are at capacity, under-staffed, and already overburdened. Or they may simply have an unexpected, urgent job vacancy that needs to be filled.  

A professional placement firm, like Friday Services, offers the advantage of temporary professionals who are:

  • Pre-qualified
  • Pre-screened
  • From a trusted source

The added benefit of working with an employment agency, like Friday Services, is that you don’t pay any fees because they are covered by companies seeking qualified job candidates. These firms are also prepared to support you with resume writing, preparation for an interview, how to dress, and how to build your professional skills.

Friday Services even offers an industry-leading apprenticeship program, aimed at helping job candidates start or restart their career. That means no matter what stage in your work life you are – jump on the fast track to a new career with free education and hands-on experience.

Friday Services

We want to position you for success!

At Friday Services, we recruit, train and place talented people to work for businesses and industries in western North Carolina. In fact, in the past 40 years we’ve helped more than 110,000 temporary and full-time employees achieve their job search objectives and find fulfilling careers.

No matter where you are in the job search journey, we can help you enjoy the rewards of a job well done. Friday Services delivers the experience and connections to help you reach your goals. And we are here to support businesses of all sizes with your staffing needs. Contact us today! 

 

Is a Temp Job Right for You?

Is a Temp Job Right for You?

What is a Temp Job?

It’s not unusual for companies to hire temporary staff to fill in for the holiday season, to cover for full-time employees’ family leave, maternity leave or vacations. Temporary jobs (temp jobs) offer you a short-term job with an employer – to fill in during periods of high customer demand or forecasted need. They’re a great way for unemployed workers to get back to work and gain valuable experience and career-building skills and contacts.

Temporary positions typically involve a short-term contract, and they usually don’t offer benefits, unless the temp employee has been working with the staffing firm for an extended period of time.

What is a Temp Agency?

Temp agencies are recruiting firms that help businesses staff up when they are anticipating shortages in manpower, or when they are forecasting a need for additional support. Temp agencies help companies recruit staff and they help workers find immediate placements. Many companies have found that working with a recruiting agency is the most cost-effective strategy. A temp agency also has the expertise and tools to help workers find an ideal position – whether it’s temporary placement, temp-to-hire, seasonal hiring, or a full-time position.

Benefits of a Temp Job

With a recruiter’s professional experience, you can improve access to the quantity and the quality of available positions. Taking on a temporary placement demonstrates that you are employable. And job seekers who sign with a temporary agency, like Friday Services, don’t pay any fees to work with a temp agency because they are covered by companies seeking the support of temporary staff. Professional staffing agencies can assist you with resume writing, preparation for an interview, how to dress, and how to build your professional skills.

No doubt, temp work is a smart way to boost your skill set and experience on your resume – demonstrating to potential employers that you’ve got the chops, as a candidate, to take on their assignments. In fact, there are distinct advantages to making accepting professional placements:

  • The chance to “try out” a new position
  • The flexibility to explore new careers, or change careers
  • Important networking connections
  • Opportunities to gain valuable job references
  • The flexibility to travel

No matter what stage in your work life you are – temporary professional placements allow you to explore new career fields, jump on the fast track to a new job with free education and hands-on experience. Firms like Friday Services have a network in place to help match you to the type of positions you’re most interested in, and the kind of positions that can work to further your career.

Temp vs Part-Time Workers

Part-time work differs from temp work in that part-time positions offer a limited schedule of hours for a non-defined, or open-ended period of time – meaning there’s no end date. Temp jobs can actually involve full-time work, but terms are defined by a contract – so, there’s a defined start date and end date.

A temporary professional placement may offer you the chance to learn new technical skills, participate in new workflow processes and become accomplished on new software platforms or programs. Temp firms like Friday Services offer advantages like Skills Improvement Training – potentially qualifying you for a higher paying position. You’ll find free, self-guided computer software training is available at all of Friday’s locations by appointment:

  • Keyboarding
  • Windows
  • Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint

Other benefits can include Holiday Pay after 1200 work hours within the latest 12 months and one week of Vacation Pay after at least one year of service and at least 1500 hours within the latest 12 months. And two weeks of vacation pay after at least two years of service, and at least 1500 working hours the first year of service, and at least 1800 hours within the current 12 months.

If you work regularly for Friday Services, you are also eligible for an affordable insurance plan. And you are able to increase your coverage or add your immediate family members for an additional amount. You may add Dental or Vision coverage for yourself and your family for an additional fee. Premiums can be automatically deducted from your pay.

Temp-to-Hire

Temp-to-Hire placements offer a win/win proposition. This approach allows companies to hire staff on a temporary basis in order to evaluate them for a long-term job placement. Likewise, it gives temp workers active experience in a career field, or with a specific employer, before making any kind of long-term commitment.

Friday Services

We want to position you for success!
At Friday Services, we’ve been helping talented people find the right temp jobs and temp-to-hire positions at the right companies since 1980. We excel at helping our staff find placements with organizations that appreciate their talent. Along the way we offer helpful training, professional resources and expert advice to bring out the best in your working experience – regardless of your position or the industry in which you work.

Let’s get started!
No matter where you are in the job search journey, we can help you enjoy the rewards of a job well done.

Tips for Interviewers

Tips for Interviewers

Understanding the ins and outs of a solid interview is a vital human resources skill when it comes to hiring most qualified job candidates. Good interviewing skills also make a better candidate experience – giving them a better feeling about the open position and your company culture. Perfecting your interview skills will help assure you find the perfect fit for the position you are filling.

Have an Outlined Interview Structure

There’s an art to handling interviews, but there’s also a bit of science too – starting with planning and structuring the experience.

  • Be sure to do your homework review the applicants resume and LinkedIn profile. Underline areas of interest and make notes in the margin.
  • Before you get started, it’s a good idea to make your candidates aware of your interview agenda. This can help them focus on your expectations as well as your timeframe.
  • Start by giving an overview of your company, workplace culture and the specific job duties. Then, begin with your list of job-related questions.
  • Next, give your candidate a chance to ask questions. Be prepared to take some notes.

Ask Questions based on Job Tasks

Create a list of questions that relate to job responsibilities with the open position.

Here are a few general questions to get you started:

Why did you decide to work in this industry?
Why did you decide to apply for this job specifically?
What do you like most about your current position?
Why are you leaving your current job?
Tell me about a recent job role you had that is similar to this position.
What were your daily job responsibilities?
What specific experience do you have that is directly related to this position?

Behavioral questions are a great way to learn about candidate’s potential to fit for your open position. Ask for specific examples of past performance and behavior in their current and previous roles.

Here are a few examples:

Tell me about a project you successfully completed.
Tell me about a challenge or conflict you had and how you handled it.

Silence and Non-verbal Cues are Key

Subtle non-verbal like voice tone, pitch and even long pauses or quick responses can reveal a lot about a candidate. In fact, Nonverbal cues can sometimes be even more important than what they say.  

Pay attention to the following:

  • Is their voice tone too loud or too soft?
  • Is the pitch of their voice unusually high (possibly nervous)?
  • Is there enthusiasm in their voice?
  • Do they cut you off when you’re speaking?

What kind of non-verbal cues do you notice when you ask difficult questions?

  • Do they take too long to answer?
  • Do they take long enough to be thoughtful and reflective?
  • Do they stammer and go off on tangents?

Too Busy for Interviews? Trying to Find the Perfect Fit?

Many small to mid-size companies don’t have the resources to invest in a fully-staffed HR department. It’s an unfortunate reality that can open your company up to potential vulnerability. The good news is that Friday Services can help bridge the gap by offering on-going HR consulting – on an as-needed basis or on a retained basis. We’re here to act as your outsourced HR department so that your staff can focus on core business. Or we can simply assist your HR department for special projects or during peak periods.

At Friday Services, we have experienced recruiters and a solid reputation within the industries for which we hire. We partner and collaborate with our clients to scope the requirements of their roles to determine core skills and qualifications you’re seeking from candidates.

We want to position your company for success!

To learn more about the benefits of working with an employment agency and what a relationship with Friday Services would look like for your business, contact our team of experts today!

If you are looking to quickly fill open positions with qualified candidates, give Friday Services a call.

Ask about our no-obligation exploratory analysis.

Administrative Industry

Administrative Industry

Staffing employees work in practically every industry – with nearly one-fourth of all staffing support working in administrative services and support. Administrative Industry workers are engaged in supporting the vital day-to-day operations of a wide range of businesses or organizations. This type of work can involve everything from facilitating communications to helping manage finances to human resources support and more.

Administrative Industry positions can include everything from general office management to specialized support. A number of entry-level administrative assistant roles will only require a high school education. However, Administrative Industry workers can give themselves competitive advantage by gaining proficiency and experience in the following:

  • Office administration
  • Database management
  • Basic computer skills – including word processing, database management, and proficiency with spreadsheet software 

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests administrative assistants with post-secondary education, advanced experience and computer software skills have a better chance finding positions. You’ll find that Certified Professional Secretaries and Certified Administrative Professionals are some of the common credentials in the field of administrative support staff.

Why the Administrative Industry is Important

Administrative Industry support is the backbone, lifeblood and the foundation of any business – enabling every team member to get their job done. Corporations rely on Administrative Industry positions to effectively manage the day-to-day operations. Administrative Industry roles – from receptionists to data entry to sales support and more – end up impacting virtually every level of corporate operations. 

You’ll find that a wide range of responsibilities under the heading of Administrative Industry duties. Because there is a certain amount of overlap between the experience and skills necessary to perform many of these tasks – the odds are that you have the opportunity to gain experience and expand your skill set. That means there’s ample opportunity to also expand your hiring potential.

Following are some of the hard skills Friday Services employers look for in Administrative Industry support staff:

  • Administrative writing
  • Bookkeeping
  • Editing and proofreading
  • Office administration procedures
  • Inventory control
  • Reporting
  • Supply management
  • Typing
  • Telephone skills
  • Verbal communication
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office 

But the difference between a good administrative support and great administrative support skills includes a whole list of vital soft skills:

  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask
  • Anticipate needs
  • Confidentiality
  • Discretion and good judgment
  • Friendly personality
  • Resourcefulness
  • Problem solving
  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork
  • Time management
  • Work ethic

Benefits of working in the Administrative Industry

Administrative Industry positions allow workers a chance to learn a wide range of new career-building skills. Those in administrative support roles are often required to “wear many hats.” It’s not unusual for administrative workers to be in charge of a variety of duties:

  • Organizing staff schedules
  • Facilitating meetings
  • Managing budgets, inventory and equipment

Even the temporary Administrative Industry support positions at Friday Services have distinct advantages: 

  • The chance to “try out” a new position
  • Important networking connections
  • Opportunities to gain valuable job references

Working in the Administration Industry can help you upgrade your resume and further your career. In addition to the valuable work experience you’ll acquire working as Administrative Industry support, you’ll build working relationships that will help you network and establish your career position and your industry of choice.

Administrative Industry Jobs Available

Administrative Industry staff are responsible for handling a number of duties. They may be required to handle everything from answering phone calls, to communicating with clients, data entry, filing documents, updating and maintaining records, scheduling and more. 

Administrative Industry Positions

Following on some of the common positions available at Friday Services, within the Administration Industry:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Administrative Coordinator
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Billing Clerk
  • Call Center Agent
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Data Entry Specialist
  • Executive Assistant
  • File Clerk
  • Office Manager
  • Personal Assistant
  • Program Administrator
  • Receptionist
  • Sales Administrative Assistant
  • Senior Executive Assistant
  • Staff Assistant
  • Secretary

Check out the Administrative Industry positions available with Friday Services.

Friday Services

When you partner with Friday Services, you have the opportunity to explore a wide range of available positions and potential employers in the Administrative Industry. This allows you to ultimately be more selective and make wiser choices in regard to your career path. 

We want to position you for success!

No matter where you are in your job search , we can help you enjoy the rewards of a job well done. Friday Services delivers the experience and connections to help you reach your goals. Friday Services offers a wide variety of Administrative Jobs — including bookkeeping, customer service and a wide variety of other office jobs. Explore our open positions and apply today!

Helping You Find New Job Opportunities During COVID-19

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

–  Albert Einstein

Whether or not you have heard these wise words from Albert Einstein, the message rings true today, especially in these uncertain times. Lives have turned upside down, people with steady jobs are being laid off, parents are becoming teachers, homes are becoming offices, and the word “normal” has taken on a new meaning.

The COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis have affected nearly everyone in this country, especially in the workforce. In North Carolina alone, more than one million individuals have filed for unemployment, according to the North Carolina Division of Employment Security. This goes far beyond anything the state has ever seen, including The Great Recession over a decade ago.

​In the entire country, tens of millions of Americans have found themselves suddenly out of work. Individuals are waiting almost a month or more to even receive their first unemployment check, if they qualify at all. For a lot of families, that month without a paycheck is critical.

With times remaining unclear, stressful, and even frightening, now is the time for us to come together as a country- as a community. But as dark as times may currently seem, there is a silver lining. Companies all across the country are currently hiring and have plans to hire throughout the year. That means it is important now more than ever to continue your to search for new job opportunities, despite your reservations, and Friday Services is here to help.

With times remaining unclear, stressful, and even frightening, now is the time for us to come together as a country- as a community. But as dark as times may currently seem, there is a silver lining. 

Companies all across the country are currently hiring and have plans to hire throughout the year. That means it is important now more than ever to continue your to search for new job opportunities, despite your reservations, and Friday Services is here to help.

One thing we know is that this is all temporary. It will end eventually, and the economy will open up again. Those who keep pushing through and searching for new opportunities during this time will be the ones who come out ahead of the curve.

New opportunities are within reach, you just need to know where to look.

The job search can be overwhelming, and with the added stresses that have come due to the COVID-19 crisis, it may even seem unreachable. But that is when you recruit help. Think of yourself as an NFL player- it is the team behind you that helps set you up for success

That makes us your agents. Working with an employment agency can help ease your stress while also connecting you with job opportunities that you never knew where out there. New opportunities, job security, and a weekly paycheck can be the difference between putting food on your table or scrambling for a new job that may not be there in the upcoming months.

If you or someone you know is searching for work, please take a look at our open jobs and apply online today. Our team is ready to help get you back to work so you can provide for your family.

“When it rains look for rainbows, when it’s dark look for stars.”

Oscar Wilde