Frequently Asked Questions Part 2

What are your office hours? Our core hours are from 8:30am-4:30pm Monday through Friday including some early mornings, evenings and weekends. We believe in servicing our clients promptly.

Do you positions require background checks and drug tests. All positions require background checks and drug tests. Some positions require FBI level background checks and security clearances.

How often do you get paid? We pay weekly using our electronic time sheet system via a W2 arrangement.

What alternative method of payment do you offer to employees that do not have a banking relationship? We offer pay cards that can be used at participating ATM machines.

Do you offer skills training?

We offer skills training for those candidates that type at least 40 wpm and need improvement in areas such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Quickbooks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions we receive about our employment process.

How do I apply?

Please visit our website at www.swiftstaffing.com. You will see a listing of recent job openings on the right side of the page. To view a full listing click on job listings. Once you click on the job title, a job description will appear. You will need to click on apply online at the bottom of the job description to submit a employment application. We prefer resume submissions in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

Once I apply, how long will it take to hear from Swift Staffing?

We review applications and resumes as quickly as possible. Generally if we feel you may be a fit for one of our current openings, we will contact you by email or phone in 48-72 hours.

What types of positions do you fill?

Administrative/Clerical, Customer Service, Information Technology and Accounting.

What is the average length of your opportunities/positions?

Most positions are for 3-6+ months in length or contract to hire.

Where are the positions located?

Our opportunities are in the Baltimore/Washington area with some occasional needs on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

How often do you update your positions on your website and social media?

We update our openings at least three to four times a week.

What is your hiring process?

Once we review your application/resume, we will schedule a phone interview. We will then set up validated online employment testing.  Video or in person interviews are conducted prior to final selection.

How long does it take to find employment through Swift Staffing?

It can take a few days up to a few weeks. This largely depends on your skills based on what is currently available.

What types of clients/industries do you service?

Our clients include Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore County Government, The University of Maryland, Maryland State Government and many others in the information technology, human resources, nonprofit, medical office, property management and management consulting industries.

Do you offer benefits?

We offer health insurance to all employees who work 30 hours or more. In addition, we offer other benefits to include direct deposit, longevity bonuses and holiday pay.  Certain provisions apply.

Spring Cleaning is Necessary

Spring is a perfect time to evaluate the activities, contacts, and physical work place environment over the last year, and to plan going forward with an approach that is more productive, less stressed, and more focused.

Review the activities. They could include email, telephone calls, meetings, and seminars.  Determine which activities helped you attain the goals that were set.  If the activity was not successful in the past, should you expect a more successful outcome going forward?  Make decisions now on what activities should have a priority or more consideration.  Do not be afraid to dismiss habitual activity that is unproductive.

Evaluate the personal contacts you made and received since the last spring cleaning.  Did any of the contacts have a benefit either to your professional or personal well being?  Some contacts especially those from on-line communities or social media may have no purpose other than the consumption of your time.  Conversely, spring cleaning is a good time to communicate your expectations to those contacts that you would like to continue into the future.

Assess your physical environment.  Do you need the paper files or printed materials that are in your personal work space? If so, impose some organization on materials that are kept.  If possible, remove from your immediate work space items that are rarely needed. If your work space have never needed items, can the items be stored elsewhere?  Here is a caution: you must be careful with items that relate to a business purpose of your organization.  You do not “own” items that relate to the business purpose; and you should not alter or destroy a business purpose item.  Examples of business purpose items are the email, communication logs, business diaries, and office files.  If you are unsure of what to do with any document of the business, you to need to investigate both the retention requirement as well as your storage options. Fortunately, some items can be converted to cloud-based storage or to electronic media.

Now you should be feeling more spring like.  You can look forward to doing more of the activities that positively affect the business purpose of your work place.  And, you will have more time for those productive activities because you have reduced the time you are searching for both the persons and the materials you actually need.  If you would like to discuss cloud-based or electronic storage solutions, please contact Ron Swift at Swift Staffing at www.swiftstaffing.com

Preparing for a Phone Interview

We are using scheduled phone interviews as a vital first step in our screening/employment process. Phone interviews allow us to get a brief glimpse into a prospective employee current career goals, availability, work experience and communication skills. It gives the prospective employee an opportunity to interview without having to leave their own home/location and is especially convenient when you are currently working or in a different state from the location of the employer. It saves you time and commuting costs. Here are five helpful tips to help you prepare.

  1. Be timely. If a phone interview is scheduled for 10 am, make sure you are calling promptly just before 10 am.

  2. Prepare your environment. Find a quiet space with no distractions for at least 20-30 minutes. If you are using a cell phone, please make sure your area has good cell phone service.

  3. Have a electronic or printed copy of your resume. Your interviewer will be asking questions about your resume and work experience. Please make sure you can respond to simple questions such as the dates of employment per employer.

  4. Do your research. Odds are you are applying to more then 1 position at any given time. Make sure you have a copy of the job posting in front of you and visit the prospect employer’s website prior to the interview.

  5. Listen. Chances are that the interviewer has a list of questions prepared to ask. Give the interviewer a chance to ask the full question before responding. Remember the interviewer is evaluating your communication skills. It shows courtesy and we will be measuring how you engage others.

Maryland Department of Transportation Certification

Minority Business Enterprise

Swift Staffing, a staffing and technology services firm is proud to announce their recent Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Certification awarded by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT). After successfully completing the application process, this certification award enables Swift Staffing to help other companies meet their MBE participation goals on State contracts.

We welcome prime contractors to consider our array of staffing and technical services to meet their clients needs and solve business challenges. Learn more at https://www.swiftstaffing.com.