Recruitment Guide 8/20/21 Jacksonville Journal-Courier

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We’re Hiring! Springfield Plastics manufactures agricultural and

commercial plastic pipe in Auburn, Illinois. We are looking for hard-working people to join our team! Enjoy competitive pay and benefits with the possibility to increase your earnings through overtime and bonuses.

BENEFITS • Guaranteed 40-hour work week

• Holiday pay

• 401K

• Life insurance

• Dental insurance

• No premium cost employee health insurance

• Sick and funeral leave

• Advancement training

• Vacation

• Medical expense reimbursement

• Profit sharing

• Performance-based increases

We have several entry-level openings. LEARN MORE If you are ready to join a growing organization that is rooted in the heartland, call or e-mail Springfield Plastics to set up a time to speak with us.

7300 W. State Rt. 104 • Auburn, IL 62615 Phone: 800-252-3361 • E-mail:

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Earn $1,350 IN SIGN-ON BONUSES * YOUR FIRST YEAR! Springfield Plastics manufactures agricultural and commercial plastic pipe in Auburn, Illinois. We are looking for hard-working people to join our team!

BONUS BREAKDOWN $50 CASH HIRING BONUS (must pass drug screen and work 1st day posted schedule) $200 CASH AT 30 DAYS $300 CASH AT 90 DAYS AND 6 MONTHS $500 CASH AT 1 YEAR *For full-time employees

We have several entry-level openings.


7300 W. State Rt. 104 • Auburn, IL 62615 Phone: 800-252-3361 • E-mail:

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How To Find The Right Candidate When Recruiting In A Pandemic Recruiting is an inexact science in the best of times. A host of variables must come together for businesses to connect with the perfect candidate, and recruiting professionals spend their entire careers facilitating such connections, even during a time when connecting with others has been more difficult than ever.

working remotely even after the pandemic has ended. The effects of remote working are far-reaching and even extend to recruiting. Though it may be challenging to fill positions during the pandemic, firms can implement various strategies to find the best candidates possible for each opening.

Businesses have faced many challenges over the last year-plus. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on various industries. As businesses look to rebound from such effects, finding the right candidates for new openings may present some unique challenges. Though some businesses may be back in their offices, many continue to operate remotely, while others may have decided it benefits them to continue

· Reexamine hiring protocols. Hiring protocols are implemented for a reason, not the least of which is ensuring hiring managers and department heads get as strong a feel for a candidate as possible. But companies may need to revisit such protocols as they try to fill openings during the pandemic. For example, if company policy mandates that each candidate is interviewed in person by two managers before they

can be offered a job, tweaking that rule to two virtual interviews may be necessary.

malcy. Being flexible with new hires in regard to remote working might attract more qualified candidates.

· Be flexible with your offer. The challenges of the pandemic are not exclusive to businesses. Professionals are facing their own challenges, including how to juggle their responsibilities at work with their obligations at home. That balancing act has always been difficult, but it’s become even more challenging as parents must arrange for childcare during a time when many schools are only offering in person lessons part-time, if at all. Though some businesses may want new hires to work full-time in the office, to find the right candidates they might need to relax those restrictions until life returns to some semblance of nor-

· Consider contracting new hires. It’s understandable if hiring managers are nervous about offering full-time work to candidates they have never met in person. If that hesitation is proving too much to overcome, companies can offer positions on a contractor basis with the opportunity to become full-fledged employees in a few months or when the pandemic ends, whichever comes first. Recruiting during the pandemic has posed some unique challenges. A few simple strategic shifts can help recruiters overcome such challenges en route to connecting with the right person for the job.

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JBS® USA is a family of proud brands with rich traditions. JBS USA includes operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada and Australia , including our plant in Beardstown . The diversified platform includes beef, pork, poultry, lamb, further processed and consumer ready protein offerings, hides, leather, variety meats and rendered products. Beardstown concentrates on pork production. 8295 Arenzville Rd. Beardstown, Il 217-323-6200

JBS Beardstown • 8295 Arenzville Rd. • Beardstown, IL 62618 • 217-323-6200

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Be More than Employed. Be Appreciated. Do the best work of your career with the best team in the region. When you’re appreciated, you’re empowered to do great work. And at Passavant Area Hospital, our team does amazing work. Join us and let our caring, collaborative work environment help you reach your fullest potential. We have positions available across multiple departments and units. Are you ready to make a difference in the lives of others? Then make a change in your career. Apply today.

Apply at Memorial is an equal opportunity employer.

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Whalen Trucking is currenTly hiring

class a cDl Truck Drivers Van, Tanker, Conestoga Flatbed and dump opportunities available! Haz Mat endorsement is a plus! We have BOTH full or part time work. If you are semi-retired or retired looking to stay busy, come see us. Benefits include vacation, health insurance, simple IRA. ****$5000 sign on bonus**** Whalen Trucking has been in business for over 45 years and continues to be truly family owned and operated. The opportunity to earn over $80,000/year is right here. The positions to be filled will have the option to be based out of any of our 3 terminals located in Springfield, Pleasant Plains, or Waverly

To apply, please visit our Waverly office or Feel free call Rich with questions @ 217-435-2231x403

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Passavant Area Hospital Job Fair The Passavant Area Hospital Healthy Communities Collaborative will offer an open-air job fair in downtown Jacksonville featuring fifty local organizations and businesses looking to hire employees. The Just Jobs Employment Fair will be held Wednesday, September 29, from 4 to 6 p.m. in downtown Jacksonville. Parking and admission is free. No pre-registration is required. On-the-spot interviews may be conducted to fill full- and part-time positions with a variety of local employers. Prize drawings provided by participating employers will be held for jobseekers who attend the job fair. For more information, to access a Job Fair Preparation Checklist or to register for an employer booth at the job fair, visit

Looking for more than just a job? Let today be the start of something new. Pathway Services Unlimited, Inc. is looking for compassionate people to assist individuals who have developmental disabilities. Pathway has 10 group homes in the Jacksonville community. Find career opportunities assisting individuals with their every day needs, in their homes. Become part of a TEAM that does MORE than just a job.

Now Hiring: Residential Aides—Full-time, Part-time, and Substitutes (As Needed) NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Must be able to work evenings and weekends. Must have valid driver’s license, high school diploma or GED, and an insurable driving record. Health Care Worker Registry Background Check required. An attractive benefit package, including 11 paid holidays, is offered after completion of a probationary period. Visit our website,, and click on the careers tab for more details regarding qualifications, a complete job description, benefit listing, and to apply. You may also apply in person at our main office located at 1905 W. Morton Ave, Jacksonville—Monday through Friday between 8am and 4pm. For more information, please call us at (217) 479-2300. EOE

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How To Recruit and Retain Quality Employees Great employees are the backbone of successful businesses. Savvy business owners recognize the important role workers play in helping a business meet its goals, and recruiting and retaining such employees is a high priority for the world’s most successful firms. According to the recruitment resource Betterteam, 68 percent of human resources professionals report problems filling positions - an increase of 50 percent since 2013. Forbes magazine puts the potential cost of a single bad hire between $25,000 and $50,000. New employees are investments and due diligence should be used to find the right ones. Recruiting top talent may require thinking creatively, and it almost always requires significant effort on the part of the business doing the hiring. Write a well-crafted job ad The job advertisement is the first thing job seekers will see and it will be the initial tool to help whittle down the applicant pool. Use clear job titles that explain the job and be concise; avoid buzzwords like “wizard,” “rock star” or “ninja.” Candidates tend to skim job descriptions, so avoid wordy phrasing and confusing job roles. Break down responsibilities into job duties and

be sure to mention specific make-orbreak skills applicants will need to have. While you still may get some unqualified individuals to apply, you may weed out others with specifics of the job. Establish a list of traits you want new employees to possess An applicant’s skills, education and experience are important. However, this should not be the only factor to consider when mulling a potential hire. Seek employees who have the potential for growth and can get along with colleagues and existing and new clients. Use various job boards to advertise Many popular job boards, such as Indeed, Monster, LinkedIn, and Glassdoor, offer free advertising for job posters. They are good places to start because they generate lots of traffic. Social media also can work much in the same way as free job boards, according to Workable, a recruitment software company. If you don’t find success with free job boards, you may need to go elsewhere. Attend job fairs and utilize interns Building a community connection through local job fairs, networking with alumni organizations, and relationships with universities, trade schools and colleges can provide

constant resources for new talent. Plus, applicants may feel more comfortable working for a company that has outreach in the local area. Follow up on references It may take time, but it’s important that references are contacted, and previous employment is confirmed. Due diligence with a candidate’s references ensures companies get


a bigger picture of potential hires, according to Indeed. Ask questions like “What is it like to work with the candidate?” or “What are their biggest strengths and weaknesses?” Finding quality talent is an important task that’s vital to the success of businesses big and small.

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JACKSONVILLE | 1211 W. MORTON | 217.245.4111 JACKSONVILLE | 903 S. MAIN ST. | 217.245.4111 CHAPIN | 510 SUPERIOR | 217.472.3211

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Strength Alsey Refractories Company has a reputation for delivering the most trusted refractory products available – products built to last and a company to believe in for the long haul.

Quality For 115 years, Alsey Refractories Company has continued to combine proprietary technology and the Midwest’s finest clay reserves to offer the gold standard in firebrick production – every product is created with unwavering and unequalled commitment to excellence.

Pride For more than a century, the people, products, and history of our operation continue to shape a legacy of industry leadership that’s synonymous with the Alsey name.

We’re Hiring! Alsey Refractories Company has been manufacturing refractory brick and mortar in West Central Illinois for the past 115 years, and we are looking to add to our growing team. We offer a starting rate of $14.50 and a full benefits package. Interested parties may apply in person or online at

Alsey Refractories Company 266 State Route 106 South, Alsey, IL

We’re Hiring!

Alsey Refractories Company has been manufacturing refractory brick in West Central Illinois for the past 115 years, and we are looking to add to our growing team. We offer a starting rate of $14.50 and a full benefits package. Interested parties may apply in person or online at Alsey Refractories Company 266 State Route 106 South, Alsey, IL

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Reynolds Consumer Products is a leading provider of household products that simplify daily life so you can enjoy what matters most. Our Reynolds® and Hefty® brand products help make mealtime easier with preparation, cooking, cleanup, and storage solutions. Our namesake Reynolds® products include the iconic Reynolds Wrap® aluminum foil, Reynolds Kitchens® parchment paper, plastic wrap, oven bags, and slow cooker liners. The Hefty® brand is known for strong, dependable waste bags, slider bags, plates, and cups. Our products are available in the U.S. and internationally, including the Alcan® and Diamond® brands, which are leaders in their markets. The company was formed in 2010 as a new consumer products company with strong legacy brands. While our products have been trusted by generations, we are a young, innovative company where employees can make an impact. We’ve worked together to build a company that is trusted by our customers, vendors, and employees, and especially, by the people who use our products.

A MESSAGE FROM LANCE MITCHELL CEO, Reynolds Consumer Products We are proud of our iconic brands, including Reynolds Wrap® foil, Hefty® trash bags, slider bags, disposable tableware, and Alcan® foil, Canada’s top foil brand. Our goal is to continue to earn your trust and offer new products and product improvements that make daily life easier. How we do it is just as important as the products we make. · The safety of our employees is our top priority. We put safety first, always · We strive for top quality and service to maintain the trust in our brand equity. · Ethics and integrity are extremely important to us. Simplify daily life to enjoy what matters most

Our customer relationships are based on a long history of trust. We work to make not only our individual products successful — but provide the insights our retailers need to grow entire product categories. We’re looking for people who want to make a difference and influence the future of the company. Ongoing innovation requires professionals in marketing, HR, IT, engineering, operations, logistics/supply chain, finance, marketing and more.