Spherion helps clients find local jobs

Finding a job can be a strenuous process with scouring websites and newspaper columns while hiring the right person can be just as time consuming filing through dozens resumes.

Spherion Staffing works to get people into the right job for them and helps companies select the best candidate for them.

The four employees at the Williamsport branch, 459 River Ave., strive to connect each person with a job that is best for them and a company with the best person for the job.

It places people from entry-level positions up to the corporate level in a broad range of fields such as finance, factory work and engineering, Amanda Wright, regional business development and operations manager, said.

The full service staffing agency is a national company that has local franchises across the country. At the Williamsport location, it serves people from Snyder County up to the New York border and out to Clinton County, she said.

“We want to find a job to help you better your life,” Wright said.

There is a database of individuals with their resume and qualifications so when an employer is looking for a specific type of person, a Spherion staff member can look through the list and recommend someone, she said.

Each person in the database the staffing specialists have interviewed and have an understanding of the person’s career goals and personality. They strive to be supportive of each client, she said.

If a company calls Spherion looking for a front desk manager, they can look into a folder of people with the experience and find who would fit best into that position.

Some of the aspects they look at to fit people into the right job for them are the company’s culture, the experience level needed to complete the job, industry fit and company size. Each person is unique so by analyzing those facets they can find an ideal match, Wright said.

They do not try to mold somebody into someone they are not, she said. If they are shy, they would not connect them to work at a call center.

“We present the person to our customer and vouch for them through networking,” she said. “We do our best to make the best recommendation.”

For example, Shane Gerow, of Tioga County, came to the office to look for work as a mechanic. He had been working for the gas industry as a technician for years but now that the industry has left the area, he is out of work.

By interviewing him, learning about his story and goals, staffing specialist Meagan Hensler can connect him with a new job that he will hopefully enjoy.

“We want to find them a job they can make into a career,” Hensler said.

Being a local franchise, the employees live in the community so they are able to understand its needs and the industries here, Wright said.

As members of the community, the company sees it as a necessity to give back to the area. This year the Williamsport branch donated $1,500 to Family Promise of Lycoming County.

She said Family Promise was chosen because they want to support the organization’s job coaching efforts.

In the new year, the company plans to continue to grow and help people find the ideal job for them.

“We hope to help people get back on their feet,” Wright said.

Her and the staffing specialists enjoy hearing that a job helped change a person’s life for the better.

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