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Our May Expert Spotlight is on Kara Birdsong. May is the perfect month to feature Kara because it is her birthday month! Kara attended G.W Long High School and continued her education at Troy University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology. Kara joined our team in 2016 and has served in many different capacities but has truly found her niche as our Applicant Communications Coordinator. You can find her working job fairs, speaking with high school seniors throughout the Wiregrass, or helping applicants who come into Personnel Resources. “I love being the one to get out into our community and educate candidates on Personnel Resources. Being able to help others while promoting the company that I love is so rewarding,” Kara says.

Kara and her husband, Brett, have been happily married for 6 years. They have a 5-year-old daughter, Kennedy Claire, and a 1-year-old son, Brooks. They are active members of Bethel United Methodist Church. Kara enjoys being a coach’s wife and spends most of her spare time at the ballfield. She also enjoys trips to the beach and lake with her family and is very active in pageantry.

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We hear a lot about the skills gap, but what if we’re really facing more of what the Wisconsin Technology Council is calling a quantity gap? Tom Still, president of the council, wrote in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel in October there aren’t enough young workers to take the place of baby boomers who are retiring at a… Read more »

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DO NOT SEND YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER IN ANY EMAIL CORESPONDANCE TO US.   When will W-2’s be issued? All 2017 W2’s will be electronic and will be available on the employee and client portals on or before January 31, 2018.    How can I get my address changed? Employees can change their own address… Read more »

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Personnel Resources recently hosted LifeSouth at our corporate office and invited the entire staff to give blood. Almost two dozen employees donated, potentially saving the lives of 66 people! Thank you to all who gave blood and to LifeSouth for working so hard to make it happen! It truly saves lives!      

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As both a recruiter and an employer, I see a diverse group of applicants come through my door, and there is one trait the most successful all have in common: a firm grasp and display of soft skills. I know you’ve heard the term “soft skills” tossed around the last few years, about how the… Read more »

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The Sandi McCool Champions of Hope is a 5-K, 10-K and half marathon competitive race, 1-mile Spirit Walk and DPF Kids Zone community breast cancer awareness event staged annually by the Southeast Alabama Medical Center Foundation. Each year sponsors, runners, walkers, survivors and their families and friends gather to raise money and awareness about the… Read more »

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Floridian employees who make minimum wage can expect a bump in their paychecks come Jan. 1. The minimum wage for 2018 will be $8.25 per hour, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced Friday. That’s up from $8.10 this year. Minimum wage for tipped employees is also increasing from $5.08 to $5.23 per hour.  

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Our October Expert Spotlight is on a key team member here at Personnel Resources, Mrs. Anna Brooke Phillips! Anna Brooke celebrated her 11 year anniversary with PR last month, and over the past decade she has taken on many different important roles. Payroll, benefits, recruiting, you name it—Anna Brooke has done it all. She is… Read more »

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Floridian employees who make minimum wage can expect a bump in their paychecks come Jan. 1. The minimum wage for 2018 will be $8.25 per hour, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced last Friday. That’s up from $8.10 this year. Minimum wage for tipped employees is also increasing from $5.08 to $5.23 per hour.

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Southeast Worlds of Work – a program of Southeast Alabama Works! On February 21-22, 2018, the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds will be taken over by thousands of 8th-grade students from Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. Southeast Alabama Works will be hosting the third annual Southeast Worlds of Work Career Experience; formerly Wiregrass WORKS. This event will… Read more »

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Social media can be an incredible tool to help you land your next position and jumpstart your next career adventure. But, social media can also doom your success if you aren’t using it judiciously because most recruiters go straight to social media to find out who you are online. When I review applications, the first… Read more »