Each month AccuForce recognizes an Associate from each of our branches for outstanding work and contribution.

Mountain Empire Professional/Administrative

Congrats to Julie Bland (pictured on left) who is our Mountain Empire Professional/Administrative Associate of the Month! Career Specialist Michelle Yeary presents Julie with her certificate and gift card. Thanks for your hard work Julie!

Morristown Branch

Career Specialist Perla Gonzalez (left) presents Morristown March Associate of the Month Morgan Askew with her certificate and gift card. Way to go Morgan! Thanks for doing such an awesome job!

 Greeneville Branch
Congratulations to Michael Hill our Greeneville March Associate of the Month! Career Specialist Pam Gosnell presents him with his certificate and gift card. Thanks for all of your hard work, Michael!
Kingsport Branch
Congratulations to our Kingsport March Associate of the Month Jonathan Collins! Senior Career Specialist Lisa Gibson presented him with his certificate and gift card. Great job, Jonathan!
Johnson City Branch
Way to go Steve Holley who is our Johnson City March Associate of the Month! Janna Akers presents him with his certificate and gift card. Steve has had perfect attendance and we think that’s pretty awesome!
Morganton Branch
Many congratulations to Long Her who is our March Morganton Associate of the Month! Way to go Long Her! Regional Manager Justin Baisden presented him with his certificate and gift card.
Hickory Branch
Congratulations to Justin Starrett who is our March Hickory Associate of the Month! Recruiting Specialist Emily Hollar presented him with his certificate and gift card. Thank you for all the hard work you do, Justin!
Bristol Branch
Way to go Stephan Leonard (L) and Charlie Nutter (R) who are Bristol March Associates of the Month! Way to go guys! You all have done an awesome job! Recruiting Specialist Erica Hill presented them with their gift card and certificate.

Each month AccuForce recognizes an Associate from each of our branches for outstanding work and contribution.

Johnson City Branch

Edward Stafford is pictured on the right along with his supervisor, Mike Dooley at Snap-on Tools in Elizabethton, TN.


Greeneville Branch

Congrats to Greeneville January Associate of the Month, Parker McGaha! From Left to Right, Jeff Lasey – John Deere Power Products Team Leader, Parker McGaha, Eric Wise – AccuForce Onsite Representative, Lori Waddle – AccuForce Senior Career Specialist.


Knoxville Branch

Congratulations to Bryan Webb who works at Bush Brothers and is our Knoxville Associate of the Month for January! Branch Manager Alex Davenport presented Bryan with his certificate of appreciation and gift card for doing outstanding work.


Marion Branch

Congratulations to Marshall Dutton, our Marion January Associate of the Month! Pictured (l to r) are: Ronnie Martin, TA at ZF TRW, Buddy Galiher, Team Lead at ZF TRW, and Marshall Dutton. Way to go Marshall!


Bristol Branch

Congratulations to Jeff Grqybeal who works at the Bristol Redevelopment Housing Authority and is our January Bristol Associate of the Month! Paris Bishop, Business Development Manager, presents him with his certificate and gift card.


Mountain Empire Administrative/Professional Division

Paris Bishop presenting Marie Younce with her certificate for January Associate of the Month for the Mountain Empire Administrative/Professional Division. Marie works for the City of Bristol, TN. Great job Marie!

Morristown Branch

Branch Manager, Crystal Hunley, presents our January Morristown Associate of the Month, Carolina Perez, with her certificate. Congratulations Carolina and thanks for all of your hard work!

Hickory Branch

Anna Beckford, who works at Camfil, is our January Hickory Associate of the Month. Recruiting Specialist Tammy Lail presents Anna with her certificate and gift card. Way to go, Anna!

Morganton Branch

Senior Career Specialist Stephanie Young presents Julius Thompson with his Morganton January Associate of the Month certificate! Thanks for your hard work, Julius!

Just how important is safety in the workplace? In 2013, 4,585 workers were killed on the job according to OSHA statistics and there were slightly more than 3 million workplace injuries and illnesses. It really doesn’t get any more serious than that and is why we make teaching, training and implementing workplace safety an integral part of who we are as a company.

It’s not just lip service to say that safety has to be everyone’s focus to avoid injuries and keep workplaces safe. We want our Associates to get home from work in the same condition as when they arrived! This can only happen when every person at every stage of the process is engaged and involved in safety.

Safety testing and training is built into the very beginning stages of our recruiting and staffing process and continues once an Associate is placed on assignment. When companies have a great safety program in place, we partner with them to make sure our Associates are receiving safety training and information from us and while on the job.

We are extremely proud of our safety record and think it speaks to our commitment as we had one of our best safety record years ever! We plan on continuing to strive for one of the best safety records in the staffing industry.

In working with clients, we take a partnership perspective in handling workplace safety. We try very hard to work with businesses that are like-minded and take safety in the workplace seriously. We want partners who take safety just as seriously as we do.

In some cases we have partnered with companies who wanted to improve and enhance their own safety programs by helping to design safety initiatives that we can then help implement.

Not all workplace injuries occur on construction sites or in manufacturing environments. There are many injuries that occur in the office. Training professional and office employees on safe habits is just as important as training in manufacturing environments. There are many falls, trips, and repetitive stress related injuries that occur in the office. Discussing these potential injuries up front with employees can dramatically reduce the number of injuries you see in a given year as well as help to protect employees.

Intention, focus, and training all make a significant and positive impact on preventing potential injuries in the workplace. It’s worth your time to think about your safety program and just remember the advice that your grandmother probably gave you that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

Gone are the days when you would pick up the Sunday newspaper and hope to find just about every job opening in your area. It’s not quite that easy anymore as many companies and businesses have transitioned to posting jobs online.

The difficult part of the shift away from job listings in the newspaper is that jobs can be listed just about anywhere. Here at AccuForce, we post all of our open jobs on our own internal websites job board, but we also post many of our open listings on job sites such CareerBuilder and Indeed.

There are about a million and three places to look for a job these days. With so many different sources, where do you turn? The quick (but never very helpful answer) is EVERYWHERE! The longer answer is that it really depends on what type of work you are looking for or are qualified to do. There are specialized job boards for almost every industry not to mention the large job boards such as Indeed, CareerBuilder, Monster, ZipRecruiter and SimplyHired.

In today’s world, you really do have to cover your bases and search multiple sites and sources. There are some companies who do still advertise in the paper as well and you can’t overlook print as a resource.

Oh yeah, don’t forget social media! Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn can also be sources to find out about jobs. Ask your friends on social media, follow or like pages like our AccuForce Facebook page or Twitter account where we post about open jobs.

Coming into one of our offices to register is still a great way to find jobs and meet the recruiters who could help you in your job search. When you come into a branch you will complete an interview, paperwork and an application. Even if there isn’t an open position at that moment, you’re registered in the system and the moment something is a fit, recruiters will reach out to you.

Our recruiters work day in and day out staffing all kinds of different positions and having you at their fingertips means that your chances of getting hired just got better!

Onwards and upwards job seekers! We’re with you!

LINC 6 Graduation

Leadership, Networking, Involvement and Community. These are the goals and purpose of the McDowell, NC Leadership Program that our Career Specialist April Stephens embarked upon when entering the LINC program. April graduated from the 2014 LINC program recently. The program was established as an interactive approach to developing citizen awareness and engagement in the life of the community.

MCDOWELL LINC is a monthly series of nine day-long programs involving site visits, presentations and group discussions at various locations within the county. Through these “field classrooms,” participants gain insight into McDowell County’s business, government, civic and cultural sectors.

April shared that they learned about the history of the greenway, historic Carson House, McDowell House, went to manufacturing facilities, learned about the Economic Development of McDowell County, went to an elementary school and high school. They also toured and learned the history of the hospital, health department, toured the YMCA and learned about McDowell Mission Ministries. And this was to name just a few!

April said, “I learned a lot of history and it was a very educational program. It is hard to believe that I live in McDowell County and learned so much. It was time well spent!”

Way to go April for your commitment and dedication to community involvement!

(April is pictured in the center of the photo in the yellow shirt!)

Article from McDowell News: LINC program graduates 6th class

Chamber 366 Tapping into Talent, Chamber and CVCC, Hickory,  NC

On April 30th, AccuForce sponsored and participated in a breakfast and presentation for Tapping into Talent. The event was presented by the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. The goal of the meeting that brings together employers and educators is to solve the challenge of providing what employers need in their employees. Through meetings such as this educators get valuable information to act on and employers get to have input making sure there is a ready workforce available for business success. AccuForce was happy to be a part of this very important event!

The AccuForce team seated at the table starting on the left and going clockwise are April Stephens, Leslee Bentley, Tonya Wilson, Sarah Buchanan, Chris Clark, Jennifer Doble and Brandon Harmon.

A great article from the Hickory Record on the event: Event asks employers what they need, want

Photo by Pat Appleton

Bristol Lead

Lead Bristol is sponsored by the Bristol Chamber of Commerce and is a 9 month training leadership program for business professionals that emphasizes skill development and community awareness.  There are about 30 business professionals in the 2013-2014 class. Each participant is required to complete a group community service project.

Our representative for Bristol Lead is Mollie O’Dell who is a Career Specialist in our Bristol office. The community service project for her LEAD Bristol group was to create a marketing plan for the Bristol Train Station to market them as wedding venue and help them to create their venue as a “wedding destination.”

Deliverables included:

•Provided a new packet tailored for the destination wedding
•Included a listing of destination wedding vendors in their new packet
•Added a wedding spin to the current Train Station logo
•Created a new destination wedding brochure
•Created  new destination wedding website
•Develop a future focused marketing plan for “Bristol’s Destination Wedding Site:  Bristol Train Station”

Mollie said, “it was so great to work with my team and the train station on this project! I love Bristol and we are so invested in making our community a truly wonderful place to work and live.”

They presented their project to the Bristol Train Station board on April 30th.  In the photo (from L to R):  Susan Taylor with VA Highlands Bank, Kahla McClure with Alpha Natural Resources, Mollie O’Dell with AccuForce, Diana Carter with Bristol, VA Housing Authority and Cindy Dinkel with Eastman Chemical Co.

Bristol LEAD graduation is on May 8th. Each group will be presenting their project to the entire class.

Morristown Small Biz Awards

Dr. Michael Heskett and his wife, Marjorie, center, of Heskett Family Chiropractic accept the 2014 Small Business of the Year Award during the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards of Excellence held April 22 at Rose Center Prater Hall. Offering congratulations are from left, Jeff Cranford of major sponsor Wimberly Lawson Wright Daves & Jones PLLC and Chamber Chair Roni Snyder, along with from right, Donna Jarnagin of major sponsor Elevation Outdoor Advertising LLC and Lisa Thompson and Crystal Hunley of award sponsor AccuForce HR Solutions.

Catawba Leadership Graduation

Career Specialist Stephanie Young (pictured above left) along with Regional Manager Tonya Wilson both attended this year’s Catawba Leadership luncheon. Leadership Catawba has educated and equipped hundreds of Catawba County residents with information about the social, economic, and political dynamics of our community.  The program challenges each participant to be an effective and influential leader, not only within their own organizations, but within our greater community through personal commitment & involvement.

Stephanie was a graduate of this year’s Leadership Catawba Class of Award Winnders. The luncheon was held at the Catawba Country Club on March 5. Each year, the program pulls together 25 people from diverse backgrounds who have demonstrated their leadership capabilities within their own organization and as well as in the community. Stephanie works diligently to be a wonderful example inside our company and she makes a huge difference in all that she does. Way to go Stephanie!


Lisa and Chaysen

We love to celebrate wins here at AccuForce! I can’t think of a better win than that of Senior Career Specialist Lisa Gibson’s daughter, Chaysen Gibson, receiving a full academic scholarship to Appalachian State University! Chaysen has been a cheerleader throughout high school and maintained impeccable grades while being very involved in other school activities. We’re all extremely proud of this young lady and the bright future in front of her. She starts ASU in Boone, NC this fall. Way to go Chaysen!