We are excited to announce the relocation of our Racine branch. The move was finalized Tuesday, March 6th. The new space is located at 2504 S. Green Bay Road, a heavily trafficked area near prime retailers and restaurants, and is easily accessible and more noticeable.

Success in business has led to a growing team, ultimately needing additional space which will offer benefits for internal staff and job seekers alike. Sitting at approximately 1350 square feet, the new office’s open concept floor plan allows for continual team growth, a more collaborative work environment and consistent person to person interaction.

Having been loyal to the Racine area for many years, Parallel hopes to continue being an asset to the community. After a week of getting settled, our Racine team is already enjoying the change. The new space is ready for visitors; continuing the same business hours Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Come check it out!

View a copy of the official press release here.


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Ninth Annual Driving Fore Cancer Research


The ninth annual golf tournament to support the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research will be held on Friday, July 13th, 2018 at the Harvest Hill Golf Course. Cancer is an indiscriminate disease that will affect the majority of the population in some manner, so please join us to help make a difference in the battle.  This event benefits the Spielman Fund in that 100% of the net proceeds are donated to the fund to be used for cancer research. The administrative cost of this event is completely absorbed by Ohio State University, meaning ALL proceeds go directly to cancer research! With your help, we hope to raise over $10,000 to support cancer research through the Spielman Fund this year!

When I reflect on the last eight years, I am always reminded of those that no longer can attend our event because they lost the battle. A good friend of mine, Tim, was diagnosed one month after attending our event. Tim was the first person to sign up eight years ago, bringing multiple golfers to support our cause every year.  As soon as I received word, I reached out to Tim. His spirits were high and very optimistic. The type of cancer Tim was diagnosed with is not very beatable. His optimism gave me hope and encouragement that he could beat it. As the first couple months had passed, it was clear that the cancer was winning. Tim was so full of life and he wanted so badly to see his son grow up, but reality started to sink in. His strength was failing; you could see in his eyes that he knew his fate. He did not want people visiting him because he wanted them to remember him as he used to be and not what the disease was doing to him.

We had a picture of Tim at our event the following year. The number of people that had shared their memories, or as Tim would say it “Suds”, was amazing. Most of us can relate to knowing someone like Tim. He was taken too young, leaving behind a young son without a father. Stories like Tims is another reason why Cancer Research is important. We need to make a difference. To all of the supporters, volunteers, and businesses that have already donated to the cause, I want to say THANK YOU!!

If you are interested in supporting the cause, please feel free to contact John Rosenhahn at 716.462.9660 or visit the Driving Fore Cancer Research Facebook page.

For more information, please check out the 2018 Driving Fore Cancer Research Brochure.

Event Itinerary

10:30 AM – Registration
11:00 AM – Lunch by Rogers Big Green Egg
12:00 PM – Shotgun Start
5:00 PM – Cocktail Hour
6:00 PM – Dinner

To read more on the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research, click here.


John Rosenhahn
Regional Manager (NY)
Parallel Employment Group
[email protected]

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Q4 2017 Safety Newsletter

Warehouse Safety

Safety Newsletter

Why Care About Ergonomics?

As you might be aware of, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a temporary worker safety initiative to protect the rights, safety, and well-being of temporary workers employed and assigned by staffing firms to clients. This means there are more eyes on temporary worker injuries than in the past. According to the Bureau of labor statistics, Musculoskeletal Disorders accounted for 31 percent of the total cases for all workers that required days away from work, and workers who sustained an MSD required a median of 12 days to recuperate before returning to work. This tells us that not only should you be concerned with temporary worker’s injuries but that you should focus on ergonomics in the workplace. There are several primary ergonomic risk factors.

Primary Risk factors

  • High Task Repetition
  • Repetitive/Sustained Awkward Postures
  • Forceful Exertions
  • Individual

There are three basic controls that can help reduce these type of injuries. Engineering controls, administration-controls and PPE.

Engineering Controls:

  • Workstation Design (ex: lowering a work surface to promote Neutral positioning)
  • Task Design (ex: change the order in which an item is assembled)
  • Product Design (ex: instead of ordering paint in 5-gallon containers use 2.5-gallon containers to reduce the weight)
  • Tool Design (ex: tools that keep the wrist in neutral posture when engaged)
  • Mechanical Lift Assists

Administrative Controls:

  • Work Rotation (through several jobs with different physical demands to reduce the stress on limbs and body regions)
  • Stretching
  • Training and Education (Train for MSDs and instruction in work practices that can ease the task demands or burden)

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Knee pads for kneeling tasks
  • Gloves
  • Proper Shoe Wear
  • Wrist Splints (while engaged in work that requires wrist bending)

Remember: Prepare and prevent don’t repair and repent!

Click here to download our Q4 2017 Safety Newsletter.


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Celebrating a Milestone–30 Years in Business

Celebrating a Milestone

Milwaukee, WI (November 2, 2017) – Parallel Employment Group, Inc., is celebrating 30 years in business.

Recognizing the need for staffing and employment in the Greater Milwaukee area and having a philanthropic heart, Mike Skemp, Parallel’s Owner and President, surrounded himself with a knowledgeable, hard-working support team to make his vision possible. 

The story began in the back of a Milwaukee, WI barbershop as Personnel Alternatives (later to become P.A. Staffing, and most recently Parallel Employment Group). Skemp knew the key to success was to provide more than just labor. He realized his clients needed a true staffing partner.  As a result of Skemp’s vision, Parallel has become a full-service employment company.  Thirty years later, Parallel has worked with over 2,000 clients, grown to 18 branch offices, and 3 divisions. In 2017 alone, Parallel has put over 8,900 people to work and anticipates a continued climb year over year. 

Parallel offers sourcing, recruiting and support for temporary, temp-to-hire and direct hire in clerical, light industrial, professional and skilled industries. At Parallel we want to get to know you and fully understand what kind of employment you are seeking in order to help you reach your goals. Using our wide reaching and diverse client base, we work tirelessly to find you the position that best matches your interests and skills. Candidates can apply online at or visit a local branch to complete an application. 

After 3 decades of success, Parallel Employment Group continues to prosper and provide customized solutions, services and growth opportunities. “In the last 30 years, Parallel Employment Group has witnessed dramatic changes to our industry & the markets in which we compete,” said Kirk La Du, Executive Vice President, Parallel Employment Group. “Our success has been in great part due to our ability to adapt & change as our clients need.  We are proud of the partnerships we have formed with all of our clients & pledge to continue adapting to their changing needs to ensure we are providing the highest level of service possible.“ We thank our clients, employees, and supporters for their contribution to our continued success. Whether you are looking for a single contractor, complete facility management, a partner in the community, or meaningful employment, Parallel is here working with you!


About Parallel Employment Group 

Since 1987, Parallel Employment Group has been delivering high performance workforce solutions to industrial and professional clientele.  Parallel services a wide array of company profiles from large, multi-national corporations to local family-owned businesses.

Parallel continues to provide innovative services and leading edge workforce solutions. Parallel designs customized, partnership driven programs aimed at decreasing administrative burden, increasing production and keeping employment costs at a minimum. For more information call 414-443-0580 or visit us at

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2017 Parallel Referral Program

Referral ProgramGet Paid to Refer Your Friends!

Parallel Employment Group is always looking for good people, and you can help. Research has shown, and our own experience supports, that new hires who come into a company through employee referrals are excellent contributors, stay with the company longer and are a more cost effective recruit.

That’s where you come in! If you know someone who would be a good addition to Parallel Employment Group and they meet the qualifications for an existing open requisition, you may be awarded $100 (less taxes) if you refer them for employment and they are hired.

Refer candidates who meet the qualifications to Parallel Employment Group using our Candidate Referral Form.

Program Rules:

1. In order to qualify for the bonus the employee referring an individual must be currently placed on assignment through Parallel Employment Group or hired on by client company within the last 6 months.

2. To be eligible for the referral bonus, the referral must first be submitted to a Parallel Employment Representative and must include a Candidate Referral Form.

3. All referral bonus payments will be paid within 15 days following the referred employee reaching 320 work hours. 320 work hours must be reached within 90 calendar days of the referred employee’s 1st day.

4. Candidate referral must be placed on assignment by Parallel Employment within 3 months of initial referral notification.

5. If a candidate is already in Parallel Employment’s database & has had contact within the last 60 days, no bonus will be paid.

6. Any disputes or interpretations of the program will be handled through Human Resources.


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Parallel Employment Makes the Business Journal’s Largest Milwaukee-Area Temporary Staffing Services List!

Ranked #5

Parallel Employment is ranked #5 in the Business Journal’s Largest Milwaukee-Area Temporary Staffing Services List. Each year, the Milwaukee Business Journal releases a list of Top Milwaukee-Area businesses, arranged by industry. The list is ranked by temp hours billed in 2016. This was Parallel Employment Group’s eighth year as a top ten contender.


To view the full list click here.

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February Reports 298,000 Private Sector Job Gains

298,000 Jobs Added to Private Sector in February 2017.

US added 298,000 jobs in February, according to the ADP national employment report. This is a huge jump from what economists estimated would be a gain of 190,000.

ADP and Moody’s analytics reported that job growth leaders were the mining, manufacturing and construction industries. Ahu Yildirmaz of the ADP Research Institute stated, “February proved to be an incredibly strong month for employment with increases we have not seen in years.”

BLS reports showed gains by large businesses of 72,000 jobs, 122,000 jobs by midsize businesses and small businesses added 104,000 jobs.

For the full ADP report, click here

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Why Most Job Seekers Quit Online Applications

Why Job Seekers Quit Online Applications

More job seekers are abandoning online applications.

The current labor market is tight (according the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate is down to 4.8 percent as of January 2017), and employers continually struggle to source and capture qualified candidates. The main factor contributing to capturing candidates? Application abandonment.

According to CareerBuilder, up to 60 percent of job seekers abandon online job applications after starting them due to the application length or complexity. Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reports that organizations suffer loss of talent, bad reviews from candidates “frustrated with the process” and high costs associated with CPC recruiting methods. It seems that traditionally, organizations feel that a lengthy and involved hiring process (read: application) will weed out unqualified or apathetic job seekers, while favorable candidates will persevere. A CareerBuilder survey on the topic suggested that this is true: almost 50 percent of employers believe a lengthy application process is good because it eliminates bad candidates. Unfortunately, the reality is the opposite is true. In today’s job market, candidates know their worth and value ease of access. They view lengthy application processes as a waste of time, and their tolerance is low.

Here is a brief summary of some of the main causes of online job application abandonment:

  • Asking candidates to re-enter their work histories
  • Length of application process takes more than 5 minutes
  • High number of pages to navigate when using mobile devices
  • Requiring candidates to create accounts in order to begin the application process
  • Asking for references at the beginning of the application process

Here are some examples of what your organization do to improve your candidate conversion rates:

  • Cost-per-applicant can be reduced by up to 250 percent just by reducing the application completion time from 15 minutes to 5 minutes
  • Ensure your application platforms are mobile optimized – the length of an application process can be cumbersome, particularly if the platform being used does not have responsive design features.
  • Content and length of the actual job description are big influences on the applicant conversion rate. A study found that the most successful application forms had job descriptions that were between 250-2000 words, which delivered conversion rates five times higher than job descriptions of less than 250 words.

The solution to improving the application process and capturing your target audience can be summarized into one word: streamlining. This can be accomplished by removing the fluff questions in your application and limiting the number pages or screens applicants need to navigate through the process. A study from Appcast reported that recruiters can increase the number of  candidate completed applications by up to 365 percent simply by reducing the application process to five minutes or less. Think about what information is necessary to have from an applicant: name, contact information, and their resume. Having several pages of questions as part of the application process in an age where almost 90 percent of job seekers are using mobile devices to apply will most certainly work against you. Ensure that your recruitment efforts are invested wisely, and capitalize on the resources you have at hand by educating your staff on how to streamline your application process.

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