Women Making a Difference 2014

Ortiz-Brown, company focus on putting people to work

By From page WMD7 | March 16, 2014

Women Making a Difference

Express Employment manager Midge Ortiz-Brown. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

FAIRFIELD — Local ownership with national support helps explain why Express Employment Professionals has a history here reaching back to 1986.

Moreover, manager Midge Ortiz-Brown said the staffing company’s connection to the community includes a key interest.

“We want people in Solano County working,” she said.

Flexible staffing is one trend in employment as labor costs climb, Ortiz-Brown said.

The national support Express Employment has in matters such as human resources and legal issues means the local company can assist employers.

Ortiz-Brown, who has worked for Express Employment since 1991, said others at the company also have long tenures.

“There’s not a lot of turnover,” she said.

Work can range from accounting to sales but Ortiz-Brown said interaction with employers means staffing knows no limits.

“I can recruit for anything, provided I know who I am looking for,” she said. “Every company has its own needs.”

Part of what Express Employment does is learn the culture of companies and their needs. Ten people may come through the doors of Express Employment looking for work as a receptionist. Express will know which candidates would work best for a particular company.

Ortiz-Brown said rather than list an ad for a position and get 50 applicants, companies will turn to Express and get the top five recommended people for a post.

More than two decades in the business means Ortiz-Brown has seen how computers have changed the way people apply for positions.

“In 1991 it was all on paper,” she said.

Now a computer click brings up names.

Ortiz-Brown said people seeking work should be on time for interviews. That doesn’t mean arriving 30 minutes early, but also involves not appearing one minute before the interview. About five to 10 minutes early is the right cushion, she said.

Dress like you’re ready to work, she said, and have information about past employers – including dates worked, phone numbers and names. Try to make eye contact with the person interviewing you and be prepared to talk about the work you did previously.

No one’s expecting you to make a speech, Ortiz-Brown said. Let the employer know why you should be hired, she said.

If you get the job, dress conservatively until the company lets you know that’s not necessary, the Express Employment manager said. Few businesses have formal dress codes now.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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