PIQUA — Two new downtown businesses are partnering to help their clients nail their job interviews and land a place of employment that becomes their “forever home.”
Dye Violet, a beauty salon located at 106 E. Greene St., is providing one free haircut to clients who get placed in new jobs or set up with a new job interview through AM&PM Employment, an employment agency located at 505 N. Main St.
The partnership came about when Dye Violet owner and stylist Stephanie Gross wanted to give back to AM&PM Employment and the community.
Prior to opening Dye Violet in March, Gross had a job at a packing plant that she was able to get through AM&PM Employment. Gross approached AM&PM Employment with the idea of the partnership between their two businesses as a way to help boost the confidence of employment agency’s clients.
“In my opinion, your self-esteem is everything,” Gross said.
Candace Russell, branch manager of the Piqua location of AM&PM Employment, said that idea went right along with everything that they were all about, including getting each of their clients prepared for long-term employment.
“We’re all about putting Ohio back to work,” Russell said. “It made sense to kind of have this collaboration.”
AM&PM Employment opened their downtown Piqua location in the last year and a half. They help people find employment in positions in light industrial work, maintenance, clerical and administrative work, management, and other fields. They also aim to get clients placed in a position that they enjoy and can be successful in for the long run, not just a job to get by for the time being.
Russell used the example of a recent client, a truck driver who has been in that field for 15 years but wants to try something different.
“It’s nice to be able to give them options,” Russell said.
Gross said that, for herself, she was able to experiment with different jobs through AM&PM Employment until she found one that she enjoyed and suited her needs. That employment then allowed her to save up and open her own business.
“They helped me get here,” Gross said. “I love it.”
AM&PM Employment also works with people who have had a difficult time keeping a job.
“I’ve had one person, he had so many jobs it was unbelievable,” Nick Phalor, account manager at AM&PM Employment, said. “I set him up at this position, and he loves it there.”
Phalor said that they work with those people to find out why they may have had a hard time maintaining employment, such as having family issues or ill-suited positions at different jobs, before helping them find a job that they enjoyed as well as fit their needs.
“Sometimes people do need that help,” Phalor said. “We try to take that extra step.”
AM&PM Employment also helps clients with their resumes along with prepping them for interviews. Gross said that AM&PM Employment helps people prepare their “inner shells” by getting them in the right frame of mind as well as focused on the right attitude and the right information when it comes to job interviews and Dye Violet helps them get their “outer shells” prepared by helping them feel confident about how they look going into an interview.
At AM&PM Employment, they try to make connections with the people they work with and place into employment positions, which is evident by the company’s continued relationship with Gross and now their business partnership.
“They’re like our family,” Russell said.
She added that they get to know their clients and encourage their clients to reach out to their account managers at AM&PM Employment if they need help, which comes from their genuine interest and care at AM&PM Employment to help their clients find the right place to work.
“It’s just very personable for me. It’s a passion for me,” Phalor said.
Phalor explained that hearing from clients about how they enjoy their new positions and how they can now afford to provide for their families has left an impact on them. “It’s a crazy feeling,” he said.
For AM&PM Employment employees like Russell and Phalor, as well as for former clients like Gross, they have managed to find their “forever home,” which is an experience they want to share.
“That’s what we’re striving to do for other people,” Russell said.
For those seeking more information or to set up an appointment with AM&PM Employment, they can be contacted at (937) 778-3000 on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. AM&PM Employment is by appointment only.
Dye Violet accepts walk-in customers Tuesday through Saturday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Dye Violet also does appointments and is flexible for other hours for appointments. For more information, call (937) 684-7721.
Dye Violet owner Stephanie Gross styles Nick Phalor’s hair, account manager at AM&PM Employment, Thursday at her shop in Piqua. They’re demonstrating the partnership between these companies where Dye Violet will provide one free haircut to clients of AM&PM Employment going in for an interview and/or getting placed at a new job through AM&PM Employment.
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