Simplifying the Job Search


Your next great opportunity is awaiting. It’s lying on the other end of a job search. Opening yourself to new possibilities by embarking on a job search is an exciting, though sometimes scary, process.

Your objective is to find a fulfilling career that nurtures your professional growth. However, researching companies where you might fit in that align with your values and figuring out how to distinguish yourself from the competition can kill that excitement and instead make it feel like a draining process.

This is where Express Employment Professionals comes in. Express Employment is a leading staffing company in the U.S. and Canada — with a franchise location in McAllen.

Leo Vargas and Matt Foerster are the franchise managing partners at Express Employment Professionals McAllen. Vargas said the biggest benefit they offer to both job seekers and employers is their community ties.

“We have a good standing in the community and have companies that we’ve worked with for over 28 years,” he said. “We’re here to help anyone that has a skillset to find a good company and join their team. Our mission is to help people find employment, and to help companies find good people.”

People of all educational and professional backgrounds can utilize Express Employment’s job connecting services for both full and part-time employment. Job categories are divided into four service lines:

  • Light Industrial/Commercial
    • Machine Operators, Construction Workers, Shipping/Receiving Clerks, and more
  • Office Services/Administrative
    • Clerical Positions, Executive Assistants, Call Center Agents, and more
  • Professional
    • a wide range of industries utilizing higher education
  • Skilled Trades
    • Forklift Drivers, Welders, HVAC Technicians, and more

“We help those we serve market themselves based on their degree or skills,” Vargas explained. “Once they complete our onboarding process, they should be able to get placed within a week or so.

“Now if someone is just starting off and doesn’t yet have any skill set, we connect them with local organizations we partner with that offer great programs that can help them build their resume.”

Onboarding begins with a general application in which the applicant lists their experience and skill set. For those interested, Express Employment also offers assistance with creating a resume and preparing for an interview. Through their website, express associates also have access to dozens of free online courses to help them grow their software, workplace, and safety skills.

According to Vargas, in 2021 — from the McAllen operation — Express Employment helped connect more than 2,500 people to jobs in McAllen, Pharr, Edinburg, Donna, San Juan, Mission, and other surrounding cities encompassing most of Hidalgo County.

Express Employment Professionals also serves businesses and employers of all sizes, helping save them time and hassle.

“Essentially, we do the legwork for them,” Vargas said. “Before a candidate shows up to their door, they have been pre-qualified and pre-screened to make sure they fit the company’s needs.

“When we have a position available, we post that to our different social media and recruiting sites so people can apply, then we go ahead and start the screening process to make sure they fit the position.”

With the levels of labor shortages the country has experienced in recent times, Vargas said more and more companies are finding value in going to a third-party employment agency to help them fill positions.

“COVID did change the mindset of the job seeker,” he said. “It’s more fluid, and they are looking for the right fit. We’re here to be that middle person that can help them find that — both for employees and employers.”

Job seekers interested in learning more about Express Employment Professionals can call ahead to set an appointment or simply walk in. Job connecting services are offered for free to employees; there is a charge for employers.

Express Employment Professionals McAllen is located at 504 N 10th St., Suite B1, McAllen, Tx 78501. Visit the link to view a list of available jobs through Express Employment. For more information, contact them over the phone at 956-664-9675 or via email at