Seasonal Help: Why You Should Plan Your Staffing Needs Now

Admittedly, it may be a little early to light a Yule log.  But if you’re in the customer service, administrative/clerical, hospitality, shipping/delivery, inventory or technology/finance industries, you’re probably headed for a busy – if not your busiest – time of year.  If you’re going to require extra help this holiday season, it’s definitely not too… Read more »

Five Ways Direct Placement Services Can Simplify Your Job

With unemployment near record highs, you may question the value of direct placement services.  If job applicants are plentiful, can recruiting services really help you? In a word, yes.  Here are just a few of the ways search and placement services can simplify your job and help both you and your company be more successful: Save… Read more »

Tips for Addressing Job Burnout

Feeling a little overworked?  While some would say that “too much to do” is merely a sign of job security in today’s economy, it won’t do you any good if you can’t cope with the stress.  Sure, everyone is trying to do more with less these days.  But over time, being chronically stretched too thin… Read more »

Temp-to-Hire 101

Need additional help, but are unsure if that need will be long-term? Want to try out a new employee before making a commitment to hire him or her? If so, temp-to-hire services may be right for your business.  In simple terms, temp-to-hire (also known as try-before-hire or temp-to-perm) lets you try out a candidate on-the-job before extending an offer… Read more »

Tips for Attracting Women to the Field of IT

In an age where women are everywhere in the workforce – from clerks to chemists to CEOs – women are still sorely underrepresented in the IT industry.  In fact: According to the National Center for Women and Information Technology, women hold over half of all professional positions in the U.S. workforce, but only 25% of… Read more »

The BLS Monthly Situation: What It Is and Why You Should Follow It

Ever feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information coming at you each day? With the barrage of data pouring in from newspapers, TV, the internet, social media, RSS feeds, e-mails, voicemails and good-old-fashioned face-to-face meetings, finding the critical information you need amidst all the “white noise” can be exhausting. Take the BLS Monthly Employment… Read more »

Give Your Staffing Firm Feedback to Get Better Results

Help your staffing service help you. Continuous improvement should be a goal of any business relationship – your relationship with your staffing provider is no exception.  Help your staffing firm deliver better results by providing them with frequent, measurable feedback.  By letting them know what they’re doing right, as well as how they can improve,… Read more »

Hiring: Tips for Writing Effective Candidate Rejection Letters

These days, with a greater number of candidates vying for the same openings in your company, you may find yourself having to say “No” more often.  Needless to say, writing rejection letters can be an unpleasant and stressful part of the hiring process. But even when you can’t offer a job applicant the position, you can still… Read more »

Overtime vs. Temporary Staffing – A Cost Analysis

You’ve just won a three-month contract with a major new client – congratulations!  Now, you need to figure out how to get the extra work done.  Should you pay your current employees overtime, or bring in temporary help?  Consider the following sample cost analysis.  It is based on an annual salary of $40,000 ($20.51/hr.), vs. time-and-one-half… Read more »

Five Traits to Help Identify Mentors in Your Organization

An effective mentoring program provides a wide range of business benefits: Facilitated onboarding.  Mentoring speeds up the process of bringing on new hires as well as redeploying existing employees into new lines of work. Increased employee satisfaction and retention.  Research has shown that employees who participate in mentoring programs have higher job satisfaction and reduced… Read more »