Land the Best Candidate When Budgets are Tight

Tips for Successful Salary Negotiations Congratulations!  You’ve found a superstar with the ideal skills, personality and experience for the position. But you still have one hurdle to overcome – salary negotiations.  Landing the cream of the crop without blowing your personnel budget can be tricky.  To help, here is a quick list of strategies for… Read more »

Staffing Employees: Extraordinary Human Resources

What’s the single most important variable in the success (or failure) of your business? Your staff. Steven Berchem, Certified Staffing Professional and Vice President of the American Staffing Association, posted a great article on the ASA website which addresses the ways today’s businesses are using staffing to gain real competitive advantage.  Here are a few… Read more »

How to Ensure Your Temporary Employees are Productive and Efficient

When used strategically, temporary staffing can improve productivity, increase capacity to handle spikes in workload, and provide access to specialized skill sets – all without increasing your fixed expenses. To help ensure your temporary staff is as efficient and productive as possible, be sure to follow these 5 key steps: Step #1: Determine the type… Read more »

How Middle Tennessee Employers Can Identify High Performers

Superstars.  Overachievers.  High performers. Whatever you call them, you know your company’s success depends on hiring and retaining them.  The following list will help you identify what sets the best and brightest apart: They have found their focus.  High performers know their strengths and have found an expression for their talents in the workplace. They are… Read more »

Ways to Attract New Employment Talent to IT

The Bureau Labor Statistics reports that employment of computer and information systems managers is expected to grow 17 percent over the 2008-18 decade (faster than the average for all occupations). However, due to a decline in the number of students enrolling in math, computer and science courses, employers may not find the qualified graduates they… Read more »

Tips for Writing Effective Job Descriptions

Have you ever bought something on impulse?  Ever wonder what attracted you to the item in the first place? Whatever the reason, something about the way that product was marketed created a strong attraction in you – strong enough to make you act. In many ways, job postings are a lot like the impulse items… Read more »

Why the Lowest Price isn’t Always the Best Value in Staffing

Most of us today are conditioned to look for the best possible price.  In most cases, this makes good economic sense.  But when it comes to staffing services, the company offering the lowest prices isn’t necessarily going to deliver the best value. Here are a few good reasons why shopping around for the lowest-priced temporary… Read more »

Tips for Creating an Empowered Workplace

As a manager, you know that empowered employees: have the authority, and take the initiative, to make sound business decisions; are energetic, passionate and committed to doing a great job; are creative and innovative problem solvers; continually strive to improve quality, productivity and morale; all because they feel personally rewarded for doing so. But while… Read more »

5 Ways to Ensure Your IT Project FAILS

IT projects can fail due to any number of reasons.  But most failures start with poor project management.  As a project manager, you’ll want to make sure you avoid these “5 keys to failure”: “Take as Much Time as You Need.” The more time you give to a project–the longer it will take!  Project managers… Read more »

Common Job Interview Questions for IT and Technical Professionals

Whether preparing to evaluate job candidates, or getting ready for an upcoming job interview yourself, this list of top interview questions will help you prepare. Question 1: Describe a recent project where you were responsible for managing multiple people or teams. What were some of the key challenges and how did you handle those challenges? … Read more »