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 »

Ways Staffing Services Can Decrease Employment Costs

The time and costs associated with recruiting, screening, testing and hiring employees are significant.  So why do it?  If your personnel needs are short-term, seasonal or project-oriented, consider working with a staffing service.  A staffing firm can provide access to the talent you need, while eliminating many employment related expenses, including: Recruiting.  A staffing service can assume responsibility… Read more »

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 »