December 2011 Blog Posts (133)

A Good Year

2011 was a good year.  For us it was a good year primarily because it was better than last year.

Business owners, recruiters, salespeople etc… we all set goals and have objectives for things we’d like to accomplish, levels we’d like to reach.  But in the end, if we did more business this year than last year, it was a good year.  Businesses want to grow.  This is what they are built to do and doing more business each year defines growth.

For most in recruiting, 2011 was a… Continue

Added by Todd Kmiec on December 31, 2011 at 4:35pm — No Comments

5 Easy vocal tips to get your message across: "IT'S NOT WHAT YOU SAY, IT'S HOW YOU SAY IT!"

The speech messages you deliver in words are accompanied by vocal messages. The manner in which the words are spoken often makes the message clear and understandable. The vocal tones which accompany words may affect the acceptance the listener has of the message.

For example, because your voice is an audible representation of your physical and emotional state, the vocal tones may reinforce positively the words you speak. Or the tone may send a conflicting, negative, message. Think of…


Added by Cora Mae Lengeman on December 30, 2011 at 5:14pm — 10 Comments

Having Issues finding a Front End Web Developer in Chicago

I have been searching online and cannot find a strong front end web developer thats available that is local to Chicago.  Any help would be great

Added by JT Patel on December 30, 2011 at 10:49am — No Comments

Who is the Employer of Record in Contract Staffing Situations?

In a typical contract staffing situation, a company utilizes the services of a worker for a specific amount of time and outsources the employment of that worker to a third party. That third party is often referred to as the Employer of Record and serves as the W-2 employer for that worker.  As the Employer of Record, the third party takes on the legal liability and the responsibility for the following employment…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on December 29, 2011 at 10:28am — 2 Comments

Career Planning…. New Years Resolutions

For those who read my blog, you'll know I've recently changed jobs, and I've been pretty slack in posting here in the last year.  Some will say "again?" others have been congratulatory, I have to say it has been an interesting experience.  I'm 37 years old and I'm into my 5th professional job (not counting the moss farming, kitchen hand and service station attendant during University and high school).  Being the new boy again, facing those nerves of the unknown, will they like me? will…


Added by Dan Nuroo on December 29, 2011 at 7:39am — No Comments

Who should you follow!!

Who should you follow!!


So in reality you should not strive to be a follower but a leader. That said this post is about who out in the industry should you follow. By follow I mean on twitter, connected to on Linkedin, RSS feeds etc. People or companies that will provide you valuable information about staffing and recruiting. This list is not all encompassing, but hits allot of the biggies.


Now as I am sure I do not…


Added by Dean Da Costa on December 27, 2011 at 10:55pm — 5 Comments

Goodbye 2011 and Hello 2012! [Video]

After celebrating the holidays, Guido gets bored and decides to pass the time by making fun of Jim Stroud. Special thanks to Jason Bax of Business Unusual! (

Added by Jim Stroud on December 27, 2011 at 6:16pm — 2 Comments

Contract Staffing Finishing the Year Strong

There's a lot of good news about contract staffing as 2011 comes to a close.

Citing data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Staffing Industry Analysts has reported that the number of contract/temporary workers increased by 22,300 in November, bringing the total of…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on December 27, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Order Qualifying...Makes or Breaks Recruiters

When it comes to qualifying, there are 3 questions I live by.  The first is "Why is this position open?"  The second is "What are the details of the job?"  And last, but certainly not least, "What is the budget for the project?" These seem simple enough, and easy to say...but so many people I have worked with don't ask these questions, and then wonder why their candidate doesn't get hired or the company goes dark on them.…


Added by Zachary Sines on December 27, 2011 at 2:21pm — 2 Comments

Tech Tuesday. 2011in very short review.

2011 was a huge year for Technology news, both good and bad. We gained the robot we dreamed of as kids when Siri was introduced this fall, but we lost one of the greatest minds technology has known just one day later with the…


Added by SkillStorm on December 27, 2011 at 9:05am — No Comments

Common Software Engineering Skills Are Difficult to Recruit

We've reported this year that hiring demand for Software Engineers has been strong this year while the talent supply remains limited, making these jobs one of the hardest to fill in the US. We noticed that many job ads for Software Engineers required Linux or Unix skills and one of the following programming languages:  C++, Java, XML, or Ruby. If you are currently recruiting for these skills, the below charts can be shared with the hiring manager to develop your strategy for sourcing the…


Added by Carolyn Menz on December 27, 2011 at 9:05am — 3 Comments

Merry Christmas

What makes a Christmas Merry?  There are a lot of good answers for this….Family, Faith, Good Presents (my kids would say).  What I believe makes a a Christmas Merry and a New Years Happy for most people is optimism.

There are many people starting a new career or advancing their career with a new company.  I know, we’ve placed a bunch of them.  There are many companies growing and looking forward to reaching greater levels in their business.  I know this as well, we talk…


Added by Todd Kmiec on December 25, 2011 at 7:44pm — No Comments

Gordon Basichis, Corra Group Co-Founder Included on List of 100 Top Facebook Authors

As some may have noticed, not everything I write about concerns employment screening,staffing, or the pitfalls of the job market in this current environment.  I have done a fair share of articles about all that, and my concerns are with the rudiments of staffing  and job acquisition and how they apply to employment screening.

But then there is the other side, that literary side the creeps in every now and then, causing me to abandoned all  he distractions in the wee hours of…


Added by Gordon Basichis on December 23, 2011 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

Ten Wishes in Twenty-Ten for 'The Green Suits'

Cross-posted from The Green Suits:

In every year past, we predicted that things were going to get better on the green and sustainable career track. While some of us have made gains and landed great jobs, most of the rest of us struggle to establish…


Added by Dan Smolen on December 23, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Season's Greetings

Added by Dan Smolen on December 23, 2011 at 11:12am — 1 Comment

It's Your World That Matters, Not The Whole World

Talking with a client today he said “It is going to be a very slow 2012 for technology hiring.”

Really?  That’s one of the most surprising things I’ve heard recently.  That is not what I’ve been hearing from others and not what we are currently experiencing.  For this client, and really for all of us, what is happening in our world is far more important to focus on than what is happening in the rest of the world.

It is important to pay attention to what is going on…


Added by Todd Kmiec on December 23, 2011 at 10:46am — No Comments

How To Automatically Push Job Posts to Your Social Media Networks

Many companies out there are still trying to figure out how to best leverage the power of social media for their marketing efforts and recruiting and staffing firms are no different. Lots of firms have set up a presence on social media platforms such as Twitter and LinkedIn to connect with a larger audience and publicize their job posts but are still trying to find their footing.

I’ve found that the big challenge these firms are facing is that they’re unsure of how to manage the…


Added by Rachel Lai on December 22, 2011 at 6:15pm — No Comments

Tried & True: the Job Board Still Delivers

Job boards have gotten a bad rap over the past few years. A lot of it has to do with the reputation of the big boards like Monster and social media fairies exclaiming the end is near. The naysayers could not be farther from the truth.

Now, I have all the proof I need to know that job boards are…


Added by Chris Russell on December 22, 2011 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

Updating your CV over Christmas?

Like thousands of people around the world you may be contemplating updating your CV whilst you enjoy a spot of R&R this Christmas but will you get it right?

Speak to three recruiters and you’ll get three opinions as to how to lay it out, what to include, etc. There is no correct answer as we all have our preferred style because we believe it works.

However, some things are fundamental and you should get them right so here is a short list of…


Added by Steve Williams on December 22, 2011 at 11:59am — 3 Comments

How to Lure An Employee From A Competitor

Terminegger and King Eggward, Easter Competitors

Recruiting a new employee from a competitor can result in finding a person who is skilled, works in the industry and might even bring clients with them. As great as recruiting from a rival might seem, caution is needed along with a certain amount of tact, especially if you operate a small business. Here is what you need to…


Added by Philippe Gauvin on December 22, 2011 at 10:39am — No Comments

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