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2015 Contract Staffing and Recruiting Trends

2014 was a big year for contract staffing. The “temporary help services sector” added jobs and broke records nearly every month. This growth continues even now that direct hiring has finally bounced back from the recession.…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 21, 2015 at 4:42pm — No Comments

Critical Obamacare Facts for Staffing Firms

It seems like we've been hearing about the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) employer mandate for forever. If nothing changes, the provision will finally start to take effect January 1. With that in mind, let's review some critical facts about the law for staffing firms.

  • If you have 50 or more full-time or "full-time equivalent" employees, you will have to provide healthcare insurance to full-time employees under the employer mandate. This includes ALL W-2 employees on your…

Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on November 11, 2014 at 1:23pm — No Comments

4 Common Background Check Restrictions to Watch for When Placing Contractors

When it comes to background check compliance, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) gets most of the attention. However, there is more than just federal law to consider. More and more states and localities are creating their own criminal background checks laws that you must make sure are followed when checks are run on your contractors. Even if…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on November 5, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

4 Things Staffing Firms Need to Know About Marijuana Legalization


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on October 28, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Close Your Most Difficult Job Orders By Year's End!

Can you believe it is the fourth quarter of 2014 already? For many recruiters, this is "crunch time," where they try to close as many placements as possible before the end of the year. But as clients continue to drag their feet on hiring…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on October 23, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Solution to Retirement-Driven Skills Shortages

Just as news about the economy is finally starting to take a more positive slant, companies face another challenge: the loss of experienced and knowledgeable workers due to Baby Boomer retirements.

Of course, this is no surprise. Approximately 76 million people were born between 1946 and 1964, placing them in the Baby Boomer generation. The financial crisis delayed the inevitable as many Americans found their retirement funds depleted and were forced to delay retirement. But Boomers…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on October 16, 2014 at 4:50pm — No Comments

The Secrets of Contract Staffing Success as Told By a Veteran Recruiter

Recruiting is all about relationships. Contract staffing is no exception. Getting contract job orders depends on your ability to nurture existing relationships with clients and creating new ones.

When it comes to building client relationships Linda Blakemore, President and Owner of the …


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on October 2, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Will Obamacare Be a Windfall or Downfall for Your Recruiting Firm?

It looks like the highly debated employer mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) may really go into effect. Barring any last minute changes, the mandate will be effective on January 1, 2015, for certain employers. 

Employers have been preparing for this for some time. Some have instituted hiring freezes or cut employee hours…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on September 18, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Contract Staffing No Longer Last Resort for Candidates

Once upon a time, workers typically took contract staffing positions when they couldn't find a direct hire position. Those days are gone. Now, many workers WANT to be contractors. Contracting is not a last resort. It's a conscious choice.

Currently, 17.7 million Americans are identified as "independent workers (contractors, temps, freelancers, business owners, etc.), according to the…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on September 11, 2014 at 2:51pm — No Comments

Is Your Recruiting Firm at the Mercy of the Economy?

As a recruiter, have you ever felt like your livelihood was at the mercy of economic whims? That you are travelling down a winding path without a map? If so, taking a look at recent statistics could provide the map you are looking for. All signs pointing to contract staffing in all economic conditions.

Forty-two percent of employers told CareerBuilder that they planned to hire contractors in 2014. If you look at the Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs reports for the past…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on September 3, 2014 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Millennials Ready to Change the Workforce - Is Your Firm Ready for Them?

It appears that Millennials (or Generation Y if you prefer) aren't just a part of the workforce, they are poised to take it over and make fundamental changes.

The most common age in the current workforce is now 22, followed by 23 and 21, according to …


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on August 27, 2014 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Protecting Your Firm and Client From Co-Employment

If you outsource the contract staffing back-office tasks or are considering doing so, it's probably because you are trying to avoid the liability associated with having contractors.

But without a properly established relationship between you, your back-office, your client, and your candidate, you could end up stuck with employment liability and…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on August 21, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Financial Stakes for Worker Misclassifcation Getting Steeper

Incorrectly classifying 1099 independent contractors (ICs) as W-2 employees has been a risky proposition for quite some time now. But as government agencies increasingly work together to end the practice, the financial stakes keep getting higher. 

The government is very concerned about worker misclassification due to the loss of tax revenue it…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on August 12, 2014 at 2:37pm — No Comments

How to Become the Recruiter of Choice for Contractors

It appears that we are now entering a candidate-driven market in BOTH the direct hire AND contract staffing worlds.  As candidates increasingly choose contract staffing as a lifestyle, recruiters are becoming more concerned…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on August 6, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Are You Settling for Mac and Cheese?

 Roast pork, red wine. Dinner. Don't you just love the feeling of closing a direct hire placement? That big placement fee reminds you that all the work you put into your placements is worth it.  Maybe you even splurge and celebrate with a fillet mignon dinner.

But what happens when the big placement fee runs out? Do you worry about when the next one will come? Do you start cutting back and…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on August 4, 2014 at 10:37am — No Comments

Which Offers More Job Security: Direct Hire or Contract Staffing?

In the not so distant past, the title question would have been a no-brainer.  Direct hire, right? After all, workers in contract staffing were often referred to as temps.  Certainly a work arrangement that is temporary by it's very nature could not be more secure than traditional employment.

But we are now living in a post-recession world, a world where there…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on July 23, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Companies Taking Longer Than Ever To Hire

Recent statistics on the job market provide a positive outlook for both the direct hire and contract sides of recruiters' desks. But on the heels of that good news is a less positive statistic: it is taking companies an average of 25.1 days to fill open positions, according to the …


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on July 16, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Latest Jobs Report = Great News for Recruiters

Finally some good news on the economy: The United States added 288,000 jobs last month and unemployment dropped to 6.1%, the lowest point since September 2008,according to the latest Employment Situation Summary for June…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on July 9, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Recruiters: Get the Most from Internet Marketing

The Internet provides so many ways to promote your recruiting firm and its contract staffing services. Are you getting the most out of it?  Here are some tricks on how to best utilize the most common common Internet mediums:

Your Firm's website

Can visitors easily tell that you offer contract staffing without digging too far into your site?…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on July 7, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Secret Behind the Most Successful Recruiters

What separates a highly successful recruiter from an average one? Well, over the past 20 years in the contract staffing industry, we have noticed one characteristic that seems to set the best recruiters apart from the rest - their keen ability to build strong recruiter-client relationships. Sounds simple enough, but what does that really mean? Specifically, we have found that recruiters who are successful in contract staffing AND direct hire do the following…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on June 25, 2014 at 11:32am — No Comments


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