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Just Because You CAN Run Your Own Back-Office Doesn't Mean You SHOULD

With the multitude of home improvement stores and social media sites like Pinterest, we are increasingly becoming a Do It Yourself nation. Want to remodel your kitchen? DIY. Need a fabulous cake for a party. DIY.  But just because you CAN DIY doesn’t mean you SHOULD.  Saving a few bucks often is not worth the frustration, time, and risk associated with doing it yourself.

And so it goes with contract staffing.  Being cost-conscious, some recruiters try to go it alone when it comes to…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on February 25, 2014 at 4:58pm — No Comments

Final Obamacare Employer Mandate Rules: What They Really Mean to Recruiters

New Obamacare regulations released last week could impact a number of staffing and recruiting firms. The final employer mandate regulations of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) implements some delays and provides some clarification on issues concerning the…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on February 20, 2014 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

How to End Unemployed Discrimination

President Obama has asked employers to hire the long-term unemployed and has even gotten more than 300 companies to agree to improve their recruiting efforts to ensure the unemployed get a fair shake.

But as you know, this is easier said than…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on February 18, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

How to Identify Great Contract Candidates

As contract staffing becomes a long-term business strategy in many organizations, companies are increasingly turning to recruiters to find the best contract candidates. But what does the best contract candidate look like?

Beyond the traits you search for in ANY candidate, there are a few traits to look for specifically in contractors:

  1. Do they crave variety? If so, contract assignments are perfect. They will get the opportunity to work for different…

Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on February 6, 2014 at 1:02pm — No Comments

Contract Staffing 2013 Stats and 2014 Projections

Coming off a record-breaking 2013, contract staffing's growth is expected to continue as employers remain cautious about hiring on a direct basis.

Contracting achieved record high growth each month in 2013. As employment and economic expert Bruce…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on February 5, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Hottest Contract Staffing Jobs in IT, Manufacturing, and Healthcare

A couple of weeks ago, we shared our 2013 contract placement data indicating the top industries for contract staffing. Now we are taking a closer look at those placement stats, as well as industry data and information from recruiters, to determine what the top contract staffing jobs will be for 2014 in three of our top industries: Information…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 29, 2014 at 10:19am — No Comments

Facebook Sourcing 101

When you think about sourcing through social media, Facebook may not be the first network you think of. But with more than a billion users, Facebook boasts the largest database available.  And with it's new Graph Search, it is increasingly become a good additional sourcing tool for recruiters to have.

Graph Search is a bit limited because you can only…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 24, 2014 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

The Manufacturing/Engineering Buzz in Contract Staffing

Contract staffing recruiters in engineering/manufacturing can look forward to a good 2014 as staffing in the sector is expected to outpace service sector hiring.

Having added 500,00 jobs since the recession, manufacturing growth is expected to continue with manufacturers planning to increase hiring by 2.4% in the New Year, according to…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 21, 2014 at 5:06pm — No Comments

Top Industries for Contract Staffing

Each year, we track our contract placement data to determine the top industries for contract staffing. As contract employment broke records in 2013, our placement statistics show that contract staffing was especially strong in the following industries:

  1. Healthcare- 31%
  2. Business Professionals/Support Staff –…

Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 15, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

2014 Recruiting Predictions

In the past 21 years, we've seen a lot of changes and developments in the world of contract staffing and recruiting.  As has been our tradition for the past few years, we would like to offer our recruiting predictions for 2014 based on our own experience and statistics, discussions with recruiters, and industry data: 

  1. More increases in contract staffing.  Last June, contract staffing reached an all-time high of 2.7 million active contractors.  A recent survey by…

Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 10, 2014 at 4:09pm — 6 Comments

Recruiters: How to Cash in on Hot Technology Market

There may be mixed reports on the overall hiring climate in the United States, but there appears to be little uncertainty when it comes to Technology. All reports indicate that hiring in that sector hot, particularly in the contract staffing realm. Even better, there are plenty of opportunities for recruiters to take advantage of this trend.

Citing a study from TheLadders, Recruiter reports that 70% of today's hottest jobs come from the technology sector. Moreover,…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on December 5, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

4 Payroll Funding Options for Contract Staffing Recrutiers

One of the most difficult aspects of contract staffing from a recruiter's perspective is funding the payroll. The nature of contract staffing requires you, as the employer of the contractors, to pay the contractors BEFORE you are paid by the client.  While you pay your contractors weekly or at least every other week, it could be 30 to 90 days before you receive payment from the clients. You could have several thousand dollars outstanding at any one time for just one…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on November 26, 2013 at 10:22am — No Comments

4 Ways Contract Staffing Can Relieve Recruiter Stress

While recruiting is ultimately a rewarding profession, it's one that comes with it's share of stress and frustration. Many recruiters shy away from contract staffing because they think it will only add to their stress. But in fact, contract staffing can help relieve many common causes of recruiter stress, including:

  1. Unpredictable income. This is the number-one source of stress for many direct hire recruiters.  No matter how many placements…

Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on November 22, 2013 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Try-Before-You-Buy Becoming a Staple of the Hiring Process

Employee referrals. Assessment tests. Exhaustive interview processes.

These are all strategies that companies use to make sure they hire workers who are qualified AND are good cultural fits.  But many are finding these longstanding techniques are not enough and are turning to "try-before-you-buy" methods to help ensure successful hires.

This was a hot topic at a recent…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on November 20, 2013 at 9:31am — No Comments

Lessons from the Trenches: 5 Ws of LinkedIn Marketing for Recruiters

Like nearly everyone in business, we have been building our social media presence over the past few years. As recruiters see us out on social media sites, we often get questions about the "right" way to use them. Because most of our exposure and experience is from LinkedIn, many of the questions we receive surround this site. Here are the "Five Ws" of LinkedIn marketing we have learned through our own efforts.


As with any marketing effort, your success is…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on November 12, 2013 at 1:09pm — No Comments

Top 5 Contract Staffing Myths: Recruiter Edition

Contract staffing is surrounded by a number of myths and misconceptions. These myths often keep recruiters from enjoying the increased sales, steady cash flow, and client loyalty that come from offering contract staffing.

Here is a summary of the top five contract staffing myths  . . . and why they are not true:

Myth 2: My clients don't need contractors. 

Truth: According to the…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on November 6, 2013 at 8:52am — No Comments

Can Pinterest Work for Recruiters?

Looking for fall decor ideas? Pinterest is your site. Planning a wedding? Pin away. Looking for job candidates? See you later Pinterest. 

While extremely popular, Pinterest is often looked at as just a fun, mindless way to pass time. Sure, it's a great marketing platform for dress shops and craft stores, but most service-based businesses struggle to see Pinterest as a viable marketing channel.

But don't…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on October 15, 2013 at 9:30am — 11 Comments

What does a contract staffing back-office do?

When adding contract staffing services to your existing direct-hire recruiting business, you must first decide how you are going to handle the back-office tasks. You can handle them yourself, or you can outsource them to a contract staffing back-office service.

Most recruiters opt to outsource because it allows them to focus on contract placement opportunities without taking away from their direct-hire business. A contract staffing back-office service should assume…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on October 11, 2013 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Is There A Soft Skills Shortage?

There has been a lot of talk about a technical skills shortage in the United States. Some industries have already experienced it, but there have been warnings that, with the aging workforce and other factors, this will someday be an issue in nearly every industry.

But could American employers already be struggling with a different kind of skills shortage? According to a…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on October 10, 2013 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Contract Staffing Myth: You Need Stable of Contractors

There are a number of reasons why recruiters shy away from contract placements, but most of those reasons are results of myths or misconceptions. One common myth about contract staffing is that you have to have a stable of contractors ready because clients may request them at a moment's notice.

This misconception is tied to the temp agency model. They have a group of temps who are employed by the agency and are sent out to assignment after assignment, most of which only last a few…


Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on October 3, 2013 at 2:50pm — No Comments


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