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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 …

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on September 3, 2014 at 1:30pm — No 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 …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

Healthcare Costs Drive Business Decisions, Impacting Recruiters, Candidates, and Companies

No matter how you feel about the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare), it is clear that employer-sponsored health insurance has become more expensive and complicated over the past several years. This reality is forcing many companies to make difficult business decisions that are impacting everyone in the employment arena.

Experts estimate that health insurance premiums for employer-sponsored plans have gone up 80-100% in the past decade. As a result, 49% of…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on June 18, 2014 at 1:04pm — No Comments

5 FLSA Basics Contract Staffing Recruiters Need to Know to Avoid Lawsuits

As Wage and Hour lawsuits under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) continue to break records, it is important for recruiters to known the basics of the regulations to protect themselves and clients from these devastating lawsuits.

FLSA lawsuits have increased 438% since 2000. There were 8,126…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on June 12, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Taking the Pain Out of Millennial Recruiting

How do you feel about recruiting Millennials? If the thought makes you involuntarily groan, you are not alone.  Whether or not you believe the stereotypes about this young generation, also known as Generation Y, it's clear that some recruiters are experiencing challenges when trying to place them.  

Before…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on June 4, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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