(This series focuses on the most common reasons we've heard for why recruiters don't want to offer contract staffing. These reasons are based on common misconceptions about contract staffing and prevent recruiters from reaping the benefits of offering contractors to their clients.)
Have you specifically asked your clients if they have a need…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on February 7, 2012 at 8:53am — No Comments
Any time is a good time to offer contract staffing services to your clients. But the recruiters we work say there are certain times when you should take extra care to mention that you are able to handle contract job orders:
1. When you get a new client - It's a good idea to let new clients know about ALL the services you provide, including contract staffing.
2. When a client has a position that is difficult to…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on February 2, 2012 at 2:23pm — No Comments
One of the most popular industries for contract staffing is Information Technology. It is also one of the trickiest to navigate in terms of overtime requirements.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)requires that most employees have to be paid at a rate of 1.5 times their regular pay rate for any hours worked over 40 in a work week. However, the FLSA allows for certain job classifications to be exempt from these overtime regulations. In most cases, in…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 31, 2012 at 8:34am — No Comments
It's a new year, and the usual predictions abound about what will be hot in 2012. Based on what we've been reading and hearing, here are the recruiting trends we think recruiters should keep an eye on:
1. Social Media Recruiting Wars - The race is on to see which social network, if any, will unseat LinkedIn as the recruiter's social network of choice. When it was released last year, a lot of people had their money on Google+ due to it's ability to…Continue
For various reasons, some workers prefer to be paid on 1099 instead of a W-2. But it's not worker's decision. The IRS guidelines determine whether a worker is classified as a 1099 independent contractor or a W-2 employee.
Still, recruiters and their clients often get push back when trying to convince…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 24, 2012 at 11:49am — No Comments
Everyone wants to make more money, and recruiters are no exception. One of easiest and most reliable ways for recruiters to make more money is to add contract staffing to their business models.
Contract staffing can help recruiters generate more income by:
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on January 17, 2012 at 4:50pm — No Comments
You probably already know how hot technology hiring is. Well, according to the Wall Street Journal, some of the hottest tech companies are also clamoring for interns in additional to full-time hires.
Tech companies ranging from start-ups to household names are expanding their internship programs,…Continue
What is your retirement plan? If you own your own recruiting firm, you don't have an employer contributing to a pension plan or 401(k), so all you have is Social Security, your own retirement savings, and your business.
But if you are strictly a direct-hire firm, you may find that your business is not all that sellable when it comes time to retire. After all, direct-hire firms do not have a steady stream of revenueto attract buyers. At best, you may have a client…Continue
Technology is changing the way we do almost everything, and it seems that job interviews are no exception. With the advent of Skype and other Internet video tools, video interviewing is supplementing, and in some cases replacing, the traditional in-person job interview process.
But is it right for you and your clients? You may want to consider the following pros and cons before deciding:…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on December 27, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Having trouble finding candidates willing to relocate? Well, according to a recent article from Human Resource Executive, you need look no further than the youngest crop of workers.
According to the article, where previous generations, particularly Generation X, have been reluctant to relocate, Millennials have been willing, if not eager to pick up and…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on December 21, 2011 at 8:36am — No Comments
Contract staffing is a great way to supplement your direct-hire placements with a steady stream of income. But why should you give away part of that income to a contract staffing back-office? Well, there are a number of reasons, and just for fun, we'll count down the top 10 reasons for you, Letterman-style:
10. No more employee questions or issues
9. Stop worrying about missing payroll
8. Stop worrying about whether a client will pay to cover the payroll…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on December 19, 2011 at 3:09pm — No Comments
With unemployment remaining steady around nine percent, the perception is that companies simply aren't hiring. But there are in fact many companies that say they are interested in hiring, but can't find workers with the right skills.
How can that be when, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 4.7 unemployed people for every vacant job? In a previous blog post, we talked about how employers are asking recruiters for more candidates…Continue
While the recession has supposedly been over for quite some time, many people are still feeling its effects. And it is quite possible that Baby Boomers are having the hardest time bouncing back.
A recent U.S. News & World Report article examines "The Recession's Impact…Continue
Despite getting off to a slow start, the H-1B visa cap for fiscal year 2012 was reached on Nov. 22, so U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is no longer accepting petitions.
H-1B visas allow employers to hire foreign workers with…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on December 5, 2011 at 11:46am — No Comments
Using a contract staffing back-office is a great way to reap the benefits of placing contractors without the hassle and risk that comes with employing those contractors. The question is, which contract staffing back-office should you entrust to be Employer of Record for your contractors?
Obviously, you want a back-office that has been in business for a long time and has a good reputation. But beyond those basics, here are a few…Continue
It's no secret that the days of women being the sole caretakers of the children and men being the sole breadwinners are a thing of the past. But according to a recent article by Human Resources Executive Online, many employers are failing to recognize that men need workplace flexibility just as much as their female counterparts.
According to the…Continue
Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on November 18, 2011 at 2:07pm — No Comments
Like they often do with unemployed candidates, employers tend to automatically eliminate any candidates deemed to be overqualified. Employers assume that overqualified candidates will not be satisfied and, as a result, will not stick around long.
But according to a recent Business News…Continue
In the world of staffing, the words "temp" and "contractor" are often used interchangeably. But in our experience, there are some differences between the two.
The word "temp" conjures up the old stereotype of the lower paid worker provided by a staffing agency. Temps often fill in for employees on vacation or to bridge the gap while a company replaces someone who has quit. Companies also turn to temps for…Continue