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We’ve been recruiting finance and accounting professionals long enough to know that we have some expertise in the area. And, we don’t mind talking about it. Find a number of articles here for job seekers and employers alike!
When you think of the word disruption, what comes to mind? Perhaps you associate it with chaos, confusion, or disturbance. After all, disruption can certainly be upsetting. (COVID-19 comes to mind.) Disruption, however, can also be synonymous with innovation, reinvention, and progress.
We are thrilled to announce that we have chosen to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati, and we’re kicking off this new partnership with a FUNdraising initiative that puts the focus on fun!
Interviewing. Does that word alone cause your heart to race and palms to sweat? One of the best ways to calm your nerves is to prepare—and our new resource will help you do just that! Introducing… Ace the Interview: An Interview Guide for Job Seekers. Download your free copy!
As a staffing company, it is our job to step up and promote fairness and equality in the workforce. We recently asked our Staffmark Group team members to share their own stories of perseverance, accomplishment, and heroism.
A message of thanks on Employee Appreciation Day 2021 from CEO Geno Cutolo: Through every obstacle, you have persevered. You have shown commendable commitment and dedication, and I am so thankful and proud.
The internet has made the job search process convenient and easy. Unfortunately, it has also given scammers a platform to take advantage of job seekers. Before you apply for a job online, especially work at home jobs, watch for these warning signs.
I’m excited to announce that Hunter Hamilton has received ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing Client Award for the third consecutive year and the Talent Award for the fourth consecutive year. Across all Staffmark Group brands, our organization earned 18 Best of Staffing Awards in 2021, including five at the Diamond level, a distinction given to agencies that have won the award for five or more years in a row.
Leadership plays a critical role in addressing mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. After all, a leader’s primary role is to support their team. In this blog, CEO Geno Cutolo shares five ways that employers and managers can become more effective leaders and better support employees during COVID-19 and other challenging times.
No one needs to tell you why it’s important for employees to be happy at work. When morale stinks, engagement suffers — which can do a real number on productivity, work quality, business growth, and retention. While there isn’t a one-size-fits-all way for engaging staff, these strategies are a good place to start.
I’ve heard this analogy used to describe COVID-19’s impact: “We’re all in the same storm, but we’re not all in the same boat.” As a staffing company, we have seen firsthand the varying impact on employers and employees. All of us at Staffmark Group feel the calling and responsibility to help our clients and employees weather this storm. To help you better understand how our team is rising to the challenge, I’d like to share some tools we are using to aid this effort.
Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks and gathering with loved ones over a delicious meal. While I’m looking forward to this holiday, I know that it will look and feel different this year – as it likely will for you, as well. This week’s Thanksgiving holiday is an opportunity to reflect on our many blessings. It’s easy to feel grateful when life is good, but what about difficult times?
Want to receive your 2020 W2 faster? You can elect to receive your W2 electronically, and you’ll receive it sooner than you will through the mail. Plus, you don’t have to worry about having sensitive information sitting in your mailbox.
Our country continues to slowly march toward economic recovery with more people returning to the workforce. The recovery is still unknown, but according to a COVID-19 Staffing Needs Analysis conducted by Hanover Research for Staffmark Group and RGF Staffing, 43% of organizations expect to see a continued impact of COVID-19 on their organizations for the next six to 12 months.
It’s become a common problem: candidates are accepting multiple offers and then not showing up on day one – aka, ghosting their employers. This is not only frustrating to employers, it’s costly too. Luckily, there are steps you can take to reduce it.
National Staffing Employee Week is a time to celebrate the stars of our workforce – YOU, our temporary and contract employees. CEO Geno Cutolo takes a moment to thank our contract and temporary employees for the outstanding work they do each and every day!
You’re certainly not alone if you’ve been managing an increased level of stress and anxiety lately. Nearly 7 in 10 employees reported that COVID-19 is the most stressful time of their professional career. Your mental health impacts all aspects of your personal and professional life. Now, more than ever, each of us need to make it a priority.
COVID-19 has underscored the importance of resilience. This crisis is unpredictable and complex, and it has deeply impacted our personal and professional lives. Recovery will require hard work, patience, and strength.
Budgeting can be difficult enough on a steady paycheck. But when your income varies from one month to the next, getting your finances in order can feel like a daunting task. Here are seven tips to help you organize your finances.
COVID-19 forced many businesses to temporarily close their doors or change the way they work, and I know that many of you were impacted by these changes. The good news is that many areas are beginning to reopen, and so now is the time to take control of your job search.
How are you using LinkedIn? If you’re simply updating your profile every now and then, you’re missing out! There are a number of things you can do on LinkedIn to catch the attention of recruiters, employers, and former coworkers.
We’re excited to announce that Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) has named two of our company’s executives to their 2020 40 Under 40 list: Julie Litteral, VP of field human resources, and Justin McCollum, director of sales. The list, now in its third year, is a shout-out to those moving the industry forward.
While in-person interviews are often preferred, there are a number of benefits that virtual interviews provide, including reduced time to hire, cost savings, and scheduling simplification. We have been conducting virtual interviews for quite some time, and so we recently gathered our top tips into a new resource.
COVID-19 has disrupted lives, livelihoods, businesses, and communities. This is a challenging time, but it is also an opportunity to strengthen our connections and rely on teamwork. Here are three strategies that are strengthening our teams.
With everything going on in the world today, more and more companies are meeting with candidates by phone or video rather than conducing in-person interviews. To help you make a great first impression, we put together a virtual interview checklist. Check it out!
Whether you’re onboarding employees for a satellite office, opening a new location from afar, or adding work-from-home employees to the team, it’s important to provide a warm welcome and an organized process, even if you can’t do it in person. If you’ve been tasked with onboarding remote workers, consider these ten best practices.
No one needs to tell you that one of the keys to staying positive in the workplace is to enjoy what you’re doing. However, each of us is bound to face personal or professional challenges that will impact our attitudes and productivity at work. Regardless of your circumstances, there are a number of tactics that you can use to stay positive, and many are actually quite simple.
One of the most amazing things about great customer service is that you don’t have to go to extravagant measures to please and delight your customers. It’s the small things – the attention to detail, a gentle tone of voice, genuine kindness, the giving of your time – that make the biggest impact.
In our always-on-at-all-costs corporate culture, we often find it difficult to justify taking a few minutes of time for ourselves, let alone a whole lunch hour during the day. But this style of working isn’t just hard to maintain; it can actually be a detriment to our careers. Taking periodic breaks helps maximize productivity and is critical to your mental, physical, and emotional health.
What are your goals? Do you want to earn a professional certification? Do you want to be a part of a special project? Do you want a promotion? The best laid plans can’t be accomplished without first identifying the steps that must be done to achieve your goals. And time management is an important part of the equation.
We’re excited to announce that Hunter Hamilton has received ClearlyRated’s 2020 Best of Staffing® Client and Talent Awards for providing superior service! The best part: this award came from YOU, our valued clients and employees. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, Indeed, and Glassdoor, ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing is the only service award program for the staffing industry […]
Unfortunately, many people aren’t sure exactly how to go about finding a mentor — and an ideal one, at that. They start there searching thinking they need a seasoned professional who’s been in the business for years. While this is often the case, your choice in mentor isn’t about age so much as who will best suit your needs — and suit your needs at that particular time. So, we suggest you consider the following when looking for someone to help you grow your career.
The market has changed and hiring strategies must follow. These tips will help you create a hiring blueprint to better attract talent in today’s competitive market, make job offers that will get accepted, and retain new employees.
As we prepare to ring in the New Year, most of us have a grocery list of resolutions. We want to exercise more, lose weight, get organized, and live life to the fullest. If “make a career change” is on your list, consider these tips!
Deciding what to give employees is often the hardest part of the holidays — second only to how much you should spend. While giving gifts to your team isn’t mandatory, nor is it allowed in all organizations, you probably want to show them just how much you care. Here are some ideas on how to get gift-giving right this time of year.
CEO Geno Cutolo explores the term “servant leadership” in this blog post, including what it means to him and tips for applying it to your personal and professional life. What does servant leadership mean to you?
Cincinnati, OH, November 18, 2019 – Staffmark Group announced that Stacey Lane, executive VP of field operations, and Jennifer Prospero, CFO, have been named to Staffing Industry Analysts’ (SIA) Global Power 150 Women in Staffing list. SIA first launched the list in 2015 to celebrate the most influential women in staffing. Today, the list includes […]
Check out four of the seven trends that are included in our 2020 Hiring Trends & Salary Guide. Then contact your local office to receive your FREE copy to read all seven trends and see salary data for your industry and market.
Not getting the job doesn’t mean you did something wrong. You could’ve nailed the interview and still walk away without an offer. Here are a few reasons why a potential employer can’t bring you on.
Contract work can be great for your career! It provides opportunities to gain new experiences within new industries, learn new skills, and boost your resume. Now about that resume – how exactly should you list contract work?
It takes more than restructuring and launching new vision statements to achieve organizational transformation. CEO Geno Cutolo shares five elements that every company needs to inspire change.
Rejected job offers are inevitable. Check out five of the most common reasons, along with tips to improve your offer acceptance rate.
Happy National Staffing Employee Week 2019 from CEO Geno Cutolo!
When you need help covering a special project or a seasonal peak, here are some tips for hiring temporary staff. Seasonal staffing can be challenging, but it doesn’t need to be stressful!
Feeling “blah” about your job? These seven tips will help you breathe new life into your job and achieve greater job satisfaction.
An employee retention plan does not need to be extensive or expensive. There are a number of strategies you can implement today for little to no cost. Here are 10!
Volunteering helps non-profit organizations deliver their mission to improve the community. In turn, it helps you feel useful and productive, thus improving your confidence and self-worth. Making a difference in the lives of others is rewarding and life-changing.
There’s been a lot of talk within our teams about the goal setting process, so I wanted to share some of my top tips for setting (and crushing!) organizational, team, and individual goals.
Branding goes beyond attracting your target customers to buy your product or service. It’s also important to develop your employer brand. What is an employer brand? It can be defined in one word: perception. When people think about working for your company, what thoughts and feelings come to mind? How do candidates perceive you as […]
Yes, you most definitely should follow-up after an interview! Use these interview thank you note tips to make a good impression and become a top candidate!
Whether you’re just starting your first job or already settled into a lifelong career, it never hurts to get a little advice. We asked our team about their favorite career advice and how it helped them get to where they are today, and here’s what they had to say!
While most employers understand the importance of candidate engagement, busy schedules make it difficult for recruiters to personally engage with all candidates in their databases on a consistent basis. Fortunately, there are a number of ways that recruiting teams can use technology to automate candidate touches and keep the candidate informed and engaged.
New grads can be a great resource for companies of any size or industry. They’re full of energy and new ideas, and they’re excited for their first real world job. As you prepare to recruit and hire new grads, keep these tips in mind!
Employers report that skilled trades vacancies are among the hardest to fill. Savvy employers, however, have found great success recruiting skilled personnel from a largely untapped resource: the men and women who make up our US military veteran community.
Whenever I speak to transitioning soldiers, sailors, airmen, or Marines, I always tell them just how lucky they are. When I think back to my own transition almost 25 years ago, the resources available to my fellow soldiers and me were very limited.
Staffmark Group’s vision is to “change the world – one life, one job, one community at a time.” Here’s a story that illustrate how we impact lives.
If you find your salary structure isn’t in line with industry standards, or if you’ve skipped pay increases for the past few years, how exactly do you make your wages fair and equitable? And how do you ensure this situation doesn’t happen again? Find out!
Changing careers has likely come to mind at some point. For most, however, that’s often where it ends–at a thought. Here’s what you should do to make your career change actually happen.
It isn’t always easy to determine when to hire. Hire too soon, and there may not be enough work to go around. Drag your feet, and your staff will struggle. Luckily, there are signs that can point to the need for additional staff.
Unemployment is at a record low, making it difficult for many companies to find and recruit great candidates. Here are 10 tips to rework the interview and hiring process in your favor.
The idea of a new career is exciting, but the task of finding the right one can be daunting. The whole process can be easier with the help of a recruiter! Here’s how!
To compete in today’s tight talent market, some companies are revisiting their job requirements to widen their talent pool. Here’s why some companies are revisiting their hiring criteria and how you can successfully adopt this strategy.
A heartfelt message from Geno Cutolo, our CEO and president, thanking our internal and external employees on National Employee Appreciation Day 2019.
More than 52 percent of people are unhappy in the workplace — and nearly 70 percent are disengaged. But all is not lost. Here are ten ways you can take an active role in your employees’ satisfaction and happiness.
We’re excited to announce that Hunter Hamilton has received ClearlyRated’s 2019 Best of Staffing® Award for providing superior service to our clients and talent!
To better understand what it really takes to get recognized at work, I recently asked my team this question: what can employees do to get noticed (or even promoted!) at work? Here’s what they had to say!
To remain competitive in today’s talent-driven market, successful employers are embracing these hiring trends. Check them out – and request your copy of our 2019 Salary Guide!
Happy New Year! How was 2018 for you? What goals did you reach? We encourage you to take stock in all that you accomplished – both personally and professionally. Upon reflecting on the last year, we put together a highlights video – and we want to share it with you!
Congrats, you got the job! Now it’s time to decide what to wear. From business professional to trade, we’re here to crack the code — or dress code, that is — of today’s workplace, so you can take the guesswork out of what to wear and feel confident. Follow these tips and you’ll be sure to make a great first impression.
There are many options for employment, especially in today’s market! For some jobs, there are more job openings than available workers. You are in the driver’s seat! One of the best ways to get connected to a variety of career opportunities is through a staffing agency. And we’d love for you to choose us – and here’s why!
When it comes to hiring the best and the brightest, you’ve got to act fast. Recruitment has become a free for all, and your business likely needs a new strategy to attract the best. Here are six creative recruiting techniques you should consider to fill your next vacancy!
Did you know that it costs five times as much to land a new customer as it does to keep an existing one? One of the best ways to retain customers is appreciation. Here are eight ways to thank your customers for their loyalty!
Customer service stories inspire me and make me wonder how I (and each member of our organization) can apply that same level of service to our customers, talent, and staff. With this in mind, I recently asked my team: what is the best customer service you have received? Check out their responses, and then share your story on our Facebook page.
If you want to advance your career, you need to raise your visibility in the workplace, and that often starts in the conference room. It’s the one place where you will consistently have the opportunity for your voice to be heard. The following strategies are some of the simplest ways to make your next meeting work for you.
The US is facing a talent shortage — a shortage to the tune of 6.6 million jobs! The competition is fierce. And that’s why employer branding has become an important part of talent acquisition and retention. In fact, it may be just as important as the marketing strategies you use to woo customers. Here are my six go-to strategies that benefit both employers and employees.
We all appreciate good customer service but don’t always take time to recognize it. This year, make a point of showing your appreciation to employees who really understand your customer base by celebrating Customer Service Week. Here are a few of our favorite ways to celebrate!
Happy National Staffing Employee Week! We appreciate all of our staffing stars – and we’re celebrating you all week long!
It’s funny how we all have the same number of hours in a day, but some people just seem to get more done. The most productive people have established patterns to maximize their time. Here are six habits they do every day to be successful!
As the weather gets colder and the leaves start to turn, it’s not just fall that’s on the horizon. It’s also time to start thinking about your staffing needs for the upcoming year. Here are five steps I recommend when developing a strategic – and successful! – staffing plan for 2019.
Many of us spend more waking hours at work than at home – and so it makes perfect sense that we should work somewhere that we actually WANT to be, right? I recently asked my team: what makes a company a great place to work? Check out a few of their answers – and then join the conversation!
When I assumed my new position in talent engagement and culture, I began the process of researching the tactics and programs that have worked for other companies. Knowing I was responsible for driving engagement and culture among our internal and external employees, I wanted something that could make an immediate impact. Thankfully, I found a video clip about the Crush It program.
Today’s workplace is ever evolving, and though most companies usually offer training to help you expand your skills and stay relevant in your industry, there may be professional growth opportunities you’re overlooking at your current employer. Here are just a few areas of professional development you can start taking advantage of today.
Work-life balance sounds good in theory, but it can be so difficult to achieve. It’s something I’ve strived to achieve for most of my career. I had the pleasure of speaking on this topic back in June at Engage, a staffing and recruiting conference. Here’s part of what I shared at the conference!
What does workplace culture really mean? Why is it important? How can employers build a better culture? Discover the answers to these questions and more in this infographic!
Most workplaces offer some form of employee training. Training formats can range from getting hands-on experience to reading user manuals to watching online videos. It’s so important to take different learning styles into consideration when developing a training program.
You can’t control everything in your job search. Try as you might, there will always be other forces influencing whether or not you get the role. In an effort to help, we’ve broken down those things you can’t control and how to respond so you don’t get discouraged in your search.
Employee training programs are an important part of both individual and organizational development. When you invest in staff, you’re also making a huge investment in your business. If you’re looking to give your training programs a boost, take a cue from these companies with great training programs.
One of the biggest mistakes businesses can make when developing a training program is waiting for perfection. Perfection has no business in, well, business, and in many instances, it can actually get in the way of business productivity. Learn more and read our top 7 employee training tips!
Join the Conversation! What Is One Thing Job Seekers Can Do to Find a Job or Build a Professional Network on Social Media?
It’s time to get social! Almost all of us on are on social media on a regular basis. Why not use it to land your next job? There are a number of things you can be doing to build a network and get job leads. I recently asked my team to share their social media expertise. Check out their advice, and then join the conversation on our Facebook page with your top tips!
There comes a time in every employee’s life when he or she will come face-to-face with the CEO — and we’re talking alone. It could be in the elevator, in the break room, or in line for that midday Venti at Starbucks. Wherever it happens, you only have a few seconds to decide whether to […]
If you plan on going social with your job search, you must position yourself to not only stand out but make an impression that really counts. And here are the best ways to start!
There are so many ways to use social media to attract new talent. To effectively build, grow, and nurture your network, consider these 8 tips.
Starting a new job is stressful. It’s almost like being the new kid in school! It’s also an exciting time for both the employee and the employer, and so it should be a positive experience. A warm welcome can boost job satisfaction, productivity, and retention – a win-win! I recently asked my team to share their strategies for welcoming new employees. Take a read! And then leave a comment on our Facebook page letting us know how YOU think employers should welcome new employees to the team!
Creating relationships at work is important. It helps develop your career, build trust, and work more effectively. And, it’s a heck of a lot more fun! Building relationships in the workplace is often easier said than done. There are a number of ways to build strong, worthwhile relationships with the people you work with, and here are six!
Some of the toughest decisions are people decisions – made even tougher by the costs associated with a bad hire. But some of these aren’t actually “bad hires” – rather it’s due to the onboarding process, or lack thereof. There’s an art to the process, and the following steps can help!
Getting the job is just the beginning of your journey. You’ve now got to set yourself up for success, and your first few months in this new role will often be the litmus test. How do you ensure a successful start from day one? Find out!
Did you know that 10,000 Baby Boomers retire every single day? 10,000! To help employers prepare for impending workforce changes, we created this whitepaper.
Our company reviews over half a million resumes each year, so it’s safe to say we’ve seen our fair share of good resumes, bad resumes, and resumes that fall squarely in between. While the bad resumes tend to be that way for various reasons, the good ones almost always have a few things in common. […]
Six seconds. That’s not a lot of time to catch a reader’s attention, but that’s all you’ve got when it comes to a recruiter reviewing a resume. I thought it was time to share what really can make a resume stand out. Here are the eight secrets to writing an attention-grabbing, job-landing resume!
A thriving culture will attract the best talent, increase retention, and improve performance. Here are five SEEDS you can plant within your organization to create a great work environment!
Whether you’re looking for new ways to think about business, insights into better managing your career, or inspirational stories that change the way you look at life, our staff has shared some of their favorite motivational, leadership, and business books to put on your reading list. Here are some of our recommended reads!
“Oh, we know what we’re looking for.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that phrase. Sure, you have an idea of who you want to hire, but this isn’t always the best way to approach the hiring process. Here are nine best practices to improve and expedite your hiring process.
If you’ve been worried about employee engagement lately, you’re in good company. Seventy-eight percent of business leaders say engagement is an urgent priority. But when companies sit down to discuss engagement, all they can think about is the expense. However, you don’t need to blow your budget to improve employee engagement. Just consider the following 12 strategies!
Turnover is almost becoming an epidemic, with the number of people quitting their jobs reaching an all-time high in 16 years. Part of the problem is lack of career opportunities. If you’re able to identify your top performers, and then take action immediately, you may just catch them before they head out the door. Here are the three things to look for when choosing a team member to promote from within.
When problems arise, we let panic set in and allow our basic instinct to take over. It’s fight or flight, which often leaves us defensive or defeated — neither of which are the best way to bring something to management. Before barging into your manager’s office or sending off a convoluted email, we suggest you do the following.
Ask almost anyone about happiness in the workplace, and they’ll likely tell you it’s tied to money, management, or that professional nemesis every office seems to have. But they’d be wrong. Happiness has nothing to do with the job itself — nor does it have anything to do with a boss or a colleague. It has everything to do with you. How you go about tapping into your happiness is entirely up to you, but what we’ve found that works best is the following.
Just because someone is a good employee, it doesn’t make him or her an engaged one. Engaged workers are those people who actually buy into your goals and objectives. They’re committed to not just their job but your company, and will do almost anything to help you achieve success. But that’s not all. Engaged workers also provide these six benefits.
A special thank you message from CEO Geno Cutolo to our valued employees and Talent on Employee Appreciation Day. Thank you for all that you do!
It’s a situation every manager dreads. You have to tell each of your team members that there’ll be no salary increases for the foreseeable future. Far from an enviable position, but one that does come with a silver lining. Money isn’t the only perk that motivates staff. So, the question remains: when you can’t offer people an annual raise, what’s a good alternative? Here are nine ideas.
Many people who deserve a raise are also the least likely to ask for one. In fact, go to any company and you’ll find at least one workhorse who completely underestimates his or her own worth. While discussing pay can be downright frightening, it shouldn’t keep you from asking for a salary increase. Try these nine negotiation strategies to make the discussion that much easier.
We’re excited to announce that Hunter Hamilton has received Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Award for 2018! This honor is given to less than 2 percent of all staffing agencies in the US and Canada, and we’re thrilled to be recognized!
If you’re feeling a bit burnt out and need to recharge, there are plenty of ways to do this from the comfort of your own home, or even the office. Don’t worry about packing a bag; the following can help you reinvigorate your mind and body.
Ask any business where salary ranks in importance for attracting and retaining talent, and you’ll likely get a range of responses. Whatever your opinion, it’s still essential to know whether you’re offering a competitive salary. Employees talk to employees at other companies, and they certainly can do the necessary research to determine if you’re paying them what they’re worth. To ensure you’re setting compensation at a competitive level, we recommend you do the following before posting your next job opening.
We all know mentorship is important. It’s one of the most effective ways of developing – and retaining – new talent within an organization. If someone has recently asked you to become a mentor, or you’re currently working with a mentee, here are steps that will help ensure you’re both getting the most out of the relationship.
Many job seekers overlook a potentially useful job search option: recruiters. They genuinely want the best for you, as a candidate. They also want the best for their client, your potential employer — which is why it’s smart to cultivate a relationship with a “search partner” that can help you with your hunt. But before you do, we thought we’d clear up some of the most commonly asked questions about recruiting.
With record low unemployment rates and multiple options for employment, the war for talent continues to intensify. To remain competitive, successful employers are embracing the following seven trends.
As we welcome in the New Year, the time couldn’t be better for employers to set some resolutions around retention and recruitment. After all, employees are busy making a few of their own, and one resolution in particular could have quite an impact on business. Sixty-two percent of workers made plans last year to change their professional lives. You have an opportunity to make sure your best employees don’t follow through on these resolutions by resolving to set your own.
Check out our (short but sweet) 2017 highlight reel. 2017 was a busy year!
Over the last decade or so, the business community has seen quite the surge in corporate-giving initiatives. After all, corporate social responsibility (CSR) naturally improves a company’s image. If you’re not a big corporation, which often has an entire team focused on CSR initiatives, you may be wondering what you can do to help others. Finding ways to give back can take a lot of creativity, but the following may help produce some ideas for your company.
Creating a workplace philanthropy program is one of the best ways to improve a company’s reputation in the community. But workplace philanthropy, and the reputation that comes with it, also does a lot for a company’s ability to both recruit and retain talent. Learn how your organization can create philanthropic initiatives that benefit both the business and the community-at-large.
Whether giving a gift to a coworker-turned-friend or participating in an office gift exchange, you’re probably left wondering what to buy. After all, holiday gift-giving in the workplace can feel like a minefield — especially for those new to the job. If gift exchanges are allowed in your organization, these eight tips are often a good place to start.
Part 1 of this series discussed the importance of customer appreciation and why having a strategy to show your gratitude is crucial to your business. We all like to feel valued and appreciated. In fact, 79 percent of customers want brands that “understand and care about” them. Customer appreciation ideas founded on a sincere desire […]
About this time of year, a bevy of articles hit the web giving advice on how to best navigate the office holiday party — a party often filled with its fair share of faux pas. But instead of just focusing on this often-awkward celebration, and how to avoid being “that guy” at the bash, we thought it might be best to provide a guide on how to handle yourself at any business event.
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” Cicero Every one of us wants to feel cared about – and this basic need applies across all areas of life. We want to know that we matter, that we make a difference. That we are seen by and acknowledged […]
No matter how prepared you are for an interview, you likely won’t be able to anticipate every question that will be asked. In fact, you may even be stumped by a question or two. Have no fear! Follow these tips to stay calm, cool, and collected no matter the question: Take your time. Oftentimes an […]
Being kind doesn’t cost a thing. In fact, investing in some kindness can provide you quite the return. Research shows that altruism can actually make you happier. It’s also been known to make you feel stronger, calmer, and more energized. Talk about getting a jump on the day. Besides, engagement in the workplace, which comes […]
Competitive wages are all well and good, and a raise now and then doesn’t hurt either, but relying solely on monetary rewards as declarations of appreciation can be shortsighted. While salary may be one of the first things candidates consider in a job, it’s not always why they stick around. For many people, it’s recognition. […]
Most businesses will tell you they recognize the contributions of their employees. When somebody on the team goes above and beyond, they offer up a raise, bonus, or title bump — oftentimes, right around an annual review or work anniversary. Any one of these rewards seems appropriate. After all, you should compensate for a job […]
We’ve all heard the saying, “It’s not what you know; it’s who.” In other words, you increase your chances of professional success by building solid relationships, especially in your chosen industry. In fact, 85 percent of this success is a direct result of your people skills. Sure, there will always be people born with a […]
Today’s workforce includes four to five generations, depending on the specific workplace: Gen Z, iGen, or Centennials – born 1996 and later Millennials or Gen Y – born 1977 to 1995 Generation X – born 1965 to 1976 Baby Boomers – born 1946 to 1964 Traditionalists or Silent Generation – born 1945 and before Millennials […]
Business etiquette tells us gift giving in the office traditionally comes from a boss to an employee. You should never feel obligated to purchase a gift for a superior. Besides, appearances being what they are, even the most innocent of gifts could seem to colleagues as an attempt to “buy” your way into someone’s good […]
Sometimes stress hits you out of nowhere; other times you can feel it coming. But no matter how it rears its ugly head, you’ve no doubt dealt with it. After all, 75 percent of people report experiencing some sort of physical symptoms as a result of on-the-job stress. So, the question remains: Are you dealing […]
This week marks 35 years in business for Atterro, Hunter Hamilton’s parent company. Our founder, Jeff Dobbs, started this company in 1982 with nothing but core values; integrity, hard work, professionalism, world class service, community involvement, and fun are just a few of those values that still guide our company today. Thank you to our […]
Let’s clear up some common misconceptions about staffing agencies and their use by potential employees and the companies who hire through these agencies. Myth #1: Staffing agencies don’t find permanent positions. Truth: Over the course of a year, America’s staffing companies hire approximately 15 million temporary and contract employees. Most of them (76%) work full […]
Dear Valued Talent, I want to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude for the outstanding work you do every day. Talented employees like you create the success of each of the companies we serve across multiple industries and drive positive results for all of us. On behalf of the entire Atterro organization and […]
Do you know how to select the staffing agency that will be the right fit for your requirements? We’ve got some pointers for you. Get started by addressing the questions listed here that you find most relevant to your specific situation. By doing your homework, you’ll be able to find the staffing agency best suited […]
Staffing Employee Week – September 18-24 – is the perfect time to acknowledge the contributions contingent workers make to your organization. We all want to feel that we matter. This need is just as real for temporary employees as it is for traditional employees. Here are a couple ways to show your appreciation for their […]
There’s no shortage of articles stressing the importance of mentors — that well-connected, seasoned professional who’s always there for a little career guidance. But finding someone to take on that role is often as difficult as determining if someone will be the ideal mentee. After all, the mentor-mentee relationship is a two-way street. Both people […]
Sending your résumé and hoping to land interviews may not be your best bet to land that ideal job. Let’s start with some startling facts: An average of 250 résumés arrive for one corporate job opening. The first résumé is received within 200 seconds of a position being posted. And if you use a major […]
It happens to everyone, including people who claim to have their “dream job” and those whose job titles rival secret agent or rocket scientist. None of us escape the work doldrums. Here are five ways to refresh and reset your workday world. 1. Update your physical work space. As you go through a typical work […]
Let’s paint a picture — and a seemingly rosy one, at that. You just accepted a new job offer at a different company, and the day comes when you must head into your boss’s office to share the news. But instead of offering her congratulations, she counters with a higher salary if you choose to […]
Find out how the Hunter Hamilton team kicked off summer with networking and team building.
Going on a job interview can make even the most confident of us feel like we’re heading back to school — and for an exam, no less. But unlike those standard tests of our youth, not every question has a clear and simple answer. To keep yourself from what feels like hopeful guessing, you do […]
Good help, as they say, is hard to find. But it doesn’t always come down to those tangible skills we tend to talk about. Sought-after people often have a wide range of soft skills — and by “soft” we mean those interpersonal skills that make you…well, human. Sure, we’re all unique, and it’s your uniqueness […]
Your resume is often a recruiter’s first impression of you and a determining factor in whether you get a call for an interview. In other words, it’s one of the most important pieces of the application process. While you could fill a resume with all of your amazing accomplishments since birth, understand that recruiters only […]
Kids are not the only ones returning to the classroom this fall. Many professionals are going back to school to gain the expertise they need for a new job, to earn a promotion, or, in some cases, to retain their current position. Even if your field of work does not require it, there are a […]
Few people live without regrets. Anyone growing up in the 80s can probably attest to that. The big hair alone is reason enough to travel back in time. But a mile-high mullet is small potatoes when compared to the rest of your life. As recruiters, we have a unique opportunity to help others avoid some […]
The concept that ‘timing is everything’ can be debilitating. Hanging too tightly to this theory can leave you second-guessing yourself or waiting too long to make a decision. Many employers find themselves in this position when it comes to adding to staff: Should I immediately replace a worker who has left the company? Should I […]
Finding the right match professionally is an awful lot like finding the right match personally. You try to be yourself, while at the same time, choosing your words wisely. You try to get to know the other person, while still keeping an eye out for those little red flags. You also spend way too much […]
With all of the talk about office culture and employee perks, it’s easy to lose sight of the importance of a competitive wage. While it’s true that salary isn’t everything, your employees can’t pay their electricity bill with a free gym membership. Salary still trumps benefits. How Compensation Has Changed Compensation packages have changed drastically […]
Budgeting your money can be difficult enough on a steady paycheck. But when your income varies from one month to the next, getting your finances in order can feel like a daunting task. If you’re a temporary or contract worker, you probably know that the perk of controlling your work schedule may require you to […]
Happy 2017! We hope you had a happy holiday season. We’re excited for what the coming year has in store! Before we get too far into the new year, we want to take a moment to reflect on 2016. After reviewing many of the memories captured in photos, we decided to put a video together […]
How would you describe your leadership style? Better yet, do you know why do you lead the way you do? There is one simple thing you can do gain deeper insight into your natural leadership style – and it’s simple: Take a personality test. Understanding your personality. The difference between so-so leaders and great leaders […]
Great companies require great employees. To find diamonds in the rough, you need to look beyond skills, education, and experience. Below are a list of ideal traits and interview questions you can ask to try to identify them. Reliable. Employers need people who do what they say they will do and show up when they […]
One of the biggest misconceptions is that job fairs are a thing of the past, but as a job seeker, this is your chance to choose which employers meet with you face-to-face. These events are great opportunities to network, learn more about companies in your area or industry, and make a good first impression with […]
Thank you to all of our valued clients who participated in our 2nd Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest! Once again, we were blown away by your creativity! The winner is…
Your résumé is in order, you were open and honest about your past experience, and you even went through the trouble of figuring out an objective that clearly outlines your career direction, but your recruiter has yet to get you a job. What gives? As you probably know, recruiters are not hiring managers. They’re not […]
Contract labor has become increasingly popular, yet it also presents a number of challenges. Joshua Smith, VP of Business Development with Atterro, Hunter Hamilton’s parent company, recently wrote an article for Staffing Industry Analysts with contingent workforce management solutions.
No one needs to tell you that one of the keys to staying positive in the workplace is to enjoy what you’re doing. But there does come a time in everyone’s career when he or she is left in a difficult situation. Maybe you’ve been passed over for a promotion, denied a request for time […]
If you are looking to improve your cross-training program, check out this article published in PKWY Magazine with 6 quick tips.
Now that we’re in the second half of 2016, it’s a good time to get a pulse on hiring for the remainder of the year. Check out the key findings from CareerBuilder’s Midyear Forecast.
Many professionals never reach their full potential. No matter how hard they try, they just find themselves coming up short — even with the skills and experience necessary to succeed. Chances are good they’re letting a few bad habits get in the way. After all, bad habits often go unnoticed until they become a real […]
You brushed your teeth. You combed your hair. You answered every question with confidence and flair. You even threw out a few zingers of your own. By all accounts, you knocked it out of the park, and it’s only a matter of time before you hear the job is yours. But when the call finally […]
If you’re on the job hunt, now is the time to create a list of people who can vouch for your awesomeness. Reference checks are now standard practice by most employers. Here are a few tips to follow before, during, and after asking someone to be your reference: Before You Ask Make a list of […]
If you’ve been looking to add an accountant to your team, you’ve likely come to realize that it’s a job seeker’s market. Just how competitive is the market? Find out!
The kids are out of school, the weather is warming up, and the beaches are calling. Employees will also soon be taking time off. Are you ready?
Finding a new job can be a job in itself! The good news is that there are a number of ways to get your name out there, especially in today’s high tech world. Here are our eight unique strategies you can implement today to land your next job: 1.Visit employer websites. Not all employers advertise […]
A new crop of graduates is about to burst onto the job market. If you’re considering hiring one of them, keep these three hiring mistakes in mind.
If you want a rewarding job, consider yourself in good company. We all want just that. But it can be a challenge to determine whether a particular position is right for you, especially when you’ve yet to work a day at that company. While the final decision is ultimately up to you, the following can […]
The traditional workforce is changing. Today’s average mix of contingent workers has grown to 18%. Discover how businesses are adapting to this trend.
There are many ways to communicate at work. Before you shoot off an email, text, or instant message, make sure you’re using technology appropriately.
Being yourself at work while staying professional can be challenging. Use these tips to help overcome this obstacle.
Motivation is like a cup of coffee. It starts hot, but it can cool off unless you keep freshening it. Check out our tips for staying motivated at work.
Seasonal staffing can be challenging, but it doesn’t need to be stressful. Here are a few of our top tips when it comes to hiring seasonal short-term help.
It takes work to find work. Follow these six job hunting strategies to improve your chances of landing your next job.
Your next job likely won’t come from a job board, rather through your professional network. How do you build a network? Check out our 8 networking secrets!
You did it! The hiring manager chose you as a top candidate for the job. Now it’s time to stand out during the interview.
Learning how to use social media in your job search can be tricky, but we’ve got some useful tips to help navigate the employment field.
When applying for jobs, you can be sure that other applicants are using everything in their arsenals to land the job – and you need to do the same. Here’s how!
The work to find a job begins long before you send your resume to a potential employer. Here are a few first steps every job seeker should take.
If you’re looking to increase your LinkedIn presence, learn how to take full advantage of LinkedIn and this social platform to find success.
Asking good questions during an interview will show that you’re interested and prepared. What qualifies as a “good question?” Here are a few ideas!
A staffing agency provides access to top talent and makes the hiring process more efficient. Here are 5 steps you can take to maximize the benefits.
If you’re looking to advance your career and want to get noticed by management, here are some things to keep in mind.
Before you walk into a behavioral interview, it’s wise to consider what competencies the employer may be looking for. Let Hunter Hamilton help you prepare.
Use these 9 tips to help you start 2016 out right and to stay healthy in the new year.
Starting a new job brings a mix of emotions from excitement to anxiety. Follow these tips to make a great impression on your first day.
The old adage “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail” can be applied to all areas of business. Staffing is no different. To make successful hires in 2016, you can’t hope for the best or do what you’ve always done. It’s a much different hiring environment today than it was even a few […]
Employee wellness programs are not just nice to have, they are proven to improve productivity and increase morale. Here are a few ideas for your workplace.
In order to nail an interview, you need to strategize and practice. Follow these 5 tips to ensure you are confident and well prepared!
If you want to be recognized as top employer, it’s imperative to embrace ongoing professional development. Read our 10 doable ideas!
Are you ready to talk money? And possibly even negotiate salary? Use these strategies to help you get the pay you want and deserve.
Networking is important, but it can be intimidating. If you struggle with starting a conversation, consider these 15 icebreakers.
Finding an outstanding employee requires looking beyond skills, education, and experience. Discover ideal traits and how to identify them.
Looking for a job while still employed can be hard! Follow these do’s and don’ts to stay professional and turn your current manager into a future reference.
You may be wondering if contract work has a place on your resume. It does! Learn three tips for listing temp work on your resume.
There’s a good chance that employers will check out your digital footprint before offering a job. Use these tips to clean up your social media accounts.
Tasked with reviewing a stack of resumes and feeling overwhelmed? Use this resume checklist as a guide to make the process painless.
To attract and retain the right people, employers are encouraged to create a meaningful work culture. Learn how to hire to protect and enhance this culture.
Networking events are a great way to advance your career, but they can be awkward. Follow these tips to become a natural networker.
You don’t need to be William Shakespeare to compose a solid resume. You do, however, need to follow this resume rule.
For the next few months, we will be profiling leaders of all levels at Atterro. We hope these insights allow you to better get to know our leadership team, and use their advice and tips in your searches for talent or a job.
When seasonal demands require increasing your workforce, consider these hiring tips to ensure that you have a dependable short-term workforce.
A recruiter provides a number of benefits for job seekers. Wondering what you’re missing? Check out our top 10 reasons to work with a recruiter.
Shannon Sanderson, senior creative recruiter, was recently featured in a documentary about the recruiting profession. Get the highlights and watch the film.
Learn why soft skills matter – often, even more so than technical skills – and which soft skills most employers look for in an employee.
One of our senior recruiters was recently featured in a documentary about the recruiting profession! Learn about the film and watch a snippet.
For the next few months, we will be profiling leaders of all levels at Atterro. We hope these insights allow you to better get to know our leadership team, and use their advice and tips in your searches for talent or a job.
Learn simple ways to optimize your LinkedIn profile so that your “online resume” is professional and gets noticed by hiring managers.
Don’t job hunt alone! Learn how to work with a recruiter to get expert advice and access to jobs you would miss on your own.
Learn about the three types of employment – contract , contract-to-hire, and direct hire – to better determine which type is best for you.
When preparing for an interview, it’s important to learn more about the company, what questions to ask, and if they are a good match for you. Here’s how!
Today’s workforce includes multiple generations – each with their own work styles and values. Learn how to effectively motivate a multi-generational team.
Here are a few tips gleaned from the sales process that will help you create a winning budget season – and, ultimately, close the deal.
Get more done in less time with these 10 time management tips based on Benjamin Franklin’s proven principles.
There has been a lot of talk about minimum wage increases – at the federal, state, and local level. Just this month, Los Angeles, the second largest city in the US, approved an increase to $15 per hour by 2020. Employers in LA are required to increase their wages in stages – $10.50 by 2016, […]
How to use small business outsourcing to focus your energy on your core competencies and plan for future growth.
Avoid feeling rundown and zoned out by implementing these five health tips while on the job – they’ll help you handle stress and perform at your peak!
To help you feel satisfied on the job and at home, read these seven common work-life balance challenges and how you can overcome.
Being in the staffing industry for over 30 years, we’ve heard our fair share of misconceptions about working with a recruiter. These misconceptions often keep many job seekers from utilizing our services, so we think it’s high time to dispel some of the most common. Misconception #1: Salaries tend to be lower as a result […]
An interview is typically understood as an employer’s way of determining if you’re a good fit for the company. But consider this: it’s also an opportunity for you to interview the company. To learn whether a prospective employer offers what you’re looking for, it’s best to do some research to decide which questions you want […]
Undoubtedly, one of the greatest benefits of volunteerism is the difference you can make in the lives of others. Giving of your time, even just a couple of hours, can do wonders to help a nonprofit organization continue delivering on its mission, providing much-needed services, and improving the community at large. Volunteering can be extremely […]
Have you ever stopped to think about how your job might be affecting your health? It’s time to consider healthy habits that could help you avoid feeling rundown, burnt out and zoned out. There are a few simple changes you can make to ensure your ability to concentrate, handle stress and perform at your peak. […]
Job hunting can be a lonely, daunting process, but it doesn’t have to be. Partner with a recruiter and you’ll have an expert on your team to guide you and vouch for you while you gain access to opportunities you would miss on your own. Here are some tips to ensure that your partnership with […]
Making a difference in the lives of others is rewarding and life-changing. There’s another benefit: volunteering can also boost your career and job search.
This employee onboarding process will help you guide new hires toward productivity and peak performance – and provide the resources they need.
Talent retention seems simple: hire qualified people, treat them well, pay them fairly and they’ll stay for life, right? Not in today’s employment market. Today we are facing record low unemployment rates and workers with multiple options for employment. Turnover costs time, money, and other resources. According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), […]
Boomers and millennials not only come from different decades, they bring their own strengths and experience to the workplace. Each generation has a particular culture, unique work style and their core values differ greatly. When boomers and millennials work side by side, or one acts as supervisor, they can play well together in cross generation […]
Talent retention seems simple: hire qualified people, treat them well, pay them fairly, and they’ll stay for life, right? Not in today’s employment market.
Understanding the difference between an employee and an independent contractor is more important than ever before. The federal government has recently increased enforcement of perceived abuse of worker classification laws. As a result, many companies have been penalized and are paying hundreds to millions of dollars in fines. Learn how you can protect your company […]
Discover the TOP 3 challenges your company will face this year and how you can reduce work overload and stress.
Balancing work and family is difficult enough without throwing the holidays into the mix, but we’re asked to do just that from the fourth Thursday of November through the very last day of December — and sometimes even longer when company comes to town. Although it’s next to impossible to have a stress-free holiday, there […]
Find out why contract opportunities are worth considering: Independence: There’s little stigma anymore. The contingent work style is becoming a popular career choice. Maybe it’s your turn to sign up for project based or time-based temporary work, instead of committing to one employer and one job. Upward trend: Economic analysts and commentators are reporting a movement toward contingent workers that […]
COLLEGE TIPS: Getting your degree is one thing and putting it to use is another. You have heard there is a high demand for finance and accounting professionals, but how do you get that edge you need to land an entry-level position? Here’s how: 1.) What to include in a resume: Because recent grads typically lack […]
So, how exactly do you leverage LinkedIn to your advantage? 1.) Optimize your headline. One of the most underutilized sections in LinkedIn is the headline. Many professionals keep it straightforward, using it to highlight their current position. This is a missed opportunity, as the headline is indexed and has a direct impact on search rank. If you […]
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We would like to thank Avila University and Grant Thornton for hosting our recent resume review and panel discussion events.
Michelle Decker Discusses Resume Do’s and Don’ts. Typos. Sharing too much personal information and bad formatting. They’re all no-no’s when it comes to resume writing.
Benjamin Franklin was an author, printer, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, activist, statesman and diplomat. Talk about a multi-tasker! To cope with everything he had going, Franklin developed a list of habits he knew could bring about positive change in his life and he set a goal to nurture one habit each week for a year.
Keeping personal life on an even footing with work demands seems impossible for people who want to always give 100%, especially when employers reduce their workforce and expect the remaining staff to do more. So, how do you handle the challenges and feel satisfied on the job and at home?