Recruiting Strategy: 3 Things You Must Do in Q4

Man-working-seasonal-jobThis is part two of our “Seasonal Hiring” blog series. Part one discusses the benefits of using a staffing company to help meet seasonal staffing needs.

It’s no secret that recruiting should be a year-round effort. But carefully planning your recruiting and hiring efforts in Q4 can save you a tremendous amount time and money come January. The last quarter is likely the most complex of the year because of the holiday season; employers tend to receive fewer resumes and prefer to dedicate resources to departments that have an immediate impact on revenues.

For employers, recruiting in Q4 for Q1 hiring can help avoid hiring mistakes that often arise from making rushed decisions. For candidates, it means less competition as the New Year approaches, and a better chance of landing the desired position.

That last quarter is also when businesses review their goals and achievements, and plan their budget for the coming year. Recruiting should be part of your end-of-year review. In fact, according to CNN Money, December is actually a great time to hire!
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Using the “Myers-Briggs” Assessment to Understand your Co-Workers and Employees

iStock_000030444460LargeMany different personalities show up at work every day. These distinctions between people and the way they work can present huge challenges if they go misunderstood. Using the Myers-Briggs assessment, you can reach a new level of understanding about your employees, the way they work and lead, as well as the way that your personality impacts your professional self.

The Myers-Briggs test is a series of personality profiles based on the work of Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother, Katharine Briggs, “who developed their theory of personality type using psychologist Carl Jung’s text Psychological Types.” The sixteen personality types are based on four areas, each area with a “pair” of tendencies. Every person has a preference between the two tendencies. “These pairs include extraversion and introversion, sensing and intuition, thinking and feeling, and judging and perceiving.” These characteristics are labeled E/I, S/N, T/F, and J/P.
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Professional & Business Services Sector Leads September’s Job Growth

October US Jobs ReportIn September, the United States generated 248,000 new jobs, a huge jump from last month’s gain of 142,000. The positive news continued as the unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage points — dropping from 6.1% to 5.9%, which is the lowest we’ve seen since September 2008. Over the past year, the unemployment rate has declined by 1.3 percentage points and the unemployed persons by 19 million.

In the third quarter, job growth vacillated, improving upon the second quarter’s success. Revised numbers were released, showing that both July and August experienced combined growth of 69,000 more than previously reported. The July payroll number was revised from +212,000 to +243,000 and the August numbers were revised from +142,000 to +180,000.
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4 Ways Staffing Companies Help With Seasonal Hiring Needs

This is part one of our “Seasonal Hiring” blog series. Part two discusses the importance of recruiting during the fourth quarter to outperform your competition in the year ahead.

Accounting firms often need extra help during tax season. Most retailers need more staff during the holidays, as do packing and shipping services. Tourism-related businesses are another classic example of companies that need extra help as their seasonal business changes. And there are myriad other businesses whose staffing needs fluctuate throughout the year.

If your industry is one where seasonal ebb and flow in business creates a need for varying staff levels throughout the year, then turning to a staffing company can be the perfect solution. There are numerous benefits to using a staffing company rather than hiring employees only to have to lay them off when business slows. Continue reading to learn about the associated benefits.

1. Eliminate liability

You can reduce any unemployment liability, because staff is generally employed by the staffing company, rather than your company directly. In other words, the staffing company pays for unemployment insurance (though of course those costs are going to be passed on to their clients in the form of higher contract costs).
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The Jobs Report by Metro-Area – How Did Your Region Do?

BLS-regional-metro-data-on-BLS-employment-reportThe national BLS “The Employment Situation report – September 2014” report showed an unexpected surge in employment, adding 248,000 new jobs to the economy – 100,000+ more jobs than the previous month. Economists are hopeful that this upswing will continue as we enter into the fourth quarter.

Looking to the BLS’ latest “Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment” report, both regional and state unemployment rates saw little change in the United States during the month of August. Last month, the national unemployment rate showed little change, dropping just .1 percentage points to 6.2 – 1.1 percentage points lower than August 2013. Overall unemployment changes have been positive, with forty-five states and the District of Columbia showing unemployment rate decreases over the past 12 months.
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The 5 Most-Wanted IT Skills for 2015

finger-touching-tablet-screenWhile IT professionals are consistently in high demand, staying at the top of their field sometimes feels like aiming at a moving target. The “best of the best” are perpetual learners who constantly hone their craft, while maintaining a deep understanding of the constants. So, what are the most in-demand IT skills for 2015? We’re glad you asked!

1. Mobile

The use of smartphones, tablets and even wearables continues to rise and companies need to deliver their services to the devices their consumers are using. From a technical standpoint, the mobile classification is an umbrella for a rather broad set of skills. Native iOS and Android development continue to grow, though some companies are having success with cross-platform tools such as Titanium, Phonegap and Xamarin. For many, the answer is having a website optimized for mobile platforms through concepts such as responsive design. Responsive websites and cross-platform tools allow companies to leverage their existing workforce as they embrace mobility.

In each of these platforms for mobile development, one item remains of utmost importance: user experience. Designing an application for mobile is all about meeting your user where they live, and making an application that is both easy to use and engaging.
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