About Jon Phillips

Jon Phillips is an interface designer with a strong focus on user-centered and interaction design, and a lover of great typography. When he's not designing or writing, he can be found playing guitar or capturing great moments on camera.

How To Go From Temporary Worker to Permanent Employee

call-center-womanTemporary employment has seen quite the increase in the last couple of years. Many employers in various industries are hiring temp workers, freelancers and contractors to fill positions for a few weeks or months at a time.

Hiring temporary employees makes a lot of business sense for many organizations, especially those operating in the healthcare, tech, graphic design and retail industries. Most of those sectors see an increase in business at least a few times a year and need more resources to meet the demand. A great example of this would be retail stores hiring temporary workers for the holiday season.

As a matter of fact, the giant online retailer Amazon hired 80,000 temporary workers this last Holiday season to work in fulfilment and sorting centers. The good news is that Amazon has converted over 10,000 of those temporary workers into full-time employees. They’re not the only company hiring seasonal or temporary workers either.
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New Web Technologies IT Job Seekers Should Embrace

HTML-code-on-a-digital-screenThe landscape for web-related jobs is constantly changing and evolving. There are new technologies and mediums emerging on a regular basis, making the demand for skilled and motivated IT workers and web engineers more important now than ever before.

With the advent of the internet of things, context-rich systems, more robust cloud computing solutions, and content-heavy web applications, there is increasing demand for candidates with the right set of skills to fill positions in many sectors such as healthcare, electronics, engineering, robotics, forestry, chemistry, and a slew of other fields.
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How To Hire For Your Tech Startup

Utilizing tech to make their meetings more efficientWorking for a startup can be an exciting and motivating experience both for the founders as well as employees. While there’s unfortunately no one-size-fits-all solution to hiring qualified employees for your tech company, there are a few key things to keep in mind when recruiting and hiring people. This is especially true for startups in the tech industry.

Innovating products and services are coming to life almost every day in the U.S. and a lot of highly skilled candidates are seeking positions at startups. Not only does the startup world have a unique vibe and culture, but employees get to contribute to something new and risky, making them more engaged and motivated.
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How to Assess & Improve Your Company’s Online Reputation

techwomanWe now live in a world where people are constantly sharing their thoughts and opinions about anything and everything. As a company, this can be a curse or a blessing. A few mentions on social media or some online reviews or blog posts about your company can greatly improve your image — or may very well tarnish it.

So, how can you make the best of this and ensure that your brand’s reputation does indeed flourish? How can you handle criticism and negative reviews and still keep your company’s reputation intact? Just as job candidates need to keep a close eye on their online reputation, especially on social networks, companies should invest enough resources to managing their own reputation.

The cost of a poor online reputation should never be underestimated. People will talk about your company, it’s a given. How your company reacts to those mentions is crucial. Let’s have a look at a few tips and tricks as well as some tools that can help you do just that.
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How to Recruit for Diversity


Hiring and retaining diverse employees remains, even in this day and age, a challenge for many organizations. And finding great positions can be quite the task for job seekers as well. It is crucial for businesses to embrace diversity and tap into a workforce that is skilled, productive, creative and that can bring new ideas to the table.

It is no secret that the landscape has changed over the last few decades, and it continues to evolve — all for the better. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more and more foreign born citizens are finding jobs and the trend seems to be going in the right direction. The unemployment rate for the foreign born in the United States was 6.9 percent in 2013, down from 8.1 percent in 2012.
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How Social Media is Shaping The Recruiting & Hiring Process

The unemployment rate is below six percent for the first time since before the recession. The demand to fill positions with specialized, niche skill sets is high, and these candidates can be especially hard to source. This means uncovering and attracting the best job seekers requires sophisticated recruiting tactics. As an employer, how can you get a leg up on your competition?

Social media is not only changing the way companies go about recruiting and hiring, job seekers are also becoming more aware of the power of social platforms and are increasingly using their social profiles as a tool to find great work opportunities.

Many job seekers know that employers are turning to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to source candidates, and are effectively using these platforms to get an edge over other candidates.

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