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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September’s Job Gains Back to 200,000+

Job-Market-TodaySource: BLS “The Employment Situation report – September 2014”

The job market is looking up! The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its September 2014 unemployment report this morning, showing an overall monthly gain of 248,000 jobs – considerably higher than last month’s reported gain of 142,000. The unemployment rate also saw an impressive decline of 0.2 percentage points, dropping from 6.1 percent to 5.9 percent, which is the lowest rate we’ve seen since September, 2008.

Revisions to prior months show that both July and August experienced more growth than was previously reported. The July payroll number was revised from +212,000 to +243,000 and the August number was revised from +142,000 to +180,000. That makes a combined 69,000 more jobs than initially reported.
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10 Resume Tips: Creating a Machine-Readable Resume

search-field-in-web-browserTimes have changed. Job applicants face an interesting challenge: creating a digital resume that is readable not only by humans, but by the machines that process it.

When you submit an online job application, a tool called a resume parser extracts information from your resume, transferring it to the correct section of your profile. When a recruiter is looking for candidates who match a job description, they may rely on searching and matching software. If your resume wasn’t parsed correctly, you may be overlooked even though you’re a match for the open position.

What can you do to make sure your resume is understood correctly? Sovren, a global provider of resume parsing and searching and matching software, shared their secrets. We’ve summarized some of their resume tips for electronic resumes below.
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What Will Happen to the Workforce When the Baby Boomers Retire?

FAN9015298With the STEM skills gap being an ongoing topic of discussion and concern for employers and employees alike, little attention has been given to the issue of another type of skills gap: the vocational skills gap. This gap will inevitably spike in the next 10-15 years as a result of the baby boomer workforce generation retiring in larger numbers. As Millennials and younger generations begin to take hold of the majority of today’s workforce, the STEM skills gap won’t account for the only growing void in skill sets. Our infographic provides insight on which skilled trade jobs will feel the most impact from baby boomer retirement and how to ensure these gaps are filled.

As of July 2014, there are a recorded 6,041,000 construction jobs in the U.S., 12,160,000 jobs in manufacturing, and as of 2013, there were 258,630 U.S. jobs in mechanical engineering. These positions spiked as the United States first began to develop into the nation it is today, and the majority of these jobs today are filled by members of the Baby Boomer generation. Today, the majority of Millennials seek out jobs in health, business, media, and science and technology. This tendency for younger generations to seek out non-labor careers is one that isn’t expected to decline. With this evidence, the labor industries will inevitably face a large skills gap in the potentially near future. As Baby Boomers begin to retire more rapidly and younger generations continue to seek out jobs that are unrelated to labor-intensive work, the question remains: who will replace these employees?
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