5 things to consider when working with staffing agencies

businessmen-in-conference-roomWhen comparing options for temporary employment, there are numerous staffing agencies that you may turn to for next steps. When faced with options, it is important to understand the key differences between agencies and have a clear idea of your own desired outcomes. Below are few steps to take to make sure that you select the proper staffing provider for your company’s needs.

Does the agency’s options align with your needs?

Assessing what your company is looking for in a hiring partner is the first step in determining the ideal staffing agency relationship. A few factors distinguish staffing agencies from others by offering key services like on-site management, the capability to serve large volume requests, and proper skills training and onboarding support. Determine if the agencies you are considering offer these benefits and services; each offering will save your company time, money, and guarantee a stronger return on investment.
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Emotional intelligence in the workplace

job tipsEmotional intelligence is the “ability to be aware of, name, and manage one’s emotions.” Beyond this, emotional intelligence in the workplace suggests an ability to understand the emotions of others and “relate to others in effective ways both personally and professionally in a wide range of contexts and roles.” Despite the misconception that decisions, particularly in the workplace, are made through reason and logic, it is actually true that “we decide 100 percent of everything emotionally and then spend hours, weeks or months underpinning these decisions with logical justifications.” In the workplace, candidates with a strong level of emotional intelligence are able to maintain a level of professionalism and adapt emotionally to accommodate a wide range of challenges. Emotional intelligence is the driver behind strong business deals, sales and marketing, and partner relationship – among many other professional situations.
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Best Practices for Writing a Job Description

hands-writing-job-descriptionToday’s job market already faces a daunting skills gap, and when hiring managers and employers are unable to craft a realistic and successful job description, this gap only widens as they fail to attract and align with the talent and skill sets needed to fill the role(s). Employers must do their part in combatting the skills gap – and attaining the best possible talent for their own benefit – by understanding how a strong job description is crafted. Anyone hoping to hire the perfect candidate must master this mundane but critical skill.

The job description must cater to the most prominent needs of the role, maintain a level of realism, and be worded in a way that catches the attention of the right people.
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Filling The Talent Pool: Industries & places that are hiring

Jobs, at long last, appear to be back.

The U.S. economy added 298,000 jobs in June and another 209,000 jobs in July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the past six months, the economy has added 1.5 million jobs, marking the strongest six-month stretch for hiring since 2006. Meanwhile, job openings in the U.S. recently rose to the highest level in five years.

“It feels to me like the job market is humming,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, told the Houston Chronicle.

This is very good news for sure. Yet, good news that comes with a unique challenge. As the demand for workers grows, filling the talent pool becomes increasingly difficult.
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One overlooked character trait you should interview for

Woman-researching-at-a-deskIt is all too easy to miss important information about a candidate in the brief time that an interview usually requires. More and more, employers are asking questions that discern critical thinking – but there’s still one area that most employers or hiring managers are forgetting: intellectual curiosity. Data shows that a level of curiosity for the field that you are in can carry you very far and impact the company you work for significantly. Here’s why you intellectually curious individuals are valuable hires – and how to know when you’re interviewing a candidate with intellectual curiosity:
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How businesses can help close the skills gap

The-skills-gap-is-realAddressing the ongoing skills gap in the job market is a complex challenge that requires buy-in from every party involved: educators, job seekers, educational institutions, and employers and businesses as well. Placing the burden of responsibility on educators isn’t a sustainable solution, though it is true that these institutions require reform and adjustment, especially earlier on in the educational system. To see positive change more rapidly, businesses would be wise to undertake some of the responsibility in closing the skills gap. Here are a few things that employers can start implementing to get job seekers up to speed in the short-term and contribute to closing the skills gap in the long-term:
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