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April 2017

Best Laid Plans: 5 Things to Do Before Starting a New Job Search

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the number of people who quit their jobs reached 3.2 million in January of 2017. The unemployment rate is steadily dropping this year as well. Job-seekers are feeling justifiably confident in their ability to make a career change in this current market. According to a recent Gallop poll, 51% of employees are actively looking for new positions or watching for job openings.  It’s not surprising that many employees would be eager [...]

Not Like the Others: Tips for Choosing an Experienced Staffing Firm

According to the American Staffing Association, there are nearly 750 staffing firms in Pennsylvania. These agencies vary in nature from large national agencies and overseas companies to smaller, privately held firms. Clients can choose between those firms that provide more of a resume brokerage type of approach, to those that deliver a full service consultation and staffing service. These varying agencies also staff a broad array of jobs, from industrial laborer to chief executive. Here are 4 core qualifications [...]

March 2017

Turning the Tables: Using Personality Tests to Size Up Your Interviewer

Personality tests are widely used across every industry. Consider this: you can actually use this approach to read your interviewer!  One of the most frequently used personality tests is the DISC assessment.  You can identify your interviewer’s DISC style and provide answers in a manner that is appealing to his or her personality.  Here is a crash course on how to recognize and approach each behavioral style to help you win the position you’re seeking. D Style The D Style personality [...]

5 Key Strategies to Attract and Retain Top Talent

As a corporate trainer we work with recently stated, the war on talent is over – talent won. Qualified candidates, especially recent graduates, are enjoying one of the best job markets in years. Bradley Staffing Group addressed some contributing factors to this in a recent blog post. In a 2016 First Round State of Startups survey, employers rated retention as their primary concern. Quit rates are also the highest they have been in about a decade, according to the [...]

5 Reasons You Should Always Speak to a Veteran Recruiter

As recruiters contacting potential candidates, we are met with a vast array of responses that range from genuine curiosity to a curt brush-off. It is understandable that not everyone is actively looking for a job, or a career change. However, any experienced recruiter will tell you that the best time to conduct a job search is when you are happily employed. Candidates who wait to start a job search until they are unemployed relinquish valuable negotiating power in the [...]

Got Grads? Three industry trends that are reducing the talent pool to a puddle

Across practically every industry, employers are finding it increasingly difficult to find qualified applicants to fill a range of positions. While certain industries are feeling the pressure more than others, there is a general feeling that the talent pool is shrinking to more of a puddle. A solid influx of new graduate talent is essential for many of our clients to keep their companies running smoothly. Recent trends among college graduates are adversely affecting the ability of many companies [...]

The “In” Crowd: 5 Ways to use LinkedIn Professionally

One of the top questions we get from candidates is “do I really need a LinkedIn profile?” The answer is a resounding YES! According to an article in US News & World Report, your LinkedIn profile is more than just your resume; it’s the story of who you are. You should include promotions, achievements and even career aspirations in your profile to impress recruiters because you better believe they are looking! According to MTVNews.com, 98% of recruiters use LinkedIn to [...]

February 2017

5 Reasons Hiring Managers Should Pay Attention to Online Employee Reviews

A recent article by Recruiting Daily referenced a study in which 48% of job seekers* surveyed utilize Glassdoor as a platform to narrow down potential employers. This means that a candidate may not even apply to a company with less than favorable employee reviews in this platform. Here are a few key reasons why it is not only beneficial, but necessary to consider how your company is perceived by current and former employees. Due to the talent shortage, you must be [...]

January 2017

Top 5 Perks to become an Employer of Choice

According to a recent study by Glassdoor.com, 57% of people consider perks and benefits to be extremely important when accepting a new position.  In the current market, top candidates often choose between 5 or 6 offers at the same time.  Here are a few perks that will differentiate you as an employer.   Paid maternity leave. The United States in one of the only developed countries in the world that does not offer mandatory paid maternity leave.  Many larger employers offer paid [...]

December 2016

5 Signs You Should Leave Your Current Job

“Love what you do and do what you love” – Ray Bradbury “Love the life you live. Live the life you love.”- Bob Marley “Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have meaning.” – Malcolm Gladwell     What do all of these quotes have in common? They are encouraging to enjoy your everyday life which includes your personal life, financial goals, and career goals. In the case that your current job position does not make you feel fulfilled, here [...]