Tag - Hiring

June 2017

Why you should hire overqualified candidates

Above and Beyond: 5 Reasons You Should Hire Overqualified Candidates

With the unemployment rate at 4.3% in May 2017, the current economic situation is forcing many employees to apply for positions that don’t match their skills and salary level. Yet employers in practically every industry are having difficulty finding candidates to fill open positions. The number of open jobs as reported by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics hit a record high of 6 million on the last business day of April. There is a general imbalance in candidate [...]

When your resume portrays you as a specialist rather than a jack of all trades, hiring managers will find you easier. You can land an interview and quite possibly a job.

5 Ways to go from Jack of All Trades to Specialist using your Resume

You’ve probably heard the phrase “jack of all trades” to describe a person who has a vast quantity of skills. While this can often be viewed as a high compliment, unfortunately the second part of that phrase, “master of none,” is the element that keeps many candidates from getting an interview. As recruiters, we have yet to receive a request from an employer for someone who has dabbled in a little bit of everything. Employers want specialists who will [...]

May 2017

Top Performers

How do You Keep Your Top Performers…and Attract More of Them?

In Part 1 of this 2 part blog, we talked about how to identify those key players on your team; the force multipliers that literally keep your business running, growing and innovating. You may have been surprised to learn that the top performers in your organization are up to 400% more productive than the average performers.  With that kind of productivity on the line, keeping those top performers needs to be a top priority. A study by Future Workplace [...]

Hands typing on laptop in the grass to illustrate spring cleaning your resume

Spring Cleaning: 5 Ways to Enhance Your Resume

As the weather gets warmer and we get more hours of daylight, we get a little more motivated when it comes to housekeeping and organization. We clean out closets, cars and garages to prepare for summer, dust off the cobwebs and get out there into the world. While you’re feeling this new sense of motivation, it’s great time to do some resume maintenance. A study by online job search service provider, The Ladders revealed that recruiters spend an average [...]

April 2017

Feeling the Stress of Staffing? 5 Tips to Get Ahead of Hiring in Today’s Market

It is not uncommon for large local companies to have 200 or more job openings. Recent figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that there are still more jobs open than candidates to fill them. Real average earnings for employees increased 0.5% from February to March of 2017. This is creating a level of competition among employers to win top talent.  Employers are faced with the need to raise wages in order to attract and maintain key employees. [...]

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 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 [...]