Beginners Guide to Staffing Agencies – How to Get a Temp Job, a Raise & a Full-Time Job

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So, you’re looking for a job, but don’t know where to start.

Try a staffing agency. REALLY.

Statistics prove that people out of work or just starting their careers are using staffing agencies more than ever.

According to the American Staffing Association’s 2014 Staffing Survey, 90% of people say that temporary or contract work made them more employable. Negative assumptions about looking for a job with staffing agencies no longer exist.

So, don’t hesitate — GO FOR IT!

If you’re a newbie to staffing agencies, check out our beginners guide to get the the job and money you want.

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5 Common Interview Mistakes Small Businesses Make

Small business owners have a lot on their minds.

Your small business is like your baby. It needs attention non-stop, even-handedness when things go awry, and vision to help it grow. So when the demand gets too big to handle alone, you realize you’ve forgotten one thing:

Your team.

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Yes, you’ve been so busy with the nuts and bolts of launching and growing a business, you didn’t spend much time assembling your own core dream team.

Hopefully this article caught you in time. If not…hey, better late than never.

Going forward, here are a few mistakes you’ll want to avoid when interviewing new prospects…

Top 5 Common Interview Mistakes Small businesses make during the hiring process:

 

Interview Mistake #1: Focusing too much on college degrees.

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According to a recent study by Pew Research Center, there has been a paradigm shift occurring among college educated millenials. They feel that in today’s marketplace, the most important skill is communication, followed by science and math (STEM) skills. This is a strong indicator of the value of skill (i.e. communication) versus just a piece of paper.

In reality, a college education alone is not designed for today’s high-tech fast-paced world of non-stop innovation. Nor is it an indicator of a candidate’s ability to successfully perform a job—and  most certainly not an indicator that the person is a good fit with your company.

No extremes here—a degree shouldn’t disqualify a person, either. You should just be looking for qualities in line with your company’s values and goals.

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The Rise of Freelance Jobs and Their Impact on Labor

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It wasn’t that long ago that your career use to be tied to one company until retirement, but today’s workforce has vastly changed. It’s not uncommon to switch companies or jobs every few years, an occurrence that doesn’t phase HR recruiters when they see a resume in their inbox.

Labor patterns are changing even more with the prominence of freelancers flooding the job market with their killer skills.

A freelancer is defined as an independent contractor retained for a short period of time to complete a specific task. Freelancers are often hired at scale and their expertise spans many industries — from creatives, to tech, administrative support and clerical, or specialized consultants.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, freelancers currently make up 10% of the workforce, with a prediction that between 2012 and 2022, self-employment will increase another 3.6%.

But, do freelancers really have much influence on the labor market overall? Our answer? Absolutely!

Below are four ways freelancers have changed recruiting and staffing:

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