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How to Write a Winning Resume

Winning resumes are those that get noticed by the hiring manager and result in an interview for the job. Hire Standard reviews thousands of resumes a year; some are enthusiastically received by a hiring company and some are rejected, even though the job seeker’s experience may fit the position. Here are some easy-to-follow tips to get your resume noticed. Remember the KISS rule? Hire Standard’s advice is to keep it short and simple, but strategic. What you mention at the beginning of the document is going to set the tone and within 15 seconds, most hiring managers will decide whether Read More

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Will the Affordable Care Act Force Employees to Work Multiple Part Time Jobs?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is causing concern among small business owners and employees. Some businesses are considering increases in temporary staffing to avoid reaching the employer mandate threshold and others are confused as to what constitutes threshold levels. But the contingent workforce has been increasing since the start of the recession. Businesses have been forced to rely on temporary and contingent staff while cutting full-time workers and are now realizing the benefits of flexible staffing. According to USA Today, the number of temporary workers has increased by more than 50 percent since the recession ended four years ago, which Read More

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What are the Benefits of going Temporary to Full-Time?

The recent economic recession has caused a boom in the hiring of contingent workers and the transformation of temporary workers to full time employees. In an article by Forbes, a leading New York staffing firm claims that 70 percent of people in temporary positions are ultimately hired on a full-time basis. Companies are recognizing the benefits that temp-to-hire arrangements can provide in terms of finding and hiring qualified staff. The quality of temporary staff is increasing as more people are entering the contingent workforce. The current labor market, family obligations, or personal growth forces many to adopt unconventional working arrangements. Read More

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First Impressions Matter – Even After You’re Hired!

Professionalism should be a character trait. Landing a job implies that your first impressions were of a standard that exceeded your competition; however, complacency as a new recruit is dangerous. You are likely to be under scrutiny for a considerable time after you have come on board. According to Kristi Hedges of Forbes, during the first weeks, both the new hire and the company are assessing each other, and some companies are prepared to fire employees who fail to meet expectations. First impressions after you are hired can set the tone for the foreseeable future. Come up to speed quickly Read More

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Should You Work with a Recruiting Firm? Here are Five Benefits to Consider

Whether you’ve been unsuccessfully searching for a new job for awhile now or are just getting started on the job hunt, you’re probably wondering the best way to go about it. The job market is a competitive place, but working with a staffing firm can offer you the competitive advantage you need to get ahead. Whether you’re looking for temporary or contract work, temp-to-hire jobs, or a direct hire position, a staffing agency can help to get you there. Five Benefits of Working with a Staffing Firm Instead of settling for a job you’re not crazy about, let a staffing Read More

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Can My Tattoo Reduce My Chances of Being Hired?

Bad news for body art lovers. Many states are ‘employment at will’ states which means they can refuse to hire you for any reason or no reason at all. Anti-discrimination and whistle-blower laws do not include tattoos or piercings. This means a company can rightfully refuse to allow piercings and visible tattoos at work unless their ban discriminates against you based on your race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Put simply, employers can consider visible tattoo and body piercings when deciding who to hire. The dress code is part of the office environment and culture. All employees are expected to conform

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Background Checks: Know Your Rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FRCA)

More companies are conducting background checks on potential employees and your hiring, or a promotion, may depend on the information that is revealed. Certain jobs require background checks by federal and state law such as teaching or government work. It is useful to be aware of your rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and how you can prepare for a background check. An employer may want to verify that they are hiring responsibly, that you have not committed child abuse, acts for terrorism, fraud, that your resume is valid, or that you do not have a pattern of Read More

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Recent Employment Trends in Washington DC

In March 2012, Forbes reported that Washington, D.C. was one city that had emerged relatively unscathed from the recent recession and had been buoyed economically by federal spending. The federal government accounts for one-third of the area’s economy and is the area’s largest employer. However, the effects of recent fiscal cuts and sequestration by the federal government are reflected in the latest labor statistics. Will the recent government shutdown have a long-lasting impact on the area’s economy? Only time will truly tell. The Washington Post reports that the visible signs of a vibrant economy, such as cranes and construction for Read More

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Staying Top of the Short list with a Successful Follow-Up Email

The number of applicants who do send a follow-up thank you email to interviewers is around 60 percent according to US News. While there is no evidence that a thank you note will land you the job if you are not first on the list, second place on the short list may if the top candidate withdraws. Here are some tips with respect to a follow-up thank you note or email: An email is acceptable and should be sent within 24 hours of the interview to cement a good impression. Correctly spell each interviewer’s name; use LinkedIn to search them Read More