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Working for a Small vs. Large Company

The overall goal is the same: continue building a successful business. But, how you work to achieve those goals may be different. Which working environment fits your work style? Some people prefer working for a larger company because there are just more people. They may enjoy being a part of a larger group, may want to attend more functions, may be it is important to make friends, etc. It can give them a sense of community. Because a larger company has a bigger payroll, there are also specific jobs people may handle for you. You may have individuals fielding phone Read More

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Cliques and the Workplace

We all have the freedom to choose our friends. It is natural for people to get along with some and not really “click” with others. We all interact with individuals/groups and make connections, which is a normal part of life. We share close bonds with some and others we call acquaintances because relationships/intimacy levels are different. Because we will always have closer relationships with some and not with others, how do we handle these “friendships/groups/cliques” in the workplace? The workplace is a completely different environment altogether. How should you handle the fine line of belonging to a group while maintaining Read More

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You May Want to Consider Short-Term Assignments

Obviously, most people want a full-time permanent position with benefits. But as a lot of people have experienced, it is not always easy securing full-time employment and it may take much longer than expected. The process of searching for a job, sending resumes, waiting and interviewing can become a bit tedious. And before you know it, you are stuck in a rut. However, there are other opportunities you may want to explore while continuing the search for permanent employment. This is how working on short-term assignments may help pull you out of the drudgery. Short-term assignments can be helpful in 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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Washington DC Hiring Outlook for 2014 – What Can You Expect?

A promising 13 percent of Washington D.C. area technology executives expect to add to their IT teams during the first half of 2014, according to recently released reports. The survey noted that 85 percent of Washington D.C. area CIOs were hopeful their companies would experience growth during the first half of the new year, and 68 percent believed their firms would be following through on plans to invest in IT projects. An overwhelming 65 percent of CIOs surveyed said it can be difficult to find skilled IT professionals today, especially those experienced in software development, networking, and database

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Consider Cultural Fit in Your Staffing Recruitment

Your company’s new information technology hire may be the best JAVA programmer within a 100 mile radius. He may have won the latest Google coding competition, but if he is the only introvert in an open-plan, socially-engaged office environment, he may only increase your staff turnover ratio and not your ROI. A diverse workforce can leverage your human capital assets and increase your company’s market competitiveness.  But successful recruiting depends on hiring the right staff for a particular environment and not all personalities will fit.  Personality fit with respect to a job candidate results in higher levels of productivity and Read More