Why do some positions acquired through staffing agencies fall through?

The staffing agency calls and connects you with a great assignment. It may be a long-term assignment with the potential for a full-time opportunity! You excitedly take the position, you love the work/environment and everything seems to be going smoothly…until the staffing agency calls and delivers the bad news. Unfortunately, the position is going to come to an end and the client is not going to make a full-time hire, after all. As disappointing as the situation might be, it does happen and the fault does not always lie with the staffing agency. When clients approach staffing agencies, they have Read More

The Intersection of HR and Artificial Intelligence

Algorithm-powered devices (Artificial Intelligence/ AI) are being successfully used in numerous business applications, but what about HUMAN RESOURCES? Intelligent Assistants or “chatbots” simulate human conversation for recruiting and HR-related transactions and are being harnessed by numerous companies with mixed results. In a recent survey of 400 Chief Human Resources Officers by IBM, over half agreed that AI has the power to transform human resources, but the early results are mixed. On the plus side, AI programs, chatbots and virtual assistants used in human resource departments can improve efficiency by: reducing information overload focusing on a smaller candidate pool to improve Read More

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

Telecommuting | Should Employees Be Able to Work from Home?

The subject of telecommuting is a sensitive one. Progressive companies often use flexible schedules and remote work as a way to attract top talent, to increase staff morale, and to improve their reputation as an employer. However, Jessica Lingo of Frost Brown Todd LLC, reported on the recent decision by Yahoo! human resources chief to retract the company’s telecommuting option. In a memo dated February 22, 2013, the HR chief, Jackie Reses, cited sub-optimal speed and quality as the reason for the retraction. The decision caused controversy because such a policy could violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Telecommuting Read More

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