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Boomerang Candidates – Is It Right for Your Team?

January 12th, 2017

Boomerang CandidatesWe all know what a boomerang is: An Aboriginal Australian hunting weapon that is thrown and comes back to the thrower. The word, over time, has come to mean anything that gets thrown out and comes back, and that is true for employees. A boomerang candidate is a former employee who left your organization for another position and is now interested in returning to your company. But should you consider this candidate for your open job? Here are some things to consider.

What skills did they learn elsewhere?

When they left your company, what happened next? What kind of company did they work for and what experiences can they now bring back to your table? Was this growth something your company was unable to provide? Take a hard look at their skills. Even though they have worked for your company in the past doesn’t mean they are a good long-term fit.

What does your candidate pool look like?

What other candidates are you considering for this job? Where did you source them? What do they bring to the table that your boomerang candidate cannot? A fresh perspective may be just as valuable as reinstating someone who needs a little training. It is a good idea to weigh these pros and cons before making a decision.

Did they leave on good terms?

The most important thing to consider is why they left in the first place? Was it a life change that was unavoidable, like a relocation or new circumstance? Did they simply want to take an opportunity to learn something new that your company couldn’t offer at the time? Or, and most importantly, was there a specific reason they were not a good fit for your organization? Has anything changed that demonstrates improvement in that area?

How does your team feel about them?

Finally, you need to talk to others in the company who remember or worked directly with your boomerang candidate. Do they feel as though this person left on good terms? Do they feel confident that this placement would work out for them? Do they have fond memories and like your former employee as a person? If not, why? What would need to change to make it a better long term fit?

Are you looking for the right candidate to fill your open positions? Contact CornerStone Staffing today to learn about how our awesome team of recruiters can help!

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Use LinkedIn to Get Real Info During Hiring

December 29th, 2016

linkedin-blogCurrent standards indicate that most serious job seekers should have a basic LinkedIn profile. But what does that mean for employers? When you’re looking for a new candidate for your open position, and you turn to LinkedIn, what are you really looking for? You can use LinkedIn to get real information that can help inform your hiring decision. Here is what to look for and how to use the information when you’re setting up interviews and making offers.

Look for sincere recommendations.

The recommendation section of a LinkedIn profile shouldn’t replace good, old-fashioned references, but they can be helpful. It is easy to tell the difference between a sincere recommendation and one that just goes through the motions. Look for details, mentions of specific scenarios, and how closely the individuals worked together. Then see how many sincere recommendations a person has.

Review mutual connections.

LinkedIn is built on first, second, and third-tier connections. For every person you add to your network, you also add an exponential network. Review the individuals that you have in common with your candidate. Can you reach out to anyone to discuss the individual candidly? What can you learn from these connections about your candidate that can help inform your choice?

See how active they are.

It can also say something about a job applicant when you see how active they are. Not only that they are active, but how they interact with their networks and groups. Do they provide information that is positive and helpful? Do they only use the site to promote themselves or do they share other useful information? Are they positioning themselves as an expert or a thought leader?

Read their blog posts.

Speaking of thought leaders, does this candidate use the LinkedIn blogging platform to share important information about their experience? LinkedIn blogs make it easy for professionals to demonstrate their expertise in their field. Even if they don’t post often, check for the quality of blog posts they’ve made in the past. Are these posts items that can help your company grow or share how knowledgeable your candidate is?

Do you need any additional help in bringing the top talent to your company? Contact the team at CornerStone Staffing today to work with a top staffing agency in Texas.

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Is Your Accounting Team Appropriately Staffed for Busy Season

December 15th, 2016

accounting-teamWhile the holidays might be downtime for many offices, accounting firms are looking toward the first of the year to signal the start of accounting season. Between January and April, financial professionals are the hardest working people you’ll find. Tax time can be stressful for everyone from the clients to the accountants themselves, so how can you ensure that everything will run as smoothly as possible? Before tax season starts, evaluate what you can do to make things easier. Let’s take a closer look.

Don’t wait until it is too late.

Staffing your team in March may be too late to make a dent in the work that your firm will have this tax season. Instead, get started now. The holidays are a perfect time to reach out to find temporary seasonal workers who will be available after the first of the year. If not, you run the risk of not finding the employees with the qualifications you need to accomplish the tasks at hand.

Avoid overworking your team.

You may have a great core staff. They may be rock stars in accounting. But that doesn’t mean that you can have them work 24 hours a day and seven days a week without consequences. There will certainly be some overtime inherent with tax season, but working your staff to the breaking point won’t serve anyone. Instead, make sure that you have enough short-term help to get you through the season. They can be there for administrative support or take on more tasks depending on skill level.

Review the past to determine need.

In order to determine the skill level of short-term employees or the number of temporary workers your company will need for the season, review the workload you’ve had in recent years. How many clients did you have last year? What were your billable hours? How many new clients have you added this year who will need attention during tax season? Review all of this information and get input from your accounting staff to see what kind of temp help will be best for you starting in January.

Partner with an agency.

To accomplish all of this, your best solution is to work with an agency who specializes in accounting and administrative support. You can talk with them now to determine how they can help you best in the coming months. Talk to them about their inventory of available employees, the skill levels, and the rates you will need to pay. Share your data so you can both create a plan that will work well this tax season.

Are you looking to staff your accounting department before tax season starts? Contact CornerStone Staffing today to get started on working with a top financial staffing agency in Texas!

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Do You Really Need to Conduct an Annual Review?

November 23rd, 2016

job-reviewAs we slide through the end of the year, you’re probably considering the dreaded task of the annual review. This task is intended for managers and employees to discuss contributions and make a plan for the following year. But is an annual review even necessary? Are they actually causing more harm than good in some cases? Before you step into that meeting, consider these thoughts about year-end reviews and determine what really works for you and your business.

Are performance reviews a waste of time?

More and more large organizations are doing away with the annual review. While the process intended to hold employees more accountable, it doesn’t result in the kind of development modern businesses are looking for. Instead, it singles out employees and makes them more defensive, not less. It may be time for your organization to ditch the formal review process.

What is the value of your review process?

The most important thing to know is whether or not your annual reviews are bringing value to the workplace. Is it causing more anxiety for your management team or employees? Are they both walking away from the meeting with renewed motivation? Or are people simply going through the motions because it is required?

Is your review process often enough?

One challenge is that an annual review doesn’t actually solve any performance issues. Companies that do more information review processes throughout the year, either every quarter or 6 months, are finding that their employees are more motivated because they feel empowered by the feedback.

Is there harm in waiting to share feedback?

In fact, there is ample evidence to show that waiting for an annual review to provide feedback can negatively impact the performance of employees. Rather than giving them the tools to correct behaviors, they’ll feel as though there are being criticized by individuals with more power. It is better to provide specific examples of things that need to improve but do it along the way as the concern arises, not all at once.

Are you looking for new team members to add to your company? Contact CornerStone Staffing today to get started on working with a leading Texas staffing agency!

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Want to Retain Top IT Talent? Focus on These Areas

November 10th, 2016

retain-employeesEmployee retention is just as important as hiring the right IT talent from the start. To keep your star tech employees happy and engaged, it is imperative to focus on certain areas to create loyalty and enrichment. Without addressing these items, you may find yourself replacing unhappy or disgruntled IT employees far too often. Here are 5 areas you can focus on to retain your top talent in the IT department.

1. Provide flexible options.

Today’s top IT talent are looking for a flexible workplace. Not only do they want the ability to be flexible with their time, but also the freedom to explore solutions without being micromanaged. Provide a results based workplace that tracks the completion of projects without getting caught up in the hours they take to complete these tasks.

2. Increase open communications.

IT employees also want open lines of communications that go two ways. They want to be able to discuss concerns with their employer whenever necessary. But they also want to hear feedback. And don’t only approach your team with negative feedback. Be sure to provide positive reinforcement as well.

3. Focus on hiring and onboarding.

The first impression is probably the most important. If you can give them a quality experience in the hiring process and within the first days of training, you will increase overall satisfaction on the job. Provide an orientation that introduces them to the corporate culture. Match them with a mentor who can answer their questions along the way.

4. Provide access to the best technology.

An IT department without access to the latest technology tools will be quickly crippled in the solutions they can provide. If you don’t offer these tools to your employees, they will find a company who will. Give them all the tools they need to make informed decisions and provide top solutions for your department.

5. Offer options for career development.

IT employees, especially those in the millennial generation, are craving continued education and career development. An employer that doesn’t care about the future goals of an employee is not one that these professionals want to work with. Give them options to learn more and expand their horizons while on the job.

Do you want to hire top IT talent for your company? Contact CornerStone Staffing today and work with a leading IT recruiter in Dallas!

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What Do You Say to the Job Candidates Who Don’t Get the Job?

October 27th, 2016

how-do-you-tell-them-they-didnt-get-the-jobWhen you’re interviewing for your open position, you will meet multiple people but only be able to hire one. This means there can be several well-qualified individuals who will not get the job. How you respond to them is just as important as how you make the offer to your selection. Burning bridges goes both ways and with the value of word-of-mouth and social media connections, you can’t afford to have someone disgruntled with their interviewing experience. Here are some ways you can say the right thing to someone who doesn’t get the job at your company.

Be upfront about not getting the job.

There are a lot of reasons managers don’t communicate with candidates who didn’t get the offer. They may not want to deal with confrontation. Or they may get busy so it drops off the priority list. But each person you interview deserves some notification that they haven’t gotten the job and the general reason why. This will help them move forward in their job search rather than become jaded.

Stay positive about the hiring process.

To this end, you want to stay positive. Feel free to present constructive criticism in a positive way, but otherwise, you should focus on the positive reasons you made the decision to hire someone else. Tell the employee about why someone else made the cut, which can give them an idea of what they might be missing when applying and interviewing for jobs.

Offer to contact them when things change.

Things do change. A perfect hire can turn into a nightmare when you least expect it. Or, other employees may leave or you may experience growth in your industry. The top candidates for your open jobs are often the biggest untapped resource for future jobs when most companies simply start over again. If they made the cut once, they are worth looking at again.

Follow up with them in the future.

The real key when it comes to offering to contact them in the future is to actually follow through on that process. Maintain a file for each department with potential candidates that you’ve met before. Follow up with them when you have a need or throughout the year just to keep in touch. Check in with them about where they are now, which can also give you insight on competition.

Are you struggling to find the best candidates for your job openings? Work with CornerStone Staffing today to get started on working with a top Dallas recruiter!

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What Should Companies Look for in Workforce Management

October 13th, 2016

workforce-managementAre you considering a workforce management solution for your business? If so, what should you be looking for in both a service and their software solution? Before you make a decision on the workforce management partner for your organization, it is important to ask the following questions to better understand what you and your employees need. Here are three things that you should consider before working with an agency to manage your workforce.

1. Online Services

So much is changing in the staffing industry right now. Today, companies that don’t offer online services are quickly falling behind in the marketplace. Businesses and individuals are doing almost everything on line today, so having the option to place work orders and find reports online is critical. It also makes the back office process easier by allowing employees the ability to submit time cards online and the ability for companies to get their invoices electronically. While face-to-face or over the phone contact still exists, the convenience of online communications is essential in today’s business climate.

2. Employee Access

Your employees will also want more information to be available to them. Not only should they be able to submit their time cards online, they also want details. They should be able to access their own online profile which should include start dates, pay history, and performance indicators that will help them improve their skills for future employment. This information will also help potential employers when trying to understand how to manage and motivate their team.

3. Onsite Manager

In many cases, especially if a company needs a large workforce, an onsite manager will be essential. This representative from the staffing agency will be there to help you manage the workforce needs and be a liaison between your company and the staffing agency. Sometimes performance and management issues can come up when the recruiters aren’t available to be onsite to see how individuals interact on the job. This recruiter and employee relationship can be critical for long-term success.

Are you considering a workforce management solution? Contact CornerStone Staffing Agencies in Dallas to learn how we can help you today with our unique workforce management solution!

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3 Red Flags that Scream Bad Fit in a Job Candidate

September 29th, 2016

red-flagsHiring is hard, so it is important that you don’t make snap judgments or hire someone on the spot when you have a gut feeling about how they’re perfect. There are several things that should be taken into consideration, including some red flags that can let you know when a candidate isn’t the right fit for you. Before you make a job offer, consider if any of your applicants are guilty of these items of concern. If so, it may be time to walk away and consider an alternative.

Someone with All the Answers and a Habit of Interrupting

It can be frustrating to try to have a conversation when the other person won’t even let you finish a thought without responding. When a candidate does that, it can be a sign of a lot of negative behaviors. First, they may not think through a problem enough before tackling it, resulting in incorrect assumptions. Second, they don’t have respect for other’s thoughts and ideas and aren’t willing to collaborate. And finally, it may actually be a sign that they are truly unprepared and talking over someone is the only way they can exert their will in the conversation.

Someone Who Can’t Explain Why They Have a Gap in Their Resume

Resume gaps are not the actual problem when it comes to hiring someone who has experienced times of unemployment. The real issue is when a candidate can’t explain what happened, why they were out of work, and what they were doing during that time. If they avoid the question or distract you from finding out details, this may be a red flag. If they can’t tell you they were doing something productive during their down time, such as volunteering or caring for a family member, there may be some concerns. Also, if use this as a chance to complain about their former employer, it is time to move on to the next candidate.

Someone Who Demonstrates Core Values that Don’t Fit Your Mission

Core values are highly personal. Your company has them inherent in your mission statement and strives to meet them every day. It is part of your customer service plan, your HR strategy, and your daily interactions. So hiring for a match in values is extremely important. If the candidate demonstrates core values, for better or worse, that are vastly different from your own or your company’s, it will not be a good long-term fit. Even if their skills are perfect and you like them as a person, that innate personality trait will make it difficult for them to integrate into your corporation.

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Show One Simple Thing to Help Employee Motivation

September 15th, 2016

respectEncouraging your staff to perform at the top of their abilities isn’t as difficult as many online resources make it seem. Most employees are actively engaged in their job, and if they’re not, pushing them harder won’t solve the problem. Instead, working with their natural desire to do a good job and encouraging the hardest workers to continue reaching is more effective overall. So, what is one simple way you can motivate your team?

Be Respectful

The overarching message is that you should always be respectful to your staff. Treating them in this manner will encourage them to be respectful in turn, which will enhance employee loyalty and motivate them on the job. Here are some of the ways to demonstrate respect.

  • Be grateful. Offering your genuine gratitude when an employee does something worthy of thanks is a good first step. Don’t assume they only deserve gratitude when they go above and beyond. Instead, tell them “thank you” frequently. Let them know that you value what they do and are happy they’re part of your team.
  • Be kind. There are many nightmare stories of managers who are rude, mean, or cruel to their staff. Bullies exist at all levels of employment, and a manager who bullies will have a hard time earning the respect of their team. Instead, be kind and caring about them as individuals.
  • Be personal. Sure, there are topics that should be off-limits at work, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have any meaningful conversations. Demonstrating that you’re human and opening up to your staff will provide a framework for a solid working relationship that can last for years.
  • Be humble. Always remember that you’re not infallible. You make mistakes too, so own up to them. Know that you couldn’t be in the position you’re in without a great team of employees surrounding you. That isn’t to say you can’t brag about accomplishments, but understand how and when you’re doing it.

When you can combine these four concepts into your management style, you will quickly find that your respect will be reciprocated.

Contact CornerStone Staffing Agencies in Addison TX to learn more today about working with our great team of recruiters that will find you the right employees for your job openings.

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Why You Can’t Be Scared of Hiring Smart Employees

August 18th, 2016

dont-be-scaredIt is okay to admit it. As a manager, it can be hard to check your own ego sometimes. You want to continuously demonstrate that your word and your actions are at the top of the ladder, so it can be hard to make hiring decisions that involve bringing exceptional employees on the team to threaten your position. It is human nature to take a step back when you talk to someone smarter. They challenge you and make you think about your own worth. But, it is also important to be objective and understand that hiring someone smarter than you can be a great benefit to you and your organization. Here are some of the reasons why you shouldn’t be scared of hiring smart employees.

They are innovative and creative.

When you bring on someone who is smarter, you expand your business’s horizons toward more creative and innovative endeavors. They can also offer creative solutions to some of your current or most pressing problems. Not worrying about whether or not someone is smarter than you can be liberating as you see new ways of thinking about old problems.

They improve your overall success.

Smart people are assets. And people are smart in different ways. You will hire innovators who can help you create new products or services and improve old processes, but you will also hire subject matter experts who will have a hand in all of the other aspects of your business. Hire someone who is more knowledgeable than you in accounting so you will know your numbers are always in order and you won’t need to micromanage.

They can pass on their knowledge.

Working with smart people can also increase the overall intelligence factor in your business. Encourage them to pass on their skills, train the rest of your staff and you to learn how to do things you hadn’t thought of before. Smart employees are happy to teach others the concepts that allow them to think of things differently.

They aren’t gunning for your job.

Lastly, it is important to understand that you’re still in control. Many people are concerned that if they hire someone smarter than they are, the new employee will be focused on climbing the corporate ladder. That isn’t the case. Hire people who love what they do and who want to contribute to the business in their specific role. Spend your time learning how to be a more well-rounded manager instead.

Do you want more information about hiring smart people for your company? Contact CornerStone Staffing Agencies today to work with a top staffing agency in Dallas and the surrounding DFW area!

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