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How Can You Build a Pool of Reliable IT Freelancers?

February 9th, 2017

The IT industry is changing and a lot of top performers are working as independent contractors or freelancers without committing to a full-time position with a company. If your company is reliant on skilled information technology experts, you may be wondering how you can compete in this gig economy and build a pool of reliable IT freelancers. Here are several things you can do to improve your relationship with independent contractors.

Treat them like everyone else.

Even if your IT freelancer works from home or is only occasionally in the office, make an effort to include them in company culture. Make them feel welcome in your organization. This will go a long way to giving them buy in to your company and the people they work with and for. They will be more interested in making a positive contribution rather than just collecting a steady paycheck.

Provide steady work.

Speaking of steady, to keep a freelancer happy is to keep them busy and engaged. Don’t just throw busy work at them, but be ready to give them necessary projects. If you don’t have anything for them, they will move on and freelance for someone else. You may never be able to get them back. If you provide steady work, you’ll be able to develop a long-term relationship with your IT freelancer.

Share feedback.

Just because your freelancer doesn’t work for you full time doesn’t mean you should avoid providing feedback. Let them know when they’re doing a good job. Talk to them about concerns you have. Be open with communication and allow them to approach you if they have questions as well. This positive back and forth will help you both work together well and accomplish more.

Be flexible with their schedule.

Lastly, remember that a freelancer is not a full-time employee. This means that they will have a non-traditional schedule. They may work from home. Or they may only work a few days a week. Rather than focusing on the hours they put in, focus on the results of their project. Know that a freelancer does this job so they can have a flexible schedule and as long as they are completing the necessary tasks, everything should be okay.

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When Are You Ready for a Career Shift?

February 2nd, 2017

Have you been feeling restless lately? Is your job not fulfilling to you? Do you wonder whether or not the grass really is greener on the other side? You might be ready to complete shift focus in your career. If you aren’t sure whether or not you should start looking for a new job in a new industry, consider these warning signs that will help you decide and give ideas for putting your career search into high gear.

Are you unhappy with your job and industry?

People often ignore their inner dialog. They think they are over reacting or they should get over it and move on. But if you’re are feeling unhappy in your job, it is worth evaluating to discover the reasons. Is it just a temporary fix or is it a sense of restlessness or dissatisfaction that you can’t define or shake? If your unhappiness is deeply rooted in your job, it is time to consider another possibility.

Do you have issues with the direction of the company?

Have you found yourself calling into question some of the decisions or policies your company has made since you’ve worked there? It may have started out just fine, but you begin to notice things that don’t jive with your personal value system. They may have always been there and you’re just beginning to notice or they may have evolved over time. Or you have.

Have you had personal changes in your life?

Sometimes the reason for considering a new job will have more to do with other factors than the job itself. If you’ve had personal changes in your life that can influence the way you work, it may be time to consider another opportunity that fits in better with your new lifestyle. For example, it could be a commute. Or it could be a lack of flexibility in the hours. A different industry may be better suited.

Do you have skills that could be valuable to someone else?

Transferable skills are defined as those talents you have that can be utilized in another way for another industry. For example, you may have worked in administration but you assisted the accounting department and these transferable skills could lead you to a new career in finance. What added value can you bring to the table for a new employer?

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Which Leader Does Your Team Want?

January 26th, 2017

Managing is about more than just being the boss. Your employees want a leader that inspires them and supports them. If you’re currently in a management position or looking to progress into one throughout your career, there are some personal traits or soft skills, you should consider cultivating. Be the leader your team wants. Here are several things to consider adding to your experience and skill set.

Positive Behavior

Positivity is the cornerstone of good management. Your employees will not want to work for someone who only complains or is negative all the time. When you project your emotions, you are asking for your team to emulate your behavior. That is why it is imperative that you act in a positive way to encourage positive work.

Adaptable to Change

The best-laid plans never go the way they’re intended. That is true for life and for individual small projects. If you want to ensure that your team is able to roll with the punches, you have to demonstrate your ability to adapt and change along the way. This means everything from embracing new ideas to utilizing new technology.

Down to Earth

Your team will also want someone who they consider down to earth. What is the opposite of down to earth? Often those people are described as “flighty” or “spacey.” You don’t want to be seen that way. Your staff deserves someone who is even tempered and has control over their emotions. Don’t allow yourself to fly off the handle.

Ethics and Integrity

Your team also wants you to be ethical and demonstrate integrity in the office. They want you to be fair to everyone rather than picking favorites and treating others poorly. Make sure that you adhere to your own values and support the overall values of the company.

Willingness to Pitch in

Finally, your staff wants to see that you don’t just manage the department, that you know what you’re talking about. They want to see you able to take action. If things get tough, don’t’ be afraid to roll up your sleeves and help out. Get your hands dirty to show that you still have what it takes to be a part of the team yourself.

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How to Gain Valuable Information in the Job Interview

January 19th, 2017

Gain InfoAs a job seeker, your most important task is to gain as much information as possible while selling yourself to the hiring manager. This can be a delicate balancing act between gaining and giving information. But there are a few things you should ask or look out for that can give you valuable insight into the company culture and what it would be like to work there. Here are four questions that will be critical to gaining the most important information from an interview.

1. Is this a new position or is it a replacement?

Knowing why a position is open is a key to finding out how you should sell yourself. If this is a new position, it means they are growing or adding important new roles to their company. This is your opportunity to make your mark in something they’ve never experienced before. On the other hand, if they are replacing an employee, it is helpful to know if this was a problem situation that resulted in a firing or another cause to create the open position.

2. How long do employees typically stay with the company?

You want to know how long a typical employee stays with the organization because if there is high turnover and constant rehiring, there may be a reason for that. It will be important for you to understand whether or not this is something that will work with your career.

3. Do people go out for lunch or happy hour?

Knowing how social a company is will help inform you about the overall corporate culture. Do people go out for lunch? Do they go on their own or as a group? Do people bring lunch in and eat at their desks? Some companies even encourage a weekly happy hour to help their staff socialize and build better bonds. Look at how they handle social interaction and whether or not they fit your values.

4. What are the company growth and client breakdown?

Lastly, you want to know the data that supports the company’s success. How has the company grown in the last year, the last 5 years, and since it was founded? What is their target client and how is that broken down. How many clients do they add each year? What clients have been lost in the past and why?

Are you ready to interview for your next new career move? Contact CornerStone Staffing today to work with the top staffing agency in Dallas!

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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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Want to Try Something New in 2017? Consider Temp-to-Hire

January 5th, 2017

try-something-newEvery year. It’s the same idea. The New Year is the perfect time to try something new and different. We make resolutions, set goals, and plan events that can help us grow. So why not try something new in 2017 and consider a temporary to hire position? What is temp-to-hire? You will work with a staffing agency who can help you find a position suitable to your background, experience, and interest. Then, you will work for the agency at their client site for an established period of time. At the end of that time, the client is able to hire you on to their company directly. It’s a great way to learn more about a job and a business before making a full-time commitment. What else do you need to know about temp-to-hire? Let’s take a closer look.

Try before you buy

Businesses take big risks deciding who to hire for their open positions. But working with an agency gives them an opportunity to try out an employee before committing to a full-time hire. But the benefits go both ways. You also get to try out a company before you accept a full-time position to learn if the corporate culture, the other employees, and the job itself are worth committing to.

Learn new things

You don’t only have to accept a position that was the same as your last job or the job before that. Working with a recruiter, you can determine how your skills can benefit any number of organizations. You can look at your transferable skills to see what other positions can be a fit for your interests and experience. Once you start that job, you will have a chance to learn how they run their organization, volunteer to take on new tasks and ask if you can learn new things along the way. The more adaptable you are, the more valuable you are as an employee.

Have flexibility in your career.

A temp-to-hire job is different than short term temporary assignments and accepting a full-time, permanent position with a company you’ve never worked with before. It gives you the power to control the direction in which you steer your career. You will be able to determine if the job is right for you and if it is not, talk to your recruiter to move on to another position.

Are you looking for a temp-to-hire position in 2017? Contact the recruiters at CornerStone Staffing and find your next job by working with a top staffing agency in Texas.

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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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Why You Need to Become More Positive in 2017

December 22nd, 2016

in-2017Turning over the calendar to the next year can be a welcome change for a lot of people. It’s a natural opportunity to start fresh and set new goals. But that doesn’t mean you can coast through 2017 without major changes. If you’re thinking about career advancement or just making your year more successful overall, there is something you might not be considering. Positivity comes in many forms, and it can make or break your career experience. Here are some of the reasons you should be more positive in 2017.

Negative attitudes are not good to work with.

No one likes to work with someone who has a negative attitude all the time. The challenge sometimes is noticing this behavior in ourselves. If you find yourself thinking negatively more often than not, the people around you will observe it as well. Try to improve your outlook this coming year to project a more positive personality to those around you.

Positive people get more promotions.

If you want concrete reasons why then consider individuals with positive attitudes get promoted more frequently than their negative counterparts. Management teams look for people who offer a positive spin on the company, product, or service. These employees will be considered quickly for movement up the ladder.

Remove toxic people from your life.

Negativity is contagious. Even if you don’t consciously think of yourself in negative terms, spending time with others who are negative can affect the way you interact with everyone around you. Avoiding negative people can help you maintain a positive attitude at work and in your whole life.

Appreciate kindness and helpfulness.

One great way to put positivity into practice is to express your gratitude for others. When someone is kind or helpful, thank them openly and honestly. Use this positive energy to pay it forward and do kind things for others. Just like negativity, positivity also breeds more positivity, and spreading it around will be welcomed.

Are you looking for more ways to improve your career goals for 2017? Contact CornerStone Staffing today to work with a leading staffing agency in Dallas and learn how we can help you today!

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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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Have an IT Job but Want a New One? 4 Tips to Navigate that Search

December 8th, 2016

new-jobThe IT industry is exploding and it is expected that many companies will be hiring technology professionals in 2017. If you’ve been restless, now is the time to start thinking about a transition. But, if you are already working in IT, you may want to consider some of the ways to successfully navigate a new job search so you don’t put your current role in jeopardy. Here are four things to think about before you start looking for your next IT job from the comfort of where you’re working now.

1. Take your time.

If you’re still working, you don’t need to rush your search. You’ve got plenty of time. You also don’t want to rush so much that you make a fatal mistake in your current job. Being by doing your homework and learning what companies or jobs you really want. Get out into the community to find out more about these opportunities. Contact companies you want to work with but who aren’t current advertising for open jobs and build a relationship.

2. Leverage your network.

Now is also the time to leverage your network. Make sure you’re building up your social media network, especially LinkedIn. Attend local industry events. Connect with individuals you’ve done business with before. You can stay confidential and ask them to be discrete, but you can start to ask around about opportunities that might be a good fit for you in the near future.

3. Talk to previous employers.

There is a reason everyone always advises you to avoid burning bridges. These previous employers may be a good place to discuss new opportunities. Since you left, you’ve gained new insight and new skills. Can you use these skills at their business? Is this work situation something that could become a good transition back into a company you enjoyed working for before in a different capacity?

4. Discuss options with your boss.

If you are feeling restless, it may also be a good idea to discuss your feelings with your current boss. If they value your contribution, they may be willing to work with you to determine a new position that could be a better fit for your skills and desire to contribute to the company in a different way. Even if they can’t give you a promotion, they may be able to give you additional responsibilities.

Are you looking for a new role in IT for 2017? Contact the team at CornerStone Staffing Agencies, now hiring for jobs in Dallas TX!

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