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Boring Candidates? Boring Job Descriptions Might Be Why

May 11th, 2017

Do you find it hard to stifle a yawn when looking at new resumes or interviewing candidates for your open positions? It may not be a lack of energy in the local talent pool causing this to happen. Boring candidates can be a result of boring job descriptions attracting the wrong personality types to your jobs. But you have the power to spice things up, and here’s how. Before you put your next job opening out there to hope for a new batch of exciting candidates, consider these 4 ways you can improve your job descriptions to attract a better overall quality of potential employee.

Be excited.

Candidates can tell when you’re excited about your own business or opportunity. If you don’t convey this, they may not see what kind of a great job you have to offer. Use your own enthusiasm about working with your company to show some personality in your job description. Don’t just be exciting, be excited about the prospect of these great new candidates working for you.

Start with a bang.

Your job description needs to start with the most exciting part of your company. Use whatever it is to grab attention without being too over the top that you achieve the opposite effect. This needs to start with an attention grabbing headline to convince candidates to click on your job posting.

Include important info.

You also want to make sure that you share the most pertinent information to the job. Without providing a laundry list of duties, share the general responsibilities. Provide a salary range so you can focus on candidates who are qualified but realistic for the job opportunity.

Personalize it.

Finally, you want to personalize the job description. Make it inviting to apply. Some companies personalize a description by including a photo of the recruiter so candidates can get an idea of who they will be talking with when they submit their resume. This can humanize the process so they don’t feel like they are sending their resume into a black hole.

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What Else Does a Staffing Agency Provide?

April 27th, 2017

We imagine you’ve arrived here at this blog post because you’re wondering what exactly a staffing agency can do for you and your company. Sure, you know that you can contact an agency when you need temporary or temp to hire employees to staff open positions or help with projects in your business. But is there more to it than just temps? A staffing agency offers a number of benefits to your company, so let’s take a look at some of the big ones.

Workforce management

Depending on your needs and agreement with your staffing provider, they can also help with workforce management. This is an integrated set of processes that will optimize the level of productivity of each employee and in the department. Many agencies provide onsite workforce management and can partner with you to determine the best metrics and procedures.

Managed service provider

In a more specific way, you may also work with an agency to provide an entire department that is necessary for your operations but not exclusive to your product or services. An MSP is an outsourced agency that can manage this specific aspect for you, such as a separate IT department.

Recruitment process outsourcing

There may also be a benefit to outsourcing your entire hiring process to an agency that specializes in placements for your industry. In some cases, the RPO provider can install their own recruiting or human resources department or may take over aspects of your company’s staff, technology, or reporting processes. This can allow you to focus on your business rather than the business of hiring.

Employer of record

One of the most important aspects of working with an agency to provide workers in your company is that they assume the role of Employer of Record. When you have a workforce staffed and managed by your staffing partner, they assume all the responsibilities for issuing W-2s to the employees. They will be in control of all federal and state employee guidelines, and overall compliance. This will reduce the liability that your company has over the employees on site.

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5 Skills That Bring Your Resume to the Top

August 11th, 2016

Top of StackSending your resume in for a job posting online can be a risky endeavor. Hundreds of other potential candidates may have done the same thing, and a recruiter or hiring manager will need to review and reduce the number of applicants before they make the next move. As a job seeker, your only job is to send a resume so engaging that a hiring manager is compelled to take a second look. How do you do that? By adding these 5 skills to your resume, you can improve your chances of sending your resume to the top of the stack.

Versatility

When an employer puts out the call for a new employee, they have a problem that needs to be solved. It could be a new task for the company or it could be replacing someone who is leaving. It is important that you bring the skills they need to the table, but also provide some added value. Can you tackle the problem from an angle they hadn’t considered before?

Teamwork

While most experts advise against using buzz words in your resume, like “Team Player,” the concept is still critical. A potential employer wants to know that you will be able to work with the group of employees already established within the company. Don’t just write the phrase, but showcase how you succeeded within team environments in the past.

Communication

Effective communications skills are also essential in today’s business climate. Technology is changing the way we communicate with each other, and not always for the better. The best way to demonstrate your ability to communicate is to write an engaging cover letter and make sure it is edited for content, grammar, and punctuation. Review your resume multiple times before submitting it to ensure that it is also flawless.

Problem Solving

While you need to be the answer to the company’s big picture problems, you also need to show how you are a problem solver on the micro level. In your resume, describe an accomplishment based on a problem that needed to be solved and how you solved it. This will show them your critical thinking skills and how you fit in with their environment.

Technology Skills

A modern company will also need an employee who is well versed in technology. This doesn’t mean that you need to have an IT certification, but that you are comfortable using any and all technology depending on the task. Being comfortable with processes and able to pick up new skills on the computer will help you and the company succeed.

Whether you’re an experienced professional looking to branch out, a recent graduate or simply curious about new career opportunities, let CornerStone Staffing help. Contact a leading staffing agency in Dallas today to get started!

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Is Your Business Prepared for the DOL’s Overtime Rule?

June 23rd, 2016

OvertimeEarlier this year, the government passed a bill increasing American workers’ eligibility for overtime pay. The rule effectively doubles the threshold at which an employee of any level would be able to earn overtime pay. The threshold for exempt level employees is currently at just over $23,000 but this new regulation pushes it to over $47,000 (effective December 1). This will allow more employees to qualify for time-and-a-half for anything over 40 hours a week. With that in mind, is your business ready for the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule? Here are a few things to consider.

Require 40 hour work weeks.

If you’re concerned about the increase in employee pay surrounding the new rules, you can enforce a 40 hour work week requirement. If overtime isn’t an issue to begin with, you will not need to process additional payments for your staff. Implementing workplace policies may be necessary to avoid any potential conflicts internally. If you aren’t going to pay them for staying more than 40 hours or for doing work outside of their scheduled hours, state that explicitly.

Hire more employees.

To mitigate this, you may need to hire additional employees. Hiring other full-time employees may still prove to be less expensive than paying overtime hours for your current staff. To offset some of the projects your senior staff is doing, hire assistants to make the work go by faster.

Pay overtime and not increase salary.

You can also look at overtime as a raise for your team. Rather than providing a raise this year for either cost of living or performance, continue business as usual and begin to pay the overtime as they earn it. Over the course of a few months, you and your team can determine if this is a better financial decision all the way around than merit raises in 2017. Once you’ve become accustomed to the new rules, you can reevaluate.

Work with a temporary staffing partner.

Lastly, hiring short-term employees to pick up the slack is also a way that you can increase your production without increasing overtime hours. This is especially useful when your business is affected by seasonal production work. You will pay a fee to the agency to provide qualified individuals for the work that needs to be accomplished. Balancing out the financial differences between overtime, raising salaries or working with a temporary staffing agency should lead you to the best decision for your company.

CornerStone Staffing gives you the flexibility to hire experienced professionals for short- and long-term projects. Contact our great team of recruiters today to work with one of the top staffing agencies in Dallas. 

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