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  • Number of Long-Term Unemployed Professionals Continues to Decline

    11/30/14 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers, News | Leave a Comment
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    America is getting back to work.

    According the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) latest data, our nation’s employment situation continues to improve. Here are a few key statistics from the BLS Economic News Release:

    • The unemployment rate (5.8 percent) declined in October, down 0.8 percent since the beginning of the year.
    • Currently at 9.0 million, the number of unemployed persons has dropped by 1.2 million since the year’s start.
    • Total nonfarm employment increased by 214,000 in October, continuing its average monthly incline for the last 12 months.
    • Though the number of long-term unemployed (those who are jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little changed for October (currently at 2.9 million), this figure has declined by 1.1 million over the past 12 months.

    But the News Isn’t All Good.

    The long-term unemployed may be slowly returning to the workforce, but they still account for an astounding 32 percent of the unemployed. During the recession, the long-term unemployment rate more than quadrupled, so the declines we’ve seen recently are not enough to return the rate to pre-recession levels.

    To make matters worse, a long employment gap creates a stigma that’s tough to overcome when looking for work. Recruiters may automatically pass over candidates who have been out of work for an extended period in favor of those with a more stable recent work history.

    Should You Hire the Long-Term Unemployed?

    If you’re hesitant to hire a professional with a substantial employment gap, consider Exact Staff’s temp-to-hire option. This strategy is good for your business, good for candidates and good for our economy:

    • In a time when unemployment has fallen below 6%, your business needs to consider every potential source of talent – including those who have been out of the job force for awhile. Temp-to-hire offers a risk-free way to evaluate these individuals through a “working interview” and see if their skills, experience and personality fit your requirements.
    • The ranks of the unemployed include talented, educated people with sought-after skills and decades of experience (in other words, exceptional job candidates!). Temp-to-hire offers a path to direct employment for this group, allowing them to showcase their abilities on the job, boost their confidence and earn good money.
    • Although unemployment rates have been on a steady decline, millions of good people remain unemployed (though it may be no fault of their own). Temp-to-hire allows them to once again become productive members of our workforce – which is great for the economic recovery.

    Want to learn more? Contact Exact Staff to learn more about our temp-to-hire staffing option.

The Future of the Paper Resume

11/29/14 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Career Advice, News | Leave a Comment
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Ahhh, the paper resume. That beautiful sheet of expensive, heavy-weight stock that summarizes your greatest accomplishments, relevant skills, employment history and (if you even have room for it!) your name.

Is its future as bleak as those career advice sites would lead you to believe?

Yes and no.

You Still Need a Paper Resume for a Variety of Reasons:

  • While interviewing, recruiters often prefer to take notes directly on your paper resume.
  • Many businesses (especially smaller ones) have yet to invest in sophisticated digital recruiting technology.
  • Though QR codes on business cards are slick, a paper resume is still the norm at job fairs. Handing over a professional-looking paper resume, printed on high-quality stock, shows that you understand the recruiting “rules of engagement” and are willing to follow them.

But those “rules of engagement” are rapidly evolving. With the advent of online job boards and a dizzying array of digital submission options, a printed piece is no longer sufficient.

Creating a Resume that Stands Out in a Modern Job Search:

  • Create multiple versions of your resume. In today’s recruiting environment, you need plain-text, .pdf, mobile-compatible and ATS-friendly versions of your resume to complement your printed piece. Make sure each is customized to the job you want and adheres to the latest standards.
  • Test each version. How will your resume display if it’s emailed? If it’s uploaded to Dropbox or Google Docs? Make sure you test the file formats you use to ensure they display accurately when sent digitally. Read application instructions carefully to see what versions an employer accepts. Use common fonts to minimize display errors. And when in doubt, upload or attach a .pdf version as a back-up.
  • Include hyperlinks. Have an impressive professional website, blog or online portfolio? Link to it directly from your digital resume. Be smart and also upload digital versions of sample documents directly, so recruiters can access them even if links break or servers go down.
  • Consider replacing your old “objective statement.” If your career objective is too general or pretentious, it could hurt your candidacy. Make sure yours is concise, specific and results-focused – otherwise, it’s wasting valuable space. To grab a recruiter’s attention, consider switching to a tagline, which is a statement of what you do or what your area of specialty is.

Need More Help with Your Professional Resume?

Exact Staff recruiters are here to support your job search efforts. Whether you’re seeking temporary, contract or direct employment, our employment experts can provide valuable resume tips, interview feedback and career guidance to make your search a success. Contact our team of experienced recruiters today for more information!

Turning a Temporary Job You Like into a Career You LOVE

11/21/14 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Career Advice, Job Seekers, News | Leave a Comment
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The economy is improving. Employers are hiring again.

It’s a great time to find your dream job!

But if you’re going the traditional job-search route and applying to positions online, you’re missing out on the “inside employment track” temporary positions provide.

The truth is, temporary assignments are a smart way to build your skills – and transition into a career you love. Assignments with Exact Staff help you:

  • Get your foot in the door with leading employers;
  • Access unadvertised job opportunities; and
  • Check out cultures and work environments firsthand.

So if you’re looking to get hired directly, use these tips from Exact Staff to make the most of every assignment and put yourself in prime position for a job offer:

Choose Assignments Strategically.

If you want to showcase your talents on the job, opt for longer-term assignments. Try to land opportunities in industries and companies where you might like to work.

Treat Each Assignment Like a Direct Job.

Initiative, a positive attitude and a strong work ethic will get you on an employer’s radar. If you finish work ahead of schedule, ask for more! Remember, any assignment you take has the potential to launch your career. If an employer is impressed with your performance, even a short-term opportunity could lead to the job you want.

Dress for the Job You Want.

This sounds obvious, but it bears mention. By dressing the part, you will fit in better and feel more confident while on assignment. Without saying a word, you’ll send the message that you take the opportunity seriously (and that you want to be taken seriously, too).

Share Your Insights.

Have an idea that would save time, save money or increase productivity? Find the right moment to share it tactfully and humbly. Presented correctly, your fresh ideas can be a great way to get noticed while on assignment.

Communicate Your Intentions.

If the assignment is going well and you’d like to pursue direct employment with the organization, tell us. We can advocate on your behalf and negotiate a transition if the opportunity becomes available.

Stay Optimistic.

By their very definition, temporary assignments are designed to eventually come to an end. But even if an assignment doesn’t lead to a direct job, consider what you’ve gained in terms of skills, experience, new contacts and income. Set your sights on your next opportunity with us.

Looking for Exciting Opportunities to Advance Your Career?

The experts at Exact Staff are serious about finding you the most challenging, highest paying and rewarding career opportunities. With positions at every employment level and in a wide variety of fields, including administrative, accounting/financial, legal, medical/dental, technical, sales and engineering, we can help you find a career you love. Contact our experienced team of recruiters today!

Preparing for January 2015 | Laws to Pay Attention to (Pt. 1)

11/17/14 8:02 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers, News | Leave a Comment
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The new year is just around the corner.

Time to grab a handful of confetti…

…and bone up on 21 new laws that may be affecting your California business.

Employment law isn’t exactly a “festive” topic, but staying up-to-date and compliant is essential to making the new year both happy and profitable for your business.

Are you ready for the changes ahead?

In the first of our two-part series, Exact Staff summarizes two laws impacting California employers that should be on your radar. While this review is not intended as legal advice, it will help you better understand the impact the new legislation could have on your organization – as well as the ways our California-based staffing agency can help!

Is your organization located outside of California state lines? Don’t stop reading just yet! While these laws pertain to California businesses, it is important to understand what is going on around you, as one state’s change to employment law today is likely to have an impact on yours tomorrow.

AB 1522 (Employee Leaves)

What you need to know:

The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (HWHFA) becomes law in July 2015. Still, your business should begin making tough compliance and recordkeeping decisions now. The law defines covered employers broadly, making no exclusions for small employers or nonprofit corporations. Most employees – full time, part time and temporary – are included, too, provided they work in California at least 30 days within a year from the commencement of employment.

A few facts about HWHFA:

  • Under the accrual method, an employee accrues paid sick days of 1 hour for every 30 worked. Accrued sick days DO carry over to the following year.
  • Under the lump-sum method, employers may provide three days of paid sick leave at the beginning of each year. Sick days DO NOT accrue or carry over from year to year.

How Exact Staff can help:

  • Bring in temporary employees to provide coverage for your employees’ sick days.
  • Use temporary staffing or payroll services to eliminate benefits expenses.  If a contingent or payrolled employee calls in sick or requests medical leave, the staffing service – his employer of record – is responsible for addressing his compensation.

AB 1443 (Expansion of Harassment Prohibition
to Unpaid Interns and Volunteers)

What you need to know:

The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits discrimination against employees and trainees based on characteristics such as race, national origin, religion, sex and disability. The new law extends protection to the “selection, termination, training, or other treatment” of unpaid interns, as well as individuals in a “limited duration program” that provides unpaid work experience.

Additionally, AB 1443 prohibits harassment of both unpaid interns and volunteers, based on any characteristic protected by the FEHA.

How Exact Staff can help:

If you’re not interested in the legal risks that come with hiring interns, temporary employees provide a great alternative.  They offer all of the advantages of an intern – fresh perspectives on your company’s challenges, extra capacity, and up-to-date skills – but without the risks.

Want to learn more about the ways Exact Staff can help you stay compliant and minimize employment risks in light of 2015 changes? Check back in early December for part two of this article as we discuss additional laws to pay close attention to.

Looking for Additional Resources?

Our staffing experts are ready to help – give us a call today and let our team of experienced recruiters assist you!

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