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March 25, 2015 Read time: 2 minutes

As the U.S. economic recovery accelerates and the country moves closer to full employment, companies face increasing challenges from a shortage of qualified workers across all industries. More than half of the nation's businesses have vacant positions for which they cannot find skilled talent, according to a 2014 CareerBuilder study. Positions that remain unfilled for…

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March 18, 2015 Read time: 2 minutes

With a decline in the unemployment rate to 5.5 percent, according to the Labor Department, the U.S. is nearing full employment. A robust jobs report and a strong trend in quarter-over-quarter growth in GDP and an increase in consumer retail spending indicate signs of sustained growth. As the economy gains momentum, competition for top talent will…

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March 16, 2015 Read time: 2 minutes

With the competition increasing for top talent, social media has become an essential tool for sourcing and recruiting the best candidates. More than 90 percent of recruiters now use social networking platforms to identify, recruit and retain ideal employees. The benefits of using social media extend beyond access to a broader pool of talent, whether…

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March 13, 2015 Read time: 2 minutes

More than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies use staffing agencies and HR outsourcing companies to find skilled temporary and contract workers, some with the potential to move into full-time positions. For organizations and hiring managers who are considering working with a staffing agency, here are some questions to help you evaluate the options and…

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March 10, 2015 Read time: 2 minutes

As the nation's physician shortage begins to accelerate, more health care facilities are using temporary workers to fill staffing gaps. The U.S. has a current shortfall of over 20,000 doctors. This number is expected to climb to between 46,000 and 90,000 by 2025, according to a new report from the American Association of Medical Colleges,…

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March 9, 2015 Read time: 2 minutes

A single bad hire can cost a company up to $50,000, according to a 2012 CareerBuilder study. Money lost from lower productivity and costs associated with recruitment, training and the negative impact on employee morale all add to a loss of up to $5 million for every 100 companies that hire one wrong person. Most of the…

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February 24, 2015 Read time: 2 minutes

As the economy continues to show signs of improvement, the use of temporary workers by companies is higher than it has ever been. Temps provide a wide range of benefits for the businesses that use them, as well as the employer of record that sends these individuals out on assignments.The biggest advantage is that an organization…

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February 17, 2015 Read time: 4 minutes

The following is a guest post from IES's President, Peter Limone: We all experience the question, “what does your company do?”  Most of us have an answer for this, but know that the answer we’re giving is not the full story.  Go ahead, explain your company in the next 20 seconds!  Of course there are…

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February 10, 2015 Read time: 2 minutes

U.S. job growth has risen, according to Staffing Industry, citing the Conference Board's employment trends index. The reading rose to 127.89, which is an increase of 7.6 percent year over year. With companies hiring new people, it will become important to choose the right workers in this kind of market."The employment trends index suggests that strong…

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February 5, 2015 Read time: 2 minutes

Hiring temps is a great way to improve the quality of workers overall. This is because of the "try before you buy" position on hiring that many take when first approaching a temporary services agency. Another way to benefit from temp workers is to use them together with an employer of record, who will list…

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