Thinking About Being an IT Contractor? Here's What You Need to Know (Part ll)

By ATR International |   Tue, Mar 01, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

wondering-woman.jpgIn Part I of this post, we focused on the things about working as a contractor that people like. Here, we’ll talk about how to decide if it’s right for you.

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Thinking About Being an IT Contractor? Here's What You Need to Know (Part l)

By ATR International |   Wed, Feb 24, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

If you’re in the IT industry you’ve probably wondered at one time or another about working as a contractor. IT companies utilized contingent workforce strategies earlier and continue to do so at higher levels than many other organizations and industries, so the opportunities have been around for a while. Furthermore, the freelance or gig economy trend is frequently in the news and brings more attention to contract or project based work.

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A Few Bad Apples Don't Have to Ruin an Industry

By ATR International |   Fri, Aug 02, 2013 @ 08:42 AM

It sometimes seems as though there is no shortage of negative articles about the staffing industry. The online industry publication Staffing Talk ran The Associated Press takes on Temp Nation in July and it’s just one of the latest casting the industry in a negative light.  Much of the bad news comes from stories that rightfully expose the conditions that “day laborers” work in. Then there are the unfortunate workplace accidents that occur when training or safety is overlooked or rushed and you also read periodically about unscrupulous people running staffing firms that are just scams to prey on those looking for work. Finally there are the firms that knowingly or otherwise run afoul of rules and regulations, or are badly managed and go out of business seemingly overnight, leaving both clients and workers stunned and costing everyone money.  

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Which Department Should Own the Contingent Workforce Program?

By ATR International |   Tue, Jun 25, 2013 @ 08:48 AM

The question of where a company’s contingent workforce program should reside is one that continues to be asked – Procurement or HR? – Which is better?  If there were an easy answer the question would not pop up so frequently, nor would companies like mine find themselves working with both groups depending on the client.  Companies would choose the right one; if there is a clear option that is better, smart people will gravitate to it.  The truth is that both models can work and both models have their downsides.  The truth is also that wherever you “house” your program, you want to be sure that it involves people from all constituencies – procurement, HR and your internal clients.  Bringing together the strengths and guarding against the weaknesses of each will help ensure that your program is the most successful it can be.  And don’t forget about your suppliers.  A program cannot succeed if it doesn’t attract great staffing partners who are committed to quality and developing a good business relationship. Make sure your program attracts and rewards good suppliers and great performance.

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The Future of Temporary Staffing

By ATR International |   Thu, Jan 17, 2013 @ 09:52 AM

Are recruiters obsolete and staffing firms’ days numbered? Will technology completely replace what my firm and my colleagues do for our clients and contractors? If you Google these questions you’ll get plenty of opinions: our demise has been predicted for more than a decade and just as vociferously denied as well. The defenders point out that recruiting, at heart, is a people-centric endeavor, and while technology can enhance efficiencies and even replace manual functions, you can’t take the human factor out of it entirely.

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Perception vs. Reality in Staffing – Survey Highlights the Difference

By ATR International |   Fri, Nov 30, 2012 @ 08:56 AM

CareerBuilder, in conjunction with Inavero, just released its 7th annual Opportunities in Staffing study which identifies key trends and performance benchmarks for staffing clients, talent and providers. The report provides a host of interesting statistics and information on a range of topics but I’d like to highlight something that I found particularly informative: on many questions there was a significant difference between the perceptions and realities between the groups. For example:

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The Essentials of a Contingent Workforce Program (part 1)

By ATR International |   Wed, Oct 10, 2012 @ 11:26 AM

As regular readers of Staffing 360 know, last month I attended the SIA’s CWS Summit in San Diego. This year, also for the first time, the SIA held what it called a Case Study Competition. They invited submissions from CW Program Managers that highlighted their recent challenges, solutions and successes. There were six finalists that presented at the conference and a winner was chosen by the attendees. As a sponsor, I wasn’t allowed to vote and that probably saved me a headache because all the entries were impressive! In reality, anyone who listened to the presentations is a winner because we all benefited from their experience and generosity in sharing their knowledge.  

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Five eGuides That Will Perfect Your Contingent Workforce Program

By ATR International |   Tue, Oct 02, 2012 @ 08:45 AM

I recently attended the SIA’s 2012 CWS Summit in San Diego with a number of my ATR colleagues. We were actually a sponsor of the event for the first time and we had a wonderful experience! The sessions addressed a variety of subjects related to contingent workforce programs. They were interesting and provided great learning opportunities, but, as usually is the case with conferences, the best part was simply the chance to meet and speak with people. In our fast-paced, technology-laden world, a face to face conversation can turn into a rarity. The Summit was just the latest reminder that it’s important to make time and get out there! I learned just as much by simply talking to those who stopped by our booth. In fact, I actually missed a few of the sessions because I was deep in conversation (thank goodness for MP3s)!

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Temporary Staffing's Best Kept Secret

By ATR International |   Fri, Apr 06, 2012 @ 08:55 AM

One of my colleagues, Bryan Harter, brought to my attention an article on RecruitingBlog by Debbie Fledderjohann entitled “The Secret to Hiring for Attitude.”  The post references a Forbes online interview by Dan Schawbel with Mark Murphy, the author of Hiring for Attitude. The interview covers a number of topics including why so many new hires don’t work out, and so quickly (46% of them fail within 18 months), the differences between technical, soft skills and attitude, and the ways that screening for these attributes are driving changes in the interview process.  Ms. Fledderjohann points out that testing out a worker’s suitability on the job is a great way to ensure that they are a good fit as it reveals things the traditional interview does not.  I couldn’t agree more: contract-to-direct, temp-to-perm, “try before you buy,” whatever name it goes by, can be a great way for both the prospective employee and the company to test things out and make sure both are happy before making a longer term commitment. 

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6 Common Myths About Temporary Staffing

By ATR International |   Tue, Dec 13, 2011 @ 09:49 AM

There are many misconceptions about temporary, or contract, staffing. Here are the six most common myths and why they are not true.

1. Temps aren’t as important to a company as regular employees.
This myth probably came from the early days of temporary staffing when companies used temporary employees to fill in for clerical workforce gaps. “Temps” were brought on when regular employees were out for an extended period of time for a variety of reasons including vacation, medical, maternity leave, etc. And while this is still a common use of temporary employees, temporary staffing has taken on a much broader and more strategic purpose.

Companies now use temporary or contract employees as a way to make themselves more competitive. And its not just for administrative or clerical work. Temporary workers are typically deployed across every department of a company including accounting, IT, engineering, marketing, HR and just about any other department you can think of. It not only offers flexibility, but a quick way to find an deploy necessary skill sets across a company, making temporary employees a vital part of any companies success.

2. Temps aren’t committed to a company the way regular employees are.
This is simply not true and potentially an insult to the millions of temporary employees across the world. Individuals choose temporary jobs for a variety of reasons. They may be trying to get their foot in the door of a particular company. They may like the flexibility of periodically moving from one company to another. Or they may like the pay, which is often more then a regular worker.

There are many reasons people choose temporary work, but lack of commitment to the success of a company is not one of them. In fact, temporary employees are often more motivated and committed to success because they are always having to prove themselves to ensure job security.

3. Temporary staffing firms try to prevent workers from getting permanent jobs.
Just the opposite is true. While it is true that staffing firms make money for each hour a temporary employee works, having a worker accept a permanent job means the staffing firm has a champion for their service within that company. This is often much more valuable in the long run.

4. Temporary jobs aren’t “real” jobs.
A temporary job is simply another form of a job. It is neither more or less real then a “permanent” job. All jobs within a company are important, otherwise they wouldn’t exist. It is also important to note that no job is permanent, even if it is referred to as a “permanent” job.

5. Temporary jobs don’t have benefits.
Not necessarily true. Depending on the staffing firm and the staffing firm’s individual clients, the varieties of benefits available to employees are just like “real” company benefits including: direct deposit, holiday, medical/dental, employee referral bonuses and 401K benefits. Typically, the benefits offered are negotiated between the staffing firm and the client company at the onset of their business relationship.

6. Temporary work is low level work.
Temporary work has evolved over the years. In fact, the fastest growth is occurring in the professional and IT occupations as both businesses and professionals from all backgrounds are realizing the benefits of greater flexibility. High level professionals have embraced the lifestyle because it offers challenging, diverse assignments with highly competitive compensation. Companies have come to realize they can easily gain access to highly skilled professionals who can provide much needed expertise for short and long-term projects.

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