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The Rise of the Free Agent Talent Pool

October 23rd, 2009

This topic is co-authored with guest author, Martin Rosenau, owner of CrossFire Group LLC, a professional staffing and  recruiting firm.

Today’s workforce has a limited sense of loyalty toward employers, and many employees lack confidence in their current employment situation. Generations X and Y have been programmed to change jobs, and possibly careers, at least five times during their lifetime. Beginning in the mid-80s, the U.S. has steadily shifted from an employer-centric to an employee-centric culture. This culture is supported by the tax structure where we now have 401(k) plans and self-directed IRAs making our retirement accounts portable. Plus, with the recent debate around health care, there is a move to separate health plans from the employer, making them more portable as well, and further emphasizing this “free agent” culture. Companies are now faced with re-inventing their offering to potential employees beyond retirement and health benefits.

For the “Silent Generation” and “Baby … Read More

Where are all of the Permanent Jobs?

October 7th, 2009

“I want a full-time job”, is a phrase that we often hear when talking to a candidate about a contract assignment. Most times after further investigation, the candidate is interested in a perceived “permanent” position with an organization. We have seen many candidates hold out and pass up contract opportunities waiting for that proverbial “permanent job”. Most end up extending their unemployment status. What they do not realize is that they could be earning while waiting for that “permanent job”.

Most contract assignments are “full-time” jobs. Some candidates seem to shy away from contract assignments because they are perceived as “non-permanent”. With unemployment creeping toward 10% on the Federal level, I wonder what exactly is a “permanent” position anyway?

Job-seekers typically equate “permanent” positions with one or more of the following characteristics:

Full-time (40 hours or more) of work per week
Health Benefits
Paid Time Off (PTO)
Retirement Plans
Long-term

Reputable staffing and consulting firms with strong client … Read More

Who Should Intern?

September 27th, 2009

Interning and internships have been fairly common in some industries, it hasn’t been until recently that almost everyone is being encouraged to intern. There are many reasons why to intern, the most obvious is “real job experience.” Choosing a major may be a reason one doesn’t readily think of. If you intern early in your academic career you have an opportunity to “try out” a certain job you think you may be interested in or thought you might be good in. The “trying out” of a potential career is also a good idea for career changers. For the student it helps to set them on the track of what they may need to study, for the career changer it helps identify what transferable skills they bring to a new career. Anyone needing a better picture of what a potential career would be like needs … Read More

Why Pay for an Internship?

September 27th, 2009

Paying a company to find an internship for a student or career changer is a relatively new concept and one met with a lot of resistance. Most learning experiences come with a price tag, music lessons, competitive sports clubs, college credits, why shouldn’t a student or career changer invest more than just their time in an experience that will set them on course for their career? By investing monetarily into the internship the participant takes ownership of the experience and tends to have a stronger interest in getting the most out of the offering. This commitment not only benefits the participant but also the hosting company.

Companies that charge a fee to place interns often offer more than just the internship. Some companies offer a combination internship and study/work abroad experience. Other companies offer to package the materials of a job search for prospective interns, leaving … Read More