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2020

June 8th, 2020

Wow.  What a year so far and we are barely halfway through it.  In the past two months we’ve seen a global pandemic, the highest unemployment since the Great Depression, and protests throughout the country over police brutality and the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.  I know that you have been affected by at least one of these, and possibly all three.

While there is so much to say, nothing is quite enough.   And there are only a few things that we can do as a company and employer.

We can listen.  Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you.

We can learn.  If you feel that there is something we should know, please contact us.

We can be compassionate.  If we can help you through this, we will do our utmost to do so.

As we look towards the remainder of the year, we … Read More

COVID-19

April 5th, 2020

For those of you who are working on the front lines, a heartfelt THANK YOU from all of us at CrossFire!

As we all navigate through this pandemic, we want to let you know that you are important to us.  By now you have heard many pieces of advice on how to stay safe and healthy and we hope that you are following them. At CrossFire we have implemented a COVID-19 protocol for the protection of our employees and clients.

We have created a remote work plan where possible and have been working with our clients to provide on-site medical personnel for screening those essential workers reporting to physical job locations.  All employee payments have been moved to electronic payments to avoid physical checks being printed and mailed. Where there have been layoffs, we are providing information to help navigate through the state unemployment systems.  We are also providing information to help navigate … Read More

The Problem with the Gig Economy

June 21st, 2019

Most people take a career to be in a position of management.  When many of today’s managers began their careers, they interviewed with a company, got the job, and steadily worked their way up and around the company.  There was no “Gig Economy.”

One of the common complaints we as recruiters hear about applicants is that they are “job hoppers.”  Like this is something bad or implies that the applicant does not have the stick-to-it-iv-ness necessary to become part of that manager’s team.  I would ask these managers to look instead at their own (or their company’s) practices.

Way back when, we used to value employees, and work with them through bad times and good.  The idea of “at-will” employment was generally saved for those employees who were genuinely NOT performing.  Today, we use “at-will” employment to cut costs, at the end of projects, and for non-performance.  In other words, leaving a … Read More

5 Ways to Have Your Resume Overlooked

September 17th, 2018

Your resume is your calling card.  It is the first impression a potential employer may have of you, and it should look good.   Putting your best foot forward is not a function of luck, but rather of preparation and planning.  Read the job description and prepare your resume accordingly.

As a recruiting and staffing company, we see hundreds of resumes in a week.  When we review resumes, we find that many tend to share common mistakes.  The 5 mistakes most likely to get your resume put at the back of the pile are:

Not Visually Appealing – Your resume should look good. This is a function of spacing, font, bolding, underlining, and basic artistry.  A resume that uses different fonts, or crowds things together does not show that you have a lot to say; rather, it shows a lack of attention to detail.  If your headings are bold, they should all be … Read More