April 21, 2014

Why Employers Should Include a 48-Hour Expiration Date in an Offer Letter

By Meredith Dean, Executive Recruiter, IT Division

Meredith Dean, IT Recruiter

The whole point of any hiring process is to fill a current hiring need. The hiring process isn’t done until it’s done. That means getting the offer letter signed and assuring that the candidate arrives at the new employer on the appointed day.


So as soon as the ideal candidate is identified: make the offer, manage the variables, and minimize the risks to successfully hiring him/her. (more…)


February 3, 2014

What does the Gold Collar Worker Want out of Employment?

By Leah O’Flynn, Sales & Marketing Recruiter High Tech


Leah O'Flynn, Tech Recruiter

Leah O’Flynn, Tech Recruiter

Professor Robert Kelley of Carnegie Mellon University coined the phrase “the gold-collar worker” back in 1985 describing a new era of workers whose value is brainpower. “Gold” referred to the hefty salaries and profits that their minds and skills garnered.


Back in 1985, these gold collar workers were the young and college educated, who made up over 40% of the U.S. workforce at the time. Today, with increased outsourcing of manufacturing, the American workforce has increasingly become more service and value-added oriented.  The gold collar workers may now represent 70% of the workforce. (more…)


January 20, 2014

What are the Key Competencies to Look For in a Tech Recruiter?

The function of a recruiter is simply put to find talent and sell them on an opportunity. How competent a recruiter is makes all the difference to the success of the candidate and the hiring company.

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Image courtesy of stockimages FreeDigitalPhotos.net

These are the key competencies of a tech recruiter:


Savvy Business Sense.

Your recruiter has got to understand business, and how companies work, from external constraints to internal dynamics. He/she should be a strategic thinker with the ability to understand the details while maintaining a view from 10,000 feet both with the goal of achieving overall corporate goals. (more…)


January 6, 2014

Crafting a Good Job Description (Or How do I Write a Job Description that Will Hook the Talent I Want?)

Crafting a Good Job Description

Or How do I Write a Job Description that Will Hook the Talent I Want?

By John Stevens, Executive Recruiter, High Tech

John Stevens, Tech Recruiter

John Stevens, Tech Recruiter


Start your hiring process correctly. Craft a good job description: One that will maximize the number of the right prospective candidates and minimize those who aren’t the right fit. The objectives of the job description are to first have it found, and read! And next, to motivate the ideal candidate to contact you, and hopefully discourage those who you aren’t searching for. (more…)


December 2, 2013

What Employers Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

What Employers Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act (ACA)HealthCare.gov-screenshot

While the deadline for most companies to inform employees about the new Health Insurance Marketplace came in October 2013, the implementation will not be effective for businesses until January 2015. 2014 is therefore the year to set up the right strategy for the health care benefits your company offers employees.

What Does the Company Need to Tell Employees?

Under the health care law, many employers must notify their employees about the Health Insurance Marketplace by October 1, 2013. If a company is covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, written notice to employees must be provided informing them: – About the Health Insurance Marketplace – That, depending on any coverage the company offers, employees may be able to get lower costs on private insurance in the Marketplace based on their income – That if employees buy insurance through the Marketplace, they may lose the employer contribution (if any) to their health benefits

Small Businesses have 50 or Fewer Employees

Businesses with 50 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees are not required to provide insurance to employees. That said, companies in this size range can use the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) to offer coverage to their employees. The employer controls the coverage offered and how much is paid toward premium costs.   Health coverage through SHOP should open by November 2014, for coverage that takes effect in January 2015, according to the New York Times, who reported that the marketplace “is still the most important provision in the Affordable Care Act for small businesses,” as it can offer “the most competitive combination of price and quality” stated John C. Arensmeyer, the chief executive of Small Business Majority, an advocacy group. (more…)

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