The benefits of taking a temporary assignment

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A list of misconceptions about temporary and contract work.

In Boston, we just racked up the snowiest winter on record and with that, you might think the economy would be suffering. In fact, just the opposite. As a recruiter in Boston, we are seeing quite a bit of hiring activity of all types including temporary assignments. Jackets IMG_20150305_165458586_HDR

So, we thought we should take time to re-introduce our contract and temporary placement services to you. King & Bishop has been providing these services for nearly 35 years and we concur that much has changed in the temporary placement market; much for the better. However we still run into pockets of reluctance from time to time and wanted to debunk some of the common misconceptions about contract and temporary staffing.

Here are a few misconceptions:

Temporary jobs and contract assignments pay less and the work is not as rewarding. Not True. Today more companies are looking to the consultant, contract and temporary labor market to fill a wide range of roles including, knowledge workers, managers and executives. In most cases, these workers trade in some benefits for stronger compensation. In many cases, the direct compensation will be 10% – 20% more for the same work performed by an “in house” employee.

Temporary assignments do not last long enough to be valued and may take too long to land. The average time to fill a direct role can be months. For contract or temporary work, think in terms of days or weeks and the average duration of a temporary assignment can be several to many months, or longer.

Temporary jobs are mainly for administrative roles or low-level work. While it’s true that decades ago temporary staffing began with administrative and light industrial roles, today temporary jobs are found in a wide range of industries, professions and levels of the organization. Companies in high growth mode may resort to on-board talent quickly and efficiently through contract or temporary staffing. Gaps created in an organization through leave, departure or other talent transition may be best filled by temporary or contract professionals.

Temporary and contract assignments do not advance a career and are obstacles to career growth. Workers in technology, finance, HR and healthcare enjoy the experience of working for several organizations in a shorter period of time. That provides great exposure to different industries, technology and management practices. In most situations, successful assignments provide the opportunity to develop a broader experience that will make the candidate more valuable to the next opportunity.

Taking a temporary position impedes your efforts to land a permanent job. Not True. In many assignments, the incumbent candidate, the one actually doing the work, is the often the lead candidate to fill the internal role. The use of the “temp-to-perm” hiring practice as a way to evaluate candidates for “in-house” roles and make sure there is a match on both sides before extending a permanent offer.

Whether you are a candidate or an employer, contact our team today and find out about the wide range of services we provide when it comes to placing candidates in temporary or contract roles. After 30 plus years, we have a team that can create a solution to your needs.

Job Growth Continues Steady Pace

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joltsAs the graph (JOLTs Report) (Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey) from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) indicates, job growth is continuing to strengthen, with over one million new and unique jobs posted online this past year (the top line of the graph). Another DOL report indicates that 3 million jobs were filled in 2014. Expect these trends to continue for the next 6-12 months. As a result, candidates are being told that this is a great time to look seek new opportunities. This motivation creates the turnover that contributes to the increase in job openings.

The following summarizes the closed searched completes by King & Bishop in the fourth quarter of 2014.

-Sr JavaScript Software Engineer for a software company specializing in data analytics.


-Senior Applications Analyst for a major manufacturing company


-IT Project Manager for major B2B marketing company


-Director of Biostatistics for a full service clinical research organization


-Operations Manager for a global leader in customized medical device implants


-Quality Engineer for an established invitro diagnostics corporation

If your organization is experiencing job growth or turn-over, turn to King & Bishop to learn about search and other staffing programs. Let us make your next great hire!


The First Jobs Report of 2015

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bigstock-job-search-vacancy-for-jobs-on-46555552Well 2014 is in the books and we now have our first Jobs Report of the New Year. All indications are that we are seeing a continuation of a strong hiring pattern and there is no sign of it letting up any time soon. We’d say that’s good news.

Let’s dig into the report and see what the trends are. First as we saw, there were 257, 000 jobs added in January 2015. A trend that goes right in line with what we have been seeing for the past several months. And after revisions to the last Jobs report, we see that in 2014, 3,116,000 jobs were created. A pretty good number.

And while numbers do matter, we can tell you that as a recruiter in Boston, we are seeing activity like we haven’t seen in some time. Companies are hiring and they are planning for new growth. There’s always a political aspect to these reports but the bottom line is there is a lot of hiring activity going on out there.

In terms of history, not since January 2001 have we seen this many job openings. According to data provided by the Department of Labor, there were five million job openings by the end of December.

There is also another important report that unless you are in the recruiting or hiring industry, you might not be familiar with and that’s the JOLTS Report. This report digs a little deeper in the trends and also shows how many people are quitting their jobs which can be a good thing. More confidence leads to more people willing to explore other opportunities. Or quite frankly, quit their job.

Another report that just came out is the Small Business Optimism Index. And while the index dropped slightly in January, all indications are that hiring in small business is still strong and small business owners remain optimistic. Job creation has been steady and the data should show that will continue.

If your organization remains optimistic about your future, please contact us today and find out how our team of veteran recruiters can help build your talent and get you on a path of growth.

Trends to Watch In IT Hiring

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Data CenterAs with anything related to our economy and hiring, there are trends that we need to be aware of. And as we have seen in the past several Jobs Reports, we are seeing hiring in Information Technology take off. A trend sure to continue.

As a recruiter near Boston, one of our specialties is recruiting for IT. And as we see in the article referenced below, there are trends shaping up as we head into 2015.

As hiring continues to be robust, we are seeing companies in this field build a more permanent workforce rather than staff projects with consultants. What’s right for your company? It all depends and our team can assess your needs and find just the right solution for you.

Other trends we are seeing that fall in line with the report are an increase in the demand for those with software skills. Cloud based technology has created a demand for those with these types of skills and with the ever-increasing risk of security issues, hiring for professionals with skills related to cyber security will continue to see a steady path of growth this year.

Check out the full article on Information Technology hiring in 2015.

Have a need for talent in the IT industry? Please contact our team today to see how we can get to work for your talent acquisition needs.

Firms Optimistic in Hiring for 2015

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job search find vacancy for jobs dream career move help wanted jThe last three months have helped more companies get optimistic about their hiring for 2015 according to new data. Over half of the companies that responded to a survey conducted by the National Association for Business Economics say sales in their organization from October through December rose.

As a recruiter near Boston, we are seeing what the report shows, an increase in the appetite to hire. And hiring in Boston seems to be robust. Over 36 percent of the companies surveyed overall stated that they plan to beef up hiring in the first quarter this year. Some of the industries that are doing big hiring are finance and insurance.

One important part of the research shows that many companies see falling oil prices as a good thing. When oil prices decline, it can have a cascading effect on many other prices in our economy.

Check out the full report here and please contact King & Bishop if you are planning to increase your talent acquisition this year.

Mistakes To Avoid When Hiring

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Interview Checklist Job Candidate QualificationsIn every area of our business operations, we want to avoid as many mistakes as we can. That also goes for hiring and staffing in our companies. Putting the wrong candidate in a position can have lasting effects that can put your company back tremendously.

We found quite a few mistakes listed in a recent article in Entrepreneur Magazine recently and many of these we agree with. And with hiring growing at a rapid pace in the past several months, it can be easy to make a mistake.

In a growing operation, taking your time to get your hiring plan in place could result in lost revenue. If you can’t take care of customers, orders, etc…, you can’t continue to grow.

A couple other things to remember when hiring, make sure your candidate is a good fit for your company and culture. That person may have great skills but if they don’t fit your culture or buy into your mission, that won’t be a good thing down the road and could cause more harm than good.

One thing not mentioned in the article below is the value of a good partner such as a recruiter. Companies outsource many activities such as collections, various legal matters and much more. Why not let a reputable recruiting company get a handle on your hiring needs, screen those candidates for you and find just the right talent. It will save you time and money.

Want more tips on hiring? Read the full article here.

Top In-Demand Jobs This Year

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bigstock-job-search-vacancy-for-jobs-on-46555552A very informative report just came out and ranks some of the most in-demand jobs for 2015. As you‘ll see, healthcare is leading the way as well as technology positions. In the top position according to the report are positions for registered nurses.

Jobs in information technology are also in high demand, one of the areas we specialize in. Some of the top growing positions include software engineers, network administrators and systems managers.

January is a strong month for hiring for many reasons. Goals are set by companies, hiring plans are approved by management and strategic plans are put in place at companies.

As we have said in the past, as a recruiter in Boston, we are seeing some of these similar trends. Our team is working overtime to help companies fill positions just like these and others.

If you have growing need for new talent at your company, please contact us today and find out how our team can get right to work for you and come up with a solution for your talent acquisition needs.

To read more on the full report on in-demand jobs for 2015, you can find it here on the Fortune magazine website.

2014 Jobs Report Ends On A High Note

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job search find vacancy for jobs search job online job applicatiThe employment situation for December 2014 was released on Friday January 9th. Friday’s release puts a capstone on a successful 2014. It caps off a year filled with many months that had well over 200,000 jobs created. Many industries are growing and those industries are contributing to a steady flow of jobs that we believe will extend far into 2015.

On Friday it was indicated that the unemployment rate dropped to 5.6%. For the 2014 calendar year, the average monthly upside in jobs created in the US economy was 246k that is 52k more per month on average than 2013 at 194k per month.

A notable improvement came in manufacturing with 2014 growth set at 16k per month average gains 7k per month for 2013.

As a recruiter in Boston, we are seeing many other industries put up some big numbers in jobs including leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, healthcare and construction. Like we have said before; there are cranes everywhere we turn.

If your company is growing and is in need of great talent, we would welcome that opportunity to discuss your hiring plans and how we can help you in 2015.

How Can We Help You in 2015?

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Many will agree that 2014 has been a year of growth. With consistent job growth over 200,000 for several months consecutively, lower unemployment and as we are seeing, a growing demand for new talent, 2015 is poised for even further growth.2015 New Year Concept

The need for new talent is unlike we have seen in some time. And our phones have been ringing; a good sign that a recovering job market is here to stay for a while. Many companies are growing, developing aggressive hiring plans and putting new resources behind their initiatives. We’re guessing you’re one of those companies.

So, how can we help you grow?

Our team is ready to hit the ground running for you in 2015. They are ready to take your call and they are eager to help you build your organization by helping you find just the right talent. We have one of the best teams in the recruiting business and the energy here at King & Bishop is impressive. Our team comes in here each and every morning ready to show you just how much we can help you.

With a growing company and an increase in the amount of employees, comes an increase in the amount of support certain companies need. We can help you there as well. With a whole host of other services including Training and Development, HR Services and our growing demand for our Executive Services, we have never been more positioned to help you.

As you can gather, the entire team here at King & Bishop is ready and energized to help you grow in 2015. So, please contact us, let us know your needs and let us show you how much of an impact we can have on your growing organization.

Here’s to an incredible 2015. Happy New Year!


Are we in a candidate driven market?

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By Adam Lentz:

As a recruiter in Boston, we see all kinds of trends. We are always keeping up on the important happenings within our industry and following other experts to make sure we can make the best decisions for you the client.bigstock-job-search-vacancy-for-jobs-on-46555552

One trend that many recruiters are seeing now is that more and more job candidates are rejecting offers for a host of reasons. One main reason is that many companies are not acting quick enough to secure that talent. As many industries are in a hot job market, the candidate can essentially work other opportunities rather than relying on just one open position as has been the case in the past.

Companies that are eager to fill critical positions are now in a position that they need to act quicker in order to secure that talent and get them started in that new role.

In a survey of hiring managers that just came out, it was also noted that many candidates are now placing priorities on not just salary and benefits but on the ability to advance at a company. Many companies are now competing for great talent which is not such a bad thing in terms of where our economy is heading.

Read more about this growing trend here.

If you’re in need of talent for your growing organization and you might be in a rush to fill certain positions, please contact us today. We can help speed up the process and get your company the talent you need to start moving in the right direction.