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7 Ways to Increase Your Value to Potential Employers

May 7th, 2018

So, you worked hard in college, earned a degree and now you’re ready to step out into the workforce. Guess what? More than a million Americans graduate with a college degree each year.  How do you impress a prospective recruiter? What steps can you take to stand out?

Use the following tips to differentiate yourself from the large pool of job seekers.


#1: Gain the appropriate experience

Have you completed an internship in your specialization? If not, find one that builds your skills and expertise. Most recruiters prefer experienced candidates. If you can come to an interview with experience that other candidates do not have, you will separate yourself from the pack.


#2: Be a problem solver

The world is full of problems, but very few problem solvers. It doesn’t matter which career path you decide to pursue, problem solvers are in short supply. It’s impossible to know every answer, but if you’re someone who knows how to find the right answer or solution, employers will be lining up to hire you.  Be a problem solver.


#3: Volunteer

Companies are seeking hard working employees that care about people. Invest time in others. Help to make the world a better place. Most employers started their company in order to solve a problem. Taking action to make the world a better place can resonate with a prospective employer. It also shows positive moral values and selflessness.  Both are necessary to be successful in business and life.



 #4: Write an impressive Resume

Your resume is one of the biggest tools you have to market your job skills. It should look clean, organized and highlight your strengths as a potential candidate. Recruiters look through dozens of resumes a day. In order to stand out, don’t be afraid to add a little bit of your personality. You want to be the person your recruiter remembers when they evaluate resumes for interviews.


 #5: Be active online

The internet contains the largest collection of ideas and information in the world. Even if you graduated top of your class, technology and trends change at breakneck speeds and your skills (and future employer) will suffer if you are not consistently learning. Join social media groups and professional forums to stay updated on best practices and industry trends in your profession.  


  #6: Write a persuasive cover letter

Write a cover letter that best describes your education, skills, and abilities. Let the employer know why you are the best fit for the job. Indicate some significant problems you solved in the past and how you can solve similar problems if you are hired. Don’t be afraid to add personality to your cover letter.  Recruiters have seen hundreds (if not thousands) of cover letters, but they’ve never met anyone like you. Use your cover letter to show employers who you are.


#7: Impress at the job interview

Job interviews are a lot like first dates.  You want to look your best, feel your best, and get to know your prospective employer. Remain confident, but humble. Explain how your current skills pertain to the job you are applying for. Recruiters are trained to interview people and weed out the elite, from everyone else.  Research every company you interview with and set yourself apart from other job seekers.


Are you a job seeker or an employer interested in staffing solutions? Do you have tips/tricks to help separate someone from the pack? Comment below!

Temps: A Working Solution

March 28th, 2012

By Eileen Smith Dallabrida
Delaware First Media News

These days, “temping” has a whole new spin as high-powered professionals are increasingly turning to interim positions.

The latest assignment for Dave Berlin of Exton, Pa., is as controller for a lumber company.

He also has done strategic financial planning for a maker of online greeting cards and a manufacturer of artificial turf. He served as interim CFO for a recruiting service.

There’s a boomlet in organizations looking for top talent on a contract or temporary basis, says Chris Burkhard, president of the CBI Group, a recruiting firm.

“Organizations are using temporary workers to help find that perfect match for permanent positions,” he says.

This strategy also benefits job hunters, who often wind up on the payroll full time after starting out in a temporary position. Berlin, 49, says he is open to coming on board full time in management at a mid-sized company. But he hasn’t found the right match yet.

CBI specializes in professional positions in a number of areas: sales and marketing; technical, health and life sciences; and corporate accounting, human resources, information technology, finance and legal services.

The agency placed Berlin with the lumber company. Before he began exploring contract positions, Berlin worked in management for Ernst & Young, a large accounting firm.

“I started taking temporary jobs in Pennsylvania and Delaware after I moved from New York to Exton,” he recalls. “I didn’t have any contacts in the area and this seemed like a good way to build a network.”

Sometimes, he finds his own positions, usually through referrals from previous clients. His assignments have lasted from three months to a year and a half. Pay ranges from $50 an hour—“if I’m in a lull”—to $125 an hour.

Berlin is responsible for the considerable expense of paying his own medical benefits. He doesn’t get a paid vacation or sick days.

“The other workers are off on Good Friday,” he says. “For me, it’s an unpaid day.”

Still, he enjoys the challenge of coming in and finding solutions for a variety of companies.

“As a temporary worker you can be extremely effective because you have no baggage, you have no favorites,” he says.

The Produce Marketing Association in Newark has been turning to contract workers for design, marketing and other services for the past four years. CBI acts as the filter, identifying candidates who can get up to speed quickly.

“It’s so dynamic, so fast-paced, we need someone who can jump in,” says Kelly Koczak, PMA vice president of marketing. “We are looking for people who are true collaborators with great energy, which is the ideal fit for our culture.”

Burkhard says there has been a structural realignment in thinking as both hiring managers and job seekers have grown more comfortable with the notion of short-term and interim solutions.

“The days of starting in the mailroom, working your way up and getting a gold watch after 30 years are over,” he says. “The recession made us all look at the way we do business differently.”

Looking forward, he believes there will be increased hiring, both temporary and permanent, as more businesses start growing again.

Burkhard’s informal barometer of the market—his teenage son’s network of Facebook friends—is trending upwards.

“All his friends who couldn’t find work are now getting jobs,” he says. “That tells me that fewer grownups are competing for those jobs.”

Temps on the Rise

March 25th, 2012

Employers like ease, flexibility of contract hiring

Written by
The News Journal

Nicole Fullmer may not realize it, but she has become a crucial part of getting the economy back on track — and a symbol of a big part of the job picture in coming years.

The 39-year-old contract worker, along with thousands like her across the state and nation, is at the forefront of the long-anticipated recovery in the labor market, and also a sign of a shift by employers — and willing job-seekers — toward jobs not involving long tenures or career ladders, economists say.

Economists say a current strengthening in the temporary employment ranks is evidence the economy is growing and firms are starting to add people to their payrolls — or creating demand for temps that has temp agencies adding people.

And temporary employment overall is growing, as temp and contract hiring become crucial tools for businesses looking to stay flexible and remain competitive, said Chris Burkhard, president of the CBI Group.

“It will become more of a partnership with large companies that use temporary staffing as part of their recruitment process,” said Christine Proffitt, vice president of sales and operations at Integrity Staffing Solutions, a national placement firm based in Wilmington.

It’s also gaining acceptance among younger workers who are less inclined to see themselves staying with one company for a lifetime, he said.

“For that group, freelance is cool. Or getting a new project is fun,” said Burkhard, who has resurrected his company’s “Placers” temp staffing brand because of growing demand. “The viewpoint of the workforce has shifted.”

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Placers on WDEL

March 9th, 2012

On Friday, March 2, 2012 Glenn Koetz, our Placers Staffing Solutions Team Lead was interviewed on WDEL’s news hour with Peter MacArthur (standing in for Allan Loudell). Glenn discussed the changing view of temporary staffing as more of a strategic decision to hire professional level skill sets. Using “temps” is a way to keep costs flexible and gives you a chance to try the person out in the role before hiring them full-time.

Listen to the interview here.
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