Why The Resume Is Dead

  What makes a candidate stick out on a resume? The short answer is nothing, it’s a pdf. Resumes don’t reflect fit, personality, communication skills, and so much more.   In many cases candidates either game the system by overstating skills and experience, or clog the system up by sending resumes to job postings they are woefully unqualified for. It’s not uncommon for a job posting to receive more than a hundred resumes with less than 5% meeting... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Saturday, April 7, 2018
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2018 Jobs Forecast: It's a good time to hire and be hired

In the Economic News release  for February from the Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics), the average hourly earnings jumped 2.9 percent year over year. This is a big indicator that the slow economic recovery is finaly reaching American workers and families pockets. According to the article posted in the New York Times,  Job and Wage Gains Deliver a Promising Start for the Year , " Separate data  released this week showed that private-sector wages and salaries... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Monday, March 19, 2018
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Big Data to help inform Your Business

Big Data. It's a term making the rounds now that the "cloud" is commonly used in business discussions and strategies when it comes to technology helping businesses excel. The cloud refers to the storage of data and information in the internet "cloud" which lives on servers across the globe. Big Data refers to data sets that exceed 'normal' data sizes and used to help identify trends, patterns, associations, and other relevant insight as it relates to human... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Tuesday, March 6, 2018
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Ways the Construction Industry Will Change in 2018 and Beyond

New homes, businesses, and multi-unit buildings are always in demand, especially due to the population boom in the mid-state area. The need for new construction shows no signs of slowing down in 2018 , but industry trends may experience some major changes in the months to come. Builders are always looking for ways to make projects more economical, streamlined, and efficient, and several emerging trends will help companies accomplish those goals in 2018. Both minor and major changes in the... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Monday, February 26, 2018
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4 Essential Skills Your Next IT Rockstar Must Have

If you’re in the market for an IT Rockstar, take a number. Businesses in a wide variety of industries and markets are looking for talented and experienced people to handle a number of IT-related tasks, including networking, web and software development, and consulting. While it’s true that IT Rockstars are in a position to pick and choose their next employers, you can better position your company for landing top talent by knowing which skills are most important for a wide variety... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Monday, February 12, 2018
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4 Retail and Service Industry Trends to Expect in 2018

2018 will make one decade since the Great Recession that devastated the retail and service industries. In the past 10 years, both industries have seen their ups and downs, but recent figures showed that holiday sales improved in late 2017 by more than 5.5 percent compared to 2016. A recent economic upturn has made many business owners more optimistic for the future, but a changing competitive landscape means it’s more important than ever to stay on top of industry trends. As ... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Friday, January 26, 2018
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How to Optimize Talent Acquisition in 2018

Replacing outgoing personnel and recruiting new talent is always a challenge for business owners and hiring managers, especially as technology changes while hiring trends shift. Staying on top of the latest trends in talent acquisition is a must , especially if you’re in a crowded market and need every advantage you can get over your competitors. Even if your ability to hire rockstars has been consistent and reliable in recent years, it’s vital to stay in the loop of some... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Monday, January 15, 2018
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4 Questions to Ask Yourself before Relocating for a New Job

In the never-ending quest for career advancement, many American workers find themselves faced with an all-too-common and tough decision at some point in their lives: should they take a new job or accept a promotion that will require relocating to a new city, state, or country? Changing jobs or positions within the same company can be both stressful and exciting, and the changes that workers experience are even more dramatic when they involve packing up their things and loading them into a... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Friday, December 29, 2017
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Tips for Transitioning to a New Job

While there are plenty of perks to staying with the same company for many years, career advice experts recognize that one of the fastest ways to advance in pay and prestige is to broaden your horizons with a new position at a new company. Regardless of the pay bump or change in title, landing a new job can be stressful and cause feelings of anxiety and even guilt . After all, you’re leaving behind your coworkers, many of whom you’ve developed close relationships with, and you... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Tuesday, December 19, 2017
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5 Professional Networking Goals for 2018

Whether your career involves daily face-to-face interactions with clients and customers or has you working in seclusion building databases and websites, it’s important to remember that everyone, regardless of their skill set or daily tasks, is ultimately in the “people business”—especially regarding career advancement. After all, it’s people who decide to hire and promote, and knowing the right people can often enhance your career faster and more significantly than... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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4 Tips for Successfully Working Remotely

For many employees who are frustrated by long commutes, daily bumper-to-bumper traffic, and frequent distractions in the office, remote work may seem like the answer to some of the biggest annoyances and complaints that they have concerning their professional lives. Many companies are also catching on to the benefits of allowing employees to work remotely. In addition to reducing the need for dedicated office space, it can boost employee morale due to its inherent flexibility. Despite its... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Thursday, November 9, 2017
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How to Choose Between Multiple Job Offers

Whether you’re between jobs or looking to take the next step in your career, getting multiple job offers may seem like an absolute blessing—especially if your job search has been fruitless up to this point. And while multiple job offers is always better than none, it’s common for prospective employees to feel “paralysis by analysis,” especially if two or more offers are equally promising. In some cases, workers may even lose out on the offers they worked so hard... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Wednesday, October 25, 2017
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4 Ways Contract Positions Help Workers Reach Their Goals

Contract positions can carry some negative connotations, especially for workers who are looking for more permanent employment options. In addition to leaving workers facing higher tax burdens and often a lack of health insurance, contract positions are also by nature short-lived, which means employees need to continue job searching even while they’re working—especially if their contracts are for six months or less. Despite the drawbacks of contract positions, there are also... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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Amazon headquarter coming to Nashville?

Nashville is looking to make a bid for the new Amazon headquarters potentially bringing 50,000 jobs to town. As mentioned in our post about IKEA , Nashville is experiencing rapid growth and looking to ensure a strong job market. Amazon.com, Inc. , commonly known as Amazon , was founded in Seattle, Washington on 1994 by Jeff Bezos and offers web based commerce and cloud computing.  The request for proposal (RFP) sent out by Amazon recently contains details of what the global... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Friday, September 22, 2017
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How Workplaces Are Changing to Adapt to Millennials

People born between the early-1980s to late-1990s are considered millennials, and there is no shortage of articles, blogs, books, and even scientific studies dedicated to finding out what makes this group tick. What began as a curiosity as millennials came of age has now become a full-blown cultural and professional phenomenon, and for good reason: By 2016 , millennials had surpassed Gen Xers as the largest generation in the United States , with 53.5 million of the young workers holding... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Wednesday, September 13, 2017
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5 Essential Skills for Succeeding in Today’s Offices

Jobseekers, take note: while prospective employers may peruse resumes and CVs to find candidates with the right education, experience, and qualifications, the skills to succeed on the job and to move up in a company are rarely listed on job descriptions. It's one of the many reasons employers are rapidly moving to Digital Interviews , as well as gaining insight in to personalities by looking at social profiles . These facts are only becoming more solidified and important in... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Wednesday, August 23, 2017
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Grand Opening of TA Staffing in Bowling Green, Kentucky

If you've been following us on Facebook, you've heard the chatter and seen the pictures. Well, we're making it official! TA Staffing is opening soon in Bowling Green, Kentucky! Located near the heart of TA Staffing's Bowling Green office is at 2710 Nashville Road, right off William H. Natcher Parkway, North, in the Kroger shopping center. With this new location, we are extending our dedication further and providing Kentucky with the same level of excellence we've... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Tuesday, August 8, 2017
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About Google Hire - Hire Vue

You may have heard about or seen something new in the search results when you've done a search for jobs or careers in Google. Those with their ear to the ground knew that a  few months ago  Google tested an Applicant Tracking System (ATS).  As of this month, Google has officially launched  Google Hire . Business Eligibility for Google Hire In order for a business to use Google Hire, an organization must meet the following prerequisites: ... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Friday, July 21, 2017
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4 Pitfalls to Avoid When Hiring Remote Tech Workers

In an ideal world, you would be able to fill every open position in a matter of days by choosing from dozens of highly-qualified and highly-motivated local candidates. Unfortunately, that’s rarely the case—especially when you’re trying to fill a tech position in a specialized niche. And the more specialized the position you’re trying to fill is, the more difficulty you may have finding the right fit—or even a candidate who possesses half the qualifications and... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Tuesday, July 18, 2017
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How to Incorporate Company Culture Into Your Hiring Process

Company culture fit is a concept that can be hard to define, but everyone knows when it’s missing. Most employers understand the importance of culture fit in their organization, and research shows that people who fit well into their company perform better in their role, express greater job satisfaction, and are more likely to remain with the organization for longer. Famously, Southwest Airlines screened job candidates in the 1990s based on their willingness to provide offbeat, fun... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Friday, July 14, 2017
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Social Media Screening: Majority of Hiring Managers Now Investigating Candidates’ Online Personas

Think employers only check LinkedIn and that your Facebook , Instagram , and Twitter are inconsequential when you’re applying for a job? Think again . The number of HR departments and recruiters using social media as well as Internet searches to screen candidates is at an all-time high, new research finds. A national survey conducted by Harris Poll for CareerBuilder earlier this year addressed the impact of a worker’s online presence during hiring and employment. The... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Wednesday, July 5, 2017
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Dos and Don’ts for Hiring Tech Workers

Dos and Don’ts for Hiring Tech Workers Whether you’re hiring someone to manage your network, build and maintain your website, or oversee your IT team, it’s vital that you get the right fit for your company and office culture. Tech workers are in extremely high demand in 2017 , and the competition can be fierce to land top talent in the industry. And while it may be an employee’s market for many tech positions, it’s still important that you take your time and... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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Tips for Surviving a Talent Shortage

It’s every business owner’s and hiring manager’s worst nightmare : you have multiple positions to fill and can’t find any great—or even good—candidates for the jobs . This nightmare can be a reality for many companies, especially when the vacancies are for tech positions. As many tech-related jobs involve highly specialized skills, education, and experience, the hiring pool can be quite shallow or even non-existent in your area. Thankfully, being... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Friday, June 23, 2017
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Summer Hiring Tips

Summer Hiring Tips Summer can be a hectic season for many businesses and hiring managers. In addition to being vacation season, warm weather can also be an impetus for employees to change jobs, switch careers, or even decide to move to another city. It’s important to be prepared to fill those gaps and suddenly vacated roles—especially when a large percentage of your staff may have vacations planned during the June-September stretch. However, it’s also important to be... Read More
at Wednesday, June 14, 2017
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Nashville Gets It's Own IKEA -- What That Means To Us

If you've missed the news, IKEA is coming to Nashville (finally...). IKEA opened a $64 million, 271,000-square-foot store in Memphis this year, however, the ideal spot for the popular Swedish furniture company would be closer to Nashville; with Nashville's growing and affluent professional community as well as proximity to upscale housing areas. This location will not be in central Nashville; it will actually be in Antioch.  IKEA is finally coming to Nashville --... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Thursday, May 25, 2017
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Preparing Yourself For "Sticky" Interview Questions

We've all been there, you're in an interview and the hiring manager ask you a question--you knew he or she would ask, but you're not sure what a 'good' answer is. Our friends at HireVue compiled 6 questions most interviewers ask that can be scary with advice from  Fast Company  on how to answer them. 1. Why don’t you tell me about yourself? Interviewers use this one to determine how an interviewee handles him or herself in an... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Thursday, May 11, 2017
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5 Tips When Hiring A WordPress Developer

What to Look for When Hiring a WordPress Developer WordPress was released in May 2003, and by February 2017, it was used by 27.5 percent of the top 10 million websites in the world . Because of its versatility, ease of use, and robust plugin architecture, WordPress has become the go-to content management system and framework for a huge number of companies and bloggers. And while WordPress was designed with user friendliness in mind, unlocking its true potential requires an experienced... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Thursday, April 27, 2017
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2017 IT Salaries and Career Progression

2017 IT Salaries and Career Progression Information Technology (IT) continues to be one of the most in-demand occupational fields in the U.S. and throughout the world, and jobseekers with extensive professional credentials, experience, and resumes in IT have more opportunities than ever to increase their salaries and advance their careers in 2017. Having a team of well-rounded IT professionals on staff is essential for any small, medium, and large business, but attracting and retaining... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Tuesday, April 11, 2017
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Good Hiring Practices for Great Candidates

A business is only as successful as its employees. And when a business has a team of "rock stars" that work harmoniously and share the company's goals and vision, everyone wins. However, some businesses take shortcuts during the hiring process, or they fail to take advantage of all available resources and strategies for finding and hiring the best available employees. To find a great candidate to add to your team, it's important that you give every step of the hiring... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Tuesday, April 4, 2017
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Video Interview Guide by HireVue

At TA Staffing, we know that digital (video) interviews are the future  and will replace traditional resumes. HireVue offers their thoughts and guidance on how to leverage video in your interviewing process if you are business and increases your appeal if you are a potential hire. There has been a growth in the adoption of on-demand, digital interviews--however, materials on how to prepare for a video interview are limited. Many interview guides are designed for... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Thursday, March 2, 2017
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Common TA Staffing Questions

As leaders in the staffing industry, we have experience with a number of industries, in several states, with over 30 years under our belts. When we are introduced to new candidates or organization looking for help with managing staff, temporary hiring, contract work, or job placement, we get 5 common questions. Here, we answer these frequently asked questions as we're sure you may have these same question and the answers help illustrate our expertise. What is a temporary agency?... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Tuesday, February 14, 2017
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What is a Digital Interview?

What’s a digital Interview ? In a nutshell, digital interviewing is a better way of interviewing. It saves time for both the hiring manager or talent acquistion specialist and the candidate. Not to mention additional resources that accompanies interviewing. There are a few, great platforms out there that help businesses with hiring, at TA Staffing our experience is with HireVue , the leader in the digital interview space . Digital Interviews allow prospective hires and candidates... Read More
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