3 Tools and Technologies to be Thankful For in the Staffing Industry


It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner again; another year to be thankful for what we have. In the staffing industry, a few tools and technologies created over the past few years have made our jobs a bit easier, not only on the recruiting side but also on the candidate side. For that, we are thankful. Here’s a look at three tools and technologies that have helped those of us in staffing be better at our jobs:

1. LinkedIn

LinkedIn is an excellent social networking website for business professionals. A “professional Facebook” if you will, it has given qualified candidates the opportunity to upload a resume, highlight job skills, search job postings, research company information, and network with co-workers, managers, and recruiters alike at the same time. It’s also a resourceful tool to find passive candidates not found in a database or on a job board. According to Forbes Magazine, “LinkedIn is, far and away, the most advantageous social networking tool available to job seekers and business professionals today.”

2. Skype

Who would have thought we would see the day when a professional interview could be conducted in your living room. Skype has given us the capability to connect with people via the web and thus saves both candidates and clients time, effort, and thousands of dollars in interview expenses. Skype is also a valuable tool in pre-screening candidates to analyze communication skills, body language, and professionalism. More and more clients are utilizing Skype to create a more professional interview environment and thus weed out any potentially unqualified candidates before it gets too far. As a result, Skype has certainly changed the interview process.

3. Smartphones

Smartphones have been around for a while, but it seems like now everyone has one. Whether it’s an iPhone, Android or Blackberry, the ability to communicate efficiently has been very accommodating to recruiters and job seekers through the use of smartphones. It’s hard enough to communicate quickly with our busy lives as is; throw in a workday and it’s almost impossible. Smartphones have given candidates the ability to be mobile—search the web for job postings, text recruiters rather than call and respond via e-mail— right from their phones throughout the search process. Smartphones have also made everyone more accessible to each other, as sometimes the only way to communicate during the day or off-hours is through a cell phone call or digital communication.

These three tools and technologies, although very simple, are becoming more of the norm in the ever-changing world of staffing, and are all reason to be thankful this holiday season.

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About Craig Farley

Craig Farley spent the last 9 years as a Technical Resource Manager, staffing IT and EDI professionals nationwide, with a focus on the Midwest and West Coast territories. His industry experience as a senior technical recruiter is unmatched, and he has worked with candidates in full lifecycle recruiting for contract, contract to hire and direct hire positions through a variety of industries and technologies.

With all of this experience, Craig has transitioned to Director of Business Development for the Midwest Territory. He brings with him his technical recruiting knowledge and is ready to assist our clients in finding the perfect match for their technical needs. Craig is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. In his spare time he enjoys sports, working out, music and writing.

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