My First Staffing Agency Experience

  I’ll never forget my first experience with a staffing agency – not as an internal employee, but as a job candidate! It was the early 90’s, and I was a college kid on the lookout for something to build my resume while earning some money and going to school at the same time. Finding… Read more »

How To Land In The Trash Pile (With Your Resume)

  Imagine being out of work for a few months. The wolf isn’t just at the door, he’s in the living room biting pieces out of your couch, peeing on the carpet, and scaring your kids. You’ve applied to so many places online you’re afraid either the Feds will start investigating you for spamming or… Read more »

Jobs Americans Used To Do

  The other day I had a conversation with my boss, Marty, the co-owner of the company, about the current labor market. As usual, no matter the overall economic situation, we seem to struggle to find good, qualified, willing people to fill our job orders. It’s a perplexing and frustrating problem. During our conversation, Marty… Read more »

When I Grow Up, I Want To Be a Temp

  A temp and a prison guard walk into a bar and order drinks. What do they have in common other than a bad day at the ‘office?’ Well, to put it bluntly, they both work in industries where most, if not all, of the people they deal with on a day to day basis… Read more »

25 Lies We’ve Gotten Really Good At Spotting

Most new staffers, especially if they’ve never been in any kind of hiring/recruiting related field, begin their duties harboring only the loftiest assumptions about their fellow man. Since we all know a friend in need is a friend indeed, the new staffer receives calls and visits from ‘friends’ all day, friends in need of what… Read more »

The Life of a Staffing Professional

(This article first appeared on There are probably lots of more difficult, more stressful, and more thankless jobs, but one thing’s for sure – there’s no job on the planet quite like staffing. It’s hard enough to meet and exceed the expectations of one set of customers, something every for-profit company is required to… Read more »

Four Critical Questions to Ask at Every Interview

  With the list of ‘questions we aren’t supposed to ask’ seemingly getting longer by the minute, these days it’s getting tougher and tougher for people who hire other people to conduct even the most rudimentary of job interviews. HR professionals and hiring managers have their work cut out for them, to be sure, but… Read more »