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Widening Your Candidate Pool (Part 2): People with Disabilities

March 25th, 2013

Hiring people with disabilities can certainly help drive social good, but including candidates with disabilities in the recruiting process can also potentially improve your organization’s bottom line. Last month, we explored reasons to recruit military veterans. In this post, we will outline ways to achieve the competitive advantages of widening your candidate pool by including people with disabilities.

First, it’s important to dispel the idea that a person with a disability fits the profile of someone...

Finance Staffing: Should You Recruit or Promote to Fill Key Roles?

March 12th, 2013

It’s an age-old accounting and finance staffing quandary:  to fill key roles, should financial recruiters find talent elsewhere or should the company promote from within? Freescale Semiconductor Inc. CFO Alan Campbell joined Motorola in 1979 with a degree in accounting and just three years’ experience at a utility company. Did he ever imagine he’d stay with the company for more than 30 years? Working his way up the ranks,...

Special to the HT Staffing Blog--Fresh Perspective: Giving Back in Unexpected Ways

March 7th, 2013

By Nad Elias, Managing Partner

The Austin chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO Austin) is divided in small groups of 8-10 entrepreneurs. These groups are call forums.  Every year, my forum within EO Austin goes on a retreat, which includes working sessions around both personal and professional development. This year, we chose to do a philanthropic opportunity as well, in the country of Belize. I know what you’re thinking: Great spot for a relaxing retreat, but how is it connected to philanthropy? For...

2013 Salary Trends in Texas

February 25th, 2013

It’s a job seeker’s market in Texas. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports unemployment is at its lowest rate in four years and, according to WANTED Analytics™, overall hiring demand in Texas has sharply increased in the past three months: Houston (10.4 percent), Dallas (19 percent) and Austin (8.7 percent). This great turn of events comes at a price for employers: Finding candidates at “discount” rates is no longer likely. We took a look at current salary trends in...

You Don’t Have a Recruiting Problem

February 14th, 2013

by Erin Osterhaus of the The New Talent Times blog at

If you’re not getting the quantity or quality of job applicants you want, you might think you have a recruiting problem. But rather than spend time working on efforts like re-wording your job descriptions to make them more exciting, or looking for yet another job board to post them on, you might instead consider approaching your recruiting problem as a marketing problem. Here’s how to apply four basic strategies...

Widening Your Candidate Pool (Part 1): Military Veterans

February 12th, 2013

To be successful in the current recruiting environment, you need to find ways to widen your candidate pool by looking outside the average job boards and seeking resources designed to help employers recruit with diversity in mind.  By attracting qualified candidates among military veterans, people with disabilities, and racial and ethnic minorities, for instance, you have the potential to find star performers who may otherwise not find you. In part one of this post, we look at military veterans: Why our nation’s heroes are historically undervalued in the job market and how to actively include them in the...

Are Employee Referral Programs Good For Business?

January 22nd, 2013

If you have great employees on staff, why not hire more just like them? That’s the philosophy behind employee referral programs, which can help attract talent who may not otherwise find you (and can lead to better employee retention as well). A recent Jobvite survey found that 75 percent of the workforce are open to job opportunities but are not actively looking. It’s a...

IT Staffing Secrets: What A Tech Superstar Looks For In An Employer

January 8th, 2013

When it comes to IT staffing, how attractive is your company? Technical staffing experts have learned that it takes more than a great paycheck or a standout perk to gain the best talent. In this blog post, HT Staffing’s Senior Technical Sales Director Cheryl Miller offers advice on how to think like a technical recruiter, giving you a leg-up on IT staffing in the areas of work flexibility, compensation, innovation and training, and management.

Work flexibility

The concept of work flexibility has been a technical staffing focus for many years. As workers have started to use smartphones and tablets to...

Pre-Employment Talent Assessment: Three Perspectives

December 18th, 2012

Hiring talent can be a little like buying a house. The place has curb appeal, and you’ve had the opportunity to walk  through it a time or two. However, without an inspection, how much do you really know about the place?

The hiring process can offer a similarly limited view of what you’re getting into. A pre-employment talent assessment lets you see beyond the resume and interview by uncovering attributes that contribute to long-term satisfaction with the employment relationship, both for the company and the employee.

At HT Staffing, we not only answer the “how to find talent” question; we help our clients navigate the talent...

Team Building Through Volunteerism

December 11th, 2012

Are you looking for cost-effective team building approaches to improve communications across departmental siloes, boost employee morale and deepen your staff’s commitment to your company’s mission? An employee volunteer program is one of the most effective ways we’ve found to accomplish all three of these goals while creating a favorable employee culture. Best of all, you get to strengthen the very communities that have made you successful!

At HT Staffing, we encourage employees to get involved through volunteering, fundraising and board membership. The activities we choose are team building exercises that require no ice breakers. One of our...