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Contract or Direct-Hire: Which Option Is Right For Your Business?

If you’re looking to hire staff, there are a number of ways you can build your team. You can create a permanent role, known as a direct-hire. Or you might only need the position for a given amount of time, known as a contract role. In another scenario, you may contract a role that develops […]

Return to Office: How Staffing Firms Help

After the pandemic changed the world and forced companies to rethink their work arrangements, employees have gone on to do their duties from home. While some companies can fully embrace a work-from-home setup, some simply cannot and must coordinate return-to-office efforts. Several services only work when performed face-to-face while others simply yield superior results when […]

Advantages of Hiring a Staffing Agency for Small Businesses

Small business owners take on various tasks in their company. These duties can range from IT to operations while strategically planning for the organization’s success. Although, as the business grows so does its workload, and that’s when hiring new employees becomes essential. While you may save more money short term by doing the job yourself, […]

Top Benefits of IT Staffing Solutions for Your Business

The swift evolution of the tech industry has led to a shortage of capable talents. Companies are trying to hire from the same pool of qualified candidates, turning recruitment into a competitive industry. Businesses are starting to feel the toll of allocating personnel to this function but receiving no results. Finding specialists in the IT […]

The 10 Telltale Signs You Need a Financial Staffing Agency for Your Business

The financial wellbeing of your business is critical to its success – which is why hiring a finance employment agency can be instrumental in the growth of your organization. After all, without proper management of finances, it would be difficult to maintain day-to-day operations, let alone achieve long-term goals. This is why it’s so important […]

What Engineering Staffing Services Can Offer Your Business

It’s no secret that the engineering industry is highly specialized; this makes it difficult for businesses to find qualified talent to help them complete projects on time and on budget. This is where engineering staffing companies can come in and be of assistance – by providing your business with access to a pool of pre-screened, […]

Why Work with a Healthcare Staffing Agency?

The Top 5 Benefits of Working with a Healthcare Staffing Agency It is no secret that finding the best talent for the healthcare industry can be a challenge. The demand for healthcare professionals is growing, so businesses and organizations are often left scrambling to fill open positions in a timely manner. This is where healthcare […]

What is a Staffing Agency?

If you’re considering hiring a staffing agency for the first time, you may be wondering what to expect. A staffing agency can be a great way to find talented candidates to help you complete your project on time and on budget. But not all staffing agencies are the same. So, what should you look for […]

Recent Tech Layoffs

There have been a number of layoffs in large companies lately, especially in the tech sector. Organizations like Meta, Twitter, and Amazon have shed considerable numbers from their workforce. This has presented many challenges to those losing jobs or those onboarding at the recently-trimmed companies. We will talk about some of the reasons behind these […]

Key IT Staffing Solutions and Digital Capabilities for the Future

As businesses and organizations move into the digital age, it has become increasingly important for them to leverage digital capabilities to stay competitive. This is where IT staffing solutions come in, providing the necessary support for a business to execute these digital solutions successfully. In this article, we will discuss some of the key IT […]

Furthering Worker’s Rights

Worker’s rights aim to promote the welfare, equity, and success of those employed. The idea has been discussed and employed many times throughout history, and current advancements in business have added new threats to the wellbeing of workers. In the U.S., this concept is propagated by many different organizations, both public and private. We will […]

The Staffing and Recruiting Industry

The staffing & recruiting industry provides companies with talented professionals for contract and permanent roles. Despite continual growth and immense contributions to the world since its inception, it remained lesser known than other industries for a long time. The recent pandemic intensely affected the job market, bringing the staffing industry more popularity as it filled […]

Company Culture

Company culture, or workplace culture, usually relates to the social and operational policies, nuanced customs, and overall atmosphere of a particular business. Workplace culture can make or break your business. Whether you are an owner, a manager, or a team member, you have the ability to effect change in your company’s culture (you will have […]

Work/Life Balance

Work/life balance is the compromise that your professional and personal self make with each other to keep you happy and healthy. While we tend to hear of cases where work dominates the scale, your personal life can also affect your career. In remote work, you may likely be more susceptible to both of these scenarios. […]

Staying Social in Remote Work

Lots of companies, blueStone included, have transitioned to fully- or mostly-remote operations. This means that you may be one of many people working from home. Besides adjusting one’s role to an online setting, people also notice a shift in social connection when working remotely. This can be especially tough for extroverted people who choose remote […]

Pandemic Landscape: Financial Services

We’ve already discussed how Covid-19 affected the Healthcare and Information Technology industries. Now, we turn to the world of Financial Services to take a look at its progression through the pandemic. Like the other sectors mentioned, financial services meets both corporate and consumer needs and comprises a lot of different professions and practices. Major disciplines […]

Pandemic Landscape: IT

Our last blog discussed the effect that the Covid-19 pandemic had on the healthcare industry. This week, we will be looking at how the pandemic affected and continues to affect the Information Technology industry. We will discuss how the pandemic shifted the IT industry and how companies and professionals responded to the problems and tasks […]

Pandemic Landscape: Healthcare

The Covid-19 Pandemic massively transformed the healthcare industry. Public health, research and development, and clinical sectors saw extreme challenges and had to adapt their practices accordingly. However, like many industries, there is also a falling action of sorts as we move farther from the first outbreaks. We will discuss how the recent pandemic initially changed […]

WBE/MBE Business Certifications

Large corporations historically dominate business markets and few and far between are the minority-owned or small businesses. The U.S. Government began taking action to rectify this disparity in the 1950s by establishing the Small Business Administration (SBA). The bulk of this assistance relates to loan opportunities and the awarding of government contracts to businesses that […]

Emerging Tech: Workspace Management

Our last posts on emerging technologies featured AI and Information. This week, we discuss a practice that, while having existed for some time, is leaping into the future. Workspace management comprises many different tools and techniques aimed to increase your company’s efficiency. The advent of tech in business has led to many innovative practices, and […]

Emerging Tech: Information

Last week we covered some emerging AI technologies and what they mean for the future of business. This post will discuss information techniques and products that are growing rapidly to support tech-enabled companies. Innovations in programming have made available new techniques to collect, store, transport, and make sense of information. Basics of Info Tech Information […]

Emerging Tech: AI

Technology has always been a forward-looking industry, and there are currently many fascinating developments on its forefront. Many of these practices rely on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in order to carry out tasks previously restricted to human operators. Robotic process automation, natural language processing, and autonomous control are some of the technologies […]

Case Manager

If you caught our recent posts on working in Telehealth and or as a Traveling Nurse, you may have interest in other healthcare careers. In this post, we will cover the Case Manager position, a strongly growing role in the industry. Learn the basics of working as a Case Manager, tips on getting hired in […]

Traveling Nurse

A Traveling Nurse is exactly what it sounds like, a mobile nurse They are a crucial segment of the Healthcare field as they supplement gaps in supply and demand for nurses all over the country. Registered Nurses do contract-based jobs and work for independent staffing companies. Typically, once a Nurse has about 1 year of […]

Working in Telehealth

As many industries have adopted WFH in some capacity, so too has healthcare. While usually more of a hands-on field, medical professionals can carry out many practices and techniques remotely. Known as Telehealth, this online approach to medicine has advantages for both healthcare professionals and the patients they treat. Find out how Telehealth works, and […]

Working for Mid-Market Companies

Your experiences on the job can feel very different from one company to the next. Even with similar roles and responsibilities. One of the main factors in this variation is the size of the company. How large or small a business is can often greatly influence the quality and quantity of its resources. This can […]

Social Media SEO

We discussed SEO from the perspective of resumes and websites. Now we’ll explain how it can be used to improve your professional social media efforts. Awareness and engagement can be exponentially improved by carefully managing your profile and getting the most out of search functions. Continue reading to learn what social media SEO is and […]

Search Engine Optimization For Websites

When looking to improve the performance of your company’s website, there are two important factors to consider. The first being how well you optimize the site to rank well for relevant searches. This involves having keywords that represent the content, products, or services offered, and having a reputable site that meets the needs or expectations […]

Using SEO For Your Resume

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is not just for marketing professionals and companies. It can also be very useful for individuals, especially when creating a resume. SEO is a practice that aims to increase performance of web content by focusing on user experience (UX) and Search. UX involves ease of use, accessibility, and overall success of […]

Optimizing Data Storage

Data is a precious tool that companies in all spheres rely on and is essential for any scientific endeavor. The quality, integrity, protection, and access to data can be the difference between a successful or failed business. Therefore, optimal storage of it is a crucial piece of managing data properly. With the help of staffing […]

Medical Informatics: Make Them Matter

Medical Informatics is a sector of data focused on physical health and its management. To a company, this area of data concerns the health of its employees and members. Health is vital to business, both for the sake of efficiency and for the people which it employs. A proper strategy for handling medical informatics can […]

Upgrading Electronic Medical Records

Businesses from every sphere are taking advantage of improved technology in a digital world and healthcare is no exception. As one of the most essential industries, having secure yet accessible records is crucial for doctors, PAs, and their patients to remain informed and up to date. It also ensures that they will be able to […]

Industry Evaluation: Administration

Our previous industry evaluations focused on two well-known sectors of business, automotive and healthcare. This post details an industry that plays a role in every sector of business: administration. Admin is responsible for many of the key operations that keep companies running smoothly. Fortunately, staffing firms can efficiently hire many of these roles. In this […]

Industry Evaluation: Healthcare

The healthcare industry has strong ties to the IT staffing and consulting industry. Staffing firms provide crucial placement of doctors and nurses and consulting helps with technology and administration. Read more to learn about advancements in healthcare, how COVID-19 affected the industry, and the rise of Telehealth. Advancements and Technology in Healthcare The healthcare industry has […]

Industry Evaluation: Automotive

We will take a look at different industries in a series of three blogs. In discussing their past, present, and future, we will also explain the role staffing & consulting firms have come to play. To kick it off, we will be talking about the automotive industry. This business sector includes many different levels of […]

Client-Led vs Firm-Led

Does the concept of client-led vs firm-led seem confusing? Don’t worry, we’re here to explain! When looking to work with a staffing or consulting firm to complete a project or fill a vital position, it’s important to differentiate when your company can take the lead or when you need the firm to take more control. […]

General vs. SME Staffing Firms

General staffing firms and Subject Matter Expert (SME) staffing firms are two services a business can choose to fill roles for projects. They both involve the placement of a consultant, but serve very different purposes. Finding the right kind of staffing firm for your business starts with a look inward. Getting the best understanding of […]

IT Staffing vs Consulting Firms

Does your company have an upcoming project that’s time sensitive? Are you looking for a specific or temporary set of skills that you may not have in-house? Depending on your needs, either staffing solutions or consulting may be what your company needs. Read more to learn the important differences between staffing and consulting and how […]

Resolving Issues

Even if you do everything right, problems will eventually knock on your door. Big or small, you need to know how to resolve issues when they come up in the workplace. This won’t be so much a quick-fix for common issues, but a guide to general problem solving. We will explain some of the big-picture […]

Motivation, Burnout, and Mental Health

Have you ever experienced burnout in the workplace or school? Staying motivated can be really tough, but don’t worry, you’re not alone. Maybe you’re having trouble with consistency or you’re just not sure what kind of self-care you need. We’d like to suggest some strategies you can use to avoid burnout, help with focus and […]

Time Management

Today we’re talking about a very important skill in the professional world: time management. Learning how to use your time well can improve your job performance and personal wellbeing. You will be able to work more efficiently if you are conscious and sensible about your time. As a result, you will likely feel less stressed […]

What Social Networks to Use

Are you getting the most out of social networking sites? Social media is a powerful tool for finding job opportunities, building your personal brand, gaining invaluable information and efficiently communicating with virtual meetings. Whether you’re looking for the next step in your career or want to spread awareness for a cause you believe in, utilizing […]

Applying Career Goals to Social Media

Perhaps you’ve read our recent blog on managing your online image and decided to fix up your profiles. While you’re making changes, you might also want to consider adding your career goals. Social media can be a really useful tool to advance your career. There are plenty of great sites to connect with those you […]

Online Reputation

Especially in today’s age, managing your online reputation on social media is extremely important. Your network and current or potential employers can learn a lot about you from what you do or post online. Our team at blueStone Staffing Solutions would like to ensure that you are putting your best foot forward in the digital […]

LinkedIn Profile Optimization

LinkedIn is a great resource for your professional needs. A social media for business, it works by ‘connecting’ you with others. You can also use the vast networking potential to help you find roles and advance your career. But how can you take advantage of this amazing platform? It all starts with optimizing your LinkedIn […]

Building Your Network

Humans are social creatures, and we have each other to help us be the best version of ourselves. Regardless of where you are in life, developing, expanding, and maintaining your network is essential. This is because we are largely defined by the relationships we have. In this blog, we’ll discuss how to develop a network […]

Training Programs

Professional development comes up a lot when talking about job performance. The subject is vast, so today we’ll be cornering a piece vital to the puzzle: training programs. These courses help you master valuable skills for your role. They can help refresh basic info as well as teach new concepts, preparing you for new tasks. […]

Personality Assessments and Your Job

People tend to have a solid understanding of themselves, but there’s no such thing as too much preparation. Personality assessments are a fantastic way to boost your awareness of your strengths and weaknesses and deal with stress. They also help reveal your ideal career paths and help your interview and job performance review skills. We advocate for the utilization of these assessments to boost productivity and happiness in the workplace. […]

Gauging Your Job Performance

We gave advice in a previous post dealing with job rejection. Methods used in the hiring process can also work for job performance when you get the job. Having a good idea of your job performance can help you meet role needs, simplify progress reports, and improve your skills. We will talk about ways that […]

Writing a Good Job Description

Companies use staffing and consulting firms for employment solutions in a variety of projects and operations. As your client, the firm must find the best people for the job and help manage them along the way. Before we start looking, we need as much info on the job as possible. Then, we can put this […]

After Hours: Social Life & Activity

You hear enough advice about doing your job better. Do you ever think about what you do after hours? Balancing work and life can help you keep up what makes you “you” while also taking care of your responsibilities. A healthy personal life not only fulfills you but also may increase job performance. We want […]

Social Behavior: Best Practices

Part of your career success will be owed to your social behavior. Companies need a lot of cooperation to run smoothly, so you can see why social behavior is important to success. We will talk about some of the key aspects that make a strong social environment. Afterwards, we hope you use this advice in […]

Looking Toward Promotion

You landed a job after reading our tips on searching for a job! Great! But what now? Well, the next step is promotion. This may be a distant goal for some jobs, but wherever you work, keeping your mind on promotion spells success for your career. We have some thoughts on ways to better your […]

Job Rejection: Regroup, Revise, and Reapply

Even amidst a recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report projecting job growth north of 10 million jobs by 2030, largely due to Covid-19 pandemic recovery, you will likely face job rejection at some point in your job search. It can be discouraging, but you can use rejection as a point of strategy in securing […]

Networking and Interviewing: The Follow-Up

There are many different professional situations in which you may want to send a follow-up. Follow-ups may take the form of a thank you or request to an interviewer or new connection. The guidelines for these different situations can often be unclear. Our team at blueStone staffing want to help you with how to professionally and effectively follow-up. Following up […]

Interview Tips and Tricks

Now that you’ve got an interview for a potential job, you should take the proper steps in preparing for it. The interview process is one of the most important aspects of searching for and landing your desired position. This is often a very comprehensive and detail-oriented task. Our team at blueStone Staffing would like to […]

Resume Building and Landing an Interview

The online job search has made it a necessity to have an organized and tailored resume to land an interview. Companies are increasingly using software to narrow down their applicant pool, and although you may be qualified, the software could potentially eliminate you as a potential hire. Even with software, recruiters are still going through hundreds of applications. In this article […]

Knowing What You Are Qualified For

Are you looking to work from home, or are you more interested in working in person? Finding work and knowing what your are qualified for requires a thorough analysis of the position. This means understanding the various aspects that come with the job. One of the most important elements to this process is understanding very […]

The Online Job Search

The Online Job Search The job search can seem like a daunting task. Whether you are a student looking for an internship, a recent college graduate looking for full-time work or searching for a career change, this article may be of service. Now more than ever, the job search is an activity that is focused online. […]

Hybrid Office Structure

Work from home positions are proliferating the workforces of many businesses post-pandemic, especially staffing firms. The hybrid office model serves to incorporate work from home practices into traditional business structures. Before the pandemic, few companies predominantly used remote working. This is largely a new territory for employers and employees alike. This stresses the importance of […]

Best Practices: Virtual Meetings

There has been a shift to virtual meetings instead of in-person ones; and with this switch comes the potential of a myriad of problems. Our recruiters would like to share some virtual meeting best practices to avoid these problems. These tips will help to ensure smooth and successful virtual meetings.   Understanding Technology The most important virtual meeting best practice tip […]

How to Prepare for a Virtual Interview

A well-executed virtual interview will not only help facilitate the traditional items discussed in a normal interview, but also exemplify your ability to thrive in a remote work position. We would like to share some virtual interview tips and insights from our team so that you can best prepare for a Microsoft Teams or Zoom […]

Working Remotely: Managing Distractions

Managing at home distractions and time while working remote is a difficult world to navigate. At blueStone Staffing we have many recruiters whom manage these challenges every day; and they have some tips and tricks they’d like to share.   Working Remotely With Kids Navigating working from home during a pandemic is hard, and kids have made this an even bigger challenge. There have been viral videos of kids interrupting important work calls, weather forecasts, and more. No one household is […]

Home Office Tech Setup

Considering the emerging work practices of the post-pandemic world, a work-from-home position may very well be your reality or future. While measures such as glare & background management can greatly improve your home office on video calls, there’s lots of office tech that will play a key role in your success at your home workstation. […]

How to Set Up Your Home Office

As we are slowly emerging from the pandemic, it has become clear that work as we knew it pre-pandemic will never be the same. Work-from-home roles are popping up all over, and it’s important that the workspace that you present online is professional. In this article, we will tell you how to set your home […]

Tips on How to Work with Recruiters and Headhunters

Working with recruiters can have a variety of benefits for your career success. It will open up additional job opportunities you didn’t know about, provide key insights into your specific job market, help negotiate higher compensation packages, and provide critical resume and job-search advice! All of this is FREE for candidates; so why wouldn’t you want [...]

Resume Tips That Will Help You During Your Job Search

Are you just starting your job search? Did you know that an average hiring manager spends about 6-7 seconds looking at your resume to determine if you are a right fit for the company? This means that you need to make your resume stand out! Your resume should include your objective, education, prior work experience, [...]

Write a Thank You Letter After the Interview…It is the Key to Success

Sending a thank you email or letter should be an automatic response after an interview. It shows your appreciation of the hiring manager and employees for taking time out of their day to speak with you. Some hiring managers have even said that it is disrespectful and a red flag to employers when potential candidates [...]

blueStone Gives Back Part 2

During this holiday season, blueStone wanted to give back and decided to partner with Evolution of Benefits (EOB) in order to collect donations for the organization, Connections for the Homeless. Founded in 1984, their mission has been to end homelessness, one person at a time. This is blueStone’s first time collecting for Connections for the [...]

blueStone Gives Back

This year marks the first year that blueStone Staffing has partnered with our building-Hamilton Partners as an official drop off location for Toys for Tots, an organization that we have been actively taking a part in since 2013. Our first Toys for Tot drive just a few years ago where we collected 28 toys. Since [...]

Skype Interview Tips from blueStone Staffing’s Top Recruiters

As we had said before, more and more companies are using phone interviews, as well as skype interviews, as an easier way to narrow down potential employees. Skype interviews are a little more personal than phone interviews, since you are finally putting a name to a face. Even though Skype may seem more relaxed on [...]

Phone Interview Tips From a Top Staffing Agency – blueStone Staffing

Hiring managers receive hundreds of resumes a day and doing in-person interviews for each one of these potential candidates is simply impossible. This is why so many managers use phone interviews as a way to narrow down candidates and learn more about their personality. The phone interview will be focusing on questions about prior work [...]

Solving Basic Interview Questions and Concerns Part 3: What to do after the interview

You’ve walked out the door and the interview is now over. Wrong! After the interview you want to evaluate your interview experience.  Ask yourself, what would you do differently? Where can you improve? What were your impressions of the company? Are you still interested in the position? Be proactive. There are a few things that [...]

Answer Interview Questions Using the Top-Rated STAR Method

The STAR Method is a great way to answer behavioral questions in a confident manner. STAR is an acronym for four key concepts. Each concept will guide you to perfectly answer these behavioral questions such as “Give me an example of a time you face a conflict while working on a team. How did you [...]

How Not to Answer Interview Questions…Avoid Using Long Pauses and ‘Ummms’ in an Interview

Picture this: You just walked into the interview. Your palms are sweating, your heart is pounding, and the first question hits you like a wrecking ball. “So, why do you want to work here?” You then pause for a while, and say “Umm well I want to work here for a lot of reasons.” By [...]

Solving Basic Interview Questions and Concerns Part 2: What to do during an interview

Here are a few simple techniques that our top recruiters recommend to check out before heading into your interview. 1. Be on time. How many times does a person need to hear, “First impressions matter” for them to actually apply this important phrase. The recruiters at blueStone cannot stress enough the importance of being on [...]

Solving Basic Interview Questions and Concerns Part 1: How to prepare for an interview

1. Do your research You can first do this by simply going on their website and looking on the About Us, News, and Blog pages. While looking on their website, you should see if you can find any names associated with the department you will be working in and then find them on LinkedIn and/or [...]

Women in the Tech Industry

Technology has become an integral part of our lives. We use it to wake up in the morning, work during the day, and even to remind us when to go to sleep at night. Some people might even think technology is essential. In order for female entrepreneurs to start up a company in the tech [...]

The Importance of Being WBENC Certified

In this day and age, you need something to set your business apart from others. If your business is at least 51% owned, controlled, operated and managed by a woman or women, you can apply to be certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. Being WBENC certified comes with a numerous amount of benefits [...]

blueStone ‘End of Summer’ Party

On Saturday September 15th, blueStone Staffing hosted an ‘End of the Summer’ party for employees to congratulate them on their hard work so far! All employees were able to bring guests and their children. There was a 100-foot inflatable obstacle course, a bouncy house, and tons of delicious food! A contest was held to see [...]

#MeToo Roundtable Meeting

On September 5th, 2018 blueStone Staffing was honored to host one of the many Northwest Human Resources Council’s (NHRC) employee relations roundtable meetings. NHRC is an affiliate chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) which is the world’s largest HR professional society. This meeting was about the #MeToo Movement and the implications this [...]

Women Entrepreneurs in the Business World

According to the National Association of Women Business Owners, more than 9 million U.S. firms are now owned by women, employing nearly 8 million people and generating $1.5 trillion in sales. Even though this is a great statistic, women entrepreneurs still face challenges in the male-dominated workplace. Business News Daily listed 7 challenges that women [...]

blueStone Staffing has Made the Inc. 5000 List

blueStone Staffing, an IT staffing firm, is pleased to announce that it has been named to the prestigious 2018 Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies. The annual Inc. 5000 list recognizes companies that have the largest average annual revenue growth from the previous three years. This marks the 3rd year that we have [...]

Who is blueStone Staffing

blueStone Staffing is a Certified Woman Owned Business (through WBENC- Women’s Business Enterprise National Council) founded in 2002 by Rebecka and Robert Kruk. Mrs. Kruk, along with the help of an IT Consulting Executive and a former CIO, were able to come together to start blueStone Staffing in the basement of their home. In the [...]

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