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Ask Barb

The 3 Question Weekly Team Checkup



Ask Barb

Dear Barb

We are only filling 30% of our direct orders and 40% of the contracts we’re writing.

We specialize in IT, and I know it’s next to impossible to find the talent our clients are demanding. My team is saying they can’t work harder or do more, but I hesitate to hire and add to my overhead which will reduce my profits. When is it best to hire? Do you think I should wait or hire now?

Marcia H., Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Dear Marcia:

If you hire right, your new hire should be a revenue generator within a

Ask Barb

Make Your Team Accountable So the Business Grows



Ask Barb

Hi Barb:

I have a very tenured team who love working for me. I don’t believe in micro-managing, but I feel we could be achieving so much more as a company. How do I go from no rules or standards to implementing accountability without losing everyone?

I sent them to a conference in Las Vegas and they didn’t attend the sessions and had no problem telling me. My last two hires quit because they felt like outsiders to my four tenured recruiters. I now realize my business will not grow or prosper unless I make changes, but I don’t know where to begin. What would you do if you found yourself in my position?

John R., Dallas, TX

Dear John:

There is no value in beating yourself up for mistakes you’ve made as a

Ask Barb

Are You Building Value? Here’s What to Consider



Ask Barb

Hi Barb:

I’ve been in business for 12 years and often wonder if I’m building a business that would be considered a sound investment. What areas are most important to review?

Andrew B. San Jose, CA

Dear Andrew:

There are many things to review to determine if you are creating value in your business. Some of those would include the following 11 areas:

For Managers, The Business of Recruiting

Here’s How to Turn Performance Reviews From a Negative to a Positive



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Performance reviews. Are there any two other words in the English language that cause more anxiety and resentment on the part of employees, and more fear and loathing on the part of managers?

I admit it; I hate performance reviews mostly because they tend to take place only when there are performance issues. That casts the manager as the bad guy who’s delivering bad news.

One of the biggest traps we fall into in the recruiting industry is that the immediate always takes precedence. We react quickly, because it is in our nature, and a part of our business; a hot new job order, a great new lead. Gotta close the deal now, now, now! But that can lead to now, now, POW, if we manage reviews the same way. If we are to be effective managers and owners, we must revisit the entire concept of performance reviews, understand their value, and recast these otherwise unpleasant formalities as an opportunity for growth and improvement.

Jeff's On Call!, Legal, The Business of Recruiting

How To Fund An Employee Buyout Of Your Search Firm



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The best recruiter incentive is ownership. It’s also the most dangerous. You’re trading a commitment by an employee for your livelihood — your life.

Speaking of life, let’s talk about life insurance. Not enough owners do.

William Lareau wrote in his classic Conduct Expected: The Unwritten Rules for a Successful Business Career:

All of us tend to think that we have control over what happens to us because we generally pay attention only to what we do and what happens as a result. We tend to assume a direct cause-and-effect relationship without considering all the

For Managers, How-To, The Business of Recruiting

Here’s How to Plan Your ‘Grand Vision’ For 2015



Target Plan

Year-end is a great time. We get to reflect over what we have accomplished and what we have yet to do. We get to celebrate what we did right and we get to write off our failures as part of the past. And we get to redirect our efforts in a new campaign. It’s a cleansing of sort and if done properly will provide energy and direction going into the New Year.

When I look at year end planning, I believe it begins with the overall Vision Statement. This Vision Statement should describe the “grand, overall” destination of where you want to be. I learned from the great Mike Gionta, that a good Vision Statement is a one-page statement that tells a story as if it had already happened. Basically, write a one page statement as if you were 5, 10, 20 years in the future describing what your life has accomplished. Revisit this statement annually and modify it as you deem appropriate.

With the Vision Statement in place there are certain “Big Bucket” plans that will need to be addressed. They all must work together to support the Vision Statement and the execution of these plans will allow your Vision to become reality. The Big Bucket items that I believe fit our industry are:

Business, Jeff's On Call!

What You Need to Know About Selling Your Placement Business Through A Broker



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Some days it seems that everyone in the placement business is looking for ways to leave it. When you’re one of them, you’ll need to know about that mysterious person called a “business broker.” He or she can really help.

Here are the eight questions we’re most asked about business brokers, and the answers we give:

1. What is a business broker?

The obvious answer is that it’s someone who introduces a prospective buyer of a business to a seller, and arranges a sale of the business for a fee. However, the real answers are:

For Managers, Motivation

With A Performance Contract They Fire Themselves



Results-free

Results-freeFor managers, there is one thing worse than hiring the wrong person and that is to keep that individual employed with their agency long after the collective experience dictates they should be terminated. Yet, in almost every case, managers will admit they have difficulty with making termination decisions.

From my many years of experience in working with managers in hundreds of staffing firms on both a national and international basis, I have concluded that the primary reasons for this apparent lack of decisive action include one or more of the following:

Industry News

Staffing Firms Dominate Inc. 5000 HR Category



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Inc. 5000 top 10Inc. magazine is out with its annual list of the 5,000 fastest growing private companies in the U.S. This year, 199 self-described human resource companies made the list, many, if not most of them recruiting and staffing firms.

The largest staffing firm is Elwood Staffing with $763 million in revenue last year. The company places temps in several areas from administrative and clerical positions to the skilled trades. It’s direct placement division — Elwood Professional – conducts searches for mid-level professionals on up to CEOs.

For Managers, The Business of Recruiting

When You Set Standards and Manage to Them, Everyone Knows Where They Stand



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Note: This is the fourth article in a series on decreasing turnover and increasing profits. In the previous three articles Terry discussed turnover  (High Turnover Is NOT Just Part of the Business), who to hire (What It Takes to Attract and Hire Recruiting Winners), and setting expectations and training (Your Onboarding Should Not Be Like A Box of Chocolates). 

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Fast-Paced! Volatile! High Risk! High Return! Competitive! Sophisticated! Pressurized! Stressful! Demanding! Exhilarating!

These are some of the terms used by managers to describe our business. However, as with most adjectives, these terms are subjective and can mean different things to different people. That is where performance standards come into the picture.