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Leave your preconceived notions about who should attend the Sales & Recruiting track sessions at the door. According to sales and recruiter trainer Barb Bruno, anyone -- in any area, on any level -- can benefit from attending these information-packed sessions. “That goes for the sales team, recruiters, account managers, company owners and more. There really is something for everyone within this track,” she says. Have you attended other conferences and walked away with big-picture solutions only, the kind that take months or years to execute? That’s not the case here. The Sales & Recruiting track sessions offer tips that are proven and business-ready. “The ...
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Visit the TechServe blog for great takeaways from this year's conference. http://www.techservealliance.org/blo
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Over the last few years, the number of firms registering three or more people for our annual conference has increased. We love this trend but we wanted to know what’s behind it. Why do so many CEOs bring staff to the conference? Besides saving 25% ($400) per person , that is. Continue reading this blog post here
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Responsible Staffing vs. Cut and Run Earlier this month I was in Washington, DC meeting lawmakers from both parties in Congress as part of the annual TechServe Alliance Lobby Day. During our visit we talked with senior staff members of elected representatives about the importance of advancing excellence and ethics within the IT staffing and solutions industry. The supply of technology skills What might surprise you about the initial conversations I had with members from both parties in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives is how much they agreed with us. For example, everyone seemed to recognize the importance of technology skills ...
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We use Careerbuilder's resume database, and we just completed a 4 month trial with Careerbuilder to evaluate their other services. For a 50% increase in fees, we proved to ourselves there is no value in those services. By their contractual metrics, the trial was a failure. A Careerbuilder rep just came in and told us our costs were doubling again (more than tripling overall) whether we took those services or not. Basically, the cost of using their resume database more than tripled across our team of six recruiters. Has anyone else had this experience? How did you resolve it? Thanks. Joe Coletta CEO/180
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I frequently get calls from firms that want to partner with us on GSA contracts. Is this a scam? I have not returned their calls.
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Dynamics GP Payroll

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Is anyone using Microsoft Dynamics GP for payroll? If so, how is it going? We are in multiple states and would appreciate your in-site, good or bad.
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We are a mid-sized staffing company and, like the rest of the industry (and US businesses, generally) we are concerned about the cost implications of Obamacare, in terms of either added coverage or penalties. I'd like to hear from other companies regarding what, if anything, you may be doing. January is coming really fast....P
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The need for qualified talent with a specific skill set continues to be on the rise. Many consultants have been working as road warriors for the majority of their career and already have a set of working parameters. However, there are many professionals who are entering this candidate-short market. As recruiters, we often believe that the choice between 1099 and W2 is with the consultant. After all, there are many benefits to working as a 1099 or independent contractor, right? You can: Set your own schedule; Name your own rate; Establish where & when you’re willing to travel; and Write off business expenses, etc. What ...
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Today I attended a roundtable discussion hosted by the Small Business Administration to discuss the implications of USCIS's recently proposed H-1B rule. Representatives from USCIS Service Center Operations and the Office of Chief Counsel were in attendance. Beyond the proposed rules potential impact on small businesses, concerns were raised during the discussion regarding the difficulty of utilizing the visa program due to new USCIS policies and client letter requirements.
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Today I met with Congresswoman Lofgren's Chief Counsel to discuss the IT staffing industry's access to the H-1B visa program, potential legislation in the House and issues surrounding USCIS and consulate policies. Congresswoman Lofgren is the Ranking Member on the House Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement.
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With the new focus from Washington on the use of IC's, I was wondering what others thoughts are on this issue. Can we still use IC's and be complient?
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Testing Public Feature

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Need 3 CCNP's in Tampa

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I have a need in Tampa for 3 CCNP’s for a 6-18 month project that will involves a lot of travel. My recruiters have been searching for a couple of weeks now and we have come up short, mostly because of the travel. Is there a company who would be interested in helping me out with this? Thanks
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If you haven’t already done so, take a look online at the conference session descriptions and plan which breakout sessions you and your team will get the most out of. If you are torn between sessions remember sessions will also be available on DVD-ROM. See you in Orland
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Dont' forget to stop by the membership booth! Meet the staff and learn more about how to "TechServe Connect"
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