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In the past year, US government spending has exploded due to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recession. Relief packages total upwards of 6 trillion dollars to date, and the new Biden administration has plans to continue spending in various packages investing in the future of the United States. We expect the Biden administration to offset these programs and stimulus spending by raising taxes. We’ve already seen changes in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and have an idea of what tax legislation the new administration plans to propose moving forward. Based on campaign promises, new spending proposals, and the current split in Congress, tax professionals ...
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As we venture into the next decade, written communication has become the power player. Emails aren’t dead and using text messaging is essential as more of the labor market is pooled from millennials and Generation Z. Henna Pryor, executive coach and recruiting and sales trainer, shares how to get a quick response when following up and using text messages. Follow Up Emails Sales requires following up with potential recruits and clients. We sometimes feel that pestering our potential client is unproductive or a waste of time. Henna would strongly disagree. “Following up isn’t inherently annoying or bad,” says Henna. She believes following up properly is ...
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On International Women’s Day, Techserve Alliance hosted a webinar to highlight the gaps and opportunities to advance women in leadership roles. We heard from a panel of industry thought leaders that helped explore ways to accelerate diversity, equity, and inclusion in the IT and Engineering Staffing Industry. Hosted by Susan Donohoe, Chief Program Officer, TechServe Alliance, and facilitated by Leslie Vickrey, CEO, ClearEdge Marketing - panelists included - Kip Wright, CEO, Genuent; Jay Cohen Founder & CEO, Signature Consultants & Chair, TechServe Alliance; Ginnette Harvey, Senior Vice President, Specialist Staffing Group and Sarah Martin, President, ...
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We recently sat down with   Casey  Jacox   and   Jon Hunter  to learn how to remove fear from the workplace based on their 50 years of combined sales leadership experience. To create a healthy sales culture, you need to take away the fear in the work environment and allow employees to be themselves. Too many leaders get caught up in sales projections, goals, and increasing production that they forget to connect with their team on a personal level. Casey and Jon shared how to create a healthy sales culture by taking away the fear in the work environment and allowing employees to be themselves. Negative Impacts of FEAR An individual is most creative and ...
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One year ago we had no idea what was ahead as the world adjusted to life in a pandemic. TechServe members leaned in with us and supported each other as we navigated uncertainty and adapted to a new normal. How have TechServe members navigated the constant changes in the last year? 98 executives from 84 member companies participated in 80 TechServe small group monthly Executive Roundtable calls to share their challenges and successes and support each other. 246 account executives, recruiters and HR professionals from 86 member companies connected on 22 TechServe monthly roundtable calls to learn from each other, generate ideas and get feedback from others ...
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Before COVID-19, technology was an important part of the staffing and recruitment industry. Over the past decade, firms have relied more on technology to increase production and scale their operations. The necessity to automate the recruitment process has increased exponentially over the past year. While some companies failed to adapt, the firms that utilized technology didn’t just weather the storm, they thrived under unprecedented circumstances. CMO of   CEIPAL , Peter Velikin, discusses key findings directly correlating the rate of technology adoption and the success of staffing firms during the pandemic. How CEIPAL Measured the Success of Staffing Firms ...
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Despite the arrival of approved vaccines, the pandemic continues to rage with an ongoing impact on the economy, labor markets, and businesses of all types including IT & engineering staffing firms. TechServe Alliance addressed the impact of Covid-19 on the IT & engineering staffing industry during their most recent quarterly State of the Industry webinar, presented by Mark Roberts, CEO of   TechServe Alliance   alongside Jim Janesky, a senior advisor with   Peapack Private Investment Bank   and a veteran industry analyst and observer with unparalleled industry expertise. Among the key talking points of the webinar was how IT employment, and engineering ...
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Presented by   UHY Advisors to kick off the new year, TechServe Alliance held its first webinar of 2021, titled “PPP Loan Forgiveness, Second Draw Loans and Employee Retention Credit: What’s New and What’s Changed.” This session is the first of a three-part series from TechServe Alliance in partnership with the experts at   UHY   that will focus on accounting, tax and financial management. Guided by the unique expertise of team members from  UHY Advisors  and consulting, this month’s webinar covered the changes that have happened in the PPP loan program as they relate to the staffing industry, plus new opportunities in employee retention credit. ...
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Beyond Time to Fill

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Time to fill in the staffing industry is a great performance indicator. The numbers vary from staffing vendor to staffing vendor and should be tracked precisely for each of their specific clients. The biggest issue however is how we define “TTF”. While many track the metric from when they receive a client’s requisition to when an offer is made, the most important measurement is when the candidate actually goes to work at the client site. Additionally, we should only be counting business days (no weekends or Holidays) as the hiring process takes a hiatus when people are not working. If we go through the trouble of counting days for each fill, we should separate ...
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The current state of the economy under this year’s pandemic has forced us to both contemplate and reevaluate some of the long-held beliefs about what it takes to operate and thrive. At the TechServe Connect 2020 virtual event, Clinical Professor of Business Administration and Assistant Dean of the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, Peter F. Ricchiuti, addressed how we may better understand our present economy and prepare for a future that is still promising. The types of recovery we may expect to see have a variety of shapes. One of the bets people are making is a V-shaped recovery, a sharp economic decline with a clearly defined trough, ...
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There is no doubt that we are in a very challenging sales environment and will remain there for some time to come. Clients are not likely to accept a face-to-face encounter, although we should be testing the water to see if coffee, golf or even lunch might be acceptable. Also, many clients are working from home which makes “change” that much more challenging. A common phrase we will hear from prospects when presenting our case for acceptance is “let me take your information and get back to you”. By agreeing to this request, we are ceding control. And when we cede control, any momentum we might have built is lost. So what can we do? The first step is to make ...
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As the sales workforce continues to navigate this era of social distance and digital communication during COVID-19, the power and clarity of the seller’s message has never felt more important. Sales and leadership coach Casey Jacox  led the discussion on the importance of internal and external sales messaging during TechServe Alliance’s recent webinar, titled “Being an Elite Seller in the Eyes of Your Customer.” The 20-year staffing and services veteran from KForce spoke from seasoned experience, having gone through the .com crash at the turn of the century, the Y2K scare and the global financial crisis of 2008. Jacox – who also authored the book “WIN ...
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In this COVID challenged world, we are faced with some significant obstacles when it comes to trying to break into and develop new clients. Pre-COVID, we called, emailed, or otherwise networked with prospects or clients to set face-to-face meetings. No real selling, just enough to gain an opportunity to meet and speak in-person – where the real selling began. In the current work-from-home environment, face-to-face meetings (i.e. coffee or lunches) are few and far between and will likely remain that way for the remainder of the year (and possibly beyond). Even when people do begin to return to the office, visitors will not be readily welcomed while the efforts ...
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How many times have you heard “I wish there was more time in the day”, or “There just isn’t enough time to accomplish all the things I want to accomplish” or “I ran out of time”? COVID-19 is granting many of us with more free time. What we do with it will tell us if those phrases were excuses or sincere statements. Since our sequestration began five or more weeks ago, we have been blessed with more time, especially so in sales. We have been re-gifted with our normal commute to the office time, our meetings with clients time, time that we used for entertaining others or attending networking events, or the time it took to get to those functions. When you add it ...
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As the demand for talent continues to rise, so too does the spend for most companies employing a contingent workforce. And with that increase comes added scrutiny from the C-Suite of our clients. While C-Suite involvement can be a positive event for staffing companies, in this particular scenario it will most likely mean a decree to trim cost by any means necessary. This translates into additional pressure for HR/TA and Purchasing departments to commoditize our offering. Therefore it is critical that sales representatives adapt their selling style. No longer is pure “relationship” type selling a plausible method. In relationship selling, reps focus on ...
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With so many employee benefits strategies in the marketplace today, it’s nearly impossible to compare all of your options efficiently, never mind understand which offerings are right for you. That said, there are some emerging trends among employers that are worth considering as you explore new ways to attract and retain quality talent. The New Individual Coverage HRA:   This new, modern model of employer-sponsored health insurance allows employers to reimburse employees for the purchase of individual health insurance coverage. Available as of January 2020, this new program called ICHRA is very simple – employees choose the carrier, the plan, the benefits, ...
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As we begin a new year, it seemed like a natural point to reflect back on the journey that has led me to serving as the President of TechServe Alliance during 2020. Over the past several decades, I have had the opportunity to view the staffing industry from a variety of roles and vantage points. Despite having spent considerable time within the industry, I realized that I still had a lot to learn and needed to invest in developing one of the best sources for insights and information: peer relationships. While TechServe seemed like a natural forum to develop those relationships, my involvement with the group began slowly, choosing to dip my toe in to test ...
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What better way to understand your clients then by getting “Inside the Mind of the CIO: A Candid Conversation”? At the recent national conference, TechServe Alliance brought together three CIO’s to discuss what the IT staffing landscape looks like from their perch. The three were, Yuri Aguiar, Director of Innovation and Transformation, The Ogilvy Group, John Higginson, CTO, Enova International and Christine Stone VP Program Management Office, Brookfield Partners. The panel was led by Anna Frazzetto, CDTO & President, Technology Solutions for Harvey Nash, Inc. Frazzetto led the discussion by sharing results of the Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey 2019, ...
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In true surf city fashion, TechServe Alliance opened their 2019 Conference & Tradeshow in Huntington Beach with world surfing champion Shaun Tomson, who shared his best advice on how those in the business world can catch the next best wave. For Tomson, the answer to finding that wave lies in the code. The code is simply a set of fundamental beliefs that motivate action, he explained. As the event’s keynote speaker, he translated the concept into a business context, referring to various lessons he had learned from his time as a professional athlete and entrepreneur. In his lifetime, Tomson has started and sold two multi-million dollar clothing brands ...
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TechServe Alliance Sales & Recruiting Management Program Director Founder/President Harvyst Consulting Partners Think about these facts: There is already a significant shortage of talent in the workplace (specifically in IT). Every day, 11,000 more "Baby Boomers" retire (4,000,000 per year). The unemployment rate is at 3.6% (lowest since 1978), Tech sector unemployment rate is 1.9%. The US birth rate continues to decline (3.78M born in 2018) and is at its lowest rate since 1986. Couple this with 4.0M Baby Boomers leaving the workplace and the shortfall grows exponentially. Nearly 50% of all hires fail within the first 18 months ("Dr. ...
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