Recruiters and Candidates Can Be Friends: Part 2

Recruiters: this may be common knowledge, but the position title is not the only important aspect of a potential job for a candidate. Think about your own job; what’s most important to you? What do you like or not like? Do you love your commute or hate your commute? Are your coworkers important to you or do you not really mingle with people at work? Do you like working in a team environment or are you better solo? Would you accept less money for a position close to your house or are flexible work hours most important to you? Considering how you have your own preferences, it’s easy to understand that there are factors more important than job security.

Even passive candidates have grievances with their jobs, but as a recruiter it is your job to be intuitive about what exactly these candidates want. It’s easy to get involved in […]

Recruiters and Candidates Can Be Friends: Part 1

Recruiters and candidates don’t always understand each other. There, I said it. Let’s just accept the fact, and then move on in our journey towards understanding. Don’t worry, this isn’t a scary journey. You’re excited to be here. Let’s go!

Here’s the thing about people that we should all consider: we all get super wrapped up in our own worlds and we forget about the fact that other peoples’ lives and perspectives are totally different. We also probably forget that everyone else is super wrapped up in their own world and so, sometimes, these other people who live in the world that we live in simply just don’t understand us. Just let that sink in for a minute.

Now that we have that settled, let’s move on to how that applies to JOBS. There are all kinds of recruiters; corporate recruiters, tech recruiters, medical recruiters, etc. For just about […]

Counter Offers: To Accept, or Not to Accept – Burning Bridges

The last, and perhaps most practical reason that you should never accept a counter offer is this: You will burn bridges with both your current company and your potential company. Your dependability in the eyes of your current employer will significantly decrease as a result of this interaction. They may keep you around, sure, but chances are they will be looking for your replacement all the while. Even if they aren’t looking for your replacement, they probably think you’re looking for your way out and will leave at any time for more money (which you probably will, let’s be honest). You’re leaving a bad taste in everyone’s mouth, and that’s just not fair. When you finally do leave, (because of your commute or your coworkers or what have you), then you’ve burned some bridges. It’s just not a great way to go out.

Also, you may not realize, but you […]

Counter Offers: To Accept or Not to Accept… Part 2

Did you tune in last week when we told you why it’s a bad call to accept a counter offer? Well we’re back, coming at you with a slew of other reasons why it’s still a bad idea.

So let’s say that you were contacted by a company that needs someone with your skills, but you’re pretty sure that you’re semi-happy where you’re already working and you’re not totally convinced that you want to make a move just yet. Here’s the catch: the new company offered you a huge pay bump. So now you’re thinking that maybe you’re invaluable to your company, but it sure would be nice to put all of that extra money you’d be making at that new company in a college fund for your kids. The solution? Approach your managers with the assumption that they will make a counter offer so that you can both make […]

Counter Offers: To Accept, or Not To Accept…

Maybe you haven’t been quite as happy in your job lately as you usually are. Your commute is less than ideal, your coworkers are getting on your nerves, you’re pretty sure that the pay is probably better elsewhere… However, you’re comfortable at the company, used to your job, it really could be worse. You’ve applied for jobs sporadically and then one day you’re contacted by a recruiter and the rest is history. So you go through the hiring process with this company that is interested in your exact skill set and before you know it, an offer letter shows up in your in-box. Now this is where the tricky bit comes in. How do you navigate your transition? You go tell your manager that you have an offer, maybe expecting to have a conversation about your two weeks, or perhaps feeling out the potential of a counter. At this […]

ASK Gives to Bert’s Big Adventure

At ASK Staffing, we’re fortunate and we know it.  Our work gives us the opportunity to work with great clients and top talent, and our success allows us to contribute to the communities where we live and work through our ASK Gives Back program. ASK has long been a supporter of Bert’s Big Adventure, a nonprofit organization that takes children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families on an all-expense paid adventure to Walt Disney World® every year.  Of all the charities ASK supports, those involving children are nearest and dearest to our hearts, and this year we really kicked it up a notch for the kids of Bert’s Big Adventure.

When asked about this year’s donation, Pallavi Shah explained, “We’ve always had a soft spot for kids and wanted to make a big splash for Bert’s Big Adventure this year, so we decided that when we moved to […]

ASK wins Inavero’s Best of Staffing® for 2015

ASK Staffing is an eclectic group of very personable and committed professionals highly dedicated to solving the staffing needs of its clients. The staff at ASK is passionate about technology, intentionally staying informed of the current trends in order to successfully recruit talented and knowledgeable candidates. Because ASK puts in so much effort to both stay informed about technology and maintain a broad network of tech professionals, we are very excited about being awarded as one of Ivanero’s Best of Staffing®.

This award simply reinforces that our values and priorities are on track and that everything we are hoping to achieve as a team is truly coming to fruition. As this is ASK’s 4th consecutive Best of Staffing award, we are happy to see that year after year we have been able to maintain a standard of excellence and efficient support to our clients. We are quite pleased that we […]

Hiring Managers: 4 Secrets They Just Won’t Tell You

Here’s how it goes. Your resume is up to date, you’ve made it through the initial screening processes, and you have an interview with a hiring manager. So now what?  It’s common knowledge that “cool, calm, and collected” is the best way to approach an interview, but sometimes that’s just easier said than done. The interview doesn’t quite go as planned, someone “throws off your groove” and then you’re left scrambling to put everything back into place, gather your thoughts, and move on. The thing is, there are a few common sense secrets about hiring managers that they just won’t share with you. With a little bit of insight into the world of hiring managers you can approach your next interview with the confidence you need to land the gig.

1)      They’re Distracted and Overwhelmed:

That’s why they’re hiring. They’re shorthanded, they have way too much on their plate, and […]