The solution-focused temp

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The need for a temp can strike at any moment or may be part of a longer route to […]. Career Development Featured Job Hunting Sponsored posts admin administrators assistants Career EA Employment Executive Assistant Job hunting Office manager PA Personal Assistant Temp workSecuring a forward-thinking and solution-focused temporary assistant is often high on priorities when executives enter the market for a new assistant.

Temps Working More Hours Than Employees

Small Business Labs

  But as the chart below (from a NY Times Economix blog post ) shows, this shifted in 2009 and temps now work, on average, 30 minutes more per week than regular employees. Prior to the Great Recession temporary workers worked, on average, fewer hours per week than regular employees.       I think this shift is an example of broader changes taking place in the economy as more firms increase their use of temporary and contingent workers. 

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Super Temps to the Rescue

Small Business Labs

CNBC's The Rise of the SuperTemp in the C Suite is another version of the HBR article focused on the increasing use of executive temps.   The demand for executive temps is growing and companies are responding. independent workers could be considered Super Temps.   I think I like the term "portfolio executive" over "SuperTemp"   When I first started Emergent Research I spent most of my as an executive temp.

The Dark Side of the Temp Economy

Small Business Labs

ProPublica's The Expendables: How the Temps Who Power Corporate Giants are Getting Crushed covers the dark side of temporary work. Key quote on the life of low paid temps: Many get by on minimum wage, renting rooms in rundown houses, eating dinners of beans and potatoes, and surviving on food banks and taxpayer-funded health care. The article focuses on temps working in low skill industrial or supply chain jobs.

The Two Sides of the Temp Economy

Small Business Labs

The NY Times article The Rise of Permanent Temp Economy provides an interesting look at the history of temporary work in America.    The author argues the temp industry in America was created by exploiting gender stereotypes in the 1950s and 1960s.   The strategy worked and early temp leaders (like Kelly Girls) were able to establish  "a new sector of low-wage, unreliable work right under the noses of powerful labor unions."

1 in 4 Employees Regularly Work With Temps

Small Business Labs

 Half of all employees interact with temps at least occasionally. The GigaOm Research report The modern workforce part 3: a changing culture of work  (paid subscription required) covers the shift to what they call the "3D Workforce" They describe this as a decentralized, discontinuous and distributed workforce. By this they mean work is: increasingly distributed across geographically dispersed workers, different parts of companies, and different companies. 

The Staffing Industry Analysts Temp Worker Forecast

Small Business Labs

The Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) is a research and industry analyst firm that focuses on contingent work. Their clients are staffing industry firms and corporations that employ contingent and/or temporary workers. The recently released their 2022 employment projections and U.S. staffing industry forecast.  The full report is only available to their clients, but they publicly released their high level forecast numbers. The key SIA forecast is that U.S.

Why Temping Can Be a Great Career Move

45 Things

One option that could prove beneficial while you're trying to get your career back on the right road is temping. The American Staffing Association reports that staffing companies in this country hire 17 million temp and contract workers every year. Most of them (76%) work fulltime, while 49% of temps say it's a way to get a permanent job. Here are some other things to consider about temp jobs: You can learn new skills.

Best of both: Baseball & Knitting!

Loosely Speaking

First stop, Tempe Yarn & Fiber and then on to Tempe Diablo Stadium to watch the Angels and maybe get to say hi to a few of the players we’ve met over the past couple of years in the minors. Baseball Cleanup Knitter Family Life Knitting Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Angels minor leagues minor league baseball Prescott knitters Spring Training Tempe Yarn and FiberFinally, baseball begins tomorrow for the Angels, and I’ll be there rain or shine.

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11 Halos - Part 3 (reporting & fans)

Loosely Speaking

Home VA Training VA FAQ Podcast Featured Events for Bloggers & VAs 11 Halos – Part 3 (reporting & fans) Friday, June 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm // By: // Category: Baseball Today, he drove to Tempe, to the Angels Tempe Diablo Stadium to report.

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More Canadians Becoming Freelancers

Small Business Labs

Blog powered by TypePad Member since 01/2005 « The Rise of Super Angels | Main | MBO Partners: A Business Platform for Independent Consultants & Freelancers » June 10, 2010 More Canadians Becoming Freelancers Where the Jobs are Now from the Globe and Mail reports on Canadian government data showing that freelance, part-time and temp jobs are growing while full-time jobs continue to decline. 

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11 Halos - Part 2 (signing day)

Loosely Speaking

He heads to Tempe in the morning for physical and workout. Home VA Training VA FAQ Podcast Featured Events for Bloggers & VAs 11 Halos – Part 2 (signing day) Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 8:46 pm // By: // Category: Baseball Just back from meeting with Angels scout, John Gracio. Contract and rookie league explained. Then gets his uniform and a plane ticket to head up to Orem, Utah on Sunday.

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6. How does a Recruitment Agency choose an ATS or CRM?

Recruit CRM

Software for temping agencies (or Contract Staffing Agencies) is a different ballgame and will be covered in a later article. In this article, I will specifically cover software (ATS/CRM) for the ‘Permanent Recruitment ‘ business. Do you require an ATS/CRM? Many agencies at the startup stage prefer working on google […] Source. Blogs

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Top 5 Tips for Finding Great Employees (cheaply!)

The Small Business Blog

Temp agencies are useful – look at them as being a trial period for potential employees. E-Mail me or follow me. Build your own network! Community for small business outsourcing and cost control. Benefits of Online Software for Small Business. Concentrate on your business, not your office. What is Small Business Infrastructure? How to be successful by focusing on your core business.

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If There’s No Work, What to Do Next?

Job Advice Blog

During past weak economic times, companies might hire temps, and once the economy gained strength permanent hiring ensued. Today’s weak economy has changed the psychology of hiring. We have not yet seen that pattern, and there are no signs that it’s on its way. The situation has caused various and serious difficulties for most of [.]. Interview Skills by Alex Freund

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If There’s No Work, What to Do Next?

Job Advice Blog

During past weak economic times, companies might hire temps, and once the economy gained strength permanent hiring ensued. Today’s weak economy has changed the psychology of hiring. We have not yet seen that pattern, and there are no signs that it’s on its way. The situation has caused various and serious difficulties for most of [.]. Interview Skills by Alex Freund

Top Reasons A Staffing Agency Can Boost Your Career

Small Business CEO

A Temp Or Staffing Agency Can Simplify Your Job Search. If you are tired of endless online job searches that do not seem to match you with a great job in your chosen career, you may want to consider using a temp or staffing agency.… If you are looking for employment, it can be extremely time consuming and stressful to sift through the numerous online job search sites in order to find gainful employment.

Europe's Young, Contingent, "Floating Generation"

Small Business Labs

Instead, younger Europeans "float" from temp job to temp job. We spend a lot time studying jobs and workforce data. But even though I'm familiar with the labor situation in Europe, I was still stunned by the data in the New York Times article Young, Educated and Jobless in France.   The key quote is on France's current labor market: 82 percent of people hired today are on temporary contracts, said Michel Sapin, the labor minister.

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CNN's Positive Report on Freelancing

Small Business Labs

We consider this a small victory in our ongoing efforts to explain that many independent workers (freelancers, self-employed, temps, etc.) CNN did a very positive report on freelancing recently.  It's short (1:38) and embedded below:   I'm pointing this out because most coverage of freelancing in the mainstream media focuses on the negatives associated with being independent rather than the positives.

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Academic Freelancer Woes

Small Business Labs

 And since there is a glut of Ph.Ds in many fields, schools don't have to pay well to attract temp professors.  Many colleges and universities are in financial trouble , which means more temp faculty members. The PhD Now Comes with Food Stamps is an interesting article on the struggles of adjunct university faculty. Adjuncts are freelance faculty who are paid per course taught.

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More on Academic Freelancers

Small Business Labs

Adjunct faculty is what colleges and universities call temp or part-time professors.  Many  colleges and universities are in financial trouble , which means more temp faculty members. A Portrait of Part-Time Faculty Members is a report on the duties and pay of adjunct university faculty. According to the report, there are about 1.8 million faculty members working at two and four year degree granting institutions in the U.S.  Of those, more than 1.3

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Word of Mouth is How Freelancers Find Jobs

Small Business Labs

It's not surprising that independent workers (freelancers, temps, self-employed, etc.) rely on word of mouth/referrals for getting business. What is a bit surprising is just how important word of mouth is compared to other methods. Survey data from the MBO State of Independence study shows that 67% of independent worker respondents listed word of mouth as the most important source for getting assignments.

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A Day in the Life: Simone White, PA, BlackRock

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I started my life as a temp at the V&A in London, after graduating and realising that the world of fashion journalism & promotion was not for me. What does your career path look like? I took all my skills learned from my studies to organise people and offices instead. What are the main aspects of your current role? I support the Head of EMEA iShares Product alongside a small team and coordinate the assistants within the iShares department.

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Why Companies Are Increasing Their Use of Contingent Labor

Small Business Labs

Ardent Partners is an analyst firm focused on corporate procurement and as part of this brief they research and analyze the use of contingent labor (temps, contractors, consultants, etc.) by corporations. The article The Contingent Workforce Management Program of 2016 provides their view of how corporate contingent labor programs will evolve over the next couple of years.

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The Growing Independent Worker Ecosystem

Small Business Labs

The growth of the independent workforce (freelancers, temps, self-employed, etc.) has also led to a growing ecosystem of companies supporting independent workers and the firms that hire them. This ecosystem includes a wide range of firm types, including: Talent marketplaces : firms like Elance , Odesk and Freelancer.com that connect independent workers with those interested in hiring them.

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The GAO Finds Twice as Many Self-Employed as the BLS

Small Business Labs

The GAO includes the following in their definition: Agency temps: (1.3%). According to a recently released report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), 40% of the U.S. workforce is contingent, up from 30% in 2005.    The GAO's definition of contingent covers the broad category of workers who aren't full-time, permanent employees. On-call workers (people called to work when needed (3.5%). Contract company workers (3.0%).

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Many Americans Planning to Go Freelance

Small Business Labs

" Earlier in the survey the term independent worker is defined to include freelancing, temping, self-employment, etc.  As part of the MBO Partners State of Independence study a national, statistically significant survey of adult (ages 21+) Americans is conducted.  One of the questions asked is: "How likely is it that you will be an independent worker (without a permanent employment arrangement) or own your own business in the next 24 months?"

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Uber Enters the Staffing Business

Small Business Labs

  They point out in their blog post announcing the service that temp workers currently struggle with rigid scheduling and a lack of information on what jobs are available and how much they pay.   For businesses, Uber says they can provide a broader pool of potential temp workers and simplify the hiring and payment of these workers.

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Use of Contract Labor by Small Businesses Continues to Grow

Small Business Labs

billion on contract labor (freelancers, temps, etc.) The IRS released their 2016 tax data on sole proprietors.    The data covers business receipts, deductions, and net income reported by taxpayers on Schedule C of tax Form 1040. This includes the vast majority of small businesses, including small businesses that report on a pass-through basis (LLC's, etc.).     In 2016 about 25.5

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The Contingent Workforce and Public Decision Making

Small Business Labs

" The article goes on to suggest that governments at all levels need to respond to the rapidly growing number of contingent (freelancers, contractors, temps, etc.) The Contingent Workforce and Public Decision Making is an article in the Spring issue of Public Sector Digest.  It suggests rethinking a range of laws and policies including employment rules, zoning, K12 education and health care due to the shift to the contingent workforce.

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The Rise of Gen X Independents

Small Business Labs

 Which is one reason why we recently worked with MBO Partners on a study of Gen X Independent Workers (freelancers, temps, self-employed, etc.). Generation X (ages 33-48) encompasses roughly 50 million Americans born between 1965 and 1980. This generation is sandwiched between two much larger generations - the Baby Boomers and Gen Y. There are almost 80 million Baby Boomers (born 1946 to 1964) and bit more than 75 million Gen Yers (born 1980 to 2000).

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News on the Growing Contingent Workforce

Small Business Labs

Lot's of recent news about the continued growth of the contingent workforce, which is the term the corporate world uses for what we call the independent workforce - freelancers, contractors, independent consultants, temps, etc. Recent articles on this topic from the corporate point of view include: 1.  Aberdeen Research reports that  26% of the average company’s workforce is contingent.  This is up from the 24% they found in last year's study.

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Gen Y Independents Non-Profit Oriented

Small Business Labs

The article covers one of the more interesting statistics from MBO Partners State of Independence Study , which is 22% of Gen Y (born 1980 to 2000) independent workers (freelancers, temps, etc.) We posted the article  Gen Y Independents: Socially Oriented and Serving Non-Profits over at MBO Partners blog.

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Ode to the ‘Runner

Loosely Speaking

Though we knew its days were numbered, it still was when he took it to off to college in Tucson and later to work in Tempe and California. Andrew was 13. He and I returned home from his birthday weekend in Phoenix to find it in our driveway. A garnet 1994 SR5 5-speed Toyota 4-Runner. The first new car I’d ever owned, purchased that weekend by my husband-to-be as our new family car. I freaked out. It took me at least six months to relax and begin to enjoy it, and then the fun began.

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Caterpillar's Growing Flexible (Contingent) Workforce

Small Business Labs

Like many large corporations Caterpillar, the Illinois-based heavy equipment maker, is increasing the size of their contingent workforce (freelancers, contractors, consultants, temps, etc.).   What's interesting about Caterpillar is they've decided to include information on contingents in their quarterly earnings releases.  They call this group "flexible workers" and report each quarter how many they have and how many they hired.

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2nd Annual MBO Partners State of Independence Study

Small Business Labs

The focus of the study was to figure out how many independent workers (freelancers, temps, solopreneurs, independent consultants, etc.) MBO Partners has released the 2nd Annual State of Independence report.  Emergent Research partnered with MBO Partners and Rockbridge Partners on this study. there are in the U.S. and to profile independent workers to better understand their attitudes, reasons for being independent and their satisfaction levels.

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Spring Cleaning

Loosely Speaking

Tomorrow, down the hill to Tempe for an Angels’ Spring Training. I hope your trip to Tempe is awesome! Home VA Training VA FAQ Podcast Featured Events for Bloggers & VAs Spring Cleaning Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 1:07 pm // By: ktcosmos // Category: Cleanup Knitter , Life of the Virtual Assistant After referring to self as “Cleanup Knitter&# in my last post, it felt as though I should work a little harder to earn that title.

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Green Colleges in the US Lead the Way in Sustainability

Eco-Office Gals

First off, head into the heat of Tempe, Arizona, where Arizona State University has made some of the strongest sustainability commitments of any institution in the nation. Environmental issues have finally and permanently come out of the shadows, with everyone from politicians to scientists to pastors admitting that climate change is a real issue that must be addressed.

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Grim Job Market Continues for Young Americans

Small Business Labs

The grim job market is a key reason more young Americans are pursuing work as independents (temps, freelancers, etc.). Although the overall labor market continues to improve, there isn't a lot of good job news for young Americans.  The Economic Policy Institute's The Class of 2012 lays out how the job situation is for those 25 and younger. The key data is the current unemployment rate for workers under the age of 25 is 16.4%.

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Google's Shadow Workforce

Small Business Labs

Bloomberg's Inside Google's Shadow Workforce covers the use by Google of what they call TVCs, or “temps, vendors and contractors" According to the article about half of Google's workforce is comprised of TVCs.    The article caused quite a stir on social media with many people expressing surprise at the numbers, especially the fact that Google is using so many TVCs. 

The Rise of the Task Economy

Small Business Labs

 Examples include The Temp Economy, The Gig Economy, Freelance Nation, The Grassroots Economy, The Artisan Economy ( a term we use ), The Bottom Up Economy (we posted on this one yesterday , etc. I was at a party on Sunday and the host had hired a contractor from  TaskRabbit to man the barbecue. She did this so she could enjoy her party and mix with her guests instead of worrying about the food.

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Is Freelancing More Secure Than Traditional Employment?

Small Business Labs

One of the more interesting data points from the MBO Partners State of Independence surveys is how independent workers (freelancers, temps, self-employed, etc.) look at job security.   In our 2012 survey, 39% of the respondents said independent work is more secure than traditional employment.  This is up from 33% who said independent work is more secure in 2011.

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MBO's Independent Worker Study

Small Business Labs

  This study will examine the significant and growing independent worker (self-employed, freelancer, contractor, temps, etc.) MBO Partners has announced the kickoff of its first annual " State of Independence in America " study.  movement in the US. The goal of the study is to assess the size and the demographic profile of this growing segment of the workforce and detail the trends and challenges that will impact independent workers over the next five years.

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