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Welcome to our first installment of our series 'A Year in Review', where we take a look at 2021 from the lens of Scion Staffing and its leading national search divisions. Reflecting on our year can help our readers, followers, and especially our employees better understand what we've accomplished in the last 12 months as a staffing agency. It's also a way to help our readers and internal staff understand what we're looking forward to in the next year and beyond. Join us for the month of December and read along about our year in review. This week we'll be focusing on our impact in the staffing world for the year of 2021. Scion Staffing is an award-winning staffing agency...

Customer service jobs can be some of the most challenging positions to fill for business owners. Customer service industry careers also some of the most critical jobs when it pertains to being able to compete effectively in a given market when providing a service or product. A good customer service experience can be a large deciding factor of whether or not a consumer returns to them or suggests their services to other potential customers. Finding quality customer service employees in today's present market is turning out to be a big challenge for companies, including some of our own clients. We hear a lot of stories from business owners and hiring managers that have issues finding qualified candidates. This blog...

During this time of year, individuals and organizations alike spend millions of dollars on gifts for themselves or other people. The combination of holiday shopping and Black Friday has created and driven people to spend their money in numerous ways. In the year 2021, sales on goods during the months of November and December alone are expected to exceed $843 billion. For many people, this yearly spending spree is basically tradition. However, what if there was a different way to celebrate that tradition that can be beneficial and make an impact in our communities? Giving Tuesday, or the #GivingTuesday movement, has gained momentum thanks to social media and has proven to be one of the most impactful donation days of...

All too often we hear from business owners and hiring managers that they have trouble finding candidates- and then when they do, those candidates often fall short of the experience or qualities needed to perform the position. Employers are starting to utilize temporary staffing to fill temporary positions and for recruiting for those jobs. Temporary jobs can help to possibly lead candidates to find permanent employment opportunities in their chosen field and further help the companies they already assist. Many of these employers use these temporary employees for a number of reasons, but the biggest draws being that these employees are generally very flexible and the employer doesn't have to handle things like payroll for the employee, as it gets...

Almost every entity has some kind of indirect employee. These employees can be temporary in nature to serve a project or contract or may have a longer term commitment to a business. In general, companies use Employer of Record payroll services to overcome the regulatory and cost hurdles when employing workers in a remote location, to have flexibility on committing to staff, or to find a way to cover benefit costs and/or other employer burdens. Scion, as the employer of record, assumes responsibilities and liabilities for employment issues such as administration, payrolling, taxes, benefits, and maintaining employee records. Payrolled employees always still work on behalf of your entity but are no longer legally on your books.  Payrolling offers flexibility in...

All too often we hear from business owners and hiring managers that they have trouble finding candidates- and then when they do, those candidates often fall short of the experience or qualities needed to perform the position. But how can the labor market be tight with unemployment at 6.3% of the labor force? In this market; influenced by 2020’s pandemic that created an unprecedented shift in employment, we are seeing a tighter than ever labor market that trends in favor towards candidates.  Understanding all of this, many of our clients are leaning on us to help find qualified and team-oriented players for their team. Read on to learn the benefits of using a staffing agency and recruitment firm (such as Scion) for your next hire and...

Whether you’re a seasoned hiring manager or newer recruiter, having an arsenal of exceptional questions to ask a candidate when in an interview can help you decipher between a good candidate and a great candidate. Our specialized recruitment team interviews candidates on a daily basis, therefor we know a thing or two about asking the right questions. Below, we hope this guide helps you ask interview questions that not only help you get to know the candidate but also know whether that candidate is the right fit for your team and culture.      General guidelines:    Ask open-ended questions. Rather than asking questions that will get you a “yes” or “no” answer during the interview, be thoughtful about asking questions that will give a...

Whether you’ve recently joined a new team, started a new position or just want to be the best team player in your office- we know that it takes tips, time and practice to excel at being a team player. Regardless of what type of team you work in: remote, in the same office, with a dozen other people or with one other person, it will not only benefit your but your teammates as well when you make yourself a top team player. That’s why we’ve provided the following suggestions to take your team player game to A+ level.     Celebrate Other’s Success  Show your peers that you value them and their work by celebrating it! There are various ways to show others that you celebrate and champion their good work. Did that particular...

As you search for your next opportunity you have thousands of options at your fingertips. As remote jobs continue to stay mainstream (see our blog about 2021 staffing trends) you no longer have to consider a specific location when searching. But, have you thought about including temporary, or contract positions within you search? They provide ample benefits to you as an employee as well as for your career and resume. Read on for our five benefits of temporary jobs!     Build Your Professional Network  Anywhere you work, regardless of the duration can and will build your professional network. If you are breaking into your career or want to grow your network, considering—and taking a temporary job will give you the opportunity to work with various people and departments, particularly...

We’re already halfway through 2021. Can you believe it? As experts in staffing and recruitment, we are always keeping our finger on the pulse of the staffing industry and pivoting as the industries changes. We’re sharing the trends we’ve seen so far this year and what we predict to continue to be involved in the trends as this year wraps.  Covid continues to affect the job market. In some areas there is still a shortage of willing and available talent to fill roles and more employees are specific about their work location and needs for work.    Remote work is staying. Much of the workforce pivoted to work remotely last year- and they still are. Remote work is here to stay for many employees. Offices...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Whether you’ve been working for decades or just a few months, you’ve heard the buzzword productivity in your work life. We believe in equipping you with the tools and resources to stay empowered and productive. Read on for our tried-and-true tips to increase your productivity in the workspace. Delegate One of the easiest ways to increase your productivity if you work in a team is to delegate the work out. Not only does delegation help you stay focused, it also gives you the opportunity to let team members work on parts of projects that they excel at and can grow in. Efficient delegation is key to continual productivity within your work. Have the right tools Software...

Class of 2021. Congratulations! You’ve endured extreme circumstances and prevailed. As you enter the next season and seek out your dream job, we know that it includes a myriad of emotions. We’re here to lend some advice and encouragement as you step into this journey- and as always, we would be thrilled to assist you with your job search, apply today!     It’s never to early to network.   Networking is key to a successful job search. Sometimes it less about what you know and more about who you know. For more networking tips- read our blog!   Stay organized.  With informational interviews, coffee dates and multiple zoom meetings, you want to make sure you are staying organized. We’ve got 5 tips to stay organized- whether you’re at work or...

Building a culture of clear and effective communication into your team can greatly improve your productivity and processes. Whether your team is working remotely, in office or a hybrid of both, ensuring channels of communication are clear and concise build rapport and a great foundation for you and your team.     State Expectations One of the greatest grievances for people is unspoken or unclear expectations. This is especially true in the workplace. Do you have a set of expectations for all of your team? Are these expectations clearly communicated, both verbally and written? If the answer to either of these questions is no, then maybe it’s time to go over expectations that you have of your team- and that they may have of each other and...

Most people will agree, staying organized helps your productivity immensely. Whether you need your physical work space to be organized or just your digital life to keep you check, we've put together a short and succinct list to keep your organized in your work life so you that you can continue to do what you do best!   Utilize your calendar.   Whether you prefer pen and paper, or creating a calendar on your desktop, this is one of the best ways to help yourself stay organized. Utilizing an online calendar- particularly one that is connected to your team and email can help you to block out time for meetings and projects. Another bonus is that you can share your online calendar with your coworkers to ensure...

Earth Day is April 22nd. We hope you take some time today, wherever you are, to enjoy and appreciate our earth! This day serves as a reminder to care for our world. There are many steps we can take to tend to our earth and keep it as healthy as possible. As so many of us are continuing to work from home, we’ve put together a list of ways we can practice sustainability throughout our work days.     Reduce gas emissions. If you are working from home, you’re likely not in a car commuting every day. Congratulations! You’ve help eliminate some of your carbon footprint. But, much of our carbon footprint can still be found with our routines and practices as we work from home.   Make your...

In the Tech and IT world, you can throw a stone and you’ll likely hit one to two startups. Some of the greatest Fortune 500 companies began as humble startups. If you are researching whether to add a startup to your list of companies to work for, we’re providing some pros and cons to consider below. You’ll likely have more responsibility. Depending on your personality and drive, this fact can either feel like a pro or con. Being a part of a startup means that you’ll juggle more balls than if you worked for a corporation. There may not be a set operations or HR department- you may have to answer phones or do things that don’t fall into your job...

You want to shine when searching for your dream job. To do that, you’ll need to be strategic in how and when you market yourself. We understand that sticking out as a top candidate in a sea of talent can feel daunting but with these tips below, we hope you feel prepared to connect with and land your dream job!   Understand Your Target Audience Regardless of the type of job or industry you are seeking, you’ll need to do a bit of market research to key into and understand the key decision makers in that field, and how you’ll need to approach them. Google is always a safe bet to start with: looking up people in your network or at a...

When you decide that it’s time to add a new employee to your team, one of the first things you’ll need to do is create a job description. You don’t want to write just any job description but rather a highly effective job description, which will in turn give you more time to connect with you ideal candidates, rather than sifting through hundreds of candidates. Your description is incredibly important to define and describe the ideal candidate for your open opportunity. To ensure you are equipped to write the best, we’ve put together a list of six important details to include in your written description to find top talent.  Start with the job title. Although it may see fun...

As you continue to challenge yourself and grow in your career, you may wonder if pursuing a Master’s Degree or professional certification will help you reach your career goals. But which one is the right choice? We’re defining and discussing how a Master’s Degree and Certification can help you attain your goals.     Defined Terms  A master’s degree is in-depth program that provide a mastering of a field of study through two to three years’ worth of graduate-level course work. This may be a good course of action if you are hoping to gain an overarching and more in depth understanding of your field. Depending on your industry or field of study, a master’s degree can be more beneficial to growing your career...

Keywords: you’ve likely heard of using keywords in SEO (search engine optimization) to boost a site’s ranking and visibility. But, have you heard of using keywords in your resume to enhance your job search? Having an online presence is becoming more important to connect with potential hiring managers and businesses and establishing yourself in SEO rankings can be extremely helpful as you network and search for your next opportunity. We’re here to share why and how to use keywords to enhance your job search. Keywords you want to include: Your name. Think about it, you include your name in your resume, online portfolio, LinkedIn profile and more. Your name is an easy to search keyword, so ensure that it is searchable...