Topic: Tips

X, Y, & Z Generations: Similar or Different Work Expectations?

Over the decades, employers have had to discern and understand the generations as they entered the workforce. What makes them tick? What do they seek in an employer? 

Preparing for the Future of Healthcare

The healthcare industry constantly evolves as it faces new challenges every decade. From new diseases to unforeseen surges in care, the industry must remain vigilant to care for the population successfully. But the future of the healthcare industry is at risk. 

Volt Wins Spot on the Forbes America’s Best Recruiting and Temporary Staffing Firms List for Fourth Consecutive Year

ATLANTA— May 3, 2023—Volt Information Sciences—a provider of commercial and professional staffing solutions—has been recognized by Forbes on its 2023 list of America’s Best Recruiting and Temporary Staffing Firms. 

5 Benefits of a Recruiter Partnership

When people consider working with a recruiter, they are typically in a reactive state of mind. That is, they are seeking employment. But recruiter relationships go beyond the necessity of a job search. An experienced recruiter can help you find a new job, this is true, but the best recruiters will ensure their candidates/consultants have ongoing support and knowledge throughout their relationship. 

Streamlining your CV for 2023

Curriculum Vitae, better known as a CV, has existed for hundreds of years. In fact, Leonardo DaVinci is credited as the first person to list out his experience in order to land a job. 

The effects of a good hire

Hiring is challenging. From identifying a role to creating a job description, the interview process, and decision-making, hiring requires many resources, effort, and time. This is why hiring the right talent is imperative due to each hire's impact on an organization.

The future of AI in media

In our formidable years, we all likely imagined flying cars and robots everywhere in the future. Perhaps the future is not exactly how we pictured it, but our visions are coming to life (sans flying cars, for now). Artificial intelligence (AI) has been making leaps in bounds in its progress to become a part of our everyday lives.

Top tech trends for 2023

Every year brings a new wave of trends, discoveries, and innovation, and 2023 will be no exception. In 2022, we saw a cryptocurrency exchange collapse, advances in AI, and significant layoffs in the tech industry.

Tips to Advance Your Life Sciences and Healthcare Career

The healthcare and life sciences fields are vast and full of opportunities. Positions ranging from administration, management, sales, logistics, fieldwork, and beyond help make up these industries.

5 Hot IT Jobs in Europe

IT jobs in Europe are on the increase with the number of talent recruitment vacancies growing year on year. In 2021 there were around nine million IT specialists working across Europe, accounting for almost 5% of the total workforce*.

How to demonstrate your skills in a job interview

Job interviews can often feel like a passive experience, where you’re simply responding to the questions you’re being asked. However, this is a great opportunity to be proactive about demonstrating your skills, proving that you’re the best person for the role and most likely to be a good fit for the business. 

Reflecting questions every leader should be asking as we enter 2023

Leaders have faced many challenges during the pandemic - and have often had to admit not knowing the answers to what comes next as COVID has evolved. The pressure to always have an answer is just part of leadership but these years have been particularly intense given the huge shifts in working models and attitudes, and the level of global disruption.

How employees can push for better Diversity & Inclusion in the workplace

Diversity & Inclusion benefits an entire business. It not only impacts how employees experience their day-to-day environment but performance too - ethnically diverse companies perform 33% better than the norm. 

How Media and Technology can drive diversity

Communications, media and technology have a big role to play in helping to improve diversity in the workplace. Most organizations today recognize the huge positive impact that greater diversity can have business-wide, whether that relates to a more innovative and cohesive culture or the strength of the employer brand.

Advancing AI in telecommunications

The telecommunications industry faces many challenges today. From a saturated marketplace to increasing costs and the struggle to deal with huge volumes of data that are generated from large customer bases, there is a lot for any business in this industry to process right now. 

Why a career map is important for your mental health

Did you know that the average person changes jobs 12.4 times between the ages of 18 and 54? That’s a lot of change in one lifetime and it can sometimes be really disruptive.

The future of AI in financial services

AI and financial services go hand in hand today and this advanced tech is very widely used. From analyzing information to data collection and streamlining processes, there are so many ways in which AI has helped to drive the financial services sector forward - and will continue to do so. 

How organizations are increasing revenues through digital technology

Digital technology is available to every business today and all can use it to help increase revenue and improve efficiency. 

Why businesses need to improve their sustainability credentials to boost talent recruitment

Sustainability is a topic that has gained a lot of airtime in recent years. With operational efficiency, keeping up with competitors and changing regulations such as the government’s 2050 net-zero ambition being the biggest factors behind sustainable investment plans. 

How digital transformation in talent recruitment impacts the bottom line

For most organizations, digital transformation has been accelerating in recent years. The pandemic provided a reason for increased investment and, as the shift to hybrid working has been made permanent across industries, there is more of a need than ever before for organizations to be digitally agile. 

How to break bias in the hybrid work environment

Unconscious bias can have a very negative impact on the opportunities that some people experience (or don’t experience) in an office environment - as well as organizational performance. 

8 ways to foster a more inclusive workplace

Inclusivity means belonging, feeling part of something and that you have the ability to contribute and be heard. We all function better in a workplace that is inclusive - and these tend to be the spaces where productivity is higher and there is more potential for creativity, collaboration and innovation. 

Do's and Don'ts on the first day in a new job

There’s no doubt that first impressions make a big difference (You have only 7 seconds to make a good impression*) and there’s no greater opportunity to do that than your first day in a new job.

How healthcare leaders can influence workforce growth

There’s no question that the pandemic placed acute pressure on the healthcare industry. However, many of the issues that we see today were already embedded before the arrival of COVID-19. 

8 ways Technology has helped the Talent Industry

The telecoms industry has undergone significant change in recent times. A drop in demand for voice and text messaging has created the need for many to pursue digital transformation, adopting cloud-hosted solutions and investing in sophisticated tech.

Answering salary expectations

When it comes to the question of salary expectations this is often something that candidates find very difficult to address. Many of us feel uncomfortable talking about money but it’s a vital part of ensuring that you get what you want with respect to the financial negotiations around a new role. 

Accelerating growth in Life Sciences through tech solutions

Technology offers dramatic opportunities for acceleration in the life sciences and healthcare sector today. Tasks that may have seemed impossible in years gone by are suddenly within the realms of the probable thanks to the advance of artificial intelligence and ancillary tech. 

Enhancing your brand equity with Direct sourcing

Given the challenges that exist in recruitment today there are a lot of advantages to having a strong employer brand that you can leverage in the talent market, with 72% of talent will consider employer branding before applying according to a LinkedIn 2021 Employer Brand Statistics study.

How to build a successful team

An effective team can make a big difference to outcomes, whether that’s in a work environment or any other. If you’re in a role where it’s up to you to build a successful team then there are a number of steps you can take to ensure that you’re providing the right kind of leadership and giving your team plenty of opportunities to collaborate, support and guide each other to success. 

Overcoming Employee Turnover: A guide in total talent management

Overcoming Employee Turnover: A guide in total talent management. It has become more important than ever for employers to be able to exert some control over staff turnover. 

How managing contingent workforces through an (MSP) can help cost savings in your organization

The work involved in creating and managing a contingent workforce for your business can feel like a heavy burden. Yes, there are significant advantages to being able to access this kind of flexible, cost effective, on-demand talent - but the management element can be a challenge. 

How to build an innovative culture

Innovation drives businesses’ forward and creates new opportunities to find fresh solutions to old issues. It’s the energetic force behind positive change and can help keep a workforce stimulated and excited about daily tasks and direction. 

Overcoming recruitment challenges

Finding the right people can be transformative for any business - however, it’s also one of the biggest challenges that most face. Recruiting today is a vital part of building resilient teams that will carry your organization through the ups and downs in the coming months and be the source of potential innovation and growth. 

Tips on relocating for a job

Relocating for a job can feel like a stressful time. Whether you’re considering moving to a new company altogether or relocating with your current employer, there is a lot to think about. 

Tips for writing a job advert

The job ad is often the part of the recruitment process that gets rushed. However, it’s actually crucial to the end results because it will act as a beacon to attract candidates who will be a great cultural fit, as well as right for the role. 

Is Direct Sourcing your next talent strategy?

One of the key challenges that any business faces today is a shortage of jobseekers. This has created a situation where it’s simply no longer enough to sit back and wait for people to come to you. Enter, direct sourcing - a proactive talent strategy that is designed to help organizations overcome the challenges that are presented by a lack of jobseekers and to upgrade the recruitment process. 

How to build a sustainable workplace

A more sustainable, low-carbon way of living is becoming a key goal on a global level today. From government commitments on net-zero targets to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, there are initiatives in place on a global level to make our lives less impactful on the planet. 

Finding the right employer for you

With the labor market much more active than it’s been for years there are many more opportunities for anyone looking to make a change. Whether you’re looking for a career that’s more fulfilling, you’re chasing a specific dream or you’re just ready for something new, now is a great time to consider looking elsewhere. 

Benefits of partnering with a staffing MSP

There are many benefits for any business today in having access to a contingent workforce. The past couple of years have shown us how much more flexibility we’re capable of, as well as the commercial advantages of having access to a more agile and responsive workforce. 

How to improve workplace culture to drive results

Culture is at the heart of any business and influences everything, from productivity and innovation to internal relationships. 

Challenging gender equality in the workplace

Gender equality in the workplace came under a lot of pressure during the pandemic. Women were disproportionately impacted during COVID-19, often bearing the bulk of childcare and caring responsibilities and missing out on opportunities as a result. 

How to build your career plan

A career plan provides a clear structure for how you’re going to meet your career goals going forward, as well as perspective on the skills, interests and experience that you can use to make progress happen. 

CV Writing tips

Your CV is a vital document for the process of job applications, whether you are applying for your first position or looking to move on to something new. It includes your education, past work experience and personal achievements and should represent you in your entirety in the best possible way. 

How to attract talent that will impact your bottom line

Attracting the right talent to your organization is crucial, not just to fill skills gaps, but also when it comes to the bottom line. If you want to ensure that your business has a continuous pipeline of great people to choose from, then candidate experience needs to be a priority at every level of the recruitment process.

Tips for building self confidence

A confident team is productive, collaborative and innovative. However, we all come to the table with different levels of confidence and there are many factors that can affect how people present themselves.

How to find meaning in your work

Aside from the financial rewards and benefits that you receive from your role, having a sense of belonging and meaning is also an incredibly important aspect when it comes to workplace satisfaction.

Strategic hybrid working for leadership

A new era of hybrid working was ushered in by the pandemic and this has caused a seismic shift when it comes to perceptions about leadership. There are many challenges to continuing to inspire, motivate and monitor employees who are working under a hybrid structure - but there are opportunities too. 

Tips for increasing focus, productivity and happiness

Focus, productivity and happiness has something of a symbiotic relationship, feeding one another so each one can grow. 

Leadership managing mental health

The management approach utilized by a business can set the tone when it comes to the mental health of their employees. With more than half of employees in one survey stating that they had suffered from mental health problems (and that was before the effects of the pandemic), this is an increasingly important factor for businesses to be aware of and consider. 

Four Ways to Build an Employee Advocacy Program from the Ground Up

If you’re looking for ways to strengthen your employer brand, then implementing an employee advocacy program can be a good place to start. This initiative is aimed at giving a voice to employees, enabling them to become more engaged with the goings on within their business and share their experiences with what they contribute. 

How to address skills shortages within your organization

Identifying and addressing skills shortages is vital for businesses looking to develop their staff and grow their services. According to the 2020 World Economic Forum, more than one billion workers worldwide will have to be reskilled by 2030.

Five Ways an MSP Solution Reduces Corporate Recruitment Costs and Improves Access to Talent

Over the past year, organizations have had to become more adaptive and open to change, especially when it comes to talent management. With this new outlook has come a whole new swathe of opportunities for businesses to be more agile and competitive, improve cost efficiency and better manage risk.

How to retain top talent in your business

The loss of your best talent can be a blow for any business, particularly if you’ve invested time and resources developing their skills internally for their role. 

Why data-informed decision-making is vital to workforce planning

Having access to industry relevant data helps to streamline many processes, especially when it comes to something as critical as workforce planning. The use of data can generate insights into the market where you’re operating, including current threats, trends, changes and the potential for progress and growth.

Know your career goals

It is now the ideal time to review your career goals. How do you feel about where you are right now in your career - and where do you want to go next? 

A better mental health future

Stress and burnout were already common in many workplaces. However, since the start of the pandemic there have been many more mental health challenges and increasingly employees are feeling the pressure with the number of those reporting depression and anxiety increasing dramatically.

Top 5 ways to boost your mindset for success

What does a successful mindset look like? We all have a different take on what success is and what it takes to achieve it. However, there are five common components that most successful people have adopted that not only make them more resilient in the face of failure and challenge but more likely to succeed too. 

How to prepare for a successful job interview

Success in a job interview has as much to do with the way you prepare yourself as it does your confidence in the interview. Focus your energy on the things you can control - your next application and the interview. Below are the factors you have control over that can have a significant impact on job success.

4 ways to kickstart your employer branding initiatives

As the economy begins to recover, there has been a significant shift in the way that organizations view hiring.

Tips for compliantly and effectively managing your contingent workforce

Tips for compliantly and effectively managing your contingent workforce Even before the business community started dealing with COVID-19, the contingent workforce was on the rise. 

Volt Workforce trends to consider in 2022

Workforce trends to consider in 2022 Workforce management is a vital part of ensuring that your business has the capabilities to start the new year at full strength.

A useful guide to onboarding employees remotely

 Remote onboarding became an essential process in 2020 and 2021, not just to cope with the impact of lockdowns throughout the world, but also to allow organizations to take advantage of the opportunities of working with employees not bound by location.

Resume tips to help you land your dream job

Only around 25% of resumes ever make it through the algorithm to an HR professional. Therefore it is important to stand out. You may be a good fit for the potential jobs to which you are applying, but you may not be successful with your resume. 

Evolving your workforce for success

Workforces today have a far more complex structure than employers have ever had to face with before. Four generations are now working together and this can mean age gaps of up to 50 years and a whole wide range of different attitudes, and difficulty or ease when it comes to technology and innovation. 

Tips for Remote Workers

The events surrounding COVID-19 are causing many offices to close and many workers to work remotely.  It’s possible this new set up will be with us for an extended period, as is appropriate based on public health official recommendations or requirements.  

Tips for Managing Remote Teams

Our current working environment is unprecedented. Many leaders are finding themselves suddenly managing an entirely remote team. This arrangement might sound intimidating if you have never experienced it before. However, large segments of the modern workforce have been successfully working remote for years. Here are some tips to help ensure you and your team successfully navigate the challenges

Making the Most of a Staffing Company

In today’s job market, you need to take every opportunity to connect with employers. One of the best ways to do this is by working with a staffing company/agency.

3 Reasons Why You Need to Ask Questions in Your Next Job Interview

Some people think the way to stand out in a job interview is to get all the answers right. To do this, they plan a response for every common interview question, make mental lists of key points to mention, and prepare to discuss the smallest details of their past jobs. This is a solid approach for any interview, but don’t forget to plan for when the hiring manager asks, “Do you have any questions for me?”

When Funny Isn’t Funny

Everyone enjoys a good laugh, right? So when you’re going for a job interview, you might be tempted to impress the hiring manager with a clever line that displays your great sense of humor.  The problem is, everyone’s sense of humor is different. 

What Kind of Jobs Can I Get Through a Staffing Company?

There’s an ongoing misconception that staffing companies only offer short-term jobs, not a long-term career advantage. We asked Volt’s Lauren Jones, Director of Talent Acquisition, to provide some insights on what a staffing company can really do.

Should You Put Side Projects on Your Resume

As I sorted through the applicants for a direct-hire Web Developer opening, Justin's resume looked  like all of the others I received. They were all qualified, they all had solid work history, and they all interviewed well. So why did Justin get the job? ...

World's Simplest Job Interview Advice

I was an English major working at an automotive shop -- it was a job, not a calling, but it paid the bills. One day a customer dropped off her car and gave me her business card that read "Advertising and Public Relations."  I told her that I had always wanted to write advertising, but didn't know where to start. She said, "If you want to give it a try, start at my office." ...

Do Staffing Firms Really Have Jobs You Can't Find Elsewhere?

As a recruiter in the staffing industry, I often meet candidates who wonder how we can claim to offer jobs that aren't available anywhere else. Here are a few examples of why a position is available through a staffing firm but not a job board or a company's Careers page ...

What's the Best (and Worst) Thing You Could Say in a Job Interview?

Simply saying "I don't know" in an interview is a conversation killer. This phrase is a dead end that not only amounts to admitting defeat, it shows no initiative ...

Staying Mentally Engaged at Your Job

No matter what you do, some workdays are more stimulating than others – and a new Mayo Clinic study suggests that greater mental activity in your working years could have a positive impact on your brain’s health later in life. So what can you do to stay engaged? 

What Are Hiring Managers Thinking? [Infographic]

Have you ever wanted to get into the mind of a hiring manager? We asked 1,300 hiring managers five questions about finding and keeping new employees. Here's what they told us.

Managing the Gaps on Your Resume

Among the common questions I hear as a recruiter is, "Why do companies always want to know why a person has job gaps in their work history?"  Knowing the answer is essential to creating a resume that gets you through to an interview ...

You did everything right -- so what went wrong?

If you read jobseeker blogs and online comments, you're aware of the frequent disconnect between job seekers and hiring managers. It's surprisingly common to hear people talk about how perfect they are for a particular job, but they aren't given a chance to show it ...

INFOGRAPHIC: Should I Eat This at My Desk?

Should I eat this at my desk? This infographic will tell you the answer...

What's Your Greatest Weakness?

Watch this quick video to see how to answer the dreaded interview question "What's your greatest weakness?" ...

Interview Tip: Tell Me About Yourself

Here's a quick video that explains how to answer the common interview question "Tell me about yourself" ...

Prove It

I was at a crowded party once, stuck talking with a guy who was quite full of himself. He was bragging about how well he played guitar, and bass, and piano, and added, "and I'm getting pretty good at the harp," putting his hands near his mouth to show that he meant harmonica, not the stringed instrument. After he made the hand gesture, my friend Jeff, a musician himself, silently reached into the front pocket of his jean jacket for a small harmonica, offered it to the big talker and said coldly, "Prove it."

So Your Friend Asks You to Be a Reference

With so many people looking for work right now, it's increasingly common to get recommendation requests from former coworkers and friends. Some of these requests may put you in an awkward position ...

How to passively look for a job using LinkedIn

What does it mean to passively look for a job? While the word passive suggests you're not actively doing anything, a passive job hunter is someone who isn't necessarily looking for a new job, but would take a better opportunity if one came their way. Here are some tips on how to use LinkedIn to help make sure you don't miss out when other opportunities come up ... 

Don't Underestimate Your Expertise

I am a swimmer. I spend hours at the pool each week swimming laps like a polar bear in a zoo, back and forth and back and forth. I don’t think much about my stroke or even my breathing anymore, much less whether I can stay afloat. It’s easy when we get good at something—whether it's a hobby or a job—to stop thinking about it and just do it ...

Burned Out at Work? 5 Tips to Re-Engage

Not everyone has their dream job. (Now there's an understatement.) Whether it's a shortage of opportunities, a lack of experience, or simply the need to pay the bills, sometimes we have to put in mundane hours at a job we don't love. But that doesn't mean you have to be miserable ...

Q and A: Security Clearances, Simplified

To provide a brief overview of the security clearances, we asked Alesa Trager, Facility Security Officer for Volt Workforce Solutions, to answer a few questions that job applicants often ask ...  

How to Explain Gaps in Your Resume

What should you say if your interviewer asks you about gaps in your work history?

Why Spell Check Isn't Enough

Don't rely on spell-check to proofread your resume. Spell-check looks for words that aren't words, but it won't help when you choose the wrong word ...

Talk Like a Human

SEO is important – your resume and social media profiles need to have enough industry-specific content to appear in employer and recruiter search results – but eventually, a real person is going to read them and they’ll want to see how well you communicate, not how well you can do SEO. Here are few things that will make your job search documents more readable ... 

How to Brag on Your Resume When You're Bad at Bragging

Spend enough time on the job market and you’ll find that it’s difficult to stand out without a little bravado. Unfortunately for introverted job seekers, we don’t live in a meritocracy, and listing your duties without highlighting your biggest successes isn’t going to get a hiring manager to pay attention ...

Where to Start When You're Changing Careers

“Do what you love” is common advice, but for many, our career paths have been defined by available opportunities more than pursuit of a passion. None of these opportunities seem “wrong”, but eventually, we realize we’re on a path that doesn’t feel right. We want more than a new job – we want a new direction ...

How to Summarize Your Experience for Recruiters

My job as a recruiter is not to make a resume fit a job description by reading between the lines, but it is to quickly determine if the candidate meets the basic qualifications for the position. ...

3 Reasons You Didn't Get a Second Interview

Even when an interview goes well, it’s still possible to screw it up afterward. A hiring manager I know recently told me the story of one candidate's crucial mistake hours after the interview ended.  The candidate’s strong qualifications earned him an interview with two senior people at the company. The interview went pretty well and the applicant’s qualifications were confirmed, though both interviewers privately questioned whether he was the right cultural fit for the team. ...

What Does a Recruiter Do, Anyway?

Recruiters work on behalf of our clients; they tell me the job they need filled and I search for talented people to do the work. Some of these openings are easy to fill, others require months of work to find just the right person. When I connect with a candidate, I feel good; I get truly excited when I have an opening that would be a fit for them.

6 Things You Can Do Every Night Before Bed to Find a New Job

Moving up in your field can often mean searching for a job while you’re already employed full-time -- but job seeking is exhausting, especially if your only time to do it is between the hours of “After Work” and “Before Bed”. How can you get ahead without burning yourself out? We have some tips.

6 Networking Tips for Introverts

Never fear, introverts of the world. You, too, can find success through networking. It just takes some practice!

Why This Year Can Still Be Different

Halfway through January, and maybe your 2015 is looking a lot like 2014.  But you know what? It doesn't have to.