Continuing Education and Some Resources To Do It
“A person who won’t read has no advantage over the one who can’t read” – Mark Twain
Education and developing skills is something that drastically changes after we decide to leave the traditional school route. Many of us leave this system after high school, undergraduate or masters and that’s it. If professional development is required or created by our employer, we attend and participate, but many of us do not seek out education on our own. But continuing education doesn’t have to be in the traditional sense through a school, the internet has changed the way we can continue to learn.
If the recent times has taught us anything here at Moore Staffing, we have learned that seeking education to develop our skills is of the utmost importance. It is a great way to support or extend your resume, sticking out as a potential employee. (Come back soon for ways to fine tune your resume and stick out to hiring managers specifically. It’ll be series on our blog over the next few weeks.)
Continuing education does not directly have to align with your career either. Developing new skills strengthens other skill sets that may apply to your profession. In attempting to fill our day with meaning during these times, taking steps to explore education online is in everyone’s best interest.
To put one skill, reading, into perspective, here are a few statistics:
“Less than a third of 13-year-olds were daily readers in 2007, a 14 percent decline from 20 years earlier. For 17-year-olds, the percentage of non-readers doubled over a 20 year period.” (From: here)
“21 million Americans can’t read at all, 45 million are marginally illiterate and one-fifth of high school graduates can’t read their diplomas.” (From: here)
On the opposite side of the spectrum billionaires and millionaires read more than 10x the average. Here is a great list of billionaires and their reading habits. https://medium.com/@samklemens/the-reading-habits-of-10-millionaires-and-billionaires-d2b2372143c8
Education is the greatest weapon in our arsenal. Many times it’s as simple as dedicating time to pick up a book. The billionaires of the world are a perfect example of how education, more specifically reading, correlates to your success. If reading isn’t enjoyable, audio books are a great way to receive the same content and pass the time.
Online resources are extensive and great opportunities to capitalize on. While motivating oneself to be on top of learning in this way is an adjustment, practice makes perfect and there are plenty of free opportunities to get in the swing of things.
There is a great quote about education from Andy McIntyre stating “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” And there are many aspects to this statement that are true, but we also realize many people are on a budget or don’t have the same access to education as others. For that reason, below is a list of mostly free, some paid for opportunities to learn almost anything online.
We recommend starting with something you’re passionate about or interested in to get into the swing of dedicating time to learning and producing work outside of your workplace. It will keep motivation high and add to the amount of fun in your day during times where we feel stuck. Then progress to other skills that may not be as intriguing but necessary or complimentary to your chosen or future profession. For example, our Marketing Strategist has been taking the Imagineering in a Box course on Khan Academy created by Disney. While imagineering and creating a theme park does not apply to her career, she has been developing and increasing her skills regarding creativity and the importance of genuineness.
Comment below what your favorite course have been and why! Wed love to gain some feedback on which learning channels have worked for you and provide others with suggestions on where to start.
Accounting and Finance Staffing Solutions- An Explanation of Our Vertical and the Importance of Specialization
Moore Staffing provides various sized organizations in a wide spectrum of industries with top accounting, financial, revenue cycle management and bookkeeping talent. We ensure that candidates meet and exceed the job description provided by our clients through specializing and becoming experts in our verticals.
So what does it mean for a Staffing Solutions Team to have expertise in the Accounting and Finance industry and why does it matter?
The simple answer, from a staffing perspective, is that it means to have knowledge in the industry to further understand and exceed your clients expectations.
More specifically, for our Accounting and Finance Staffing Solutions team, it means that we understand the trade specific skills and how to probe potential candidates for their proficiency in them. And with over 40 years of experience, we can say we’ve done just that.
Our staffing managers make a point of following the market trends. By staying in tune with the projection of their industry, they are able to better assess what skills candidates will need to progress and further their future employer’s business.
For example, back 20+ years ago, accounting and bookkeeping had just begun to use computerized systems. It was important to be ahead of the trend and source accountants with specific computer skills and program experience. This not only did this impressed our clients but gave them the flexibility with their new hire to start onboarding the innovations into their business model without needing to educate or train them.
A more recent trend has been cloud accounting. With this being the trend we have made efforts to stay on top of these skills even if they aren’t required by the client due to the fact that they may be in the near future. Understanding the industry trends and expectations for roles gives our managers a base for their search, but understanding the client culture and requirements for an individual client is done through relationship building and experience.
By maintaining relationships with our clients, we become an extension of their organization and educate ourselves according to their companies mission and differentiation points. Using this knowledge and our understanding of the client’s workplace culture, we are able to source and back valuable candidates for our client to choose from. More recently, accounting and financial services have seen a shift in work from home capabilities. Different clients offer different supports in their work from home shift, so when sourcing talent, we verify that a candidates at home capabilities complies with what the company is able to provide.
Our service isn’t limited to a particular level of employee or sector within the clientele. Being a small business ourselves, we understand what it has meant to build from the ground up. Because of this we are able to apply our knowledge to ground level employee fills, all the way up to senior management. We also understand the cross functionality of employment within an organization and have the ability to fill all job types within the company. Our vertical can be applied across industries to organizations that need financing and accounting roles filled or to finance and accounting firms who need various roles filled.
Specializing in the vertical also allows us to be experts when speaking with potential candidates in ways outside of examining their skills. While speaking to their experience and their career goals is our first look at candidates, we also strive to understand their personality and how they interact with people. Like our clients, building relationships with our candidates is of the utmost importance so we make efforts to follow up with them and keep communication open even after they have been placed. We often find that exemplary candidates just need slight tweaks to their resume presentation or their interview skills and being specialized in their field, we are able to provide them the best advice possible.
Specializing gives a more quality focused service to both our candidates and clients.
Here are a few of our success stories:
Working with our client who does prototyping through production for critical applications in all types of metals and plastics has been one of our favorites. This was a client that had no HR middle person to engage with onboarding new personnel. Building trust and rapport with this client was essential to get our candidate in their office, but also that allowed us be more engaged and having them trust us with more openings. Being able to collaborate with another vertical within Moore Staffing gave us even more expertise in sourcing their perfect candidate as a cross sector fill within the company. We have been able to continue our relationship with this client and always look forward to working with them.
Another great success was with our client who is one of the largest workwear and textile service companies in North America. It has been a great experience for us mutually. Making sure we understand the hiring manager needs, has allowed us to fill jobs, but also for this client to trust us with sending us more job orders across their organization. That open communication was key to supporting this client.
One candidate for a Tax Manager placement was one of our favorite candidate stories yet. He had come to us with over 20 years of experience and having his own firm but with no resume. We coached him, helped him build his Curriculum Vitae and placed him at a top local public accounting firm. Both our client and candidate were fulfilled with the placement.
Here at Moore Staffing, our Accounting and Finance Solutions Team understands that specializing and gaining knowledge in their vertical expands their ability to exceed both candidates’ and clients’ needs. It is truly about finding solutions and having the expertise in the industry provides tremendous results.
Moore Mini Golf Tournament to Benefit American Training, Inc.
Back on September 24th, 2019, Moore Staffing Services hosted a Mini Golf Tournament to benefit American Training at Cerderland Family Fun Center. Following in the beliefs of our founder Helen Moore, we partnered with a two companies that believe every life matters. Cederdlands mission is to provide activities for families to get their children active and maintain a healthy life style, as a branch of Cederdale Health and Fitness Center. American Training has inspired us over the years, providing housing, education, training & support services to people with disabilities, youth at risk & adult learners who are looking for a pathway towards a more meaningful life.
With families and friends as teams, the tournament started with some competitive fun. Casual dining gave participants a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends and members of the community. Raffles were held to raise money to support such a wonderful, local organization who directly affects members of our community. Many winners walked away with bundles of goodies, including New England Sports team tickets. Overall the day was fun and exciting, as all ages and abilities were able to join in the fun! It is times like these where we can reflect at the power of community, giving back and paying it forward. This tournament left a lasting impression on those who were able to attend and the money raised has affected many lives for the better.
Even in the current state of the world due to covid19, we remember these times and are excited for our future partnerships. As a fellow small business who is dedicated to changing lives for the better, we hope these events can resume sooner rather than later.
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We are better together!
It is no secret businesses are experiencing trying times due to the current state of the world. Small businesses, in particular, will face particularly challenging obstacles. As a supporter of small business and one ourselves, Moore Staffing has put together a list of ways to support your favorite small businesses without leaving the house.
- Practice Social Distancing
- STAY HOME, if you can. Many small businesses have a limited number of employees. Infecting one of their workers could spread it to the entire organization very quickly. They will then be out of production far longer than they would be if their employees remain healthy and safe.
- Shop online.
- Some small businesses offer substantial opportunities to do business with them online. Using this platform is a safe way to keep a distance but also engage with your favorite small business
- Rate Them
- Take 5 minutes to give your favorite small businesses a 5 start review online. Not only will this entertain you for 5 minutes, it will really help these businesses get the exposure they deserve. Spread positivity!
- Schedule Online Sessions or Communication
- The service sector of small businesses will be hit with unexplored challenges the hardest. Give them a call! See what innovations you can create with them to extend their services virtually. This is especially great for particular therapies.
- Gift Cards
- If you think you would have visited their store in these weeks when social distancing has been in place, buy a gift card for yourself. It’s a great “treat yourself, self-love” gift and you can definitely use it in the future.
- Order In
- Ordering in is a great way to still get that deliciousness and support your local restaurants.
- Online Donations
- This is geared more towards charities and nonprofits, many of which have had to cancel events this upcoming spring. They work tremendously to help those in need and would appreciate your support from home.
- Like and Share
- Social media is a powerful thing. Help spread the word by liking and sharing businesses posts. You may help a friend and the business at the same time by sharing information.
Viral Change and Turning Obstacles into Opportunities
“In life, we don’t always control what happens to us, but we can always control our reaction” –Anonymous
With the momentous events happening in the world today, that collectively affect us all, this quote stuck out to us at Moore Staffing. From the aggregate world, to specific countries, companies and individual themselves, we cannot always control what happens to us but we can control our reaction.
Its no secret the Corona virus has spread fear among the world as the most recent pandemic. It has changed the world in mere months and rightfully so. While much of this change has been global fear, severe stock market fluctuations and sudden restrictions, not all of the changes to come out of this sickness are negative.
Having contact with so many innovative and inspiring companies, Moore Staffing has been able to see the incredible adjustments being made for our workforce to be safer. Here are a few innovations:
*A few companies have set specific days to test the productivity of all staff working from home. While this was always an option to test, presenting the challenge of the virus inspired the company to adjust its status quo. If successful, this company has the potential to adjust its business model and reallocate office costs to another area of business.
*Another company is using this opportunity to conference virtually rather than in person with their fellow business partners. While it may seem like an inconvenience, this will be a great test for the institution to evaluate how successful their video conferencing is versus in person meetings. If more efficient, this will cut travel costs for the company and give employees back time in the day that would have otherwise been used for traveling. Meetings with business partners would also become more convenient making scheduling more flexible.
Here at Moore Staffing, we are committed to supplying solutions to current staffing challenges. With the Corona virus in full swing, we have asked ourselves, what can we do to better support our clients solve their problems?
- In short, we aim to provide seamless support no matter where we are working from, whether it be home or the office.
- We have dedicated ourselves to effective communication and provide employers multiple ways to interview their potential employees. With less people walking through our clients’ doors and instead, specific, exemplary candidates being offered, we aim to protect and limit exposure to the virus.
- Above all, we hope to diminish panic and ensure that Moore Staffing has remained status quo and will step in to assist businesses remain confident amid the struggles.
Here are a few ideas for businesses to try:
*Limit communal eating areas
*Test working from home abilities
*Invest in video conferencing
*Limit communal technology usage
*Limit required travel for employees
Here are a few ideas for individuals to try:
*Wash your hands! (Not all hand sanitizers meet the standards)
*Be sure to wash food, even if it has a peel
*Limit contact with people
*Stay home if you feel sick
*Make it a point to communicate more if working from home
*Avoid touching face
*Vet your sources
Why Staffing Agencies are Critical to Start Up Success!
As noted in Business News Daily, one common misconception behind staffing agencies is that they are costly. With upfront costs being a concern, it is easy to over look the potential savings working with an agency can have with any company, especially startup companies. Overlooking these potential savings could be the difference between startups’ success or failure.
The cost of hiring an employee is set while working with a staffing agency. Not only is this price point set within the initial negotiations, but a company is also able to offload the time it would take for their own employee to find their candidates. Finding the right employee can take months for any company alone, even with those who have dedicated recruitment teams. And for those months spent, the company is required to pay their salaried employees to procure viable candidates, as well as, for the resources they will need to locate them.
For startups, usually lacking a dedicated recruitment team, their salaried employees now have the responsibility of discovering potential candidates, pulling them away from their usual responsibilities. This increases the length of time spent on business goals and therefore increases money spent on achieving them as well.
Here is how a staffing agency solves these problems to ensure startup success:
Startups are able to better budget with set cost expectations and reallocate expenditures, rather than leaving potential costs of finding a candidate unknown.
- Time Saving/ Goal Achievement
Time spent searching is saved for startup employees. It can then be redistributed to further achieve the company’s goals within their business model; therefore, dollars are no longer wasted on time spent searching, but rather reinvested into their business.
In relation to saving time, through reallocating these staffing responsibilities, startups are able to relieve stress, known to increase employee performance due to the increase in comfortability in the workplace environment.
- Different Types of Hiring
Different types of hiring are provided for companies, including temporary to hire contracts. By providing this flexibility, startups can “try before the buy” their future employee.
With their reputation on the line, agencies only provide candidates they feel confident match both the requirements and work culture of the client, increasing the confidence for the client in the selection process and the startup’s future employee.
Staffing agencies specialize in identifying valuable skill sets to fit specific job parameters and develop relationships with potential talent. They know exactly where to look and how to communicate to talent, speeding up the time frame it will take to fill a position.
This difference in cost and time could make or break a startup and Moore Staffing has seen this first hand. By providing support, we have seen the success of startups increase exponentially when employees within the company are able to keep to their described responsibilities, while we are able to quickly fill the roles needed. We fully support the innovations and creativity coming from local startups as they challenge the current industry standards and push boundaries.
For more information, here are a few articles that Moore Staffing has enjoyed: