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The Contingent Workforce, Where Is It Headed?

Posted by Tracy Loetz on May 12, 2015 2:31 PM


As we look into the future, we look at the past.  The use of a contract or contingent workforce was extremely light in the early 1980s and decades before that. Business and workforce needs were more predictable, you know...employment for life, along with low levels of automation and computerization requiring a physical workforce.

As business cycles became more varied along with increased use of computers and robotics, resource needs became more varied.  In the late 1980s and particularly the 1990s a contingent workforce became more appealing. Reasons why contingent resources became popular, and remain so today, include supplementing current staff, acquiring expertise not available on staff, to get a fresh approach or different perspective on a problem, to acquire experience from different companies in your industry or cross industry experience, to do the repetitive/complex task that no one else wants to do, to off load work (outsourcing or managed services) which enable staff to concentrate on core competencies, vacation/expertise/cross trained backups, try before you buy contract to hire, and so on.

So with a look at the past and present, what does the future hold?

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The Other Side of Sourcing Integration Professionals

Posted by Brad Loetz on May 8, 2015 3:47 PM

Past articles from Remedi, Valuable Relationships in Tough Times and RDBMS Versus Real Relationships detail the candidate supply and demand pendulum that confronts EDI hiring managers and integration managers when staffing contract and full-time hire needs in varying economic conditions. These articles outline in each economic circumstance how hiring managers can best engage the sourcing pros of professional services firms to derive value in the search for resources.

We have received positive feedback from hiring managers on these articles, and somewhat surprisingly, from Integration candidates as well. The article Interviewing your Recruiter takes a reciprocal approach, providing guidance for integration professionals in terms of how to best select and engage with a recruiter. Hopefully hiring managers will find this view of the recruiting process valuable as well.

With a look at both sides of the integration talent equation let’s move on to the CareerBuilder 2015 job forecast.  The first 1/3 of the year seems to be unfolding along the lines of this report at least from our observations.

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Have You Secured A Trusted Advisor For Your EDI C2H Initiatives?

Posted by April Watts on Mar 3, 2015 3:20 PM

Have you had a critical opening in your Integration department for weeks, months or perhaps over a year that you were struggling to secure the proper EDI skill set and expertise?  If so, your predicament is not uncommon in today’s marketplace. 

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An Increasingly Competitive Marketplace For Data Integration

Posted by Brooke Lester on Dec 3, 2014 1:53 PM

We have posted in past blogs the different challenges that exist when seeking full-time or contract talent in a competitive, or less than competitive, environment.  In our experience, the market for data integration professionals has become decidedly more competitive. From our position, client demand has risen sometimes delaying data and business integration projects that could simply be delayed no longer. Also, the financial positions of many organizations have gotten better and many are seeking resources for 2015 projects. 

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Interviewing Technique - The Importance of Assessing Soft Skills

Posted by Charley Hughes on Oct 21, 2014 12:17 PM

Two Quick Thoughts

We often think of soft skills as being synonymous with interpersonal skills.  However soft skills can also be those personal attributes that help us do our jobs more efficiently.  When interviewing technical candidates it is easy to overlook the importance of assessing a candidate’s soft skills.   Here are a couple of my favorite interview questions that can help in this area.

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