The Talent’s Voice

103, 2014

The Other Side: Growing Up

By |March 1st, 2014|

I didn’t choose the traditional path after graduating from high school. My goal is to work in the music industry. With the way the music industry has evolved in the past decade, it is very difficult to find a self-sustaining job even with a four-year degree. Nowadays, it is all about who you know. So, […]

102, 2014

The Other Side: The Consultant’s Role

By |February 1st, 2014|

Why I enjoy taking on multiple assignments
While there are pros and cons to any type of work arrangement, consulting has provided a platform for me to experience new and exciting career opportunities. It also has provided an environment that promotes the development of meaningful professional relationships across a wide subset of clientele. Here are some […]

112, 2013

The Other Side: Talk to Me

By |December 1st, 2013|

Contingents are often propelled into new situations with a large number of unknown or novel factors. It goes with the territory. And there are times we are struck by “analysis paralysis” which can seriously affect our work. Analysis paralysis amounts to the inability to make a decision or take action due to the existence of […]

111, 2013

The Other Side: A Temp Lifestyle

By |November 1st, 2013|

Why contingent work is not for everyone
Contingent work is not for everyone. It is not for someone who needs a long ramp-up to acclimate to a team, project or idea. Nor does it lend itself to people uncomfortable with their own level of expertise or poor communicators. Contingent workers need to be comfortable with change. […]

108, 2013

The Other Side: Employing Grey

By |August 1st, 2013|

I am a baby boomer who had worked in retail for nearly 20 years before going back to school to pursue another profession. I took various computer and other classes that would pertain to office work. One of my advisors suggested I sign up with a staffing agency.

I was fortunate, and quickly got placed as […]

107, 2013

The Other Side: Set Up to Win

By |July 1st, 2013|

My schooling as a contingent employee began when I was hired away from a large database company by a vendor after a decade in corporate marketing. My first client was a lead generation firm to which I had outsourced part of our telemarketing organization. I argued for this measure as a means to leverage the […]

106, 2013

The Other Side: Making Dreams Come True

By |June 1st, 2013|

How a staffing firm can help you be successful in your career
Four years ago, I arrived in the United States with an information technology degree from a top university in India and a dream of becoming a software architect. Since then, I have been pursuing this dream with the help of staffing firms through contract […]

105, 2013

The Other Side: You Have My Appoval

By |May 1st, 2013|

Small things can make a big difference in how a temporary worker perceives you
About 10 years ago, after a fairly traditional career in information technology, I switched gears, living aboard my sailboat and traveling both internationally and around the U.S. Given this lifestyle, I often find myself seeking work in unfamiliar locations. Therefore, I’ve come […]

103, 2013

The Other Side: Part of the Family

By |March 1st, 2013|

It was the recruiter, not the assignment, that won over this consultant
Among all the recruiters I’ve worked with as an experienced IT consultant, one stands out from the rest. Despite the fact that, from first contact, it took a year for him to match me with the right opportunity, he proved to be the best […]

102, 2013

The Other Side: Set Them Straight

By |February 1st, 2013|

Being upfront with your temps can avert disappointment
Previous writers for this column have noted how they used staffing firms to help them establish professional experience fresh out of college. I had a different experience. My finance and accounting staffing firm found it difficult to place me out of college since I had no work history.

My […]