The Buzz

105, 2017

The Buzz: Machine vs. Man

By |May 1st, 2017|

SourceCon (a subsidiary of HR firm ERE Media) recently hosted its annual competition to crown the best sourcer in the world. In the competition, sourcers and recruiters received three separate job descriptions and titles along with thousands of actual résumés.

Armed only with that information, recruiters around the world had to determine which candidates were sourced, […]

2703, 2017

Providing the Ladder

By |March 27th, 2017|

From its headquarters in San Francisco, it might be tempting to categorize Samasource alongside all the other online staffing platforms that have been established to take advantage of the growth in the gig economy over the past few years.

But Samasource has a very different corporate mission from the other entrepreneurial businesses that have sprung up […]

1302, 2017

Finding Consultants

By |February 13th, 2017|

Though it seems to have become ubiquitous, I still sometimes marvel at the concept of a “store-within-a-store,” such as a Starbucks within a grocery store.

This is a business arrangement where an independently owned company operates a “mini-store” within a larger retail outlet. The concept applies beyond coffee and shopping. New York-based Work Rails is the […]

111, 2016

The Buzz: Rethinking Logistics

By |November 1st, 2016|

You can tell the staffing industry is living some interesting times when one of the fastest-growing firms is thriving on a model that seems at odds with the dominant one in the competition, not to mention the very idea of temporary staffing.

This is the case in France, one of the oldest staffing markets in Europe […]

110, 2016

The Buzz: Build It & They Will Come

By |October 1st, 2016|

The best business is one your existing customers beg you to start. If you staff insurance adjusters, and your cornerstone client reaches out and asks you to start supplying pharmacists, there are few better impetuses to start a new line or division. For San Francisco-based Bonsai, their foray into building a contractor management platform followed […]

109, 2016

Data in Dollars

By |September 1st, 2016|

For years, staffing executives have read about “big data” and wondered, “but what does it actually do for me?!” A recruitment analytics firm, HIRABL, allows the staffing industry to be more profitable, helping recruiters turn idle data into dollars for their clients along with helping agencies worldwide improve compliance. The company was founded in 2015. […]

108, 2016

The Buzz: The Cleaner Fish

By |August 1st, 2016|

What do bees, cleaner fish and Staffing Industry Analysts have in common? All are examples of “organisms” that mutually benefit a broader competitive ecological or business ecosystem — a phenomenon defined in ecology as “mutualism.” Flowers need bees to help them pollinate, fish use cleaner fish to remove dead skin and bacteria from their bodies, […]

106, 2016

The Buzz: LOAD UP

By |June 1st, 2016|

What do search firms want? The short answer: to increase the bottom line. The long answer: To provide their customers with the best quality talent that makes the client happy and leads to more business.

Now a staffing firm, UK-based Trinity Scott, helps executive search firms or headhunters do just that. It finds researchers who are then hired by […]

305, 2016

The Buzz: The Sword in the Stone

By |May 3rd, 2016|

We at Staffing Industry Analysts call it “The Sword in the Stone,” nicknamed thus for its ability to find exceptional researchers. It’s a short, skills-based assessment — built by our former VP of research. The process works. But if we had 700 researchers (or if we were a staffing firm that needed to place 700 […]

2202, 2016

Instant Talent

By |February 22nd, 2016|

If Uber were a staffing firm…
When you push the magic button on your phone to request a driver, an email is sent to one of the thousands of Uber “taxi recruiters” around the country. The taxi recruiter searches its database of registered drivers for those with the same zip code as the passenger, and begins […]