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UNIFORCE Employee Recognition: Keith Bruggemann

Posted on Mar 07, 2024

Employee Background:  The Information Technology division of UNIFORCE Staffing Solutions is pleased to announce Keith Bruggemann as our latest Employee Recognition Program Honorable Mention.  Keith came to UNIFORCE in September of 2023 and has worked with glowing reviews since that time.  Previously, Keith worked as a Systems Administrator specializing in Cyber Security for the United States Department of Interior.  He also spent time as Senior Help Desk Analyst for a large Hospital providing Active Directory network and desktop support.  Keith brought his relevant experience in the areas of enterprise project deployment, network security, routing/switching, desktop support, as well as help desk customer service.

Success Story:  Keith is currently working on an indefinite assignment as a Level 2 IT Network Support Specialist for a large international tool & construction equipment manufacturer.  In his role, he is responsible for MS 365 , Windows hardware support, Server Patches/Upgrades and Enterprise project management.  Keith handles systems admin. and desktop support at a large Florida-based Production facility with a variety of Windows machines.  Our client clearly values him as an essential member as he provides knowledge and experience with a variety of platforms and windows based technology devices.  Keith has the ability to support a group of customers with a diverse background in technical skills.  He addresses technical support needs individually with exceptional level of service.  The UNIFORCE team appreciates a positive & long standing professional relationship with Keith, and we wish him many years of success in his career!!

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Why would anyone want to work an accounting temp job?

Posted on Feb 21, 2024

Temp agencies with a presence in many states such as Florida, New York, and New Jersey as well as other states provide temp jobs on all different levels to employees seeking an accounting or finance opportunity that matches their career objectives.  Accounting Temp jobs are always in demand.  Businesses are constantly looking for employees, especially in an environment where the unemployment rate is so low.

A very common tool for bringing on employees full time is through a temp-to-hire or temp-to-perm hiring strategy. In this case, an employer has the budget approval to add full time headcount, but in the short term, prefer to retain an employee via the temp-to-hire method. Employment agencies, such as UNIFORCE Staffing Solutions, confirm that over 75% of their active job order requisitions are in fact, temp-to-hire. Temping is now a major path towards direct hire or “permanent” employee status.

In January 2024, the unemployment rate ticked up from a year earlier to 3.7 percent. Therefore, in order to keep up with hiring demands, companies are adding temp jobs in order to hire people more quickly than they can with a full time hire.  The truth of the matter is that an employer usually can bring on an accounting temp or consultant much more quickly than a full time employee.  Human Resources departments typically have a strict approach to hiring and timelines can be long due to on boarding, background checks, and multiple lines of approval. A job seeker should understand that they can wait less time to get hired and start towards a temp or temp-to-hire career.

A temp job allows job seekers to be hired for a specific period or extended period of time.  Companies request temporary positions when they are in need of assistance immediately, due to a vacancy.  Hiring managers don’t have to get approval from the central Human Resources department most times. In many cases, the temp job in an accounting department has a specific start date and possible end date.  Some reasons for the term or period could be due a maternity leave, a leave of absence, an employee resignation, or an upcoming project. 

Working through a temp agency allows all kinds of people to gain experience in the workforce. For example, a finance/accounting retiree looking to reenter the workforce may take a temp job to ease their way back into the workplace.  Furthermore, a college student on summer break may perform a temp job in order to build up their resume over those few months.  Temp jobs in New Jersey and other states offer convenience to the needs of people in their current stage of life. Expanding knowledge and learning a new trade or skill on-the-job is only beneficial to a person looking to develop a career.. 

In full transparency, taking on an accounting temp job shows an individual’s dedication because an employee is committing to a position for a specific period of time.  Sometimes starting smaller may lead to bigger positions in the future.  As one works diligently as a temp, employers will notice one’s strong work ethic. Working in a temp job provides immediate visibility and also gets one’s name out to other departments within an organization.  Additionally, more companies will notice one’s resume due to the additional experience and software skills acquired.  These experiences in a temp job will lead to connections with future employers.  Doors can only open for a full time position or internal promotion.

It’s important to understand that not all temp jobs stay temporary. As discussed, the temp-to-hire option can occur when the company finally realizes that the temp is thriving in the role. A good lesson to learn why a job seeker would want to work as a temp is that “you have to be in it to win it.”  Employers really like to “try before they buy.”  

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UNIFORCE: Employee Recognition Award: Jenny Gardner

Posted on Jan 18, 2024

Employee Background:  The Information Technology division of UNIFORCE Staffing Solutions is pleased to announce Jenny Gardner as our latest Employee Recognition Program Honorable Mention.  Jenny came to UNIFORCE in August of 2023 and has worked with glowing reviews since that time.  Previously, Jenny worked as a Field Service Technician for a large computer and office solutions technology integration company.  She also spent time as a copier, printer, and fax machine repair technician where she handled systems project management.  Jenny brought her relevant experience in the areas of multifunction printer customer support and hardware on-hands technical support.

Success Story:  Jenny is currently working on a long-term remote assignment from Florida as a Product Technical Support Specialist for a large international New Jersey based consumer electronics company. In her role, she is responsible for multi-function printer and visual display technical support. She handles incoming phone calls from clients and third-party integrators to support technical issues with these devices.   Our client clearly values Jenny as an essential member as she consistently provides her knowledge and experience with a variety of hardware technology devices.  Jenny has the ability to support a diverse group of customers with a wide background in technical skills. She addresses each customer’s technical support needs individually with the same exceptional level of customer support.  The UNIFORCE team appreciates a positive and long standing professional relationship with Jenny, and we wish her many more years of success in her career!!

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Minimum Wage Pay Rate Changes in 2024

Posted on Jan 08, 2024

More than 20 states and nearly 40 local jurisdictions increased their minimum wage hourly pay rates on January 1, 2024. The new state laws require that employers pay a new minimum hourly pay rate this year. Employers should consider the new minimum wage rates when setting internal pay rates across all lower level pay categories within an organization. Additionally, temporary employment agencies should consult with their clients on accurate market pay rates with regards to certain labor classifications such as:

  • Medical Receptionists
  • Data Entry
  • Warehouse Workers
  • Shipping & Receiving
  • Hospitality

Below is a summary of some of the state changes where UNIFORCE Staffing Solutions employs W-2 workers across the country.

Arizona: $16.35/hr

California: $16/hr

Illinois: $14/hr

New Jersey: $15.13/hr (6 or more employees)

New York: $16/hr (NYC), $15/hr (NY State)

Review the full list of states.

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Best Practices for using an Accounting Temporary Staffing Firm

Posted on Dec 22, 2023

There are a fair number of temporary staffing firms that handle finance and accounting staffing. It’s really important to ask the right questions when interviewing a staffing firm. The better the staffing partnership, the better the talent pipeline. Below are some best practices when selecting a temporary accounting staffing firm.

  1. The best recruiters are sometimes former accounting professionals. A good temporary staffing firm with a strong understanding of accounting should have at least one internal recruiter with a background in finance or accounting. If a recruiter has done part of that job at some point in their career, the better talent they can find when working that client job order.
  2. Accounting software knowledge. All accounting job orders requires some specific knowledge of an accounting software (e.g. SAP, QuickBooks, Oracle, MS Dynamics, etc.). When selecting a temporary accounting staffing firm, inquire if they use the same software or have recruiters who have used the same software in previous accounting industry roles.
  3. A strong accounting candidate network. Since staffing firms provide talent directly to CFOs, Controllers, and other Accounting professionals, staffing firm recruiters should have strong relationships with their clients. In doing so, they are able to directly network with clients and ask for candidate referrals. Good people know good people. A good staffing firm will also offer a competitive referral bonus program in dollars for successful referrals.
  4. Industry knowledge. Even with a general accounting knowledge, staffing firm recruiters don’t know everything about accounting. It’s important to ask an accounting temporary staffing firm what specific industries it has worked with (e.g. manufacturing, real estate, technology). Every industry handles different accounting methods with regards to depreciation, fixed assets, amortization schedules, prepaid expenses, and taxes. Asking the right questions can make the difference when partnering with the right accounting staffing firm for its knowledge about the specifics of an industry.
  5. Staffing firm employee benefits offerings. Since a staffing firm is employing the temporary/contract employees as legal W-2 employees, it is important that the staffing firm utilize efficient payroll operations. A staffing firm should offer employees web based payroll management as well as ACA health benefit offerings. Some firms also offer employees an employer paid safe harbor 401(k) matching contribution. Benefits can make the difference.

Learn more about UNIFORCE Staffing Solutions’ accounting staffing practice.

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Social Media Profile Best Practices during the Holiday Season

Posted on Nov 22, 2023

Happy Thanksgiving and Holidays! This is the time of year where friends and family get together to celebrate and spend quality time together. People should go out and enjoy good food, music, entertainment and more. It’s perfectly fine to share those moments on social media. Just remember that holiday fun doesn’t mean holiday embarrassment. Don’t share too much on social media this time of year. You may be looking for a job or working for a company that monitor’s social media profiles.

Social Media is a mainstay in the daily behavior of many job seekers.  Most online visitors spend hours scrolling through photos of other people’s lives on social media. Why not put this time into enhancing one’s own social media profile as a job seeker in New Jersey?  Networking online with a New Jersey based employment agency is a good idea to develop your online resume or social media brand.  With more than 75% of the global population active on social media, many employers are also using these social media sites to find new hires for temp jobs. To get started, below are three tips for a job seeker to maintain a social media profile:

  1. Build your personal brand

As a job seeker in New Jersey, post informative content about yourself that relates to your hobbies, interests, and strengths. For example, a job seeker could use a social media site like “TikTok” to share constructive videos that displays performances or work products in order to appeal to employment agencies.   Additionally, a job seeker should only offer constructive comments that will impress employers when they research your name. Social media should be a platform meant to uplift one’s reputation by displaying the great things they have done or stated within their feed. To further explain, on X (formerly known as Twitter), job seekers can post public comments that contribute to work related conversations. This action may suggest to employers that one has a passion for their career and prefers to engage in meaningful discussion via social media. 

During this holiday season, spend less time sharing photos guzzling egg nog with cousin Louie or Lorraine and more time nurturing your online brand that compliments your resume. While it’s perfectly normal to post photos of celebrations, refrain from posting photos that highlight behavior that is inconsistent with a professional profile.

  1. Utilize all key social media tools

Social media sites have several hidden tools that can promote a job seeker’s social media profile.  Employers prefer that job seekers care about the image they portray online.  It’s a good idea to create an educational bio about yourself.  Instagram permits its users to include a significant quote or fact about themselves so employment agencies can read noteworthy information when finding someone’s profile. Another feature offered through this platform is the ability to “tag” an account. It’s beneficial to tag keywords such as New Jersey employment agencies in posts in order to stand out as a potential candidate.  One can include photos relating to job interests and articles relating to one’s past experiences. Furthermore, a job seeker should also tag other people that they want to be noticed by so employers can find their social media resume in a timely fashion.

  1. Make social connections

One commonality between all social media sites is the ability to form connections. It’s a good idea to follow those employment agencies that are of interest.  One can follow an employment agency on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter.  Following a New Jersey employment agency will allow one to keep up with company news as well as display an interest in the business of the employment agency.  Networking on platforms like LinkedIn gives job seekers the ability to connect with employers, colleagues, and friends that may help them in their career path. Moreover, establishing these connections allows employers to view one’s social media resume.  It’s a useful tool for sharing skills and work experience with other employment agencies in order to find additional job opportunities. It’s also recommended that one network with multiple employment agencies via their social media sites. Not only does one lift its social media profile among a large group of employers, but a job seeker will also obtain access to job postings, thought leadership, and increased visibility among hiring managers.

Overall, job seekers in New Jersey should utilize social media to their advantage when building an online reputation.  It’s important to maintain an online profiles with these three strategies in order to find a job with a New Jersey based employment agency effectively. 

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UNIFORCE Employee Recognition Award: Mikeala Allen

Posted on Nov 06, 2023

Employee Background:  The Administrative Support division of UNIFORCE Staffing Solutions is pleased to announce Mikeala Allen as our latest Employee Recognition Program Honorable Mention.  Mikeala came to UNIFORCE in May of 2023 and has worked with glowing reviews since that time.  Previously, Mikeala worked as an Administrative Assistant for a large enterprise subscriptions software solutions company.  She also spent time as a Project Coordinator for a large sign development company.  Mikeala has brought her relevant experience in the areas of calendar management, project management and events planning.

Success Story:  Mikeala is currently working on a long-term assignment in northern New Jersey as an Administrative Assistant  for the training and development division of a large national specialized labor union.  In her role, she is responsible for scheduling events, calendar management, customer service, and administrative projects.   Our client clearly values Mikeala as an essential member as she consistently provides her knowledge and experience with project and events management.  Mikeala has the ability to work with a diverse group of employees and manage tight deadlines across many projects in a high profile position.  The UNIFORCE team appreciates a positive and long standing professional relationship with Mikeala, and we wish her many more years of success in her career!!

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Happy Halloween

Posted on Oct 30, 2023

Happy Halloween to all UNIFORCE employees and job seeking candidates.

Speaking of dressing up, it’s always a good idea to dress for success for an in person or video interview. Remember to wear business attire for both types of interviews. Candidates should do their best not present themselves as a “monster”. The outcome may make the hiring manager treat a candidate like a “ghost”.

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UNIFORCE Employee Recognition Award: Jasmen Wilkerson

Posted on Oct 02, 2023

Employee Background:  The Finance & Accounting division of UNIFORCE Staffing Solutions is pleased to announce Jasmen Wilkerson as our latest Employee Recognition Program Honorable Mention.  Jasmen came to UNIFORCE in February of 2023 and has worked with glowing reviews since that time.  Previously, Jasmen worked as a Sales Administrator in the Financial Operations department of a large international consumer electronics company.  She also spent time as a Billing Supervisor and A/R Specialist for a national staffing firm.  Jasmen has brought her relevant experience in the areas of accounts receivable, billing, cash applications and collections.

Success Story:  Jasmen is currently working on a long-term assignment in northern New Jersey as an Accounts Receivable Analyst for a large international consumer electronics and business office automation company.  In her role, she is responsible for assisting in the successful transition of open accounts receivable for new companies that were acquired by the corporate parent.   Our client clearly values Jasmen as an essential member as she consistently provides her knowledge and experience with the SAP finance system and her knowledge of analyzing and researching customer contracts & service agreements.  Jasmen has the ability to work with legacy billing and ERP systems while maintaining a high volume of data transformation and integrity.  She also works within a large team to meet project deadlines and monthly closings.  The UNIFORCE team appreciates a positive and long standing professional relationship with Jasmen, and we wish her many more years of success in her career!!

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