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You Have Your Summer Interns Picked Out – Now What?

April 19th, 2017

How Interns Can Pack a Powerful Punch in Your Organization’s Growth Summer is coming - and with it, a new crop of interns eager to join your organization. You’ve conducted the interviews, selected the candidates - now what? The surface benefits are clear: free - or fairly cheap - college-educated l...

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4 Top Tips to Make the Most of Your Summer Internship

April 12th, 2017

How to Stand Out from the Crowd and Make Your Mark Internships are an often-ubiquitous part of college student and recent graduate vocabulary and experience, with about 75% of all American students interning at some point and approximately 52% turning them into full-time jobs, according to the Natio...

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Creating Championship Teams for Your Business

Creating Championship Teams for Your Business

March 16th, 2017

It's game time--for your work team, that is! Your business team faces tough competition every day. As a leader, it's your responsibility to help them win. The best way to ensure their success? Treat your employees like a sports coach treats his players: Spend time developing them before they have t...

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Sparks Group is Officially LGBTBE Certified!

March 8th, 2017

In our business, people are at the heart of everything we do. We are always striving for greater inclusion and diversity not just in our organization but in those we serve as well. And with this in mind, we could not be prouder to announce that effective February, 2017 Sparks Group became one of ove...

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Top Tips for Creating a Social Media Strategy That Wins

Top Tips for Creating a Social Media Strategy That Wins

March 7th, 2017

Top Tips for Creating a Social Media Strategy That Wins: Leveraging the Power of Social Recruiting for Your Organization In the second installment of my observations and insights from the recent HR Alliance DC forum event in Tysons Corner, VA, on the topic of “Social Recruiting: Create a Winning Soc...

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What Can Social Recruiting Do for You

What Can Social Recruiting Do for You?

March 2nd, 2017

What Can Social Recruiting Do for You? Insider Observations into the Hottest Trend in HR and Talent Acquisition Organizations today are constantly implementing new strategies to identify, attract, and secure the best and brightest candidates. As the digital age has evolved, social media channels (e....

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Technology and Culture Rule- and Success is Fun (and Motivating)! Sparks Group’s Steve Sparks and Evette Baker Attend the 2017 SIA North America Executive Forum

February 21st, 2017

Last week, our very own Steve Sparks and Evette Baker attended the 2017 SIA Executive Forum North America event in San Diego, CA. The event brought together several luminaries across the staffing and human capital industries, to discuss key issues under the larger theme of ‘Dare to Lead,’ tackling s...

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‘Reinventing Performance Management’ Mini-Series #3: Focus on Helping People Use their Strengths – What Would Team Leaders DO with Each Team Member – vs. What they THINK of Them.

February 15th, 2017

In short, it’s not you, it’s them. While this may seem obvious, especially when it comes to issues related to performance management and team-building, it is critical to understand the distinction between what you THINK of an employee - and what you would DO with them. This shift in mindset encourag...

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8 Finance Skills in High Demand in 2017

8 Finance Skills in High Demand in 2017

January 25th, 2017

Whether you’re planning to get your first finance job in 2017 or are ready to take the next step up the ladder, it’s important to make sure you have a sharp set of skills to impress employers. Hiring trends come and go, with some skills hotter than others in certain years. Learn what finance skills ...

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6 Technical Skills in High Demand in 2017

6 Technical Skills in High Demand in 2017

January 18th, 2017

If you’re thinking this year is the right time to start the next chapter in your tech career, you’ll need to make sure you’re up-to-date with the skills employers value most right now. Expect the six technical skills below to be highly sought-after in 2017 by IT hiring managers. Programming It was o...

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What Characteristics Do IT Employers Look for When Hiring?

What Characteristics Do IT Employers Look for When Hiring?

December 14th, 2016

The IT field is a highly competitive realm. If you want to stand out from the crowd, you must embody the top traits employers look for. It goes without saying that you need a strong set of tech skills, but it doesn’t end there. Position yourself as an IT candidate any company would be crazy not to h...

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Jenna Antos Speaks at Alumni Event

December 13th, 2016

Each month, The Busch School of Economics & Business at The Catholic University of America holds a networking event for prospective and current students of their MSBA program. On December 7, 2016, Sparks Group’s Jenna Antos had the privilege of speaking about her journey into the professional wo...

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Evette Baker Joins Expert Panel Discussion

November 21st, 2016

Recently, our very own Evette Baker participated on the expert panel discussion at the ‘When HR Has a Seat at the Table’ event in McLean, VA hosted by HR Alliance. This summit equipped HR professionals with strategies to reach the next level -the C level- of their organizations. Did you know that th...

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7 Signs Your Employees Are Looking to Leave

7 Signs Your Employees Are Looking to Leave (and What to Do!)

November 17th, 2016

Once upon a time, your employees were highly engaged. Their motivation and drive impressed you every day, and they always seemed genuinely happy to be at work — but something has shifted. If your staffers are exhibiting these seven signs, they’re planning an exit strategy: Decrease in Productivity ...

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Overtime-Effective December 1, 2016

November 10th, 2016

From: U.S. Department of Labor, Fair Labor Standards Act The Department of Labor (DOL) announced the publication of the Final Rule, an update to overtime regulations, which will automatically extend overtime pay protections to over 4 million workers within the first year of implementation. This long...

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Paid Sick Leave – Currently effective

November 8th, 2016

From: U.S. Department of Labor, District of Columbia and Montgomery County, MD Under a new U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) law, Federal Contractors are required to provide paid sick leave to their employees. This law effects about 1.15 million workers employed by federal contractors. The law covers t...

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5 Skills to Look for in Finance Candidates

5 Traits Companies Look for in Finance Professionals

October 20th, 2016

Finance professionals are an integral part of every company, so hiring decisions are never taken lightly. If you’re ready to take the next step in your finance career, emphasize these five highly coveted traits, because you probably won’t get too far without them. Innate Confidence From running numb...

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5 Step Guide to Picking an IT Staffing and Recruiting Partner

The 5-Step Guide to Picking a Technical Recruiting Partner

October 4th, 2016

Locating top tech talent is a very difficult, yet extremely essential task. These professionals are pertinent to your company’s future growth and innovation, so you need a technical recruiting partner you trust, who can deliver. Use these five tips to find, vet and choose the very best IT staffing f...

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5 traits in High Demand for Accounting and Finance Professionals

5 Traits Companies Look for in Finance Professionals

September 29th, 2016

Finance professionals are an integral part of every company, so hiring decisions are never taken lightly. If you’re ready to take the next step in your finance career, emphasize these five highly coveted traits, because you probably won’t get too far without them. Innate Confidence From running numb...

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Employee Engagement Strategies That Really Work

Employee Engagement Strategies That Really Work

September 26th, 2016

Engaged employees work hard every day because they enjoy their jobs and want to help their employer succeed. Powered by a mutual feeling of respect, these motivated, driven professionals do incredible work because they’re truly happy. If your employee engagement level is less than impressive, use th...

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