Tips & Advice
What are the benefits of using a staffing agency for companies?
The benefits of using a staffing agency as a company is that it takes a lot of the burden and expense of searching for qualified candidates away from the company, and places all the recruitment, screening, and testing responsibility onto the agency. It also allows companies to “try out” new employees without fully committing to them--i.e. onboarding with benefits and government tax paperwork. In industries where there’s a lot of turnover, or where needs fluctuate, companies appreciate working with staffing agencies that can fill many spots with qualified part-time talent for as long as the company needs them and no longer. In simple terms, a staffing agency reduces the “cost per hire” and protects companies from having to pay unemployment on employees that weren’t around for very long.
When it comes to using a recruiter-type of specialized agency, the benefit is nearly opposite in that these agencies devote time to finding the best passive candidates (i.e. those who are not looking to switch jobs) and convincing them to move the client company.
What are the benefits of using a staffing agency for job seekers?
The benefits of using a staffing agencies if you’re a job seeker is that the agency gets a commission for placing candidates, so they have incentive to place people in positions. At their best, they actively have people searching for new openings every day, and they also have people working to match the best candidates up with those openings. Even the not-so-great staffing agencies are still doing the “leg work” of combing through opportunities and sending resumes/applications out on behalf of their job-seeker clients. They might be sending through many candidates for the same positions, but it’s still better than nothing.
Another benefit is that if a candidate finds work through a staffing agency, in many cases they’ll receive benefits, or be paid as an employee, instead of being a 1099 contractor as many companies set up their contractors and freelancers these days.
What does a staffing agency do?
A staffing agency matches job candidates up with available positions. Many agencies also actively recruit new candidates for fields where there are many openings, or where there’s high turnover--or, on the flip side, where a job requires a highly specialized and qualified type of candidate. Staffing agencies range from high-volume temp agencies that place many people for short-term openings to very specialized niche agencies (AKA recruiters or headhunters) that only work with a select number of highly desirable candidates and high-paying jobs.
A network card is a hardware component that allows you to interface with a closed network of computers that only approved members can access. It can be an add-in card on your computer’s motherboard (added in an open slot) or can be added externally. Now, many networks are increasingly becoming wireless systems and use a VPN (virtual private network) to access internal files.
A hard drive on a computer is a piece of internal hardware that allows the user to save data in the form of documents, pictures and videos. The larger the hard drive, the more data you can store. Hard drive capacities are rated on megabytes and can be added anytime to increase storage space. You can also add external hard drives, such as a “thumb drive,” which plugs right into an open computer port, and then can be unplugged and plugged into other compatible computers.
A power supply is what powers your computer -- either electricity or a battery. Laptops generally have rechargeable batteries (for mobility) and a standard AC cord so you can run it off of either power source. Desktops, since they do not have batteries, need to be plugged directly into a power source. Usually you plug your unit into a power strip, which is plugged into a wall outlet. Power strips have surge protectors (a fuse that blows when a power surge occurs) to protect the computer, which helps to avoid power surges that can seriously damage or destroy your system.
How much does computer repair cost?
Computer repair costs vary based on what you need. What is the problem? How much are the parts needed to fix it? How many hours of labor are involved? How much does the repairman charge? Some charge on an hourly rate, some charge a flat fee. Luckily the computer repair business is huge, which means competitive rates are out there. You can realistically expect a floor of $35-$50 an hour for computer repair services, on up to $100 and even higher in some cases. Call around, get estimates, look for deals, and ask friends for recommendations.
What are the reasons for a computer not turning on?
If your computer is not starting up, the first thing to check is the power supply. Is it plugged in? If it’s plugged in, check your power supply. Are you running it through a power strip? You might have accidentally flipped the power strip’s on/off switch to off. Make sure it’s turned on and plugged in. Does the socket have power? If you have power and it’s not turning on, you probably have a component failure inside the computer.
What causes a computer to turn off by itself?
The main cause of a computer randomly turning itself off is due to overheating. PCs have internal fans to cool them and you can sometimes hear them running. If your fan fails and the computer gets too hot, it will shut itself off. If it shuts off randomly, feel around on the bottom of your laptop to see if it feels hot. On a desktop you’ll have to feel around on the tower unit, but that isn’t as easy as a laptop. If the desktop fan is dirty, you can use canned air to clean it, which should help a great deal. If that doesn’t cool it down, you will want to bring your computer in to get repaired.
Can a notebook computer screen be replaced?
Most laptop/notebook screens can definitely be replaced. If you are a DIY-type, you can probably replace the screen yourself with some basic tools, like tiny screwdrivers. Usually the problem is the LCD panel behind the screen, but different systems have variations on their display screens, so know which kind you have before you operate and buy replacement hardware. There are many videos available online that can walk you through the process. If operating on a computer is above your confidence level, there are plenty of shops that can do it for you, some for around $100 and up based on the type of computer. Get quotes and even look for Groupons to find the best deals in your area.