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Monday, June 23, 2008

'Kareforce' at Work

Recently, one of our valued Finance and Accounting consultants on assignment with Charles Schwab tragically lost her home to the lightning storms that passed through Central Florida. Liliana Rodriguez, a working mother of two, was left stranded and homeless as their house burned to the ground. This devastating disaster forced her family to move into a family member's spare bedroom until they figure out what to do next.

When we brought this to the attention of Ray Morganti, VP of Sales Operations at Kforce, he immediately went to the board of Fezzywig (Kforce's Charity Foundation). The Fezzywig board promptly voted YES in favor of assisting Liliana and her family. Because of this, we were able to surprise Liliana at work and give her a helping hand. Liliana and her family were presented with an $800 gift certificate to Wal-Mart, and a trip to Tampa to visit a special warehouse where she can get whatever she needs to start over again (furniture, appliances, and the like).

Tears of joy flowed all over the room as Liliana's co-workers and managers looked on. What an emotional moment!

This is just one of the stories we like to share with our partners and friends about how we work hard to really care for our consultants everyday.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Quote of the Day

“Never judge anyone until you have walked a mile in their shoes. That way, when you judge them, you are a mile away and you have their shoes.”


Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Kforce Clinical Research Wins Merck Award

Kris Ellis, President Kforce Clinical Research and Darlene Cassello, Strategic Account Director, accepted the Outstanding Operational Award for Clinical Development at the Merck Supplier Recognition Forum on Thursday, June 12.

Merck invited 75 strategic suppliers from around the world to this recognition event at their corporate headquarters in Whitehouse Station, NJ. The award presented to KCR was in recognition and appreciation for outstanding contributions to Merck’s success and business performance.

“This is very significant and a major accomplishment. For a firm of Merck’s values and history to recognize Kforce suggests a real validation of the business model and alignment of vision and values,” said Dave Dunkel, CEO.

Kforce was one of only thirteen suppliers to win an award. President of Health & Life Sciences, Pete Alonso said that it is an outstanding achievement for Kris Ellis and the KCR team.

Being recognized for its client-centric approach emphasizes KCR’s commitment to Kforce’s mission to be the firm most respected by those we serve.

“Our partners at Merck are wonderful people and our business relationship is both enjoyable and rewarding. It was such a great day,” said Ellis.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Great High-Level Consultants at Great Rates

If your organization is in need of specialized consultants for upcoming projects, we can help. We currently have numerous high-level consultants available at great rates! I have a spreadseet available that outlines skillsets and bill rates.

Some sample skillsets are Oracle Developers, SAS Programmers, .NET Developers, Technical Java Leads, and many more. Bill rates range from $59 to $74 per hour - all inclusive for contract assignments that are six months or longer.

Please let me know if you are interested in learning more about one of our great IT resources.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Kforce to Sponsor State of the Art Technology Center

The Gary & Mavis Smith Salesian Youth Center is the newest Boys & Girls Club center and Kforce is helping make it the best. The 142 acre center is now under construction and upon completion will include a state of the art technology center funded entirely by Kforce Jeans Days. The technology center will be equipped with large screen LCD TVs, 20 PCs and an electronic gaming center with Xbox and Wii systems.

Kforce’s sponsorship is unprecedented and will set a new standard for clubs to come, says the Boys & Girls Club. Take a look at the club under construction...

If you’re interested in learning about how you can support the Boys and Girls Clubs of America in Tampa or elsewhere, please contact Ray Morganti, 813-552-3478.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Great People = Great Results (x3)

There are definitely some very tough days in my business, and, recently, a few of those days have come back-to-back and seemed to go on-and-on. It can be difficult to keep things in perspective when the going gets tough, but I try to remember that hard work and consistent effort pay off, and that continuously refining my process and and really weighing and evaluating client and candidate feedback paves the road to successful long-term partnerships.

That being said, my job is also very rewarding on days like today. Already this week, I have helped three of my clients find the talent that they need by connecting them with our great candidates. I received confirmation today that we have three candidates starting with my clients on Monday: A Senior QA Analyst starting with Universal Studios, an entry-level QA Analyst starting with Tempus Resorts International, and a Senior DBA starting with Connextions, Inc.

While I truly enjoy working with managers to find the right match, hearing the excitement in our candidate's voices when we call to deliver an offer reminds me just how meaningful my work can be. Helping people develop their careers and connecting them with great opportunities is definitely worth the effort, even if there are a few bumps here and there along the way.
As always, our efforts result in even more great candidates looking for the right "homes" and next opportunities, so if your organization happens to be in the market for these (or other IT) skillsets, please feel free to contact me.