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Tips for Recruiting Passive Candidates

PS&R knows that sometimes the most talented candidates are not the ones looking for a new job. But just because someone is employed, doesn’t mean they are not open to a fresh opportunity. Here are our thoughts on how to successfully seek and attract passive candidates.

Take time to research. If you find a candidate you are interested in, learning about them ahead of time is key. Read their company biography and their LinkedIn profile. Check out what they post on Twitter and Facebook and try to find industry articles written about or by them. The more you know, the better equipped you will be to craft the right pitch.

Ask the right questions. Remember that you are trying to persuade someone who is not on the job hunt to make the leap to your company. This means you need to find out what interests them the most. Once you’ve given them your pitch you can ask questions such as; “What do you love about your current job?” or, “What would you like to see in an offer from us?”. Knowing what they are looking for will help you make an offer they will accept.

Get them excited. Make sure the candidate knows what your company is all about, and why they will be happy there. You’ve done your research, so use the information you gleaned to talk about things that will pique their interest: future projects that they will be involved in, plans for company growth, or potential new roles and opportunities.

If your company needs assistance recruiting passive and active applicants for top positions, Preferred Staffing & Recruiting can help. As a leading Boston recruiting firm, we will leverage years of experience and proven recruiting strategies to find you the best candidates.


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Motivating Your Temporary Employees

Making sure your temp employees are happy and feel valued is essential to ensuring that they will work hard for you. PS&R has gathered some ideas to help you incent and excite temporary employees in your workplace.

Treat your temps like part of the team. There is already a disparity between how temporary and permanent employees are paid, given bonuses, and given benefits. There can be a psychological difference between the two groups as well. Try to nullify any preexisting hard feelings by treating and rewarding all employees as a team. Be sure to project that each individual has contributed their part to the successful accomplishments of the group.

Choose the right incentives. If you know this assignment does not have the opportunity to become permanent, create incentives that workers can earn in a short period of time. You could also make the incentives something that will give the employee a sense of pride in the company; such as an employee discount or exclusive products or promotional items.

Consider taking them perm. If there is an opportunity for the temporary position to become permanent, let the employee know right away. This is the easiest way to incentivize someone to work harder and smarter, and to take an active interest in the success of the company.

PS&R has over thirty years of experience helping job seekers and employers in the Boston area. We enjoy taking the time to get to know our clients and our candidates, enabling us to consistently make the right match. If you are looking for a staffing and recruiting agency in Massachusetts, PS&R would be happy to assist you with your needs!


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Is Your Recruiter Experienced Enough to Trust?

Our clients believe that three major themes set Preferred Staffing & Recruiting apart from other recruitment agencies: Trust, Experience and Action.


Kathy Orcutt, founder and president of PS&R, is hands on with each and every client and candidate.  Her professionalism coupled with her phenomenal listening skills put people at ease, confident in the knowledge that she is truly working for them.  As the operator of a small business herself, she works hard to find small businesses and non-profits to work with. Kathy quickly connected with another local woman business owner in need of a temporary office manager. This business owner said; “This was the first time my company has used a temp agency, and we hit the jackpot when we found PS&R. They are so professional and Kathy Orcutt, the owner, treated us like we were her only clients!”  There’s no need to deal with a large recruitment firm when you can have a reliable and personalized experience with PS&R!


PS&R was originally established in 1984. Now, with over thirty years of experience, we continue to provide top quality staffing services to companies and institutions in the Greater Boston area and beyond.  Kathy’s team has placed temporary and direct hire candidates across all industries. We work with one particular client to seasonally staff dozens of temporary positions, and here is their enthusiastic response: “Preferred Staffing and Recruiting provides me with both quality and quantity candidates. They know the level of candidate talent that I require and personally meet with each and every one before submitting for my approval.”  Our ability to produce multiple qualified candidates for every client comes from years of industry knowledge.


It’s one thing to say you can place the right candidate but executing it is a whole different story! Our PS&R team succeeds because we treat every job opening as a new challenge, and we work tirelessly until the perfect match is found.  We get back to our clients and candidates promptly with communication, so you know we are always at work helping you in your employment search. The COO of one of our clients says,“Kathy’s ability to find great people and deftly bring them through the entire hiring process has made our company much better and I look forward to working with PS&R again in the future!”

Come and learn why Preferred Staffing & Recruiting’s collaborative and consultative approach makes us the best staffing agency in the greater Boston area and the perfect fit for you.  Visit us at or call Kathy today at 617.723.1919.


Ask KHO – Spring 2018 – Hiring is robust!

Kathleen Hannigan Orcutt (KHO) is a human resources and staffing industry veteran with over three decades of experience. As President of Preferred Staffing & Recruiting, her keen understanding of the news and views that help shape the industry has earned her a reputation as a trusted advisor and thought leader.

PS&R: Is spring a good time to hire?

KHO: Absolutely! After four storms in three weeks, employers are anxious to move forward. There is a lot of pent up demand and we’re very busy.

PS&R: How can employers find the best talent in this tight labor market?

KHO: Don’t go it alone. It really is a jungle out there. We specialize in delivering hard-to-find candidates with skills that tick off the boxes on your wish list, and we make the hiring process so much easier.

PS&R: Do you think we’ll see any growth in wages?

KHO: I think it’s important to remember that 2018 marks a decade out since the Financial Crisis. Many business owners have learned important lessons leading to solid improvements and new ways of doing business. Increasing wages is the next step and I do think we’ll begin to see that happen over the next two quarters.

PS&R: Who is hiring?

We’re doing more business with employers in engineering, biotech and other technical professions. Demand is high for civil and structural engineers, and as new grads enter the marketplace hiring will continue at a brisk pace. Hiring is also strong and steady in the business sector and in education and health care.

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Temporary Work: 10 Tips for Success

Employers and job seekers looking for flexible solutions find temporary work to be an excellent option. While there’s no guarantee that a temporary job will turn into a permanent position, the potential is certainly there as more employers realize that hiring a temp allows them to try out a new employee before making a commitment.

What’s the best way to succeed as a temp? Follow these 10 tips:

  1. Fit in quickly, be easy to get along with and put others at ease.
  2. Show initiative and enthusiasm for learning new procedures and skills.
  3. Bring the three R’s to every assignment: respect, reliability and resourcefulness.
  4. Note and become mindful of your supervisor’s preferences, habits and routines.
  5. When others say, “that’s not my job” or “I don’t do that,” step up and say, Yes!
  6. Love meeting new people and show it – in person and over the phone.
  7. Always introduce yourself by name and not as “the temp.”
  8. Stay inspired by keeping a personal list of accomplishments.
  9. Excel at embracing change and appreciating variety.
  10. Treat every assignment like gold.

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Temporary Work: The Option Is Yours

More employers and job seekers looking for flexible solutions are finding temporary work to be an excellent option. Working as a temp offers opportunities to stay productive and keep earning “in between” jobs. And it’s ideal for those who want the flexibility to work part- or full-time in a variety of settings.

While there’s no guarantee that a temporary job will turn into a permanent position, the potential is certainly there as more employers realize that hiring a temp allows them to try out a new employee before making a commitment.

For example, a company manager who was unable to find his ideal candidate decided to hire a temp for help with a new product launch. After the temp turned in several weeks of strong performance, he realized that she was actually the person he’d been searching for. Eager to create a full-time, permanent position if the right candidate ever came along, the manager made an offer and the temp accepted – a win-win for both.

What’s the best way to succeed as a temp? Check back for 10 tips for success.

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More Great Reasons to Hire a Staffing Professional

  1. Increase your chances of finding your ideal candidate by working with pros that have making the right match down to a science.
  1. Take advantage of their strong coaching and communications skills and the added value these provide.
  1. Benefit from their best practices in selecting candidates, offering thorough assessments and providing honest feedback.
  1. Understand the power of their networking capability. Being constantly plugged in to what is happening in the Massachusetts business marketplace enables staffing professionals to consistently perform – and often outperform – in all business climates.
  1. Recognize that staffing professionals bring trust and stability to company operations, increase productivity and the bottom line!

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Great Reasons to Hire a PS&R Staffing Professional


PS&R Staffing professionals are expert matchmakers who excel at bringing employers and job seekers together. Work with the best by choosing those who are ethical and trustworthy with years of proven experience and a well earned reputation for success.

  1. We understand that time is money and work to free up employers to focus their time on doing business and increasing the bottom line, not sifting through stacks of resumes.

  2. We are good listeners and we work hard to understand what is most important in meeting employers' needs.

  3. We are highly intuitive and superb at judging character, integrity and honesty to consistently deliver hard-to-find quality candidates.

  4. As successful staffing professionals, we build rapport easily and are skilled in discovering the strengths in candidates. However, we are also highly perceptive and will not hesitate to respectfully reject candidates who do not meet our high standards.

  5. We have many years of hands on, in the field experience, which makes us nimble and responsive, providing quick results and reducing turnover.

Look for more great reasons to partner with a staffing professional in the next post.

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