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How to Expand Your Team Quickly and Effectively

Here’s your playbook for streamlining your hiring process while still handling your day-to-day tasks like a pro.

Streamlining the Hiring Process: A Guide for Hiring Managers

From data-driven insights to leveraging technology, here’s a comprehensive guide on reducing the hiring process and attracting top talent:

Strategies for Overcoming the Challenge of Finding Skilled Candidates

As industries evolve and technology advances, the demand for specialized skills continues to grow, creating a widening gap between the skills employers need and those available in the talent pool.

Unlocking the Future of Recruitment: The Power of Hiring for Soft Skills

From improved team dynamics to increased productivity, the emphasis on soft skills is reshaping the future of recruitment.

Unlocking Success: The Hidden Benefits of Utilizing a Talent Agency to Hire Contractors

This article delves into the hidden advantages of partnering with a talent agency to hire contract employees and how it can propel your organization to new heights.

Swooner of the Quarter

We are excited to announce our Swooner of the Quarter for Q4, Liza! What is Swooner of the Quarter? Swooners […]

The Future of Hiring is Skill-Based

As your organization prepares for the next wave of talent acquisition, consider these actionable tips to integrate and excel seamlessly in skills-based hiring.

Revolutionizing Recruitment: The Power of Proactive Candidate Engagement

In this article, we delve into what proactive candidate engagement entails, the remarkable benefits it offers, why every forward-thinking hiring manager should care, and how staffing agencies are poised to play a pivotal role in its implementation.

Employer Branding: A Strategic Path to Elevating Candidate Experience and Attracting Top Talent

In this article, we explore how companies can harness the power of employer branding to elevate the candidate experience and win over top talent.

Announcing Our New Vice President of Finance, Traci Weiss

We are excited to announce that Traci Weiss has been promoted from Senior Director of Finance to Vice President of […]

Attracting and Retaining Gen Z Talent in Your Company

Gen Z is a generation that demands a nuanced approach, and by tailoring your strategies, you can position your company as an attractive employer of choice for this emerging workforce.

Revolutionizing Recruitment: Unveiling the Power of Data-Centric Hiring

Staying ahead of the competition requires more than just vision and strategy – it demands leveraging cutting-edge technologies to make informed decisions. This is where data-centric recruiting offers a game-changing approach that transforms how organizations attract, assess, and hire top talent.

Unleashing the Power of AI: 9 Ways to Improve Your Hiring Processes with Artificial Intelligence

The emergence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has sparked a revolutionary shift in the way companies approach recruitment. By harnessing the power of AI, organizations can streamline their hiring processes, improve candidate selection, and ultimately secure the best fit for their teams.

Boosting Workplace Productivity: Strategies for a Thriving Workplace

In this article, we will explore practical strategies that organizations can implement to increase profitability in the workplace.

Top 5 Strategies for Retaining Your Top Talent in 2023

Retaining your top talent has always been a challenge for organizations. In this article, we will discuss strategies for retaining your top talent in 2023.

Creating a Positive Candidate Hiring Experience to Attract Top Talent

Attracting top talent is a key priority for any organization striving for success. Here are several ways you can achieve a positive candidate experience:

Swooner of the Quarter

We are pleased to introduce our Swooner of the Quarter for Q1, Kayla! How does it work? Swooners have the […]

Strategies Employers Can Implement to Support Employee Career Development and Advancement

Here are some strategies that employers can use to support their team’s career development and advancement:

Creating a More Inclusive Workplace: Strategies for Companies to Follow

This article will explore strategies companies can follow to create a more inclusive work environment.

The Vital Importance of DE&I in the Workplace: Fostering Creativity, Innovation, and Productivity

In this article, we explore the critical importance of DE&I in the workplace and why organizations need to prioritize it.

How to Attract and Retain Top Talent in 2023

In today’s competitive job market, candidates have more power than ever to choose their employer. They are increasingly seeking companies that align with their values and offer a strong overall compensation package, benefits, growth opportunities, and work-life balance.

Celebrating Women with Initiative: Empower, Encourage, and Educate – Part 2

Join Leslie Burkes, Carly Bell, and Kevonne Holloway as they discuss women in leadership, work-life balance, and DE&I in the workplace.

Celebrating Women with Initiative: Empower, Encourage, and Educate – Part 1

Join Lori Miller, Carmen Jackson, and Kelly Bengtson as they discuss empowering women in leadership, leveling the playing field when it comes to promotions, and mental health in the workplace.

Swooner of the Quarter – Q4

Swooner of the Quarter recognizes one of our team members for going above and beyond for the quarter. Swooners submit […]

Announcing Our New SVP and Head of Swoon Staffing, Sara Riggs

We’re honored to announce that Sara Riggs has been promoted from Vice President of Recruiting to Senior Vice President and […]

Announcing Swoon’s New President, Lori Miller (Kalbfleisch)

With the new year comes exciting changes and a new chapter for Swoon! We are excited to announce that Lori […]

Swooner of the Quarter – Q3

Swooner of the Quarter recognizes one of our team members for going above and beyond for the quarter. Swooners submit […]

Intertwining Sustainability and DE&I in the Workplace

According to a Deloitte study, “almost 9 in 10 millennials believe that a company’s success should be measured in terms […]

Why We Can’t Move Forward Without Diversity in AI

Join Angle and Quyen as they have a candid discussion surrounding the importance of diversity in AI, how to attract and retain diverse talent, and much more!

Minority Health and Why It’s Important to Prioritize Well-Being

There is a growing awareness around the unique challenges men, especially men of color, face regarding their mental health. However, toxic masculinity, various stigmas, and distrust of the healthcare system still run rampant, leaving many to suffer alone. Sit down with our panel to discuss minority health and well-being.

Swooner of the Quarter – Q1

Swooner of the Quarter recognizes one of our team members for going above and beyond for the quarter. Swooners submit […]

A Win for Swoon: Celebrating Influential Women in Business Part 2

Join our panel as they discuss their career journeys, how to make room for continued learning, risks, and advice for women in leadership.

Swooner of the Quarter – Q4

Swooner of the Quarter recognizes one of our team members for going above and beyond for the quarter. Swooners submit […]

Swooner of the Quarter – Q3

This quarter’s winner was Kayla Moore. As a Lead Technical Recruiter, Kayla joined Swoon toward the end of Q2 and has absolutely crushed it this quarter.

Swooner of the Quarter – Q2

Introducing our Swooner of the Quarter for Q2 – Ryan Grozinski! Swooner of the Quarter recognizes one of our team […]

Swoon Named One of Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

We are excited to announce that Swoon has been named one of Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For! […]

Swoon announced as one of SIA’s 2021 Diversity-Owned Staffing Firms

We are proud to be included in the 89 reported organizations on the Diversity-Owned Staffing Firms list that are a certified women-owned business!

Swoon Announced as an Allegis Global Solutions 2021 Strategic Partner

We have done it again! We’re honored to be recognized by Allegis Global Solutions as a 2021 Strategic Partner for the 3rd year in a row!

Swooner of the Quarter – Q4

Introducing our Q4 – Swooner of the Quarter, Maggie Becker! What is Swooner of the Quarter? Swooner of the Quarter […]

Swoon Awarded ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing Client Satisfaction Diamond Award

We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded with ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing Diamond award for the 6th […]

Swooner of the Quarter – Q3

Introducing our Q3 – Swooner of the Quarter, Danielle Schmidt! Swooner of the Quarter recognizes one of our team members […]

Swoon Named 2020 Best and Brightest Company to Work for in the Nation

We are excited to announce that we have been named a 2020 Best and Brightest Company to Work for in […]

Direct Hire vs. Contract Employees – Which one is going to be best for you and your company?

Written in conjunction with Joe Matalone – Executive Vice President, Chris Thrall – Director of Talent Solutions and Colin Harris […]

A Powerful Partnership

Our client, the largest customer-owned health insurer in the nation, leverages analytics to drive business performance and create new value […]

Swoon made Inc. 5000’s annual list of fastest growing, privately owned companies!

Swoon has done it again! We’re very excited to announce our placement on the Inc. 5000 list for Fastest Growing, […]

Swooner of the Quarter – Q2

Our Swooner of the Quarter winner for Q2

Swoon Named One of the 2020 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® in Chicago

Swoon named one of the 2020 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in Chicago!

Hybrid Teams and How To Lead Them

We all know that some of our team members are just dying to get into the office, while others might be skeptical. Having a hybrid team allows your employees to choose what’s best for them. However, it means that you will need to adopt a new type of leadership.

Future of Work

As the pandemic has shifted work trends, businesses must continue to be agile, set employees up for success, establish safety […]

Swooner of the Quarter – Q1

Introducing our Q1 – Swooner of the Quarter, Miranda Sullivan! Swooner of the Quarter recognizes one of our team members […]

Building a Billion-Dollar Banking App

One of the largest investment banking enterprises in the world was looking for a strategic partner to re-architect their online […]

Building a Team from Coast to Coast

A Fortune 500 online travel shopping company needed a quick solution to a big problem—assemble a brand-new team across the […]

Retaining Top Talent

One of the largest U.S. public universities was facing high turnover due to lackluster employee performances. The talent struggles spanned […]

Onboarding New Remote Hires

Are you a company that’s still hiring, but faced with the new challenge of how to onboard your new remote employees? Here are some tips for you!

Best Advice for Job Seekers in Today’s Market

Times are tough, but so are you! Don’t let your fear of the unknown cause you to decrease your efforts in finding a job. There are still companies hiring and lots of them. You need to refocus your efforts, and eventually, you will land an opportunity!

Virtual Happy Hour

Grab your drink of choice, cuddle up next to your pet and get ready for some tips for your next happy hour!

Swooner of the Quarter – Kaylie Mora

We are so excited to introduce our most recent Swooner of the Quarter, Kaylie Mora! Swooner of the Quarter recognizes […]

May Contractor of The Month – Jordan Chan

May’s Contractor of the Month is Jordan Chan, a Quality Control Monitoring Specialist for Swoon’s mobile payment client in San […]

April Contractor of the Month- Adam Jennings

April’s Contractor of Month is Adam Jennings, a Digital Asset/Rights Manager at Swoon’s business and employment-oriented service client in San […]

Swoon’s 5th Annual Silent Auction Event Was The Best Yet!

On Friday, March 22nd, Swoon hosted our fifth annual fundraising event to raise money for Almost Home Kids (AHK), a […]

Three Resume Tips from Our Expert Recruiters

Here at Swoon, our recruiters see hundreds of resumes a day and are aware of what makes a resume stand […]

February Contractor of the Month – Stacey Hou

February’s Contractor of the Month is Stacey Hou, a Financial Analyst turned Data Analyst at one of Swoon’s clients, a […]

January Contractor of the Month-John Santaguida

January’s Contractor of the Month is John Santaguida, a Business Analyst at one of Swoon’s social media and mobile application […]

The Human Element: Why Do People Ghost?

And why is it more accepted, even normal, today? Recently, there have been many publications on “ghosting” which, according to […]

December Contractor of the Month- Brent Danis

Congratulations to December’s Contractor of the Month, Brent Danis! Brent is a Senior Technical Product Manager at one of Swoon’s […]

Maximize Productivity and Crush Year-End Goals

December is here and that means most people are anxiously awaiting the holidays (I know I am). With after work […]

November Contractor of the Month – Peggy Martz

Swoon’s November Contractor of the Month is Peggy Martz, a Recruiting Agent for a large manufacturing client in Peoria, Illinois. […]

October Contractor of the Month – Nirmit Rungta

Swoon’s October Contractor of the Month is Nirmit Rungta, a Business Analyst for a large healthcare client in Richmond, Virginia. […]

September Contractor of the Month – Alan Robinson

Our September Contractor of the Month is Alan Robinson, Technical Support Specialist at one of Swoon’s largest pharmaceutical clients in […]

Wellness Wednesdays- Chapter 2: Healthcare and Benefits

There is a common saying that goes, “to best know how to use something that belongs to you, you must […]

Swoon Tunes- Swoon Rioters

In honor of Riot Fest in Chicago this weekend, Swooners are sharing some of their favorite jams from the performing […]

What’s Your Biggest Weakness?

You have taken all the right steps to prepare for your interview and you are ready to give it your […]

SwoonGen Homecoming Swoon Tunes

Happy First Friday! We are hosting a Swoon and NextGen homecoming tonight and wanted to make sure our Swoon Tunes […]

National Lazy Day – Swoon Tunes

To celebrate #nationallazyday, we put together our favorite songs that feature being “lazy.” So kick back, relax and listen.   […]

Swoon Tunes- Lolla Clique ’18

This playlist is dedicated to our annual company Lollapalooza trip. These are some of our favorite artists performing Friday and […]

Swoon Tunes: California Dreamin’

  These tunes are inspired by California and our San Diego office! Have a great weekend and keep California dreamin’. […]

Swoon Tunes- Friday 5 at 5- America!

  Happy pre-Independence Day weekend! We hope you listen to these songs while chillin’ by the pool, grilling out with […]

Swoon Tunes – Mamby Shoutout

Festival season is here in the Windy City of Chicago! This playlist is an ode to the Mamby on the […]

Diversity In the Workplace: A Never-Ending Momentum

As technology continues to advance and the need for niche skillsets in the workplace continues to grow, the importance of […]

Swoon Tunes: Pride Month!

Pride Month! Thes are a few of our favorite tracks heard on the daily up and down Boystown here in […]

90’s Summer Throwbacks – Friday 5 at 5

This week’s Swoon Tunes are influenced by the heat in Chicago as we skipped spring and hopped right into summer. […]

Friday 5 at 5 – O Canada!

This week’s Swoon Tunes are dedicated to Canada! I’ve picked 5 of my favorite Canadian artists because we just opened […]

Swoon Tunes – Coachella Style

This week’s Swoon Tunes are dedicated to the best acts I saw in the desert during weekend 1 of Coachella. […]

Sofar So Good!

Have you ever attended a musical performance that felt like it was put on just for you and a few […]

Swoon’s Fourth Annual Fundraising Event Benefiting Almost Home Kids

Last Friday, March 23rd, Swoon and NextGen Global hosted our third annual fundraising event to raise money for the local […]

Swoon Tunes – Friday 5 at 5 – Green, Gold and Luck!

Did you know that Chicago, IL is the #1 destination in the country for St. Patrick’s Day? Did you know […]

Friday 5 at 5 – Togetherness Edition

This week’s Swoon Tunes are dedicated to our ever so growing and loving squad here at Swoon. Our bowling outing […]

Swoon Tunes – Friday 5 at 5

It’s Holi, the festival of color! Here are some colorful songs to welcome you to the weekend. Cheers! The Jimi […]

Swoon Tunes – Year of the Dog

This week’s Swoon Tunes are dedicated to the Year of the Dog. Happy Chinese New Year!! Here at Swoon, we […]

Swoon Tunes Snow Day

Major snowfall here in Chicago brought on a snow day and most likely a snowed-in weekend for us Swooners. This […]

Swoon Tunes-Friday 5 at 5

This week’s Swoon Tunes are dedicated to January which started the year off strong but is now coming to an […]

Job Search Tips To Help You Achieve Your 2018 Career Goals

With the end of each year comes a list of goals and resolutions for the coming year. Everywhere you go, […]

How to Prevent Burnout Employees

Burnout employees are spread thin, overworked, and typically fly under the radar which results in a lack of feedback and […]

The Importance of Keeping Your Employees Engaged

Engaged employees are the ones who see the end goal, work towards more than completing a daily checklist and want […]

Inavero Best of Staffing Award 2017

We are honored to be awarded with Inavero’s Best of Staffing 2017 Award! Our clients have kindly recognized our above […]

Selling Yourself in an Interview

Finding a job that you do well and enjoy can be a tall task. It may seem like your search […]

Taking a New Approach in Your Job Search

There’s nothing more frustrating than feeling you’ve exhausted all of your options in a job search. You’re sure that you’ve […]

Better Hiring Practices: Should You Hire Skills or Personalities?

Every time you have an open position in your company, the struggle begins. You want to hire someone who is […]

Three Essential Resume Types That Get Results in a Job Search

Okay, you’ve made great contacts at industry meet-ups, overhauled your Twitter and Facebook accounts to present a more professional image […]

How Startups Can Attract Top Talent

It’s not easy to pull talent away from big established companies. It’s easy to lose the battles of money and […]

Some Brown Nose, We at Swoon Prefer Red

From the moment I stepped out of Walgreens with 60 Red Noses to pass out to Swooners and NextGeners I […]

Six Things You’re Doing Wrong in Your Job Search

Most of the mistakes people make when job hunting stem from a lack of self-awareness and rigid thinking. The people […]

Stats that Steer a Hiring Strategy

LinkedIn recently pulled together data from its surveys to paint a picture that may or may not surprise you around […]

Small Things that Can Win You the Job

Hiring managers can be swayed by the small things. Obviously you have to check the big boxes, but we always […]

Swoon Recognized as One of the Fastest Growing Female Led/Owned Companies

The Women’s President Organization and American Express recently recognized Swoon as being in the top 50 Fastest Growing Women-Led/Owned Companies. […]

Hiring Better in Five Steps

Good hiring practices aren’t all that difficult but they do require a lot of follow-through. Using your instincts or “gut” […]

Swoon’s Silent Auction for Almost Home Kids a Big Success

Earlier this month, Swooners got together to host a silent auction to benefit a really great cause. We raised over […]

We Enjoyed Being a Part of these in 2015

Maybe you’re looking for some charitable organizations you can help out this year. We learned a lot, had a good […]

Swoon Helps Out at the Ronald McDonald House

What could be better this time of year than baking cookies and decorating Christmas trees? Answer: baking cookies and decorating […]

Mercy Home Outreach

Swoon loves the work Mercy Home does. Most of us come from a loving, stable home, but this isn’t true […]

Seven Tips for a Networking Event

First of all congratulations. Deciding to go to what could be a lame or awkward event is likely going to […]

HFS Scholars Casino Night: Bettin’ for a Bright Future

At Swoon we are dedicated to identifying and connecting great talent with great work. We know that talent resides everywhere, […]

Culture Check: How Can I Tell if They’ll be a Good Fit?

It’s really difficult when a skilled and smart person simply doesn’t fit in at your office. It’s something that’s easy […]

Open Heart Magic

There’s always some magic happening around the Swoonscape, so it made sense to share our space with some truly dedicated […]

Susan G Komen Race for the Cure

What do you call people willing to race in the rain and cold when it’d be just as easy to […]

Account Executives: Are you ready to be Swoon’d?

We are growing in 2015 and we’re looking for exceptional Account Executives to join us. The team is seeking Swooners […]

Hearts beating. Legs pounding. Teeth chattering. All for a good cause: The 2015 Shamrock Shuffle!

The cold didn’t douse the dedication of the runners or those ready to lend moral support. Swooners and NextGeners got […]

At Ronald McDonald We Served Breakfast for Dinner. Say What?

At Swoon, we are always thinking of ways we can give back to our community. Last month, the Professional Services […]

How to Find the Best Talent

You want to staff your company with the best employees. The high flyers, hotshots and true leaders. The ones that […]