A message from our partners

AquantUs was started out of a passion for helping people. Ten years later, that passion remains at the core of what we do, especially in times like these. We want to assure you that AquantUs continues to work for you to address your staffing (direct hire, interim consulting, and contract) and/or job search needs. We are fully operational, and are working diligently to set up virtual interviews and keep the ball rolling!

We’ve been through challenging times in the past, and we’ve seen that the companies that can keep the hiring process moving forward are able to add top talent and recover from challenging situations more quickly. In addition, if you are a hiring manager looking to temporarily fill hiring gaps in order to ease your current employees’ workload, let’s speak about getting you set up with an interim consultant and/or contractor. These individuals are fully equipped (with their own equipment) to work remotely and have a multi-year history of being fully productive and accessible while working remotely.

With that being said, if you are curious as to what is going on in the job market, please email info@aquantusllc.com to set up a call with one of our partners.  We’ve had numerous conversations with our clients about how they are adapting to the current situation as they manage remote employees and continue to interview, hire, and on-board and would be happy to share that intel with you.

If there is anything else you need from us, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Tiffany & Todd Hoffine

Work from home — we’re all in this together

Here it is, folks – we’re getting a taste of the future. Before the infamous COVID-19 made its debut, workers spoke of a world in which we would all be working remotely. Replying to emails from the comfort of our own sofa has long been romanticized. Our peers with generous work from home policies have been envied. Sign-on packages have been negotiated to include the freedom to break from the shackles of the morning commute, the office desk, the office candy bowl.

Telecommuting is the future, we chanted in droves, as we desperately clung to the hope of a better work-life balance.

Now, we’re longing for our morning commutes, our office desks, our office candy bowl. Now, we’re longing for a taste of normalcy.

Seemingly overnight our reality changed and our self-discipline was put to the test. We got what we wanted, with a caveat. We’re working from home, alright, but now we’re all working from home: kids, spouses, partners, roommates… even the dog is home from daycare. We are piled on-top of each other and doing everything we can to sustain our last ounce of sanity.

We’re faced with the challenges of slowed internet, constant video calls, kids running around the house, blurred work-life balance, and, consequently, reduced productiveness. To help you, we’ve compiled a list of things that are personally helping us stay on top of our work, and, give ourselves a little self-love in the meantime.

Emulate your in-office environment at home

This advice came from a couple of our team-members, so it seems to have the biggest impact of keeping business running as usual. We, as humans, compartmentalize things and your work space is one of those.  Creating a space that is strictly for work will help you switch “work-mode” on and off. Set it up with a second screen, a mouse, pens, notepads, maybe even an essential oil diffuser to create a serene and cheerful area.

Work your normal office hours – yes, shut off your laptop at your normal time – and keep yourself on a schedule. Having a routine and maintaining order is the first step to remaining productive in this trying time.

Get dressed to feel your best

It can be extremely tempting to roll out of bed and work in the clothes that you slept in. What’s the point of changing when nobody is going to see you, right? Not exactly. Much like a designated working area signals your brain to switch gears, changing your clothes can do the same.

According to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and featured in this article by CNBC,

“professionals perform better on tasks when wearing clothes with ‘symbolic meaning.’ In the study, they found that doctors were more focused and performed better at work when wearing a lab coat. For a business professional, wearing a nice outfit may boost how you feel about work. Research by Joy V. Peluchette and Katherine Karl found, ‘Respondents felt most authoritative, trustworthy, and competent when wearing formal business attire, but friendliest when wearing casual or business casual attire.’”

Get moving

Another concern that has presented itself with the social isolation movement is mental health wellness, especially for those living alone. That is why it is so important to give yourself time out of your day to move – take a walk around the block, stream one of the hundreds of fitness classes that are being offered by local studios (many of which are free and you can find here!), or maybe even take a drive around your community.

If you are accustomed to a doing a lot of things outside of your home, surrounded by many people, isolation can feel like a prison. It is so vital to keep your body moving in order to keep your mind clear!

Use this time to practice self-care

This is a fun one! When we have a “normal” schedule outside, we often let self-care fall to the side. This is a great time to paint on a face mask, wear warm socks, and to give your eyes a break by going a couple of days without wearing your contacts!

Get busy in the kitchen

Continuing with the theme of not doing things because we simply don’t have enough time, use isolation as a way to treat yourself to some home cooked meals! Doing something that you normally don’t have time to do will give you something to look forward to and sharpen your creativity – leading to a sense of accomplishment!

Direct quotes

To top off this segment, we thought it would be fun to add direct quotes from our team – you know, since we’re all lacking human contact right now. Enjoy!

“Taking a walk during my lunch break has helped me feel refreshed when I come back to tackle the second half of the day. Also, the dual monitor has been incredible! My wife has been working upstairs so it helps that she is not in the same room, but having lunch with her has been nice.”Christian

Isabell says:

  • Use the time you would have used to commute to work, to make a hearty breakfast.
  • Face masks/self care while working.
  • During breaks get blood pumping by walking around or doing jumping jacks
  • Put relaxing music in the background
  • Don’t work in bed, make a make shift office area with little distractions
  • Set up a routine (breaks, lunch, etc.)

“For working from home I’ve found that not changing your processes and work habits is key even though the setting is different.” – Kohler

“The most critical piece that I have learned from WFH is to keep a schedule and get ready as if you are going into the office. Start and end at the same times and take a lunch break. I think people get trapped into working after hours and that can cause unnecessary stress. Also, make sure the setting is conducive to you being productive. Don’t work in your pajamas or from your bed because you will absolutely not get things done.” – Chesley

“I’ve taken advantage of this time to squeeze in an online yoga class during lunch. This keeps my blood flowing and helps me clear my head. As a side-effect of getting my work out done during the day, I’m able to make dinner earlier and get to bed earlier. I’m also having fun trying new recipes. Since I’m not running from the office to the gym – leaving little time to experiment in the kitchen – I have the opportunity to try more complex recipes which gives me something to look forward to during the day!” – Amelia

And last, but not least:

“Your husband will steal your pen. He’ll deny it, but when you are the only 2 people in the house, his guilt will be pretty clear.” – Anonymous🤐

 

Stay safe out there!

What are the benefits of partnering with a recruiter?

Let’s cut to the chase. Literally. Let’s skip the ATS. Let’s skip the ‘submit your resume then fill out the form’ routine. Let’s skip the weeks of wishing, waiting, hoping for a callback. Let’s cut to the chase, together.

You are more than just a number (or a piece of paper) and you deserve to be treated as such. As we mentioned in our previous post, job hunting is daunting, at best, and a total-freaking-letdown, at worst. But. It doesn’t have to be that way – cross our hearts!

We get a lot of people that don’t understand where a recruiter fits into the job search journey. And that’s okay. Think of us as the Disney Fast Pass, but without screaming children, and without an absurd overhead price.

You see, we work directly with companies. Yes, that means you can stop tracking down hiring managers, friends-of-friends, and that one LinkedIn connection that you sat next to in freshman-year statistics. WE ARE THAT 1ST DEGREE CONNECTION!

Here’s the process from start to finish – are you ready?

  1. You contact us
  2. Send us your resume
  3. Talk about opportunities that we have in our arsenal
  4. Take the ones you want and leave the ones you don’t
  5. Nail the interview
  6. Accept an offer

Yes, it’s that easy! Not convinced that you could literally be starting a new job in a month? See it for yourself here and here.

 

Now that you have a better idea, let’s talk details.

 

Your initial conversation will be painless. Not only are the coolest (all bias aside), they’re knowledgeable, and they want the best for you. This convo won’t take long – plan to carve out about 15-20 minutes for it – and it will help the recruiter get a better feel for you, your trajectory, and your requirements.

Next, you’ll send us your resume. We’ll review it and stick our letterhead on it. Don’t worry, you’ll get to see the final product before we send it off!

Now, here comes the fun! This is when we get to talk opportunities. After compiling info from our initial conversation – and reading through your resume – we’ll present you with the jobs that align with your skill-set, experience, goals, values, and priorities.

Since you’re the boss through this whole process, you tell us which opportunities you would like us to submit you to. Remember: take what you want, leave what you don’t. After filling out a quick consent form (so you know where your resume is at all times), we’ll send your resume straight to the hiring manager (!!!). Do we need to repeat that? Your resume goes straight to the hiring manager.

If you are selected for an interview, we’ll hook you up with an interview preparation package that is tailored to that specific role and company. Think: fraternity/sorority house test bank. Also, we’ll do an interview prep with you so you don’t have to practice by yourself in a mirror. After your interview, we’ll have a little chat to ensure that no surprises arose and we’ll relay any feedback that we received from the client.

Last, but CERTAINLY not least: we’ll negotiate on your behalf, should our client wish to extend an offer to you. We advocate for you to ensure that you’re getting the best benefits and salary. You are our top priority and we want you to feel secure in your decision to trust us in your job hunt.

So, as you see, it’s not all about that commission check, as portrayed in Friends with Benefits. We want the best for you and will guarantee that you are taken care of through the entire process. Are you ready to take the leap? Search our job database or submit your resume here!

So You Want a New Job. Where Do You Start?

The days are long, but the years are short, they say.

It feels like yesterday when you started your journey at your company. It has been good to you – and the two of you have grown, together – but it’s time for you to go your separate ways. Maybe you’d like a more flexible schedule. Maybe you’d like to expand your skill set. Maybe you’re just ready for something new. Whatever the reason, you’ve decided that it’s time to part from the company that defined your career – the company that made you, even. Despite the booming job market, getting a new job is daunting, at best, and a total-freaking-letdown, at worst. Fortunately, we want to assist you in your quest. After all, it takes a village.

Lock it up.

Much of the job-hunting process can feel like it’s out of your control. Application after application: you submit your resume into the abyss of the internet with little-to-no response. Discouraging. In this case, it isn’t them, it is you. Competition is fierce and it’s easier than ever to get eliminated from a batch of potentials, no matter your experience. First line of order is to clean 👏 up 👏 your 👏 social 👏 media 👏. Stalk yourself on the internet. Follow your social media timelines back a couple of years. Do you have a video of you complaining about being bored at work? Delete it. And yes. We’ve seen it. We’ve seen it all.

Next, dig up your resume, dust it off, and give it some TLC.

This one might sound simple, but, again, we’ve seen it all. Any and all job duties performed in the past should be referred to in the past tense. On the contrary, any job duties that are performed at your current job should be reflected in the present tense. See example below:

XYZ Company, Atlanta, GA
Marketing Analyst

  • Design and create company eblasts
  • Schedule and manage video campaigns
  • Write for the Company’s blog

 

ABC Company, Atlanta, GA
Social Media Strategist

  • Managed seven high-profile social media accounts
  • Scheduled and coordinated photoshoots amongst influencers and clients

 

Now, make sure everything is consistent. Want to cap-off your bullet points with periods? Cool. Do it. Want to leave them free and open-ended? Cool. You can do that too. HOWEVER. Whichever route you choose, choose to stick with it. If you want to add periods, make sure there are periods on every single bullet point. This should get you started — be on the look out for a future blog with explicit resume instructions. Now onto networking.

It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.

This isn’t news, so we won’t spend much time on it. If you’ve been at the same company for years then it might be time to refresh your network. Expand your reach. Attend networking events. Connect with your school’s alumni. Tell everybody you know what kind of work you do and that you’re looking for a job. News spreads like wildfire and most people are willing to help if they can.

Contract, interim consulting, or direct hire?

Did you know that interim consulting and/or contract roles can offer you the flexibility to choose your own schedule, among other things? If you want to know more, check out our blog post where we go more in-depth!

 

Next step: let a recruiter cut through the noise and move you to the front of the queue.

Refreshed resume… check. Refreshed network… check. Now what? Research recruiters that specialize in your industry. On our next blog post we’ll discuss the benefits of hiring a recruiter and how it may help you get your dream job faster. Stay tuned!

Should You Consider Contract Work?

Your eyes shift from your computer screen to your office window in desperation of a little sunshine pick-me-up. Winter has peaked and you’re experiencing day 5 of gray clouds with a mix of dreary drizzles. It’s times like this when your body starts to crave a two-week vacation in Mexico.

Reality comes knocking at your front door when you check your remaining PTO days. Four days left.

You love your job, sure, but the hours are demanding and it has little work-life balance. You’ve missed happy hours, weddings, recitals, soccer games, and it might just be time for a change. That change, called contract work, might be easier than you think.

If you read our most recent post, you know that hiring a contract employee can be beneficial to companies. However, as a contract employee, you are also entitled to a myriad of perks. While we mostly hear of people transitioning to contract work because of the flexibility in scheduling, there are many other perks to working as a contract employee:

  1. Higher per-hour rate
  2. Getting “your foot in the door”
  3. Expand your skill set

Higher per-hour rate

Imagine a world where you don’t have to sit across from your boss and brag about yourself then awkwardly ask for a raise. As a contractor, you can generally demand a higher per-hour rate. Why? Because, according to this article, companies “don’t have to enter into expensive, long-term commitments or pay health benefits, unemployment compensation, Social Security taxes, and Medicare taxes.”

The downside? You will be responsible for withholding your own taxes, as well as submit quarterly estimated taxes to the IRS. However, as the qualified and talented financers and accountants you all are, you might enjoy doing that. Unlikely, but possible.

Getting “your foot in the door”

I know this is an article about why you should consider contract work, but we can’t ignore the fact that sometimes you would just kill to work permanently at your dream company. Unfortunately, a lot of people would also kill to work there. In this case, your answer to getting a full-time position at said company might be to do some contract work for them.

If you’ve ever looked behind the scenes of the hiring process you know that it’s involved. By involved, we mean, EVERYBODY has to come together to find the right person AND package up their offer. That’s right, legal, finance, HR, hiring managers, etc. all have to come to agreement.

Sometimes, work just needs to get done and there isn’t any time to argue consult with every department of the company. Hiring managers can typically bypass all of the noise by hiring a contract employee. By the end of your contract, there might be a new hiring budget, or hey, you might’ve just blown the socks off of everyone and they want to bring you on full-time. Either way, there’s always potential for a temporary position to turn into a permanent one.

Expand your skill set

Often, when you get into a permanent role your professional growth plateaus as you utilize the same systems, work alongside the same people, and perform the same tasks day-in and day-out for years. Contract work offers you the opportunity to expand your skill set by challenging you to learn new software systems, work with new people, and solve a different set of problems that come with different companies.

A key component of our job is to examine your resume before we send it off to a company. Contract employees have, on average, a resume that is two pages longer and more variable than the typical traditional employee.

So, now what?

Well, we can’t make that call for you. We can, however, encourage you to reach out to see what contract roles we’re working with. They might just speak to you.