Upgrade Your Skillset

Times have definitely been uncertain during the last year and while it has definitely been a rollercoaster, one silver lining to it may relate to your shift to a new career path. While the focus on remote working and learning has skyrocketed, many academic service providers have begun to offer massive discounts to their products & courses with the intent to aid those looking for change or growth.

While I’ll always recommend polishing a resume (even if you haven’t worked in a bit), wouldn’t it be nice to be able to add a shiny new certification like a CompTIA A+ or Network+?

Below are some resources that may help, should you decide to try your hand at something new or dust off something you haven’t used in a while!


1.) https://digitaldefynd.com/best-online-course-deals-coupons/ 

2.) https://www.businessinsider.com/where-to-take-classes-online

Staffing During a Pandemic

The spread of the COVID-19 has forever impacted the world, various companies and most of all, the recruiting process. Many businesses have switched from in-person interviews at their office to video interviews hosted at their kitchen table. This begs the question: how do we get across to candidates that our company culture and perks are more worthwhile than another company’s?

  1. Get creative. We have to switch our usual recruiting tactics because we’re facing unusual times. You can change a lot but a small update can make all the difference. Instead of sticking to the tried and true “Hi [name], are you in the job market?” ask if they’re open to “exciting new opportunities”. Always keep the door open even if they’re not! Also, there’s the opportunity to be more agile and adaptive. If your candidates will respond quicker to a text than an email or call, try it out!
  2. Give examples. Candidates love to hear about real work scenarios especially ones relating to how your company will treat them. If you know a candidate that you’ve hired has enjoyed anything specific about a client, use it as an example in discussing why the environment is worth applying to. It pays to be transparent about expectations because overselling may lead to under delivering!
  3. Show interest. A recruiter that genuinely cares about their candidates will always have the upper hand. Try seeing if there’s anything on the candidate’s resume that stands out and ask them about it –maybe they were a member of a sorority or fraternity that you may know something about, or they may have mentioned that they enjoy music or fishing (it’s more common to add that to a resume than you may think!). It helps to remember that on both sides of a conversation is a person, so treat them like one.

What are some of your staffing tips for the pandemic?

Spring Cleaning Your Resume

After a winter’s worth of hibernation, it’s time for more tips and tricks to help you get back into the swing of things!

As the weather gets warmer and flowers start to bloom again, we’re reminded that spring is a season of fresh things and rebirths. So, how’s your resume looking? Have you updated it recently? Gotten a new position, done some more studying within your field? No matter what you’ve done, always be prepared to take another stab at sprucing up your trusty old CV!

Consider it a bit of Spring cleaning!

Some things to help you get started:

  • Had any recent name and/or address changes?
  • Any new phone numbers/email addresses?
  • New job titles, promotions, or responsibilities?
  • Check your formatting! – make sure it’s uniform.

As always, stay tuned for more updates and happy editing!

Speed Dating For Job Hunters

According to hellotalent.com, job searching has become fast-paced and some companies (i.e., Shapr and Jobr) have adopted a technique similar to speed dating. A la Tinder or Bumble, positions will appear in a queue and you’ll swipe left or right to show interest. This allows for a more surface-level view of tons more positions than sifting for hours through ZipRecruiter or Indeed.

With these sites, you also have the option to take a moment and review whatever details are provided for the roles (because we love substance, don’t we?).

As we continue to focus on user experience and candidate/hiring manager convenience, I’m sure we’ll be seeing more developers creating apps like this.

Here’s to the age of technology!

What are your thoughts?

Maintaining The Talent Pool

Today’s recruiting tip is one that’s been around for ages! Still, it never hurts to revisit the basics.

When it comes to fulfilling different roles for our customers, it’s always easier when we know who’d be a good fit and would also be interested. TalentLyft refers to this methodology as maintaining a ‘talent pool.’ In this instance, the talent pool simply refers to “a place or database where recruiters and HR managers keep all of their top job candidates.”

The idea is definitely simple but also extremely effective. No matter how you’re introduced to the candidates, be they direct applicants, or outwardly sourced, having a directory with people in mind makes it much faster and far easier to match candidates with jobs that interest them and benefit the end client.

Do you agree? What are your thoughts?

A Demand For Soft Skills

Technology will always be a shifting current—what’s relevant today likely won’t be 10-20 years from now. This predicament is part of the reason that some employers find themselves consistently looking for new and fresh talent but very recently, some have come to understand that one thing will withstand the test of time: soft skills.

Universally lauded (I’m exaggerating but bear with me) and “future-proof”, as penned by harver.com, soft skills refer to things like empathy, communication, and critical thinking. These are things that “are personality-driven and… are what makes the difference between a good and a great candidate. After all, hard (tangible and technical) skills usually can be taught, while teaching someone how to show empathy is almost impossible…”

“As developments in technology are changing many industries rapidly, the demand for people with transferable, future-proof (as much as possible) and soft skills will rise.”

If you were on the fence about hiring a candidate for reasons like these, take a chance! You might be pleasantly surprised.

Tips For Your 2019 Job Search

If you plan on looking for a new job in 2019, then you’ll want to pay attention to these tips, they’ll help you launch and execute an effective 2019 job search.

1. Don’t depend on job boards – reach out to the hiring managers or recruiting agencies. 
2. Follow up, Follow up – create lists of the companies that you apply for and follow up on the status of your application. 
3. Prepare for the interview – talk to your recruiter, reach out to friends, practice, practice, practice it makes a difference
The market is saturated with candidates, the trick is differentiating yourself from the pack.
What tips do you have? Comment them below.

Meet Our Newest Employees Of 2019!

Torin Prentice
Ashley Zingler
Shaila Kirandumkara

Torin Prentice is our newest Account Administrator!

In this role, he will be assisting the Account Managers with their current accounts and  developing new ones.

Torin interests include photography, dance, music and sports.

Although he was born in Michigan, Virginia is his longest residency. He recently graduated from Christopher Newport University with a B.A. in Communication Studies.



Ashley Zingler is our newest Operations Admin and Executive Assistant!
When you enter the office, she is the first face you see and the operator when you call.
Ashley is a creative person who loves animals, dancing and coffee.
She grew up in a military family and moved 19 times before graduating high school. She settled down in Richmond in 2016 with her sweet pup Jersey.
Outside of work, Ashley enjoys camping, baking and spending time with friends and family.
Shaila Kirandumkara joined our team in early March as a Senior Recruiter.
“Recruiting is not just a job but it is a passion too,” she said.
Shaila is a Bangalore, India native who graduated from Annamalai University with a Master’s in Sociology.
She is an active participant of the Dominion Toastmaster club and spends her free time motivating school kids to become better citizens!

Meet Our Newest Employees Of 2018!

Vvia, Taylor, Tianna and Jody

Vivia Lewis joined Astyra as a Recruiting Assistant earlier this year. Ms. Lewis’ role at Astyra is to source and screen for qualified candidates, edit resumes, schedule interviews and communicate with contractors regarding their assignment.

Read more about Vivia

Taylor Choyce was born a California native; she made her way to the east coast in 2013 to earn her Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Business Management. Taylor has recently joined our team at Astyra as a Recruiting Assistant.

Tianna Mosby is Astyra’s Operations Admin & Executive Assistant. She is the first face you will see when you walk into our office and acts as the operator when you call. Tianna recently earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications.
Jody Montague recently joined the team as a Recruiting Assistant bringing over ten years of customer service experience to the office. She loves helping people and is excited to continue doing so.

Meet Our Newest Employees Of 2017!

Chris Bennett
James Rives
Chris Bennett joined Astyra as Controller in January 2017 after spending almost nine years with the Greater Richmond Chamber in a variety of roles involving finance, membership services, and event planning. 
Graduating from the University of South Carolina in 2002, Chris earned degrees in both Sports & Entertainment Management and Business Administration. 
He is married with three sons. In his spare time, he writes for Rotowire.com, covering the NFL, NCAA football, NCAA basketball and Major League Baseball. 
Chris says he’s a beer dork, who also enjoys the art of barbecuing meat low and slow.
James Rives joined Astyra as Recruiting Assistant in April 2017. 
James is a recent graduate of the University of Mary Washington and is beginning his professional career with Astyra! This is his first full-time position, so he’s looking forward to doing his best work and growing as a young professional. 
He’s a fan of most video games, namely first-person shooters and RPGs and would like to one day branch into the gaming industry to share his passion for writing with the world.