Staffing Service Provides List of Top Project Roles in Current Economy

    TORONTO, Feb. 26 /CNW/ - Professionals who are trying to land a job may
want to pursue project work. According to specialized staffing service Robert
Half International, companies that are unable to add full-time employees
during periods of economic uncertainty often bring in professionals on a
temporary basis, which can translate into opportunities for those who are
looking to earn income, make new contacts and enhance their marketability
during an extended job search.
    "In an uncertain economic environment, it is essential for companies to
maintain productivity levels, often with less staff and heavier workloads,"
said Kathryn Bolt, president for Robert Half International's Canadian
operations. "While it may be difficult for businesses to predict their
long-term staffing needs, project and temporary professionals can offer a
cost-effective staffing solution in the interim."
    Bolt noted that although many people associate temporary work with the
administrative field, there are opportunities available in a variety of
professions. "Companies need highly skilled professionals to manage seasonal
workflow fluctuations and for special projects such as systems upgrades,
corporate financial reporting initiatives and general plans to enhance
efficiencies," she said. "A specialized staffing service can assist job
seekers in finding roles suited to their background and expertise."

    Following are 10 of the most prevalent project roles in the current
economy, according to Robert Half:

    1.  Credit and collections specialists - Companies are working with these
        professionals to help manage credit risk and collect from delinquent
        accounts. In particular, firms seek individuals who can identify ways
        to reduce inefficiencies and maximize cash flow.
    2.  Staff and senior accountants - In any economy, businesses need
        professionals who can perform core accounting tasks, such as
        maintaining the general ledger system and analyzing and preparing
        financial statements.
    3.  Corporate financial reporting specialists - Publicly accountable
        enterprises are transitioning to International Financial Reporting
        Standards (IFRS) and need highly skilled professionals who are
        knowledgeable in the new regulations and can ensure the adoption is
        completed efficiently, on budget and within mandated timelines.
    4.  Help desk and desktop support professionals - Businesses migrating
        from older operating systems, upgrading desktop systems and
        implementing a wider range of technologies are recruiting help desk
        and desktop support staff. These professionals are needed to answer
        questions and troubleshoot problems resulting from changes in IT
        products and services.
    5.  Developer/programmer analysts - Applications development
        professionals are being hired on a project basis to write code, test
        and debug software applications, and analyze business application
        requirements. The most sought after expertise includes .NET,
        SharePoint, Java and PHP.
    6.  Web developers - Web developers are needed as companies expand their
        online presence and focus on Web 2.0 initiatives and interactive web
        functionality. The rise of social media also is contributing to
        growth in this area.
    7.  Restructuring and insolvency lawyers - As the number of consumer and
        corporate bankruptcies continues to increase, many law firms are
        expanding these practices. Lawyers with more than five years of
        experience handling complex bankruptcy and foreclosure matters,
        including restructuring and litigation, are in demand.
    8.  Litigation law clerks - To manage an increasingly high volume of
        cases, law firms and corporations are forming specialized project
        teams to handle key aspects of trial preparation and discovery.
        Litigation law clerks are being sought on a project basis to assist
        with investigations and pleadings.
    9.  Customer service representatives - Businesses rely on these
        professionals to maintain a high level of customer satisfaction and
        loyalty, which are especially important in an uncertain economy.
        Firms also look to these individuals to sell additional products or
        services to existing customers.
    10. Administrative healthcare positions - The healthcare industry
        continues to grow, and medical facilities seek administrative
        professionals with healthcare experience. Positions in demand
        include: medical file clerk/scanner, medical secretary, patient
        registration/admissions clerk and credentialing specialist.

    According to Bolt, what starts as a project opportunity could turn into a
full-time position. "Since businesses have had a chance to evaluate the
performance of temporary staff firsthand, they commonly tap these
professionals when making a new hire."

    Robert Half International has more than 360 staffing locations worldwide
and offers online job search services on its divisional websites, all of which
can be accessed at

For further information:

For further information: Kristie Perrotte, (416) 350-2330,

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