At S3, we don’t say no, we find solutions

At S3, we don’t say no, we find solutions

By Alisha DixonAlisha Dixon

All Staff is a terrific event where the entire S3 family has a chance to come together and come away with renewed energy and attention to S3’s four pillars and mission. Nashville-based Anthony Bordonaro, one of S3’s Team Charmed newest account managers sat down with us to share his takeaways from our 2018 All Staff meeting, and what it’s like to work at S3.

What have you taken away from your first All Staff?

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from working at S3?

Anthony: The biggest take away from All Staff was that at S3 we don’t say no to anything.
It was almost immediately after All Staff that I was presented with a large opportunity
with a client that wasn’t in our typical “wheelhouse” and not what we normally do.
But, I remembered Cindy’s message from All Staff where she said, “We don’t say no, we find solutions.” Cindy’s message really stuck with me and I went to work to be able to find a solution for the client. The difference is a lot of people and some other companies would just say that’s not something they can do, but with S3, we work based on the clients’ needs.

Why did you decide to work for S3?

Anthony: I’ve had experiences with larger sized firms and more boutique firms. I felt S3 really kind of fit in that perfect middle ground where we have the resources and the power of a larger firm, but with the ability to be customizable to our customers’ needs like a boutique firm. I just felt it was good fit for my personal style and professional style.

What’s it like to work for S3 and what has it done for you personally?

Anthony: I’m still new (started with S3 in June 2017). It’s provided me with new opportunities that are the result of learning new things, developing new relationships and growth. I’ve grown a lot from just being able to learn from my fellow team members and different perspectives. I’m in one of the more unique situations because the rest of my team sits all over and it’s just me here in Nashville. Although I physically sit alone, no one from any part of the organization, top to bottom, has ever made me feel like I’m by myself in any way. It’s just great to be a part of team that’s so strong and so committed to supporting each other that even if you physically sit alone, you are never truly alone.

How do S3’s four pillars and your values align?

Anthony: Pretty closely! Two of them really stand out to me. I don’t think you can be successful and happy in this industry if you don’t want to make other people happy and successful. You must have a passion for changing someone’s station in life. This could be by giving a consultant a new opportunity, creating an environment for more work-life balance or even with our customers by providing the resources they need to make their lives much easier. We really do have the ability to affect a lot of change, whether we see it or we don’t. My background in charitable work directly aligns with S3’s commitment to the community and how active we are. That is something I am extremely proud to be a part of.

S3, changing the world, one person at a time with David Stevenson

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Fulfilling S3’s four pillars goes beyond serving external customers. For more than 25 years, S3 has played a major role in changing the lives of its team members by providing opportunities that have led to success beyond what many believed was possible. David Stevenson, an account manager with S3’s Team Charmed sat down with us to tell us just how S3 has changed his station in life and the importance of being green.

How did you learn about S3?

David: I started recruiting at 19 years old when I was at Walt Disney World on an internship at the casting center. I got a call one day from Marvin (Daugherty) who began telling me about this company that was green and really did things differently. But at that time I had made a vow that I would never go back into recruiting. I had had enough. I had seen enough and I was very disenchanted. But, the more I learned about S3, the more I was intrigued. I remember Cindy interviewing me while she was in Scotland. A CEO calling you from Scotland? That shocked me. Halfway through the interview she says, “David, somebody needs to give you a chance to change your station in life.” I was all in from that point.

What has working for S3 done for you personally?

David: Yesterday (Monday, Feb. 12), I put in an offer on a home. Just 3, 4 or 5 years ago, I never would have dreamed of this possibility. I can help people in need now. My mother-in-law passed away this year and my father-in-law has struggled financially but we’ve been able to help support him. We just rented a hotel room for a woman who didn’t have a place to stay. We are so blessed because of S3 we are honored to do this. Before all of this, I could barely afford food or a roof over my head. I was struggling terribly. I was steps away from being homeless myself. To say S3 changed my life is probably the biggest understatement ever. It changed everything. I’m so appreciative and so thankful that someone had faith in me.

A lot of that has been done for me since I’ve been with S3. When I first started, my lead recruiter at the time, David Flores, pulled me aside and told me I was going to be successful because he was in my corner. We all need that. We all need someone that’s going to believe in you. If we truly want to be the best and continue to grow, that’s what it takes.

How do S3’s four pillars and your values align?

David: My values and S3’s values are pretty much one and the same. I believe in those four pillars in everything I do. I was raised that way. The fact that we care about people and we go that extra mile for our consultants, I’m truly passionate about that. We genuinely care about our customers. The reality is that when you don’t take care of your customer, there are repercussions that can reach very far down the food chain. It goes beyond just us. People can get hurt if things aren’t done right.

I’m green at heart because of the values that we convey within the community, with our customers and with our consultants. The way we treat our consultants is just as important as we treat our customers. It’s how we separate and distinguish ourselves.

 

 

S3 CEO Cindy Pasky Named One Of The Most Influential People In The Staffing Industry

S3 CEO Cindy Pasky

S3 CEO Cindy Pasky

We’re proud to share the news that our CEO and Founder, Cynthia J. Pasky, has been named to the list of 100 most influential people in the staffing industry according to Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA). It’s a high honor, and great to see that our leader and way of doing business has been recognized in such a way by our industry.

The SIA 100 is not a ranked list, but simply an aggregation of the 100 individuals who have influenced the world of contingent work.

You have to be a special kind of successful to make this important list. The process to be included is rigorous. The list typically includes leaders in these five areas of the industry:

• Entrepreneurs who have created new and lasting models
• CEOs who run large staffing companies both public and private
• Individuals who have had major impact or influence through M&A
• Leading the charge through legislative change

Here’s what SIA had to say about our CEO:

Cynthia J. Pasky set aspiring goals when she founded Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3) in 1990. Over the following years, the president and CEO transformed the startup into an international $264 million IT and business services company. S3 was named a top woman-owned business by Women’s Enterprise Magazine and a top diversity-owned business by DiversityBusiness.com. The company was also recognized as a Cool Place to Work by Crain’s Detroit Business and one of Michigan’s Economic Bright Spots by Corp! magazine. In addition to serving on numerous boards, Pasky was named 2014 Executive of the Year by the Detroit Executives Association.

Congratulations also need to go to the entire GREEN team for making this possible.

Michigan Humane Society Adopts 270 Pets To Loving Homes In 3-Day Program

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There’s no place like home, especially for animals looking for new homes.

In celebration of Strategic Staffing Solutions’ 25th Anniversary, adoptions were brought to the super-affordable price of $25 per animal.

Assuming all of the pets have the standard four legs, that is 1,080 legs that found new homes thanks to the program.

Earlier this month, before the $25 program, three cats – CTO, Green Bean, and Guinness – moved into the S3 corporate offices in Detroit.

In a recent profile in Hour magazine, Matthew Pepper, CEO of the Humane Society talked about both Cindy Pasky’s and Paul Huxley’s commitment to the organization.

The couple “is really passionate about animal welfare, but they feel it is not just an animal issue, it’s a community issue,” he told Hour. “Even more is their passion for the city. Their passion permeates everyone around them. It makes everyone believe.”

Supporting The Corktown Race Speaks To Our “All Green, All The Time” Culture

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We’re very excited to be the presenting sponsor for the 30th Annual Corktown Race.

But why do we support it? It comes down to our DNA.

If you work even a day here at Strategic Staffing Solutions, you’ll quickly learn a phrase that permeates through the halls… “All Green, All The Time.”

It’s foundational to our culture, and not just for this time of year. Green has so many meanings – and so many shades. After all, it’s the color with the most visible shades. It’s a metaphor for the S3 Way. It’s the way which allows us to work together as a team, but still be individuals. In diversity is strength.

To many, green is the opposite of being in the red; green is profitable, positive, and moving forward. And, in a way that’s true, but it’s only the beginning of the story here.

Whether it’s this race, reading to kids and donating books at Bagley Elementary, Career Day at Clippert Academy, our support of Cristo Rey High School, our sponsorship of Eastern Market, or the many other initiatives we do, “All Green, All The Time” means much more than the bottom line for S3’ers. It’s a way of being.

Supporting the Corktown Race, an event that will bring more than 10,000 people to the streets of Detroit, is in line with our goal of giving back and supporting in a meaningful way the communities in which we do business. The race also helps benefit the Mounted Unit of the Detroit Police Department, which is crucial in building bridges between our men in blue and community.

The Corktown Race is a positive reminder that Detroit is relentlessly making progress forward, and should be a great time for all. So go here to learn more or sign up for the 5k yourself, and see you Sunday!

Meet The First Annual “Deep In The Heart of Texas” Charity Golf Tournament

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Supporting communities is at the core of what we do at Strategic Staffing Solutions. With that in mind, join us at Canyon Springs Golf Club for our 1st annual “Deep in the Heart of Texas” event benefiting the Fisher House of San Antonio, SAMMinistries and the United Way of San Antonio.

The format will be a four-person scramble allowing a wide variety of skill levels (not to mention a ton of fun) all to support a important causes!

Your tournament entry fee ($125 or a deal at $450 for a foursome) includes of course your round of golf with a cart, lunch, gift bag, prizes and awards after the round, a dinner reception afterward, and a replay discount card for future golf at Canyon Springs. It’s a good deal for a great cause.

It’s on Friday, May 8th 2015 at 1:30 p.m with a shotgun start.

To register, visit by clicking here the United Way of San Antonio website here where there’s a special landing page. Feel free to get in touch with us directly at s3satgolf@strategicstaff.com or call Chad Diddens, (210) 391-9453. The deadline to register is Wednesday, April 8.

BTW – there are sponsorship opportunities available! Click here to see them and get in touch with us if you’re interested.

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We’re Proud To Report That Our Coffee Has Gone To The Dogs

S3 partnerships with Grounds And Hounds

If you’ve ever spent a day at Strategic Staffing Solutions, you know we love our coffee … and if you look on the desks of our team members or at our well-loved pet planner, you know we love animals.

With that in mind, we will increase our ongoing support for the Michigan Humane Society through a new partnership with Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. (G&H). Recently chosen as the exclusive coffee supplier to S3’s Corporate and Detroit offices, G&H will direct 20 percent of S3’s monthly fees to the Michigan Humane Society, the animal welfare organization selected by S3 to be the beneficiary of all donated funds.

“One of the core pillars of S3’s community engagement is supporting animal welfare, and, with our Detroit office consuming over 45 pounds of coffee every month, our partnership with Ground & Hounds will certainly benefit the animals served by MHS. Partnering with Grounds & Hounds is one more example of how corporations can leverage their day to day investments to benefit the communities in which they operate,” said Cindy Pasky, our CEO.

Here’s a little background. Grounds & Hounds was founded in 2014 by Jordan Karcher, who built his company on his love for premium coffee and his compassion for abandoned animals in need of loving homes. One-fifth of all sales from G&H coffee are donated to selected animal rescue partners across the country, and thanks to their partnership with S3, the Michigan Humane Society will become the first organization in Michigan to benefit from G&H’s sponsorship program.

“S3 is our first large corporate client in Michigan, and the Michigan Humane Society will also be our first donation recipient in the state,” said Karcher, founder and CEO of Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. “We are thrilled to establish a stronger presence in Michigan by working with a company that has been striving to make a positive impact in the Detroit animal rescue community for so many years.”

We have been a community partner and major sponsor of the Michigan Humane Society for over a decade, also donating thousands of service hours annually and maintaining an active presence on the MHS Board of Directors. Currently, S3 Chairman Paul Huxley serves as vice chair of the MHS board and chair of its Hope is Building committee, supporting fundraising efforts for the organization’s new Detroit facility.

“Strategic Staffing Solutions continues to be amazing partners and supporters of the Michigan Humane Society and a true voice for the animals of Southeast Michigan,” said Matthew Pepper, president and CEO of the Michigan Humane Society.

S3 always makes an intentional effort to connect with partners whose priorities align with our efforts to cultivate and demonstrate good corporate citizenship. Entrepreneurship that combines animal welfare with a high-quality and socially responsible product is a model that we’re very familiar with, and we’re proud to support that in any way we can.

GET THE JOB: Senior Oracle Technical Developer (Oracle Forms Preferred)

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Are you or someone you know an Oracle Developer? Well, we have 18 excellent job opportunities in Detroit, Michigan. Our client is seeking 18 Oracle Developers for a long term project. The details are below. If you or someone you know is interested, please send an updated resume with your pay rate requirements to Matt Kosch at mkosch@strategicstaff.com. Thanks!

Here are the details…

You’ll be located inDetroit, Michigan and this will be a long term contract (10 months), and we’re looking to make this happen this month. The majority of the people will need to have Oracle Forms experience. There will be a few Oracle 11g Resources without Oracle Forms, but to be clear, Oracle Forms experience is strongly preferred.

You’d be filling a job that is a Senior Oracle Technical Developer position to maintain and enhance Oracle Forms Applications. We’re looking for a minimum of 5 years in PL/SQL and 5 years in Oracle Forms. You must have worked on a project where you have maintained the application(s) in Oracle 10g and Forms. You should have a strong Oracle 10 background.

Work product matters, so please make sure you resume shows where you have had Forms experience and how you developed them.

So to recap… we’re looking for those who have a strong background in the following:

Oracle 10g and above with a minimum 5 years’ experience – Advance level needed

Oracle Forms 6i with a minimum 5 years’ experience – Mid-level OK here

If you’re not available or interested, but know someone who might be, please provide them a copy of this job post! To apply or learn more about this opportunity, please contact Matt Kosch – mkosch@strategicstaff.com today!

GET THE JOB: Senior Systems Analyst in Hartford, CT

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We have a great opportunity for a Senior Systems Analyst with a client in the Hartford, Connecticut metro area. They are looking to fill this position as soon as possible… so if this sound like something you or a friend might be interested in, it’s important to move on this one. It truly is a hot job!

Here’s what you’ll be doing…

  • Provide comprehensive consultation to business unit and IT management and staff at the highest technical level through all phases of application programming and processes.
  • Work closely with client and IT management and staff to identify: application development solutions, new applications or modifications to existing programs, capability to reuse existing code, integration of purchased solutions or a combination there of and the appropriate software development methodology alternative.
  • You may be asked to document, test, implement and provide on-going support for the applications.
  • Responsible for facilitating business requirements gathering and translating into system requirements.
  • Review business requirements and work with and guide business partners to complete business requirement documentation.
  • Clearly define systems work scope and objectives based on Business Requirements.
  • Researches and evaluates alternative solutions and recommends the most efficient and cost effective application programming solution.
  • Translate business requirements into systems functional specifications and system design specifications.
  • Provide systems expertise to system users, business partners, and other internal/external customers including trouble shooting issues, as well as, identifying and correcting inefficiencies.
  • Develop test strategies and plans to the satisfaction of QA. Perform functional system and data testing of enhancements including regression testing.
  • Construct input files to support functional testing.
  • Ensure test scripts are documented, reported and tracked in the appropriate tools (Test Director).

Here are the skills we’re looking for…

  • Experience with reviewing business requirements, system functional requirements, and developing systems specifications.
  • Working knowledge of all phases of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDSL).
  • Strong knowledge of Systems Analyst responsibilities and processes.
  • Knowledge of / experience with QA processes and testing requirements.
  • Some knowledge of midrange and mainframe systems, relational database concepts and functionality.
  • Prior experience with claim systems is preferred.

Working with Strategic Staffing Solutions, you are eligible for a full benefits package that may include Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, 401(k) Plan, Vacation Package, Technical Training, Visa Sponsoring / Transfer, and/or a Retention Bonus.

To apply for this Senior Systems Analyst position, send your resume to Marvin Daugherty at mdaugherty@strategicstaff.com, or call (210) 278-3787 for more details.

GET THE JOB: Creative Web Specialist In Charlotte, NC

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We have a great opportunity in Charlotte, North Carolina. If you’re a graphic and multimedia designer who ahs the ability to see the big picture, this is a lucrative opportunity for you!

Here’s the details:

It’s 75% Graphic and Multimedia Design and Production. What does that mean?

  • With minimal direction, develops innovative design solutions that meet agreed upon marketing and/or business objectives
  • Conducts research to stay abreast of current design and functionality trends, incorporating them into work
  • Develops concepts based on requirements from communication plans, creative brief or in consultation with client and/or account manager
  • Presents design solutions as needed to obtain approval from client(s)
  • Executes approved designs working with user-experience and web teams, print support and outside resources as required by the complexity, nature and schedule of the project
  • Ensures accuracy, functionality and overall quality on deliverables across all media

15% of the job are those necessary Administrative and Technical Tasks…

  • Uses Workamajig project management system to receive and update status of projects, as well as record daily time
  • Maintains files in SharePoint and on departmental servers to team standards
  • Understands and stays abreast of updates for both Mac and Windows systems
  • Maintains and improves skill level in Adobe Creative Suite design software, design techniques and methods
  • Adheres to and assists with maintenance of the Duke Energy corporate identity/brand standards
  • Populates marketing asset management system with new content (images, design templates, etc.) on a continual basis

5% is staying informed of client and energy industry issues…

  • Learns and understands the different client customer segments – residential, small business, commercial/industrial
  • Understands client’s regulated and non-regulated businesses and departments, along with their respective operations
  • Knows how to navigate the organization to find answers and resolve issues
  • Reviews information on the employee Portal about company initiatives, developments and issues affecting the company and industry
  • Participates in required company training, business seminars and other design- and marketing-related educational opportunities

And 5% performs other duties as assigned.

What are we looking for?

  • A 4-year degree in design field or equivalent work experience with a concentration in graphic, web, mobile, video and motion design
  • Strong multimedia design portfolio with 3-5 years design/work experience
  • Knowledge of current production methods for web, online, email, motion graphics, video, audio and print
  • Demonstrated, expert skills: · Adobe Photoshop – retouching, color correction, applications of effects, Web page layout/user interface design, slicing and production of finished, optimized graphics
  • Adobe InDesign – complex document layout, preparation of files for commercial printing · Adobe Illustrator – logo and icon creation, basic illustration, path operations
  • Adobe Acrobat – creation of interactive pdf files and fillable forms
  • Adobe Dreamweaver – creating, updating and publishing Web pages and html-formatted email
  • Creative concepting – generation of ideas to solve specific marketing- and design-related issues and the ability to sell these ideas to co-workers and clients
  • Project management – ability to handle multiple assignments, across various media concurrently · Customer service – sensitive to customer needs, input and feedback
  • Excellent organizational skills – project details, schedules, physical and electronic files · Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated, intermediate skills: · Storyboarding – development of storyboards for videos (no hand illustration required)
  • Photo/video direction – working with photographers and videographers to capture appropriate imagery
  • Print process experience – understanding of Pantone and 4/color process color printing, requirements and limitations
  • Wire framing – creation of wireframe/architecture for Web sites
  • Adobe Premiere and After Effects – basic video editing, transitions, text, graphics, special effects and audio to create final Web and broadcast-quality videos
  • Adobe Edge Animate – interactive animation for the Web and mobile presentations, tools and other content
  • HTML5 Authoring – writing of code for the Web and html-formatted e-mail
  • CSS – creation of Web pages using cascading style sheets
  • Microsoft PowerPoint – design/creation of master pages for presentations
  • Microsoft Word – graphic page layout, mail merge and form creation
  • Microsoft Excel – organization of budgetary and other data
  • WordPress – blog and site creation and maintenance
  • Microsoft SharePoint – document storage and management
  • Workamajig – project management and time tracking tool
  • Ad Agency or Design Studio experience
  • Online, mobile and e-mail marketing experience
  • Design knowledge for various social media channels – Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.

What’s the rate? $72/hr W2 hourly and you’d be working in awesome Uptown Charlotte, NC. The duration on this is 12 months+

Do you want to get the job? Simple. Get in touch with Paul Larson. He’s your guy. Office: (704) 332-6655 or email plarson@strategicstaff.com.