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Should You Use a Recruiter?

Should you use a recruiter? It’s a great question. At times, the job search process feels like dating. You look online, reach out to friends, and go to places where you think you’ll meet just the right new partner. When you meet someone interesting, you arrange a date, dress up, and try to make an […]


What are your employee retention strategies for 2023?

Retaining top talent and experienced employees can help your company’s overall performance and success. With a tight labor market, it is vital to keep your top talent. While there is no definitive list of the top employee retention strategies for 2023, there are some common approaches that have been shown to be effective in retaining […]

Today is your day…You’ve been laid off

Every day, you are reading about thousands of people that are being laid off and unfortunately, today is your day. You’ve been laid off. If you’ve been laid off, or if someone you care about has lost their job recently, you’re not alone—and you are going to be okay.  Layoffs are shocking because they’re almost always unexpected. […]

Layoffs: 10 signs they may be coming

Facebook. Twitter. Stripe. Netflix. GoodRx. Wayfair.  Peleton. Ford. Vroom. Goldman Sachs. Groupon. Better. Every day, there is another company announcing a layoff. 2022 has been an unexpectedly lousy year for layoffs. Why? Business growth is slowing and labor costs are rising. 51% According to an August PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) survey of 722 corporate executives, 51% have made or plan […]


The Job Interview: Are you prepared for the questions?

You’ve created the killer resume and cover letter.  You made it through the applicant tracking system. Next step: the job interview with all those interview questions… And that scares even the best of us…Are you prepared? Being judged and evaluated by people who have your future in their hands can riddle you with anxiety and self-doubt. Everyone […]


The Perfect Trap: How Perfectionism Holds Working Women Back

Today, your challenge is to bake the perfect cake! Er…Write the perfect case study. Um…Lead the perfect presentation? Exactly. There is no perfect (and, let’s face it, even a good enough cake is still pretty great).  Yet, as women, we’re always striving to be more. But why? According to the American Psychological Association (APA), perfectionism is the tendency to […]

Where Have All the Good People Gone?

Every heard someone say something like this, “Where have all the good people gone?” We hear it from frustrated job seekers who say there are no more good companies out there We hear it from companies who feel the pool of candidates has dried up When you start believing this perception is the truth, what […]

Women in Technology: Let’s Increase Our Opportunities

At docstrats, we launch March by celebrating women in technology. We know that teams and organizations that prioritize diversity are stronger and healthier. Currently, visibility for women in technology is low. So, what can you do to increase opportunities for women in technology? Hire More Women This seems simple.  But why should you work on […]

4 Things Your Recruiter Never Told You…but Wants You to Know

You know you’re awesome. You’re experienced. Hard-working. Sought after. So, why does your LinkedIn profile look like this? There’s no profile in your profile! So, what are the things that your recruiter wants you to know that would make you a more attractive candidate for open positions? Open to Work The first thing your recruiter […]

Naughty or Nice: Which list are you on?

It is that time of the year when managers make up employee Naughty or Nice lists.  The employees on the nice list get the best “presents”: the best assignments, most promotions, biggest raises, etc.  The employees on the naughty list get the “other” assignments, cost of living wage increases, etc.  You get the picture… it’s […]

6 Strategies to Improve Your Hiring Process

An outdated Hiring Process circa 2005 does not work well (in general) but it especially doesn’t work well in today’s labor market and with hard-to-fill, in-demand job positions. This tight labor market looks like it’s going to continue well into 2022… So, what strategies can help you in your hiring process to find that perfect candidate? […]

docstrats is a Proud Sponsor of Connect with Careers 2021

docstrats is a proud sponsor of the fall edition of Connect with Careers 2021 – the Rensselear County Chamber’s virtual career exploration video series for students! In this video, meet Tami Cole, President, and CEO of Docstrats, a Women-Owned business. In addition to her career journey, Tami shares her thoughts on how internship and apprenticeship […]

Trick or Treating for the Perfect Candidate?

Knowing how to trick or treat properly is key to Halloween.  I always wanted to get the best candy in the quickest amount of time.  In my opinion, the search for candy on Halloween put me at my most strategic. I couldn’t just randomly go from house to house, it wasted precious time. I had to think […]

Independent Contractors vs Employees: Which Hire is Right for you?

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at the differences between independent contractors vs employees. . In Part 2, we determine which hire is best for you. Let’s review. What’s an independent contractor again? An  independent contractor is a worker who:• Carries their insurance.• Provides their tools and equipment.• Pays their expenses.• Sets their […]

Technical Writers Simplify the Complex

Simplifying the complex…. That is what technical writers do. Technical writing is a type of writing where the author is writing about a particular subject that requires direction, instruction, or explanation. A good technical writer can make a difficult task easy and quickly explain complex information. Here are the skills of a technical writer: Detailed […]

4 Reasons Documentation is Key to Your Success

You’ve heard about the importance of documentation in your business. But to really get on board, you need to understand why documentation is such an integral part of your business. So, here are 4 reasons why documentation is key to your business’ success: 1.    Your Employees don’t have to be mind readers….  If you want your employees to do something in […]

Tempted by Templates? Make your Documentation Easy!

We’ve all been there. It’s the beginning of a technical writing project, and you have no idea where to start. There’s a template for that! What’s a technical writing template? A technical writing template is a premade model for new documents. Think of a template as a form you fill out. Completely uncreative, kind of […]

The Importance of KYA

  KYA….Know Your Audience. Knowing your audience will help you decide what information you present and how you present it. It’s of the cornerstones of great technical writing. Simple in concept. But is it? Technical writing provides material that explains a process or makes a complex process easier to understand. The writing is methodical and […]