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HR Jobs FAQ
Frequently asked questions about the HR Registrysm and Staffing Assignments
What kinds of opportunities exist through Merit Resource Group?
Merit provides both temporary (contract) assignments and direct-hire opportunities -- exclusively in the HR disciplines.
How do I get considered for temporary HR assignments?
It is as simple as becoming a member of Merit's HR Registrysm. To do that, complete our online profile and if you are a first-time registrant we will contact you after receiving your information. If you already are a member of our Registry please use the online profile to keep your information up to date with any changes in contact data or work experience. As client opportunities occur, the first resource we turn to for candidates is the HR Registrysm.
Is there a cost to me to join your Registry or when I get placed on a contract?
No. There are no costs to you associated with joining the Registry or accepting an assignment with Merit. Our clients bear the costs for the services we provide to them.
How often should I update my information with you?
As often as your contact information changes or when you have acquired additional work experiences or skills that make you more qualified for the type of assignments or positions you are seeking.
Does Merit offer benefits to its employees on assignment?
Yes. Once eligible and enrolled, Merit contributes to your medical coverage and also offers dental coverage, a 401(k) plan, direct deposit, and membership in the Patelco Credit Union. With Merit's Section 125 plan, your portion of health insurance premiums can be paid through pre-tax deductions.
How do I stay aware of opportunities at Merit?
Check out our Current Opportunities regularly.
Please contact us any time to see how active the market is regarding the types of positions you are seeking. In fact, we encourage frequent communications to help us keep current with your goals and desires.
We will contact you if opportunity specifications match your experiences, interests, commute area, length of assignment, pay range and skills. As these criteria change, please update your profile so that we can best match you with the types of assignments you are seeking.
What if I am not sure what kind of contract HR assignments I want?
To help you decide we will be glad to review your background with you in relation to the types of opportunities we see from our clients. To be most successful however, you should focus in those areas where you have the deepest experience and the most current skills, and concentrate on the areas of work you most enjoy doing.
What are some typical HR assignments and how long do they last?
Assignments vary in level and scope, but may include:
- Employee Relations
- Labor Relations
- Policy Development
Assignment length also varies depending on the nature of the work; assignment levels range from administrative to VP level. Typically, assignments run about 16 weeks, on average. Some run shorter and many are much longer. We will let you know the anticipated length an opportunity when we call you to determine your interest in being considered for it.
Can I work on a 1099 basis while on an assignment with Merit?
Merit does not fill staffing assignments on a 1099 basis. If you accept a contract assignment with Merit we will place you on our payroll, you will be covered by all mandated insurances and we will withhold the appropriate taxes from your pay. You will receive a Form W-2 from us after the end of the year for tax filing purposes.
I am particular about the kind of assignments I take on and where I may have to work. Do I get a choice in these matters?
Absolutely! We pride ourselves in the relationships we develop with HR associates and the clients we work for. Finding the best matches for the opportunities we get is based on complete honesty and full communications about the assignments. You always have the final say in whether or not you want to be considered for any opportunity, just as the client has the final decision in selecting you. Your flexibility regarding compensation, commute area, and job focus can have a great impact upon whether or not we can keep you busy with assignments. Part of the process of joining our HR Registrysm allows you to specify your limits and preferences.
What are the consequences if I decline an assignment?
You may decline any assignment. We understand each person's situation is unique and that timing changes many things. For example, an excessive commute may be unacceptable at one point and acceptable at another time as your personal situation changes. The clearer you are with us about what you will accept, the less frequently you will have to say no to the opportunities we bring to you. This is another reason why it is important to keep your resume and Registry information updated.
Will I know if you submit my resume on an opportunity?
Yes. We will always ask if you want to be considered for an opportunity before we submit your resume to a client. This is another distinguishing characteristic of Merit Resource Group that sets us apart from a number of other firms that provide staffing services. We gain your interest level for consideration, and your commitment to honor the length of the assignment if chosen by the client. We also negotiate similar commitments on your behalf with our clients.