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 September 1, 1999

Microstaff: Internet savvy help for fast-growing sector

BOULDER — MicroStaff Corp. is more than a head-hunting firm or staffing agency.

“We are an Internet workforce provider,´ said Vice President Wayne Little, attempting to classify the company’s staffing services niche.

MicroStaff focuses entirely on recruiting high-level help for Internet development companies, Little said. And MicroStaff works hard to give clients like StorageTek, Sun Microsystems and small start-ups just the right person for the job.

“A real benefit to our clients is that they can bring in a hired gun to do highly technical work and hit the ground running,” Little said.

Dealing with an applicant pool of mid- and senior-level developers, MicroStaff screens each job seeker extensively and interviews each one personally. Sometimes it means talking with 20 or 30 applicants just to place one person in a company, said Account Executive Tom Smidt.

“Most recruiting companies don’t meet their people in person. We are one of the few that do, so our clients know that they are getting a quality person,” Smidt said.

MicroStaff’s client-service managers save companies time and money by checking references and helping with offer letters, Smidt said. “We work as if we were the human resources department of the company, and that’s where we make our fee worth it,” he said.

Clients are charged when a candidate is placed on a permanent basis. Otherwise, MicroStaff’s below industry-average fees are added to the hourly wage of the contractor, Smidt said.

And job seekers often find they get the best of both worlds from MicroStaff’s services, Little said. Contractors placed by MicroStaff are compensated at a higher hourly rate than they would be in a permanent job. A variety of projects exposes them to different technologies. Work time is flexible. MicroStaff provides a full benefits package. And there is never a fee for the applicant.

As a company that caters to the Internet industry, MicroStaff maintains a strong presence on the Web. Though the majority of MicroStaff’s business comes from referrals, the company promotes itself with print advertisements used mostly to drive candidates and clients to its Web page, Little said. www. microstaff.com contains an online list of job openings — updated twice a week — and candidates are encouraged to submit their resume via e-mail.

Little’s wife Maureen created MicroStaff six years ago, and since its early beginnings as a multimedia staffing firm, the woman-owned company has grown. Seeing a need for mid- and senior-level technical talent in the Boulder County market, MicroStaff expanded from the Denver Tech Center into its second office at 1790 38th St. in Boulder two years ago.

And MicroStaff’s future in Boulder County looks bright. Little said the company is growing at about 30 percent a year and expects to double in size over the next three years.

“The only limitation to our growth will be the talent available in the marketplace,” he said.

BOULDER — MicroStaff Corp. is more than a head-hunting firm or staffing agency.

“We are an Internet workforce provider,´ said Vice President Wayne Little, attempting to classify the company’s staffing services niche.

MicroStaff focuses entirely on recruiting high-level help for Internet development companies, Little said. And MicroStaff works hard to give clients like StorageTek, Sun Microsystems and small start-ups just the right person for the job.

“A real benefit to our clients is that they can bring in a hired gun to do highly technical work…

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