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The Right Way: The Resumator Helps Small Businesses Hire, Expands with RightSignature

By: Unknown / Friday, November 14, 2014

Our series "The Right Way" profiles RightSignature power users, revealing their success secrets and the technology tools they use every day.

For a small business looking to grow, nothing is more important than hiring talented, hardworking employees—and no tool is more important to finding those employees than The Resumator. As the first recruiting software solution catered towards the needs of small businesses, The Resumator has been first to market with a number of game-changing innovations. The company behind The Resumator has experienced meteoric growth, with offices on both coasts, and has turned to RightSignature to ease document signing processes. RightSignature’s Steve Stormoen caught up with Marla Charlton, Director of Operations at The Resumator, to find out what makes this innovative company tick.

First of all, what’s the story behind The Resumator?

Marla Charlton: We're the #1 recruiting software solution for small and medium sized businesses—what we like to call we call the "non-enterprise" market—which are, of course the vast majority of businesses. The first recruiting software began to appear in 1999, but it was marketed and sold only to large enterprises, leaving the average small or rapidly growing business to figure out recruiting on their own.

For businesses of all sizes, the most crucial key to growth is their ability to hire talented, high-performing employees. Our candidate sourcing, interview management and onboarding platform puts the tools, process and data needed to hire these star employees in the hands of small businesses as well.

What’s the biggest challenge The Resumator has faced, and how did you overcome it?

MC: Our greatest challenge so far has been our transition to become a bicoastal company. The Resumator was born and still maintains our headquarters in Pittsburgh, where Operations, Product, Support and Engineering live. However, the majority of our Revenue functions now live in our office in San Francisco, which we opened in March of 2014.

It was a huge transition. We had to figure out how to incorporate new people, personalities and a new culture into the company. And at the same time, a new office meant that many of our operational costs doubled. From the outside, it sounds like a recipe for disaster. In reality, it’s been just the opposite, and we actually have RightSignature to thank for smoothing out some of that friction. We're balanced in so many ways now. Pittsburgh brings a sense of family and camaraderie while San Francisco brings energy and determination.

How do you use RightSignature?

MC: When we opened our San Francisco office and became a bicoastal company, we needed an electronic signature solution in the worst way. Paper was always annoying, but for a long time I was able to get away with scanning and emailing paper forms for HR and various agreements. It was very time consuming, but with a small company in one location, it was a problem we could afford to keep having.

Then we opened up shop in San Francisco, and everything changed. I needed a quick fix, so I contacted a couple of online document signing companies and had a very difficult time trying to get someone to email me or call me back. I couldn't believe it! Then I found RightSignature, and it was off to the races! I got my account set up right away and was able to immediately start using RightSignature practically every day.

RightSignature’s customer support and sales teams have been extremely knowledgable, friendly, and helpful every time I had a question—between quick phone calls and live chat, I know I’ll always get the support I need, with "how to" videos to make learning key features easy.

I love to use RightSignature for new hire forms, offer letters, NDA's, and many other types of agreements. I particularly love the Document Packager feature, which allows me to choose various templates that I have personally prepared and package them together, so I can knock out 3 or 4 key documents at once. I also turned many others at our company to use RightSignature—it’s so easy and cost effective to add new users to our account, which really helps our team collaborate.

What’s next for The Resumator and the art of recruiting and hiring talent? In 5 years, where will we all be?

MC: The Resumator has always been the innovative, imaginative company that has shaken up the entire field of recruiting software. We invented a number valuable features now standard in recruiting software—like a jobs widget to easily allow companies to publish their openings onto their website, and a fully customizable candidate evaluation criteria to help your team build consensus, to name just a few. And, as I mentioned before, we opened up the entire market of small and medium sized businesses who simply weren’t getting served by the old guard. Before us, no recruiting software even allowed their customers to self-subscribe!

I see our tradition of innovation continuing, as our "talent scientists" are working on brand new features that again will raise the bar for recruiting software. Frankly, our innovation keeps us a step ahead of the competition, and I expect that, within 5 years, we will be firmly cemented as the dominant player in recruiting software.

Independent Contractor Agreement Template – Get it Signed Online

By: Unknown / Tuesday, November 11, 2014

An Independent Contractor Agreement, also known as an independent contractor contract, is a legal document to hire an individual or business for an explicit set of duties and duration specified in a contract, as an alternative to traditional employment. Increasingly common in a variety of industries, an independent contractor relationship can appeal to both sides as a more flexible option than traditional employment.

The independent contractor agreement document is essential in any independent contractor relationship, as the document clearly defines the contractor’s job. However, without the clearly defined relationship of an employer and employee, many of the details involved with creating an independent contractor agreement and getting it signed can raise a number of questions, such as:
  • When do you need an independent contractor agreement?
  • Who is responsible for writing an independent contractor contract?
  • What key clauses should an independent contractor agreement contain? 
  • What’s the best way to get your independent contractor agreement signed? 
Read on for an independent contractor checklist to answer all these questions. And make use of this free independent contractor agreement template, hosted by RightSignature.

Free Independent Contractor Agreement. Click for full template.
Free Independent Contractor Agreement. Click for full template.

4 Keys to Creating the Perfect Independent Contractor Agreement

Traditional employee onboarding paperwork tends to consist of the same list of forms and is always provided by the employer, but the independent contractor relationship is less clearly defined. Because of the wide range of situations that fall under the purview of an independent contractor relationship, it can be hard to know which party should be responsible for the contract. However, following these four easy tips, you can always be sure to have the best preparation and protection in any independent contractor situation.
  1. Always use an independent contractor agreement. Verbal agreements are simply insufficient in today’s marketplace. Signing an independent contractor agreement is the best way for both parties to reduce misunderstandings and reduce potential legal action as well.
  2. Each party should provide their own independent contractor agreement template. In many situations, the contracted party will be more accustomed to an independent contractor relationship than the hiring party, or will want to present themselves as more professional to a potential client. As such, it is advisable for both sides to create and manage their own independent contractor agreements.
  3. Download our free sample independent contractor agreement, or use this guide to create your own. To download this sample independent contractor agreement to compare to your own documents, click the above link, then select the “PDF Download” button, or sign up for a free trial of RightSignature. For help creating your own independent contractor agreement pdf, read on for 3 key clauses every such document should contain.
  4. Use RightSignature online document signing to get your independent contractor agreements signed. Independent contractor agreements, like any paper document, are limited by the paper they’re printed on. Paper is slow, delicate, and expensive and unwieldy to print, transport, and store. Any business that routinely gets independent contractor agreements or any other documents signed can save time and money by using RightSignature online document signing software for easy-to-use, legally binding electronic signatures.

Key Clauses for Your Independent Contractor Agreement Template

When writing an independent contractor agreement template, be sure to include these key clauses:

1. Identification & relationship of parties

Who are the parties who will be entering into this agreement? This first clause names both the contractor and the client, and defines their relationship as that of an independent contractor, following the terms below.

2. Terms of contract

The most substantial section of your independent contractor agreement template, this clause clearly spells out the work to be done by the independent contractor, the dates and duration of the contract, the conditions for terminating the contract for either party, and whatever compensation is agreed upon by both parties.

3. Administration

How will this contract be enforced? In this section, your independent contractor agreement should include clauses identifying that document as the sole agreement between your two parties, overriding any other past verbal or written agreement. Additionally, independent contractor laws can vary from state to state, so it is important to define an area of jurisdiction for your agreement.

Hiring an independent contractor, or acting as one yourself, can be an excellent way to get work done in a flexible and self-directed field. For businesses and contractors alike, RightSignature can help cure the pain of paperwork and let you focus on the important things. Try RightSignature for free today.

Disclaimer: This was not written by an attorney and does not constitute legal advice. If you have any questions about the legality of your Independent Contractor Agreement, please consult your attorney.

RightSignature Acquired by Citrix: In the News

By: Unknown / Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The news that RightSignature was acquired by Citrix generated media coverage around the world.

On the announcement date, RightSignature Founder and CEO Daryl Bernstein explained that RightSignature will continue to provide the best electronic signature software on the market and change the way the world does business, and Citrix Vice President and General Manager Jesse Lipson described how RightSignature is a powerful addition to the Citrix Documents Cloud.

Technology and business media added commentary and praise, and the buzz was palpable. Here are a few highlights:
RightSignature … focuses purely on electronic signatures. They do this by giving users a simple template for sending electronic signature requests. Upload the file you need a signature on, and edit the template to your liking. Need additional text boxes? Simply drag and drop them into the template, all of the coding is self-contained within RightSignature, meaning you can focus on the necessary information you will need to procure from your client. There are no downloads required on the client's end, or any need for a RightSignature account. All they need is an email address and a web browser.

Citrix is definitely a good company to team with, having a proven track record of taking start-ups and implementing their software flawlessly."
United Press International
Citrix Aquires E-Signature Specialist RightSignature
Citrix has been building out its collaboration and document management product line based on the idea that mobile device and application management needs workflow integration… RightSignature should allow Citrix to better target industries such as accounting, financial services, real estate and other document-heavy verticals such as insurance."

Citrix Acquires RightSignature, Adds Doc Signing
The acquisition won’t make a huge difference to current RightSignature customers… The startup’s software integrates with Citrix’s cloud-based ShareFile file-transferring service; it also integrates with Google Docs. RightSignature can also authenticate users by snapping a picture using the cameras on devices."
Citrix Has Bought e-Signature Startup RightSignature
RightSignature was spun out of Portland-based Burnside Digital, a maker of web-based apps for financial institutions, in 2009 by a group of employees that was tired of standing around the fax machine at odd hours waiting for signatures from international clients. In 2012, company CEO Daryl Bernstein told the Business Times that, aside from its marquee signature technology, what keeps business customers coming back are the tools for creating and managing documents.

In a statement released yesterday, Bernstein said Citrix will be the “perfect home” for accelerating RightSignature’s growth."
Pacific Coast Business Times
Citrix Expands Holdings with RightSignature Acquisition

The move makes sense for Citrix, because its ShareFile application consists of cloud file sharing and document storage. RightSignature integrates with Citrix ShareFile. By adding an electronic signature capability, it means that those using file sharing and storage in the cloud can go paperless even for the types of documents that need signatures.

RightSignature is one of the relatively-new breed of electronic signing applications. Electronic signature apps eliminate the need to mail hard copies or print out faxes of documents, sign them, and then either mail them back or fax or scan them. E-signature applications route documents electronically for digital signatures, and maintain a log and digital copies of the signed documents, too."
Small Business Trends
Citrix Acquires E-Signature Company RightSignature
Aimed at industries that handle sensitive forms and signatures—accounting, financial services, healthcare, real estate, and insurance—the new integration "presents an opportunity to realize huge savings in time and money while maintaining security for confidential documents," [Citrix Vice President and General Manager Jesse] Lipson wrote."
PC Mag
Citrix Eyes E-Signature Market With RightSignature Acquisition


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