Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Preparing for Second Round Interviews


Award-winning entrepreneur Ted Catino co-founded the mobile application GigSmart to help job seekers access the opportunities presented by the gig economy. Ted Catino also leverages 30 years of business experience into his role as an interview coach. 

Being called back for a second job interview indicates that the employer has a strong interest in the candidate. As a result, second interviews tend to focus much more on the tasks related to the position. Employers may present potential hires with realistic workplace issues in order to assess their problem-solving skills in real time. Candidates should be ready to discuss their performance on past projects to demonstrate their ability to do the job effectively.

Second interviews are also an opportunity for both the job seeker and the employer to gauge if the company is a good cultural fit. Interviewees can show genuine interest by asking informed questions and being personable with all staff. To make the best possible impression, applicants should prepare beforehand by practicing interview scenarios with a family member, friend, or interview coach.

Monday, March 12, 2018

What Are the Benefits of Searching for Work with GigSmart?

GigSmart Was founded in 2016 by Theodore “Ted” Catino and his wife. Ted Catino is a philanthropist and entrepreneur who operates the Catino Family Foundation to support Catholic education. GigSmart operates a comprehensive and seamless marketplace for employers and independent contractors. A mobile-based application, the GigSmart platform also provides a no-cost solution for charitable organizations seeking volunteers. Businesses enjoy access to a pool of skilled on-demand workers, while independent contractors enjoy a number of benefits that include:

- A simplified process. Workers can start accepting work offers after the completion of a profile.

- The flexibility to accept or decline jobs at will. 

- The ability to set price, schedule, and hours available to work.

- Little to no maintenance requirements, as the application automatically tracks work history and user ratings.

- A commitment by GigSmart to provide the fastest and easiest platform for work and volunteer opportunities.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Workers and Employers Benefit from the Gig Economy

An experienced entrepreneur, Theodore “Ted” Catino cofounded Security National Automotive Acceptance Corporation (SNAAC). Ted Catino now leverages more than two decades of business leadership to help businesses, nonprofits, and individuals navigate the gig economy as co-founder of GigSmart.

The gig economy offers several benefits to workers, most notably, flexibility. People working in the gig economy often have more freedom to work from home or work part-time while caring for children. Although this flexibility does not always lead to a stable income, it can be ideal for people who want to make their own schedule. Further, it allows people to work while making longer-term plans, such as figuring out where they want to live.

Workers also benefit from the relatively few barriers to most gig economy work. This gives them the chance to try new passions and improve their skill sets. Much of this work can also be done on the side, so workers can explore these fields without the risk of leaving their current job for something they may not enjoy as much.

Workers aren’t the only ones who benefit from the gig economy. Because gig workers are typically classified as independent contractors rather than full-time employees, employers are able to hire them at a much lower cost while avoiding the expenses of insurance and other fees associated with full-timers. Employers also have the option of hiring remote workers in different time zones, ultimately increasing productivity.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Benefits of GigSmart for Job Seekers

An accomplished business executive, Theodore (Ted) Catino draws on more than two decades of entrepreneurial experience. He leveraged his experience in business development to establish GigSmart, a mobile application that helps people find employment. Ted Catino’s GigSmart app provides job seekers with a simple platform to market their skills. 

After you build your profile, the GigSmart app displays the services you offer, the skills you possess, and the rate that you charge for your work. You may update your profile as often as you wish, which will enable you to immediately upload newly earned certificates or update the experience section. 

Moreover, GigSmart gives you complete control over the rates you want to charge. The app offers ease of use, ensuring that you receive immediate payment for your services with no additional fees. The profile database also offers you the ability to select jobs posted by other users without the need for interviews or job vetting processes.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Mason Food Pantry Relieves Food Insecurity through Pantry Store


An investment advisor and professional transition coach, Theodore “Ted” Catino is a cofounder of the GigSmart mobile app. Ted Catino formerly served as the CEO for Security National Automotive Acceptance Corporation (SNAAC) in Ohio. Sold in 2011, SNAAC continues its work in the insurance industry and makes efforts to contribute to service member support and community organizations, including the Mason Food Pantry

With a focus on compassion and dignity, Mason Food Pantry helps families who experience food insecurity due to unemployment, homelessness, financial struggle, health issues, and other means beyond their control. The organization accepts donations of non-perishable foods, basic care items, and pet food. 

Donated items are placed within a public-access pantry, where families can shop for the supplies and food products that best suit their individual needs and family preferences. Open three days a week, the pantry is designed for convenience with items colorized and organized by category. Families who use the pantry purchase items using points distributed according to household size, and shoppers receive feedback on their remaining point value throughout their visit. 

To use the service, families must reside in the Mason City School District and provide proof of residency, including a Mason City school ID or current report card for school-aged children. Persons residing in a Mason motel must bring a current invoice during each visit.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Bengals Sign Jordan Willis


Theodore “Ted” Catino stands out as a founding partner of 625 Investments, LLC, a Boston-based opportunistic fund that invests in private equity and real estate, and as a co-founder of GigSmart, an app that connects workers and employers. In his free time, Ted Catino enjoys watching professional football, particularly the Cincinnati Bengals. 

In June 2017, the Bengals officially signed defensive end Jordan Willis, whom they selected in the third round of the NFL Draft. Willis comes to the NFL out of Kansas State University, where he appeared in 48 games and started in 39. Among his many accomplishments at Kansas State, he registered 26 sacks, the third-most career sacks in the school’s history, which is also the seventh-highest figure in the Big 12 Conference. Further, he ranks ninth in school history for the number of tackles for a loss (40.5). 

Named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2016, Willis started in all of Kansas State’s 13 games and registered 52 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, and 11.5 sacks.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Boston Red Sox Select Pitcher Tanner Houck in 2017 MLB Draft


Preparing for Second Round Interviews

Award-winning entrepreneur Ted Catino co-founded the mobile application GigSmart to help job seekers access the opportunities presented b...