November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving! Let us tell you what we recruiters are thankful for:

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

This is a time to take a break, appreciate that which we have, enjoy our family and friends, and reflect on the possibilities in the universe.

Let us tell you what we are thankful for:

 

The growth and opportunities that Clean Tech and Information Technology sectors offer.
• According to the monthly index published by TechServe Alliance, the number of IT jobs increased by more than 7,000 month over month, rising to 4,064,500 jobs in October – that’s an increase of 2.2% over October 2010.
• The clean energy sector is growing at 8.3%. Annually from 2003 to 2010 solar thermal energy grew by 18.4%, solar photovoltaic power by 10.7%, biofuels by 8.9%, and over the last five years the wind energy industry saw 35% average annual growth.

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November 21, 2011

Building an Organizational Social Media Policy

Anna Mathieu

Anna Mathieu

Building an Organizational Social Media Policy

By Anna Mathieu, Marketing Communications Manager, Redfish Technology

 

Social media as a marketing tool for spreading a business’ name and mission has become invaluable in many industries. A company’s social media marketing strategy aims at building the company brand, recruiting new talent, fostering collaboration and communication, and driving innovation.

When considering a social media policy, a company must consider the opportunities and threats in terms of: a) employee work-related social media use, b) employee personal use of social media on-the-job, and c) employee personal use of social media outside of work. The use of social media by employees both at work and off work can have both positive and negative consequences, ones that should be thought through by each company in light of their marketing strategy, company mission, and other individual aspects. (more…)

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November 14, 2011

Streamlining the Hiring Process for Success

Streamlining the Hiring Process for Success

Beth Cliff

Beth Cliff

By Beth Cliff, High Tech Engineering Recruitment Manager

 

Fourth quarter hiring is in full swing, and candidates are actively and selectively interviewing. On average, the hiring process from the time a resume is submitted to offer and acceptance is 7-10 days, and the majority of candidates we are placing, roughly 85%, are currently in full-time roles while looking for their next opportunity. One key to successfully hiring the most qualified candidate for your organization is having a streamlined hiring process. Be sure that everyone who will be involved in the hiring and decision making is available and committed to the process. (more…)

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November 7, 2011

Staffing & Employment News: The economy grew last quarter at the fastest pace in a year, but job growth remains fairly anemic.

Staffing & Employment News

The economy grew last quarter at the fastest pace in a year (yeah!), but job growth remains fairly anemic.

The economy grew last quarter at the fastest pace in a year (2.5%), however that growth was still insufficient to push down the unemployment rate. GDP is estimated to grow at just over 2% in 2012, and 2.7% in 2013, a gradual improvement.

ADP estimated Thursday that October private payrolls rose 110,000. Friday the Labor Department reported that payrolls expanded by 80,000 jobs in October, and the September figure was revised upward to 158,000 (from 103,000) and August was revised upwards to 104,000 (from 57,000).

While October saw less job creation than forecast, the unemployment rate did dip to 9% (from 9.1% last month).

Insperity Inc.’s latest business confidence study found that 26% of small to midsize businesses plan to add staff and 66% plan to maintain current staffing levels. Nearly half of small-business owners think that the economy will not improve until the second half of 2012, with 44% anticipating an economic rebound in the second half of 2012 or later. The CMO Survey finds that CMOs are planning on increasing marketing spending over the next year, by 7.2% on marketing hires.

IT and Clean Tech recruiters, such as Redfish Technology, report a very strong quarter. Solar and Software as a Service being two leading sectors of employment at this time. Online job posting activity is up by 11% year-over-year according to the Monster Employment Index.

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