April 30, 2012

The Dos and Don’ts of Interview Follow-Up

The Dos and Don’ts of Interview Follow-Up 

Beth Cliff

By Beth Cliff, IT Engineering Recruitment Manager, Redfish Technology

  Do call your recruiter.

When working with a recruiter, let that person know how it went. Give them a call shortly after the interview to give your impressions, discuss anything unexpected that came up, affirm your interest, and discuss next steps in the process. (more…)


April 26, 2012

Effective Risk Management Strategies

Effective Risk Management Strategies

By Francis Liska


When evaluating technology solutions, it is important not to lose sight of risks that may prevent your organization from achieving its business goals. On reflection, it is not hard to come up with examples. Perhaps lack of adequate back-up strategies could lead to a loss of data.  A hosted or cloud solution may provide some indication that you can get your data back if you leave the service provider, but it might not be in an easily useable format, perhaps putting your business at jeopardy.  A vendor may not have a long well established track record, possibly raising concerns about its stability.


Quite often it is challenging for small and medium size organizations to get a handle on the risks they face and as a result risk management is overlooked. As a start, consider your key objectives and ask questions including what can go wrong, how can problems happen and why could they occur. By looking at your options through this lens, you can begin to get a reasonable perspective on the risks you should be concerned with.


Usually no one individual has a full perspective of the risks that could impact your organization. As such, it is necessary to ensure that you include all those who have relevant knowledge of risks that could impact your business as you complete your risk analysis. Completion of a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis relevant to the technology option under consideration may be helpful to identify risks that could impact your organization.


Typically it is not possible to address all risks that have been identified. Risk analysis serves to identify which risks can have a greater impact than others. Risk analysis involves combining the impact of an event with the likelihood of the event occurring using the risk analysis equation which is Risk = Consequence x Likelihood. You may want to rank the impact of a risk as significant, major or minor and rank the likelihood of occurrence as high, medium or low and document your risks in a risk matrix.


Completing this exercise will help you to identify those risks that are more likely to occur and those which may have a greater impact, and help you make decisions about committing resources and effort to manage specific risks.


After risks have been identified and analyzed, the focus shifts to risk treatment. There are various strategies to consider. Risks can be avoided by not proceeding with the activity to which a risk relates. However, such an approach can lead to missed opportunities and elevation of other risks. The likelihood of occurrence could be reduced, perhaps for example by selecting solution vendors with a well-established track record. The consequences related to a risk could be reduced. For example, reasonable assurance could be obtained that data from a hosted or cloud solution provider would be available in an easily useable format if you leave the solution provider. Risks can be shared. A common example of how risks can be shared is through insurance. A firm providing professional advisory services may wish to share risk by acquiring errors and omissions insurance. Finally a decision may be made to retain exposure to certain risks if the exposure is at an acceptable level. Overall, the treatment approach for any specific risk requires a cost benefit analysis to determine the extent to which the cost of treating a potential risk is justified.


Risk management has significant business benefits. Examples include greater potential to achieve goals and objectives, reduced exposure to litigation and non-compliance with legal obligations, enhanced relationships with external stakeholders, and greater likelihood of operating within prescribed budgets.


The Risk Management Standard prepared by a team from three major risk management organizations in the UK, The Institute of Risk Management, The Association of Insurance and Risk Managers, and The National Forum for Risk Management in the Public Sector, is a very good resource for more detailed guidance and direction on risk management strategies.


About the author:


Francis Liska, of the OTUS Group, has a passion for learning and sharing ideas. He is a strategic thinker who excels at carefully considering alternative scenarios to find solutions in a world of seeming complexity. Francis is an owner of OTUS Group, a firm of business advisors dedicated to making businesses stronger. Francis has a blog: Business Perspectives.



April 23, 2012

How to Deal with Job Search Frustration

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker,Job Search — Tags: , , — Redfish Technology @ 6:00 AM

How to Deal with Job Search FrustrationCollegeRecruiter.com

By William Frierson, staff writer for CollegeRecruiter.com
Author Website: http://www.collegerecruiter.com/

Is your job search getting the best of you?  With so many people competing for jobs, it is understandable that you are frustrated about not having landed some opportunity.  However, you can’t give up on your search.  Instead, learn how to deal with frustration productively.  Remember these tips:

Create a goal list which includes target companies, people you have networked with, and any follow ups with job applications you have completed- By knowing what you want to do and tracking your progress, you will have this information for future reference and a reminder of your goal, which is getting hired.

Have your resume reviewed by a professional recruiter or resume writer and make the adjustments needed- It can’t hurt to have someone else look at your resume for mistakes that could make a difference in getting more interviews.

Take a day off- While you should spend much time on your job search, it might be beneficial to take a day away from it.  Focusing on something else will loosen you up, and release any stress you’re feeling before returning to the job search.

For more tips on dealing with job search frustration, see the source below.

Experiencing job search frustration is a possibility.  How you handle it will factor in to whether or not you land a new job.

Information provided by Paula-Anne Sherron.



Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.


April 16, 2012

Retirement Prospects Post Great Recession

Filed under: Human Resources / Capital,Talent Retention — Redfish Technology @ 6:00 AM

Retirement Prospects Post Great Recession

Robert Teal, CCP, CBP

Robert Teal

By Robert Teal, CCP, CBP

Lowered 401(k) accounts balances, declining home values, lay-offs, reduced earnings, increased debt levels, all devastated the confidence of many near-retirement age workers following the 2008-2009 financial crash. The natural reaction for many workers is to remain in the labor force and attempt to recoup losses, pay down debt and somehow make-up for their diminished financial status. Postponing retirement age does have the potential value of an increased monthly social security benefit amount. (more…)


April 9, 2012

Staffing & Employment News: Disappointing Jobs Report, But Confidence and Strong Numbers Elsewhere

Staffing & Employment News

Disappointing Jobs Report, But Confidence and Strong Numbers Elsewhere

Friday’s jobs report disappointed with only half (120,000) the jobs created in March compared to the month previous. ADP had announced just prior that the U.S. private-sector employment rose by 209,000 in March. For the three months through February, an average of 245,000 payrolls was added monthly, marking the strongest gains since 2006.


Goods-producing industry employment rose 31,000 after a 29,000 gain in February. For the latest month, manufacturing increased 37,000; construction dipped 7,000; and mining inched up 1,000. Inventory building was a key driver of growth in the October-December quarter.


The unemployment rate nudged downward to 8.2 percent from 8.3 percent – a fall of nearly a full percentage point since the summer. The U.S. economy grew 3 percent in the final quarter of 2011, the best pace in a year and a half.


Prior to March’s employment report, employee confidence reached its highest level since October 2007 according to the latest Randstad Employment Report, hitting 55.5 in March. This is the third month of consecutive increase. Joanie Ruge, senior vice president and chief employment analyst for Randstad U.S. said “It seems as though optimism in the employment picture is outweighing any mixed signals being given by other economic reports. In fact, the Index confirms, from a frontline perspective, an optimistic and hopeful outlook around the number job openings, job stability and the future strength of companies. Although the latest Index still remains five points below the historical high, it also stands 15.4 points higher than our Index’s all-time low of 40.1 in January 2007.”


And American CEOs are also seeing increased momentum for U.S. Economy according to the Business Roundtable’s First Quarter 2012 CEO Economic Outlook Survey. CEOs expressed improving expectations for sales, capital spending and employment, with a notable increase to 96.9 in Q1 of 2012, up from 77.9 in Q4 of 2011. In terms of the overall U.S. economy, Business Roundtable members estimate real GDP will grow by 2.3 percent in 2012, up from last quarter’s estimate of 2.0.


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