July 30, 2012

Positive Job Creation Indicators Revealed in the 20th Anniversary Executive Job Market Intelligence Report

Positive Job Creation Indicators Revealed in the 20th Anniversary Executive Job Market Intelligence Report

Companies are planning on growth, both via new management hires and trading up new hires for existing executive roles to fill gaps or improve teams. Recruiters weighed in on executive job creation reporting they expect 51 percent of employers will be adding headcount through “trading up” with new hires for existing executive jobs and 27 percent will create new executive roles over the next six months. Only 2 percent of companies surveyed intend on continuing the management cutbacks that have been in effect during the economic downturn. (more…)

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July 23, 2012

5 Reasons Why You Need More Than a Good Resume to Stand Out from the Crowd

5 Reasons Why You Need More Than a Good Resume to Stand Out from the Crowd

Source: CareerAlley
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It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.” – Whitney M. Young

 

You’ve probably heard hundreds of times that your resume is the most important document in your job search, and, that is so. But if you want to stand out from the competition, I say you need more than a great resume. In the end, only technically qualified candidates will get to interview for any open job. And, while your resume may (or may not) help you get in the door, you will need more than your resume to get the job. So, you may ask, what else do you need? Lots of research, interview preparation and (unfortunately), additional “documentation”. (more…)

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July 16, 2012

Managing Expectations: A Prerequisite to Successful Hiring. By Heidi Clark, COO, CHO, Redfish Technology, Inc.

Managing Expectations:A Prerequisite to Successful Hiring

Heidi Clark, COO, CHO (Chief Humanity Officer)

Heidi Clark, COO, CHO (Chief Humanity Officer)

By Heidi Clark, COO, CHO

 

One of the key competencies of an executive recruiter is that of setting expectations, yours and mine.

The recruiter is out there acting as an emissary for a company. She must embody the corporate values and ethics of his client, she must create enthusiasm and motivation for the opportunity. When reaching out to both potential candidates and professionals who may refer the next candidate, the recruiter is representing the company brand. The better the collaboration and communication between the hiring manager and the recruiter, the more successful the process. (more…)

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July 9, 2012

Staffing & Employment News: The Muddle Through

Staffing & Employment News

The Muddle Through

Jobless claims hit the lowest levels in six weeks at the end of June, and ADP projected private payroll growth at 176,000 for the month. The staffing industry led employment growth by adding more than 25,000 jobs, an increase of 10.7% more jobs than a year ago. The Monster Employment Index jumped 6 points to 153 in June reflecting a strong uptick in online recruiting. Nonetheless the BLS reported only a modest 80,000 net gain in jobs, leaving the unemployment rate unchanged at 8.2 percent.

The BLS report shows positive signs: gains in manufacturing employment and production hours, and a rise in aggregate earnings. Hiring demand is strong in transportation & warehousing, pointing to strength in the supply chain and retail trade. There is some strength in the goods-producing sector, which added 13,000 in June. Professional and business services added 47,000 jobs during the month. The health care, wholesale trade, manufacturing, construction, and mining sectors all increased by various amounts.

“Businesses continue to be very cautious about hiring in the current uncertain economic environment,” says Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive officer of the American Staffing Association. Employers remain hesitant “due to uncertainty about the current strength of the economy and future economic conditions, including impending tax increases and spending cuts expected to take effect in January 2013. In times like these, businesses are being much more strategic in sourcing additional talent.”

In May, the Conference Board Leading Economic Index for the U.S. edged up 0.3% to 95.8. “Economic data in general reflect a U.S. economy that is growing modestly, neither losing nor gaining momentum,” says Ken Goldstein, economist at the Conference Board. “The result is more of a muddle through.” However, the Conference Board Measure of CEO Confidence, which had improved in the first quarter of this year, decreased in the second quarter.

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July 2, 2012

Should You Screen for Cultural Fit in the Hiring Process?

 

Should You Screen for Cultural Fit in the Hiring Process?

 

 

Cultural Fit should be a major factor in any hiring process, because it is one of the main reasons an employee doesn’t succeed or stay on once hired. With the cost of turnover to be avoided whenever possible, assessing cultural fit from the get go is a must. Candidates who fit into the company culture will contribute faster, perform better and have longer tenure.

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