December 10, 2012
Staffing & Employment News
Jobs Up, Unemployment Rate Down, Bullhorn Up, Monster Down
The jobs report showed 176,000 jobs created in November, outdoing analysts’ forecasts of only 80,000. Private payrolls accounted for 147,000 of these new jobs. The unemployment rate dropped to 7.7%, a 4-year low. (more…)
November 23, 2011
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:
he 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.
October 10, 2011
Staffing & Employment News
Job growth improved more than expected in September. Payroll jobs advanced 103,000 in September despite government sector contraction – private non-farm payrolls gained a total of 137,000 in September, following a 42,000 increase in August and 173,000 in July. Friday’s employment report shows that the labor market is not quite as sluggish as earlier believed. (more…)
August 29, 2011
Winning the Tech Talent War
by Andy Nacsin, Executive Recruiter
In today’s economic situation, companies are facing multiple new challenges when it comes to staffing. According to Forrester Research, today’s recruiting growth rate prediction is at 8%. Many theorists believe that this is because of the looming talent shortage and disconnect between positions open and skills of candidates applying. Another factor is that companies, while emerging from recession, are still remaining cautious on spending and are very selective when acquiring talent, regardless of their growing need to add headcount. Our nationwide overall unemployment rate has been hovering around 10%, and yet when we take a closer look within technology these numbers are closer to 4%. Other considerations that are affecting this climate are employee turnover, Baby Boomers retiring, more restrictive policies on foreign workers, companies resistant to relocation costs, and overall reluctance from employees to change jobs. So our challenge is how to cope with a growing talent shortage within the high tech and green tech industries.
The battle for top sales people and engineers is extraordinary in Silicon Valley and New York – These are our Talent War battle zones. The majority of technology growth occurs in these two large geographic regions and they also typically house the greatest number of top tier talent. (more…)
August 8, 2011
Jobs Growth Anemic, yet Senior Talent in Shortage in Certain Sectors
Leading up to the BLS employment report on Friday, ADP estimated private payrolls rose 114,000 in July. The BLS figures came in 117,000 nonfarm employment and 154,000 in total private employment. Gains were seen in health care, retail trade, manufacturing, and mining; while Government employment continued to decline. Manufacturing employment increased in by 24,000, professional and technical services increased by 18,000, Government employment decreased by 37,000. The unemployment rate stayed put at 9.1% (13.9 million people).
AESC / Executive Search
According to the Association of Executive Search Consultants’ (AESC), 66% of search professionals have a positive prediction for their industry in the second half of the year. The biggest growth in demand for senior talent is in the Energy/Natural Resources sector. The United States is experiencing a “sustained resurgence of demand” according to AESC President, Peter Felix. Worldwide, the General Management/CEO/COO functions are anticipated to experience the greatest shortage of talent, followed by Business Development and then Engineering. (more…)
July 7, 2011
Hiring the Right Candidate:
Set Bait, Cut Bait
By Shannon Tinker
While staffing industry pros are acutely aware of the ins and outs of finding and closing candidates, I’d bet the rest of the world doesn’t spend much time contemplating the hiring process. In fact, during a candidate rich market, employers may land their dream candidate by skipping a bunch of hiring “steps,” including “the close.” But what happens when the market shifts?
An improving job market isn’t all roses and smiley faces. Simple supply and demand dictates, and unfortunately a flourishing job market also, lead to losing more candidates to competing opportunities. While tragic, some losses are unavoidable. Yet, other times a quick re-read of the “Closing Candidates 101” handbook may give you the upper hand.
Closing the right candidate really requires little or no sales ability whatsoever and is remarkably simple. Really. (more…)
April 25, 2011
Revisit Your Mission: Strengthen Corporate Culture and Better Serve Your Employees and Clients.
By Heidi Clark, COO,CHO, Redfish Technology, Inc.
Change. It’s something that we naturally resist and yet is a very important part of any organization. Redfish is, has been and always will be changing. Since we opened our doors fifteen years ago, we’ve seen many cycles and shifts of the market – from the Dot Com to the Dot Bomb to the 2007 Recession. We’ve seen the highest highs in the tech market and the lowest lows. As Redfish has grown, so have we and in that growth there has been a deepening of purpose. In our efforts to embrace and reflect this change, reviewing our mission statement becomes our first priority. (more…)
April 1, 2011
Redfish Technology Hires San Francisco Development Director to Expand SF Business, Nationwide Partnerships
Redfish Technology, Inc. announced today the hiring of Andy Nacsin as Director
of Development. Mr. Nacsin is a veteran executive recruiter, with extensive ties in the high tech sector across the nation. “We are excited to be working with Andy again. He has valuable relationships, and an incredible ability to build and manage partnerships, both of which will be leveraged in his new role as Director of Development,” said Rob Reeves, CEO/President of Redfish Technology. “Hiring Andy into this role is part of our commitment to greater participation and partnerships in the High Tech sectors, and reflective of the volume and importance of our business in the Bay Area”. (more…)
February 9, 2011
Bernanke Weighs In, CEOs Too
Growing Optimism on the Hiring Front
The Los Angeles Times reported today that:
The Fed chief also gave a somewhat more positive assessment of the employment situation, after last Friday’s report showing the nation’s unemployment rate falling to 9% last month from 9.4% in December and 9.8% in November.
He said: “Notable declines in the unemployment rate in December and January, together with improvement in indicators of job openings and firms’ hiring plans, do provide some grounds for optimism on the employment front .
In spite of this week’s conflicting short term data, we should be celebrating that the U.S. unemployment rate dropped unexpectedly to a low unseen since April 2009: 9%. Better yet, numerous surveys and CEO reports are optimistic: the outlook for 2011 is to refocus on innovation, competition, and hiring .
Redfish Technology reports surging demand in Software as a Service and Cloud Computing as well as Solar and Clean Tech companies, “From VP of Sales in high tech positions to PV Project Engineers, (more…)
February 4, 2011
January 13, 2011
The Great Balancing Act
By Rob Reeves, President/CEO Redfish Technology
Work-life balance is something we at Redfish have always taken seriously. Part of the reason is because I personally have fallen completely out of balance in this arena.
Off the deep end
My recruiting adventure started (more…)
September 27, 2010
July 29, 2010
Staffing & Employment News
Executive-level employment this year continues to be positive in certain industries, those showing the highest demand are healthcare, clean energy, pharmaceutical and high-tech sectors at the most senior levels. Non-executive hiring is also reportedly increasing. Approximately half of corporations with a hiring freeze in effect last year have already lifted or planned on lifting these by the end of Q2. At Redfish we are certainly seeing more hiring and as importantly more job reqs being authorized. The July ADP figures have been released showing that US companies added more workers in July than forecast. A gain of 42,000 workerts followed a revised 19,000 increase the prior month, according to figures from ADP Employer Services published 8/4/2010. (more…)
May 3, 2010
Redfish Technology is one of the Best Places to Work
By Joanna Bradley, Executive Recruiter, High Tech Sales & Marketing Division Manager
About 24 months ago I read a truly inspirational article that required immediate attention. The article, written in Outside Magazine, was about the 50 best places to work and I thought; well hell… why isn’t my company on that list? I have made it a mission to express to Outside staff and readers alike that Redfish Technology is deserving of an accolade or two for our work/life balance. And although I am still diligently trying to get us on that list, I figured I would share Redfish’s philosophy with our ever-growing fan club. (more…)
February 5, 2010
What is my return on investment when using a head hunter?
That is a good question!
How do you quantify the time and manpower employed to locate top talent with the best company fit?
If you are in a smaller company, you probably have to invest you own time, time that you are not working on your business objectives, or you may have an administrative or junior colleague trying to understand the experience and skills you need and balance their own job duties.
If you are in a larger company, you may even have an HR or internal recruiter. What is often missing is the ability to access top talent, across industry segments, whether from competitors or partners. One way to put a number on it is to ask yourself what you could have accomplished during the time you were looking for the right person, and how much time you spent with a potential candidate who didn’t meet your hiring objectives.
Redfish Tech is a nation-wide recruiter. We specialize in High Tech and Renewable and Alternate Energy sectors.
We have 15 years of experience and extensive networks in these industries. We can pull talent from all across the continent, and locate the right person quickly. We qualify candidates in terms of both experience and skills, and as regards company cultural fit.
We partner with companies to streamline the process and get the right person within your time frame so that you can focus your time and energy on your core competencies. Redfish has access to top talent who may not be actively looking for a job, and we often are the first to know when experienced people have started looking for their next opportunity to contribute to a new company.
We partner with you and put our extensive recruiting experience to work for you. We undertake the advertising, perform background checks, keep you informed as to job market conditions, and offer salary and benefit recommendations based on industry trends.
We work on a retained or contingency basis, depending on the needs of your company and the difficulty of filling the position. A partnership with Redfish gives you a greater competitive edge and improved bottom line. Now that is worth taking to the bank.