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Never Stop Training

This past year on a Sunday night not that long ago after hours of training, game after game and what I would imagine to be more than just a few play drafts the Los Angeles Rams faced the Cincinnati Bengals. With a hyper crowd sitting at the edge of their seats the Rams took the W with a 23-20 final score in 2022’s Super Bowl. 

Now when you think about football players, what do you think about? Big, bulky, strong perhaps, maybe, but even more than that, football players are: professionals, athletes, they make meal plans, they take time in the gym, and practice, practice … practice. Athletes are amazing at what they do and yes perhaps some of that is a natural given talent but so much of that is blood, sweat and tears, but why? Athletes train the way they do because they want to invest in their careers and be better every single day. They put work into their craft and

2022-05-03T22:59:20-04:00May 3rd, 2022|Job Seekers, Uncategorized|

The Keychain to not Getting Ghosted

Everyone has been ghosted before and you are no exception. From the girl next door to “the best interview ever” we have all experienced getting ghosted at one point or another. Unfortunately for the hiring market today the process of getting ghosted continues to be a hot topic running through zoom meetings and emailed memo’s.
“The interview seemed like it went really well, however after leaving two voicemails, sending three emails, and calling four times it appears that the candidate has ghosted us.”

-Written Every Single HR Manager/ Recruiter/ Sourcer at least once since 2019 when Covid began.

Getting ghosted by a candidate is no fun because after getting your hopes up that you have had a good interview or located a good candidate for the role there is still a high potential that the interviewee will be uninterested in moving forward. 

A Few Things to Keep In Mind If You Are Getting Ghosted Regularly:

The

2022-05-03T22:44:55-04:00May 3rd, 2022|Employers|

Price – Speed of Delivery – Quality

My mom always told me that you can’t have everything but my customers don’t seem to believe her. Literally, I am not lying. My customers seem to believe that you can have quality, speed of delivery and low price all wrapped up together but I am here to tell you, it is just a myth. Who hasn’t in the past 24 months ordered some shiny, new, cool gadget off their Instagram or FaceBook feed only to learn this lesson one more time? You can’t have high quality, low cost, and immediate delivery. In the current environment of a broken supply chain this runs particularly true. 

Quality – when you are looking for quality you are looking for something that will do what it is supposed to do, when it is supposed to do it every single time. It is a combination of reliability and consistency. It does what it is supposed to do and it ALWAYS does what it is supposed to do. It

2022-03-27T09:58:07-04:00February 28th, 2022|Employers|

Must Have List

When parents start to encourage their children to start looking for universities they encourage them to create “must have” and “it would be nice” lists. These soon-to-be graduates then sit down and list things off like, “my school must have an intramural baseball team, a really nice library to study in, be within my price range, and be between 2-6 hours away from home.” They would then continue to say, “it would be nice if my school had a big gym, had a separate building for my degree program, and had cheap dorm options.” As you grow up, oftentimes big decisions such as schools get the same list like weddings, buying a car, buying a house or when looking for a job. 

The process of getting a job can be challenging and there are some points in life where you need to take any job offered to you and make it work in a hard situation. This however is not always the case. When

2022-02-28T22:30:22-05:00February 28th, 2022|Job Seekers|

What 2021 Has Taught Us

Now that we are a month into 2022 I am sure that most of us would admit that 2021 was a year to … forget? Remember? I don’t even know at this point. It was a challenging year in many regards, let’s just put it that way. However challenging does not necessarily mean bad. Challenging can mean that there were hurdles to overcome, that there were setbacks put in front of massive projects you were trying to complete, that there were obstacles placed before you that you needed to overcome and that is not fun, easy or enjoyable but it does not mean that you should forget and move on from them. If you are reading this right now, you survived the trials and tribulations that 2021 had to offer which means that you should not forget but reflect. 

I know what you are thinking… February is not a typical month of reflection. Oftentimes that is found in December and January as the year

2022-01-31T14:12:54-05:00January 31st, 2022|Employers|

Work Life Balance and Intentional Self Care

Through covid the lifestyle of so many people has changed. Not only did people stay home from work but they stayed home from friends, families, events, activities, restaurants … The list goes on and on. Some people picked up new individual hobbies like knitting or drawing, some people got really into their fitness journey and started lifting weights, boxing or biking but regardless of the new addition you have started a personal care journey that post covid may take a back seat to conflicting obligations.

As cerb ends at the end of October and a large group of the population goes back to working it is important to remember that work life balance is just as important now as it was a year ago if not more. 

Taking the time to carve out personal time for yourself and your loved ones is vital to a successful and healthy transition back into a post lock down world. Now, let us preface that

2021-10-08T13:56:19-04:00October 8th, 2021|Job Seekers|

The Forever Changing Desires of the WorkForce

Baby Boomers – Generation X – Millennials and Beyond 

Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials have all had a different approach to what work life balance has meant to them, based partly on the era in which they grew up and in what they witnessed in both their parents and grandparents generations. 

People born between 1945 and 1960, in the generation known as Baby Boomers, grew up in an era where having a stable career that produced the income necessary to feed your family was the primary task. Reliability and consistency were the main priority for baby boomers and by default they put in continual effort to not only maintain the roles they were in but to be promoted into higher roles where they have remained VP’s, directors and senior executives.

Generation X (born between 1961 and 1980) were the children, nieces and nephews of Baby Boomers. They watched and were personally affected by the absence of their

2021-10-08T10:02:24-04:00October 8th, 2021|Employers|

Is Your HR Team Working With or Against You?

Oftentimes in an organization when an HR team is struggling to keep up with recruitment demand it will be suggested by “upper” management to find an agency to help where attention is required. It sounds like a simple solution to a problem but may create a conflict of interest for your HR team, and leave them feeling insecure instead of empowered and supported.  

You may be wondering, why would a solution based approach leave them feeling insecure or conflicted? Simply put, some HR leaders feel insecure about utilizing an agency because it is an admission that they were unable to fill the roles themselves and that “FEELS” like a failure. More than that though, how can they be sure the agency will abide by company policy and practices.  Let’s be clear, people that are skilled in HR are rule followers and makers by nature, they make lists and check boxes and create policy that supports strategy.  They are the masters at systems and do

2021-08-30T10:00:22-04:00August 30th, 2021|Employers|

The Time to go Back to Work is Now

Since Covid has begun the employee market has looked very different than it did just a few years ago and while vaccines are rolling out, restrictions are going down and things are opening back up … employees are not yet going back to work. 

Now it is important that this is prefaced with a thankyou and acknowledgement to everyone who continued to work during the lockdowns and stay at home orders. Having people that continued to go to work and remain employed through these past months has been vital as we move forward. We applaud our Drivers, Warehouse Workers, Retail Workers, Nurses, Doctors and many others who were deemed Essential. Thank YOU!

While getting the government subsidy is nice and there is no doubt that free money is rare and something everyone wants more of, soon it will come to an end and that end will be a rude awakening for many. Enough is enough if you are able it is

2021-08-30T09:34:05-04:00August 30th, 2021|Job Seekers|

The Recruitment Process

Some of our customers have experienced the process of recruiting themselves either because they do some of their own hiring or they tried to fill a role before reaching out to us. However, lots of our customers only use agencies and don’t really understand the method behind the madness. So many people think about the recruitment process and assume it includes posting an ad and interviewing a few candidates and while yes, we do post ads and interview candidates there is so much more behind the scenes than you would expect.

The Evolution of Recruiting

Recruiting is not a new game, but we are definitely playing by new rules. Year over year recruiting continues to evolve and change. 30 years ago it was as easy as placing a sign outside your building that read “Help Wanted.” 20 years ago the process involved newspaper ads and a quick interview but now with the way that technology has evolved the entire recruitment process

2021-08-02T17:46:08-04:00August 2nd, 2021|Employers|