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6 Reasons Why You Should Return a Recruiter's Call

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pexels-photo.jpgPicture yourself working hard to meet yet another deadline and the phone rings. You let the call go to voicemail. Later you listen to the message – it is a recruiter who is calling to introduce himself/herself and to tell you about a great job they are trying to fill. You think about the voicemail for a while and eventually decide you are happy where you are and that returning the call, while polite, can only complicate your life.

Ignoring the call is definitely the easy way out, but make no mistake, you should return that call. Here is why:

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Topics: Career Advice

How to Attack the Skills Gap

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pexels-photo-221485.jpegWe live in a world that is constantly changing. Technologies emerge, evolve, and become obsolete quicker than ever before. This ever-changing environment, coupled with macroeconomic conditions, has brought the skills gap to the forefront of business discussions.

What exactly is the skills gap?

The skills gap is the divide between businesses demands for candidates with specific, deliverable skill-sets, and the broader market’s seeming lack of ability to supply enough of the right people.  

Inc.com recently suggested that the skills gap is a myth wrought with layers of excuses and lack of action (perhaps partially true). However, if you took a second to talk to any business owner or executive they’ll all tell you the same thing: they simply can’t find enough of the people they need to drive their business.

Why is the skills gap happening?  

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Topics: Hiring Strategies

Can Working From Home Work For You?

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As the economy continues to strengthen, companies will be looking for creative ways to retain their top talent. A tactic that has been used recently to keep top performers is to provide flexibility in the workplace. One way to provide flexibility is to allow employees to work from home. However, utilizing telecommuters has not been an easy transition for employers, as well as employees.

Employers are still attempting to understand if working from home is beneficial. Take for instance Yahoo. One of the first items Marissa Meyer did when she took over as Yahoo’s CEO was to end Yahoo’s work from home program

But why?

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Topics: Workplace, Hiring Strategies, Career Advice

Top 10 Ways to Gain the Trust of Your Employees

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pexels-photo-29066.jpgTrust is often thought of as the foundation of an organization. Perhaps the most important kind of trust is that between a manager and his or her employee(s). When trust is lacking, it breaks down employee morale and causes turnover rates to skyrocket.

Building confidence with your employees is crucial to boosting motivation, increasing employee engagement, and ensuring the long-term profitability of your company. 

So, how can you gain the trust of your employees?

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Topics: Workplace, Hiring Strategies

Preparing for Buffalo's Manufacturing Rebirth

Posted by Kevin Kerl

pexels-photo-188710.jpeg“If you build it, they will come.” The famous movie line from Field of Dreams can now be said about the Buffalo-Niagara manufacturing scene. Since the 1990s Western New York has seen a 45% decrease in manufacturing jobs. However, this trend is turning around, slowly.

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Topics: Technical, Industry Trends, Hiring Strategies

How to Attract Big Talent to Smaller Cities

Posted by Katie Whiting

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Did you know 54% of employers currently have open positions for which they cannot find qualified candidates? 

This is a direct result of the skills gap our nation has been facing. Unfortunately, this probably is not news to you.

The talent shortage has been a legitimate concern for employers throughout the nation for quite some time now. And for smaller cities like Buffalo, NY, this problem is often compounded due to the city’s size and location. As a result, WNY companies find themselves targeting the same talent pool as those companies in major metropolitan areas, such as New York City.

So what can we, the companies of WNY, do? 

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Topics: Hiring Strategies

How to Create a Productive Relationship with Your Staffing Vendor

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pexels-photo-259200.jpegACME Company has a really important position to fill.  It’s not quite at an executive level, but it’s a decision-making role, overseeing one of their most important revenue-driving teams.  They have worked with a few staffing companies in the past, and for roles like this, each firm typically provides on average seven candidate profiles.

In order to increase the likelihood of seeing quality profiles and finding a good hire quick, ACME Company considers engaging additional search firms.  So, ACME Company calls six firms, hoping to see upwards of 42 profiles ASAP.

Is this the right approach?   

The counterintuitive, but likely correct answer is, no, ACME Company is probably not getting the best people to solve their hiring problem.  

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Topics: Workplace

How To Avoid Leadership Dependence

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pexels-photo-194094.jpegI’ve been in many team meetings where those in attendance wait patiently for their manager to respond to a question before offering an opinion.

Is this driven by laziness? Lack of quality ideas? Fear of suggesting something that conflicts with his/her manager’s view?

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Topics: Workplace

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