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Will Technology Replace Recruiters?

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Every time a new job board or search technology launches or becomes popular, the common refrain is about the pending doom of the staffing industry.

Years ago, job boards like Monster and Career Builder and other search technologies were touted by some as a death knell for search firms, since any company could search and contact candidates on their own. Then came LinkedIn, Indeed and many others.  And yet our industry is thriving, with search and placement revenue growing at an annual rate of 8%, but how is this possible?

It’s possible because job boards and search technology are missing one key component inherent to recruiters – the ability to compel action.   

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Topics: Technical, Hiring Strategies

Follow the Top 10 Engineering and Manufacturing Blogs

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Blogs are a great way to stay up-to-date on current events, stimulate creativity, and explore topics of interest in more depth. Reading industry specific blogs provides new perspectives and best practices that can directly influence your daily work. Check out this list of our top 10 engineering and manufacturing blogs:

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Topics: Technical

Bridging the IT Skills Gap in 2016

Posted by Marissa Malone

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What would a business today be without technology? As a millennial, it’s almost impossible for me to imagine and for many businesses it’s becoming that way too.

IT staffing is ranked as the second largest segment of staffing in terms of revenue, and is expected to grow 6% in 2016 to $27.2 billion.

As technology is advancing, senior leaders and CIOs are now recognizing the importance technology plays on the company’s overall success. In fact, 22% of CIOs are looking to build out their IT department within the first six months of 2016 due to such rapid technological advances. There’s only one problem… 60% of CIOs in the U.S. find it challenging to recruit skilled IT professionals. 

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Topics: Technical, Industry Trends

Why We Need More Women in Technology

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The tech industry has been long dominated by males, with women only representing an average of 30% of the industry. In 1984, 37% of all computer-science graduates were women. Today, this number is only 18%.

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Topics: Technical, Industry Trends

Startups Driving the Buffalo Community: Heads Up Display

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Heads Up Display, Inc is a Buffalo based tech startup building a notification system that allows the workers in hazardous environments to make data driven decisions in real-time.  

As part of our ongoing interview blog series with entrepreneurs impacting the Buffalo startup community, we sat down with Clark Dever, Co-Founder of Heads Up Display.

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Topics: Technical

The Dynamic Duo: Soft Skills and Technology

Posted by SelectOne

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When recruiting top talent in today’s workforce, soft skills are sometimes considered to be more valued than technical skills. Technical skills can be easily taught, but emotional intelligence and the ability to connect with other individuals is an innate trait.

Technical skills alone are no longer what drives an employer to hire you. It’s the combination of soft skills and your technical skills that will influence business results.

According to a recent Gallup survey, employees with a “higher degree of soft-skills competency brings improved effectiveness and improved organizational results, and that in turn drives greater employee engagement and retention.” 

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Topics: Technical

Startups Drive Job Creation in the New Economy

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Q&A with 2015 43North Winner ACV Auctions CTO, Dan Magnuszewski

The rate of change is accelerating at a breakneck pace. As of Q3 2015, Facebook employed nearly 12,000 people and has a market cap approaching [gasp] $300 billion; ten years ago Facebook was being run out of a dorm room. Salesforce was founded 15 years ago and employs over 16,000 people, with a market cap in excess of $36 billion. I could go on to list more obvious tech companies even the least informed person would recognize – Uber, Tesla, Zynga, Twitter, Lyft, Instagram, WhatsApp – pointing out impressive job creation numbers and staggering valuations conjured in mere months and years, not decades or generations.

Five years ago in Buffalo the startup scene barely had a pulse. There were a few companies that had launched (Campus Labs and Liazon, notably, have gone onto very successful exits), but there were very few notable successful exits at that time (Synacor among them). With a rise in persistent, passionate community catalysts and successful serial entrepreneurs, the context for more frequent kinetic collisions was set in motion. Perhaps the largest manifestation of this evolving ecosystem is the 43North business plan competition, also known as the world’s largest business idea competition. The theory is that startups and high growth companies are fueling and increasingly driving economic prosperity.

The winner of the 2015 43North Competition was one of Buffalo’s very own, ACV Auctions.  ACV Auctions is a live wholesale marketplace for dealer-only automobile auctions. Conducted via a smartphone application, ACV creates liquidity for wholesale inventory (trade-ins and aged automobiles) 24 hours a day. An intuitive 5 minute process of snapping pictures and drafting a vehicle description launches an auction to 100's of registered buyers.

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Topics: Technical

Rise of the Rest & Rust Belt Resurgence

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Innovation drove growth in cities like Buffalo, Detroit, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh in the late-1800s and early-to-mid-1900s.  Even today innovation is happening across the country in startup communities, with places like Silicon Valley and Austin grabbing the spotlight frequently. However, smaller communities like Buffalo are on the rise and being recognized on a national stage for the first time in a while

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Topics: Technical, Hiring Strategies

Startup Jobs - So Hot Right Now

Posted by Kevin Kerl


Over the past five years more and more people have broken away from their long-standing jobs and started their own businesses. This has led to a large increase in available positions at small business, or startups as they are commonly referred to.

Startup jobs are the best jobs to land right now, right?

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Topics: Technical, Industry Trends

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

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