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Developing Future Leaders with Talent Pools

November 16th, 2016

With thousands of baby boomers entering retirement each day, organizations are understandably looking for ways to retain and develop promising talent with future leadership potential. Along with the mass exodus of a vital part of the workforce, a potential wealth of knowledge is poised to leave along with them—and companies must find a way to transfer that knowledge to new and up-and-coming employees.

An effective talent strategy is necessary to keep an organization’s hiring processes running smoothly. Whether you are planning to replace an employee with a new hire or promote within the company, certain roles and responsibilities are better served when groomed from within the organization. This is especially true if the company can’t find qualified candidates to fill a vacancy or when the need for company-specific knowledge outweighs the value of bringing in a more qualified outside hire.

Internal development strategies that satisfy both the need to identify and notify applicable succession candidates can be challenging for even the most innovative talent acquisition teams. Talent pools can provide an effective solution when an organization isn’t in a position to single out any one employee as a future leader, or perhaps wants to build a talent pipeline outside of the business to be ready for future needs.

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Talent pools can be comprised of high-potential employees who are being conditioned to take on more responsibilities and higher-level projects within the company, or talent identified from other companies who would be potential high value hires in the future. High-performing employees are fully engaged employees who embrace the corporate culture and constantly strive to perform their duties at a top-level.  These employees might also be considered high-potential employees who have expressed an interest in advancing within the organization along with possessing certain competencies and values that the organization desires in their leaders.

Talent pools help organizations prepare for succession by allowing the organization to develop a talent group made up of multiple promising individuals. If an organization is unsure about where or when it will have the need for future leaders, a talent pool affords the option of keeping a group of high-performing, high-potential employees ready for deployment should the need arise, or reach out to identified talent to field future interest in your company.

From an employee’s perspective, being part of a talent pool can be a reassuring step toward career advancement. Employees at this level know they are valued, they feel confident that they have a future with the company, and they are rewarded with the knowledge that their employer is consciously investing in their future leadership potential.

If your organization isn’t ready to start pinning down succession prospects, implementing a talent pool can be a great way to develop multiple skills in diverse groups of promising employees. While some staffing vacancies can be effectively filled by recruiting new talent, identified outside of the company, the future of the company’s leadership can also be successful by investing in high-performing and high-potential internal talent for future promotion.

How the Gig Economy Is Transforming The Workplace

November 9th, 2016

The gig economy has become one of the most persistent, diverse, and influential forces on our current marketplace. Its has spread far and wide and has transformed the market in a variety of ways that may surprise you.

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The biggest way that the gig economy is transforming the workplace is the way it has rendered full-time jobs less prevalent. While there are still plenty of high-quality life-long jobs available to those who want them, the gig economy has broken apart the necessity for this kind of job and helped expand the employment possibilities for a large number of people.

For example, those who possess specialized skills are reaping huge benefits from the gig market. They are moving from job-to-job in a way that helps him or her define their own career, maximize their profits, and create a more independent lifestyle.

However, even low-skilled workers, such as those who lack higher education and no repair skills, have used the gig economy to change their lives for the better. For example, landscaping work has helped many create a sustainable and engaging career which would have been impossible in a full-time-job-oriented mind.

The Exponential Growth Of The Gig Economy

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that the gig economy has continued to expand at an almost exponential level. For example, in 2005, about seven percent of all workers were independent contractors or those who embraced the gig economy. They expect these numbers show huge growth when they survey again in 2017: perhaps as high as 15-20%.

More data gathered between 2003 and 2013 found that all industrial sectors had non-employer business growth i.e. gig jobs. Nearly one million new gig businesses or jobs were formed in that 10-year period, by far the largest of any other sector. Areas that experienced high growth included art and design, computer repair, information technology, construction, media, and transportation.

Why has the gig economy grown at such a high rate? It allows consumers to more easily match up with workers they respect. It also provides workers with a sense of freedom and independence that a singular full-time job cannot offer. While there are disadvantages (such as the dangers of inconsistent work and no employer-provided benefit packages), for many people the advantages outweigh the inconsistencies.

Employment Options Have Exploded For Stay-At-Home Moms

One interesting component of the gig marketplace is that it has helped stay-at-home moms break into a busy marketplace. Among the 43 percent of highly qualified women with children are choosing to raise their children at home, a growing number are performing gig jobs, such as online writing, transcription, and even tutoring, as a way of contributing to the household income.

In one study, it was revealed that the jobs like this not only help a stay-at-home mom contribute to the home financially, but provides her with engaging and enjoyable projects to keep a healthy work-life balance. It’s hard not to see that the gig economy is slowly and subtly transforming the marketplace in a variety of ways. Don’t be surprised to see the gig marketplace continue to grow in 2017.

Urban Office Locations Attracting IT Talent

November 2nd, 2016

 

Undoubtedly, there is a high demand for IT talent in the technology job market. Companies, both large and small, are competing for this relatively small pool of skilled IT workers. Therefore, many companies are doing anything in their power to attract IT talent. While many companies are choosing to offer impressive starting salaries and benefits to hired IT workers, other companies are deciding to take things a step further.

To be more competitive in attracting IT talent, companies are beginning to move their HQ or offices to the city.

Location has long been one of the most important factors when it comes to real estate. However, location has City skyline panorama illustration with businessman watching. City skyline corporate world. Skyline of a city for business background. Cityscape skyline with skyscrapers. City skyline banking symbol.now become a point of concern for businesses hiring IT workers. Young IT candidates who have extensive knowledge in the latest technologies prefer to live and work in urban settings. These workers prefer to take public transportation to work rather than drive to office locations in the suburbs. Accordingly, employers who desire workers versed in the newest skills are making changes to appeal to those who prefer to dwell in the city. Some companies have opted to transition from suburban to urban offices while other companies have private shuttles between headquarters and major cities.

A great example is the major city of Boston. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in Boston rose by 54,000 employees over the past 11 months. Just this year, General Electric moved its headquarters to Boston after being in Fairfield, CT since 1974. 

While more condensed and expensive spaces downtown may lead to some challenges for a business. Younger generation IT candidates are flocking to the city and aren’t motivated to make the move out to the suburbs. Urban cities offer short commutes, public transportation, and a significant opportunity for a ‘work/play’ lifestyle. 

Companies trying to attract the cream of the crop in the technology job market are taking advantage of urban office locations, following the talent pool to the sharp contrast of urban city skylines. 

Do you know help hiring IT talent? Give us a call at (877) 746-8450.

4 Reasons to Partner with Talent Experts to End 2016

October 26th, 2016

Each company has individual challenges and needs when it comes to meeting its talent recruitment objectives. When you hire a professional recruitment partner, these experts can take a close look at your the recruitment goals and work to build a customized talent sourcing plan and strategy. So how exactly can a recruiting partner help to close out 2016?

Market Knowledge

Talent Acquisition partner will know the candidate market just like a broker knows the stock market. This includes having a solid grasp of who the best talent is, knowing what their salary expectations will be, and understanding career expectations for a specific niche skill set. A candidate with a fantastic background doesn’t not sit around applying to job postings. These candidates are highly sought after, and usually well-known to a recruiting firm. Some might reach out to the best recruiters and get their name out there. This results in talent acquisition professionals having a consistent pulse on pools of talent that may be a fit for your openings.ID-100249468

Increase the Talent Pool

When businesses decide to try recruiting on their own, usually, they will only be able to reach a small portion of the talent pool. When companies put out ads, they will typically be receiving responses from people currently in the job market, receiving plenty of unqualified resumes. However a good recruiter, knows the best talent out there and will proactively reach out to passive candidates to to see if they have any interest. Don’t limit your talent reach by simply posting the job for active candidates to apply.

Candidate Screening

Screening candidates is a learned skill. Recruitment partners will take the vetting process a step further, and speak the multiple people who have not only supervised them but worked side by side with the potential candidate. Thorough screening and vetting is imperative to make sure the candidate is a good fit for the organization and reduces the likelihood of quick turnover.

Save Time

When managers and team leaders are tasked to lead  the hiring process, it takes away from time spent on tasks that will grow the business. If you’re without a Talent Acquisition team, a manager who is responsible for a key part of the organization. is spending their time looking through resumes and coordinating interviews. Recruiters are experts at weeding through applicants and making sure that only the best talent is put before the hiring manager. Not only will the recruiter screen the candidates for a skill set, they are also making sure they will be a good fit for your culture and goals for organizational growth.

Do you need help hiring, screening, sourcing, or just some recruitment strategy consulting? Give us a call at (877) 746-8450

How Smaller Businesses Can Attract Quality IT Talent

October 19th, 2016

Many companies experience difficulty attracting qualified information technology candidates. Specifically, smaller businesses face even more of a challenge. A rapid growth in the technology space has led to incredible value for even the smallest of businesses to invest in IT software and processes. In turn, IT talent has become increasingly in demand. From offering sky-high salaries and generous benefits, businesses are pulling out all of the stops to try to attract technology talent.Programmer at computer desk working on program design. Software concept. Vector illustration flat design. Man working at desktop computer laptop. Coding web technology. Development applications.

So what can small businesses do to beat their bigger competition for this niche pool?

Look internally and locally. While not all businesses have a robust IT department, it may be worth identifying any talent already in the company who would be able to step up. In addition, hiring from within cuts down on expenses related to training a new employee on business processes. Try partnering with local schools or programs to attract computer science majors, offering an exciting opportunity before the future candidate hits the open job market.

If your recruitment team has identified external candidates, its important to make quick decisions. Do not leave candidates dangling, he or she knows the demand for their skill set. IT candidates likely already have other offers and any delays give other companies an opportunity make the first move. High level professionals wont often sit around waiting for a decision.

Also, think outside of the box when attempting to attract IT candidates. While salary is important, smaller businesses can compete by marketing the opportunity for development and training. Tech talent values a work/life balance, and the flexibility to work remotely if needed. Perhaps offer to pay for a certification of interest to the candidate, as IT professionals also value the opportunity to work on exciting projects and have meanin

gful and purposeful work. Its crucial to focus on where the company is headed, and what future investments in technology are coming. What’s the 3 year plan?

Small businesses must play to their strengths to attract and retain Information Technology candidates. What can you offer that is more valuable than the soaring salaries offered by large organizations? A work/life balance, ongoing training, and true feeling of value to the company may set you apart when recruiting IT talent.

 

Why Being an Intrapreneur is Good for Your Career

November 18th, 2015

Where are new jobs being created? Small to mid-size businesses! This is where most of the world works. And if you don’t already work for a small or mid-size business, this is where most of you will find work in the coming years. Being entrepreneurial is all about creating, building, and problem solving! Entrepreneurial companies are about building jobs, creating economic value, finding new markets, innovating and solving unsolved customer and marketplace issues. That is why the jobs are in growth companies. A free market works this way. And these are not the type of jobs that your great-grandfather had turning a wrench on the assembly line, working for a big company. These companies create jobs that demand intrapreneurial behaviors and actions.

Small to mid-size business requires a very different mentality and shift in employee thinking and behaviors. If you don’t want to start your own business and take on the burdens of business ownership, then go work for a growth business. I call that being an intrapreneur. As an owner, we choose to create an entrepreneurial environment, in which you can think and act like a business owner, which is being intrapreneurial! For the Outside-In® Companies, well, we made intrapreneurial a value because we want entrepreneurial behaviors in the business.

intrapreneur-entrepreneurialWe want to encourage all employeees to lift their head, to think and see business problems that need solving and to find solutions to them. Intrapreneurs see business opportunities. Take calculated risks. Will never say that’s not my job. And typically that is what it will take to manage and handle a growing business. All hands on deck. Intrapreneurial employees are interested and clear about the company mission. And have an attitude about their job that is different than those who work for a big company or have a government job.

Intrapreneurship means anyone will do whatever it takes to move the company forward in its mission. And this may seem extreme or impossible if you work some place that says just do your job or says no to every idea that you have. But, imagine a place that wants and collects your feedback and ideas. Or that is pleased when you do something that is not on your personal scorecard but it is great for the business.

So what is the opposite of intrapreneurial?
If you work for the government or a really big company, you’re mostly paid a wage to do a job — nothing more or less. If a wage is what you’re after, great! You found nirvana. But many workers get frustrated and feel like it is hard to have any kind of greater impact. They are made to feel or are told to color within the lines. Don’t challenge. Keep new ideas to yourself. Don’t work too fast. These behaviors will call attention to you, or worse yet others on your team. Many leaders want to change this reality and a few do. BUT, most quit trying for the very reasons others have — it simply takes energy that is not worth it. And in the end, these behaviors are not welcomed because they are a threat. To go above and beyond, one must feel appreciated for it. When they aren’t appreciated, one of two things happens:

  1. Some start to just do the minimum and learn to keep out of the way.
  2. Those who are more intrapreneurial leave!

Contrast that to an entrepreneurial, fast growing and changing business. You’re hired to create economic value. In fact, your earning power is much more directly tied to the power of your ideas and output! Not just the work you do. And in the end, this creates a career path that is more matrix-like, than a ladder that you climb. And climbs take time right? When you slide diagonal and side ways? It happens faster!

So try to behave in these intrapreneurial ways :

  1. Create value. Look around and see what is broken or wrong in your area. Figure out how to fix and then, fix it!
  2. Keep growing and learning. Think this is a silly? Well, many won’t invest in themselves, but the world demands it. Keep up or suffer the outcome.
  3. Understand how people handle change. You must change personally or know how to help others.
  4. Know your market. What are customers saying to you? What is the market sharing? I bet your company can get better and so will your career if you know and work on this.

Placers Announces ‘Agent to the Workforce’ Service

June 24th, 2013

Agent to the WorkforceMembers of the Placers team now provide an added advantage in this tight job market: an Agent to the Workforce.

Placers is the contingent workforce solutions company that in the 1990s was one of Delaware’s largest employers.  Headquartered in Newark, Placers returned to the job scene in 2011 as an Outside-In® partner of CBI Group.

Currently, Placers employs contractors in a variety of positions including manufacturing, healthcare, banking and information technology in positions ranging from support to management.  After being part of Placers, each employee now has the option of working with a job/career coach with Barton Career Advisors (BCA), another Outside-In® partner.

“We believe strongly in supporting and empowering our people,” says Placers and CBI Group Founder and President Chris Burkhard.  “And that includes offering career coaching and support which we think has a lot of value in any economic climate, boom or bust. As our partnership with Barton Career Advisors deepens, we think this is a lasting benefit in support of our people,” Burkhard adds.

Once a Placers employee expresses interest, he/she gets access to a BCA coach for three half-hour sessions usually by telephone, explains Greg Moore, the BCA coach leading Agent to the Workforce. “Then we hook them into our online portal and its modules for career change, resume writing and job searches. And from that one they can just apply online for positions that interest them.”

While this is great for the worker, might it narrow the pool of Placers people making the transition from temp jobs to full-time? “That certainly could happen but we still feel this is an important service to offer,” Burkhard says. “The way to success for a workforce management organization is to have positive, productive people and we see Agent to the Workforce as playing a positive role.”

Placers team member Ginola Johnson says she finds the program very informative and the online components, especially the job search tools, “much easier to use than having to sift through a lot of emails.”  Each participant has access through Barton Career Advisors to a one-source job lead program that issues a daily job lead e-mail message including multiple leads in the person’s field, eliminating many potential messages.

So does she feel a sense of support when it comes time to look for her next opportunity?  “I sure do!” Ginola says.

To learn more about Agent to the Workforce service feature visit the Placers website for more information.

CBI Way: The Candidate/Applicant Experience

June 19th, 2013

Guest blog spot by Lisa Van Ess, Recruiter On-Demand and Managed Staffing Practice Leader

There is a lot out there today on improving the candidate or applicant experience, speeding up the time it takes for applying on-line, integrating systems so candidates (as they journey from applicant to employee) only need to type their name and address 3 times not 8, and (the one that makes HR and Recruiting professionals cringe) – the dreaded auto-response telling the candidate that just spent 45 minutes applying on line “Don’t call us, we’ll call you.”

So yes, automation and system improvements do help, but here’s how I try and think about the treatment of candidates:

1. Candidates you hire evolve into employees who often rise to management – keep in mind that this person could be your boss someday.

2. Candidates you don’t hire will have something to say to their friends in the same candidate pool. think of the best experience you have had when you didn’t get the job, that is most likely how you want someone to talk about their experience with your company.

3. Candidates with multiple job offers do consider the company where they had the best experience – where they were greeted on-time, got a bathroom break, had an agenda ready, didn’t get asked the same questions over and over again by each interviewer, ya’ll know the drill.

4. You were a candidate once, too! (And that auto-response letter really sucks.)

So be sure to remember the human aspect of Human Resources and the talent aspect of Talent Acquisition. If we only serve to drive the resources and acquisition components of our industry, instead of the people needed to fill the positions, we are not fulfilling the needs of our customers.  Automation and systemic tools serve to expedite the hiring process but at the end of the day our candidates are people with their own feelings, needs, and ambitions. Be Outside-In®, put yourself in the candidate’s shoes, and take into account all that’s involved in the candidate/applicant experience!

The CBI Way blog series explores the tools and practices used in Talent Acquisition. CBI Way is CBI Group’s recruiting approach and methodology – it’s how we do what we do! Check in with CBI Way for insights around workforce education and training, the latest trends in recruiting technology, and how to best utilize these tools towards improving your own recruiting practices.

CBI Way: Managing the Nightmare Candidate

February 27th, 2013

CBI Way blog spot by Glenn Koetz, Search Practice Lead and Lisa Van Ess, Outside-In® Group Lead

We have all had those days when we are sitting with our trusted colleagues talking about the nightmare candidate who came to the interview with a bulls-eye tattooed on his forehead, or the one whose answer to “Why would you like to work for us?” is “I am eating dog food at this point and will have to change to cat food if I don’t get a job”, or the one whose interview turns into a disaster right from the start. We all chuckle and agree that if we wrote a book on what we have seen throughout the candidate management process, we would make millions and could all retire… Yet sometimes in that same conversation we actually get to the, “Well, how did you handle that?”, and the wisdom shared at that point is a rare gift.

One of my favorite sayings is “You can’t manage crazy.” Unfortunately, if you have chosen a career in HR or recruiting you are called upon to do just that. Here are some proven tactics I have found helpful in managing Candidate Crazy.

Remember, as a recruiting professional you have the ability to say No.

This means you can tell the person who comes in for the interview with the bulls-eye on their forehead, “No, you are not meeting with the hiring manager.” It is up to you to screen out candidates and not waste your hiring manager’s time. In this case, I took the time to meet with this individual and tell him that the position required the quick building of face-to-face relationships in a very conventional firm and that he would be better suited to work in a more casual environment; mentioning both he and the company would be happier. The candidate thanked me, we parted ways and all lived happily ever after…

Educate, coach, and use a personalized No Thank You letter if needed.

For my dog food gal…she was a really talented, experienced candidate who made it beautifully through the phone and in-person recruiting interviews. When she got in front of the decision makers – the dog food versus cat food answer was the one she gave when asked why she wanted to work for the company. I called her to let her know she did not get the job and specifically why. I will tell you that I was very sympathetic and agreed to present her to another hiring manager with the coaching, even direction that she answer the question with why working that job for that company was important to her – we even rehearsed her answers. (File this under no good deed goes unpunished).

Fast forward to interview number two: Interviewer: “Why do you want this job at our company?” Dog food Gal: “To keep me and my kids from living in a refrigerator box in an alley.” This is when the call explaining to the candidate she did not get the job (and why) is followed by the specific No Thank You Letter to ensure that they understand they will not be coached any further and that the official rejection is required.

Maintain control when an interview starts to unravel.

And then, there are always those interviews that are complete disasters right from the start. The candidate comes in an hour and a half after the scheduled time and fails to communicate that they’re running late…or the candidate becomes emotionally unstable halfway through the interview because they realize they are not going to make it through to the next round…or maybe, the candidate becomes desperate and starts to beg you to review their resume credentials when both parties know the damage has already been done.

In these situations, it’s important to communicate to this person that the mistakes they’ve made, can be used as lessons learned or motivation for their next job interview. If they’re going to be late, they ought to communicate it! There’s nothing worse than a no-show, without any reason for it, right? When emotions get out of hand, its important to remind them that this interview is not the end-all be-all, and that the reason they are not moving forward is not because of something they lack. And finally, when it comes to credentials, (this scenario is often found most with recent college grads or young professionals), tell them that its about their potential value and capacity to grow within an organization that’s important, not always what they’ve already accomplished. Reinforcement is key to managing this type of nightmare candidate.

I am sure we have all been on either or both sides of this, the moral to the story is to take a proactive, openly communicative position with all your candidates to ensure the very best time, energy and matches among hiring managers and hire-ees!

The CBI Way blog series explores the tools and practices used in Talent Acquisition. CBI Way is CBI Group’s recruiting approach and methodology – it’s how we do what we do! Check in with CBI Way for insights around workforce education and training, the latest trends in recruiting technology, and how to best utilize these tools towards improving your own recruiting practices.

WDEL Interview: Chris Burkhard discusses Workforce Realities

January 4th, 2013

CBI Group Founder and President Chris Burkhard was interviewed today on radio station WDEL 1150AM in Wilmington, DE about his thoughts on the job market in 2013.  Chris expressed optimism while emphasizing that today’s work world is far different than even a generation ago.

“There are lots of opportunities developing as long as workers are open to thinking about employment differently.  Being creative and open about the nature of work is key today because what can be called non-traditional opportunities and jobs do exist and are out there.”

As the job market has slowly recovered from the 2008-09 recession, the temporary or contract work force has been one of the fastest growing sectors.  And, as WDEL anchorman Peter MacArthur pointed out, “Gone are the days of working for two or three decades for a single company.  Today its more ‘every man for himself’ so it seems that patchwork is the next logical way to look at jobs and careers.”

Chris agreed using an analogy of the Wild West where most people worked for themselves and the concept of big companies as employers hadn’t developed yet.

“Every man for himself was the culture then, people were responsible for their own careers as farmers, shop and saloon keepers and tradesmen… they were on their own.  Today I think even large employers would encourage workers to be like our ancestors and be more responsible for our own careers.”

Chris pointed out that contract and independent workers take on that initiative and responsibility and that some are even using this work as a strategy to find permanent employment.  “What better way to get to know a company, and that company to get to know you, than to work for them as a temp first?”

Chris added that CBI Group and Placers, the temporary workforce company re-launched in 2011, continues to experience that growth first-hand.

Listen to the interview here:

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