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Thursday, 30 June 2005
Investigating Locations
Topic: Resource
A resource for those candidates who are considering relocating.
Side benefit: location-specific genealogy information available as well.
What other resources do you use to research other locations?

Posted by Julie at 1:55 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, 30 June 2005 1:56 PM CDT
Calling all SOX
Topic: Recruiting
Jobs Blog: Sarbanes-Oxley Experts Should Investigate These By Sarah E. Needleman

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX) has been a boon for professionals skilled in financial auditing and reporting. And so, too, for Web sites recruiting these job candidates.

Posted by Julie at 1:53 PM CDT
Monday, 29 November 2004
Universities not only one looking for Alumni
Topic: Recruiting
Weekly Article from Recruiter's Network

This is a great tool. Delivers recruiting information to your desktop.

Learn How to Throw a Boomerang
By Lucia Apollo Shaw

Actually, "the boomerang effect" is a relatively new trend of inviting back talented former employees into the fold.

Surveys indicate 12% of employers cautiously admit they would re-hire ex-employees (alumni). An additional 21% say they welcome back alumni without hesitation because of the time and dollar savings. In fact, the Gartner Group estimated that in 2003, 60% of midsize to large companies will have routinely hired back former employees.

Here are three simple strategies you can consider to reclaim lost talent swiftly:
  • Keep your alumni on your press release distribution list. Keep them in the loop!
  • Send current and former employees alike a list of your job openings, departmental news and announcements, and other events related to changing human capital needs.
  • Invite alumni to company picnics, holiday parties, and other casual, festive events. Don't ostracize them but make every effort to maintain harmonious, open-door relationships.
Remember, your former people are going to talk either way.

Why not help your own cause?

About the Author

Lucia Apollo Shaw is the President and CEO of HireWorks, Inc. HireWorks is a professional search firm specializing in the Life Sciences. HireWorks offers research services, contract staffing, and permanent placement services.

She has been helping her customers for nearly 9 years - working both as a third party recruiter for CDI Corp (staffing customers like IBM), Trilogy Consulting (now Venturi Partners) staffing the Biotech and Pharmaceutical industry and in places like Duke University where she was a corporate recruiter and Team Leader for recruitment for Duke University Hospital.

Lucia earned a B.A. from the State University of NY (University Center at Albany) and pursued Graduate Studies in Public Administration at the Sage Graduate School in Albany, NY.

Retrieved 29 November 2004.

Posted by Julie at 8:53 AM CST
Monday, 22 November 2004
Diane Swonk's Speech at AbilityLinks Annual Meeting
Topic: Economy
While Diane Swonk focused on the global issue of increasing workforce participation, she also provided an overview of the last year and projections for the coming years.

Looking Back
We are years into the recovery that started November of 2001 and have experienced the highest rate of growth since WW2 except for 1993. She attributes this growth to the front loaded incentives of tax returns and low interest rates. But she indicated that the growth is in productivity and does not include workforce growth.

Looking Forward
She still predicts a mini 1990's like boom in the next several years, but not an unchecked one.

Increased Workforce Participation
Mostly she focused her comments on a topic dear to the hearts of the audience, the need to increase workforce participation. While AbilityLinks focuses on helping people with disabilities enter and thrive in the workforce, these efforts also include Welfare to Work programs.

More countries than just the United States are experiencing an aging population and have not planned ahead for when these individuals leave the workforce and need to be cared for. She also stressed that efforts to increase workforce participation lead to increased loyalty and retention.

Posted by Julie at 9:39 AM CST
Wednesday, 17 November 2004
Trial Blog
Mood:  chatty
Topic: Economy
I've been investigating this blog thing and thought I'd take a chance. This blog will focus on areas of interest connected to my job, career advising.
  • Strategies for recruiting
  • Strategies for job seekers
  • Online and other resources
  • Economic trends
This afternoon I have the pleasure of attending a presentation by Diane Swonk, Former Chief Economist for Bank One. She will be giving the keynote address for the annual meeting in Wheaton, Illinois.

I last heard Diane speak one year ago for the Chicago Region of the Employment Management Association meeting. They are a Professional Emphasis Group of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). At the time she talked about her own experiences, the recovery we had been since November 2001 and that the Chicago area was lagging behind other areas of the country.

It will be interesting to hear her update and her comments on "The Future Economy: Tapping Into Hidden Talent"

Posted by Julie at 10:19 AM CST
Updated: Wednesday, 17 November 2004 10:28 AM CST

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