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Succession Planning Ensures Baby Boomer Retirements Don’t Bust Your Business

The steadily improving U.S. economy is causing many Baby Boomers, who were forced to delay their retirement plans when the Great Recession hit or who are naturally approaching retirement age, to look at exiting the workforce.

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Strategies to Overcome STEM Careers Shortages

If you’re struggling to find talent to fill positions in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) roles, you’re not alone. Burning Glass, a labor market analytics firm, recently reported that there are approximately 40,000 computer science bachelor’s degree earners each year to fill roughly 4 million job vacancies for computer workers. And, according to a recent study from the Brookings Institute, hard-to-fill vacancies in STEM occupations like engineering and IT, take more than twice the time to fill than other fields because of a lack of qualified candidates.

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Social Media Can Drive Your Employer Brand

The information age and the proliferation of mobile devices means that we use the Internet and social media for everything – whether it’s researching our next vehicle purchase, keeping an eye on breaking news in real-time, tweeting along with fans during sporting events and hit TV show broadcasts, and finding a great restaurant.

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When Competition for Talent is Fierce, Your Employer Brand Matters

The most recent economic and employment reports indicate that hiring is starting to pick up speed, and you know what that means, right? The competition for talent is about to get really fierce. Are you ready?

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Alliance Program Gives Small to Mid-Sized Companies Competitive Edge in Securing Talent

While small to mid-sized companies differ from larger companies in that they don’t require as many permanent workers, their need to recruit and retain the same type of high-caliber talent remains the same.

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What the Employer Mandate Means for Your Temporary Staff and Contractor Workforce

As employers are developing their health insurance open enrollment plans in the next month or two, they will most certainly be working to ensure they are well positioned for the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate, which is set to become effective for companies with 100 or more full-time employees in 2015. Most employers are well aware of the implications for their permanent workforce, but we suspect that many remain unaware of what it means to them if they engage temporary staff and independent contractors.

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On Trend: Video Interviewing to Reduce Time and Cost of Hiring Process

If you’re frustrated over how time-consuming and costly it is to recruit talent to fill your vacant positions, you’re not alone. One way to take the pain out of your company’s hiring process, and ensure you’re attracting ideal candidates from the start, is through the use of video interviewing.

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Success Strategies for Internship and Co-Op Programs

Many organizations are using internships and cooperative education programs, or “co-ops,” to give college students experience and prepare them for the work environment. We’ve all heard stories about when these programs don’t work out – everything from inappropriate dress to more grievous offences like lying, cheating and stealing – but one of the most common laments is the student that displays a poor attitude, is often late or fails to volunteer for projects.

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Why Can't I Find Good Candidates?

A familiar refrain we hear from prospective clients regularly these days is, “why can’t I find good candidates?” Some have mused that there is a skills shortage and others think it’s because the salary offered is too low.  There is frequently some truth to each of those theories, but that’s not the whole story.

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Building Your Talent Pipeline for the Future

As the economy improves and most companies are focused on hiring the talent they need for the short-term, we encourage you to think about your long-term workforce requirements and develop a strategic plan to help ensure you have the talent you need. In Wisconsin, the state Department of Workforce Development has estimated that there will be more than 1 million job openings through 2020, which include replacing about 680,000 retiring baby boomers. These retirements are in the headlights for most companies, and the outgoing workforce will take a huge amount of job, company and industry knowledge with them. 

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