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Bad Handwriting in the Workplace, Just Say 'No' to Work Stress, Relying on Staffing Agencies & more!

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Here's what's happening this week:

Daquetta Jones

Alaant Influencers: Daquetta Jones, Executive Director of YWCA of the Greater Capital Region

By: Miriam Dushane via Alaant Blogs

Alaant Influencers feature regional influencers and local luminaries sharing their career advice and secrets to success—in their own words. These influencers are the people making a powerful impact for good across the community. For more than 5 years, Daquetta has been leading YWCA of the Greater Capital Region with a mission dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all…


Bad Handwriting Causing a Big Problem in US Workplaces

By: Allison Sadlier via New York Post

A new study examining handwriting usage in both professional and personal circumstances has found that one in two people have been told by others that their handwriting is hard to read. The survey of 2,000 Americans, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Bic USA Inc., also found that the average respondent has experienced two instances in their working life where their handwriting led to a miscommunication or caused a...


Alaant Workforce Solutions Wins Prestigious Best of Staffing® Client and Talent Awards

via Alaant News

Alaant Workforce Solutions, the Capital Region’s leading professional workforce services firm, today announced it has won two prestigious awards for superior performance – the Best of Staffing® Client Award and Best of Staffing® Talent Award – based exclusively on outstanding service ratings given by the companies, candidates and placed employees it serves. Alaant is the only locally owned, locally operated firm in the Capital Region to be honored…


Workplace Bullying, the New Normal?

By: William Wiggins via Fistful of Talent

At age thirteen I was led to an epiphany. The year was 1976, and this is my story – – I was an eighth grader, rocking a pair of light blue converse all-stars, the perfect afro, and living large at Canterbury Jr. High School. That was the year of my (to this day) most infamous encounter with Clifford, a classmate and neighbor, who by that time was supposed to be a sophomore in high school. Clifford was two years and 80 pounds my senior. He was the town bully and had decided that I had to be taken down for no other reason than...


Don't Get 'Ghosted': How Inclusion Will Keep Your Millennial Employees From Walking

By: Tai Wingfield via Entrepreneur

If you think back 10 or 15 years, "maintaining diversity" meant getting people of color, women and other underrepresented groups around the table. But just getting them through the door does not mean you get to keep them, and it certainly doesn’t accelerate their growth as employees. In fact, in today’s millennial-driven society, more and more workers will merely “ghost” the workplace rather than endure working for a company they’re not happy with, according to the Washington Post. This might mean a job candidate agreeing to take a job and just never showing up, or a full-time employee walking out one day, never to return…

Staffing Agency

Hiring Managers Plan to Lean More Heavily on Staffing Agencies

By: Valerie Bolden-Barrett via HR Dive

Slightly more than half of companies plan to increase their use of staffing firms over the next five years, according to the 2018 Staffing Buyer Study. Hiring managers surveyed said partnering with firms will help them to curb the hiring process and attract candidates with specialized skills, the report, from CareerBuilder, Inavero and the American Staffing Association, found…


Just say 'no': More than Half of Workers in the US Stressed out by Too Much Work

By: Daniel B. Kline via USA Today

Sometimes that's because of who's asking. You may not want to turn down a request from your boss or from a coworker. In other cases, you don't want to say no because the opportunity excites you (even if you don't have time for it). And, of course, sometimes you just can't say no even if you really want to. That leads to problems. If you don't say no, you can end up with more work on your plate than you can handle…

Hot Candidate's of the Week!

These are two of the best candidates we've seen this week. If you would like more information on these candidates, please reach out to us right away.

Steve - Big Data Architect

Hartford, CT

With more than 20 years of experience and the ability to interact with all levels of the organization, this candidate brings extensive experience, a very pleasant personality and a professional manner.

  • Manages a team of 10-15 onshore and offshore developers
  • 20 years of Information Technology experience
  • 15 years of Architecture including Big Data experience
  • Big Database experience such as Hadoop, No SQL, and MongoDB
  • Experience with SPARK, KAFKA,HIVE, Cloudera, Hortonworks and extensive Migration

Jac - Customer Service Representative

Albany, NY
  • Very approachable with excellent phone presence.
  • Professional and brings four years’ experience working within customer service in an e-commerce environment.
  • Educational coursework in Business Administration; Management and Marketing.
  • Comfortable handling customer incoming calls and working with commercial and residential customers.
  • Familiar with learning and communicating products/services to the customer.
  • Experience with order tracking, analyzing data trends and market research.
  • Strong MS Office Skills.
  • Recently relocated to the area and is interested in an overnight shift.

About the Author

Miranda March Digital Strategist for Alaant Workforce Solutions

Miranda March, Digital Communications Specialist

Miranda has a real knack for connecting the dots between employers and job seekers. She prides herself on keeping a pulse on the national and local hiring markets. In her downtime, she enjoys cooking new foods and spending time with her family. A little-known fact about Miranda is her love of video games, new and old.

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