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Improve Employee Retention, Avoiding Conflict at Work, How to Handle Trick Interview Questions, and more!

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Here's what's happening this week:

Simple Strategies to Improve Workforce/ Employee Retention

By: Miriam Dushane via Alaant Blogs

There are many misconceptions or theories about how to retain great employees. Many employers believe that offering premium benefits or trendy work-life balance perks is the best way. While that’s all well and good, I’d like to share some simple (free) ways to improve your employee retention efforts. This may seem fundamental but ask yourself (and be honest when you answer!) whether or not you’re being genuine and authentic…

Technology Employment Expands its Presence in the Nation’s Workforce

via CompTIA

Tech-related employment across the United States increased by more than 260,000 jobs in 2018 and the tech sector raised its contribution to the nation's economy, according to Cyberstates 2019™,  the definitive guide to national, state and metropolitan area tech sector and tech workforce analytics published annually by CompTIA, the leading technology industry association…

Here’s What Your Peers Are Doing to Strengthen Talent Acquisition

By: Elissa Tucker via Recruiting Trends

With seven million open jobs and six million unemployed in the United States, 2018 marked the first year since the turn of the century with more job vacancies than available workers. With low unemployment numbers in the Eurozone and Asia-Pacific as well, we’re facing a global-scale talent shortage. Hiring costs are on the rise as companies compete to identify and acquire top talent. The environment for today’s recruiters is more challenging than ever—and that’s exactly why now is the time for innovation…

Why You Should Stop Avoiding Conflict in the Workplace

By: Liane Davey via Fast Company

When organizations avoid conflict, they’re missing out on productivity and innovation. I was recently hired to help a group of doctors work through their issues and get their business back on a growth trajectory. They aren’t talking much. They’re barely making eye contact. After only a few hours, it’s clear to me what’s wrong. I share my diagnosis: “You need more conflict.” It’s the last thing they expect me to say…

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The U.S. Just Got the Latest Sign that Hiring Could Continue to Slow

By: Gina Heeb via Markets

Americans were less sure of the economy in early March and saw jobs as more difficult to get than in previous months, sparking concerns that slowing growth could hit the labor market sooner than expected. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index fell to 124.1 in March from 131.4 a month earlier, with particular uncertainty apparent on the employment front…

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'Why Do You Want This Job?' Is A Trick Question—Here Is How To Intelligently Answer It

By: Jack Kelly via Forbes

As an interviewee, you want to get the “Why do you want this job?” question. Compared to all of the other challenging brain teaser questions, this is the best one to use to your advantage—if you handle it the right way. At the most basic level, an employer seeks to learn about the job seeker’s motivation to interview for a specific job. The manager desires to investigate if the applicant truly desires this position…

Hot Candidates of the Week!

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

John – VBA Developer

Hartford, CT
  • Highly experienced Microsoft Certified Professional- Microsoft Access Developer and skilled Visual Basic/VBA/SQL Server Programmer, Business Analyst and general IT/Data Specialist.
  • Has an extensive, professional hands-on background developing Windows and Web-based business applications, database design and implementation.
  • Looking for permanent or long-term contract work in Connecticut, or possibly elsewhere in New England or telecommuting, subject to compensation, benefits and other negotiable factors.

Shannon - Administrative Coordinator

Albany, NY
  • Experienced Administrative Coordinator with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.
  • Cheerful, down-to-earth and approachable and would be a great addition to any team!
  • Supported 3-10 professionals above her including the Executive Vice President of a major media/entertainment company in L.A.
  • Handled complete travel accommodations (hotels, flights, car rentals, per diem rates, directions) for professional administrative staff, as well as production team of up to 30 people.
  • Responsible for production budgeting, fiscal forecasting and meeting arrangement, event management, production logistics, policy writing, business meetings, etc. for executive staff and production team.
  • Adapts to and anticipates the needs of her team and has strong interpersonal skills; having supported production staff, celebrities, and professional level administrators.
  • Detail oriented, humble, polished and professional.
  • Clear and welcoming phone skills and is comfortable handling incoming calls and inquiries.
  • Recently relocated back to the Albany area and is interested in an administrative support-based role.

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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