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Disability Awareness, Job Titles, No Direct Experience, Working Age and this week's Hot Candidates

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The Alaant Advisor is our column focused on all things going on in the world of recruiting, job placement, and search. Think of it as your weekly briefing—a handy, quick guide to what's going on.

Here's what's happening this week:

Recruiting Horror Stories

A Cautionary Tale: The Alaant Team Shares their Recruiting Horror Stories!

By: The Alaant Team via the Alaant Blog

As Halloween creeps up on us yet again, our team is out to spook you with our scary recruiting stories. These stories are cringeworthy and we’re hoping they’ll make you think twice before becoming one of our cautionary tales…

4 Ways To Stop Talking About Disability Awareness And Start Hiring

4 Ways To Stop Talking About Disability Awareness And Start Hiring

By: Denise Brodey via Forbes

The headlines blazed with good news from the White House this week touting innovative policy solutions. This year, the U.S. government has helped 44 states adopt new disability employment and provided guidance to thousands of people on accommodations for the workplace. The proclamation also promoted good news about inclusive apprenticeships and new tools to help recruit and retain workers with disabilities.

Money is flooding into these 10 industries that are adding jobs and thriving

Money is flooding into these 10 industries that are adding jobs and thriving

By: Emmie Martin via CNBC

Which industries are expected to thrive and grow the most over the next decade? Small-business financial solutions company Fundera analyzed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, market research firms and investment firms to find out. Technology, unsurprisingly, comes out on top. "Technology is at the heart of nearly everything we do and experience these days," Fundera reports. Tech companies outperformed other industries "across the board" in Fundera's analysis.

DevFest Unites Capital Region Tech Community

DevFest Unites Capital Region Tech Community

via NY Tech Loop

The Google Developer Group of the Capital Region (GDGCR) will host DevFestCR18 at the University at Albany on October 27. This event, now in its third year, combines local and remote speakers with attendees who want to get into the details about technologies including mobile, web, machine learning and cloud computing.

Job Titles

In a Small Business, Everyone Does Multiple Jobs. How Do You Choose Accurate Titles?

By: Suzanne Lucas via Inc.com

Job titles really do matter. Choose carefully. I always find the job title "secretary" fascinating. It's both an administrative support person, almost always non-exempt, and not responsible for high-level activities, and an exceedingly high government official, with incredibly complex and varied responsibilities, some of whom are responsible for literally hundreds of thousands of employees…

Prove you can do the job

How To Prove You Can Do The Job, Even Without Direct Experience

By: Dawn Graham via Forbes

"Tell me about a time you....” As a career switcher, you may be nervous about getting asked direct questions in an interview about experiences you haven't had. However, knowing that an interviewer will likely address any obvious gaps in your background, the best thing you can do is prepare in advance.

Working age

Working Age Population Impacting the World of Work

via Staffing Industry Analysts

Alistair Cox, CEO of Hays, has issued a warning about how the rise of the working age population and retirement of highly-skilled workers is exacerbating an already acute skills shortage. “As the pool of available workers ages and potentially begins to shrink, businesses will need to ensure they retain the key talent and skills already within their organization,” Cox said.

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.

Hartford -
Business Analyst

  • This candidate has a very professional & friendly personality and is very detail oriented.
  • Elicited business requirements for business system enhancements.
  • Write detailed specifications documents for business owner review and approval.
  • Enabled change by acting as a bridge between the Finance Systems team, shared service teams, 3rd parties, and IT, to deliver a successful end solution that met the needs of the stakeholders.
  • Act as project lead on several concurrent initiatives.
  • Experienced in SharePoint, Visio flowcharts & designing wireframes for UI screens.
  • Map data field input to appropriate Banner Views and Tables. 
  • Responsible for creating, tracking, and completing UAT testing of the User Interface and SQL database of newly developed web-based software, custom designed for major international banks, to be used in their internal operations in the management of $16 trillion in commercial paper.
  • Create user test cases and conduct User Acceptance Testing of system enhancements.
  • Re-test user cases after code fixes are acquired and uploaded to system(s).

Albany -
Marketing and Social Media

  • Energetic, recent college grad with strong writing skills.
  • She is eager to put the marketing skills she gained through her various internships to work!
  • Well versed in social media having managed multiple platforms including Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter.
  • Open to roles in marketing or an administrative role.
  • Energy and bright, warm smile would be a great addition to any team!!

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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