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Employer Surveillance, Interview Jitters, Skills/People Gap

Employer Surveillance, Interview Jitters, Skills/People Gap
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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:

Alaant Influencers: Rose Miller, President, Pinnacle Human Resources LLC

Alaant Influencers: Rose Miller, President, Pinnacle Human Resources LLC

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. Rose is President of Pinnacle Human Resources, LLC, a NYS (#55656) and nationally certified Women-owned Business Enterprise (WBE) in Albany and Syracuse, NY. With more than 25 years HR professional experience, she partners with companies to provide strategic HR support and expert HR best practices while helping them find solutions for their human resources delivery system…

The Employer-Surveillance State

The Employer-Surveillance State

By: Ellen Ruppel Shell via The Atlantic

The more bosses try to keep track of their workers, the more precious time employees waste trying to evade them. Jason Edward Harrington spent six years working the luggage-screening checkpoint at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. A college graduate and freelance writer, he initially took the job as a stopgap, but found that he enjoyed meeting passengers from all over the world, some of whom showed a real interest in him. But while working for the TSA, Harrington noticed that his bosses were following and video-recording his every move, a practice they said was at least in part for his protection…

Fight Your Interview Jitters Like A Pro

Fight Your Interview Jitters Like A Pro

By: Shelcy V. Joseph via Forbes

If you grow fidgety during interviews, have sweaty palms and a dry throat, or become tongue-tied, you might just have interview jitters. A recent Monster study revealed that 38% of U.S. candidates are afraid of interviewing. Interview jitters are pretty common, but they can cause job seekers to perform poorly and cost them amazing career opportunities. The good news is, it gets better with each interview…

Workplace Wellness Plans May Cost Your Privacy

Workplace Wellness Plans Offer Big Incentives, But May Cost Your Privacy

By: Julie Appleby via NPR.org

Workplace wellness programs that offer employees a financial carrot for undergoing health screenings, sticking to exercise regimens or improving their cholesterol levels have long been controversial. Starting January 1, they may become even more contentious. That's when a federal judge's decision to overturn existing rules about the programs takes effect. The decision casts uncertainty over what the appropriate upper limit for these types of financial incentives should be — specifically when employers offer them to workers to participate in programs that require clinical testing or the disclosure of their personal health data.

Close the Skills Gap and the People Gap

U.S. Chamber’s Donohue: We Must Close the Skills Gap and the People Gap

via US Chamber of Commerce

In response to growing U.S. workforce challenges, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue today outlined the two critical factors to maintaining America’s competitiveness in the modern economy: closing the skills gap and closing the people gap. Delivering the keynote address at the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s “Talent Forward” conference, Donohue addressed the “business-led” solutions the Chamber is advancing to bridge these gaps to ensure continued economic growth. “There are not one, but two gaps preventing our nation from fully leveraging talent in our economy,” Donohue said…

Switch Careers with Transferable Skills

Switch Careers with Transferable Skills

By: Hallie Crawford via U.S. News & World Report

Are you hoping to move your career in a new direction? Or considering transitioning into a different industry? Perhaps you are coming back to the workforce after taking a break from your career? While each of these situations has its own challenges, your chances of making a successful transition will be boosted by identifying and highlighting your transferable skills. These are strengths in your repertoire that can be used in another area or field in ways similar to or different from how you've used them before…

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 -
Administrative Assistant

  • Coordinated and set up high-level conference calls, board and management meetings, special events and travel arrangements and expense reports for top executives.
  • Maintain complicated calendars with ease.
  • Provide superior administrative support, including correspondence, legal documents, financial management, events/logistics coordination, communication, policy compliance and problem resolution.
  • Expedite projects in a timely efficient manner using Best Practices.
  • Team player able to delegate duties and assist peers when needed.
  • Design and prepare complex presentations
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Prepare and submit HR documentation for new hires, terminations, and internal position changes

Albany -
Administrative/Accounting Assistant

  • Recently moved to the Capital Region from NYC and is seeking next opportunity.
  • Eloquent, takes initiative and will be sure to bring value to any organization. 
  • Brings almost eight years of administrative experience, with the last two positions focusing more on accounting assistance.
  • Experience in MS Excel, QuickBooks and Executive Assistance.

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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