10.26.2018

Alaant Advisor

Analytics in Hiring, Death of 9-5 Jobs, Demand for High-Tech Skills, Improving Workplace Culture & More!

Analytics in Hiring, the Death of Traditional 9-5 Jobs, Demand for High-Tech Skills, Improving Workplace Culture
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Here's what's happening this week:

Hot Topic: Analytics in Hiring

Hot Topic: Analytics in Hiring

By Nick Maciariello via Alaant Blog

It’s important to get hiring right and get it right the first time. Technology plays a bigger role than ever in hiring. Many parts of the process are now automated; artificial intelligence capabilities are readily available and predictive testing is being used to eliminate discriminatory and emotional bias. While some critics of predictive testing sound alarms about bypassing groups of candidates that don’t fit a particular pattern, advocates argue it’s time the hiring process became more accurate, scientifically rigorous and less subjective.

The traditional 9-5 office job is dying

The traditional 9-5 office job is dying

By: Zoya Gervis via New York Post

The traditional 9-to-5 job really is dying as one in five office workers work remotely now, according to new research. A study examining work-life structures found the concept of a regular eight-hour shift is in decline with one in five “office” workers now working remotely each week. In fact, more than half (57 percent) of modern American office workers studied now have the ability to work remotely, if they choose to.

Demand for high-tech skills rises as talent search gets tougher

Demand for high-tech skills rises as talent search gets tougher

By: Valerie Bolden-Barrett - HR Dive

The demand for highly skilled tech workers rose, but so did the difficulty in finding them, the results of a new Consumer Technology Association's (CTA) survey found. According to the CTA's second annual Future of Work survey, 92% of respondents said they will need more employees with technical skills, a six-point jump from the last poll. And 74% of respondents said that finding people with the right skills will be harder. In other survey results, the most important…

My Team Asks Each Other This One Question Every Week, and It Changed Our Culture for the Better

My Team Asks Each Other This One Question Every Week, and It Changed Our Culture for the Better

By: Robert Glazer via LinkedIn Pulse

At Acceleration Partners (AP), my team and I have tried to foster a bottom-up culture in which teams feel empowered to take charge, drive company culture and help determine what kind of company AP is and will be. In fact, one of our core company values is: "Own It." A great example of how this works in practice emerged earlier this year, when one of our employees created a Slack channel that has noticeably impacted our company's culture and engagement.

Why We Need To Hire For Diversity In Thought

Why We Need To Hire For Diversity In Thought

By: Drew Aversa via Forbes Coaches Council

Diversity and inclusion (D&I) is a popular corporate topic right now, and for good reason. But while D&I strategies are surely needed, too often, they fall short because they focus only on external differences of gender and race. Imagine this: All of a sudden, you become blind, and you cannot see the applicant in front of you or the teammate next to you. All you can do is rely on what's being said. Who and why do you hire? Our recruiting efforts must pay mind to diversity in thought too…

Is your boss reading your email? Maybe

Is your boss reading your email? Maybe

By: Anne Stych via Business Journals

It’s wise to assume that your employer is monitoring your work email and to be careful what you send. After all, the email system belongs to your employer, so staffers generally don't have a right to privacy for emails sent using the company's equipment and network. But a new survey finds that the number of employees who think their boss is watching is actually 20 percent higher than the number of bosses who actually are. Simply Hired surveyed 1,000 employers and employees and found that three-fourths of employees think their work activity is…

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.

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Hartford -
Executive Administrative Assistant

  • Extensive experience as a senior and executive admin assistant to C-level executives
  • Skills include managing multiple calendars, drafting meeting agendas, preparing PowerPoint presentations and planning and executing travel plans
  • Experience managing SharePoint site
  • Advanced skills in Outlook, Concur, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint and Word
  • Dynamic, thinks ahead and troubleshoots problems swiftly

Albany -
Recent Accounting Grad

  • Experience auditing inventory and cash drawers
  • Scheduling payments, deposits and record keeping
  • Experience training new employees
  • Professional, bubbly, personable, articulate, organized
  • Available upon offer with a 2 weeks’ notice

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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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