11.30.2018

Alaant Advisor

The Negative Impacts of the Digital Lifestyle and of Workplace Wellness Programs, Reducing Stress of Holiday Parties, and More

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Here's what's happening this week:

When it comes to finding a job, it’s not all unicorns and rainbows. It’s hard work and it takes a serious commitment on your part to ensure there’s a positive outcome (AKA landing a job offer!). After a few weeks of applying for positions and hearing nothing, it can be downright defeating. The trick is to stay optimistic and persevere. No one is going to hand you your dream job, you have to go after it with everything you’ve got and show your future employer you are the kind of person who doesn’t quit when things are hard, you stay with it and get to the other side…

Bounce Back: Why Resilience Is So Important in the Job Search

By: Angela Milkie-Stokes via Alaant Blogs

When it comes to finding a job, it’s not all unicorns and rainbows. It’s hard work and it takes a serious commitment on your part to ensure there’s a positive outcome (AKA landing a job offer!). After a few weeks of applying for positions and hearing nothing, it can be downright defeating. The trick is to stay optimistic and persevere. No one is going to hand you your dream job, you have to go after it with everything you’ve got and show your future employer you are the kind of person who doesn’t quit when things are hard, you stay with it and get to the other side…

Today’s digital work landscape is making us lonely and less human

Today’s digital work landscape is making us lonely and less human

By: Virginia Backaitis via New York Post

Some days, John spends 10 hours in the office without having a face-to-face conversation with anyone. “At this job, everyone’s wearing earbuds or noise-canceling headphones,” says the 34-year-old accountant from Woodbridge, NJ, who has asked that we omit his last name and that of his employer. “It sort of feels like no one likes me.”

We’re on a Mission to Collect Much Needed Gloves & Sock for Our Local Veterans

We’re on a Mission to Collect Much Needed, Gloves & Socks for Our Local Veterans

We have partnered with South Park Inn's mission to collect warm socks and gloves for homeless Veterans. South Park Inn provides specialized services for homeless Veterans including shelter and basic needs as well as the support to thrive. They also work closely with the local Veterans Administration to provide on-site support. Look for one of our many collections drop-boxes throughout the Hartford/Glastonbury, CT area to contribute. Interested in a collection box for your office. Contact us today!

What Staffers Need to Know About Job Seekers with Disabilities

What Staffers Need to Know About Job Seekers with Disabilities

By: Paula Morgan via The Staffing Stream

As the US unemployment rate rests at a low level not seen since the 1960s, employers are struggling to find qualified candidates to fill many open positions. This is good news for people with disabilities, a population that comprises the largest minority in the country, and yet remains deeply misunderstood and underemployed. The unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities is nearly twice as high as the general worker population: 7.3% versus 3.4% — and remember, those rates just count individuals who are actively looking for work…

Ways your workplace wellness program could actually be making you fat

Ways your workplace wellness program could actually be making you fat

By: Nicole Lyn Pesce via MarketWatch

Not every company wellness program works out. In fact, workplace health promotion programs (WHPP) that make the employees responsible for how much they weigh can tip the scales against them by increasing weight stigma on the job, according to a new Frontiers in Psychology study, which can then lead to increased obesity and decreased well-being. About four-fifths of U.S. employers with more than 1,000 employees offer workplace health and wellness programs…

3 Tips For A Stress-Free Holiday Work Party

3 Tips For A Stress-Free Holiday Work Party

By: Shelcy V. Joseph via Forbes

It's almost time to talk about the new year, and with that, you probably can't help but set your eyes on the next holiday. Thanksgiving break went by too fast, didn't it? Let the holiday party invites roll in! I'm sure your family and friends have plans for you, and you can probably navigate these gatherings pretty easily. But what if you receive one from your company? Chances are, your office will host a work holiday party! Are you prepared?

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.

Chief Enterprise/Solutions Architect - Hartford, CT

  • Very down to earth, great listening skills, with a deep and broad technical background.
  • Master of Science (MS), Computer Science Bachelor of Science (BS), Computer Science.
  • Experience with award-winning design facilitation, improving quality and faster market delivery.
  • Technically sophisticated and innovative architect, leveraging extensive experience to develop and implement complex web-based solutions & applications at 650+ customers. 
  • Flexible and collaborative leader with exceptional interpersonal skills to effectively guide, inspire, and mobilize diverse groups.
  • Possesses in-depth knowledge of dynamic environments featuring on-site multi-software systems, SaaS, IoT, and Cloud integration.
  • Utilizes deep listening skills to gather requirements and design solutions to meet detailed customer requirements.
  • Knowledgeable in project & product management, strategy development & execution, troubleshooting & issue resolution, process improvements, sales & marketing operations, full lifecycle development management, staff management & growth development, technical presentations & documentation, and maintaining relationships with c-suite executives & key clients.

IT Support Specialist - Albany, NY

  • Very well spoken and a highly professional candidate.
  • Approachable and focuses on quality with customers as he goes above and beyond to assist with any issues.
  • Experienced with Android, Mac OS, Windows OS/7/8.1/10
  • Served as Customer Support with Verizon Fios – assisting with router configuration and PC trouble shooting; handled 25-30 calls/day.
  • Able to troubleshoot wireless printer connectivity and driver issues.
  • Familiar with configuring MS Outlook and security essentials.
  • Comfortable with supporting over phone and remote support.
  • Successfully built own personal computer.
  • Looking to continue growing in the IT field.

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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