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Older Workers Driving Employment Growth, Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace, Inclusion, and more... 

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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:

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Older workers are driving job growth as boomers remain in workforce longer

By: Paul Davidson via USA TODAY

Baby boomers should be hanging it up and kicking back. Instead, they’re still driving U.S. job growth. Americans 55 and over made up about half of all employment gains in 2018, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by The Liscio Report, a research publication for investors. That’s an eye-popping share considering that demographic made up only a quarter of last year’s labor force -- which includes people working and looking for jobs.

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2019 Job Market Outlook with Alaant Workforce Solutions

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Joining CBS 6 to talk about the market outlook for 2019 is Miriam Dushane, Managing Partner at Alaant Workforce Solutions. We are at the beginning of a new year, and that often means a fresh start when it comes to hiring. Employers may be looking to build their workforce, and employees may be seeking new opportunities. Miriam Dushane, Managing Partner at Alaant Workforce Solutions joined CBS to talk about what we can expect in the Capital Region.

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Is emotional intelligence the key to closing the skills gap?

By: Riia O'Donnell via HR Dive

For a Connecticut mold supplier company, the key to closing the skills gap for skilled manufacturing workers has been more about emotional intelligence than hard skills development, reported Modern Machine Shop. Emotional intelligence helps staff members recognize triggers that hold them back from success in their own work and in their interactions with others. It also helps them understand the emotions of others, leading to empathy and better team collaboration…

Inclusion is everyone's job

Microsoft made inclusion every employee’s responsibility. Here’s why

By: Lindsay-Rae McIntyre via Business Insider

Nearly every major company has announced plans to push for more diversity and inclusion. Millions of dollars have been pledged, initiatives born, and organizations created. Yet despite many well-intended efforts, we're oftentimes left wishing that progress would come more quickly. It turns out that talking about diversity and inclusion is much easier than actually living diversity and inclusion.

Hiring Managers Consider Online Credentialing

Pressed for Tech Talent, Hiring Managers Consider Online Credentialing

By: Gary Beach via The Wall Street Journal

The skills gap – a decades-old labor enigma where workers are available but need reskilling – is about to metastasize into a skills vacuum, according to IDC's Futurescape 2019 report. By 2022, the demand for artificial intelligence, the internet of things, blockchain and cybersecurity skills will exceed the supply of workers creating a shortage of 900,000 highly-compensated jobs…

does it matter how work get's done and by whom?

2019 trends: In tech, how work gets done upstages who does it

By: Naomi Eide Via CIO Dive

Companies are caught up in the cycle of technical debt, struggling to adopt more agile, cloud-based technology. Others, with some foresight, are modernizing quickly. Industry leaders are paying close attention to how technology initiatives are accomplished, keying into methodologies like DevOps. For some organizations, how work is accomplished is taking on greater importance than who accomplishes the work…

does it matter how work get's done and by whom?

Software developer tops list of U.S. News & World Report's annual best jobs rankings

By: Ben Tobin via USA TODAY

Are you in search of the best possible job? Look no further than software developer, according to U.S. News & World Report's annual list, which ranked the position as its top pick for the new year. The publication's Best Jobs of 2019 list takes seven factors into account, including median salary, employment rate and stress level…

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.

Customer Service Rep/Admin Assistant

Albany, NY
  • Recent graduate with Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing
  • Skilled in customer service, administrative duties and Microsoft Office
  • Handled inbound phone calls and completed projects for County Administrator
  • Maintenance of merchandise stock, sale and prices 
  • Experience in assisting with HR documentation and admin duties
  • Comfortable with maintaining spreadsheets and data entry
  • Brings strong communication skills and the ability to work independently, as well as with a team
  • Detail oriented and would bring quality customer service skills to her next organization

Executive Assistant

Hartford, CT
  • Provided support to VP and team of 23 relative to calendar management, prioritizing meetings and events.
  • Managed all travel and expense processing.
  • Facilitated weekly staff meetings, prepared agendas/presentations and coordinated guest speakers.
  • Responsible for data accuracy, monthly audit reviews and member access levels for the IT Finance SharePoint site.
  • Coordinated monthly IT Senior Leadership Team (SLT) meeting logistics, such as: meeting location, electronic/hardcopy materials, catering, audio/visual.
  • Coordinated mass department moves, employee placement and logistics for staff members, new hires, consultants and interns.

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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