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Job Horizon for College Graduates

Friday, June 1, 2018  by Bailey

College students preparing for graduation and entering the job force are facing a marginal change in hiring trends from last year. According to NACE, (National Association of Colleges and Employers): “Employers plan to hire 1.3 percent fewer graduates from the Class of 2018 for U.S. positions than they did from the Class of 2017, according to results of NACE’s Job Outlook 2018 Spring Update survey.” However, internship opportunities are showing a slight upturn in hiring as well as those positions targeted for Master’s degree graduates.

Regardless of the numbers, college graduates should be realistic about their prospects and proactive in their approach to keep up with their competitors. USA Today College captures the quandary: “Why do recent college graduates and the companies that want to hire them keep missing each other on the career path? Simply put, career-ready grads don’t often know which job openings fit their skills, and employers don’t often hire for skill; they hire only for experience.”

To solidly set the foundation in your chosen career, marketing yourself and networking within the industry should be your first step. Internships or company management development programs are an excellent way to gain experience, get your foot in the door and make contacts. Hiring authorities are seeking go-getters who exhibit the ability to lead and good project management skills so if you can illustrate solid soft skills in your resume and interview, they will be more willing to hire, mentor and train you.

To learn more and read the full article, click the link:

http://www.naceweb.org/job-market/trends-and-predictions/

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Employee Retension

Friday, May 18, 2018  by julie

 

Candidates who are actively looking are motivated by something. What causes their disengagement and prompts them to seek a new opportunity? The Dale Carnegie Training Institute points to two main factors contributing to employee disengagement:

1) Direct management - 80% of employees who were dissatisfied with their direct manager were disengaged.

2) Senior Leadership - 70% of employees who lacked confidence in the abilities of senior leadership were disengaged.

Further, according to statistics from TINYpulse, employees who described themselves as “chronically overworked and burned out” or those subject to micromanagement were more likely to think about looking for a new job. In addition, employees who disapproved of or did not fit the existing company culture were 15% more likely to be looking for a new job.

It seems that company culture and ineffective management are the predominent factors for employee disengagement which may cause them to look closely at other factors like growth potential. To retain employees, companies should consider open communication with clearly defined goals, team building, additional perks and a rewards program to improve the culture. Motivation comes from leadership exhibiting the standards and work ethic they expect from their employees.

While direct experience and pertinent skills are more easily matched for our clients, it is the company culture and finding the right fit that is at the forefront of B&B's approach to talent search. 

 

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Happy Mother's Day to Working Moms!

Friday, May 11, 2018  by Bailey

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

According to the Department of Labor, 

  • Seventy percent of mothers with children under 18 participate in the labor force, with over 75 percent employed full-time.
  • Mothers are the primary or sole earners for 40 percent of households with children under 18 today, compared with 11 percent in 1960.

 Mothers who work 30 or more hours a week are faced with great challenges to manage a balance between good productivity and flow in their work and serving the needs of a family that is in a constant fluid motion. Working Moms also carry feelings of guilt for not being able to put forth 100% of attention to either thing at one time. Good news comes in the Harvard Business Review article linked below which outlines that kids benefit greatly from being raised by working moms and that it will aid in their ability to become functioning and productive assets to the workforce when their time comes.

At B&B, over half of our current employees are working moms. We understand that balancing act quite well and "walking the walk" allows our recruiters to use that insight when placing our working mom candidates into the next step of their career!

https://www.hbs.edu/news/articles/Pages/mcginn-working-mom.aspx

 

 

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Forbes Named B&B to Top Recruiters List!

Monday, April 16, 2018  by Bailey

 

Over 30,000 recruiters and 4,500 job candidates and human resources managers were surveyed to determine the Top 250 firms in each category:

Executive & Professional

More than 14,500 nominations were collected and firms with the most recommendations ranked highest.

Bohan & Bradstreet was one of a few firms recognized in both categories!!!!!

For more information, click here:

https://www.forbes.com/best-professional-recruiting-firms/list/

 

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Cover Letters for Email Applications

Monday, March 19, 2018  by Bailey

 

Gone are the days of the standardized printed cover letter attached to the resume. With the onset of internet job boards and social media applications, how do you utilize your letter of introduction to engage the hiring authority? Here are some tips:

1) Do have an eye-catching subject line by headlining your #1 career achievement but be sure it correlates to the job specifics.

2) The cover is an introduction to your qualifications but not a regurgitation of your resume. Sell your abilities and merits.

3) Thoroughly understand the job and company and speak to those points. Understand the void they are looking to fill and bullet point your track record as their solution.

4) Keep it short. Recruiters and Hiring Authorities are receiving hundreds of resumes so the cover needs to be read at a glance while prompting them to click the resume to read more.

5) Proof it. Spelling errors and poor grammer will immediately get you dismissed. Attention to detail is the first thing that is qualified.

For more great information on the art of writing a successful cover letter, read these great articles:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/sethporges/2012/08/29/6-secrets-to-writing-a-great-cover-letter/#53802a6173d7

https://www.livecareer.com/career/advice/cover-letter/email-cover-letters

 

 

 

 

 

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