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Net-Temps, the leading online job board for staffing companies, has added RSS feed capabilities to job searching on its site. RSS feeds can deliver customized searches directly to jobseekers by way of an RSS reader. This allows for fast and easy access to any jobs posted on Net-Temps.

Engenium was selected by Celerity Consulting Groupto provide  the licensing rights for Semetric®, its world-class conceptual searching tool, and its advanced information clustering tool, Autometric(TM).

Company Interview Excerpt STEPHEN LERCH - WORKSTREAM INC (WSTM) TWST: What is Workstream?
Mr. Lerch: Workstream is a supplier of enterprise workforce solutions to the human resource area of Corporate America. Our primary targets are large corporations, typically Fortune 2000, where we are able to provide on-demand software solutions through a comprehensive suite of products that address the entire employee lifecycle. (TWST)

Headway Corporate Resources is moving its headquarters from New York to Raleigh. The new headquarters will be located on the Fayetteville Street Mall in downtown Raleigh.  The human resources company also announced it plans to convert a vacant building in Tarboro into a national recruitment center, which should create 188 full-time jobs over the next five years.

The sheer enormity of the human capital marketplace places its value at more than a trillion dollars, according to a new white paper called "Marketing and Selling in the Human Resource Marketplace: Winning Strategies and Tactics." The free white paper is the first of its kind to focus exclusively on human capital marketing strategies, and is produced by, the no. 1 marketing and media visibility service in the human capital industry.

Steve Pogorzelski, President of is scheduled to appear on "Corporate Strategies with Tim Connolly" Sunday, October 30, 2005. Steve will discuss the overall State of Employment as well as the Monster Index findings.  The Business Talk Radio Show may be heard on KSEV AM 700 in Houston, Texas, WGCH AM 1490 in Greenwich, Connecticut, WSBR AM 740 in Boca Raton, Florida, and on over 400 affiliate stations nationwide listed at CRN1, or on the Internet at

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Cytiva Software,  provider of recruiting software solution SonicRecruit,  announced a partnership with assessment technology provider, Management Communication Systems Worldwide, Inc. Through the seamless integration of the two products, SonicRecruit clients can now utilize Management Communication Systems screening and assessment tools and capture detailed candidate assessment information in the candidate profile within SonicRecruit.

Time to start fall training for Brainbench's  2nd Annual Bench Games.  Over a quarter million people participated in last year's Bench Games, Brainbench's certification competition. We've listened to your requests and will be bringing back the Games in April 2006. Until then, to help you prepare for the Games, Brainbench is opening its entire library of certification tests  for two weeks free of charge.

HR XCEL has signed contracts to provide a wide range of services  ranging from full human resource outsourcing to benefits administration, payroll administration, employee relations services, time & attendance solutions, COBRA administration, FMLA administration and FSA administration., a subscription-based, enterprise-level job board launches of the Rez-X(tm). Rez-X is a community resume database that was developed to expand access for recruiters and HR professionals. It allows users to share resumes so that they can increase their pool of applicants quickly and easily.

Fifty-six percent of survey participants allow employees to address personal or family issues on company time, according to a recent survey by WorldatWork, the Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP), and researchers from Portland State University. In response to the new survey data, Anne Ruddy, president of WorldatWork, said, "It seems that employers are realizing that allowing employees to work flexible schedules and handle some of their personal needs at work can improve both employee satisfaction and bottom line results." For a complimentary copy of the full survey report, please contact Jeffrey Kros at 480-922-2027 or via e-mail at will acquire DairyCareers, the leading online recruiting solution for the dairy industry. DairyCareers, established in 2000, has active profiles and resumes of over eleven-hundred dairy professionals and has provided professional staffing services to more than eighty dairy companies. DairyCareers has been an innovator in using Internet-powered technologies to enable more efficient, effective and less costly search processes for both employers and job seekers.

The 2005 HR Technology Conference® attracted a record number of attendees to Chicago's McCormick Place on Oct. 19 through 21, underscoring the expanding role technology is playing in today's HR organizations. About 1,700 people attended this year's show, which featured an opening keynote from University of Michigan business professor and author Dave Ulrich; an hour-long interview of PeopleSoft founder Dave Duffield by conference co-chair and Human Resource Executive technology columnist Bill Kutik; and a closing keynote by Saratoga Institute founder Jac Fitz-enz. (More)

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eePulse announced the addition of new team member, Owen Medd. As the eePulse Senior Systems Engineer, he will be responsible for product development and managing information systems. Previously, Medd was the chief technology officer of CareerSite Corporation where he led development of the first, full-featured, Web-based e-recruiting system for the last ten years....eePulse also added John Krzesicki as vice president of client solutions. In this role, he will be responsible for full, client software implementations, ongoing project management and client relations. ...Snocap, the new digital media copyright management company founded by Napster founder Shawn Fanning, has hired senior EA executive Rusty Rueff as its CEO...Manpower Inc. (MAN) has promoted Barbara J. Beck  to Executive Vice President of the company's Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region after three years of leading the company's U.S. and Canadian operations.Manpower is moving Yoav Michaely, now executive vice president in charge of the company's Europe, Middle East and Africa region, into a newly created post of executive vice president of global operational effectiveness....Applied Research Corporation, a one-of-a-kind human resource consulting firm that delivers comprehensive alignment & assimilation, assessment, coaching, and talent & career management services, today announced that Teresa Shappell has been named executive vice president...

You Should Know

  • Dealing with the region's chronic labour shortage  Alberta, and the Peace Country specifically, may be dealing with the ongoing pressures that come with a labour shortage, but the situation across the country in that regard is not nearly as bleak. That was the central message in David Foot's keynote address that wrapped up the first day of the Outlook on Northern Employment conference. (DailyHeraldTribune)

  •  China's unlimited labour supply will end  The era of China's "unlimited labour supply" would end in near future and the total labour force would start decreasing from 2021, according to a recent report of the official Xinhua News Agency. The news report said that although the Ministry of Agriculture estimated that there were 150 million population of extra labour force in the rural areas, some official research centres found that "unlimited labour supply" would not continue to flood the labour market. According to a report of the State Council's Research and Development Centre, the labour force in 20% of the villages across the country is decreasing. (ChinaLaborBulletin)
  • 'Taiwan should tap India's skilled manpower' Taiwan should tap India's skilled manpower and work closely with the country on research and development, an industry expert said Wednesday. Taiwan could boost its economy by exploiting India's huge pool of human capital, said Y.S. Rajan, the principal advisor to the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), a leading industry lobby. (WebIndia123)

  • Migration expertise at Helsinki's heart  In the core of Helsinki, in Unioninkatu, lies the regional office of the world's leading migration organization IOM (International Organization for Migration). IOM was established in 1951 to resettle European displaced people and its mandate has expanded over the decades to provide services and advice to migrants and governments all over the world.  "Migration is as old phenomenon as mankind and human mobility is an essential feature of today's world. IOM is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits all and it does so by providing a wide range of services to migrants and governments," says Dr. Thomas Weiss, the director of the Helsinki IOM office. (6Degrees Finland)


  •  Google Base to Impact Newspapers  hough still in the early stages, Google's entry into the classified market could seriously impact newspapers, said a report from Banc of America Securities released Tuesday evening.  Google confirmed Tuesday that it's testing Google Base, a database that will include classifieds supported by keyword advertising.  "If Google offers the service for free, the sole revenue stream will be derived from keyword advertising and it will likely take share from other players, compressing growth rates," said the note. (Editor and Publisher)
  • HR is changing at an unprecedented rate 'Outsourcing is the ultimate solution because HR still contains too many non-core elements' All organisations will end up outsourcing HR, according to Surrey County Council's head of HR, Graham White. Warning delegates not to bury their heads in the sand, he said that HR would become "a philosophy, not a department". (CIPD)
  • New CIPD survey dispels myths about HR careers HR professionals are happy with their choice of career, and would not choose a different one if they had the chance to start all over again. This is one of the findings of a major new survey of the HR profession conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. (OnRec)
  • Top Ten Trends Shaping the Fast Growing Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) Market Driven by accelerating global competition, organizations feel a need for agility like never before. They must improve performance, mitigate risk and reduce cost all at the same time. Executive teams are looking to their Chief Human Resources Executive to maintain and improve their business's organizational capability and intellectual capital.  In most organizations 80% of costs are people costs. What a huge opportunity to improve competitive advantage by innovative actions. Think about what it would mean to a firm's overall performance if it could improve the extent to which their workforce has the skills, motivation and training necessary to improve the day-to-day execution of their responsibilities by just 20 or 25%?  (SharedExpertise)

  •  India's Talent Shortage Sectors like IT and business process outsourcing (BPO) are simply outpacing the availability of talent in India There could be as many as 50,000 foreigners working in India, as part of that country's IT and business process outsourcing (BPO) industry, according to Australia's The Age newspaper. The article went on to cite research (done by an Indian company) according to which India will need 160,000 workers with European language expertise by 2010, by which year only 40,000 Indians will have the requisite levels of expertise. This means that India will be experiencing a shortage in services workers. But that's only one prong of a larger problem. "The institutes are churning out numbers more suited for the IT services sector rather than the product development market," stated Anuj Kumar, VP of IndusLogic, to his country's media. (Line56)

  • SMEs resigned to recruitment difficulties  Recruitment. SME Issues.  Smaller organisations are more relaxed about recruitment difficulties than their larger counterparts but still face real difficulties persuading talented managers and professionals to join them.  The Recruitment Confidence Index (RCI), produced by Cranfield School of Management and The Daily Telegraph, show that seven out of 10 organisations with fewer than 200 employees anticipate difficulties recruiting managerial and professional employees over the next six months, compared to a more than eight out of 10 (85 per cent) of companies with over 1,000 employees. (ManagementIssues)
  • Cabinet office plans new HR centre of excellence Changes across the public sector would make people management a core skill for all leadership roles The setting up of a shared services HR centre across government is being investigated by the Cabinet Office.  "If we are not careful we will have a lot of shared service centres. Some of the research we are doing is to look at how best to converge and join up these services," said Mike Watts, director of HR transformation in the corporate development group of the Cabinet Office. (CIPD)
  • Report calls for sophisticated immigration policy Ireland's new Green Card immigration system must be a modern, sophisticated scheme attracting workers with the right skills, it emerged today.  As a new report revealed the economy would need migrants from outside the European Union, Enterprise Minister Micheal Martin said around 5,000 cards would be issued every year.  The minister insisted it would ensure experienced overseas workers could be targeted to fill vacancies in the health service, finance and other fields. (Ireland Online)
  • HR feels unsupported in age legislation roll-out HR departments are not getting the full support of their senior management in the implementation of new age discrimination laws, a new report shows.  The new legislation, designed to outlaw discrimination on the basis of age, is due to come into effect in October 2006. (PersonnelToday)

  • Supermarket giant's secret strategy for keeping its workforce fatty-free THE world's biggest retailer wants to introduce working practices that will deter overweight people from applying for jobs in its stores.
    Fat and unfit workers could soon find themselves outcasts on the shopfloor if other retailers decide to adopt a similar strategy.  In an offensive against obesity, Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, plans to make physical exercise a part of every employee's working day, helping to dissuade unhealthy jobseekers from joining the company. (TimesOnline)
  • Bush Reinstates Prevailing Wages in Areas Affected by Katrina  President Bush has reinstated the prevailing wages provisions of Davis-Bacon Act in areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The reinstatement is effective November 8, 2005.  The Davis-Bacon Act requires contractors and subcontractors performing work on federal contracts to pay their laborers and mechanics prevailing wages plus the value of prevailing employee benefits.  After Hurricane Katrina, Bush suspended the act for the rebuilding effort on the Gulf Coast, saying he wanted to remove federal red tape that he said would slow the recovery process. (
  • The Visa Maze  Pending legislation could make it tougher to hire immigrant workers Every year, Michael Rhodes's $2 million business, Commercial Landscapers in Kansas City, Kan., butts heads with the nation's scrambled immigration system. Advertisement  Rhodes's 18 employees are mostly foreign nationals with H2B visas that allow them to work in the U.S. for just 12 months. So each year, Rhodes tackles the paperwork to try to keep them on for another year -- and starts shelling out cash to his immigration lawyer. It costs about $5,000 to renew his workers' visas or, if that fails, file applications to hire new employees. "It's not guaranteed you'll get your workers, and you still have to pay," says Rhodes. Some years he winds up understaffed. (BusinessWeek)


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Hewitt and AmericaEconomia Announce Hewitt's 25 Best Employers in Latin America;
Results Show Best Employers Share Five Characteristics

Hewitt Associates (HEW), a global human resources services firm, and AmericaEconomia, one of Latin America's most authoritative business publications, today unveiled Hewitt's 25 Best Employers in Latin America for 2005.

More than 200 companies from 20 countries registered to participate in the annual initiative, which involves surveying thousands of employees and executives, as well as analyzing each organization's people practices. This year, eight companies from Mexico, four from Brazil, three from Peru and companies from seven other countries topped the list:





 J&V Resguardo SAC



 Kimberly Clark



 Thyssen Krupp Molas Ltda



 Sheraton Internacional Iguazu Resort



 The Ritz Carlton Cancun



 Fedex Express Mexico



 Atlantica Hotels International Brasil Ltda



 Microsoft Mexico



 Banco Agricola S A

 El Salvador


 Laboratorios Suizos

 El Salvador


 Verizon Dominicana

 Dominican Republic


 Alcon (Cargill Honduras)



 The Haciendas



 McDonald's Venezuela



 McDonald's Mexico



 Financiera Compartamos



 La Fragua






 Hotel Sheraton del Peru S A



 American Airlines



 Grote Industries de Mexico, S A de C V



 Minera los Pelambres



 Baxter Healthcare

 Dominican Republic


 Cisco do Brasil Ltda



 Microsoft Informatica Ltda


"Although these organizations represent a variety of countries, it was fascinating to find through our analysis that they all share five common characteristics," said Craig Bruce, talent and organization consulting leader for Hewitt in Latin America. "All of these 25 companies put forth a tremendous effort in engaging their employees - particularly through their human resource programs, pay and recognition, and work/life and diversity initiatives - that puts them in a unique class of companies that sets them apart from everyone else."

Five Common Characteristics of the Best

An analysis reveals Hewitt's 25 Best Employers in Latin America share the following five characteristics:
  • Leadership. Senior leaders at Best Employers genuinely believe in and treat their employees as their most important asset (88 percent) vs. other companies (52 percent). Their leaders are more visible and accessible to employees, and are more open in their communication. In addition, most Best Employer CEOs (72 percent) say they consult their people broadly when making changes compared to 57 percent of CEOs at other companies.
  • Human Resources "People" Programs. Best Employer HR or "people" programs are designed and executed to optimize their impact on organizational performance. Nearly all Best Employer employees (91 percent) say their companies' mission and goals provide clear direction vs. 70 percent of employees at other organizations. Similarly, Best Employers CEOs are more likely to state their HR programs are aligned with and support their business goals, and are delivered more effectively than are CEOs of other organizations.
  • Career Opportunities. Best Employers are more likely to set expectations for training and developing their employees and offer more types of these programs than other companies. Even more telling, employees at Best Employers are more apt to say their organizations offer opportunities to develop skills necessary to assume greater responsibility (83 percent vs. 52 percent of other companies), provide a performance assessment process that helps them improve their performance (90 percent vs. 69 percent of other organizations), and offer ongoing feedback from their managers that helps them improve their performance (82 percent vs. 57 percent of other organizations).
  • Pay and Recognition. Eighty percent of employees at Best Employers feel they are paid fairly relative to the market compared to 49 percent of employees at other organizations. They also are more apt to say their performance has a significant impact on their pay (79 percent) compared to employees at other organizations (49 percent) and that they receive recognition beyond pay for their accomplishments (73 percent) vs. employees at other organizations (39 percent).
  • Work/Life Balance and Diversity. Work/life balance and workplace diversity are two areas that are increasingly important to employees in Latin America. Hewitt's analysis shows Best Employers offer more flexible benefits, programs and work arrangements than other organizations. In addition, employees of Best Employers are more apt to say their companies meet their work/life needs than employees at other companies (77 percent vs. 44 percent of other companies). A new trend of emerging importance is diversity, with more employees at Best Employers feeling their companies make an effort to embrace diversity (91 percent) than employees of other organizations (68 percent).

About Hewitt's Best Employer Rankings

An independent judging panel selected Hewitt's 25 Best Employers in Latin America, utilizing a blind judging process, in which company names were not disclosed until final selections were determined. To be considered for the rankings, companies were required to complete three surveys: an employee survey sent to a random sample of employees, a CEO survey completed by the CEO or highest-ranking executive in the country and a comprehensive HR/people practices inventory. The judges utilized all of this data to identify the 25 Best Employers in Latin America. To obtain the full report highlighting these results, please contact the Hewitt Associates Latin America regional office at (305) 476-8800 or

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