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London-based executive search firm Odgers Ray & Berndtson has acquired Scottish recruitment consultancy Thomson Partners. Ronnie Cleland, who is chairman of the North Glasgow Division of the NHS, will become the chairman of Odgers'
Scottish practice. Glasgow-based Thomson, which was established in 1972, set up a London base in 1975. Thomson's clients include Bacardi Group, Thales, Lloyds TSB, Edrington and Freescale International.
BostonWorks has launched a redesigned Web site, offering greater ease of use to jobseekers and employers in Greater Boston. The first site redesign in more than two years was undertaken to help job seekers more easily and
innovatively search the BostonWorks jobs database. In addition to providing job seekers with the tools and information they need to find their next opportunity, the site is a great resource for those individuals who are happy in their current job yet looking to access information to help them further their
careers. "Research showed us that job seekers primarily come to BostonWorks to search for local jobs," said Jason Kissell, managing director of BostonWorks. "The new design enables them to get to the right job more quickly than ever before and uniquely allows them to search for jobs by criteria very relevant
to Boston - by commute, by region and by industry. And we complement the search with our exclusive and unique career development content."
Results from a major study examining the impact newspaper teen content has on developing future readers will be unveiled during the Newspaper Association of America Foundation's 2006 Young Reader Conference July 22-26 in St. Louis. The research -- the
first comprehensive look at how newspaper content for teens influences future newspaper readership -- will be presented July 24 at the conference which for the first time will be attended by both Newspaper in Education and Youth Editorial Alliance professionals.
In the rapidly expanding pharmaceutical and biotech marketplace, organizations are increasingly at risk of losing key sales personnel to competitors and new market entrants. In a recent benchmarking study, Best Practices, LLC found that the
2006 aggregate annual turnover of sales people for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries is 14.2%. According to Mark Schoeman, Sales Force Practice Specialist at Best Practices, LLC, "Increasing turnover of sales people is particularly problematic for the larger pharma companies as smaller market
entrants, particularly biotechs, are willingly to offer increasingly attractive packages to attract experienced sales people." Continued Schoeman, "When you couple increased demand -- 38% of study respondents stated that they plan to increase the size of their sales forces in 2006-2007 -- and the already
tight labor market, it is clear that pharmaceutical and biotech sales leaders need to pay particular attention employee retention programs. Failure to do so will produce sizeable cost and productivity issues."
Companies now have the ability to attract, collect, and sustain a private
talent network as a recruiting resource with the introduction of TalentPen, a web-based candidate collection and matching system. Rather than focusing on the hiring process, TalentPen gives employers the tools for improving the quality of the hire itself. The
relationship management system collects candidates, then screens and matches them to employers based on personality, preferences and qualifications. Candidates don't apply for a specific job; rather, they create personality profiles that are added to expandable talent pools. The system signals a shift in
philosophy for both employers and job seekers as the "war for talent" continues to escalate: rather than reacting to individual job postings and hire needs, TalentPen enables both sides to be proactive and cultivate relationships.
iHollywood Forum, a producer of conferences and forums in the digital and wireless entertainment industry, has announced the launch of its new job bank. The job bank will offer employment listings, resumes and various
other online recruitment tools specifically dedicated to this substantially growing niche industry. iHollywood Forum President, Zahava Stroud, stated that, "iHollywood Forum receives dozens of phone calls each week from employers seeking to hire as well as from senior executives who are looking for potential
openings. This new job bank for executives will be a great way to provide insider access to high level jobs." As part of its job bank's value proposition, iHollywood Forum has partnered with MobileWirelessJobs.com - the leading recruitment job blog for the
mobile wireless industry with over 47,000 subscribers to its monthly eNewsletter called MobileContent Careers.
Executivetrumpet.com and CVtrumpet, the services that sends executive & management recruiters the resumes/CV's of targeted candidates for free, has announced that it will fly one lucky recruiter and his or her partner to
Paris for a weekend.
PeopleFilter(R) Technology, developers of the PeopleFilter applicant tracking system, announced that Hans Gieskes, the president and chief executive officer of H3.com and former president
of Monster.com, has been appointed to its Board
of Directors....Miriam Hammond, previously vice president human resources of MGM Grand, is now senior vice president human resources of MGM MIRAGE...TriNet,
a nationwide provider of human resource (HR) outsourcing services for small and mid-sized companies, announced the promotion of Mike Triantos to the post of Vice President of Sales.....Cytiva Software Inc. , a provider of mid-market talent acquisition
solutions, announced the appointment of Ian Alexander as Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations. In this role, Mr. Alexander will oversee all marketing and public relations activities, reporting to CEO Jason Moreau....Margaret Luciano-Williams, who was vice
president human resources of TSYS Acquiring Solutions, is the new vice president human resources of iCrossing, Inc.......Broadband telephone service provider Vonage America (VG) has named Robert "Sandy" Gunn as its
executive vice president of human resources....Trinity Ventures, a leading investor in early-stage information technology companies, announce the promotions of Patricia Nakache to General Partner and Jim Tybur to Principal. Nakache joined Trinity Ventures in 1999
and has helped lead the firm's Internet Services practice. She currently sits on the boards of directors of three Trinity Ventures portfolio companies, including Jobster, an online recruiting service, and PayScale, an online compensation information service. She has also been an active board observer at
LoopNet, which launched a $42 million IPO in June, and MyNewPlace....Korn/Ferry International has appointed Robert Grandy to global market managing director of the firm's financial markets
You Should Know:
Employees to choose Ottawa's best employers
Online survey will include public and private sector organizations
Employees will soon have their say about which companies are the best in Ottawa. A new survey, to be launched by a group of Ottawa HR leaders this summer, will uncover the top 10 employers in the nation's capital. "There is currently no survey of top 10 employers that looks at employment experience from the
employee's perspective," said Tom Bursey, vice-president, client services at HR consultant firm Right Management, and a member of the HR leaders group. "What makes this survey unique is that employees will nominate their employers for the award. It is conceivable that a winning company might not even know
they were nominated." (CanadianHRReporter)
Overview of the Canadian online recruitment market - size, value and growth
Patrick Sullivan - President, Workopolis speaks at the forthcoming OnRec Expo - 12th-13th September 2006
Overview of the Canadian online recruitment market - size, value and growth. An insight into how search and match technology works to help recruiters and employers. As President of Workopolis, Patrick Sullivan is responsible for the vision and business strategy behind Workopolis, Canada's leading provider of
recruitment and job-search solutions including workopolis.com, Canada's Biggest Job Site workopolisCampus, Canada's biggest job site for students and recent graduates and CorporateWorks, the applicant tracking system that puts the power and functionality of workopolis.com behind corporate career sites.
Patrick also provides advice to jobseekers and employers on Canada's favourite career television show, Workopolis TV, which is seen three evenings a week on Report on Business Television. (OnRec)
Using virtual water coolers to research future bosses
There are now more ways to get the inside scoop about an employer - before you are hired. In the latest expansion of the Web phenomenon of social networking, more sites are launching features that make it easier for job seekers to connect with the employees of prospective hirers. Still, before you gather
around the virtual water cooler, keep in mind that on many sites, what you post can be viewed by anybody - including your current or future boss. Jobster Inc. is scheduled to launch a revamped job-search Web site today that includes people's posts on what it's like to work for their employers. Job hunters can
link to these employees and ask to contact them. At the same time, social-networking Web sites are expanding into the professional arena. In May, Facebook Inc., whose Facebook.com Web site is popular with college students, started letting users log in with their work email addresses to connect with fellow
employees. Users could previously log in only with their .edu email addresses, which restricted the Web site to students, alumni and faculty. (HeraldToday)
'New York Post' Launches New Automotive Channel on Web
The New York Post has launched a new automotive classifieds channel on the Web, NYPDrive, which will allow car buyers to research, compare and configure new vehicles before purchasing them. Developed by Adicio, the channel includes a "Vehicle Configurator," which allows buyers to specify a car's make and
model, then choose trim, options and colors. Another feature, the "Vehicle Comparator," allows buyers to compare features, advantages, photos and colors for up to nine vehicles. There are also vehicle reviews and Edmund's reports for true market value pricing, unbiased car reviews, ratings, and expert advice.
(Editor and Publisher)
Lawsuits, Added Regulation Forcing Businesses to Outsource HR
Owners Don't Have the Time to Cope With Compliance Headaches
An ever-growing spate of state and federal regulations — combined with an increasing litigious landscape — is driving more small businesses to seek outside experts to deal with their human resources headaches. While outsourcing HR isn't new, firms engaged in the sector say they are picking up many new
clients no longer able to handle the rising tide of regulatory compliance. "The most significant turning point for many is the complexity of regulatory issues they are now facing as business owners. They're saying, ‘I simply can't do all of this by myself,' " said Arthur L. Geiger, the president and chief
executive officer of Avitus Group, a Montana-based firm with an office here. (San Diego Business Journal)
The Columbia Daily Tribune Classifieds Top Jobs Online Job Fair is featured in the August 2006 issue of "Inside Classified," a national publication of MacDonald Advertising Services. Top Jobs features local employers in the Tribune print edition and online at
www.columbiatribune.com , with multimedia tours of the companies and links to their current job openings. The Top Jobs concept was created by Pati McDonald, Tribune classified advertising manager. Top Jobs was also selected for a 2006 ACME Award from the Newspaper
Association of America for outstanding recruitment advertising. (Columbia Daily Tribune)
Nine solutions to cope with workforce shortages
If you can't find a good job, especially if you're an unemployed manager 50 or older, you're probably confused. Everywhere you turn – no matter what industry you research – employers claim they have unfilled jobs. For bosses, the news gets even worse: There are continuing dire predictions about a looming
labor shortage. Indeed, if you Google "labor shortage" you'll find countless opinions on Web sites and online news articles. Will there be a looming shortage of workers as baby boomers retire because of age or health problems? Who knows? The data is confusing and there are apparent ramifications for both
employers and workers. But this much is clear: U.S. workers will have to be flexible and entrepreneurial to survive the disruption and upheaval. (KING)
Kronos makes second acquisition this month
Kronos Inc., a provider of time-management technologies for businesses, has acquired a division of SmartTime Software Inc., a privately held maker of complementary employee-auditing products. The deal's price was not disclosed, although Kronos said its was an all-cash transaction. The Chelmsford, Mass.,
company said it will hire "certain key SmartTime" employees, although it did not specify if and when any cuts will be made to SmartTime's labor-management division's existing payroll. (Boston Business Journal)
Social Networking Sites Help Businesses Gain Exposure, Says StartupJournal.com
For start-ups on a shoestring budget, the opportunity to gain widespread exposure at no cost may seem too good to be true, says StartupJournal.com, The Wall Street Journal's guide for entrepreneurs. But networking sites like MySpace allow groups -- including businesses -- to create online communities for
free. As a result, new ventures eager to establish an initial customer base can benefit by creating a network on MySpace and inviting "friends."
A page on MySpace usually includes a photo and description of what the group or business is about, as well as additional pictures or artwork, video, audio and links to Web sites, such as a company home page. Groups also can post news bulletins and launch user discussions. To get members to join, a group must
make or receive membership requests. A group's members are listed on its page and vice versa. Facebook.com is another networking site aimed at college and high school students.
"Software tools and online services can help generate sales leads without the usual legwork and the often-inefficient cold calling," said David Patton, editorial director, StartupJournal.com. "Entrepreneurs can choose from a host of tools that help them address an old problem: how to sign up
new customers when you have small or nonexistent sales resources -- and must compete with corporations with deep pockets and big reputations."
Some online networks, like LinkedIn, let you find sales leads through mutual acquaintances. Others are more like beefed-up phone directories, offering exhaustive lists of corporate personnel and their contact information. Still others offer comprehensive background information on prospective
clients, culled from press releases, news reports and other sources. Some offer a combination of these features.
"Online networking can help small businesses generate sales leads without the usual legwork and the often-inefficient cold calling," said Mr. Patton.
StartupJournal.com, from The Wall Street Journal, is the Internet's premier site for entrepreneurs seeking guidance on starting or buying a business or franchise.
Labor Shortages in Several Industries Among Factors Driving Erosion of Age Bias in the US Workplace
RetirementJobs.com Launches Survey to Gauge Change in Mindsets and Practices of Employers and Workers over 50
Despite public perception that age bias in hiring continues to be a major problem for companies throughout the US, many firms are actively courting older workers in order to fill critical jobs in their organizations. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a ten million person shortfall in
the domestic labor supply in the next five years. RetirementJobs.com today released findings from a comprehensive examination of age bias and the changing hiring environment in the U.S. workplace. Researchers from RetirementJobs.com and Interbiznet, an authority in the electronic recruiting industry, find
that early adopting employers are actively using new ways to recruit and retain workers over age 50. Key factors fueling this new trend include employers' desire for a diverse workforce that relates well to older customers, their experience with labor shortages as baby boomers begin to reach retirement age,
and the general tightening of the job market.
RetirementJobs.com also announced today that it is launching an ongoing survey on the change in real and perceived age bias in the U.S. workplace. Claims and litigation statistics are inconclusive about whether age discrimination continues. Employee opinion surveys indicating that 65% to 70%
of older workers experience damaging age bias are contradicted by employer claims of age 50+ worker misperception or exaggeration.
"Because of significant labor shortages, several industry sectors are aggressively looking to hire and retain workers over the age of 50," said Tim Driver, CEO of RetirementJobs.com. "In addition, baby boomers and active retirees want to remain employed longer these days either due to
necessity or desire, and that's combining with an increased push by employers to keep or reach them. This represents the beginning of a sea-change in the US job marketplace."
Please visit www.RetirementJobs.com to download the white paper: "Boomers to Bust Age Bias? Baby Boomers Redefine Retirement - Ageism Is The Next Frontier".
RetirementJobs.com is an all-inclusive resource containing tens of thousands of job listings from employers it certifies as age friendly. In addition to having the components of a state-of-the-art job board, the website offers vital and inspiring resources such as advice, news, success
stories and podcasted money tips. The company is led by an experienced media, e-recruiting and human resources team.
Interbiznet.com is widely accepted as the leading source of analysis for the Electronic Recruiting Industry. John Sumser, CEO, writes about the Recruiting Industry daily and consults with industry players on Business Strategy and Development.
American Strategic Management Institute (ASMI)
Talent Management Summit
OnRec Expo 2006
12-13 September 2006
Donald E. Stephens Convention
|ER Expo Fall Conference
September 12 - 14
Hollywood Beach, FL
Professional Employer & Marketplace 2006
Boca Raton Resort & Club
Boca Raton, FL
AESC Researchers & Associates Summit
September 21st, 2006
London, United Kingdom
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|2006 Healthcare Staffing Summit
September 19-21, 2006
Loews Coronado Bay Resort
San Diego, CA
Strategic HR Conference
October 4-6, 2006
Human Resource Executive's
9th Annual HR Technology®
Oct. 4-6, 2006
Navy Pier in Chicago, IL
Nat'l Association of Personnel Services (NAPS)
San Francisco, CA
2006 SHRM Workplace Diversity Conference
October 16-18, 2006
Century Plaza Hotel
Los Angeles, California
9th Annual Talent Acquisition & Staffing Summit
October 16-19 2006
Renaissance Atlanta Downtown Hotel
Hunt Scanlon Advisors present
October 18 - 20, 2006
New York Palace
HR.com's Employers of Excellence 2006
October 25 - 27,
Red Rock Resort
Las Vegas, Nevada
Kennedy Information presents
November 8-9, 2006
New York City, NY
Bangalore HR Summit 2006
December 15 & 16, 2006
Leela Palace, Airport Road, Bangalore-1,India
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