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October 16, 2006

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TempWorks Software, a leading provider of innovative and fully integrated staffing software solutions, today announced news that several of its customers appeared on the second-annual Staffing Industry Analyst's list of America's Fastest Growing Private Staffing Companies, with one client ranking in the top spot. First Team Staffing Group, based in Anaheim, CA, took the number one position on this year's list, boasting an outstanding 196.5 percent growth rate from 2001-2005. Thirty-two companies made the grade to get on this year's list. In addition, three other TempWorks customers ranked on the recently released list. Making the cut was Hire Dynamics LLC, a rapidly expanding Georgia-based firm with a 69.1 percent growth rate. Dynamic Staffing Inc., located in Roseville, CA, appeared on the list with a 37.9 percent growth rate. Chase Staffing Services, an Atlanta-headquartered firm making the list for the second time, also ranked on this year's list of Top 100 companies over 100 Million, joined the group with a 27.1 percent growth rate., (), one of the nation's leading free local online classifieds sites, announced it has formed a relationship with SimplyHired, the world's largest search engine for jobs. With this relationship, all five million job listings on will be available on the LiveDeal site. Now, even more employers and job seekers across the U.S. can access the millions of job listings through LiveDeal's leading local online classifieds platform. Employers and job seekers can also post listings independently on In the month of August, more than 1.4 million unique visitors went to, seeking everything from jobs to pets to vehicles, furniture and appliances.

On-demand enterprise workforce management software firm, Workstream Inc., has debuted a new data center and infrastructure, to host its Workstream TalentCenter suite of applications. Workstream believes that an effective and secure control environment for the hosting and software infrastructure becomes a critical piece to effective solution delivery, with the industry movement to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) hosted model.

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Cayman Islands:
Where will the people come from?
Both the Chairman on the Immigration Work Permits Board, David Ritch and the Chief Immigration Officer, Franz Manderson have become the hot celebrities of the media in recent weeks as they become the most sought after guests on radio talk shows as the count down continues to the end of the consultation period on the new amendments to the 2004 Immigration Law. On the numerous occasions that the two men have appeared, the question of numbers has arisen time and time again and Mr. Ritch has often been heard to say that the whole immigration issue is a matter of numbers. (cayman net)

Yale Student's Resume Video Raises Wall Street Eyebrows
Thousands of Ivy Leaguers circulate their resumes each year to New York's investment banks, but few garner as much attention as Aleksey Vayner, who last week submitted an 11-page resume and video to UBS's human resources department. By the week's end, the Yale University senior's video had raised scores of eyebrows and sparked much laughter in nearly every firm on Wall Street. Mr. Vayner identifies himself on his resume as a multi-sport professional athlete, the CEO of two companies, and an investment adviser. The video depicts him lifting a 495-pound weight, serving a tennis ball at 140 miles an hour, and ballroom dancing with a scantily clad female. Finally, Mr. Vayner emerges enrobed in a white karate suit and breaks six bricks in one fell swoop. (NYSun)

Google Catches Flak for Its Hiring Procedures
Lengthy process turns off some IT pros, developers

Bolstered by the $4.2 billion it raised in a second stock offering in September 2005, Google Inc. has been on a hiring spree and is still looking to fill more than 1,000 positions. But for some software developers and other IT workers, Google's arduous and secretive hiring process has started outweighing the glamour and perks it offers. And now, the search engine vendor says that it is taking steps to simplify and shorten its hiring procedures. The existing process didn't help to sell one systems administrator on the idea of working at Google. The systems administrator, who asked not to be identified, said he and a number of his co-workers at an e-commerce company in the San Francisco Bay area were called by Google recruiters on their home phones or personal cell phones during the summer. He went for an interview at the company, where he met with multiple software engineers. He said they were friendly but declined to answer basic questions about the position, the technology he would work on or even the amount of hours he would likely work. (Computerworld)

Gaps in the Multi-Generational Workforce
HR leaders should advise learning executives on workforce shifts

A study unveiled by IBM and the American Society for Training & Development reveals that only 16% of organizations have prioritized workforce demographic issues in company education initiatives. The study says too few organizations have taken action to meet the challenges, either by addressing the retirement of Baby Boomers, or streamlining the learning curve for new employees. However, there are steps that you, not to mention the remaining 84%, can take to reverse this trend. (ERE)

A Global Spin on Staffing
When Jeffrey Joerres became CEO of suburban Milwaukee staffing company Manpower in 1999, he had a simple message for the company's board: "We're getting the [expletive] kicked out of us." Overly focused on building market share, the company had neglected key trends in the global labor market like outsourcing and information-technology staffing-and was paying dearly for it. Profits were flat-lining, and the stock price was in a free-fall. So Joerres, a former high school basketball star, put the company in a full-court press for international profits. He opened over 1,000 new offices, made key acquisitions, and diversified the company's services. And today Manpower rides the waves of the global labor pool-outsourcing, contract work, layoffs-to considerable success. Since Joerres took the reins, operating profits have nearly doubled to $436 million. And while the S&P 500 has advanced only modestly over the past seven years, the company's stock has jumped 185 percent. (USNR)

Temp agency faked rail worker resumes / JR East: Up to 36 safety advisers have 'bogus' qualifications
A Tokyo temporary employment agency falsified the resumes of at least five temporary workers to allow them to work as qualified "construction safety supervisors" at East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) construction sites, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. The agency, Construction Service (CS) located in Nakano Ward, sent the five to a JR East contractor, under the pretense that they met the requirements laid out in JR East's internal rules, the company said Saturday. Under these rules, candidates must typically have at least five years of railway construction experience, reduced to three years experience if they are college graduates who majored in civil engineering or architecture. Yet the five people sent by CS were found to have little or no relevant experience, despite the fact they were engaging in jobs to ensure the safety of railway construction workers. (The Yomiuri Shimbun )


Holiday hiring already in full swing
The holiday shopping season is still more than a month away but now it's open season for holiday hiring. Tis not quite the season in many people's minds, but for a lot of businesses, holiday hiring is in full swing. That's good news for job seekers like Tiffany Gomes. "It's a lot of help wanted signs everywhere," Gomes said. "That's why it's making it so convenient to get a job anywhere because the holidays are coming up and they need as much help as possible." (News14)

CEO Turnover Sets Record in September
A new survey says many more CFOs will have to get used to a new boss this year.
Many CFOs lost their strategic partner last month as a record 152 CEOs left their positions, breaking the prior of record of 148 set in May, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an outplacement firm. The September record works out to 7.6 CEO exits per business day. A total of 1,112 CEO changes have occurred this year, up 10 percent from the 1,014 changes announced through September a year ago, setting the stage for 2006 becoming the biggest CEO turnover year on record, according to the study. (

Turning Around Turnover
Hiring the right employees from the get-go.

When turnover is reduced and retention is the norm, retail businesses thrive. If an operator can find a sure-fire way to identify job applicants who are able to do the job and actually be happy on the job, many later attempts at increasing staff retention will be rendered unnecessary. Today, more store-owners are finding a way to do just that with hiring systems that include standardized prescreening tests. Savvy operators are making the hiring process easier, less time-consuming and more effective by establishing a systematic and objective approach. The key is turning conventional thinking upside down: You must think of the hiring process as weeding out the least likely to succeed before selecting those who look like a fit. Most employers are typically trying to select 'in'—they have their list of questions they want a candidate to answer a certain way so the person is a fit. (Convenience Store Decisions)

Anteo Group Continues Exponential Growth of ERP Consulting Practice
Anteo Group, an award-winning Enterprise Java Staffing and ERP Consulting Company announces continued revenue growth for its ERP Consulting practice. The growth in ERP Consulting Practice, which has exceeded 200% over 2005, can be attributed to synergies resulting from strategic acquisitions and the addition of several new clients. "We are excited that we have been able to grow in a mature market that has recently gone through consolidation," stated Rob Prinzo, Vice President of Consulting.  (TechLinks)

Seminar to offer tips on how to develop PR strategies
The Pensacola Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association will have its October chapter meeting Oct. 19 at the Pensacola Civic Center. Greg Mercer, chief people officer for American LubeFast, will give a presentation titled, "The rise of internal PR: How to turn your greatest expense into your greatest profit." (Pensacola News Journal)

GSA Chief Human Capital Officer
The Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO) manages GSA's programs, policies, and operations in support of the President's Management Agenda and the strategic management of human capital. Additionally, the CHCO provides human resources system support under a cross-servicing arrangement to approximately 11,000 employees from the National Archives and Records Administration, the Office of Personnel Management, the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the Railroad Retirement Board, the National Credit Union Administration, and various presidential boards and commissions. As an agency, GSA has developed a Human Capital Strategic Plan that contains seven key goals:

  1. Ensure strategic and organizational alignment
  2. Ensure continuity and quality of executive leadership
  3. Compete for and retain a workforce that is talented and effectively deployed
  4. Promote a diverse workforce
  5. Create a culture that motivates employees for high performance
  6. Promote a culture and climate of knowledge sharing and continuous learning and improvement
  7. Provide a working environment where associates can be most productive


ChangeWave Research: Baby Boomer Work, Leisure, Savings & Retirement Report
Results show Baby Boomer Professionals are Saving More, Working More and Worrying more - Nearly half of these Baby Boomer professionals say they are still worried about saving enough for retirement. As the first members of the Baby Boomer generation turn 60, those working in the business and technology professions report they're saving more than they did five years ago. Nonetheless, nearly half say they are still worried about saving enough for retirement. By a two-to-one margin (52% to 26%), Baby Boomer professionals are currently saving more money per month than they did five years ago, according to a new survey of 2,466 ChangeWave Alliance members aged 42 and over. The July 18-24, 2006 ChangeWave Research survey focused on Boomer work, leisure, savings and retirement plans (FinanceVisor)

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Deep Release:
Gulf Coast Economic Recovery Remains Mixed
Storm-Damaged Mississippi Coast and Southwestern Louisiana Recovering Faster than Flooded Areas of Greater New Orleans

Employment statistics, sales tax collections, large construction projects and other key economic indicators point to an accelerating recovery in many Gulf Coast communities damaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

Economic growth driven by construction and manufacturing in Pascagoula, Miss., and Lake Charles, La., parallels the aggressive recovery patterns that most regions encounter following a major natural disaster. Yet despite these improvements, the economic impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita continued to negatively affect key cities in the Gulf Coast region through the second quarter of 2006.

Floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina, widespread lack of flood insurance and the ensuing slow-paced development of programs to aid housing repair or replacement are key reasons for slower recovery in two parishes, Orleans and St. Bernard.

These results are reported in "Advancing in the Aftermath III: Tracking the Recovery from Katrina and Rita," a study by noted economist Dr. Loren C. Scott and sponsored by Capital One, N.A.

Construction helps drive recovery

Economic recovery is accelerating in heavily damaged Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss., where programs have been implemented to assist homeowners and businesses rebuild. By contrast, planning such aid programs took much longer in the New Orleans area, where flood waters that lingered for weeks heavily damaged large portions of Orleans and St. Bernard parishes. Residential grant programs in those areas were only recently finalized and the distribution of funds is just beginning in New Orleans.

"Much of the recovery to date has been driven by construction in communities where money is available for repair and replacement of damaged structures and housing is available to accommodate an expanding work force," Scott said.

On Mississippi's Gulf Coast, Scott pointed to casinos in Biloxi-Gulfport and shipbuilding in Pascagoula as examples of progress. Scott said that legislation allowing casinos to be built along the shore rather than on the water and Gulf Opportunity Zone assistance programs provide strong incentives to accelerate rebuilding and new casino developments.

"In the Lake Charles area, where there was storm damage but little flooding from Hurricane Rita, the construction and manufacturing sectors are moving ahead and creating positive results for the local economy," Scott explained.

The report also cites University of New Orleans research findings that construction projects in the New Orleans area which would normally provide 28 years-worth of building activity are currently scheduled for completion in just the next few years.

"Rebuilding public schools and other institutions is another example of how construction leads recovery," Scott said. "But housing for the work force is still an issue that must be resolved before construction can take economic recovery to the next level."

Overall, the report states that large industries and manufacturers, including shipbuilding operations and ports, have recovered faster than small businesses. For example, in Pascagoula, Northrop Grumman's Ingalls Shipyard has new Navy contracts, and its total employment is just 1,000 jobs short of its pre-Katrina employment peak of 13,000.

The quarterly economic study by Scott attempts to benchmark the recovery of the hurricane-impacted regions of Louisiana and Mississippi. The full report is available at Scott is professor emeritus of economics at Louisiana State University and president of Loren C. Scott & Associates, Inc.

About Capital One

Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One Financial Corporation ( is a financial holding company, with more than 324 locations in Texas and Louisiana. Its principal subsidiaries, Capital One Bank, Capital One, F.S.B., Capital One Auto Finance, Inc., and Capital One, N.A., offer a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. Capital One's subsidiaries collectively had $47.2 billion in deposits and $108.4 billion in managed loans outstanding as of June 30, 2006. Capital One, a Fortune 500 company, trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "COF" and is included in the S&P 500 index. Guide to Top Specialty Boards
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