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Silicon Slopes, Utah: A Booming Place for Tech and Entry-Level Jobs

Silicon Slopes, Utah: A Booming Place for Tech and Entry-Level Jobs

U.S. venture capital firms wrote $12.1 billion worth of checks for U.S. startups in the first quarter of 2016, according to a PwC and NVCA MoneyTree report based on data from Thomson Reuters. About 40 percent of that sum went to young companies in the Bay Area, but some of the biggest deals in the first quarter of 2016 went to companies in other growing technology communities. One of those deals was with Domo, a business software startup based in American Fork, Utah, which added $131 million to its assets so far this year laying the groundwork for an initial public offering.

Domo’s Founder and CEO, Josh James, is also the brainchild behind the term “Silicon Slopes,” referring to the cluster of information technology, software development, and hardware manufacturing and research firms along the Wasatch Front, which includes Salt Lake City, Utah Valley, and the Ogden-Clearfield region.

 
 
 

Using Analytics and Strategic Sourcing to IdentifyThe Most Qualified Job Applicants

Using Analytics and Strategic Sourcing to IdentifyThe Most Qualified Job Applicants

Finding The Right Candidate Is Easier And Faster With Predictive Talent Pooling

More than ¾ of executives state that people analytics are a priority, and more executives are recognizing the influence HR initiatives have on the organization. In fact in 2016, 51 percent of companies correlate business impact to HR programs, a 13 percentage point increase over 2015.

Predictive Talent Pooling incorporates strategic sourcing methods to identify desired talent for specific pools. Candidates within the pools are then tracked to monitor more than 6,000 different data points from publicly available data sources (including social media, public job boards and licensed data sources) that indicate job seeking behavior activity. Candidates’ job seeking activity levels are measured, thereby indicating who is more likely to respond to your outreach.

 
 
 

The Value of Pre-Hire Assessments for Filling Sales Roles

The Value of Pre-Hire Assessments for Filling Sales Roles

Sales Roles Are Among The Hardest Jobs For Companies To Fill

Drawing top-quality talent to fill sales positions from entry-level to C-level is, for many companies, a pressing and ongoing challenge. According to a 2014 report from Harvard Business School’s U.S. Competitiveness Project, technical sales and sales management positions are among the hardest jobs to fill. Because of the tight talent pool, decision makers can feel rushed to make hires and sometimes depend upon their “gut instinct” when deciding which candidates to bring on board.

However, with competition for sales positions so intense, it is especially critical to assess talent before hiring in order to avoid mis-hires, which can throw off growth capabilities and be exceedingly expensive to businesses.

 
 
 

Predictive Talent Pooling – 10 Tips for Getting It Right In The Recruiting Process

Predictive Talent Pooling – 10 Tips for Getting It Right In The Recruiting Process

Most businesses are in the midst of a workforce redesign to empower newer, more nimble business models. The HR team must anticipate and keep pace with ongoing business innovations while driving leading-edge talent solutions to meet changing workforce needs and challenges.

Predictive talent pooling provides a hiring approach that blends strategic sourcing, talent pooling and predictive data tools to hire better people in less time and at less expense while meeting many of the newly designed workforce demands.

 
 
 

Predictive Talent Pooling: A New Approach to a New Type of Workforce

Predictive Talent Pooling: A New Approach to a New Type of Workforce

According to Deloitte’s 2016 Global Human Capital Trends Survey, 90 percent of business leaders in North America and 92 percent in Latin America rate “Organizational Design” as their top human capital-related priority. The results are strikingly consistent across industries.

This organizational redesign trend is driven by new business models that require organizational flexibility such as the

  • Rise of virtual workers and mobile project teams
  • Departure from functional departments to more product- and customer-centered structures
  • Need for Gig Economy contingent, contract and part-time workers for special projects
 
 
 

Dallas/Fort Worth Consumer Goods Hiring Trends: Q1 2016

Dallas/Fort Worth Consumer Goods Hiring Trends: Q1 2016

Welcome to the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX Hiring Trends overview. In this edition we examine the state of the local Consumer Goods talent market for Q1 2016.

Business Activity Snapshot

  • A U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis report ranks Texas as the top exporting state in the nation for the 14th consecutive year with more than $251 billion in goods exported in 2015.
  • The unemployment rate in Dallas-Fort Worth is down to 3.9 percent in Fort Worth-Arlington and 3.6 percent in Dallas-Plano-Irving.
 
 
 

San Antonio Consumer Goods Hiring Trends: Q1 2016

San Antonio Consumer Goods Hiring Trends: Q1 2016

Welcome to the San Antonio, TX Hiring Trends overview. In this edition we examine the state of the local Consumer Goods talent market for Q1 2016.

Business Activity Snapshot

  • A U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis report ranks Texas as the top exporting state in the nation for the 14th consecutive year with more than $251 billion in goods exported in 2015.
  • San Antonio’s unemployment rate inched higher in March to 3.7 percent from 3.5 percent in February, but it is mostly attributed to more people entering the labor force, according to the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank.
 
 
 

Houston Consumer Goods Hiring Trends: Q1 2016

Houston Consumer Goods Hiring Trends: Q1 2016

Welcome to the Houston, TX Hiring Trends overview. In this edition we examine the state of the local Consumer Goods talent market for Q1 2016.

Business Activity Snapshot

  • Houston's overall unemployment rate rose to 4.9 percent in March, up 0.2 percent for the month.
  • While the 2016 Men's Final Four Championship held in Houston April 2 & 4 set attendance records, Houston had the lowest sales growth among Final Four host cities over the past four years. Houston posted a 2.1 percent sales growth compared to one year prior.
 
 
 

Austin-Round Rock Consumer Goods Hiring Trends: Q1 2016

Austin-Round Rock Consumer Goods Hiring Trends: Q1 2016

Welcome to the Austin-Round Rock, TX Hiring Trends overview. In this edition we examine the state of the local Consumer Goods talent market for Q1 2016.

Business Activity Snapshot

  • A U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis report ranks Texas as the top exporting state in the nation for the 14th consecutive year with more than $251 billion in goods exported in 2015.
  • Austin employers added about 4,900 new jobs overall in March, yet the metro area’s jobless rate for the month was unchanged at 3.1 percent, the same as it was in February.
 
 
 

Candidate ‘Ghosting’ Hurts Your Employer Brand

Candidate ‘Ghosting’ Hurts Your Employer Brand

Urban Dictionary describes ghosting as “The act of suddenly ceasing all communication with someone the subject is dating, but no longer wishes to date. This is done in hopes that the ‘ghostee’ will just ‘get the hint’ and leave the subject alone, as opposed to the subject simply telling them that they are no longer interested.”

The recruiting-world equivalent of “ghosting” is when a candidate goes through the interview process, and the recruiter ceases communication with the interviewee without any explanation. And no the “thanks but we hired someone else” perfunctory email sent to the candidate four months later doesn’t make up for it. That’s the recruiting-world equivalent of the “It’s not you, it’s me” lame excuse.

 
 
 
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