Looking for Great Candidates? Ask Those You Just Hired.

How do you, as a hiring manager or HR person, know how to find candidates for your openings? Did you just go through a job search? If not, please don’t ask yourself. Do you have a HR recruiter on staff? Ok, that person may know more than you. But if you really want to find out, buy lunch and host a focus group for the last two to five people you hired. (If you don’t hire that many people, then team up with a friend’s company and buy their new... [Read More...]

Question: How much time does a job search take?

As I mentioned on our Talent Blog, it takes longer to fill the job than the hiring manager wants, so the answer is clearly longer than you want. That is thinking about how long the search process takes, weeks or months depending on your profession and the economy. Remember, if you are unemployed or only working part-time hours, your job search is a job. Put in 30 hours a week. If you are not, ask yourself, “Why not?” Are you discouraged? Find... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor SPARK Wins Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council

We’re proud to have been recognized by the International Economic Development Council with an Excellence in Economic Development Award.  The award recognized the MichAGAIN campaign in the category of Human Capital for communities with populations of 200,000 – 500,000. “We recognize Ann Arbor SPARK for providing successful strategies to promote new standards in economic development in this period of global recovery,” said Dennis Coleman,... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor SPARK’s New Talent Portal Helps Connect Skilled Professionals to Employers

Ann Arbor SPARK’s new talent portal includes a range of new features to help businesses attract employees and manage job postings.  Unlike other general job boards, the Ann Arbor SPARK talent portal is designed to help skilled professionals connect with employers. Through the new Ann Arbor SPARK talent portal, employers can independently manage job postings, including adding new posts and editing existing posts.  Employers will also be able... [Read More...]