New Year’s Resolution: Expand Your Network

Why include this idea in our November newsletter? It’s important to plan ahead for networking, since not every group is free. You may need time to budget a couple hundred dollars for a new membership.  If you act fast, you might also be in time to attend a holiday party or December training event. Whether you are looking for work or looking for workers, the more you invest in the search the more likely you are to be successful.  The days of having... [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...]

How to work effectively with a recruiter to get the job you want – Part II

Today’s post is written by Clay Johnson of Technical Engineering Consultants Last month my blog focused on dispelling some of the misconceptions about working with a recruiter and on being realistic about what you are looking for in your next opportunity. This month I’d like to discuss how and why it’s important to maintain your relationship with the recruiter. Disclose Information If you keep information from your recruiter, you’re not negotiating;... [Read More...]

How to work effectively with a recruiter to get the job you want

Today’s post is written by Clay Johnson of Technical Engineering Consultants So you’re in the market for a new job, either looking for greener pastures or because you’re out of work.  Reviewing the plethora available, you find that some positions are posted by the hiring company, while others are posted by staffing firms, AKA recruiters.  Alternately, if you posted your resume online, you may have been called.  We recruiters are, of course,... [Read More...]

Unemployment is at 5.5% in Washtenaw County – one of the lowest regional rates in the nation! The Good News: The Economy is Recovering – The Bad News: Competition for Talent is Increasing.

In an environment where talent is key, what can a company do to access and retain the talent it needs, particularly young, educated talent? This was the topic last month at HR Day and the Michigan Career Educators and Employers Association Annual Conference (MCEEA), where university career services and HR experts converged to share their experiences and knowledge to help Michigan companies gain the talent edge in this new economy. Here are a few strategies... [Read More...]

Talent Enhancement: How Can I Make Sure Someone Reads My Resume?

Today’s post is written by Scott Trossen of the Trossen HR Group. This is an easy question to answer: You can’t. But these ideas can help you improve your chances. Principle #1. Apply and Ask. Look for what is advertised plus work your network. In 2001, with an MBA from a top-40 program and some name-brand employment experience, someone applied online for a Pfizer job through a very obscure job posting website. He also called a classmate whose... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor SPARK and WCC Partner to Identify and Address Training Needs

Ann Arbor SPARK and the Washtenaw Community College Workforce Development department have joined forces to identify and address the training needs of area businesses in new and innovative ways. Representatives from SPARK, WCC, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation will visit 100 companies this year. This is the first time the three organizations have partnered in such a direct and collaborative way.  The goal of the collaboration is to... [Read More...]

MEDC Teams With InfoReady To Help Michiganders Build Careers

InfoReady Corporation, provider of social media-based search and collaboration software products, recently teamed with the MEDC to deliver the Career Matchmaker and Career Investment Calculator web tools for Pure Michigan Talent Connect. The site features a Job Portal along with the InfoReady software-based Career Matchmaker, which determines industries and areas in high demand, and a Career Investment Calculator, which helps job-seekers evaluate... [Read More...]

Lakeside Software Opens New R&D Facility in Ann Arbor

Lakeside Software, a leader in business intelligence solutions for IT professionals, today announced the acquisition and opening of a new R&D facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This facility will be primarily utilized for product design and development, and will accelerate company growth by making it easier to hire top technical talent from the Ann Arbor metropolitan area. The new facility is fully operational and is located at 112 South Main Street... [Read More...]

Its a small world after all

Paul Krutko speaking at the VC breakfast. Our team is up bright and early this Tuesday morning to spread the word of cool technologies, high returns, and the growing venture capital scene in Michigan to a group of around 30 Silicon Valley VC’s and high net worth individuals. The group was very interested in hearing more about our upcoming CEO Podcast between Paul Krutko, President and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK,  and Jan Garfinkle, Founder and Managing... [Read More...]