Halloween Fun Facts and Fall Recruiting

By Scot Feldmeyer – BarryStaff of Cincinnati newsletter 10/31/11

I can’t believe October is over already. It’s my favorite month because of the cool, dry days with lots of color in the trees. Also it’s the month with the lowest heating bills from Duke Energy. I also had a new grandson born this month so that’s another reason to like October.

One thing we have noticed at BarryStaff this fall is an increase in the number of orders we have had for Direct Hire placements. Our Dayton office has really picked up in that area and it makes sense as those hard-to-find employees are becoming more and more in demand. If your company is having trouble finding a key player, manager, or skilled technician, give us a call and let our professional recruiters find the right person for you.

Also check out the BarryStaff rates for Direct Hire placements. They range from as low as 10% with no placement fees over 15%. We also can work out payment plans for installments over a 90-day period. Direct hires work because it shows a level of commitment to a recruit and it helps when recruiting someone who is already employed. Maybe it’s the right move for your company.

– Halloween candy sales average around $2 billion annually in the U.S.
– The Tootsie Roll was the first wrapped penny candy in America.
– The Snickers Bar is the favorite candy of Trick-or-Treaters.
– Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday behind Christmas.
– Vampire bats live, not in Transylvania, but South American and feed on cattle blood.
– The mask worn by Michael Myers in the movie “Halloween” was a William Shatner mask painted white.
– The Halloween movie was shot in 21 days in the spring and they used fake leaves.
– Signs that someone might be a werewolf are a unibrow, hairy palms, bad breath, tattoos, and a long middle finger.
Oh my Gosh. I think my mother-in-law may be a werewolf.
Have a great Halloween! – Scot

What a Team We Have!

By: Teresa Myers

I wanted to let everyone know that way back in 2006, Steven Hafer was placed at Industrial Fiber. He was hired perm by them. He now works for Lion Apparel and when the Ops Manager asked the employees if anyone knew of a good staffing agency he spoke up and said BarryStaff. I took him a gift from Doug, he looked shocked and I asked him what he liked about BarryStaff. He said, honestly, no one there laid a bunch of BS on me. They were straight up with me and everything they told me was exactly the way it was. He told me this in front of the Ops Mgr. So, thank you all for the job you do and as I have told you all before, it is so easy to sell when you have the team we have backing us up!

It’s Still Hard to Find Qualified Workers!

By Scot Feldmeyer   – BarryStaff of Cincinnati Newsletter 10/25/11

WHAT?  How can it be that employers are having difficulty finding qualified employees?    For crying out loud.   The government tells us that there are over 4 unemployed people for every job opening.   Yet according to a CareerBuilder survey, 67% of employers said they were concerned over the education and skills gap in the U.S. and the corresponding deficit in talent for specialized positions.   The places where employers find the biggest problem in hiring qualified candidates was engineering, information technology, and skilled craftsmen, (machine trades, tool & die, CNC programmers, etc.)

How could this be with so many people sitting on the sidelines collecting unemployment?   There could be several reasons.   1.) The applicants truly lack the skills needed due to a lack of education or training.   2.) They actually have these skills but they stink at communicating them in the interview process.   3.) Many ex-workers are content to sit on their backsides and collect unemployment benefits that are being extended time after time for years.

The good news is that there are still qualified people out there who would make a terrific addition to your company.   You just might need some professional help in finding them.    If you’ve spent the money and time on ads and postings and haven’t found what you are looking for, then maybe it’s time to call the recruiting professionals at BarryStaff.    We can’t help everyone every time.    But we have helped a lot of companies in the past and we just might be able to help you, too.    Why not give us a shot?   Check out our references at www.barrystaff.com.

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE…..Here are some more actual insurance claim statements.
– “I collided with a stationary truck coming the other way.”
– “I pulled away from the side of the road, glanced at my mother-in-law and headed over the embankment.”
– “I had been driving for 40 years but I fell asleep at the wheel and had an accident.”
– “I was on my way to the doctor with rear end trouble when my universal joint gave way causing me to wreck.”
– “As I approached an intersection a sign suddenly appeared where no sign had appeared before, so I crashed.”
– “I told the police that I was not injured, but when I took off my hat I found a fractured skull.”

Hey! Be careful out there.    And please, call us if we can help. -Scot

Ten Things Career Changers Need on Their Resume

In the last few years, executive resume writer Mary Elizabeth Bradford has noticed more of her clients seeking a career switch, even after having built successful careers in another field.

Nowadays, mid-level career changers — such as software developers who now work in finance or entrepreneurs who come back into corporate life — make up more than 45% of her practice. Many struggle to create an attention-grabbing resume, she says.

“The ability to objectively match up relevant skills to the position of choice is invaluable,” Bradford says.

Eager to switch careers? Here are 10 ways to improve your resume:

Do a Comprehensive Rewrite

Most job candidates make a few quick changes to their resume before submitting it for a new role. If you are switching careers, re-analyze your skills during the editing process and include every area of the business that you’ve been able to impact, says Jill Smart, chief human resources officer at Accenture, a management consulting and technology firm with employees in 120 countries.

“People changing careers need to make sure their resume shows the full breadth of their skills — operations, leadership, management, communication,” explains Smart.

For example, Accenture hires former doctors to work in their health and public service practice. Their resumes need to demonstrate not only their relationship-building skills but also how they’ll fit into the new business setting.

Use the New Job Description to Write a Summary Paragraph

Experts’ opinions are mixed on the need for a resume summary or objective for those looking to stay in their field, but it’s an important feature for a career changer, says Bonnie Marcus, a New York-based business coach and founder of Women’s Success Coaching, a career coaching firm targeting women.

Include a summary paragraph at the top of your resume and tie “everything in the job description with everything you’ve accomplished in the past,” she says.

For example, if the new position calls for online marketing expertise, make sure any marketing or Web experience is mentioned in this opening paragraph. Since most managers spend less than a minute scanning your resume, make sure the first thing they read ties directly to the job description.

Know What to Exclude

While conveying your skills is important, your resume shouldn’t be a dumping ground for every minor accomplishment in your career, says resume expert Alesia Benedict, president of GetInterviews.com.

“Don’t list tasks that are not relevant to the new career or you will simply reinforce that you should only be considered for your current type of position,” Benedict says.

For example, an accountant shouldn’t list certain routine bookkeeping duties if they are eager to leave accounting. Also avoid using specific company or industry terms or acronyms that are only known to those in your field.

Demonstrate Accomplishments With Numbers

Include bullet points that show how you’ve contributed to the bottom line. Numbers, especially those given in dollars, can quickly give hiring managers an idea of your contributions — even in an unrelated field, says recruiter Craig Libis, founder of Executive Recruiting Consultants based in Dell Rapids, S.D.

While important on all resumes, for a career changer, numbers can be a simple way for hiring managers to relate to an unfamiliar work history. “Specific numbers [allow] the hiring company the ability to apply what the applicant can do for their company in the future,” Libis says.

Add Relatable Job Title Descriptions

Adding a short descriptor after the official job title can help hiring managers easily identify your transferable skills.

“For example, if your job title was ‘software engineer,’ but you want to transition to project management, consider demonstrating the job title as ‘Software Engineer (with a heavy emphasis on Project Management)’,” Feldberg explains. But be careful not to exaggerate the truth. “You only want to use this approach if you can do it honestly,” she adds.

Match up Keywords

When it comes to resume writing, keywords help you move past the electronic filters. For a career changer, that’s the first potential barrier in stepping into a new role; a resume full of accounting keywords, for instance, will have a hard time getting past filters for a job in marketing.

Bradford recommends using job aggregator sites like Indeed.com to identify applicable keywords. Find several job postings for your ideal job, paste the job descriptions into a document and find keywords by highlighting any terms that are job descriptors or mention specific needed skills. Then pick out those keywords that match up with your previous experience and include them throughout the first page of your resume, says Bradford.

“Most job seekers are surprised how many matching and relevant skills they find in these job descriptions,” she says.

Use a Mixed Format

When working with career switchers, resume writer Robyn Feldberg creates a functional-style resume on the first page and includes the traditional chronological format on the second page. “In other words, the first page looks like a glorified profile,” says Dallas-based Feldberg who runs Abundant Success Coach, a career coaching and resume writing service.

Since the functional format focuses more on skills, you can use it to draw the hiring manager in with relevant experience without worrying about the chronology. Combining both resume formats helps to highlight the various transferable skills while still providing a look at the job history, she adds.

Drop Names to Show Previous Success

Showing that you’ve been able to succeed and work with established industry leaders in your previous career shouldn’t be saved for the interview; instead, weave it into your resume to get a hiring manager’s attention, says Theresa Szczurek, chief executive Radish Systems, a Boulder-based software firm. A bullet point may read: “Closed $2 million in new sales in 12 months with industry leaders XYZ,” she explains.

Especially when applying for a position where you don’t have prior experience, it’s important to show that you’ve have the support of top industry leaders and were able to make a difference in your previous role.

Highlight Non-Work Related Experience

As a career changer, the extracurricular activities on your resume will carry more weight, say experts. Be sure to include activities that relate to your desired role like professional association memberships, volunteering, internships or part-time consulting.

For example, “if you’re looking to move into Web or database development, volunteer [your] time … creating a website or database for schools, churches, non-profits,” and then highlight your role on your resume, suggests Mike McBrierty, chief operating officer of the technology staffing division of Eliassen Group, an IT recruiting firm based in Wakefield, Mass.

Find Natural Alignments

From a human resources perspective, there are certain accomplishments that are similar across different management structures and firms.

“Look for things about your current position that would have meaning to the person considering you for the new position,” says Luke Tanen who left the music industry to work as the director of the Chicago Innovation Awards. For example, Tanen’s mention of closing sponsorship deals was similarly impressive in both fields. “In seeing that the Chicago Innovation Awards were [free] in the job posting, I was quite certain that sponsors play a big role in this program. So I made a point to highlight it as my top bullet point from my past experience securing music sponsorships.”

Temp Jobs Lead Fourth Quarter Hiring Forcast

By Scot Feldmeyer – BarryStaff of Cincinnati weekly newsletter 10/14/11

      So what is the hiring forecast for the 4th quarter of 2011?   Well, according to CareerBuilder’s Fourth Quarter Hiring Forecast, 21% of employers plan to hire new employees through the end of the year.    This isn’t as high as surveys from earlier in the year, so it means that it’s kind of a cautious hiring climate with hiring levels remaining flat for the rest of the year.   But there is a sliver lining.
      Once again, the hiring silver lining comes from temporary positions. Twenty-seven percent of employers say they plan to hire temporary staff in the last few months of 2011.   They also say that they estimate that 17% of the temp hires will be converted into full-time staff.    Companies typically bring in year-end workers to get out orders that have backed up, take year-end inventories, prepare for tax season or add workers for holiday pushes.   Often workers pick up valuable skills, experience and networking opportunities in these jobs.
      Here at BarryStaff we have a database full of workers with all different kinds of experience. If your company needs some 4th quarter manpower, please give us a call.

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE……Here are some comments from actual insurance claim forms.
– “Coming home I drove into the wrong house and hit a tree I don’t have.”
– “My car was legally parked when it backed into another vehicle.”
– “An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my car and vanished.”
– “The pedestrian had no idea which way to run as I ran over him.”
– “I saw a slow moving, sad faced old gentleman as he bounced off the roof of my car.”
– “The indirect cause of the accident was a little guy in a small car with a big mouth.”
– “I was thrown from my car as it left the road. I was later found in a ditch by some stray cows.”
– “I thought my window was down, but I found it was up when I put my head through it.”

Hey, Be safe out there. And please call us if we can be of service. -Scot

Employee Turnover

If you think because the job market is slow, you don’t have to worry about employee turnover—think again.

There may be more available talent out there, but that doesn’t mean your employees won’t leave—and it’s always the employees you can least afford to lose who jump ship.

And what about the 79 million baby boomers in the workforce today? Although difficult economic times have forced many of them to work longer, experts agree that they will exit en masse over the next 5 to 10 years. There are only 49 million Gen Xers in the workforce now, which means that many of the 75 million Gen Yers (AKA ‘Millennials’) will be taking their places.

Learning Objectives:

• What are the costs associated with employee turnover?
• How can I calculate what employee turnover is truly costing my organization?
• What are the primary drivers of turnover?
• What can I do to cost effectively reduce turnover in my organization?
• What motivates employees from different generations, of different genders and with different ethnic backgrounds—and how can we keep them all engaged?

New Study Shows How Birth Order, Siblings And Astrology Impact Pay, Title And Profession

Were you born into your job? Do September babies have a greater chance of becoming a stockbroker or a firefighter? And does being an only child give you a better shot at a corner office? A new study from CareerBuilder looks at how workers compare in terms of chosen profession, title and salary based on birth order, astrological sign and sibling status. The survey was conducted between May 18 and June 8, 2011 among 5,708 workers nationwide.

Key Findings

  • An only child is more likely to earn six figures and is more likely to hold a C-level position (CEO, CFO, Senior VP, etc.), but workers with siblings are more likely to be satisfied in their jobs.
  • Among workers with siblings, a first born child is the most likely to earn six figures and hold a C-level position while a last born child is the most likely to work in middle management. A middle child is the most likely to report holding an entry-level position and earning less than $35,000.
  • An only child has a higher tendency toward working in technical and health-related fields and protective services. First born tend to be drawn to government positions and science. Middle children lean toward public service and care-taking roles while the youngest in families prefer more creative roles and technology.
  • Virgo, Aries and Scorpio signs are the most likely to earn six figures.
  • Capricorn and Leo signs are the most likely to hold an upper management position (VP and above) with more Capricorns in C-level jobs. The Aries sign is the most likely to work in middle management while Aquarius is the most likely to hold an entry-level job.
  • Virgo, Libra and Taurus signs are the most likely to report being satisfied in their jobs.

Professions That Draw Different Workers

While all workers will fall into different job levels, earning brackets and many different types of professions, there are certain job types that appear to attract some segments more than others.

  • First Born – government, information technology, engineering, science
  • Middle Child – law enforcement, fire-fighting, construction, education, personal care
  • Last Born – art/design/architecture, editing/writing, information technology, sales
  • Only Child – information technology, engineering, nursing, law enforcement

In terms of astrological signs:

  • Capricorn – engineering, sales, food preparation, law enforcement, skilled trades
  • Aquarius – sales, machine operation, military, construction, education, personal care
  • Pisces – government, finance, mechanics, skilled trades, law enforcement, fire-fighting
  • Aries – hotel/recreation, higher education, construction, engineering, government, information technology
  • Taurus – government, legal professionals, healthcare, art/design/architecture, marketing/public relations
  • Gemini – social work, food preparation, information technology, sales, law enforcement, fire-fighting
  • Cancer – government, higher education, physicians, editing/writing, engineering,
  • Leo – nursing, legal services, information technology, education, real estate
  • Virgo – editing/writing, education, social work, military, sales
  • Libra – engineering, machine operation, healthcare, art/design/architecture, finance, education
  • Scorpio – science, attorney/judge, hotel/recreation, machine operation, education
  • Sagittarius – information technology, editing/writing, lab technician, social work, education

Ohio Minimum Wage Increases January 1, 2012

Ohio’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase on January 1, 2012 to $7.70 per hour for non-tipped employees and to $3.85 per hour for tipped employees, plus tips.

Ohio’s current minimum wage is $7.40 per hour for non-tipped employees and $3.70 for tipped employees, plus tips.

On January 1, 2012, the increased minimum wage will apply to employers who gross more than $283,000 per year. Currently, Ohio’s minimum wage applies to employers who gross over $271,000 per year.

The Constitutional Amendment passed by Ohio voters in November 2006 states that Ohio’s minimum wage shall increase on January 1 of each year by the rate of inflation. The state minimum wage is tied to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for urban wage earners and clerical workers for the 12-month period prior to September. This CPI index rose 4.3 percent from September 1, 2010 to August 31, 2011. The Amendment also states that the wage rate shall be rounded to the nearest 5 cents. The Constitutional Amendment is available HERE

For employees at smaller companies (grossing $271,000 or less per year or $283,000 or less per year after January 1, 2012) and for 14- and 15-year-olds, the state minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. For these employees, the state wage is tied to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour which requires an act of Congress and the President’s signature to change.

Information on Ohio’s 2012 minimum wage is available at http://www.com.ohio.gov/laws/docs/dico_MinimumWagePoster2012.pdf