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Why Teamwork? Why Now?

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What is the actual definition of “teamwork”? The French language has a beautiful expression to describe it: “esprit de corps”. This means a sense of common spirit existing in the members of a group and inspiring enthusiasm, devotion, and a strong regard for the honor of the group.

Teamwork has always been in my DNA, as my mother has always said to me: “Diana, there is no “I” in team!” I believe in the importance and benefits of connecting with others more than ever- as life has become so uncertain, shifting, and ever-changing.

Here are some reasons why a teamwork mindset is more important than ever:

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Keep Calm and Quarantine On!

Jennifer Millea, RecruiterStay home, they say. We need to reduce the curve and stop this COVID-19 virus from spreading. Use this time home with your family and loved ones to recharge, reconnect, and tackle new projects…

We are all doing our part to fight this current battle, yet there are so many unknowns and questions:

Face masks or no masks?...Gloves, no gloves?... Bring your own grocery bags? Don't bring your own bags! …Take Ibuprofen? …Should I gargle with salt water? …Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer instead? …Don't touch your face!... When will this end!?

The data and information are overwhelming, to the point that you just want to throw up your gloved hands in the air and completely shut down. But we need to continue living and thriving. This may be our current reality and “new normal”, at least for the next few months, but life cannot stand still. We need to keep going on as a society and adapt (and trust the government and medical professionals to do their part!)

So, what can we do in the meantime?  A LOT! In my daily work as a recruiter, I’ve had to quickly adapt and learn to work smarter. So here are some words of wisdom from a professional who is working at home and trying to make things happen-more than ever:

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How to Keep the Hiring Process Going During Challenging Times

paper airplaneUnited Airlines recently announced that it will be implementing a hiring freeze through June in light of the recent outbreak of Covid-19 in the United States. Part of its decision stems from the fact that many travelers have suspended their plans, resulting in less air traffic, and therefore, there isn’t as high of a demand for new employees when business is down. (Source: HR Daily Advisor)

YET- did you know Google has just INCREASED hiring?! In the middle of a California lockdown... in the middle of a Pandemic!

Why!? They know two things:

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WE'RE HERE FOR YOU!

Today was the first official day the entire Hobson team is working from home…💪 we’re working harder than ever and want our valued clients to know that there’s a bright spot in these crazy times:

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Attract and Retain Talent With Wellness

Employee wellnessIt’s no secret that the wellness industry is booming. Today’s society is more focused on “living their best lives” than ever… As wellness and company culture continue to be a hot topic for several reasons, more and more employers are actively trying to stand out as “healthy companies”.

Is your company looking to improve the health of your workers? The answer should be a loud YES. Any good manager should be considering the well-being of their employees.

But what if there was a way to do this which also gives your company an edge in recruiting?

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To Retain or Not to Retain?

Client RetainerThat is the question … You are a hiring authority and are considering enlisting the help of an Executive Search firm to assist with a key hire. So, what do you do next? Do you work on a retained basis, contingent, or a mix of the two?  

We're here to help.

The real answer is that there is a time and a place for each when retaining a headhunter or working on a contingent model. There are benefits and detractors, depending on your situation:

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Hobson Associates' Jennifer Millea talks about ‘Women in Business Navigating Changing Times’

Hobson Associates Senior Staffing Associate Jennifer Millea recently participated in the Cheshire Chamber of Commerce's ‘Women In Business Alliance’ lunch in Cheshire, CT.  The Alliance is comprised of women business leaders and professionals in the local community who gather to share their professional experiences and collaborate on local opportunities. This month's theme was "The Changing Workplace" and Jennifer, along with other local business professionals, did presentations for the group. Jennifer's topic was focused on staffing and hiring trends in the workplace.

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Working with Gen Zers

The media has focused a lot on millennials in recent years, but now it’s time to give some attention to the millennials’ future co-workers: Gen Zers.  

According to Forbes.com, Generation Z is made up of “those born between 1995 and 2010, which means that the oldest are about 22 and are just entering the workforce”

As a recruiter, I have placed several recent graduates in their first “real” job, and I can honestly tell you it has been refreshing to work with these young candidates!

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Growing Fast AND Smart: Hiring Tips for Your Small Business or Startup

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70% of CEOs say that “Talent” is their “highest priority”. 90% say Talent is their #1 asset, but almost no one LIVES it. We react when we have someone quit or behave badly, but do we really know what it takes to build and KEEP a good team?

It’s a no-brainer that the best way to grow your small business is to hire quality employees. While doing this will be one of your biggest keys to success, it is also the most difficult to achieve. One good employee can propel your company forward, while a bad hire can set back productivity, damage morale, and cost an employer both time and money.

Here are some tips to making your next smart hire(s) a reality:

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Ace Your Next Phone Interview With These 13 Tips [Infographic]

Telephone InterviewPhone interviews can be weird and nerve-racking. You're trying to impress a stranger on the other end of the phone without the benefit of body language. 

But no matter how uncomfortable phone interviews can be, they’ve become a key part of the hiring process for many companies today. If you want a job, there’s a good chance you’ll have to kill a phone screen.

Check out the infographic below by NetCredit that narrows down the tips for a perfect phone interview. This includes pre-interview prep, phone interview best practices, and post-interview follow up. So don’t sweat your next phone interview – just follow the advice below! 

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