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Why Your Candidate Turned Down Your Offer (And How to Prevent It)

Why Your Candidate Turned Down Your Offer (And How to Prevent It)

Why Your Candidate Turned Down Your Offer (And How to Prevent It)After investing time and effort, you finally found “the one.” The perfect person for the job.

Then things take a surprising turn when your candidate declines your offer – prompting flashbacks to when your high school crush turned down your invitation to the prom.

The race for talent is on. In today’s candidate-driven market, competition is fierce and hiring managers are seeing more rejected job offers than previous years. Why? Below are the four most common reasons, according to a survey from CareerBuilder, along with ways you can increase your offer acceptance rate.

To read the full article from Pro Staff’s Chip Gabbey, click here.

An Underestimated Industry: Pro Staff and Ware Technology Services Invite Job Seekers to Explore Careers in Manufacturing

An Underestimated Industry: Pro Staff and Ware Technology Services Invite Job Seekers to Explore Careers in Manufacturing

Manufacturing provides a number of high-tech jobs, yet many hold onto outdated myths about the industry. Dream It Do It, Minnesota’s upcoming Statewide Tour of Manufacturing, provides an opportunity for students and job seekers to peek inside the industry to discover exciting, high-paying careers.

manufacturing tourIn an effort to promote careers in manufacturing and change the perception of the industry, Pro Staff and Ware Technology Services have partnered with Dream It. Do It. Minnesota, one of 33 states that are part of The Manufacturing Institute’s national career recruitment strategy. Pro Staff and Ware Technology Services, staffing firms within Atterro Human Capital Group, specialize in staffing and recruitment for the administrative, light industrial and engineering fields. They work with employers across the country to place talent in a number of industries, including manufacturing – especially as baby boomers retire and the need for skilled labor increases.

Demand for manufacturing jobs – including engineering managers, welders, sales people, production managers and machinists – is high. It’s estimated that Minnesota manufacturers have between 5,000 and 10,000 positions that currently need to be filled. Pro Staff and Ware Technology Services have formed a partnership with Dream It. Do It. Minnesota to help spread the word and spark interest within the industry.

To read the full press release, click here.

Our Docufilm Debut: A Peek Inside the World of Recruiting

Our Docufilm Debut: A Peek Inside the World of Recruiting

There’s a film star among us!

We’re excited to share that a recruiter with our sister company, Digital People, a creative, interactive, and marketing staffing firm, was recently featured in Art of Recruiting, a documentary by Lavoie Films about the recruiting profession.

Shannon Sanderson, senior creative recruiter, was hand selected to join 19 other master recruiters from across the country to be filmed during a candid Q&A session. The panel of experts discussed the profession, how it’s changed over the years, and what it takes to achieve success.

“Sitting in a room filled with my colleagues from across the country was exciting and inspiring. I was so honored to participate and enjoyed joining in the conversation to share my experience and insight,” says Sanderson. “I think we all walked away from the experience feeling empowered and motivated to continue to do the very best work for talent and clients.”

Watch a snippet of the film:

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Congratulations, Shannon, on your success!

Meet Our Senior Leaders: Michelle Decker- Hunter Hamilton

Meet Our Senior Leaders: Michelle Decker- Hunter Hamilton

Blog-MDeckerFor the next few months, we will be profiling leaders of all levels at Atterro. We hope these insights allow you to better get to know our leadership team, and use their advice and tips in your searches for talent or a job.

Our second leader we’ll be profiling is Michelle Decker, Vice President of Hunter Hamilton:

1.) How did you get started in the staffing industry, and what made you want to go into it? I was making a career change at the time. I had registered with Pro Staff to find a new position and was asked to interview for an internal Recruiter position with the Hunter Hamilton division. I had been wanting to get into something similar to human resources so thought it would be a good role.
2.) The most rewarding part of your job is… When we find a new position for our talent that makes an impact on their career and when we help our client who has had difficulty in finding the right talent for their opening or project. I also find it rewarding to help our internal associates develop and become successful in their positions.
3.) What advice would you give someone who is looking to work with a staffing agency? To ensure that they are working with an agency that is open to building an ongoing relationship and that the agency continues to have consistent follow up with them.
4.) What’s one thing people may not know about you? I love to travel any chance that I get. My favorite places that I have visited are Germany and the lakes areas on the Minnesota/Canadian border.
5.) Tell us about your Atterro journey (i.e. what positions have you held throughout your career with Atterro): I started out as a Recruiter in the Hunter Hamilton division for 2 years and then moved into a Business Development role that I held for many years. In 2011 I moved into a Sales Director role and then was promoted to my current role as Vice President.

Digital People Recruiters to Reveal Insider Job Secrets During Twitter Chat on September 16

Digital People Recruiters to Reveal Insider Job Secrets During Twitter Chat on September 16

Seasoned recruiters will host a live Twitter chat on Wednesday, September 16 to engage with job seekers, disclose top tips, and field questions. They will also be sharing details about a recent docufilm featuring Digital People’s senior creative recruiter Shannon Sanderson.

Those looking for a new job or career advice will soon have an opportunity to chat with experts during a live Twitter event hosted by Digital People, a specialty staffing and recruiting firm within Atterro Human Capital Group. On September 16 from 11:30-12:30pm CST, Digital People recruiters will be tweeting their top tips and fielding questions on job hunting, networking, resume writing, and more.

“Our goal is to open an engaging conversation and provide an easy way for job seekers to get answers to questions that will help them advance in their careers,” says Ashley Allen, senior creative recruiter with Digital People. “We’ve been busy gathering content to share and will be standing by to answer any and all questions. We think it will be a productive and fun way for professionals to spend a lunch hour.”

To read more, click here.

How Technology and Generational Differences Will Affect the Staffing Industry

How Technology and Generational Differences Will Affect the Staffing Industry

By: Clay Morel, Executive Vice President of Atterro Human Capital Group

The staffing industry is poised for growth in the coming years, yet with growth will come change. In order for our industry to navigate these changes, we need to be armed with solutions to meet new market demands. With this, it’s important to study trends and forecast potential outcomes.

Within our organization, Atterro Human Capital Group, we see two primary factors driving change in staffing: technology and generational work style differences. These hot topics are already making a mark on our industry – and here’s how we predict they will evolve:

Transition to a “share society”

President Obama’s move to expand overtime pay eligibility signals a greater need to share talent and job duties. Temporary staffing agencies have made talent sharing possible for decades, yet technology will impact the accessibility and speed of talent placement.

I see this happening already within transportation companies like Uber and Lyft who rely on technology to operate. Without technology, specifically mobile apps, businesses like this would not be possible. Their apps allow us to share a service.

How Technology and Generational Differences Will Affect the Staffing IndustryI see the staffing industry channeling this trend to make the hiring process more fluid online. Sure, talent can already find work through online staffing platforms where employers post an online job request and talent place bids. There is opportunity for this process to be more automated and efficient. I believe that employers will soon be able to jump on a mobile app to view detailed talent profiles that include ratings (similar to how you can rate an eBay seller), a live tracking of availability, and proximity to be able to contract talent on-demand. This process will allow for greater control, less downtime, and immediate access to help.

One challenge with app-based hiring, however, is the ability to effectively evaluate personalities and determine if candidates are a good cultural fit. This challenge can be overcome by partnering with a staffing agency that can pass along this insider information and guide employers’ hiring decisions.

Mobile isn’t slowing down

Technology not only changes the way we locate, screen, and hire talent, it also makes it possible to have a mobile workforce that decides when, how, and where they work. And as tech costs drop and employee costs rise, a mobile workforce is becoming the answer for many businesses.

This trend also meets the demands of the millennial generation. Millennials have a work style that is vastly different from their predecessors. They value flexible schedules as well as time for personal pursuits, and want to make an immediate impact. A mobile work environment meets these workplace demands.

An added benefit of a mobile workforce, many offices will see a reduction in workplace distraction, such as water cooler chit chat and excessive company meetings. With workers moving from one job to the next, there will be less opportunity for office chatter and fewer meetings. And with more people working offsite, employers may also be able to reduce their office space.

Pivoting, the new buzz word

Millennials grew up protected from failure by over-engaged parents and don’t buy into climbing the corporate ladder and paying their dues. They are not searching for a life-long career with one company like the boomer generation. Their average stay at a company is about 2.3 years.

While some generations may label this type of work style as “job hopping,” the terminology is changing, as well as the connotation. No longer viewed as a negative work style, “pivoting” from one job to another allows workers the ability to quickly learn new skills, move up the job chain, and keep work interesting and fresh.

Look for the word “pivot” to be the new buzz word within the industry. Pivoting is the new way to build a career. It allows workers control over their experience and provides employers with talent who are well-rounded and have a variety of life and career experiences.

Better ROI with service bundling

Finally, there will come a time where staffing service providers will have to conduct business on a dollar-per-month basis rather than an hourly rate, similar to SOW work. Staffing firms need to be prepared with a bundled service option. Clients are looking for a better ROI and project-based billing allows greater flexibility and simplified budgeting.

As we position Atterro for the changes to come, these are the trends that are top-of-mind. With a creative leadership team and imaginative employees, we feel prepared for the changing business landscape. In fact, Atterro has already been early to move in terms of investing in technology, job sharing, and project-based billing.

David Loeser, former Atterro board member and senior vice president of Worldwide Human Resources at Unisys, agrees with our views on the direction of the staffing industry. Loeser states “I got involved with Atterro because Atterro does it a better way and has a vision for the future. Their future is bright.”

I believe the future is bright for the industry as a whole. Change is inevitable, but preparation and forecasting will allow us to stay one step ahead of client and talent demands.

To read the full press release from The Staffing Stream, click here.

Clay MorelClay Morel is Executive Vice President of Atterro Human Capital Group

Digital People Partners with Prime Digital Academy, to Connect New Grads with Top Employers

Digital People Partners with Prime Digital Academy, to Connect New Grads with Top Employers

gI_134927_Ashley AllenThe demand for software development talent is greater than the availability of qualified professionals. In fact, 60% of U.S. companies have unfilled tech jobs. In an effort to boost the local talent pool, Digital People, a staffing and recruiting firm within Atterro Human Capital Group, has partnered with Prime Academy, an 18-week accelerated software engineering program founded by The Nerdery, a custom software design and development company in Minneapolis. Prime provides an immersive learning experience and connections to industry professionals.

Erik Johnson, a recent graduate, says he chose Prime for two reasons: “First, having a family, I didn’t have the ability to go to school every day for 2-4 years. I needed something that I could jump into and finish quickly. Second, I knew that The Nerdery was a leader in the industry and I had faith that they could teach me exactly what I needed to succeed.”

To read more, click here.

Pro Staff & Digital People Partner with Brew Love to Help Families in Need

Pro Staff & Digital People Partner with Brew Love to Help Families in Need

For the third consecutive year, Pro Staff and Digital People, staffing and recruiting firms within the Atterro Human Capital Group, are sponsoring Brew Love, a beer fest and fundraiser benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities – Upper Midwest (RMH). The sixth annual event will be held on Thursday, August 13 from 5pm-8pm at Marriott Depot’s Historic Shed in Minneapolis.

Several local businesses are coming together to sponsor this year’s event and more than 800 participants are expected to attend. Attendees will be able to choose from a line-up of fare from local and regional breweries and food truck vendors. There will also be live music, raffle prizes, and games.

“This is our third year sponsoring Brew Love and, while we have a great time with co-workers and clients, it’s encouraging to know that we’re also making an impact on others’ lives,” says Bryan Peglow, business development manager at Digital People-Minnesota.

RMH helps families stay together when a child is facing a life-threatening illness, ensuring that they have a home-away-from-home. Families are never required to pay for its services. RMH is Atterro’s charity of choice. Their associates regularly provide meals, game nights, and other activities to benefit RMH throughout the year. In addition to Brew Love, they organize an annual “Spring for a Cure” campaign to collect wish-list items for RMH locations in each of Atterro’s market cities.

Jody Christiansen, VP at Pro Staff-Minnesota, says, “We’re honored to support Ronald McDonald House’s mission to help keep families together during difficult times. Events like Brew Love raise much needed funds and attention for this worthy cause.”

For more information on Brew Love, visit http://rmhtwincities.org/brewlove/.

Atterro is a diverse family of specialty staffing and recruiting firms, each dedicated to a particular niche specialty. Atterro’s experienced industry professionals utilize the latest research, recruiting technology and assessment tools to serve clients through its five specialty brands—Digital People for creative, interactive and marketing, Hunter Hamilton for finance and accounting, Pro Staff for administrative and light industrial, Technical ProSource for information technology, and Ware Technology Services for engineering. Visit http://www.atterro.com.

Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest is a 501 (c) 3 organization whose mission is to provide a comfortable and caring home-away-from-home that supports keeping families together and reduces stress during a child’s serious illness. Based in Minneapolis, the organization operates 4 locations in the Twins Cities and serves more than 4,000 families each year. Additional information can be found at http://www.rmhtwincities.org.

To read the entire press release, head here: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/08/prweb12888001.htm

Technical ProSource, an Atterro Company, Reveals Brand Refresh as Minneapolis Office Opens

Technical ProSource, an Atterro Company, Reveals Brand Refresh as Minneapolis Office Opens

Technical ProSource, an information technology staffing and recruiting firm within Atterro Human Capital Group, made several exciting announcements today, including the unveiling of a brand refresh, the opening of a new location, and the addition of new senior leadership. According to Clay Morel, executive vice president of Atterro, all changes align with the company’s strategic vision for growth and expansion.

“We have been in the business of IT staffing and recruiting for over 25 years, primarily in the Dallas and Houston markets,” says Morel. “Technology isn’t slowing down, and neither are we. As we prepare for future growth, we want to put our best face forward. Our updated branding better reflects who we are and what we do. And our growing leadership team is going to help us get to where we need to be.”

THE REFRESHED BRAND
The brand refresh includes a new logo, tagline, and website. Susan Rylance, senior vice president of marketing and talent acquisition at Atterro, says the new look was designed to visually communicate the personality of the brand.

“Our people are friendly, approachable, and knowledgeable – and we want the brand to reflect these attributes,” shares Rylance. “With this in mind, we created branding materials that are modern and clean with a vibrant color palette.”

Rylance notes that the updated website offers easy-to-navigate functionality and even more information about IT staffing and recruiting, including a new blog. It also features the new logo which incorporates a power button icon made with the image of a person.

“As an IT staffing agency, we needed our logo to communicate both the people and technology sides of our business,” says Rylance. “The logo and tagline – Powering People – work together to emphasize how our IT recruiters focus on the people behind the technology.”

THE NEW LOCATION & LEADERSHIP
The brand refresh and website launch coincide with a ramp up for Technical ProSource to expand into new markets, starting with the Minneapolis office that opened today. The new office is housed in Atterro’s corporate headquarters in downtown Minneapolis. Like the other locations, the Minneapolis office specializes in staffing and recruiting for IT positions, including app development, database management, web development, IT security, and more.

To lead the changes taking place within Technical ProSource, staffing industry veteran Scott Garfield was recently added to the team as vice president. Garfield brings 20 years of staffing leadership experience to the role and has managed territories in excess of $150 million dollars.

“I could not be more excited about the future of Technical ProSource. We have plans to continue to open new markets, in addition to our newest office in Minneapolis, while further growing our existing business in Dallas and Houston,” says Garfield. “With our new leadership team in place and with the support of Atterro we are poised to have tremendous growth for years to come.”

Morel notes that in spite of all of the changes taking place within Technical ProSource, one thing remains the same: “Our commitment to our clients, talent, and employees continues to be #1. While we have a new look and are serving new markets, we will continue to offer the same high-quality service that people have come to expect from Technical ProSource.”

Atterro is a diverse family of specialty staffing and recruiting firms, each dedicated to a particular niche specialty. Atterro’s experienced industry professionals utilize the latest research, recruiting technology and assessment tools to serve clients through its five specialty brands—Digital People for creative, interactive and marketing, Hunter Hamilton for finance and accounting, Pro Staff for administrative and light industrial, Technical ProSource for information technology, and Ware Technology Services for engineering. Visit http://www.atterro.com.

The Future of Contact Centers

The Future of Contact Centers

SME - Future of Call CentersPro Staff’s Doug Karr was recently published in The Staffing Stream with his article Top Trends Affecting the Future of Contact Centers. With over 18 years of experience in the staffing industry, and the current VP of Pro Staff Texas, Doug is considered a subject matter expert on the topic.

Karr states, “With rapidly changing technology and rising consumer expectations, contact centers are under pressure to adapt. Here are top trends that are impacting contact centers as they work to meet these demands. Staffing firms can help them meet these demands by placing candidates with the right skills.”

Read the full article »