Made in the USA

Made in the USA

After years of offshore production, General Electric is moving much of its far-flung appliance-manufacturing operations back home. It is not alone. An exploration of the startling, sustainable, just-getting-started return of industry to the United States.

The Insourcing Boom – The Atlantic.

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CEO Influence

CEO Influence on Employees

CEO Influence. You may have heard that it’s unwise, when in public venues like parties or bars, to discuss sex, religion, or politics with anyone other than close friends. If anything, those topics should be avoided even more carefully at work, where strong emotions can interfere with productivity.
CFO.com (http://s.tt/1pPSq)

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Merging of Sourcing Recruiting

Merging Sourcing Recruiting – “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…  – Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities”   Of course, the author’s intrepretation of Dickens’ work was referring to sourcing and recruiting circa 2012. What Dickens was really saying is that with the emergence of LinkedIn and related networking tools, sourcing should not be split apart from the full-cycle recruiting process. The work involved in both now overlaps to such a degree that you can’t logically separate the two without compromising performance. Reading between the lines of his epic novel, here’s why Dickens believes this way.  (…read more)

Do your hiring practices combine both worlds?  When selecting a 3rd party recruiter, having a meaningful dialogue as to their approach for selecting talent that goes beyond their “canned” marketing plug will expotentially improve the “quality of hire” and protect your company’s most valuable assets.

 

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Life Tools Health, Wealth and Productivity

Life Tools Health, Wealth and Productivity

Optimizing your life can help free up time to enjoy more activities. One of the best ways to start is by figuring out exactly how you spend your time. Self-tracking has become something of a craze thanks to movements such as the Quantified Self, which allow you to track everything in your life and, in some cases, take action.

Here is a list of the top 20 resources for monitoring the most salient aspects of your life. What you do with the information is only limited by your imagination.

20 Life-Tracking Tools for Better Health, Wealth and Productivity.

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Small Business CFO

Small Business CFO – When is the best time to hire

NY Times  – When to hire a small business CFO? A reliable financial officer can free a chief executive to focus on other parts of the firm once a company’s revenue reaches a certain point, some C.E.O.’s say.   (more…)
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The Mighty Middle Market

The Mighty Middle market companies, or those with between $10 million and $1 billion in revenues in this case, are “a key driving force behind the U.S. economy,” according to the research report released today jointly with Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, but “virtually ignored” by the media and policy-makers. The group comprises some 200,000 companies with more than $9 trillion in combined annual revenues, according to the study’s analysis of U.S. census data. (…more)

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Double-Dip Recession Fears Overblown

Cash-flow Report Shows Revenues Rising, Fears of Double-Dip Recession Overblown.

Rather than reflecting concerns about a return to an economic recession, corporations sported a sales surge of 15% and a rise in median cash flow of 4% between the first and second quarters of this year, according to a new quarterly report on cash-flow trends issued by the Georgia Tech Financial Analysis Lab.

“We’re seeing a continuation of investments in inventory and capital assets, an improvement in operating cushion, and generally the first signs of robust revenue growth that we’ve seen in many quarters,” says Charles Mulford, a Georgia Tech accounting professor who directs the lab. (Operating cushion is operating profit exclusive of noncash expenses, depreciation, and amortization.) (…more)

 

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Clients: Using Recruiting Professionals To Make A Hire. Why?

Outsourcing certain task, like using recruiting professionals, is a wise business decision, particularly when it comes to increasing strength and capabilities of your company’s human capital assets. Here are the ten leading reasons why employers should partner with recruiting professionals for their staffing needs:

    1. Corporate HR and business hiring managers are so overwhelmed with other responsibilities that it is difficult to build and maintain a network with outside professionals who would be suitable for positions.
    2. It makes sense to outsource those things that others do better, thus not distracting hiring managers from their core competencies.
    3. Recruiters have talent and skills to find the diamonds within the industry.
    4. Recruiters apply focused-attention to specific openings, allowing them to address all the details and produce qualified candidates faster.
    5. Employers are presented with individuals they would not have access to through traditional means of recruiting such as advertising, job boards, etc.
    6. Recruiters save time and increase productivity for their clients by presenting prequalified candidates that fit all parameters.
    7. Recruiters provide an objective third party perspective throughout the selection process.
    8. A recruiter serves as an extension of the client organization and is in the best position to present a positive image of the organization and the specific opportunity.
    9. Recruiters take the time to understand their clients and what makes individuals excel within their environments, then they search and find the right individual.
    10. Is the recruiter certified? Aligning the most Qualified candidates with staffing needs is an essential and complex task in business, one that should be entrusted to a certified professional. Certification ensures knowledgeable, experienced recruiters and staffing professionals meld the right candidate with the right company and that they follow the rules clearly defined by the federal, state and local government.

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Why a GAPS member firm?

“…the careful selection of a Search or Staffing firm is critical to successful experiences and positive outcomes, trust in GAPS as the “go-to” source for the highest quality search and staffing firms in the industry.”  Go to GAPSToday.org to get the whole story of how to locate your next partner in success.

CLICK HERE to search and locate a GAPS member firm by name and area of specialization.

Trust in a GAPS Member Firm

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C2C Webcam Interviews

“C2C Webcam Interviews” or cam-to-cam is just another tool utilized by TCHG in our effort to do our part at “Recession Busting”.  Since our inception, we have promoted our tag line “…All the services of a retained firm, at lower total placement cost“….similar to what you expect to pay for a contingent search.

As we begin to emerge from the worst economic event since the Great Depression, we look back to a vast array of cost containment measures undertaken by companies just to survive. Most notably, layoffs or “RIF’s”…reductions in force and extreme cash conservation tactics to reduce controllable expenses related to office supplies, unnecessary business travel, etc.

In support of our clients  and in reinforcement of our commitment and desire to “become a valued, long-term strategic partner” with our client companies, TCHG has implemented “C2C” or webcam interviews into our Search Methodology when a local face-to-face meeting is not possible. Embracing today’s technology, virtually every laptop comes equipped with a webcam (…or a $20 purchase at a local retailer) and utilizing a free subscription to Skype…we are breaking through expensive geographic boundaries….saving clients HUGE amounts on passed through search related travel expenses in an effort to qualify candidates. While we note exceptions to every rule…our initial experience with “C2C” interviewing is the next best thing to face-to-face…allowing us to get up close and personal while passing the savings along to our clients.

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