The NYSA News
Apr. 8, 2014

Keep your company's reputation solid with these tips for rejecting candidates
By Karen Rehn
Rejection. At one point or another in our lives, we all face it. Some of us simply deal with rejection and move on. Others take steps to learn and improve so it doesn't happen again. In the case of job candidates, however, the majority don't like to go down quietly. This might not have been that big of a deal 20 years ago. In today's social media-driven world, however, the result can impact your brand, your reputation and even your bottom line. More

State labor department releases preliminary February 2014 area unemployment rates
New York State Department of Labor
The New York State Department of Labor released preliminary local area unemployment rates for February 2014, which are calculated following procedures prescribed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state’s unemployment rate relies in part on the results of a telephone survey of 3,100 households (out of more than 7 million) in New York State. More

House OKs bill raising ACA definition of full time
Staffing Industry Analysts
The U.S. House of Representatives approved the “Saving American Workers” Act, H.R. 2575. The legislation would repeal the 30-hour definition of full-time employment under the Affordable Care Act and change it to a 40-hour definition. It was approved by the House in a 248-179 vote. More

Time for job offers to be as exciting as college admissions
Just like a job finalist waiting for a decision, college-bound teenagers have been watching the mailbox for the telltale thick envelope that means “Yes.” Thin ones are usually bad news. More

How to structure a search for the 'right employee'
Buffalo Business First
Laurie Glover writes, "I was at a networking event this week and had an interesting conversation with the CEO of a small regional company with about 100 employees. We were talking about hiring the right employees." More

3 ways to cultivate humility for better leadership
Albany Business Review
Think about all the great leaders you respect, and why you admire them. Most of the time, the reason will be the accomplishments they have achieved. But if fame equates to success these days, where does humility come in? Is there any place for humility in leadership? More

Are you a team player?
By Harry J. Friedman
It's a buzzword in corporate America: the exalted team player. We all want them. We ask for them in "help wanted" ads. We describe ourselves as one of them during job interviews. But what exactly is a team player? And is success achieved through teamwork? Most would agree that the answer is "yes," but there's an important distinction to be made. Teamwork is not an activity, it's a result. Much like a professional sports team, it's the result of the focused efforts of individuals utilizing their skills expertly and playing their position well. More

Top occupations for temporary employment growth
Staffing Talk
The industry that’s added the most total jobs since the recession is staffing, and new data suggests the upward trajectory will continue throughout 2014. The hiring surge in contingent labor accounts for 15 percent of all job growth nationally from 2009 - 2013, even though the industry accounts for a relatively small portion of the nation’s workforce. More

Fresh out of college and fumbling through a first job
The New York Times
Tara Goodfellow shudders when she remembers how she acted at her first job out of college. She once chased a 50-year-old colleague up the stairs to get to their boss first to explain her side of a story. She impulsively quit her job over the phone. More