May 31, 2011

Using mail merge to follow up with candidates
Recruiters have taken a lot of hits for not following up with candidates. Learn how to simplify this important but tedious task.More

Jobless rate falls across state in April
Buffalo Business First
Unemployment in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area dropped to 7.6 percent in April, down from 8.3 percent a year ago. The pattern of decline was evident across the state as the rate declined to 7.7 percent for all of New York, compared to 8.5 percent in April 2010. More

Get NYSA News on your smartphone
New York Staffing Association
NYSA understands the need to deliver timely, relevant news to its members. In partnering with MultiBriefs to create NYSA News, the association committed itself to providing updates on a weekly basis. NYSA News also is available on the MultiBriefs app, available for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch in the App Store. Simply search "MultiBriefs" and download the app free of charge. After it's downloaded, you may add the NYSA feed by clicking the "Edit" button, searching the "Business Management" category and selecting NYSA. News is streamed into your iPhone or iPod Touch each week. Android phone users also may access the app by going to the Android Marketplace and searching "MultiBriefs" to access the Android version of the app.More

Business forum to focus on upstate cities
The Business Review
What does the future hold upstate New York cities? That topic will be discussed in New York City on June 9 at an event hosted by the nonpartisan New York Policy Forum.More

Employment trends benefit professional staffing
The Wall Street Transcript
Professional staffing firms are benefiting from increased demand for temporary staffing services and the transition toward a more permanent workforce, collecting fees from servicing both needs, says Macquarie Group Analyst Kevin D. McVeigh, CPA.More

Putting the brakes on labor trafficking
Human Resource Executive Online
Earlier this year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission renewed its commitment to stamping out labor trafficking. Now, roughly four months later, it took one more step in that direction when it filed lawsuits against businesses that allegedly abused and discriminated against foreign workers trafficked into the United States. More

Focus on results, not numbers
Recruiting Trends
Owners and managers in staffing firms might fall victim to one or more of these critical mistakes. Review the potential problems and find solutions.More

Benefits of hiring overqualified candidates
HRM Today
"I have 10 years of experience, strong references, excellent connections — but I can't find a job because I'm overqualified." This is a story many job applicants know all too well. Though often there is concern that hiring someone with too much experience could be risky, studies consistently show the benefits of hiring an overqualified candidate far outweigh the risks.More

Department of Labor, Binghamton Mets team up to increase awareness of job search services
New York State Department of Labor
In an effort to increase awareness of job search services, career counseling and other assistance available, the New York State Department of Labor and the Binghamton Mets are giving away free tickets for a June 1 home game, where informational material will be available.More

Mayor Bloomberg announces fundraising effort to support Summer Youth Employment Program
The City of New York
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott and Department of Youth and Community Development Commissioner Jeanne Mullgrav have announced Summer Youth Employment Program Partners, a public-private partnership to help fund summer jobs for thousands of young New York City residents. More