The NYSA News
Sep. 3, 2013

The right staff: Tapping the power within
The Staffing Stream
As the recession limps to a close and the job market tightens, staffing firms are being challenged by their own game. Close to one in three staffing clients complain of turnover at their primary firm — placing staffing firms in the position of having to staff themselves. According to CareerBuilder's Q2 2013 Staffing Pulse Survey, 56 percent of firms plan to hire more recruiters, 55 percent plan to step up internal sales and 14 percent plan to add managers.More

Jobless claims average edges up even as total claims fall
Staffing Industry Analysts
The U.S. four-week moving average of initial claims for unemployment insurance rose by 750 in the week ended Aug. 24 to a level of 331,250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 330,500, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released by the U.S. Department of Labor.More

Are your emotions preventing you from making great hiring decisions?
Hiring is like meeting a new guy or girl you like for the first time. This wonderful person walks into your office and the two of you make a perfect connection right off the bat. You like the other person's vibe, how the person looks, and he or she seems to fit all your necessary requirements. More

What every C-level executive should know about talent acquisition
The Staffing Stream
In today's highly competitive, fast-paced business environment, having the right people fully engaged in key positions can make all the difference in the success of an organization. Increasingly, however, achieving that goal is becoming much more difficult. Despite persistently high unemployment numbers, organizations looking to fill specialized roles in IT, accounting/finance, healthcare, engineering and design are finding a shortage of qualified candidates.More

How to help job applicants relax and tell you more
By Mel Kleiman
If a job applicant feels uncomfortable during the interview, for whatever reason, that person will tell you far less than a relaxed applicant. Here are some tips to getting the kind of in-depth information you need to make a sound hiring decision.More

Why US Chamber exec believes third time might be a charm for immigration reform
Washington Bureau via Buffalo Business First
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's top immigration lobbyist thinks there's a 50-50 chance that Congress will pass comprehensive immigration reform. This is Randy Johnson's third time around when it comes to immigration reform, and he's got "a lot of gray hair" to show for it, he said.More

Randstad: ACA removes barrier to temp work
Staffing Industry Analysts
The Affordable Care Act and its promise to offer access to more affordable health insurance may effectively remove a traditional barrier to choosing a temporary career path, drawing unprecedented numbers to the industry, according to research from Randstad Workforce360. More

What's a degree worth? A new test will help employers know what a graduate has learned
Is a degree from Harvard worth more than one from Oklahoma State? By how much? A year at Harvard costs $52,650 versus about $9,000 at OSU. So is a graduate of Harvard almost six times better than one of OSU?More

Gov. Cuomo partners with up to 20 employers to offer more than 160 jobs to Bausch & Lomb/Valeant Pharmaceuticals employees
New York State Department of Labor
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that up to 20 Rochester and Finger Lakes area companies will bring more than 160 job opportunities to employees of Bausch + Lomb/Valeant Pharmaceuticals as the location downsizes in the winter. Additional job fairs with employers ready to hire will be provided to help additional impacted workers connect to new jobs.More

Will new hiring goals help veterans and the disabled, or just hurt federal contractors?
Washington Bureau via Albany Business Review
Business groups contend federal contractors will be buried with paperwork and forced to invade workers' privacy under new regulations designed to boost employment of veterans and people with disabilities. The Department of Labor issued the two final rules, which will be enforced by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.More