Southwestern Family of Companies

10 Reasons Hiring Managers Should Use a Professional Recruiter

By Jay Boone, Partner and Manager, Banking

  Professional recruiters know that successful collaborations begin by educating clients about how a recruiter can provide value. Understandably, many clients believe that the time and assets they have invested in their in-house human resources efforts should suffice. However, given the dynamic nature of modern hiring and evolving sensibilities of candidates (who expect to change positions many times in their career),…

3 Reasons Why the Hiring Process Should Be Expedited

By ThinkingAhead

Every hiring manager, HR professional, and recruiter knows that the hiring process is constantly changing thanks to evolving technology and shifting expectations between companies and candidates. We live in an increasingly fast-paced world where every transaction — from making dinner reservations to securing a spot in yoga class — has been accelerated by technology. Today, job seekers are overwhelmed with information and options; for…

Job Hopping: Four Things that Keep Employees from Bouncing to Competitors

By ThinkingAhead

Millennials are now the largest generation in the American workforce, according to data from the Pew Research Center and from the US Census Bureau. They’re also the least engaged members of the workforce, and the most likely to leave your company. Of course, employees of all generations leave companies all the time, and disengagement affects different workers for different reasons: they may…

Attracting Talent-It’s All About the Messaging

By Christy Farrell, Partner, Healthcare Technology & Innovation

Think the Googles and St. Judes of the corporate world have a reputation that attracts only the best talent? You’re right: Business Insider recently included them on a list of the 50 best companies to work for. But if you think that as a newer company, you can’t compete for the same talent, you couldn’t be more wrong. High salaries, great benefits, and an established reputation aren’t the…

The Rudiments of Attracting Fresh Leadership

By Sean Sposeep, Partner, Life Sciences

Leaders with a unique perspective and a desire to make a difference aren’t necessarily attracted to the Amazons or Googles of the corporate world. Rather, a solid internal culture and proven organizational support mechanisms at smaller or lesser known organizations will often appeal to motivated leaders (or leaders-in-the-making) more. Many leaders have priorities for the first 90 days of their new job — and for the…

Creating a Recruiting Culture that Works

By Stephanie Maas, Partner, Banking

Solving the talent shortage problem: how to create a recruiting culture that works If your company is like most, you probably experience a constant struggle to attract and keep top talent. This is due to a variety of challenges in the hiring process, including personnel shortages, lack of data-driven functionality, and a tendency to be risk-averse when it comes to screening and hiring prospective candidates. Although…

The Truth About Turnover: Four Reasons You Actually Need It

By Christy Farrell, Partner, Healthcare Technology & Innovation

Turnover is bad — or so many are led to believe. At worst, it can reduce productivity, drive up human resources costs, and eat away at your bottom line. At best, it implies less-than-stellar business practices that can taint your reputation as an employer. But even though it’s difficult, some turnover is necessary and can even be desirable; after all, one bad apple can spoil the…

Succession Planning: Don’t Overlook Your Most Precious Assets- Current Employees!

By Kay Linder, Partner and Practice Lead, Healthcare IT & Innovation

Employee turnover in today’s workplace has reached a new level of volatility. The average employee will change jobs up to 15 times during his or her career, seeking better pay, more benefits, or additional challenges; additionally, high-performing college grads with work experience are constantly being recruited by your competition. Savvy leaders must always be on their toes — and prepared for employee…

Keys to Streamlining the Hiring Process

By Matt Lewis, Partner and Practice Lead, Banking

For many companies, the hiring process can become an unwieldy endeavor: HR professionals and hiring managers frequently discover that processes can be complicated by misunderstandings and miscommunication. In this blog post, I’ll address how to mitigate these costly challenges. Robust Brand Management Brand management is a new frontier in HR. By investing resources into crafting a brand identity, companies can elevate their recruiting efforts to unprecedented…

Hit a Home Run on Your Next Hire: 4 Grand Slam Ideas to Improve Your Selection Process

By Hans Schlegel, Partner, Sales

Nothing gets people more excited for late spring and summer like the crack of a bat and the roar of the crowd: Major League Baseball takes the field again on Opening Day starting next week. America’s Favorite Pastime captures the essence of our culture in ways few other sports can. In the words of American newspaper columnist George Frederick Will: “Baseball, it…