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In This Issue

   • Consumer confidence is up

   • IPOs to watch for
   • Changing Cloud Scapes
   • Social Media prediction

   This quarter the STRe Solutions team discusses
   the current hot job market—candidates are scarce
   and jobs are plentiful. What does that mean for
   candidates and clients?
   Candidate Tip #124 Hiring Manager Tip #124  full article



STReWay Winter 2014 Newsletter

2014 is starting off with a lot of optimism in the air.

Consumer Confidence is up and IPOs are ever present in Silicon Valley.

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Recent Articles/Blogs of Interest

Candidates and Hiring Managers: Maximize Your Experience with Recruiters

Our highest priority at STRe Solutions is building long-term relationships with both jobseekers and hiring managers. The Recruiter Relations section of our newsletter offers ongoing tips to help you maximize your experience with a recruiter, regardless of whether you're seeking top talent to seamlessly join your team or searching for your next ideal position.

This quarter we will discuss the current job market. It is a seller's market – candidates are scarce and jobs are plentiful. If you are hiring what's the best approach and how can you be sure to 1) get your positions filled and 2) make the right hires? As a candidate this situation may seem like a dream, but how do you evaluate the right career move?

Candidate Tip #124

The market is hot, what's the best approach for a career move?

Your email has been flooded with job opportunities from recruiters and you are receiving a lot of calls from these same recruiters.   What should you do?

Listen to trusted sources. If the contact is from a recruiter or company you don't know, just make sure you do your homework (look up the recruiting firm or company) so you know who you are dealing with. Also, you should understand what you want in your next career move - what type of company would you like to work for and what location would you prefer. If you're looking to expand your career in a different direction, this could be a good time to leverage your experience and skills into an area that would expand your skill set given that there is a shortage of top talent. Compensation will likely be higher than you are now getting especially if you have been at your current company for some time. But...don't get caught in the trap that more money is the only thing – the people you'll work with, the position, the company, and the career opportunity need to be better than you have now to make a move.

Hiring Manager Tip #124

How can you hire top talent in a candidate scarce market?

Hiring top talent is even more challenging in a candidate scarce market. To begin with, make sure you have a well-defined hiring process, including a well-written job description that is exciting and compelling, a new-hire req approval, a recruiting strategy, and an interview-to-offer process.

In addition, ensure that you're communicating that you have an exciting message about your organization. As you screen candidates, think about why they should be interested, "what's in it for them?" And...don't take too long in between identifying a candidate, contacting them, and setting up interviews. The candidates are moving fast in this market and your competition is another company that has a shorter interview-to-offer process. Set expectations with the candidates as to your decision process and schedule. If you find someone you really believe is an excellent fit and you don't want to lose them, let the candidate know you are very interested and ask them to keep you informed about any other opportunities they are evaluating. If you are working with a recruiter (either internal or external) the recruiter should be keeping an eye out for this.

Finally, when you are ready to extend an offer, make sure it is compelling and don't give the candidate too long to accept. You want your candidate to evaluate your offer on its merits, not in competition with someone else.

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STRe Retained Search
The following three searches are currently underway:
  • VP Finance & Administration, Medical Device Company, South Bay
  • VP, Corporate Controller, pre-IPO SaaS company, Peninsula
  • Sr. Director HR, pre-IPO SaaS company, Peninsula
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STRe Fun – Places to go when there is no snow*
The good news is that you don't have to drive 4 to 5 hours to get to Tahoe. *Maybe the recent rains will change that. You can visit many of the great places in the Bay Area. Below are a couple of interesting ideas.

Inspiring spots to keep the kids entertained:

Scenic drives:
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