Don’t Settle: A Few Tips to Help You Find the Right Trades Workers

Posted by  Connie Gentry

Skilled_workersBig Foot, the Loch Ness Monster, aliens, and Skilled Trades Workers. What do they have in common? They all have unique traits and characteristics, and are extremely difficult to find! Just as the TV show investigators out on the hunt for these cryptids jump with excitement when they hear a sound in the woods in the middle of the night that “could be a Sasquatch (or a coyote!),” recruiters get just as excited when they’ve finally found a qualified electrician, machinist, or welder!

One of the reoccurring challenges that many of Select International’s manufacturing clients report is their struggle to find quality skilled trades workers. And they are not alone. In fact, it is a global problem. With the retirement of more and more baby boomers has come a large shortage of skilled trades workers. The projected forecast on the horizon for these jobs suggests that the skills gap is only likely to continue to get worse over time.


The Key to Success When Working with an Assessment Provider

Posted by  Carolyn Cosco

CommunicationDo you think communication is critical to your success? What about with your personal relationships, your family, your friends, your peers? OK, so that question was rhetorical. But what about with your providers of goods or services?

We work with many different sized organizations and the one thing I can say without question is that those who take an active role in working alongside their partners are much happier and have far better results than those who don’t.


Cyber Security: How Secure is Your Assessment Data?

Posted by  Chris Policicchio

SecurityWere you aware that October was “National Cyber Security Awareness Month”? Even though October has ended, our awareness for Cyber Security should remain high!! There are certainly lots of reminders in the news from password leaks, to data breaches, and even the hacking and exploiting of legacy security protocols.

Even with its own “awareness” month and constant (bad) news being reported, many of us still do not follow the basics when it comes to cyber / software / IT security. Therefore, I would encourage you to review, and use, these common suggestions to protect yourselves:


What's Our Secret? One Thing That Helps Make Us an Awesome Company

Posted by  Doug Wolf

462395627Here at Select, we constantly talk about company culture. Culture is at the heart of what we do – we help our client partners hire for cultural fit by identifying candidates who fit their organizational environment. Likewise, Select puts a great emphasis on cultural fit when we hire for our own open positions. We also look at other companies to see what they’re doing, and what makes their cultures the way they are. Recently, we’ve written about Google, Boston Brewing Company, and held a webinar with Sears about their culture.


Let's Talk: Are Workplace Personality Tests Fair?

Posted by  Kevin Klinvex

Everyone should read this article. It is an example of being able to take any topic and paint it as good or evil by selectively choosing data and quotes. A more honest title would have been - "Another Attempt to Discredit Personality Tests -This Time with an ADA Spin."

106533554A young man, Kyle Behm, was recently profiled in a WSJ article as a case study of all that’s wrong with pre-employment testing. Kyle, an engineering student, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder which is a condition classified under the Americans with Disabilities Act. He applied for a job at 6 retailers and was screened out based on personality test data collected in each hiring process. Instead of assuming that Kyle is a poor fit for retail and perhaps a better fit for, oh let’s see, something related to engineering, his father filed complaints with the EEOC.


Happy Holidays from Select International

Posted by  Guest Blog

Happy Holidays!


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