In these troubled times, many job seekers have become discouraged and wonder why GOD is not doing something about their situation. Stillness In The Storm is about the spiritual lessons learned through unemployment and how GOD prepares us for the next phase of our career and life. It offers the reader those “spiritual nuggets” of encouragement they need to get through the tough times. Read some of Stillness In the Storm right here
Warning: This E-book contains a strong dose of encouragement which is classified as a performance enhancer. Use with caution.
Stock investors, like Warren Buffet, know that going against popular stock market and economic trends can be highly profitable when the market goes back up. The same philosophy applies to recruiting during a recession.
This recession has hit levels not seen in a generation. With the Obama administration considering one of the largest infrastructure packages in history, infrastructure and environmental firms have a choice: wait for the package to pass before hiring people or hire people strategically. History is a good teacher so let’s go back in time:
In 2001, Dr. Charles Greer, Timothy Ireland, John Wingender published a study “Contrarian Human Resource Investments and Financial Performance after Downturns”. While it did not create as big of a stir as “The War for Talent” , it did bring an interesting thought for business leaders to consider: Gaining a competitive advantage by strategic hiring in a downturn can lead to higher profits. The study offered compelling evidence that firms who engaged in this practice reaped higher financial returns during the economic recovery and expansion versus their competitors who did not.
If your firm is looking to gain an competitive advantage, market share and part of the stimulus package, here is a basic plan to do it:
Create a “fast track” rehire process for good employees lost through layoffs. Many may have knowledge and relationships that could benefit the firm. They also have a quicker ramp up time if you are positioning for stimulus work.
Create and implement a strategic recruiting plan to find and attract the best talent available. These people are the engines of any company in sales, engineering, research and other areas who can have an impact on your firm’s technical expertise or client relationships, once they have been fully integrated in the company.
If your Human Resource group is not properly aligned to engage in strategic recruiting, consider using an outside firm with expertise in your industry. Strong search firms usually have direct relationships or the ability to research the market for people who fit your strategic business objectives.
Tonight on “CNBC Reports” a question was posed to a group of guests just after the House vote on the Auto Bailout. “What will be the tipping point of the US economy?” The panelists said everything from Americans must save more money to consumers starting to spend money again. I beg to differ.
The tipping point of the American economy will occur when:
The American people begin to work together to pull out of the recession through sharing resources, barter, collective/bulk purchasing and paying cash for goods and services. When corporate execs and government officials start seeing goods, services and cash moving at the grassroots level without their involvement. They will try to get into the fray.
The education and experience level of the workforce moves toward the jobs that are in demand. There is a shortage of nurses, teachers, engineers, scientists, water treatment plant operators, accountants and craft workers just to name a few fields that need people.
In great times of need in our history, Americans have set aside their differences and did what needed to be done to take of themeselves; their neighbors and their country. Now is the time for us to act.