It’s been said that if you want to catch fish, you need to cast your line where the fish are. To find the right candidates to fill your organization’s open positions, it makes good sense to “fish” in the Workforce Center’s job fair and hiring event ponds.
Are job fairs and hiring events the same? No, but they do have a common goal – bringing Larimer County employers and job candidates together in one place at the same time.
A job fair brings multiple employers together in a single venue at a specified time. The benefits of a job fair include the following:
- Meeting face-to-face to go beyond the resume and narrow the candidate pool before arranging formal interviews.
- Attracting a large pool of candidates.
- Reducing recruiting time by providing information and answering candidate questions. This ensures that applicants understand your organization and the job you are posting.
- Reaching motivated job seekers proactively pursuing career opportunities.
Those same goals are achieved by a hiring event, but the big difference is that the Workforce Center hosts an interviewing event for specific employers who are trying to fill specific positions. At no charge, Workforce Center hiring experts will reserve attractive, conveniently-located meeting space and assist employers with marketing the event.
To learn more about these time- and cost-saving services, contact our Business Services Team at (970) 498-6665 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bidding on government contracts can be a daunting process. But help is now available to navigate through the vast array of challenges that pursuing federal, state, and local contracts can bring.
The Larimer County Workforce Center (LCWC) provides support for the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), a government contract assisting program funded in part by the US Department of Defense. PTAC has opened an office at the LCWC location in downtown Fort Collins.
PTAC Procurement Counselor Kathryn Rowe guides businesses through the continually evolving path of pursuing government contracts. She bridges the gap between businesses and government with free training services. Rowe provides Larimer County businesses a wide range of services on a one-to-one confidential basis. “PTAC provides that critical component to successfully help small businesses compete for contracts,” said Rowe. “We will tailor our services to the specific needs of our clients and train them to successfully market to the government.”
Although expanding into the government marketplace can seem like an overwhelming step, PTAC acts in a partnership role with businesses. Rowe can be contacted at 719-644-8210 or at k.rowe@Coloradoptac.org to schedule an appointment or to answer any questions area business owners might have.
Strengthening the Workforce
To say the workforce tiding is shifting would be a significant understatement. And as the tide shifts, managers face new challenges.
Paulette Hansen, the director of career development at Neenan Company in Fort Collins and the founder of Hansen Consulting, helps managers navigate through these challenges. Starting February 19, she once again will be conducting the Workforce Center’s most popular management training course, “Becoming a Highly Successful Manager.” Hansen says new managers in particular value the help they can get in coping with the changing workplace.
“Imagine that you are a strong individual contributor, and one day you’re promoted to supervising people that you’ve worked with,” says Hansen. “Now you are no longer one of the gang, you are leading the gang. And the expectations have changed, and suddenly you have to become good at managing others.”
New supervisors, she notes, now manage their own commitments and a network of their team’s commitments. Hansen says “they have to get really good, really fast at making sure that others are doing what they say and when they say they will do it.” Giving feedback when employees miss the mark “can be really hard when you are now managing people that are your friends.”
In her “Successful Manager” series, Hansen teaches that the supervisor’s #1 job is to help others be successful, which requires giving specific, timely feedback about how they are doing. “I give new managers FEET – facts, effects, expectations and training,” says Hansen.
She urges them to use the facts of what happened, the impact it had, the expectations of what needs to happen, and then the tools or knowledge to be successful.
The “Becoming a Highly Successful Manager” series begins February 19. To enroll in the series, visit LarimerWorkforce.org/Business.
The Big Picture
Seasonal Employers, Start Your Engines!
If you’re an employer thinking about recruiting seasonal employees, the green flag is waving and the race is under way.
Seasonal hiring offers a challenge every year, but marketplace conditions are offering special challenges this year. At the Workforce Center, our Hiring Services experts already are seeing more postings for seasonal workers, yet those postings are not attracting a high volume of responses because unemployment rates are so low.
What’s more, younger workers, usually a reliable candidate pool, are being drawn to a variety of activities other than seasonal employment.
Here are some things our Hiring Services experts are doing to help.
In early March, our Career Rise team will host jobs-related Open House events in Fort Collins and Loveland for youths, young adults and parents. Open House attendees will learn about summer job opportunities, internships and scholarships.
The Fort Collins event will be held March 5 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Workforce Center, 200 W. Oak Street. Loveland’s Workforce Center at 418 E. 4th Street will host the March 12 event, also from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
Estes Park employers and nonprofit organizations will host their annual Job and Volunteer Fair on Wednesday, April 6, from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Fairgrounds Event Center. As always, Estes Park showcases many attractive seasonal positions, while volunteer recruitment for the Estes Park Nonprofit Center is a new feature.
And our NoCoNet community partners will host their 2016 Job Fair on Monday, April 18, at 9:30 a.m. at the Faith Evangelical Free Church in Fort Collins. NoCoNet members and veterans will enjoy an exclusive hour of networking with employers starting at 8:30 a.m.
Becoming a Highly Successful Manager
February 19 / Fort Collins Workforce Center