Onboarding begins at candidate contact, which is mind boggling that many brands use a dystopian approach in hiring. Applicant Tracking Systems are the new gate keepers, and if your resume doesn’t have the right keywords… well, you might find yourself living ‘down by the river.’ I’ve been in the market for a new position for almost 6-months, and I share some of my experiences dealing with larger employers, recruiters, and Applicant Tracking Systems. Much of what I’ve discovered is that common courtesy has gone out the window when it comes to hiring. Who am I to say so? Well, I’ve had the privilege of serving as a Talent Acquisition and Development consultant for several years, working inside Fortune 500 companies helping them to improve employee experience (and profitability). In this broadcast, I also reflect on the major difference between talent and skill, the psychological aspect of the job search, and how many companies are losing talented people before they even have a chance to interview them.
Finding and hiring good employees is a challenge that most business owners—in every industry—are facing across the Commonwealth. Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) partnered with Berkshire Money Management to host a special panel discussion entitled “Finders Keepers: Hiring and Retaining Skilled Employees.” The panel consisted of CEO’s, HR leaders, and economic development professionals who focused on generational differences, culture, and innovation in hiring. Dawn Creighton, Regional Director of Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) joined me to recap the event and dig deeper into what you can do to hire and retain the right people.
The Westfield Starfires are a collegiate summer baseball team based in Westfield, Massachusetts founded by local entrepreneurs Christopher Thompson and Donald Moorhouse. The team is part of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, a wood-bat league with a 56-game regular season comprising 7 teams from New Hampshire to western Connecticut. Chris and Don joined me in studio to discuss the Starfires, and their inaugural season at Bullens Field in Westfield. Opening Night is May 31st – for more info visit - http://www.westfieldstarfires.com.
Ashley Clark, partner at White Lion Brewing, joined me to discuss their upcoming Summer Beer Garden. In summer 2018, White Lion introduced their White Lion Wednesday event; a pop-up Beer Garden in Downtown Springfield. Due to the events popularity, the 2019 Beer Garden will be a more permanent fixture, operating on the corner of Bridge and Main Street Wednesday through Friday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Ashley discusses the food, music, and family fun events you can expect at this Summer’s Beer Garden. White Lion kicks off its 2019 Summer Beer Garden on May 22nd. To keep up with all the Summer Beer Garden happenings, follow White Lion Brewing on Facebook.
Fair Play Massachusetts is advocating for legal sports betting through Keno operators, like bars and restaurants. The Supreme Court struck down a federal law banning commercial sports betting in most states. Since then, Governor Charlie Baker filed a bill that would allow sports betting at slot parlors and casinos, including MGM Springfield – but not bars and restaurants. Fair Play Massachusetts spokesman Ryan McCollum joined me to discuss how the current bill may adversely impact the average person who wants to participate in sports betting.
Kristine Allard, Chief Development & Communications Officer of Square One joined us recently to chat about this amazing organization and their upcoming Kentucky Derby Party (tickets available). Square One provides early education and care to over 500 infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children every day. In addition, they provide family support services and workforce development opportunities to 1,500 families each year. We discuss how Square One’s efforts, supported by the community, stabilizes children’s lives and leads to long-term academic, social, physical, and emotional success. Learn more at startatsquareone.org.
Lauran Thompson is the Founder of Dockit, which offers flexible workspace for attorneys and legal professionals. Lauren, a paralegal, as well as manager of her family’s law office saw an opportunity to offer a coworking model for the legal community. Lawyers and other legal professionals use Dockit’s space for an array of reasons, from everyday work to an occasional need for collaboration with fellow attorneys. Lauren shares what prompted her to build Dockit, and what the future holds for her flexible workspace.
WesternMA is a generous community, and it’s never more evident when business leaders collaborate to help those in need. Jules Gaudreau, President and Practice Leader at USI Insurance Services, Springfield and Brian Sullivan, Owner at Northeast IT have been supporters of Square One’s Derby Party since it started. The joined me to discuss this year’s event, why they support Square One, and other philanthropic endeavors. For those not familiar with Square One, the nonprofit provides a range of family-friendly education and support services for children and families to build the foundation for lifelong learning, to make smart choices, and to grow strong cognitively, emotionally, socially and physically.
There is still time to get tickets for this year’s Derby Party, which is May 4th, at Mercedes-Benz of Springfield. Happening hats, dapper dudes, the races, and an entire Kentucky Derby experience right here in Chicopee. Order tickets here - Kentucky Derby Party to benefit Square One.
Both personally and professionally, Phil Goncalves has been involved in the financial fabric of Western Massachusetts for over two decades. Presently, Phil serves as the Senior Vice President of Westfield Bank, helping identify growth opportunities for the institution and its customers. Beyond his commercial banking career, Phil is an Adjunct Business Professor, and active on several nonprofit Boards throughout the community including The Randall Boys & Girls Club/Ludlow Community Center, Junior Achievement, and the STCC Foundation Board. We chat about the economy, the state of small business growth, and Downtown Springfield’s transformation.
JDog Junk Removal and Hauling, is on a mission to empower Veteran business ownership. So, it made sense for Wade Rivest to become a franchisee. Wade, himself a Master Sergeant in the 104th Fighter Wing and a Westfield resident, opened the business in March 2018. He is now living out his entrepreneurial dream and serving his local community. He joined me to discuss JDog, and his journey toward business ownership. If you have junk or clutter, or a shed, hot tub, fencing, etc. that needs to go, or an appliance delivered or any other lite hauling, learn how JDog Junk Removal and Hauling can help.