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News, analysis, and musings on talent management technology

Fresh Air and the Future Workforce

What experiences help children grow into positive, productive adults, the kind of people companies want to hire?

At the top of the list is a support network: family, friends, educators, and community members who guide, nurture, and encourage children and serve as role models. Education is essential as well, as are meaningful experiences that expose young people to the world of work, and the world at large.


This week, StepStone Solutions, a provider of talent management software, announced it will buy MrTed, a company specializing in talent acquisition software. MrTed's products will enhance StepStone's offerings, positioning the company for continued growth.

The Sherrod Incident

Discussion surrounding the dismissal of Shirley Sherrod has been focused largely on race, but there's another component to the story that requires employers' attention.

In case you missed the news, Sherrod was forced to resign from her position as the U.S. Department of Agriculture's director of rural development in Georgia for remarks she made at a Georgia NAACP banquet that were assumed to be racist.

It turns out her comments were taken out of context. Sherrod was actually talking about her personal growth and sharing how she had become more enlightened.

A Greener Google

The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) reports that Internet search giant Google has struck a 20-year deal to buy clean energy from NextEra Energy wind farm and at the same time enter the wholesale energy market.

According to the article, Google intends to buy 114 megawatts of wind generation at a fixed price each year from a NextEra facility in Iowa and sell the power back to the energy grid via the regional spot market. Adds to Search Capabilities

Any successful provider of talent management products and services will tell you that simply having fantastic solutions isn't enough. Just because you build it, doesn't mean they will come.

In an increasingly competitive world, it's essential to get the word out about offerings., a leading online marketing platform for the human resource industry, has been helping HR vendors generate publicity, website traffic, and sales leads since 2000.

Banking on Recovery

Although the economic engine is still not exactly humming along, employers in financial services, the sector arguably responsible for the recession, have started adding to staff.

The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) reports that from the end of February through May financial services employment in New York City grew by 6,800 jobs, the largest three-month increase in nearly two years.

Teen Unemployment

Teenagers and summer jobs were once as much a part of America as the Fourth of July and fireworks. But interest in hiring teens during the summer months has waned in recent years, and lack of employment opportunities for young job seekers has only been exacerbated by the recession.

The Last Cut Was the Deepest

A series of four polls conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) from October 2008 to March 2010 offer insight into how companies have responded to the economic climate and provide a look at how employers might respond going forward.

Conference Calendar

The SHRM Annual Conference, which takes place this week in San Diego, marks the unofficial start of HR and recruitment conference season.

Other upcoming events include HR Technology Conference & Expo, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, in Chicago, and ERE Expo, Oct. 26-28, in Hollywood, Fla.

From Reruns to the Fall Calendar

As previously mentioned, this blog has decided to run a few past articles from TMT's sister publication, Online Recruitment Magazine (Onrec). Below you'll find a still-timely article from 2008 about why you should attend conferences.

In the spirit of full disclosure, it should be mentioned that Onrec sponsors live events, including the upcoming Onrec Expo 2010.

Attending Conferences

By Paula Santonocito