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QA: HR Expert and Career Strategist Jean O’Brien on Recruiting Talent Across Generations

August 8, 2017

Recruiting is complex for many reasons, not the least of which is individuals from different generations are often looking for different things in their work environment. That means savvy companies need to understand what appeals to their talent based not only the actual job, but a host of factors. Jean O’Brien, PHR and President of The O’Brien Group, LLC works with companies to create effective career development programs and increase retention. As a career strategist and career transition coach, she also works with the job seekers, giving her a keen understanding of what they value in the workplace. Jean sat down ... Read more

Creating a Sense of Purpose Leads to Employee Satisfaction

August 3, 2017

Every year, Fortune unveils a list of the 100 best places to work, and Great Places to Work analyzes the factors that land companies on this list. These factors are the kind of things companies and agencies are looking to uncover when they commission recruitment branding, because these are the very things that attract bright talent. We have looked at two predictions so far: prediction 1: a fairer place to work and prediction 2: increased focus on developing all employees. Today, we’ll look at the final prediction from the report. Prediction 3: A Deeper Sense of Purpose for All Employees Millennials are entering ... Read more

Winning Contractor: AMERICAN SYSTEMS Wins $30M Navy Contract for Advanced Air Vehicle Training Support

August 1, 2017

The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) 4.3 Air Vehicle Engineering Department awarded a five-year $30.3 Million Single Award IDIQ contract to AMERICAN SYSTEMS. NAVAIR’s mission is to provide full lifecycle support of naval aviation aircraft, weapons, and systems operated by Sailors and Marines and provide efficient, high-quality air vehicle engineering support for the U.S. Navy’s aircraft. AMERICAN SYSTEMS will support these missions by supporting Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD). The company will provide specialized engineering and technical services in support of the development and operation of state-of-the-art air vehicle dynamic simulations and architecture, collision avoidance systems algorithm design ... Read more

How Recruitment Research Helps You Find Future Rock Stars

July 27, 2017

As the workforce ages and baby boomers leave both the public and private sectors, filling the void is a priority—and a challenge. Competition is fierce for finding talented and skilled personnel who are the right fit for your organization. On top of that, what age cohorts like Millennials want from their professional life is often different than what the Generation Xers hiring them value. How can contractors or government agencies stand out? Recruitment research is one way to understand the myriad factors at play. In a few weeks, Market Connections Vice President, Laurie Morrow, is hosting a Best Practices webinar on ... Read more

Why You Need to Invest in Your People

July 25, 2017

Every year, Fortune unveils a list of the 100 best places to work, and Great Places to Work analyzes the factors that land companies on this list. These factors are the kind of things companies and agencies are looking to uncover when they commission recruitment branding, because these are the very things that attract bright talent. A few weeks ago, we looked at the first prediction: a fairer place to work. Today, we look at the second prediction from the report. Prediction 2: Increased Focus on Developing All Employees Companies and agencies that thrive will invest in their people. All of them. The study ... Read more

Winning Contractor: CSRA Wins $498M DISA Contract

July 20, 2017

The U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is taking the next step in its IT transformation by awarding CSRA a $498 million ceiling contract to support milCloud 2.0 Phase 1. Under the contract, CSRA will provide DoD with a private cloud infrastructure and leverage existing economies of scale with the company’s FedRAMP High offering ARC-P. The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract contains a three-year base period that will run through June 8, 2020, followed by five one-year options. CSRA was one of several companies to submit proposals for the contract. The milCloud 2.0 Platform will allow DoD customers to deploy CSRA’s ... Read more

Does Agency Recruitment Branding Really Matter?

July 18, 2017

How can the government attract the best and brightest? It starts with good branding demonstrating why the agency is the place to work. The need is especially high now as many government employees are nearing retirement. How can the government appeal to young talent? Recruitment branding helps attract young talent and keeps them engaged. The private sector has excelled at recruitment branding for years. Industry leaders are not only innovative with product development, but have also created the type of brand that inspires people, making them sought-after employers that attract and retain the right talent. Yet, despite its importance, and the model private ... Read more

What Makes a Workplace Great?

July 13, 2017

Every year, Fortune unveils a list of the 100 best places to work. As researchers, we like to look at the data and see the trends. That’s why we are thrilled Great Places to Work analyzed the various factors that landed companies on this list to come up with three predictions for the workplace of the future (hint: a fair workplace is at the top of the list). When companies come to us for recruitment research, one of their key concerns is what type of culture will attract the best and brightest? A Deloitte survey reinforces: Nearly seven in ten executives ... Read more

Winning Government Contracts: the Best Practices Webinar Recap

July 11, 2017

Best Practices: Using Research to Position Your Company For Contract Wins from Market Connections, Inc. on Vimeo. Every person who competes for contracts understands the value of information: information about what the customer needs and wants, including information about competitors. For government contractors, there is a range of sources to gather this information. As the table below shows, all the sources have value as well as limitations. As a market research firm, we feel capture research is important to add into the data gathering mix. Recently, our Executive Vice President, Aaron Heffron, shared the importance of capture research to help contractors learn ... Read more

Top Innovator: Forbes Names CoStar Group One of the World’s Most Innovative Growth Companies

July 6, 2017

For the fourth consecutive year, Forbes added CoStar Group, Inc. to the Forbes World’s Most Innovative Growth Companies list. This honor highlights the company’s continued dedication to revolutionizing commercial real estate and multifamily industries by providing innovative software and solutions. “We remain steadfast in our commitment to unlocking new opportunities for businesses and consumers alike with our research intelligence and marketplace solutions,” said CoStar Group Founder and Chief Executive Officer Andrew Florance. “The role we play at the center of the $17 trillion dollar real estate industry is profound and requires constant innovation to stay ahead and continue to bring value to our clients.” In ... Read more


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