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hiremeHiring recent graduates is something employers can go back and forth about. I strongly believe that companies should in fact hire recent graduates. When I say recent graduates I mean ones that show qualities such as determination.

With hiring recent graduates, not only do you gain fresh ideas, but motivation to make an impact and eagerness to earn success. As the world evolves, companies need to be adaptable to new technology and stay current in order to succeed. With hiring recent graduates allows opportunity for them to share all of their fresh knowledge they just learned, along with being up to date with current trends and ways to attract new business.

Employers could say that recent graduates have no experience in the real world, which is somewhat true, but how do you gain experience if no one is willing to give you a chance? Hiring recent graduates is like a clean canvas, it gives them the opportunity to prove themselves and show why they are qualified for a position, as well as incorporating obstacles they’ve overcame from past jobs and internships. Don’t get me wrong, there are two types of people, ones that are determined to succeed and others that lack motivation and want to achieve without putting in the work. You just have to weed out the bad ones, which shouldn’t be too difficult. A dedicated recent graduate’s resume will be A+ worthy.

Recent graduates also come with motivation to make an impact, with spending majority of their life in school they are ready to get out in the real world and apply everything they just learned. People often disagree and say that recent graduates are just interested in compensation, which plays a factor in everybody, but it is way more than just that. Recent graduates are motivated to land a job so they can continue learning newer skills, improving themselves as an employee, and providing skills and knowledge to add value to a company.

Lastly, I believe that recent graduates want to earn success. Being able to push and challenge yourself every day to achieve success is a quality that recent graduates possess. Before employers turn their heads to recent graduates I would like them to think about what comes with hiring recent graduates.

I strongly believe that recent graduates who are determined to succeed, motivated to work, have the ability to learn from obstacles that may come their way and are loyal are ones worth hiring.

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Trend: “A general direction in which something is developing or changing.”Trends

It is easy to point out the trends in food and fashion (thank you very much social media), but resume trends, not so much. Truth be told, on an average, recruiters spend only 6 seconds reviewing a resume. I would think that it would take 6 seconds just to read the person’s bio, but that may just be me. In reality that just proves how similar, redundant and unoriginal everyone’s resumes are appearing to be. I know, I thought my resume was polished and perfected too…little did I realize that it needed a whole new makeover, head to toe.

So where do you even being to start with fixing your resume? This brings us to trend:

#1 Professional Prepared Resumes

Errors! Errors and typos will draw attention to the viewer. The smallest typo could set someone off. Make sure you get your there, their, and they’re correct. Not to mention brushing up on the comma rules. Back in 2013, CareerBuilder surveyed hiring managers, human resource professionals and workers across the board. This is what they found: “58% of employers pointed out typos the most common problem they saw in resumes. 36% of them said they were seeing resumes that were too generic, and 32% of them identified “copying a large amount of wording from the job posting” as a problem.

So this brings us back to where do you even begin. You could start with using a grammar software such as Grammarly. That will get rid of the errors, but not the generic content. John Laurens, a human resources manager from Resumes Planet strongly believes if you are not proficient in resume writing, you will make a mistake. He said, “You’ll either write a generic resume or you’ll get into too many details.  A professional writer is aware of the standards of different industries.” Laurens also believes that your chances of getting an interview if they hire a professional writer will increase.

#2: Personality Will Play an Even Greater Role

Have you ever hung out with a group of people who shared no similar interests to you? The conversation usually ends up pretty awkward and boring. Well, imagine landing yourself a new job that you are so excited about…but not meshing with your coworkers. Personality traits are just as important if not more, as your core skills. You can train someone on skills, but not their personality. Laura Handrick, human resources staff writer says: “Job search continues to be personal. People don’t hire from paper, they hire people they trust will do a great job in the role.” People hire real people.

So after you apply, follow up with a friendly phone call or see if you have any mutual connections that work at the company. Failing to follow up puts you at the bottom of the list.

#3: Social Media Will Get More Important

70% of employers are screening candidates via social media before hiring them. 54% have decided not to hire a candidate after screening their social media profiles, and 57% are less likely to consider someone for an interview if they can’t find them online.” So social media means serious business! Think again before you post something or share a post, people are always looking.

Comparing Facebook and LinkedIn, Facebook has 1.86 billion users and LinkedIn has 433 million members. Both social platforms are filled with demographic information, based on how much you share. “This will be key for employers as they target their job ads in order to reach the candidates with proper credentials.”

#4 Digital Resumes and Portfolios

Have you ever applied for a job posting through the mail? You probably didn’t even know that was a thing. The internet is the most important function when it comes to your job search, right? Alec Sears, human resources manager from Frontier Communications, says: “In 2018 you will see a shift towards digital resumes and portfolios. The format of the resume itself won’t change much…but wise job-seekers will utilize personal websites, online portfolios and even LinkedIn connections to stand out.”

So there you have it, the top 2018 trends. Get the ball rolling and start working on your resume today. Reach out to a few old friends or connections and ask for career advice. Consider brushing up on your public speaking or do a mock interview with your mom. Most importantly, clean up your social media and delete anything you wouldn’t want your grandma seeing. Turn yourself into a trendsetter today and make your resume stand out!

We are always hiring for positions. Apply online today. We promise we will take a long look at your resume!

generationsMillennials: The largest living generation, now up against the current generation, Gen Z.  Both generations contain a few similarities, but many differences. “These differences are sure to prompt additional adjustment when it comes to leadership, recruiting, parenting, and marketing.” How will Gen Z rank compared to Millennials in the work force?

Millennials are often described as money spenders all because of the avocado toast phase. If you are unaware, avocado toast is exactly what it sounds like- avocado, on a piece of toast. Have you tried avocado toast? Are you outside of the millennial era? People spend thousands of dollars on coffee every year, what’s the difference.

Millennials also classified as: Thinking it’s cool not to care and being so absorbed in social media that they are socially illiterate. But we are forgetting about all the positives that came from millennials. Millennials are known for being a voice of their own. They may be absorbed in social media, but they are very tech savvy and express themselves through pictures.

“By now, the oldest millennials are 35. They aren’t children anymore – in fact, a majority of them are leaders with decision-making power and direct reports.”

On the other hand Generation Z is, “Growing up in a healthier economy and appear eager to be cut loose. They don’t wait for their parents to teach them things or tell them how to make decisions. Gen Z is already out in the world, curious and driven, investigating how to obtain relevant professional experience before college.” But what does this mean for the work force?

Defined as anyone born after 1995, Generation Z is marked by crisis. 9/11 and two economic recessions. With watching the struggle of the job market, Gen Z is defined to be more careful when it comes to finances. Much like many Millennials, Gen Z has never lived in a world without cell phones, computers, and the internet.

Gen Z is already stepping into entry-level jobs, how will this generation work? Ryan Jenkins, a next generation speaker shares how Generation Z differs from Millennials: more pragmatic, more cautious, more money conscious, more face-to-face, less noticed, more global, more individualistic, more tech dependent, less parented, more early-starts, more disruptive, more multi-tasking, less focused, and more entrepreneurial.

Less focused but more entrepreneurial…how does that work? Alexandra Levit stated, “Even if you’re a small operation, you can still have a Gen Z internship program. These children are so mature and they learn so fast, they might just be ready to take over by the time they’re 22.”

Ryan Jenkins shared the similarities between the two.

-”Both generations are extremely interested in building their personal brand by gaining transferable skills that they cant ake to any job or leverage to become an entrepreneur.”

-”60% of Generation Z wants to have an impact on the world. And 84% of Millennials say making a difference in the world is more important than professional recognition.”

-”The most important workplace factor for Generation Z is opportunity for advancement. The #1 reason Millennials leave organizations is due to lack of career opportunity.”

Do you believe that these are true difference and similarities between the two? Are you a millennial that doesn’t fit into the stereotype? Share your opinion. Ambitious, ready for a change, need a new opportunity, check out our open positions at

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What is your resolution going to be this upcoming year?As the winter holidays come to an end, we all chose one day to set a resolution. Maybe we are feeling guilty about all eggnog, pumpkin pie, gingerbread cookies, and holiday treats, or feeling inspired to change to make a difference. Out of all the days, we decide that the New Year is a year for something different. Many of us active gym goers may dread this time of the year, because that only means one thing, packed fitness centers. A little over a month rolls around and you notice a decrease in attendance. Are people that likely to quit? On average, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February…one month later. Why is the failure rate so high?

According to Business Insider, common resolutions include: exercise more often, time management, save money, learn a new language, build your personal brand, manage stress and land a new job.

Exercise more often. As in: exercise 2 hours a day, exercise 5 times a week, run 10 miles a week, life 5lbs heavier every week. What does “exercise more often” exactly mean to you? Setting a resolution is a great start, but  focusing deeper into the why of your resolution is what will make it stay. I want to follow a half marathon training schedule, and run a half marathon by May.

Let’s focus on “landing a new job” made the list of common resolutions. That is a BIG resolution to work towards. We can all relate to how discouraging and draining the job search can be. Hours spent tweaking your resume to fit a job description, searching job boards every second of every minute, and constantly refreshing your e-mail. Business Insider says, “Millennials are predicted to change jobs four times before they turn 32 years-old.” This makes you think, are people just applying to apply, or applying for the money aspect?

Before you chose to set your resolution, you may want to set mini goals to help you get to that resolution. I’m going to sign up for a gym memberships; I’m going to take a cycling class every Saturday, etc.

For landing a job: hire a recruiter, attend a resume workshop, get on the phone more often than e-mailing, connect with old friends, talk to friends of friends and ask for help. Regardless, are 80% of people failing to meet their resolutions because they physically can’t achieve them or because they have no motivation to work towards them? Think about how you will go upon successfully achieving your resolution before you decide on one.

Set yourself up for success and be one of the 20% of people who succeed towards their resolution. And if that may be landing a new job, check out We’d love to help!

Pat DuganA recent Crain’s survey informed us that among over 650-plus Chicago-area men and women surveyed in January, 62% —nearly 2 out of 3—said changing companies was necessary for advancement in the local job market.

We know this isn’t a Chicago issue per sé but we do know that certain industries offer fewer opportunities for growth and increased income than others. Frequently large CPG firms, common in this area, take the brunt of not allowing the growth or compensation opportunities needed to make a long stay worthwhile. Rather than waiting for promotions, people are leaving.

Foster GrowthWhile many suggest the Millennial generation, followed by their predecessor Gen Xers, tend to move with the highest frequency, we’ve got a few suggestions on how better to manage churn.  In fact, there are even strong arguments that encourage moves that support both employer and employee.
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Pat DuganNo matter the burdens we’re facing of a divided government or a deeply affected constituency with its own divides, the light is always there —if we care to see it.

The future is bright, and getting brighter according to observations made about a new generation whose pragmatism, entrepreneurial curiosity and realism are being tapped into as the next best thing.

Generation Z is available for hire.

Generation ZFollowing the Millennial generation is a group making up approximately 25% of the population; all-in-all, bigger than the Baby Boomers or the Millennials. According to Hal Brotheim, author of Introducing Generation Z, they’ll be better future employees.

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Well, it appears the Chicago Hawks won’t be left behind. If things continue as they are today, like the Cubbies, the Hawks will be extending their icy-hot brand of winning, and bringing more hardware back to Chicago’s municipal trophy case.
Today, they hold the number one position within the Central Western conference. Num-Ber-One, a place they haven’t held since the 2012-2013 season.
We can’t help but appreciate the interplay and growth that can happen between exceptional players and terrific leadership when we think about Joel Quenneville; the second most winning-est coach in history.  What’s the secret sauce behind those that track record? Cultivation and tenure? Fire  and philosophy? Lady luck?
Sports leaders and their teams show us variables that sometimes don’t allow us to be certain of whether it’s team cultivation or an elusive chemistry that brings it all together. But it seems that managers and coaches who succeed have a lot of the same characteristics.
One thing they seem to share is an awareness of what’s going on outside the clubhouse. While some companies we watch on a daily basis show us lengthy tenures by colorful CEOs – Reed Hastings Netflix 19 years, Jeff Bezos, Amazon,  21 years, Dan Amos, AFLAC, 27 years, Rupert Murdoch, News Corp., 38 years, Roger Penske, Penske Corp., 48 years – according to a recent Temple University study on CEO tenures, the optimal length of stay for a CEO is just 4.8 years. The reason being that, “…after about five years, chief executives will rely more on their internal network rather than information that comes from outside markets. This tendency to focus inward causes them to become less attuned to market conditions and customers, which ultimately hurts the company.”
Of course they’re different scenarios: corporate America versus professional sports.  Differences in commercial season lengths/sports seasons lengths, extremely different compensation granted for a wing or goalie versus a marketing manager. And, of course, very different market  and category factors.
Interestingly, in Q3 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the average wage/salaried employee lasts just 4.7 years, The median number of years that wage and salary workers had been with their current employer was 4.2 years in January 2016, down from 4.6 years in January 2014. Some might argue that approximately 4.7 years of collaborative business leadership and management efforts aren’t nearly enough to shift the needle, elevate a brand or expand without hiccups.
Mindsets that include solid standards and clearly-defined expectations seem to trump all, though. Of the aforementioned CEOs with decades of vested time, all demand consistent performances from their teams. Their personal expectations run wildly high. and have a contagious effect on their company cultures that stands the test of time. It‘s all about consistency.
We find those characteristics in the Hawks’ Coach Q and the Cubs’ Joe Maddon. In the case of Maddon, a lifetime’s worth of gumption and managerial agility found its perfect application.
Quenneville, recognized as a player’s coach, is noted for his strong compassion for his players. In nine years, his tactics reveal a slow burn approach to managing people, with a deep hunger for the game. When interviewed, he cites a favorite part of coaching as being cultivating players. Compare that with Joe Maddon, who’s also expert at handling young players and veterans alike.
One similarity between the two? They each brought home the ultimate prize at the end of their second season at the helm of their respective teams.
There aren’t many finite assumptions about generating greatness, but we can touch on winning factors found on the field or office. Here are a few that a Joel Quenneville and the Blackhawks organization exemplify, and they’re factors that any company should emulate in creating equal ideal alignment between job candidate and organization:
1) Understand the nuances of leadership, and bring the right candidates to complimentary leaders so there’s a good stylistic fit.
2) Encourage candidates —whether managers, subordinates or administrative workers – to develop a sensitivity for peers and the greater goals of an organization.
3) Coaching people – whether hockey players or our own candidates at North Bridge – to expect to deliver success wherever they go. When we do that, we’ve found that that success always followsWell, it appears the Chicago Hawks won’t be left behind. If things continue as they are today, like the Cubbies, the Hawks will be extending their icy-hot brand of winning, and bringing more hardware back to Chicago’s municipal trophy case.

Pat DuganWell, it looks like our Chicago Blackhawks won’t be left behind. If things continue as they are today, like the Cubbies, the Hawks will be extending their icy-hot brand of winning, and bringing more hardware back to Chicago’s municipal trophy case.

Today, as the Cup playoffs loom, they hold the number one slot in the Central Western conference. Num-Ber-One, a spot they haven’t held since the 2012-2013 season.

We can’t help but appreciate the interplay and growth that can happen between exceptional players and terrific leadership when we think about Joel Quenneville; the second most winning-est coach in history.  What’s the secret sauce behind those that track record? Cultivation and tenure? Fire  and philosophy? Lady luck?
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Pat DuganWe’re not telling anybody anything newsworthy when we mention President Donald Trump’s stated objections to illegal immigrants taking jobs on this side of the border.

Whether or not they’re actually stealing those jobs from native Americans—many of whom haven’t shown an interest in being migrant produce pickers or low-wage janitors and maintenance workers—is a question for somebody else to answer.

TrumpBut Trump’s election has definitely resonated with many foreign temp workers who are here legally, working on H-1B visas.

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Pat DuganAs we roll into the New Year, there always new trends to keep an eye on as the job market evolves. There will be some new “best practices” for the jobseeker and the human resources professional alike, and job sectors will open up – while others will narrow. Here are just a few of the 5 Trends 2017trends that’ll affect business staffing.

1. Growing transparency in the hiring process

Today’s best candidates aren’t like yesterday’s jobseekers. They expect more transparency and responsiveness from the entire process, just as they expect it from marketers or commerce providers that are part of their digital world. If you’re not upfront about matters like compensation, benefits, company culture and other factors, a lot of the new generation of job seekers simply won’t be interested.

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Pat DuganSome of us here at North Bridge are South Siders at heart, so it pains us to acknowledge competence anywhere around the intersection of Clark and Addison. If you’re not from Chicago, find a Chicagoan and ask them what that means. If you’re from around here, there’s no explanation necessary.

But as staffing and recruiting professionals, we always have to admire when an organization gets it right. Hiring Theo Epstein to be the man in charge of the Chicago Cubs turned out to be exactly the perfect move for that franchise.


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Pat DuganThere are changes on the way in the workplace, and they’ll impact all of us — from candidates to hiring managers alike, in a wide range of segments. And, as you might expect, a lot of those jobs are being driven by technology.

So what are some of the changes we’re going to see over the next few years?

1. The rise of customer service & sales automation: It’s estimated by the technology analysts at the Gartner Group that by 2020, 85% of a customer’s interactions with a company will be automated, as artificial intelligence platforms take over sales and customer service functions presently being handled by us messy, inefficient and expensive human beings.

What’s that mean for us today? If you’re interested in a career in these areas, you’d better do your research to make sure there’ll still be the opportunities you seek in those segments.

6 Ways Tomorrow's JobsNot every company is going to automate immediately, of course. But as the Cloud-based platforms that provide marketing and customer service automation become more prevalent — and universally affordable — they’ll be adopted by more and more companies.

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Pat DuganAt North Bridge, we’ve learned a few things by trial and error over the years about why good candidates apply to a job posting — and why they don’t.

And as the dynamics of recruiting change, thanks to social media and word-of-mouth, it’s important to stay alert and aware of candidate behaviors and mindsets. Because there’s no worse feeling for a recruiter than to post a job…and then get very few applications. Sometimes? None at all.

What’s up with that?

A new survey by LinkedIn probed the reasons why candidates don’t apply for a job, asking 20,000 people (including 7,000 recent job-switchers) why they don’t apply to listed jobs. The results bear out something we’ve observed ourselves — that in an age where more and more information is available about companies, work cultures and jobs, the employers who don’t serve up enough information are the ones who don’t get applications.
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