Winner of the 2011 Sodexo Diverse Supplier Award

June 14, 2011

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The Supporting Cast is proud to announce that ANSERTEAM has won Sodexo International’s 2011 Diverse Supplier Award. Attending the award ceremony was Denise Jakeway, CEO of the The Supporting Cast, and Phil Jakeway, Executive Vice President. The Supporting Cast is the New York ANSERTEAM affiliate and has been providing staffing support to Sodexo since 2007. Denise Jakeway is an Executive Director on the board of ANSERTEAM. Our team is proud to be a part of this significant achievement.

Read the full press release.

Sodexo Diverse Supplier Award

ANSERTEAM Conference 2011

January 20, 2011

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Members of the The Supporting Cast team will be attending the Annual ANSERTEAM Conference from March 23 – 35. This year’s conference is being held in New Orleans, with Kate Vitasek, author of Vested Outsourcing, as the keynote speaker. The Supporting Cast was chosen by ANSERTEAM as their New York managing member. ANSERTEAM allows companies to experience local-quality staffing support across their national offices.

ANSERTEAM, United We Thrive

Our Twitter Job Feed

September 8, 2010

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For those following our twitter job feed @castny, Twitter’s recent change to their authentication rules has interrupted the way our job posting system talks to Twitter. Please stay tuned – should be resolved shortly.

Our talented team of recruiters keeps growing!

May 27, 2010

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We are happy to announce the addition of two new direct hire recruiters to our team. Daisy James and Jessica Bruckner bring 30 combined years of recruiting experience to The Supporting Cast and our clients.

Daisy James
Daisy is excited to bring her 18 years of recruitment, management and client services experience to The Supporting Cast. She specializes in finding talent in top tier asset management firms, hedge funds to international auction houses and world renowned banks.

Jessica Bruckner
Jessica has an M.S. degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She started her career in corporate human resources and has been in the staffing industry for ten years. She specializes in placing office support and human resources professionals in all industries and absolutely loves this business.

Job Seekers are Hiding Their Facebook Pages

March 29, 2010

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Are you afraid to be found on Facebook? According to a recent CNN article, many young job seekers are using pseudonyms to make their presence on Facebook less apparent to potential employers. If you’re concerned about sharing information with more than just your “friends,” now might be a good time to review your Facebook privacy settings.

Of course, you can also use Facebook to purposely share content that would attract recruiters and employers.

The Supporting Cast Welcomes Daisy James

March 16, 2010

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The Supporting Cast is happy to announce the addition of Daisy James to our team! Daisy has over 18 years of experience in business development, staffing firm management and direct-hire recruiting. Daisy has joined the Cast to lead our Executive Support Division. We are excited to have her on-board.

6 Ways to Get Better and Get Hired

February 24, 2010

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Get Results

In a recent blog post on Work Strong, Peter Weddle pulled no punches when he described the current job market and what job seekers need to do in order to remain competitive:

“This job market is a poser. It wants you to think it’s a regular old job market just like those we’ve always had. And, if you buy into that notion, you’ll be setting yourself up for failure…Today, the come as you are job market has been replaced by the “get better if you want to get work” job market. And most people are unaware of the change.”

You can read the full article here, but in summary, Weddle tells job seekers that they can no longer rely on past skills and accomplishments. In order to compete against the job competition, you have to continually upgrade your skill set.

We present 6 ways you can “get better” and get the attention of more hiring managers:

  1. Dedicate 30-60 minutes each day to train on a new skill. 30 minutes a day is doable for anyone. The time you would normally spend watching a television sitcom, playing a video game, or talking on the phone, could be used to develop new software skills, learn a new language, or study for a certification. Your 30 minutes could be spent with a training book, practicing functions in a software application, or following tutorials on the web. Just google the skill or software you’re after + “tutorials” and you’ll find plenty of free resources that can help you. The Supporting Cast offers free MS Office tutorials to job seekers – just contact us to receive a link.
  2. Take a class. This may require a greater investment of time and money, but taking a night or weekend class can get your skills up to speed quickly. If you find that self-study takes too much self-discipline, a class with set days and hours could be the way to go. Classes have the advantage of a live, interactive environment, and an instructor can give you immediate answers to your questions. It’s also a chance to network with peers and learn from people with similar goals.
  3. Intern. Many job seekers scoff at internships. Afterall, who wants to work for free? Although internships might not pay the bills, they are a great avenue for anyone, regardless of experience, who wants to learn a new skill or embark on a new career. In fact, an internship can be the most effective way to learn new skills – nothing beats on-the-job training. Although there’s no guarantee, internships can lead to full-time positions. Before picking up an internship, just make sure the employer is clear on what you’ll be doing for the company. You want to develop skills and applicable experience, not make coffee runs.
  4. Find a mentor. Do you know somebody who has the skills and experience you would like to achieve? Ask them if they would mind spending an hour each week mentoring you. When it comes to sharing expertise, most professionals will have no problem paying-it-forward. In addition to gaining knowledge, you’ve also made an industry contact who might be able to help you find work.
  5. Drop skills that are no longer useful. Sometimes, to learn new skills you have to abandon old ones. For instance, a graphic designer who knows Quark, but wants to learn the ins and outs of InDesign, may need to stop building layouts in Quark. When we’re comfortable using an application or skill set, our natural tendency is to turn to it every time. Sometimes, to become better and master new areas, you have to break out of your comfort zone.
  6. Join Groups and Communities. Online groups, like the kind you can find on LinkedIn and Meetup, can be a great way to learn about trends in your industry, and to pick up pointers from your peers. For instance, if you’re an Administrative Assistant, you can network and learn from other assistants by joining the Administrative Assistants Group on Linkedin. Meetup.com, although an online resource, allows like-minded individuals to schedule in-person group meetings based on location. And again, besides building knowledge and skills, you’re also building an invaluable network of contacts.

Follow one, or all of these skill building, self-improvement strategies and you’ll be taking the right steps to becoming more competitive in the “get better to get work” job market.

Blog your way to a better job

February 5, 2010

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To Blog or Not to Blog

Social media is a terrific way to build your personal (professional) brand. Blogs, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and even YouTube can get you in front of recruiters much faster than your resume. The problem is many job seekers don’t have a strategy for using social media, “Should I start tweeting first?” “Isn’t Facebook just for personal connections?” “How can YouTube help me with my job search?” In this series we’ll outline a basic strategy for using social networking tools to advance your career. Today’s article will look at why a blog should be your entry point into social media.

Your blog’s purpose
A personal blog allows you to show-off your expertise and experience by developing content. The primary content of your blog should be articles, how-to’s and videos that you author. Are you an administrative assistant? Write an article telling other assistants how they can use Outlook more effectively. Graphic designer? Use screen capture software and record your own Photoshop tutorials. The information you share will help others, but it will also show prospective employers that you know your stuff.

Why blog before using Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media?
Think of your blog as the place where you house all of the content you want employers to see. Think of Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook as vehicles for getting employers to your content. For example, a web designer could tweet, “Working with jQuery on several projects” and leave it at that, but it would be much more effective to link that tweet back to his blog where he discusses the projects and his jQuery skills in detail. Blogging tools like WordPress can also be setup as full-fledged websites, so you have a portfolio of work to display, you can easily integrate it with your blog.

More work but a bigger payoff
Writing a good blog post takes a lot more time and effort than updating your LinkedIn status or retweeting someone else’s content, but it’s worth the effort. One well crafted blog post can get you a lot exposure if it becomes popular on sites like Digg, and tweeting your own content means others can retweet it – again, giving your personal brand more exposure.

Have your blog update your other social media accounts
If you already have a Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter account, you can easily setup those accounts to receive your blog’s feed. This integration is another great reason to make your blog command central for your content and personal brand.

If you’re already tweeting, leveraging connections through LinkedIn, and maintaining your Facebook profile for professional use, all without the use of a blog, that’s fine! It doesn’t mean you’re doing things wrong, but you should consider the benefits blogging can bring to your personal brand and career development.

In our next article we’ll look at job seeker do’s and don’ts when using Facebook.

Job Seekers Get More Control Over Their LinkedIn Profile

February 2, 2010

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A major update from LinkedIn, “Starting today, we bring you the ability to reorder the sections on your LinkedIn profile via drag-and-drop. This enhancement, one of the more highly-requested features from our users, gives you the ability to highlight the skills, expertise, and/or experiences that make you stand out.”

Here’s a video on how to use the new feature:

Hospitality How-to: Opening Wine

January 28, 2010

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Uncorking some vino? Leave that clumsy butterfly opener in the drawer. Matt Roth, Account Executive for the Hospitality Division of The Supporting Cast, shows you how to properly open a bottle of wine using a wine key.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17bHLHbrRs0

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