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Finding the Right Fit Important for Employers and Employees

Oct 31, 2014 12:50PM ● By Jill Cueni Cohen
Hiring good workers has always been of critical concern to companies, and that’s particularly true in today’s business atmosphere. However, hiring doesn’t have to be an organization’s problem, according to Judith Bernhard, owner of Advance Sourcing Concepts, LLC, a full-service human resources contract and sourcing company. In fact, if you outsource the task, hiring the right people can become an amazing asset.

“Business is very challenging, and good employees are the lynchpin for continued success,” said Bernhard, who has been in business in Ross Township since 2005, and is a member of the American Staffing Association. “There are many consequences of a bad hire. It can cost as much as 10 times the annual salary of the person from whom you have to separate. There is time and expense lost on training as well as concerns regarding the company information that leaves along with the employee.”

Business regulations and liabilities have become cumbersome, and Bernhard noted that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a prime example. “Businesses are very nervous about conforming to the ACA, but now that it’s unfolding, the legal requirements themselves are beyond the scope of a normal business profile,” she said, adding that her company specializes in helping businesses navigate issues surrounding hiring including background checks, drug screening and skill set testing.

According to the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, thousands of jobs in the Pittsburgh area are going unfilled. “There is a talent shortage in some key industries in our region,” said Bernhard. “It’s not that we don’t have enough people looking for work, but the skill sets don’t match, especially in the energy sector. However, there’s always been a shortage of good people.”

According to a recent study by on employee satisfaction, an overwhelming number of people are in search of a better job. In fact, 57 percent of those surveyed who are employed plan to actively search for a new job in the next year. “Even if you feel you’re presently well-staffed, you may soon find yourself needing to replace employees on short notice,” Bernhard warned, adding that timing is critical when a position needs to be filled. “This is where resources and experience come in. We administer more than 1,200 skills tests, and we’re able to better assure that new hires are qualified. We’re also certified as a woman-owned company, which can help our clients when they are applying for government contracts.”

Hiring requires a plan—from formulating the job description to deciding where to advertise to interviewing and eventually choosing candidates—and the team at Advance Sourcing Concepts works with clients during all or part of the process, including the onboarding of new hires. “Part of the goal of making a good hire is to follow through and make sure that the company is seeing a contribution to their success, but also that the new employee is happy working there,” explained Bernhard. “We keep in touch with both sides to make sure that it happens. “

So what does it take to be a good employee? “The first thing is to show up on time,” Bernhard emphasized. “Attendance and punctuality make a huge difference in the company’s attitude toward a new hire.”

Job advancement is a way of thinking, Bernhard added, noting that the way you dress and the way you behave can be your ticket up the career ladder. “Dress for the next level job that you want, and adopt a positive attitude,” she advised. “Making a contribution to the company’s growth can be anything from offering a new idea and seeking the opportunity to implement it to asking what more you can do to add value to the company.”