Compliance 2.0: It’s Time for a Change

“It’s time for a change,” was the theme of this month’s webinar. Newly appointed President of America’s Job Exchange (AJE), Bill Fanning, was excited to present his very first webinar at the helm of AJE. Bill wasted no time addressing the “elephant in the room” with the majority of our federal contractor customers… today’s compliance is broken. And the only way to affect change is by identifying the frustrations today’s recruiters have with what’s become a “check the box” obligation, and providing them with a solution that redefines their expectations of diversity recruitment and Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) compliance. The time to disrupt is now.

Bill first discussed the current challenges most employers face regarding OFCCP regulations. There are numerous job posting and job distribution sites that make meeting required expectations a “set it and forget it” experience for federal contractors. But while their compliance obligations may be met, diversity candidate flow from these solutions is rarely adequate.  This is because the “generic job push,” a common tool in the recruitment space, doesn’t target diversity candidates where they are online.

Next, Bill explained AJE’s Diversity Recruitment solution, which leverages data to intelligently target the diversity community on the sites they engage with most.  By posting and promoting jobs on relevant sites, then shifting budget based on the most effective efforts, AJE can optimize the return on our customers’ investments.

AJE has developed the AJE Diversity Network as a solution to simplify the process and intelligently engage and deliver the RIGHT candidates…and the early results are jaw dropping.

Is your organization experiencing the same frustrations? Interested in more details? Want to learn about the 3 digit percentage increase our beta customers have had already? If you missed our last webinar, please check out the recording of Compliance 2.0: It’s Time For A Change -Redefining Diversity Recruitment & OFCCP Compliance or call us at 866.926.6284.

When Things Aren’t as They Seem (Non-Obvious Disability and Employment)

Katie, a potential employee, interviews with your company.  She is well qualified to perform the essential functions of the job for which she has applied.  The new employee is a wheelchair user; therefore, you recognize that some reasonable accommodations should made to ensure equality in the work environment.  You gladly work with the new employee, as you would any employee, because you want her to be successful in her position.  What about employees or potential employees who may have a non-obvious disability?  According to the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation, only 26% of people who have a significant disability that limits one or more major life areas use a mobility device, a common indicator of disability.  Use of mobility equipment alone cannot be a predictor of disability.

As Employers, we must be mindful of the employee who may have a non-obvious disability.  According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five people in the United States will experience mental illness.  Depression is the most commonly experienced mental illness and is the leading cause of disability worldwide.  Additionally, 18% of the US population live with anxiety disorders.  Moreover, arthritis continues to be the leading cause of disability in the US.  Nearly 23% of our population cope with arthritis and the serious impact it has on their quality of life.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 66% of working age adults have arthritis and 8 million working age adults report that their ability to work is compromised by arthritis.  The CDC reports nearly half of our population experience chronic illness.  These include cancer, stroke, heart disease, and diabetes.  As the population of the US ages and medical advances allow people with non-obvious disabilities to live longer, the need for workplace accommodations will grow. Continue reading

ASK THE EXPERTS: Recruiting Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities

ASK THE EXPERT: Alan Klapman, Director of Account Management

In our next installment in America’s Job Exchange (AJE) ‘Ask The Expert’ blog series, we will be speaking with Alan Klapman our welcoming Account Management Director. Alan manages the customer experience of the customers he works with directly, in addition to running our team of Account Managers who jointly service AJE’s 1,000+ customers.

Q: Please share with us your background and why working on Account Management makes sense for you?

A: Hi, I’m Alan Klapman the Director of Account Management here at America’s Job Exchange (AJE), the leading diversity recruitment and OFCCP compliance solution provider. I’m responsible for managing customer relationships and facilitating customer empowerment for their mandated workforce requirements and diversity recruitment initiatives.

In addition to being the driving force behind AJE’s successful customer engagement program, my primary focus is building true partnerships with our customers. I’ve been in this industry for over 15 years; always striving to be a trusted advisor by supporting our customers questions and concerns regarding OFCCP requirements and recruitment strategies.

Before coming to America’s Job Exchange, I spent time as an Internet Recruitment Consultant for Monster.com, where I focused on maintaining and expanding relationships with existing customers and helping them maximize Internet recruiting through their available portfolio of products and services.

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11 Tips for Highly Effective Meetings

Unorganized meetings are the worst!

Everyone has been in a meeting that seems to never end, nothing is accomplished and you walk away wondering why you were even invited in the first place or why couldn’t this have been covered in an email … you are not alone!

Meetings, in the workplace, are necessary for exchanging opinions, ideas and collaborating to move projects forward or improve what already exists. Employees should feed excited about participating and contributing to their professional growth and the betterment of their company.

Organizations need to set expectations, so that a positive, constructive and professional experience is had by all employees. All it takes is a little preparation. Continue reading

ASK THE EXPERTS: Diversity Recruitment

ASK THE EXPERT: Diversity Recruitment with Jim Janson, AJE VP of Engineering

Up next in America’s Job Exchange (AJE) ‘Ask The Expert’ blog series, we are featuring Jim Janson, VP of Engineering. Jim lends his expertise both behind the scenes with our product and out in front with his extensive industry knowledge.

Q: You can’t be the Vice President without having proficiency in certain areas. Can you tell us what your areas of focus are at AJE and the unique position you have? 

A:  I have been leading the engineering team at America’s Job Exchange for the past 6 years.  In this role I work with the team that develops and maintains our network of websites, the systems for getting jobs from customers, job distribution services, the Outreach Management Solution, and all of the reporting that support those activities.

Q: How do you use your expertise to assist our customers here at AJE?

A: I work closely with our Sales and Account Management teams to understand the needs of our customers.  I take that input along with my engineering knowledge of our systems to develop proposals for products and enhancements.  This enables us to quickly implement features that help our customers continue to be successful. Continue reading

Top 5 Reasons OFCCP Audits Fail

Here at America’s Job Exchange (AJE) we pride ourselves on “beginning to end” audit support back by our team of compliance experts. This team is led by AJE’s Director of Compliance, Gary Cowan. Gary spent over 24 years at the Department on Labor as an auditor, trainer and director…and now he’s on the “other side.” This unique customer experience, combined with our industry leading diversity recruitment and OFCCP compliance solutions empowers our customers and gives them peace of mind. Being aware of the most prevalent audit failures before an actual government audit, will better prepare federal contractors in creating effective best practices and keeping compliant.

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