The harvest is a popular season in Napa valley for wine drinkers. This year, recruiting firms Gent & Associates, Just Staff, Search First Group, along with hiring managers at RMA Ortho and career expert Dr. Tracey Wilen-Daugenti ventured off to Napa Valley to discuss the latest hiring trends and career strategies in addition to tasting wine.
Some of the topics of discussion included women and hiring, the increase of freelance work, and the shortage of doctors and nurses as well as how to short cut your job search time. There is need for more women executives to apply for financial and technology positions. Leslie Lazarus, Sr. Recruiter and practice lead for Finance, Account, Retail and HR at Gent & Associates noted that there was still a gap in Women CFO (Chief Financial Officer) applicants despite the plethora of opportunities for them. Jennifer Brent, Sr. Recruiter and Lead of the Banking, Marketing and Technology practice at Gent & Associates, agreed and noted that there were opportunities for women in banking and technology but the majority of women were applying for marketing positions. Gary Daugenti President of Gent & Associates agreed that in Silicon Valley there is still a disparity between men and women pursuing technical positions. An overwhelming majority of tech applicants are men. Most women were vying for Marketing, HR, and Sales jobs.
Anne Angelopoulos, Sr. Recruiter for JustStaff mentioned that portfolio careers (a series of freelance jobs) was quickly becoming the new norm and that firms and employees are increasingly finding value in this new work style. Anne also shared the results from JustStaff's spring survey on how job seekers found a job. Results showed that the fastest way to find a job is to pursue positions in the same or similar industry and functional area, jobs with customers or vendors, being active in your field through shared project or volunteering, and to network both in person and on Linkedin. Dr. Tracey Wilen discussed these trends in great length and detail in her recent press interviews with KBYR radio, KFNX News-Talk radio, and Relevant radio.
George Angelopoulos key Administrator, for Rocky Mountain Associates in Orthopedic Medicine and The Spine Institute noted that there was a shortage of Physicians and nurses and this trend will continue to grow. Gary Daugenti commented that this trend was continuing into Animal healthcare and that Gent & Associates was establishing a new veterinary practice. View photos from the meeting.
The team agreed to regroup in 6 months to reassess trends. On the local front, Gary Daugenti noted that his next wine meet up networking event would be in Palo Alto on Nov 12th and that he was looking forward to connecting there with local hiring managers to hear of emerging jobs trends.