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Chicago, IL, United States, 2007/04/21 - Chicago hosted an event that decision-makers in knowledge-based businesses should know about. But, it wasn’t open to the public. Fortunately, one event sponsor specializes in providing the “Intel” needed to trawl the pool of interim professionals.
If you’re in a knowledge-based business and you don’t know where the talent is, where your next recruit will come from or what your corporate retention strategy is – now that the baby boomer portion of your workforce is preparing to retire and a global war for business-oriented brainpower has broken out in full …Chicago’s Standard Club, (located at 320 S. Plymouth Ct.) hosted an event last Friday that you need to know more about. But, it wasn’t open to the public. Fortunately, one of the event’s sponsors, the human resources consulting firm cavalryHR, specializes in providing companies like yours with the rare brand “Interim Intel” needed to successfully trawl the increasingly competitive, and increasingly global, pool of project-work professionals.
Friday’s summit, the latest in series of human resources management forums offered by HRMAC (Human Resources Management Association of Chicago), focused on workforce trends in North America over the ten year fiscal period that began on September 11, 2001 and will end on December 31, 2011. Panelists – including the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Executive Assistant Director of Human Resources, Donald Packham …Leo Burnett USA President, Rich Stoddard …and Fujitsu Consulting Regional Vice President, Eric Wasowicz – staged a set of discussions reflecting back on how the 9/11 attacks have affected and continue to cast a pall on their organizations ability to attract, recruit and retain internationally mobile knowledge workers, in the form of emigration barriers, security concerns, in flux travel guidelines, privacy standards, etc.
Of course that was only where the focus on domestic workforce trends began. A significant portion of the event, looked forward, focusing on the myriad corporate personnel recruiting, retention and enticement issues – from the global cultural and social road blocks to the domestic generational patterns U.S. based human resources managers will face for the remainder of the decade.
“The one issue that continues to concern us over at cavalryHR is the increased need to mount attract and recruit efforts that have a truly global reach and outlook,” said cavalryHR President and founder Keith S. Price. “A few of our clients haven’t quite realized what sort of interim staffing world we’re headed toward yet, but most are acutely aware of the fact that there’s an acute shortage of talent just over the horizon …that the next generation of chemists, healthcare professionals, design engineers and their like will be fought over as never before. Not just by U.S. and European firms but by companies from Melbourne and Shanghai to Rio and Mumbai as well.“
“Because of online venues like Monster dot com and CareerBuilder dot com, the majority of the companies we deal with at cavalryHR are literally awash in resumes. But, they still come to us searching feverishly for the kinds of highly knowledgeable professionals and skilled creatives who often make the difference between a company with ten-percent annual growth rate and one with a twenty-percent annual growth rate – essentially between profit and loss.” Price went on to add “You see that kind of critical talent is scarce these days. To retain their competitive advantage, businesses need human resources managers who are uniquely tapped-in to the migration patterns of project professionals.”
“Today’s corporation need their own talent CIA,” cavalryHR’s Director of Market Development Rachel added. “Talent is in short supply – globally and that circumstance is only going to tighten because of two looming trends: the growing skills gap the imminent retirement of the Baby Boomers.”
HRMAC's April Leadership Program was definitely a shouldn't have been missed discussion focused on how human resources managers will address those challenges in the years ahead, because as at least one comedian used to say: “The future sure isn’t what it used to be anymore.”
About The Human Resources Management Association of Chicago
The Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC) provides a forum for human resources managers and HR services providers as well as corporate executives responsible for with designing and implementing workforce strategies. HRMAC's mission is to serve as a thought leader and authority on the various workforce developments that will effect Chicago area businesses, provide state-of-the-art learning and networking opportunities for Chicago’s human resources professionals and facilitate the development and maintenance of working relationships among its members.
About cavalryHR, LLC
From the day the firm was founded back in 2004, cavalryHR (cavalryhr.com) has been in the business of offering corporations the focused expertise necessary to build, maintain and service the kind of dynamic talent pipeline businesses need to recruit, retain or replace knowledge workers in globally competitive workforce marketplace. The consultants of cavalryHR provide more than just an flexible, efficient and cost-effective way for corporations large and small to dip into international staffing. They offer overtaxed human resources executives talent management, workforce planning, corporate leadership development, succession planning support – along with the “interim intelligence” they need to ensure that their concerns have the professional talent they need.