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Restrictions...helpful or detrimental?

In a year of incredible uncertainty, the government has continued to implement policy that affects hiring.

The current administration is increasing restrictions on those with a work visa. In early May, a group of US Senators asked President Trump to suspend the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program. OPT allows international students in the STEM field to work in the US for up to three years post-graduation and allow employers to capitalize on fresh talent. In the last few years, we've seen more companies in the Electrical Industry refusing to hire H-1B visa holders. And H-1B visa holders reluctant to job changes and/or visa extensions being denied. With the OPT program as the probable next target, this creates an increased uncertainty of job talent availability (to fulfill the skills gap). But the Trump administration has decided to increase limits for H-1B and H-2B, plus certain H-4s, J and L visas to minimize job competition for American citizen ...

Moving Forward: Work from Home

We surveyed 30 clients and candidates asking about the lasting impact of the pandemic. The surveyors are present in one of the four verticals we serve, across the US. Despite the negativity surrounding COVID-19, we're seeing companies adopting long term changes. The majority of the surveyors agreed that their company's work from home policy would change indefinitely...whether it was increasing work from home (WFH) days, moving some positions to 100% remote and/or creating more WFH flexibility. We also found that... READ MORE

CONGRATULATIONS to the following individuals on their promotion:

Whitney Walrath - Commercial Operations Director - Rexel
Heather McDonald - Commodity Solutions Specialist - Van Meter 

CONGRAUTLATIONS to the following individuals on their role at a new company:

Brian Schaefer - Outside Sales - Gexpro
Scott Teerlnick - President/CEO - Crescent Electric
Craig wiedemeier - President - Werner
Clayton Bond district vp sales rexel
Kipper Hesson - VP of Vendor Relations - Crawford Electric Supply
Gloria Schmieder - Gear Project Manager - Advance Electric Supply
Brent Desselles - Outside Sales Rep - Elliott Electric Supply
Kevin Bohannon - Branch Manager - Irby
Mike Doerr - O utside Sales - QED Electric Supply
Melissa Mannetta - National Account Sales - Commerical Lighting Industries
Joel Gavin - Controller - One Source Associates
David Gonzalez - Operations Manager - Elliott Electric Supply
John Kerns - Inside Sales - Duval Electrical & Breaker Sales
Monica Autry - Lighting Specialist/Inside Sales - Allied Wholesale Electrical Supply

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  • National Account Manager
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Prudence Thompson
Senior Partner, Electrical
Distribution Recruiter

Prudence Thompson is an executive recruiter who works exclusively in electrical distribution and has been helping great candidates and companies grow since 1999.

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