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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:

Christina Basciano - Key Account Manager - ABB Power Grids
Fiori Coziuc - Application Manager ( Metal Enclosed Switchgear) - S&C Electric Company

CONGRATULATIONS to the following individuals on their company move:

Josh Mylnar - Product Manager - Clayton Controls
Tyler Knutson - Outside Sales - LECO
Kim Williams - Channel Account Manager - Rockwell Automation
Edward Kobeszka- Midwest Business Development Director - POWER Engineers
Jim Neawedde - Food & Beverage Segment Manager - ABB
Tim Hennessey - Sales - LAOV Global
Lee Teare - Regional Channel Manager - ABB

- VP of Operations - Energy Efficiency Smart Technology Solutions
- Sales Director - Energy Efficiency Smart Technology Solutions
- VA/VE Project Manager - Drives and Controls Manufacturer
Director of Engineering - Drives and Controls Manufacturer
- Plant Manager - Power Distribution Manufacturer
- Heat Trace Sales Manager - Industrial Automation Manufacturer
- Business Development Manager - Power Distribution Manufacturer
- National Sales Manager - Power Supplies Manufacturer
- Applications Engr - Power Generation & Equipment Manufacturer
- National Sales Manager - Controls Manufacturer
- Applications Engr - Power Equipment Distribution Manufacturer
- Marketing Manager - Electrical Equipment Manufacturer
Rob Wieska
Power Distribution Recruiter

Rob Wieska is an Executive Recruiter for Egret Consulting Group, specializing in Power Distribution and Automation Technologies. He regularly blogs for Egret Consulting's website and corporate newsletter as well as industry related topics on LinkedIn and other social media.

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