Vol. 1, No. 7  |  Autumn 2016
October 6, 2016
OnPoint Career Finder is Here!

I am SO excited to share the new OnPoint Career Finder with the Branson market this month. 

If you're an employer who needs to "get eyes" on your jobs, the OnPoint Career Finder will help you discover creative ways to share your job openings and make your job listings perform well in Google searches. 

I can tell you, I've been more excited about this site launch than about Pumpkin Spice Latte season. So yeah, it's awesome!

Want to learn more or see an in-person demo? Please reach out to me. I am more than happy to sit down with you, talk about the positions you're filling and show you how to best utilize the features of the site.

In the meantime, take a look now at www.onpointmo.com . The site is available for employers in Stone & Taney County to begin posting opportunities and will be promoted to the Branson market on our official launch date, October 12.  

Happy reading!

Heather Hardinger
Programs and Communications Director, Taney County Partnership
Unemployment numbers in Taney County were higher in August 2016 at *6.2 % compared to the 2015 rate of 5.4%.  Highlights of the Ozark Regional Profile for the month show a slightly higher overall unemployment rate in Taney County than the rest of the region in addition to other economic indicators. 

It is worth mentioning is that the unemployment rate seemed higher in August 2016 in other counties in the region overall compared to the same time in 2015.

Check out July 2016's  Labor Market Summary of real time labor market analysis for the Ozark Region. This analysis is updated every 60 days.

 *Rates variable and subject to change
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OnPoint Career Finder: Official Launch, October 12
Be on the lookout for an  announcement  of the new OnPoint Career Finder launch later this month! The Branson Chamber's former jobs page  has gotten a face lift and we are excited to share the new Career Finder and future home of the OnPoint initiative with the Branson market on Wednesday, October 12.

The new platform allows employers in Taney and Stone counties the ability to submit  job listings with details about the position and their company, complete with the options to add social media and interactive video links, logos and recruitment flyers / images. Companies will also have the option of allowing candidates to submit resumes via Facebook and will be able to share and promote each listing via social media channels. 

>> The new home of the OnPoint Career Finder is located at www.onpointmo.com .

Be on the lookout for a press release on October 12 regarding the community-wide launch of the OnPoint Career Finder and other talent attraction projects we've been working on.

And please connect with OnPoint on social media using the links below. For more information about posting jobs on the Career Finder or to receive a site demo, contact us at   info@onpointmo.com

>> Facebook:  facebook.com/OnPointMissouri  |  T witter:  @OnPointMO

Free Webinar: Digital HR Workplace: Simple Ways to Hire and Onboard Faster

Attracting & retaining talent are two of the most important functions of an HR organization, but paper has a nasty habit of tying up HR resources and keeping HR professionals from getting the job done.

Now imagine a paper-free workplace. It can happen with eSignature solutions. With eSignatures, organizations can sign, send, and approve documents anywhere, at any time and keep business moving forward.

Join this webinar on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 1 p.m.  to learn how you can transform key, paper-heavy functions like hiring, onboarding, and benefits enrollment to fast and secure digital experiences.

You will also learn:
  • Current employee and HR pains in the workplace
  • How companies saved an average of $46 per offer letter
  • How leveraging an eSignature solution can help you save money and work more efficiently

2016 EmployAbility Summit

The second annual EmployAbility Summit will be held at The Old Glass Place on  October 20 at 10:30 a.m.

The summit will consist of a guest speaker discussing inclusive workforce solutions including a positive, accepting workplace culture.  The EmployAbility Collaborative has partnered with the Springfield Area Human Resources Association (SAHRA) for the 2016 Employability Summit to include Stop & Go Interactive for an interactive luncheon.  

>> Register today for a single ticket or reserve a table of 8. 

>> Check out the results of the 2015 EmployAbility event here

U.S. Department of Labor: Final Overtime Rule

The Final Rule focuses primarily on updating the salary and compensation levels needed for Executive, Administrative and Professional workers to be exempt. Specifically, the Final Rule:
  1. Sets the standard salary level at the 40th percentile of earnings of full-time salaried workers in the lowest-wage Census Region, currently the South ($913 per week; $47,476 annually for a full-year worker)
  2. Sets the total annual compensation requirement for highly compensated employees (HCE) subject to a minimal duties test to the annual equivalent of the 90th percentile of full-time salaried workers nationally ($134,004)
  3.  Establishes a mechanism for automatically updating the salary and compensation levels every three years to maintain the levels at the above percentiles and to ensure that they continue to provide useful and effective tests for exemption.

Additionally, the Final Rule amends the salary basis test to allow employers to use non discretionary bonuses and incentive payments (including commissions) to satisfy up to 10 percent of the new standard salary level.

The effective date of the final rule is December 1, 2016. The initial increases to the standard salary level (from $455 to $913 per week) and HCE total annual compensation requirement (from $100,000 to $134,004 per year) will be effective on that date. Future automatic updates to those thresholds will occur every three years, beginning on January 1, 2020.   www.dol.gov/

Why the Best Hire Might Not Have the Perfect Resume

Regina Hartley thinks that those who don't always look good on paper may be just the person you need to hire.

In this TEDTalk, human resources executive Regina Hartley suggest that when g iven the choice between a job candidate with a perfect resume and one who has fought through difficulty, always gives the "Scrapper" a chance. 

In the ten-minute talk, Hartley shares,  "A resume tells a story.   And over the years, I've learned something about people   whose experiences read like a patchwork quilt,   that makes me stop and fully consider them   before tossing their resumes away.   A series of odd jobs may indicate   inconsistency, lack of focus, unpredictability.   Or it may signal a committed struggle against obstacles.   At the very least, the Scrapper deserves an interview."

As someone who grew up with adversity, Hartley knows that those who flourish in the darkest of spaces are empowered with the grit to persist in an ever-changing workplace. "Choose the underestimated contender, whose secret weapons are passion and purpose," she says. "Hire the Scrapper."

Click here to watch this 10-minute TED Talk.
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