There is a Method to Break the Talent Management Madness

  Discussions about talent management systems can lead to many places. Many companies use multiple sources to accomplish their talent management needs: a recruiter to find people; different motivation systems attempting to engage employees; and advance, or develop, people through internal managers measuring performance with basic performance indicators. However, It is rare for all these pieces to fit together or build on each other. These systems are also unlikely to have any relevance to the job itself. What if… … The job could talk? What skills and talents would the job ask for? … You had a specific job benchmark
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Making Waves!

Welcome to Our New Website! Bluewater is delighted to unveil our new website with an updated design, fresh content and user-friendly navigation. In addition to a new look and feel, we want to provide our visitors with content that paints a clearer picture of the services we offer as well as insight into Bluewater’s mission and values. We pride ourselves on communication and welcome feedback.  If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please send them our way. We sincerely thank you for your continued business and support!
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Words that DON’T WORK: A Pilot Study Examining Verbal Barriers

Communication is at the core of all that we do as human beings. While verbal interaction may seem to come naturally, it is a rich and complex process. Communication requires us to be aware of and tuned into thousands of data points from nonverbal cues to gestures, and even — subtle verbal cues. While most people can relate to being repelled by various topics of discussion — are there certain words that stop communication from occurring? Words that, when used, cause our minds to close, our mouths to shut and our brains to mentally pack up shop? New findings from
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Why Volunteering Is The Single Most Overlooked Skill On Resumes

Volunteering in your community, giving of your time to a local food bank, spending time with children at a local school or Boys & Girls club, we often overlook the significance of giving of our time. Students in the state of Maryland are required to perform 75 hours of community service before they graduate. Many students exceed this amount and continue volunteering into adulthood. Are you compassionate about serving in your community? Do you currently volunteer or have an interest to volunteer in your community and beyond?  As you will see in the article we are highlighting this month , many
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Sykesville Named ‘Coolest Small Town in America’

Last month, Sykesville, Maryland secured the title of  Budget Travel  Magazine’s Coolest Small Town with a massive win in online polling. The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, which encouraged citizens to vote in the contest, captured the spirit of Sykesville this way: “In a state full of small towns with charm, Sykesville stands out. Traversed by the B&O Railroad, which still passes through the town regularly, the town also boasts a beautiful view of the Patapsco River, along with a thriving main street that has given new life to the community as it rebounded from the recession. Along the town’s main
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Bluewater Welcomes Dillon Sholar

We are delighted to announce that Dillon Sholar has joined the Bluewater Team as a Project Coordinator/Recruiter! Dillon is an experienced staffing professional with 5 years of experience specifically in identifying talent for Engineering & Design firms, Fortune 500 companies, global corporations, mid-size, and locally owned organizations. He has thorough experience in a variety of industries. Dillon began in 2012 in the light industrial/construction industry, in 2014 he made the transition into professional services which has honed the skill of analysis and search in the ever-changing world of staffing & recruiting. Welcome Dillon! What are you most looking forward to as
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Bluewater Welcomes Teresa Adams

We are happy to welcome Teresa Adams to our Bluewater team as Managing Director of Bluewater Search and Bluewater Denver. With over 19 years of experience as a Global Executive Search Consultant and Executive Career Coach, Teresa is an enthusiastic and articulate communicator with a reputation for building trust and engaging clients in a journey of self-discovery and tactical strategy which provides the confidence and insight – as well as the roadmap – to take careers to the next level.  Career transition at the senior executive level comes with an added layer of risk. Teresa is an authentic transitional coach, and has assisted scores of
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The Cost of a Wrongful Hire

    If you have been a hiring manager for any period of time, you have probably experienced the pain associated with hiring the wrong person. If you think through some of those bad experiences, what often comes to mind are the pains associated with the hire. This could include a wide variety of things such as the negative impact they had on team unity, the impact their lack of engagement had on productivity, or the stress that dealing with the employee had on your life. Making the wrong hire can have a wide ranging impact on your business. Frankly,
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THE (NOT SO) SECRETS OF HIGH RETENTION

  Employee Retention – It’s a phrase we hear used quite often in the workplace. Virtually all companies say that they are striving to improve their retention. Yet, few can tell you specifically what they are doing to impact their retention rate. Many companies don’t necessarily make the connection between the hiring and onboarding process with retention. But the two are closely related. We recently read an article written by Jennifer Lawhead at TTI that got right to the heart of the matter. We hope you enjoy this impactful article. If you are ready to invest in your employees, Bluewater can
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