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The Recruiter is a blog for workers in technology and professional markets to learn about hot fields and hiring trends from your friends at Yoh.
Yoh is one of the largest providers of talent and outsourcing services to customers in the United States. With over 374 million USD in total sales, Yoh operates from more than 75 locations and provides long- and short-term temporary and direct placement of technology and professional personnel, as well as managed staffing services, for the information technology, scientific, engineering, health care and telecommunications communities. For more information, visit yoh.com. Yoh is part of Yoh Services LLC, a Day & Zimmermann Company.

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November 17, 2008

Social Networking: The New Gateway to Biotech and Pharma Employment?

BioJobBlog posted a great explanation of why job boards aren’t necessarily the best choice for job seekers in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries.

It’s no secret that social networking is the wave of the future in the business world, especially for job seekers. For biotech/pharma workers especially, evidence is emerging that Facebook and LinkedIn could be better choices for finding your next job. Connecting with friends, old classmates and co-workers (current and former) creates a network of resources tailor-made for your particular skill-set and career path.

Recruiters are beginning to harness the power of social networking. Don’t be surprised if, as your network grows, you start getting messages from interested parties. And don’t take our word for it: a study by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) shows that recruiters used social networking sites 23% more in 2007 than they did in 2006 to screen candidates and fill jobs.

So take note, biotech professionals: Spend some time to set up Facebook and LinkedIn profiles (be sure to link up with Yoh on both sites), and start building your network today. Your job search could be over sooner than you think.

Posted by Bill L.

November 12, 2007

When stress balls won’t cut it

Stress is not always bad. Good stress can improve efficiency and memory, spur people to accomplish their goals and even boost immune systems. But, as with anything that’s good, too much stress can be harmful, especially when it rears its head in the workplace.

So says a study by the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health and Meritain Health, which surveyed 411 employees with medical benefits about work-related stress.

A whopping 94 percent said stress affects job performance. Yet 52 percent of employees said their employers do not address stress, work/life balance or mental/behavioral health with employees.

That’s a major oversight that can snowball through a workplace, affecting attitudes, co-worker relationships, productivity and work quality. The surprising thing is, many employers do have mental/behavioral health benefits, but don’t promote them. And over a third of the survey respondents said they’d be more likely to access those benefits if they knew about them.

So if you’re experiencing major stress, start your week right by looking into your company’s benefits, and seeing what works best for you. Now that’s what I call a “mental health day.”

Posted by Anna M.