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Superior Group Proudly Sponsors Bright Buffalo Niagara Entrepreneur Exp

For Immediate Release
06/14/2016
Contact: Tony Dvorak
dvorakt@superiorgroup.com
716.630.2928

Superior Group Proudly Sponsors Bright Buffalo Niagara Entrepreneur Expo

Buffalo—June 14, 2016—Superior Group, a Buffalo-based provider of workforce and business solutions, is proud to be a sponsor of the Bright Buffalo Niagara Entrepreneur Expo for the fourth straight year.

Bright Buffalo will feature 35 of the Buffalo-Niagara region’s most promising startups, will be selected to present a five-minute pitch for the opportunity to win $20K, and 30 will be selected to present a 90-second pitch and the opportunity to win $5K.

Each team’s pitch will be judged by a panel of experienced judges in the entrepreneurial space, and teams will also have the opportunity to pair up with interested investors throughout the event.

The event will be capped off by keynote speaker Bill Rancic, New York Times bestselling author and winner of NBC’s breakthrough program “The Apprentice.”

“Buffalo has experienced an entrepreneurial and innovative renaissance over the past several years, especially in the biomedical, information technology, and renewable energy sectors,” said Scott Stenclik, President and CEO of Superior Talent Resources. “Superior is proud to play a role in partnership with Bright Buffalo to bring sustainable and thriving businesses to Western New York through fostering an environment and community where startups and new businesses can thrive.”

The Bright Buffalo Niagara Entrepreneur Expo will take place on Wednesday, June 15 at the Hotel Lafayette in downtown Buffalo, NY.

Founded in 1957, Superior Group provides agile workforce solutions organized into three complementary categories:  People, Process, and Project Outsourcing.  Superior’s people services include direct placement, contingent staffing and executive recruitment services.  The company’s strategic process services enhance productivity, compliance, and cost savings through web-enabled managed service programs (MSPs), vendor management systems (VMS) and independent contractor compliance programs.  And, Superior’s outsourcing solutions include CAD, HR, risk management, recruitment, and IT outsourcing.  Headquartered in Williamsville, NY, Superior maintains offices throughout North America, as well as in South America, Europe, and Asia.  For more information, please visit www.superiorgroup.com.

 

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May Economic Update

Lots of strong economic signs were reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for last month, as their monthly jobs data was released in June. Below is an infographic highlighting some of the top trends in staffing, jobs, and unemployment.

 

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Tips of Tuesday Series

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Searching for a job can be a stressful endeavor, and being fully prepared for it is critical. The best tool in your arsenal is your resume.

Creating a resume that is as custom-tailored as your interview attire is an absolute must. This document is your biggest advocate and best source of praise, which is why you want to make it count. It not only demonstrates your skills and experience, but its presentation says a lot about you as a person.

You want to create a clean and concise layout for your resume. Humans are visual creatures, and this does not exclude recruiters, or HR representatives. By having a resume that looks clean and well organized, you present yourself as someone who is professional, organized, and took time in developing your personal details. This makes you more desirable than “the other guy,” and is far more of a noticeable trait than a resume that is jam-packed with information. Most resumes won’t see a full reading—so make it count.

Below are a few simple tips to get you moving through creating a thoughtful and clean resume:

  1. Employers want to see results, so use action words and phrases to show what you have accomplished: “Analyzed and gathered web data for lead generation.”
  2. Be sure to use a professional email with your first and last name included like: john.doe1@gmail.com. Do not use emails that are unprofessional.
  3. Use a font that is neat and concise. Arial, Calibri, Garamond, and Times New Roman are all examples of appropriate fonts.
  4. Have variation in your resume. Tailor your resume to the specific job you are applying for. Take items from the job description and place them within your resume, as this will resonate to the hiring manager.
  5. It might seem silly to say, but please SPELL CHECK. If you have a typo or grammatical error, it signifies to the reader that you aren’t thorough and lack attention to detail. If it was not worth the time to spell check, it is certainly not worth reading, and will quickly find its way to the recycling bin.

Though you spend hours making your resume stand out, hiring managers just want to be able to easily weed through their very large pile of resumes as quickly as possible. Sending in a clean resume that gets straight to the point will be your best bet at landing the interview.

Stay tuned for more in our Tuesday Tips Series.

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Superior Goes Beyond for STEM Career Education

 

In an effort to boost the awareness of STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), Superior has partnered with some of Western New York’s science elite to help boost interest in the vast array of STEM jobs that could be in their future.

It’s all about encouraging young kids to want to learn about STEM careers. With the combined efforts of the newly-formed partnership between The Buffalo Museum of Science, Superior Group, The University at Buffalo’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, and iSciWNY, the Buffalo Museum has put together an engaging environment highlighted by an interactive video kiosk and creative posters displayed throughout the museum.

The kiosk displays videos from local STEM professionals ranging from Software Engineers to Genetic Scientists.

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Dr. Norma Nowak, and Dr. Sandra Small

“Fostering interest in STEM curricula is extremely important not only nationally, but to our region — where the medical campus is quickly becoming a stronghold of scientific talent,” said Scott Stenclik, President and CEO of Superior Group.

According to NYS DOL figures, STEM jobs are expected to grow by 1.25 million between 2015—2018, and the development of this talent is crucial. This makes it incredibly important that future generations be excited about STEM opportunities.

Not only are STEM professionals highly sought after in New York State, but the average salary of STEM workers is $74,520 per year. This is 85% higher than the average $40,390 for other sectors in the state.

“We at Superior Group see the demand for highly-skilled resources on a daily basis, and the need for innovators is strong. This wonderful campaign at the Museum of Science is aimed at helping meet that demand with up-and-coming talent.”

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Superior Dallas Bakes for St. Judes

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Superior’s Dallas branch office baked up some delicious treats—and then walked them off—in benefit of this year’s St. Jude Children’s Give thanks. Walk.

With teams in more than 65 communities across the country participating, the event helped raise funds to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which aims to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastophic diseases through research and treatment.

Learn how you can contribute here.

Pictured below is our Dallas team:

 

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Essilor Foundation Golf Classic

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The Dallas office went beyond the office and hit the fairways this past weekend as a sponsor of the annual Essilor Vision Foundation golf classic hosted at the Cowboys Golf Club.

Teaming up with various customer representatives, Superior contributed $5,000 to provide children in need the resources for eye exams and prescription glasses.

The Essilor Vision Foundation is a public charity working to eliminate poor vision and its lifelong consequences in correlation with a child’s inability to read and learn.

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Superior’s Leadership Interviewed by Media Outlets

When you have leaders that possess a deep understanding of the staffing and workforce solutions industries, media crave their insightful thoughts and views on future trends. Recently, our very own Lynne Marie Finn and Scott Stenclik were interviewed by HRO Today and the Buffalo News, respectively.

HRO Today featuring Lynne Marie Finn

A roundtable of executives share the rewards they reap from their contingent labor management program. 

Managed service provider (MSP) programs have become a critical resource to HR and procurement departments in the last few years. The contingent labor market has grown significantly, with 30 percent of the workforce being classified as temporary. The bounty contingent labor brings is undeniable: Ardent Partners reports that 62 percent of organizations cite contingent labor as a vital component to achieving goals. But with it comes challenges. Organizations have looked to MSP programs to lessen the pressure and stress of maintaining compliance, visibility, and cost. Recently, HRO Today spoke with a group of practitioners to learn what they’ve gained from their MSP program. The value runs deep, and some benefits fall outside typical service level agreements.

– See more at: http://www.hrotoday.com/news/talent-acquisition/msp-contingent-labor/why-do-you-leverage-msp/#sthash.KB8rCKW3.dpuf

Buffalo News featuring Scott Stenclik

The Buffalo Niagara region’s job picture improved in August, keeping up a pattern of steady growth.  The region added 4,100 jobs from a year ago, an increase of 0.8 percent, the state Department of Labor said. The Buffalo Niagara region’s total employment – 550,700 – was the highest figure for August since 2000.

– See more at:  http://www.buffalonews.com/business/buffalo-niagara-region-records-increase-of-4100-jobs-in-august-20140918  

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Superior Group Highlighted in the Buffalo News

Seeking an $80,000 salary?

No, the job market is not exactly booming in Western New York.

But there are some opportunities to earn the big bucks, whether it’s by making a lateral move to a company in need or by advancing to a higher position.

“I think a lot of people have a misperception of the market, so someone might be complacent in their career and unaware that there is opportunity for advancement,” said Carrie Calamel, an account executive at Superior Group, a staffing agency.

David Walia, lead software engineer at digital technology company Adiant in Amherst, has a bachelor’s degree in computer and electrical engineering from the University at Buffalo.

He decided to pursue the field after a high school class piqued his interest.

“The salary was definitely a factor,” Walia said. “I also did enjoy doing the work. When you enjoy doing work, it is easier to work hard at. It requires hard work to be successful at any career.”

Information technology service is one of the five hottest industries in Western New York, with jobs paying $80,000 per year or more.

If you’re deciding on a college major or considering going back to school, here are a few fields to keep in mind:

Health care IT

Job titles: Information technology manager, project manager, quality-assurance lead.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 set forth new requirements regarding electronic medical records and electronic health records, causing a boom in the demand for IT professionals in the health care industry as companies scramble to update their systems.

The jobs are available within hospital systems and insurance companies, and can pay more than $80,000 per year for experienced professionals.

Fidelis Care recently advertised 75 highly compensated openings, while Independent Health, HealthNow, Catholic Health and Kaleida have been hiring consistently.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in computer information systems.

Experience: Minimum of two years.

Banking

Job titles: Project manager, database administration, technical lead, director of finance, controller, certified management accountant, internal auditor, financial analyst.

With data breaches of top concern, companies are scrambling to update security measures and rebuild their IT infrastructure to keep accounts and information safe.

With banks such as JPMorgan Chase and HSBC paying billions in fines for violating the Bank Secrecy Act, compliance is also a hot sector. M&T Bank alone plans to pour $150 million into its compliance program to meet anti-money-laundering and other regulatory requirements.

The financial accounting sector is hot, too, especially as area banks expand their operations. Internal auditors, high-level financial analysts, controllers and certified public accountants are in high demand.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting or business.

Experience: Five years.

IT service, solutions

Job titles: Project manager, .NET developer, database analyst, software engineer, quality-assurance lead.

Companies without on-site IT staff, or who need extra IT help for certain projects, such as app development, look to outside IT providers. Because of the nature of the work, and the fact that tech folks are often self-taught, education requirements are highly flexible.

In the highest demand are C# and .NET developers, who develop programs and mobile apps for Windows. They can make well over six figures without much more than three years’ experience.

But perhaps the most sought-after qualification? Interpersonal skills.

“Technical skills are great, but the ability to have soft skills and fit into culture are equally as important,” said Christoper Beckage, a regional vice president with Superior Group.

“The days of sitting in a cubicle in a backroom like the movie ‘Office Space,’ those people don’t go too far. You have to be able to communicate and interact.”

Education: A bachelor’s degree is common among younger candidates, but experience and ability matter most. For management positions, a master’s degree is a plus.

Experience: A minimum of three to five years.

Manufacturing

Job titles: Senior engineer, engineering management, supply chain management, accountant.

Those who think manufacturing is dead in Western New York have never heard of Moog, Harmac Medical Products, Edward Vacuum, API Heat Transfer, Curbell or any of the numerous other companies that depend on technical automated production.

Because advanced manufacturing companies in Western New York compete in a global market, Lean Six Sigma is a big focus. Companies work to squeeze every dime out of their dollar in order to stay competitive, striving for the highest level of productivity at the best cost.

That’s why – in addition to the obvious high-level engineering opportunities – supply chain management and finance positions are also important.

Education: Bachelor’s degree, minimum.

Experience: Minimum of five years.

Life sciences

Job titles: Chemist, scientist, quality control, compliance, research and development.

For life sciences companies that manufacture product, high priorities include environmental safety and quality control.

Because many life science companies are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, compliance is also a large component of the work done. Companies racing to bring medical innovations to market have to conduct a great deal of clinical data research, analyzing and reporting on the products of tomorrow and today.

There is a big and growing demand in Western New York for these positions, more than a quarter of which tend to fill with candidates from outside the region.

Education: Chemists and scientists will have a master’s degree or Ph.D. Other positions require a bachelor’s degree at minimum, though higher education can give candidates an edge in some circumstances.

Experience: Generally five years.

email: schristmann@buffnews.com

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Superior’s Joseph O’Shea featured on Staffing Industry Analysts’ Staffing Stream

When a company processes less than $20 million in annual temporary labor spend, does it make sense to deploy an MSP/VMS program? Operationally, administratively and financially, the answer is “yes.”

In the past, many companies worried that annualized spend of less than $20 million did not warrant – or could not sustain – a full MSP/VMS solution. To some extent, that was true, and so these companies managed their programs in-house through their Procurement and/or Human Resource teams.

 

Read the rest of Joe's piece by clicking here.

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