Placers Announces ‘Agent to the Workforce’ Service
Placers is the contingent workforce solutions company that in the 1990s was one of Delaware’s largest employers. Headquartered in Newark, Placers returned to the job scene in 2011 as an Outside-In® partner of CBI Group, the talent acquisition company that works with employers throughout Delaware, the Mid-Atlantic region and nationally.
Currently, Placers employs contractors in a variety of positions including manufacturing, healthcare, banking and information technology in positions ranging from support to management. After being part of Placers for six months, each employee now has the option of working with a job/career coach with Barton Career Advisors (BCA), another Outside-In® partner.
“We believe strongly in supporting and empowering our people,” says Placers and CBI Group President Chris Burkhard. “And that includes offering career coaching and support which we think has a lot of value in any economic climate, boom or bust. As our partnership with Barton Career Advisors deepens, we think this is a lasting benefit in support of our people,” Burkhard adds.
Once a Placers employee expresses interest, he/she gets access to a BCA coach for three half-hour sessions usually by telephone, explains Greg Moore, the BCA coach leading Agent to the Workforce. “Then we hook them into our online portal and its modules for career change, resume writing and job searches. And from that one they can just apply online for positions that interest them.”
While this is great for the worker, might it narrow the pool of Placers people making the transition from temp jobs to full-time? “That certainly could happen but we still feel this is an important service to offer,” Burkhard says. “The way to success for a workforce management organization is to have positive productive people and we see Agent to the Workforce as playing a positive role.”
Placers team member Ginola Johnson says she finds the program very informative and the online components, especially the job search tools, “much easier to use than having to sift through a lot of emails.” Each participant has access through Barton Career Advisors to a one-source job lead program that issues a daily job lead e-mail message including multiple leads in the person’s field, eliminating many potential messages.
So does she feel a sense of support when it comes time to look for her next opportunity? “I sure do!” Ginola says.