The Lehigh Valley Inter-Regional Networking & Connecting organization is a consortium of employers in the Lehigh Valley Region of Pennsylvania who are committed to the recruitment and retention of highly skilled diverse employees. LINC incorporates a proactive approach to assist new, recent, or relocated hires into the region through a holistic approach. We work with individuals and their families for an entire year to ease transition through social and professional networks and connections identifying resources or support an accompanying spouse/partner.
From recruitment to retention LINC focuses on the unique challenges newly relocated individuals and families face including dual career support, community and mobility and cultural transitions.
During the recruitment phase LINC Coordinators offer Pre-Hire consults. LINC provides a valued candidate with needed personal information to alleviate relocation stresses and concerns. This is a critical service for those candidates wavering between potential multiple employer offers and conflicting family obligations.
How does LINC integrate into the hiring and recruiting process?
When a Partner or Member joins LINC, the LINC staff will conduct an orientation to services to the employer's managers, recruiters and hiring staff. LINC's role is to become an extension of recruitment and hiring process. As your team of recruiters or hiring managers look to engage and hire the right candidate, LINC works with your staff throughout the process. If it is a potential recruit that you have identified, LINC's pre-hire services can help overcome any obstacles that may prevent the candidate from taking the positions. How do we do that? By asking questions that recruiters and human resources staff cannot. From explaining the area to determine if there is a trailing dual career partner and/or family, we ask the personal questions that are often some of the obstacles in accepting a new position.
When it is a new, recent, or relocated hire, you may uncover some of the questions once they get to their new job or once they accept the position. The services become a natural part of the process any time you identify someone who may need assistance in their transition. The steps are simple. As a partner who are provided a unique user access name and password to the portal. Your point person then refers that new, recent or relocated hire through a referral form. LINC takes it from there!
How does being part of the LINC consortium benefit my company
Collaboration! In bringing regional, cross-industry employers together, LINC is able to leverage resources, create networking and connecting opportunities that don't currently exist in the Lehigh Valley. We also leverage the other successful programs such as our Community Partners like the Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Corporation, the Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board, and Discover Lehigh Valley. From dual career issues to community transition, our Partners and Sponsors are committed to working together to increase the recruitment and retention of a highly skilled diverse workforce. We are able to break down barriers and cross boundaries and work together to create a diverse workforce that also aids in making the Lehigh Valley a more competitive work place!
What are the benefits of services to new, recent or relocated hires?
People are your most important asset. When companies invest in the professional and personal development of a new, recent, or relocated hire, the pay-off is huge.
Losing a recent hire is costly - time, resources, relocation costs, hiring costs, salary - the costs can be two to three times their salary. Relocation is a cost factor to the hiring organization, but there are also substantial costs to the new hire and his/her family - financially if there is a dual career situation; emotionally as the partner and/or children leave family, friends and their former life behind; psychologically as they face unknown factors about this new place they are calling home. LINC has the unique ability to ask personal questions to help identify risks and obstacles through a detailed personal assessment. We then translate that into ways to integrate the new hire and the family through partner career support, mobility and community transition and if need be cultural support. LINC provides volunteer opportunities, social and professional networking, and resources specific to the needs of those moving into the valley. LINC understands that retention is built on rooting the new employee AND the family because it then it is more than a move, the Lehigh Valley is HOME! This transition assistance leads to a more productive employee also increasing your bottom line!
How does career support work for an accompanying spouse/partner?
Statistics show that 57% of all married couples are dual career earners. This means that when employers hire a married individual they are usually bringing an accompanying spouse along who also needs a job. LINC has built a consortium of Partners, Members, and Sponsors who work collaboratively to meet growing dual-career support needs. Accompanying spouses and partners receive assistance from a Career Coordinator who helps identify a career action plan based on their specific career goals. The Coordinator and the accompanying spouse/partner create a customized strategy to actively identify job opportunities and career pathing for gainful employment. Part of the process includes strategic interviews with local executives within their industry that help these spouses/partners create connections and networks that they might otherwise not have access to. This 30 minute strategic interview is NOT a job interview. It is designed to provide access to invaluable job search elements such as advice about the local landscape, questions about potential job openings, and possible referrals to colleagues, and invaluable professional networking. These interviews are a powerful tool in the effort to help the professional identify what is available geographically within their industry of choice.
LINC has also developed a robust talent and employer portal allowing first connections as trailing dual career partners move into the area. For employers it is access to a unique talent pipeline of professionals moving into the area and for the dual career talent, it provides first-hand access to LINC's Partners and Members to identify those employers that are utilizing the systems and processes to help increase talent acquisition. Learn more about our Partner Career Support program.
How does LINC help individuals and families in ways that employers can't?
Although some employers have access to relocation specialists, many do not. Additionally, LINC goes beyond finding homes or even showing the area to an incoming recruit or new hire. LINC provides a very personalized, hands-on approach to helping new, recent or relocated hires integrate into their community. Once a new hire is referred into the LINC system, a coordinator is assigned to a family for an entire year. The coordinator conducts a personal assessment. Basically we ask the questions, human resource staff cannot. We ask about spouse/partner, children, special needs, actvities, hobbies, interests and more. We also ask what they need to make their transition easier for example:
One young, black female professional was looking for a salon that did black hair braiding. Through our resources we were able to locate a salon that was close to where she lived.
A young family was looking for a Spanish tutor for their three year old. Again, LINC was able to identify resources that were passed on to the family.
From banks to touchless car washes to activities and entertainment, LINC is there to eliminate the isolation and uncertainty of moving to the Valley.
LINC also has a portal of resources available to the family 24/7. This portal connects them with other new hires and families in the area through blogs and other personal stories of people sharing the same experience.
How can LINC help with international hires?
The staff of LINC is certified in cultural transition. Through this specialized training we understand the unique difficulties facing expatriates. From traditions to cultural differences, to learning how to get your license or even language barriers, LINC staff and our unique network helps make the transition easier.
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