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A Regional Approach to Talent Connections

Dual Career has had an exciting two months. The synergy between LINC, our Clients, our Members and Partners has been extremely productive. As a true team, we have worked together to...

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Onboarding at Work and Home

Traditional onboarding: Job training, HR forms, company tour - checklist complete, new person in job…next please? I would challenge ALL companies and organizations that onboarding needs to go beyond the new job and how well the hire acclimates to the tasks, job functions and organization. After all the department is called “human” resources.

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The Kid Factor

Your best candidate for that position you have open is going to consider your offer carefully. Certainly the benefits matter, and the salary matters. But what he or she may not share with you, is often the largest concern: their family’s happiness.

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Halloween in the LV!

Oh, Autumn, what a wonderful and heartwarming season filled with pumpkins and scarves! October is well underway, and the spooks and Halloween festivities of the Lehigh Valley are coming up in the near future!

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Moving On After Moving In

Not an original title (“After the Boxes Are Unpacked, Moving On After Moving In” by Susan Miller) but one that is relevant. Having been in the situation of moving multiple times and now running an organization working with individuals who are making the move to the Lehigh Valley, there are potential challenges, but it does not need to be stressful.

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The Dreaded 484

In the first Sex And The City movie, when Carrie Bradshaw has to replace her phone and realizes she can't get another one with a 917 area code, she whines, "But I've ALWAYS been a 917 girl." Until 1993, all of southeastern and east central PA, including Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley, was 215 country.

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Bridging the Gap of Diversity Through Community

As the saying goes “variety is the spice of life”, but when it comes to the workplace it seems that diversity has more obstacles, struggles, and failures than successes. First is the definition disconnect. Merriam-Webster defines diversity as “the quality or state of having many different forms, types, ideas etc.” In my research I found there are now notable differences in its meaning among businesses, generations, cultures and races. If we cannot agree on what it is, then how do we begin to address it?

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NETWORKING, NETWORKING, NETWORKING!

Anyone who has been in the position of job hunting within the last 5 to 10 years understands the many challenges involved. Add to those challenges moving to a totally new area, where your contact list and knowledge of the area no longer applies, and the challenge increases substantially.

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Regional Collaboration at Its Best

“You have not because you ask not.” Although this comes from another precept, I have found the same to be true with this business. The whole concept of networking and connecting means being able to open up and ask. To accomplish the tasks, we do for our clients, it takes a lot of asking.

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Tips for having a great interview series: What you do, what you say & how you say it

Now we move on to the big three influential factors that will make or break your interview provided by a LINC Ambassador, Scott D. Hanton, from Intertek. These include (i) what you do (ii) what you say and (iii) how you say it.

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Tips for having a great interview series: How to Look & Preparation

We’re back with some more great interviewing tips from Intertek’s Scott D. Hanton (and a member of LINC’s Ambassador Program)! Confidence is key. The best way to start the day confident is to leave your residence looking great.

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Meeting New People, Making a New Life!

Moving to a new area should be exciting! After all, it is a new adventure! Your heart should be pounding with the opportunities to explore new areas, meet new people, see new things, but often times the thought of moving is overwhelming. There are many things to consider...

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Take My Half-Full Glass and Put More In It

Joan L. Benso, President and CEO of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, said this at a luncheon I attended honoring advocates for early childhood education: "Take my half-full glass and put more in it." She was referring to her perspective on her work, but I thought it applied to life in the Lehigh Valley as well.

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Tips for having a great interview series: What do employers look for?

We've all done it. We've all feared it. We've all faced it. The job interview...

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My Transition - A Message from Samantha Smith, LINC Marketing Intern, Lehigh ‘18

Everyone goes through change, whether as a toddler crawling off to a new preschool or an adult starting a new career in a big city. Not everyone handles change the same way. Change can mean stress sweating, sleepless nights, yelling at your pillow or enjoying the ride as your new life forms around you. The biggest change in my life so far happened to be moving to the Lehigh Valley for higher education at Lehigh University.

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Two-for-one: How to lure skilled talent to the region

Academia long has coped with the “two-body problem” – or the difficulty of both spouses or partners in obtaining jobs at the same college or within commuting distance from each other. Today, the topic is discussed beyond the walls of academia and across institutions and industries across the nation. It is a hot issue in the recruitment and retention of highly skilled, highly educated diverse talent.

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A Message from LINC Dual Career Coordinator

I am now officially the semi-seasoned Dual Career Coordinator of ONE MONTH for LINC and loving it!!! In a very short period of time of providing career assistance for LINC, I have met some of the most affable, interesting, diverse people who are quickly becoming wonderful additions to the Lehigh Valley.

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Making Connections

Connection - a relationship in which a person, thing, or idea is linked or associated with something else. Moving to a new area means having to make new connections. For some that is easy, for some not so much and for some it is truly difficult. The depth to which a person becomes connected is directly related to the ability to make your new environment YOUR home and community.

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LINC Receives Nonprofit Designation

Organization Aims to Improve Recruitment and Retention, Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace. The Lehigh Valley Inter-Regional Networking & Connecting Consortium (LINC), an organization dedicated to increasing retention and recruitment for all Lehigh Valley employers, recently received its 501(c)3 nonprofit designation, allowing the organization to receive charitable contributions and expand its mission.

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Don’t Drink the Water?

There is no question too simple or too complicated for the team here at LINC. Recently one of our clients asked us if the water was safe to drink out of the tap. For those of us who have lived in the region for a few years, it seems obvious, but for a newcomer to the region, this and many other questions is pretty important, and if you don't know your neighbors or colleagues well yet, you might not want to ask them. But that's exactly why we're here. Here are a few other FAQs and, more importantly, our answers, that might help you and your family acclimate.

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A Note from LINC Executive Director Donna Cornelius

Welcome to LINC’s first quarterly newsletter! On May 4, 2015, just a short seven months ago, the Lehigh Valley Inter-Regional Networking & Connecting Consortium (LINC) officially opened its doors! Out of a one-page concept to help employers with recruitment and retention came a unique, personal approach to support new, recent and relocated hires overcome the challenges they encounter when moving to the Lehigh Valley. Let me emphasize personalized!

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Diversity and Inclusion

LINC… building a better understanding of diversity and inclusion (“D & I”) to attract and retain diverse talent to the Lehigh Valley. WHY? Because we know that a culture that welcomes and values individuals with a wide variety of backgrounds, skills, preferences and thinking styles creates a more interesting and productive community. And, research demonstrates that employers who have diverse and inclusive workforces reach higher productivity levels and sustain higher performance and profitability than those who do not.

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Subscribe to Five (Free!) E-mail Newsletters to Learn About the Lehigh Valley

Here are five great resources to plug you into what's happening in your new backyard: IMHO, the best way to learn about things happening in the Valley is to “get on the list.” The mailing list (or e-mailing list), anyway. Here are five (free!) ways I find out what’s up.

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RELOCATING? A FEW TIPS FROM THE LINC BOARD

So, you are planning to move to the Lehigh Valley. You are very excited about your new employment opportunity, but that enthusiasm is hampered by all the unknowns. How is my family going to like the Lehigh Valley? Will I be able to find a good vet for my pet? What is the best way to get around town? Is there bad traffic during rush hour? Where will I live? How do I get to know people? Are some of these questions weighing on your mind? Hopefully I can help. Here are some tips to make your move easier.

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