Non-Competes: What Are They?

Non-Competes. What exactly is this document or required paperwork? Often required by an employer at the time of hire or at some point during your tenure. Questions often arise about existing non-competes as candidates seek new employment and what do when this comes into play throughout an individual’s career.

We brought in Bryan Jacoutot, a licensed attorney in the state of Georgia, to speak with Mike a bit further on what makes up a non-compete agreement, how they function, and a few other lesser-known details.

Note: In NO WAY is this podcast or its guests meant to represent legal council or advice. Should you be in a position where you would like to seek legal advice on this subject, please seek legal council of your own.

 
 

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Will AI Replace Human Recruiters?

Artificial Intelligence, or A.I., is something that many companies have considered and/or implemented in many aspects of business.

Rising technology and the ever-present need to work faster, keep costs down, and continually pursue a higher degree of work has introduced multiple avenues of the automation in our line of work.

Will A.I. ever replace a human recruiter? Here’s Mike with a few thoughts.

 
 

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Video Interviewing: Yes or No?

In the age of companies moving more towards decentralized teams, remote offices, digital capability, and so on, video interviewing is becoming a far more prevalent option when it comes to sourcing candidates. We see hosts of companies adding video into the process for sourcing potential employees though, much like all things new, it’s not always a “perfect” experience.

Perfect example: Have you interviewed a candidate over video and they happen to be in a messy bedroom or noisy coffee shop?

Mike and Matt have some thoughts on the matter — Pros and Cons.

 
 

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Leaving Big Business

Leaving a big company can sound like somewhat of a Cinderella story.

You work for a large outfit and make your way into the startup world and make a big difference, right? Well, it comes with quite a bit of tradeoff that you may not think of from the start.

Spire’s founder, Mike, has an interesting perspective from working for a large company with a national footprint to start something new.

 
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Telling Sam's Story - About Spire Re-Air

This week, we’re re-airing a conversation Matt and Mike had about how Spire came to be. It all comes back to how much we invest in our entire team. Earlier this week, we posted a blog that tells the story of one of our recruiters — Sam Cochran. Like all of us, Sam is in pursuit of work/life balance, but there’s something remarkable — she’s really found it. On top of being top recruiter of the month in May 2019 she is also a mother of one, soon to be two, and she works out of our Kansas City field office.

Check out Sam’s full story here:

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Recruiter Stories: The Candidate That (Almost) Got Away

So, we’re bringing you a short episode this week, but it’s a grand story. Sometimes in the recruiting world you go to great lengths to get the job done — let alone get in contact with the right candidate.

Here’s Matt with an incredible story. 

 
 

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How To Know If You're Working With The Right Recruiter - Pt. 2: The Candidate

We’re on to part two here and this time we’re looking at things from the candidate’s perspective. You have to make sure your recruiter truly has your best interest in mind — Did they find you because you’re a great match for a role? Why are they calling? Are they asking detailed questions and explaining the role?

You have to know how to vet a recruiter from your side as a potential hire. This rounds out our two-parter, but be on the lookout for an accompanying blog post where Mike and Matt give more perspective on working with the right recruiter.

 
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How To Know If You're Working With The Right Recruiter - Pt. 1: The Client

So, we’re bringing you a two-parter here. Mike and Matt talk about all things regarding recruiters. Sourcing a recruiter that fits the brand and becomes a true extension of your brand, brings service after they’ve placed a candidate, and one that stays connected takes time to find.

Mike and Matt have some great insight to both sides. So, hit play above to check out Part 1.

 
 

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5 Things You Should NEVER Say In An Interview

Welcome to The Spirecast - A bi-weekly podcast from Spire Workforce Solutions in Atlanta, GA. Look, we get it. Interviewing isn’t easy. There’s a lot that goes into preparing.

We’ve been through our fair share of interviews and we’ve learned a few things over the years while coaching candidates AND hiring managers on what to look for. So, looking for/listening for the good stuff is a given, but what about…. things you SHOULDN’T say?

 
 

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Millennials

Let’s talk about millennials. That’s right, we said it — Millennials.  

A few stats to kick things off. 

  • 75% of Millennials would prefer to work from home or other locations

  • 78% of Millennials see workplace quality as important when choosing an employer.

  • 59% of Millennials say flexibility will improve productivity

  • 59% of Millennials say opportunities to learn and grow are extremely important to them when applying for a job

  • 87% of Millennials say professional development or career growth opportunities are very important in any position they are in or are considering

There’s far more than simply checking the box of “I need a job” in this day and age. The complexities of finding the groove with millennials is something Spire works through on a daily basis. In this episode, Mike and Matt give their perspectives on the workforce of today — and especially the workforce of very near future.

 
 

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The Most Important Thing About Working With A Recruiter

Sourcing great people for the right role isn’t always the same as finding say… the right puzzle piece. Or a perfect match. As business continues to evolve and the workforce becomes more diverse, seeking to understand what is truly best for a company, a team, and an individual should be at the top of the list, right? Understanding realities on both sides — from the client or company AND the candidate is the way forward.

Mike and Matt sat down to have a conversation the most important thing when it comes to work with a recruiter — from the client and candidate perspectives.

 
 

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Who is Spire?

We've been at this for over six years now and we've learned quite a bit along the way. We, at Spire, are excited to share our knowledge with you that we've picked up over the years.

In this first episode, we want to give you an opportunity to learn about us, what makes us different, and how we are working hard to reroute the way hiring, and hiring strategically, is managed in today's business world.

In this episode: Mike Jacoutot — Managing Director and Matt Cheij — Recruiting Director

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