Instead of holding a hiring interview or waiting for an exit interview, recommends having a “stay interview” for key employees.  This could be a good thing to look into for highly competitive and mobile industries – like cybersecurity. You may ask – what’s the difference between a “stay interview” and an annual review? An annual review has inherent baggage, and other objectives – a stay interview can take a variety of formats with the critical objective of keeping a pulse on top employees.

There’s a chance that a new bill could turn off some of the sequester cuts. Introduced by a pair of House conservatives, the bill would offset the deficit by $200 billion – no chump change. Whether or not Congress can make something happen quickly enough is yet to be seen, and experts continue to debate the impact. Some say 2014 will be worse. Others are concerned about the smack-down R&D is taking.

Government stays open for a month, and U.S. employee confidence pops back up to where it belongs. Given that the shutdown only lasted a few weeks, it had a minimal impact on the long-term job market.

If your recruiting efforts are dragging, it might be time to sit down with your marketing team to glean some practices and tips that can be applied to recruiting. identifies a few things to learn from the marketing department.

The contract or part-time workers are increasing. The economic downturns or uncertainties coupled with healthcare concerns for full-timers could be the drivers in this shift. Bottom line is, it seems the trend is here to stay. The benefits can outweigh the negatives. It’s especially helpful to test drive an employee or potential position before committing.

Who’s Hiring

Rochester-based Harris RF is on the lookout for engineers. Despite cutting almost 100 positions earlier in 2013, the company has now listed almost 90 open positions on its website.

General Dynamics is expanding with the addition of a location in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The new location will provide General Dynamics back-office support services and create more than 200 jobs.

Who’s Growing       

The U.S. Air Force is concerned about budget cuts reducing its readiness and modernization. However, one area that isn’t slowing down due to sequestration is simulation and training. USAF identifies simulation technology as an area that will see growth.

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Jillian Hamilton has worked in a variety of Program Management roles for multiple Federal Government contractors. She has helped manage projects in training and IT. She received her Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Penn State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.