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Mar 29, 2019

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H & M, Hennes and Mauritz Inc., one of the world’s largest fashion retailers famous for offering fashion and quality at the best price in a sustainable way, is happy to announce the launch of its latest Place of Possible (P.O.P) campaign; H&M’s employer branding campaign aimed at attracting the best in retail talent.

The campaign aims to show people looking for a great place to start a career that H&M is truly the place of possible, the place to be!

Featuring the brand’s own employees from H&M locations around the country, this year’s campaign builds on the intrinsic H&M value of “we are one team” and takes a deeper dive into the idea of community at H&M as represented by the phrase “me, us, we and you”.  

Several key changes will be made to the part time employee benefit program beginning this year, offering opportunities for H&M employees that will put a focus on both their professional and personal needs.

One of the most exciting changes is a weekly schedule commitment with options ranging up to 12 minimum hours guaranteed for part time employees from March through December.  This year, employees will also be able to use a new scheduling mobile application which will allow more flexibility and an easier process to pick up hours and swap shifts. In addition, H&M is proud to offer six weeks of paid parental leave to eligible part time employees.

CHICAGO, March 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — BlueCrew, an on-demand platform for flexible W-2 work that connects motivated workers with sustainable employment, announced plans for its platform to be live across 30 markets nationwide this year, with expansion to Chicago, Detroit, Miami, Minneapolis, and Phoenix among others.

The company’s market expansion follows a year that saw revenue triple thanks to accelerated adoption from employers. On the heels of this growth, BlueCrew has appointed IAC executive Adam Roston as CEO, while founder Gino Rooney will resume his prior role as CTO overseeing all product and technology for the company.

Today also marks the opening of BlueCrew’s new headquarters in downtown Chicago’s theMART (formerly Merchandise Mart), which will house more than 100 new hires across engineering, product, sales, and operations.

BlueCrew is disrupting traditional staffing – a total addressable market worth more than $130 billion in the U.S. and $400 billion globally – with a platform that instantly connects quality workers with open jobs using proprietary data and algorithms to identify the best matches in real time.

BlueCrew’s platform fills over 90 percent of employer jobs, many times within minutes, compared to traditional staffing agencies that fill 60-70 percent over several weeks.

Unlike gig economy apps that are heavily fueled by contractor workforces, BlueCrew’s platform exclusively features W-2 jobs.

CLEVELAND, March 27, 2019 — EmployStream, the leading provider for onboarding automation to the staffing industry, today announced it has closed a $3.5 million Series A funding round led by JumpStart Inc., with support from several key investors including Ohio Innovation Fund, North Coast Angel Fund and Rev1 Ventures.

EmployStream will use the capital to expand its product development, marketing and sales efforts in order to increase its footprint in the staffing industry. The funding will accelerate the company’s growth in the staffing industry, with a plan to expand to other industries with high-volume hiring needs and high turnover challenges.

“This round of investment allows us to add the resources and capabilities we need to meet the rapidly growing demand from the customers and markets we currently serve, as well as bring our offerings to other market segments with similar needs,” said Gerald Hetrick, Chief Executive Officer of EmployStream. “The continued support of the local community, as well as the addition of the Ohio Innovation Fund, are all great accelerators that will set EmployStream on a path to success for the foreseeable future.”


Capterra, the leading online resource for business software buyers, released findings from its latest survey of small and mid-size business leaders across vertical markets to understand how SMBs are choosing talent management solutions and their implications on businesses.

Capterra’s Talent Management Industry User Research Report revealed that price heavily impacts talent management solution decisions, surpassing ease of use as a key factor across SMBs. This focus on price creates a disconnect for small business leaders trying to choose the “right” software for their organization, as they’re using low price as the main driver when buying software.

“Understanding how buyers successfully leverage talent management solutions can help small business leaders make wise decisions based on their company’s size, resources, and software needs,” said Brian Westfall, principal analyst at Capterra and the survey’s lead analyst. “While low cost may seem like the most important aspect of software, choosing a solution solely based on price can create more issues than most SMBs are prepared to handle.”

Key findings include:

  • Importance of price: Price has surpassed ease of use as the second most important factor behind functionality in talent management software purchase decisions for all SMBs and is the primary factor for the smallest SMBs.
  • Software search expectation vs. reality: 45% of users took 10 months or more to research and choose their talent management software, despite only 18% expecting the search to take that long.

LinkedIn Targets SMBs With ‘Help Wanted’ Sign Download Option

As first reported on ERE, In a move to engage small businesses, LinkedIn announced the ability for brick-and-mortar businesses to print out a Help Wanted sign to place in a storefront window or put on a tabletop promotion. Think of it as a traditional Help Wanted sign with more engagement and a bridge to the digital world.

For brick-and-mortar business owners, the signage allows candidates passing by to apply for a job by scanning a QR code or going to the short link on the sign. LinkedIn says this solves the age-old challenge of managing two streams of applicants — those walking directly into the store and those applying online.