PeopleScout Helps Businesses Find Workers Through Innovative Outreach

March 11, 2017
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PeopleScout has been an employer partner of Skills for Chicagoland’s Future (SCF) since 2013. SCF matched businesses that have current, unmet hiring needs with qualified, unemployed and underemployed job seekers in Cook County. Since SCF launched in September 2012, it has created opportunities to increase economic mobility for Chicago-area residents and connected local businesses with great talent.

As of 2016, the TrueBlue family of companies — which includes PeopleScout and Staff Management | SMX — have hired more than 400 candidates referred by SCF, far exceeding their original goal of 290. Most candidates from SCF have been hired for entry-level positions at PeopleScout’s headquarters in Chicago. Many have been promoted within the company. To facilitate this advancement, PeopleScout provides training and development opportunities for the candidates, allowing them to build a career within the organization.

“We are proud to be a part of Skills for Chicagoland’s Future and have had great success with hiring candidates who are returning to the job force after long-term unemployment or underemployment,” says Patrick Beharelle, president and COO of TrueBlue and member of Skills for Chicagoland’s Future board of directors. “We have expanded our partnership to add new opportunities for candidates, such as job shadowing, and look forward to working with Skills for Chicagoland’s Future to create win-win connections between unemployed and underemployed talent and PeopleScout.”

PeopleScout’s partnership with SCF has yielded strong recruitment results year after year as measured by the percentage of candidates hired and the overall retention rate for SCF candidates. Additionally, the SCF program has helped participants across a variety of socioeconomic categories increase their hourly wage, hours worked per week and gain access to paid time off and health benefits. The program has also enabled participants to decrease dependency on unemployment insurance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

PeopleScout connects veterans and military spouses with employment opportunities at employers committed to veteran hiring through the Veteran Talent Exchange (VTE) program. In fact, veteran hiring efforts are core to PeopleScout’s mission. The VTE increases the job opportunities available to veterans. PeopleScout created the Talent Exchange to meet the goal of finding meaningful employment for more veterans and military spouses. With client partners who prioritize hiring veterans, they created the VTE as a way to help veterans open the door to new career opportunities.

PeopleScout connects veterans and military spouses with employment opportunities at employers committed to veteran hiring.

“Helping our veterans and their families find meaningful employment is an important part of PeopleScout’s mission,” says PeopleScout President Taryn Owen. “Connecting people and work is what we do best, and we’re proud of being a leader in helping veterans find the right career opportunities.”

Veterans have proven themselves quality employees using skills attained in the military, such as work ethic, dependability, loyalty, drive and more. Participation in the VTE is available to all PeopleScout clients and provides recruiting access to thousands of active veteran candidates. The VTE program complements client’s existing veteran recruiting initiatives by expanding the veteran talent pipeline.

Veterans join the exchange in one of two ways: by a referral from PeopleScout’s recruiting team or by joining the VTE directly, uploading their resume and viewing all available job opportunities. To engage the network of veteran talent, PeopleScout sends monthly VTE newsletters that feature job search tips, information on veteran hiring events at PeopleScout clients and featured job opportunities.

Since its launch on Veteran’s Day 2013, PeopleScout has made thousands of veteran hires for clients on the VTE.

Hiring ready to work talent is part of PeopleScout and what they do. To help engage that talent, PeopleScout created the PeopleCorner Talent Community to share career advice, resume guidance and interviewing tips with those looking for new careers. Members of the PeopleCorner community gain access to global career tips and trends, powerful thought leadership and insights, and networking opportunities. Those seeking employment opportunities can join PeopleCorner to showcase their skills and experience and gain exposure to career opportunities at some of the top companies around the world.

PeopleScout also recently launched Veteran’s Corner, part of the PeopleCorner community, to provide information specifically for veterans and military spouses. Veteran’s Corner focuses on articles, tips, trends and career advice targeted toward helping military veterans and their spouses successfully transition from active duty and military service to civilian life.

PeopleScout is a partner and supporter of Ready to Work’s employer leadership roundtable session on March 15, 2017, in New York City.