Talent Toolbox

The economic climate in Catawba County is healthy – unemployment is very low and sales volume and business confidence are high as indicated by our 2018 Partnership Survey results.  As a direct result of these key indicators of a tight labor market, it was no surprise that attracting and retaining qualified talent was cited as the most critical community issue impacting business and inhibiting growth.

In a tight labor market, you may be challenged with turning to more unconventional or innovative solutions to meeting your talent needs and often times don’t know where to start.  Our hope is that this portal offers a platform to guide you to the resource centers in our community that can assist you in identifying great candidates and ultimately filling your vacant positions.

In addition to utilizing this “toolbox” of resources, contact Connie Saunders, Shareholder Relations & Events Manager, and she can sit down with you and create a customized plan that meets your needs.

*The Talent Toolbox application was created by the Leadership Catawba Class of 2018 in an effort to respond to a critical issue impacting business in Catawba County.

Recruit

Do you have great positions to fill? Tap into the following resources to assist you with your direct recruitment efforts.

Selling the Community

Do you need tools to help “sell” Catawba County to a top talent prospect? We’ve compiled some of the most comprehensive digital resources to assist in showcasing what it’s like to live, work and learn here. 

NC Works Career Center

Post an open position on the statewide job search portal, access labor market data and tap into the local representatives at our local NCWorks Career Center, all provided by the NC Department of Commerce.  

 

MADE Magazine

The MADE Magazine is a local workforce guide designed to promote local careers and educational opportunities to middle and high school students.

 

Western Piedmont Workforce Development Board

The Western Piedmont Workforce Development Board, a function of the Western Piedmont Council of Governments, provides, planning, technical assistance and implementation of employment, and training activities as required by Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) for the local area, as well as providing oversight, coordination and guidance of the local NCWorks Career Centers.

 

Regional Higher Education Career Centers

Connect with the Career Centers of the community colleges and universities within our region for direct recruitment via job postings, participation in on-campus events or career fairs and/or to host an intern. 

Staffing Services

Tap into any of our local temporary staffing or direct recruitment partners to assist with your human resource needs.  

 

Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina

Goodwill’s Career Connections Centers offer free, personalized services to aid job seekers such as resume-writing assistance, skills assessment, career coaching, access to computers, help with interviewing skills and job placement services. Tap into the local Career Center to make them aware of your career opportunities. 

 

Veteran Recruitment

Over 15,000 service members from all branches of our armed forces transition into civilian workforce from a military installation in NC alone annually.  Align with the efforts of the Catawba Military Taskforce, a collaborative effort led by the Catawba County Chamber and the Catawba County EDC , recruit this top talent and advocate for a veteran-ready community.  

Partner Organizations with Valuable Resources:

Work Release

The Work Release Program provides selected inmates the opportunity for employment in the community during imprisonment. 

 

Vocational Rehabilitation Services

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services provides counseling, training, education, transportation, job placement, technology and other support services to people with disabilities.

Develop

Talent is the backbone of every organization and data proves that companies that invest more in training and development on current employees experience higher employee performance and retention and overall profitability.  Furthermore, more often than not, employees cite that the lack of job challenge and advancement opportunities is one of the top reasons good employees decide to jump ship.

Utilize these local resources to cultivate your own talent.

HIGHER EDUCATION

CERTIFICATIONS & LICENSURES

WORKSHIPS & SEMINARS

JOB SHADOW, INTERNSHIP & APPRENTICESHIP

ENGAGE THE NEXT GENERATION OF TALENT

Recruit

Simply stated, an employer brand is your organization’s reputation as an employer.  Unlike your company brand, which we control internally (logo, tagline, colors, products/services…etc), an “employer brand” is shaped and driven by your employees and other stakeholders. Regardless of how you’d like to present it, this identity and reputation is consciously developed for you and is a stand-alone driver for your effectiveness at recruiting great employees.

Tap into best practices by connecting with your colleagues.  Here are some other local resources you may find helpful to assist you in retaining your best and brightest.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS