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Company secures hire for real estate jobs in Vegas

Friday, June 26th, 2015

One company has secured a key hire for real estate job in Vegas.

ERA Herman Group Real Estate recently announced the addition of Kelley Washam to their growing team in Las Vegas.

Washam has previous knowledge and experience in the entertainment management industry. She pursued her real estate license in 2007 when she relocated from Las Vegas to a small town in Missouri. While there, Washam became involved in community service, served on several boards/committees, and discovered her passion to help people achieve their real estate dreams. She has since then moved back to Las Vegas and has an active license in both Nevada and Missouri.

As part of ERA Herman Group Real Estate Washam will have the ability to offer homebuyers and sellers a wide variety of products and services including property microsites, home warranty plans, the ERA Sellers Security Plan and multiple unique in-house services.

“I am excited to welcome Kelley to our Las Vegas office,” said Roger Herman, CEO/President for ERA Herman Group Real Estate. “Her experience and dedication to her real estate career will find her continued success in the industry.”

Are companies hiring college grads for Vegas jobs?

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

A new survey from Careerbuilder shows that companies are possibly hiring college grads for Vegas jobs and paying them more.

According to the survey, 65 percent of employers say they plan to hire recent college graduates this year, up from 57 percent last year and the highest outlook since 2007. One third will offer higher pay than last year, and 1 in 4 will pay $50,000 or more.

Twenty-one percent do not feel academic institutions are adequately preparing students for roles needed within their organizations. When asked where academic institutions fall short, these employers cited the following concerns:

Too much emphasis on book learning instead of real world learning: 46 percent
I need workers with a blend of technical skills and soft skills gained from liberal arts: 38 percent
Entry-level roles within my organization are more complex today: 22 percent
Not enough focus on internships: 15 percent
Technology is changing too quickly for academics to keep up: 14 percent
Not enough students are graduating with the degrees my company needs: 10 percent

When asked to name which skills they think recent college graduates lack for the workplace, most of these employers cited interpersonal or problem-solving skills:

Interpersonal or people skills: 52 percent
Problem-solving skills: 46 percent
Oral communication: 41 percent
Leadership: 40 percent
Written communication: 38 percent
Teamwork: 37 percent
Creative thinking: 36 percent
Project management: 26 percent
Research and analysis: 16 percent
Math: 15 percent
Computer and Technical: 13 percent

Are companies concerned about retaining employees for Vegas jobs?

Monday, June 1st, 2015

There may be some concern about retaining employees for Vegas jobs, according to a past survey from Payscale.

The survey revealed that 60 percent of companies listed retention as a top business concern. The recent survey also shows companies of all sizes are eager to get pay right in order to engage their employees more deeply and – ultimately – maximize retention.

In addition:

Concerns about retention are rising. In early 2014, 60% of employers listed retention as their primary concern for managing their workforce. PayScale’s latest research shows 82% are now more worried about retention than they were at the beginning of the year.
Employers understand the strong correlation between compensation and employee engagement. In the survey, 87% of respondents said getting compensation right at their company was very important for achieving optimal employee engagement.
Attracting and retaining employees is harder. More than half of the respondents agreed with the statement that talent markets have become more volatile since the beginning of the year.
Modern technology solutions can improve retention. New technologies and analytics can help forward-thinking companies identify their “flight risks” and retain key talent; most respondents agreed that compensation management solutions are important for improving retention.

“Early in the year, organizations listed retention as their number one concern. Our most recent survey underscores an intensification of that concern. Employers are more worried about losing their top performing employees as the talent market heats up and businesses look to expand in the rebounding economy,” said Tim Low, Vice President of Marketing at PayScale. “The real cost associated with employee turnover is high, so we are seeing more companies looking for new ways to retain their existing employees.”