Matt Zimmerman Named Registrar at WAZZU

WSU Officially Hires Matt Zimmerman as Registrar

Matt Zimmerman WSU RegistrarMatt Zimmerman was named Washington State University’s registrar following a national search, provost Dan Bernardo announced Thursday, July 19.

Zimmerman has served as interim university registrar since July 2017.

“It has been a pleasure to serve as interim registrar for the past year, and I am very honored that WSU has provided me the opportunity to serve as registrar,” Zimmerman says. “I look forward to leading the Registrar’s Office in our mission to compassionately implement university policy and procedures, and to provide innovative support to WSU students and faculty.”

A WSU employee since 2008, Zimmerman was the associate registrar from 2013 to 2017. He previously served as the university’s veterans coordinator and assistant registrar. Continue reading “Matt Zimmerman Named Registrar at WAZZU”

Hiring Older Employees is Smart Decision: Top 3 Reasons

Andrew Simon Simon Associate Management ConsultantsAndrew Simon Shows Employers How They Are Missing The Boat on Hiring

In the 2015 movie The Intern, Robert DeNiro starred as a 70-year-old widower who returns to the workforce as an under-appreciated and seemingly out-of-step intern working for a young boss played by Anne Hathaway.

Initially, Hathaway’s character can’t quite relate to this baby boomer who ditched retirement out of boredom, but by the film’s finale she comes to appreciate his skills and experience. Continue reading “Hiring Older Employees is Smart Decision: Top 3 Reasons”

4 Tips For Blending 5 Generations Into The Same Workplace

Sue Hawkes Chasing Perfection“A divided country” is a prevalent theme in America today, and simultaneously many business leaders find the need for their employees to work well together has never been more important – or perhaps more challenging.

For the first time in modern history, the workforce consists of four and sometimes five generations within a single company. That age/experience difference can lead to varied ways of looking at things – and also varied ways in which co-workers perceive those from another generation. Research by firms that explore office interaction reveals generation gaps in areas such as communication style, goals, adaptation to change and technical skills.


Bosses face the challenge of how to bridge these differences. Continue reading “4 Tips For Blending 5 Generations Into The Same Workplace”

Lyft drivers in Seattle now eligible for a new education program that includes a personal education advisor and discounts

Lyft Partners with Guild Education and Becomes First Gig-Economy Company to Provide Access To Education Services to Contractors 

Lyft logoGuild Education, an education benefits company, and Lyft, the fastest growing rideshare company in the U.S., today announced a partnership that will offer Lyft drivers in Seattle the opportunity to further their education. This is a first-of-its-kind program designed specifically for the sharing economy.

Todd Kelsay, Lyft Pacific Northwest General Manager said, “We know many Lyft drivers are driving toward personal goals, which often include continued education and learning. Every day, drivers around Seattle help us get to where we’re going. This program will help them to get where they’re going.” Continue reading “Lyft drivers in Seattle now eligible for a new education program that includes a personal education advisor and discounts”

Economic Development Partners Travel to Washington, D.C. to Recruit Foreign-Owned Companies to the Greater Seattle Region

Innovation Triangle Bellevue logoFour King County economic development partners—the Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County (EDC), and the cities of Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond—have joined together to promote the Greater Seattle Region to foreign-owned companies interested in investing in the United States at the upcoming SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, DC. They will join the Washington State Department of Commerce in promoting Washington State, and in particular Seattle-King County, as a great place for international companies to do business and grow jobs.
The SelectUSA Investment Summit, scheduled for June 18-20, 2017, is driven primarily by the US Department of Commerce and other federal government agencies as a premier venue for US economic development organizations to share investment opportunities directly with international investors. Continue reading “Economic Development Partners Travel to Washington, D.C. to Recruit Foreign-Owned Companies to the Greater Seattle Region”

4 Ways to Get Passive Job Candidates to Come to You

Keith Johnstone Peak Sales RecruitingBy Keith Johnstone, Head of Marketing at Peak Sales Recruiting 

In LinkedIn’s Global Recruiting Trends 2017 report nearly 85% of talent leaders said that finding top talent is their number one priority. However, with five-percent unemployment, shrinking talent pools, and 95% of executives admitting to making bad hires every year, getting strategic hires right is only getting harder.

With arguably the fiercest competition over talent in more than a decade, it is more important than ever for human resource leaders to pursue candidates that are not actively “looking” but open to “listening.”  These passive job seekers make up approximately 75% of the workforce, but convincing them to ‘jump ship’ can be a challenge. Continue reading “4 Ways to Get Passive Job Candidates to Come to You”

Dave’s Killer Bread Foundation to Hold Second Chance Summit in Seattle

Dave's Killer Bread FoundationJob Fair, Film Screening and Summit Planned to Inspire Employment for People with Criminal Backgrounds in Puget Sound 

WHAT:           The Dave’s Killer Bread Foundation (DKB Foundation) will host two days of events to demonstrate the benefits for businesses, individuals and society when people with criminal backgrounds are given employment opportunities. With the support of Northwest icon Dave’s Killer Bread (the rebel organic baker that employs nearly 100 people with criminal backgrounds at its Oregon bakery), the DKB Foundation is partnering with FareStart, the IF Project, Mod Pizza, Uber, National Employment Law Project and the City of Seattle to cultivate a dialogue around the potential in people with backgrounds and the ability of businesses to create positive change by offering them jobs. 

WHEN:            Wednesday, June 7 and Thursday, June 8, 2017

WHERE:         All events held at: WithinSodo, 2916 Utah Ave. S, Seattle, Wash.

DETAILS:       Second Chance Job & Resource Fair Wednesday, June 7 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Dave’s Killer Bread, Mod Pizza, Uber, Square Peg Seattle and FareStart will be among the employers at the Second Chance Job & Resource Fair Continue reading “Dave’s Killer Bread Foundation to Hold Second Chance Summit in Seattle”

4 Questions to Overcome ‘FOMO’: Fear of Millennials in the Office

Peak Sales Recruiting Eliot BurdettBy Eliot Burdett, CEO of Peak Sales Recruiting 

Just when we figured out what SMH and ROTF meant, we heard the phrase FOMO and were back to square one. Thanks to Google, we could find out that it meant the ‘fear of missing out.’

Ah, you must hand it to Millennials, they are a clever bunch. In fact, they are more than clever.

The Forbes 2016 billionaires list  is littered with brilliant, young entrepreneurs such as Evan Spiegel (Snapchat), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) and Daniel Fine, (Glass-U).

The impact of Millennials on the global economy and Continue reading “4 Questions to Overcome ‘FOMO’: Fear of Millennials in the Office”

Washington State Makes Questionable Finding on Rail Impact of MBT

Alliance for Northwest Jobs & ExportsRecently, after five years of study and review, the Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) released a final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Millennium Bulk Terminal project in Longview that contains an allegation that the maximum 16 potential train trips (8 trains entering and leaving the facility) providing service to the facility would increase the potential cancer risk for members of a Longview neighborhood. Alliance spokeswoman Mariana Parks released the following statement regarding this allegation – which was made for the first time in this final EIS:

“By making this allegation today, DOE violates the very methodology of the expansive scope it chose to evaluate the project’s impacts, and instead chose to look in isolation at the alleged impacts of train operations for a specific commodity, ignoring the example of expansive rail operations across the state. Continue reading “Washington State Makes Questionable Finding on Rail Impact of MBT”

Transgender in the Workplace: Beyond the Bathroom

Transgender Employment Law Kandis SellsHow to Work with Transgender People in a Respectful Way

In our current political conversations about transgender rights, bathrooms and locker rooms are getting all of the attention but in the workplace, the respectful inclusion of transgender employees goes well beyond the bathroom. Working with employers who have had experiences with openly transgender employees in the workplace, has generated some important lessons learned that may be helpful to others looking to ensure compliant and inclusive practices. Continue reading “Transgender in the Workplace: Beyond the Bathroom”