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Reluctance to Discuss Relocation is Harming Your Talent Acquisition

Posted by Aria Solar on Sep 22, 2014 11:17:00 AM

A job opens up, someone abruptly leaves, a new project needs a seasoned manager - these are all reasons why companies typically relocate their employees. Employers use it as a means of support to a current situation, when in reality, relocation should be used for leverage. Many companies aren't fully utilizing their relocation program potential, and a lot of this is due to transparency issues.

If you look at a company's website, you probably aren't going to see who they partner with for relocation services on their homepage. You probably won't even find it on their "About Us" or "Careers" pages. Information about relocation providers probably won't be found anywhere at all - in fact, this typically doesn't get touched on until late in the interview process. While this is done in an attempt to stay private against competitors and other companies in the space, you might actually be negatively impacting your ability to recruit and acquire top talent - especially your Millennial talent.

Use Your Relocation Programs to Your Advantage

When a Millennial, or anyone for that matter, lands on a website, they will look at the underestimate_value_of_relocationatmosphere the company embodies, their values, their culture, their benefits, their job openings, and lastly, their location. If they see that the company is located across the country, they will probably automatically dismiss the possibility of working there.

Unfortunately, a lot of possible applicants don't even consider relocation as an option. Many assume that relocations only happen for those who are already employed within a company, not for someone who hasn't even applied yet. So, they scurry away from the website and land on a different one, one with an opening in their city. They apply, they are a perfect match, get the job, and everyone lives happily every after - well, everyone except the first company who lost their possible applicant.

If that first company had said somewhere on their website that they have fantastic relocation options and would support and supplement the cost for a person to move for the position, it might have intrigued that person to linger a bit longer on the page. If candidates see that a company is willing to pay for them to move - that they are valued that much - they will be much more likely to apply for the position.

The Perfect Transferee

The fact of the matter is, when you are one or two years out of college, the thought of moving is scary but also extremely enticing. These younger hires probably haven't fully settled down yet and they likely don't have a family or children to think about. These people are your ideal transferees.

Millennials are the ones most likely to embrace the thought of moving. They are young, eager, mobile, and they are going to be the future of your company. If you can encourage Millennials to apply for your positions, reassuring them that the relocation will be completely taken care of, it will widen your talent pool exponentially. 

Increase Transparency

What can you do? Brag about your relocation program a little bit! Make it clear that your top priority is attracting top talent for your company, no matter where candidates are located. If you can attract talent from further than just your backyard, your company will see a huge spike in the level of talent you are recruiting. More people are willing to relocate than you might think, you just have to make it clear that you're willing to do whatever it takes. 

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Topics: Relocation, Recruiting

Chicago Tech Scene: What You May Have Missed This Week

Posted by Kinga Skowronek on Sep 19, 2014 2:23:11 PM

We are keeping our eye on the Chicago Tech Scene and gathering the most important weekly developments. It was another great week for our city as history was made in our own backyard with the unveiling of the first 3D printed car. The city goes full speed ahead with it’s tech advancements. Read below to find out some of the news you may have missed from Chicago’s Tech Scene.

First 3D Printed Car Built and Driven at Chicago Tech Show

History was made in Chicago this week! The world’s first 3D printed car was built and unveiled at the International Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago. chicago tech scene Composed of less than 50 parts, The Strati, which translates into layers in Italian, has a top speed of 40mph and can go as far as 120 miles on one charge. Currently the printing process takes around 44 hours.

But this isn’t some futuristic out-of-reach dream for the average consumer- Local Motors, the company in charge of this project, plans on selling the car at a price between $18,000 and $30,000.

Jay Rogers, CEO of Local Motors, explains, "There are no tools. There's no dye. There's no pattern. Those things cost 10's of millions of dollars. It's being free cast, printed out of a machine. No materials wasted. It's just what you get."

Rogers dives deeper into what this means for us all: "Because you can literally print the car any way you want, if your family goes from two people to three–with a child, you trade in and recycle the center part of your car and all the components that outfit the family. Whatever you can imagine is what this process can entail."

Picture one day going to an auto dealership to purchase the car of your dreams by pushing a button and waiting for it to print! This could be the future of car manufacturing. Read more and watch a video of a test drive at Yahoo! News.


First All-Electric Garbage Truck in North America

Chicago is the first city in North America to use an all-electric garbage truck. The Electric Refuse Vehicle allows for a smoother and quieter garbage collection process. This cost-saving solution, will hopefully catch on quick! In their article, “Chicago Has North America’s First All-Electric Garbage Truck” ChicagoInno explores the way Chicago is using this technology to better the city.

"We are constantly looking to modernize and improve the City's fleet operations through environmentally conscious choices," David Reynolds, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Fleet and Facility Management, said in a news release.  "[Chicago] is proud to be home to North America's first all-electric refuse and recycling truck, and we look forward to examining how this truck can boost efficiency, reduce emissions and save taxpayer dollars in the future."


Chicago’s Tech Incubator 1871 Ranks in the Top 10

According to UBI Index, a Swedish organization that analyzes business incubators, Chicago’s tech incubator 1871 ranks ninth in the world and fourth in the US among university-associated business incubators. In their article, “Global Index: 1871 Ranks No. 9 Among University-Associate Incubators” Chicago Tribune outlines the survey process and what this means for Chicago.

1871 CEO Howard Tullman said in the press release: “The UBI Index ranking confirms that 1871 is a global leader in its support of innovation and the entrepreneurial community.”


Survey Shows! Chicago’s Innovation Future is Bright

Charles Schwab, an online trading and investing brokerage, performed a survey of Chicago’s entrepreneurial and innovation hub. The survey called “The View From Chicago” was completed by 1,000 Chicagoans aged 21-75 and covered the following areas: life in Chicago, Chicago’s economy and personal finances.

Chicago Tribune’s article “Survey: Chicago Area a Good Place for Young Professionals, Innovation” breaks down the results by generation and percentage for each category.

“Chicago certainly has a base for being a good climate for business development, innovation and for entrepreneurs to get started,” said Brennan Miller, spokesman and manager of Charles Schwab’s Michigan Ave. and Lincoln Park branches told Chicago Tribune. “At the same time, we know we have more work to do in order to get more individuals on board in terms of calling Chicago a home for their business.”





Topics: Technology, Chicago

Employee Spotlight: Lily Duevel

Posted by Aria Solar on Sep 19, 2014 11:13:00 AM

Get to know one of our most beloved Senior Account Managers, Lily Duevel, in this employee spotlight!

Can you state your name and title for the record, please?

Lily Duevel, Senior Account Manager at UrbanBound since January 2014 

What's your favorite part of working with our clients?

Tons of things! I love building, growing, and managing relationships - it's such an amazing thing to be a part of. Lily Duevel

Do you believe in bigfoot?

(Laughs) Yes, I believe in bigfoot! I believe the proof of the big footprint, and the photos, I dont think they are altered, I believe he’s out there!

What is the funniest thing that happened to you recently?

When my parents were here for the weekend, we went to the hot dog festival. It was my parents first UberX ride and my dad was weirded out that a complete stranger was driving us around. On the way to the festival my dad blurted out “Why is there not a hot dog emoji? I am so upset that there is not a hot dog emoji." It was funny to hear my 67 year old dad ask for an emoji specifically a hot dog one...

What song do you play the most on your ipod?

Last Chance by Cascade

Do you like to sing in the shower?

Nope, in the car

Would you rather take the picture, or be in the picture?

TAKE THE PICTURE. I do not like photos. I like being behind the scenes at all times.

Favorite midnight snack?


If given the choice, which animal would you be and why?

A penguin. Because the female penguins don’t have to take care of the baby, the boys do!

Go to play or musical? 


Margarita or Pina colada?


Favorite social media platform?


Swim in a pool or the ocean?


What’s one thing you always wanted as a kid, but never got?

A dog, and I do have a dog now.

If you could uninvent one thing, what would it be?

Alarm clocks

What profession have you always admired?



And that's Lily! Stay tuned for our next Employee Spotlight! 

Photo by: Grant Legan, Grant Legan Photography


Topics: Employee Spotlight

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