Charlotte Ranked among Happiest Cities

February 14th, 2014 by accruepartners


Charlotte is ranked among the 10 happiest cities to work in the United States, according to job-hunting website

The Queen City landed at No. 10 on the list. CareerBliss’ ranking considered the opportunity for growth, relationship with boss and colleagues and working environment in at least 100 reviews by employees.

“Understanding where people are happiest is a tool you can use to help navigate your own career path,” CareerBliss co-founder Heidi Golledge said in a prepared statement.

The list of the least-happy U.S. cities is topped by Cincinnati, Ohio, followed by Orlando, Fla.

The 10 happiest cities:

  1. San Jose, Calif.
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. San Francisco
  4. Las Vegas
  5. Salt Lake City
  6. Houston
  7. Boston
  8. Philadelphia
  9. San Diego
  10. Charlotte

The Accrue Team with clients at the American Heart Association’s Go Red! Breakfast

February 7th, 2014 by accruepartners

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Congratulations to Shawn Allen on landing a new position as a Customer Service Admin!

February 4th, 2014 by accruepartners


AccruePartners Welcomes Lauren Cappelluti to the Team

February 3rd, 2014 by accruepartners

Lauren-Cappelluti, Charlotte staffing services, executive searchAccruePartners is pleased to announce the recent addition of Lauren Cappelluti as Division Director of Financial Services. Lauren brings ten years of progressive leadership and sales experience, along with six specific years of professional staffing and recruiting.

After graduating from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Lauren moved to New Orleans to start her career in advertising sales. She was in New Orleans for six years and relocated to Tampa FL to continue her career in staffing. Lauren returned to Charlotte to be closer to friends and family and most recently worked for a global IT staffing solutions company serving national financial services clients in VMS environments.

Lauren will have oversight of the Financial Services Division and the Recruiting Team that services our client base in Charlotte and across the United States.

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Congratulations to Patrick on landing his new contract role as an Human Resources Specialist!

January 17th, 2014 by accruepartners

Congrats Patrick!


Best Cities for Job Seekers [from Nerd Wallet]

January 15th, 2014 by accruepartners

Close-in photo of Charlotte NC skyline at sunset

As the U.S. economy continues to recover, more opportunities for job seekers are arising across the nation. The Federal government is involved in helping people find work, and the Employment and Training Administration of the United States Department of Labor has multiple career development programs to help workers succeed in a changing marketplace. Many of the largest cities have continued to show growth, helping the economy get back on its feet. But some cities have a more positive outlook for job seekers than others due to a variety of factors. To help consumers make informed decisions, NerdWallet crunched the numbers to find the best cities for job seekers in the U.S. by asking the following questions:

1. Are jobs available?
We looked at the metro area’s unemployment rate to determine job availability. A low unemployment rate led to a higher overall score.

2. Is the city growing?
We assessed population growth to ensure that the city is attracting workers and exhibiting a trend of upward growth. High population growth led to a higher overall score.

3. Can you afford to live there?
We looked at the median income and the monthly costs of homeowners to assess whether residents could live comfortably in the area. We used monthly homeowner costs to proxy cost of living. Cities with high median incomes and a low cost of living scored higher.

For more information, check out our cost of living calculator here.

The Best Cities for Job Seekers

1. Austin, Texas
Austin is experiencing tremendous growth—the city has the highest working age population growth of the featured cities on our list. A burgeoning technology hub, the major employers in the area include Dell and IBM, and these companies employ over 6,000 people each. Austin has plenty of resources for job seekers and working professionals, and a good local resource for networking is the Bronze Pages guide. There is a chapter of the American Society for Training & Development in the city, which provides professionals with workshops, study groups, and networking opportunities to help further their careers.

2. Washington, District of Columbia
The nation’s capital sits on the Potomac River between Maryland and Virginia. Washington D.C. had a 4.6 percent growth rate from 2010 to 2012, and has one of the higher median incomes for workers at $45,151 a year. Known for the government sector, D.C. also has thriving  education and healthcare industries.  The two largest employers are Georgetown University and George Washington University with two health care facilities, Washington Hospital Center and the National Children’s Hospital, coming in behind them. Fannie Mae has their corporate headquarters here, and they are a major corporation in the financial services industry dealing with mortgage-backed securities. Those looking for help in their job search can reach out to Project Empowerment, a job training program that helps district residents with subsidized employment while working with them to secure permanent non-subsidized employment. Students at Georgetown University have access to the Cawley Career Education Center, which can assist with career planning and networking.

3. Fort Worth, Texas
Located just over 30 miles west of Dallas, Fort Worth was originally established as a fort to defend settlers after the Mexican American War. Now, the city’s main industries are the government sector and manufacturing, but the area retains its western spirit and culture. The largest employers are American Airlines and Lockheed Martin, and  Lockheed Martin Aeronautics  production plant makes the F-35 Lightning II and F-16 Fighting Falcon. For job seekers, the Dallas/Fort Worth area has many organizations that provide useful career training, such as the CCI Training Center.                      

4. Denver, Colorado
Just east of the Rocky Mountains, the Mile High city’s main industries include aerospace and manufacturing. Two of the major employers in the area are Ball Corporation and Lockheed Martin. The Denver Chamber of Commerce helps young people network and get involved in the community with The Denver Metro Chamber Young Professionals Group, while the nonprofit association SCORE Denver provides low-cost services to help entrepreneurs and small businesses succeed in the area. The University of Colorado Denver has a substantial career services department that even offers a Certificate of Employability to help students find employment in a competitive job market.

5. Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte lies on the southwestern border between North Carolina and South Carolina, and is a major financial center in the country. It has a diverse economy, with the largest employers ranging from manufacturing to financial services. Bank of America has its worldwide headquarters in town, and Wells Fargo has its east coast division headquarters in the One Wells Fargo Center skyscraper in downtown Charlotte. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte offers multiple services and events for students such as career expos, job fairs, and counseling. Charlotte has a thriving arts community as well, and the Arts and Science Council offers many workshops to foster the professional development of creative individuals.

6. Raleigh, North Carolina
The capital of North Carolina is located in the heart of the state, and is known for its research and development industry. This is largely due to Research Triangle Park, a hub for tech companies that contains some of the largest employers in the area. The well-known software company IBM is a major employer for the area and can be found in Research Triangle Park. The career development center at North Carolina State University provides assistance to students looking to enter the job market with access to internship postings, information sessions, and career fairs. The Center for Employment Training, located in nearby Durham, provides hands-on training for vocational skills.

7. Omaha, Nebraska
Omaha has been enjoying a low unemployment rate. Four of the top ten major employers in the city are in the health care industry, including Alegent Creighton Health and Methodist Health System. First Data Corporation is in the data processing industry, employing thousands of people who live in the area. Job seekers can look for training through the Nebraska Department of Labor, which offers a searchable training provider index. This is a useful resource for professionals who want further their educations in their trade. The University of Nebraska Omaha has an Academic and Career Development Center, and their popular Career Coach program uses local data, such as information on training and wages, to help students find a good career path.

8. Minneapolis, Minnesota
Known as the City of Lakes, Minneapolis has over twenty lakes and wetlands.  The city’s diverse economy is based on commerce, finance, healthcare and trucking.  Some of the largest employers include Target, the University of Minnesota and Wells Fargo. Minneapolis offers plenty of culture as well—the city has a thriving theater scene and several film and arts centers, and the city hosts the Minnesota Fringe Festival, one of the largest performing arts festivals in the United States.  Minneapolis is one of the best cities for recreation, and hockey fans have plenty to cheer for here as well. The University of Minnesota has a campus in Minneapolis, and they offer programs that enrich the public, such as a yearly Women’s Leadership Conference.

9. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City is located right in the center of the state.. The energy industry has a strong presence in the area and major employers include Two Fortune 500 energy companies, Chesapeake Energy Corporation and Devon Energy Corporation. The arts and crafts supplier Hobby Lobby has their corporate headquarters in the city. The Professional Development Institute at Oklahoma City Community College offers flexible adult education and training programs with the only state-certified compressed natural gas (CNG) technician program in the city. Interfaith nonprofit The Education and Employment Ministry offers job training and placement assistance for adults in the city.

10. San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio is known for its River Walk along the San Antonio River, which takes visitors through downtown on a vibrant waterway lined with shops and restaurants. Technology and energy are growing industries in the city, partially due to Southwest Research Institute and Valero Energy, two major employers in the city. The financial services industry is strong as well as the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) is headquartered in San Antonio. PROJECT Quest is an award winning local workforce training and development program that has a 90 percent job placement and retention rate for graduates. The University of Texas at San Antonio has a career center that provides students and alumni with resources, such as a virtual library of guidance materials and connections to local businesses.



The overall score for each city was derived from the following measures:

  1. Unemployment rate for the metro area: Bureau of Labor Statistics (November 2013)
  2. Population growth from 2010 to 2012: U.S. Census, data set (2012 U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS))
  3. Median income workers: U.S. Census, data set (2010-2012 ACS)
  4. Selected monthly owner costs: U.S. Census, data set (2010-2012 ACS)

The largest 50 cities in the United States were included in this analysis.

By Divya

AccruePartners Showing Their PANTHER Pride on “Fan-Friday”

January 10th, 2014 by accruepartners




AccruePartners showing their Panther Pride!  Lets Go Panthers!

#keep pounding


Charlotte region in competition for $25M in federal aid to manufacturing economies

January 9th, 2014 by accruepartners

The Charlotte region is in the running for more than $25 million from a federal program designed to aid communities that have demonstrated they can attract and grow advanced manufacturing companies.

Later this year, as early as late June, the U.S. Economic Development Administration will pick 12 winners, which it will call “manufacturing communities.”

Those regions or communities will be rewarded with easier access to their share of $1.3 billion in grants and other federal funding. As another carrot to the communities, they will receive a federal “concierge,” who would guide them through various departments to help with such things as infrastructure investment, small-business development and work-force training.

Mike Manis, director of community and economic development at Centralina Council of Governments, says the federal program would help complete efforts in the region that were started as long as three years ago to aid manufacturing.

“We need to get on board and save manufacturing because it’s the lifeblood of the country,” he says.

The program is called the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership, or IMCP. It’s designed to reward local communities that have shown proficiency attracting and supporting manufacturers. Launched by the Obama administration, IMCP’s idea is to ensure the country’s manufacturers are able to compete around the globe.

If the Charlotte region is to win the big prize, the region has to show it will be willing to invest in a range of areas from training and supply-chain support to advanced research and site development.

The Charlotte region has already cleared the first hurdle of the federal competition. In September, the Centralina Economic Development Commission received a $200,000 IMCP grant to prepare for the larger competition.

That process and other work found that the Charlotte area is particularly strong in aerospace and defense, automotive, biomedical, energy and logistics as they relate to advanced manufacturing.

The Carolinas has already been designated a “nuclear innovation cluster” after a 2010 U.S. Small Business Administration initiative that identified 10 communities with strong presence of various industry clusters.

“This is a huge opportunity that builds on our decade-long focus to reinvent manufacturing for the region,” Manis says. “Success of this effort will solidify a competitive advantage for a Greater Charlotte 21st Century global hub anchored by advanced manufacturing competencies which crosscut the commerce foundation of the region.”

Scott Carlberg, president of E4 Carolinas, an energy industry trade association in Charlotte, says the key to attracting manufacturers to the region is linking training programs with jobs in industry.

“We’re going to have a worker shortage in degreed people and in crafts people,” he says. “A lot of that passes under the field of vision of some people.”

There has to be a way to attract young people into the trades, Carlberg says. “Those jobs can be rewarding economically and psychologically. They are good careers.”

Carlberg also says the region’s economic developers need to understand where the gaps are in the supply chain for manufacturers. Recruiting to fill those absences is a must, he says.

Now Manis and others are working on the IMCP grant application, which is due in March.

Accrue Partners says, “16 Basic Principles for Avoiding Stupidity”

January 7th, 2014 by accruepartners


Early in my career, someone told me that “not being an idiot is a sustainable competitive advantage.” Unbelievably, it’s the truth. It’s easy to jump past the basics and focus on the challenging, and often confusing, topics that seemingly lead to success.

But the longer I live, the more I’m convinced that understanding and consistently practicing a handful of basic principles, like the 16 below, is the surest path to success. As Shane Parrish said, “Spend less time trying to be brilliant and more time trying to avoid obvious stupidity.”

1. Follow Through: Just do what you said you were going to do when you said you were going to do it. If you quoted a price, stick with it. If you promised something, deliver.

2. Say “Thank You”: The world doesn’t owe you anything, so don’t act like it does. When someone acts in your best interest, thank him. If you’re given a gift, thank the person who thought of you. If you’re particularly pleased with someone’s performance…you get the idea.

3. Be On Time: Circumstances occasionally cause a justified aberration. But most of the time, tardiness signals self-importance, a lack of respect, and disorganization. As the saying goes, “Five minutes early is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable.”

4. Use Impeccable Grammar: This is the clearest canary in the mine. If someone can’t properly spell, punctuate, or structure a sentence, chances are he a) is not well-educated, b) lacks attention to detail, and c) doesn’t care. Any way you slice it, bad grammar is bad news.

5. Say “Sorry”: Being wrong is being human. Just own up to it, and everyone will move on. Apologizing conveys that you a) care, b) are humble, and c) are self-aware. It’s incredible how much a genuine “sorry” can make up for.

6. Be Intentional: We all have the same amount of time. You can choose to randomly stumble around, hoping to bump into money, meaning, love, friendships, and opportunities. Or you can be intentional. It’s your choice, every single day.

7. Question Why: The smartest people in the world know what they don’t know, and they aren’t scared to look ignorant. If you don’t understand, ask “Why?” until you get it. This simple technique is the greatest antidote for the illogical and inexplicable.

8. Default to Silence: There’s a reason you have two ears and only one mouth. If you don’t have something meaningful to say, keep your trap shut. This ensures that when a significant thought does arise, people might actually listen.

9. Set Expectations: The formula is simple: Happiness = Reality — Expectations. Changing reality is hard. Setting expectations is easy. Under-promise and fill reality with happiness.

10. Take Responsibility: We love to rationalize blame. While it feels good to play the victim, it’s incredibly destructive, leading to a cynical and jaded life. The far better approach is to say, “It’s all my fault.” It gives you control to change yourself and your circumstances.

11. Say “No”: Life is a game of opportunity costs. If you say “yes,” you’re saying “no” to something else. Have clear priorities, pursue opportunities that align, and say “no” to everything else.

12. Continuously Learn: If you wake up each day trying to get a little better, before long, you’ll find yourself ahead. Read, ask, and listen. If something conflicts with your worldview, dig deeper and determine whether you should embrace it or discard it.

13. Embrace Simplicity: Small bits of complexity add up quickly and exponentially. A little white lie can get you fired. A little gossip can ruin a friendship. A little kiss can end a marriage. Enough small splurges can lead to bankruptcy. Given a choice, always choose simplicity.

14. Gain Perspective: We measure ourselves by our intentions, but others by their actions. But you’re not a special snowflake. Everyone else, regardless of how convinced you are that they’re “doing fine,” is struggling with something. Remember that to have some perspective.

15. Check Yourself: As Warren Buffett says, “Negotiating with one’s self seldom produces a barroom brawl.” Surround yourself with people who will a) call you on your BS, b) thoughtfully help you reason, and c) genuinely understand your weaknesses.

16. Avoid Eating Crap: You were given exactly one container for this life, and the quickest way to damage it is by consistently eating lab-concocted, food-like substances pumped full of chemicals, hormones, and fake nutrition. Simply eat real food that came from something previously living in a recognizable form.

The truth is that 100 percent consistency is impossible, and I’m certainly no exception. In the past two weeks, I’ve been late to a meeting, parroted some gossip, and failed to say “sorry” to two people who deserved to hear it — and that’s just what I can recall. But I’m constantly striving to walk the talk, and I encourage you to do the same. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.”

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January 6th, 2014 by accruepartners

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