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Casual Male implements Headway recruitment solution

BY CSA STAFF

Raleigh, N.C. Workforce solution-provider Headway Corporate Resources said Tuesday it has partnered with Casual Male Retail Group to implement its recruitment solution for the specialty retailer of big and tall men’s apparel.

The solution is designed to enable Casual Male to find and acquire store managers, assistant managers and district managers in what Headway describes as a more effective and efficient manner over traditional recruiting methods.

“I know that having the right people in the stores is making a tremendous difference to our customers and that ultimately is creating a much healthier business environment for us,” said Dennis Hernreich, executive VP and COO of Casual Male Retail Group. 

Headway has been working with the Casual Male Retail Group since late 2009 and has sourced, screened and touched over 15,000 job seekers for the apparel retailer, said Hernreich.

Headway’s recruitment solution for Casual Male Retail Group includes proactive sourcing methodologies as well as a three-level customized assessment program, which aligns with the retailer’s most sought-after candidate characteristics. Also, the centralized delivery model and GPS Recruitment technology reduces the time and resources required to find, qualify and select the best matched talent. 

 

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No good deed goes unpunished

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Target received the ire of several gay rights activists last week after it made a $150,000 donation to MN Forward, a non-partisan organization that claims to support candidates it believes will stimulate job and economic growth in Minnesota.

The controversy surrounding Target’s support of MN Forward is based on the group’s endorsement republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, who is against gay marriage and defined marriage on his website as a “union between one man and one woman.” Emmer has also drawn criticism for his support of the Christian rock band You Can Run But You Cannot Hide, which is known to have expressed anti-gay sentiments.

MN Forward, according to reports, said it selected Emmer to support because his position on job growth and Minnesota’s economy were in line with its mission.

Though Target may have donated to MN Forward because of its economic position, that didn’t stop GLBT rights groups and their supporters from expressing their displeasure with the company through such actions as boycotting. In response, Target CEO, Gregg Steinhafel issued a statement on the company’s investor relations website, saying that its support of MN Forward did not change its support of GLBT rights.

 

“As you know, Target has a history of supporting organizations and candidates, on both sides of the aisle, who seek to advance policies aligned with our business objectives, such as job creation and economic growth.  MN Forward is focused specifically on those issues and is committed to supporting candidates from any party who will work to improve the state’s job climate,” said Steinhafel. “However, it is also important to note that we rarely endorse all advocated positions of the organizations or candidates we support, and we do not have a political or social agenda.”

Steinhafel added that Target was still unwavering in its support of the GLBT community and noted that it had earned a rating o 100% on the 2009 and 2010 Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.

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Ashley Furniture engages customers with social networking

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ARCADIA, Wis. Ashley Furniture HomeStore announced that it has launched pages on Facebook and Twitter to better connect with its customers online.

Customers are able to follow Ashley on Twitter (www.twitter.com/AshleyHomeStore), while the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AshleyFurnitureHomeStore) allows visitors to browse the hottest styles in furniture and stay updated on the company’s latest promotions, exclusive offers, community events, news, store locations, charities and more, the company reported.

 

As part of the launch, Ashley said it will also be reaching out to the online community in an effort to raise much-needed funds for the City of Hope, a cutting-edge research and treatment facility for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

 

“Ashley Furniture Industries has raised over $4 million for this wonderful non-profit facility. But there’s much more research needed,” says Ben Thorud, SVP. “So we’ll be asking our Facebook community to get involved. For every “Like” we receive in the first two months after the launch of our fan page, we’ll donate $0.25 to the City of Hope, up to $10,000.”

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