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Inside the Box – January 2017

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Welcome to the Decision Toolbox monthly newsletter, Inside the Box.  We hope you’ll find it entertaining and informative.  Your feedback on current or future topics is welcome at any time.


“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”
-Oprah Winfrey


Contents (click to jump to the content you wish to read):

DT Thought Leadership:   Kim Shepherd Advises How to Create a Mentoring Culture to Insurance Business Canada; 5 Predictions for the Future of Mobile Recruiting: Dominick Bernal Advises

Recruiting Coach:
Darren Findley Leads Webinar on How to Hire More Engaged Employees; Train Up Your Employment Brand

Clients in the News:
UNIFY Offering Free ‘Financial First Aid’ Webinar; myKaarma and MDL autoMation Announce Partnership and Integration; Clean Energy Awarded Station Construction Projects; Increases Facility Modification Services

DT News:  What Our Clients Are Saying; Engage2Excel Acquires Decision Toolbox, A Recognized Leader in Integrated Recruiting Solutions;  Jessica Nettleton Shares the Value of Niche Job Boards in;  Are You Limiting Candidates With Biased Job Ads? DT’s Tom Brennan to ZipRecruiter; 20 Recruiting Pros Share Their Plans for 2017: Nicole Cox to; 13 Attention-Grabbing Resume Examples: DT’s Nicole Cox to Glassdoor; DT’s Domini Clark to GoodCall: California Needs More than 45,000 Cybersecurity Professionals; What About Your State?; Connect With Us

Welcome New DT Clients:  A Warm Welcome to Our New Clients



DT Thought Leadership:

Kim Shepherd Advises How to Create a Mentoring Culture to Insurance Business Canada

mentoring culture

Kim Shepherd’s company Decision Toolbox doesn’t do things the traditional way. The former television journalist turned CEO spurned traditional hierarchy for a mentorship system that places relationship at the fore rather than authority.

“(At Decision Toolbox) you’re in an environment where nobody ever gets scolded for anything. In that type of love-fest environment you can do all kinds of miraculous things,” Shepherd said of her company of about 100 employees. And as the organization grows, she intends to keep the current structure intact.

It’s a strategy that she believes can translate to companies of all sizes, citing Trader Joe’s and Starbucks as examples.

“I completely disagree with the concept that as you get bigger you start to fall apart on culture,” she said. “You can be the exception if you think exceptionally.”

Read more.


5 Predictions for the Future of Mobile Recruiting: Dominick Bernal Advises

future of mobile recruiting


Today’s Question: At, we’re wondering what the future of mobile recruiting will look like. What do you think? What tips, tools, technologies, or tactics will dominate the mobile recruiting space in the coming years – and why?

Advice from Decision Toolbox’s Dominick Bernal:

Candidates Will Demand Simple Interfaces

Recruiters and developers should recognize that mobile is not an exotic animal to be chained, but a fact of everyday life. Many are overthinking mobile. Developers should simply put themselves in the shoes of users to optimize mobile platforms.

Read more.


Recruiting Coach

Darren Findley Leads Webinar on How to Hire More Engaged Employees

hire for engagement

Register for this HRCI accredited webinar on January 19 which will include tips for infusing highly-engaged employees into your corporate culture.  Read more and register here.

Train Up Your Employment Brand

train up your employment brand

In consulting with hiring managers (HMs), I often hear “I don’t have time to train, so you have to find me someone who can hit the ground running.” It’s understandable: when you’re shorthanded, the idea of adding training to your to-do list can be daunting. In today’s highly competitive job market, however, that approach is problematic.

Suppose a hiring manager, Natalie, needs to replace a Java Developer on her team. In her estimation, the person who can hit the ground running must have at least five years of hands-on experience. Given the tremendous demand for Java talent, though, it may take six months to find an interested and available Developer with those qualifications. Yet it might only take three months to train someone with a year or two of experience — and that person could shoulder at least some of the workload during training. “One to two years of experience plus the ability to learn quickly” is a much larger pool than “at least five years of experience.”

Establishing a whole training department may be possible for larger companies, but there are other options for smaller and mid-sized organizations.  Read more here.




Clients in the News:

UNIFY Offering Free ‘Financial First Aid’ Webinar January 11

A financial crisis can throw even the best money management plan into chaos. Whether you are in the midst of a financial crisis or just want to be prepared in the event of, you’ll want to join us for our FINANCIAL FIRST AID webinar, where you’ll learn assessment and recovery strategies to get you back on track.

During this online session, you’ll learn how to:

  • Use tools to assess a financial crisis
  • Properly prioritize expenses
  • Effectively negotiate with creditors

Read all about it here.


myKaarma and MDL autoMation Announce Partnership and Integration

MyKaarma, the cloud based conversational commerce software that’s revolutionizing the auto service industry and MDL autoMation (MDL – formerly MyDealerLot), a leader in RFID and License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology, announced a partnership and integration to help streamline and improve the auto service customer’s experience. The integration pairs myKaarma’s internal and customer-facing messaging with MDL’s automated arrival technology to help auto dealers further improve communication and interaction with service customers.

“MDL continues to partner with leading companies that provide high-value technologies to auto dealer sales and service operations. Our integration with myKaarma uses our award-winning Service Drive Concierge™ platform to message a variety of events (customer arrival, vehicle wash, loaner returns) using RFID or License Plate Recognition Technology directly to myKaarma to enhance the service customer’s experience to increase sales and retention,” said George Cresto, MDL Founder and CEO.

Read all about it here.


Clean Energy Awarded Station Construction Projects; Increases Facility Modification Services

Clean Energy Fuels Corp., (NASDAQ: CLNE) announced that it has been awarded two new fueling station construction projects, and that its Facility Modification Services (FMS) division continues to grow with multiple projects underway, including three for Cummins Inc.’s Sales and Service business.

Read all about it here.



DT News

What Our Clients Are Saying:

Thank you Northwestern Mutual for sending us this great feedback!

Northwestern Mutual testimonial


Engage2Excel Acquires Decision Toolbox, A Recognized Leader in Integrated Recruiting Solutions

Engage2Excel Acquires Decision Toolbox

Engage2Excel, a leading provider of employee engagement solutions, announced the acquisition of recruitment solutions provider Decision Toolbox. This addition complements Engage2Excel’s existing HR solutions for employee recognition and surveys and significantly expands the capabilities of its Talent Acquisition division, launched in July 2016.

Read more.


Fight against hackers hurt by huge shortage of cyber workers: DT’s Domini Clark to San Diego Union-Tribune

shortage of cyber workers

Decision Toolbox cybersecurity recruiting expert Domini Clark explains how the shortage of cyber workers is hurting the fight against hackers.  Read more.


Jessica Nettleton Shares the Value of Niche Job Boards in

Decision Toolbox’s Recruitment Media Strategist Jessica Nettleton shared her thoughts on the value of niche job sites in  Read more.


Are You Limiting Candidates With Biased Job Ads? DT’s Tom Brennan to ZipRecruiter

biased job ads

Decision Toolbox’s Tom Brennan shared insights with ZipRecruiter on how unintentionally biased job ads may cause employers to miss out on great candidates.  Read more.


20 Recruiting Pros Share Their Plans for 2017: Nicole Cox to


Decision Toolbox Chief Recruitment Officer Nicole Cox recently shared her plans for how to attract talent in 2017 with  Read more.

13 Attention-Grabbing Resume Examples: DT’s Nicole Cox to Glassdoor

resume examples

Decision Toolbox Chief Recruitment Officer Nicole Cox shared resume tips to create an attention-grabbing resume with Glassdoor.  Read more.


DT’s Domini Clark to GoodCall: California Needs More than 45,000 Cybersecurity Professionals; What About Your State?

goodcall cybersecurity

That there is a shortage of information technology professionals is no secret. Any list of most in-demand jobs and hardest to fill positions will include IT workers. That’s why these workers enjoy some of the highest starting salaries and job offer rates. However, the specific need for cybersecurity professionals has reached a fever pitch.  Read more.



Connect With Us On Social Media:

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Welcome New DT Clients!

We’d like to welcome our new Client partners who joined us in December:


Operating as a Clean Energy subsidiary since December 2010, Clean Energy Cryogenics, formally NorthStar, Inc., is a well-established premier provider of engineered LNG / LCNG (liquefied to compressed natural gas) fueling systems and stations.

Delivering turnkey LNG solutions since its founding in 1994, Clean Energy Cryogenics is a Wyoming-based licensed general contractor with the proven ability to design, install, operate and maintain LNG/LCNG fueling facilities. Capabilities include: preparing civil, electrical and mechanical drawings; securing station building permits; performing site improvements; fabricating and installing engineered LNG/LCNG systems; performing site commissioning and training; and providing warranty and preventive maintenance services.



Construx provides software development training and consulting to companies in a wide range of industries worldwide. They focus on best practices, with a pragmatic approach, business perspective, and deep experience in the complete Software Development Life Cycle. They help companies streamline development, amp up productivity, and deliver better visibility — so they can get to market faster with high quality, innovative products.



Headquartered in Irvine, California, Menlo Micro is reimagining one of the most fundamental building blocks of electronic systems – the electronic switch. The company’s Digital-Micro-Switch platform is a game changer for those who design electronic systems, serving multiple industries including next generation 5G mobile networks, industrial Iot markets, battery management, home-automation, electronic vehicles and medical instrumentation. Menlo Micro is backed by GE Ventures, with investments from Corning, Microsemi Corporation, and Paladin Capital Group.





When it comes to health care, Palomar Health, which includes 319-bed Palomar Medical Center in Escondido and 107-bed Palomar Medical Center in Poway, has North San Diego County covered. The hospital district covers an 850-square mile area and is the largest hospital district in California and the only designated Level II Trauma Center in North County San Diego. Despite their geographic spread, they remain committed to providing the health care the community needs, close to home. With a full spectrum of health services, their state-of-the-art hospitals, birth centers, rehabilitation and long-term care centers, plus home health care and hospice services, deliver comprehensive health care.



Back in 1977, a beekeeper from Upland California with a knack for inventions named Paul Pierce was tired of his wood frames with wax foundation. He was constantly spending time tending to the frames instead of his bees and they were easily mangled during transport and harvesting. Paul thought: Why not make the frame and foundation all in one, out of a durable material that could withstand the rigors of commercial beekeeping? And that is when the idea for the one-piece Pierco frame was born. Paul contacted renowned Southern California plastics expert Edward Fleming and the two collaborated to develop the industry’s first plastic frame. And the rest, as they say, is history.



PowerPak Civil & Safety has been serving the New York area for more than 25 years. They are a family business, and they know their success comes from treating their customers like family too. They choose quality products that they would be proud to use themselves. Every product in their catalog is in stock now, so they can deliver them fast and make sure that every product is priced to provide good value. If something isn’t right, they make it right. And when their customers need something, they make sure they get it. That’s how they treat their family, and that’s how they treat their customers.



School Portraits by Adams Photography, located in Chino, California, is wholly dedicated to delivering an outstanding school portrait day experience for the schools they serve, the children they photograph, and the parents who rely on them to deliver quality products that can be enjoyed for years to come. What makes them different is their efficient production process, professional photographers, advanced planning to ensure a smooth portrait day, and their commitment to providing extraordinary service and delivering an innovative and fun selection of portrait products. All production and printing is done locally, in-house, using state-of-the-art equipment.




Teacher Created Materials is a publishing company and everything they do comes from teachers and is created just for them. Their mission is to publish quality research-based, educational books and materials in all curricular areas for teachers and students at all grade and skill levels. TCM provides a broad spectrum of both quality resources and professional teacher training. While remaining grounded in sound educational practice, they maintain an educational vision and an open ear to educators and their changing needs.


The Willows Community School, located in Culver City, California, is a Developmental Kindergarten through 8th grade independent school enrolling around 450 students annually. Nationally recognized as a balanced, progressive educational leader, The Willows’ strong academic program incorporates experiential learning and thematic instruction into a cutting-edge curriculum and integrates technology and the arts into the classroom.




Headquartered in Costa Mesa, California TTM Technologies, Inc. is one of the largest PCB product manufacturers in the world and also a major supplier of backplane assemblies and custom electro-mechanical solutions. TTM stands for Time-To-Market, representing how TTM’s time-critical, one-stop manufacturing services enable customers to shorten the time required to develop new products and bring them to market.



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