Talent Connect in the News!

tu logoTalent Connect was recognized in an article in today’s Times Union for our work in cultural transitioning for foreign new-hires. Transitioning to a new place is challenging for everyone. Transitioning from a different culture presents an extra set of obstacles to overcome to make a new location feel like home. Talent Connect offers services that help professionals relocating to the Capital Region from outside the country to ease the transition; helping new-hires and their families adjust smoothly to U.S. culture and customs.

Talent Connect Program Manager, Joanne Bucher, was recently featured on a panel addressing these issues to the Capital Region Recruiters Network (CRRN).

ALBANY NY – Santhosh Abraham, the faculty program director for Excelsior College‘s School of Business and Technology, moved to Latham in September with his family from Scotland for the position, the only job he pursued.

His university’s human resources department, he said, connected him with a group called Talent Connect, a division of the Center for Economic Growth. An employee from that group visited different apartments for Abraham and his family before they moved, reporting back to Abraham with photos of the different places and information on school districts. Excelsior College, not Abraham and his family, paid for the service.

“It’s not easy to look when you’re overseas,” he said. “Her visit made the landlord see we were serious.”

In the six months since arriving, that employee has visited the family a few times to check in on their experience in the region so far, Abraham said.

Some employers are investing in programs that will help recent immigrants who moved to the area for their careers transition into the Capital Region. Much of this transition is cultural, taking place outside the hurdles of visas needed to work and green card guidance on residency, and for some businesses, this investment can add up to thousands of dollars each year.

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