Competitive Edge Series

The Competitive Edge series is the premier educational program of the Tampa Bay Chamber. Business and professional development classes offer attendees new skill sets and a practical application for implementation in their own business. A unique class takes place six times each year.

The Competitive Edge Series classes are FREE to members of the FIT 2 Level, and FREE with benefits to members of the FIT 1 and 3 Levels.

What You Need To Know About Recruiting Top Talent

Tue., May 19, 2020

11:30am - 1:30pm

Tampa Bay Chamber

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Hiring the best talent is no small feat, especially when unemployment rates continue to decline and emerging generations in the workplace want to gain experience and move on/up quickly. Our workplace landscapes are also quickly changing with advancements in technology.

There is a lot to consider and a lot at stake - after all one bad hire can be costly, breakdown teams and turn-away customers. According to Forbes, the U.S. Department of Labor puts the cost of a bad hire at 30% of the annual salary for that position. However, if you find the right hire, McKinsey & Co. states hiring a ‘top performer’ over an ‘average performer’ yields up to 67% more productivity and profit

During this workshop you will have the opportunity to:

  • Ensure your job descriptions, brand and social media platforms attract the right candidates;
  • Identify key trends in a resume and learn to probe during your interview;
  • Learn about screening tools and technology advancements that aid in the recruitment and selection process;
  • Create interview questions that reveal a candidate’s true character;
  • Conduct an interview that ensures you get to really know the candidate – and that they get to know you;

Featured Speakers

Andrea M. Cichon – Director, Human Resources, Tampa General Hospital

Ms. Cichon joined Tampa General Hospital in 2010 as an HR Generalist, and was later promoted in 2013 to a Sr. HR Generalist. In 2015 Ms. Cichon was promoted to HR Manager and was again promoted to Assistant Director, Human Resources role in September 2018 and to Director, Human Resources February 2019.

She is heavily involved in education of college students through The University of South Florida and University of Tampa, mentoring many students on career path planning. Additionally she speaks regularly to many community partners on interviewing prep, best practices, career advancement, professional etiquette and more. Ms. Cichon regularly mentors young professionals and internship candidates.

Dr. Danielle Clark – College Business Educator

Dr. Danielle Clark is an intuitive empath, educator and life & career coach. She is regularly recognized for her inclusive leadership style and her ability to help others discover their strengths.

Danielle has held a variety of management and human resource related roles in Fortune 500 and family owned companies.

Danielle is a business instructor at Hillsborough Community College. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida where she received her Doctor of Business Administration degree. Danielle also holds a BSBA, MBA, a MS in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) and several certificates including a Myers Briggs (MBTI) certified professional designation.


See some of our past Competitive Edge events.