2010 News Releases

December 2010 Phanish Adivi appointed as Director of Relevante India
Media, PA, December 15, 2010:

Relevante, Inc., a leading provider of accounting and technology solutions, announced that Phanish Adivi has been appointed as Director of Relevante India.

With the growth of Relevante’s operations in India, Phanish will be responsible for both the domestic operations as well as support of projects for international clients. Phanish will also serve on the Relevante Executive Management Team.

“Over the past six years, Phanish has demonstrated strong Management Team and operational expertise.” He understand the value proposition of our business very well and is an important addition to the Management Team team,” said William Brassington, President & CEO.

Prior to Relevante, Phanish worked as a Recruiting Executive for a US consulting firm. He has also worked for a non-profit organization and a Mutual Fund company in various operational and financial roles.

Phanish holds a Masters Degree in Human Resources from Pondicherry University and a Law Degree from Osmania University. When his schedule permits, he enjoys hiking mountain ranges in the Asia-Pacific region.

July 2010 Relevante launches Permanent Placement Services
Media, PA, July 23, 2010:

Relevante, Inc., a leading provider of accounting, internal auditing, and technology solutions, announced the expansion of its service offerings to include permanent placement services. This service adds to the company’s existing portfolio of contract, contract to hire and project consulting solutions in Accounting, Business Intelligence, Internal Audit, and Technology.

“Although we have always offered permanent placement services to our clients, a dedicated team with tremendous experience in this service offering will allow us to better meet our clients’ needs,” said William Brassington, Relevante’s CEO and Founder.

The direct hire team will be headed by Tom Thew, a Relevante veteran with experience in all facets of recruiting. “We are pleased to be able to meet more Direct Hire / Permanent Placement needs of our clients as they seek to bring on the best talent for positions of strategic importance,” Thew commented.

July 2010 Tommy George joins Relevante as Director Information Technology Solutions
Media, PA, July 12, 2010:

Relevante, Inc., a leading provider of accounting and technology solutions, announced that Tommy George, has joined Relevante as Director Information Technology Solutions. Tommy will serve as a member of Relevante’s Management Team , with responsibility to provide strategic and operational Management Team to grow Relevante’s technology practice. Tommy will also be responsible for overseeing Relevante’s internal technology infrastructure.

“Tommy is ideally suited to lead Relevante’s Technology Solutions practice based on his outstanding track record as a business leader, his commitment to operational excellence, and his proven ability to create value for clients,” said William Brassington, Relevante’s CEO. “Tommy’s broad experience helps him appreciate the technology challenges facing Fortune 500 and mid market companies and will help him to provide practical solutions to meet their needs” he added.

Prior to Relevante, Tommy served as the Director of Information Technology at the Drug Information Association where he was responsible for the association’s IT strategic planning, enterprise architecture, website applications, telecommunications, information security, data management, and user computing. Prior to DIA, Tommy served as Project Manager and Senior Consultant for a regional IT consultancy. In that position, he specialized in project management, full lifecycle network architecture, and eBusiness solutions.

Tommy is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), and a Citrix Certified Administrator (CCA). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and completed several advanced business management and project management courses at Old Dominion University and Villanova University. Tommy enjoys golf and resides in Collegeville, Pennsylvania with his family.

April 2010 Relevante CEO appears on Executive Leaders radio show
Media, PA, April 2, 2010:

Relevante, Inc., a leading provider of accounting and technology solutions, announced today that its CEO, William Brassington, appeared on the Executive Leaders Radio Program on WWDB 860-AM as a top executive leader of the Philadelphia area. This was Mr. Brassington’s second appearance on the show.

William shared Relevante’s strategies as the economy rebounds in his interview with Executive Leaders Radio host Herb Cohen. He highlighted the efforts made by Relevante in helping people in the region get their careers back on track.

The Executive Leaders Radio Program is the #1 program on WWDB 860-AM, a primary financial news and information station for the Philadelphia region. Executive Leaders Radio, features guest appearances by prominent CEOs, entrepreneurs, and C-level executives who are invited to share their personal stories of success.

A recording of the show is available at http://www.executiveleadersradio.com/brassington-william-1353.aspx.

January 2010 Help is available for unemployed
Media, PA, January. 27, 2010:

By Diane Prokop

Times Staff Writer

Almost 2 million unemployed workers in this country are over the age of 55.

Unfortunately, it takes this age bracket about a year – more than twice the average of all unemployed workers – to find jobs, according to a recent study by Experience Works, a nonprofit organization that helps older workers with job assistance and training.

In addition to increased competition for jobs and a poor economy, another obstacle hampering mature workers is perception – that older workers resist change and can’t learn new things, that older workers are less productive and that younger workers are less expensive.

The PA CareerLink office in the Academy Plaza shopping center assists an average of 1,500 people per month, including a high volume of people over 40, overcome these obstacles. The office is an arm of the Commonwealth Workforce Development System.

“Career counseling can help overcome some of the barriers,” said office director Joyce Cerubo.

CareerLink services include assessment of job skills, job search assistance, career counseling, interviewing techniques, resume clinic, job club and basic computer classes.

Each center has a Career Resource Area where computers are offered to conduct job searches, faxing/copying/printing, access to the Mavis Beacon Typing Tutorial, job-search Web sites, job fair and recruitment fliers, social services fliers, health-care information, etc.

Tips on resumes, creating skill resumes and not putting all of your work history on it, direct feedback on how to answer questions, creating a cover letter, and how to create that 30-second commercial are valuable tools to get off the unemployment roll.

Cerubo suggests mature workers stay positive, forget the age and sell their skills to prospective employers.

Another good tip for online job applications is to print out the online application and fill it in with pencil before completing it on the computer.

“A lot of software packages have a time limit per screen,” Cerubo said. “(The software tracks) how quickly they can respond to the question.”

Job-hunters need to work their search like a full-time job, according to John McAvey, a managing partner for the Media-based Relevante, a finance and technology-consulting firm.

The days of “posting and praying,” – posting your resume on job sites and hoping to be contacted for a job – are over, according to McAvey. He suggests taking advantage of all available networking resources.

“Volunteering in your local community, utilizing social media Web sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook, and even applying for an unpaid internship in a new field can be a great way to get your foot in the door,” McAvey said.

January 2010 Job searches are difficult for older women
Media, PA, January. 27, 2010:

By Diane Prokop

Times Staff Writer

On television, women in their 50s are often portrayed as “cougars,” baby boomers who grew up to be confident enough in themselves to go after and get anything they wanted – even younger men

In reality, however, many 50-something women have lost that confidence. They’ve not only been downsized or sent packing like many of this country’s 15.3 million folks on the unemployment line, but they’ve also been demoralized by the reception they’ve received in the job market.

Their skills, their degrees, their experience . . . all of it deemed not valuable enough to hire them.
“We know we’re good. We know we’ve worked for forty years and nobody wants to hire us. It’s sad. It’s an insult,” said 56-year-old Linda M., who was laid off last spring.

Denise Kligge, who lives in Modena Park, has been out of work since Oct. 3, 2008. She turned 58 on New Year’s Day.Kligge has a bachelor’s degree and experience as a drafter, bookkeeper and an Automatic Data Processing (ADP) payroll clerk. She also is an experienced fund-raiser. She organizes the annual Amy’s Fund Walk in memory of her daughter, who died of cervical cancer in 2004. The walk raises money to educate women about the disease and help pay for medical tests so they can fight it.
Without any work prospects, and concerned that her unemployment compensation would soon run out, Kligge decided to apply for a $10-an-hour job with a collection agency on Southampton Road since it was not far from her home. She thought the interview was going well – until she asked a question once deemed a sign of someone with ambition.

“I questioned about opportunities for moving up in the company. I was asked why would I be interested in that?” she said. “The interview ended right there. I was shocked.

Linda M. worked for the phone company, both Bell and Verizon, for 30 years, and then spent 10 years as a contractor doing drafting and design engineering and training other workers to do it as well.

“I never pursued a degree because I didn’t have to. The training they gave you was excellent. I had all kinds of engineering tech courses,” said the Bucks County resident, who asked that her last name be withheld because of her job search.

“I did well there. I was downsized.”

While her resume is loaded with experience, the lack of a degree has hurt Linda M. Internet applications filter out those who don’t have one. Even that one advantage in the good old days of job-hunting – knowing somebody – isn’t enough these days to overcome the paper deficit.

A nephew’s girlfriend was the recruiter for a drafting job that Linda M. said she could do in her sleep. The recruiter told her that she couldn’t even submit her name without the degree.

After months of unemployment and sending out more than 200 resumes, Linda M. took a job that she’ll be starting soon. It pays less than half the money she’d previously made.

“It’s like a slap in the face,” she said.

Linda S. is 52. The Northeast Philadelphia resident lost her job in the advertising department at the Philadelphia Inquirer in March 2008. She took a voluntary layoff because she’d figured it was just a matter of time before her number was up.

“I took the severance because I didn’t know what was going to happen to the company,” she said, referring to a subsequent filing for bankruptcy protection by the paper’s owner, Philadelphia Media Holdings.

Linda S. has an associate’s degree in advertising art that she earned in the 1970s, but she wanted to update her skills and did some research to evaluate schools.

She took a class in medical billing and coding in Elkins Park, participated in almost eight months of training and got a job with a medical-billing company in Jenkintown.

She was told she’d be paid $14 per hour. The next day the company called and told her the position was no longer available, but they had another job that paid $13 per hour.

“He knew I was desperate,” Linda S. said.

She believes the switch occurred because of age bias.

When she arrived for her first day, there was a young girl in the billing position who, Linda S. would later learn, had just completed a class with the same certification but without the years of customer-service experience that she had.

The job lasted seven weeks before Linda S. was let go.

“You just don’t fit the mold,” the office manager told her when she asked why.

Now she’s back on unemployment and running out of hope.

“Thank God they extended me twenty more weeks,” she said of her jobless benefits.

You often hear people talk about reinventing themselves, especially in this era of high unemployment. On resumes, Kligge’s been told to leave off her bachelor’s degree and include only her bookkeeping or ADP experience.

She always wanted to be a nurse. The question is whether she can afford the education.

“I have a seventeen-year-old granddaughter. I’ve got college tuition coming up. I can’t think about sending her and me to college,” she said.

Kligge realizes there are a lot of people in the same predicament – women and men – victims of downsizing and finding themselves not quite eligible for Social Security.

“I baby-sat at twelve, had a Saturday job at sixteen and went to work at seventeen. Here I am at fifty-eight and being told nobody wants me,” Kligge said. “They’re putting me out to pasture . . . .”

“But they’re not giving us any grass,” said Linda S.

Reporter Diane Prokop can be reached at 215-354-3036 or dprokop@phillynews.com