High Tech Jobs and Annual Salaries Rise in Austin in 2015

High tech jobs continue to rise in the Austin Metro area as reported by Austin Chamber of Commerce Beverly Kerr, Vice President of Research. The number of jobs in the high tech industry increased 6% in 2015- a greater gain than the 4.2% increase for employment across all industries. Here are the highlights from the Chamber’s Central Texas Economy in Perspective:

  • There are 5,485 high tech employers in the Austin metro.
  • Employed and self-employed workers in tech industries total nearly 132,300 (13.3% of all jobs).
  • In 2015, Austin’s high tech industries added 7,537 net new jobs (+6.0%).
  • High tech manufacturers contracted by 796 jobs (-2.3%) from 2014 while nonmanufacturing tech companies added 8,333 jobs (+9.2%)

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For all industries, the average annual salary in Austin is $54,678, an increase of 2.8% from 2014.  Although average salaries for high tech jobs have weakened in the last three years, these salaries continue to higher than the national average.

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For the complete article visit the Austin Chamber of Commerce website: http://www.austinchamber.com/site-selection/business-climate/the-economy/ei-archive/2016_05_10.php


Achieving Better Results with Behavioral Interviewing

How do I ensure I make the right hire? How do I differentiate one great candidate from the others? How do I determine whether they will fit in with my team?

Scholley BubenikDoes this sound familiar? For those of us, we are constantly looking for ways to improve our selection and hiring results. And in my pursuit of “finding the best hire”, I was introduced to behavioral interviewing.

Behavioral interviewing is a method of questioning that requires the respondent to answer with a story of how they handled a specific circumstance. It’s designed to get the candidate to reveal how they responded to a real life work situation so we can understand how they might respond to a similar situation if they were hired.

As a result, predicting what someone will do on job becomes more accurate and determines their potential for success. Behavioral interviewing is a skill that you develop over time, by utilizing profound levels of listening, intuition and interpretation.

I recently presented at WILCO HR on this topic to a group of Human Resource Managers and Directors enticing them with my behavioral based interviews and rapid fire method. I was amazed at the number of people in the audience. What I learned was that the crucial question, “How do I make the right hire?” is very prevalent among HR and recruiting professionals. So I can only image how it must feel from a hiring manger’s perspective.

If you want better results with your recruiting, contact me at sbubenik@premierhrsolutions.net. I would welcome an opportunity to share my insight on how you can incorporate this strategy with successful results in selecting the “Right Hire” for your company.

Austin Job Report

The Austin job market continues to strengthen with 2,000 more jobs created
in December 2015 as compared to the same period last year.
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Here are the insights from the Austin Chamber of Commerce recent job report:

  • Approximately 40,000 Available Job Openings during the monthly reporting period, an increase of 2,000 postings compared to the same period last year.
  • Year-to-year changes in December’s Available Job Postings saw its narrowest increase since 2011.
  • Largest year-over-over increases in the Computer and Mathematical, Sales and Related, Transportation and Material Moving, Management and Food Preparation and Serving Related categories.
  • About 7,600 or 19 percent of available job openings are tech-related.
  • 6 out of 15 of the top occupations in the region are tech jobs.

Take a look at the companies that are new or expanding in the Austin, Texas Market:





Premier HR Solutions provides human resource consulting services to emerging companies.  Our services include full service recruiting. Whether you need one placement or multiple, we can provide affordable solutions for your recruiting needs.

Scholley Bubenik, president, has over twenty years of management experience and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Texas at Austin.  Call or email Scholley to find out more about Premier HR Solutions services:

sbubenik@premierhrsolutions.net    512-799-7418   www.premierhrsolutions.net


Mergers & Acquisitions

Considering a Merger or Acquisition? You are not alone. When companies want to boost profits and growth, many CEO’s are turning to M&A to achieve these goals. (US M&A News and Trends)

Premier HR Solutions can provide the HR expertise to companies in the process of an M&A transaction. Scholley Bubenik, owner and leader of the team has a master’s degree in Human Resource Management and over 20 years experience working with business leaders. Her team of professionals has experience working with companies on both sides of the table- Those that are selling and those that are acquiring.


The failure rate for Mergers and Acquisitions is between 70%-90%. There are a variety of reasons why M&A fail, but many attribute one of the factors to the lack of inclusion from Human Resources professionals. (Global Business News)

You may be asking, what exactly is the human resources’ role in Mergers and Acquisitions? Most companies view HR in a more administrative role, however the strategic role is much more important. Although each client’s needs are uniquely different, selecting an executive HR partner with experience in M&A’s can be extremely beneficial in these areas:

  • Preparing the workforce for the transition by conducting focus groups and meeting with key managers and employees.
  • Developing a clear communication strategy.
  • Conducting a cultural audit and understanding the differences and the similarities between the companies.
  • Evaluating each company’s benefits, compensation, policies, employee handbooks and standard operation procedures.
  • Identifying the issues that result from the changes and understanding the impact on the employees both during and after the M&A transition.

In addition to the strategic role, Premier HR Solutions can also assist with the administration duties related to onboarding the influx of new employees, coordinating benefits and payroll and assisting with employee relations issues. Contact Scholley Bubenik at sbubenik@premierhrsolutions.net or 512-799-7418.  Visit Premier HR Solutions online at www.premierhrsolutions.net.

Scholley Bubenik is also the program director of the Ethics in Business & Community Program, a nonprofit in the Greater Austin Area. For more information on this program visit recognizegood.org.



Premier Recruiting Report

Group of Diverse Multiethnic People with Various Jobs

Let us find your next great hire!

It Starts With the Right Talent

Take a look at some of our top talent that you can hire today!

 New Product Design/Process Engineer:  Accomplished senior level, engineer with multiple years’ experience in in new product development/introduction, manufacturing, and management in multi-national companies. Industry knowledge includes: high technology; industrial manufacturing, scientific; environment rugged servers and laptops; oil and gas; semiconductor; electrical; hardware; lean/demand flow; supply chain management; process design/redesign; cost reduction & avoidance.

Outside B2B Sales Professional: Talented, results driven, B2B Sales Professional, who successfully develops new territories and increases customer base; Exceptional at identifying new opportunities, prospecting and efficiently building loyalty and long term relationships with customers while consistently reaching sales targets; Knowledgeable of the different manufacturers and retail chip manufacturing located in the Central Texas, South Texas and Houston areas. Managed national accounts point of purchase displays.

Human Resource Director: 10 years progressive human resource experience; Self-directed strategic manager responsible for the overall administration and coordination of the human resource department including payroll, benefits, employee relations, compliance and policy development, PHR and SHRM-CP Certified; Industry experience includes both white and blue collar work environments; Outstanding communication skills; Excellent team player; Sharp computer skills and knowledge of a variety of HR software applications.

“I’m personally committed to hiring the best qualified candidate for your company. At Premier HR Solutions, we call that Right-Sourcing because we search for top talent in all the “right” areas- Job Requirements; Personality Dimensions; and Cultural Fit.”, Scholley Bubenik, President/Owner.

Take a look at positions we placed this month:

  • Controller, CPA- Austin, TX
  • Marketing/Communication Coordinator- Austin, TX
  • Technical Sales Consultant- Austin, TX
  • Warehouse Supervisor- San Antonio, TX

Contact us to learn more about our recruiting services: sbubenik@premierhrsolutions.net

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Ethics in Business & Community 13th Annual Awards Event


Austin Women’s Chamber Members Attend EIB&C Awards

The Ethics in Business & Community Program held its 13th annual luncheon and Awards event on May 21, 2015 at the AT&T Center on the University of Texas Campus.  Nearly six hundred peoplEthicse were in attendance representing businesses, nonprofit organizations and community leaders.  Bobby Jenkins, President of ABC Home and Commercial Services and Earl Maxwell, CEO, of St David’s Foundation were the Masters of Ceremony. Other distinguished guests were Jerry Davis, President & CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Texas, Dr. Lynette Gillis, PHD, Dean, College of Business, Concordia University Texas, A.J. Zimmerhanzel, Audit Partner, Maxwell, Locke & Ritter LLP and Carlos Rivera, CEO, Samaritan Center

This years winners of the five categories are:

  • Non-Profit- R.O.C.K- Ride On Center For Kids
  • Individual- Patti Smith, President and General Manager of KVUE-TV
  • Small Business- Hagbros Precision
  • Mid-Size Business- Kendra Scott Stores
  • Large Business- IBM
  • Lifetime Achievement Awards- Brian McCoy, McCoy Building Supply and Laurie Loew, Give Realty.

Established in 2002 by the Samaritan Center, the Ethics in Business & Community Awards annually honors organizations that have demonstrated exemplary ethical practices in five categories:

  • Be Respectful
  • Be Fair
  • Be Honest
  • Strive For Justice
  • Embrace Sustainability

“Our awards event provides a forum for acknowledging exceptional people and encourages dialogue surrounding business ethics in our community and doing the right thing,” says Scholley Bubenik, Program Director.  “The event is sponsored by Recognizegood.org and all proceeds support the Samaritan Center, which provides mental health services to families, children and veterans in the greater Austin Community.”

To learn more about these programs visit our website: http://www.recognizegood.org

Scholley Bubenik is president of Premier HR Solutions in Austin, Texas.  Premier HR Solutions provides recruiting, training and human resource consulting to companies and organizations.  For more information, visit their website at http://www.premierhrsolutions.net or contact Scholley at sbubenik@premierhrsolutions.net.

What Makes a Company Healthy

by, Scholley Bubenik

Its 2015, is your company healthy?  As managers and human resource professionals, many of us are always seeking to improve our organization and the companies in which we work.  As we begin the New Year and focus on making ourselves healthy, what about our companies.  Here is a list of the top ten characteristics that make a company healthy:

  1. Effectively sharing of goalsdoctor (2)
  2. Teamwork
  3. High employee morale
  4. Offers training
  5. Good leadership
  6. Handles poor performance
  7. Understands risks
  8. Adapts to opportunity and change
  9. Clearly defined structure
  10. Well known policies

How does your company fare?  One way to find out is to ask your employees.  I recently conducted focus groups at a company in search of the answers.  What I found was that many of these characteristics affect each other.  For example effectively sharing of goals, teamwork and leadership definitely have an impact on employee morale.  If your management team is not effectively and regularly communicating with the employees, handling poor performance and encouraging teamwork, then employees become disconnected in turn leading to low employee morale.

Premier HR Solutions provides many services that address these areas such as employee focus groups, career development training, organizational evaluations and leadership training.  For more information, contact president, Scholley Bubenik at sbubenik@premierhrsolutions.net.