• Entrepreneurs are Disrupting Unemployment






    A recent Forbes.com post offered the provocative thought that Entrepreneurs are Disrupting Unemployment. Co-written by LiveNinja founder Will Weinraub and marketing strategist Dorie Clark, a professor at the Duke University Fuqua School of Business and author of Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future, the article reinterprets unemployment data, suggesting that hidden beneath the statistics is the undocumented rise of a powerful entrepreneurial work force that is changing the focus of American business. As the authors note, instead of — and sometimes in addition to — shoveling out resumes and standing in never-ending job fair lines, an increasing number

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  • Non-Linear Career Paths Gaining Popularity and Acceptance






    Recent wrangling in Congress over student loan interest rates has focused the national spotlight on the financial burden of getting a college education. According to an analysis by the Huffington Post: “In 10 years, the average amount of debt college students leave school with will equal what the median graduate will earn in just a year. In 2012, the median income for all college graduates was $46,412 while average student loan debt was $28,720.” Debt + Unemployment = Financial Disaster Adding insult to injury, unemployment rates for recent college grads under age 25 is around 7%, according to CNN Money.

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  • Innovative Hiring Practices Will Benefit Workers






    Hiring practices have been in a state of flux (see our previous post). More than one HR expert has suggested that America’s hiring model is broken. The move from paper to digital was supposed to streamline the hiring process, but to many  people on both sides of the hiring desk the system seems more moribund and haphazard than ever. According to analysis presented on ERE.net by recruiting strategist Dr. John Sullivan, out of 1,000 applicants for an online job post only 25 will ever make it through the screening process to the desk of the hiring manager; only 4 to

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  • How Breadwinner Moms Are Changing Society






    As noted in a previous post, the Great Recession stood America’s job market on its head. With construction and manufacturing industries which traditionally employ more male than female workers handing out pink slips by the truckloads, many American women found themselves the primary breadwinners for their families. Even though male jobs are bouncing back, jobs traditionally held by women, which did not suffer appreciably during the recession, remain strong and a growing number of wives in married households now out-earn their husbands. Many feel the change in the balance of financial power will be good for society, hopefully banishing glass

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  • Professional Telecommuting Jobs Offer Benefits for Employees and Employers






    Professional telecommuting jobs are rising in popularity both with workers and their employers. A few years ago, IBM moved to a primarily telecommuting workforce at its home office in White Plains, New York. A telecommuting workforce is not just popular with workers, but it can offer corporations, mid-size and even small businesses significant benefits, not the least of which is a happier, more focused, more productive workforce. Companies reap financial benefits from a more productive workforce; but moving onsite employees into professional telecommuting jobs offers business owners additional financial benefits, including the option to downsize to a more compact, more efficient workforce by

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  • Has Big Business Turned Its Back on U.S. Job Seekers?






    How to get America back to work is the subject of hot debate. There is near universal agreement that more jobs must be created if the U.S. economy is going to continue to recover but little consensus on the best way to accomplish this goal. As we continue our review of America’s job-creation triumvirate — small businesses, entrepreneurs and big business — a surprising new leader is emerging that is taking us back to our roots to propel America into the future. But before we talk about that, it is important to delve more deeply into the pros and cons of using

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  • Who Will Create the Jobs that Put America Back to Work?






    From the president on down to the frustrated worker standing in the unemployment line, getting America back to work needs to be job #1 if we want to get the U.S. economy back on track. But while everyone agrees on the need for job creation, there is little agreement on how to jump-start the job market and who should pull the trigger. A recent Washington Post article provided a comprehensive review of the most promising job creation plans under discussion, along with their pros and cons. In our last post, we discussed the roll small businesses might realistically be expected

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  • For Effective Job Hunting Tradition Still Trumps New Trends






    In a post on PandoDaily, recent Reed College graduate Cale Guthrie Weissman lamented the difficulty of landing a job and offered his personal take on some of the new job-matching opportunities that have sprung up in the virtual universe (see our previous post). Neither we nor Weissman were impressed with the new job matching app Apploi which we felt failed to meet the realistic needs of employers for useful hiring information. GroupTalent received a better review from Weissman. Although more limited in scope than Zoondy and geared to a narrower audience (specifically freelance designers and developers), it is similar to Zoondy in

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  • U.S. Workers Must Prepare for New Era of Manufacturing






    It is heartening to hear that manufacturing is returning to U.S. shores (see our previous post), but new manufacturing jobs don’t look anything like the assembly line jobs that were slashed from payrolls at the height of the recession. Today’s manufacturing jobs require a new set of skills that depend on a greater knowledge of math, science and computers. Manufacturing has gone high tech. Laid-off and unemployed factory workers can’t expect to jump right back onto assembly lines without additional training. As a recent Time magazine article on the evolution of U.S. manufacturing pointed out: “Many new manufacturing jobs require at

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  • Companies Using Big Data to Predict Worker Success






    Big data is already revolutionizing the way we do business; but new big data applications are also changing the way companies assess job candidates and make hiring decisions. Big data revelations are suggesting radical new benchmarks for judging employee compatibility and projecting potential employee longevity that are being eagerly adopted by corporate human resource departments. Interestingly, big data is also shooting holes in some long-held employer beliefs, possibly opening doors for certain workers that have traditionally had difficulty finding employment. As employers make increasing use of big data, the information you put on your resume is still most likely to

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