• 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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  • Use These Job-Winning Tips to Boost Your Career






    Tips to Boost Your Career: The improving economy has launched a surge of new start-ups. What can that mean for your career?  Veteran start-up mentor and angel investor Martin Zwilling recommends joining the start up revolution either by starting your own business or, if you’re short on capital, getting in on the ground floor as an early employee of a start up. Not sure how to go about launching a start up? It’s not much different that applying for a job. Launching a start-up business uses the same skill set. Zwilling’s best advice is to get started now. Don’t take the summer

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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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  • American Entrepreneurs Will Drive Future Job Creation






    We may have to be “back to the future” to jump-start a new era of job creation in the U.S. We were once a country of entrepreneurs, individuals pursuing their dreams with their own two hands and skills learned from experience. Mom and pop stores dotted the economic landscape only rarely expanding outside the family when additional hands were needed. Gradually, success grew into stores, factories and corporations, moving job creation into the hands of fewer people. But despite changes in how Americans define “work,” the Horatio Alger story is alive and well. Websites like Etsy, Zoondy  and Kickstarter give testament to the

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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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  • What’s the Best Way to Get America Working Again?






    With unemployment continuing to hover around 7%, there’s lots of talk about the need to create more jobs. From the White House to industry board rooms to local coffee shops, people are in agreement about the need to create more jobs and get more U.S. workers back to work. But discussions bog down when they get to how to make it happen. From government economists to the unhappy unemployed worker heading for yet another job fair, there are plenty of ideas about how to jump start job creation but little agreement on who is best suited to lead the charge and

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  • Gen X & Y Falling Farther Behind as Economic Crisis Lengthens






    As the economic crisis lengthens, The young adults in Generations X and Y are falling farther and farther behind the wealth curve. Now approaching their 30s and mid-40s, Gen Y Millennials and Gen X Slackers, respectively, are in danger of becoming the first generations that may fail to become richer than their parents, despite a lifetime of hard work. The lingering economic crisis, lack of job opportunity, loss of housing value, and onerous weight of unpaid college and credit card debt seem to have wrested the American dream from their hands, denying them the opportunities for wealth building that traditionally occur

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  • Middle Class Jobs Growing Slower than Economy






    Before the recession a growing economy meant more jobs for the middle class; but that hasn’t proven true in post-recession America. Economic experts tell us that the economy is growing, albeit slowly; but the workers on Main Street are having a hard time seeing any progress. In today’s new world order, economic growth is not being translated into jobs for unemployed middle-class American workers as it did in previous generations. Nor is it putting more money in the pockets of those who are employed. As Washington Post reporter Jim Tankersley recently pointed out, “There are two kinds of middle-class Americans struggling today.

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  • Economy Is Picking Up; Position Yourself for Employment






    Good news for unemployed and under-employed workers comes from two fronts: Layoffs are dropping which could indicate a coming increase in hiring. According to an Associated Press report, first-time applications for unemployment benefits dropped 5,000 nationwide in mid-January to a seasonally-adjusted 330,000, the fewest layoffs reported since January 2008. Because unemployment typically increases during the second week in January due to seasonal post-holiday layoffs, employment experts view the down-trending statistics as hopeful. While uncertainty over the federal budget could still keep worried employers from hiring, the layoff slowdown should give unemployed workers hope. The U.S. economy will pick up this

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  • Hooray! Manufacturing Jobs Are Returning to U.S. Shores






    The tide is turning. Jobs are coming back to the U.S., and manufacturing on American soil is growing new roots. Over the past 3 years, half a million manufacturing jobs have been created in the U.S., outpacing manufacturing growth in other advanced nations, according to Time magazine. Consider these facts from Made in the USA by Rana Foroohar and Bill Saporito in Time’s April 22, 2013 issue: General Electric’s Schenectady, N.Y. plant is churning out cell phone tower batteries 24 hours a day and still can’t keep up with worldwide demand. ExOne has opened a 3-D printing plant near Pittsburgh.

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