Archive | July, 2011

Big Brother

We all know employers use social media to screen job candidates and monitor what’s being said about their company.  We also know that many a former employee has been fired over controversial photos, Facebook statuses, or Tweets.  We’re just in the beginnings of the social media era, and it’s a trend we don’t see going […]

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Worker Discontent?

Do you think workers feel less committed to their employers and less satisfied than in the past?  This is exactly the case, according to the What’s Working Survey conducted by Mercer, an HR consulting firm owned by Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.  The survey finds one in three workers seriously looking to leave their current […]

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Gigwalk: A New Mobile App for Temp Work

Technology continues to make networking and getting jobs done easier.  The latest is a new mobile application for temp work called Gigwalk. Gigwalk brings together companies looking to complete local tasks, with iPhone-carrying mobile workers.  The app launched in May.  It’s already signed up over 50,000 workers, and it’s only launched in eight cities so […]

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Social Media for Recruiting: Embrace It!

It’s about offering something of value, creating movements that build over time, engaging with passionate fans and giving them the tools to influence others. – Webster Lewin, AdAge A recent survey by Jobvite showed 89% of poll respondents use social media to recruit candidates.  64% of those respondents say they’ve hired people through social media. Is […]

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The Debt Ceiling: A Little Less Talk, A Little More Action

Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics presented a bleak unemployment report, with few jobs added and a higher unemployment rate. Certainly, the debt ceiling negotiations have contributed to a slight stall in business and of course jobs, as leaders watch and wait out the uncertainty.  There’s been so much focus on what might happen […]

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A Job Search Tool for Twitter

We’ve discussed the benefits (here and here), in the current economy, of matching qualified workers with companies local to their homes.  With home prices so low, many find it difficult or impossible to relocate, so helping companies and workers find each other is important. There’s a new search tool for Twitter to help us make better […]

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STRESS: Tips to Unwind.

(Painting by Marcel Ceuppens.) We bring you this post in the midst of summer, when unwinding is generally accepted, even expected, and depending on where you live (South, anyone?), required due to extreme heat. No matter who or where you are, you deal with stress, work-related or otherwise.  Some of us handle it better than […]

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The Death of Vocational Education. Insight from Brian Robinson, President & CEO of TRC Staffing Services, Inc.

I grew up during the 70’s and 80’s in a typical suburban neighborhood outside of Atlanta.  During that time, Marietta, Georgia was one of the fastest growing areas in the Country.  My elementary school was growing so quickly, I went to a brand new school by the time I was in third grade.  It was […]

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Should you let your employees telework?

Should your company offer employees the option to telework? That depends. 1. Does the nature of your work lend itself to working remotely? . 2. Do you want to compete for the best talent? According to a recent study at WorldatWork, almost 80% of employees would like the option to telework at least part of […]

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Growing Demand for IT Talent

As we touched on earlier this week, competition for IT skills and talent is high and growing.  Companies of all types and sizes increasingly rely on technology for so many aspects of their business – from marketing to fulfillment.  As technology advances almost daily, it can be difficult to find employees who understand it – how to […]

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