Hot STEM Jobs in 2015

Engineers-Week-1Creating the next great technology innovations is crucial to the advancement of our society and the American economy. Unfortunately, the American workforce is crippled by a lack of experts in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which is what we call the STEM skills gap. Since this week is National Engineers Week, we’re doing a three-part blog series on STEM-related topics. In part one (this post), we’ll examine the fastest-growing STEM jobs for 2015. In part two, we’ll look at the state of STEM in education and the workforce. In part three, we’ll explore a program that helps inspire middle schoolers to become interested in STEM disciplines through exposure to actual STEM professionals. 

This year, hiring in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) will continue to show a strong and growing demand. 31 percent of hiring managers plan to create new opportunities in these areas in 2015, which is up from 26 percent last year. Here’s a list of some of the top jobs in STEM to watch, and how to get started if you’re interested in finding a job in that field:
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What You Need to Know on Social Media Recruiting

ADO_Q1-Webinar-followup_Fb-image_504x504Our most recent webinar highlighted the importance and value of using social media as a recruitment tool. Throughout the presentation, we had many thought provoking questions from participants coming from varying backgrounds and industries. But unfortunately, we didn’t have time to answer each one.

To keep the conversation going, panelists Ted Coiné and Mark Babbitt, authors of A World Gone Social, weighed in on some of the top questions from the webinar, including:

  • What advice would you have for a recruiter with a boss that is “social media resistant”?
  • What are some best practices for maintaining a healthy social talent community?
  • Where are my dream employees doing their job search?

Keep reading to learn more about how you can create and perfect your own social media recruiting strategy.

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Announcing the 2015 Adecco Engineering & Technology STEM Scholarship

ADO_E&T-STEM-Scholarship-linkThe United States has become a global leader due in major part to the innovation and accomplishments of STEM workers; however, 74 percent of graduates who attained a STEM degree are pursuing unrelated career paths. Furthermore, the amount of high school seniors who are interested in pursing a STEM career is diminishing as well. These two factors are leading to a significant gap between adequate U.S. STEM workers and the jobs projected to be opening.
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Work-Based Learning Programs: Changing the Talent Pool

interns-on-the-job-looking-at-computerWork-based learning programs are educational tracks that provide direct exposure and experience to a career path. These programs offer a valuable look at a career path for anyone considering their career options, and they offer experience and networking that would otherwise be unavailable. The more common types of programs include internships, co-ops, and pre-apprenticeship programs. Here’s a quick primer on the difference between these programs:

  • Internships – An internship is a temporary position with an emphasis on on-the-job training rather than merely employment, and it can be paid or unpaid.
  • Co-ops – Cooperative education programs establish and maintain strong collaborations (partnerships, associations) between secondary education and key members of industry.
  • Pre-apprenticeship – Pre-Apprenticeship programs are designed to prepare students or professionals before they apply for an Apprenticeship. An Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training (OJT) and related classroom instruction under the supervision of a journey-level craft person or trade professional.

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Why You Should Hire a Veteran in the New Year

male-veteranAs the US military continues to downsize in 2015, a large number of veterans are now entering the civilian workforce. As a business owner or manager, there are a ton of reasons why you should consider hiring a veteran in the coming year. Military veterans have years of excellent training and exceptional skills. They also tend to have a work ethic that exceeds that of many cilivians. And, because of their prior military experience, they’re also excellent at working in teams, and officers are often excellent at managing people and materials. Veteran employees tend to have a lower turnover rate than civilian hires.
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6 Soft Skills to Hire For in 2015

157006973Well that’s just awkward…

That common catchphrase is usually good for a laugh these days. But it’s not so funny when that awkwardness occurs in the workplace.

Yet for many employees and job seekers, the inability to effectively interact with others is one of the most glaring examples of a growing lack of “soft skills” that are essential to landing – and keeping – a good job. In fact, a recent study by Hay Group found that 83 percent of companies in the U.S., China and India faced increasing competition to attract and retain candidates who possess strong soft skills.
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