New Year, New You: Switching Careers

“That’s it. I can’t do this anymore. I have to find a new job.”

Sound familiar? You’re not alone. Dreading what awaits at the other end of the commute has become something of a national pass time. A recent survey of American professionals showed that nearly 40% of professionals planned to leave their current jobs in the next five years, compared to only 30% just three years ago. If you’re among that restless 40%, it’s probably time for a career change. So how do you know when to make your move?
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New Year, New You: Developing New Skills

Here’s a familiar concept: as technology advances at a breakneck pace, the knowledge and skills needed to keep up with it change just as rapidly. That’s not likely to be news to anyone. But it may come as a surprise that it’s not just new technology that demands constant re-skilling of the American workforce. As jobs change and consolidate (there’s a very good chance that your workload would have been shared by two or even three workers a decade ago), new skills can become necessary seemingly overnight. Keeping up is more important than ever, and you shouldn’t wait for your employer to require you to update them before you take action.

These days, when professionals can expect to have up to fifteen jobs during their career, keeping your skill set updated is crucial. You never when a new opportunity may present itself, but when it does, it’s likely to require additional skills. The same goes for promotions; you won’t get to the next level without upping your game, and it’s a definite bonus point in your column if you update them without the boss asking you to.
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New Year, New You: Keeping Your Career Resolutions

“This is the year I’m finally going to start eating healthy.” “This time, I’m really going to stick to that cardio routine.” “Look, 2013 is the year that I finally master jazz banjo.”

We’ve all been there. The new year rolls around and you’re bursting with grand designs for improving your waistline or finally cleaning out the garage. But resolutions aren’t all just beach bodies and organized closets. Career improvement is one of the most popular resolutions in the US, but it’s just as hard — if not harder — to stick to than quitting smoking or dropping a dress size.

Roughly 60% of those who make New Year’s resolutions will eventually break them, and it’s not hard to imagine why. Many resolutions are difficult to attain or simply unreasonable. Getting a major promotion without having a plan in place is equally is unlikely as dropping three dress sizes by swimsuit season.
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New Year, New You 2013

We’re excited to launch our New Year, New You 2013 sweepstakes! Tell us your career resolution–it could be anything from taking a certification class to keeping your desk more organized–and you’ll be entered to win amazing daily giveaways like an iPad Mini, gift cards and more.

Plus you’ll have a shot at the grand prize which includes a new work wardrobe, new laptop and career counseling from Adecco. The contest starts today and ends on January 22.

Today’s giveaway is a $50 gift card to a major retailer–enter now for a chance to win! And, check out our New Year, New You video for more info about the contest!


Hot Election Issues: What Do Voters Care About?

What issues are Americans passionate about in regards to this year’s election?

According to Forbes, social networks cite jobs, taxes and energy as the top 3 hot buttons. Other issues that stood out during debates were healthcare, national debt and foreign policy.

Click here to see an infographic from Forbes for more details on how social media is tracking the election so far.

Will job growth be a factor in who you vote for?

Boss Day 2012: America’s Best Boss Contest

Managers who inspire, motivate and positively challenge their teams not only make you more productive but they also make work more fun. In honor of Boss Day on October 16th, we’re asking you to nominate someone for America’s Best Boss and tell the world what makes them a great leader.

If the person you nominate wins, then you win too! We’ll send the winning boss a Tumi briefcase and you’ll receive a $100 American Express gift card PLUS a free catered lunch for your entire office.

All you have to do to enter is follow us on Twitter (if you’re not already) and send a tweet to @AdeccoUSA using the hashtag #BossDay about what makes your boss the best. Click here to enter now!

You can also check out our resource center for insights on management, leadership and more.