Adecco Experience: Meet the Talent

FB_followwinnersIn April, Adecco launched the Adecco Experience program across 50 countries as part of the Way to Work program. Four candidates from each country were selected to work as interns with some of the most exciting companies in the world. Once the internships wrap up in August, one of the 54 participants will be chosen to intern as ‘CEO of Adecco Group’ for an entire month, and will work directly with Adecco Group CEO Patrick De Maeseneire in Zurich, Switzerland.

After a rigorous application and interview process, Adecco Staffing US selected three college students and one recent graduate to participate in internships with some premier clients, including Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc., BMW of Manhattan, Inc., ANN INC. (the parent company of Ann Taylor and LOFT), and one of the largest financial services organizations in the country.

Now it’s time to introduce you to the talent! Do you think they have what it takes to run a Fortune Global 500 company with 31,000 employees in 60 countries around the world?

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June’s jobs report shows widespread growth across industries

201302-wpe-post-headerSource: BLS June jobs report

In June, the United States generated 288,000 new jobs, making it the fifth straight month in which we’ve seen job gains of 200,000+. The positive news continued as the unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage points — dropping from 6.3% to 6.1%, which is the lowest we’ve seen since September 2008. Over the past year, the unemployment rate has declined by 1.4 percentage points and the unemployed persons by 2.3 million.

In May, job growth had continued to over 200,000 new jobs, improving upon March and April’s success. Revised numbers were released in June, showing that both April and May had seen growth of 29,000 more than previously reported. The May payroll number was revised from +217,000 to +224,000 and the April numbers were revised from +282,000 to +304,000.

This month, employment gains were widespread across sectors, and the professional and business services saw the largest increase, with an addition of 67,000 jobs. Temporary help services also continued its upward trend, gaining an average of 2.16 million jobs over the last year.

Employment gains were widespread across sectors with the highest gains led by professional and business services, retail trade and food services and drinking places. Here are some key sector highlights from the BLS “The Employment Situation – June 2014” jobs report:
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Using agile programming ideas in your IT recruiting

149134795I’ve led and been part of agile development teams for over a decade – and have been hiring developers for even longer.  Through both types of experiences I’ve been able to apply agile development ideas to IT recruiting, interviewing and screening high quality tech candidates. And now, I’d like to pass that experience along.

Let’s talk about agile programming

My introduction to agile programming was from Kent Beck’s eXtreme Programming books. If you haven’t read them, his core idea was that software development needs to embrace change, and he suggests that there are certain practices that are so helpful in the face of change, that they should be used in the extreme. Beck based his work on best practices, but many readers saw the ideas of pair-programming, unit-testing, simple designs, refactoring and continuous integration for the first time in his books.

Creating an agile IT recruiting process

Just like in programming, it’s important to be agile throughout the recruitment process. So, to follow Beck’s lead, I took a look at what was working in my personal recruiting process and tried to figure out how to increase its effectiveness by doing more of it.

In programming, the point of being agile is to react to change, but in recruiting, the point of being agile is to see more candidates. Rather than rushing towards filtering and only deeply interviewing a few candidates, I tried to figure out a quick way to get to know as many candidates as possible.
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Why the job market needs optimization

475333221_reTNot only does it feel daunting for younger generations to find the right job, but those who are active in the workforce today are often disengaged or feel that they haven’t found the right job. The job market search relationship displays a challenging disconnect for both job seekers and employers, but focusing on what is causing the central inefficiencies in this process can shed light on possible solutions for hiring managers and job seekers alike.

Talent misalignment

This is one of the biggest — and most challenging — inefficiencies in today’s market. Even today’s most successful companies often lack a strong talent identification strategy. Employers who attempt to hire without the support of external guidance will likely find that locating top talent for the role they hope to fill can become a full-time job in itself. Today, technology has introduced a new level of transparency for job seekers that is both good and bad for hiring staff. On one hand, job seekers may display projects they’ve contributed to, tangible examples of past work, and links to information about previous companies they’ve worked for or positions they’ve held. Unfortunately, this type of transparency isn’t always accurate when the information can be worded and displayed in a less-than-accurate manner.
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June BLS report: 288,000 jobs added, jobless rate drops 0.2%

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Source: June 2014 BLS report

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its June 2014 unemployment report, which showed an overall monthly gain of 288,000 jobs, considerably higher than the 215,000 economists were expecting. The unemployment rate also saw an impressive decline of 0.2 percentage points, dropping from 6.3% to 6.1%, which is the lowest we’ve seen since September 2008.

This data confirms the continuation of positive job growth in 2014. June is now the fifth straight month in a row in which we’ve seen gains in 200,000+ new jobs, and the unemployment rate is also steadily declining.

Revisions to prior months showed that both April and May had seen growth of 29,000 more than previously reported. The May payroll number was revised from +217,000 to +224,000 and the April numbers were revised from +282,000 to +304,000.
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Stay relevant in today’s job market

OJP0024151For those who have held the same position for a longer period of time or are seeking employment in the middle of their career, here are a few important things to do to keep up with competition while diversifying your skill sets for a rewarding career path.

Brush up on the most widely used applications

Sometimes, staying up to date in the job market is simply a matter of keeping pace with technology. Thomas Kamber, founding executive director of Older Adults Technology Services, says: “The most important skills and technologies for older adults in the workplace are actually the least esoteric. Applications like Microsoft Word, Excel and Gmail are essential for functioning in the modern workplace, and many older adults need to brush up on or develop new skills in these mainstream tools.”
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