How Will Microsoft’s New .NET Support Policy Impact Businesses & Developers?

Casual Indian Office WorkerThe .NET Fundamentals team announced in a blog post this past August that support for .NET Framework 4.5.1 and older will be ending in 2016. Microsoft also reported that the company will be changing its product lifecycle support policy for the older .NET Framework 4 and 4.5 versions.

What does this mean for businesses?

This announcement puts pressure on businesses to get up to date on the latest technology and stay there. There may be increased cost and time needed to make the updates, but in the long term the benefits outweigh the costs. By forcing companies to stay current, Microsoft is ensuring that their customers’ systems are inherently more secure. The upgrade process has become seamless, allowing for quicker and more timely security updates. With the amount of important and sensitive data available within companies and increasingly in the cloud, the importance of security is at an all-time high.
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You did WHAT? 4 Daring Tactics Job Seekers Used to Get Hired

Recruitment or Employment Issues Chalk DrawingGetting noticed in the search for an ideal job can be challenging, so it’s no surprise that candidates have employed creative (and sometimes risky) tactics in their attempts to stand out.

Among the successful attempts, one job seeker contracted a billboard outside of an employer’s office, another candidate crafted a cover letter that read like a formal invitation for her hire rather than a request, and one candidate actually performed a song about why he was the best person for the job. Below are four other individuals who each took a unique approach that suited their professional and personal backgrounds:

An interactive video resume

Greame Anthony decided to showcase his PR and Marketing background – literally – by creating an interactive video resume with links to more information about his background. Anthony ended up receiving multiple job offers and then chose to continue doing freelance work instead.
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The Mind-Blowing Scale of Holiday Hiring

holiday_ig_thumbIf you’re reading this blog post, you’re probably well-aware that the next couple of months are going to get busy — very busy. As the end of the year fast-approaches, the world’s biggest consumer brands need to find a way to stay afloat and stay ahead of the inevitable shopping rush.

Companies need temporary talent as quickly as possible and need to have a holiday hiring plan.

Every year, the holidays generate demand for extra ‘hands on deck.’ That’s why retailers and delivery companies begin their staffing efforts in July or August. Last year, there were more than 1.7M private sector jobs added to the economy in 2013. This year, forecasts are much more aggressive — as one report points out, seasonal hiring will potentially outpace dot-com boom levels. The last time that this surging demand for temporary talent happened was in 1999.

Learn more about the mind-blowing impact of the holiday season with our infographic below:
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Beyond the Resume: How To Present Yourself In The Digital World

digitalLike nearly every facet of society, today’s job market has undeniably been influenced by technology and social media. Not long ago, presenting oneself to a potential employer was a matter of having a polished resume, a strong network, and experience to speak to. Today, applicants and job seekers must work with a number of other elements that can either hinder or help their job search process. These newer platforms and methods of representation should be kept up to date and should reflect positively on your background and character. Here are a few tips for presenting yourself in the digital world that go beyond the resume.

In general, it is best to completely avoid “linear” representation and approach the abundance of digital platforms as an opportunity – looking for ways to represent yourself to potential employers on these platforms. In the least, make sure that your social presence doesn’t cost you a job opportunity! A few easy things to do to update your digital presence include:
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Maximize Corporate Giving and Employee Engagement During the Holidays

Volunteering gives you the extra edge you need to step out into the workforce and become a key playerIt would be impossible to count the number of people who have benefitted from charitable giving at the corporate level in some way. Not only is charitable giving beneficial for people and communities, it has a surprisingly positive impact on a business’ bottom line as well.

Companies can use their corporate giving programs to engage their employees, increase retention, attract new hires, engage with customers and create new business opportunities. 61 percent of all candidates take a company’s charity initiatives into consideration when evaluating a company and 83 percent of all employees prefer companies that focus on corporate giving.

If your company is looking for the right charity partner for the 2014 holiday season – or beyond – here are some things to consider:
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How You Ask One Question Could Determine If You Get A Raise

149319986_75Recently, a Wells Fargo employee sent an email to the CEO of Wells Fargo (which he estimates has over 300,000 employees) asking for a $10,000 raise for himself – and all 300,000 of his colleagues, most of whom were copied on the email. While this email is unique in that it indirectly takes on the form of a group demand for a raise, it still follows the most common dialogue used when employees negotiate salary: “can I have a raise?”.

Inevitably, most people approach their boss or manager and ask, “can I have a raise?” in some combination of words and sentiments. It’s often encouraged that employees make a case and speak up if they believe they deserve a raise. Due to the ask-receive format of this request, it’s not too surprising that this question is rarely met with a clear “yes.” However, one simple tweak that you can make when asking for a raise will almost always lead to a raise and align your work with your boss’ expectations.
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