IT skills training: Tips and tricks

Mortgage and banking jobsWith technology changing at an unprecedented pace, IT jobs are hot these days.

Yet for job seekers pursuing in-demand roles such as those highlighted in this infographic from K Alliance, the challenge is often acquiring the skills necessary to do the job, as well as keeping those skills up-to-date.

There’s been considerable focus on the IT skills gap in recent weeks, particularly in the wake of President Obama’s State of the Union speech during which he called for an across-the-board review of federal employment and training programs to help ensure people ready to work have the skills for high-demand jobs.

While the President laid out an ambitious agenda, the reality is that those seeking to develop and enhance marketable IT skills need to devise and execute their own training program. Here are three ways to make it happen:
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Can we be optimistic after two straight disappointing BLS jobs reports?

Millennial indecisive about his job. He, like many other Gen Yers may be a job hopper.For the second straight month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics “Employment Situation” report showed a slowdown in U.S. job creation. In December only 75,000 jobs were added, followed by January’s increase of 113,000 — both significantly lower than the 2013 average monthly gain of 194,000.

The fact is that December was the weakest month for job creation since August 2012. Employers hired fewer employees than any other month since last June, and layoffs reached a four-month high of 109,000 — which broke a three-month streak of progress. When you see this information and pair it with the tepid job creation numbers, it’s understandable why many believe that economic recovery has truly lost momentum.

But is there a silver lining in these “not-so-great” numbers? Is there something that we can feel positive about? Certainly there is.

First, the Bureau of Labor Statistics ”The Employment Situation – January 2013” report revealed that 638,000 more people said that they had work last month over December. This helped to lower the national unemployment rate to 6.6 percent, making it 1.3 percent less than what it was a year ago, and the lowest it has been in more than five years.
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Team USA Speedskaters Heather Richardson, Kelly Gunther and the USOC Athlete Career Program

In today’s USOC Athlete Career Program video, Team USA Speedskaters Heather Richardson & Kelly Gunther talk about their partnership with the USOC Athlete Career Program, sponsored by Adecco. When they aren’t training on the ice, Heather and Kelly work in the kitting department at GE Healthcare Surgery in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Click here to learn more about the USOC Athlete Career Program sponsored by Adecco, which helps aspiring Olympic and Paralympic athletes find flexible work opportunities that afford them the time and financial resources necessary to train and prepare for competition.


Design hiring trends and salary demands

Choose the best staffing solution for your businessDesign careers are becoming more specialized, and those with deep experience in the digital world are currently highly sought after by employers and command high salaries. Here’s are the design hiring trends and salary demands you need to know when recruiting professionals in 2014.

Graphic Design

Salary and hiring for graphic designers varies significantly based on industry and skill set. And because demand varies equally, graphic designers have a wide salary range.

Salary: A 2012 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports $48,730 as the median annual salary for graphic designers, although actual salaries differ by region, skills, and experience. Salaries range from $30,000 to $77,000. And even though that data is two years old, the salaries are still accurate. According to Salary.com, the current median annual salary is $49,377, relatively unchanged from 2012.

Where the jobs are: The highest concentration of graphic design jobs can be found in California, New York, Florida, Texas, and Illinois, driven primarily by digital jobs in Silicon Valley, Silicon Alley, and growing tech scenes in cities like Houston and Chicago. Washington, D.C. also has the highest median salary, where graphic designers earn an average of $69,700.
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Workforce Watch List: Human Capital Trends in 2014

human capital trendsIt’s an interesting time to work in the human capital industry. Many factors are affecting how companies can attract, retain, and nurture talent, including things like aging baby boomers, social media, and government legislation. Read on to learn what human capital trends will dominate the industry in 2014.

Baby Boomers and Millennials

As Baby Boomers begin their exodus from the workforce, the next largest group (even larger than the baby boomers) is Millennials and, if organizations want to succeed, that means that they need to develop ways to entice the younger generation to work–and stay–at their company.

Part of attracting the Millennial group means addressing their concerns. If you’re in a hiring manager, human resources, or talent acquisition role, be prepared to talk about job growth opportunities, benefits (ie, with rising cost of education, does your organization offer tuition reimbursement?) and unemployment, to name a few. With 92% of companies using social media for recruiting, hiring managers will need to reach out to this group proactively. And, of course, as Baby Boomers leave a gap in the market for Millennials to fill, healthcare, and legal compliance issues will continue to be driving forces for change in human resources departments across the country.

How will social media affect the human capital landscape?

Did you know that over 14.4 million people found their current job through social media? Organizations incorporating digital strategies and social media into the way they recruit and retain talent will see much more success than those that don’t. Apart from the fact that recruiting via social lends itself to brand awareness and increased clout with a younger demographic, it gives recruiters and human resources professionals a leg up as well. A simple keyword search about a potential candidate can tell you all need to know and then some. Social media is also enabling hiring managers to proactively reach out to candidates who may not necessarily be looking for opportunities.
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Team USA skeleton athlete Veronica Day and the USOC Athlete Career Program

In today’s USOC Athlete Career Program video, Veronica Day  talks about her life as a “slider” for Team USA’s skeleton squad, and her partnership with the USOC Athlete Career Program, sponsored by Adecco. When she isn’t training on the track, Veronica works remotely as a marketing & events coordinator for Adecco Staffing in Lake Placid, New York. She loves the fact that she can help Adecco give back to local communities through the Win for Youth Program.

Click here to learn more about the USOC Athlete Career Program sponsored by Adecco, which helps aspiring Olympic and Paralympic athletes find flexible work opportunities that afford them the time and financial resources necessary to train and prepare for competition.