The 5 Most-Wanted IT Skills for 2015

finger-touching-tablet-screenWhile IT professionals are consistently in high demand, staying at the top of their field sometimes feels like aiming at a moving target. The “best of the best” are perpetual learners who constantly hone their craft, while maintaining a deep understanding of the constants. So, what are the most in-demand IT skills for 2015? We’re glad you asked!

1. Mobile

The use of smartphones, tablets and even wearables continues to rise and companies need to deliver their services to the devices their consumers are using. From a technical standpoint, the mobile classification is an umbrella for a rather broad set of skills. Native iOS and Android development continue to grow, though some companies are having success with cross-platform tools such as Titanium, Phonegap and Xamarin. For many, the answer is having a website optimized for mobile platforms through concepts such as responsive design. Responsive websites and cross-platform tools allow companies to leverage their existing workforce as they embrace mobility.

In each of these platforms for mobile development, one item remains of utmost importance: user experience. Designing an application for mobile is all about meeting your user where they live, and making an application that is both easy to use and engaging.
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What Will Happen to the Workforce When the Baby Boomers Retire?

FAN9015298With the STEM skills gap being an ongoing topic of discussion and concern for employers and employees alike, little attention has been given to the issue of another type of skills gap: the vocational skills gap. This gap will inevitably spike in the next 10-15 years as a result of the baby boomer workforce generation retiring in larger numbers. As Millennials and younger generations begin to take hold of the majority of today’s workforce, the STEM skills gap won’t account for the only growing void in skill sets. Our infographic provides insight on which skilled trade jobs will feel the most impact from baby boomer retirement and how to ensure these gaps are filled.

As of July 2014, there are a recorded 6,041,000 construction jobs in the U.S., 12,160,000 jobs in manufacturing, and as of 2013, there were 258,630 U.S. jobs in mechanical engineering. These positions spiked as the United States first began to develop into the nation it is today, and the majority of these jobs today are filled by members of the Baby Boomer generation. Today, the majority of Millennials seek out jobs in health, business, media, and science and technology. This tendency for younger generations to seek out non-labor careers is one that isn’t expected to decline. With this evidence, the labor industries will inevitably face a large skills gap in the potentially near future. As Baby Boomers begin to retire more rapidly and younger generations continue to seek out jobs that are unrelated to labor-intensive work, the question remains: who will replace these employees?
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Adecco Publishes Global Study on the Use of Social Media in Recruitment and Job Searching

SocialRecruitingSocial media has become the universal domain for both recruiters and job seekers alike.  Social media websites are essentially storefronts in the new marketplace for jobs.

As the global leader in HR solutions, Adecco wants to better understand how people interact in this new marketplace: how they search for jobs, which platforms they use and how they present themselves online. This is why we’ve completed our first global study on the use of social media in recruiting and job search.

About the study

Developed by Adecco Group in partnership with the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, the study is the most comprehensive research of its kind to date. Responses from 17,272 job seekers and 1,501 recruiters from 24 countries were collected. The topics of research include:

  • The use of social media for professional purposes
  • The effectiveness of social media in the matching of job seekers with open positions in the job market
  • The relevance of web reputation and its impact on recruiting
  • The social capital of individual candidates
  • How recruiters explore the web when looking for a candidate

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Celebrating National Staffing Employee Week: Sept. 15-21

ADO-Fb-Image-NSEW (2)On any given day, Adecco connects more than 70,000 talented workers to the best job opportunities across the country. We know just how hard our Associates work and how much time they spend in the workplace. That’s why we want to make sure they have the right position at the right company, as well as the resources to realize their career goals. During National Staffing Employee Week – and every week – we wish our Associates abundant success as Adecco temporary and contract workers. 

What is National Staffing Employee Week?

Organizations big and small work with staffing companies to find skilled contract and temporary workers to fill positions in a myriad of fields and sectors. National Staffing Employee Week was established by the American Staffing Association to honor the millions of Americans who are employed by staffing firms, and is held September 15-21 this year.

Every day in America, there are roughly 2.98 million workers employed by staffing companies. In a year, more than 11 million temporary and contracts workers are employed by staffing companies in the United States. The ASA also reports 79 percent of temporary employees often work full-time; 35 hours per week or more.

Temporary workers have been contributing to the economy for decades, and employers seeking qualified staff are increasingly looking into staffing companies to fill their needs. It should also be noted that the staffing industry generated a staggering $122 billion in sales in 2013 alone.
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Filling The Talent Pool: Industries & places that are hiring

Jobs, at long last, appear to be back.

The U.S. economy added 298,000 jobs in June and another 209,000 jobs in July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the past six months, the economy has added 1.5 million jobs, marking the strongest six-month stretch for hiring since 2006. Meanwhile, job openings in the U.S. recently rose to the highest level in five years.

“It feels to me like the job market is humming,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, told the Houston Chronicle.

This is very good news for sure. Yet, good news that comes with a unique challenge. As the demand for workers grows, filling the talent pool becomes increasingly difficult.
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Un-End the Summer with daily prizes from Adecco Staffing USA

Un-end summer imageFor most Americans, the arrival of Labor Day signals the end of pool parties, BBQs and vacation time, and the return to the nine-to-five grind, schoolwork and pasty complexions. This year, Adecco is attempting to change all that. Even though Labor Day marks the unofficial end of the season, our giveaway contest gives you multiple chances to “un-end” the summer and keep the good times going. Enter our contest on Facebook to win great prizes, including an iPad, a 55” Smart TV, a $1,500 airline gift card and more!

How to Enter:

1. “Like” the Adecco Staffing USA page on Facebook

2. Click on the “Un-End the Summer” contest status update or tab

3. Answer our summer-themed poll every weekday from August 18-29 for the chance to win one of ten awesome prizes

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