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The U.S. Quarterly Employment Forecast – Q2 2019

As spring blooms across the country, the employment forecast for the second quarter of 2019 looks to be partly cloudy after a long stretch of ample sunshine. While the unemployment rate remains historically low, economists are raising some concerns based on recent data. Those worries stem from job growth nearly grinding to a halt in […] Read Article “The U.S. Quarterly Employment Forecast – Q2 2019”

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Jobs Shortage: Filling The Talent Pool

Jobs, at long last, appear to be back. The U.S. economy added 304,000 jobs in January according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 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. In this blog, […] Read Article “Jobs Shortage: Filling The Talent Pool”

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Your next job might not exist yet, but here are three ways to prepare for it.

“What do you want to do when you grow up?” We all remember answering that familiar question in our youth. (Some of us even answer it as adults!) Yet coming up with a viable answer is getting tougher for the up-and-coming generation of workers, and even workers interested in making career changes. After all, it’s […] Read Article “Your next job might not exist yet, but here are three ways to prepare for it.”

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How Businesses Can Help Close the Skills Gap

Addressing the skills gap in the labor market is a complex challenge that requires buy-in from several parties, including educational institutions such as high schools, universities and trade schools, job seekers themselves, and employers and businesses as well. Placing the burden of responsibility on educators alone isn’t a sustainable solution, though it is true that […] Read Article “How Businesses Can Help Close the Skills Gap”

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Embracing Entrepreneurship Across the Globe

What exactly is an entrepreneur? According to Merriam-Webster, it is “one who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise.” While that is an accurate definition, there is much more to it. Generally speaking, entrepreneurs dream about being their own boss, enjoy motivating others, are driven by financial success, and—perhaps most important—thrive […] Read Article “Embracing Entrepreneurship Across the Globe”

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Staffing Industry Acronyms & Definitions

Naturally, over time, any industry develops its own set of words, terms and phrases that make their way into the vernacular. Their intentions are honest and innocent: to make things easier, more streamlined and to simplify the conversation. Sometimes they succeed. Sometimes they don’t. Industry jargon, particularly staffing agency jargon, can be like trying to […] Read Article “Staffing Industry Acronyms & Definitions”

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Apprenticeship: Old Idea Offers New Opportunity

Apprenticeships are a time-tested idea that is getting new life as employers seek better ways to develop and keep talent. In Italy where I grew up, and throughout much of Europe, apprenticeships have remained a staple of workforce development. In Switzerland, for example, 70% of high school graduates enter apprenticeships in “new-collar” fields such as IT, […] Read Article “Apprenticeship: Old Idea Offers New Opportunity”

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Character Interview Questions Around Curiosity

It is all too easy to miss important information about a candidate in the brief time that an interview usually requires. More and more, employers are asking questions that discern critical thinking – but there’s still one area that most employers or hiring managers are forgetting: intellectual curiosity. An intellectually curious person has a burning […] Read Article “Character Interview Questions Around Curiosity”

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Hiring Mistakes: The Cost of a Bad Hire

When it comes to costly workplace mistakes, few carry as hefty a price tag as making a wrong hire. It’s estimated that some companies could lose up to $50,000 by making a single bad hire. According to a recent Entrepreneur article, half of hiring and HR managers estimate that bad hires have cost their companies, “thousands […] Read Article “Hiring Mistakes: The Cost of a Bad Hire”

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A Flexible Future: Why temp work rocks!

As the economy continues to improve, job creation is also steadily on the rise – particularly in the temporary employment category. Since the start of the recession, over 1 million temp jobs have been added – oftentimes companies will allot 20-30 percent of their positions for temporary/contingent workers. Employers truly see contingent labor as a strategic part of […] Read Article “A Flexible Future: Why temp work rocks!”