Employment Summary for January 2018


With the first month of a new year in the books, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its first Employment Situation Summary of 2018, and found that the pattern of fairly robust job growth and low unemployment seen in the booming economy of last year continued. Nonfarm payroll businesses across all sectors added 200,000 jobs […]

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The Benefit of Unrehearsed Answers & How to Get Them in an Interview


By the time a candidate is brought in for an interview, initial screening through a resume and frequently a phone interview, have already warranted them a good match for your company – on paper that is. The objective of bringing the applicant into the office for an interview, is to get a clearer picture of […]

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Employment Trends to Watch and Embrace in 2018


To stay competitive in today’s ever-changing business environment, C-level executives agree that finding and retaining the right talent is essential. But how to do that effectively remains a challenge. According to a joint research study by Dow Jones and the HR Certification Institute, the area of talent strategy and engagement is a top concern. Surveyed […]

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Employment Summary for December 2017


For much of 2017, the expansion of job growth throughout the U.S. trended steadily upward. There were only a few notable instances of slowdown, such as the hurricanes that hit Florida, southeast Texas and the Gulf Coast area in late summer. Per the latest numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the year ended […]

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Employment Summary for November 2017


U.S. employment gains exceeded expectations in November, with the country adding 228,000 total nonfarm positions. Bloomberg economists had predicted job gains of 195,000. The unemployment rate remained at 4.1 percent in November, with 6.6 million people unemployed. Over the year, the jobless rate has decreased by 0.5 percentage point. “These are really strong numbers, which […]

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Have You Modernized Your Employee Review Practices?


Traditional business practices are being shaken up. Many companies are reviewing their long-held traditions in favor of more agile, responsive ways of managing workers. Some of these changes include providing employees with flexibility to work from home more often, and leveraging technology like Skype for Business or Yammer to better communicate and share information among […]

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Finding Right-Fit Candidates through Social Media


It’s no secret that employers research job candidates’ social media profiles to help them make hiring decisions. In fact, social media presence has become vitally important in the hiring process. According to the MRINetwork 2017 Recruiter Sentiment Study, over 80 percent of employers and 90 percent of recruiters review social media profiles sometimes or all […]

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Employment Summary for October 2017


The U.S. added 261,000 jobs in October, with many of the new positions replacing those lost due to Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. While Bloomberg economists estimated the country would gain 313,000 jobs last month, they anticipate that October’s numbers will mark a return to steady hiring increases over the next several months. The unemployment rate […]

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Is the Midwest the next tech hub?


The Midwest is not known for being a tech hub. Not yet, anyway. While retail, finance, automotive and farming have deep roots in the Midwestern region, technology jobs are often associated with certain areas like Silicon Valley, New York City, Boston, Seattle and Austin. But companies are starting to look toward the Heartland, according to TechRepublic. “It’s true […]

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Employment Summary for September 2017


U.S. nonfarm businesses lost 33,000 positions in September, according to the monthly employment report released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the past year, the country has added an average of 172,000 jobs per month. This is the first time payrolls have registered a decline since 2010. The BLS attributed much of the […]

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Preparedness for Impending Boomer Retirements


Nine years ago, the first of 78 million Baby Boomers turned 60, and 2008 was supposed to see a huge number of retirements. When the first Baby Boomers began to draw benefits, the Social Security Administration dubbed it as the start of “America’s silver tsunami,” but then the economy faltered, housing values plummeted, retirement portfolios […]

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Employment Summary for August 2017


The August Employment Situation Summary released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed a slowdown from 209,000 jobs added during July, to 156,000 nonfarm payroll positions created. According to The Washington Post, August’s number notably undercut federal economists’ expectation that about 200,000 jobs would be added to employers’ payrolls. However, some private-sector analysts, like Indeed.com […]

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Employer attitudes on traditional degrees vs. online degrees


The working world has changed: No longer must job candidates have traditional four-year degrees to be considered for professional positions. Not only has online education become more popular, it has also become more sophisticated, with virtual learning experts developing immersive, dynamic online courses that are as valuable and informative as their on-campus counterparts. This shift […]

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Employment Summary for July 2017


The July Employment Situation Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed a 0.1 percent decline in the U.S.’s unemployment rate – to 4.3 percent – and a gain of 209,000 jobs in total nonfarm payroll employment. According to Markets Insider, projections for the unemployment rate’s small decline were spot-on, while economists’ estimate of jobs […]

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Working From Home – How Important Is It?


Recently, some large companies have curtailed the ability of their employees to work from home, now asking staff to work in corporate offices. These changes are focused on driving increased collaboration, creativity, mentoring and innovation, but may alienate top talent in the executive, managerial and professional labor market – a sector that has been candidate-driven […]

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The Recruiter’s View: Top Hiring Insights of 2017


According to a June New York Times article, “We may be closer to full employment than it seemed.” Based on the May jobs report, the source asserts the possibility that this is as good as it will get for the United States labor market. Why? Slowed job growth with 121,000 new positions as the three-month […]

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Employment Summary for June 2017


The June Employment Situation released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the U.S. economy added 222,000 jobs. This far exceeded analysts’ expectations of just over 170,000 jobs. The current unemployment rate is 4.4 percent. Healthcare added 37,000 jobs, with 25,000 of these roles increasing in ambulatory healthcare services, and 12,000 in hospitals. Despite […]

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Employment Summary for May 2017


The U.S. added 138,000 jobs in May as the unemployment rate edged down from 4.4 percent in April to settle at 4.3 percent, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rate is currently at its lowest level in 16 years, Bloomberg noted. However, the number of jobs gained fell short of […]

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Retain Your Clients by Retaining Your Employees


Suppose you have a client who deals with a specific representative within your organization on a regular basis. Then that client starts to see multiple employees being funneled through that position. Every time the client contacts you, they’re dealing with a new person. What does this say to your client about your company? Countless negative […]

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How to Avoid Making Costly Hiring Mistakes


In today’s highly competitive job market, businesses can’t afford to take a lackluster approach to recruitment and hiring. Not only can a bad hire lead to costly turnover, but it can also negatively impact the organizational performance of a business and, therefore, its bottom line. According to the Society for Human Resources Management, the cost […]

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Revamp Your Playbook to Attract Top Talent in a Tight Candidate Market


Late 2015 was the most difficult hiring period in four years, according to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and things have only become harder for businesses both large and small, especially in the realm of professional and managerial positions. With the BLS reporting an unemployment rate down to 2.1 percent for this segment […]

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Employment Summary for April 2017


The U.S. job market bounced back in April, adding 211,000 nonfarm payroll jobs during the month, according to data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The gains exceeded Bloomberg economists’ prediction of 190,000 jobs added, and followed a weaker-than-expected March that saw 79,000 jobs added, revised down from the previously reported 98,000 […]

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Employment Summary for March 2017


Figures released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the U.S. added 98,000 nonfarm payroll positions in March. Economists had forecast that 180,000 jobs would be added during the month, according to The New York Times. The BLS also revised the total number of jobs added in February from 235,000 to 219,000. The […]

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Getting the most out of your interview process


Many candidates can interview well – but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the right person for the job. There are ways that you can improve your company’s interview process to get a better sense of whether or not a candidate will be the right fit. At the same time, you can use the interview process […]

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Employment Summary for February 2017


Just two months into 2017, employment data is ushering in business confidence and surpassing expectations for steady job growth. In February, employment in nonfarm payroll grew by 235,000 – with the largest increases seen in construction, private educational services, mining, healthcare and manufacturing, according to the Employment Situation Summary released by the Bureau of Labor […]

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Aligning Performance Management with Career Pathing


Often employees leave their jobs because there is no clear path for them to advance, or they are not sure how to rise to the position they desire. Career pathing is a great way to increase employee retention and grow talent organically, because it provides both employees and employers with a clear roadmap, outlining what […]

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Employment Summary for January 2017


Starting the first month of the year off strong and marking the last set of employment data representing the previous administration, the U.S. labor market added 70,000 more jobs in January than in December 2016, according to the Employment Situation Summary released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth surpasses expectations Though a steady […]

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Millennial Insights for the 2020 Labor Market


As we move towards the 2020 workforce, companies face an interesting demographic dynamic in terms of talent acquisition – a workforce comprised of Millennials, Gen Xers, Baby Boomers and Traditionalists. While each of these groups has their own generational differences, the most notable are the expectations and approaches to work from Millennials, who are projected […]

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Employment Summary for December 2016


The U.S. closed out 2016 with a solid jobs report that included record-high wage growth. The country added 156,000 jobs in December, down from 204,000 in November, according to data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS revised the November gains from the previously reported figure of 178,000. Bloomberg economists had […]

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Six Top Workforce Trends for 2017


Successful businesses adapt to new market demands, the changing workforce and ever-evolving technology. They have to – companies that don’t adapt fail. Understanding the trends that are driving change, creating talent challenges, and offering potential solutions can help pave the way to adaptability and success. Many of the workplace trends prevalent in 2016, such as […]

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Not Receiving Enough Quality Applicants? It’s Likely Your Employer Brand.


Your company is hiring, which means you’ve likely done the groundwork and communicated the job opening externally. So why aren’t there more A-player candidates knocking on your door? A recent LinkedIn survey of 26,000 professionals found that the main reason people don’t apply to a job is because they don’t have enough background about the […]

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Succession Planning: Identifying and Nurturing Talent


What if your top executives are recruited away to another firm? What if your CEO becomes ill? Do you have the next generation of leaders ready to fill those roles? If not, you may end up with an empty C- suite –  or worse, underqualified people moving into leadership roles because there is no one […]

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Workforce Planning: Does your company have the bench strength to sustain top performance?


In sports, a team’s success is linked to its bench strength – the players on the bench who can seamlessly jump in and replace a player who is pulled due to injury or some other reason. Professional football teams don’t go into games with only one quarterback and baseball teams have players on the bench […]

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