Category: industry trends

2018 Jobs Forecast: It's a good time to hire and be hired

In the Economic News release  for February from the Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics), the average hourly earnings jumped 2.9 percent year over year. This is a big indicator that the slow economic recovery is finaly reaching American workers and families pockets. According to the article posted in the New York Times,  Job and Wage Gains Deliver a Promising Start for the Year , " Separate data  released this week showed that private-sector wages and salaries... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Monday, March 19, 2018
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Big Data to help inform Your Business

Big Data. It's a term making the rounds now that the "cloud" is commonly used in business discussions and strategies when it comes to technology helping businesses excel. The cloud refers to the storage of data and information in the internet "cloud" which lives on servers across the globe. Big Data refers to data sets that exceed 'normal' data sizes and used to help identify trends, patterns, associations, and other relevant insight as it relates to human... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Tuesday, March 6, 2018
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Ways the Construction Industry Will Change in 2018 and Beyond

New homes, businesses, and multi-unit buildings are always in demand, especially due to the population boom in the mid-state area. The need for new construction shows no signs of slowing down in 2018 , but industry trends may experience some major changes in the months to come. Builders are always looking for ways to make projects more economical, streamlined, and efficient, and several emerging trends will help companies accomplish those goals in 2018. Both minor and major changes in the... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Monday, February 26, 2018
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4 Essential Skills Your Next IT Rockstar Must Have

If you’re in the market for an IT Rockstar, take a number. Businesses in a wide variety of industries and markets are looking for talented and experienced people to handle a number of IT-related tasks, including networking, web and software development, and consulting. While it’s true that IT Rockstars are in a position to pick and choose their next employers, you can better position your company for landing top talent by knowing which skills are most important for a wide variety... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Monday, February 12, 2018
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4 Retail and Service Industry Trends to Expect in 2018

2018 will make one decade since the Great Recession that devastated the retail and service industries. In the past 10 years, both industries have seen their ups and downs, but recent figures showed that holiday sales improved in late 2017 by more than 5.5 percent compared to 2016. A recent economic upturn has made many business owners more optimistic for the future, but a changing competitive landscape means it’s more important than ever to stay on top of industry trends. As ... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Friday, January 26, 2018
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4 Tips for Successfully Working Remotely

For many employees who are frustrated by long commutes, daily bumper-to-bumper traffic, and frequent distractions in the office, remote work may seem like the answer to some of the biggest annoyances and complaints that they have concerning their professional lives. Many companies are also catching on to the benefits of allowing employees to work remotely. In addition to reducing the need for dedicated office space, it can boost employee morale due to its inherent flexibility. Despite its... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Thursday, November 9, 2017
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5 Essential Skills for Succeeding in Today’s Offices

Jobseekers, take note: while prospective employers may peruse resumes and CVs to find candidates with the right education, experience, and qualifications, the skills to succeed on the job and to move up in a company are rarely listed on job descriptions. It's one of the many reasons employers are rapidly moving to Digital Interviews , as well as gaining insight in to personalities by looking at social profiles . These facts are only becoming more solidified and important in... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Wednesday, August 23, 2017
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About Google Hire - Hire Vue

You may have heard about or seen something new in the search results when you've done a search for jobs or careers in Google. Those with their ear to the ground knew that a  few months ago  Google tested an Applicant Tracking System (ATS).  As of this month, Google has officially launched  Google Hire . Business Eligibility for Google Hire In order for a business to use Google Hire, an organization must meet the following prerequisites: ... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Friday, July 21, 2017
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How to Incorporate Company Culture Into Your Hiring Process

Company culture fit is a concept that can be hard to define, but everyone knows when it’s missing. Most employers understand the importance of culture fit in their organization, and research shows that people who fit well into their company perform better in their role, express greater job satisfaction, and are more likely to remain with the organization for longer. Famously, Southwest Airlines screened job candidates in the 1990s based on their willingness to provide offbeat, fun... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Friday, July 14, 2017
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Social Media Screening: Majority of Hiring Managers Now Investigating Candidates’ Online Personas

Think employers only check LinkedIn and that your Facebook , Instagram , and Twitter are inconsequential when you’re applying for a job? Think again . The number of HR departments and recruiters using social media as well as Internet searches to screen candidates is at an all-time high, new research finds. A national survey conducted by Harris Poll for CareerBuilder earlier this year addressed the impact of a worker’s online presence during hiring and employment. The... Read More
Posted by Jeff Bates at Wednesday, July 5, 2017
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