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January 8, 2014
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When Saturday Night Live caught flack about its not having a black female cast member, it did two things only SNL would do -- make fun of the situation (as in running an opening skit with host Kerry Washington playing Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Beyonce) and put out a not-so-secret casting call for the next black female. Everyone ended up winning there, including newly minted cast member Sasheer Zamata. But what happens when the diversity issue hits your workplace?

The Hiring Site's Deanna Hartley says the takeaway is that SNL acknowledged they had a gap and wasted no time to address the situation. No company is perfect, and there will always be room for improvement in the hiring process. Taking action is what matters.

Hartley concludes that: "Now is the perfect time to identify an issue your company has been facing and make it your New Year’s resolution to tackle it head on by listening, committing and most importantly DOING something about it."

Valerie Berrios
Managing Editor, Mediabistro

U.S. Job Forecast and Hiring Trends to Watch for in 2014 (The Hiring Site)
Debt issues in Washington, among other factors, continue to dampen an accelerated jobs recovery, according to a new CareerBuilder survey of more than 2,000 hiring managers and HR professionals. Case in point: Nearly one in four employers (23 percent) say they’re expecting to either hire at a slower rate or not increase headcount at all until the debt ceiling is resolved in Q1.

Private Sector Jobs Surge by 238,000 in December (Business Insider)
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that employers added 203,000 jobs in November, above the 180,000 economists expected. The unemployment rate was down to 7 percent from 7.3 percent in October. The increases, however, may be holiday related. Steve Blitz, chief economist at ITG Investment Research, cautioned that while the BLS does make seasonal adjustments, he was not convinced they have caught up to the growth of online shopping.

New White Paper Reveals the Rise of the Contingent Workforce (MediaJobsDaily)
Maybe one of your parents or even their parents can remember working for the same company for 25 years. Well, that was then and this is now. Even working for the same company for five consecutive years may feel like an eternity (and a milestone).

Tips for Making Reachable 2014 Goals (New York Post / Go to Greg)
To answer a reader's question about sticking with New Year's resolutions, Post columnist and HR executive Greg Giangrande came up with four ways to achieve realistic, attainable goals in the new year -- so you’re not completely demoralized by striking out on every one.

Facebook Isn't Actually a Good Way to Judge Potential Employees (Forbes)
Researchers at Florida State University, Old Dominion University, Clemson University, and Accenture asked recruiters to review job-seeking college seniors' Facebook pages and rate how employable they seemed, and then followed up a year later with the graduates' supervisors to see how they performed. According to their study: "Recruiter ratings of Facebook profiles correlate essentially zero with job performance."

Newspaper Reporter and PR Exec Make the List of Most Stressful Jobs of 2014 (MediaJobsDaily)
CareerCast has released its list of the most stressful jobs of 2014, and let’s just say it does not look pretty. The obvious ones, such as firefighter and enlisted military personnel, were included for their high-stakes situations. Unfortunately for us, newspaper reporter and public relations executive made the list, too.

What You Say on Twitter Can Get You Fired (SocialTimes)
The now-notorious IAC corporate communications chief Justine Sacco tweeted that she hoped she wouldn’t get AIDs just before hopping on a plane to Africa. Really, she wasn’t all that worried because 'Just kidding. I’m white!' She was practically fired before she even landed. This is not the first time Twitter’s got someone in hot water, but is the Internet’s dedication to social justice a good thing?

How to Be a Consultative Recruiter (Fistful of Talent)
For better results and a better hiring experience for all involved, recruiters must learn to be consultative in their relationships with hiring managers at all levels of the organization. It starts with understanding that the focus for hiring decisions is largely based on industry experience, titles and skills. It’s called checking the boxes.

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