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Forecast Reveals Strong Hiring Throughout 2014

ImproveJobProspectsGood news for job seekers! If you’re in the market for a new gig, listen up.

Per a forecast published by CareerBuilder, almost three out of 10 employers plan to hire full-time employees prior to December 31.

This number is four percentage higher than last year’s data. Let’s not forget about seasonal opportunities either. One out of four employers anticipate hiring seasonal workers. This includes 43 percent of retailers. Read more

Author of ‘Leading the Life You Want’ Talks About Skills to Become Whole

visionInstead of looking at work-life balance, Stew Friedman, author of Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life, recommends looking at integration between work and the other areas of your life.

“Balance is bunk,” says the author. It’s a “misguided metaphor” because it assumes trade-offs must exist between work or school, family, community and self. He suggests looking at four-way wins to improve your life within all four dimensions.

As Friedman describes embracing principles to be whole, real and innovative, we’re going to focus on being whole. This means acting with integrity and respecting that all of the roles you play make up a whole person.  Read more

How to Motivate Your Team After a Setback

generationsMotivating a team is one thing, motivating it after a setback is another.

A reader writes into The New York Post asking about how to boost the morale of his or her team. They worked “long and hard for weeks on a project,” only to have their boss criticize the end result without any acknowledgment of the hard work.

Greg Giangrande, HR executive in the media industry, writes that effort definitely deserves recognition. Read more

Dropbox’s New Recruiting Video Spoofs Themselves

Here’s the thing. When you’re pounding the pavement looking for a new job and the right fit for your next stellar career move, you’re not always thinking about what the employer is doing to woo you.

But get this — they are doing it! They need you just as much as you need them. And they’re putting marketing teams and time, energy and effort behind this endeavor.

Need proof? Check out this creative video from Dropbox highlighting why their “team” likes working there.

Monthly Jobs Report Showcases Excellent News

american-flag-2aThis morning the Department of Labor announced strong numbers.

In September employers added 248,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 5.9 percent — that’s the lowest since July 2008!

Hourly earnings rose as well although it sounds like they are at a snail’s pace. Naroff Economic Advisors’ economist Joel Naroff told USA Today, “The labor market is clearly tightening but there’s still no wage pressures. “When do businesses start dealing with labor shortages by raising wages?” Read more

Inspiration Shines at TheLadders’ Job Mobile Summit; Motivation From Diana Nyad

TheLadders logoYesterday we attended the annual Job Mobile Summit sponsored by our friends at TheLadders.

Sure, the goal was to stay on the pulse of trends in mobile recruiting (did you know the peak time for applicants such as yourself is 6 ’til 10 a.m.?) but what we got out of it was much deeper, much more profound.

That’s because motivational speaker Diana Nyad closed out the conference with her incredible keynote speech! Read more

On Cusp of Monthly Jobs Report, ADP Reports Good News

Job-SearchThe Department of Labor will release its monthly data tomorrow and ADP is sharing news that September turned out better than expected!

The payroll company says private sector hiring picked up a little in September. This marks the sixth consecutive month of gains surpassing 200,000. What does this mean exactly? According to a MarketWatch piece, this signifies a sign of strength and growth for our economy.

In September, the private sector added 213,000 jobs. In August they added 202,000 jobs. Economists originally expected a gain of 209,000 last month, so the actual number of 213,000 sounds pretty darn good to us!

Samsung’s Fictional Show Features Employees

samsungIf you think you work with a bunch of clowns (and we say that with highest praise), seriously you’re not alone. In a comedy sense, of course.

Per Mashable, Samsung’s set to debut six episodes of a part-musical, part-comedy in Korea. The show follows a member of K-pop group Girl’s Day as a Samsung employee. The show will also feature other young Koreans looking to work for the company.

According to the piece, it’s like Friends meets Glee meets a Samsung showroom. The fictional sitcom, The Best Future, will air on YouTube.

Three Toxic Beliefs to Ditch About Your Career

stressThis piece on LinkedIn really caught our eyes. That’s because influencer Travis Bradberry hit the nail on the head.

Sometimes the only person standing in our way is ourselves. The toxic beliefs we tell ourselves and stress that goes along for the ride need to be ditched once and for all. Read more

Want to Boost Happiness? Survey Suggests Stop Looking at the Clock

midnightTick tock goes the clock.

Want to be a happier, more productive worker? Stop looking at the clock.

As per a piece in The Wall Street Journal, new research shows folks who work in strict schedules based on the clock are less happy than colleagues who work in looser environments. Generally speaking, the former group feels like they have less control over their lives.  Read more

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