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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Releases White Paper to Close Skills Gap

ImproveJobProspectsWe literally just received word that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has forged a partnership with USA Funds. They released a white paper outlining a program to close the skills gap.

In a nutshell, it outlines the concept of talent pipeline management to transform the relationship between our businesses, education and workforce providers. Read more

How to Effectively Turn Down an Internal Offer to Relocate

globePicture it. You’re working really hard and expecting a promotion. Congratulations, it’s now on its way! The only catch? It’s um…in another city. As in another state. As in you need to relocate.

According to a piece in today’s New York Post, there are several factors to consider when thinking about relocating.

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Three Dress Code Tips As Buckingham Palace Issues Reporter Guidelines

suitBuckingham Palace has issued a dress code regarding the British royals’ upcoming visit to the U.S.

Their guidelines state:

“Smart attire for men includes the wearing of a jacket and tie, and for women a trouser or skirt suit. Those wearing jeans or trainers will not be admitted and casually dressed members of the media will be turned away. This also applies to technicians.”

While our first reaction relates to the requirement for technicians (really?), we need to respect their wishes. And we’re writing as if we’re actually interviewing Will and Kate? Ha. Really, when it comes to dress codes there are a few things to keep in mind. Read more

Four Things Managers Can Offer If Salary Increases Don’t Get Approved

moneyWe’re writing this with the spirit of management in mind but if you’re not a leader in your company, just flip it upside down in terms of five items you should ask for if your boss doesn’t provide a salary increase at year-end.

We really did the management perspective because employees, as well as job seekers, are often the ones coming to the table with what they want. Why not be proactive as a supervisor and provide them with solutions and incentives if dollars don’t get approved? According to a recent survey from Accountemps, 43 percent of chief financial officers interviewed said the number of requests for raises or promotions has increased from two years ago. As such, they outlined a few tips to keep in mind when raises or promotions don’t necessarily get the green light. Read more

CareerBuilder Releases Hot Occupations For 2015

visionThe new year is literally right around the corner and as such, CareerBuilder partnered with Economic Modeling Specialists International in order to compile a list of sizzling jobs for 2015.

It’s based on supply and demand and features various companies and the jobs they post on a monthly basis compared with the actual people they can physically hire.

Per the press release, Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder, explained:

“For nearly 70 occupations in the U.S., the rate at which workers are being hired isn’t keeping up with the frequency and volume of open positions being advertised. By drawing attention to talent deficits, our list underscores opportunities in everything from technology and health care to sales and transportation for job seekers looking to make a change.” Read more

New Survey Shows How Authority Impacts Depression in Men & Women

freelance_personalAccording to a new study published by The Journal of Health & Social Behavior, authoritative roles at work impact men and women differently.

Researchers analyzed data between 1993 and 2004. Participants were monitored in terms of their job positions and how their roles impacted the incidence of depression symptoms.

Here’s what researchers found: women with job authority defined as hiring, firing and influencing pay have significantly more symptoms of depression than women without the same authority.

On the contrary, men in authoritative positions at the office demonstrated fewer symptoms of depression than their male counterparts who didn’t have authoritative responsibilities. And when compared side by side, women in authoritative positions showcased more depression symptoms than men in similar authoritative jobs. Read more

Former Alaskan TV Reporter Battles Subpoena

extra extraRemember that TV reporter in Alaska who quit on-air and dropped the F-bomb, only to reveal she supports pot legalization? This was a huge conflict of interest based on her story as she owns a medical marijuana business.

According to the Associated Press, the Alaska Public Offices Commission wants to find out if Charlo Greene leveraged crowdsourcing dollars in order to bolster a ballot initiative focusing on legalizing pot use. Read more

Critical Questions to Ask About Benefit Enrollment

docIt’s that time of year again! If your employer distributed updates about your benefits plan for the upcoming calendar year, you’re not alone. And if you haven’t gotten anything yet, chances are you will.

Although it may not necessarily be the most exciting topic to talk about, it’s definitely an important one. NPR outlined several questions to explore while determining whether or not to stay on your current plan. Read more

Job Applicant Stabs Potential Boss During Interview

CommunityJournalismBLogFIWe cringed when we first heard about this story. What is this world coming to?

Jose Lopez apparently showed up to a job interview yesterday. Check that — he showed up drunk. The business owner smelled alcohol on his breath and you can guess what happened next.

The boss did what any hiring manager should do — he confronted Lopez about it. According to NBC San Diego, the job seeker got angry and then he started to get physical. A fight ensued and the boss ended up putting the suspect into a headlock! Read more

Facebook at Work Set to Launch in January

fb logoAccording to The Financial Times, Facebook is gearing up to introduce a new product in January allowing users to chat with colleagues, connect with professionals and collaborate.

It sounds like it’s going to look very similar like the Facebook as we know it today with its groups and constant newsfeed. And while it sounds like it’s set to compete with LinkedIn, Microsoft Office and Google Drive, it’s going to look slightly different from Mark Zuckerberg’s site. That’s because holiday photos and random videos from personal profiles can be separated from a user’s work identity. Read more