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difficult market

In ‘Outplacement/Career Management‘, Rachel Watts asks “Can you influence your own career direction in a difficult market?” As we’ve regularly talked about at the Transparency Revolution, sharing information about your career experience (and your career intentions) can help you to identify the resources available to you to further develop the skills and experiences you need to be better qualified for a new role, whether that’s within your existing company or with a new employer. There have been almost daily articles and blog posts recently talking about the percentage of people who are considering a career move, or unhappy in their current roles, and the reality is that if you want to have a change in your career, you personally have to be the one that drives it. As discussed in an earlier post discussing retention, not having a clear career path is the most frequent answer given as to why…

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So you want to set yourself apart in a competitive job search environment. What do you do? Print your resume on paper of an unusual color? Use a wacky font? Make a YouTube video? Meh. It’s all been done before. Matthew Epstein has decided to take it up a notch. He is targeting one particular prospective employer and he’s going all out. Check out GooglePleasehire.me for a glimpse of the lengths that a truly ambitious and creative marketing person will go to land the right position. (Make sure you follow the special link for Google HR.) We’ve noted in the past that the competition for jobs at Google is steep. And while I am in no way a fan of interview and other selection processes that come off as gimmicky, you just have to love this guy’s determination and his willingness to make a complete ass of himself — a…

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Out of work? Here’s a list of 72 companies that don’t have a job for you.

What’s the big deal, you say? Times are tight. There are hundreds, thousands of companies that aren’t hiring.Read More…

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Over the past few months we’ve spent a good deal of time looking at the difficulties that job-hunters face in this economy. They are discriminated against if they’re currently unemployed or if they hold a job that is too much like being unemployed.Read More…

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John Sumser at HR Examiner has some pretty bold things to say about the new Facebook game that Mariott hotels has launched in support of its employment branding efforts:

Marriott’s online game is a turning point. The fact that a company would find it interesting to deploy a game for the exclusive purpose of employment branding tells you everything. The entire question of who makes and delivers software and for what purpose has radically changed.

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Yahoo! finance lists 10 dying industries, including things you would expect like newspapers and fixed wireline telelphony along with a few eyebrow-raisers like tuxedo and costume rental. (Pardon me if formal wear rental is a much bigger industry than I realized, but I don’t see how it belongs on the same list as textile mills and video post-production.) To me the most interesting thing about this analysis is the underlying reason for the disappearance of each of these industries. Does anyone else see a trend, here? (Emphasis added in each example.) Video Postproduction Services Movie studios are moving post-production in house. Meanwhile, technological advances have boosted efficiency… Newspaper Publishing The move to online news and the competition from a plethora of new media information sources are obvious culprits. Apparel Manufacturing Cheap labor costs overseas, combined with consumers’ expectation for a bargain at home Textile Mills Cheap competition from abroad, which…

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success

Fiscal Times presents some very discouraging analysis:

  • Only 58.4 percent of Americans are employed, the fewest since the 1980s.
  • Corporations have recouped 100 percent of profits lost in the recession.
  • GDP has regained its pre-recession level with 7.3 million fewer workers.

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Dear Hiring Managers:

Nobody likes a bonehead, especially not a lazy one. So knock it off.

You know what I’m talking about.
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How does Google do it? There are many different possible answers to that, of course, depending on which “it” you mean. But here’s a quote from former CEO Eric Schmidt, talking about talent management at Google, that really caught my attention:

“People are going to do what they are going to do, and you’re there to assist them. They don’t need me, they are going to do it anyway. They are going to do it for their whole lives. Maybe they could use a little help from me. At Google, we give the impression of not managing the company because we don’t really. It sort of has its own borg-like quality if you will. It sort of just moves forward.”

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Special guest Dan Ridge joins us  to discuss why gimmicks and shortcuts are not the answer to fixing the hiring process, and how companies are missing out on opportunities to better position their business through that process. We discuss how sourcing can be improved: From  a process standpoint From a technology standpoint From a company branding standpoint The hiring process truly is a moment of truth for organizations — are they ready to rise to the occasion? About Our Guest: Dan Ridge is the CEO and Founder at CATO Services. He is also the Consultant and Chief Star Gazer at 5 Star Consulting Group, a leading talent acquisition, retention and right-sizing consulting firm. Dan Works with established companies and start ups ventures, with a focus on identifying opportunities for clients and delivering solutions that represent best practices and a significant ROI. Listen to internet radio with PhilBowermaster on Blog Talk…

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