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Wednesday, December 19th, 2018
From 3/31/09 Business Review...
New York continues to rank 3rd largest state in 2009 employing people in high-tech related jobs.  Only California and Texas had more high-tech workers than New York.  On average, high-tech workers make 39% more than the average private-sector worker, $85,244 per year compared with $61,402.
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From 4/09 Contingent Workforce Strategies...
Failure to classify one's independent contractors properly can prove very costly.  Learn what steps you can take to clean house and establish a classification evaluation program.
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From Crain's NY Business...
Read about the 2009 "40 under 40" rising stars.  Watch video interviews and read what makes them successful.
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From McKinsey Quarterly...
Companies are using more and more Web 2.0 tools and technologies for complex business purposes, according to McKinsey's second annual Web 2.0 survey.  This survey contains some interesting approaches and data charts. (Free registration required to read complete report)
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From 3/29/09 NY Times...
How to handle tough questions, cope with rejections and refine your interviewing strategy.
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From CareerBuilder.com...
Seven major hiring trends have been identified for 2009.  The result of a CareerBuilder survey of 3,200+ hiring managers and human resource professionals.

1. Increased salaries. Even as companies explore ways to cut costs, employers still plan to increase salaries in the coming year. Sixty-six percent of employers report their companies will increase salaries for existing employees in 2009, down from 80 percent in 2008. Forty-six percent expect to raise salaries by 3 percent or more while 10 percent anticipate increases of 5 percent or more. One third of employers expect to increase salaries on initial offers to new employees, down from 65 percent in 2008. One-in-five (21 percent) employers will raise salaries by 3 percent or more while 7 percent anticipate increases of 5 percent or more.

2. Flexible work arrangements. Close to one third (31 percent) of employers say they plan to provide more flexible work arrangements in 2009. These arrangements include:

  • Alternate schedules - come in early and leave early or come in later and leave later (70 percent);
  • Telecommuting options (48 percent);
  • Compressed workweeks - work the same hours, but in fewer days (40 percent);
  • Summer hours (19 percent);
  • Job sharing (13 percent); and
  • Sabbaticals (7 percent).

3. Green jobs. Employers plan to become more environmentally aware in the new year. Thirteen percent of employers say they plan to add "green jobs" in 2009, compared to one-in-ten who say they added them in 2008. "Green Jobs" are positions that implement environmentally conscious design, policy, and technology to improve conservation and sustainability.

4. Recruitment tools. As recruitment budgets tighten, more employers are leveraging the Internet as a vehicle for finding potential employees. While nearly one quarter (23 percent) of employers say their overall hiring budgets will decrease for 2009, however, they plan to increase their recruitment spend on the following:

  • Online recruitment sites (19 percent);
  • Newspaper classifieds (15 percent);
  • Career fairs (12 percent);
  • Staffing firms and recruiters (12 percent); and
  • Social networking sites (7 percent).

5. Retaining retirees. A quarter of employers surveyed report concern over the loss of intellectual capital at their organizations as a large number of Baby Boomers approach retirement age. Nearly one-in-five employers (17 percent) say they are likely to rehire retirees from other companies in 2009. Another 12 percent are likely to provide incentives for workers at or approaching retirement age to stay on with the company longer.

6. Diversity recruitment. When asked if there is a particular segment of diverse workers they plan to target more aggressively in 2009, employers pointed to Hispanic workers, women, African-American workers and mature workers. Nearly nine-in-ten (88 percent) employers report they will be placing the same or greater amount of emphasis on recruiting bilingual candidates in 2009.

7. Freelance or contract hiring. As the nation waits for the economy to bounce back, employers are turning to freelance or contract workers to help support their businesses. Twenty-eight percent of employers anticipate hiring freelancers or contractors in 2009.


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