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Wal-Mart Intends to Hire 100,000 Veterans

Wal-Mart announced their plan to help strengthen the U.S. economy by hiring 100,000 veterans as well as stocking its shelves with a higher percentage of goods manufactured in the United States. This act of good faith comes a few months

Software Developer Outsources all of His Work to Chinese Consultant

Telecommuting into work might sound like a dream to you. No rush to get out the door before the sun comes up, no early morning traffic and most importantly: no pants required. The only down side is the potential for

How to Spot Bad Habits in Employees Early

Do you believe in love at first sight? How about first impressions? As a manager, do you think that you can tell who is going to work out in your office and who won’t within a few minutes of meeting

The Pitfalls of too Much Social Networking

Utilizing social networks to increase the speed of collaboration between internal employees and external consultants or experts is rapidly becoming the norm for offices everywhere. Email and instant messaging are key, especially if one of your key collaborators has never

Facebook can be a Hiring Manager's Gold Mine

Facebook and other social media have become an integral part of most people’s personal lives and professional toolboxes. Facebook offers companies a platform for direct marketing and recruiting. Basically, if your business isn’t represented in the social media sphere then

AIG May Seek to Sue the Fed for "Unfair" Interest Rates

The former Chief executive of AIG (Maurice “Hank” Greenberg) is seeking to sue the Federal Government for the apparently criminal interest rates placed upon the 2008 bailout loan. Displaying either short term memory loss or a spectacular lack of decorum,

Engineering Woes: The Supposedly Market-Proof Profession Facing Uncertainty

We’ve all heard of “safe jobs”. Most of them tend to be advanced-level craft or skill professions such as doctors, lawyers or engineers. The reason that these jobs are supposedly safe is that there is a clear set of requirements

Verbal Oversight: Things Bosses Shouldn't let Slip

One of the most important qualities that someone who’s in charge of other people should possess is the ability to hear themselves talk. Strength as a leader doesn’t lie in preoccupation with the things that you say, but in the

It's All Over: Apocalyptic Pudding Commercial Analysis

For a nice, light, end-of-the-world edition of Accolo’s blog, we have an article on brand topicality, specifically the increase of apocalypse-related advertising and branding that has emerged in the shadow of the supposedly catastrophic date: December 21, 2012. An article

Attaboy Attagirl: The Do's and Don'ts of Praising Employees

Undoubtedly, most of the people reading this in some sort of managerial position (be it sitting or standing) have had a boss that didn’t do the bossiest job. They may not have been a Bill Lumberg or Ebeneezer Scrooge, but

2013 Workforce and Salary Trends

2012 saw more than a few politicians talking about their grand plans to fix the job market. For the 7.7% of the country that is unemployed, this sounded great. People in power were taking an interest in their plight, and

Top Regrets in Business

As the cold clutch of winter flows in over our brittle little bones this December, it is important to reflect on the past in order to plan ahead out into the chilly months before us. Regret is a waste of

What Not To Say: Staying Out of Tricky Situations in Management

Direct verbal management is a lot more than telling the right person to do the right thing at the right time, it’s also about what you shouldn’t say or even suggest to your employees. The more glaring don’ts in these

A Few Pointers On LinkedIn Endorsements

Earlier this year the endorsement feature was added to LinkedIn which allows you to “endorse” a particular skill set of any of your friends on the social network. According to a LinkedIn spokeswoman, the endorsement was meant to encourage encouragement

It's Not What You Know, It's Who You Can Get to Know

A new study out of Northwestern’s Kellog School of Management indicates that hiring managers are more likely to hire employees with whom they feel a common bond over a more qualified candidate with whom they share no common interests. The

Accolo Ahead of Industry for 2013 Hiring Metrics

At Accolo, we’ve always thought ourselves to be on the right track to innovation within the RPO industry. Bringing you a better hire faster and for cheaper has always been the name of the game; but our eyes have are

Who's Hit the Hardest By Manditory Health Care.

In recent years, the issue of Health Care has been a serious hot tamale of an issue. As well intentioned as free services for everyone may be, there will be a bracket of people hit the hardest. According to this

Hostess Executives Seeking Millions in Bonuses to Facilitate Liquidation

For some deliciously fluffy and cream filled Friday business happenings, today’s story is a sickly sweet update on the liquidation of the Hostess company. The manufacturer of such beloved and artery clogging confections as Snowballs, Ho Ho’s and (of course)

Forming Connections That Matter on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is one of the most important social networking tools to emerge for businesses in the past few years. I’m sure that all of you (our readers) are familiar with the platform, especially because of the ways in which Accolo

Big Money in Miami: Housing Boom From Russian Billionaires

I bet a lot of you out there have had a Scarface type fantasy at least once in your life. The money, the power, the mansions, the tiger: everything you could want. Yep, besides the whole dying thing and the

Joking: I'm Not Joking, the Key to a Higher Salary

Many advise applicants to steer clear of the “salary discussion” until their prospective employer has brought it up first. “Keep that stuff at an arm’s length or maybe several arms” they say, but they are woefully wrong. While the timid

A Call to Action for American Employers

Wednesday: hump day. For today’s half way there addition of the Accolo blog, we have a lovely op ed from CNN Money from one Nina Easton. It addresses the employment gap that exists today in the US labor market. Right

Bridging the Hiring Gap: What has Made It and How Do We Fix It?

As a soon-to-be college graduate, I encounter a broad and phenomenal anxiety in my peers whenever the conversations turns to what exactly is going to happen when we all eventually enter the real world. There is a sense of hopelessness

Us Trade Deficit Drops to Lowest Point in 2 Years

Good news everyone! The United States trade deficit, our nation’s ever lingering bad dinner guest, has slimmed dramatically more than expected to a mere 41.5 Billion dollars. While it is unfortunate that this is the trade deficit and not the