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China Shows Signs of Slowing in Mad Rush to Development & Infrastructure

China has been the global manufacturing powerhouse of the last decade. While historically the country has been primarily focused on exports, the 2000’s ushered in a new age of domestic investment and infrastructural development. From dams that offset the rotation

National Employment Stats for October

With the spookiest month of the year behind us and the election just around the corner, it seems high time for some of the most anticipated statistics of all time. The national unemployment rate…..(drum roll please)…….. increased by one tenth

Hiring and Productivity up, Unemployment Claims Down

Well Happy Not-Halloween Everyone! After all the ghoulish excitement last night you probably don’t even want to get an employment/economic recovery summary for October. What’s that? Oh you do! I knew you’d want to know! So anyways, things are looking

Beerware, AB Inbev Continues to Gobble Beloved Beverages

Those of you that drink Budweiser probably know that the company was absorbed by AB Inbev in a 52 Billion buyout. Many consumers like Brian Rinfret, the avid Becks drinker interviewed in the Bloomberg Businessweek article, say they taste a

Bangalore to Atlanta: Outsourcing to the United States

With the world market in flux as it is, many companies are finally starting to see the United States for the talent pool that it is. This article from Bloomberg follows the story of a Company based in Bangalore, India

The Concrete Difference in Superior Management

The word “good” seems like a simple enough modifier. If I say that “I have a good sandwich for sale”, you probably won’t be tempted by a competitor with an adequate, satisfactory or pretentious sandwich. But what then makes my

Swing State Jobless Rates Could Decide Presidential Race

I for one cannot wait until election day. No more endless and useless focus on campaigning, posturing and promise making that always serves to muddy up the crisp October air. Come November, we can all get back to arguing over

8 Ways for Managers to Enhance Their Team’s Work Experience

As those of you in management already know, wage incentives aren’t necessarily the final word in increasing worker productivity and performance. People just aren’t that simple. As today’s article from ceo.com says, today’s raise become’s tomorrow’s norm. This effectively means

Adaptation Over Innovation

So you’ve got an idea for a revolutionary product that’ll make consumers forget they ever had a monthly budget and you just expect to sail on that to retirement? Maybe in the days when microwave popcorn was still hot, but

Jump in Retail Points to Accelerated Economic Growth

Retail sales jumped up several percentage points in September, a figure that (initially at least) points to increased economic growth. This combined with the falling unemployment rate, 7.8 percent in September, suggests a potential increase in the rate at which

Author of "Rich Dad Poor Dad" Files for Bankruptcy

As it’s Friday afternoon and all, I thought that some nice topical irony would be just the thing for today’s post. You all remember “Rich Dad Poor Dad” right? For those of you who haven’t heard, it’s author Robert Kiyosaki

Spread Too Thin

One of the best things about social media is that it’s pretty much free advertising for your business. But as with all instances of free lunch or 3 wishes, the catch is in the logistics. Maintaining cohesive brand identity in

"Reshoring" of Manufactuing Jobs: Good Signs for the US

In these uncertain economic times, business owners (small and massive) are doing everything that they can to minimize costs and streamline their business model. Nothing new? Think again! Where just a few years ago streamlining operations meant outsourcing overseas, increasingly

What You May Not Know About Big Data

Chances are that if you’re in business, you’ve been hearing the term “Big Data” being thrown around with other phrases like “the future” or “crazy-awesome-giant-scary.” But what exactly is Big Data? Is it bigger than a bread box? Is it

Big Data And the Hiring of Tomorrow

In our technology driven present day, automation has lost some of the stigma that it once bore to the general public. Nobody thinks twice when they see an automatic toll booth or an ATM about the people that could have

Job Seekers Shown to Prefer Employers With Good Business Ethics

A new study from Corporate Responsibility Magazine has found that job seekers will, in most cases, continue their job search rather than accept employment from a company with a reputation for poor business ethics. In today’s uncertain business climate, employees

Zappo's CEO Admits We're All A Little Weird

You’ve attracted quality talent from your job listings, have conducted pre-screening questions and have interviews scheduled-now what? Time to prepare the questions, but what kinds of questions. Job seekers are well familiar with the quirky questions Google comes up with,

Large Surge in Applicants for First Time Unemployment

August’s decline in unemployment from 8.3% to 8.1% hasn’t been widely received as good news. Apparently, much of the drop is due to hundreds of thousands of people, particularly people between the ages of 16-24, dropping out of the work

Accolo’s CEO Responds to Ranking as RPO Leader

HRO Today Magazine recently announced the results of their annual Baker’s Dozen survey ranking Accolo as a market leader in RPO and our CEO, John Younger, could not be more excited about the news. “This is fantastic news,” said John

Hacker Headache: How to Keep Your WordPress Account Secure

Chances are that you don’t have the same locks on your car as you do for your house, but what about the passwords on your email and LinkedIn or Facebook? If you haven’t heard about it yet, last month a

Putting Bad Marks on Your Own Permanent Record: How Your Online Presence Effects Your Standing in the Workplace

It can be hard to take things back. Once words leave your lips or are spelled out on a page, you are adding to your personal brand or, if you’re representing your employer, your company’s brand. Many of us have

201,000 Private Sector Jobs in August

Good news on the job front. Automatic Data Processing reported that private sector employers added 201,000 jobs last month, which for a nation that hasn’t produced over 200,000 jobs since February, is very promising. What does this all mean, and

Hard Times for Job Seekers: Employer Stigma Against the Unemployed

Unemployment in the United States is uncontroversial. Sure there is a huge amount of controversy surrounding who is to blame for the 8.3% unemployment rate and even greater contention on what should be done to remedy the problem, but there

Mixed Forecast for Economic Growth

Though the US and Global economies are still very much in the doldrums of a creeping post-recession come back, there have been a few nice surprises of late. According to Boomberg Business news, the economy grew faster than anticipated in