• The Future of Work Part 1: Reinventing Your Company for the Networked Era






    Welcome to Part 1 of our two part series on the Future of Work: Reinventing Your Company for the Networked Era by Les Martel and Jeff Loher. In Part 1 you will learn what the “Networked Era” is and what it means to you and your companies survival. The authors introduce you to the “Organizational Fitness Lens”; a handy tool to asses your company as it prepares for the coming evolution/revolution of “work”, employment and corporate structure. In Part 1 you will learn how to use the “Organizational Fitness Lens” to assess your company’s survival in the coming evolution/revolution of

    Read more

  • Non-Linear Career Paths Gaining Popularity and Acceptance






    Recent wrangling in Congress over student loan interest rates has focused the national spotlight on the financial burden of getting a college education. According to an analysis by the Huffington Post: “In 10 years, the average amount of debt college students leave school with will equal what the median graduate will earn in just a year. In 2012, the median income for all college graduates was $46,412 while average student loan debt was $28,720.” Debt + Unemployment = Financial Disaster Adding insult to injury, unemployment rates for recent college grads under age 25 is around 7%, according to CNN Money.

    Read more

  • Innovative Hiring Practices Will Benefit Workers






    Hiring practices have been in a state of flux (see our previous post). More than one HR expert has suggested that America’s hiring model is broken. The move from paper to digital was supposed to streamline the hiring process, but to many  people on both sides of the hiring desk the system seems more moribund and haphazard than ever. According to analysis presented on ERE.net by recruiting strategist Dr. John Sullivan, out of 1,000 applicants for an online job post only 25 will ever make it through the screening process to the desk of the hiring manager; only 4 to

    Read more

  • Does Job Hopping Hurt Your Employment Chances?






    Frowned upon by HR departments, job-hopping has become common in today’s challenging employment environment. For many people, moving from one company to the next after only a year or two has become a matter of economic necessity rather than a sign of poor job or people skills. Many people aren’t job hopping because they want to but because they have too. Ever since the start of the recession, U.S. businesses have been engaging in onerous employment practices to save money that have undermined employee loyalty and caused more workers to look for greener pastures. At the height of the recession

    Read more

  • Overcome Poor Employment Conditions with Zoondy






    The country’s lethargic employment-population ration (see our previous post) is cause for concern and points to a less rosy economic recovery than the soothing platitudes emanating from the Washington beltway would have us believe. How can we as a nation overcome poor employment conditions.  As Annalyn Kurtz pointed out in an article on CNN Money: “Forget the unemployment rate. The employment rate — the percentage of adult Americans who hold a job — has barely budged in the past three years. It’s hovering near its lowest level in three decades, and it’s unlikely to improve.” The biggest drag on economic recovery

    Read more

  • Has Big Business Turned Its Back on U.S. Job Seekers?






    How to get America back to work is the subject of hot debate. There is near universal agreement that more jobs must be created if the U.S. economy is going to continue to recover but little consensus on the best way to accomplish this goal. As we continue our review of America’s job-creation triumvirate — small businesses, entrepreneurs and big business — a surprising new leader is emerging that is taking us back to our roots to propel America into the future. But before we talk about that, it is important to delve more deeply into the pros and cons of using

    Read more

  • U.S. Workers Must Prepare for New Era of Manufacturing






    It is heartening to hear that manufacturing is returning to U.S. shores (see our previous post), but new manufacturing jobs don’t look anything like the assembly line jobs that were slashed from payrolls at the height of the recession. Today’s manufacturing jobs require a new set of skills that depend on a greater knowledge of math, science and computers. Manufacturing has gone high tech. Laid-off and unemployed factory workers can’t expect to jump right back onto assembly lines without additional training. As a recent Time magazine article on the evolution of U.S. manufacturing pointed out: “Many new manufacturing jobs require at

    Read more

  • Can New Start-Up Schools Teach You How to Be an Entrepreneur?






    There’s a new educational movement afoot that preaches the value of experiential education over academia. The new generation of tech entrepreneurs argues that a college education doesn’t impart the skills they need to succeed as modern entrepreneurs. Rather than lectures on economics and business management, today’s young Turks are impatient to launch their own start-ups. They think the best way to further their dreams is to jump in at the deep end and see whether they sink or swim. They argue that on-the-job learning will get them farther faster than a bachelor’s degree. Some of the start-up nouveau riche are putting their

    Read more

  • Tips for Telecommuting Successfully






    Telecommuting is a growing business trend. Employees are finding greater job satisfaction in working from home on a more relaxed schedule; and employers are discovering that allowing employees to work from home several days a week results in employees that are more productive, more creative and happier. It is that win-win scenario that has pushed telecommuting to the forefront of the movement toward a virtual workplace. Virtual jobs are the natural “next step” in the evolution of employment innovation. Telecommuters typically split their work week between home and office, spending a couple of days meeting and collaborating with colleagues and

    Read more

  • Job Finder Apps- Will They Replace Resumes?






    With the release of a slew of job finder apps, smartphone users are beginning to look upon the traditional resume with disdain. Few would argue that mailing paper resumes to dozens of companies has become an archaic practice in today’s digital age. But the resume format is still the coin of the realm on major job search websites like Monster and Media Bistro. Not only are employers comfortable with the long-standing resume format, but it remains an extremely efficient method of conveying information. The actual placement of information and style of presentation may have undergone myriad revisions over the years; but as a

    Read more