According to a recent editorial written by Lou Adler, a performance based recruiting company CEO, the times and major recruiting ideas which drive the field are changing. Due to better and smarter technology, we are expected to see a digitalized revolution in the field of human resources take place within the next 5 years, comparable with the driverless taxi service idea which is also becoming more and more popular. In short, recruiting managers will cease to be needed or their role will drastically change, he argues, as the world of HR is headed towards a complete 21st century reorganization. [Read more…]
This year, the new G20 agenda featured simply ‘women’ as a vector and driver for overall economic growth. This means that official data is finally confirming what the Western world has already been noticing and experiencing for decades now: women are good for business. According to reports by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the workforce participation of women (and thus, their economic contribution) still remains below their potential. In OECD countries (most of the so-called ‘developed world’), full convergence of men and women’s work participation may be achieved in the next 15 years, which could mean that 12% more business women could be expected to join the economy in this time frame. This creates a huge potential for growth in the economy if the skills and qualifications of these women will be used wisely. [Read more…]
Deciding to work as a freelancer can help increase your job security from the beginning, as it forces you to have a different perspective on your career. When you work as a free agent, you have to plan ahead and prioritize certain aspects of your professional and personal life. Freelance work also encourages you to acquire and develop marketable skills. [Read more…]
If you’re not quite familiar with the wonderful opportunities of the EDX online courses portal or you haven’t really gotten a chance to use it yet, here is an introduction to it. Even if free online courses have long been available now and then since the internet has become more and more immersed in all aspects of our lives, including education, sometimes it’s hard to find them. [Read more…]
Are you interested in finding a holiday job in this upcoming winter season, but you’re worried you might already be too late? Don’t worry, you still have some time to browse through seasonal jobs and also there is still time to apply to a few which seem the most convenient for you. If you’re interested in making a little quick money, then a holiday job is ideal for that. If you’re looking for something more permanent, this could also be your entry ticket; since many employers usually transition these type of seasonal contracts into full-time regular positions after the holiday season passes. [Read more…]
Whenever you go through a job interview, this seemingly one sided affair turns out to be an opportunity for a mutual interview between the person looking to get hired and hiring manager. Not only do the people recruiting get to ask the questions, but the potential employee is extended the same courtesy to study a potential employer. This allows both parties to get a better sense of the mutual expectations and so on. But when the chance comes for you to pose your own job interview questions, you need to be careful what you ask. Some of the things on your mind may give potential employers the wrong idea. Here are the top bad job interview questions you could possibly ask. Keep in mind, these questions will most likely result in the job opportunity being withdrawn. In other words, this is a list of ways of how to not get hired. We grouped the bad job interview questions people tend to think about into 9 main groups, based on the bad vibes that each group gives off. [Read more…]
CareerBuilder has recently released a well-documented report on “The Changing Face of U.S. Jobs”, which covers 13 years of ups and downs on the American job market. This piece of US employment news can be a useful tool for those who want to discover trends in the area based on age, gender and race. In this period of time, the United States already faced and overcame a series of drastic changes regarding employment which included two disastrous recessions, recoveries and an alarming growth in health-related professions. The fact is that this piece of US employment news proves that the growth of the workforce is directly proportional with the ever-altering demographics throughout the rest of America. So, exactly how much has the US employment market changed in these 13 years? More importantly, how have these changes affected job openings available today? Find out below. [Read more…]
If since applying for college your biggest dream and most ambitious career plan was to end up in a management position and become a strong leader, and, most importantly, if your dream came true, congratulations, you are now a leader in a world that took the concepts of working and “going to the office” to a whole new level. Long gone are the days when people were going to work from 9 to 5, get stuck together in the same office or building and say good bye to each other every evening, only to meet again the next morning. We are witnessing the rise of mobile working, where people can achieve their job tasks and complete their assignments from the comfort of their homes or the cool atmosphere of their favorite cafe, not having to see the boss or other co – workers, and we are not talking about freelancers or blogging mothers anymore. We are talking about a powerful workforce, employed, rewarded and managed from a distance. Starting with 2012, extensive research has been conducted in order to highlight the main features of remote teams and workers and the virtual leadership that seems more and more necessary and the results are quite surprising: more and more companies are using mobile workers and remote teams and many leaders have to resume everything they know about good leadership and adjust their skills to the new environment.
Going back to you as a leader, what do you do when you have to manage a remote team? What are the skills you need to enhance, the attitudes you need to promote and the key – points you have to stay focused on, in order to be successful together with your team?
Research, conducted interviews and extended papers on the matter all show that the basic leadership skills are also applicable to the virtual leadership, and, according to some authors,
the words that were used repeatedly when describing the differences between leading in a collocated environment and a dispersed environment were “planned,” “disciplined,” “deliberate,” and “intentional.”
Nothing new so far, as even in a virtual leadership position, you should always be concerned with being authentic, promoting trust, building interpersonal relationships, be focused on your team’s needs, aim for results and find ways to measure them. But virtual leadership also comes with a few drawbacks and if you’re the head of a remote team that has very spread – out members, from different cultures, time zones and working manners, the things tend to be a bit difficult.
In order to succeed, it takes more than setting the same clock to all workers and be able to distribute tasks evenly enough to make sure everybody delivers high quality results in the specified amount of time. According to Scott Edinger, virtual leadership and remote teams can be very happy and more engaged if the leader learns a few lessons. First and foremost, since you don’t have the opportunity to watch the team working, deliver them a motivational speech or train them on how to work better together, you should learn the specifics of your team as a whole and the specifics of each individual (what makes them tick, what makes them work better, what motivators have the best results, what their needs are and what issue you should expect from any of them). After you do your homework and understand that George works better in the evening, while Marc tends to deliver the results as soon as possible to enjoy a personal life after working hours, you should be able to adjust your leadership skills to the exact team necessities. Let’s see in short how you can achieve all these:
– instill and promote the feelings of mutual trust and respect in the team by being open, honest and authentic, so no matter the issues you encounter, all the remote team members will support each other and you, work together to solve the problem and be transparent in all their actions
– use technology at its maximum: from communication systems to apps that make you feel closer to each other, use everything you have so that the remote members don’t feel lost, alone, forgotten and worthless for spending days in a row in front of computer with nobody asking them if they’re alright
– communicate permanently, review objectives and results and give feedback: the most annoying thing of working in a remote team is to receive feedback only once in a while and usually when you’ve done something wrong. Good virtual leadership doesn’t mean only sending tasks via e-mail and gathering results, but keeping all communication lines open, have a chat with your people, have some laughs even, make them feel committed to the work and the goals. Check the objectives you all established together and see if they were reached, give people feedback, ask for their feedback and keep them close.
If you are in the position of virtual leadership, you will have to do some homework and read some papers, as it sounds easy at first, but you should remember that happy and engaged employees are the ones you need the most and keeping remote teams engaged and happy is no easy feat.
What do you do when unemployment statistics keep growing and growing, and you start to feel as if your college/university degree is all but redundant? What do you do when you’re young, eager to work, wanting to support yourself, but simply can’t find any job you’re qualified for out there? You become your own boss, since the costs of opening a start-up seem to have lowered in direct proportion with rising unemployment statistics. That seems to be the trend around the world, even in countries such as the UK, where unemployment rates are dropping (recently fallen to 7.1 per cent). More and more people want to become self-employed than ever – so, if you’re wondering why and what’s in it for them, read on to learn more about this phenomenon.
Self-employment on a clear rise in Britain
The latest employment figures from the UK’s Office for National Statistics revealed, early in January, that some 150,000 chose to become self-employed over the final quarter of 2013. In the September to October interval, 92,000 Brits became their own boss in a full-time regimen, which is far more than the 30,000 who had made the same decision in the three months leading up to the end of August. The same situation occurred with part-timers, of which 54,000 opened their own business in the lead-up to December. During the previous three months, only 3,000 Brits had decided to become self-employed.
Why do so many people want to become self-employed?
In the UK, self-employment is regulated by the PCG, a not-for-profit concerned with the rights of freelancers, be they full-time or part-time. The organization was less surprised than the media by the latest data, but they did comment with the reasons which have determined this trend.
· New self-employment Government policies
According to the PCG’s spokesperson, Louis Clark, Government talks regarding enterprise and start-ups are one factor that has been fueling the decision to become self-employed that has turned into a trend of late. With the population feeling that such talks represent a shift in governmental policies and improved legal frameworks for running their own business, it only makes sense that such changes would also be reflected in actual facts and figures.
· A focus on professional services
At the moment, the global economy seems to be focusing on professional services to a larger extent than ever. Not only does this seem to encourage people to become self-employed, but it’s also influencing the types of businesses they’re opening. Aside from independent service providers diving head-first into the world of business, more and more people are focusing on franchising. In Great Britain, for instance, turnovers for the franchise business increased by up to 20 per cent over five years, up to GBP13.7 billion, with 39,000 franchises registered, providing 561,000 people with a job. 250,000 of those jobs are full-time.
· Better, cheaper technology
Working remotely, collaborative work ethics, and a focus on better quality for lower overheads is also fueling the rise of self-employment. None of this, of course, would be possible without the rapidly growing development of new technologies, such as means of online communication and mobile devices. They’re making it easier than ever to work remotely, flexibly, and on the go. While a few years ago, an entrepreneur needed a $100,000 loan for venture capital that they would invest into a start-up, these days it’s far easier to start your own business for just a fraction of that cost. $500 will buy you a decent laptop and secure a few months’ worth of an Internet connection – which is just about all you need to become your own boss in 2014. Since the pressure of bank loans has been virtually removed from the equation, it’s also far more attractive to become self-employed these days than ever before.
· Rise of the digital economy
Tied in with the above point is the fact that it pays off to work online these days. Start your own small online store. Write content. Provide online consultancy services. Take on project based work in architecture, digital design, translation, animation – and just about any other creative line of work you can think of. The digital economy has turned all these dreams into a profitable reality for numerous professionals around the world.
The Top Jobs of 2013 chart, as presented by Forbes Magazine at the beginning of this year only served to confirmed something most job hopefuls already knew: IT skills in general, and coding in particular, are in very high demand. Along come several other innovation-focused abilities, followed by accounting, and (surprise, surprise) events management. Aside from listing the jobs with the most opportunities and estimated openings for this year, the chart also drew attention to another fact of the employment market: the best new work skills are updating trends and attitudes expected of employees. As such, if this year was not that successful for you, in terms of finding a new job – or if you’re in need of a career change – here are the top seven new skills you should consider investing into, in terms of trends for the coming year.
1) Critical thinking
Critical thinking is not only one of the best new work skills to hold in this day and age – it’s also highly valued in all other planes of human existence. The general perception on contemporary life is that being informed is no longer enough. Since we are all bombarded with massive amounts of information, it’s up to the critical thinker to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the facts they receive. Critical thinkers are able to coherently formulate conclusions and come up with problems to the issues signaled either by themselves, or by their co-workers.
2) The ability to solve complex problems
The contemporary job market values creative types and lateral thinkers. They are the employees who will make note of a problem before anyone else, they will report it, investigate it, analyze all its angles, and eventually come up with a solution that takes care of it. Their choices of solutions are both innovative and sensible, and they are endowed with a problem solving skill that allows them to tackle even the most complex issues in work scenarios.
3) Decision making
Pro-active has been a buzzword for many years on the job market. As such, it only makes sense to include prompt and efficient decision making and judgment calls onto the list of the best new job skills. Efficient decision makers are able to quickly assess a situation, weigh its pros and cons, take costs and gains into account, and finally reach a swift decision – which they also follow through to implementation.
4) Active listening
Years of feedback and honing organizational structure have finally tipped employers off: active listeners make for great employees. They are genuinely attentive to what is being communicated to them, know not to interrupt, take notes, ask questions, and generally perform according to what they are told. In addition, they also come across as very empathetic, which is a very attractive generally human skill.
5) Computer skills
Of course, this set of abilities couldn’t have missed from our list of the best new work skills, with so many up and coming cool jobs focused on the IT industry. This is not to say that you need to start learning programming or complex coding languages stat. You do, however, need a working understanding of basic PC skills, in order to be at least remotely competitive as a candidate for most jobs on the market these days.
6) Math skills
If you didn’t pay attention in your high school math class (at the very least), you’re probably going to regret it, as mathematics skills are on the chart of the best new work skills of the moment. In-depth knowledge is not required for all top level jobs, but a basic understanding of the operational concepts in math can carry you a long way professionally. On the upside, you can always brush up on your knowledge of algebra, calculus, geometry and the rest.
7) Performance assessment
Half of the most desirable jobs in 2013, as listed by Forbes, require successful job candidates to be able to observe and assess their own job performance, as well as the performance of others. That’s because organizations everywhere are not only looking for staff that has these top best new skills – they’re also looking for trustworthy supervisors, who can confirm whether or not their workers are doing the job they’ve been hired for.