Graduate Right: 5 Degrees that Can Get You a Job at Almost Any Business

It is difficult enough to find a good job these days, let alone with a company that you truly want to work for. You need to find a versatile degree that will work for your career path, even if you are not sure exactly what you want to do yet. Here are a few degrees versatile enough to help you secure a job even if you are unsure about your future:

Computer Information Systems

A computer information systems degree can do wonders for your career, especially with the emergency of technology in the workforce. Obtaining a UAB Information Systems Masters online will help boost your stock in any field, especially as businesses are looking to fulfill their needs. This degree will teach you everything you need to know about software development, coding and engineering.

5 Hobbies Which Look Great On Your CV

The purpose of a curriculum vita is to present relevant training and skills without being wordy. However, a prospective employer also wants some idea of who you are and what factors influence your personality. This helps him or her to determine whether you are suitable for a position and will fit in with the organization. Some hobbies create a favorable impact in demonstrating a person’s desirable personal qualities.

Sports Activities

Many companies have softball teams and other sports activities that can utilize your athletic skills for team building and forming close work relationships. Golf, tennis, softball, basketball, cycling and running can all have value for a company’s in-house and community programs. Don’t be afraid to list your athletic skills and accomplishments.

Learning New Languages

A potential employee that uses their free time to learn a new language shows a number of qualities that are highly desirable. First, learning a language indicates the person has a high level of personal discipline. Language is an accretion of knowledge that requires diligence over a period of time. These are characteristics that are often needed on the job. Learning language also shows an openness to new ideas and skills, which is often needed in job positions. Learning language creates new synapses in the brain, which helps to improve memory and concentration. A language learner is usually the kind of employee that can be depended on to stick to a task to its completion.

Some of the top trends in the executive employment market

The ExecuNet, which is a business and career membership network for senior level executives, has released its annual Executive Job Market Intelligence Report-2013. It revealed that the executive recruiters are more positive than they have been in the past five years. The report surveyed a large proportion of business executives that provided a fresh insight into some of the top trends that truly reflect the trends in the executive employment market. Some of the top trends in the Executive Employment Market as per its report are discussed herein below for the benefit of the readers and some of these trends are:

  1. In spite of the slow growth in the overall economy, 45% of executives are thinking about alternatives. Even those who feel good, majority of them have recognized that there is no job security. In the next 12 months, about 34% of executives are thinking about leaving their organizations, about 7% of executives are preparing to leave organizations and 4% are expected to leave their parent organizations. Executives working in the technology sector report the greatest likelihood of making a job change.
  2. Executives have learned to be prepared for the unexpected happenings due to uncertainty over the last few years. They have learnt not be complacent about their careers. Even though, the executives who were surveyed showed higher levels of organizational pride, respect to the boss, engaging and fulfilling work, and close relationship with their colleagues, nearly half of the surveyed executives are in job search state of mind and just over a half gave a new role some consideration during 2012.
  3. Receiving viable calls from the executive search firms is expected to be the likely trigger for executives to look for a new role in 2013. Even though, executive search firms have reported having a tough time in connecting with top talent by phone or other communication modes than in previous year that is in 2012.
  4. The survey has also thrown light on the fact that executives leave their companies frequently because of the people who manage them and therefore management of the concerned organizations must be vigilant at creating the right environment with the right opportunities to keep their top executives from jumping fence over to greener pastures.
  5. The survey further revealed that those at the very top of the organization such as CEO’s, Presidents, and COO’s are motivated to stay for the opportunity they have to help drive their parent companies directions and decisions. Some of the reasons for these top level executives to stay with their current employers include their relationship with other executives and subordinates, opportunity for input into the organization’s direction and decisions, their work location – City or State, their job skills and interests that fits appropriately with their current job position. Thus, these are the some top five trends happening in the executive search/employment market.

United States employment prospects look dull in the midst of Euro zone Debt Crisis

The latest U.S. Job report does reflect a gloomy employment situation in the United States with the creation of just 69,000 jobs. This figure is far less than the expected 165,000 jobs that economists hoped to get created this season amidst the Euro Zone Debt crisis. The news of dismal job report left the U.S Stocks bleeding and felling more than 2 percent on Friday thereby dragging the Dow Jones into a negative territory.

The job growth rate in the United States is the slowest and weakest during the past 12 month period. In addition to the alarming job outlook in the United States, investors are having fears about the Euro Zone debt crisis that resulted in the unemployment growth rate to peak at 11% in Europe. Leading economists opine that in case the Euro zone fractures then it will lead to the economy of United States facing a critical situation.

The jobless or unemployment rate at this point of time in United States is around 8.2 percent with the month of April being too worse for hiring. The payrolls figures have been revised down from 115,000 to 77,000 jobs only being added. The pay roll figures for the month of March were also revised down. Thus, for the straight three months period the job rate turned weak when compared with the job growth rate earlier this year, when the U.S economy was adding jobs of over 200,000 per month.

Service sector growth and hopes associated with it

Service sector growthThe ADP National Employment Report released in March showed the private sector growth was on the rise. The private sector added 209,000 positions last month which was slightly above the economists expectations of a 200,000 gain in jobs. ADP also revised the job gains seen in January and February to 182,000 and 230,000 respectively. This report is jointly developed with Macroeconomic Advisers LLC.

The analysts said that it would not change their forecasts for the governments more comprehensive labor market report due on Friday that includes public and private sector employment. Data from other sources revealed that the U.S service sector also showed signs of growth in the last month though the pace of overall growth slowed which the analysts say was expected as the index ran up to a year high in February. Anthony Chan, chief economist, JPMorgan Private Wealth Management said “the positive effects seen at the beginning of the year are starting to wear off but the easing in activity is not as bad as some had feared and overall the data tells us that the recovery continues uninterrupted”. These reports were overshadowed on Wall Street as investors were disappointed by the Federal Reserve’s decision to back away from the idea of launching a third round of monetary action as there was a gradual improvement in the recovery, minutes from the U.S central banks last meeting on Tuesday showed. This caused the U.S stocks to go down more than 1% in afternoon trading. The federal reserves assessment remained cautious while the economists expect a slow growth in the first quarter compared to 3% annualized rate seen in the last months of the previous year.

A glimpse of the light at the end of the tunnel

There have been a slew of reports that together indicate that the US economy is looking up, sparking a rebound on Wall Street. Companies increased hiring in the month of February, with the private sector adding 216,000 jobs against an expected 208,000 jobs according to the ADP National Employment Report. This means that after two years of expansions that was devoid of any increase in employment, businesses are finally at a point that they feel they need a larger workforce to meet an increase in orders.

The government is expected to release a more comprehensive report of the monthly labour market on Friday which will include numbers from both the private as well as public sector. Economists expect these numbers to show that 210,000 nonfarm jobs were added to the economy, with a gain of 225,000 jobs in the private sector offsetting a loss of jobs in the public sector.

Better Times Ahead as Job Market Continues to Grow

The number of new people signing up for unemployment benefits is at a three-year low, bringing huge relief to Americans across the country as the job market continues to stabilize. Labor department numbers indicate the number of claims filed at 348,000; the lowest since March 2008. That was a decrease of 13,000 from the previous week and this is the fourth decrease in five weeks. The economy has added more than 200,000 jobs over the last three months. The numbers indicate that lesser people are being laid-off, while hiring is picking up pace. It is still important to note that 13 million people are still unemployed and the unemployment rate of 8.3 percent is still relatively high. The only area of concern in consumer spending, people are still cautious about spending and it should increase as the job market continues to strengthen.

“The numbers add to the belief that the economy is shifting gears. There is just no number that is giving us a whole lot of trouble, except for consumer spending,” said Joel Naroff, chief economist at Naroff Economic Advisors in Holland, Pennsylvania.

New Jobs Bill to Curb Outsourcing

A new jobs bill has been proposed, which will make it mandatory for U.S companies to disclose the number people employed abroad. The sponsor of the bill is Rep. Gary Peters, a Democrat from Michigan. Until now, companies disclosed the number of people on their payrolls in entirety, but never broke-down the data. The new bill will ask companies to provide information regarding the number of employees Country-wise, in the U.S; the information will have to be provided State-wise.

Within the framework of the current rules, huge multi-national corporations like Apple and IBM have kept such data confidential. The Outsourcing Accountability Act, H.R. 3875 would direct firms with revenue over 1 Billion to classify such data. Companies would also have to keep a track of the increase or decrease in percentage of jobs.

Why the big end up losing the best: Talent retention woes of big enterprises

EmploymentMore often than not, ex-employees of big enterprises like GE and Yahoo! end up setting competitor companies after years of having gained expertise at their former place of employment. So why is this trend increasingly building its pace much to the woes of these big shot companies? The answer probably is deeper than asserting the new age entrepreneurial spirit. The actual answer may lie in understanding the treatment meted out to these employees who leave to begin an enterprise of their own.

The Future of Employment

The world is getting smaller with the rise of information and communication technology and this has affected the job market in a big way. The flow of knowledge and skills the opening of markets globally has meant that the future of employment and employable skills has altered drastically. There are whole industry’s today that did not exist just a decade ago. Technology has advanced to form a whole new world of social networking, video telephony and mobile offices.

So it’s very difficult to predict what the future holds and what skills will be in demand tomorrow. A decade ago it was believed that low skilled white collar jobs like data processing were all that could be shipped off shore, but today more high skill work such as accounting, patent law, routine reading of x rays are all being shipped to places with an abundance of less expensive, highly skilled, English speaking workers.

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