Published on: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The April jobs report showed a rebound in new jobs added back to the average we have seen for months — 165,000 jobs — and the unemployment rate declined slightly to 7.5 percent. Economists only expected 140,000 jobs to be added, and they thought the unemployment rate would remain steady. The good news is that the very negative initial estimate of jobs added in March of 88,000 was revised to 138,000 jobs added and February's strong showing of 268,000 jobs was revised up to 332,000 jobs added.
The government also recently released GDP growth for the first quarter at 2.5 percent up which was a rebound from +.4 percent from the fourth quarter and back to more consistent levels of the last year.
Published on: Monday, May 20, 2013
The stresses of some jobs just have a way of sucking the enthusiasm and morale right out of you. Whether related directly to the work, the boss and/or the overall environment, sometimes all the wrong elements can combine to land you in the middle of an executive career maelstrom.
Now, it seems, there's hard medical evidence that suggests work-related stress can do significant damage to the most stressed executives' hearts, according to the research findings of a study from Tel Aviv University and published in the journal, Psychosomatic Medicine
Published on: Thursday, May 16, 2013
ExecuNet Managing Editor Will Flammé attended one of our monthly networking meetings
where he found some ExecuNet members who were also part of an accountability group. Basically, Will said, they met at a networking meeting and decided to form tighter bonds and dedicate themselves to helping each other achieve their goals.
Will was so inspired by the goal-setting success this group was having, he worked with the ExecuNet editorial team to research and develop a white paper about the merits of having a "personal board of advisors." He said, "As a leader, you know it's essential to be accountable for what you do, and what you do, — your actions and decisions, will help lead your organization and your career to success... as long as they are the right actions and the right decisions."
Published on: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
At 42 percent in April, ExecuNet's Recruiter Confidence Index, languished just below the 50 percent mark which indicates a major advance. Solid, but not breakout, job creation and economic growth is likely to continue into the second quarter, unlike last year when it did not follow through and dipped back after a fairly strong first quarter, averaging just 100,000 jobs added per month.
Published on: Monday, May 13, 2013
Want to know why you're not getting interviews for positions where you're sure you meet the qualifications? Your résumé is immediately being screened out for a reason you don't even realize or a detail you might think is minor, but is sending a huge red flag to a recruiter.
There's an active discussion underway in ExecuNet's Job Search and Career Roundtable about beating the applicant tracking system with great suggestions for how to maneuver through technology and get to the "human" who is involved with human capital decision-making.
But what if your résumé beats the technology system only to be tossed aside by the person responsible for calling you for an interview because you did one of the things that recruiters told us will screen you out?