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ExecuNet's Executive Job Creation Index dipped from +15 to +8 in January, 2013. Recruiters still expect about one in five companies will add executive level jobs in the next six months but they also saw an increase on the number of jobs placed on hold and a slight uptick in the number of companies saying they would eliminate jobs.

Companies expecting to eliminate jobs moved from 2 percent to 4 percent, and those saying they would put jobs on hold increased from 6 percent to 7 percent. Recruiters did see that 55 percent of companies indicated that they were interested in upgrading executive talent, though they may not be actively searching for talent at the current time.

 

Published on: Thursday, February 21, 2013

They Are Family — But You’re Not!

 
"If you think family business is just business, try firing your mother-in-law and then go to Thanksgiving dinner." Or, worse, try being an outsider in a family business and firing the well-liked, but underperforming, golden child. Those are some of the situations that arise when working in a family business.

 

 
Recruiter confidence in the executive market rebounded in January. Forty-six percent think the executive employment market will improve over the next six months, up from 32 percent two months ago.

Recruiter optimism extends to the expected increase in search assignments as recruiters predict a 20 percent increase in 2013. This came after a year where recruiters reported an 11 percent increase in assignments.

 

 
The US economy has improved in a variety of ways in recent months, but that progress has been obscured by the fog of years and disappointments past and frustrating current events ranging from layoffs across the financial services sector, troubling societal headlines and Washington gridlock.

The real estate market as a whole is improving. Household debt is shrinking — thanks in large part to record-low interest rates — and state governments continue to confront serious budget challenges with serious, but certainly painful spending cutbacks.

There are reasons to feel better about where our economy is heading. And yes, there are also reasons to be very concerned about where our country is heading, particularly when one takes a dispassionate look at the numbers relating to the federal deficit and our national debt.

 

Published on: Friday, February 15, 2013

The Economy and Opportunity are What You Make of Them

Posted By: Joseph Daniel McCool
Filed Under: leadership, joseph daniel mccool, business confidence, economy, risk, uncertainty, invest
 
There are really only two choices to make when it comes to navigating your enterprise around the uncertainty that now permeates the US economy.

You can sit idle, hoping the politicians in Washington come to their senses and find a way to create the conditions that will lead you to hire, or you can get on with your business and invest for the long run knowing that neither the competitive, legislative nor the economic landscape is going to hand you any big gifts in the near-term.

Sure, easier said than done. But what big, successful decision to grow a business didn't require some sense of risk taking and courage?

 



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