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    Head Of Hiring at Google Gives Job Interview Advice

    Business Insider  April 22 2014 12:15:00 PM
    Laszlo Bock knows a little something about how to ace an interview. As Google's senior vice president of people operations, he's in charge of all of the company's hiring — about 100 new people a week.

    In a hefty interview with The New York Times, Bock reveals his best advice for job interviews.

    Essentially, you want to promote yourself in terms of what specific attributes you will bring to the company and how those attributes will create value. Use stories from past experiences to highlight those attributes.

    Maybe at your past job you designed a well-recieved new user interface for your company's app; you should explain why you made the choices with the redesign that you did, how those decisions reveal something about you as an employee, and then how you can use those personal qualities to make a difference in the position that you're interviewing for.

    “Most people in an interview don't make explicit their thought process behind how or why they did something," Bock told The Times' Thomas Friedman. "And, even if they are able to come up with a compelling story, they are unable to explain their thought process."

    Bock also shared an important tip for writing an attention-getting resume. You should put yourself as an employee in the context of others in your industry to make it apparent why you are a particularly strong candidate.

    He says:

    The key is to frame your strengths as: 'I accomplished X, relative to Y, by doing Z.' Most people would write a resume like this: 'Wrote editorials for The New York Times.' Better would be to say: 'Had 50 op-eds published compared to average of 6 by most op-ed [writers] as a result of providing deep insight into the following area for three years.' Most people don't put the right content on their resumes.

    Read the original article at Business Insider by clicking HERE

      US leading index rises sharply in March  April 22 2014 09:33:00 AM
      The U.S. leading economic index rose in March for the third consecutive month, The Conference Board reported today. The index rose 0.8 percent in March to a reading of 100.9 (2004 = 100), following a 0.5 percent increase in February and a 0.2 percent increase in January.

      “The March increase in the LEI suggests accelerated growth for the remainder of the spring and the summer,” said Ken Goldstein, economist at The Conference Board. “The economy is rebounding from widespread inclement weather and the strengthening in the labor market is beginning to have a positive impact on growth. Overall, this is an optimistic report, but the focus will continue to be on whether improvements in the labor market can be sustained, fueling stronger economic performance over the next few months.”

        2014 Top Occupations & Areas For Temporary Employment Growth

        CareerBuilder & EMSI  March 28 2014 11:38:21 AM
        Inspectors and testers, IT User Support Specialists, and Machinists are among the technical and IT contract occupations that a recent CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl (EMSI) article says will grow in 2014.

        And where will that growth take place?  Two of the listed metropolitan regions -- Los Angeles and Riverside-San Bernardino, California -- make the list's top ten.  Grand Rapids, MI might be king of the hill for expected growth in 2014 on a percentage basis, but Los Angeles' total of 144,993 temp jobs this coming year is second only to Chicago.  If combined with the Riverside-San Bernardino, CA numbers, then the Los Angeles/Riverside/San Bernardino region exceeds 181,000 total temp jobs and  is #1 in the study.

        Continue reading below the break for the complete article:

        - Your Two Roads Staffing Team


        Temporary employment has accelerated since the last recession, and new data shows that an upward trajectory will continue throughout 2014.  According to CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI), more than 2.9 million U.S. workers were employed in temporary jobs in 2013, jumping 28 percent since 2010 and outpacing the 5 percent growth rate for all jobs.  

        To help workers identify opportune areas for their job search, CareerBuilder and EMSI compiled a list of the fastest-growing occupations and metros for temporary employment in 2014. The study uses EMSI's extensive labor market database, which pulls from over 90 national and state employment resources and includes detailed information on employees and self-employed workers.

        Among occupations that pay in the middle-wage to high-wage range, and are expected to see the greatest percentage increase for temporary job growth in 2014 are:





        61,642 64,049 4% $26.83
        CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES 90,215 93,041 3% $14.70
        CONSTRUCTION LABORERS 72,914 75,183 3% $14.42
        ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS2 69,398 71,573 3% $15.58
        REGISTERED NURSES 56,233 58,000 3% $31.48
        MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR WORKERS, GENERAL 29,260 30,183 3% $16.93
        HEAVY AND TRACTOR-TRAILER TRUCK DRIVERS 23,760 24,527 3% $18.37
        MACHINISTS 22,460 23,182 3% $18.99
        SALES REPRESENTATIVES, SERVICES, ALL OTHER3 22,300 22,984 3% $24.45
        COMPUTER USER SUPPORT SPECIALISTS 17,351 17,895 3% $22.32

        In a separate CareerBuilder and Harris Poll study, 42 percent of employers reported that they plan to hire temporary or contract workers in 2014, up from 40 percent last year. Of these employers, two in five (43 percent) plan to transition some temporary employees into full-time, permanent staff.

        "Coming off of a hard-hitting recession, companies want more flexibility in their workforce to quickly ramp up and ramp down their businesses as needed. Temporary workers provide that flexibility," said Eric Gilpin, president of CareerBuilder's Staffing & Recruiting Group. "Temporary employment is growing across industries and metros, and providing great opportunities for workers to test-drive different work experiences and network with employers."

        The MSAs that employed at least 20,000 temporary workers in 2013 and are projected to have the greatest percentage increase for temporary job growth in 2014 are:

        GRAND RAPIDS, MI 25,336 27,465 8% $21,822
        INDIANAPOLIS, IN 35,053 37,382 7% $28,026
        SEATTLE-TACOMA, WA 35,971 38,090 6% $53,068
        ORLANDO, FL 24,175 25,512 6% $30,625
        RIVERSIDE-SAN BERNARDINO, CA 34,811 36,610 5% $24,304
        MEMPHIS, TN 27,757 29,247 5% $24,742
        DETROIT, MI 51,438 53,622 4% $39,778
        PORTLAND, OR 23,500 24,334 4% $37,577
        CHICAGO, IL 157,839 162,113 3% $31,743
        LOS ANGELES, CA 140,927 144,993 3% $33,620
        DALLAS, TX 102,938 105,362 3% $33,624
        ATLANTA, GA 74,303 76,530 3% $36,496

        1 Median earnings per hour covers anyone working in that occupation whether they are temporary or full-time, permanent staff
        Full category name as defined by the BLS is Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive
        Sales Representatives, Services, All Other is a catch-all category that includes sales professionals who are not assigned to a specific category such as Insurance Sales Agents

        About EMSI
        Economic Modeling Specialists Intl., a CareerBuilder company, turns labor market data into useful information that helps organizations understand the connection between economies, people, and work. Using sound economic principles and good data, EMSI builds user-friendly services that help educational institutions, workforce planners, and regional developers build a better workforce and improve the economic conditions in their regions. For more information, visit

        About CareerBuilderĀ®
        CareerBuilder is the global leader in human capital solutions, helping companies target and attract great talent. Its online career site, CareerBuilder.comĀ®, is the largest in the United States with more than 24 million unique visitors and 1 million jobs. CareerBuilder works with the world's top employers, providing everything from labor market intelligence to talent management software and other recruitment solutions.  Owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI), Tribune Company and The McClatchy Company (NYSE:MNI), CareerBuilder and its subsidiaries operate in the United States, Europe, South America, Canada and Asia. For more information, visit

          Bureau of Labor Statistics: Feb Temporary Help Up 8.9%

          Paramus Post  March 11 2014 02:45:00 PM
          Seasonally adjusted employment data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that temporary help services added 24,400 new jobs in February (up 0.9% from January). In a year-to-year comparison, staffing firms employed 8.9% more temporary workers in February than in the same month a year ago, according to BLS.

          Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that staffing employment increased by 35,000 in February (up 1.3% from January and better than February’s historical average increase of 0.6%). On a year-to-year basis, there were 10.0% more staffing employees in February than in the same month last year.

          “The staffing industry continues to help create employment opportunities in an environment when businesses remain cautious in hiring,” says Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive officer of the American Staffing Association. “Staffing and recruiting firms enhance workforce flexibility and provide access to talent across the full spectrum of occupations.”

          Total U.S. nonfarm payroll employment increased by 175,000 jobs in February, BLS reported. Monthly job gains averaged 189,000 in the prior 12 months. The unemployment rate increased from 6.6% to 6.7% in February.

          BLS also released preliminary January employment data for search and placement services: seasonally adjusted at 304,300, an increase of 3,200 (1.1%) from December.

            Women Invent: 100 top women in science, technology, engineering and maths

    March 11 2014 12:59:36 PM
            Silicon Republic kicks off it's second annual Women Invent Tomorrow event, and lists their picks for the 100 Top Women in Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths. 

            From the article:
            "From world-leading academics to inspiring science communicators, from tech business leaders to early entrepreneurs, we were truly spoilt for choice here, so here we publish the first of two lists of some of Ireland's leading women in the knowledge economy.

            It seems ironic to hear some event organisers and media outlets bemoan the dearth of women role models in this sector. Once we set out to gather nominations for what was originally intended to be just one list of 50, we found ourselves spoilt for choice! So here is the first list of 50, and watch out for the next 50 in coming weeks!"


            Truly inspirational.  Click HERE to check it out on the Silicon Republic site.

              Discovering the truth during a job interview

      February 18 2014 02:15:00 PM
              The Globe And Mail has a great piece today about how to ask questions in interviews, from both the interviewer and candidate's perspectives.  It's taken from the book Find Out Anything from Anyone, Anytime by James O. Pyle and Maryann Karinch (Career Press, January 2014).

              From job interviews to the corner office, bad questions pollute the air. Bad questions often prompt incomplete or misleading answers and can undermine rapport. On the other hand, good questions are a valuable tool of rapport-building.

              In a job interview, both the interviewer and the candidate need to be mindful of the value of good questions and how to ask them.

              There are six types of good questions: direct, control, repeat, and non-pertinent. To describe them briefly:

              Direct – You pose a simple question with a basic interrogative.

              Control – You already know the answer to it when you ask it. It’s a way of finding out whether or not the person is lying, uninformed, and/or not paying attention.

              Repeat – You ask two different questions that are after the same information.

              Persistent – You ask the same question in different ways to explore all facets of the desired information.

              Summary – You ask a question that is intended to allow the source an opportunity to revisit the answer.

              Non-pertinent – It doesn’t pertain to the subject you really want to know about, but it’s one the person will probably not lie about; it serves the purpose of seeing what the truth “looks like” and getting the person to open up to you. It can also tie into the context of the questioning exchange.

              Let’s look at each kind of question in more detail.


              Direct questions are the best: One interrogative, one verb, and one noun or pronoun.
              •     Who reports directly to the CEO?
              •     What would you see as an outstanding accomplishment for someone holding this position?
              •     When was this position created?
              •     Where would I be travelling?
              •     Why did the company start de-emphasizing the original product line?
              •     How much does the position currently pay?


              Control questions are deliberate questions you know the answer to, so they are not about discovery of information. They are about discovery of behaviour, patterns of speech, and level of truthfulness or accuracy.

              Perhaps it’s something you talked about before with the person. If you know from someone else in the company that the position you’re applying for has an established salary range, you might ask, “What is the company offering as a starting salary?” You already have a good sense of the information; you just want to find out if the interviewer seems inclined to engage you in negotiation.


              You want to come at the same information in two different ways. For example, if you asked, “How many people are on the sales force?” the person you’re speaking with might respond: “There are 22 in the field.” Later on, when you’re talking with him about something different – areas where the company has a foothold, for example – you might ask, “How many sales regions do you have?” He might respond, “22,” which is a way of confirming the number of personnel on the sales force. It’s not an absolute test, but it gives value and credence to what he said before. They are two different questions that cross-check the information provided.

              In using repeat questions, you may also uncover discrepancies. If your source in this example responds that there are 28 sales regions, you would want some clarification. Maybe there’s a perfectly good reason – the sales force normally has a complement of 28, but there has been so much turnover lately, that they are six short – but the response does give rise to doubt the fact that there is a mismatch between the number of personnel and the number of sales territories. That mismatch must lead to further questioning to resolve the issue.


              In any exchange in which more than one answer might be given to a question, use persistent questioning to get a complete answer. Like repeat questions, persistent questions are also useful if you suspect that the person is not being truthful.

              “Where did your business trips to Asia take you?” might elicit the answer, “Taipei.” Although it’s possible that Taipei is the only place, it’s logical to follow that question with, “Where else?” Bypassing that repeat question and going straight to questions about Taipei means that you miss the opportunity to get a complete picture of the person’s business trips unless that information happens to leak out at some other time.


              Summary questions aren’t about determining veracity as much as feeding back to the source what she has said so she has the opportunity to think, “Did I actually say what I meant to say?”

              You might begin a summary question by framing it with, “So let me see if I got this right…”

              Some people may not be comfortable asking a summary question because they don’t want to look simple-minded or inattentive. If you ask the question exactly the same way you asked it the first time, then that might be a valid conclusion. You also don’t want to ask the same question two times in a row even if you do change the phrasing. By putting some distance between the first time you pose the question and the second, and rephrasing the question slightly, you should simply come across as someone who’s really interested in what the other person has to say.


              Let’s look at a tense interview situation from two perspectives – the interviewer’s and the candidate’s – to see how a non-pertinent question could be useful.

              As the interviewer, you might detect that the person answering your questions seems stressed; a non-pertinent question could mitigate the tension.

              In asking pointed questions such as, “What project did you undertake in the past that failed?” and “How did you try to fix the problem?” you can easily make a job candidate feel as though he’s in the middle of a battlefield interrogation. The candidate might say, “I tried to address the problem by rallying the department around a common goal – the way I get my son’s hockey team to focus on hitting the puck.” You can give the candidate a break by asking, “How long have you coached hockey?” before you return to the discussion of his screw-up and how he attempted to fix it.

              The bottom line is this: Use questions like a handshake. They help you build rapport and learn about the other person.

                Temp revenue ends year on strong note

        February 18 2014 01:30:17 PM
                The Staffing Industry Analysts reports today that temporary staffing year-over-year aggregate revenue growth remained strong in December, despite a slowdown to 10 percent from 14 percent between October and December, according to the latest Pulse Survey Report by Staffing Industry Analysts. The percentage of firms reporting positive year-over-year growth edged down to 76 percent from 79 percent.

                “The Pulse Survey results confirm that the temporary staffing sector ended 2013 on a strong note, with double-digit year-over-year December revenue growth reported in a number of segments,” said Research Associate Ziv Tepman.

                Information technology staffing year-over-year growth has continued its acceleration since August, and allied health continued rebounding from the muted year-over-year growth seen in September, according to the report. Direct hire year-over-year growth decelerated to its 2013 low.

                This month’s Pulse Survey Report includes new features such as:
                •     Data on bill rate trends
                •     Data split by U.S. regions
                •     New easy-to-read tables with a snapshot of year-over-year and month-over-month revenue growth for the most recent month

                Pulse Survey results are based on a monthly survey of staffing firms. January’s survey included data submitted by individuals from 97 staffing companies.

                The full Staffing Industry Analysts Pulse Survey Report is available to firms that take part in the survey. To take the February Pulse Survey, click here.

                - See the full article HERE:

                  The Ultimate Social Media Guide to Getting a Job

          January 31 2014 06:15:00 AM
                  Image:The Ultimate Social Media Guide to Getting a Job

                  Business2Community has a wonder Infographic guide on searching for a job using social media

                  Click HERE to check it out!

                    Affordable Care Act May Increase Demand for Contractors

            January 30 2014 04:24:07 PM
                    The original article at can be found HERE

                    There is no shortage of views when it comes to health care reform’s effect on the job market. Some experts predict dramatic dips in full-time jobs as employers try to sidestep certain legal mandates while others see increased demand for workers in health care, information technology, finance and other professions needed to support the vast numbers of newly insured.

                    The Affordable Care Act of 2010 — and its requirement that companies with more than 50 full-time employees provide affordable health care coverage or pay penalties — has led many critics to predict the widespread elimination of full-time jobs for part-time positions. Others see opportunities for new businesses and growth in certain professions.

                    But given that the mandate doesn’t take effect until 2015, it’s hard to know what lies ahead, according to John Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., a Chicago-based outplacement firm.

                    “We don’t really know yet what the ACA’s impact will be on jobs, but we do know that it means a sea change in the way companies do business,” he said. “For the health care industry, there will be a large amount of work that will be flowing in their doors, and there will be new kinds of companies and services emerging. It’s the perfect time for a new kind of experts to come in and offer support. When there is a sea change, there are also lots of opportunities.”

                    Challenger points to dramatic changes in medical billing and the demand for information technology workers. He predicts that the need to integrate data, like insurance claims and patient records, across the health care system will likely create new opportunities in IT. Under the ACA, insurers will pay doctors and hospitals based on the quality and outcomes of the care they provide, and that will require the integration of tremendous amounts of data.

                    Benefits consultants are also likely to see an uptick in demand for their services as employers navigate the new world of health care reform, he said.

                    One industry that is bracing for record growth as 2015 approaches is the human resources outsourcing industry.

                    For Rob Wilson, president of Employco USA Inc., an HR outsourcing firm based in Westmont, Illinois, 2013 was a banner year.

                    “We’re up 30 percent in 2013 from 2012 in terms of the number of employees we serve and revenue. And in 2012 we’re up 14 percent from 2011,” he said. “As much as everyone doesn’t like Obamacare, it’s been good for our business and our industry.”

                    Employco, which serves 20,000 employees, according to Wilson, helps clients comply with the ACA, in addition to handling the day-to-day aspects of HR.

                    The temporary staffing industry is also expecting to see a spike as a result of the ACA as workers see temp jobs as a viable alternative to full-time work now that they can purchase health insurance through the public exchanges, according to a recent study by Randstad Holding, the global recruiting firm.

                    The law “may effectively remove a traditional barrier to choosing a temporary career path, drawing unprecedented numbers to the industry,” the report reads. According to the study, 33 percent of workers surveyed said they are more likely to pursue a career as a contingent worker if they had access to affordable health insurance provided under the ACA.

                    “We haven’t seen a huge uptick yet, but that’s our hope and that’s what we’ve been hearing from employers,” said Leigh Dobbs, director of compensation and benefits at Randstad. “When it comes to reform, it’s still a wait and see situation.”

                      Online Newsletters for Job Seekers

              January 17 2014 10:35:33 AM
                      AOL contributor Bill Hartnett reports on six online newsletters that can assist job hunters in their search.  These resources land in your inbox and offer everything from company profiles to career advice, life hacks to personal branding, leadership skills to self improvement.

                      Hartnett notes that Richard N. Bolles' What Color is Your Parachute has long defined the genre of job search guides, and is still available and updated every year.  And while it's now available as a digital book or an iPad app, it doesn't serve the same function as a daily or weekly electronic newsletter -- a void the following six sites are happy to fill.

                      Here are Hartnett's favorites:

                      As the article notes: "These are just a few of the many great resources out there. What are you waiting for? Make sure to sign up for a few newsletters. Remember, you can always unsubscribe. Please list some of YOUR favorites in comments.

                      And if you don't already have What Color is Your Parachute? it might no longer be the only guide to job search, but it is well worth the investment as a critical tool in your job search strategy."