Category: Economic Update

  • Signs We Are In An Improving Job Market

    The population executive/retained search works with has to be defined for this post - at the very least, we are looking for people that are well educated and experienced.  By education, we mean a 4-year degree or higher. By experience, we usually mean at least 10...

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  • It's time to START recruiting!

    It's the first Monday of 2014.  Most people are back from their winter break (some are still dealing with winter storms and sub-zero temperatures).  E-mails are being read; meetings are being attended.  It's back to full...

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  • What are companies saying about their business outlook?

    (a bit of an economic survey AND talent management forecast) As mentioned at the end of the last Blog post, my peers (search firm owners from around the country) and I asked a few clients questions about the overall business climate.  Here, in very brief summary...

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  • Economic Trends

    I recently had the pleasure of addressing a group of in-transition executives.  The presentation title was Marketplace Trends.  The presentation covered a multitude of areas (I mentioned in the last post -...

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  • Business Trend 'Themes' for 2012

    I am a data junkie.  I like to look at trend data - employment and careers, business, executive compensation, etc.  For many years (posted in 'even' years), www.entrepreneur.com created a list of the 10...

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  • End of year cleaning - trends from the past that came true!

    The week between Christmas and New Year is typically quiet (not dead, just slow).  I use it as a time for an annual and complete office cleaning.  One of the areas I have put off for years was going through old presentations (from my Career Dynamics days . . . . 1989 -...

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  • 2.1% Unemployment (yes - you read this correctly!)

    What is the unemployment rate?  The actual answer, in my opinion, is that you can answer this in multiple ways depending on the story you want to tell. 9.1% - this is the number that most commonly (and currently) makes the news.  It is the U.S. 'macro'...

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  • Economic Update - Lumpy!

    About one year ago, I was attending an International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruitment conference in Philadelphia (see www.iacpr.org).  The...

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  • Looking out to 2020!

    War for Talent – a term coined and researched by McKinsey & Company starting in 1997.  The conclusion – key talent for many roles was going to be in short supply.  Fast forward (there was certainly more in between) to 2003.  A book was written, ...

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  • More on the Future - the Answer Key

    Our last post was about future trends - and started with a list of terms.  I have used these terms in varying conversations and recent presentations - and very few people know what they mean. When I define the term after its use, the common response is "we 'do'...

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