IT jobs lead the list of the hottest occupations for 2017, according to analysis by CareerBuilder and labor market data provider Emsi.
IT has experienced 12% job growth since 2012, the fastest job growth of any industry, having added approximately 472,000 jobs since 2012.
“Our research shows that employers are very invested in expanding head count in areas such as analytics and data science, product development, and sales as they strive to stay competitive in B2B [business to business] and B2C [business to consumer] markets,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder.
Technology is driving a plethora of enterprise initiatives, which means tech talent remains in high demand. That demand is predicted to continue growing for the next several years. It’s also driving tech salaries up, which is helping attract more workers to the field.
Base compensation in the technology and creative fields is expected to increase 3.8% and 3.6% this year, respectively, according to recent research from Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group.
Other job categories that made CareerBuilder’s “hot” list for 2017: health care, business and financial operations, sales jobs and skilled trades jobs.
As Donald J. Trump continues to settle in at the White House, companies are still announcing new jobs and larger investments in America, many citing the president as their reason.
Before Donald Trump even took the oath of office, several companies announced new investments in America, some reversing plans to build facilities and create jobs in foreign countries. Such companies as Carrier Air Conditioners, Telecom company SoftBank, U.S. Steel, and others quickly announced tens of thousands of new jobs and billions in investments in the U.S.
The Trump jobs boom continued after inauguration day with Ford Motors, Amazon.com, aerospace company Lockheed Martin, Walmart, and others jumping into the jobs boom.
And as we approach Trump’s third week in office, the jobs boom continues.
Fiat Investing $1 Billion in U.S., Creating 2,000 Jobs
“Kroger’s growth trajectory continues to create opportunities for our people to advance their careers — and to do that in a fun, team environment with great benefits,” Kroger group vice president of human resources and labor relations Tim Massa said in a press release.
Apple Computer Supplier Expands U.S. Manufacturing with $7 Billion Investment
One of Apple computer company’s biggest suppliers, Foxconn, has announced a $7 billion investment in the U.S. with plans to build a new factory in America and offering up to 50,000 new jobs.
At the end of January, Foxconn CEO Terry Gou said that the company may build its new plant in Pennsylvania, but other options are still being considered.
Response Packaging Expands in South Carolina
Returnable packaging manufacturer, Response Packaging, is expanding its facility in Greenville, South Carolina, due to the expansion of the auto industry in the region. The company expects to hire at least 100 new employees to keep up with demand for its products.
Dairy Company Expanding in New York After $12 Million Investment
Grober Nutrition, a Canadian company, has opened a $12 million facility in Aurelius, Cayuga County, New York, and is hiring to get the plant in full operation.
“We were looking for a bigger presence in the U.S. and we were interested in the Greek yogurt byproduct called acid whey,” said Jurian Bartelse, the vice president at Grober Nutrition. “New York, of course, is the yogurt capital and it became a very attractive site for us.”
Toyota adding 400 jobs, $600M at Indiana Plant
Toyota motors announced it intends to add some 400 jobs at its manufacturing plant in Indiana. The company will also invest an additional $600 million in the factory.
The announcement was made a short time after President Trump criticized the company for building facilities in Mexico.
Intel to Invest $7 Billion, Add 3,000 Jobs in Arizona
“America has a unique combination of talent, a vibrant business environment and access to global markets, which has enabled U.S. companies like Intel to foster economic growth and innovation,” Krzanich said. “Our factories support jobs — high-wage, high-tech manufacturing jobs that are the economic engines of the states where they are located.”
Delta Airlines to Hire 25,000 New Employees After Meeting with Trump
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian announced that his company plans to hire 25,000 more employees over the next five years. The announcement came after a group of airline chiefs met with President Trump.
The airline CEO said the meeting with Trump was “a positive discussion about many of the major issues facing U.S. travelers, airline employees and the aviation industry, which is a vital economic engine for America.”
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Here’s an article we wanted to share from Entrepreneur Magazine:
What You Need to Know About Preventing Burnout
Staff Writer. Covers media, tech, startups, culture and workplace trends.
If you constantly work without breaks, you’ll eventually burn out. Being exhausted doesn’t just affect your productivity, but your emotional well-being and physical health too. But if you’re a business owner, a recent survey found that it can also affect how frequently you have to bring in new hires.
The study, from management software company Kronos Incorporated and executive development firm Future Workplace, found that of the 614 human resources managers who were polled across the country, 95 percent reported that burnout is a significant detriment to employee engagement and retention. Forty six percent said that burnout was a driving force behind up to 50 percent of employee turnover every year.
So what can companies do to mitigate this? The study identified the three top factors that can cause burnout in employees: unfair pay, an unreasonable workload and too many late nights. Additionally, 29 percent of HR managers also cited the lack of a concrete connection between employees’ jobs and companies’ broader goals, and 26 percent said that a negative company culture could also play a role.
The study found that having the right tools to do the work you need to do is also a central part of avoiding burnout. Nineteen percent of HR leaders said that the technology at their companies was not up to date, and 20 percent said that lacking technology led directly to burnout.
“The biggest priority, and concern, for business leaders in 2017 will be retaining employees in an even more competitive talent marketplace,” said Dan Schwabel, a partner and research director at Future Workplace, in a press release about the study. “As the economy continues to improve, and employees have more job options, companies will have to provide more compensation, expand benefits and improve their employee experience. Managers should promote flexibility, and ensure that employees aren’t overworked in order to prevent employee burnout that leads to turnover.”
Nina Zipkin is a staff writer at Entrepreneur.com. She frequently covers media, tech, startups, culture and workplace trends.
By Shannon Gausepohl, Business News Daily Staff Writer
The overall vibe of a workplace, from the office layout and break-room setup to co-worker dynamics and company culture, has a huge impact on your team’s performance and happiness. “Positive workplaces tend to exhibit a common set of traits that foster excellence, productivity and camaraderie,” Linnda Durré, wrote for Monster.com. The reverse is also true: If people are physically, mentally or emotionally uncomfortable in the office, they’re unlikely to be successful or satisfied with their jobs. Here are four ways you can improve your work environment and, in turn, employee engagement.
Identify good and bad staff
Smart businesses know that a good work environment starts with hiring the right people.
“Make sure you’re hiring people who are professional, can work in a team and can contribute to a positive work environment,” said Jazmin Truesdale, a serial entrepreneur and CEO of Mino Enterprises. “One bad apple can spoil the bunch.”
The same idea translates to those who are already in the office. When employees are working alongside a high density of toxic workers, there is a 47 percent chance that they, too, will become toxic, Dylan Minor, an assistant professor of managerial economics and decision sciences at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, told Business News Daily in 2015. Minor called the situation “ethical spillover,” reinforcing that toxicity is, in fact, contagious.
“It’s amazing to watch one bad attitude affect everyone’s daily performance,” added Claire Marshall Crowell, chief operating officer of A. Marshall Family Foods/Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant. “I can’t tell you how many times I have been thanked after letting poisonous employees go. Though it’s a hard thing to do, it ultimately impacts the working environment, which can be felt by not only our employees, but also by our [customers].”
Be cognizant of how you’re interacting with employees. Team members and upper management should consider the flow of communication and whether it’s affecting the office environment.
“Employees are motivated and feel valued when they’re given positive reinforcement and shown how their work contributes to the success of the business,” said Dominique Jones, chief people officer at Halogen Software.
This means going beyond a ‘Hey, good job’ and making the time to regularly offer employees specific feedback on how their work is feeding into the broader business objectives, she noted.
Giving feedback makes a difference for employees, especially millennials, according to a survey from ManpowerGroup. Managers should be open to feedback as well, said Samantha Lambert, director of human resources at Blue Fountain Media.
“When you involve your staff in decision making in an effort to create a better work environment, they feel valued,” Lambert said. “Don’t be afraid to ask employees for their opinion on a new benefit offered or what they think of a new client project.”
While you’re working on communication, don’t forget to show gratitude for hard work. According to David Sturt, executive vice president at the O.C. Tanner Institute, an employee recognition and corporate gifting firm, effective employee recognition can transform and elevate an organization.
“It ignites enthusiasm, increases innovation, builds trust and drives bottom-line results,” he said. “Even a simple ‘thank you’ after an employee goes above and beyond on a project, or puts in a series of late nights, goes a long way.”
Make the office comfortable
Beyond cultural changes, there are other, simpler solutions that can improve how the office operates. Working in a clean, attractive office can have tremendous effects on co-worker and manager relationships, said Mike Canarelli, CEO and co-founder of Web Talent Marketing.
“Even if the sun can’t shine into your workplace, make an effort to provide a relaxing atmosphere with comfy furniture, working equipment and a few ‘extra-mile’ amenities,” he noted.
For example, give your employees the flexibility to choose to work where they’re comfortable, including comfy chairs or a choice of whether to sit or stand at their desks.
“Make it easy for them to purchase things like exercise balls and plants on the company dime,” said AJ Shankar, CEO and founder of litigation software company Everlaw. “We also trust our employees to manage their own time. They’re free to take breaks to play games or just recharge as necessary.”
When they choose a space that makes them comfortable, give them the freedom to customize their area, as everyone works differently, said Josh Turner, CEO of UsersThink, a tool for companies to receive feedback. He suggested getting rid of “the same issued everything” and giving everyone a budget to customize their his or her own setup.
Being an understanding leader can encourage better production and a more positive workplace. Ashley Judge, president of The Funtrepreneur gift-selling sites, encourages employees to schedule their personal lives the way a CEO does.
“Unless it conflicted with a meeting, I wouldn’t think twice about scheduling a midday doctor’s appointment or more trivial personal appointment, such as a haircut, and I encourage [my team] to do the same,” Judge said. “A trusted, hardworking employee should be able to schedule their day like a CEO.”
Additional reporting by Brittney Morgan (Helmrich). Some source interviews were conducted for a previous version of this article.
Shannon Gausepohl graduated from Rowan University in 2012 with a degree in journalism. She has worked at a newspaper and in the public relations field, and is currently a staff writer at Business News Daily. Shannon is a zealous bookworm, has her blue belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu, and loves her Blue Heeler mix, Tucker.
What can a 105-year-old cyclist teach you about success? It turns out that a 105-year-old cyclist can teach you a great deal about success. Robert Marchand is a 105-year-old cyclist who just broke a world record in a category that was created just for him, and that is pretty impressive. This 105-year-old cyclist, Marchand, set the record for the longest official distance ridden in one hour in this new category. He cycled 14 miles in an hour. Pretty impressive, right? That’s not all. This impressive 105-year-old did something that had not been done before, and he did something extraordinary that no one expected someone of his age to do.
This achievement by Marchand shows that success can come at any age and that success depends on determination. Marchand’s impressive accomplishment can serve as a lesson for success. A CBS News online article highlights his determination and his discipline. The article highlights Marchand’s positive attitude, healthy lifestyle, and his goal-setting mentality.
Marchand’s record shows that perseverance and optimism, and also mental strength and a goal-setting mindset, are the ingredients in a recipe for success.
Let’s see what lessons can be learned from Marchand that can help lead us all to success:
If something hasn’t been done before that doesn’t mean it can’t be done
You can accomplish more than you think you can
A strong vision (of what you want and how to get it) helps you achieve your goals
Limitations set by society don’t mean anything – Robert Marchand proves this by being the 105-year-old cyclist who set a new world record
You can do anything if you put your mind to it
You can get what you want by going after it and being mentally and physically prepared
Setting realistic goals and being prepared to achieve these goals will allow you to be successful
Focus is key
Keep it simple and keep your vision clear…know yourself and your limits
Interviewing is tough. That’s a fact. While it might seem impossible to ace your interview, depending on your interviewing skills and experience, there are mistakes to avoid in order to keep your interview safe. If you know what not to do, it can be as helpful as knowing what to do. A Forbesarticle examines the mistakes can harm your interview. There are certain things that you just never want to do on an interview for a job. You must know what to avoid! The article is spot on and we couldn’t agree more with the list of things to avoid doing when you’re interviewing! You can do it! Getting through your interview and making sure you can be in the running for the job can be done if you just avoid making major mistakes. Know what NOT to do in your interview!
Let’s take a look at what the article says you should NEVER do on a job interview…here’s what the don’ts are…
Don’t be late! – Avoid being late. It is unprofessional and looks bad. It is viewed as being rude.
Don’t arrive without knowing your facts about who you’re meeting with etc. – You need to know the facts! It will not look good if you don’t know what department your interviewer works in. Also, you need to know who you are meeting with so that you can make sure there are no mix-ups upon arrival.
Don’t come unprepared! You will look like a slacker. Who wants to hire a slacker? Nobody does! Be prepared! It shows that you are someone that the team will want to work with and it shows that you are responsible. Bring copies of your resume. Bring a notebook to take notes. Write down questions you want to ask in the interview. Be prepared by bringing your materials with you to the interview.
Don’t come under-dressed! You will look unprofessional and sloppy if you come to the interview under-dressed. Always dress up! You can’t go wrong with looking nice. Over-dressed is better than under-dressed but try to get a feel for the company culture before you go to the interview and then dress accordingly.
Don’t show up without questions. If you show up without questions it will make you look like you are not interested.
Don’t interrupt the interviewer while he or she is talking. Interrupting is just plain rude! Don’t do it! Show respect because people want to have respectful employees.
Don’t forget the interviewer’s name or the company name when you are talking. This will look sloppy!
Don’t tell irrelevant stories. You need to be focused. Stay on the right topic. Don’t get distracted. If you must tell stories, make sure the stories are related to the job you are interviewing for or make sure they connect somehow to the job! You need to be professional and make sure you listen to the questions. Be sure to listen carefully so that when you do talk, you will be on point and specific in your discussion.
Don’t be rushed. It is not a good idea to schedule too tightly. You do not need to be hurrying through your interview. Show interest and make it clear that you want to be there.
Don’t leave without thanking the interviewer. You need to show appreciation to the interviewer. The interviewers are normally very busy people who take time out of their day to meet with you, so you must thank them for their time.
Info. from Forbes article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2016/03/23/ten-things-never-to-do-on-a-job-interview/#797381241825
The state’s job market looked positive, according to the report. Nearly 39 percent of respondents reported adding staff during the past six months while 19 percent reported having cut jobs. When asked to predict hiring over the next six months, 38 percent of employers predicted hiring and only 10 percent downsizing.
The Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence Index rose 0.3 points to 56.2 last month, 0.6 points higher than in October 2015.
The Association bases its Confidence Index on a survey of member companies, and plots it on a 100-point scale with 50 as neutral.
The Index reached its historic high of 68.5 on two occasions in 1997 and 1998, and its all-time low of 33.3 in February 2009.
Massachusetts’ statewide unemployment rate fell last month to 3.6 percent, its lowest rate since the dot-com boom of 2001.
“Local unemployment rates dropped in 22 of 24 labor market areas throughout Massachusetts during September, which is consistent with gains in the AIM Employment Index over both the month and year,” said Sara Johnson, senior research director, Global Economics, IHS Global Insight and a member of the AIM Board of Economic Advisors. “Both sets of numbers indicate that Massachusetts’ economy continues to perform well. State employment is growing faster than at the national level.”
Manufacturing: There was a 2.6-point jump in the manufacturing index, which has lagged overall confidence readings for the past 18 months as companies struggled with economic weakness in Europe, China and other key export markets, Associated Industries said.
Non-manufacturing: Those in businesses other than manufacturing were still more confident than manufacturers. The overall Business Confidence Index among non-manufacturers was 59.3 compared to 53.5 for manufacturing companies.
The state we’re in: The Massachusetts Index, assessing business conditions within the commonwealth, gained 0.9 points to 57.9, leaving it 3.8 points ahead of the same time last year.
The nation’s business: The U.S. index of national business conditions remained unchanged at 49.2, 1.7 points lower than its level of October 2015.
Current conditions: The Current Index, which assesses overall business conditions at the time of the survey, increased slightly to 56.
Future conditions: Future Index, measuring expectations for six months from now, rose 0.3 points to 56.3 points.
Barry Bluestone, of Northeastern University and a member of the advisory team, said it is worrisome that employers have a slightly less optimistic view of their sales success in upcoming months. Those employers also worry about finding new workers.
“In the longer term, concerns remain about the changing demographic structure of the state population, as relatively few young people enter and a large group of older workers leave (or are poised to leave) the workforce,” he said.
But the state’s unemployment rate continued to fall in October, going to 3.3 percent from 3.6 percent in September. At 3.3 percent, the state’s unemployment rate is within the range economists think of as “full employment,” when everyone who wants a job can find one in a reasonable period of time. It’s the lowest unemployment rate recorded in the state since April 2001.
Job gains occurred in the Professional, Scientific and Business Services, Manufacturing, and Other Services sectors, according to the state.
Local jobless rates for October won’t be available for a few weeks. But in September, the unemployment rate in the city of Springfield fell to 6.3 percent, the lowest level in nearly a decade, according to the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.
Springfield’s unemployment rate was last this low in December of 2007, nearly nine years ago and prior to the Great Recession.
Unemployment rates are derived from a survey of households. Jobs numbers come from a survey of employers and are revised based on payroll tax data because the survey can sometimes miss startups and fast-growing but small companies.
Details of the October state report:
Jobs on the month: Massachusetts lost 5,500 jobs in the month.
Jobs in September: The state gained 8,100 jobs in September compared to the previously published 5,100 job gain estimate.
Jobs on the year: Year-to-date, Massachusetts has added 61,300 jobs.
Unemployment rate: At 3.3 percent, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is down 1.5 percent over the year from 4.8 percent in October 2015.
Fewer unemployed: There are 55,400 fewer unemployed residents and 100,700 more employed residents over the year compared to October 2015.
Labor force participation rate: The total number of residents 16 or older who worked or were unemployed and actively sought work in the last four weeks is 64.9 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point over the month. Over the year, the labor force participation rate has increased three-tenths of a percentage point compared with October 2015.
Since the Great Recession: Since the unemployment rate peaked at 8.8 percent in September 2009, there are now 327,100 more residents employed and 186,800 fewer residents unemployed as the labor force increased by 140,400.
Job gains and losses by sector of the economy:
Professional, Scientific and Business Services gained 1,700 (+0.3%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Professional, Scientific and Business Services added 18,100 (+3.4%) jobs.
Other Services added 1,400 (+1.0%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Other Services was down 1,000 (-0.7%) jobs. Manufacturing added 100 (0.0%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Manufacturing gained 1,100 (+0.4%) jobs.
Education and Health Services lost 4,100 (-0.5%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Education and Health Services gained 22,800 (+3.0%) jobs.
Trade, Transportation and Utilities lost 2,400 (-0.4%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Trade, Transportation and Utilities added 3,600 (+0.6%) jobs.
Leisure and Hospitality lost 1,600 (-0.4%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Leisure and Hospitality added 8,500 (+2.4%) jobs.
Financial Activities lost 900 (-0.4%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Financial Activities gained 2,700 (+1.2%) jobs.
Information lost 300 (-0.3%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Information added 300 (+0.3%) jobs.
Construction lost 100 (-0.1%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Construction has gained 10,200 (+7.3%) jobs. Government added 700 (+0.2%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Government gained 5,200 (+1.2%) jobs.
What makes people happy? Do you want to be a happier person? What can you do to be happier? While happiness can depend on day-to-day events, there are steps to take to be happier in daily life. True happiness takes work and it is not a simple thing.
We must all work towards happiness and we must all have mental clarity in order to be happy. According to an article by Entrepreneur Magazine online, “When we think of happiness, we typically think of things that bring us immediate pleasure…but recent studies have shown that true happiness, or life satisfaction, works a bit differently” and this statement seems to be spot on. Pleasures such as a decadent meal, a favorite book or a day spent at the beach only bring temporary pleasure, and people generally seek overall pleasure and happiness in life. So, what then do we need to do to be satisfied in life? What do we need to do to be generally happy most of the time? Let’s find out what the 11 habits are of truly happy people according to Entrepreneur Magazine online:
Create your own happiness and don’t wait for it – make an effort to be happy
Surround yourself with the right people – happiness is contagious
Sleep – make sure you get enough sleep so your brain recharges
Live in the moment – embrace the reality of the moment and accept your past and move on
Learn to love yourself – appreciate your own good qualities and pat yourself on the back
Appreciate what you have – be grateful and stay in a good mood
Exercise – make sure you move your body and make regular exercise a priority
Forgive – don’t dwell on issues and learn to forgive others in order to make yourself happy
Get in touch with your feelings – open up about your feelings and be expressive
Concentrate on what you can control – put your best effort into making the best of things
Have a growth mindset – embrace challenges and focus on growing
Stress is a hot topic right now. As the holidays approach, the world seems more stressful than ever, and everyone around us is busy and overwhelmed. Focusing on work is difficult when you are stressed, but you are often stressed because you want to be a good employee. Stress can affect health. With poor health comes poor performance at work and in daily activities. Before you become too stressed, make sure to get control of your stress. The Huffington Post explores this topic of stress in an article that offers advice on how to get stress under control.
Don’t let stress wreak havoc on your health. As the article emphasizes, controlling stress in life in order to be mentally and physically healthy is important to getting your life on track. As a society, we are stressed more and more each day. While it might seem like a difficult task to get stress under control, it is possible. Maintaining a calm and collected attitude is essential to living a better life. Let’s examine the advice from the article and see what all of us can do to get stress under control and how you personally can work towards managing your stress. Learning coping mechanisms is key to success in leading a less stressful life.
Ways to Deal With and Control Your Stress:
Appreciate the Things You Have – don’t take advantage of the little things in life…it is important to focus on what great things you have in your life right now…be grateful and appreciate what you have, and you will naturally be less stressed when you realize all the great things you have in life
Be Positive and Stay Positive – you must have a good attitude and maintain this attitude…being positive can work wonders and change the whole way the body feels…it is important to keep positive thoughts around so that you can shift to them when you are having bad moments…think about a positive thing that sparks happiness in your mind and keep this thought around so you can use it when you need it
Take Time to Disconnect – make yourself go offline…unplug sometimes…staying connected to work 24/7 is stressful…it is important to disconnect from work on the weekends and at night sometimes…take breaks from email and make sure you get outside and focus on other things besides works in your free time…turn off your phone once in a while on the weekend if you can
Make Sleep a Priority – sleep matters…make sure to get a good amount of sleep so that your body is prepared to deal with any stress you have in your life…getting a good night’s sleep is key to keeping your brain healthy