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The Month in Review: The Bold, the Beautiful, and the Bizarre

Well, anyone who says this past month hasn’t been exciting has been living under either a rock or Rod Blagojevich’s massive hair (hopefully not the latter). We’ve collectively experienced everything from a historical inauguration to peanut butter recalls to a US Airways jet’s splash landing post-bird strikes — and many events in between.

Here on The Hiring Site, we had a few things to say about this past month’s both uplifting and often bizarre slew of events, as well as the effect they have had on workplaces and those employees and leaders who inhabit them.

1. From hot messes to new hires. We took one last look at the “hot mess” behavior of 2008, but we were already looking forward to 2009 with the release of our Job Hiring Forecast.  The survey predicted 7 major hiring trends for this year, green jobs and more flexible work arrangements among them.

2. Layoffs, hiring and the economy. Close on the heels of more sobering news about company layoffs was our discussion about leading in these uncertain times and what it means for you as a business leader. Better yet, we told you how to maintain momentum during a recession, Lost-style.

3. Our leaders are talking about it. Our CEO Matt Ferguson appeared on ABC News with Charles Gibson to share his thoughts on this year’s hiring outlook, and Jason Ferrara made a cameo on Nightline to offer five tips for workers looking to land that next job.

3. “Pulling a Sharon. My colleagues and I Many of us have guiltily been watching The Bachelor. Mary talked about the number of American workers planning to “Pull a Sharon” this year and leave their jobs for more exciting offers.

4. Free stuff for you! We’re fully aware of the tough times you or someone you know may be experiencing right now. So, we also decided to spotlight the free CareerBuilder.com user tools that you might not even know about. We’ll be discussing a new resource for you every week — check it out.

Holding in your burning desire for a free tool you don’t think we have? Spill it.

5. The Big Game. Before you prepare your famous taco dip for the big game this Sunday, get some management tips from Super Bowl contenders — and be sure to check out our commercial spot.

And please, let us know what you think – about any of this. We’re listening.

Amy K. McDonnell

About Amy K. McDonnell

Originally hailing from Ohio, Amy is the editorial manager on the content services team and has been with both CareerBuilder and the city of Chicago for nearly a decade. She writes on a range of recruitment topics on The Hiring Site, striving to bring a dose of clarity and humor to sometimes complicated issues around employee attraction, engagement and retention. When she's not working, Amy spends as much time as possible reading, pretending to be a chef, writing short stories, eating Nutella out of the jar, waiting for CTA buses and trains, going to see her favorite bands live, and spending time with people who inspire and challenge her.
4 comments
Amy Chulik
Amy Chulik

Hi Lawrence,

I'm not sure which form you're referring to - an online application or something else - but I emailed you directly.

Thanks!

Amy Chulik
Amy Chulik

Hi Lawrence,

I'm not sure which form you're referring to - an online application or something else - but I emailed you directly.

Thanks!

Lawrence Fischer
Lawrence Fischer

How can I complete your form that doesn't include the years prior to 1979? Some of us were alive then. Please advise.

Lawrence Fischer
Lawrence Fischer

How can I complete your form that doesn't include the years prior to 1979? Some of us were alive then. Please advise.

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