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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.
We take a look at how many workers and employers say they're taking a vacation in 2014.

Is a Vacation Really a Vacation Anymore? How Workers are Getting Away in 2014

As a now 10-year resident of Chicago, I’ve withstood my share of weather woes. Everyone says “summers in Chicago make the terrible winters worth it!” Today is one of those days I agree — it’s absolutely beautiful, and after the winter we just got through, it’s really hard to be indoors right now writing this.

What’s getting me through? A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I raided his parents’ old record collection — some of which hadn’t been touched in years and years. Continue reading >>

By in Benefits, Infographics


“Too Difficult. Too Crazy”: A Workplace Gender Battle as Old as Time?

The journalism industry – and many loyal readers of The Grey Lady — were rocked yesterday when it was abruptly announced that The New York Times’ executive editor (and the first woman in that leadership role in the newspaper’s history) Jill Abramson – was let go after her less than three-year tenure and replaced by former deputy managing editor Dean Baquet. Continue reading >>

By in Diversity in the Workplace, Insights & Trends

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Ageism in the Workplace: On Unemployment and Getting the Job

We’ve heard countless stories from readers on The Hiring Site about their encounters with ageism in the workplace — whether they’ve observed it happening to others or experienced it themselves. I think we can all agree on one thing: It’s getting old.

This is the first post in a multi-part ageism series on The Hiring Site. In this post, we will focus on the challenges older workers face when it comes to employment and finding a job. Continue reading >>

By in Generational Hiring, Insights & Trends, Legislation

Perfect Strangers (no more): Meet the new gal behind CareerBuilder for Employers' social presence

Meet Deanna, the New Gal Behind CareerBuilder for Employers on Social

You may have noticed her tweets on @cbforemployers over the last couple of weeks. Right now, you may be spending countless hours engrossed in her latest blog posts on The Hiring Site about the unbelievable factors that influence hiring, the latest BLS jobs report, and cringe-worthy job seeker bloopers like resumes written in Klingon (and who could blame you?). Continue reading >>

By in Announcements, Insights & Trends

Why computer and IT degrees are on the decline

Computer and IT Degrees are on the Decline: Should We Worry?

Supply is sometimes higher than demand – take Kardashian family photo ops or Heinz EZ Squirt (RIP), for example. Often, however, demand is higher than supply — as new research from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists reveals. Believe it or not, though demand for graduates with computer and IT skills continues to rise, U.S. colleges and universities are producing fewer of these graduates than they did a decade ago. Continue reading >>

By in Economy, Information Technology, Talent Acquisition

A little too casual: Employers may be finding more than they bargained for when searching for candidate information on social media.

Professional… Partier? What Employers Are Finding Out About Candidates Via Social Media

Catching candidates in not-so PG Facebook poses, or Tweeting about their all-night bender? A new CareerBuilder study shows that while social media can be a huge asset for candidates, it can also end up costing careless sharers the job. Forty-three percent of Inspector Gadget-esque hiring managers who currently research candidates via social media said they’ve found information that has caused them not to hire a candidate, up 9 percentage points from last year. Continue reading >>

By in Selection, Social Media, Talent Acquisition

Why a lack of formal training at your company is hurting your financial growth

Why a Lack of Sales Training is Hurting Your Company–and What to Do About It

Thirty-five percent of employers say their companies have missed revenue goals in the last 12 months.

While it’s true a struggling economy has contributed to stunted financial growth, new CareerBuilder research finds that a lack of formal training in sales — a key area of business — may also be a culprit. Sales is a major growth engine not only for business, but also for the overall economy; yet the number of colleges offering a formal sales degree is much lower than those offering other majors with significantly fewer job opportunities tied to them. Continue reading >>

By in CareerBuilder Solutions, Economy, Retention

recovering housing market and jobs

Is the Housing Market Recovery Building New Jobs?

Warren Buffett’s vote of confidence isn’t the only indication the housing market is improving; the fact that more people are gainfully employed in the U.S. today has helped to give the housing market a much-needed boost. Can we also say the opposite is true — that the housing recovery in turn has helped employment? CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. explored this question in depth in a new study tracking labor trends in the U.S. Continue reading >>

By in Economy, Industries, Insights & Trends

Employee eats lunch at his desk; many workers say they have recently gained weight at work, and this is one of the reasons they cite.

Work (Literally) Weighing You Down? 5 Tips for a Healthier Workday

Finding more weighing on you lately than just the usual, uh, work, family, and extracurricular demands? If you’re having a Mom Jeans day more than usual, you’re not alone: A new CareerBuilder study of more than 3,600 full-time workers has found that more than half (55 percent) of workers consider themselves to be overweight, and nearly half — 41 percent — of workers have gained weight at their present jobs. Continue reading >>

By in Employee Wellness, Insights & Trends

tech wear

The One Video You Need to See This Week: Will We All Be Wearing Our Technology Soon?

“Having technology around you, on you, inside you, 24/7 is going to become totally commonplace.” –Becky Stern, Adafruit

We’ve been wearing technology, in a sense, since the birth of the wristwatch — and we’ve seen wearable technology advance to become more and more integrated with our bodies and movements in inventions like Google Glass and Nike Fuelband, and even our smartphones. Continue reading >>

By in Innovation, Video

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