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Data-Based Decision Making Linked to Higher Revenue

More evidence of the power of big data: a recent study found that, among large companies, firms that adopt data-driven decision making are 5 to 6 percent more productive than those who don’t.

The finding comes from a new study published in The Talent Equation that focuses on big data’s potential to transform the way companies think about recruitment and workforce planning. Continue reading >>

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Four Things HR Must Know About Big Data [VIDEO]

For their new book, The Talent Equation, co-authors Prasanna Tambe and Lorin Hitt embarked on an original, landmark study on big data and its ties to human resources. In a new video interview, Tambe and Hitt discuss the findings from the landmark study and the implications these findings have for human resources professionals worldwide.

Over the course of surveying more than 2,700 employers and analyzing 33 million résumés, Tambe and Hitt found some surprising links between employees’ education attainment, tenure and a company’s market performance – all of which could significantly impact the human resources profession in years to come. Continue reading >>

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Employers Are Decking the Office With Holiday Perks This Year

It’s beginning to look a lot like…the recession’s easing up. While Santa may be busy shipping coal to those who were naughty this year, employers are spreading holiday cheer in the form of bonuses, parties and gifts.

That’s according to CareerBuilder’s annual holiday survey, which took into account responses from more than 2,000 hiring managers and nearly 3,500 workers in the U.S. Continue reading >>

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Candidates Use 16 Different Sources During a Job Search

Regardless of whether they’re buying a house or sandwich, consumers today are arguably more savvy researchers than ever before and have access to an unprecedented amount of information and resources at their fingertips. This behavior pattern has transferred over to the way people search for jobs, as well.

For instance, just as they might consult several different sources of information to research a potential purchase, people are doing similar research prior to applying for jobs. Continue reading >>

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Many workers are shopping online

Hello Holiday Shopping, Goodbye Workplace Productivity?

Ah, Thanksgiving — a time to connect with loved ones, give thanks, eat till you’re sick and, of course, shop till you drop. Unfortunately, many are saving that last activity till they get back to work.

Purchasing pens, Post-Its and other office supplies online while at work is one thing; but come this holiday season, more than half (54 percent) of workers in the U.S. Continue reading >>

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Workplace Gobble: 1 in 5 Workers Will Spend Thanksgiving with Co-Workers

If, like The Olive Garden, your workplace makes you feel like “when you’re here, you’re family,” it may not come as a surprise to find that nearly 19 percent workers plan to spend Thanksgiving with their workplace families this year, according to a new CareerBuilder survey.

Not everyone will be celebrating, however: 14 percent of the 3,400 workers who participated in the survey said they have to work on Thanksgiving – mainly those in the hospitality, retail, health care and transportation industries. Continue reading >>

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Best and worst colors to wear to a job interview

Orange is NOT the New Black: Best and Worst Colors to Wear in a Job Interview

Women in orange jumpsuits may have won over Netflix audiences everywhere, but wearing orange to a job interview won’t win over too many hiring managers. Voted for by 1 in 4 employers, orange topped the list for the worst color to wear to a job interview and was most closely associated with unprofessionalism.

Good old fashioned blue (23 percent) and black (15 percent) — probably the most staple, conservative colors for business attire — topped the list of colors employers want to see candidates wear during job interviews. Continue reading >>

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Major Mistake? One Third of College-Educated Workers Hold Jobs Unrelated to Their Degrees

We’ve all done something we regret, haven’t we? Maybe it’s turning down the role of a lifetime, wearing a controversial Halloween costume, or giving our child an ill-advised snack. Or perhaps, like more than a third of American workers, it’s choosing the wrong major in college.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 36 percent of college-educated workers wish they had majored in something different in school. Continue reading >>

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New Report: The Fastest-Growing Occupations and Metro Areas in the U.S.

Much like the man Katy Perry once sang about, the labor market can be a temperamental beast: It’s hot, then it’s cold…it’s up, then it’s down. And then it just stops texting you back altogether. For example, in the next five years (2013 to 2017), the U.S. workforce is projected to grow 4.4 percent, which is faster than the 2009-2013 period (3.5 percent), but not as fast as the pre-recession period of 2003-2007 (5.8 percent). Continue reading >>

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The New Do’s and Don’ts of Recruitment: Lessons from the 2013 Opportunities in Staffing Study

It’s frustrating but true: 1 in 10 job candidates still falsely believe staffing firms charge candidates to place them. It’s unfortunate that such misconceptions still exist, but what’s a staffing firm to do? Actually, thanks to insight drawn from the recent 2013 Opportunities in Staffing Study, staffing firms can employ the following Do’s and Don’ts for changing client and candidate misconceptions – and providing the ultimate staffing firm experience. Continue reading >>

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