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10 Fascinating Charts About Long-Term Unemployment
“Even as the unemployment rate falls, America’s long-term unemployment problem isn’t going anywhere. By the end of 2011, 4 million workers had been without work for at least a year, making up 31 percent of the unemployed labor force. To better understand long-term unemployment, we’ve compiled some charts…”
Rules For the Social Era
“The world has changed; how we create value has changed. Organizationally we have not. It will be wholly insufficient to put the word ‘social’ in front of existing business models and expect things to change. Instead, we need to imagine the fundamental enterprise anew for the social era. Lean, adaptive, community-driven organizations, built for speed, will thrive.”
The 6 Trends and the 6 Technologies That Will Shape Higher Education
“The 2012 NMC Horizon Report focuses on the key technology areas that researchers identify as applicable to teaching and learning and likely to have a major impact on educational institutions within the next five years, broken down into the technologies that will have an impact in the near term, mid-term, and longer term. The report also identifies ‘critical’ challenges facing education in the near future.”
Report: http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/HR2012.pdf (PDF, 519KB)
InfoGraphic: How Recruiters Are Using Social Media
“Social media has made it easier for recruiters to build and nurture connections, ultimately increasing the efficiency with which a recruiter can source quality candidates. Current social media usage by recruiter varies greatly. Here is a look at the differences in how recruiters us the ‘top 3’ social networking sites and which ones are most effective.”
Experts Rule: 15 Ways To Establish Authority in Your Field
“It’s essential that you look for ways to stand out against the competition by establishing authority in your field. The process starts by providing helpful information to your target audience—content that appeals to their wants, needs, and challenges.”
There Is No Career Ladder
“Reaching the apex of the career ladder by gradually getting promoted to the top is a thing of the past. Career ladders in most organizations have not existed for at least fifteen years. There are better ways to think about career moves. Try these tips for diverting your attention from the next step up.”
The End of the Full-Time Salaried Job
“Companies are hiring more free agents than ever before because they save money and acquire niche expertise to solve specific business problems. we’re moving from an economy that supported full-time employment and benefits to one where professionals have multiple jobs simultaneously. If you’re a free agent, or aspiring to be one, here are a few important tips to keep in mind.”
7 Steps to Turbocharge Your Efficiency
“We all want more time. But how do you get it? The answer is to become a master of efficiency.”
LinkedIn Connections Explained
“If you are just starting out on LinkedIn or if you are just now waking up to the reality of its importance in the professional world, where do you begin? Don’t worry – even if you’ve waited until now to start building a serious connection network, you haven’t missed the boat.”
“The most important thing we can do is inspire young minds and to advance the kind of science, math and technology education that will help youngsters take us to the next phase of space travel.” – John Glenn, first American to orbit the Earth, 50 years ago (2/20/1962)