Optimistic outlook for 2016, Express Employment survey finds

Half of business leaders expect moderate growth in 2016, according to a survey released today by Express Employment Professionals. Fewer predicted a decrease in business activity, while more predicted growth.

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One-fifth of employees to seek new job in 2016

More than one-fifth of employees, 21%, plan to leave their current employers in 2016, according to a survey from CareerBuilder. This is an increase from 16% in last year’s survey.

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Ready to be the best in 2016: What makes a truly great employee?

While most managers would say their teams are made up of hard-working employees (for the most part at least), there are some employees who tend to rise above the rest. They not only do good work, but they also demonstrate certain qualities that make them an ideal employee in the eyes of their boss.

Every manager has a different idea of what it takes to be a truly great employee, so we asked company managers and leaders to share with us who their best employee is (or was) and why.

Here’s what they had to say:

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Staffing Employment Sees Highest Third Quarter in 15 Years

New Data From Quarterly ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey

U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 3.32 million temporary and contract workers per week in the third quarter of 2015, up 1.8% from the same period in 2014. Average weekly employment this July through September was the highest for any third quarter since 2000 and the second highest number of staffing employees since the inception of the ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey in 1992.

“Staffing employment continues to grow as the demand for talent increases,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “And, with 5.4 million job openings in the U.S., there are lots of opportunities for job seekers looking for flexible or permanent positions.”

Temporary and contract staffing sales totaled $30.69 billion in the third quarter of 2015—4.2% higher compared with the same period last year.

On a quarter-to-quarter basis, staffing employment and sales were up 2.5% from second to third quarter.

See the ASA website for more details about the quarterly ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey, sponsored by ASA research partnerCareerBuilder.

For more information, visit the ASA newsroom. You can also follow ASA on Twitter and Instagram.

Interviews with ASA executives are available.

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US tech survey finds 78% expect to increase hiring

A record 78% of US technology hiring managers expect to increase tech hiring in the first six months of 2016, and 71% of companies are looking to bolster their tech teams by 11% or more, according to job board Dice’s Tech Hiring Survey released today.

The survey found 27% of respondents anticipate “substantially more” tech hiring in the first half of the year and 51% anticipate “slightly more” hiring.

The ability to recruit skilled tech professionals has also become increasingly more difficult for companies as the demand and level of competitors has increased, the report found, and 49% reported the time to fill open positions has lengthened relative to last year.

“The environment for a talent crisis in tech has been growing over the past few years and as the level of interest in technology professionals rises, it doesn’t appear the challenging recruitment market will lighten any time soon,” said Dice President Bob Melk. “Companies today are looking for new and innovative ways to streamline their hiring processes and attract top talent. Sourcing, in particular, continues to serve as a top strategic recruiting initiative, as companies are thinking more long-term and building out an on-demand talent pipeline rather than focusing on one-off hires.”

Survey results found companies are taking a greater interest in candidates with less experience. More than one-fourth of hiring managers, 27%, said they plan to hire entry-level candidates, up nine points from last year, and 62% said they desire candidates with two to five years’ experience, up eight points from last year’s survey.

The survey asked, “Which of the following recruiting tactics are being offered more frequently today than a year ago?” Responses include:

  • Employee perks: 53%
  • Sign-on bonus: 48%
  • Free medical/dental insurance: 28%
  • Company paid mobile or car plan: 20%
  • Unlimited vacation: 13%

The tactics appear to be working; 20% of hiring managers said they are seeing more candidates accepting offers this year as compared to last, up four points year-over-year.

Compensation also plays a quickly increasing role in hiring tech talent, with 64% of hiring managers and recruiters reporting salary guidelines have prevented positions available now from being filled, up from 58% who said the same last year.

Dice.com is a DHI Group Inc. (NYSE: DHX) company. The emailed survey included 397 responses from human resource managers, recruiters, consulting and staffing companies from every region of the country who primarily hire or recruit tech professionals. It was conducted From Nov. 10 to Nov. 13, 2015.

– See more at: http://www.staffingindustry.com/Research-Publications/Daily-News/US-tech-survey-finds-78-expect-to-increase-hiring-36332#sthash.kcEZVfEP.dpuf

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Q1 hiring plans for US strongest since 2007

US employers report the strongest first-quarter hiring plans since 2007, according to the first-quarter 2016 Manpower employment outlook survey released today by ManpowerGroup Inc. (NYSE: MAN).

Globally, employer hiring confidence is strongest in India, Taiwan, Japan, Turkey and the US. The weakest — and only negative — forecasts are reported in Brazil, Finland and France.

ManpowerGroup’s survey found 20% of US employers plan to increase staff in the first quarter, 6% plan to decrease staff, 72% expect no change in staff and 2% responded “didn’t know.” That results in a net employment outlook of 17% when seasonally adjusted. In comparison, the fourth-quarter employment outlook was 18% with seasonal adjustment.

“We’ve seen strong jobs growth in the US throughout 2015, along with declining unemployment and increasing wages, which brings a continued optimism for the start of 2016,” said ManpowerGroup CEO Jonas Prising. “We expect these broad trends to continue going into 2016, despite ongoing challenges in certain sectors like energy and manufacturing, as well as in export-driven industries. As the unemployment rate comes down and the labor market continues to tighten, employers will increasingly feel the impact of rising wages and the ongoing skills mismatch.”

Employers in Hawaii, Florida, Kansas and Michigan indicated the strongest net employment outlooks, while New Jersey, Wyoming, Illinois and Alaska project the weakest outlooks.

Employers in all 13 industry sectors reported a net positive outlook. The industries with the highest seasonally adjusted net employment outlooks are leisure and hospitality at 30%; transportation and utilities at 23%; wholesale and retail trade at 22%; and professional and business services at 18%. Mining and “other services” had the lowest seasonally adjusted net employment outlooks at 1% and 10% respectively.

All four US regions surveyed reported a positive net employment outlook. Employers in the West reported the strongest seasonally adjusted outlook at 18%. The Midwest and South regions followed at 17% each, while the Northeast reported a seasonally adjusted outlook of 16%.

Compared to the same time last year, employers in the South, West and Midwest foresee relatively stable hiring for the first quarter, while employers in the Northeast anticipate a slight increase in hiring.

ManpowerGroup’s employment outlook survey includes responses from more than 11,000 US employers.

Canada hiring trends

Canadian employers anticipate a moderate hiring climate in the first quarter, with employers in the transportation and public utilities sector reporting the strongest outlooks, according to ManpowerGroup’s data for Canada.

In Canada, 9% of employers expect to increase staffing levels, 7% anticipate a decrease, 81% forecast no change and 3% are unsure about hiring plans. This results in a net employment outlook of 8% on a seasonally adjusted basis, a two percentage point increase from both the fourth-quarter outlook and the outlook for the first quarter of 2015.

“We are seeing some positive signs for Canadian job seekers, with overall employment in the country surpassing 18 million for the first time,” said Michelle Dunnill, Manpower area manager for Toronto, Mississauga and Markham. “Employment in natural resources continues its downward trend, particularly in Alberta. However, we expect modest gains overall in the coming quarter, led by stronger growth in the transportation, construction and manufacturing — durables sectors.”

Employers in Atlantic Canada expect the most upbeat hiring climate for the coming quarter, reporting a net employment outlook of 10%. Employers in Ontario anticipate a mild hiring climate with an outlook of 8%, while employers in Western Canada and Quebec project a fair hiring pace with outlooks of 7% and 5%, respectively.

The manufacturing-durables industry reported the highest seasonally adjusted outlook at 29%, followed by finance, insurance and real estate at 27%. Education posted the lowest outlook at -5%, followed by construction at 6% and mining at 7%.

ManpowerGroup’s employment outlook survey includes responses from more than 1,900 Canadian employers.

– See more at: http://www.staffingindustry.com/Research-Publications/Daily-News/Q1-hiring-plans-for-US-strongest-since-2007-36263#sthash.dxMURHbH.dpuf

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6 Tips for Writing an Effective Resume

Hiring managers and recruiters alike say they’ve seen more poorly written resumes cross their desks recently than ever before. Attract more interview offers and ensure your resume doesn’t eliminate you from consideration by following these six key tips:

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When a job offer comes without a job

Some companies are hiring first and figuring out jobs for these recruits much later.

Amid a fierce market for college recruits, companies like Facebook Inc. and Intuit Inc. are making offers to dozens of hires without having a particular job waiting—or even, sometimes, a starting salary.

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11 Practical Ways To Stop Procrastination

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should beworking, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

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Jobless claims average unchanged but total claims fall by 12,000

The US four-week moving average of initial claims for unemployment insurance was 271,000 last week, unchanged from the previous week’s average, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the US Department of Labor. The prior week’s average was revised slightly upwards by 250.

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