Interactive & informative! The guys’ n gals at Google have done it again. With billions of people out there worrying about the global employment hick-up, it’s the wiz-kids at Google who have yet again launched another hugely useful service for us.
Although only a trial, whilst also only using the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as the data source, Google has produced and interactive graph where you can quickly view unemployment figures from 1990 – date, and compare trends from US Stats and Counties.
Employers should remember that while layoffs and other high-impact cuts may be necessary for some companies, many other strategies can produce similar results without affecting employee morale. There are five guidelines for employers which can be considered cost-reduction strategies. The first guideline is that while layoffs are sometimes necessary, employers should consider alternatives before conducting layoffs because they have a significant effect on employee morale and could cost the company significantly if the skills are difficult to replace when the economy picks up.
It’s been a bit of a week for the UK government, there was a particularly awkward Alistair Darling budget presentation plus unemployment figures were published showing that it has soared to its highest level since Labour came to power.
In the 3 months to February the number of people looking for work jumped by 177,000 and broke the 2.1 million mark. In direct relation the number of people claiming jobseekers allowance increased for the 13th month in a row, up by 73,700 bringing the total number of people claiming the allowance to reach 1.46million, the highest since September 1997.
I’m sure by now you have heard of Twitter in some form or another. Whether through a friend, TV or even the radio. Twitter has grown in leaps and bounds since the beginning of 2009, hurtling forward each month with new users and ever increasing popularity online. Popular celebrities using twitter have also helped to drive Twitters popularity to the masses such as Ashton Kutcher and recently Oprah. A recent Hitwise UK study showing UK visits to the popular Twitter increasing 32 fold (1382%) in over 12 months as seen in their chart below. Twitter during the week of 13th - 17th of April 2009 was the 43rd most visited website within the UK.
Online scamming is as abundant as ever - and though some of you may be well versed in dodging such scams as easily as you type or perform searches in google - there is a margin of the public so fresh to browsing online (and as desperate for a lifeline as they are fresh) who are being taken for a ride by criminals lurking on career sites and job boards.
It has been an amazing year in recruiting and talent management, despite severe economic hardships, budget cuts, and widespread hiring freezes. Unlike the economic turmoil following 9/11 and the dot-com bubble burst, many recruiting functions have continued to innovate and stretch the limits of what can be defined as “standard recruiting.” Rather than withering away to hide in a corner - recruitment continues to be a sector growing in technology and methodologies despite the doomsayers noise over recession angst.