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Posted July 07, 2015 by

Beyond Nine to Five – Acquiring and Retaining Talent in the Digital Age

Acquiring and retaining talent in the digital age is a very important skill to know. In recent years the way recruiting works has drastically changed. The way that students and graduates are looking for jobs has changed as well. Learning these new strategies can help increase the speed and ease of recruiting new talent.

In this webinar, you’ll learn some key points on how to acquire and retain talent in the digital age. College Recruiter is the leading niche job board used by college and university recent graduates searching for entry-level jobs and students hunting for internships.

For job seekers, College Recruiter features hundreds of thousands of entry-level and internship job postings from thousands of large and small employers. College Recruiter also has tens of thousands of employment-related articles; ask the Experts questions and answers, blogs, videos, and more.

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Posted April 23, 2013 by

Video: View Machines in Workforce as Teammates, Not Threats

Erik Brynjolfsson

Erik Brynjolfsson, director of the MIT Center for Digital Business and research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research

As machines take on more jobs, many find themselves out of work or with raises indefinitely postponed. Is this the end of growth?

No, says Erik Brynjolfsson — it’s simply the growing pains of a radically reorganized economy. A riveting case for why big innovations are ahead of us … if we think of computers as our teammates. Be sure to watch the opposing viewpoint from Robert Gordon.

Erik Brynjolfsson examines the effects of information technologies on business strategy, productivity and employment. (more…)

Posted April 10, 2013 by

Video: What Motivates Us to Work? Constant Progress and Sense of Purpose, Not Money or Joy.

Dan ArielyWhat motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn’t just money. But it’s not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work.

It’s become increasingly obvious that the dismal science of economics is not as firmly grounded in actual behavior as was once supposed. In “Predictably Irrational,” Dan Ariely tells us why. (more…)

Posted March 21, 2013 by

Dream College for a Student Often Different From That Parents

A recent survey asked prospective students and their parents to name their dream colleges. Some of the schools on the list were the same — Stanford was first on both lists — but some were quite different.

The colleges students most named as their “dream college” were: (more…)

Posted September 28, 2012 by

Drop Out, Dive In, Start Up: Are Journalists Missing The Main Point?

Mark Mehler and Gerry Crispin of CareerXroads

By Mark Mehler and Gerry Crispin of CareerXroads

A few recruiters, thinking out of the box, might benefit by looking for prospects who delayed traditional education for learning of a different kind.

Peter H. Thiel, the PayPal billionaire has garnered some serious ink for his initiative in offering some of the best and brightest young minds $100k and a mentor for a two year stint at a start-up. All the recipients of Thiel’s largesse are 20 and under and so missing what would ordinarily be viewed as the ideal time to attend MIT, Harvard, IIT Bombay etc. His plan has come under serious criticism and a bit of fanfare. The latest testament to this controversial initiative was recently featured in the NY Times. (more…)

Posted February 20, 2012 by

Productivity Gains by Employers Bogus As Huge Contingent Workforce Ignored

Mark Mehler and Gerry Crispin of CareerXroadsBy Gerry Crispin and Mark Mehler

A very well-written article in MIT’s Technology Review, “Tectonic Shifts in Employment’, contends that Information Technology is reducing the need for certain jobs faster than new ones are being created. Noting that, “6.3 million fewer Americans have jobs than was true at the end of 2007. And yet the country’s economic output is higher today than it was before the financial crisis.”

The MIT article admits several elements are in play but claims that technological obsolescence is the predominant factor. A similar case was made in Bloomberg Businessweek, Did That Robot Take My Job? at the beginning of the year. There’s no question that technology destroys jobs (and creates new ones) but is the gap as wide as these articles suggest?

We’re not sure.

We think the use of contingent workers, for example, has increased to astounding levels and the accounting of this headcount is almost non-existent within companies when it comes to calculating productivity from F/T. As a result, firms show productivity spikes when in fact they may be using as much or more labor to accomplish their goals.

We’re also concerned about unmeasured anecdotal evidence surfacing where well-known large companies consciously ratchet their performance technology tools to push individual workers (in the service/exempt classification) to unsustainable levels i.e. burning them out by forcing them to work longer hours to meet quotas etc. (And no, we are not talking about some other country here perhaps someone has been adopting a few developing country techniques here.) These onerous practices are similar to what we used to study in grad school as abuses from the 2nd industrial revolution, 1880-1920, that led to the rise of unions.

It makes us think some of the productivity gains we report might just be sleight of hand.

– Gerry Crispin and Mark Mehler work full time consulting, educating and discovering how talent and opportunity connect through emerging technology. They can be reached via email at mmc@careerxroads.com, phone at 732-821-6652, or on-line at http://www.careerxroads.com.

Posted February 07, 2012 by

Dating Website Helps Managers Sleep With Potential Hires

I founded this business 21 years ago and really thought that I had seen just about everything in the employment world but then a press release crossed my desk today that made my jaw drop. Incredibly, SeekingArrangement.com bills itself as a dating website for Sugar Daddy’s (typically male managers) and Sugar Babies (typically female job seekers). Not sleazy enough for you? These, ahem, matchmakers are now trying to leverage the recent revelations that President John Kennedy apparently had an 18 month affair with a 19 year White House intern.

Which sleaze to tackle first? Well, let’s start with the JFK story. According to her recently published memoir, Mimi Alford had an 18 month affair with President John F. Kennedy when she was a 19 years old virgin, while she was working as a White House intern. Though this revelation may come as a shock to those who thought the White House would be resilient to such clichés, it actually marks the beginning of an upward trend in American society. Today, such workplace affairs between a much more powerful Sugar Daddy, and a much younger Sugar Baby is, unfortunately, already well entrenched in the American popular culture. (more…)