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Vendare Media, a leader in online performance marketing, today announced the launch of two innovative pre-planning tools for online marketing campaigns -- Interactive Targeting Map(TM) and Virtual Channel Designer(TM). Both
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Modern Engineering is expanding its U.S. presence with the opening of two new technical staffing and engineering service centers in the Southeast region. Branch offices have
been opened in Cartersville, Georgia, (about 45 miles north of Atlanta) and Loudon, Tennessee, (just outside of Knoxville). Modern Engineering also operates a full-service staffing and engineering center in Anniston, Alabama.
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- Jobs growth slow THE technology jobs market again failed to gain momentum in October, with vacancies rising just 1.7 per cent, seasonally adjusted, a new survey shows. The IT&T sector recorded a rise of 300 jobs to reach
17,940 online advertisements per week last month, according to the Olivier Internet Job Index. However, based on raw numbers, IT&T roles slipped 2.85 per cent, or 545 positions vacant. (AustralianIT)
- As print revenue slows, Fairfax looks to Internet John Fairfax Holdings, Australia's second-biggest newspaper publisher, may add travel and financial services to its Internet sites to bolster sales as growth in print advertising
slows, the new chief executive, David Kirk, has said. "We are obviously thinking about continuing to develop our classifieds positions, autos, jobs and homes," Kirk said in an interview broadcast Friday. "Travel and financial services are areas that we will look at hard." He said he might seek alliances
to offer more Internet-based services> (International Herald Tribune)
- Skills shortage: Industry Forum identifies the issues and plans action A travel industry forum initiated by prominent industry identity Sandra Chiles of Travel People has nominated four key strategies central to addressing the
skills and staff shortage in the travel industry. (e-TravelBlackboard)
- Globe Bucks Trend While newspapers across most of North America are experiencing sharp declines in circulation, a handful of Canadian papers are bucking the trend. The Globe and Mail, Calgary Herald and a couple of
French-language papers saw gains in circulation for the six-month period ended Sept. 30, according to figures released Monday by the Audit Bureau of Circulation. (Globe and Mail)
- Most reporters in China want to change jobs Most reporters in China want to seek other jobs due to low salary and other reasons, according to a survey recently carried out by Zhaopin.com, one of the leading Web-based
headhunters in China. (ChinaView)
Is 18-49 Passé As Top Demographic? By all rights, Nevada state Assemblywoman Sheila Leslie should be celebrating life. A four-term legislator, successful district court administrator, and Nov. 6 is her birthday! Her
50th birthday. And that, explains correspondent Jerry Bowen on CBS News Sunday Morning, is the problem. In some eyes, Leslie no longer exists. She tells Bowen, "I think I do feel somewhat invisible, and I hear it gets worse the older that you get." That's because Leslie has just left that much
wooed, highly pursued 18-to-49-year-old demographic group, the younger crowd that advertisers covet, and television networks program to please. (CBS)
- Job-Market Outlook Reveals A Solid Recovery for M.B.A.s ...After a prolonged slump that left many M.B.A. graduates unemployed, the job market is finally firing on all cylinders again. Financial-services and
management-consulting companies, the traditional drivers of M.B.A. hiring, flocked back to campuses during the 2004-2005 school year, dangling richer paychecks and signing bonuses. And companies that hadn't retrenched as much as banks and consultants also stepped up hiring, leading to the most robust
recruiting season since the severe downturn began in 2001. (CareerJournal)
- Ex-PeopleSoft chief's Kubla Khan thwarted Heart wrenching news from Northern California, where former PeopleSoft chief David Duffield has been forced to give up plans to build a 72,000 square-foot mansion in Alamo, Ca, a suburb
near San Francisco. The software executive's estate spans 22-acres, and he intended to erect a massive house, a horse stable, two swimming pools and, wait for it, a 20-car garage. The layout makes the Hearst Castle look like something reserved for Bill Gates' pool boy. In fact, as the San Francisco
Chronicle notes, at 72,000 square feet it's larger than both the Hearst Castle (60,635) or Gates' own mansion (40,000). (The Register)
- Google introduces ad-services referral program The program, which Google introduced Friday, is aimed at Web sites that participate in its AdSense network. With AdSense, Web publishers agree to run text and banner ads brokered by
Google and share per-click revenue with the company. Google ensures the ads are relevant to the site's content via contextual ad-matching technology. Now Google will reward AdSense participants that refer other small Web publishers and bloggers to the program. The company will pay $100 per AdSense
sign-up after new participants earn their first $100 in ad revenue, the company said. Publishers can join the program by adding a "referral button" to their sites through their AdSense accounts. (News.com)
- Microsoft, SAP Team Up Against Oracle Under a multi-year licensing program, SAP can embed and sell Microsoft's upgraded database with its enterprise applications platform. As the Dec. 1 official release of SQL Server 2005
approaches, Microsoft and key ISV partner SAP are preparing a major assault against a common enemy: Oracle. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Monday at the SQL Server 2005 launch event that the Redmond, Wash., company has developed a set of go-to-market programs with SAP to take market share from
Oracle. Under the effort, Microsoft signed a multiyear licensing program with SAP that allows the ISV to embed and sell Microsoft's upgraded database with SAP's enterprise applications platform. (InformationWeek)
- The Google User Interface A few weeks ago I wrote about web design mistakes. One of the things that stuck in my head was that Google (and now Microsoft and Yahoo) have trained us to use a [blue black green] design. It's
interesting to run into sites that use search and observe how I react to either (a) this design or (b) a different design. Today I saw a demo of Indeed.com which was positioned to me at "the Google for job search." A quick search for jobs for firemen in Colorado brought up that [blue black green]
thing. In contrast, when I looked for jobs in Colorado in delicious (no fireman jobs, so I had to drop that tag) the [blue black green] UI was now [blue light_blue red_highlight]. My brain definitely reacted differently – on the Indeed site I knew exactly what to do based on the colors; on delicious I
had to think a little (not much) harder. (AlwaysOn)
- Immigration can be a win-win Immigration is once again in the news. Countries across the globe are opening their doors to foreigners. The Canadian foreign minister last week announced that the country will welcome up to 300,000
new skilled immigrants, up from the earlier quote of 250,000. Tiny New Zealand is emerging as a leading destination for migrants while bigger neighbour Australia remains a perennial favourite of qualified professionals from India and other countries who want so start a new life. Besides
immigration, Indians are also going overseas for work in ever larger numbers. The United States has recently allowed more H1B visas. Indian doctors and nurses are found in places as diverse as Georgia to the United Kingdom. Recently, South Africa too started seeking skilled workers from India. A
have-degree-will-travel kind of professional is emerging in India and is moving around the world. This is different from the earlier blue labour job-seeker who worked overseas. (DNA)
- IAEA needs to enhance authority, face retirement crunch -US watchdog The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has strengthened its watch over nuclear nonproliferation, but must address weaknesses that limit its ability
to implement tougher safeguards, the US General Accountability Office (GAO) said. The GAO said in a report to Congress that the IAEA faces challenges that limit its ability to use enhanced methods of investigation, such as a lack of agreements with some countries for new authority to search for concealed
nuclear activities. The agency also faces an employee crunch, with a large number of inspectors and other experts expected to retire in the next five years, it said. (Forbes)
- Indian outsourcing boom may end abruptly as stagflation gets hold and sentiment in US economy goes south If America and Western Europe go into a deep recession, Indian outsourcing sector will collapse like a falling ball
from a plane. That is exactly what is happening behind the scenes. India has tangled itself too closely to the American and Europeam economies. It may be the pay back time. (IndiaDaily)
- India becomes a hub for healthcare outsourcing Advanced healthcare services are fast emerging with Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES) units in India after the Information
Technology, banking and legal outsourcing showed incredible performances. Healthcare service outsourcing, which started off in the country with well-defined services such as medical transcription, data preparation, data validation, and then slowly graduated to higher decision-making processes such as
medical insurance claiming, is further diversifying itself into advanced services. (NewKerala)
- Indian BPOs fight US court battles US court battles are now being outsourced to India. In a fiercely- competitive market where cut-throat deals have slashed voice BPO rates to $5-6 per hour, a segment of the industry is
making a niche for itself in the name of legal BPO. An estimated 35,000 US lawyer jobs will move to low-cost destinations like India by 2010. The number will reach 79,000 by 2015. Just 700 people, employed across 50-60 companies in the country command up to $125 per hour to generate business worth $70
million per annum. That's higher than the 2004 revenues of $60.5 million genera ted by EXLServices, one of the largest BPOs in India employing 5000 people. (FinancialExpress)
- 'India to witness sharpest salary hike' Salaries across Corporate India are on an upswing. It's a reason to celebrate. But before you raise a toast, reflect on the fact that the globalisation of salaries and the repricing of the
educated Indian middle class also means that India's much talked about cost arbitrage in white-collared jobs and the services sector could be vanishing. (EconomicTimes)
In a roundtable meeting entitled "A Study of Iran's Nuclear Issue" three nuclear experts from the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) on Sunday discussed the various challenges facing Iran's nuclear program. (MehrNews)
- Suspension of nuclear activities would worsen brain drain
These figures should not lead to the conclusion that the trend in demand for workers has changed. Manpower Israel subsidiary Manpower Information Technologies (MIT) reports a 9.5% drop in demand for high-tech workers in October 2005, compared with September. However, demand was 7.2% higher,
compared with October 2004. The figures are based on surveys of help-wanted ads (pages and columns inches) in Israel's leading daily newspapers. (Globes)
- Manpower Israel: Oct demand for IT workers down 9.5%
LAZINESS, lack of communication skills and motivation. Fresh graduates with these attributes are not helping themselves in the job market. They tend to go for jobs that are "easy" to get. Teaching is an example. Here lies the great mismatch of jobs, according to Umno Youth education
bureau deputy chairman Harrison Hassan. "Last year alone, 67,000 people applied to be teachers with only 7,000 vacancies available. "The reason they applied for the job is not because they are interested in becoming a teacher but because it is easier to be a teacher," he said. (TheStar)
- Lazy and unmotivated to strive for success
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Region I (POEA) advises the public especially those seeking job opportunities in Sweden not to be deceived by unscrupulous recruiters. The truth is, there's no available job order for factory workers in Sweden. Delfina Camarillo, Officer-in-Charge,
POEA RI, issued the warning and stressed that the accreditation of R.E.G. Manpower Comp. Albert Utveckling AB Sweden was revoked by POEA and any recruitment activity made by Cebu Manpower is not recognized because the employer is illegal and does not have an approved job order for factory workers in said
- POEA-I warns jobseekers of fake recruiters
The Department of Correctional Services has explained its decision to out-source its recruitment functions to external recruitment agencies, saying the move has helped expedite the filling of vacant posts in the department. Human Resource Deputy Commissioner, Phumla Mathibela, told the Portfolio
Committee on Correctional Services the department did not have the capacity to handle large numbers of job applications, hence the decision to bring in recruitment agencies. (AllAfrica.com)
- Correctional Services Explains Decision to Outsource Its Recruitment Component
While Thailand was off the radar when corporate cost-cutting swept the globe after the Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the focus has now switched to secondary markets, executive search experts say. They note that the number of corporate heads, both Thai and expatriate, losing their positions from
June 2004 to June 2005 has increased. (BangkokPost)
- Top jobs less secure than before
- Two million Brits bullied at work Two million Brits have been bullied at work during the last six months, the TUC has claimed - and UK biz loses 18m working days a year as a result, unions claim. A TUC survey uncovered a
litany of abuse ranging from verbal to physical assaults. TUC general secretary, Brendan Barber, told the BBC: "These figures suggest that there can be few workplaces in the UK without a resident bully. But although bullying can destroy lives and have a damaging effect upon workplace morale, the
overwhelming majority of employers seem unable to stop bullies in their tracks." (ChannelRegister)
- Rural schools struggle to recruit, retain teachers Karen Kamla, a veteran junior high teacher in Havre, was stunned by what out-of-state school districts were willing to pay her. Armed with a new certification as a
school librarian, Kamla, who has won national teaching awards, decided last spring that, for the sake of her family, she needed to make more money. In May, she went to a job fair at the University of Montana, looking for a new beginning. Sun Valley, Idaho, offered a starting salary of $53,000.
Garden City wanted her to fly to Kansas to check out the library. Colorado schools wanted her, too. (Billings Gazette)
- Labor Demand Will Drive New Orleans Economic Recovery Demand for unskilled labor to clean up after Hurricane Katrina will help drive economic recovery in New Orleans, according to an economist at the University at Buffalo School
of Management. "If there is a positive aspect of this terrible catastrophe, it's that it creates a huge demand for local unskilled labor, and there are very few unskilled jobs in America," says Lewis Mandell, a professor of finance and managerial economics. (University
- Help wanted; elderly welcome MONTCLAIR, N.J.--Over the past several weeks the media have been reporting on the rise in jobless claims due to the dislocations caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The resulting upward blip in the unemployment rate has led corporate
recruiters, as well as some job seekers, to speculate that the job market is weakening. However, the latest figures show that jobless claims are already returning to their pre-hurricane lows. In fact, barring a major economic cataclysm, all indications are that a key demographic trend is creating
conditions in which there may be too few, not too many, workers available over the next few decades. (Free Lance Star)
- N.C. farmers address labor shortage with guest workers Moises Torres Ramirez came to the United States looking more like an urban cowboy than a farmhand. He wore a leather jacket in the mid-July heat, a tight T-shirt
and jeans, cowboy boots and sunglasses, a gold cross dangling off his neck. He joked around and smiled big. Like thousands of his Mexican countrymen, he had come north to work as many hours as he could fit in four months on a North Carolina farm. (Myrtle
- Amazing Microsoft Recruiting Blog Have a look at how smart Heather Hamilton from Microsoft is with respect to how she is using her blog to recruit. She does an interview with a hiring manager on her blog. She has hyperlinks to
the Microsoft jobs that are being discussed. The jobs appear on her blog yet they do not really appear on her main blog, though you would never know this unless you were a regular reader of her blog. Very Smart. (Recruiting.com)
- Employee Referral Programs Help Companies Hire the Best for Less Attracting the best talent is critical for companies that want to maximize their growth and profitability. But that may be more challenging today as
organizations struggle with tighter recruiting budgets and leaner HR staffs. In their quest to recruit the best-qualified candidates at the lowest cost, many companies have developed and implemented their own employee referral programs (ERPs). "Investing in an ERP consistently generates one of the
highest returns on investment in terms of both cost and quality-per-hire," says Dave Lefkow, an interactive solutions consultant for Seattle-based TMP Worldwide, which creates ERP marketing programs. (Chemical and Engineering News)
U.S. Executives: Outsourcing will Bring the Demise of American Business: Survey by the largest $100k+ positions Web site, TheLadders.com, reveals that execs are most fearful of China as threat to U.S. business.
As U.S. outsourcing expands to non-traditional sectors, from IT and call centers to after school tutors and flight attendants, it is clear that this cost-saving practice now permeates all aspects of the American economy. A common belief is that American workers are against outsourcing, and executives
support it. A new survey by the largest $100k+ positions Web site, TheLadders.com, shows that executives, in fact, believe that outsourcing is a major problem for American business.
Forty-three percent of the executives surveyed stated that outsourcing jobs to Asia would "ultimately cause the demise of American business." Twenty-four percent had a more moderate opinion of Asian outsourcing, and stated that it was "a reasonable solution to high U.S. labor costs," while 23 percent took
the opposing stance, and said outsourcing was "the only way American companies can compete in a global business economy." Nine percent felt that outsourcing jobs to Asia was "morally wrong."
The debate also continues to rage over which Asian country is most poised to take a lead in the global economy, with China and India jockeying for top billing. China was the clear-cut winner in the TheLadders.com survey, with 61 percent of executives stating that it was the biggest challenge to American
business. India took third in the poll, with 13 percent, behind "other American businesses" with 20 percent of the vote. The Middle East and Japan were not seen as major competition, garnering three percent and two percent respectively.
"Outsourcing remains one the most controversial issues facing American corporations today," stated TheLadders.com president and CEO, Marc Cenedella. "On one hand, U.S. manufacturing jobs are being lost to overseas competition, yet we're seeing a large amount of job creation in the US at higher levels in
industries like advertising, IT and marketing." Cenedella continued, "Companies developing in the new global economy, like Yahoo! and Google, can't hire fast enough. Companies that choose to outsource must effectively deal with major issues: IT security, personnel management, even working from different time
zones can become a major issue when not handled with the proper insight. How companies handle matters will directly affect their growth and profitability for years to come."
TheLadders.com's look at outsourcing and labor unions is based on a series of surveys of registered $100k+ executives conducted on TheLadders.com Web site between September 30th, 2005 and November 1st, 2005. The number of responses and margin of error for each survey is as follows:
· Outsourcing jobs to Asia is _______. 1874 Responses; Margin of Error: ±2%.
· The biggest challenge to American business is coming from _______. 2022 Responses; Margin of Error ±2%.
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