Hiring Lessons Learned from AskAManager

by Modis on April 24, 2014

Business people handsLast week, Modis sponsored a giveaway contest on the popular blog, Ask A Manager, where author and management expert, Alison Green, asked readers to share things they wish they’d known before they started interviewing and hiring job candidates.

On the post, 350 people shared their personal experiences, hiring lessons learned and valuable advice in the comments, and we thoroughly enjoyed reading each and every response. Because there was such a plethora of knowledge in the comments, we decided to pick a few of our favorite responses in the spirit of sharing the wealth:

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March 2014 Regional and State Employment Report

by Devon Stiles on April 21, 2014

March 2014 National Jobs Report Modis
Despite the winter slowdown, March 2014 marked a key milestone in the Nation’s employment situation. From a regional and state perspective, the unemployment rates changed very little during the month. The March 2014 BLS Regional and State Unemployment report found that 21 states had unemployment rate decreases, 17 states and the District of Columbia had increases, and 12 states had no change. As compared to a year ago, 46 states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases and only four states reported increases.

Regional and State Specific Stats for March

For the month, the South again maintained the lowest unemployment rate at 6.0 percent. The West continued to have the highest regional unemployment rate at 7.2 percent despite California leading the country in over-the-year job increases with more than 315,000 jobs created. California was followed by Texas with 310,000 new jobs, and Florida with 225,100 new jobs.

Among the states, Rhode Island had the highest unemployment rate with 8.7 percent, and North Dakota again had the lowest jobless rate at 2.6 percent. Furthermore in March, 7 states showed statistically significant over-the-month employment increases, the largest being Florida reporting an additional 22,900 new jobs, North Carolina reporting 19,400 new jobs, and Georgia reporting 14,600 new jobs. Since the beginning of the year, 26 states are reporting positive statistically significant changes in employment.

California also led the country in number of individuals employed in Professional and Business services sector with over 2,395,300 employed with Texas coming in second with 1,494,400, and New York in third with 1,218,000. Wyoming had the lowest with 18,600 employed.

March’s Key Takeaways

CareerCast recently released their 10 Best  Jobs for 2014, and Software Engineers and Computer Systems Analysts ranked number 7 and 8 respectively based on their environment, income, outlook and stress. As demand for tech jobs continue to increase, let us help you make exceptional connections when recruiting and attracting top talent.

Top 5 Green Offices

by Modis on April 16, 2014

Earth Day Green CompaniesWe love being a part of the exciting and ever plugged-in tech world as much as the next person, but sometimes it’s nice to just take a step back and decompress from the constant bombardment of flickering screens and information overload. The good news is tech-centric companies are increasingly finding inventive ways to bring the tranquility of nature to the office while also reducing their impact on their environment.

In celebration of Earth Day, here’s a look at five green companies with cool office spaces designed with an eco-friendly work environment in mind:

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Learn about the high cost of a bad hire, with statistics and tips.

It’s one of the most costly and time-consuming missteps a company can make: It’s the bad hire, and it can happen when you least expect it! Before you start the hiring process, arm yourself with all the right information, and a solid understanding of just how much a bad hire can cost you.

Our infographic below covers the vital points:
• Traits of good vs. bad IT talent
• A look at the impact a bad hire can make on your bottom line
• How other companies have fought the bad hire battle

Have a crucial hire to make? Contact us today to find out how Modis can help you lock in the great hire you’re looking for!  [click to continue…]

Modis Supports Team USA at Best of U.S. Awards Show

by Angel Bovee on April 15, 2014

Modis and many groups from the Adecco Family recently came together in Washington DC to attend the USOC’s Olympic and Paralympic Summit. The gathering included seminars on career, education, and financial literacy. All of seminars had the goal of helping athletes make a successful transition from the field of play to their next business adventure.

Honored to be Among “The Best”

The event kicked off with the Best of U.S. Awards Show, the United States Olympic Committee’s inaugural event honoring outstanding U.S. performances from the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Modis was honored to attend this event and have the opportunity to meet some of Team USA’s best Olympians and Paralympians. In attendance was our very own Modis regional director, Jim Carter, with several members of his team. Angel Bovee, retired US national boxing champion and Program Specialist for the Athlete Career Program, Laura Weber, Project Manger, Global Project Services for Lee Hecht Harrison and Veronica Day, skeleton athlete and member of the Athlete Career Program were also in attendance.

Modis had the opportunity to come together with current and former Olympic and Paralympic athletes during the inaugural Best of U.S. awards show.

Find Exceptional Talent Through Athlete Career Program

It’s important to remember that not all athletes have major sponsorship deals and are not able to pay for their training and competitions. They have to pay their bills just like us and that’s where the Athlete Career Program comes in. Modis is a proud participant and is privileged to connect former and current athletes to exceptional careers that give them the flexibility needed to maintain their stringent training programs.

Modis was thrilled to participate in such an extraordinary event and we continue our support for Team USA every day. Contact us today to find out how you can help athletes from all over the country find their dream career!

Angel’s Bio

Angel Bovee, a retired three-time U.S. Boxing Champion and motivational speaker is also a Specialist for the Athlete Career Program. Working numerous jobs and living in her car to make her dreams of competing on Team USA a reality, Angel understands the plight of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls first hand. She and the ACP team have helped countless top athletes lay the foundations for successful careers.

Heartbleed: Cryptobug in OpenSSL

A bug within OpenSSL has opened ⅔ of the Web to security issues. Attackers can obtain security keys that will allow them to decrypt sensitive information. The bug has been present in OpenSSL for two years. OpenSSL is the default encryption library for Apache and nginx applications, which run 66% of all websites on the Internet. It ships with many other open source operating systems, such as Ubuntu, Fedora, and CENTOS. There is a patch available, but researchers at Google say that even after installation, many websites could still be vulnerable. Researchers attacked themselves and were able to get passwords, usernames, and other sensitive information without leaving a trace.

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