2014 December Employment SituationThe unemployment rate dropped significantly to 5.6% according to the latest jobs report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to the report, U.S. employers added 252,000 jobs in the month of December. The unemployment rate is down 1.1 percentage points over the year and number of unemployed persons is down 1.7 million as well. This is the lowest unemployment rate level since June 2008.

The current trend of 200K+ job gains per month as now been extended to 11 months – the longest growth streak since the 19th month streak that began in 1993 and ended in 1995. For the year, 2014 averaged 246,000 new jobs per month – up from the 194,000 per month average in 2013. Based on the substantial annual growth, 2014 is the strongest year for employment gains since 1999.

Furthermore, the report revised numbers from October and November which resulted in an additional 50,000 jobs than indicated previously. October’s payroll was revised up from 243,000 to 261,000 and November’s up from 321,000 to a staggering 353,000 new jobs.

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New Years ResolutionsFrom Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to About.com CEO Neil Vogel, tech leaders from across the industry are considering how to better themselves and their businesses in 2015. Within this group, you won’t find resolutions to lose that pesky 10 pounds or to stop eating candy, but rather meaningful missions that have a significant impact both personally and professionally. Still considering your own New Year’s Resolution? Here’s a few of our favorites sure to inspire greatness in 2015:

Brian Halligan

As the CEO and co-founder of HubSpot and a Senior Lecturer at MIT, Brian Halligan is a busy man. For his 2015 resolutions, he’s going to “think more and work less.” His plan to execute his resolution is clear:

“Breaking the cycle of email, meetings, and to-do lists is hard, but I’m trying to nap and meditate as much as possible. I’ll have dozens of mediocre ideas and one or two really good ones. Invariably, those really good ones come to me when I’m on the way in or out of a nap or while I’m trying to clear my head while meditating. There’s something about not actively thinking that creates a fertile ground in my brain for a breakthrough. I want to carve out more time in 2015 for those moments to happen.”

Tracey DiNunzio

Tracey DiNunzio firmly believes in the future of women in technology. The Tradesy founder and CEO has raised more than $13 million from investors including Richard Branson, and for 2015, she’s resolving to promote more diversity within both her company and the tech community as a whole:

“Our team is half female, half male, and made up of the most incredible people from a broad range of social and ethnic backgrounds. That kind of diversity breeds creativity and open-mindedness, and it’s an important part of our recipe for success. Only 2.7% of venture-backed companies have a female CEO, and less than 2% of venture capitalists are African-American or Latino. So I think our industry is missing out on a lot of opportunity and talent, and my resolution is to help change that.”

Sergio Monsalve

Venture Capitalist Sergio Monsalve’s resolution involves harnessing the power of social media to expand his views and inspire creativity:

“To help me generate new ideas and different ways of thinking, once a day I reach out and talk to someone in my social network who I know may have the opposite view to mine in a specific current event or controversial subject, which I know that person is particularly interested in. While it is uncomfortable for some people to debate and disagree, if done in a friendly way I think it is a key ingredient necessary to be innovative; I often see people get set in their ways and become too insular. Try to avoid that by reaching out and engaging in friendly debates to remain sharp in your thinking.”

Neil Vogel

If Neil Vogel is anything, it’s ambitious. Since taking the reins as CEO of About.com almsot two years ago, he’s overseen a complete site redesign and the staff nearly doubling in size. As for his 2015 New Year’s resolution, he’s keeping it simple: he wants to learn to code.

“I have an 8-month-old son and want to be able to teach him when he’s ready.”

Additionally, he also wants break his habit of  “buying sneakers on eBay.”

Mark Zuckerberg

While the illustrious Facebook CEO has yet to decide his 2015 resolution, he’s no stranger to challenging himself. From only eating meat that he’s butchered himself to learning Mandarin Chinese in previous years, Zuckerberg focused on gratitude in 2014 by writing one thank you note per day. In a recent town hall event, he admitted that it has been a humbling experience for him:

“There are people who see the beauty of things. Then there are people who see things and want to make them better, and I tend to be the latter.”

Abhijit Bhaduri

Building off of what he learned from his 2014 resolution of holding weekly conversations with millennials to better understand them, blogger and social media influencer Abhijit Bhaduri has set his sights higher for 2015:

“I want to create a Curious Novice Conference. All the speakers should be people who can reframe conventional problems through the eyes of a curious novice.”

The Exceptional Connection Resolution

Setting goals is an essential step for development on all levels – both personal and professional. Whether you’re resolving to further your career in 2015 or enhance your current IT staff, Modis can be your partner in achieving your resolution goals through our exceptional connections. Contact us today.

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As a staffing agency recruiter, you have a rare ability to help peoples’ dreams come true. It’s your role that facilitates the introductory handshake between hiring managers and potential employees. You help top performers reach new heights in their careers, and by making this crucial connection, you make it possible for companies to grow with the right talent. But making exceptional connections isn’t the only perk of working as a recruiter.

Here are 6 less-than-obvious perks of working for a staffing company like Modis:

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Jobs Report

We are seeing positive growth in this month’s regional report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The big news is 41 states had unemployment rate decreases compared to 34 states in October. Three states had unemployment rate increases and six states saw no change this month.

Another key highlight from the report is 20 states are now reporting unemployment rates significantly lower than the national figure, which currently sits at 5.8% and industry experts are saying this growth trend will continue into 2015.

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The 2014 Geek Gift Guide

by Modis on December 15, 2014

Geek Gift GuideAs 2014 comes to a close, we’ve been exploring the important role technology plays in the connections we make every day. As demonstrated in our holiday video, technology has played a substantial role in the way we reach out as well as in the gifts we give our loved ones over the years. With the rush of the holiday gift giving season is upon us, and we’ve been busy scoping out all of the gadgets, gizmos and other cool items for all of the geeks in our lives (okay, and for ourselves too).

To get in the spirit of giving, we pinned our plenty of cool stuff to Geek Gift Guide Pinterest board. From there, we took note of our favorites to create our 2014 Geek Gift Guide. Whether your list is filled with gregarious games, serious superfans, or a fierce first adopters who always have the latest tech toy, we’ve got them covered. So as you’re making your list and checking it twice, check out our gift guide to find some inspiration and useful gifting suggestions for every geek in your life!

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Happy Holidays from Modis!

by Modis on December 8, 2014

Happy Holidays from ModisWith each year that passes, it seems the days and time zip by faster and faster. In what seems like the blink of an eye, the 2014 holiday season is upon us. Between Cyber Monday and New Year’s Day, the inundation of online deals and the latest gadgets and hottest toys can make the holiday seasons seem like a blur. And, because we work in the ever-changing tech world, we know that the advancements made every day play a significant role in our increased pace of life.

However, we also see tech as a gift presented to us with more powerful means to reach out to our loved ones. We celebrate the technology that enables us to slow down and connect with what really matters. With that in mind, we created our holiday video to highlight some of the gadgets throughout the years as well as the importance of timeless, exceptional connections. We hope you enjoy it:

Exceptional Connections: The Gift of Technology

Technology is a gift. At Modis, we have the capabilities to help you make the most of it whether you’re looking to take your career to the next level or expand your IT department and hire exceptional tech talent in the new year. Contact us today.

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