5 Insightful Actual Advice Mallard Memes

by Devon Stiles on October 1, 2014

Reddit is a magical place, and the Advice Animals subreddit is usually great for a good laugh. Despite it’s name, Advice Animals is often lacking in the actual advice department. Every once in a while, somewhere in the the chaos of Confession Bears, Overly Attached Girlfriends, Awkward Penguins, Unpopular Opinion Puffins, and the like, an Actual Advice Mallard will get posted with real, legitimate, actual advice. There’s a plethora of knowledge and insights that range from lifehacks to common sense to tech tips and tricks within this particular meme.

5 Insightful Actual Advice Mallard Memes

Photoshop users of all levels can learn from Imgur user KiloFX‘s Photoshop Actual Advice Mallards:

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2015-SG_BlogHeader-BDevelopments in the tech industry are changing the way we work and live every day. As a result of these rapid changes, the tech workforce is evolving at a significant rate. As leaders in tech staffing, we’re vigilantly monitoring these trends and developments to provide unique insight on the IT workforce evolution and help you prepare for it. Request your copy here.

Our 2015 Salary Guide for Tech Professionals offers the most up-to-date salary data for IT jobs, as well as the latest descriptions for these evolving positions. Features of the 2015 Salary Guide include:

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  • Market-Specific IT Salaries: We provide variance calculators for nearly 70 major metro markets throughout the country, allowing you to more accurately define salaries for the IT talent in your area.
  • Industry Insights: Our front-row seat to the tech workforce evolution allows us to present projections for how the industry will change in the near future and what you can do to succeed in this dynamic environment.

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  • Sourcing in-demand job titles
  • Women in IT
  • Ensuring a cultural fit
  • Hiring Veterans
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PMP CertificationToday we’re welcoming Casey Ayers to the Modis blog. Casey is a consultant and entrepreneur with a passion for travel. He’s the founder and author of Points Away, a website book aimed at helping travelers make the most of their frequent flier miles and credit card rewards. A recent MBA graduate, Casey also earned the Project Manager Professional (PMP) certification, and he’s sharing his insight on the entire process from the initial decision to the certification exam and beyond.

I love projects. Working toward new and varied goals, each presenting a unique set of challenges, has always come more naturally than doing the same thing day in and day out. In the past five years alone, I’ve worked on a number of iOS apps and consumer products, built several digital media brands and was key to the development of a healthcare startup. In each case, I learned important lessons I was able to apply to the next project, even if it seemed on the surface to be wholly unrelated to the ones that came before it.

To me, the result of all this work was a complex tapestry of valuable experience. When it came to future clients or employers, though, I feared they’d see only a mess of mixed signals. I wanted to formally tie together all of this experience in a way that would be meaningful to others. The answer soon became obvious: my niche wasn’t in app development or product design, in publishing or healthcare; it was in leading teams and seeing projects of all shapes and sizes through from beginning to end. That’s what led me to earn my Project Management Professional certification.

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2014 July Employment SituationWhile the national employment situation remained steady in August, many states are seeing changes in their unemployment rate. In August, there were rate decreases in 15 states, no change in 11 states, and rate increases in 24 states and the District of Columbia according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report released today. On a very positive note, 45 states and the District of Columbia have unemployment rate decreases from August 2014. Nationally, the unemployment rate is 1.1% lower than last year.

State Unemployment Statistics for August

From a state standpoint, there were 17 states with unemployment rates lower than the 6.1% national rate. New Mexico, Nebraska, Alabama and Georgia had the largest percentage change increase in employment for August. The following states added the most jobs in August:

  • California +44,200 jobs
  • Florida +22,700 jobs
  • Texas +20,100 jobs

Since August 2013, employment has increased in 49 states and the District of Columbia.

August’s Regional Review

Regionally, the Midwest maintained having the lowest unemployment rate at 5.8%. Again in August, the West had the highest unemployment rate (6.6%). The only statistically significant changes in unemployment rate for the month occurred in the South (+0.2%) and the Midwest (-0.1%). The following over-the-year unemployment rate declines occurred since August 2013:

  • Midwest -1.4%
  • Northeast -1.4%
  • West -1.4%
  • South -0.7%

Tools for the Tech Sector

In the first quarter of 2014, the tech unemployment rate sat at 2.7% – dramatically lower than the National average. Competition for IT talent is fierce and having the right tools to attract and retain employees is crucial for businesses of all sizes. Our 2015 Salary Guide is coming soon. Be one of the first to receive the most valuable salary resource in the industry – reserve your copy today.

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7 Awesome Tech Instagram Accounts

by Brad Lange on September 16, 2014

instagram accounts for techThough many of us associate Instagram with pictures of friends, food and vacations, it is also an excellent forum for IT professionals to network, learn about exciting career opportunities and discover who is at the vanguard of technological innovation. In fact, many companies launch new products and campaigns from their Instagram accounts. Some promote conferences and industry events. Others use their accounts as a recruiting tool to provide a window into their company culture.

So whether you are looking to stay on top of industry news, find the right investor for your startup or check out the latest gadget, Instagram offers something for everyone in the tech community. If you don’t want to miss out on an important opportunity or innovation, take out your phone and start following these seven awesome tech Instagram accounts:

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Channel Startups for Employee Recognition Ideas

by Modis on September 12, 2014

Employee Recognition TipsInvesting in corporate culture and employee engagement is a smart way to yield significant returns. In 2011, The Social Workplace compiled statistics on employee engagement and found that when companies increased investment in a positive company culture by 10 percent, they increased their profits by $2,400 per employee per year.

One of the most effective ways to increase engagement is recognizing employees and their successes. In our latest white paper, we’ve take a look at the ways that startups are changing the approach to employee engagement. A key takeaway from the startup mentality is that employee motivation doesn’t have to be tied directly to rewards — it can be inspired through recognition.

While formal rewards and bonus programs can be great motivators, the fact is many startups don’t have the budgets necessary to offer them. As a result of their smaller budgets, startups have stepped out of the box and come up with successful employee recognition ideas that organizations of all sizes can integrate.
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