Your next job interview could take place in virtual reality

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Going for a job interview is the stuff of nightmares for many people, while for others it is a chance to shine. Either way you are typically still interviewed by other human beings, either after walking into a scary office with one or more bosses sitting behind a desk, or via an equally nerve-wracking Zoom…

Construction’s supply chain outlook: more shortages, price hikes ahead

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Analysts and contractors break down prices and lead times for concrete, cement, steel, lumber, insulation, drywall and HVAC equipment in the coming year. Plan for market conditions to get worse before they get better. Despite battling supply chain issues since late 2020, the construction industry will see continued material price escalation over the next couple…

Careers in construction build strong futures for students

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In October, the Home Builders Association of Kentucky (HBAK) is celebrating Careers in Construction Month, and we are inviting you to help us build the next generation of the Commonwealth’s skilled workforce. As our state experiences increased economic development and population growth, the demand for quality housing continues to grow steadily — and along with…

Four shifts that could change workdays forever

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Hybrid and remote work aren’t the only major changes for the workforce. Some workers are finding when they work has evolved, too – and many employees are loving it. Since the pandemic, where people do their jobs has changed but so, too, has when.   Now, workers who previously had five-day-a-week, nine-to-five jobs are in some cases finding themselves…

Here’s what to do when a job interview is put on hold

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It’s a scenario every job seeker dreads. Everything is going great during the interview process and you feel like you’ve got this thing in the bag. Then, out of nowhere, it’s radio silence. The recruiter goes M.I.A., no one’s responding to your emails, and you have no idea what happened. And after weeks of wondering…

U.S. Buyers Return to Big Cities and Continue Their Migration Towards Warmer Climates

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Price pressures and lifestyle factors have combined to keep American buyers moving throughout the pandemic. As much of the U.S. reopens and returns to some semblance of normalcy, U.S. buyers remain on the move.  Just over 40% of prospective buyers searching on Realtor.com viewed home listings outside of their current state during the first quarter…

Letter to the editor: As we rebuild after Hurricane Ian, Florida must end its ‘disposable development mentality’

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With Hurricane Ian, Florida just suffered one of its most deadly and costly disasters and the clean-up has hardly begun. This is a heartbreaking time for homeowners, for Floridians for nearly anyone who has visited and enjoyed the beaches, the water and the sunshine. It will be weeks before we have reliable numbers on fatalities….

HR Pros Focus on Health, Work-Life Balance

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September 2022 YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – As the initial shock of the pandemic wears off, employees are now taking a closer look at their benefits and the quality of their life at work. Dee McFarland, owner of Reliable Consulting Group in Youngstown, says before the pandemic, employees were vaguely aware of their benefits but didn’t pay…

The Legal Lounge: The Dangers of Rejecting Candidates Based on Employment Gaps 

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By Kate Bischoff Gaps in employment happen for innumerable reasons. Yet their mere existence purports to be a red flag for many hiring managers. So before you make hiring decisions based on such gaps, it’s worth keeping in mind that there are at least three legal reasons that doing so could spell trouble. Familial/Parental Discrimination…

Where the Construction Industry is Heading in 2022

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Nonresidential construction is trending upward in 2022, but most of the newly passed $1 trillion infrastructure bill will take significant time and effort to plan and execute. Peter Gregory, senior vice president and national manager at Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, analyzes trends to interpret where the market is going and the underlying reasons our economy…

The Future of the Smart Home, and the Future of the Smart Apartment Building

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Americans are increasingly integrating smart technology into their homes and digitizing facets of everyday life. Going forward, what aspects of digitization in the home may need to be regulated by government policy? Are there any changes people are making to their homes that the tech industry should be concerned by? With all the issues surrounding…

Employment in the energy sector will dramatically expand as economies de-carbonize

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https://www.anthropocenemagazine.org/2021/07/one-consequence-of-climate-action-an-energy-jobs-boom/ A team calculated that a de-carbonized world could lose 9.5 million fossil fuel jobs—and gain a whopping 17.4 million renewable jobs. By Sarah DeWeerdtJuly 27, 2021 About 18 million people currently work in the energy industry worldwide, a number that with robust climate action could increase to 26 million by 2050, according to new…

Senate ready to move forward on $1 trillion infrastructure bill

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https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/national-politics/senate-ready-to-move-forward-on-1-trillion-infrastructure-bill WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans have reached a deal with Democrats over major outstanding issues in a $1 trillion infrastructure bill and said they are ready to vote to take up the bill. A test vote is possible Wednesday evening. It would require 60 votes in the 50-50 Senate to proceed to consideration of…

New Survey: Looking For a Job? Employers Value Soft Skills More than Ever Before

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Dependability and Problem-Solving Skills Sought by Employers https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2021/07/28/2270394/0/en/New-Survey-Looking-For-a-Job-Employers-Value-Soft-Skills-More-than-Ever-Before.html – TORONTO, July 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, soft skills are becoming more valuable to employers, according to a new Harris Poll survey commissioned by Express Employment Professionals. The pandemic is expected to have long-lasting impacts on employers, with a…

Looking For A New Job? Seven Questions To Ask When Considering A Career Move

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2021/07/28/looking-for-a-new-job-seven-questions-to-ask-when-considering-a-career-move/?sh=3a17bbb611e8 – Looking for a new career is a stressful process. There are a lot of factors to consider when answering the question, “What do you want in your next career?” This is particularly difficult if you are switching jobs after a successful career and want to stand out in the saturated job market. Before…

U.S. adds 850,000 jobs in June, better than expected

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https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/02/jobs-report-june-2021.html The jobless rate increase came even though the labor force participation rate was unchanged at 61.6%. A separate figure that accounts for discouraged workers and those holding part-time jobs for economic reasons fell sharply to 9.8%, with the 0.4 percentage point decline putting the so-called real unemployment rate below 10% for the first time…

11 Ways to Handle New Job Anxiety

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https://www.healthline.com/health/anxiety/new-job-anxiety Starting a new job can trigger a complex mix of emotions. You might feel proud of yourself and satisfied that your hard work has paid off, but you might also notice some uneasiness creeping up amid your excitement. What if you can’t handle the workload, or the job is nothing like you imagined? What…

If Your Brain Could Speak, It Would Request 10 Things For Career Success

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/bryanrobinson/2021/06/14/if-your-brain-could-speak-it-would-request-10-things-for-career-success/?sh=fe08f32321c7 – Your brain can’t tell you what it needs, but neuroscience can speak for it. Studies show that a healthy and happy brain needs certain things to function optimally to help you build a viable career. The more you accommodate those needs, the more productive, healthy and successful you can be and the longer…

6 simple mistakes that can sabotage your job search

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https://www.fastcompany.com/90645864/6-simple-mistakes-that-can-sabotage-your-job-search – There are no shortage of tips on how to have a successful job search. But when you fail to get the gig you want, you may be left wondering why. Hiring professionals are deluged with applications and don’t have time to write a “thank you for applying” letter. So candidates are left guessing….

LinkedIn Sees The Job Market Going From ‘Doom And Gloom To Boom’

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackkelly/2021/06/08/linkedin-forsees-the-job-market-going-from-doom-and-gloom-to-boom/?sh=6eb0d7f335ed LinkedIn is the go-to social media platform to network and find a job. There’s no better way to gain valuable insights into how the job market is performing than to speak with Jennifer Shappley, the vice president of global talent acquisition atLinkedIn. In a wide-ranging interview, Shappley shared the trends that she is seeing…

The Key to Landing Your Next Job?

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https://hbr.org/2021/05/the-key-to-landing-your-next-job-storytelling Today’s workforce is hyper-competitive. It’s hard to stand out, and if you’re hunting for a job, you need strategies to appear more credible, authentic, and memorable than your peers. What’s the best approach? In his bestselling book, Brain Rules, molecular biologist John Medina shares a surprising insight that explains why one job candidate’s application…

Your job search won’t go well without this one thing

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https://www.fastcompany.com/90640047/your-job-search-wont-go-well-without-this-one-thing If you’re in the job market—and who isn’t these days!—you’ll want to present yourself as a strong candidate every step of the way. And there is nothing more important in doing so than having this one thing. It’s a single, clear, compelling message about yourself. After all, you need to be telling your story,…

5 tips to land your dream job in 2021

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https://www.nbcnews.com/know-your-value/feature/5-tips-land-your-dream-job-2021-ncna1252694 – When you’re searching job listings on your computer, do you think you’ll find your dream gig? Chances are you won’t. Between 70 and 80 percent of jobs aren’t published publicly, and 85 percent of jobs are found through networking. Yet, we often feel compelled to spend the majority of our time on job…

3 tips for finding a new job in 2021

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https://www.fastcompany.com/90588314/3-tips-for-finding-a-new-job-in-2021 . If you’re among the millions of Americans recovering from a layoff, it can be a daunting challenge to jump back into job-seeking. It’s particularly so for women—many of whom have worked their entire lives to break into typically male-dominated industries—but it is not insurmountable. For those looking to start fresh in 2021, here…

Set Post-Pandemic Career Goals with These Tips

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https://www.biospace.com/article/set-post-pandemic-career-goals-with-these-tips/ Undeniably, the pandemic has upended many people’s plans of building a successful career. In fact, it has potentially derailed the occupations and career trajectories of numerous professionals across different industries. However, times have changed as the world is gradually recovering from the crisis. Now, you have an opportunity to set your career goals again…

New Job Openings Increased By An Astounding 7.4 Million, Hitting A Two-Year High

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackkelly/2021/04/08/new-job-openings-increased-by-an-astounding-74-million-hitting-a-two-year-high/?sh=4beca95d4499 While we were beset by unrelenting negative news portending imminent doom, a surprising thing happened—things got better much quicker than anyone could have imagined. According to Reuters, “U.S. job openings rose to a two-year high in February.” The number of job openings increased to 7.4 million at the end of February. Remarkably, it’s over…

15 Best Infrastructure Stocks for Biden’s American Jobs Plan

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https://www.kiplinger.com/investing/stocks/stocks-to-buy/602447/best-infrastructure-stocks-biden-next-spending-plan The Biden administration’s focus has shifted to infrastructure with the American Jobs Plan. These 15 infrastructure stocks represent several themes that could get a boost. With the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill done, President Joe Biden’s administration has shifted to its next major priority: the much-anticipated “American Jobs Plan” – a potential booster shot…

How to Prioritize Your Wellness at Work

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Performing your best at work isn’t about working as hard as possible. It’s about optimizing how you approach each day in an effort to prioritize your health and well-being. Because when you feel good, you’re going to do well. Most of us have an idea of what our greatest career strength, skill, or asset is….

Advice From A Career Coach On How To Stay Positive During A Difficult Job Search

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2020/09/08/advice-from-a-career-coach-on-how-to-stay-positive-during-a-difficult-job-search/?sh=14c43d0d77ab Author, speaker, coach and founder of Cheryl Czach Coaching, helping high-achieving professionals and organizations accomplish what’s next. Admittedly, this is a difficult time to be unemployed. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, “Unemployment rose higher in three months of COVID-19 than it did in two years of the Great Recession.” In numbers, that…

4 Tips to Nail a Virtual Job Interview

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https://hbr.org/2021/03/4-tips-to-nail-a-virtual-job-interview If you’re job hunting right now, chances are you’re also interviewing remotely. There are some serious upsides to this. You can avoid tardiness (no traffic snarls), reference notes without being too obvious, and if you’re located in a rural area, you now have access to the same opportunities as city dwellers, saving you $$$. There are…

6 Tips To Negotiate Your Salary With Confidence—And Get What You’re Worth

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/markcperna/2021/04/13/6-tips-to-negotiate-your-salary-with-confidence-and-get-what-youre-worth/?sh=7044014335f3 Don’t let your employer dictate your worth. Here’s how you can put yourself in the driver’s seat to earn what you deserve. As the economy continues to rally, many employers are looking to hire back workers or even add new ones. While that might be great news for those of us on the hunt…

Unemployment claims drop to lowest level since March 2020

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https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jobless-claims-layoffs-2020-04-15/?ftag=CNM-00-10aac3a – The number of Americans applying for jobless aid plummeted last week to the lowest level since the coronavirus pandemic erupted in March of last year, a hopeful sign that layoffs are easing as the health crisis abates. Around 576,000 people filed for regular state unemployment benefits, the Labor Department said Thursday — a…

New year, new leadership: 5 skills needed to succeed in 2021

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https://blog.adobe.com/en/publish/2021/01/28/new-year-new-leadership-5-skills-needed-to-succeed-in-2021.html#gs.yrhm4j Effective leadership has been imperative for business resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. But it hasn’t been easy. Executives have had to completely reimagine their approach to how they lead, from where to how they communicate, and everything in between. We’ve seen an emphasis on softer skills (think: empathy, agility, etc.) that we expect to…

Joe Biden wants to spend $2 trillion on infrastructure and jobs. These 4 charts show where the money would go.

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https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/politics/2021/04/01/2-trillion-infrastructure-bill-charts-detail-bidens-plan/4820227001/ The plan includes everything from road repairs and electric vehicle stations, to public school upgrades and training for the clean-energy workforce. Javier Zarracina, Joey Garrison and George Petras, USA TODAYPublished 4:31 AM PDT Apr. 1, 2021 Updated 4:16 PM PDT Apr. 6, 2021 WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday introduced a sweeping $2 trillion…

Job growth in the U.S. is booming — here’s which industries are leading the rebound

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https://www.cbsnews.com/news/economic-recovery-hiring-industries/ Good news: The U.S. economy needs workers. Employers hired nearly a million people in March, while layoffs are easing. Job listings are surging, with openings on career site Indeed now topping their pre-coronavirus levels. So who’s hiring? Construction, manufacturing, warehousing and pharmacy jobs are now in ample supply, the firm’s data shows. “The economy is…

How to Change Careers: Find What to Pursue Next

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-change-careers-find-what-to-pursue-next-11605824886?mod=article_inline In brief Think of each role along your career path as an opportunity to explore. Expand your network and make connections to learn more about new jobs. Identify your strengths and consider training or job shadowing to expand your skill set. There are many reasons people want to switch careers. You may be looking…

Should you take a new promotion when it is offered to you?

You’ve been working hard, and now your manager wants to reward you with a promotion. Great, huh? Well, maybe not. Your first reaction could be that this particular promotion could prove to be a mistake for you professionally — and maybe personally. At the same time, you’re wondering if turning it down will be a…

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