Employment Trends

Employment Trends

Freelance Work as a Means of Testing the Job Market

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CareerCast.com
We recently published our Jobs Rated report on opportunities for freelance and contract work here at CareerCast.com. This report, which cites the so-called "gig economy," ties into another recent survey issued here -- one asking workers about their job stress and levels of satisfaction. The two concepts intersect in a way that might benefit workers feeling bogged down in their ... READ MORE

Work from Home? Renovate Your Home Office to be More Efficient

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Lauren Pezzullo
Telecommuting is becoming increasingly popular in the American workplace. Even if you do not currently work remotely, trends suggest at some point you will have the option -- if you are not outright asked to telecommute. The U.S. census lacks conclusive data on telecommuting, but research from Global Workplace Analytics suggests that about half of the workforce at least has ... READ MORE

New Jobs Numbers Show More Work, and More Competition

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CareerCast.com
Department of Labor data released Friday showed substantial gains in the American labor market, with the nation's unemployment level dropping to 4.6%. Continued improvement in hiring follows the year-long trend of 2016, and comes amid a new record-high established in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) in November. With continued increases in the number of hires, expect more job seekers ... READ MORE

The Path to A High-Paying Job

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CareerCast.com
We here at CareerCast.com recently published our 2016 report on the highest paying jobs , as tracked by the Jobs Rated report. A trend readers may have noticed was the volume of healthcare professions that require MD certification, and that's a process that requires extensive schooling. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its own look into high-paying jobs this week, ... READ MORE

How to Hire a Freelancer

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Will Zimmerman
If you’re scaling up your business or just looking for someone with a specific specialty, a freelancer can be the way to go. Freelancers are flexible, specialized in a skill-set and offer a new perspective on problems your company is trying to solve. However, hiring a freelancer can be a challenge. In order to hire a freelancer, you often have ... READ MORE

October 2016 Employment Shows Job Market Stability

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CareerCast.com
Heading into the holiday season, job market growth continues at a steady rate. 2016 is on track to finish as an altogether strong year for hiring, with the Department of Labor reporting 161,000 new jobs added to the U.S. economy in October 2016. The unemployment rate has remained consistently at or just below 5 percent for the year, closing October ... READ MORE

September 2016 Employment Gains Set Scene for Holiday Hiring

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CareerCast.com
The U.S. economy added 156,000 new jobs in September 2016, per data released by the Department of Labor on Friday. That's a solid add -- not historic by any measure, but strong before the typical surge that comes with holiday hiring in October and November. The autumn months are often some of the best for employment. The last two years, ... READ MORE