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“The hiring was awesome in July,” said Stephen Levy, director of the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy. Nobody would ever use the “A” word lightly. Evidently confidence is running high right now in the Bay Area. Economic sentiment is so awesome, with job growth rising over the last three months, that many believe that any sort of meltdown can be put out of mind; at least in the near-term. Companies are rolling, but some companies may be rolling a bit more efficiently than others because they continued to invest in technology during the recession. These companies are in even better position now to take advantage of a booming economy. Read More >

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What happened to getting a foot in the door?

There was a time when you might accept a less than desirable position at a company, knowing that through dedication and hard work your rise to a better position would be inevitable. It was called “getting a foot in the door” and it was a phrase used by college grads to experienced professionals as a call to battle when entering the labor force. With the rise of the contract worker, and short-term employment gaining on full-time employment, the dream of mailroom clerk to CEO has gotten a lot harder. Especially, if you want to stay at the same company.

Companies continue to look to contract workers to upshift and downshift in an economy that remains volatile. For those looking for full-time employment, it may seem harsh, but the use of contract workers has helped many of these companies survive difficult times. The exact percentage of the workforce that is temporary or contract is hard to gauge, but it is without a doubt rising. At some large companies, contract workers can comprise anywhere from 20% – 50% of their staffing. Economists believe that upwards of 20 million people in the U.S. are contract workers. Read More >

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