According to one recent report, members of the workforce who are 50 years old or older are more likely to get hired than their younger counterparts.
The recent survey, conducted by Braun Research and commissioned by Adecco Staff, found that 60 percent of hiring managers said they would employ a mature worker, while just 20 percent said they would bring on someone of the Millennial generation.
The survey also showed that nearly all managers surveyed, 91 percent, believed that mature workers were reliable and 88 viewed these older employees as professional.
Some believe the study reveals that companies all over the country place a high value of those with more experience.

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The economy is improving and the jobless rate continues to fall. Now at 5.4%, it is the lowest since May 2008.
See article in The Dispatch.

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Those with the right information technology (IT) skills can find a number of job opportunities at firms across the United States. According to one recent study, the sector is expected to see employment growth during the fourth quarter of 2012.
The survey from Robert Half Technology revealed that 9 percent of chief information officers (CIOs) expected to increase their company’s IT department during this time frame, while just 6 percent said they would be performing layoffs. Eighty-three percent said that staff levels would remain in place during the fourth quarter.
There are struggles, however, to find enough skilled workers to fill the open spots. Fifty-four percent of CIOs said that they had difficulty getting the right people for employment opportunities.

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Over the last few years, the increased value of IT in companies of all kinds has created many jobs in this field. Now, as the amount of data tech personnel must manage continues to rise exponentially and advanced devices and software are created to handle it, more hiring than ever should be expected.
The next few years should see nearly 2 million IT jobs opening up in the U.S. alone. According to Gartner, by 2015 American markets should expect about half of all big data jobs to exist within its borders, making the nation a leader in research and progress within the information market.
Part of the push here will be fueled by emerging trends in technology spending as well, ZDNet reported. The source stated that by the end of next year, purchases of hardware and software will push corporate budgets to nearly $30 billion annually, as will hiring new personnel to manage these platforms. Such strong spending trends are being seen on a global scale as well, and there seems to be no indication that big data is losing momentum. This could indicate that more jobs in IT are yet to come.
Content provided by executive search organization, MRINetwork.

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See Dispatch article for news that Jobless rate lowest since ’08.
As our economy improves, overall unemployment keeps dropping in Central Ohio.
For technical professionals the rate is under 4%.

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Encouraging article on Ohio business startups this year- article in The Dispatch:

“Filings to do business in Ohio increase this year.
New filings to do business in Ohio totaled 6,665 in September, up from 6,143 in the same month of 2011, Secretary of State Jon Husted said.
The office reported 66,734 new-business filings this year through September, up from 63,026 during the same period last year.”

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The recession left many once-vibrant industries on the brink of collapse, thanks to a considerable decline in consumer spending. While downturn affected men and women differently, both genders have seen an increase in the number of jobs added in recent months.
A report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) examined how females have recovered in the years since the recession. The group, which compiled its findings using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, found during the three year period ending in June 2012, women have regained 38.7 percent of jobs lost during the recession.
“The recovery is finally reaching women,” said Dr. Heidi Hartmann, president of IWPR and a labor economist. “Women got more than one-third of the job gains in the third year of the recovery, much better than their share the previous year, despite the fact that women are bearing the brunt of state and local government cuts,” she said.
One sector that has been employing both sexes for quite some time is information technology (IT). According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20,400 positions were added in IT departments.
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According to one recent report, the internet is quickly becoming a dominant force when it comes to hiring opportunities.
In the recently released Global Online Employment report, Elance revealed that demand for online positions was increasing at a faster rate than that of traditional jobs. The study found that during its second quarter there were almost 200,000 new employment opportunities in the field, 35 percent higher than the same time last year.
The head of the company said that part of the reason for the growth was due to the fact that people in the sector could work anywhere.
“The ease of working online — coupled with the ability to instantly connect with a highly specialized global talent pool — is driving massive adoption of online work,” said Fabio Rosati, CEO of Elance. “For the first time, demand for technical talent is being matched by equally strong demand for creative talent.”
Numerous firms are using online tools to help sort through applications of job seekers. Forbes reports that social media management company HootSuite was using The Resumator to better organize the process.
Content provided by executive search organization, MRINetwork.

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Workers “on move” more in better economy — article from Dayton Daily News.
I’m always looking for good new about the job market here in Ohio.
This is encouraging evidence.

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I think this is another article about good news for IT jobs in the Great Lakes region – Dispatch article.

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