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May 14, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. economy added 244,000 jobs in April. However, a majority of those additions were in low-wage work environments, The Huffington Post reports. The news source adds that nearly a quarter of new jobs were in the retail sector, where the average hourly rate…

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May 12, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

The virtual worker has become increasingly common due to escalating pressure from company costs, improvements in technology and cheaper cloud tools, according to Livermore, California Patch. These remote part-time contract workers offer numerous benefits for employers, such as reduced overhead and lowered hourly rate expenses for hiring workers in other countries. "It helps us in…

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May 11, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

Budget cuts have taken their toll on Montclair, New Jersey, and the town council recently approved numerous changes to counteract decreasing revenue, according to The Montclair Times. Specifically, lack of staff in the town's community services department has led to complaints by residents about their garbage not being picked up on time. "With the lack…

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May 11, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

While most people prefer the comfort and respect that comes with holding a full-time position, AZCentral notes that ignoring listings for temp positions can hurt a candidate's career prospects. Bill Recchion, president of career placement firm Recchion and Associates, explains to the news source that in any position, there are transferable skills that job seekers…

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May 10, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

Optimism has returned to the U.S. oil and gas industry, and there were plenty of businesses with vacancies looking to hire during the recent 2011 Offshore Technology Conference, according to Chron. The news source notes that in March there were 12,500 new vacancies posted on industry job site Oilcareers.com - 60 percent more than there…

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May 10, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

More recent college graduates are turning to temp agencies for employment after graduation to get their feet wet in the workforce, according to KVAL-TV. The news source explains that showing experience and collecting a paycheck are important even if the applicant is not earning up to his or her potential. Patience is a virtue with…

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May 9, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

Entrepreneur magazine explains that asking the right questions before adding a payrolling service can benefit businesses that are looking to outsource the burdensome paperwork. "Payroll is such an important piece of a business, with critical penalties if it's not handled correctly, so you need to be sure you're working with a skilled provider," Steven J.…

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May 9, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

According to CNN, 2.3 million people held temporary jobs in March, up from 1.7 million in mid-2009. With the economy still in flux, companies continue to attempt to satisfy customer demand without making potentially risky long-term commitments to worker salary and benefits. "Employers know that the economy could change at any time," Jon Osborne, vice…

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May 6, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

With the economy still shaky, some small businesses may not feel comfortable with the idea of hiring a new employee full-time. Rasmussen College online instructor Michael Mancini Jr. explains to the website AllBusiness that contacting a temporary staffing agency is an acceptable alternative solution to growing a businesses. The author explains that temp agencies have…

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May 5, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

Women-and minority-owned (WMBE) staffing agencies are making headway in increasing their visibility amongst staffing buyers, according to Staffing Industry Analysts. The news source notes that of the 44 staffing firms on Staffing Industry Analysts' 2010 list of fastest-growing staffing firms, more than half were also on the 2010 list of diversity staffing firms. "Although we…

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