Breaking the Glass Ceiling

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As the years have progressed, more women are shattering the glass ceiling. More than 80% of American companies have at least 2 women on their boards, and 60% have two or more women on their elite executive committees. More and more women are finding ways to break the barrier. Unfortunately upon breaking through the glass ceiling, they are realizing that another one has been created at the “C-Suite” level, preventing them from reaching the pinnacles of America’s business world.

20-first, a British consultancy firm reported in its annual Gender Balance Scorecard that there is a need for Americans to look more closely at the number of women on their corporate executive committees. “C-suite” executives, who can make executive decisions on behalf of the board and define company policy, tend to be men. The women that do make it onto executive committees are typically slotted into support roles. In fact, only 17 percent of executive committee members at the 100 largest U.S. corporations are women, and two-thirds of those are in roles like HR or communications.  Rather than looking at the number of female board members, the number of women as part of the executive committee acts as a better gauge of progress towards removing the glass ceiling. Additionally, increasing the number of senior women executives may instigate change on issues such as equal pay. Terri McClements, US Human Capital Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers believes that the pay gap is exacerbated by the lack of women in senior leadership roles.

Some companies have begun leading the way in executive-team balance. Target and TIAA-CREF were the only 2 of the 100 U.S. companies that has achieved executive committee gender integration. Do you think that there are multiple glass ceilings in place? What change would you expect from breaking the barriers?

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Jobless Claims Decrease

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Gigats provides you with relevant information regarding jobs, companies and industries to keep you up to speed on everything job related. Recently, the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose less than expected and remained near pre-recession levels. The decrease in claims offers evidence that the economy is recovering and growing stronger.

Last week, the claims for state unemployment benefits went up by 2,000 to 304,000 for the week ending on April 12. The number stayed close to a 6-1/2 year low that was touched the prior week. Despite last week’s increase, claims were down 19,000 between the March and April survey periods, which suggest acceleration in job growth. Indicators such as job openings, the duration of unemployment and short-term unemployment, suggest that conditions in the labor market may be tightening.  The claims report showed that the number of people still receiving benefits after an initial week of aid dropped 11,000 to 2.74 million in the week ending on April 5. The number was the lowest since December 2007.

With the news of our economy strengthening, now is as good a time as ever to visit Gigats.com and see what great job opportunities may be available to you!

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Gigats Review of Civil Engineer

The Gigats Network seeks to provide you with the most comprehensive information about employment and we thought it would be useful to offer some data about the job growth outlook of popular positions. So please review the information below, brought to you by the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) in addition to common market knowledge, to see if the profession of Civil Engineer is right for you!

The job growth outlook for Civil Engineers is 19 percent, higher than the average for all occupations. The infrastructure throughout the country is aging, and so the need for Civil Engineers to manage the rebuilding, repair, and upgrade of bridges, roads, levees, and dams will increase.

Additionally, our growing population will require water systems to be maintained, to reduce or eliminate leaks of drinkable water. More waste and waste water treatment plants will also be needed to help clean out waterways all across the country, which Civil Engineers play a part in.

Are you a Civil Engineer? Do you agree with this information?

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Gigats Review of Financial Examiners

By reviewing information from the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), in addition to common market knowledge, and as the Gigats Network seeks to provide you with the most comprehensive information about employment, we thought it would be useful to offer some data about the job growth outlook of popular positions. So please review the information below to see if this profession of Financial Examiner is right for you!

The job growth outlook for Financial Examiners is 27 percent – higher than the average for all occupations. Due to recent abuse of the mortgage-lending process, more stringent financial regulations will need to be implemented in order to prevent another subprime crisis or housing market crash.  So this job will be in demand. Financial institutions that were not previously subject to FDIC regulations, will now need to be placed under supervision and more Financial Examiners will need to be hired to monitor cash levels and uncertain trading activity.

While overall employment rates for federal government jobs is expected to decline due to government spending decreases, Financial Examiners in federal government positions is expected to increase.

Do you agree with this information? Are you a Financial Examiner or looking for a job in this field? Let us know!

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Gigats Review of Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate

Using information acquired from the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), in addition to common market knowledge, as the Gigats Network, we seek to provide you with the most comprehensive information about employment. To that end, we thought it would be useful to offer some data about the job growth outlook of popular positions. By reviewing these professions, you should be able to determine if any of them are the right ones for you!

The job growth rate for Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate is expected to grow around 7%, slower than average for all occupations. This industry is almost directly tied to the real estate market, which fluctuates easily. With the increased use of mobile technologies and automated valuation models to appraise property for mortgages, will eliminate some of the work typically performed by Appraisers and Assessors, hence the lower job growth rate.

The available job openings in this field are expected to be very competitive and most prevalent in areas with active real estate markets. Additionally, Appraisers who can switch specialties and appraise different types of properties will have an easier time finding employment.

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Gigats Review of Art Directors

As the Gigats Network seeks to provide job seekers with the most comprehensive information about employment, we thought it would be useful to offer some data about the job outlook of popular positions. Reviewing these careers should prove helpful in determining whether they are right or not, for you! We are using information acquired from the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), in addition to common market knowledge.

Art Directors have a job growth outlook of 9%, slower than the average for all occupations. Many Art Directors are employed by the publishing industry which is currently seeing a decline in production. But, the reason it’s not a bigger decline is because of the growing Art Director openings for other media forms. Electronic magazines, Internet-based publications, new websites, etc. will all need Art Directors. So, new opportunities are around the corner.

Companies will be looking for Art Directors with an understanding of, and the ability to navigate, the digital world.

What do you think about this review? Agree? Disagree?

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Faking Confidence

The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology recently published a study they called enclothed cognition. In summary, when participants wore a white lab coat, thought to belong to a doctor, their ability to pay attention to details increased. Those who wore the same coat, but thought it belonged to a painter had no increase in ability. And those who only looked at a white lab coat belonging to a doctor, also didn’t have any increased abilities.

The coat must be worn, to feel it on your body, to see it on your skin, in order for it to influence your psychological processes. And this same phenomenon can be said for the workplace.

Dressing up at work instead of the business casual dress code that you are allowed to wear, may be your ticket to getting more done during the day or doing your job better. At the very least, you will feel more confident when you put those heels or business jacket on. Not to mention the increased respect you might get.

Hey, it’s worth a try. And let us know if it worked for you!

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Great Quote of the Day Part 3

“Even the college graduates and millennials who are able to find jobs aren’t entirely out of the woods. A 2009 Yale University study showed students who graduate into a recession can expect to earn a 10 percent lower wage after a decade of work than they otherwise would have earned in a strong economy.”

This quote of the day from the Huffington Post sounds ominous, but is it true? It’s definitely thought-provoking… What do you think?

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“Reshoring”

Reshoring is offshoring that has been brought back onshore. In other words, companies who have in the past, sent jobs offshore, are starting to bring those jobs back to America.

The benefits of strengthening our economy by bringing jobs back to the U.S. is one that a lot of companies are now starting to understand. Add to that the rising costs (due to the weakened U.S. dollar) and associated with doing business on the opposite side of the world, and many companies are seeing that bringing back offshored jobs is a good thing.

Additionally, there are advantages to having your workforce close by. Again due to the economy, many companies have traded buying in bulk for buying lower quantity levels for fear of tying up cash in unsold merchandise. And then there is the fact that trends change much more quickly than they used to, so having easy access to your manufacturing and production facilities in order to facilitate any changes, is helpful.

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3 Easy Networking Tips for People Who Hate Networking

Yes, networking is a powerful employment tool and generally a good skill to have. But, you hate it. And, you’re not very good at it. Welcome to a club that is very big.

Here are 3 easy tips to [when you finally decide you need to or have to start networking] use to your advantage.

1. Don’t try to talk to everyone. It might seem to defeat the purpose of networking, but making quality connections is better in the long run because they will actually remember who you are. Plus, they will be more apt to introduce you to the people they know, adding to your card-swapping repertoire without even needing to do anything.

2. Again, a tip that might seem to defeat the purpose of networking – don’t automatically lead with your business card. You’re wasting your cards by giving them out without a productive conversation. Ask if it’s okay to give them a card. It may seem weird to do so, but think of how you feel when pop-up ads ask for your email address. It’s completely out of the blue, irrelevant, and out of context. Same thing.

3. Ask the other person questions before talking about you. Don’t go on and on about yourself, only to briefly ask about the other person once you’re done. When you focus them first, they leave thinking how pleasant you were and naturally have a more favorable impression of you. Don’t worry, they’ll ask about you in return and you’ll be able to give them your rehearsed spiel, then.

Hopefully these 3 tips will make your next [mandatory or otherwise] networking event more successful. If you still can’t imagine putting yourself out there like that, check out Gigats where we send you job matches that meet your job search requirements.

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