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Unemployment is rising and competition for the few jobs that are available is becoming tougher than ever. With each open job requisition, hiring managers are receiving hundreds of résumés. How do you stand out of the crowd? What can you do to get noticed? How can you start an interesting conversation? The key to successfully securing a job is to prove your expertise, while differentiating yourself from the crowd. It takes creativity and ingenuity - which are both possible using open source software. Open source can help you distinguish yourself without pulling on your purse strings, and, more important, it can help show how tech-savvy and creative you are. Build Your Credibility The most important task of job hunting is building an impressive résumé that clearly defines who you are, the expertise you bring to the table, your past successes, and the drive for a success... (more)

The Economic Winner's Column - Talking Digital Transformation from Chennai India

I have the pleasure of working in Chennai, India this week.  In advance of this trip I did some homework and prepared this discussion on digital transformation, globalization, future job opportunities, and what we can learn from the history of Chennai, India and early America.  Enjoy! Video Link: More awkward technology and travel videos by me (watch out Rick Steves): Human Strategies for Digital Transformation from Stockholm, SwedenWalking Rome, Talking Digital Transformation and MobilityWhat Portuguese Aqueducts, Google Fiber and High Speed Internet have in CommonInnovations and Mobile Applications in Lisbon, Portugal************************************************************************ Kevin BenedictWriter, Speaker, Senior Analyst Digital Transformation, EBA, Center for the Future of Work CognizantView my profile on LinkedInLearn about m... (more)

Parature One of Top 50 Best Places to Work in Greater Washington, D.C. for Second Consecutive Year

MCLEAN, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 04/04/06 -- Parature, provider of award-winning, on demand customer support software, announced today that the company is being honored as one of the 50 'Best Places to Work in Greater Washington, D.C.' by the Washington Business Journal for the second consecutive year. Being acknowledged in the medium size company category, Parature will be honored as one of the top '2006 Best Place to Work' at a breakfast reception on Friday, May 12, 2006 at the Ritz Carlton hotel Tyson's Corner, being hosted by the Washington Business Journal,, Reznick Group and Quantum Market Research. With high marks across the board in areas of management team strength, opportunity for advancement, workplace morale, employment benefits and value of employee skills, Parature employees made their views on the company known through confidential surveys ... (more)

IBM to Transfer U.S. Jobs to India: WSJ

IBM is reportedly transferring U.S. jobs in its global service unit to India. The Wall Street Journal said Wednesday morning that the company was expected to inform what the paper could only call "a large number" of American workers that their jobs were either being eliminated or sent to India. [email protected] suggests the layoffs will be on Thursday. IBM's earnings were up 12% to $4.42 billion last quarter; it's forecast no strain this year because of the slowdown; and it's supposedly in talks to acquire Sun. Recently IBM reportedly laid off around 4,600 people. It's also unclear whether IBM might be a bidder for the disgraced Indian outsourcer, Satyam. The Journal says Global Services has 180,000 people worldwide. ... (more)

Cisco Announces Workforce Retraining Initiative

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) launched a new Workforce Retraining Initiative (WRI) and pilot training program in Michigan that President Barack Obama lauded in a speech at the Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan. WRI, built on the Cisco® Networking Academy®, is designed to create new job opportunities for U.S. workers and support the country's ability to innovate, compete and prosper. Key Facts/Highlights Cisco is partnering with community colleges, universities, health care leaders, workforce development leaders, the medical community, and certification associations to implement WRI. WRI is tapping into the Cisco Networking Academy, which has an extensive track record of providing high-quality education in support of technology-based jobs. The program currently enrolls 128,000 students in the U.S. The WRI in Michigan will focus on broadband, network security and he... (more)

Dachis Group Raises $7.5 Million in New Venture Funding

AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 03/20/13 -- Dachis Group, a leader in data-driven social marketing solutions, today announced the completion of $7.5 million in Series C funding led by Austin Ventures. Brand marketers and agencies worldwide have quickly come to understand the explosive power of social marketing and the promise of engaging with their key constituents at scale. However, optimizing investments in social and measuring concrete ROI has proven difficult. Dachis Group offers the most advanced big data social marketing analytics platform in market, meeting the increasingly complex measurement and amplification needs of global brands. "There is no doubt in our minds that social engagement is driving more effective brand marketing," said Chris Pacitti, General Partner, Austin Ventures. "Given the enormous market for brand spend globally, we are a big believer i... (more)

LinkedIn Marketing Series: Effectively Using Your LinkedIn Company Page

As we continue our LinkedIn Marketing series, we are going to learn and simplify the use of your company page. Before you can use the company page option in LinkedIn you need a personal profile, which you can learn more about in last week’s article “LinkedIn Marketing Series: Managing Your Profile and Updates“. Image Source: The relationship you have between your business and your customers has become more important than ever. How you present your company to you prospects, clients, and partners is equally important to development and maintain relationships. Brand marketing of your business is not about advertising tasks as much as it is about marketing process activities using engaging and informative information. This is about showing your authority and knowledge to your customers to earn their attention. Does this take more time and energy on your pa... (more)

'A Car Is Born' Charity Premiere, Hosted By UGS and Blue Sky Productions, Raises $30,000 for Focus: HOPE

DETROIT, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- UGS Corp., a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced the charity premiere of "A Car is Born" on Monday, Dec. 5 at Detroit's Fox Theatre raised $30,000 for Focus: HOPE. "A Car Is Born" is the first television documentary to cover the history of the product development process in the automotive industry. The documentary is produced by Blue Sky Productions' John McElroy, host of the television program "Autoline Detroit." "Focus: HOPE is honored to be the chosen beneficiary of proceeds from the 'A Car is Born' premiere. The combination of UGS, a major automotive technology provider, with Focus: HOPE represents an ideal relationship," said Eleanor Josaitis, CEO and co-founder, Focus: HOPE. "We are dedicated to equipping our students with the skills that automotive industry employe... (more)

New Plant Start-Ups in the Southwest Maintain Momentum During the Start of 2008, an Industrial Info News Alert

SUGAR LAND, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 05/16/08 -- Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- Fifteen new plants began some phase of commercial operation and start-up during the first four months of this year in the Southwest Market region of the United States. These plants were spread across six industries and provided an estimated 1,275 new job opportunities for the region. The first four months of 2007 had a nearly duplicate performance with 17 new plants beginning operation. For details, view the entire article by subscribing to Industrial Info's Premium Industry News at, or browse other breaking industrial news stories at Industrial Info Resources (IIR) is a marketing information service specializing in industrial process, energy and financial related markets wi... (more)

The Levo League Launches Professional Network to Elevate Gen Y Women

NEW YORK, March 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Levo League, the only technology start up dedicated to accelerating career development of young professional women, announces its official launch with the introduction of a game-changing online community and recruiting platform. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: (Photo: ) "From undergraduate and graduate students, to employed professionals, to those seeking new opportunities to emerging entrepreneurs, The Levo League provides young women in the formative years of their career path with the necessary resources to achieve personal and professional success," states Caroline Ghosn Co-Founder and CEO of The Levo League. The Levo League... (more)

Ohio Young Adults Say Job Scarcity, Shrinking Middle Class, and American Dream Slipping

Majority favor increased energy production and cuts in federal taxes and regulations to create jobs WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Generation Opportunity, the largest non-profit, non-partisan organization in the United States engaging and mobilizing young Americans (ages 18-29) on the important economic issues facing the nation, released new polling data today on Ohio young adults as the 2012 presidential election nears. Since its launch in June of 2011, Generation Opportunity has amassed a following of over four million on Facebook and is actively organizing Millennials across America through grassroots tactics, voter registration, and voter turnout efforts. Generation Opportunity has already engaged well over one hundred and thirty thousand Ohio young adults through its social media and field operations. (Logo: (more)