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One of the many advantages of participating in a professional conference is meeting colleagues and expanding your network, whether by attending a reception, talking with the individual sitting next to you before a session starts, or connecting via an intriguing chat comment. Some individuals find it almost natural to walk up to a stranger and begin a conversation. For many others, it’s more of a stretch. Here are ways you can make the...
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of Hispanic workers in the labor force has grown from 10 million in 1990 to 29 million in 2020. By 2030, Hispanics are expected to account for one out of five workers. Hispanics are represented more in the labor force compared to others because they tend to be younger and in the prime age working group, 25-54 years old, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics....
Networking-starved professionals are returning to in-person luncheons and live conventions, organizers say, with meetings of local chambers of commerce and national industry events back on the calendars as COVID-19 cases fall. Event organizers say they expect more in-person events this year, albeit in some cases with fewer attendees than pre-pandemic levels.  READ MORE AT WALL STREET JOURNAL
High school and college are intended to give students the academic building blocks for their future professional development. But they don’t typically prepare students for the role that relationships play in a career. In-person and virtual networking isn’t just about meeting people; it’s about cultivating relationships over the long term, and knowing when and how to take advantage of them. And doing this well is a learned...
According to the 2022 Global Talent Trends report from LinkedIn, workers are prioritizing work-life balance over all else when looking for a job.  To answer that, LinkedIn reviewed the fastest-growing job titles over the past several years. These 15 jobs not only provide insight into the future of work, but might guide you toward your next role (one with plenty of growth and opportunity). READ MORE AT BUZZFEED  
Whether you’re on the hunt for a new gig because you don't feel your workplace is supporting your needs, you're looking to switch fields, or you're more simply looking for a related position at a different company, starting the job search can be daunting. READ MORE AT WELL+GOOD
Personal branding is an unquestionably hot topic these days. If you explore the term “personal branding” on Google Trends, you will see a steep spike in the number of times it has been searched over the last 5 years. And yet, as much as we talk about personal branding, the concept remains enigmatic, with few of us able to actually explain what a personal brand is and how to build one. Advice abounds but is often more misleading...
As Americans demand better benefits and work-life balance, employers are realizing that offering employees permanently-remote opportunities will help fill those job openings that are in desperate need of filling. A new report from Ziply Fiber says that companies that do not offer remote work in 2022 will see a 30% rise in quit rates. READ MORE AT CONCHO VALLEY
Building your professional network can offer many benefits. Not only is networking an important part of your job search, but the people in your network can provide different levels of support while you’re searching. Maybe that’s sharing job postings, proofreading your application materials or practicing for interviews. Here are three tips to help you grow your network this year. READ MORE AT UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER
College enrollment in the United States is now down 6.5% compared with 2019 — the largest two-year drop we’ve seen in the last 50 years, according to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. A growing number of students are opting out of bachelor’s degree programs due to rising costs as well as the economic and health implications of the coronavirus pandemic. If...
Studies suggest that networking at events can gain companies up to 20% of their new customers, and a networking strategy can also be the key to finding new investors and partners that will help to grow your business. Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy for everyone to network successfully.  some of us are shy, we're not sure where to start, or we have not had great luck in the past. READ MORE AT CPA PRACTICE ADVISOR