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4.1 Percent Increase in Average Starting Salaries Predicted for Professional Roles in 2016


New Salary Guides Show Salary Ranges, Hiring Trends for More Than 750 Occupations The 2016 Salary Guides from Robert Half reveal U.S. starting salaries for professional occupations are expected to increase an average of 4.1 percent next year. Among the five fields tracked, the technology sector is projected to see the greatest pay gains, with base salaries rising an average of 5.3 percent. Accounting and finance roles followed, with anticipated average compensation increases of 4.7 percent. The creative and administrative professions each registered projected starting salary gains of 3.8 percent, followed by the legal field, with average base pay expected to rise 3.1 percent in 2016.

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Three in Five US Workers May Need to Work Past Age 65


Most Workers Will Likely Need to Work Longer or Save More to Meet their Financial Needs in Retirement A new analysis from Aon Hewitt, the global talent, retirement and health solutions business of Aon plc, reveals that most workers will likely be working longer to save enough to maintain their standard of living in retirement. Aon Hewitt’s analysis of 77 large U.S. employers, representing 2.1 million employees, projects the average worker will need to save 11 times their final pay at retirement (age 65) to keep their preretirement lifestyle. Exact income replacement depends on the unique situation of each worker including age, income, anticipated retirement age and Social Security. Aon Hewitt finds most workers are coming up short when it comes to preparing for retirement. Only one-in-five are on track to meet or exceed their needs in retirement at age 65. An additional 20 percent may be close to having reasonably adequate savings with some lifestyle adjustments. This leaves 60 percent of workers unable to afford to retire at age 65. Aon Hewitt projects that age 68 is the median age U.S. workers will be able to retire with sound financial security, while 16 percent are not expected to have …

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Administrative Professionals Gain Clout

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Research Reveals Support Staff More Valued Today Than 10 Years Ago. Many of us already recognize the importance of administrative staff, but new research suggests that their influence is growing. Three in five (60 percent) senior managers surveyed by staffing firm OfficeTeam and the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) as part of the Office of the Future project said support staff are more valued now by their companies than they were 10 years ago. Sixty-two percent of administrative workers who were polled agreed.

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More Employees Leave Jobs for Career Growth Than Money

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Poll of 11,000 U.S. workers uncovers four factors to help companies enhance their employee attraction and retention strategies. As American companies grapple to retain top talent, Randstad US has released the results of its most recent Employer Branding Survey, which uncovers four key factors impacting employee attraction and retention. Randstad’s 2015 Employer Branding Survey arms U.S. companies with specific areas they can address to minimize employee turnover in today’s competitive talent market.

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Network Like a CFO!

When it comes to business networking, email is the communication channel of choice for busy finance executives. Half (50 percent) of chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed recently said they opt for email correspondence to keep in touch with professional colleagues. Social media was a distant third place, after attending industry and group events. The Robert Half Management Resources research shows evolving preferences for CFOs. In a similar survey three years ago, online networking was executives' top choice. As to what they hope to achieve through their outreach, respondents most commonly cited keeping up with industry trends, which ranked second in 2012. CFOs were asked, "How do you prefer to network professionally?" Their responses: 2015 2012 Email correspondence 50% 22% Attend professional events, meetings, conferences 25% 25% Network online (social media) 18% 45% None/don't network 7% 7% Other/don't know 0% 1% 100% 100% CFOs were also asked, "What is the primary purpose of your professional networking activities?" Their responses*: 2015 2012 Keep up with industry news and developments 46% 20% Grow business 37% 60% Recruit new talent 11% 7% Find a new job 5% 10% Other/don't know 0% 3% 99% 100% *Responses may not total 100 percent due to rounding. "Email allows busy executives to easily stay in touch with contacts and quickly receive feedback on a question or business request," said Paul McDonald, senior executive director for Robert Half. As convenient as email can be, McDonald advises professionals to avoid becoming too reliant on it. "Exchanging ideas over lunch or attending a conference with others in your industry is a more personal way to develop a rapport with colleagues. Social media offers a vehicle for quickly widening one's reach and gaining exposure to a broader range of news and insights." Robert Half Management Resources highlights five professional networking tips for senior-level professionals to broaden their connections and visibility: Build a presence at industry events. Delivering a presentation or facilitating a workshop at a national or chapter meeting will introduce you to peers and other contacts. In addition, you'll establish yourself as a thought leader. Mentor others. By sharing the wisdom you've gained throughout your career, you can shape future leaders and gain the personal satisfaction that comes with helping them advance their careers. Volunteer with philanthropic and local organizations. While making a difference in the lives of others, you can also expand your network and gain insights into diverse perspectives by interacting with people from different backgrounds and fields. Serve in a leadership position outside the company. Taking on roles in business and community groups enables you to showcase your leadership skills in a different capacity. You'll also meet people with whom you can exchange business ideas. Engage with your alma mater. You will help prepare the next generation of professionals, while enhancing your firm's connections with professors and the school. Your contributions could build student affinity for your company as well. About the Survey The survey was developed by Robert Half Management Resources and conducted by an independent research firm. It is based on telephone interviews with more than 2,200 CFOs from a stratified random sample of companies in more than 20 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas. About Robert Half Management Resources

When it comes to business networking, email is the communication channel of choice for busy finance executives. Half (50 percent) of chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed recently said they opt for email correspondence to keep in touch with professional colleagues. Social media was a distant third place, after attending industry and group events.

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3 Punchy Paragraph Formula for Better Job Application Cover Letters


A good rule of thumb is to keep a cover letter to just three paragraphs. The purpose here is to pique an employer’s interest, provide a glimpse of your business writing talents, and of course, work towards getting an interview. “A well-crafted cover letter is as important as one’s resume. It sets the tone for everything that follows,” says job and career expert Phil Blair. “It is often an employer’s first exposure to you, the basis of their first impression.”

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Job Interview Safety Tips


Millions of job interviews take place every day.  Typically your personal safety is not something you have to worry about when interviewing for a job.  Use common sense and trust your instincts. In most job interviews, there is nothing to be afraid of and nothing inappropriate will happen. This article is aimed at those rare situations where things do go wrong and a vulnerable job candidate is put into a difficult or potentially dangerous situation. Before agreeing to any interview make sure the job you are applying for is legitimate and not some scam posting or work from home scheme.  Legitimate jobs do not require that you pay a fee up front unless you are working with a recruiter or recruiting placement agency.  Any reputable recruiter will outline their fees for you up front.

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Navy Federal Named as Best Place to Work for Millennials


Navy Federal Credit Union announced today it has been recognized as a “Best Place to Work for Millennials” by The Center for Generational Kinetics, a global leader in researching and understanding Millennials. The list, which comes on the heels of news that Millennials have surpassed Gen Xers as the largest workforce in America1, is the first of its kind to identify companies that excel at recruiting, developing and retaining top performers. Navy Federal ranked first in the list’s Large Employer category.

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Nearly Half of Millennials Intend to Pursue New Jobs in 2015

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Research shows gaps in what employees’ desire compared to what their current environment offers At a time when employers are looking to attract and retain talent, new survey data from Aon Hewitt  shows that 43 percent of Millennials plan to actively look for a new job in 2015. According to Aon Hewitt, Millennials feel that what they value in an organization is different than the priorities of their current workplace. Most employees believe their employers’ current values focus on more organizational-oriented themes, including teamwork, profit and customer satisfaction.

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