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Pat DuganA recent Crain’s survey informed us that among over 650-plus Chicago-area men and women surveyed in January, 62% —nearly 2 out of 3—said changing companies was necessary for advancement in the local job market.

We know this isn’t a Chicago issue per sé but we do know that certain industries offer fewer opportunities for growth and increased income than others. Frequently large CPG firms, common in this area, take the brunt of not allowing the growth or compensation opportunities needed to make a long stay worthwhile. Rather than waiting for promotions, people are leaving.

Foster GrowthWhile many suggest the Millennial generation, followed by their predecessor Gen Xers, tend to move with the highest frequency, we’ve got a few suggestions on how better to manage churn.  In fact, there are even strong arguments that encourage moves that support both employer and employee.
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Pat DuganFrankly, there can never be enough support given to our military veterans as they adjust to civilian life, try to launch careers, and are otherwise rewarded with the same kind of opportunities so many of the rest of us take for granted.

That’s why this program, Code Platoon, needs to be recognized for the good work it’s doing on behalf of those vets in the Chicagoland area.

Intended exclusively for vets, the program is an accelerated curriculum that teaches the basics of the Ruby full-stack programming language over the course of 20 weeks of combined remote and in-person training. As a code “boot camp,” it immerses students who have very little or no tech background in both instruction and actual programming, and also supplies them with job counseling, interview prep and employer matching.

technology-1283624_640It’s a necessarily initiative, because post-9/11 veterans find it harder than other jobseekers to land full-time work.
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Pat DuganChicago’s unemployment rate has steadied out at around 5.8%, down from 6.4% just a couple of years ago. That’s good news for the overall regional economy, though the problems downstate and other endemic difficulties in the Illinois economy are still with us.

But for some companies, it’s made it tougher to find and hire the kind of skilled workers or specialists they need to fill certain roles. Just a few examples of that?
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pat_smallOne argument for taking on a temporary job that can sway a good candidate?  The chance they can learn as they earn.

Quite often, there’ll be skills training attached to certain positions.  Or it’s simply an opportunity for them to enhance or sharpen the skills they’ve already got.  In today’s economy, candidates need to seize every available opportunity to polish their abilities and make themselves more attractive to the next prospective employer.

Temporary positions are a viable way to do that that can also buff up a resume by helping fill in the gaps in your employment history.  There’s very no stigma attached to contractor or temp work, not in an era when it’s increasingly the norm.


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