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No Degree No Problem

No Degree No Problem

No Degree No Problem

When hiring for management roles, Companies still rely heavily on Grade Point Average and the name of the school new hires attended in making hiring decisions.  However, that thinking is changing.  Companies are beginning to focus on a person’s potential to grow and learn.  They are looking for people with strong interpersonal skills, drive, passion, and other qualities that show that the person will fit the culture of the company and the capacity to learn new skills as the needs of the company change.

Google hiring non-graduates – Business Insider

How to Get a Job at Google – Forbes

Why Google doesn’t care about hiring top college graduates – Quartz

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Six Habits Of Ambitious People

Six Habits Of Ambitious People
Known for its highly stylized format and ability to target upper income professionals, “Fast Company” also has some sound advice.

Ambition isn’t a dirty word. Channeled correctly, it’s the motivator to a satisfying life.

Source: Six Habits Of Ambitious People | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

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28 Things You Should Not Say at Work

28 Things You Should Not Use At Work

28 Things You Should Not Say at Work

“Business has certainly become more casual, but that doesn’t mean people don’t judge you by what you say. Here are some phrases you need to stop saying.”

Source: 28 Common Phrases You Shouldn’t Use At Work | Inc.com

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27 High-paying Jobs That Do Not Require a Degree

Jobs that don't require a degree

27 High-paying Jobs That Do Not Require a Degree

You don’t need a four-year degree to get a high-paying job.  Business Insider has a list of 27 jobs that have a median salary of $60,000 or higher and none of these jobs require a degree.

SourceHigh-paying jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s degree – Business Insider

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Houston Area Employment Beats National Average

Houston Area Employment Beats National Average

Houston area employment (Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land Metropolitan Statistical Area) stood at 2,971,200 in March 2015.  Employment rose by 82,500 from March 2014 to March 2015.

“Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman noted that the Houston metropolitan area has had over-the-year employment increases in each month since July 2010. (See chart 1 above and table 1 below; the Technical Note at the end of this release contains metropolitan area definitions. All data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year analysis is used throughout.)

Table 1. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector, U.S. and Houston metropolitan area, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and Industry Mar.

2014

Jan.

2015

Feb.

2015

Mar.

2015(p)

Change from Mar.

2014 to Mar. 2015

Number Percent

Total nonfarm

137,214 138,671 139,503 140,326 3,112 2.3

Mining and logging

868 893 878 870 2 0.2

Construction

5,746 5,920 5,929 6,025 279 4.9

Manufacturing

12,061 12,212 12,228 12,256 195 1.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

25,852 26,546 26,349 26,451 599 2.3

Information

2,719 2,739 2,770 2,777 58 2.1

Financial activities

7,889 8,016 8,024 8,040 151 1.9

Professional and business services

18,685 19,124 19,230 19,344 659 3.5

Education and health services

21,465 21,629 21,917 22,011 546 2.5

Leisure and hospitality

14,181 14,271 14,417 14,664 483 3.4

Other services

5,523 5,549 5,573 5,597 74 1.3

Government

22,225 21,772 22,188 22,291 66 0.3

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

Total nonfarm

2,888.7 2,945.6 2,965.7 2,971.2 82.5 2.9

Mining and logging

107.5 113.5 113.7 113.0 5.5 5.1

Construction

198.3 204.9 206.1 206.9 8.6 4.3

Manufacturing

252.4 255.7 254.8 254.7 2.3 0.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

585.8 602.8 602.1 601.7 15.9 2.7

Information

33.1 32.7 33.2 33.2 0.1 0.3

Financial activities

145.8 147.3 148.0 148.8 3.0 2.1

Professional and business services

455.4 465.5 466.2 466.1 10.7 2.3

Education and health services

345.6 357.6 361.5 362.1 16.5 4.8

Leisure and hospitality

282.2 285.8 290.4 295.1 12.9 4.6

Other services

103.1 103.6 103.6 103.4 0.3 0.3

Government

379.5 376.2 386.1 386.2 6.7 1.8

(p) preliminary

Source: Houston Area Employment — March 2015 : Southwest Information Office : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Jobless Claims Fall to the Lowest Level Since 1973

Employment Rate July 19
Jobless Claims Fall to the Lowest Level Since 1973

“In the week ending July 18, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 255,000, a decrease of 26,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 281,000. This is the lowest level for initial claims since November 24, 1973 when it was 233,000.  The 4-week moving average was 278,500, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 282,500.

There were no special factors impacting this week’s initial claims.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.6 percent for the week ending July 11, unchanged from the previous week’s unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 11 was 2,207,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up 1,000 from 2,215,000 to 2,216,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,253,750, a decrease of 10,500 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 250 from 2,264,000 to 2,264,250.  Department of Labor