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05/06/11
Watch-outs. 25. Temporary employment, globalization, sustainability, cloud computing tips
Filed under: Position Searching, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 8:09 am

Finds include:  ideas for temp employment
in tight labor markets, different view of
globalization effects, sustainability vis-a-vis
water, and care with cloud computing.

 EMPLOYMENT TRENDS IN CONTINGENT
WORKFORCE
Source:  J. Bennett, WSJ 4-25-2011, p. B8 No link
available.  “Temping can offer a lucrative career path
to the right professional.”
She writes– significant number of organizations plan
to increase their use of contingent workers over the
next 3 years.  Medium to large firms will also add
permanent staff more slowly and strategically.  Tips
for applicants: 
Have 5 references lined up– previous
employers, managers, supervisors, colleagues, direct
reports, professors, mentors.
Be flexible– no stigma is attached to taking a temp
assignment below your skill and salary level.
Communicate with recruiter– if you like the company
and situation, let them know.
Stand out– Do the best you can.  Ask the manager, if
there is anything you can do to improve your fit
into the company cultures.

GLOBALIZATION COUNTER-POINT
Source:  P. Ghemawat, economist.com/blogs and
comments.  Economist, 4-23-2011, p. 72.
Examining a commonly held belief using logical
extensions revealed in indicators statistics to
support a counter argument to globalization
effects.
Considered:  increased, rather than decreased
concentration of many vital industries, greater
choice rather than homogenization. 
Results: overestimation of trends yields wrong
decisions, example, Nokia.
Generalization are either premature or wrong.

SUSTAINABILITY THIRD WAVE:  WATER
Source:  J. Mullich, WSJ April 22, 2011,
Water is the next generation carbon.  You can see
it in CA– lower water use, zero liquid discharge,
recover wastewater for industrial applications.  Terms:
Green water:  stored rainwater farms
Blue water:  river. lake aquifer water industry
Grey water:  fresh water containing pollutants
Top industries for implementation:  autos, commodities,
utilities, chemicals.

FUTURE CLOUD COMPUTING ISSUES
Source:  Economist, 4-30-2011, p. 14  Break-ins and
breakdowns. 


Risks:  be aware of being reliant on a single supplier
Individuals:  avoid using same PW on multiple on line
systems;  Spot phishing emails that trick revealing
key personal information.

Interesting:  Peoples’ responses to speed of computer
service.

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