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Tandem Powered offers a full suite of Professional Resume Writing, Career Development, and HR / Business Consulting services.


Tandem Powered's blog is dedicated to empowering readers by highlighting best practices in the arena of resume writing, career development, and organizational effectiveness, as well as by providing readers with an insider's view of the corporate hiring process.


Kent Nolen

I regularly get asked to share more information about what's going on on the "other side of the table" - in the world of HR.  From time to time, I write from that perspective.  It's something that I want to do more of, so watch for "HR Uncovered" to appear more in this blog. I attended a conference and learned some interesting things that I think are worth sharing:

  • In the second quarter of 2009 about 40% of companies cut jobs. In the second quarter of 2010 about 20% of companies cut jobs.  This is why things seem a bit better but still feel awful (job cuts are job cuts).
  • How is work getting done amidst all of these cuts? Existing employees are working more (about 17% more in the case of hourly employees).
  • The category of employees most affected by layoffs = Professionals and Managers.
  • The category of employees least affected by layoffs = Senior Executives.

In good news, jobs are consistently being added in many sectors and about 50% of companies are at least "somewhat optimistic" about upcoming job growth (compared with about 35% a year ago).

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