Luigi Lupo's Blog (30)

Let’s Take a Vacation

Don’t we all wish we had more vacation days?  At the same time, do we usually try and negotiate for an additional week of vacation in a new employment opportunity? 

But before we can say “I want more vacation time” - let’s first look at how this country’s corporate culture feels about vacation. 

Vacation pay is not required by U.S. law.  In fact U.S. employers don't have to offer vacation time off even without pay. Vacation pay is strictly voluntary for employers, but many…


Added by Luigi Lupo on August 15, 2019 at 5:45pm — No Comments

Know the Numbers

  • Job openings were at 7.3 million on the last business day of June
  • Separations were at 5.5 million
  • Quits rate was unchanged at 2.3%
  • Layoffs and discharges rate was at 1.1%
  • Number of hires 5.7 million

Added by Luigi Lupo on August 13, 2019 at 10:01am — No Comments

A More Accurate Barometer

The Unemployment Rate is calculated as the share of the labor force that is unemployed. The federal government uses what is known as the Current Population Survey to determine who is in the labor force and whether they are employed or unemployed. To be considered in the labor force, someone has to be employed, or available for work and has to have actively looked for work in the preceding four-week period. Those who may want to work but are so discouraged about their chances…


Added by Luigi Lupo on August 9, 2019 at 10:54am — No Comments

"End User Training"

The End User, is a popular concept in software engineering, referring to an abstraction of the group of persons who will ultimately operate a piece of software (i.e. the expected user or target-user).

For the purpose of this blog; let’s roughly translate to:  Hiring Manager - a popular term in Recruitment, referring to an abstraction of the group of persons who will…


Added by Luigi Lupo on August 6, 2019 at 11:50am — No Comments

"Retention" Interviews - Before it’s too late.

Exit interviews do provide valuable information, but in most cases it’s too late.   Even more insight can be gained from a “Retention” Interview. You can gain a powerful understanding by hearing what key people working for your organization have to say about life as an employee. What's working? What's not? How vulnerable are you to current employees leaving?

“Retention” interviews are intended to be pre-emptive. The interviews are focused on key people - those in positions of…


Added by Luigi Lupo on August 1, 2019 at 9:41am — No Comments

Are You a Change Agent?

Are You a Change Agent?


With unemployment reaching an all time low and the continued creation of new jobs in today’s economic boom times, we are all facing the challenges of attracting good workers.  Employers face a new economy, a new workplace and new workers with new expectations and demands.  We are finding more and more that the old approaches and strategies no longer work effectively. 

Recruitment today does not resemble what it was in the past.  It will be the…


Added by Luigi Lupo on July 30, 2019 at 8:24am — No Comments

Greener jobs on the way…Investments and their Impact

Awhile back I wrote a blog about the “Green Collar Jobs” and it looks like green sector is here to stay. The new administration is committed to reducing carbon emissions in an effort to fight global climate change. These new investments have the potential to provide economic benefits that go way beyond the primary one of emissions reduction.

We lost over 5.1 million jobs over the past 15 months. The new administration commits $100 billion annually in new public investments over the… Continue

Added by Luigi Lupo on July 23, 2009 at 10:16am — No Comments

The Top Ten Workforce Trends for 2009

Ok – time for a mid year check-in….here is a list of trends forecasted by the highly respected Futurist, James Canton.

1. A global war for Smart Talent will be the top driver of competitive advantage, as educated, skilled and experienced employees will be in demand.

2. The aging of the population in America and Europe will have dramatic effect on society and the economy impacting productivity, knowledge and growth.

3. An increase in women in the U.S. workforce… Continue

Added by Luigi Lupo on June 30, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Let the Market Decide the Number of Working Visas

Back in 1982, the number of H-1 visas was unlimited – can you imagine? All professionals were eligible for H-1 visas. There was no maximum duration for H-1s either and employers could petition for H-1 workers all year long. The program did not generate anywhere near the amount of controversy that it does today. It was a market-based system which allowed employers to fill jobs in a global economy – a relatively simple program.

The Immigration Act of 1990 started the government control… Continue

Added by Luigi Lupo on May 15, 2009 at 10:53pm — No Comments

The American Dream…

Will 2009 be the year for Comprehensive Immigration Reform? It’s off to a good start….The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act was introduced – again. The bill would provide a path to U.S. citizenship for undocumented immigrant minors who entered the country more than five years ago while they were under the age of 16 and who complete two years of college or 2 years of military service.

Really this is just a fraction of the real issues with our immigration… Continue

Added by Luigi Lupo on April 2, 2009 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Occupational Outlook…

In these turbulent times it’s important to stay positive. For Employment, Recruitment and Placement Consultants, overall employment is projected to grow by 18 percent between 2006 and 2016. This is faster than the average for all occupations according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition. This handbook is developed by the BLS and is available online for free.

It’s the Government's premier career reference book on occupations and tomorrow's job market. Completely… Continue

Added by Luigi Lupo on February 9, 2009 at 10:07am — No Comments

Job Evolution…

The evolution of jobs and positions within companies is directly impacted by the economic changes over time. The impact is felt across all industries at a global level. This evolution has affected organizational positions from non-exempt to the executive level. In essence it has affected the labor market in its entirety. Given the current economic climate, companies are struggling with reorganizations, cost containment, headcount, and other efforts to stay in business

We are in the… Continue

Added by Luigi Lupo on December 10, 2008 at 10:24am — No Comments

On a lighter note (Part 2)…

As a follow up to my previous blog regarding the most abused phrases found on resumes. Thank you for all the great responses and comments!!

After a quick tally of the responses - here is your top 10 List of the most abused phrases found on resumes.

•Proven track record
•Problem solver
•Fast paced
•Due diligence
•Cutting edge
•Results oriented
•Team player
•People person
•Quick learner
•Detail oriented

Added by Luigi Lupo on November 29, 2008 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

On a lighter note…

Following up to a recent blog post: “Some applicants say the darndest things” - Here are the 6 most highly abused phrases found on resumes according to a recent LinkedIn study.

•“Proven track record”
•“Problem solver”
•“Fast paced”
•“Due diligence”
•“Cutting edge”

Wondering if anyone can help me finish out a top ten list?

Added by Luigi Lupo on November 24, 2008 at 10:26pm — 22 Comments

Don’t let the numbers deceive you…

The media is painting a scary picture otherwise known as the labor market. Last month’s unemployment numbers are another brushstroke. Over the past 18 months, 3.3 million workers have become jobless. There are currently 10.1 million unemployed workers in this country since late 07.

The unemployment rate is at 6.5% and the under employment rate, which measures the number of people only working part-time, but looking for fulltime work, is at an all time high of over… Continue

Added by Luigi Lupo on November 19, 2008 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Some Applicants say the darndest things...

Some humor for the week from – you just can’t make this stuff up. Found on real resumes and cover letters:

•"Received a plague for Salesperson of the Year."

•"Wholly responsible for two (2) failed financial institutions."

•"Failed bar exam with relatively high grades."

•"It's best for employer that I not work with people."

•"Let's meet, so you can 'ooh' and 'aah' over my experience."

•"You will want me to be Head Honcho in… Continue

Added by Luigi Lupo on November 5, 2008 at 11:30am — No Comments

Is your Email getting through?

Email is the current primary means of communication. It’s important to make sure the emails we send to our candidates reach their target – The In-Box. So I decided to do a little more research...

Every day, scores of legitimate emails get blocked by email filters and corporate firewalls. In fact, market intelligence companies estimate up to 38% of permission-based emails are wrongly blocked by filters and firewalls. Your all-important emails to candidates, recruitment campaigns, and… Continue

Added by Luigi Lupo on September 26, 2008 at 9:49am — No Comments


Another resource to add to your pipeline development arsenal is the Employer Assistance & Recruitment Network (EARN)

EARN is a cost free national employment referral service sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, with additional support from the Social Security Administration. The site provides unlimited job postings distributed to numerous local employment service providers who assist employers find job ready disabled candidates in their community.… Continue

Added by Luigi Lupo on September 23, 2008 at 1:53pm — No Comments

26 Job Seekers for every 10 Jobs

The gap between workers and jobs continues to expand. In December of 2006, there were 1.6 job seekers for every open job. Now, by comparison, in July of this year there were 2.6 job seekers for every open job.

So what does this mean….well this past July, there were 8.8 million more unemployed job seekers in the US. Unfortunately, there were only 3.4 million job openings, according to BLS.

We are currently looking at 5.4 million more job seekers than job openings in this… Continue

Added by Luigi Lupo on September 21, 2008 at 10:30pm — No Comments

So who’s hiring?

As you may already know, the unemployment rate jumped to 6.1% last month. Making it the highest unemployment rate since September 2003 and we continued to shed 84,000 more jobs in August.

Looking back, payrolls are down by 605,000 since November 2007. We have experienced the eighth month in row of consecutive declines. Since March of 2007, over 2 million people have become jobless.

In addition, the unemployment rate increased among new college grads. Their jobless rate… Continue

Added by Luigi Lupo on September 11, 2008 at 3:27pm — No Comments


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