Monday, July 24, 2017

Computer Classes are diversifying! Now, About those Jobs…

High-school girls are taking more Advanced Placement computer engineering exams than ever before, according to a new report from and the College Board. In 2017, largely thanks to a new test aimed at expanding the reach of engineering classes, female participation in these AP tests increased at a faster rate than young boys’ participation on the exam in 2017.

For women hoping to have careers in computer engineering, this kind of early training can make all the difference. The field of computer science is growing so fast it outpaces all other occupations in the US.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Donald Trump Won Nevada's Latino Vote, Just Like How He Predicted All Those Months Ago

Donald Trump doesn't seem to much care whom he offends or befriends. On Tuesday night, though, the outspoken businessman and Republican candidate for president might have proven why he doesn't need to care. In winning Nevada's GOP caucus by a very wide margin, Trump actually won the Latino vote, coming through on a prediction he made months ago to the dismay of Americans everywhere.

Back in July, Trump proclaimed that he would win the Latino vote in 2016 because of his promised ability to create jobs

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Trump says he'll win Hispanic vote because he'll create jobs

EXETER, N.H. —Donald Trump is still heavily favored to win in New Hampshire, but it's unclear how long that lead will last when one-third of New Hampshire voters are still undecided.

It's unlike Trump to start a rally without bragging about his latest poll numbers, but that's exactly what he did in Exeter Thursday. People crowded into Exeter town hall to hear him speak about jobs, the economy and illegal immigration.

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Cigna Among Top Companies in Diversity and Hispanic Inclusion

BLOOMFIELD, Conn.--(Business Wire)--Cigna (NYSE: CI), a global health service leader, has scored among the top companies measured in the 2015 HACR Corporate Inclusion Index (HACR CII).

The HACR CII is a research initiative conducted by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) and the HACR Research Institute. Participation in the survey helps track trends in Corporate America to measure diversity and Hispanic inclusion at Fortune 100 companies and HACR Corporate Member companies.

“The HACR CII research affirms the progress being made among leading companies to ensure diversity and Hispanic inclusion in the relationships and processes that drive business performance. The diversity of Cigna's workforce, along with a continued focus on procurement and philanthropy are essential to Cigna's mission to help the customers we serve improve their health, well-being and sense of security,” said Rosanna Durruthy, Cigna's chief diversity officer.

The 2015 HACR CII report focuses on the progress that participating companies have made over the last year as well as the progress for Hispanics more generally in corporate America. A total of 128 companies received invitations to take part in the survey and 53 companies submitted surveys.

Research and analysis was led by the HACR Research Institute, under the leadership of Dr. Lisette Garcia.

“On behalf of HACR’s Board of Directors, we congratulate Cigna for their commitment to Hispanic inclusion,” said Dr. Lisette Garcia, senior director of the HACR Research Institute. “Forward thinking companies such as Cigna recognize the importance of using data and analytics to identify gaps which can be used to help frame strategic plans to impact change and keep up with the demands of a diverse, ever changing marketplace.”

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Latino voters want a president who'll create jobs; anti-immigrant candidates need not apply

Latino voters would be receptive to a presidential candidate who offers a convincing vision for growing the economy, but not if they oppose immigration reform.

That’s the main takeaway from a poll of Latino voters conducted this month by Latino Decisions for the National Council of La Raza.

The poll found that only half of Latino voters think the economy is getting better; the other half think it’s getting worse or not changing. More than 40 percent are worried that someone in their household may lose their job next year.

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

OPM official sees ‘slow but sustainable’ growth in Hispanic workforce

With the Office of Personnel Management’s latest report on Hispanics in the federal government, it’s easy to take the glass half-empty approach.

The OPM report shows that 8.4 percent of the federal workforce was Hispanic in fiscal 2014, compared to 16.1 percent of the U.S. labor market. Some Latino advocates are worried that at this rate, the government will never catch up.

But Veronica Villalobos, OPM’s principal deputy associate director for employee services, chooses to view the glass as half-full.  Nearly 2 percent more of the federal workforce is Hispanic now than in 2000, when OPM issued its first report.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Donald Trump could win over Hispanics who fear job competition from illegals

“This stuff you read about how Hispanics are going to run away from Trump in droves is a Northeastern myth,” said longtime presidential campaign adviser Mark Sanders.

“Most Hispanics here in East Texas are here legally, they vote, and they are hard-line opponents of illegal immigration,” said Mr. Sanders, a top adviser in Democrat Tony Sanchez’s 2002 campaign to unseat then-Gov. Rick Perry. “The only one they want is Trump — not Hillary, not Bernie. That’s the conundrum for Democrats.”

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Your job is literally ‘killing’ you

People often like to groan about how their job is "killing" them. Tragically, for some groups of people in the U.S., that statement appears to be true.

A new study by researchers at Harvard and Stanford has quantified just how much a stressful workplace may be shaving off of Americans' life spans. It suggests that the amount of life lost to stress varies significantly for people of different races, educational levels and genders, and ranges up to nearly three years of life lost for some groups.

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

PG&E Employee Resource Group Ranked First Among U.S. Companies in U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Corporate Challenge

SAN FRANCISCO, Sep 28, 2015  Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) Latino Employee Resource Group was named as the nation’s top Hispanic ERG at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s (USHCC) sixth annual ERG Summit and Corporate Challenge. The utility, one of five finalists and the lone regional nominee, received the top honor at the USHCC’s national convention on Sept. 21 in Houston.

The award was based on four criteria, which align with PG&E’s goals of providing safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy services to its customers:

1. Careers: How the ERG helps accelerate development and advancement of its members within the company.

2. Community: The ERG’s involvement with academic scholarships and within the utility’s service area.

3. Culture: Efforts that create inclusion and raise the cultural pride felt by their community.

4. Commerce: Participation in the company’s marketing and branding efforts.

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11 Important Facts About Latinos in the U.S. Workforce

In a new report released this week, Latino Workers and Unions: A Strategic Partnership for America’s Progress, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement details the work environment for Latinos in the U.S. workforce. The picture the report paints isn't a pretty one. Here are 11 important facts about Latino workers in the United States:

1. The Latino population is the fastest growing group in the United States, currently at more than 55.4 million (17% of the overall population).

2. More than 26 million Latinos represent about 15% of the workforce, a number expected to nearly double by 2050.

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3 things recruiters look for on your social media profile

A strong reference might still be the best way to land your dream job, but when it comes to finding future employees, recruiters are looking ever more to the web. Jobvite’s 2015 Recruiter Nation survey shows that 92% of employers now look at a candidate’s social media profiles during the recruiting process. Of those, 87% said they look at LinkedIn.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

The increasing importance of Hispanics to the U.S. workforce

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Monthly Labor Review naturally gives rise for reflection upon how the demographic characteristics of the American workforce have dramatically changed. One of the most obvious examples is the structural increase in the presence of women in the labor force. Even in the past quarter of century, data from the 1990 and 2014 Current Population Survey (CPS) indicate that the growth rate in the number of women civilian workers ages 16 and above outpaced that for men (29.0 percent versus 21.4 percent).

The demographic shift with respect to ethnicity has also been striking in recent years. Sparked by immigration and relatively high fertility rates, the number of Hispanics in the civilian U.S. workforce more than doubled, from 10.7 million to 25.4 million workers between 1990 and 2014. This 137-percent increase dwarfed the 13-percent increase in the number of non-Hispanic civilian workers by more than a factor of 10, nearly doubling the representation of Hispanics among all civilian workers during this time (from 8.5 percent to 16.0 percent).

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Monday, September 14, 2015

7 secrets of highly diverse companies

Diversity (or lack thereof) in the IT industry is big news, and companies like Intel, Facebook, Google and Twitter are announcing they'll make greater effort to attract, hire and retain candidates from underrepresented groups, as well as publicly monitoring and tracking their results. But it seems some companies' initiatives are more successful than others. So, what makes some firms so good at improving diversity?

There's plenty of recruiting software solutions aimed at helping companies attract and hire a more diverse workforce; one such option is Entelo and its Entelo Diversity solution. Entelo Diversity works in conjunction with a company's existing suite of recruiting and hiring tools, which leverage big data, analytics and social media data to screen and source candidates. "Entelo Diversity is a Web crawler that uses a proprietary algorithm to aggregate profiles from publicly available information," says Entelo CEO Jon Bischke. Its solution uses what's already indexed to create a more in-depth profile of a candidate, and then look at certain data points that could signal whether candidates are male, female, black, Hispanic or a veteran. For example, is the candidate a member of the NAACP? That could signal they're African-American. Or, if the candidate was a member of a sorority during her college years, the assumption it's a female.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Migrant workers afraid to speak up over workplace exploitation

Cultural differences and work ethics are exacerbating the working and living conditions of migrants on working visas, leading to exploitation that Australian's wouldn't put up with.
The claims have been made in the wake of a report released by the Fair Work Ombudsman last week which found foreign workers have been exploited and underpaid at one of Australia's biggest chicken processors, Baiada.

The report found many workers were paid about half the minimum hourly wage and worked up to 18 hours a day with no overtime. Some workers were paid cash.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The 3 Biggest Social Media Snafus That Can Cost You the Job

"Better safe than sorry" is the motto job seekers and employees alike should adopt when it comes to posting on social media. "Many underestimate the reach of social media," says David Hoffeld, CEO of Hoffeld Group. "Social media is search-engine friendly, and many wrongly assume that when they post something, only those they are connected with will see it. In today's world, employers, co-workers and potential customers and future employers are searching online to learn more about you."

Hoffeld adds that this enhanced exposure is the "new normal," so being careless about what types of content you post can cost you a job. Making mistakes on social media isn't uncommon. According to a new report from Nexgate Proofpoint, the average Fortune 100 firm now has 320 social media accounts, with an average of 213,539 commenters (including followers) and more than 1,159 employees making more than 500,000 posts to these accounts. The research shows that the average firm had 69 unmoderated compliance validations over the past year, with employees responsible for 12 of these violations.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

This Is How Social Media Could Affect Your Job Search

Social media allows you to be more transparent and more connected than ever before, but it also encourages you to be more superficial, branding yourself in a certain way that hides your faults and gives your friends FOMO. Social media peer pressure subconsciously draws you to conform: You become addicted to likes—tempted to exaggerate further or put out a message people will respond to even if it’s not fully honest.

Many people use this strategy in their job search, unaware that it’s holding them back from being genuine and authentic.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Google Reports 21% of 2014 Tech Job Hires Were Women

Hoping to reverse the impression that Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) is a male-dominated culture, particularly among its tech ranks, the huge search company disclosed that 21% of its job additions in that part of the company were women. Of course, that is a long way from half and half. It is also a problem that has plagued the impression of lack of diversity among many large tech companies.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Battle for STEM Jobs: Hispanic science and engineer graduates hit historic high

More Hispanics are graduating college with bachelor’s degrees than ever before – especially in engineering and physical sciences.  

However, Hispanics are vastly underrepresented in the workforce in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – or so-called  STEM jobs. Though they account for about 15 percent of the U.S. population, they were just 7 percent of the STEM workforce in 2011.

This is bound to change, or at least has the potential to.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Minorities have degrees, but don't get hired

SAN FRANCISCO – Top universities turn out black and Hispanic computer science and computer engineering graduates at twice the rate that leading technology companies hire them, a USA TODAYanalysis shows.

Technology companies blame the pool of job applicants for the severe shortage of blacks and Hispanics in Silicon Valley.

But these findings show that claim "does not hold water," said Darrick Hamilton, professor of economics and urban policy at The New School in New York.

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