11 Tips for Highly Effective Meetings

Unorganized meetings are the worst!

Everyone has been in a meeting that seems to never end, nothing is accomplished and you walk away wondering why you were even invited in the first place or why couldn’t this have been covered in an email … you are not alone!

Meetings, in the workplace, are necessary for exchanging opinions, ideas and collaborating to move projects forward or improve what already exists. Employees should feed excited about participating and contributing to their professional growth and the betterment of their company.

Organizations need to set expectations, so that a positive, constructive and professional experience is had by all employees. All it takes is a little preparation. Continue reading

Did You Miss Our Webinar? OFCCP Audits – 5 Reasons They Fail

Due to high demand for more information into the industry trends of the topics of Human Resources, Labor Relations, Department of Labor regulations and compliance expectations, America’s Job Exchange has gone monthly with its educational webinars.

This September we chose to tackle OFCCP audits. We know they exist. We assist our customers through them weekly… but how is one organization selected over another? What takes place during these investigations? Is there any way to prepare, ahead of time, for an audit? If you have visions of a meltdown dancing in your head, knee-deep in a pile of paperwork…we can save yourself the rise in blood pressure. We teamed up with our trusted partners at Portnoy, Messinger, Pearl & Associates (PMP). They are based in New York and have been committed to providing full-service, strategic guidance on all facets of employer/employee relationships and providing guidance through the numerous laws and regulations that pertain to labor relations and human resource. Continue reading

The Benefits of Hiring People with Disabilities

disabilityMany employers are finding success with an often overlooked talent pool — candidates with disabilities. Forward-looking employers are developing proactive sourcing plans to create a recruiting pipeline that includes candidates with disabilities.


Many businesses that employ individuals with disabilities report reduced employee turnover, increased employee loyalty, and increased morale and productivity of other employees. According to Maryland.gov “Strong human capital strategies, which include recruiting, hiring, and retaining employees with disabilities, are pivotal to maintaining competitive advantage.”

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NILG 2015 Key Takeaways

The 33rd Industry Liaison Group National Conference 2015, in New York, July 29-July 31, celebrated “Onward and Upward: Building the Future of Compliance.” For the first time, representatives from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) collaborated on panels to discuss pay equity, gender identity, background checks and other major issues that impact equal employment opportunity.

Industry experts educated attendees on several topics of current importance:



Disability and Veteran Outreach

Job Steering


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Important Government Initiatives in 2015 to Assist Veterans (Part 2)

Veterans’ Economic Communities Initiative

Earlier this year, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald, with leaders from national and local veterans’ service organizations, corporate employers and government agencies, announced the launch of the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI), an effort focused in a total of 25 U.S. cities to promote economic success for veterans. The initiative is part of MyVA, which is dedicated to making veterans the center of all we do.

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Employment Summary for September 2014


The first Friday of every month is when employment data is released. The September data looks encouraging and employment increased in professional and business services, retail trade and health care.


Employment increased by 248,000 in September compared with an average monthly gain of 213,000 over the prior 12 months and the unemployment rate decline by 0.2 percent to 5.9 percent. Business and professional services added 81,000 jobs in September as compared with an average gain of 56,000 per month over the prior 12 months. Employment in retail trade rose by 35,000 in September. The biggest news in retail is that food and beverage were able to add 20,000 jobs and put people back on payroll as a disruption in a New England grocery chain store was resolved. Health care added 23,000 jobs in September as employment in hospitals and health care services rose.

Although job opportunities went up in several industries, the demographics that mostly decreased their unemployment rate were white males (5.3%) and Hispanics (6.9%). The rates for women, teenagers and blacks have showed little change from the year earlier.

Among people who did not have jobs, there is a group of long-term unemployed, who have been jobless for more than 27 weeks and that was essentially unchanged at 3 million in September. This group accounts for 31.9% of the unemployed. Also among the unemployed, people who lost jobs and who completed temporary jobs decreased by 306,000in September to be at 4.5 million.

Then there is the part-time group that is also called the involuntary part-time workers, who would have preferred to have full time employment but were employed in a part-time job either because their hours were cut back or because they were unable to secure full-time employment and they remained constant at 7.1 million.

The group that is marginally attached to the labor force, meaning that they do want to work and are available for work but are not considered unemployed as they have not looked for jobs for at least 4 weeks were at 2.2 million. Good news is that the “discouraged workers” in this group, that is people who are not looking for work as they have given up hopes of finding a job went down by 154,000 in September from a year earlier to 698,000.

Employment in information increased as well as in construction, hospitality and finance. Jobs in food services and drinking places also increased and are up by 290,000 over the year.

So the outlook looks quite good and hopefully even better numbers will emerge for October. The jobs are there and growing so seize them! Get ready by sharpening your skills or acquiring new ones. Also, register with www.americasjobexchange.com to upload your resume to a database that is widely accessed by hundreds of employers looking for talent. You can also avail of our resume writing services. Additionally there are a wealth of seeker resources on our site like blogs and career articles and education resources and job scouts that you can access for a successful and fulfilling job search experience!