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Business Talent Group: Consulting Opportunities


Business Talent Group (BTG) is redesigning the way work gets done.

BTG has created an efficient marketplace for independent talent (consultants and executives with industry experience) to connect with companies for project-based work. They bring companies a solution that’s both more agile than permanent hires and more cost-effective than traditional consulting. BTG brings Talent access to top clients and assignments—from growth and strategy to innovation and process improvement. It’s a new way to tackle business challenges, and BTG is leading the charge.  

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Companies Hiring in Louisiana


New career opportunities are available in Louisiana - recently named one of the top ten most entrepreneurial states in America by CNN Money

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Bureau of Labor Statistics: 92,001,000 Americans Not Working (Increased by 11,472,000 since Obama)


by Ali Meyer

11.4 million Americans age 16 and over have left the workforce since President Obama took office in January 2009, according to data released today from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

In July 2014, there were 92,001,000 Americans, 16 and over, who were classified as “not in the labor force,” meaning they not only did not have a job, but they didn’t actively seek one in the last four weeks. 

This number has increased by 11,472,000 since January 2009, when the number of Americans not in the labor force was 80,529,000.

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Microsoft Layoffs: 18,000 Jobs



Microsoft confirmed it will cut up to 18,000 jobs over the next year, part of the tech titan's efforts to streamline its business under new CEO Satya Nadella.

In a statement released Thursday, Microsoft says about 12,500 of the professional and factory positions will be cut as part of its $7 billion acquisition of Nokia's handset business, which the company closed in April.

"My promise to you is that we will go through this process in the most thoughtful and transparent way possible," said Nadella in a memo to employees.

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83% of College Students Don’t Have A Job Lined Up Before Graduation


San Francisco, CA, May 7, 2014 – Results of the 2014 AfterCollege Career Insights Survey, conducted among college students and recent grads, reveal unique glimpses into the millennial mindset, including a growing sense of anxiety about the transition to the working world and whether college is actually preparing students for life beyond the classroom.

Job Market Getting Tougher for College Grads?

83% of graduating seniors said they didn’t have a job lined up as of April 2014, despite 72.7% reporting that they were actively looking for one. This is a jump from the 80% of graduating seniors who didn’t have a job lined up at the same time last year.

These numbers don’t vary significantly, even for more “marketable” majors—81.6% of engineering, technology, and math majors didn’t have jobs lined up, and business students didn’t fare much better with 85.1% saying they hadn’t lined up jobs either.

Students Need More Than Colleges Are Providing for Career Help

Only 52% of 2014 respondents believe college adequately prepares students for the working world. This is a significant drop since last year, when 69.4% of respondents believed college was preparing them for their careers.

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92,009,000 Americans Not Working...


37.2%: Percentage Not in Labor Force Remains at 36-Year High

June 6, 2014 - 8:05 AM

(CNSNews.com) - The percentage of American civilians 16 or older who do not have a job and are not actively seeking one remained at a 36-year high in May, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In December, April, and now May, the labor force participation rate has been 62.8 percent. That means that 37.2 percent were not participating in the labor force during those months.

Before December, the last time the labor force participation rate sunk as low as 62.8 percent was February 1978, when it was also 62.8 percent. At that time, Jimmy Carter was president.

In April, the number of those not in the labor force hit a record high of 92,018,000. In May, that number declined by 9,000 to 92,009,000. Yet, the participation rate remained the same from April to May at 62.8 percent. 

The labor force, according to BLS, is that part of the civilian noninstitutional population that either has a job or has actively sought one in the last four weeks. The civilian noninstitutional population consists of people 16 or older, who are not on active duty in the military or in an institution such as a prison, nursing home, or mental hospital.

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Summer Internship at De Beers Mining Company

De Beers (mining, not jewelry) is looking for a summer intern to work in its strategy division for 1-2 months.  The internship has flexible starting dates.

Scope of work:

  • Market sizing
  • Market research
  • Modelling
  • Forecasting

Please send your CV and 2-3 lines on your motivation to ekaterina.yakovenko@debeersgroup.com.




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Financial Times: US Loses Edge as Employment Powerhouse

The labour force participation rate – the proportion of adults who are either working or looking for work – started to decline in the US in 2000 and has plunged since 2008 from 66 to 63 per cent. The equivalent of 7.4m people are no longer part of the labour force.

Please read more in the Financial Times.

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