Each Friday we will be providing a quick snapshot of our favorite blogs with news around the industry!

Around the IT Industry

Farewell to Netbooks in 2013
Ubuntu OS for Smartphones Announced
Microsoft Losing Its Edge?
Google Still Uncertain of Google Glass Implementations
Five Tech Companies That May Not Survive the Year
Read more here:  Modis “Around the IT Industry”

Around the Staffing Industry

Contracting is on the rise and it means that there will be more recruiting of freelancers to do special projects, as well as less focus on long term training at the worksite.   Read More here: What the Rise of the Temp Workforce means for HR and Internal Recruiters

Hot areas to watch in the HR Technology Race:

  • Talent Acquisition – algorithm based questionnaires matchup candidates to employers
  • Remote, Online and Mobile Interviewing
  • Mobile Schedule Management
  • Onboarding – decreasing time and easing paperwork

Read More here: People and Technology, the Next Generation of HR

To help you take stock of where you are and get going in your career search for 2013, Lee Hecht Harrison shares their Best Career-Related Lists of 2012.

The Jobs Report

The December numbers are out and it is pretty much as expected.  155,000 new jobs were added and the unemployment rate stayed at an even 7.8%.  Read more here:  December’s 155K New Jobs Are What Economists Expected

Employees seem less optimistic for positive growth in business performance and while employers do expect some hiring, it is expected to be at the same rate as last year.  Read more here: Robust Jobs Report from ADP Shows Private Sector Strength

Want to know what HR pros predict for 2013? Check out the new The FOT Soap Box video here: The Year of The Video.  This video gives you the inside perspective of two real word HR professionals.