As the year draws to a close, hiring managers, recruiters, and Human Resources professionals are looking ahead and considering their hiring strategy. Most know which and how many positions will be open, and are already starting to reach out to their professional networks and mine their internal databases to fill those jobs as quickly as possible.

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Halloween does more than bring out the whimsy (and the sweet tooth) in usÐit drives business in a big way. Halloween heralds the beginning of the spending season for consumers. Record numbers of Americans are expected to celebrate the holiday this year, projecting profits that are out of this world, and creating thousands of seasonal jobs.

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I received a call from my friend (let’s call him Charlie) last week. He recently lost his sales position after his former company announced their latest round of layoffs. He’s actually been on the market for a few months now, but he was hoping to keep it under wraps and find something new quick.

The rationale for his optimism, although flawed, seemed sound enough at the time.

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At the height of summer, when college graduates might be sitting on the beach and soaking up the sun, many are pounding the pavement looking for their first post-college job. This year’s graduating class began college at the height of one of the worst recessions in recent history, and are emerging to find a very different job market than their parents experienced at their age. And because of that, their priorities have shifted.

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