How Good Are YOU in the Job Hiring Process?

21 Sep

As puts it for Careerealism:

“Not sure where you’re going wrong in your job search? Tired of never hearing back from employers? Chances are, you’re getting shut out of the hiring process. Why? Well, there are a few major areas where job seekers fall flat when they’re applying for jobs. Take this quiz to see what’s going on in your job search.”
 

 

Cereal Continues to Lose Its Popularity

20 Sep

Are you a cereal eater these days? Did you used to be? What can marketers do today to increase your cereal consumption? :-)

As Stephanie Strom reports for the New York Times:

“Cereal consumption peaked in the mid-1990s, according to the NPD Group, a consumer research firm. Still, some 90 percent of American households report buying ready-to-eat cereal, which remains the largest category of breakfast food with some $10 billion in sales last year, according to Euromonitor, down from $13.9 billion in 2000. And the consumer research firm estimates sales will fall further this year to $9.7 billion.”

“The cereal business has been declining, as consumers reach for granola bars, yogurt, and drive-through fare in the morning. And the drop-off has accelerated lately, especially among those finicky millennials who tend to graze on healthy options — even if Cheerios and some other brands come in whole-grain varieties fortified with protein now.”

 

Click the New York Times’ chart to read more.
 
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ClickFox’s 2014 Brand Loyalty Survey

19 Sep

ClickFox, a firm specializing in the analysis of customer experiences, has released the results of its 2014 brand loyalty survey: “ClickFox research this year identified Apple as the top brand consumers can’t live without for the third consecutive year. Amazon, Dell and Coca-Cola tied in a distant second to Apple as the most revered brands in the study. Starbucks, Google and Microsoft fell slightly from their top rankings in the 2013 ClickFox Loyalty Survey.”

Here is an infographic from ClickFox on the 2014 study.
 

 

Women Entrepreneurs Still Facing More Hurdles Than Male Entrepreneurs

18 Sep

As we have noted before, there are a number of resources available to help women entrepreneurs level the playing with their male counterparts.

Nonetheless, as Mathilde Collin — co-founder and CEO of Frontapp, a collaborative E-mail app — observes for the Wall Street Journal:

“There’s a huge gender imbalance in the entrepreneurship world. For all the strides women have made in launching startups and driving the economy forward, they face persistent obstacles that hamper their progress — as documented in a recent Senate committee report that shows how far women lag behind men in areas like access to capital.”

The following two charts, both from the Wall Street Journal, highlight (1) the characteristics of female versus male entrepreneurs and (2) the disadvantages that women entrepreneurs face.

Click here to read more about this subject.
 

 

 

Are Microsoft and Minecraft a Good Fit?

17 Sep

Mojang, the maker of the highly popular Minecraft video game, has reached an agreement to be acquired by Microsoft. The purchase price is $2.5 billion. The deal is important to both Mojang and Microsoft, the maker of Xbox.

As Mojang posted at its Web site:

“Yes, we’re being bought by Microsoft. Yes, the deal is real. Mojang is being bought by Microsoft. It was reassuring to see how many of your opinions mirrored those of the Mojangstas when we heard the news. Change is scary, and this is a big change for all of us. It’s going to be good though. Everything is going to be OK. Please remember that the future of Minecraft and you – the community – are extremely important to everyone involved. If you take one thing away from this post, let it be that. We can only share so much information right now, but we’ve decided that being as honest as possible is the best approach. We’re still working a lot of this stuff out. Mega-deals are serious business.”

And in this YouTube video, head of Xbox Phil Spencer discusses Microsoft’s acquisition of Minecraft and Microsoft’s respect and admiration for the Minecraft community.
 

 
But, when the acquisition  is completed, the hard part starts — blending the Mojang culture with that of Microsoft. As Evelyn M. Rusli and Shira Ovide write for the Wall Street Journal: 

News that Microsoft is acquir[ing] Swedish company Mojang AB up a clash of cultures between the corporate giant and Minecraft loyalists — spanning from middle-school children to video-game diehards. To many of its fans, Mojang’s antiestablishment swagger has always been part of Minecraft’s mystique. Mojang, which has only about 40 employees, is run by programmer Markus Persson, who has gained a cult following by publicly blasting big tech companies, including Microsoft, Electronic Arts, and Facebook.  Microsoft, pushing 40 and worth about $387 billion, is seen as the software industry’s Goliath.”

“Already, there are signs that a Minecraft game under Microsoft will be different. According to people with knowledge of the matter, Mr. Persson is expected to leave Mojang if Microsoft completes a deal. The company’s game-development office in Stockholm isn’t expected to move or close, a person familiar with the deal negotiations said. On online forums such as Reddit and Twitter, many players questioned whether a sale would destroy the game’s indie spirits. ‘Why pay $2.5 billion for something just to alienate all the fans?’ wrote a Reddit user who goes by the handle Joebovi.”

 
 What do YOU think?
 

Universum’s 2014 Top Employer Rankings: Part 2 — Global Leaders

16 Sep

Universum is the global leader in employer branding. Annually, it conducts student surveys to determine their ideal employers. In Part 1 of our two posts on these surveys, U.S. employers were highlighted. In Part 2, global/foreign employers are highlighted.

The 2014 Universum Student Surveys by Country results are based on the responses of several hundred thousand college students around the world (although not necessarily specified by undergraduate/graduate status). Note: Some of the country surveys were conducted in 2012 and 2013.

Click the links to access Universum’s listing of the most ideal employers for many countries around the world:

 

australia  Australia

  Austria

Belgium  Belgium

brazil  Brazil

canada  Canada

China  China

Czech Republic  Czech Republic

denmark  Denmark

finland  Finland

france  France

germany  Germany

Hong Kong  Hong Kong

india  India

Indonesia  Indonesia

ireland  Ireland

italy   Italy

 japan  Japan

Malaysia  Malaysia

mexico  Mexico

Netherlands  Netherlands

norway  Norway

Poland  Poland

russia  Russia

singapore  Singapore

south africa  South Africa

Spain  Spain

sweden  Sweden

Switzerland  Switzerland

thailand round flag  Thailand

turkey  Turkey

Ukraine Ideal Employers  Ukraine

UAE  United Arab Emirates

Uk  United Kingdom

Vietnam  Vietnam

 

Universum’s 2014 Top Employer Rankings: Part 1 — the U.S.

15 Sep

Universum is the global leader in employer branding. Annually, it conducts student surveys to determine their ideal employers. In Part 1 of our two posts on these surveys, U.S. employers are highlighted. In Part 2, global/foreign employers will be highlighted.

The 2014 Universum U.S. Undergraduate Student Survey results are based on the responses of more than 46,000 undergraduate students: “Students choose an unlimited number of employers they would consider working for from a list of 230. From their ‘considered’ employers they choose their top five ‘Ideal’ employers. The Ideal Employer Rankings represent the companies with the most ‘Ideal’ votes.”
 
Click the image to access the listing of the 100 most ideal employers according to U.S. undergraduate business students.
 
 
 
Here are the company factors that all of the U.S. undergraduates surveyed (regardless of major) consider most important in their job search.
 
 
The 2014 Universum U.S. MBA Student Survey results are based on the responses of more than 2,500 MBA students: “Students choose an unlimited number of employers they would consider working for from a list of 230. From their ‘considered’ employers they choose their top five ‘Ideal’ employers. The Ideal Employer Rankings represent the companies with the most ‘Ideal’ votes.”
 
Click the image to access the listing of the 100 most ideal employers according to U.S. MBA business students.
 
 
 Here are the company factors that the U.S. MBA students surveyed consider most important in their job search.

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