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Office Professionals Finding Twitter A Useful Resource

July 22nd, 2014

Twitter logoTwitter is no longer an overlooked resource for administrative office professionals.

With 255 million active registered users and half a billion daily Tweets, following specific users or hashtags (using a third party tool) has become a convenient and automatic way for people to stay on top of what they care about. Office professionals are no exception. Thousands already follow sites like @OfficeDyamics or @JuliePerrine. Read the rest of this entry »

IT Jobs Increase Outpaces Most Sectors

July 21st, 2014

Techserve alliance June 2014IT jobs continue to increase, outpacing the national jobs growth  and at a rate faster than nearly all other sectors. TechServe Alliance, the national trade association of the IT and engineering staffing industry, reports IT employment has grown 3.2% from June 2013 to June 2014, adding 144,200 workers. The Alliance says there were 4,664,800 IT jobs as of last month. Read the rest of this entry »

CEOs Are Taking Over Data Center Decisions

July 18th, 2014

server roomNew research suggests that CEOs are making the majority of the critical decisions concerning data center investments.

Where previously this role was the exclusive domain of CIOs, Forrester Research found it has been, if not usurped, then seriously limited as CEO’s have begun to exercise greater control over these critical decisions. Read the rest of this entry »

Resources for Healthcare Tech Professionals

July 16th, 2014

Medical technology tablet - freeTech professionals working in healthcare not only face all the same challenges their brethren in other industries do, but they also must cope with a dizzying variety of regulations and rules from federal and state agencies, as well as complying with internal policies and providing for the needs of insurance companies.

And then, of course, there are the medical devices controlled by sophisticated programs, and the doctors, nurses, lab technicians and others who depend on speedy and accurate access to medical records. Read the rest of this entry »

Paralegal Demand Ranks High In New York City

July 15th, 2014

Would you believe the hottest job in the legal profession in New York City is not lawyer, but paralegal? So says the New York Daily News, drawing on data provided by the job distribution and search service,

In fact, paralegals are so much in demand in the city, the legal hub of the U.S., that the job came out on top in ZipRecruiter’s review of the job titles that grew the fastest compared to a year ago. Read the rest of this entry »

Prospects for International Accounting Standards Dim In U.S.

July 14th, 2014

International global standardsA Fitch Ratings report says it’s unlikely the United States will adopt the complete International Financial Reporting Standards any time soon.

Parts of the standards may be accepted, but hurdles remain in three joint project areas – financial instruments, insurance and leasing.

Fitch says the (U.S.) Financial Accounting Standards Board and the International Accounting Standards Board are finding differences in financial products and in how to apply the standards to be the key challenges to adopting the standards for financial instruments. U.S. accounting representatives to the joint projects also raised concerns about the likelihood that the insurance standards affect both insurers and non-insuring issuers. Read the rest of this entry »

Banking Group Calls for Cyber Defense Council

July 11th, 2014

A well-organized cyber attack  against the nation’s banks and financial institutions could zero-out customer balances triggering panic and a run on banks including those unaffected by the attack.

This bleak picture of what some say is not an “if” scenario, but a “when” scenario is contained in an internal document prepared by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (Sifma). It’s part of a proposal the Wall Street trade group is making for a joint committee of government and industry to address the security of financial institutions. Read the rest of this entry »

States and Cities Are Adopting Minimum Wage Hikes

July 10th, 2014

Money in handThis month, California became the latest state to raise the minimum wage. On July 1, the rate went up from $8 an hour to $9, giving it the fourth highest minimum after the District of Columbia at $9.50 an hour, Washington state at $9.32 and Oregon at $9.10.

While efforts to raise the federal minimum wage are languishing, 34 states are considering or have taken action to raise their state’s minimum. Read the rest of this entry »

Med Students Rely On Pharma Reps, Internet For Drug Info

July 9th, 2014

The more often medical students interact with pharmaceutical sales reps, the more likely they are to prescribe brand-name drugs, and the less likely they are to make evidence-based prescribing choices. A report published online by JAMA Internal Medicine concluded, “Among physician trainees, our survey showed an association between positive attitudes toward industry-physician interactions and less knowledge about evidence-based prescribing and greater inclination to recommend brand-name drugs.” Interesting, another powerful source of drug information for students and residents was the Internet. Among first year medical students 89% used Google and 85% used Wikipedia for drug information. Residents, too, used these sites, but at lower rates. Medscape

The Out Of Office Email Access Fiction

July 8th, 2014

emailOut of office emails are popping up with increasing frequency these days as the nation heads into the thick of the summer vacation season.

From now until Labor Day, and then again for the year-end holidays from Thanksgiving until New Year’s, these auto-responses serve notice to clients, customers, colleagues and bosses not to expect to hear from you until some time in the future.

Across the country and even, it seems, in other English-speaking countries, the messages are nearly identical: Read the rest of this entry »