Udacity Says It Can Teach Tech Skills to Millions, and Fast – The New York Times:
“Students who complete these courses are awarded the nanodegree, a credential that Udacity has worked with Google, AT&T and other companies to turn into a new form of workplace certification.”
*Certification as credential?
lynda.com Article Center | lynda.com Certifications—Now Available On Your LinkedIn Profile:
“If you’re a member of both lynda.com and LinkedIn, when you complete a course on lynda.com, you’ll receive an email with a link that lets you quickly and easily post your new certificate of completion to your LinkedIn profile—adding depth and breadth to your online resume.”
*This isn’t why I rejoined Lynda but I heard about it a day or so after. Believe I heard about it on the Talk Show with John Gruber. This would seem to be valuable to Lynda members and to firms looking for people with particular skills. Perhaps LinkedIn will allow hiring managers, recruiters and other people looking to hire people with skills a way to find Lynda members.
Lookingforward to seeing what happens after my first certificate goes up on LinkedIn.
ESPN Is Cutting 300 to 400 Jobs – NYTimes.com:
“ESPN’s higher advertising and subscriber revenue was offset by the higher cost of college sports programming. “
*This doesn’t sound good.
While checking email this evening I noticed a job ad at the top of the Gmail inbox. See image nearby. So, I think maybe I’ll know someone that might be a fit, I click on the ad and end up at the page below, there are no jobs listed.
Ad in Gmail
Ad link destination
Perhaps the job listings were down for the moment. You might try the link above the screenshot later to see if the jobs are correctly displayed.
If the jobs are not showing because there are no job opening, there is money being wasted on advertising. Perhaps this is a ruse where hungry job seekers seek a job, none are listed and highly interested people take action. Some things they might consider are as follows.
- Email the firm inquiring about jobs
- Check their LinkedIn account for connections to the firm
- Take action based on findings
- Calling the firm cold and having a story that is interesting and compelling to the gatekeeper who answers.
Sometimes firms place barriers in the way to filter out candidates. If small barriers prevent further action, that candidate is probably not suitable for the job.
It said the number of U.S. job postings on the Internet rose to 4.7 million on Dec. 1, up from 2.7 million a year earlier. The company daily collects listings from corporate and job-posting websites, removing duplicates.
via Job Postings Surge as Economy Warms – WSJ.com.
Job postings on Indeed were up 74.07% from December 2009 to December 2010.
Lots of interesting data in the story. Add it to your suggested reading.
4.7 million – 2.7 million = +2 million
2 million / 2.7 million = 74.07%