It’s a new year, which, for many, is also a time to renew one’s goals. Some will resolve to make small changes while others might consider overhauling their lives. But among the most popular New Year’s resolutions, finding a job or getting a better one consistently makes the list.

For those in search of employment opportunities, 2015 seems a good time to be on the job market, depending, of course, on where one lives. According to the National Association for Business Economics, nonfarm employment will grow by nearly 220,000 jobs per month while unemployment will fall to 5.4 percent by the fourth quarter.

Source: 2015’s Best & Worst Cities to Find a Job | WalletHub®

An analysis by Korn Ferry shows that public companies with a higher rate of return (ROR) also employ professionals who exhibit higher levels of self-awareness. The Korn Ferry Institute analyzed a total of 6,977 self-assessments from professionals at 486 publicly traded companies to identify the “blind spots” in individuals’ leadership characteristics. A blind spot is defined as a skill that the professional counted among his or her strengths, when coworkers cited that same skill as one of the professional’s weaknesses.

Source: Korn Ferry Institute study shows link between self-awareness and company financial performance

Hays has reached one million followers on LinkedIn.Hays is the first company within the recruitment industry and only the 17th company across all industries to reach this milestone. It has only taken the specialist recruitment company three years to reach the one million followers mark, with the total number of followers in 2012 amounting to 124,000. Hays is now the 17th most followed company on LinkedIn worldwide and has a potential outreach of 65 million people worldwide through the connections of its followers. The recruitment company’s presence on LinkedIn includes professional groups within a number of sectors including oil and gas, accountancy and finance, professional services and technology. With a total of 147 managed groups, the forums offer industry insights, expert advice to job seekers and job opportunities.

Source: Hays reaches 1m followers on LinkedIn

Susan Hailey, VP of global talent acquisition, Medidata Solutions, is talking about managing far-flung recruiting teams at ERE’s October conference in Atlanta. Below, she talks about the most important things to keep in mind when leading a virtual or spread-out talent-acquisition group. She also talks about the best source of remote-recruiter hires.

Source: The 2 Most Important Parts of Running a Remote Talent-acquisition Team | ERE

USA: Job openings in the United States hit a record-high 5.4 million in April 2015, signaling strong employment growth, according to the latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).The number of vacancies is the highest since the BLS began releasing the report in December 2000. Job openings in April primarily increased in health care and social assistance services but fell in the arts, entertainment and recreation sectors, according to the report.Over the 12 months ending in April 2015, hires totaled 60 million and separations totaled 57.2 million, yielding a net employment gain of 2.8 million.

Source: BLS Reports Record 5.4 Million U.S. Job Openings