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Five of the Most Dangerous Blue-Collar Jobs Today

There were 4,836 casualties of work-related deaths reported in the U.S. in 2015, which averages more than 13 deaths every single day. The largest percentage of these are from what are considered blue collar jobs, and 21.4% of those were in construction alone. Not including highway collisions, the principal causes were falls, being struck by an object, electrocution, and caught-in/between accidents. OSHA calls these the “Fatal Four”. Let’s look at five of the most dangerous jobs...

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What equality in tech looks like in 2017

The tech industry is often associated with startup offices packed with young men in their twenties or thirties working long hours on the next Facebook or Google.  Unfortunately, this perception is not necessarily misleading.  A PWC research reveals that only 3% of the female students would consider a career in tech as their first choice. Why? A quarter of the participants stated that the industry is too male dominated. Assuming that the chances of getting a high paying job in a male do...

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Skills Development in Africa: How Wide is the Skills Gap?

70% of Africa’s population is under the age of 25 shaping one of the largest untapped talent pools in the world.  At the same time, 75% of all university graduates in Kenya and Nigeria are likely to be unemployed for up to 5 years after graduation. What are the drivers behind these figures and why Africa is so polarized when it comes to skills development and unemployment rates?   A closer look at the African countries with the lowest and highest unemployment rates reveals...

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How To Get Past Buzzwords And Make Better Hires

In just about every industry imaginable, companies are exploring more data-backed ways of doing things. But there’s one field that remains stubbornly unscientific: recruitment and hiring. That’s not to say there aren’t procedures in place when it comes to résumé screening. For all but the newest startups, which have basically no precedents to abide at all, there’s usually some sort of protocol in place. The problem, though, is that the typical rules for scre...

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These Innocent Hiring Mistakes Can Kill Your Startup

Team comes first. Your team is directly correlated with the valuation of your startup. It is your team that will save you, the entrepreneur, from a disaster. All of the above is true, but it is also true that many startups have failed because they hired too early, too fast, or fired too late. Many of the points below can be found among the best hiring practices for startups and there is nothing wrong with them in general. The devil is in the detail – there are some ‘&rsquo...