Whooohooo!!!! #SourceCon 2018 (Fall) Atlanta

SourceCon, SourceCon, SourceCon… Wow! That’s all I can say. To get an idea of what I am feeling now, check out these tweets.

How To Archive Then, Delete Your Google Data

I have been doing some research on Google lately and the more I do, the less inclined I am to support their business or trust them with my personal data. As such, I am systematically UnGoogling myself (as best I can). I imagine that I will always use their search engine but, I will not rely solely on it; especially when it comes to controversial issues. Other things that make me uncomfortable with Google are cited in the articles below but, that is only a partial list.

But, I digress.  I am carefully monitoring what Google and other big tech is doing with my data and zealously seeking alternatives for the sake of my personal privacy. But, that’s a blog post for a different day. For now, let me share this with you.

Google keeps a record of your activity on its platform. You can view your activity history by clicking here. (You will have to sign into your Google account.) Once there, click the “Delete activity by” link, as depicted by the arrow below.

Delete and archive your Google history

On the “Delete activity by” link, I can delete activity on all products based on a custom date or by my entire history with Google.

Delete and archive your Google history

Hmm… Before I click the delete button, I am more than a bit curious. So, I go back to the My Activity page and click the “Other Google Activity” link.

Once I am on the “Other Google Activity” page, I immediately notice the Location History section.  Check out the “Visit Timeline” button.

I opted out of this data some time ago (for what good it did), so not much to see on my timeline. If I had not opted out of this, I would see everywhere I’ve been that Google was aware of. I suggest you check yourself out NOW, just to see even more how Google tracks you.

Okay, let’s go back to the “Other Google Activity” link and scroll down until I see the “Download your data from My Activity” section. From there, I click the “Download Your Data” link (as the arrow is pointing to).

Once on the “Download Your Data” page, I will have the option to choose which Google product data I want to archive.  Once I make my selection, I click the “Next” button at the bottom of that page. (Not shown in the picture below.)

At this point, I’m basically done.  I choose how I want to receive the archived data (.Zip or .TGZ) and wait for Google to email me a link to where I can download it. More than likely, I will download it to an external drive for later reference.

The data I am backing up includes my Gmail as well. Just in case you were curious. It saves it in a MBox format.

Are you keeping up with what Google (and other tech companies) are doing in terms of censorship and privacy (or lack thereof)? If so, let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Am I being paranoid? Or, not paranoid enough? #tinfoilhat

 

Hot or not? New report showcases most in-demand and emerging jobs of 2017

Randstad US predicts this year’s hottest jobs

 

ATLANTA – January 23, 2017 – With recent unemployment figures at historic lows, candidates are eager to find the hottest positions in 2017. Randstad US, one of the largest HR services and staffing companies in the United States, is helping those seekers determine the most promising industries and fields with insight and predictions in its annual 2017 Hot Jobs report.

Randstad worked with its national recruiting experts to review the current workforce trends, including available positions, number of qualified candidates, market growth, salary range and specific skillsets to provide timely projections for the year.

Randstad’s 2017 predictions include the most in-demand and emerging jobs within engineering, finance and accounting, human resources, information technology, life sciences, manufacturing and logistics, non-clinical healthcare, and office and administration.

Engineering 
Hot Jobs 1. Validation Engineer
2. Construction Project Manager
3. Controls Engineer
“The engineering field continues to evolve based on market trends and technical innovation. Competition remains high for the most popular positions, while the unemployment rate for the overall field is well below the national average.”
– Richard Zambacca, President, Randstad Engineering
Emerging Jobs 1. Robotics Engineer
2. Embedded Engineer
 Finance and Accounting

Hot Jobs

 

1. Accountant (Staff, Junior, Senior)
2. Analyst (Financial, Business, Junior, Senior)
3. Manager (Accounting, Finance, Project)
4. Auditor (Director, Manager, SOX)
5. Controller (VP of Finance)
6. Accounting Clerk
“Professionals in this field play an important role in the success and profitability of an organization. Job opportunities in finance and accounting have increased with the growing economy. Employers are increasingly looking for candidates with strong public accounting and general ledger software skills, as well as bilingual applicants.”
 – Jodi Chavez, President, Randstad Professionals
 Non-Clinical Healthcare
Hot Jobs 1. Administrative Assistant
2. Receptionist
3. Executive Assistant
 “As the healthcare industry overall sees continued growth, the number of non-clinical support staff will increase as well. A focus on improving patient experience and greater use of technology in a clinical setting will contribute to the need for additional front and back-office support in healthcare facilities across the country.”
– Linda Perneau, President, Randstad Commercial Staffing 
Emerging Jobs 1. Medical Secretary
2. Medical Assistant
 Human Resources (HR)
Hot Jobs 1. HR Generalist/Business Partner
2. HR Manager/Director
3. Comp & Benefits Manager
4. Learning & Development Specialist
5. Recruitment Specialist
“As technology in the HR space continues to rapidly advance, HR professionals must stay ahead of the digital curve and leverage emerging technologies to drive nearly every aspect of the function. Recent developments in mobile apps, cloud technology, data analytics, artificial intelligence and robotics are helping to better anticipate and manage business needs. The pace of technological adoption, combined with a growing talent shortage, is creating new challenges and opportunities for HR professionals.”
 – Jodi Chavez, President, Randstad Professionals
 Information Technology (IT)
Hot Jobs 1. Full Stack Developer
2. Security Engineer
3. Big Data Engineer
“Advancements and innovation in technology call for an increase in qualified candidates for a wide variety of IT roles. Positions in Big Data, in particular, will continue to see growth as they are critical to increasing productivity and innovation – two important differentiators for nearly all companies today.”
– Dino Grigorakakis, Vice President, Randstad Technologies
Emerging Jobs 1. VR/AR Engineer
2. IoT Engineer
 Life Sciences
Hot Jobs 1. Medical Writer
2. Clinical Study Manager
3. Drug Safety Associate
4. Regulatory Manager
5. Clinical Research Associate
 “The talent shortage in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry will likely continue to rise in 2017 with the increased volume of clinical studies initiated in 2016. As a result, the industry will require qualified and experienced candidates to fill these open positions.”
– John M. Ebeid, Vice President, Randstad Life Sciences
Office and Administration
Hot Jobs 1. Customer Service Rep
2. Administrative Assistant
3. Receptionist
4. Executive Assistant
 “As office and administration roles evolve, these positions are starting to look more like middle management than support staff. The recession and advancements in technology have both contributed to the evolution, as more companies turn to a smaller team to take on more duties. As a result, competition can be high for some of the most popular jobs, so candidates that possess diverse skills such as project management, budgeting, marketing and training will have the upper hand.”
– Linda Perneau, President, Randstad Commercial Staffing 
Manufacturing and Logistics
Hot Jobs Direct Hire
1. Production Supervisor
2. Driver
3. Warehouse SupervisorTemp
4. Loader/Unloader
5. Assembler
6. General Production Worker
 “New technology, innovative production systems, a growing preference for American-made goods and a decline in offshoring are transforming U.S. manufacturing. There is an increased demand for technology-savvy workers to not only capitalize on the next industrial revolution, but to fill a critical void left behind by retiring workers. Job seekers with previous experience, higher education, technological know-how or training will have a competitive edge.”
– Greg Dyer, President, Randstad Commercial Staffing 
Emerging Jobs Direct Hire
1. Maintenance Mechanic
2. Machine OperatorTemp
3. Forklift Operator
4. Picker/Packer

About the Hot Jobs Report 
Every year, Randstad US publishes a summary of what some of the most in-demand jobs are across many fields and industries. Randstad’s list for 2017 includes jobs in engineeringfinance and accountinghuman resourcesinformation technologylife sciencesmanufacturing and logisticsnon-clinical healthcare, and office and administration.

Randstad collected this data from their team of expert recruiters, in combination with research pulled from a variety of current workforce trends, including number of qualified candidates and available positions, market growth, salary range and employer need for specific skillsets.

About Randstad
Randstad US is a wholly owned subsidiary of Randstad Holding nv, a $24.5 billion global provider of HR services. As one of the largest staffing organizations in the United States, Randstad provides temporary, temporary-to-hire and permanent placement services each week to over 100,000 people through its network of more than 900 branches and client-dedicated locations.

Employing 5,300 recruiting experts, the company is a top provider of outsourcing, staffing, consulting and workforce solutions within the areas of engineering, finance and accounting, healthcare, human resources, IT, legal, life sciences, manufacturing and logistics, office and administration and sales and marketing. Learn more at www.randstadusa.com and access Randstad’s panoramic U.S. thought leadership knowledge center through its Workforce360 site that offers valuable insight into the latest economic indicators and HR trends shaping the world of work.