Career Advancement: 3 Questions to Ask

(DGIwire) – Recent college graduates in their first entry-level positions face a slew of decisions about their future—especially after they have been on the job for several months. There are no hard and fast answers, of course, but pondering these issues can prepare them for their next all-important step up the corporate ladder. Here are […]

Bay State Booming: Massachusetts Public Companies Grow Headcount

(DGIwire) – It’s a good time to be operating a business headquartered in the Bay State. More than two-thirds of the 188 public companies based in Massachusetts grew their total headcount in 2016, according to Boston Business Journal. Year-end filings for that year indicate that overall, public companies based in the state—which account for about […]

The NYC Fashion Industry: Keeping It Local

(DGIwire) – Over the past few decades, the fashion industry’s intimate relationship with New York City has evolved in exciting ways. For example, there was the louche, sexy 1970s Studio 54 era; the All-American workwear period of the ’80s; the rise of minimalism and grunge courtesy of the ’90s; and today’s crop of designers, whose […]

Job Satisfaction: 3 Points to Ponder

(DGIwire) – Everyone wants job satisfaction but nobody is exactly sure how to secure it. In part, satisfaction on the job is dependent on factors that workers can’t control: the work/life balance at their organization; how their managers choose to motivate them; what tasks they are delegated. But that doesn’t mean workers have no control […]

The Right Way to Fire an Employee

(DGIwire) — Ask any manager what their top three most-dreaded job functions are, and odds are that firing employees will be on the list. No one enjoys telling someone that they don’t have a job any more. The good news is that there are definitive steps that if followed, will make the situation less painful […]

First Job After College? 5 Tips for Success

(DGIwire) – Every year, a new crop of college graduates begins their first “real” job in the professional arena. According to CNBC, the class of 2016 had something to smile about: U.S. employers were expected to hire about five percent more grads than the previous year. And while they may be unlikely to stay in […]

Bye Bye Bonus: Why Salary Boosts Might Be Worth More

(DGIwire) – What do fashion industry employees find more valuable: performance bonuses or higher salaries? For those who work at the online clothing-rental startup Rent the Runway, the verdict is clear: higher salaries. As Business Insider recently reported, the company is eliminating performance bonuses and instead incorporating previous bonus potential into each employee’s salary. The […]

Jersey’s Business: The Garden State’s Most Popular Industries

(DGIwire) – How do the types of industries in New Jersey stack up against those in the rest of the nation? The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently reviewed data from 2015 to find out. Among the findings were that the Garden State had a higher percentage of transportation, chemical manufacturing, and retail food and […]

5 Ways to Impress at Job Interviews

(DGIwire) – Hiring the wrong people can be extremely expensive. According to job-search website Monster, it can cost businesses one-fifth of an employee’s salary to replace them. As a result, companies are spending even more time vetting recruits to make sure they have the right skills, values and personalities, Monster reports. Going into a job […]

Jersey Strong: Robust Demand Keeps State’s Industries Humming

(DGIwire) – A slogan long associated with New Jersey’s capital city—“Trenton makes, the world takes”—could very easily serve as the entire state’s slogan as well. New Jersey historically made its mark in the manufacturing industry, supplying goods around the world and jobs throughout the state, according to the National Retail Federation. Nor has the state […]

What Keeps New York’s Fashion Industry Humming? People, People, People

(DGIwire) – The days before Fashion Week in New York City are perhaps the busiest in the city’s apparel industry. Frantic designers rush around looking for gold buttons with blue inlay, for seamstresses to make pleats and for patternmakers with spare fabric. They make modifications to dresses in real time under enormous deadline pressures. Yet […]

7 Companies That Love the Garden State

(DGIwire) – In 2015, New Jersey added 55,700 jobs—the vast majority in the private sector—and has recovered 91 percent of the more than a quarter-million jobs lost during the Great Recession of January 2008 to September 2010, according to Rutgers Today. Indeed, many companies are thriving in New Jersey. Here are some major businesses currently […]

Fashion Industry 2016: Hiring Is Looking Up

(DGIwire) – This is a time of great uncertainty in the fashion industry. Retail is changing rapidly and companies are under intense pressure to remain relevant and deliver exciting products to consumers while struggling to manage foot traffic and global competition. But as reported by the Third Annual Fashion Industry Benchmarking Study—released by the United […]

NJ Businesses Debate Minimum Wage Hike

(DGIwire) – In June 2016, New Jersey lawmakers passed legislation that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 in the next year and to at least $15 over the next five years, according to a CBS report. If enacted, New Jersey would become the third state on a direct path toward a $15-an-hour minimum […]

The Latest Fashion Trend: Shake-Ups in the C-Suite

(DGIwire) – The fashion industry is in a state of flux in 2016. According to The Financial Times, a wide-ranging set of factors—including challenging economic headwinds and an exodus of designer talent from some major fashion houses—has precipitated the turmoil. One particular source of upheaval in the fashion world is due to shake-ups in the […]

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