Christmas is behind us and a new year is in view.  You can get an idea of what our readers found most interesting this year in our recent blog post, Our Top 8 Stories of 2016.

In Trends, today’s post from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Why the Coming Jobs Crisis is Bigger Than You Think, gives insight into the employment issues that may result from automation and globalization trends.

There has been a lot of talk about the dropping unemployment rate, but what most people don’t understand is that the jobs that are being created are low-paying ones, and that the jobs lost are the kind that can provide for a family. SHRM’s post, Is Dropping Unemployment Rate Masking Under-Employment Trend? reviews the issue.

In Marketing, 6 Small Business Marketing Growth Strategies for 2017, from Small Business Trends, provides business owners with a look at the type of marketing platforms that are growing in influence, and can be useful if you want to grow your company.

In HR, Business Insiders’s brief video, 5 Things to Say in Your Cover Letter if You Want to Get the Job, and TLNT’s The 5 Secrets of Great Interviewers both provide helpful information whether you are looking for work, or tasked with whittling through prospective applicants.

And, it wouldn’t be a new year’s eve review without including a few ‘self help’ posts.  There have been dozens of posts about how to make 2017 a great year, but three stand out: Inc.’s The One Surprising, Counter-Intuitive Daily Habit that Makes You Mentally Tough;  Quora’s The Biggest Secret to Success is Spending 10 Hours Per Week Just Thinking; and Inc.’s Geoffrey James more-is-less post 6 Easy, But Scientific Ways to Make 2017 Your Best Year Ever.

From all of us at eESI, Happy New Year!