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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli has nearly 15 years of experience managing content and community for various B2B and consumer websites. Elaine has written thousands of business and technology articles and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and eWeek, among other publications.

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Cheat Sheet on Employment Discrimination and New Media

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Elaine Rigoli
Sep 10, 2009, 12:24 pm ET

FL09_MastheadSo, there you are, innocently researching a potentially awesome new candidate when you stumble upon her personal blog that goes beyond mere TMI and causes your cheeks to turn crimson. Or, perhaps your eyes are still bug-eyed after reading about some “interesting” history in a candidate’s criminal background check. Or you receive a video resume and your knee-jerk reaction is that the person is simply u-g-l-y with no alibi.

Whatever the case, if you have ever felt as though you might be running into legal issues, the U.S. EEOC’s Assistant Legal Counsel Carol Miaskoff says to listen up to the following basic rules:

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Declining Demand Prompts Manpower to Withdraw Profit Forecast

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Elaine Rigoli
Dec 22, 2008, 4:41 pm ET

man-manpower-logoAnother dismal forecast, and this one has nothing to do with the heavy, wet weather blanketing much of the country.

The forecast is from Manpower, which announced Monday it might be hitting the unemployment line soon. Well, not quite, but the Milwaukee-based staffing company did announce it is withdrawing its revenue and earnings guidance for the fourth quarter of 2008.

Executives have become “markedly more pessimistic” and Manpower chairman and CEO Jeffrey Joerres is no exception. He blames a deteriorating economic environment and anticipates “demand for our services will be especially weak in December as we are hearing that many of our light industrial clients are taking prolonged plant shut downs around the holidays compared to last year.”

He’s referring, of course, to the many companies planning longer-than-anticipated plant closings: General Motors, Chrysler, and Ford Motor Co, troubled automakers that are extending their holiday plant shutdowns; Caterpillar, Inc., the heavy equipment maker that is temporarily closing factories and cutting salaries; FedEx, which is delivering a 5% pay cut for salaried workers and stopping contributions to employee retirement accounts; and Newell Rubbermaid, Inc. the Atlanta-based maker of Rubbermaid containers, Calphalon pans, and Graco baby products, which is planning temporary shutdowns at its worldwide factories and cutting almost 1,000 jobs.

As fewer companies need temporary workers, Manpower may face internal layoffs and office closings. The $21-billion company, with 4,500 offices in 80 countries, estimates a fourth-quarter revenue decline of 9% to 11%.

It wasn’t a much better day for Gevity, whose stock was plunging about 29% mid-day. Stock prices of Volt, Spherion, and other staffing firms were behaving poorly. Salary.com, on the other hand, is up sharply. It’s buying back stock and has completed an acquisition of Genesys.

Slam-Dunk People Strategies with ESPN’s Steve Lavin

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Elaine Rigoli
Oct 30, 2008, 11:16 am ET

The locker room is not the boardroom, and the basketball court is not the corporate talent acquisition department.

So as ERE Expo keynote speaker and ESPN analyst Steve Lavin warmed up the crowd at Expo on Thursday morning, it was unclear how his theories on people management — on really building a solid team — were applicable to his audience.

Lavin started the game slowly, but as he shared his passion and outlook on choosing the right people, his passion became palpable. He’s not talking ATS, he’s not talking ROI, and he’s certainly not talking time-to-fill metrics.

But what Lavin knows – and knows well – is sticking to a core belief system and applying motivating tips to help you create your own winning, successful teams. Here are traits of winning people for a winning team:

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The Candidate’s Virtual Experience

by
Elaine Rigoli
Oct 28, 2008, 6:08 pm ET

Gerry Crispin of CareerXRoads claims that about 55% of corporate careers websites cannot answer the question, “Why come here?”

That means most candidates are lost as soon as they stumble on one of these sites, Crispin told a pre-conference workshop at ERE Expo on Tuesday.

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Helping Disabled Veterans Find Work

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Elaine Rigoli
Jul 15, 2008, 2:48 pm ET

Disaboom has teamed up with the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation to help combat-wounded and disabled veterans. Disaboom says it’ll hire virtual agent graduates of the Purple Heart Service Foundation’s job training program, “Veterans Business Training Center.”

All training grads are home-bound, combat-wounded, or disabled veterans, fully skilled in call center and contact center technology, and all have successfully completed an online training program offered through the Purple Heart Service Foundation and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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A Losing Proposition

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Elaine Rigoli
Jul 1, 2008, 9:57 am ET

Cutting payroll is the wrong way to compete in the global economy, according to a researcher with the United States Business & Industry Council, a Washington-based advocacy group.

Alan Tonelson, who represents small- and medium-sized manufacturers, called this “ultimately a losing proposition” and feels that no amount of labor-saving technology can offset the low wages, huge pools of workers, and lower overall capital costs in China, India, and some Third World nations.

In his book, Race to the Bottom, he writes that the United States “will never be able to compete with them simply by cost-cutting.”

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The New I-9 Form and Other Screening Trends

by
Elaine Rigoli
Jun 26, 2008, 2:44 pm ET

Some news from various sources on employment eligibility, background checks, screening, and more:

New I-9 Form Released…

U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services just released its new version of the I-9 employment verification form, so make sure to update your records. (You can download it here; note that the new expiration date in the right-hand corner reflects 6/30/09.) You can move to an e-file for these forms, and perhaps you should: employeescreenIQ says its data shows that more than 85% of paper I-9 forms are filled out incorrectly. And electronically verifying this step is certainly a “greener” thing to do, and companies like Verified Person, Inc. agree. Its CEO, Jim Davis, says his Verified Person I-9 solution “affirms Verified Person’s belief in promoting an HR process that benefits the environment.”

From Resume Fluffing to Conviction Bluffing…

The folks at employeescreenIQ also say one of the hottest background-screening trends centers around the importance of thorough background checks in a shrinking job market. In fact, considering the state of the economy, “the job market is destined to become even more competitive, which in turn could lead some individuals to stretch the truth in order to secure employment,” according to the company’s new list of 10 background screening trends. Also, employeescreenIQ says conviction rates among job applicants are on the rise, and points to a 56% discrepancy rate between what is reported on a resume and what is found when conducting employment and education verifications.

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Death, Taxes, and Diversity

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Elaine Rigoli
Jun 13, 2008, 4:39 pm ET

While historically devoid of much diversity, the tax profession is starting to change.

Tony Santiago, who recently launched the niche site TaxDiversity.com, says he started this site to change the perception of an industry dominated by white males.

“As a recruiting firm and industry resource, we saw a lack of diversity particularly among minorities in the tax profession, as well as a lack of women in senior leadership roles,” says Santiago.

“While individual companies have developed certain initiatives, no one has stepped up to create a comprehensive plan encompassing the entire tax profession,” he says.

The site has job openings, forums, case studies, and video commentary from successful minority tax professionals.

Santiago says he has hopes of setting up scholarships and providing mentors to those who are interested in the profession.

Microsoft must have heard Santiago’s pleas, because just last week the company pledged $1 million to the National Association of Black Accountants.

Microsoft says this gift — a mix of cash and software over the next three years — can help to build a pipeline of African-American talent in the accounting and finance professions.

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Unemployment at 5.5% and the Reluctant American Employer

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Elaine Rigoli
Jun 6, 2008, 7:39 am ET

American companies are reluctant to hire, and the proof is in the Bureau of Labor Statistics new report, released early Friday morning. Here are some glimpses from the economic report, broken down into digestible nuggets:

Recession is real. Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Economy.com, says there is “no debate that the economy is in a recession.” Among other worries for the average American, beyond a lower net worth and smaller purchasing power, Zandi says it is tough to find a job, and “if you lose a job, it is tough to get back in.”

Jobless jump. The new BLS report shows that May’s jobless rate jumped to 5.5% from 5%, a sounding bell that U.S. growth is stalling.

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Such Wise Guys

by
Elaine Rigoli
Jun 5, 2008, 12:25 pm ET

The Employment Guide has launched www.WiserWorker.com, an employment website dedicated to job seekers age 40 and older.

It says its mission is to connect older workers with appropriate jobs, but since when did 40 become old?

If by old they mean “experienced,” or perhaps simply, “wiser,” then time will tell whether baby boomers and fringe Gen Xers find the site worthwhile.

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Chatter: 50K Jobs, Google MBAs, and More Job Corps Training

by
Elaine Rigoli
Jun 3, 2008, 8:49 am ET

The Money Niche…

Some shoot for 100K+ jobs, other shoot for just half of that. And it’s this market, those seeking a starting salary between $50,000 to $100,000, being tapped on the new 50kandup.com niche board. The company says this job board can help you filter out individuals who are under-qualified or over-qualified. The site is helpful, though not signficantly full of drastically different features that separate this niche board from its competitors.

Still, the full-service site has been up and running for a month now and is gaining steam. John Ruppel, president of 50kandup.com, says he had no doubt this was a critical demographic “but there was just no predicting the amount of attention we would receive from human resource managers and recruiters around the country who wanted to find candidates within this salary range.”

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Six Degrees of Animal House: Dice Joins National Lampoon Franchise

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Elaine Rigoli
Jun 2, 2008, 7:24 am ET

Dice.com (profile; site) has signed on as “brand integration partner” with the National Lampoon, Inc. comedy franchise. Why would a niche IT job board partner with a company best known for Animal House?

Dice.com, which is sponsoring maniaTV’s new sketch comedy show, National Lampoon’s The Lemmings, gets some pretty unique branding out of the deal and a new way to talk directly to engineering and IT professionals.

And Dice will definitely attract more of these professionals online, as maniaTV, a new trend in online viewing, has nearly 4.1 million unique visitors a month, according to ComScore.

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20 Best Companies for Multicultural Women

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Elaine Rigoli
May 30, 2008, 5:49 am ET

You probably know of Working Mother magazine for its annual list of “100 best companies” that actively recruit and retain those multitasking wonder women known as working moms.

But the magazine for career-committed mothers, which reaches two million readers, also has an annual award to honor companies committed to diversity.

The magazine’s new list honors 20 companies that require manager training on diversity issues and rate manager performance partly on diversity results, such as how many multicultural women advance.

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Some NYC Teens Create Their Own Summer Jobs

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Elaine Rigoli
May 29, 2008, 10:49 am ET

This is a new take on old-fashioned summer jobs.

Hundreds of teens from across the five boroughs in New York City, who are part of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, are looking to “make a job, not take a job.”

These students certainly have the entrepreneurial spirit.

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The Sky is Falling, and So Are Tech Wages

by
Elaine Rigoli
May 27, 2008, 8:22 am ET

If you need parallels between our softening economic conditions and the job market as a whole, consider this depressing fact: after hitting all-time highs in 2007, hourly wages for highly skilled technology professionals dropped year-over-year during the first quarter of 2008.

Yep, tech professionals. There is no denying the market’s sluggishness after you skim the Yoh Index of Technology Wages. Tech professionals’ salaries are falling, with wages dropping 2.7% in the first-quarter, when compared to the same period in 2007.

Jim Lanzalotto, vice president of strategy and marketing for Yoh, points out that “this drop in wages this quarter, coupled with April’s negative Bureau of Labor Statistics report on employment, paints a very lackluster picture of the economy.”

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Chatter: Kronos Dines Out, Beaker Geeks Out, and More

by
Elaine Rigoli
May 27, 2008, 12:01 am ET

Fries with My Software…

Kronos has launched Kronos for Dining, a software platform designed to help restaurants recruit and retain the best people, forecast and schedule to meet customer demand, track time and attendance, and manage absences.

Beyond the recruitment and scheduling features, it offers a way to automate compliance tasks, which can help to reduce liability and let managers focus more time on taking care of hungry guests.

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Secrets to Hiring Great Developers

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Elaine Rigoli
May 23, 2008, 4:02 am ET

Most recruiters know that a developer who is amazing is worth 10 times as much as an average developer. But do you know how to get great developers excited to work at your firm?

Don’t be naive and think that you can just find someone by asking all the people you know. One of the participants at the NextNY event on tricks and tips for hiring great developers claims, “You really don’t know as many people as you think you know!”

Don’t be desperate to hire anyone who knows basic code. With the right planning, you can recruit and retain a super programmer, and here’s how:

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A Recruiter’s Stress Reduction Program

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Elaine Rigoli
May 22, 2008, 7:39 am ET

Got stress?

Just before we head out for the long Memorial Day weekend, let’s review how stress can be the silent killer of retention in your recruiting department.

Think “silent killer” is being a bit dramatic?

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Southwest Airlines Blog Taps Best of Web 2.0

by
Elaine Rigoli
May 20, 2008, 10:54 am ET

Just when it seems that recruiters are shunning the power of Web 2.0, along comes perennial hot employer Southwest Airlines.

The company is chatting with you, your neighbor, and your potential next star candidate about lots of Southwest-related things in a new blog, aptly titled “Nuts About Southwest.”

On the blog, the company notes that “we want to build a personal relationship between our team and you, and we need your participation. Everyone is encouraged to join in, and you don’t need to register to read, watch, or comment. However, if you would like to share photos or videos or rate a post, among other things, you will need to complete a profile.”

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Smokers Need Not Apply

by
Elaine Rigoli
May 20, 2008, 6:28 am ET

You can only hope that the best A-level candidates in Sarasota, Florida, are two-pack-a-day smokers and get turned down for employment with the county and ultimately end up working at your company.

While everyone can agree that smoking is unhealthy, should it be the primary reason to close the door on prospective new applicants? Especially prospective “star” candidates?

Well, Sarasota county government seems to think so. On Monday, it implemented a tobacco-free hiring policy for all new job applicants.

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